Welcome everyone to the beginning of a new school year. If you are a returning student, welcome back
and if you are new to the school – welcome to the family. Mr. Forsyth and I, together with our
excellent teachers and superb support staff, are eager to commence the
semester. We look forward to working
with every family to ensure that each student is able to meet their full
potential. There has been much work over the summer that has gone into
preparing the school and the classes for your arrival.
Mr. Gillis and his team have once again worked very hard to
ensure that the building is spotless and ready for learning. The Algoma District School Board has made
another major investment in improving the infrastructure of ELSS. New bleachers have been installed in the
gymnasium complete with ELSS signage and school colours. As well, the entire gym received a fresh coat
of paint and a reorganization of the school’s many award banners. In addition,
the gym floor has been re-finished for the beginning of the school year.
Regardless of the looming unrest in education provincially,
you can be assured that your teachers are ready and prepared to provide you
with the best education possible. ELSS
has always maintained an excellent reputation in all areas of EQAO testing
throughout the district and province.
Our teachers and support staff are second to none as they challenge your
strengths and support your needs every day in order to tap your full potential.
We are fortunate, that despite a declining enrollment, ELSS
continues to provide a wide breadth of programming to ensure a pathway for
every student. We offer pathways for
students preparing for university, college and the workplace. In addition, our specialist high skills major
(SHSM) programs in construction and hospitality & tourism permit our
students the opportunity to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and
skills before graduating and entering apprenticeships training, college,
university or an entry-level position in the workplace. In fact, we now have a state of the art
industrial kitchen and Bistro to support the hospitality and tourism program.
If you are interested in workplace experiences, our
cooperative education program can make connections in the community for the
career of your choice. Our network of
community partners is vast and our teachers are experienced and knowledgeable
in work related issues to ensure a successful and worthwhile job placement.
In addition, the student support services at ELSS provide
timely and helpful assistance for those students requiring extra help. Please be sure to take advantage of the
guidance office, resource room, student success room and the school counsellor
Literacy at ELSS will also see a new initiative. As a result
of discussions among our teaching faculty and evidenced based research
concerning the connection between reading proficiency and student success, we
will be conducting comprehensive reading assessments for all grade 9 students. Our teachers will be using Fountas &
Pinnell to determine appropriate strategies to improve reading and
comprehension skills to enhance classroom performance and future success in
We are also fortunate to have an Aboriginal Resource Center
at ELSS to support our First Nations, Inuit and Métis students at the
school. It is located on the first floor
in Room 122, be sure to check out the regular lunch hour activities.
ELSS is very proud of its Family & Friends
atmosphere. We work hard to ensure
everyone feels welcome and is able to achieve success. We believe in developing a growth mindset in
our students and staff. A growth mindset
is one that welcomes challenges and looks at failures as opportunities for
growth. In order to support a growth mindset, our staff is committed to
ensuring the learning environment is safe, inclusive and welcoming. This will
permit students to take learning risks as they strive to achieve goals and
realize their full potential.
ELSS offers a tremendous amount of support and opportunity and
we hope that every student takes advantage of them. If you have any questions or concerns
throughout the school year, please feel free to contact myself or Mr.
Forsyth. We look forward to your arrival
Mr. Juuti & Mr. Forsyth