April 30, 2015

It’s a “C-D” Day!

Welcome to the following guest staff today: Ellen MacCannell, Hailey Butler for Angela Killeen, Michael Hambly for Jillian Power, Andrew Murchison for Matthew Killeen, Wanda Cheverie for Gail Greene, Melissa Day for Trisha Burrows, Adam Clow for Kelly Pike.

Happy Birthday to Morganne Rice.

Mental Health Tip of the Week – Make your mental health matter! Maintain balance in your life. Design the life that you want to live by knowing what your priorities and goals are.

Biogenous Challenge: Congratulations to MRHS’s own “Jacob Lava” on a huge win at the prestigious Altantic Regional Sanofi Biogenous Challenge yesterday at Mount Allison University… not to mention a monetary value of $2000.  The Sanofi Biogenous Challenge is a competition in which students engage in Biotechnology Research on a topic of interest with expert community/industry mentors.  Jacob has been performing research at UPEI in Dr. Bill Whelen’s laboratory for the past four months.  His quality research and intimate knowledge of his topic (Using Gold Nanoparticles to Increase Selectivity and Effectiveness of Thermotherapy: A Revolution in Cancer Treatment) placed him on the top of the competition from all four Atlantic Provinces. Jacob will now move on to represent the Atlantic Provinces at the National Sanofi  Biogenous Challenge held in Ottawa on May 25 and 26. Cancer research is very near and dear to Jacob. The results of his research will contribute to a growing body of knowledge on cancer treatment and is wonderful start to a promising career in the medical sciences. We wish Jacob well as he proceeds to the national Competition.

Winning is a culture… is a habit… and lately is becoming a tradition at MRHS (hockey, poetry, Skills Canada, OREO, Biogenous). MRHS Proud… keep up the tradition!!!

Today’s Highlights:

  • Library will not be open today. Study block students should check at the main office.
  • Student Vote: This is a friendly reminder that the Global Issues 621 class will be conducting a Student Vote today during C-Block.  At some point during this block someone will be visiting classrooms to bring the class to one of the polling stations to let students cast their ballot (10 minutes max per class).
  • Students are asked to check their lockers for anything that might be giving off a bad odor. We’ve had some complaints about “stinky lockers”, so students are asked to check lockers before the weekend.
  • There is a Grad Activity Committee meeting today at noon in Room 119.
  • Students interested in attending CSLC 2015 are reminded that applications must be submitted by 3:10 today. Please give your application to Ms. Beaton/Ms. MacLeod.  Also, any students interested in securing a place on the 2015/2016 student council executive, please see Ms. Beaton/Ms. MacLeod!
  • Students are reminded that SEVEC applications are due today.  Please submit your application to Mr. Kelly or Mr. Munn.
  • Any grads who owe student fees are reminded to pay ASAP. These fees MUST be paid before attending the prom.

Upcoming Events:

  • MRHS’s Young Blood for Life Club is hosting a What’s Your Type clinic in the lobby on Tuesday, May 5, from 11:30 to 12:30. This is an opportunity for students and staff to find their blood type.  For students under 17 years of age, a permission form is available from Mr. Charlie Trainor in Room 131.  For more information, please contact Mr. Charlie Trainor.
  • Next week’s Culinary meal for May 8 has an Italian theme: Creamy chicken alfredo with bacon bits served with bruschetta and Italian salad tossed with basil tarragon vinegar dressing. For a dessert, refreshing fruit kabobs and cranberry juice and 7-up garnished with frozen green grapes.
  • Other Culinary meal dates are Friday, May 15, 22, and 29. Stay tuned for the menus!

Grads, it’s time to select your Valedictorian for 2015.

  • What is a valedictorian? The valedictorian will deliver the final message and advice at graduation on June 24,2015.
  • How does the valedictorian get selected?
  • If you are interested in being this year’s valedictorian, submit your name to Ms. McInnis, Mr. Killeen, or Mr. MacDonald by Friday, May 15. You will be given a topic for a short (2-3 minute) speech which you will deliver in front of your graduating class during an assembly on May 20. After that assembly, the class will vote on the candidate that they think will best represent them at graduation.
  • The candidates will also deliver a second (2-3 minute) speech to a selected group of volunteers (students and staff) and will answer questions “on the spot” after their speech.
  • The honour of being the 2015 class valedictorian is then selected by a combination of the class vote and the results from the panel of the second speech.
  • The successful candidate will prepare their valedictory address at least one week before graduation and submit it to Ms. Evans-Renaud by June 15.

Student Services:

  • There is a $1,000 bursary available for any Grade 12 student planning on attending a post secondary institution and has demonstrated leadership in environmental matters. Students should see Mrs. Kenny or Ms. Victor for an application.  Deadline for applications is this Friday, May 1, 2015.
  • Holland College will be here Wednesday, May 6, at 11:45 in Library Conference Room to assist/answer questions for students who are attending Holland College in the fall and applying for scholarships.
  • Credit Union Scholarship applications are due May 7. For more information and to apply online visit: https://www.provincialcu.com/Home/InOurCommunity/Scholarships/ScholarshipApp/
  • Encounters with Canada forms are now available in Student Services.  Interested students should see Mrs. Kenny and Ms. Victor for more information.  Deadline for forms is May 8, 2015.
  • P.E.I. Mutual Education Trust Centennial Scholarship is due May 11. For more information and an application form, please see Ms. Victor or Mrs. Kenny in Student Services.

Athletic Department:

  • The Phys Ed Department will be running a Jokgu intramural session, starting next Monday. If you would like to play, get a team of five together and sign up with Mr. Roberts in the gym at lunch.  Today is the last day for sign-ups, with first games on Monday.
  • There is an important meeting for all track and field athletes in the Fitness Centre during Monday morning break.
  • Rugby and Softball forms and fees ($30 or $35 if it’s your first sport of the year) are being collected in the PE office every day at noon. These items should be submitted ASAP. Athletes will not play in a game until these are submitted.
  • Rugby shorts ($30) and mouth guards ($5) are on sale in the PE office every day at noon.
  • Rugby and softball hoodies are being ordered today. All athletes must sign up before this date. Cost is $24, payable in the PE office at noon. Pay ASAP to get your hoodie when they arrive!
  • The following badminton players owe their athletic fee ($10): Donavan Bears, Milo Ryan, Braden Stewart, Kirsten Whiteway, Sarah McVarish, Daniel Martell, Jake Banks, Mark Morrison, Riley Lavandier, Colin MacIntyre, Dean Hicken, Jesse Campbell, Nolan Hicken.
  • Track and Field team sign-up in the Phys. Ed. hallway. All interested athletes must sign up by this Friday!
  • Fall and winter athlete photos are for sale for $5; check at the main office. Please purchase your photo!
  • MRHS Athletic Clothing is now on sale! All articles are buy one and get one for 50% off! Hoodies are $30, gym pants are $30, and T-shirts are $10. Athletic clothing is on sale during mornings in the ticket booth.


  • Graduating students should visit the library for an application form for Viking Pins. Applications are due Friday, May 15, but can take time to complete! Don’t leave it until the last minute! Please see Ms. Nabuurs or Ms. Killeen with any questions. Further information available on page 15-16 of student handbook (available online at https://montaguehigh.wordpress.com/)
  • Triathlon morning training sessions: Mondays and Wednesdays at the Pool, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Fitness Centre.
  • All students are required to pay the $20 Student Fee.

Public Service Announcements:

  • Treble With Girls” Mother’s Day Concert – Saturday, May 9, at 8:00 pm at Murray Harbour Community Centre. Treat Mom to an evening of music and fun! All ages are welcome; admission is $10. There will be a 50/50 draw and light refreshments served at this fundraiser for the Community Centre.
  • The Miss Montague Pageant will take place during Montage Summer Days from June 28 to July 5. Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 18, and the deadline for entries is June 19. Application forms are available in the main office here at the school.
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