The Gator Gazette

September 2021

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Principal's Message

September 3, 2021

From the Swamp:

Welcome Lorne Akins families! My name is Mr. Herman and I am so excited to be the principal of such an amazing building! Over the past couple of weeks, I have been very fortunate to meet the talented, energetic, caring group of staff. And of course over the last 3 days, I was able to meet your wonderful children! I have to say that when I put these 2 groups together I have such a great feeling about our upcoming year! So, on behalf of all the staff at Lorne Akins, I want to tell you that we can’t wait to begin our 2021/22 school year!

Welcome to the SWAMP!

Mr Herman

Volleyball: Volleyball teams are about to get underway with the senior girls and boys volleyball tryouts happening all next week. The junior volleyball teams will get underway very soon once the senior teams are decided. Go Gators Go!

Gator Swag: We are bringing an online Gator Store so that you are able to purchase all of your favourite Gator Swag. Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for a link to see what’s for sale.

School Fees: School fees will be emailed to you at the end of the month and you will be able to pay through PowerSchool or cash or cheque in the office.

Picture Day: Picture day is fast approaching so mark it on your calendars for next Friday, Sept 10th

Terry Fox Run: Our annual Terry Fox Run will take place on Friday, Sept 17th and we are once again continuing with our “Toonie for Terry” campaign.

Parent Council: Our first Parent Council meeting will be Thursday October 14th. Please email if you would like to be a part of this. More information to come.

Looking Ahead


  • 7th -10th - Sr Volleyball tryouts

  • 10th - Picture Day

  • 17th - Terry Fox Run

  • 30th - National Truth and Reconciliation Day (no school)


  • 6th - Early Dismissal (staff meeting)

  • 11th - Thanksgiving (no school)

  • 12th - PD Day (no school)

  • 14th - School Council 7pm

  • 29th - Halloween Activities

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If you are interested being a lunchtime supervisor daily Monday - Friday from 12:00-1:00 please email or call 780-460-3728


If your child will be absent, please email or call 780-460-3728 (this is 24 hrs and you can leave a voicemail)

If a student needs to leave early, the office MUST hear from a parent. Please email or call the office and we will allow the student to sign out & meet you outside (or walk home).

If a student will be arrive late, they are to sign in at the office, and will be given a late slip. If we have been informed the student will be late, that will be an excused late. Without hearing from a parent, the student would be marked as unexcused.

If you have any questions, please ask the office.

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Lorne Akins Junior High School for Grades 7 to 9

The school serves the neighbourhoods of Akinsdale, Braeside, Erin Ridge, Erin Ridge North, Forest Lawn, Inglewood, Kingswood, Oakmont, Parkwood, Pineview, Regency Heights, Sturgeon Heights, Sturgeon Point Villas and Woodlands.
Derek Herman


Derek Harrison
Assistant Principal