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March 2015
March 2015
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Applause! is the monthly recognition of significant achievements and contributions by staff, students and community partners at a York Region District School Board Public Board Meeting.
 
Recognition of achievements is based on alignment with the organizational goals outlined by the Trustees’ Multi-Year Plan in combination with the criteria set out in Staff Awards and Student Awards policies.

Student Earns Perfect Score on BC Calculus Exam – 1 of 9 out of 93000 Students Worldwide

Each May, the Markham District High School (MDHS) Enriched Calculus class writes the three hour external Advanced Placement AB Calculus Exam. This exam covers university calculus material. On the most recent exam each of MDHS’s 27 students received the top score possible (5), but extra special was the result of then Grade 11 student Hanzhen Lin. Hanzhen obtained a top score of “5” on the more challenging BC Calculus Examination and was 1 of 9 individuals in the world, out of 93,000 students that wrote the exact same test, to obtain absolutely perfect on every aspect of his paper.

The outstanding news for Hanzhen continues as he received an official invitation from the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) in Ottawa asking him to represent Canada at this year’s Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO). In addition, the CMS requested that he write the prestigious Canadian Mathematical Olympiad paper. Hanzhen is in very elite company as less than 100 Canadians are part of this invitation. All of these honours and opportunities are a result of the superb scores he obtained on many national and international mathematics competitions he has written while at MDHS. As one of the leaders of our extracurricular math club, Hanzhen very much enjoys encouraging younger members of the group to participate in and be successful in such mathematical competitions. This outstanding accomplishment is a testament to Hanzhen’s natural ability and work ethic but is also a reflection of the excellent support provided by staff.

Character Shines for Second Year at Dr. J.M. Denison Secondary School

Denison SS Basketball TeamThe Denison Girl’s Senior Basketball team had a winning season again this year despite being a varsity level team that has very few senior students. They played many York Region Athletic Association (YRAA) teams at the Triple A level and qualified as the YRAA Double A entry to participate in a play-in against one of the schools in the Double A level in Durham. The team won and moved onto the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) tournament where they were not expecting to win but went to play their absolute best and to learn. OFSAA awarded them the Sportsmanship Award for the whole tournament for an unprecedented second time in 2 years because of their great character. They were lauded by the organizers for their heart and kindness to others, as well as being positive in all of their interactions with everyone at the tournament.

Coaches: Jackie Zicaro (teacher) and Sharyn Gilmer (secretary)

Team Members: Arthanaa Ganendran, Danielle Hammith, Nikki Kordez, Sam Kordez, Courtney Lee, Andie MacPherson, Megan Meyer, Eileen Raisbeck, Sam Stewart, Jenn Waddell

North Star

North Star - Kris BellissimoSummitview Public School teacher Kris Bellissimo is March’s North Star. Below is a compilation of the six nominations sent by his Summitview colleagues:

For teachers new to Summitview, Kris is more than welcoming; he is inspirational. His passion for teaching is contagious and is evident in every aspect of our school. He has been instrumental in the success of both students and teachers, and does so without need for recognition. In fact, he often passes the recognition he does receive to others teachers, especially those new to the school. As athletic lead, Kris helps others who are new to coaching, politely offering advice, giving people the confidence needed to thrive. As a member of the school leadership team, Kris’s vision of inclusivity and community is imprinted everywhere. He helps to create a school where everyone feels welcome and encouraged. He was quick to include other teachers in this process and has taken to time show how to start new activities within the school. As an NTIP mentor, Kris is always available to share his resources, time, and ideas, both involving education and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. He takes the time to introduce new teachers to other staff, members of the parents counsel and respected members of the community. He has gone out of his way to be a supportive colleague and friend. He works with colleagues to co-plan, co-teach and debrief lessons, ideas and issues within classes. When one colleague moved to grade 5, he offered to attend Great Beginnings so that they could learn new ideas to implement even though he'd already taught the grade for many years. He is an amazing teacher who brightens the days of the students, teachers and administration staff. Colleagues know they can go to him with anything big or small and he is always there to help. He makes it extra enjoyable to go to school every day. His positive energy radiates as he walks through the halls and is an automatic pick me up.

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