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‘Travelling’ teacher comes to Crossroads


Linda Woodcock, the OFAH travelling teacher, came to Crossroads School on June 4 to conduct workshops on environmental studies with grades two, two/three, five/six, and eight classes.

She talked about animal habitats and how animals are adapted to where they live. The four things every animal needs are food, water, shelter, and space.

The workshops were very fun and informative.

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The Crossroads School piano recital was held the evening of June 5, with 34 pupils performing.

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Henry Miller came to Crossroads last week to work with Mrs. Fagerdahl’s two/three class building birdhouses. On Thursday, the grade eight class helped them put the houses up on posts in the fields across from the school.

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The school council held its final meeting last Thursday. School flags will be purchased to put in the gym and on the flagpole to identify our school.

EQAO testing is completed, and teachers and students have developed a more positive attitude towards the experience.

Paul Murray will be retiring this year. He has been at Burriss, Cornerbrook, and then Crossroads for more than 10 years. Mr. Love will be back as principal at Crossroads in September!

The school council chair is stepping down, and three people are needed as replacements so please consider joining the council in September.

The council also discussed the Fort Frances High School honour roll. Twelve students from Crossroads made it for grade nine.

Also, former Crossroads graduate Nathalie Donaldson received the Elsie Helen Cyr Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Anishinaabe language (Nathalie has a 99 percent average in Leona McGinnis’ grade nine Ojibwe class).

Mrs. Bombay, the Crossroads Ojibwe teacher, is very proud of her former student, whom she taught from grades three to eight.

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On June 6, Mr. Johnston and the grade seven/eight canoe trip participants went to Lake Despair to practice their canoeing and life-saving skills. One of the exercises was to tip the canoe and wait to be saved.

Most of the students found the water to be very cold so Mr. Johnston taught them about hypothermia the next day. The canoe trip will go June 13-15.

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The grade eight graduation will take place June 19. Robin McCormick will be the guest speaker and former graduate Erin Woodgate will sing.

A student dance will follow the program until 11 p.m.

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