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YK1 School Briefs
Russians like clean schools

Alix McNaught
Northern News Services
Published Friday, April 11, 2008

YELLOWKNIFE - The Russian delegation staying at N.J. Macpherson school during the Arctic Winter Games last month were so impressed with the work of custodian Betty Kennedy they gave her flowers to show their appreciation.

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Duff Spence, left, presents Tyler Heal with a framed and mounted copy of his book The Times Behind the Signs. - Alix McNaught/NNSL photo

"The Russian cultural delegation presented her with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for keeping the school so clean," said assistant principal Sarah Berry.

Pellet boiler installed at Sir John

A pellet boiler was recently installed at Sir John Franklin high school. Located outside, heat is piped from the boiler into the building. According to Director of Corporate Services Tran Do, this led to approximately 15 per cent savings in fuel costs, which is equal to about $7,000 for the month of February. There was a further reduction in carbon monoxide emissions.

"Especially with rising fuel prices, I think it's a good project to continue and expand," said Do.

History on display

N.J. Macpherson teacher Sean Daly spoke to the board at its meeting April 7 about the upcoming territorial Historica fair. Approximately 35 students from across the NWT will come to Yellowknife in May to showcase their projects at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

According to Daly, these projects enable students to connect with their culture, history and country. He cited Grade 11 Sir John Franklin student Tyler Heal as an example of a student who took his project one step further by writing The Times Behind the Signs, about the history of Yellowknife's street names.

"Tyler is one of those students that perhaps I'll be employed by in the future," said Daly.

Board member Duff Spence presented Heal with a framed and mounted copy of his book. Yk1 will be buying copies of Heal's book for all of their schools.

Bulking up building security

According to Superintendent Metro Huculak, Sir John Franklin high school's security system is old and the technology is not working well.

The principal change required is the installation of cameras, which will cost an estimated $28,000. Yk1 is hoping to receive money from the Department of Education, Culture and Employment to assist with this.

Students keeping the peace, touring the world

Grade 7 and 8 student Peacemakers from Mildred Hall made a presentation about the five-year-old program to board members.

Peacemakers supervise and assist younger students in making friends and avoiding conflict and bullying.

"Students look up to them," said their supervisor Wendy Reece-Wile.

Four Grade 11 students from Sir John Franklin High School gave a presentation and slideshow of their school trip to Spain and France this year. Meghan Marchildon, Erin Selleck-Chocolate, Angus Smith and Andrew Jossa spoke to board members of the art and architecture of the countries, including a monument of Christopher Columbus that is meant to point to the New World, but actually points in the opposite direction.

J.H. Sissons discussions

The next meeting with parents over the continuation of the English program at J.H. Sissons school is scheduled to take place April 23.