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Let’s Talk on Cogeco 11 with Cas McGeown films at Eastwood!

What an exciting opportunity our students have been granted to get involved in a television media event! We have an incredible opportunity to showcase the students from Eastwood and Davis in the public forum on Cogeco 11, Let’s Talk! For an example of what this show looks like please try this link to the show’s web page.

 Cas McGeown the host of Let’s Talk, a local Cogeco talk show, has contacted me to book a recording at Eastwood. I jumped at the chance to have our students exercise critical thinking and speaking around topics that are current and important to them. Two topics will be discussed during this forum. The first episode filmed will be on Obesity and Health issues in youth and the second will be on The Power of Reading and how Technology has Changed Learning. Mr. McGeown will come to our school 3 times prior to taping to help prepare our students.

 The date of December 12th has been selected as the day for filming to occur at Eastwood School. We are inviting 12 students from Davis to join us for the Let’s Talk as they are working hard to improve literacy and critical thinking as well.   They were this year’s recipients of the Indigo Love of Reading Grant for $90,000.00.  On the day of taping two separate shows will be filmed with future air dates not yet determined.

 I have finalized our expert panel for the event that will be filmed in the Eagles’ Nest of Eastwood School! Our guests are: Sharon Seslija-Health and Physical Education consultant GECDSB, Dr. Clara Howitt-Superintendent of Education GECDSB, Allen Affleck-teacher GECDSB and Principal of Physical Education Instruction,University of Windsor and Dr. Alistar McLeod, famed Canadian Fiction Writer! 

If you are a student and wish to be considered for the expert panel on one of the two shows please respond to this blog post in the form of persuasive letter to Mr. Cowper and Mr. Dubeau by Thursday, December 6th!

We are excited to read your letters!


Welcome to a New School Year Students and Parents!

This short video was created to help you start your days out great at Eastwood each morning! Enjoy.

We will see you back on September 4th, 2012 at 8:15 am!

Maja the Author

Eastwood’s Chess Apprentice

Owen Salamone has only been playing chess for a few months and already is a class A chess player. Introduced to by his Vice Principal and training with a coach, he has already accomplished to obtain four medals and a trophy placing first in his school at Eastwood for his division. He has future plans to keep playing for Eastwood and to compete in competitions in Toronto and to go much further. He states that the game has a way to keep him and his mind at ease and to build better concentration. He finds the game to be a neutral defensive and offensive game and states his goal to become a chess master. Training everyday and getting better and better at the game. Originally helped by Zoltan the chess master at Eastwood school Owen now takes private lessons from Mr. Lee.

He is even reading a book named End Game by Bobby Fisher about Chess studying every move he has to. Only in grade seven he has already accomplished so much in just a few months. I sat down with him today to interview him and to try to understand his tactics and understand the game from his perspective. Even though is started as just a simple interview with what we call a brilliant chess mind turned into an intense game. As I tried my hardest to beat him in his own game it seemed like he countered every one of my moves and every time I thought I had him trapped he would come around and turn the game in a split second. Not to my surprise I had lost in a devastating fashion. Right at that moment I started to question myself on how this boy of only grade seven could pick up this game made for the greater minds played by some of the most genius people in the world (like our Vice Principal who I think was also beaten by Owen) in only a few months.

I can now say that I do believe that Owen has a great chance of accomplishing his goals of being a chess master and going even further and maybe becoming one of the greatest chess players of the century and as he states the only way he can be great is if he practises everyday getting better and better. All things considered he is by far one of the greatest chess players ever known at Eastwood Public School where Mr. Dubeau and Mrs. Nardone continue to help aspiring chess players each day in the Eagle’s Nest.

written by: Nathan M. of 7/8D

pictures and editing by: Mr. Cowper

Stand-Up Club, The Character Ed. Team welcome Mike Neuts

Last year students from grades 4 through 8 completed the “Tell Them From Me” online survey. With over 96% participation, the survey results provide an accurate picture of student views about their learning experiences and opinions of their school. There were many positive results, but one area of concern was that Eastwood students reported moderate bullying happening  in the month prior to the survey.   Compared to the National average (which was also a concern) Eastwood decided to bump up our actions towards making improvements.

As a school, we have created a Character Education team lead by teachers and our Child and Youth Worker (CYW), the creation of a Stand-Up Club, Monthly Spirit Assemblies that focus on student creativity, participation and leadership, “I Saw You” recognition of student character, an increase of adult visibility in the hallways and the playground, as well as, an online presence on our school blog and facebook accounts, as a way to address concerns outlined in the “Tell Them From Me” survey.

To address the issue of “Bullying” and make a difference at school and in the community, we need parents to join in partnership with the school. We need parents to speak to their children about what is and is not bullying, and learn strategies to deal with the issues of students being the victim of bullying, being a silent bystander that may be feeling intimidated, or at times being the bully.

As a parent, you have the reasonable expectations that when you send your children to school they are treated with respect and dignity. You trust your children will learn, have fun, mature, develop their personality and come home from school. On Friday, February 6th, 1998 this expectation was shattered for Mike and Brenda Neuts, as they were informed their older son Myles was found hanging unconscious, not breathing, on a coat hook in the boy’s washroom at a school in Chatham, Ontario.

Since the tragic loss of their son Myles, Mike and his wife Brenda have been tireless in their efforts as children advocates. Mike has presented from coast to coast, regarding youth violence, bullying and related topics. Mike’s passion is youth and their well-being. They are also proud to have founded the M.C.B.N. being the initials of Myles given names, standing for MAKING CHILDREN BETTER NOW. Please consider visiting the website athttp://www.makechildrenbetternow for more information.
Mike Neuts has agreed to Partner with Eastwood and talk about what he has learned, how we can help, and how we can make a difference with your children in your home, at school and in the community. Please support our efforts in making Eastwood the safest and greatest learning environment for your children and join the Eastwood Special Presentations by Mike Neuts on Monday April 18, 2011. Please feel free to join at the same time with your child so you hear the same message or the first session with the Grade 7 and Grade 8 students as this presentation provides the most information.
For All Parents and Students in Grade 7 and 8 from 8:30 to 10:00 in the gym
Early Years Students and their Parents from 10:50 to 11:25 am in the music room
Students in Grade 1, 2, and 3 and their Parents from 11:30 to 12:30 in the gym
Students in Grades 4, 5, 6 and their Parents from 1:10 to 2:40 pm in the gym
Please Wear PINK on April 18th!

Grade 5 and 6 to the Safety Village for Emergency Preparedness

Many of our star students are interviewed at the Children’s Safety Village on April 27th. Miss Benvenuto brought her students to this star studded event. Every Fire Chief in Essex County was there to open the newest options for safety at the village. Chief Fields from the City of Windsor Fire Department said “The kids are the stars of this show however, it is because of them that we do all of this!”

Way to go 5/6RB! You all represented Eastwood incredibly well. Your behaviour and attitude is a testament to your teachers and to your parents! Great job everyone.

Did you see them on the news?

Hygiene Handbags huge success!

Check out our collected products for Hygiene Handbags! Jessica and her team would like to thank all our students for the support!