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October 11
Education for Sustainable Development in Frontier School Division

Education for Sustainable Development in 

Frontier School Division

Congratulations to the following schools on receiving 

Eco-Globe status in 2017!

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​Gillam School
Awareness Level
​Peonan Point School
Action Level
​Gypsumville School
Transformation Level

Eco Globe Gypsumville.JPGGypsumville School is the FIRST Frontier school to reach the Transformation Level. This level is difficult to reach, and is one of only two schools in all of Manitoba to achieve this in 2017. 

A school community at the transformation level incorporates awareness and action and is characterized by a school-wide culture transformed by an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of ESD

 Highlights of Gypsumville’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) efforts include:

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• butterfly gardens 

• school-wide composting 

• building a greenhouse

• hosting family activity events twice a year

• developing a community-wide recycling program for batteries, cell phones, ink cartridges and electronics

 • using the student-led Green Team to spread awareness and encouragement regarding ESD 

Another major initiative started by Gypsumville School is the Crayola recycling program. All classrooms: please keep your used markers and send them to Gypsumville!

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For more information on becoming an Eco-Globe School, or advancing your current level, please contact Jacqueline Monteith or visit:​

October 05
Call for Nominations - Recognition Awards


Call for Nominations Recognition Awards

A call for nomination for the Frontier Achievement Award, and the Award for Outstanding Contribution by a School Committee Member is now open.

Frontier Achievement Award

Please refer to the enclosed poster for information.  Below are links to access the Nomination Form, Tips for Filing a Nomination, and Frequently Asked Questions.

The deadline for nominations is November 30.

School Committee Members Awards:

- Outstanding Contribution by a School Committee Member

- Long Service Recognition

Information on these awards including criteria and deadlines was forwarded to school committees and principals.  The deadlines for nominations are noted in the correspondence forwarded to schools.

Please contact your Principal, Area Superintendent or the Chief Superintendent’s department if you have any questions regarding these awards programs.

FAA Poster 2018.pdfFAA Poster 2018.pdf

Frontier Achievement Award - Frequently Asked Questions.pdfFrontier Achievement Award - Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

Frontier Achievement Award - Nomination Form (Fillable).pdfFrontier Achievement Award - Nomination Form (Fillable).pdf

Frontier Achievement Award - Nomination Form Tips.pdfFrontier Achievement Award - Nomination Form Tips.pdf

School Committee - Outstanding Contribution Award - Fillable Form 2017.pdfSchool Committee - Outstanding Contribution Award - Fillable Form 2017.pdf

Sept 28-2017 Memo re SC Service Awards, OCA.pdfSept 28-2017 Memo re SC Service Awards, OCA.pdf

September 29
Generous RCMP Donation Assists FCI Students in the Hockey Academy

​Generous RCMP Donation Assists FCI Students 

in the Hockey Academy


On September 27, 2017 the local Cranberry Portage RCMP Detachment generously donated ten sets of player equipment and one set of goalie equipment, to the Frontier Collegiate Institute Hockey Academy. On behalf of the students and staff, FCI would like to thank local detachment for their continued support of local programs and providing students with opportunities to be successful in their studies.


Pictured below is Hockey Academy Instructor Nic Rusak receiving the donation from Constable Barnes​

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September 14
FCI Hockey Program Coaches Recongnized by Norman Regional Minor Hockey Association

FCI Hockey Program Coaches Recognized by Norman Regional Minor Hockey Association

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​On Saturday, September 9, 2017, three individuals from the FCI Hockey Program were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and support throughout the 2016-17 season.
Darrell Guest and Kent Reid received a Norman Regional Minor Hockey Association Coaches Award, and Anthony Yellowega received an Administration Award. 
FCI would like to congratulate and thank all three for their assistance last seaso​n.
Ab​ove: Darrel Guest 
Below: ​​​Kent Reid  Below: Anthony Yellowega 
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Article submitted by:
Nic Rusak
FCI Hockey Coach 
Director of Hockey Operations
​Frontier Collegiate Institute


June 27
FSD Students and Staff Participate in the 2017 Manitoba Marathon

​Frontier School Division

Students and Staff Participate in the 

2017 Manitoba Marathon

​Students and staff from various Frontier schools travelled to Winnipeg to take part in the 2017 Manitoba Marathon on June 18th in Winnipeg. 

Students had an opportunity to visit Investors Group Field and meet current Winnipeg Blue Bomber Linebacker Thomas Miles who spent time talking to the students, playing football, and signing autographs. 


The students were also able to visit the Human Rights Museum at the Forks. All the students ran hard on a rainy and cold race day, with many finishing in the top half of their age category. 

The ability of Frontier School Division students to participate in such an event as the Manitoba Marathon, allows for the development and appreciation of becoming physically literate students who will continue to be active well into the future. Thanks to all of the students and staff for making this an unforgettable trip, as many new friendships were formed and memories were made.​

​article written by: Tim Giannotti, Phys. Ed. Teacher, Brochet School

The following schools participated in the Manitoba Marathon: Brochet, Gillam, West Lynn Heights, Duke of Marlborough, Leaf Rapids, Berens River, HBO, Jack River, Oscar Blackburn and Falcon Beach.

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June 07
Canada Wide Science Fair

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The Canada Wide Science Festival (national science fair) took place in Regina from May 14 – 20, 2017. Three students from Frontier School Division won the right to compete at this national competition. Our student finalists were Jacob Bird from Black River School, Callum Morrison from Rorketon, and Marley Shewchuk-Iwankow from Falcon Beach. Also attending were our coaches/delegates Connie Vandekerckhove and  Kerriann Iwankow. They joined five other regionals from the province to form Team Manitoba.




Our team won their spots qualifying at our divisional fair held at the Western Canadian Aviation Museum on Pi Day March 14, 2017. Our fair was a huge success with 13 of our schools attending and over 80 students from grades 4 - 12 participating.

Our finalists had projects based on experimentation with helping increase food availability and growth, using a natural fertilizer for better plant growth, and designing a microbioshpere for the production of food in harsh environments. Jacob was even interviewed by CBC radio and share his project findings.

At the nationals, over 500 students from all over Canada competed for nearly $1 million dollars in scholarships and cash prizes. Student projects identified solutions to local, regional or global concern through their science project. This year’s projects address issues related to energy, environment, health, information, resources and other areas of discovery and innovation. Our students made a number of new friends and shared their knowledge with volunteer judges, including professional scientists, researchers, and engineers.

During their time in Regina, it wasn’t all competition. The festival had many tours and activities during the week. Our students got to tour science centres and facilities in Regina and around the province of Saskatchewan. They also had fun activities including movie nights and a dance with dance competitions. 

Our students returned with many memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Please congratulate our students for a job well done in representing not only our school division, but Manitoba as well.​

June 01
2017 Outstanding Employee Contribution Award Recipient

2017 Outstanding Employee Contribution Award Recipient

The Board of Trustees are pleased to announce that Elinor Clark (Teaching Principal – Brochet School) has been selected to receive the Outstanding Employee Contribution Award:

Special Announcement - Outstanding Employee Contribution Award 2017 - Elinor Clark.pdfOutstanding Employee Contribution Award 2017 - Elinor Clark.pdf

The criteria for the award includes proficiency in responsibilities, contribution to the Division and community, evidence of leadership, and personal and/or professional growth.​

May 29
Travis Price, Co –Founder of Pink Shirt Day, Visits Waterhen and Skownan Schools

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Travis Price, Co –Founder of Pink Shirt Day, Visits Waterhen and Skownan Schools

On Wednesday March 17, 2017, Waterhen and Skownan Schools had a very special visitor. Travis Price, co-founder of Pink Shirt Day, along with Mallory Shack from the Canadian Red Cross, made an appearance at both schools to commend the hard work that our schools do to promote Day of Pink each year.

Travis spoke to the students about his experience with bullying; how he never really had many friends, ways that he fought bullying as a kid and how he and his buddy co-created one of the fastest growing anti-bullying movements ever- PINK SHIRT DAY! He encouraged us to choose to do something about bullying rather than standby and watch it happen.  “It only takes one person to make a difference” he stated, “Your efforts don’t go unnoticed”.

Our schools have been involved with the Canadian Red Cross and Day of Pink for about 5 years now.  We have hosted annual Bake for Pink bake sales each year, and each year it has been a great hit with the students, staff, parents and community members.  It is so awesome to see the wave of pink baked goods on the tables each year.  So far, we have raised over $1500.00.   This money raised for the Canadian Red Cross helps to provide programs aimed at reducing abuse, violence and bullying.  Our schools have also participated in student-lead programs like Beyond the Hurt and the Be Safe Program.

Each year after our school participates in Day of Pink; a Report Back Form is filled out. This form gives a description of the activities that take place for Pink Day, who it involves and how it impacts our school. 

Someone from the Canadian Red Cross must have been very impressed with our efforts, because we were rewarded with this very special visit from the Canadian Red Cross and TRAVIS PRICE!  We were so fortunate to have Travis visit our School.  We have talked a lot about Travis Price over the last few years and what he has done for the “Boy in the Pink Shirt”.  It was an honour to finally meet him.​

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May 23
2017 Northern Regional Envirothon Competitions

Cormorant Lake School & Duke of Marlborough School qualify for the 

Provincial Envirothon Competition!

​On April 25th and 26th students from Cormorant Lake School and Duke of Marlborough school participated in the Northern Regional Envirothon competition in The Pas. They competed against 8 other teams from across Northern Manitoba.  

The Envirothon is an environmental science competition where teams must do a presentation and complete a field test that involves questions relating to Water and Aquatic Ecosystems, Soils and Land Use, Forestry and Native Plants, Wildlife and Wildlife Management, and this years’ theme Agricultural Soils and Water Conservation. 

Both Frontier teams did well at the regional event and qualified to attend the provincial Envirothon competition to be held at the International Peace Gardens on the Canada/USA. The very excited teams will travel to the Peace Gardens on May 25th along with their teacher advisors Mr. Liam Mulvihill (Cormorant) and Ms. Carolyn Kyoomans (Churchill) to compete against 23 other teams from across Manitoba. 

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Photo: Cormorant Envirothon team presenting their oral presentation about Clay Soils in Cormorant.

(Left to Right: Anika Genaille, Keighleigh Constant, Angel Rabbitskin, Cameron Charlette, and Tyrone Morrisseau)

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Photo: All rookie team traveling to the Northern Regional event from Churchill, MB: 

(Top from left to right: Kathleen Nepitabo, Nickia McIvor; Bottom from left to right: Advisor Sherilyn Adrian, Lainey Young, Khalee Palmer, Advisor Carolyn Kooymans, Corale Chapman)​

April 19
Gillam Teacher to Compete at the World Ball Hockey Championships


Gillam Teacher to Compete at the 

World Ball Hockey Championship 

in Pardubice, Czech-Republic

Dawn Tulk, the kindergarten through grade 8 Physical Education teacher at Gillam School will be competing at the World Ball Hockey Championship being held in Pardubice, Czech-Republic from June 1-10th. This will be her 3rd time representing Team Canada. 

Her impressive resume includes being named to World All-Star Teams, two World Ball Hockey gold medals as well as representing Newfoundland at the National Ball Hockey level. 

Dawn is among a select few that have represented our country in international competition and is considered to be one of the best ball hockey players not only in Canada, but in the world. 

The World Ball Hockey Championship occurs every two years. In 2013, Dawn competed in her home province of Newfoundland.  In the gold medal game, she scored the only two markers for Canada, securing the gold medal. 

group with cup.jpgDawn now resides and teaches in Gillam.  She has the support of the whole school when she competes. Before heading to Zug, Switzerland in 2015, she was recognized in front of the school and given an autographed Gillam School jersey. Both staff and students signed the jersey and supported her via social media while she was away. 

During World Championships, Dawn experiences elite level competition and has an opportunity to visit amazing attractions that the countries have to offer. 

Dawn has expressed tremendous gratitude for the support she has received from family, friends, Gillam School, her local community and from her teammates throughout the last few years.  

Dawn has been a great ambassador for hockey and has been a role model for youth in Canada. Dawn understands the importance and significance of wearing a Team Canada jersey and being a leader in hockey and physical activity for Canadians. 

Gillam is proud to have Dawn representing our country as a member of our school and community. 

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