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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

Current Events

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Alternative Ways to Contact ADSB

(August 2022) The Algoma District School Board, including our school and board buildings, is currently experiencing phone issues. We are working to resolve these though it may be several weeks before our phones are fully operational with the features they had previously. We have provided alternate ways to contact us.
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Remote Learning Parent Considerations for 22/23 School Year

(Aug 5, 2022) We hope our students and families are enjoying a sun-filled, fun-filled summer! While we continue to learn to live with COVID-19, we have many successes to celebrate, thanks to the ongoing patience, understanding and support of our students, families and staff. As we begin to finalize plans for the 2022-2023 school year, we want to advise that protective measures such as hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, and additional ventilation measures will remain in place, as keeping schools open for in-person learning has been vital to supporting mental health and well-being. Note: Further information about students’ access to learning during COVID-related absences will be coming at the end of August, as we will not be supporting “hybrid” learning for the 2022-2023 school year.

Focus On Our Priorities

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Year End Appreciation!

We extend a heart felt thank you to all Algoma District School Board staff, students and families who came together, adapting and persevering to support learning.
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ADSB Indigenous Summer Transition Camps

(June 2022) ADSB, in partnership with Great Lakes Culture Camps, will once again be operating ADSB Indigenous Summer Transition Camps for Indigenous students who are moving from Grade 8 into Grade 9 in the fall. Called 2022 Niibing - Enakamigisyang (Things We Do In Summer), two camps will run this year, one in Serpent River First Nation, the other in Garden River First Nation. (Photos from summer 2021 camp).

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Jennifer Sarlo

Message from the Chair

(June 2022) Congratulations to all our students, staff, and their families! You survived the most tumultuous year in education in the past century! Thank you to our students for your resiliency and perseverance through these difficult days. We are so proud of each of you.

Many people have contributed to your success and we want to recognize and thank them. Your teachers, administrators, support staff, mentors, coaches, community partners, parents, guardians, and extended family, we thank you for investing in, challenging, and supporting our students this year. You have gone to extraordinary measures to engage, re-engage, and care for each student in meaningful ways, not only for meeting their scholastic needs but also for recognizing their mental health and well-being needs.

The past 2 years have been difficult for all of us, yet we must not forget the many lessons learned when all was stripped away. What did we take for granted? What did we truly value? What did we miss the most?  Likely our relationships—our family, our friends, that special teacher, that encouraging coach, the custodian who always says hello, or the secretary or EA who just knows when you were having a tough day. Those special people who encourage and support us every day. Be that person to someone else.

Be Grateful. In many places around the world, an education like you receive is a privilege, not a right. Recognize with gratitude the many freedoms and blessings you enjoy each day in your home, school, and community. 

Congratulations to our graduates! You made it and we are so thankful to get to celebrate your accomplishments in-person this year. To our High School grads, as you move on to new experiences, commit to being lifelong learners whether going on to post-secondary education or not. Enjoy each moment, savour the simple things, value the relationships you make along the way, take time for others. We are so proud of the Confident Learners and Caring Citizens you have become.

To all our students, staff and families, enjoy a safe and restful summer!
Jennifer Sarlo
Chair - Algoma District School Board
Director Reece

Message from the Director

(July 2022)  Our school year has come to a close and I extend a heart felt thank you to all Algoma District School Board staff, students and families who came together, adapting and persevering to support learning.  
To staff members – both retiring and returning – thank you for your collaboration and connection throughout this school year!   Regardless of the role you play, your experience makes you a mentor and model. As a teaching learning organization, every role contributes to the education of our students. Whether you are modelling good character or lifelong learning, supporting academics and athletics, or whether you serve students directly or serve those who serve students, you help us grow the minds, hearts and spirits of our young citizens. 

To families – thank you for supporting your child’s learning journey and for your on-going partnership and cooperation. It is a privilege to work with your children every day.  Thank you for your confidence in us.
And to our Graduates - we are so proud of your perseverance and efforts!  Your ability to overcome adversity and to be resilient will serve you well in the years ahead. Congratulations to the Class of 2022! 
Throughout the summer, our school personnel will once again work diligently to ensure that our buildings are clean and organized, that our classrooms/facilities are ready for learning, and that all departments in our organization are ready for operations in the fall.  Together, our extraordinary commitment has truly demonstrated what it is to be a confident learner and caring citizen.  
First day back to class for students is Tuesday, September 6,  2022.  We look forward to welcoming you back to another year of learning.  For now, enjoy a safe and happy summer.  
Lucia Reece
Director of Education


Confident learners, caring citizens.


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.


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