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EMSB schools celebrate Black History Month through wide array of initiatives

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By Kristin McNeill The English Montreal School Board marked Black History Month in February across its network. This was the first time schools with the EMSB  could access a specially created Black History Month Unit to use throughout the official Black History Month in February – and all year long. Designed by the board’s Spiritual and Community Animation Service (SCA), the material was designed as an entry point into a conversation about Black history, where students and teachers could engage in stories and videos about Black Canadians, through the lens of character strengths, and take part in activities that encourage reflection on identity and representation.  “The feedback from the animators who implemented the unit was very positive,” said Danika Swanson, Spiritual and Community Animation Service Consultant. “Teachers and students alike appreciated learning about the purpose, importance, and history behind Black History Month, as well as learning about the challenges and accompli

Media Advisory: Westmount High School to mark Kamala Harris’ inauguration

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Montreal, January 19, 2021 –  While the big party will be taking place in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, January 20, the students and staff at Westmount High School will be holding a special celebration as one of their own, Kamala Harris, is set to be sworn in as the 49 th Vice President of the United States. To mark the historic day, while respecting all COVID-19 protocols, Westmount High School students will be streaming the inauguration in their classes. Students will also create a commemorative video which they will share with the community. The school is also expecting to receive items from the United States Consulate General in Montreal to mark the occasion.   Kamala Harris and Joe Biden At the age of 12, Kamala temporarily relocated to Montreal while her mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, took a job teaching at McGill University and did research at the Jewish General Hospital. While living in Montreal, Kamala attended FACE School for one year before attending Westmount Hig

Interview with High School of Montreal Adult Education Centre teacher Anna Panunto by a Syrian journalist

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Writer's note:   Anna Panunto is a teacher at the High School of Montreal Adult Education Centre of the EMSB. This  interview  with her will be translated in Arabic and published in the near future in an Arabic press. The purpose of this article is to shed light on newcomers - to help them understand a little bit about the North American mentality here and what to expect in a way, from their learning process. It  will prove to be useful information. In her passionate world filled with  talent and determination, she has brightened her star to illuminate others by teaching and writing. A mentor to many… Her life mission is to make the ordinary, extraordinary. To give meaning to those that are left ignored. To shed light on the misunderstood. To love the unloved… By H’ala Aljaber  - freelance journalist from Syria Introduction She is a woman who holds glory in her hands – in the written and spoken word.   She knows what she wants like the eye of a falcon. The falcon is her spirit anim

Transfer of Schools, Major School Change, EMSB budget and Willingdon podcasts

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TRANSFER OF SCHOOLS: EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini is deeply disappointed with the decision by Quebec Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge’s  to transfer two school buildings – John Paul I Junior High and General Vanier in St. Léonard – to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Ile (CSPI). Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North will not be transferred. As requested by the Minister, a copy of the letter explaining his decision has been transmitted to parents and staff of the three schools. Ms. Mancini has announced that a Town Hall meeting only for parents, administrators and Governing Board members from John Paul I and General Vanier will take place next Tuesday evening, July 2 at Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard. At that meeting a contingency plan will be presented. Please read our full press release and the letter from the Minister. MAJOR SCHOOL CHANGE: The EMSB has formally launched its first Major School Change consultation since 2012 in an effo

Relaunch of the EMSB Website set for Thursday, November 1

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PLEASE SEE NOTICE FOR SPECIAL EMSB BOARD MEETING - MONDAY, JULY 30, 2018

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EMSB Adopts 2018-19 budget with $6.6 million in additional operating monies

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EMSB BUDGET:   On June  27 the EMSB Council of Commissioners adopted a balanced budget for the   2018-2019 school year.  The Council is pleased to highlight that, according to the Budgetary Rules, the EMSB has included in next year’s budget, the equivalent of 15 percent of the adjusted June 30, 2017 accumulated surplus.  This will allow the board to benefit from an amount of close  $6.6 million in additional operating monies to support the educational projects in all EMSB schools and centres next year.   Approximately 20 percent of this amount ($1.3 million)  will be allocated directly to schools and centres to support local projects and initiatives. Another $1.5 million is invested in direct services to students, and $1.3 million will be allocated via the service departments of the board for various educational initiatives and to support various programs in partnership with the schools and centres.  The Board will be determining the most appropriate and effective use of the non-alloc