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Crooner David Marino to visit his former elementary school in RDP on Tuesday May 21

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Montreal, May 20, 2024  On Tuesday, May 21 (11 am) crooner David Marino, 25, will return to his former elementary school, Leonardo Da Vinci Academy in RDP (12025 André Dumas) to perform for and speak to the students.  David Marino David, who continued on to study at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount, made his mark in 2017  as a contestant and finalist on the French-language reality show La Voix.  A multilingual crooner, he began singing and performing at only six years of age, and was instantly inspired by legends such as Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Charles Aznavour, among others. As an advocate for mental health causes, he has organized multiple big band concerts, raising over $50,000 for mental health services at the Jewish General Hospital. He also studied acting professionally in New York City, and is a proud graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.  Last winter David performed in his own concert at Place des Arts and he is now criss-

EMSB Chair takes aim at Language Minister’s talking out of both sides of his mouth about English public schools

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Montreal, May 14, 2024 – The English Montreal School Board takes strong exception to comments made by Minister of the French Language, Jean-François Roberge, which unjustifiably take aim at English school boards. Mr. Roberge’s comments last week are particularly stunning since, when he was Minister of Education in the previous CAQ mandate, his administration issued a directive for the EMSB to reduce the number of hours devoted to French instruction in  immersion program schools. “Whether Mr. Roberge is ignorant of the facts, or disingenuous, such statements are unbecoming and undignified of an elected official, much less a minister,” said EMSB Chair Joe Ortona. “Has his position   changed? Was he not even aware  of what letter he signed?”  Mr. Roberge claimed that CEGEPs are struggling to apply Bill 96, Quebec’s language law. He went on to say that English school boards need to work harder to improve the quality of French of their elementary and high school graduates before they move u

EMSB recognizes exceptional teachers

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Maria Frank (right) congratulates the three winners. May 10, 2024- On the occasion of English Montreal School Board Teacher Recognition Day May 7, three  teachers were presented with special awards at Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North. The EMSB launched this ceremony more than a decade ago to coincide with National Teachers Day in the United States and recognize this profession towards the end of the academic year. There were many nominations from parents for the awards.  Maria Frank from Bâton Rouge Grillhouse and Bar, known for its famous ribs and exceptional steaks at locations across the country, presented $100 gift cards to Paul Karpontinis, a social studies  teacher at Lester B. Pearson High School; Karine Gomes Silva, a physical education teacher at Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North; and  Georgette Amar, a   Common Core Basic Education (CCBE) teacher at Galileo Adult Education Centre in Montreal North . The winners also received gift packages from

EMSB recognizes Volunteers of Distinction and presents Lifetime Achievement Award

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Montreal,  April 30,  2024 -    On the occasion of National Volunteer Week,  which was marked April 21 to 27 at schools and centres, the English Montreal School Board held a special  reception and ceremony to honour three Volunteers of Distinction, as well as the presentation of the first  Lifetime Achievement  Award. Held at the St. Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic on April 30, the honourees, their families, EMSB commissioners and management and Parents Committee executive members were treated to a delicious buffet dinner catered by the culinary students  followed by an awards ceremony, which was live streamed and can be seen at Aalia Adam, news anchor  for  Global Montreal, served as the emcee. The Volunteers of Distinction were   Samantha Patel from Merton Elementary School in Côte Saint-Luc and Vanessa Chimienti and Mariasabrina Mangione from John Caboto Academy in Ahuntsic. EMSB Chair Joe Ortona was delighted to present the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Bernard Praw. Mr

EMSB “gifted” students shine at first Canadian Affiliate Bowl

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By Vincenzo Paolella, Secondary V Student, Laurier Macdonald High School Montreal, April 29, 2024 - The English Montreal School Board hosted its first Canadian Affiliate Bowl of the Future Problem-Solving Program International (FPSPI) on Saturday, April 20 at the LaurenHill Academy Junior Campus in St. Laurent.   Over the past few months, many EMSB students worked tirelessly and diligently as they engaged in the Global Issues Problem Solving (GIPS) enrichment program across various schools.   Throughout their engagement, student participants have actively researched and applied a six-step creative problem-solving process as they resolved Future Problems connected to the topics of tourism, urbanization, and Antarctica. Those who qualified for the Affiliate Bowl developed a plan with creative and viable solutions for a future scene on Autonomous Transportation. Creativity research pioneer, Dr. Ellis Paul Torrance, created future problem solving (FPS) in 1974 to stimulate critical and cre

EMSB high schools compete in 2024 Battle of The Books; Royal West finishes second in Ultimate Battle

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 By Julian Taylor Every year, all EMSB high schools are invited to take part in “The Battle of the Books” (or “Boob” as it is affectionately known as by its participants); a quiz-show style competition where questions are based upon 12 pre-selected Young Adult novels that teams in each school read over the course of the school year.  BoB allows students to explore a variety of literary genres while simultaneously developing teamwork skills. Launched at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in 2013, the program has grown steadily each year to include an increasing number of schools across the city. At the EMSB, it is an event that is organized by the high school librarians and the Educational Services Department. The past few weeks have seen an exciting conclusion for the 2024 season of Battle of the Books here at the EMSB. From the initial seven participating school teams, the top four scoring teams were James Lyng, Royal West Academy, Rosemount, and Vincent Massey Collegiate. They  compe

EMSB very pleased with partial stay on Bill 96

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Montréal, April  18,  2024 - The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is very pleased with a Québec Superior Court decision that provides a partial stay of provisions of Bill 96 and the Charter of the French Language. This ruling also benefits other English language boards and the Quebec English School Boards Association. EMSB Chair Joe Ortona notes that the  Superior Court stayed parts of the law that would require English school boards to communicate exclusively in French when writing with key institutions of the English-speaking community, such as the Quebec English School Boards Association or the English Parents’ Committee Association of Quebec.  The EMSB had challenged the application of amendments to the Charter of the French Language adopted in 2002 that the government only brought into force in June 2023, without any consultation of the English-language community. “This is a significant win, of which the EMSB should be proud,” said Mr. Ortona. “While we offer rich programming