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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

Some of our students met at Acadia University with different women involved in the fields of science and technology. The event was hosted by Skills Canada Nova Scotia. They participated in workshops on robotics, micro-controllers, and tidal energy.

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

Sylvia Gunnery with Ms. Saunders and students

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

This year’s Landmark East School Walkathon was a great success. Parents, students, school staff, board members and people from our community came out to support this wonderful annual event.

Landmark East Debate Team Oct. 13th, 2018

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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.

Saltscapes Article