Thursday, January 30, 2014

Leadership opportunity at McMaster

Hi Everyone,
There is an opportunity for students in Grades 9 - 12 to participate in a Leadership Conference and also to work at a Leadership camp this coming summer at Mc Master.
The Deadline is Feb 20, 2014!!!!
Check out this website:
NEW! Venture Junior Counselor Leadership Program
What is VENTURE?
Venture immerses children in grades 1-8 in engineering, science and technology. Our curriculum develops problem solving skills and engages kids through experiments, hands-on projects, and fun activities.
Our male and female instructors are role models as people and engineers. Our diverse group breaks down stereotypes and shows students that anyone who is passionate about engineering, science and technology can pursue it!
What is a Junior Counselor?
Junior Counselors (or JCs) work with Instructors in a Venture camp class. They use their leadership, organization, enthusiasm and creativity to create an exciting learning environment for campers!
Who is eligible to be a Junior Counselor?
If you are a student going into grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 in September 2014, you can apply!!

What is the Junior Counselor LEADERSHIP PROGRAM?
This program is an Overnight Leadership Conference in a McMaster student residence, followed by a 1 to 2 month work experience program as a Venture JC. The work program is filled with leadership and professional experience goals and workshops regulated by the class Instructors and Venture Directors.

  • Learn necessary leadership skills and training for the Junior Counselor position at Venture Camp
  • Participate in FUN workshops such as: Leadership
    Motivational Speaker
    Teamwork and Trust
    Communication Techniques
    Interview Skills
    Earn qualifications that will look good on your resume for future job applications

    Why participate?
    Receive a letter of recommendation from Venture
    Receive multiple EOHSS (Environmental & Occupational Health Support Services) training qualification certificates
    Participants will earn high school community service hours
    Participants will also gain insight into university life by job shadowing a current undergraduate engineering student
    Certificate of Completion signed by the Dean of Engineering
    All students MUST attend the Leadership Conference to enter the work experience program in July or August

    NEW from previous years!
    NEW overnight Leadership Conference
    NEW weekly leadership goals
    NEW EOHSS certifications for health and safety
    NEW motivational speaker
    Conference Dates
    Friday, June 27th, 2014 - Saturday, June 28th, 2014
    $150 for overnight Leadership Conference
     Work Experience Program
    • 1st Month - Monday, June 30th to Friday, July 25th, 2014

    • 2nd Month - Monday, July 28th to Friday, August 22nd, 2014

    • Optional: complete both months
    • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

      Ayn Rand Essay Contest - NEW LINK!!! for 2014
      Please go to the link above for UP TO DATE 2014 information on the essay contests!

      Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Information

      Eligibility: 12th Graders, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students

      Entry Deadline: October 24, 2014

      FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
      3 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000
      5 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
      25 FINALISTS: $100
      50 SEMIFINALISTS: $50

      Eligibility: 8th, 9th and 10th Graders

      Entry Deadline: March 20, 2014

      FIRST PRIZE: $2,000
      5 SECOND PRIZES: $500
      10 THIRD PRIZES: $200
      45 FINALISTS: $50
      175 SEMIFINALISTS: $30

      Thursday, January 16, 2014

      Applications are now open for the
      2014-15 Minister's Student Advisory Council
      for students in grades 7 - 12
      The Minister's Student Advisory Council (MSAC) is a group of approximately 60 students who come from public schools all across the province. Members share their ideas and advice with the Minister of Education on a variety of topics about our publicly funded education system.
      Please tell all students in grades 7 to 12
      … they are all welcome to apply. The council celebrates student diversity and seeks all perspectives and experiences.
      Tell them about our Facebook page where they can see what other students say about their MSAC experience and get the application form.
      Please display the attached poster where students will see it.

      Deadline is February 28, 2014

      Wednesday, January 8, 2014

      Enrichment Newsletter January 2014

      NEWSLETTER #5        JANUARY 2014
      For further information on all of the items listed below please see Ms. Patterson ( in room 214 

      1.      Brain Bee at McMaster Wednesday April 09, 2014
      High school students in the Hamilton-Halton and surrounding area from grades 9 through 12 are welcome to compete!  Students will demonstrate their knowledge about the brain and neuroscience, including fascinating topics involving intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, and more.  Participating is a valuable experience that you can add to your resume -- not to mention the possibility of winning prizes and fame!
      Register online asap – and then let Ms. Patterson know you are competing!
      To fill out the registration form, click here. Note: the registration deadline is April 2, 2014

      In 2013 IRHS came home with accolades:
      Jae Eun Lee (Iroquois Ridge High School) won 2nd place – way to go!!!
      Everyone else who participated also did very well J

      1. Advanced Placement Exam Prep
      Final Deadline February 19th – check out the opportunity online
      Exams run from May 5 – May 16th 2014.
      Cost = $89.00 U.S.  – Fees are due asap
      Contract on Ms. Patterson’s website under “Enrichment” – Don’t miss out!

      3.      FORUM for Young Canadians
      Spend one of the following weeks on Parliament Hill:
      Focus in on National Politics and Public Affairs.
      Feb 23 – 28, 2014/ Mar 2 – 7, 2014/ Mar 23 – Mar 28, 2014
      APPLY NOW!  Deadlines Feb 16th/January 23rd/February 23rd  2014

      1. E=MC2
      May 5 – 10 2013
      Registration takes place in February 2014
      Details of courses will be available after Dec. 6, 2013
      Check out the ESU section under “High School” E=mc2 Residential
      1. Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair
      March 27th – Mowhawk’s Fennel Campus McIntyre Theatre
      9:00 am - noon
      Online Project Registration in February 2014!!

      1. DEEP Math at March Break  -  University of Toronto
      9 a.m.–4 p.m. March 10–14, 2014
      For students in grades 9–12
      Cost: $280
      Mathematics is instrumental to engineering, and advanced understanding of math is necessary for any aspiring engineer.
      DEEP Math at March Break is an opportunity for high school students to gain exposure to fundamental mathematical concepts that extend beyond the secondary school curriculum and appear in many fields of engineering.
      For more information:
      enrichment@ecf.utoronto. or call 416-946-0816.

      1. Waterloo Unlimited

      Grade 10 program, May 2014

      The theme of "Change"        May 11th - 15th, 2014
      Application deadline: March 10 2014
      Cost: Program fee: $450
      Supervised overnight shared residence accommodation: $160**

      1. Encounters with Canada
      A week in Ottawa with students from across Canada  APPLY TODAY!
      An opportunity to study one of eleven sub-themes for Ages 14-17
      Get a PIN number from Ms. Patterson for registration

      1. Essay Contests
      Grades  9 and 10 only.       Anthem            600 – 1200 words
      Deadline March 20, 2014
      Grades 11 and 12 only       The Fountainhead         800 – 1600 words
      Deadline April 26, 2014

      1. HDSB Public Speaking Contest
      Tuesday April 15th 2014 6:30 – 9:30 pm at WOSS South in the Cafeteria
      Junior (9 – 10) and Senior (11-12) representatives can compete
      See Ms. Patterson if interested – we need to defend our title!
      Board Contact – Robin Coverdale –

      Check announcements and your CHATT accounts for other upcoming opportunities
      To be added to Ms. Patterson’s mailing list – contact her at