Monday, February 27, 2017

Special Guest for Coding Quest

Dan McKiel of the Learning Partnership with Blackville 
School grade 4 students Emma Madore and Roman Stewart
Grade four students had a special coding guest last week, and he had a lot of tips and tricks for them.

Dan McKiel of the Learning Partnership visited the students on February 23 to see their progress and help them in their "Coding Quest."

The students have been engaged in computer coding activities since last fall. The activities help students improve on writing step by step instructions, computer literacy and navigation, as well as developing higher thinking skills that involve creativity.

McKiel travels to schools and work with teachers and students. During his visit, he showed the students various elements of Scratch, an MIT coding website for kids.

After a presentation of "tricks" about how to create one's own game with code, students, working in pairs, chose a game and McKiel provided step by step instructions and what kind of code was required.

Students had opportunities to add their own instructions (numbers, colours, sounds) into the code.

Some students were able to finish a product. One group created and completed a code for Pong. To see more photos from the grade four coding activity, click here.

Photos by Jules Keenan

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Senior Boys Hockey Team Update

The Blackville School Senior Boys Hockey Team is presently in third place in the NBIAA "A" Boys League.

According to Assistant Coach and Blackville School Principal Rodney Buggie, the team's strengths are speed and scoring. The team needs to improve on defense. 

Head Coach is Jason Brennan and the other assistant coach is Calvin Furlong. The last time the school had a boys hockey team was 2009-2010. 

The team automatically qualifies for the Provincials which will be held March 24-26 in Nackawic. To see more photos of the Senior Boys Hockey Team, click here

Photos by Jules Keenan

Elementary Sweetheart Breakfast

During the week of Valentine's Day, Blackville School hosted a Sweetheart Breakfast for the elementary students and guests on Friday, February 17.

The students and their guests had pancakes with many different topping choices. The meal was prepared by the cafeteria staff and other school staff also helped.

Fore more photos, from the breakfast, click here. Photos by Jules Keenan

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Canada Flag Day Preparation

Grade 7 students Drea Hallihan and Layla Hallihan
show some of their work to Vice Principal Pam Underhill
Students at Blackville School are busy getting ready for the school's National Flag of Canada Day Celebration next Wednesday, February 15. 

This is a particularly special celebration since Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a confederation. 

The students are contributing to the celebration by creating poems and arts. Other activities are being planned which may include readings and music. The celebration will take place at 9 a.m. 

To see more photos of middle school students preparing for the celebration, click here. For more information on National Flag of Canada Day and Canada 150, click here

Photos by Jules Keenan