Exam week is finally over. Students wrote exams, starting on Thursday, January 26 to February second. Exams are always stressful for students and staff alike, so students’ council arranged for Magic Paws Therapy Dogs to spend an hour at the school on Tuesday, January 24. Students could sit and play with dogs, varying in breed from chihuahuas to poodles. Wednesday, January 25 was pyjama day so that students could stay comfy through the last day of classes. On Thursday, students’ council handed out free hot chocolate and provided colouring pages for students to destress. Several students at MSS use badminton as a relaxation method. The badminton nets stayed up all week, and several people were caught in a badminton craze. Now that exam week is over, students can prepare for their second semester courses.
Semester 2 brings a fresh start for everybody. Mrs. Zahnow, the long-time principal at MSS, has retired. On January 25, the student body bid Ms. Zahnow goodbye, as the principal went around the school in a crowd, receiving high fives and good wishes from students and staff. On February 6, the school will welcome their new principal, Mr. Mohamed. Many students who graduated from Little Current Public School had Mr. Mohamed as a principal in the past and are excited to work with him again. Grade 12 student Megan Misner said, “I have never had Mr. Mohamed as a principal, but I have heard lots of good things about him so I am excited.”
There are new opportunities starting in semester 2. The English Department is organizing the annual Stratford trip. Sign-ups will begin on February 6. The group will be watching the musicals H.M.S Pinafore and Guys and Dolls, and the plays Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night. As well, they will participate in a workshop with the Shakespeare School. This is a way to immerse yourself in the theatre culture in May.
Senior Band is starting to prepare for their annual band/choir trip. This year the group will travel to Montreal. To fundraise for their trip, the band/choir are hosting a spaghetti dinner on February 16. The event will have entertainment from students in the music program at MSS. Other extra-curriculars in second semester include gymnastics, badminton, tennis, and track and field.
MSS is offering a Grade 8 information night. There will be tours for the Grade 8s and an information session for their parents. This is a good way to get familiarized with the MSS system. On the other end of the spectrum, Grade 12 students are getting their graduation pictures taken early this month in anticipation of the ceremony in June.
Ready to power through second semester, the students and staff of MSS are being positive and working hard for a great start. ‘Til next time, stay golden, Mustangs.