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Candy Jar Guessing Game Fundraiser: March 13-22

Student Council will raise money for Edsel Ford’s Charity week by hosting a ‘Candy Jar Guessing Game’ during all three lunches. Students can purchase one ticket (to guess) for 50 cents or 3 for a dollar. They can enter as many times as they like. This will start tomorrow and run through 3/22. The person that guesses the correct amount of candy in the jar will WIN that jar of candy. Again, ALL money collected will go towards Edsel Ford’s Charity Week.

Ontario to ban cellphones from classrooms for non-educational purposes. Should we do the same?

Starting this fall, Ontario students won’t be able to bring their cellphones to class unless teachers are using them for educational reasons.
Ontario’s students need to be able to focus on their learning — not their cellphones,” Education Minister Lisa Thompson said in a statement released early Tuesday.
“Last fall, we launched the largest-ever consultation on education in the history of Ontario. During this consultation we heard that 97 per cent of respondents support some form of a ban on cellphones. It was the closest thing we got in our consultation to unanimity,” a source told CP.
“Our government will be introducing a ban on cellphones in the classroom. Beginning next school year, cellphones will no longer be allowed in the classroom unless they are required for educational purposes, health and medical purposes, or to support special needs.”
The proposed ban, first reported by the Canadian Press, was a part of Premier Doug Ford’s election platform.
Given how ubiquitous the devices are among youth, it’s unclear how such a ban will be enforced. Some boards have already grappled with curbing student cellphone use during the school day, including Toronto, which later opted to leave the decision up to teachers. The change will come into effect this fall.
“By banning cellphone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need like reading, writing and math,” Thompson also said. “We will be making a formal announcement in the near future.”

A Letter from the Principal

Dear Stout Community,

Yesterday, the Dearborn Police Department investigated comments made by a Stout student on social media. The police department identified the student, visited the student’s home, and determined that the comments did not constitute a credible threat. The student explained that the comments were meant as a “joke”. Regardless, this type of behavior is serious and will be dealt with firmly with severe consequences. We will have an added police presence at Stout this morning, but otherwise we will follow our normal school day procedures. Additionally, we will be working with our School Resource Officer as we continue to work through this incident. The safety of our students is our first priority.

Please speak to your student about the importance of exercising good judgement when posting to social media. Last Thursday, following an incident at one of the high schools, Mr. Blessing and I visited classrooms to discuss that situation and talked to students about the possible consequences of inappropriate social media posts. We will continue to counsel students to make positive decisions online. Please support us by talking with your student at home as well.

Thank you,

Mr. Oke


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