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30Oct/09

Frightful Fun at DHS

The week before Halloween was filled with activities for DHS students.

Mrs. Gardam's leadership class organized a week full of events, including floor hockey and dodgeball, pumpkin carving and door decorating, and of course, Friday's costume contest.

The Pumpkin carving contest was won by Mr. Walsh's class, and the door decorating prize was taken by Mrs. Griffith's class. Mrs. Bullock's class won the prize for having the most students dressed up.

Mrs. Durocher had a special effects makeup artist in her class demonstrating techniques that are used to create realistic mock accident scenarios for emergency training. Her students had the chance to make their own severed fingers, puncture wounds, and lacerations.

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30Oct/09

Morning Announcements – Oct. 30, 2009

Oct. 30 – Nov. 4 and 5 Canadian Blood Services is asking for over 30 students to help hospital patients by donating blood at Dryden High School on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 4:00 – 8:30 and Thursday, Nov. 5 from 12:00 – 3:00 and 5:00 – 8:30 p.m.  There are 30 appointment spots to fill between 12:50 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.  Those wishing to donate at other times or for other information can call 1-888-2-DONATE.  Thank you for helping hospital patients.
Oct. 27 – 30 EAGLES NEST is having a Halloween Contest.  Come down to the Eagles Nest at lunch this week.  Guess the weight of the pumpkin.  Win a prize.  No purchase necessary.
29Oct/09

Morning Announcements – Oct. 29, 2009

Oct. 29 There will be a brief meeting for all members of the boys hockey team today @ 11:30 in room 210.
Oct. 28, 29 Any girl in Dryden High School wanting to explore exciting careers in the skilled trades and technologies, you are invited to attend the “Skills Work for Women” dinner being held on Nov. 5 from 5:30 to 9:00 at the Cultural Centre.  Cost is $10.00.  Please see Mrs. McMonagle in the Co-op office.
Oct. 27 – 30 EAGLES NEST is having a Halloween Contest.  Come down to the Eagles Nest at lunch this week.  Guess the weight of the pumpkin.  Win a prize.  No purchase necessary.
Oct. 26 - 29 Students with Safe Grad tickets are reminded to return their tickets and money in at the main office before Friday, October 30th.
28Oct/09

DHS Celebrates Honour Roll Students

Honour roll students and their parents joined DHS Admin for an honour roll presentation and breakfast at the Centre.

Honour roll students and their parents joined DHS Admin for a presentation and breakfast at the Centre.

On Wednesday morning Dryden High School hosted a breakfast for all Honour Roll students and their parents. The DHS Honour Roll is a list of students who achieved an average of 80% or greater in all of their classes in the previous school year.

Principal Kathy McConnachie congratulated all of the students for their hard work and dedication, acknowledging the difficulty in balancing education, work and family commitments.

Special awards were also given to the following students for achieving the highest overall average in their grade:

Grade 9
Joshua Dahmer, 92.38
Grace Baron, 93.13

Grade 10
Shadrielle Espiritu, 97.89
Shaundrei Espiritu, 98.06
Christina Tran, 94.38

Grade 11
Aidan Greenslade, 88.00
Alison Gamble, 97.13

Grade 12
Adam Boone, 96.29
Jennifer Blight, 96.67

At the end of the presentation, Mr. Hodgkinson took a moment to have students recognize the importance of the support that students receive from parents and family in achieving this level of academic excellence.

Congratulations to all honour roll students. Keep up the good work!

(click here to view the complete list of honour roll students and pictures of individual award winners)

28Oct/09

Tuesday Court Sports Results

The Eagles travelled to Fort Frances for court sports on Tuesday, and ended up splitting the results with the Muskies.

In Volleyball, the Senior Boys came out on top of the Muskies, winning in 4 sets, while the Junior boys fell in straight sets.

The Junior girls edged out the Muskies 19-18 in a close match. The Muskies defeated the Senior Girls 27-17.

Our Eagles travel to Kenora Tuesday, November 3rd to take on the Beaver Brae Broncos in their final league games of the regular season.

Good luck Eagles!

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28Oct/09

Morning Announcements – Oct. 28, 2009

Oct. 27 – 30 EAGLES NEST is having a Halloween Contest.  Come down to the Eagles Nest at lunch this week.  Guess the weight of the pumpkin.  Win a prize.  No purchase necessary.
Oct. 28 Cheerleading practice is cancelled tonight.
Oct. 26 - 29 Students with Safe Grad tickets are reminded to return their tickets and money in at the main office before Friday, October 30th.
27Oct/09

Morning Announcements – Oct. 27, 2009

Oct. 27 – 30 EAGLES NEST is having a Halloween Contest.  Come down to the Eagles Nest at lunch this week.  Guess the weight of the pumpkin.  Win a prize.  No purchase necessary.
Oct. 26, 27 Last chance to audition for the Music Man, the musical that is going to rock River City… oops, I mean Dryden High.  Come out today @ lunch.
Oct. 26 - 29 Students with Safe Grad tickets are reminded to return their tickets and money in at the main office before Friday, October 30th.
Oct. 26 Volunteers are needed at Princess Court to be friendly greeters.  If you are interested, please come to the main office for more information.
Oct. 26, 27 Please come out to the School’s Antiviolence Meeting today at 3:30 in the library and help us plan a Karaoke night and our Antiviolence Vigil.  Hope to see you there.
Oct. 9 – Nov. Grace Haven is looking for student volunteers to help with the Festival of Trees event this year at the Centre on November 16 & 17 for set up and Nov. 18 – 21 for event days.  If you are available for this event, please come to the main office to sign up.
27Oct/09

Weekend Basketball Update

Both Girls Basketball teams were out of town on the weekend.

After league play on Thursday, the Junior Girls headed to Fort Frances for tournament play. According to Coach Benson, "The girls were pretty tired as we had played a game earlier in the day but tried as best they could to give St. Pat's of Thunder Bay a very good game." The final tally in the first game was 27-22 for St. Pats. In their next game the team met Hammarskjold, a dominant Thunder Bay team, and fell 37-17. The team closed out the tournament with a 54-4 win over Superior of Thunder Bay.

The Senior Girls attended a players clinic in Winnipeg on Friday. They played one game against the Jr Bison select team, dropping 42-31. These events were part of a "Basketball Jamboree Weekend for the Cure". The team helped to raise almost $10,000 for breast cancer through participating in the clinic.

All court sports teams head to Fort Frances for league play today.

Good Luck Eagles!

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26Oct/09

Eagles Football finish regular season on a high note

Eagles LB David Benham plows his way through the Raiders defence during Fridays 25-8 romp over the Oak Park Raiders.

Eagles LB David Benham plows his way through the Raiders defence during Friday's 25-8 romp over the Oak Park Raiders.

Game Pics:  Slideshow, Gallery

The Eagles Football team finished the regular season at home Friday with a 25-8 win over the Oak Park 2 Raiders.

After an emotional presentation to the Paquin family in memory of former Eagles footballer Pierre Paquin, and a presentation by retiring players to their parents, the Eagles got to work on the field against the Raiders.

Derrick Tattrie, Mitchell Boudreau and Michael Lampshire all brought home touchdowns for the Eagles.

Adam Swientek made one conversion while Nick Nault added the two point conversion.

The Defensive teams forced two safeties.

"We were able to build an early lead, which allowed us to put in some younger players. The young guys rose to the challenge, with Russ Balla getting two sacks in the game" said coach Zilkalkns. "Our special teams also performed well in recovering fumbles and blocking kicks."

Moving into the playoffs, Zilkalns says that "there's always room for improvement, especially on offense. There are no easy ones from here on in."

The Eagles travel to Winnipeg next Friday to begin their playoff run against Murdoch McKay. Game time is 3:00.

Good luck Eagles!

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26Oct/09

Morning Announcements – Oct. 26, 2009

Oct. 26 The football team put forth a team effort to defeat the Oak Park Raiders 25 – 8 for their 5th win in a row.  The team finishes with a 5 and 2 record and a quarterfinal match up this Friday against the Murdoch McKay Clansmen in Winnipeg.
Oct. 26, 27 Last chance to audition for the Music Man, the musical that is going to rock River City… oops, I mean Dryden High.  Come out today @ lunch.
Oct. 26 Students with Safe Grad tickets are reminded to return their tickets and money in at the main office before Friday, October 30th.
Oct. 26 Volunteers are needed at Princess Court to be friendly greeters.  If you are interested, please come to the main office for more information.
Oct. 26, 27 Please come out to the School’s Antiviolence Meeting on Tues. Oct. 27 at 3:30 in the library and help us plan a Karaoke night and our Antiviolence Vigil.  Hope to see you there.
Oct. 23 – 27 We would like to congratulate all of the students who achieved an average of 80% or better during the 2008 – 2009 school year.  The honour roll list is posted in the cabinet in student square.  We will be celebrating the achievements of honour roll students next Wednesday October 28th at 8:30 a.m. at the Dryden Regional Training and Cultural Centre.  Letters have been mailed home and RSVP’s to the event need to be confirmed on Monday October 26th.  Congratulations again – hope to see you at the breakfast.
Oct. 9 – Nov. Grace Haven is looking for student volunteers to help with the Festival of Trees event this year at the Centre on November 16 & 17 for set up and Nov. 18 – 21 for event days.  If you are available for this event, please come to the main office to sign up.
23Oct/09

Krista Bannan is tops in Business Plan Competition

Mike McCaffery (l) and Mike Greaves (r) present Krista Bannon with an iPod Touch for 1st place in the Business Plan Competition.

Mike McCaffery (l) and Mike Greaves (r) present Krista Bannon with an iPod Touch for 1st place in the Business Plan Competition.

On Friday, representatives from the Northwest Business Centre were on hand to present Krista Bannan with an iPod Touch, her prize for taking first place in the 2009 Business Plan Competition.

Krista's was one of about 30 entries from Northwestern Ontario that were evaluated by volunteer judges from the business community. The plans were evaluated on the basis of viability, creativity and needs to be fully complete.

Krista developed her plan in Mr. Beatty's Entrepreneurship class. Her plan had her taking her sewing experience and providing after school lessons for kids.

According to Mike Greaves, the competition aims to "give students an idea about business planning, and encourage them to consider business planning or entrepreneurship as a career."

Krista will now take her entry to Thunder Bay, where she will compete against other Northern Ontario regional winners for more prizes and the chance to compete provincially.

The competition runs on a yearly basis, with entries for this year's contest due in June.

For more information, check out www.nwbiz.ca.

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23Oct/09

A perfect day for the Eagles!

Sr. Girls: Slideshow, Gallery

Jr. Girls: Slideshow, Gallery

Sr. Boys: Slideshow, Gallery

Jr. Boys: Slideshow, Gallery

The DHS Eagles court sport teams tamed the Beaver Brae Broncos yesterday as all four teams came out on top in league play.

The Senior Boys fell behind 2-0 but dug deep and fought back with 25-20, 25-19 and 15-10 wins, handing the Broncos their first loss of the season.

Coach McMaster said that the team "started off slow in the first set with Beaver Brae winning 25-12, came out a bit stronger in the second set, but went into the third set down 2 sets to none." She says the team managed to come out strong off the start of the third set, with improved digging and blocking slowing down the Beaver Brae attack. "We were offensively much stronger this week and did an excellent job with our communication and coming together as a team" said Coach McMaster.

The Junior Boys cruised to a straight sets victory. Coach McMaster said that the boys "did a great job of putting on pressure offensively and keeping their focus while serving." Moving forward, she hopes to work on "keeping fast on defense" to see continues improvement.

The Senior Girls basketball team came out 31-23 over the Broncos. Melissa Felske was the top scorer with 13.

The Junior Girls held off a feisty Broncos team, with a final score of 25-14.

Both boys volleyball teams are participating in a tournament at home this weekend. The Senior Girls head off to Winnipeg while the Junior Girls are in Fort Frances for tournament play.

Don't miss the final Eagles home football game of the year today at 3:00 at Harry McMaster field!

Go Eagles!

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23Oct/09

Morning Announcements – Oct. 23, 2009

Oct. 23 – 27 We would like to congratulate all of the students who achieved an average of 80% or better during the 2008 – 2009 school year.  The honour roll list is posted in the cabinet in student square.  We will be celebrating the achievements of honour roll students next Wednesday October 28th at 8:30 a.m. at the Dryden Regional Training and Cultural Centre.  Letters have been mailed home and RSVP’s to the event need to be confirmed on Monday October 26th.  Congratulations again – hope to see you at the breakfast.
Oct. 9 – Nov. Grace Haven is looking for student volunteers to help with the Festival of Trees event this year at the Centre on November 16 & 17 for set up and Nov. 18 – 21 for event days.  If you are available for this event, please come to the main office to sign up.
Oct. 2 – 23 The Children’s Resource Centre is looking for student volunteers.  For more information come to the m.o.
22Oct/09

KPDSB H1N1 Update

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board has reviewed and revised our Pandemic Plan in response to the H1N1 influenza virus.  In accordance with the plan, we have established an H1N1 section on our website where updates, educational resources and the Pandemic Plan are posted.  We will continue to operate under the guidelines of our Pandemic Plan and will remain in close consultation with public health agencies in our Board area.

On www.kpdsb.on.ca you will find a variety of updates and educational resources for you and your family. Please review the steps that you can take at home while we will continue to encourage students in our schools to follow the procedures needed to minimize the spread of influenza like illnesses. The website will be updated regularly.

Please remember that if your child displays flu-like symptoms, it is important that they stay at home until they are feeling well.

For more information, please visit www.kpdsb.on.ca.

22Oct/09

M.A.D.D. presents “Wasted”

Rahul D'Cunha has DHS Students stand to demonstrate the impact of drunk driving accidents.

Rahul DCunha has DHS Students stand to demonstrate the impact of drunk driving accidents.

The Mayor's Committee for the Prevention of Substance Abuse brought a presentation by Mothers Against Drunk Driving to DHS on Wednesday.

Rahul D'Cunha began by leading the students through some drunk driving statistics, telling them that on average 207 people are injured or killed by drunk driving in Canada every day. He also did a striking demonstration of the effects of drunk driving accidents, by having students stand up to show just how connected they all are.

D'Cunha hopes that the tour, which will result in over 1 million students across Canada seeing the presentation, will cause students to stop and think about the message that it delivers.

“This program gives students a very realistic look at the tragedy of impaired driving and seeks to provide them with the tools and information they need to make the right decisions around alcohol, drugs and driving,” said MADD Canada National President Margaret Miller in an earlier press release. “We do not want to lose one more young person to this senseless tragedy.”

For more information, or to see clips from "Wasted", go to www.madd.ca.

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22Oct/09

Morning Announcements – Oct. 22, 2009

Oct. 20 – 22 All students who received an invitation to the Shad Valley presentation need to return the slip to the main office asap.  The presentation will take place during the first half of period 4 today. If you are looking for more information or clarification on the program, please see Mr. Schmidt in Room 137.
Oct. 16 – 22 Want to be a star?  Well then, you’ll have to audition for the Music Man.  Sign up for auditions outside the drama room.
Oct. 9 – Nov. Grace Haven is looking for student volunteers to help with the Festival of Trees event this year at the Centre on November 16 & 17 for set up and Nov. 18 – 21 for event days.  If you are available for this event, please come to the main office to sign up.
Oct. 6 – 23 If you would like to order a picture package from your student card picture, pick up an order form and phone number to call in the main office.  You must pay your student fee in order to receive your student card. Picture retake day is this Friday.
Oct. 2 – 23 The Children’s Resource Centre is looking for student volunteers.  For more information come to the m.o.
21Oct/09

TIFF Film Production Workshop

Directors observe on the video monitor as the actors go through their scene.

Directors observe on the video monitor as the actors go through their scene.

A group of DHS students participated in a workshop presented by the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday. The students wrote a script, storyboarded, rehearsed and produced a short film with the help of some experienced film makers.

After spending the morning in groups learning about character development and writing scripts, the students had to pitch their ideas to the other students. One script was ultimately selected for the group to develop and produce.

The afternoon was spent in production mode as the "set" (a classroom at DHS, in this case) was prepared with lighting and camera equipment. The students learned about camera shots and movements, lighting techniques and sound engineering. Most of the afternoon was spent rehearsing lines and taping the various shots that will make up the final product.

The rough footage was taken by the TIFF group for editing, and a final product will be delivered in around two weeks.

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21Oct/09

Morning Announcements – Oct. 21, 2009

Oct. 21 Professor Hill has started rehearsals for the Pit Band.  He is requesting that the Bandies Unite today at 11:35.  Don’t be late for this very important date.
Oct. 20, 21 A reminder to staff & students that Laurentian University will be here tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in the library.  Interested students are asked to sign up in the guidance Office.
Oct. 20 – 22 All students who received an invitation to the Shad Valley presentation need to return the slip to the main office asap.  The presentation will take place during the first half of period 4 this Thursday, October 22.  If you are looking for more information or clarification on the program, please see Mr. Schmidt in Room 137.
Oct. 16 – 22 Want to be a star?  Well then, you’ll have to audition for the Music Man.  Sign up for auditions outside the drama room.
Oct. 9 – Nov. Grace Haven is looking for student volunteers to help with the Festival of Trees event this year at the Centre on November 16 & 17 for set up and Nov. 18 – 21 for event days.  If you are available for this event, please come to the main office to sign up.
Oct. 6 – 23 If you would like to order a picture package from your student card picture, pick up an order form and phone number to call in the main office.  You must pay your student fee in order to receive your student card. Picture retake day is this Friday.
Oct. 2 – 23 The Children’s Resource Centre is looking for student volunteers.  For more information come to the main office. 
20Oct/09

Facepainting with Michelle Silver

Michelle Silver, Mackenzie Cameron and Megan Nault model the face painting done by Michelle.

Michelle Silver, Mackenzie Cameron and Megan Nault model the face painting done by Michelle.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Durocher's Grade 10 Cosmetology classes had the opportunity to learn facepainting techniques from professional face painter Michelle Silver.

Demonstrating on volunteers from the class, Michelle went through artistic face painting techniques from start to finish while the classes looked on. Mrs. Durocher said that "the students were really into it, and look forward to trying it themselves".

Next Tuesday the Cosmetology classes will see a presentation from Jessica Dykes, who does special effects makeup for mock disasters and medical training. She will be showing some more "gruesome" effects for Halloween.

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20Oct/09

Waste Reduction Week @ DHS

The Green Eagles are promoting Waste Reduction Week here at DHS. Click here to learn more at www.drydengreenteam.com.

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