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Some ideas we are trying this year:

1. Monthly Honour Roll  (students who achieved more than 16 lessons in a month)
2. Yearly Graduation Plaque
3. Recognition of students coop hours
4. Using the NEW GYM in the back!!

The NEXUS class would really like thank YFC Listowel for building and 
allowing us to use the new gym facility at 280 Wallace Ave. South.  We are 
using it daily and sometimes twice a day.  It's proximity allows more students
to use it on a daily basis and according to student attendance.  We have 
already granted 17 gym credits compared to 4 credits at the same time last
year.  At the end of Semester #1 two years ago we had not granted ANY gym 
credits!!   We look forward to using it many more days and with new equipment
 as we look for ways to fund raise for those additional costs.  

Important Dates
Monday Dec. 4 - Friday Dec. 8 - Grad Photos
Monday Dec. 4 - Friday Jan. 5 - CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Friday Feb. 2 - P.A. Day
Monday Feb. 5 - Semester 2 starts
Monday Feb. 19 - Family Day Holiday
Wednesday Feb. 22 - Grad Photo Retakes
Monday Mar. 12 - Friday Mar. 16 - MARCH BREAK
Thursday Mar. 22 - Parents' Night
Friday Mar. 30 - Good Friday
Monday Apr. 2 - Easter Monday
Tuesday Apr. 10 - OSSLT  Literacy Test
Friday Apr. 27 - P.A. Day
Monday May 21 - Victoria Day Holiday
Friday June 8 - P.A. Day

 Last day to hand in lessons - June 21
          Last day to hand in coop hours - June 21
         Last day for book sign out - June 21
Last day of school - June 28

Toronto International Car Show        Friday February 23

Nexus students are welcome to join a bus from LDSS on Thursday Feb. 22
Cost will be $20


In December we started a stained glass workshop with facilitator Deb McAuslan and 4 students.  The students planned out a design, made copies and started to find the right colour of glass.  They glued their patterns on the glass and then cut out the pieces of glass.  Students then used the grinder to smooth the edges and cut the pieces of glass to size.  Each glass piece was edged in tin foil and then pinned to the second pattern.  Finally, the glass was soldered together and neutralized.  

We would like to thank Deb so much for donating her time and mileage.  She has gone above and beyond in making trips to London to get glass for the students and donating bins, bits, pliers, pins, and some finishing supplies.   We could never have accomplished so much without Deb!!!  Thank you so much!

Thanks also to the Foundation For Education Perth Huron making this possible!!  


NEXUS Composter    
Over the last 4 weeks 5 students have taken turns building a classroom composter made from free materials from the gym building project.  The class had applied for a grant but since we were turned down we had to make a composter from scrap materials.  The students researched what made a good composter and decided how to build it.  Good job Jessi, Zoey, Brantley, Dylan and Joey!

On Wednesday March 8 three girls from the NEXUS classroom travelled to the Jills In Trade Show at Conestoga College Waterloo.  They listened to Sherry Holmes the daughter of Mike Holmes.  Then they build a picture frame and a toolbox.  They also got a tour of the roofing building and model home projects being built.

TORONTO STREET WALK - January 23, 2017
The Nexus class went to Toronto on Monday and joined Peter Olsen who works for MCC to help the homeless people of Toronto.  He also runs the MCC Tools - An Urban Adventure program - which helps any group to learn, experience and serve the homeless.  The group also met Patrick Sullivan, the Program Co-Ordinator for Bridges for Youth2.  He arrived in Toronto at the age of 11 and lived on the streets for a long time.  He became a born-again Christian and wants to save as many lives as possible among the homeless people of Toronto.  The group walked over 16,000 steps and visited with 10 homeless people on the streets of Toronto.

One of the things Patrick mentioned was that there was no longer any support services that are just aimed at homeless males.  Yesterday it was announced that a new homeless shelter was opened in the town of Goderich.  Maybe this will be a place that homeless males may get the help they need before running away to a big city like Toronto or London!!


Rule #1 : Life is not fair.  Get used to it.  The average teenager uses the phrase,"It's not fair!" 8.6 times a day.  You got it from your parents, who said it so often you decided they must be the most idealistic generation ever.  When they started hearing it from their own kids, they realized Rule #1.

Rule #2 : The real world won't care as much about your self-esteem as much as your school does.  It'll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.  This may come as a shock.  Usually, when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain that it's not fair.  (See Rule #1)

Rule #3 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.  He/she doesn't have a tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier.  When you screw up, he's not going to ask you how you feel about it.

Rule #4 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping.  They called it opportunity.  They weren't embarrassed making minimum wage either.  They would have been embarrassed to sit around all weekend!

Rule #5 : It's not your parents' fault.  If you screw up, you are responsible.  This is the flip side of "It's my life," and "You're not the boss of me," and other eloquent proclamations of your generation.  When you turn 18, it's on your dime!

Rule #6 : Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now.  They got that way paying your bills, cleaning your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are.  

Rule #7 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but Life hasn't.  In some schools, they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer, and try to avoid hurting your feelings.  Effort is as important as results.  This, of course bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.

Rule #8 : Life is not divided into semesters, and you don't get the summers off.  Not even Easter break.  They expect you to show up every day.  For eight hours.  And you don't get a new life every 10 weeks.  It just goes on and on.  While we're at it, very few jobs are interested in fostering your self-expression or helping you find yourself.

Rule #9 : Be nice to everyone.  You might end up working for them!

Rule #10 : You are not immortal.  If you are under the impression that living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse is romantic, you obviously haven't seen one or your peers at room temperature lately.  

Rule #11 : Enjoy this while you can.  Sure parents can be a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing, but someday you'll realize how wonderful it was to be a student.  Maybe you should start now.  You're welcome.

The Syrian war has started to make an impact locally with refugee families moving into Listowel, Wingham, Windsor and London.  This FALL, the NEXUS class will view the Salam Neighbor documentary.  Salam (Hello) Neighbor is a film and campaign to connect the world to refugees. The film follows the journey of Chris and Zach as the first filmmakers ever allowed to be registered and given a tent inside of a refugee camp. 

Students please complete THIS FORM


Operation Christmas Child 

Last year the NEXUS students listened to a first hand account of Romanian children receiving Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.  Coco is a Youth For Christ worker who works with the Gypsy Romano group in Romania.   She explained that many of these children never celebrated birthdays and did not usually get Christmas gifts!  For some, Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes were the only present they would get.  Coco shared how happy they were to open the boxes and thrilled she was to share in this excitement.  Thank you so much Coco!

We hope to head down to the Kitchener sorting centre again this year.   Ask Mr. Valdez for more info!




It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I reallythink tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be honest with you — both in what I say and how I say it?

Here’s the thing: I lose sleep because of you.  Every week.

Before I tell you why, you should understand the truth about school. You see, the main event of school is not academic learning. It never has been. It never will be. And, if you find someone who is passionate in claiming that it is about academics, that person is lying to himself or herself and may genuinely believe that lie. Yes, algebra, essay writing, Spanish, the judicial process —  all are important and worth knowing. But they are not the MAIN event.

The main event is learning how to deal with the harshness of life when it gets difficult — how to overcome problems as simple as a forgotten locker combination, to obnoxious peers, to gossip, to people doubting you, to asking for help in the face of self-doubt, to pushing yourself to concentrate when a million other thoughts and temptations are fingertips away.

It is your resilience in conquering the main event — adversity — that truly prepares you for life after school. Because, mark my words, school is not the most challenging time you will have in life. You will face far greater challenges than these. Sure, you will have times more amazing than you can imagine, but you will also confront incomparable tragedy, frustration, and fear in the years to come.

But, you shouldn’t be worried about the fact that you will face great adversities. You should be worried because you’re setting yourself up to fail at overcoming them. Here’s the real reason I lose hours of sleep worrying about you: You are failing the main event of school. You are quitting.  You may not think you are quitting, but you are because quitting wears many masks.

For some, you quit by throwing the day away and not even trying to write a sentence or a fraction because you think it doesn’t matter or you can’t or there’s no point. But it does. What you write is not the main event. The fact that you do take charge of your own fear and doubt in order to write when you are challenged — THAT is the main event.

Some of you quit by skipping class on your free education. Being punctual to fit the mold of the classroom is not the main event of showing up. The main event is delaying your temptation and investing in your own intelligence — understanding that sometimes short-term pain creates long-term gain and that great people make sacrifices for a greater good.

For others, you quit by being rude and disrespectful to adults in the hallway who ask you to come to class. Bowing to authority is not the main event. The main event is learning how to problem solve maturely, not letting your judgement be tainted by the stains of emotion.

I see some of you quit by choosing not to take opportunities to work harder and pass a class, no matter how far down you are. The main event is not getting a number to tell you you are worthy. The main event is pulling your crap together and making hard choices and sacrifices when things seem impossible.  It is finding hope in the hopeless, courage in the chasm, guts in the grave.

What you need to see is that every time you take the easy way out, you are building a habit of quitting. And it will destroy your future and it will annihilate your happiness if you let it.   Our society cares nothing for quitters.  Life will let you die alone, depressed, and poor if you can’t man or woman up enough to deal with hardship.  You are either the muscle or the dirt.  You either take resistance and grow stronger or blow in the wind and erode.

As long as you are in my life, I am not going to let quitting be easy for you.  I am going to challenge you, confront you, push you, and coach you.  You can whine.  You can throw a tantrum.  You can shout and swear and stomp and cry.  And the next day, guess what?  I will be here waiting — smiling and patient — to give you a fresh start.  Because you are worth it.

So, do yourself a favor: Step up.  No more excuses.  No more justifications.  No blaming.  No quitting.  Just pick your head up.  Rip the cords out of your ears.  Grab the frickin’ pencil and let’s do this.

— C. Mielke