Pontiac School | Naanan biinash Nshwaaswi bemidnisijig


Dear Parents & Students;


Wow!  School has started and we are coming into our second week of school with 4 days this week   We are enthusiastically looking forward to a new school year and new school initiatives.


As a reminder, the following general schedule applies to each classroom:

8:20 – 8:40 a.m.  Entry and Recess

8:40 – 8:50 a.m.  Breakfast

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Morning announcements

10:40 – 11:20 a.m.  Recess (20 mins) and Nutrition Juniors (20 mins)

11:00 -11:40 a.m. Recess (20 mins) and Nutrition Seniors (20 mins)

1:00-1:40 p.m.- Recess (20 mins) and Nutrition Juniors (20 mins)

1:20-2:00 p.m.- Recess (20 mins) and Nutrition Seniors (20 mins)


We will be implementing a new hot lunch initiative soon in cooperation with the WBE and the other schools to encourage healthy eating throughout the year.  Recess breaks for all grades will include active use of the soccer, baseball and basketball court and climbers. We have three staff on the playground at all times to limit incidents as well as all grades will be designated to various play areas throughout the day with a rotation system in order to limit incidents.


With regard to Physical Education this year, we encourage all students to bring proper gym apparel for proper participation.  This includes:  running shoes, jogging pants/shorts and t-shirts.   Students will be allocated time to change into their proper clothing prior to phys. Ed class and will include, where possible, use of the outdoor field.


In order to participate/volunteer in any of the child/children’s activities, you will be required to obtain an updated “Vulnerable Sector Screening (CPIC)” which a letter will be provided to you from the school.  Should you have any concerns my door is always open to the parents and the community.  We look forward to seeing your smiling faces at our 2019- 2020 school events and activities as well as our Meet and Greet day on Thursday September 5th, from 2:30-4:00 at Pontiac School.   The school is always looking for Parents/Extended Family members to sit on various committees should you be interested just give the school a call.


There will be so much happening during the month of September and October which include new changes in learning and school environment as well as other impromptu get-togethers for each classroom and school wide.  Of course, I ask that you be flexible as we may have good opportunities for participation in various cultural and curriculum events this year that may require short notice.  Where possible, we will continue to give you much advance notice.


In Education,

Cheryl Miller-Martin


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Regular School Hours

Mon – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

1st Wed. of each month: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Our building opens at 8:00 am and jump start program begins at 8:20 am. Our entry bell rings at 8:40 am so that our students can take advantage of the morning nutrition breakfast program and school begins at instruction begins 9:00 am. Classes end at 3:00 pm everyday except the first Wednesday of each month classes end at 2:00 pm.

Schedule of Events

Download the  2018/2019 Schedule of Events;

Pontiac School Upcoming Events 2018 _2019 School Year


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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.



Download the 2019- 2020 Handbook

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_headerOverview coming soon!

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.


Tel: 859-3133 Fax: 859-2748


Principal Cheryl Miller-Martin
Vice Principal Jacky Craig
Secretary Randy Recollet
Physical Education Deana Debassige
School Counsellor Peggy Manitowabi (0.5)
S.E.R.T. Natalie Eshkawkogan / Melanie Knight
Native Language Juanita Pheasant
Cultural Arts Teacher Sharon Hunter
Grade 4 Dyann Pulkkinen
Grade 4 Miranda Trudeau
Grade 5 Lisa Bondy
Grade 5 Barbara Sheppard
Grade 5 Dawn Wemigwans
Grade 6 Theresa Peltier
Grade 6 Sharon Lavallee
Grade 7 Jeness Nighswander
Grade 7 Natalie Parrington-Cacciotti
Grade 8 Bridget Schmidt
Grade 8 Dylan MacDonnel
Education Assistant Elijah Manitowabi
Education Assistant Lorraine Toulouse
Education Assistant Adrianna Osawamick
Education Assistant Jacob Fox
Education Assistant Andrea Letander-Trudeau
Education Assistant June Pangowish
Education Assistant Tanya Osawamick
Education Assistant Norma Sprack

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