• Expo: Skilled trades: Elmvale Arena – From robotics to cupcakes and everything in between, approximately 1,800 Grade 7 and 8 students from around Simcoe County were introduced to more than 30 skilled trades Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Elmvale Arena.

  • BBQ and Bake Sale Fundraiser for Fort McMurray held at Elmvale Presbyterian Church - Saturday April 21, 2016; 10am until 2pm. On Saturday, April 21, 2016, the Elmvale Presbyterian Church held a BBQ and bake sale on its front lawn.  Speaking with Linda, one of the crew manning BBQs,

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Addition, renovation at EDHS / New opportunities Elmvale District High School (EDHS)

 will become a Grade 7 to 12 school in September 2018. Grade 7 and 8 classes from Huronia Centennial Elementary School will move to EDHS. Huronia Centennial will become a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school. This change was included in the Simcoe County District School Board’s 2014-15 Capital Plan. “We came to the conclusion that changing to a Grade 7 to 12 school was the best way to keep a high school in Elmvale,” says board Chairperson and local Trustee Peter Beacock. “It’s also a chance to create something that will build on the community spirit—a made-inElmvale solution to a community challenge.” The challenge was enrolment. The high school has around 400 students and is in need of facility upgrades. Huronia Centennial is over capacity. Fewer portables will be needed when it becomes a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school. The $8.35 million project includes a new entrance, five new classrooms, a new double gymnasium and cafeteria, and renovations to the existing library, offices and change rooms. The Township of Springwater has partnered with the board on this project.  Notes Beacock, “This wasn’t a quick decision—we did our homework. We visited other 7 to 12 schools in the province and talked to students, parents and teachers. We learned it can work. When the call for business cases came from the Ministry of Education, we had to move quickly if we were going to have a chance at the funding.” Superintendent Stuart Finlayson is leading the transition. He says the project has challenges, but the potential reward for the community is great. “We’ve assembled a transition committee of staff, parent and student representatives from both schools, as well as community representatives, to act as an advisory group to provide input on this exciting project.” Student safety and well-being are top of mind for the transition committee. Other topics on the table include how classes will be structured, how to turn EDHS into more of a community hub, and how to sustain some of Huronia Centennial’s programs. “One thing we do really well in Elmvale is community involvement,” says Michelle Hunter, a parent serving on the committee whose children attend Huronia Centennial. “We can learn from other communities, but this new model will enable Elmvale and area to create something different and showcase a model of elementary, secondary and community education. Our schools are side by side in Elmvale, this move forward will bring them closer together and with the community too. If any town can do this successfully, it’s Elmvale.” The site plan includes a proposed additional building on the property for a community fitness space. The cafeteria kitchen, which is also designed to be a community kitchen, may be used as part of a school hospitality/tourism program in the future. Hunter is also part of a community fundraising committee to support this project, which is led by George Allen. Notes Hunter, “There will be an investment of $8.35 into the community of Elmvale and Springwater. This is a chance to build upon the foundation of true community engagement in Elmvale and create something that will service families for years to come. While the plan is for the Grade 7 and 8s from Huronia Centennial to transfer to EDHS, the high school has four other public elementary schools that feed into it: Wyevale, Hillsdale, Birchview Dunes and a small number of students from Minesing Central. Board staff are studying enrolment numbers to determine the impact if students from those schools want to attend EDHS starting in Grade 7 as well. Notes Finlayson, “Right now that option isn’t part of the plan, but we know requests may come. We’re still two years away from the opening date, so there’s time to find answers to these questions.” Updates on the project will be posted on EDHS’s website at http://elm.scdsb.on.ca/. Contact information for the transition committee is available on the site as well.

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