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EMSB schools mark Remembrance Day throughout early November

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Montreal, November 11, 2022 – Leading up to November 11, schools across the English Montreal School Board commemorated Remembrance Day through unique in-class activities, events and field trips.   Additionally, unique to the EMSB for the entirety of this school year is a Holocaust Education and Sensitization project which is being made possible as a result of a generous Nova grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal. This project will allow the teaching of Holocaust education beyond the general curriculum and it will be weaved into Remembrance Day lessons as well.  Tuesday, November 1  Eric Dion with students. At Nesbitt Elementary School  in Rosemount  Retired Leut. Corpl. Eric Dion  worked  in the classrooms with students to create personalized Remembrance Day wreaths for the veterans at Sainte-Anne’s Hospital. The wreaths will be personally delivered by Dion to the veterans on November 11.  Dion is a veteran having served 25 years in the Canadian Forces, namely as Lieu

Indigenous Astronomy lesson for students at Elizabeth Ballantyne School

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Wilfred Buck Montreal, October 24, 2022 - Students at Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School (314 Northview) in Montreal West will be looking to the stars on Thursday, October 27 (9:10 am) as Wilfred Buck, a Cree Elder will be presenting a lesson on Indigenous Astronomy. Buck, an Indigenous star lore expert and member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation , will share his knowledge of star stories. Additionally, two Indigenous students will be helping to host the event. For more information on Buck and his past presentations, please visit: https://acakwuskwun.com/ . -30- Contact: Michael J. Cohen Manager, Marketing and Communications English Montreal School Board 514.826.0383    

Four EMSB schools to mark September 11th anniversary with local firefighters

Montreal, September 7  2022 – Some of the ever-lasting images of September 11,  2001 were the brave first responders rushing into the World Trade Center – and to mark the 21 st anniversary of the terrorist attacks, this Thursday (10 am), September 8 students from four EMSB schools will spend the day at Montreal’s Firefighter Training Centre (6700 Rue Notre-Dame Est). In the morning, students from Rosemount High School and Nesbitt Elementary in Rosemount and Perspectives I and Perspectives II High Schools in St. Michel will formally commemorate the anniversary of September 11 th . This ceremony will include a virtual testimonial from Bill Spade, retired FDNY firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11 as well as reflections from Gordon Routley, Assistant Director of the Montreal Fire Department and other local first responders. In the afternoon, students will participate in interactive workshops with the firefighters that focuses on their training and work in the

EMSB unveils strategy on key issues for election campaign

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Montreal, September 6, 2022 -  On the eve of a provincial election, which will take place on October 3, the English Montreal School Board  will be  engaging with candidates to bring forward important issues related to public education . As a pedagogical exercise, the EMSB will organize a bilingual virtual information session for Tuesday afternoon, September 20 at 1 pm that will be streamed live into classrooms across the school board. Representatives from each political party will be invited to participate.   EMSB Chair Joe Ortona and Director General Nick Katalifos will give opening remarks. Two members of the English Montreal Student Advisory Council (EMSAC) will serve as moderators. The session will be broadcast live on YouTube, with students being able to ask questions via the chat function. In addition, some schools will also organize in-person or virtual sessions with their local candidates. These meetings are apolitical and are intended to provide a method for students to le

Westmount High School to kick off 150th anniversary year on Tuesday

Montreal, August 29, 2022 -  From its humble beginnings as a schoolhouse on the corner of Clarke and Cote St. Antoine in 1873, on Tuesday, August 30 (1 pm), Westmount High School (4350 Ste. Catherine St. W) is set to mark the beginning of its 150 th year in education. Westmount High School will kick off its sesquicentennial on Tuesday by welcoming back alumni, both students and staff, who will officially cut the ribbon on what will undoubtedly be a year filled with special events and celebrations. Additionally, the high school will unveil a specially curated memorabilia exhibit that students, staff and the public will be able to visit throughout the year About the English Montreal School Board With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 77 sc

EMSB pleased with Bill 96 court ruling temporarily preventing provisions from coming into force

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Montreal, August 12 , 20 2 2 – The English Montreal School Board i s pleased to learn that a Quebec Superior Court judge has suspended parts of Bill 96, the new provincial language law. Ju stice Chantal Corriveau suspend ed two sections of the law that will require any legal proceedings filed in English in Quebec to be accompanied by a French translation ( Mitchell et al c PGQ , 500-17-121419-223) .  A hearing on the merits of the case is expected be held in November.   “This is a very encouraging development,” said EMSB Chair Joe Ortona. “The present-day Quebec government has once again been told by the courts that it has  overstepp ed its bounds. This has already been the case for Bills 40 and 21 dealing with the abolition of school boards and secularism.”   The EMSB is contesting the validity of Bill 96 in court as well , including the very provisions suspended by the court today .   T he EMSB ’s contestation is based notably on s. 23 of the  Canadian Charter of Right