Professional Development August 2019
This August, members of Landmark East staff participated in an intensive 5-day course learning the Orton Gillingham program. The Orton Gillingham program approaches reading and writing in a logical, methodical way, so struggling students have the tools to master the English language. This program was designed specifically for use with students with dyslexia, and provides a multi-sensory approach to learning that will benefit all Landmark students. Staff are excited to implement their training with their students starting this upcoming year!
Landmark East School Graduates June 21, 2019
Congratulations grads! Everyone said that this was the best graduation they ever attended.
Global Geography Projects June 11, 2019
The grade 12 global geography students were tasked with creating cities of the future. They had to consider electricity, transportation, water, sources of wealth, garbage disposal, and green spaces. Pictured above is one of the finished projects.
Apple Blossom Parade June 1, 2019
Congratulations to Landmark East School for earning 2nd place in the 87th Apple Blossom Parade. A big thank you to Greg White from White’s Family Funeral Home for providing the antique fire truck, and to Carl Knox for volunteering his time as our driver. The students had a great time and we can’t wait to participate again next year.
Math Buffet at Acadia University May 27, 2019
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Acadia hosted a Math Buffet, which was attended by some of our students. They learned about Kaprekar Numbers, Kaprekar Constants, and Kaprekar Triples. They developed mind reading tricks for numbers of the form abcabc and had a competitive game of Connect 4 using factors and products .
Student Art Project May 23, 2019
Five very talented students at Landmark East School began working on an art project in October. We have watched it grow from an idea scrawled on the whiteboard to artwork on the walls. Please join us in congratulating Cadence, Laura, Rebecca, Trinity, and Emilie on a job well done!
Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up Event May 2, 2019
The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up Event was a tremendous success. We are so thankful the weather cooperated. Eight hard-working and colourful teams made up of Landmark East students and staff spread out throughout our local community and collected an amazing amount of garbage.
Roots of Empathy Program May 1, 2019
The Roots of Empathy program at our school aims to promote mental health and prevent violence. In this experiential learning, the baby is used by the Instructor to help children identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. The program develops social and emotional competence, self-regulation, and executive function.
Students at Skilled Trades Tech Event April 26, 2019
Writer’s Workshop at Landmark East School April 24, 2019
Author Sarah Mian gave a writer’s workshop at Landmark East School. She is passionate about inspiring young writers and has developed a variety of creative writing exercises suitable for all grade levels. As a Writer-in-the-Schools, she engages students in the creative writing process and shares the journey of how she achieved her childhood dream of becoming a published novelist. Sarah is from Dartmouth and now lives in Queensland, Nova Scotia. Her debut novel When the Saints won the Jim Connors Book Award, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
Making a Big Impact with Dr. Jane Goodall April 9, 2019
Our school participated in a Skype in the Classroom broadcast with Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace. Dr. Jane Goodall empowers students to care about our planet and take action to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment. During the event, Dr. Goodall spoke to the class about what motivated her to study chimpanzees in the wild, the scientific discoveries that she made through her studies, and her reasons for hope for our planet.
Regional Science Fair Awards April 4,2019
Landmark East students Emma Seary and Emma White each received an award at this years Annapolis Valley Regional Science Fair awards ceremony, which took place at the Nova Scotia Community College in Kentville.
Autism Awareness April 2, 2019
Students and staff at Landmark East School wearing blue for Autism Awareness.
Art Workshop Mar.6, 2019
Uncommon Common Art Workshop with local artist Terry Drahos. The emphasis of the art program revolves around art history, skill development, and self expression with an emphasis on design structure and color theory. Elementary and Middle School students participated in a Collaging with Romare Beardon workshop and High School Students enjoyed an Observational Drawing with Georgia O’Keeffe workshop.
Annual Science Fair Feb.28, 2019
Landmark East 35th Annual Science Fair is always an exceptional experience for the students. This year 31 topics were explored, recorded and presented. It was a terrific day and the students felt good about the experience. Seeing so many happy, confident, proud students is the best evidence of how positive an experience it is for everyone.
Winter Walk Day Feb.22, 2019
Landmark East School Winter Walk Day was a success! Students joined Landmark East’s Student Life Team for about an hour and 15 minute walk along the windy Wolfville dykes followed by the rail trail. They stopped to enjoy the view of the icy waters and enjoyed spending time with nature. We also learned about winter safety. Everyone returned to campus for hot chocolate and supper. Despite the cold weather students felt good about their walk and “Taking the Roof off Winter!”
Professional Development Day Feb. 15, 2019
During our most recent professional development day, the Landmark East staff welcomed Kym Hume back for a full session focusing on Executive Functioning Skills. Kym shared an engaging presentation based on our typical brain development and how it relates to executive functioning, as well as tools/resources to support the development of executive skills. The team explored strategies to enhance executive skills in the classroom and non-academic settings.
Landmark East School Newsletter Dec. 2018 Issue
Rotary Club of Kentville Student Bursary Support Dec. 20, 2018
Erna Fraser, Chair, Landmark East Association; Debbie Merks, Chief Administrative Officer, Landmark East School; Paige Gray-Daniels, Student; Carl Kent, Treasurer, PWD Committee; and Mandy Noble, Development Officer, Landmark East School.
The Rotary Club of Kentville Persons with Disabilities Committee has generously donated $10,000 for a student bursary. Carl Kent, PWD Committee Treasurer, was at Landmark East School today to present the cheque to Paige Gray-Daniels. Thank you for your continued support.
Acadia University Math Buffet Dec. 3, 2018
These Landmark East School students attended the Acadia Math Buffet. They had the opportunity to learn about patterns in triangular and square numbers, as well as the Maya number system, while being treated to a pizza supper. All students enjoyed the opportunity and are thankful to the Math Outreach program at Acadia University.
Volunteering in Our Community Nov. 15, 2018
Our students and staff engaged in a number of community volunteer projects during WE HELP day. They also demonstrated their appreciation for thirty-seven organizations who provide essential and supportive services. Our students baked 1035 cookies and decorated thank you cards which they delivered to each one of these organizations. A new student project this year involved making 88 craft stick Christmas ornaments which they delivered to the residents of two Wolfville nursing homes. A number of teams spent much of the day collecting non-perishable food donations which will support the Wolfville Area Food bank.
Writer’s Workshop at Landmark East School Oct.29, 2018
Author Sylvia Gunnery ran a writer’s workshop at Landmark East School. Sylvia was a high school English teacher who began writing novels for young adults after attending a five-week Banff Centre writing session under the instruction of W.O. Mitchell, Alice Munro, and others. Over the last 30 years she has written 25 novels for young adults. Sylvia was very invested in our students, and was very humorous in her approach to the writer’s workshop. Our students found their time with her very enjoyable and informative.
Autism In-service Day Oct. 26, 2018
Kym Hume provided our teachers with a full day professional development session focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Topics covered included the characteristics of adolescents on the spectrum, anxiety and self-regulation as well as teaching tips. Kym has many years experience working and presenting in the area of Autism and Special Education. She spent time as the Autism Consultant with the Department of Education, and was contributing author to the new resource guide Developing and Implementing Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Production Technology Project Oct. 24, 2018
Our Production Technology class successfully completed a bird house project recently. The students learned to select production tools and equipment appropriate to the task, and to use them safely and accurately. They plan to sell the birdhouses with proceeds going to the Student Bursary Fund.
Walkathon: Raising money for Student Bursaries Oct. 14, 2018
Landmark East Debate Team Oct. 13th, 2018
The L.M.E. Debate Team had an excellent weekend at the Provincial Impromptu Debating Tournament. It was amazing to watch our five debaters gain confidence in their abilities, expand their comfort zones, and learn about a variety of topics. It was a pleasure to witness our students transition from timid speakers to enthusiastic competitors. Our students have learned a lot this weekend and are keen to continue developing their skills.
Landmark East Featured in Saltscapes Magazine
Saltscapes Magazine included a wonderful profile of Landmark East in their October-November 2017 issue. It highlights the wonderful work being done at the school and is well worth a read.