A MESSAGE FROM THE PONTIAC SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Aanii Kina Wiiya! Welcome back to a new school year at the Wikwemikong Pontiac School!
Lorraine Pitawanakwat n’dizhnikaaz. Wiikwemkoong miinwa Saskatchewan/Toronto n’doonjibaa. I am enthusiastic to be Principal again for a second year and to be part of a growing organization which continues to inspire its students daily in the areas of Academics, Behaviour, Anishnaabemowin Language and Culture all while promoting positive and healthy relationships. We welcome back all returning Pontiac staff and our new staff who will take the journey with us: Cameryn Beaudry (Grade 8), Mark Gibeault (Grade 7), Myles Ryan (Grade 8), Alison Biederman, Special Education Resource Teacher, June Pangowish, EA and Wellness Navigator Mariah Shawanda.
Our world is rapidly changing and as dedicated educators we rise to the challenge. Our students are all learning to use technology in the classroom as the tool it was created to be. You will note the expanding use of smart boards in the classrooms by all staff, and staff teaching students to communicate effectively, taking advantage of all programs which will enhance learning. You will see inclusion of all students in our classrooms. We continue to encourage the use of outdoor learning environments as we view the whole world as a “classroom” and learning as a way of being, as we return to what our ancestors cherished.
Language and culture continues to be primary with a Culture Committee in place.
We continue to offer academic programming which helps our students develop resilience and build self-esteem, while encouraging them to do their best. Research proves that positive attitude and high self-esteem are early indicators of future success in life. We will offer students learning opportunities which engage them in their learning and propel them to higher levels of achievement. Student wellness is important, and we work with community partners to provide support for students who seek assistance outside of their academics both in and outside of the school setting.
We look forward to several new extra-curricular activities and will continue to offer all of the traditional Sports Teams, Tournaments, Clubs and Spirit Days normally celebrated and posted on the WBE website. Mii owi.
Mrs. Lorraine Pitawanakwat, Principal
“Who dares teach must never cease to learn.”
~ John Cotton Dana
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 for the morning (jump start program) and ends at 5:00 pm with the After-school program. Our entry bell rings at 8:40 am so that our students can take advantage of the morning nutrition breakfast program.
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.
- 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
- Manitoulin Bus Patroller Seminar
- Aboriginal Shield Program Gr. 7 & 8
- Roots of Empathy (ROE) Gr. 5
- Baby Think it Over Gr. 8
- Walking the Path Gr. 7
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
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
|Secretary||Randy Recollet (Interm)|
|Physical Education||Deana Debassige|
|S.E.R.T.||Cathy Fox / Allison Biederman|
|Native Language||Juanita Pheasant|
|Social Counsellor||Peggy Manitowabi|
|Educational Assistants||Rachel Maiangowi / Terri-Lynn Wemigwans / June Pangowish|
|Grade 4||Mrs. Miranda Trudeau / Dawn Wemigwans / Mrs. Dyann Pulkkinen|
|Grade 5||Ms. Teresa Peltier / Mrs. Robin Cooper|
|Grade 6||Mrs. Natalie Eshkawkogan / Sharon Lavallee|
|Grade 7||Mrs. Barbara Sheppard / Mr. Mark Gibeault|
Grade 8 – Myles Ryan / Cameron Beaudry