MSS Kids in the Halls

I hope everyone took the opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, March 17. The festivities may have been minimal but that didn’t mean that you couldn’t get into the spirit and wear something green. 

Speaking of green, spring is just around the corner. Tomorrow, March 19 is the first day of spring! That means it is maple syrup season. A joke for you:

Did you hear about the guy who couldn’t stop pouring maple syrup on his bike? Apparently he’s stuck in a viscous cycle. 

From Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 8, the MSS robotics team ‘Manitoulin Metal’ was at Georgian College in Barrie for the FIRST Robotics competition. This was the team’s first competition of the season. The team experienced some small challenges along the way but that didn’t stop the team from having a successful weekend. The team won the highly prestigious Judges’ Award for environmental stewardship, innovation, vision, safety and leadership. ‘Manitoulin Metal’ was recognized as being an outstanding role model for other teams at the competition. This year’s team included lead mentor, Mr. Davy; mentor, Ms. Bauer; programmer, Zach Dallaire; driver, Ben Willis; driver, Ethan Cooper; team spirit, Jake Brasil; scout, Jaemie Moor; photographer, Tyrel Sagle; media, Sam Howson; driver, Rhys Allison; co-captain, Jocelyn Kuntsi; and co-captain, Lindsay Sheppard. Unfortunately, the team’s next competition that was scheduled for the end of March at Nipissing University has been cancelled. Congratulations on a wonderful season!

On Friday, March 13, students had a fun day before the break. Activities for the students included volleyball and badminton in the gym, a scavenger hunt around the school, art therapy, karaoke, a bonfire with marshmallows, a jam session, hot chocolate, games and cards, crafts, making friendship bracelets and a movie in the afternoon. A teacher versus student hockey game also was held at the Mindemoya arena. 

What did the Hershey’s bar, the marshmallow and the cookie use to communicate? S’mores Code.

The spring MSS badminton team was released on Monday, March 9. The team includes Zachary Gibbons, Landon Harasym, Darnell Esquimaux, Mason Leighton, Alex Keatley, Brett Mastelko, Jordan Cooper, David Gibbons, Cat Rose, Katie Chapman, Sabrina Shamess, Mikayla McCaffrey, Kaylee Assinewai, Jorja Peltier, Chloe Ototsquaiob, Lindsay Sheppard, Jared Cortes, Darci Debassige, Tierra Abotossaway, Nathan Temple, Dylan Corbiere, Julian Wemigwans, Darwin Wood and Jack Penny. 

As a result of COVID-19, all publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in Ontario have been closed. Students will not return to school for at least two weeks after March Break. The scheduled date to return to classes is April 6. There will be no access to the school from March 14 until April 5. This will be my last column until classes resume in the coming weeks. 

Until next time, “Dream and Believe. Learn and Achieve!”