Suzuki Planet: February 2015
Be The Change
Mission, Vision, Values
Our Motto is "Be the Change".
Our Vision for David Suzuki Secondary School is to develop a collaborative community of individuals who are continually evolving to become environmental stewards capable of taking action to better the world.
Our Mission as a school community is to create a safe learning environment where all students learn to respect each other, their community and the planet. We do this by providing diverse learning opportunities that involve students, staff, parents and the community so that students can become productive lifelong learners.
Our Values include: Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, Empathy.
Message from the principal
Greetings from the staff and Admin Team at David Suzuki Secondary School. It’s hard to believe, but we are at the half way mark of the 2014/15 academic year and it is my sincere hope that your son or daughter has experienced great success in semester 1.
If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to review your teen’s semester 1 Final Report Card, issued on February 6th. Should you have any concern about your son or daughter’s progress, please be sure to contact their Guidance Counsellor or Vice Principal. You can book an appointment to meet by calling the school’s Main Office.
As you can imagine, semester 1 was action-packed and as we gear up for semester 2, I encourage all students to set both personal and educational goals that will lead to future success and achievement.
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#SuzukiCares: Nurturing a Positive School Culture
Our goal is to create a safe and positive school climate through a variety of proactive and responsive bullying prevention and intervention strategies; to increase the capacity of school staff and students to actively get involved in bullying prevention and intervention activities; to increase the number of students who are willing to seek support from school staff for personal and peer related issues.
- Huddle Up - Wednesday April 8th
- The Day of Pink - coming in April
- Mental Health - May 8th, details below
Learn more about our work in our #SuzukiValues storify: https://storify.com/DavidSuzukiSS/a-semester-of,
by visiting our Safe Schools page: http://schools.peelschools.org/sec/davidsuzuki/aboutus/safeschools/Pages/default.aspx
or by visiting @FacesOfSuzuki on Instagram.
RESCHEDULED!!! School Council Invites Parents to: Steve Chapelle's "Social Media Zombies"
Thursday, April 16th 2015 at 7pm
David Suzuki Secondary School
- willful self-exposure
- unsecured confidential information
Risks, examples and most importantly, prevention measures will be presented.
Please RSVP by April 14th
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
You're Invited to: Supporting Our Youth's Mental Health - A Forum of Community Agencies
Tuesday, May 5th 2015 at 5:30pm
David Suzuki Secondary School
We currently have 10 community services attending and 2 guest speakers. More information to follow. Save the date!
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Arts at Suzuki
Our student actors, artists, dancers and musicians have had an amazingly productive semester, and celebrated with an amazing performance and exhibition of artworks in late December. Students had opportunities to connect their curricular learning and extra curricular experiences to character values, numeracy, the environment and 21st century skills.
To learn more about what is happening in the Arts at David Suzuki, follow our blog at dsssarts.com
To see more about our Arts Performances and Exhibitions, view our storify: https://storify.com/DavidSuzukiSS/suzukiarts-show-december-2014
Kudos to our bands for great performances!
The technology wizardy of the kids runnning the sound and light boards kept the show running smoothly.
Digital artwork in display
Suzuki students value the healh of their environment
Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Technology and core values of Caring and Responsibility all come together in many of our environmental projects. Have a peek at some of the highlights of a semester of environmental responsibility:
Congratulations to all winter sports teams for their achievements and accomplishments as they begin to wrap up their season. Good luck to the boys' basketball teams as they prepare for playoffs. Try-outs for the following sports teams will be beginning in March. Cricket, Badminton, Rugby, Soccer, Track & Field, Girls Fast Pitch, Boys Baseball, Lacrosse, Ball Hockey and Ultimate Frisbee. Our goal is to offer programs for every student at David Suzuki whether it is the weight room club, intramurals or a sports team we challenge all students to get involved in extracurricular activities at David Suzuki.
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Suzuki Business Holiday Eco Sale: Business Acumen, Communication Skills & Numeracy for a great cause
The Grade 11 Entrepreneurship class demonstrates the 3 Ps of Ethical Business: People, Planet, Profits at the Holiday Eco Sale raising money to benefit our outdoor classroom. Students spread the Christmas cheer with Suzuki Gear and Fair Trade treats, raising over $400. These budding entrepreneurs demonstrated great team work, numeracy and communication skills, while they built confidence and reduced waste in our community. Way to go!
From the Learning Commons
Second semester will have lots of exciting events in the Learning Commons! There are two Canadian authors coming to visit the school:
March 2 - Eric Walters - http://www.ericwalters.net/
May 1 - Deborah Ellis - http://deborahellis.com/
- We are also adding new books to the collection almost daily! Make reading an everyday habit. #SuzukValues
- Keep an eye on our Twitter @DSSS_LC for news, events and contests. During the month of February we will have daily Black History Month quotes #DSSSBHMQ
Grade 10 Business Students Raise $1193 for Charity & Scholarships!!!
Grade 10 Business students raised over $1,193 for charity and scholarships through Venture Week! The most successful Venture group in each Grade 10 Business class donated the class's profits to the charity of their choice.
Each class contributed towards the $200 Business Scholarship award given to a graduating student pursing Business in post-secondary. Charity donations have been made by 'Mirror Wheels Corp.' to the Parkinson's Society of Canada for $433, by 'Infinite Corp.' for $258 to Sick Kids Foundation, and by 'Easy Breezy Corp.' for $302 to Free the Children .
Congratulations to all the students, and many thanks to everyone that came out to support us!
Suzuki Holiday Talent Show
Suzuki Basketball wins ROPSSAA again
Faces of Suzuki posting: Check the account to hear my feelings related to December 6th.
Faces of Suzuki posting: Check the account to hear about my first winter in Canada!
Faces of Suzuki posting: Check the account to learn about how I try to support girls in our school.
Suzuki Project Complete
Suzuki leads the way
Do you think of Suzuki as a model school? CWF does. At the beginning of the semester, they published a four page article in their national magazine, WILD, designed to inspire classes from other schools across Canada to follow the David Suzuki SS example!
Suzuki Business Students Compete in Simulation Export Fair
On January 8 & 9, the grade 12 International Business students showcased their final evaluation, The International Business Export Trade Show. This was a hands on experience, that provided a 'real' trade show simulation as they were visited by several classes. In addition to selecting a product to export to their assigned countries, students had to complete a detailed Corporate Social Responsibility campaign showcasing how their business was going to support and give back to society. Classes and teachers attending the trade show voted on the "best" export business. All teams displayed great initiative and hard work. The winning teams were Alissa Rosan & Tianna Puddie for their export of the toy Rainbow Loom to Brazil and Simran Gill for exporting Tim Hortons to the Netherlands.
Be The Change!
Suzuki Halloween Fun
A short video of a few of the costumes we saw can be seen here: http://www.magisto.com/album/video/KCQ6RgdbSVh7OX0GDmEwCXh2