Grade 10

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Image is of Vernon Maloney, rolling out his clay for his Fire Sculpture for Visual Arts 10 course. Students were learning a few of the skills of molding and shaping clay recently in class. 

During this class we also had an active Reality Baby Care, demo on for the Child Studies 11 students , this has. been put over till January as we only had one student with the Baby out at the time of classes were deferred to online, hopefully we can continue this as a class project in the new year.  Have a Good Holiday everyone! 

Students in Visual Arts 10 are done most fundamental elements of art and will be starting a more in debt study of some classic styles of painting within art history.  For example, Leonardo Da Vinci and his inventive drawings of his times. Also, use of colour and mood from Van Gogh. It should be an interesting month ahead of discovery.

In Child Studies students have been working on child development stages and have completed two powers points, one on each stage, two months and four months. Students became aware that all babies, no matter culture or location, do the exact same things at the same age. 

Film Video Production 12 class has finally decided to do a class film on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman Awareness. Students will be doing all the pre-production writing and preparing props. Once we learn camera use, you might see us out and about in the community, as the settings already chosen are within the community. We are also aspiring to submit this film to the National Indigenous Arts competition for this year. 

September has been a busy month for our grade 10 students.    

This recent past week, with Treaty Education week, our students were looking at the history of the Sipekne’katik fishing issue.

We viewed the film 'Treaty Tribulations' (produced by April Maloney) which is a prime example of what can be done with the tools and skills we are learning in Film Production 12.  We wrapped up with a recent clip on YouTube called 'All Eyes on Mi'kma'ki – Current dispute in Digby regarding Sipekne’katik Moderate Livelihood'.

In Child Studies 11, we are looking at ways to transfer traditional knowledge to children.  We watched and discussed as Kerry Prosper takes us through the entire process of making an eel spear, from finding just the right tree to how the spears are actually made. Mi'kmaq youth are shown the tools and learn their place in the ancient eel tradition on YT.

Throughout the courses, students enjoyed learning the history of the fishing issue.  Some saw family members from history, and some saw many family members who are still exercising our rights today. 

Our students are looking forward to making a JI’KMAQNN and learning some songs in the near future. I am also looking forward to this activity, too.

Welcome to a new school year, students!  We look forward to serving you and making sure you have an enjoyable and successful year.

The Education Department and LSK School have come up with plans that aim to keep students, teachers, families and the community safe as possible during these current times.

We are adapting our classrooms to accommodate social distancing and teachers are preparing virtual lessons, due to a possible interruption in regular classes at school.  Students and teachers will begin a new technological way of delivering assignments and marks.  Change can be difficult, especially when conditions are uncertain but we shall keep moving forward.  I believe we have always been a resilient people for at least 500 years, and the proof is, we are still here.  I feel we can get through additional requirements and still reach our potential and goals.  I am hoping with this distancing we will communicate more, regarding questions, understandings and needs, so don’t be shy students.  As for parents, I can be contacted mornings at school and after class hours if you have any concerns you would like to discuss.  The ‘sooner the better’ is my motto.

My overall plans for my course this term is to infuse as much Mi’kmaq culture into the content of materials we use to meet the goals of each course.  For example, in the new Film and Video Production 12 course, students will be analyzing short scenes, character histories and movie reviews in order to create their own works.  We will view ‘Indian Horse”, which is a cinematic landmark dramatizing Canada’s First Nations history.  When we start filming near the end of the course, I am hoping to get the students out on the land filming natural elements and their processes.

I am looking forward to working with students and parents this year.

Respectfully,
Carol Howe
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Dear Students, this is the final newsletter message for this high school year, 2020.

I know these last few weeks haven't been easy. There are so many expectations and excitement over the end of the school year.  I want you to know that as we embrace the blur of awards ceremonies and report cards that this time of year brings, I'm feeling a bit bittersweet.

My wish for you is that you see the light in this world, in yourself, and in
others. I see the light in you. Compliment others, and be proud of your own accomplishments. I am proud of you. Believe in yourself, for you are stronger than you know. I believe in you. Dream, believe, wonder, inspire, love, nurture, and always listen to your heart first.

The end of the school year is a bittersweet time for both students and teachers. Everyone is ready to move on to a new phase: Farewell, toearly mornings and classes! Hello, to social distancing and BBQ, daydreams and social lives!

Enjoy, looking forward to seeing everyone in September, Ms. C. Howe

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