KDHS Auto Expo
With approximately 200 fine and fast vehicles in the Kingsville District High School parking lot, the 10th annual Tech Zone Auto Expo was held on Friday, May 18th. With all proceeds going to the local foodbank, not only was this an opportunity for people in Essex-County to showcase their cars, but also to be charitable. Mr. Osborne, our Automotive Technology Teacher and organizer of the event said, "this was the best show yet with the highest turnout." From Mustangs to Lamborghinis and even a Model T, there was a car to meet everyone's taste! A big thanks goes out to all the staff, students and participants who help make this such a great event year after year!
Eighth Annual GSA Conference
The KDHS GSA attended the GECDSB's Annual GSA Conference on May 16. There they attended workshops designed to create awareness on subjects such as well-being and inclusion, promoting safe spaces and they took part in an Anti-homophobia experiential learning art activity which they will display for Anti Homophobia and Anti Transgenderphobia day on May 17. Guest speakers included Derrick Biso from the Run for Rocky, Jeremy Dias from the Centre of Gender and Sexual Diversity and Crystal Fach from Windsor Pride. Many thanks goes out to the GECDSB and Rachel Olivero our Diversity Officer for organizing this insightful and informative day.
Cavs Get Their Cheer On!
The Cavs gave a warm cheer to the Police Officers from Windsor and Essex County as they ran through Kingsville on May 15 for the annual Torch Run for the Special Olympics. The torch run is used as a fundraiser to support the local Special Olympics. Ms. Riess' GLAS program have been selling freezies at lunch with proceeds to be donated to the torch run. Our Cavs were out in full force to support the officers as they carried the torch by the school. Way to show your school spirit CAVS!!
"Light Up the Night" was the theme and the lights were bright but not as bright as the smiles of the 200 attendees at the KDHS Prom on May 11. New Designs from Kingsville did a beautiful job of transforming the Roma Club into an elegant venue for our Cavs! After a fabulous meal, DJ Kirzy spun the tunes and everyone danced the night away. Prom King Jordyn Lewis and Queen Hannah Nicholson were announced and many awards were given out by the Prom Committee during the evening. A big thanks goes out to Ms. Pucovsky, Ms. Gale and the Prom Committee for their hard work and to Ms Dunn and the foods classes for making all the wonderful desserts. It was an night to be remembered!
Young Entrepreneur Makes Her Pitch
Congratulations go out to Molly Collier for coming in as one of the 6 winners of the Young Entrepreneurs Make Your Pitch Competition! Molly submitted a video of her product "Stick Storage Solutions" and was chosen to be one of the 239 finalists from across Ontario. Her product is a hockey stick holder which attaches to the grab handles of a car's interior. Molly's pitch and product won her a spot in Summer Company, $3000 to start up her own company and a bursary towards her own education. Molly plans on studying business and as well she should! Great job to one of our ingenious Cavs!
Council for Exceptional Children's Award
On May 10, at the Caboto Club, Jordyn Gibner was honored by the Council for Exceptional Children where she received an award for her ability to overcome adversity. Jordyn was nominated by Ms. Marigniani for her amazing ability to be resourceful, self-advocating, showing excellence in all she set out to accomplish particularly in her co-op placement in the KDHS STEPS room. Jordyn received a plaque (above) and a bursary for her achievements. Congratulations Jordyn!
Congratulations Mr. Doey!
KDHS would like to congratulate Mr. Doey, our Department Head of the Tech Zone for receiving the Teaching Award of Excellence from the Ontario Council for Technology Education. The award recognizes secondary technology teachers who demonstrates an outstanding commitment in the delivery of technological education curriculum, community involvement and who is dedicated to the promotion of technological education. Mr. Doey has been at KDHS for 30 years inspiring his students to look outward and think of their community in all they do and promoting the importance of the trades. Mr. Doey is the living embodiment of what a Cavalier should always aspire to be! Congratulations on your award, Mr. Doey and thank you for all you do!
Mental Health Week at KDHS
On May 7-10, our Cavs took part in different activities that brought awareness to mindfulness and healthy living with many clubs coming together for Mental Health Week. On Monday, The GSA hosted Watch Your Words with a focus on positive language, The Eco Team took a nature walk on Tuesday, The Phys. Ed Department held Guided Meditation for all, Live Different had a Fellowship Lunch and on Friday The WE Group hosted a movie with popcorn in the gym. Prizes were given out each day to participants and healthy snacks were served to all students at lunchtime on Tuesday. Mental Health Week not only brought our clubs together but our students as well with positive messages for mind and body!
Celebrating Black Excellence
On Wednesday, May 2, KDHS attended the Blackness and Canadian Identity Conference. There they were a part of concurrent workshops which included Present Day Blacktivism, Afrobeats Dance Therapy and listened to a moderated panel discuss what it means to be black in Canada. The students were treated to a delicious and unique lunch created by Black Magic Culinary Creations. An informative day was had by all attendees!
Spare Change for Change!
The WE Group of KDHS thinks hard about what little things we can do to make the world a better place for people in need. Over the last two weeks of April, the WE Group held a Coin Drive to raise money in order to build a well in a developing country and provide clean water to those in need. Their motto is "Together WE can save lives." The Cavs heeded the call and together they raised $1200 in two weeks! Winning classes were Ms. Blair's class with $121.85, Mr. Ingratta's class with $317.31 and in first place with a very narrow margin, was Mrs. Kawa's class (pictured above) with $341.31 in total. An enormous thank you goes out from WE Group to the whole school for thinking of others! Many lives will change because of our spare change!
Tech Zone's Vin Villa Restoration Project
The Tech Zone has been hard at work restoring the 4000 pound model of Vin Villa which was brought over from Pelee Island to KDHS. On a trip to the Island, Department Head, Mr. Doey had noticed that the model looked as though it needed repair and things started rolling from that point! Truax Lumber is responsible for the transportation to the school from Pelee Island Winery, and Mr. Daudlin and his construction classes got right to work disassembling the roof and dormer structures. The model of Vin Villa should be ready for display at the Tech Zone Auto Show on Friday, May 18 right here at KDHS, and we can't wait to see this model fully restored to its former glory! Awesome job, Tech Zone!
3 Days of GSA!
On the week of April 23, The GSA hosted 3 days of fundraising fun for the student body. There was Trivia Tuesday, Movie Wednesday and a pancake lunch in the foyer on Thursday. All proceeds support the local teen centre, The Bridge. Thanks to all who supported this event. The GSA is looking forward to many awareness events during Pride Week in June!
Earth Week at KDHS
The Eco Team inspired KDHS for Earth Week on April 16-20 when they held many Eco events for our Cavs. There was the raffle for the adopt the endangered animal, the sale of reusable water bottles, recycle bin toss, litter-less lunches and Blue/Green day on Friday which was also the end of the clothing drive the Eco Team had been holding all week. All donations of clothes went to The Thrift on Mill, and our students donated over 3000 items. Mr. Morphet's Business Leadership class came in first place with 412 items! Thrift on Mill is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to its community as well as taking on global initiatives. Thrift on Mill extends a huge thank-you to all staff and students who donated items. Earth Week ended on Sunday with the Eco Team attending a Tree Planting at The Little River Corridor. 2000 trees were planted and our Cavs lent a hand! What a great way to celebrate Earth Week, by not only giving to our community but by giving back to our beautiful, green world!
Charity Starts at Home!
GLAS members (Girls Leading and Succeeding) have been hard at work weaving sleep mats out of milk bags (as shown above). These mats serve a dual purpose: they keep milk bags out of landfills but they also will keep the less fortunate off the cold, wet ground. The GLAS team has also been collecting toiletries from the staff and students in order to make hygiene kits for the local teen shelter The Bridge. The kits will then be put into back packs which are being purchased through The Speak Up Grant. Ms. Reiss and the girls are committed to making the lives of others better, and we are proud of all their charitable work here at KDHS!
Skills Ontario Challenge
The Tech Zone students have certainly represented KDHS in an exciting way! On March 24th The Skills Ontario Competition was held at St. Clair College and KDHS students competed: Logan Tiller in Individual Welding, Steven Bosse and Joshua Thibodeau both in Pairs Construction. Logan Tiller won 1st place in his division. Three KDHS students; Logan Tiller (welding), Steven Bosse and Cole Russell (both in individual carpentry) advanced to the Skills Ontario Competition at Fanshaw College on April 6th. While they didn't move on to the Toronto competition, Mr. Daudlin said, "The boys competed in what is the equivalent of the Olympics for Trades. I am very proud of these students for representing themselves and our school extremely well!" Great job to all!
Cavs Explore the Field of Forensics
On Friday, April 6, 24 KDHS students attended the Trends in Forensic Science Workshop at the University of Windsor. The morning was spent listening to guest speakers including the Dean of Science, The Chief of Police, and former alumni who spoke about how they use forensics in their diverse careers. The afternoon was devoted to hands on activities which included blood-splatter and footprint analysis as well as examining facial recognition software. The day was extremely informative and a big thanks goes out to Ms. Gale for organizing this field trip!
Your KDHS Eco Team is keeping it Green! Members of the KDHS Eco-Team braved the cold on March 21st to clean up our school grounds and the surrounding area to spruce things up on the second day of Spring! The Eco-Team is led by Ms. Marignani and works year round to reduce the ecological footprint of KDHS and to make our world a little bit greener. Thank you to all those who helped in the clean up efforts.
Earth Hour at KDHS
The Eco Team was really impressed with the commitment shown by staff and students on Thursday, March 22, when they celebrated Earth Hour to bring awareness to habitat loss, climate change and the importance of conservation. For one hour 80% of the schools' classes turned off lights, computers and electronic devices to demonstrate this awareness. The Tech Zone took it to the next level by showing Construction students in Mr. Daudlin's class (pictured above) how to use a 100 year old power tool- the power coming of course from sheer muscle! Way to be Eco Green, Cavs! After all, we only have one Earth!
March Madness: A Musical Extravaganza
If you crave music in your life then go no further than KDHS because Dr. Hopper and her talented group of musicians will always deliver! Migration Hall was filled with melody on March 7th when the Jazz Band, The Senior Band, The Junior Band and Music Classes brought March Madness: A Musical Extravaganza to life with beautiful classics and fun jazz pieces. But that's not all! Solos performed by guest artists Ms. Natalie Dorion (flute), Dr. Jonathan Bayley (flute) and Mrs. Helen Brown (piano) added to the exciting musicale. Thrilling harmonies filled the air and Dr. Bayley's own composition, Music for Pan, was performed by Ms. Dorion. Another fine performance was given by our Cavs who are looking ahead to Musicfest on April 4th!
Cavalgears in Action!
The First Robotics Ontario District Georgian College Event in Barrie was attended by our very own Robotics Team, Team 773: The Kingsville Cavalgears. Led by Mr. Booth and Mr. P. Gelinas, the team has been working tirelessly to prepare for the event. On March 2nd-4th, ten KDHS students competed against the stiff competition of 27 other robots. After overcoming some engineering difficulties our Cavalgears powered through and finished with a 5-7 record. Great effort Cavs!
Cavs Attend OMEA
March 3rd found the KDHS Senior Band at the newly opened School of Creative Arts building on the downtown Campus of the University of Windsor for the meeting of the OMEA: Ontario Music Educator's Association and the Choral Festival. There, students participated in workshops which included Wind Band Conducting, Talk Rehearsal and Student Voice which was led by our very own Dr. Hopper. Among other things, our musical Cavs learned about tuning, playing accurately and providing student perspective in a rehearsal setting. A big thanks goes out to Dr. Hopper for providing students with such a great opportunity and Ms. Simonton for her assistance. A wonderfully edifying day was had by all!
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With snow gently falling and sequins brightly glittering, Friday, February 9th, found our Cavaliers making their way to the dazzlingly transformed Migration Hall for the annual Semi-Formal. With a Masquerade theme, the hall was elegantly done up by the talented people of New Designs with feathers, masks, lights, a disco-ball and a rocking DJ from Heart Stop Productions. After dining on a delicious meal catered by Colasanti's, Cavs turned up the heat despite the cold weather outside and danced the night away! A special thanks goes out to Mrs. Gale and Mrs. Pucovsky for organizing this stunning event and to all the teachers, custodians and students who helped in so many ways to make the evening a success. Thanks to all for contributing to a magical night that was definitely one to remember!
Dragster Day of Champions
The TechZone was at it again! On a snowy January 16th, the local grade 8 classes from Kingsville Public School, Harrow Public School and Jack Miner Public School attended the Dragster Day of Champions at Kingsville District High School where each school’s top 10 teams competed in a race with dragsters they had created with the help of KDHS Tech Zone Teachers, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Doey, Mr. Daudlin, and their classroom teachers. This was no simple affair, nor did it take only one day! This was a lengthy process. The dragsters were drafted according to detailed specifications at each school and then cut out in the wood shop at KDHS. Dragsters were then decorated by the students at their home schools. The Tech Team from KDHS visited the elementary schools for preliminary races and the winning teams advanced to the final level: The Dragster Day of Champions! These students were treated to a barbecue lunch courtesy of the TechZone at Kingsville District High School and then the races began! This amazing journey of creative and technical accomplishment could only have come from the vision of Mr. Osborne and the hard work of the Tech Department, the Tech students at KDHS, and all the Grade 8 students and teachers from our local elementary schools! Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to the team from Harrow Public School who were this year's winners.
Santa Bops at Migration Hall!
Our own KDHS Dance
Crew performed their Christmas swing dance number "Santa Bop" at the
Darcy's Annual Christmas Recital in front of a packed house at Migration
Hall on December 10th. The team had been practicing this number under the direction of Ms. Darcy for about 5
weeks with impressive results. The "Santa Bop"choreography involved some intricate quick steps as well as precise jumps and leaps by the dancers. Mrs. Gale and Ms. Darcy are very proud of the hard work and dedication these students have shown
towards perfecting their moves in such a short amount of time. Our dance team is yet another excellent example of the partnership between our community and KDHS!
You can watch the
full dance video by clicking on the link below.
Toys for Children's Aid Society
Christmas will come early this year for many children thanks to our generous Cavs! The money raised from the annual Reindeer Run has gone to purchase toys and clothing to support our local families in need. Student Council and the top fundraisers from each grade went shopping for the gifts, purchasing items that will make life a little merrier for many children. Thanks to all who donated; the tradition of giving continues at KDHS!
KDHS Grade 12 students
participated in the annual Goodfellow’s can drive. The day was a tremendous
success, as just over 12,300 items were collected for families in need.
Everyone that participated should be congratulated on an amazing day! The
annual competition between our boys and girls was tightly contested as the boys
put up a valiant effort collecting 6,052 items. However, the girls squeaked out
a victory with 6,313 items. Great job everyone!
Reindeer Run Raises Cash for Kids!
December 1st found the KDHS Cavaliers trotting like reindeer down the streets of merry Kingsville for the Annual Children's Aid Society fundraiser. This year our generous KDHS Community raised over $9400! Thanks to Tim Hortons, Naples Pizza and to the Kingsville Firehall for providing a warming station! A special thanks goes out to the organizing team of Mrs. I'Anson, Ms. Love, Mrs. Leili, Mr. Morphet and Student Council! Jingle all the way Cavs!
KDHS GSA Visits The Bridge!
Maria Peters (far right), Coordinator of Communications, Public Relations and Fund Development of The Bridge Leamington Youth Resource Centre was pleased to meet with our very own KDHS GSA on November 29. There the GSA was treated to a tour of the facilities which will be available to all young people from the ages of 14-24 in February 2018. The Bridge will be a safe place which will provide teens with resources to help them bridge (hence the name) the gaps they may be experiencing in their lives. There, the GSA saw beautiful new showers, areas for homework, a new kitchen and laundry facilities. Maria Peters expressed that one of her wishes is that The Bridge will help those in need but will also be a place where teens can make new friends which "is one of the greatest gifts anyone can give." The GSA was proud to donate a cheque for $300.00, which came from two years of fundraising, thanks to the generosity of our Cavs. A special thanks goes out to Ms. Heil for organizing this trip! For more information about The Bridge including acquiring Community Service hours and making donations, you can contact Maria Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, from November 20-24, the GSA chose kind with #ChooseKind as a focus for the week's Anti-bullying events. Monday began with a Kind Words paper chain. Tuesday was an 'erase bullying' pencil giveaway. Wednesday was pink shirt day (pictured above). Thursday was Kind Images with a free movie and popcorn and Friday was a warm cup of hot chocolate for Kind Gestures. The KDHS GSA demonstrated many forms of kindness this week for their school and knows that all of our kind actions make a difference in the lives of others!
GLAS Food Drive a Success!
The GLAS- Girls Leading and Succeeding group, led by their staff sponsor, Ms. Reiss, just wrapped up their food drive for the Snack Program at KDHS. The Cavs showed much generosity by collecting over 500 items that will be used for both breakfast and lunch for any and all students. As it was a homeroom competition, the winning class (Mrs. Kawa's Grade Nines) won ice-cream sundaes! Great job Cavs- what an awesome way to give back to your school!
Crazy Sock Day for Up About Down
by Tara Wright and Sydney Stevenson
Once again, Student Council showed initiative and Cavs responded with their generosity on November 9 with Crazy Sock Day for Down Syndrome. KDHS students wore their most colourful and crazy socks to show their support for World Down Syndrome Awareness. A cookie bake sale led by Prime Minister Kendra Wright and Student Council followed at lunch with all proceeds going to support Windsor Essex County Down Syndrome Association, Up About Down. Student Council raised approximately two-hundred dollars; way to show your support Cavs- you rocked those socks!