PSS Ski Teams Headed to OFSAA
Congratulations to all members of both the Alpine Ski Team and Nordic Ski Team for competing in GBSSA championships last week! All athletes showed great determination and strength in their respective courses, a culmination of their hard work over the past semester. Several PSS students merited a ticket to compete in the OFSAA championships this upcoming week. PSS would like to recognize the Senior Girls Alpine Ski Team of Victoria Pryor, Erin Frey and Justine Woods for achieving a silver medal finish at the GBSSA championships and earning a spot in the upcoming OFSAA race. This year the race will be held close to home at Blue Mountain in Collingwood, a familiar and exciting course for the girls. For the Nordic Ski Team, Elise and William Holt qualified individually to continue on to OFSAA along with the 3rd ranked Senior Girls team of Katharina Holt, Gillian Hutton, Sarah Marshall, Anneli Desroches and Erin Hutton. These athletes are headed to Timmins next week to compete with some of the best racers in Canada. PSS wishes all the athletes good luck and support in these championships!
Red, White and Pink Day!
Invites everyone to
Grade 8 Parents’ Information Night
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
(Alternate date if cancelled due to weather – Feb.27)
Learn about the: Blended Learning Program for Grade 9 students in September 2014
Full complement of courses from Grade 9-12 Extended French Program (the only one in the area)
Music Repertoire classes, Hockey Focus Classes, Native Studies Classes
Specialist High Skills Major in the Environment and Health and Wellness Hospitality and Tourism , Construction, Custom Woodworking, Small Engine Repair, and Communication Technology Programs
Grade 8 Visit Day
Thursday, February 27, 2014 (Alternate date Feb. 28)
All students are invited to experience grade 9 academic, applied, open and locally developed classes
(bring running shoes)
CALL 549-7446 FOR MORE INFORMATION
Grade 9 Registration due, Thursday, March 6, 2014
Student’s Council- Coming up…….
Feb 14th- On Valentine’s Day Student’s Council will be providing PSS with many fun and exciting activities! Students are all encouraged to dress up in Red, White and Pink, and candy grams will be sold throughout the week. For a small fee, buy a delicious treat and attach a personal message for your loved ones and friends! As well, Student’s Council will be running two fantastic fundraisers for the school entitled “Hot Legs” and “Mad Libs.” Stay tuned for more information on all of these exciting events we have planned for Valentine’s Day!
Fundclub- PSS’s fundraising committee has formed a close partnership with the Guesthouse in Midland. This center offers shelter, meals and camaraderie for the homeless and vulnerably housed in North Simcoe. Beginning in February, every other week we will assemble a group of willing students from the school to go and assist with whatever this organization needs. Please come to the Art Room on Mondays at 12:00pm if you are interested in being a part of this initiative!
PSS and Karma Market team up
PSS collected a total of $505.00 in support of the Karma Project’s “12 Days of Christmas” initiative. These funds will be given to local food producers/farmers, who will then provide shelters in the area with desperately needed FRESH food donations throughout the year.
Specifically, this fresh food will be given to La Maison Rosewood, women’s shelter, as well as the Guesthouse in Midland. Thank you to all members of the PSS community who donated to this cause. It is greatly appreciated
Fantastic door decorating from Brittany Collins and Katie McGuire of Mr. French's business class! The tree is made out of hand-painted Styrofoam cups! Awesome job girls, it looks great!
The 12 Days of Christmas
The 12 Days of Christmas is a unique Huronia wide fundraiser organized by The Karma Project. The members of the PSS fundraising team are volunteering their time to raise money within the school.
All money raised will be given to local food producers/farmers, who will then provide shelters in the area with desperately needed FRESH food donations throughout the year. The four local producers are McBride's Organic Farm, Hamley's Tea and Coffee, Honey From the Woods, and The Good Food Box. La Maison Rosewood and The Guesthouse will be the recipients of this years fundraiser.
More information can be found at:
Grade 7,8,9’s at PSS make a splash!
This past Friday, local students in Grade 7, 8, 9 attended the PSS “Beach Bash” Dance. The event was a great success. Students were treated to a night out at the beach to escape the cold, winter weather. A trained dance instructor taught them every dance imaginable- from the YMCA to the “what does the fox say” routine. Student’s Council would like to thank Mr. MacIsaac, Mrs. McFadyen, Mrs. Moreau, Mrs. Riley, and all other teachers who helped make this event a success! It was a blast! Stay tuned to this website for upcoming news on other great events like this!
PSS students make a difference
A huge thank you goes out to all those students who generously donated their old sports Jerseys to the “Jersey Drive” initiative. PSS collected an incredible…..drum roll please………. 198 Jerseys! This is amazing PSS! We almost tripled our initial goal of 70 Jerseys! This means that each student at the “Huruma Orphanage Center” in Iringa, Tanzania will be able to receive two Jerseys each! Since we surpassed our goal by so much, the remaining Jerseys will be sent to another local orphanage- the “Asante Iringa Regional Orphanage.” There is enough for each student at this orphanage to receive a Jersey as well. We collected Jerseys of all sizes which is ideal because both orphanages house children aged 4-18. Everyone will be sure to get one that is a comfortable fit!
Mr. Mullin’s Chemistry class and Mr. McLaren’s gym class were two of the top collectors. Mr. Mullin’s students brought in a total of 34 Jerseys themselves, while Mr. McLaren’s gym class dug out the old PSS Jerseys, totaling 73! Way to go! We have been informed that the students at the orphanages are anxiously waiting to receive their gifts just in time for Christmas. They all love any type of sports attire so we are sure they will be ecstatic upon receiving this surprise! Thank you to all those who donated to this global project. Your generosity will certainly put a smile on the faces of each of the children at these two orphanages!
Twin Day at PSS
PSS Players Presents...
With December just around the corner, the PSS Players are happy to present their winter show, Humbug High. The production, a modern rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, explores the valuable themes of gratitude, love, and practising generosity through the holiday season. The performers, stage crew, and production directors are pleased to invite friends, family, and the community to Humbug High’s performances in the first week of December.
On Friday, December 6th our popular dinner theatre option will be available again. Share a delicious meal prepared by the PSS Hospitality students and then enjoy the show! Tickets must be reserved in advance.
This year we are offering something new – a Saturday matinee! This is a great opportunity to bring children to enjoy this classic, heartwarming story. The Saturday performance will feature half price tickets with a non-perishable food donation for the food bank. A Christmas Carol is all about giving at the holidays and the PSS Players want to make that a reality.
Equipped with magnificent costumes, dedicated actors and actresses, and the familiarity of Dickens’ work, the PSS Players’ are more than ready to kick off the holidays. Hope to see you there!
Check out ticket prices here.
Fall Coffee House: Thursday, November 14th
Come out to the Fall Coffee House on Thursday November 14th, 2013 for an awesome night filled with performances, delicious hot drinks and baked goods! Bring your friends and family to experience some great P.S.S. talents. Special community guest artist, Scott Cooper will be performing during this evening as well, so it’s an event you definitely do not want to miss! Sign up to perform or volunteer at the Coffee House, outside the cafeteria this week. The cost to enter is $2 with a mug AND your student card, $3 if you bring either one or $5 without.
PSS Fall Coffee House!
Bring in your Jerseys PSS!
Over the next two weeks, please dig through your closets PSS and search for any of your old sports Jerseys. These Jerseys can be of whatever size and whatever style. Bring them into your homeroom. All Jerseys will be shipped over to the “Huruma Orphanage Center,” located in Iringa, Tanzania. This center is a children’s orphanage that takes care of orphaned children from the time they are a few hours until they are 18 years old.
The mission of the home is to empower children in need to become productive and responsible members of society through education, rehabilitation and self-reliance skills. Our goal is to collect 73 Jerseys, one for each of the 73 students living at the center! There will also be a special surprise for the homeroom class that collects the most Jerseys! Below are some photos of some of the children from the center.
PSS Halloween 2013!
Junior Boys’ Volleyball Season a Success
The P.S.S. Junior Boys Volleyball Team had a fun-filled season of hard work and determination. Fielding only a few returning players with high school volleyball experience, the team stepped up to the plate and played against tough competition. They were defeated in the playoff round by a skillful team from École Secondaire Roméo Dallaire from Barrie to end their season of many close games. The boys improved their skills over the course of the season and learned lots about the game of volleyball. Great season boys!
Junior Boys’ Soccer wrap up season
The Junior Boys’ soccer season has come to a close this year. The boys had a tough season, as they faced many strong AA teams, but they certainly never gave up. They showed improvement each and every game, and always played with a lot of heart. Mrs, Wyant and Mme. Bastarache are very proud of each of the boys and look forward to seeing them continue to improve next year. Good Job Boys!
Senior Boys’ Volleyball begin season strong
The Senior Boys’ Volleyball team at PSS is definitely a strong force in the world of high school volleyball. The Boys’ have started off the season enthusiastically, earning a total of 3 wins, with 0 losses. Their first match against Stayner was proof of the boy’s determination and dedication to the sport as they came out on top after 5 nail-biting sets. Continuing on to commence a winning streak, the boys easily conquered two local teams, Elmvale and Le Caron, in a total of 3 short, but exciting sets each. Their next home game is Monday, October 21st against Twin Lakes! Spectators are encouraged to come out and watch what is sure to be a riveting game!
PSS beat local rival, St. Theresa’s
The PSS Senior Girls Basketball team has had quite a season this year, winning the majority of their games, and proving to be strong competitors for the upcoming GBSSA championships. Recently, the girls went head to head against the St. Theresa’s Thunder senior girls basketball team. Both benches were fairly matched, and the game was a close call; however in the last quarter, the PSS girls managed to pull ahead winning 47-39 against the Thunder.
Notable contributions were made by Katharina Holt who earned 18 points, Elise Holt with 7 points, and Gillian Hutton, Natalie Bramwell and Holly Frey, each adding 6 points to the winning score. The girls look forward their home tournament which will be held on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26 at Penetang Secondary School. Spectators are encouraged and welcomed to the school to watch this upcoming, exciting event.
Students donate canned food items to Salvation Army
For Thanksgiving, the students of Penetanguishene Secondary School decided to give back to their community and donate several canned food items to the local Salvation Army. Students and staff of PSS are thankful and appreciative of the support that the Penetang area community has shown them during this past year.
The school collected a total of 724 canned food items over the course of two weeks, establishing a two can per capita ratio. Mr. Mullin’s class brought in the most amount of cans with 245 and Mrs. Main’s class followed closely behind at 200 cans. Thank you to all who donated to the food drive.
PSS student accepted to the Ontario Provincial Honour Band (OPHB)
By: Kendra Green
PENETANGUISHENE – Grade 10 student, Austin Foster, from Penetanguishene Secondary School finds a spot in the Ontario Provincial Honour Band (OPHB).
16-year-old Austin Foster, from Penetanguishene Secondary School, is amongst 65 of Ontario’s most gifted, student musicians, making the cut into the 3-day event provided from the Ontario Provincial Honour Band (OPHB).
Playing the French Horn for 3 years, as well as being in PSS’s Concert Band, Jazz Band, Horn Quartet, and participating in Midland Y Men’s Music Festival, Austin Foster has been a busy, devoted, and hard-working young man.
“It will be a good experience for him, being around other like-minded students,” music teacher, Shelley Charlebois added. “He will gain more skill, focus, and will definitely become a better player.”
Earlier in spring, Austin Foster practiced and recited the compulsory Honour Band piece, including a piece of his choice. Audio recordings were made, sent in, and Austin Foster made both of the 2 cuts.
“I am excited to go, I am very lucky to have made it. The music is hard, but it is a great challenge.”
Austin Foster’s friends, family, band members, and music teacher, Shelley Charlebois, are proud of Austin’s accomplishment. They wish him a great time in November, filled with intensive learning, performing, and experience.
PSS Ranked 2nd Highest School in SCDSB
PSS ranked second among county high schools according to the Fraser Institute. This type of recognition is well overdue and did not surprise anyone associated with the highly academic institution. For more on this story click on the link.