Saturday, December 23, 2006

School Skate and Hockey Game


The students jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but couldn't maintain the lead, as the teachers chipped away! We are looking forward to Game #2 in January! Have a Happy Holiday Season from the Staff of J.C. Hill School!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006



10:30 AM TO 11:30 AM


Sunday, December 17, 2006


Congratulations to all the winners at the Toy Bingo!

A huge thanks to all the volunteers and for all the donations, big or small.

Lots more happening this week, like...

Go-Kart draw! Takes place on Friday. Money and unsold tickets must be in by Tuesday.

Candygrams are still for sale. Only $1 will get your message and a candy cane sent to someone in the school. Deliveries will take place on Thursday.

School skate and hockey game, Thursday morning at the Gaylord Powless Arena. It all starts at 9:30 until 11:20.

School movie day at Jackson Square cinemas on Friday. Movie is Unaccompanied Minors.

Gift exchanges in some classrooms and a turkey dinner in the 7-3 class. The more parents that come out to Home and School, the more classes that will enjoy hot lunches and other sponsored events.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Important Dates in December

Here are some key dates in December:
(These are subject to change)

Monday, December 11th: Home and School Meeting 6pm

Tuesday, December 12th: Skate-a-thon money due

Thursday, December 14th: Skate-a-thon from 1:30 - 2:30

Saturday, December 16th: JC Hill Toy Bingo

Tuesday, December 19th: Go-Kart Draw tickets due

Thursday, December 21st: School skate 9:30 - 11:20
Pizza Lunch
Afternoon Classroom Activities

Friday, December 22nd: Movie Day (Unaccompanied Minors) at Jackson Square Cinemas
Go-Kart Draw takes place

Friday, December 01, 2006

JC Hill Design & Technology Christmas Draw

Dear Parents,

All students who attend JC Hill Elementary School will be participating in a fund-raising raffle from December 1, 2006 to December 22, 2006. All proceeds from the draw will benefit the Design & Technology Program at JC Hill.

Students will be responsible for any unreturned tickets (e.g. If a student takes 10 tickets, they will be required to hand-in $50.00 or any combination of money and unsold tickets which adds up to $50.00). All money and unsold tickets must be returned to Mr. Shognosh before students will be allowed to go on any field trips or participate in any extra-curricular activities.

All money and/or tickets must be returned by Tuesday December 19, 2006. Tickets are $5.00 a piece. Every student is asked to sell at least 1 book of tickets.

The student who sells the most tickets will receive a $200.00 Future Shop card.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Report Card Day: Friday December 1st

Friday, December 1st is Report Card Day. Forms have gone home with students for parents/guardians to sign up for an interview/pick-up time. Please set up a time ASAP. We'll see you on Friday! (Might need your snow gear!)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Awards Recognition Assembly

At today's Awards and Recognition assembly, Wayne Johnson and his wife Danielle accepted the money raised by our change drive, as well as $100 from the union. Today's bake sale put on by the 7-3 class helped to raise another $102.00. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson thanked the school for their efforts.

Several students (28 total) received perfect attendance certificates. This is down from 40 students in September. Let's hope the numbers bounce back up. Remember, December has only 3 weeks of school, so perfect attendance should be easily obtained in that month!

Visual Art awards were handed out for stellar performances from each class. Winners were as follows:

7-1: Bailey
Honourable Mentions: Chelsey, Yegwenyes

7-2: Kenisha
Honourable Mentions: Trista, Skylar

7-3: Hilary
Honourable Mentions: Kylie, Shawnee, Shanda

8-1: Heather
Honourable Mentions: Jesse, Jheri

8-2: John
Honourable Mentions: Brier, Lydia

8-3: Danielle
Honourable Mentions: Geeg, Alannah

Friday, November 17, 2006

Put the Home back in Home & School

Attention all parents: We need you to attend the Home & School meeting this Monday at 6 pm at JC Hill School. Important matters will be discussed and your input is paramount. Hope to see you there!


Helllo Everyone

Email your picks and the score to and you could be the winner of a GREY CUP AUTHENTIC PRIZE! Closest to the actual score will win the prize. Picks have to be made by SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18th at 9:00pm in order to be eligable. MONTREAL or B.C.????? Who will win the Grey Cup???

Mr. Hickey

First Nations Projects - Grade 7 & 8

All First Nations Projects are due today, Friday, November 17, 2006. Students have had one month to complete in-class research, use the computer lab for internet research and prepared a hand written, good copy. For the last two weeks, they have had the opportunity to take their projects home to complete rough copies and work on good copies. Eight grade 7 students and two grade 8 students have already handed in completed projects and will receive 5 Bonus Marks! Way to go! This completed project is worth 100 marks towards semester two report cards.

On Monday, November 20, we will begin in-class presentation of student projects. Each student will talk about what they researched and what they have learned about a particular First Nations People or an important First Nations Issue.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Change Drive Results

The results are in, and Mr. Hickey and Mr. Johnson's classes have won pizza parties for their class' contributions to the Johnson family change drive. Mr. Hickey's class had the greatest total, while Mr. Johnson's class had the best average per student. The teacher's union pitched in $100.00 to add to the school's total of $703.12 . Thanks to everyone who contributed. Every amount, big or small, goes a long way to helping the family through their tough times.

Here are the classroom totals:

8-1 Mr. Hickey $200.95

7-2 Mr. Sowden $149.71

8-2 Mrs. Martin $120.78

Beh. Mr. Johnson $75.46

8-3 Mrs. Monture $35.64

7-3 Mr. R.G. $31.88

ML3 Ms. Ireland $29.41

Gr. 6 Mr. Freeman $28.25

7-1 Miss General $17.25

ML2 Mrs. McGregor $16.79

ML1 Mrs. Thomas Did not participate

Friday, November 10, 2006

What's happening in D & T

Here's some photos taken by Mr. Shognosh from his grade 7 Design and Tech automotive classes. Some more shots of the carts in action should be up in the next week or two.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

November 8/06

We had a touching Remembrance Day service this morning- thanks to Mrs. V. Monture and Mrs. J. Johnson for organizing that for our school- The students were very respectful.

We had a percentage assessment today, so there is no math homework (boohoohoo).

Spelling- Unit 8 p. 32, which most students are probably finished.

Remember to bring in clippings from magazines, newspapers, etc. for SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING careers for our class project.

See you in the a.m.
Mrs. Martin

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Remembering Our Veterans

Tomorrow is the Remembrance Day assembly. Please wear your poppies with pride and remembrance. Enjoy this link, courtesy of Mr. M. Freeman, for a video for the song, "A Pittance of Time".

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween Dance

The Halloween dance went well. i received so much artwork during the last few days, some of it rush work, and some of it well done, that i think we should have a dance on a monthly basis if it's what gets these students so motivated. At least the ones who still do decent work.

There were some excellent costumes and some great dancing. Funniest costume went to Kevin for his cross dressing Joy Johnson imitation. Most original went to John Boy for his fat security guard. Scariest costume went to Shaylayna for her gory doctor costume.

Names and pictures must be cleared with permission before we can get them up on the blog, but let's just say, the boy who dressed as a woman, and the boy who was a fat security guard were two of my personal favourites. Not only did they wear the costumes, they really sold it through their performance and movement. Drama and dance marks are forthcoming.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Frightfully Good

A big round of applause to Deneen and Darlene for their successful Halloween Fun Night. With the help of some awesome parents volunteers and donations, as well as some great student helpers, JC Hill enjoyed a frightful night.

Feel free to post a comment about your favourite stations. What cool face painting by Ms. Maracle! What a frightfully delightful haunted stage put on by Mr. Sowden's class. Not to mention all the delicious goodies, either freshly popped, cleverly crafted into a witch's hand, or straight off the Bar-B!

Thanks to Home & School for such a fun time, especially on such short notice. My apologies for people who had to wait in line for the pictures that kept on jamming. You'd think the printer was possessed by Bob Marley!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Come one, come all!

Just a reminder that JC Hill's Halloween Fun Night is tomorrow night (Thursday, October 26th) from 6pm to 8pm.

If you can make it, that's great. If not, tell your friends and family and maybe they'll be able to. All proceeds go back to the Home and School, which in turn benefits your child directly through trip funding, school supply purchasing, graduation gifts, and the list goes on.

Thanks to those of you who were able to make a donation or volunteer your time. It is greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

October 24th

Let's give three cheers to Mr. Restoule General for the Mayhem Poets trip- hip hip hooray!!
(x 3) Taking the whole school is a fantastic idea.

Also thanks to the same guy for my overhead markers- all my favourite colours too!

Mrs. Martin

Monday, October 23, 2006

Mayhem Poets trip tomorrow!

The Mayhem Poets performance is tomorrow afternoon. We will be leaving the school at 12:15 and arriving back in time for the afternoon buses. It is at the Sanderson Centre, at 1pm, should any of you wish to "crash" it. This is an exciting opportunity to see a world renown group of "slam poetry" performers. Curriculum connections to Language Arts and Dramatic Arts will be done in class, so attendance is mandatory, unless a signed "non-permission" form was returned to the school.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Great attendance pays off

Several students were given the amazing opportunity (at the last minute) to attend the ImagiNATIVE film festival today. Vice Principal Mrs. Jamieson and I selected 46 students, all of whom had either no absences or under 2 absences. About 7 students were chosen from each class, and i am pleased to say that the 7-3 class actually had the MOST students without an absence so far this year. You should be proud of yourselves, and Mrs. Jamieson and i would like to congratulate you by bringing you on the trip with us. Students will screen a film in the morning and then have a workshop/training session with award winning Native director Alanis Obomsawin. (pictured above)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Home & School Minutes

J.C. Hill Home & School Meeting
Monday, October 16, 2006
6:00 – 8:00 pm.


1. Welcome & Introduction of Members - The following Home representative was present – Deneen Montour (Chair) and the following School staff were present – Luanne Martin, Joe Restoule General, Cathy Jamieson and Louise Hill

The following are a list of ideas the group brainstormed on how to increase parent and staff participation at Home & School meetings and events:

All teachers are asked to assign students the task of following the guide on how to make invitations with a R.S.V.P.(Nov. 6) from "Writing Makes Sense" to invite parents to next home and school meeting. RSVP due by Nov. 10.

Notices with meeting dates for Home & School to be distributed to all students at the same time and attached to invitation.

Notice of J.C. Hill Home & School meetings and events read on CKRZ Radio.

Make arrangements for Information sessions and/or guest speakers to present at Home and School meetings.

Hold an Achievement Awards Night in place of day time assembly to recognize students. Have students recognized at Home & School meeting.

Send Volunteer Form home to parents. Indicate class representative for each class.

Include Home and School Meeting and Event dates in Agendas

Include Home and School Meetings and Event dates on Blogs

All teachers are asked to send Home & School notices/event information home as part of weekly Oral Reading assignments. Students should read to parents and parents sign and return.

Notices and flyers posted around school one week prior to meeting/event, announcements made daily to promote the event e.g. guest speaker

Include Home and School Meeting and Events dates on monthly calendar if there is going to be one

Ideas for Guest Speakers – Nov. - Peer Helping Anti-bullying speaker/session presentation. Dec. - Speaker on Media and the role of the internet – CyberSpace Information.

Ordering of School Clothing and Mugs.

Ideas to increase Staff Participation– Buddy system, representatives from various areas - A teacher each from the following divisions/areas Grade 8, Grade 7, Special Ed., Support staff, Administration and Language

Discussion on how to increase participation of parents and staff at Home & School meetings and events lead to the following procedure to be implemented

"The expectation of the J.C. Hill Home and School is that each parent will demonstrate support for the organization by attending a minimum of one meeting or event throughout the school year in order for their child(ren) to be sponsored through the use of Home & School funds for the year end trip beginning October 2006."

The group felt that equity in the distribution of support is important and that a few parents working on behalf of all students was not equitable. The group hopes that this will ensure greater participation by a larger number of parents/guardians

This Home & School procedure will be sent home with all students along with the volunteer form. It will be stated that the Home & School looks forward to all parent’s future involvement throughout the 2006-2007 school year.

Record keeping in the form of Sign-In sheets will need to be kept at all future events.

2. Home & School Executive – Deneen Montour will serve as Home & School Chair. She will serve as Secretary, until one is found. This will ensure record keeping. Wilma Williams will serve as Treasurer for the 2006-2007 School year. The Home & School needs to fill the position of Vice or Co-Chair and Secretary as soon as possible

3. Approval of Agenda – Cathy Jamieson requested that the Canadian Spelling Bee be added to the agenda. Joe Restoule General was also added to the agenda re: request for monies.

4. Principal’s Report – Louise Hill reported on the following:
Peer Helping Program is going very well
Design and Technology Program going well
Cross Country team is largest in years
Behaviour class is a challenge, taking up a lot of administrative time. She suggested that a separate handbook for the behavioural class be developed for parents. The handbook would address parental expectations
INAC is reviewing the Grade 7 & 8 Policy
Administrators received bouquets from staff for "Boss’s Day"

5. Graduation Committee – Deneen reported that Joy Johnson had told her that Lois Bomberry has volunteered to help.

6. Treasurer’s Report – Wilma Williams was not in attendance. Deneen reviewed the balance she reported on at the Open House. The Home & School currently has a balance of $5, 114. 25.

7. Fundraising – The group reviewed the Volunteer Form. Additional Fundraising events were added to the list. The group discussed the Hallowe’en Fun Night. The group hoped to simplify. Letters for participation and donations will be going home to parents.

The group scheduled a planning meeting for the Hallowe’en Fun Night on Thursday, October 19th @ 3:15 pm. At the school. All parents and staff are invited to attend.

Hot Dogs, Pop, Needle in the Haystack, Face Painting, Photos and possibly Sandy the Psychic were suggested. ACTION: Deneen to prepare all notices, etc.

TOY BINGO - Discussion regarding the Toy Bingo – December 16, 2006 took place. The Home & School will be putting request in for additional money to the Dreamcatcher funds, Six Nations Council and Six Nations Police.

Additional suggestions for fundraising included:
Raffle offering Mrs. Jamieson’s Painting, Stan Wesley – Photography
School Clothing and items – Possibly for a Home & School Meeting
Mugs with collage of student’s artwork
School Christmas Cards.

8. Discussion of how to use 2006-2007 Home & School funds
Suggestions included:
Research materials
Iroquoian singing group –water drums, rattles, supplies. Mr. Sowden will be looking after this
Pennies, sport jerseys, school shirts.

9. Focus for this coming year – ideas and suggestions for future meetings
Ideas for Guest Speakers:
Nov. -. School Clothing and items e.g. Mugs for Ordering
Dec. - Peer Helping Anti-bullying speaker/session presentation
Jan. - Speaker on Media and the role of the internet – CyberSpace Information

10. New Business
Spelling Bee – Received information from Bernadette Wabie, WCC will be coordinating the Spelling Bee this year. Registration Date is due November 30, 2006. Coaching begins on December 14th. Regional competition between March – April. Ontario Championship Final in May and Provincial Championship in June. $450.00 to cover registration costs, 3 students per class, but being flexible. $25.00/student. Cathy Jamieson will put request into Union. If the Union does not approve request then the Home & School will cover the cost.

Request for Money from Home & School Budget – Mayhem Poets – Sanderson Centre, October 24th, 2006. It covers Language Arts curriculum, inspires students to write poetry. Ticket cost is covered by students. Request for Home & School to cover buses - $112.00 x 4 buses = $448.00. Home & School accepted request by consensus.

11. Adjournment

(Thank you to D. Montour for providing these minutes.)

Friday, October 13, 2006

Arts: Cycle 6

In The Arts, grade seven students are creating Halloween Art that uses positive and negative space in silhouettes. Animal art is still being worked on.

For grade eights, an animation/sculpture assignment is beginning, where students must create, sketch, and sculpt a character for a Disney animated film. They are also continuing to work on their personal art submissions for our upcoming interviews.

Any questions, please contact me.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Mayhem and Home and School

Parents, students, teachers...a reminder of the Home & School meeting on Monday, October 16th from 6 to 8 pm. Please attend.

The school's first field trip will take place at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford. Students will be treated to the inspirational performance art of the Mayhem Poets. Click on the link to view their webpage. This is a curriculum tied event, so all students are expected to attend, as Arts and Language Arts connections will be strengthened by this awesome opportunity. In-class assignments will be given in response to this event. Cost for students is only $10 a ticket, as busing is (hopefully) being provided through fundraising efforts.

In Arts news, grade sevens are continuing to complete their realistic animal art. They are to complete sketches of a horse and another animal of their choice, then good copies based on their geometric sketches. Prior assignments that should be handed in are a Line, Colour and Shape assignment, and a Coat of Arms for their Arts folder/portfolio.

Grade eights have until the end of October to submit their two pieces of cut-out symmetry, a symmetrical magazine drawing, a work using pointillism, and a personal expressive art piece designed with the elements and principles of art in mind, which they will be interviewed on.

Any questions regarding any of these items, feel free to e-mail me using the link with my name.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Tuesday, October 10/06

Today is Day 5 and it seems many students are extremely tired today. Blame it on the fair? the turkey?

Reminder that highschool choice sheets have been sent home and are due back by Thurs., Oct. 12th to ensure your child gets to go to the correct orientations.

Also due are September's assessment sheets that were sent home last week.

Math sheet- We've started our third strand- geometry (3-dimensional). Students have a work sheet to complete.
Spelling- Unit 4- 5 times each, syllables, parts of speech
Oral Read- from the newspaper- Chapter 2 and/or 3- Iqbal

Agendas need to be viewed and signed each evening.

See you in the morning.
Mrs. L. Martin

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Fantastic School Blog!!

Thanks to Mr. Restoule-General for putting us all on-line at J.C. Hill- Now no one will get lonesome for any of the teachers! hahahahaha
I have a fair to get to, so I will blog some more later! Cia
Mrs. L. Martin

Friday, October 06, 2006

The Revolution is about to Begin!

This blog is created with students, teachers, and parents in mind. At this central site, you can view rotary assignments and information, all on one blog. You can also click on a link to a teacher's homeroom to see what's happening there, or to contact one of the rotary teachers.
Enjoy your visit to the JC Hill Blog!