MSS Kids in the Halls

‘Tis the season to be jolly! December events at MSS are in full swing.

The senior boys’ volleyball team travelled to North Bay for the OFSAA Volleyball Championships on Wednesday, November 23. Right before the team left, the staff and students of MSS lined the halls for a spontaneous pep rally. The team ran a lap of the school to cheers and upbeat music, giving high fives to students as they ran past. In North Bay, the team attended a championship banquet with their coach on Wednesday night before playing their first game on Thursday morning. Playing Timiskaming District Secondary School, the Mustangs lost the first set 15-25 and the second set 20-25. Manitoulin played against Quinte Christian High School, who were last year’s OFSAA champions, losing the first set 20-25 and the second set 19-25. The final game was against Valley Heights Secondary School. The Mustangs won the first set 25-25, then also won the second set 25-18. For the final game of the round-robin Friday Manitoulin played Toronto District Christian High School, losing the first set 24-26 and the second set 21-25. On Friday evening, Manitoulin played Rideau High School in the consolation rounds. Manitoulin lost the first set 25-13, the second set 25-16, and the third set 25-18.

The Thursday and Friday games were streamed through a TV in the MSS front hall and in a few classes, so that the students on the Island could cheer on the Mustangs remotely. Everyone at MSS is extremely proud of the Mustangs boys’ volleyball team. 

The MSS boys’ hockey team has had to cancel two games in the past week. The Wednesday, November 23 game was a forfeit because the game had already been rescheduled and the opposing team could not do so again. The Friday, November 25 game is going to be played at a later date. There was a shortage of players this week: three players are injured, five were at the OFSAA volleyball championships, one player is suspended from hockey, and four players did not get their academic passports signed. Coach Doane said, “At this time I’m not sure how many I’m going to have for the North Bay tournament next week. Passports cannot be signed on Monday as it is a PD day and my roster is going to be set Tuesday at noon.” Hopefully the Mustangs are able to turn their season around.

The MSS Christmas Talent Show is Tuesday, December 6. Students who wish to join may talk to Mr. Theijsmeijer as there are still a few performance spots available. That evening will be the Island Christmas Concert. Elementary schools, performers from MSS, and the MSS Senior Band and Vocal Group will perform. The concert is a fundraiser for the Joan Mantle Fund with admission by donation. There will be a bake sale, chocolate bar sales, and Christmas card sales as well for the planned band/vocal group trip to Montreal in May. 

The showcase of talent continues the following week. SHARE/Go Green is hosting a December Coffee House on December 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm to raise money for We.Org projects in Kenya. There will be baked goods for sale, along with complimentary coffee and tea. Entry will be by donation. Community members or students wishing to perform can contact Ms. Bauer or Ms. Desbiens. SHARE/Go Green is holding a Give Change to Make Change homeroom challenge from December 8-23. Homeroom classes will be asked to collect change to donate to the five pillars in Kenya, and the class that raises the most money will receive a pizza lunch. 

The Students’ Council is putting on Twin Day. On Wednesday, November 30 students and staff are coordinating with another person in the school to twin. The Twelve Days of Christmas will start on December 8, and fun activities organized by Students’ Council and many other clubs will take place at lunches until December 23.

Christmas break is less than a month away, and students and staff are in good spirits. ‘Til next time, stay golden, Mustangs.