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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

student band

Algoma District School Board Welcomes and Supports 300+ Multilingual Language Learners

(November 2023) The community is invited to join Superior Heights C&VS on November 30th for the Superior Heights International Festival. The event takes place from 5-8pm at the school. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to The Soup Kitchen. This is the second annual event at Superior Heights and will be an evening to celebrate cultures, diversity and inclusivity through music, dance and food.
three student trustees

Student Trustees for 2023/2024 School Year

(September 20, 2023) The Algoma District School Board (ADSB) welcomes three new Student Trustees for the 2023/2024 school year. They are Casey Bouvier from Chapleau High School, Andrew Vair from Superior Heights and Desirae Schell-Migwans from Superior Heights as our Indigenous Student Trustee. All appointments became effective as of August 1, 2023.

Focus On Our Priorities

child being immunized

Updating Children's Immunization Record with APH

Algoma Public Health (APH) is working closely with parents and schools to ensure that we meet the immunization requirements listed in the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA). This Act helps us stay prepared and respond effectively to any infectious disease risks or outbreaks that may occur at your child's school.

Events Calendar

Chair Sarlo

Message from the Chair

(December 2023)
I am honored to continue to serve the Algoma District School Board as Chair for my 12th year. I thank my fellow trustees for your confidence and continued support and I look forward to continuing to work with Vice Chair Johnston.

Working with our dynamic leadership team, we will seek every opportunity – whether in classrooms, through budget discussions, or at the Board table -- to strive to meet the diverse needs of every student in our system. 

I cannot believe this new Board of Trustees has been working together just over a year since the election in 2022. We know the learning curve has been steep, but we already feel like we know and understand each other quite well and can tap into the skills and experiences of each Board member coupled with their knowledge of their communities to make good decisions around this board table. This past June we tragically lost our longest-serving trustee, Russell Reid.  Susan Johnson has filled that vacancy and we look forward to helping her learn and grow in her position. She is already fitting in beautifully and embracing her role. Over the past year, we are thankful that we have been able to develop and maintain the strong, respectful relationships, for which our Board is known, with our Director Lucia Reece and the passionate team of leaders who join us around this table. 

The results of our student census are in hand and will inform our work as we develop focused strategies to provide differentiated support for our increasingly diverse student body and their families. Along with our strategic priorities of achievement, well-being, and equity, we will continue to focus on our Indigenous students by furthering our work in areas of reconciliation. 

At this time, we can be thankful that the new JK-12 school in Blind River is in the hands of our contractors and we look forward to sharing the plans with the community soon and finally getting the shovel in the ground in 2024! We will continue to support the work at the new Trades School at White Pines as it unfolds over the next year providing a technologically modern space for the trades of today and the future. We are always so proud of our Board’s ongoing commitment to maintaining and revitalizing our learning spaces and grounds. Hopefully, we can continue to work and advocate for other capital priorities that have been identified as we look to the Ministry of Education to lift the moratorium on Accommodation Reviews so we can move these plans forward. 

There is a lot to look forward to as we look ahead to another busy year. At this time of year, our students and staff are mindful of those less fortunate in our communities and they strive to make a difference for these students and community members during this Christmas season. We are proud of their efforts. We can all look for ways to contribute to the needs of others this month and throughout the year.

Thank you once again for your support and we look forward to working together to build confident learners and caring citizens who are proud to be ADSB!
Jennifer Sarlo
Chair - Algoma District School Board
Director Reece

Message from the Director

(October 2023)
Last week, as the city of SSM experienced an unthinkable tragedy, the reverberations of the incident were felt not only across the Algoma District School Board and the communities we represent, but across the country.  The loss of three children – our students – and community members is a weight we all carry. 
During the darkest days, I watched, in awe, as inside our schools and office buildings, people, raw with sorrow, anger, perplexity and disbelief, dug deeper than they knew was humanly possible to find the courage to support students, families, colleagues, co-workers and the community.  I could not be prouder of our ADSB staff.  Outside our walls, people in communities everywhere felt our pain and reached out to provide condolences, support and comfort – and for that, we are deeply grateful.  I found myself most often reminding people that we cannot make sense of senseless acts.
As so many have said, moving forward, we must find the strength and the courage to take action.  I have listened to the many messages, and asked myself the question I ask most often:  What did I learn today? Collectively, I hope we have all learned some things over the past week.  
•    I hope that we have learned that as an education system, our focus is on teaching and learning;   as education personnel, we offer programming that supports and promotes positive mental health, overall well-being and healthy, respectful relationships; and while our staff are not treatment providers, we can and do help connect children and families to services;  however, we cannot undertake this work alone, so let the learning be a call to action – a call to ensure that all of our community organizations increase our collective advocacy to government and to Ministries, to find ways to support children and families who need our help or who may be in crisis;  let us bring forth thinking and proposals that break down barriers to accessing services; together, let’s stand shoulder to shoulder, as community partners to examine what we can do to advocate further and to remain relentless in our efforts to ensure our communities have the resources we need to make a positive impact; the adage, “it takes an entire village to raise a child” has never been more relevant; 
•    I also hope we have learned that, as we work, as a village, to support children, we recognize, as others have said, that we must take care of one another … most notably, that we need to RESPECT one another;  in ADSB, we are very proud of our character education work, and live our belief that, “we model, we teach, we practise, we become”;  as community members, we must all remember that children emulate our actions and our words, so let’s choose our words and actions thoughtfully, so that we are the best role models possible for them. 

From crisis comes opportunity.  Let us all find the strength and courage to see what we can learn from the past week and let us be driven by Margaret Mead’s words to:

 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has."
Thank you/Miigwetch
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