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  • The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. -Martin Luther King, Jr
  • Character is the real foundation of all worthwhile success. -John Hays Hammond
  • Character is the main object of education. -Mary Wooley
  • Character is a wish for a perfect education. -Julia H. Gulliver
  • The end and aim of all education is the development of character. -Francis Wayland Parker
  • Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. -J.C. Wells
  • The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. -Kahlil Gibran
  • Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. -John F. Kennedy
  • Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." -Mary Anne Radmacher
  • Most people say that it is intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. -Albert Einstein
  • Character is easier kept than recovered. -Unknown
  • Character is who you are when nobody's watching. -Unknown
  • Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny. -Frank Outlaw
  • Give thanks. Appreciate what you DO have ... the more we give thanks, the more we receive to be thankful for. Gratitude is the gift that always gives back. -Matthew McConaughey
  • True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character. -David O. McKay
  • Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece - by thought, choice, courage and determination. -John Luther
  • Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. -Albert Einstein
  • Character is more important than any other leadership trait. -John Wooden
  • The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do. -Steve Jobs
  • It’s the sum of our small, everyday choices, that defines who we are. -Unknown
  • Citizenship is the chance to make a difference to the place where you belong. -Charles Handy
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated. -Unknown
  • Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. -Winston Churchill
  • It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. -J.K. Rowling
  • To make a difference in someone's life you don't have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care. -Mandy Hale
  • The simple act of caring is heroic. -Edward Albert
  • Kindness is caring for others, even when they may not care for you. -RAKtivist
  • Caring - about people, about things, about life - is an act of maturity. -Tracy McMillan
  • Cooperation is always more powerful than competition. -Bob Proctor
  • Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there. -Virginia Burden
  • Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you've got to give it. -R.G. Risch
  • One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. -Bryant McGill
  • Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living and truth loving. -James E. Faust
  • Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. -Roy T. Bennett
  • The time is always right to do what is right. -Martin Luther King, Jr
  • Integrity gives you real freedom because you have nothing to fear since you have nothing to hide. -Zig Ziglar
  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -Martin Luther King, Jr
  • Fairness is not an attitude. It's a professional skill that must be developed and exercised. -Brit Hume
  • The price of greatness is responsibility. -Winston Churchill
  • The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. -Anne Frank
  • Responsibility finds a way. Irresponsibility makes excuses! -Gene Bedley
  • Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas Edison
  • Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. -Henry Ford
  • Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. -Julie Andrews
  • Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. -Dale Carnegie
  • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill
  • Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. -James Michener
  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. -John Maxwell
  • The essence of great leadership is influence, not authority. -Kenneth Blanchard
  • Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. -John Maxwell
  • Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. -Barack Obama
  • What you do has a far greater impact than what you say. -Stephen Covey
  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. -John Quincy Adams
  • Character is not inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. -Helen Gahagan Douglas
  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. -Beverly Sills
  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao-tzu
  • Sow a thought and you reap an act. Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. -William Makepeace Thackeray
  • You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • When we do good things, our self-respect grows. -Abraham Heschel
  • That you might retain your self-respect, it is better to displease people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. -William Boetcker
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. -maxim
  • Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself. -Henry Ward Beecher
  • It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. -proverb
  • Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. -Thomas Edison
  • A false friend is worse than an open enemy. -proverb
  • Three persons helping each other can do as much as six working alone. -Spanish proverb
  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. -The Golden Rule
  • Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. -Babe Ruth
  • Courage is mastery of fear, not absence of fear. -Mark Twain
  • Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the people you can. -John Wesley
  • Life’s most persistent question is, “What are you doing for others?” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We cannot live better than by seeking to become better. -Seneca
  • Failure is not falling down, but staying down. -Mary Pickford
  • Most of the things worth doing in the world were declared impossible before they were done. -Thomas Edison
  • If you can’t say anything good about someone, don’t say anything at all. -old saying
  • The best indicator of our character is: (a) how we treat people who can’t do us any good, and (b) how we treat people who can’t fight back. -Dear Abby
  • We create our character by the daily decisions we make. -Deb Austin Brown
  • Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to hide behind deceptive words and actions.Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to hide behind deceptive words and actions. -Myles Monroe
  • Integrity never goes out of style. -Jim George
  • The measure of a person’s real character is what they would do if they knew they would never be found out. -Thomas Macaulay
  • Talent will get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. -John Wooden
  • No price is too high to pay for a good reputation. -Anonymous
  • Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. -Charles Reade
  • When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.-William Arthur Ward
  • Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our needs. -George Eliot
  • Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions. -Anonymous
  • Character equals destiny. -Heraclitus
  • A sound body is good; a sound mind is better; but a strong and clean character is better than either. -Theodore Roosevelt
  • Character is much easier kept than recovered. -Thomas Paine
  • To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time. -Katherine Hepburn
  • The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do. -John Holt
  • There is no right way to do the wrong thing. -Anonymous
  • In the arena of human life, the honours and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action. -Aristotle
  • If we are strong, our character will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help. -John F. Kennedy
  • Character is a conquest, not a bequest. -Anonymous
  • Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. -Eric Hoffer
  • Character is made by what you stand for; reputation, by what you fall for. -Robert Quillen
  • Your character is defined by your actions, not merely by your thought. Your actions represent who you are, while your thoughts only represent what you would like to be. -Anonymous
  • One can acquire everything in solitude -- except character. -Stendhal

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Postponement of March Break 2021 and Change to April 30 PD Day made by School Boards

On February 11, 2021 Ontario's Minister of Education Stephen Lecce, issued the following statement regarding March Break: "In support of our collective efforts to keep schools safe, we are postponing March Break until April 12-16, 2021. This decision was made with the best advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and public health officials, including consultations with many local Medical Officers of Health.”

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2020-2021 Spring Virtual Workshop Series for Parents

ADSB's Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) invites you to the 2020-2021 Spring Virtual Workshop Series. Sign up for timely and important sessions on Addressing Cyberbullying, Promoting Family Well-Being During a Pandemic, ADSB's Parent Communication Tool (Edsby) and Supporting Your Child's Learning in Mathematics.
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Jennifer Sarlo

Message from the Chair

(December 2020) I am honored to continue to serve the Algoma District School Board as its chair for my ninth year. 

As I reflect on our meeting one year ago, when we naively sat around this table looking forward to all that we hoped to accomplish in the upcoming year, we had no idea what lay ahead of us. As I look back and look ahead to a new year, I really want to focus on gratitude. As tough a year as 2020 has been, we have much to be thankful for.
 
For one thing, the resolute, steadfastness of our team who handled (dare I say it?) the most unprecedented time, in the history of public education. A complete shut down of in-person teaching and a pivot to online, or at home learning, for every student in our board within a matter of weeks. In spite of our vast geography and connectivity challenges, we provided a decent level of education to our families for the remainder of the school year. Every member of our staff rose to the challenge of meeting the needs of every student whether online, through phone calls, door step deliveries of curriculum and healthy food boxes for our most vulnerable students. The summer months were spent planning, organizing, replanning and reorganizing, physical spaces, timetables and classrooms to prepare for in-class and virtual learning in an ever-changing environment. I am thankful for our staff, who in spite of many unknowns, greeted our students in September with enthusiasm and positivity allaying the fears of anxious parents and children.
 
We are a board that exemplifies a model of continuous learning as we listened to feedback and worked to support our families and staff to improve practice and meet the diverse needs of all our students.
 
I am grateful that our communities have heeded the public heath advice which has resulted in one of the lowest per capita rates of COVID-19 in the province. We know that if it is in our communities, it would be in our schools. Thank you to all who work so hard to put health measures in place to allow us to continue our in-class learning. This not only helps protect the health of our students and staff, but has an exponentially positive effect on their mental health.
What lies ahead for the coming year is yet to be seen, but I am confident that our entire ADSB Team is up for the challenge.
 
In particular, I want to recognize the tireless efforts of our Director and the Administration Team who have sacrificed so much to lead us well. You have kept us well informed. You have been open to feedback and always willing to adapt to respond to the needs of our students and their families.
 
As we approach the holiday season, I want each of us to reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for. May we not get so self-protective, in our own little bubbles, that we neglect the less fortunate around us. May this Christmas season bring your joy, hopefully some rest, and continued good health. Thank you again for allowing me the privilege to serve as the Chair of the Board for this amazing, dedicated team. I am always proud to be ADSB.
 
Jennifer Sarlo
Chair - Algoma District School Board
Director Reece

Message from the Director

Thank you for visiting our site and, by following this link, the 2020 Director’s Report!
 
As a teaching and learning organization, we embrace life-long learning and value opportunities to learn and work with and from one another, through collaboration and teamwork. As role models of life-long learning, we are committed to continuous improvement and to ensuring that we are using current, research-based practices to support success for all.
 
We provide our students with a large breadth of programs, as it is our goal to have a pathway for every learner. Our core priorities of Achievement, Well-Being, Engagement and Equity have kept us focused and motivated to be continuously improving, all while keeping students at the centre of our work. We support and celebrate the diversity of people and cultures as we work to ensure all learners feel welcome and safe in our learning and work environments. In addition to academic success, we promote character with pride, as we know that the combination of academic excellence and good character is essential to personal success.
 
The ever-changing world we live in reminds us of the necessity and importance of a strong, public education system. Thus, our mission, to graduate confident learners, caring citizens, is critical, as our students need to leave our schools confident in their ability to continuously learn, collaborate, innovate and create new knowledge, while possessing strong character and an understanding of who they are as contributing, caring citizens.
I hope you enjoy the stories and evidence throughout this report, that demonstrate our commitment to learning, continuous improvement, academic excellence and character.
 
Ancora Imparo (I’m still learning),
 
Lucia Reece

Mission

Confident learners, caring citizens.

Vision

In partnership with our stakeholders, the Algoma District School Board will create a collaborative learning community where all flourish as confident learners who see themselves as capable, self-directed and open to learning and as caring citizens who value good character and contribute positively to our communities.

Values

We are guided by:
ADSB character traits; lifelong learning;
empathy; ethical relationships;
equity & inclusion; accountability