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Message from the Principal

Mackenzie Sayers, Principal

Mackenzie Sayers, Principal

Welcome to Pontiac School!

Here at Pontiac we pride ourselves on our academic successes and our extracurricular achievements. To support our students in their academic endeavors we’ve developed a professionally collaborative team. Our staff engages in accountable talk regarding practices in teaching and reflecting on lessons to ensure students are meeting their daily learning goals. To assist with this we ensure co planning time is available to grade teams, our staff meet once a week in Professional Learning Communities, and professional development occurs monthly in school wide staff meetings. Professional development days are geared towards the various needs of the grade teams and encourage learning through the use of hands on activities that allow a finished product to be brought back to the classrooms for use in teaching practices.

Our staff also collaborate with educational technology, numeracy and literacy facilitators of our First Nation Student Success Program. The educational technology facilitator assists with ensuring software is running to allow assessments to be monitored, our staff learning about and utilizing technology in the classroom and assisting our students in becoming great digital citizens. Our students are currently involved in projects for programs such as Prodigy, Reading Eggs, Lexia and Dream box, and various classrooms are avid users of tagxedo, bitstrips, edmodo, twitter, etc. All classrooms are equipped with Smart boards which allow for interactive lessons to engage all students. Our numeracy facilitator assists with coplanning and the creation of summative assessments to ensure all students are receiving the same form of assessment. She also assists with the delivery of lessons, how to utilize and introduce manipulatives to assist students, and any other numeracy concern that arises with the staff or students. The literacy facilitator has assisted with the implementation of the Daily Five/Three in our classrooms which has assisted with great literacy gains in our students. She also assists with conferencing and other forms of assessment that ensure our student’s individual reading and writing needs are being met.

Our school believes in a “no surprises” environment for our students and are transitioning to an environment where learning goals are posted along with the criteria to succeed at these goals. This allows for students to know what the goal of each lesson is and how to attain that goal.

We also engage in various extracurricular activities that engage our students in activities that meet their physical needs. At various times in the year we have volleyball, cross country, three pitch, etc. events that students can participate in. We also encourage students to participate in a Jump Start program that engage them in physical activity prior to the beginning of the school day. We also have students who engage in a chess club, guitar club, etc. This program begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs until the bell goes with a nutritious snack delivered prior to the start of their academic classes.   We also have programs that are geared towards building better relationships and those include Roots of Empathy, Walking the Path, and other various programs through the support of our student counselor and various interagencies within the community.

Pontiac is continually striving to meet the needs of our students through the collaboration of staff, First Nations Student Success Program, and various interagencies. This year will be no different as we see our students strive for their learning goals, develop themselves physically and socially through a healthy lifestyle and become outstanding and contributing citizens of society.

Mackenzie Sayers

Principal, Pontiac School

Introduction

The Wikwemikong Pontiac School was constructed in 1958 and of interesting note became the site of the community’s water distribution once construction was complete.    Pontiac School  is a one-story building that has since experienced additions to accommodate higher student populations;  one in 1963, which was the “T” shaped addition to the east side of the building, the gymnasium in 1985 and finally, another addition in 2007 to the North side of the building.

Pontiac School was named after a famous Odawa war Chief and leader named Pontiac.    Pontiac’s formidable role as a daring actor and determined spirit in a Great Lake battle, rightly named Pontiac’s War, which forced the British to recognize Aboriginal rights and also led to the Royal Proclamation of 1763‎ and the Treaty of Niagara in 1764.  For this reason, Chief Pontiac serves as the inspiration for the school’s name and the amazing fact that Pontiac’s descendants do call Wikwemikong their home!

Today, Pontiac School students exhibit ambition and determination in their own brave way, striving for academic success, cultural retention and athletic prowess in the spirit of Chief Pontiac.

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Guiding Principles

  • Honour and up hold the board’s mission statement
  • Encourage the participation of all community members in the educational process.
  • Continue to update the skills and knowledge of those individuals responsible for delivery of education
  • Will establish clear and fair policies that respect protocol and communication
  • Keep abreast of changes in Education and Environment by participating and liaising with local, regional, provincial, and federal education agencies
  • Establish and maintain lines of authority
  • Ensure community member’s educational needs are met
  • Submit an annual report to Chief and Council for acceptance
  • Recognition of the need to have annual staff appraisals
  • Educational funds will be used for recognized and approved education programs
  • Promote a healthy team oriented environment

Programs

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We had 11 students from the Pontiac School participate in the Manitoulin Bus Patroller Seminar on Wednesday November 3, 2010 at the Central Manitoulin Public School Mindemoya Ontario.

The training included topics such as:

  • General duties of a Bus Patroller – Constable Al Boyd – OPP
  • Emergency First Aid – (Paramedics)
  • Emergency Fire Safety – (Fire Department)
  • Safety videos – Constable Al Boyd – OPP
The Aboriginal Shield Program is a substance abuse prevention initiative designed specifically for Aboriginal youth. The program content was developed in partnership with the Nechi Institute on Alcohol and Drug Education and is designed to supplement existing substance abuse education programs. The NGWAAGAN GAMIG (Rainbow Lodge) may use this culturally-specific package to educate Aboriginal youth about substance abuse issues.
Resource material for the program consists of four teaching modules — Aboriginal culture, substance abuse, prevention, and informed and responsible decision-making.

Established in 1996, Roots of Empathy (ROE) is an award winning evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasingly empathy. Working in partnership, the ROE program reaches elementary children from Kindergarten to Grade 8. In Canada, the program is delivered in English and French and reaches rural, urban, and remote communities including Aboriginal communities. Roots of Empathy is also delivered internationally in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Research results from National and International evaluations of ROE indicate significant reductions in aggression and increases in pro-social behavior.

Our mission is to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. The focus of ROE in the long term is to build the capacity of the next generation for responsible citizenship and responsive parenting. In the short term, ROE focuses on raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of bullying and aggression.

This program helps the grade eight students to experience many of the responsibilities as the parent of a new infant. As a temporary parent, each student will provide care for computerized infant which must be supervised by the student. It is their responsibility to tend to the Baby’s needs. The outcome of this program is to have the students understand the consequences of sex when they are not ready and the cost of raising a child, the emotional and physical commitments and an understanding of how much time raising the baby takes away from being a teenager.

Parents are encouraged to help by providing emotional support and treating the Baby as if it were real. Offering advice but the student should do the actual work of caring for the Baby.

These computerized babies are taken home over night by each student and returned to school the following day. These babies are programmed and will reveal at what exact care they have through. For example, was the baby fed? Was the baby crying long? Or was the baby mishandled?

Walking the Path is an educational initiative that focuses on teaching Native and non Native students about the history, beliefs and cultural traditions of Aboriginal peoples. Developed and supported by the Ontario Provinicial Police (OPP) and using Anishnabe cultural teachings as a foundation, it is designed as a way of providing all students with insight into Native culture, and Native youth in particular, as a way to instill pride in who they are and where they come from.

Walking the Path addresses the belief that young people who have the self-respect and self-confidence to function independently are better prepared to cope with negative influences or peer pressure. Individuals who feel good about themselves are much more likely to respect others as well as the rules and laws of their community. A positive self-image is essential for a person to function as a responsible and contributing member of society.

Walking the Path involves the delivery of youth empowerment strategies; promotes self-concept, self-esteem and respect for others; and deals with issues such as healing from trauma, abuse and racism, and combating stereotypes, prejudices and biases. Walking the Path has grown into an award-winning youth empowerment initiative.

Faculty

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Tel: 859-3133 Fax: 859-2748

Principal Mackenzie Sayers
Secretary Marlene Kimewon
Physical Education Deana Debassige
Librarian Nimkii Lavall – 1/2 days
S.E.R.T. Nelson Wood
Roselynda Francis
Native Language Sally Recollet
Social Counsellor Peggy Manitowabi
Music Stephen Granville
Educational Assistants June Pangowish
Ann Marie Assiniwe
Marie Ann Enosse
Grade 5 Robin Cooper
Teresa Peltier
Grade 6 Dyann Pulkkinnen
Natalie Eshkawkogan
Grade 7 Tracy Manitowabi
Barb Sheppard
Grade 8 Stephen McGraw
Sharon Lavallee

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