MSS Kids in the Halls

There are so many activities at MSS that encourage students to be their best and help others.

The Senior and Junior Girls’ basketball teams played two league games. On Tuesday, October 11, the teams travelled to Elliot Lake. The score of the senior team was 50-21 for the Elliot Lake Atoms, and the junior team played to a final score of 39-9 for Elliot Lake. On Friday, October 14, the teams went to Espanola Secondary School. The seniors finished with a score of 27-17 for the Espanola Spartans. The junior team finished with a score of 35-7 for the Spartans. Both teams are playing with all their effort and training hard.

On Wednesday, October 12, Sacred Circle distributed a survey about discrimination and harassment in MSS. The point of the survey was to give students input into issues of harassment and discrimination. Results of the survey will be posted around the school next week. The results will help the group develop programs to take a stand against discrimination.

Waste Reduction Week is October 17-23. In Canada, Waste Reduction Week is a national environmental campaign that builds awareness around issues of consumption, encourages choice for less wasted garbage, and promotes actions that keep recycling out of landfills. Students in SHARE/Go Green will be rewarding students who actively reduce waste and encourage everyone to bring a litterless lunch on Friday.

We Scare Hunger is a campaign to collect non-perishable food items from instead of trick-or-treating on Halloween and donate them to the Manitoulin Foodbank. Students who are interested in collecting food items can sign up in the front foyer of MSS next week. Students will be coming around on Halloween night to ask for donations.

Students in the SHARE/Go Green and Sacred Circle have the opportunity to go to the National We Day in Ottawa. WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. Victoria MacDonald, a student who attended WE Day last year, said, “I really enjoyed We Day Toronto 2015. It was really eye-opening and there was so much positive energy in the venue. After hearing all of the stories and different ways we could help people who are less fortunate than us, I felt really inspired to take action and help.” To earn tickets to We Day, schools have to make an impact in their communities at home or globally, to prove their dedication and passion to solving issues. MSS earned its tickets by completing the fundraising for a school in Haiti. We Day will feature world class performances from musicians and motivational speeches from presenters who earned their way to the We Day stage by making a difference. A group of 28 students from MSS will travel to Ottawa to experience the show, learning new ways to make a difference in the world and in our communities.

On Thursday, October 20, Manitoulin Secondary School students will be participating in the first online Literacy test. Students need to pass the Literacy Test to earn an Ontario Secondary School diploma. The online administration is a new method of delivery being implemented by EQAO. On Thursday’s test, students will complete all reading and writing requirements using an EQAO testing kiosk. Results will be distributed in January. Students will have another opportunity to write either a paper and pencil or online test in March.

With fall weather, comes all these great opportunities that the staff and students of MSS are not passing up. ‘Til next time, stay golden, Mustangs.