Friday, February 17, 2017

Encounters with Canada

Book now for FALL 2017 and beyond!

Expand your horizons and explore the possibilities for exciting careers that you’ve never before imagined! Visit important Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, develop your leadership skills and enjoy an extraordinary, bilingual experience. Select from one of 13 theme weeks. Don’t forget—first come, first served!

Your week in Ottawa is a great bargain at only $675, covering accommodation, meals and all program costs - supplies, activities, visits and tours, and travel within Ottawa. Many provincial/territorial governments even help subsidize these expenses!
Ask your local regional coordinator for more details.

Check out their WEBSITE 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is a three-week exchange for Canadians to visit the United States.  Conducted in the English language, the program brings together students, ages 15 to 18, and adult mentors from across Canada to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and position youth to make a difference in their communities. Program themes include civic education, community service, youth leadership, and social inclusion.

The program employs a highly interactive approach through a range of workshops, meetings, and site visits, plus home stays with American families. Through direct engagement with leaders of community, public, and private entities in several program locations, Youth Ambassadors will better understand civic participation and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy. Upon returning home, Youth Ambassadors will apply what they learned to implement community service projects that meet needs in their own communities, and will be engaged in mentoring, networking, and alumni network initiatives.

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is an intensive program with three segments:
1) Pre-departure orientation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, from July 17 to 18, 2017.
2) Exchange experience in the United States of America, to include:
a) Plattsburgh, New York, and the Adirondack Park, from July 19 to 30, 2017.
b) Washington, D.C., from July 31 to August 5, 2017.
3) Return home travel by August 6, 2017 followed by implementation of post-exchange community service
activities in Canada, reporting, and alumni engagement.

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada delivers an exceptional content-rich educational opportunity – that will result in significantly deeper knowledge and appreciation by Youth Ambassadors of citizen-engaged participatory democracy in the United States, the value of community service activities, and the leadership skills required to undertake successful community service initiatives. An integral element of this program is for Youth Ambassadors to plan and implement a variety of in-country educational activities upon their return to Canada.

The program will cover travel, meal, and accommodation costs associated with exchange participation from
July 17 to August 6, 2017. Participants will provide their own personal spending money. Although participants will have health care benefits during the exchange in the United States, covered medical expenses are subject to limitation, and pre-existing conditions are not covered; participants will also be responsible for the $25 co-pay required for each visit to a doctor’s office in the United States.

Application Timeline: Applications are due Thursday, March 30, 2017. Interviews for highly qualified applicants will take place during April. Acceptance will be issued by May.

Come see Mr Pearce in Workroom 214 for the application form.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Waterloo Unlimited

Grade 10 Program | Theme of “Change” 
May 14 - 18, 2017 | 5-day program

We live in the midst of change: technological change, social change, political change, environmental change. In modern times humankind has experienced an unprecedented rapidity of change. How do we adapt, or not adapt... and what are the consequences? Students will consider the perspectives of scientists, engineers, writers, and philosophers, as they examine the dynamics of “Change”.

Program fee: $550 (includes meals; HST)
Supervised residence accommodation fee: $180

Our ideal candidates are:
  • well-rounded academic achievers: literate, articulate, numerate, and collaborative
  • engaged with and contribute positively to family, community, and public good; and
  • curious about an array of subjects, creative, positive, responsible, and enthusiastic self-starters!
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

    Monday, February 6, 2017

    14th Annual Hamilton Brain Bee at McMaster University Friday, April 7, 2017

    Time:  The competition will begin at 1pm.
    Location:  Psychology Building (Building 34 on this map), McMaster campus, room 155.

    How to prepare

    High school students in the Hamilton-Halton and surrounding area from grades 9 through 12 are welcome to compete at the local brain bee.  Students 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!
    All the questions will come from Neuroscience: Science of the Brain.
    There are other resources that you might find useful and inspiring!
    For example: Brain Facts and the Brain Facts Book

    Thursday, February 2, 2017

    Semester 2 Math Contests!

    Ms Barsan is the go to teacher in the Mathematics department for math contests.
    Here is the link to her webpage that gives you information on dates, locations, and fees.


    Good luck!

    Youth Empowerment Summit 2017


    Are you ready to live your life in action?
    This all-day event for teens, ages 14-18, will feature inspiring workshops, self-inquiry, yoga and meditation.
    Our mission: To empower the next generation of leaders to live a powerful and positive life.
    Who you are: You are a 14 - 18 year old who is seeking purpose, belonging and support.
    You will need: A yoga mat, water bottle, journal and pen. Please wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to move during yoga and sit comfortably. Optional: you can also bring a change of clothes for after the yoga session. Note: lunch will be provided. 
    You will leave the Summit with:
    • An understanding that your voice matters
    • How to be accountable for your actions
    • A positive sense of community and connection
    • An introduction to mindfulness to tackle stress and anxiety
    Speakers will include:
    Kinndli McCollum, Co-Founder of Power Yoga Canada/ Co-Owner of Power Yoga Canada Oakville
    Vincent Luciani, Founder & Owner, The Legacy Coaching
    Pino Rizzi, Founder of DCF - Decide. Commit. Follow Through

    Claudia Bauman, Mama, Special Education Consultant, Yoga Instructor

    Maggie Aynsley, Grade 8 Teacher, Yoga Instructor
    When: Saturday February 12, 10:00am to 5:30pm @ Monte Carlo Inn, Oakville.
    Here is the link to the event for students to register and to see the confirmed speakers. The cost of the event is $50 solely to cover room rental and lunches. Here is a link to our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts as well.