NEXUS means a connected group or network.  It is a link or connection.

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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 35 gym credits 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
Tuesday Sept. 5 - School starts
Tuesday Sept. 12 - Photo day
Thursday Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Walk
Friday Sept. 29 - P.A. Day
Friday Oct. 6 - Commencement
Monday Oct. 9 - Thanksgiving Day
Thursday Oct. 19 - Parents Day
Friday Nov. 3 - P.A. Day
Tuesday Nov. 7 - Photo Retake Day
Friday Dec. 1 - P.A. Day
Monday Dec. 4 - Friday Dec. 8 - Grad Photos
Monday Dec. 25 - Friday Jan 5 - Christmas Vacation

 Last day to hand in lessons - June 20
          Last day to hand in coop hours - June 20
         Last day for book sign out - June 20
Last day of school - June 27


We hope to continue with our stained glass workshops with our facilitator Deb McAuslan.  
We would like to thank Deb so much for donating her time and mileage. Thank you so much!

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



What is a concussion?   A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on routine X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It affects the way a
student may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms. 

What causes a concussion?  Any blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jarring of the head may cause a concussion (e.g., a ball to the head, colliding with another person). 

 In all suspected cases of concussion, the student should stop the activity right away. 

The student should not be left alone and should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible that day. 

They should not drive. 

If the student loses consciousness, call an ambulance to take them to the hospital right away.

 Do not move them or remove any equipment such as a helmet. 

The student should not return to play the same day

How is concussion treated?  After an initial short period of rest (24 to 48 hours), light cognitive and physical activity can begin, as long as these don’t worsen symptoms.  Recovering from concussion is a process that takes patience. If the student goes back to activities before they are ready, it is likely to make their symptoms worse, and their recovery might take longer. 

When can the student return to school?   The student may find it hard to concentrate in class, may get a worse headache, or feel sick to their stomach. They should stay home from school if being in class makes their symptoms worse.  Each concussion is unique, so the student may progress at a different rate than others. The Return-to-School Strategy provides information on the stages of returning to the classroom. Return to school must come before full return to sport

When can the student return to sport and physical activity?   It is very important that the student does not go back to full participation in sport if they have any concussion signs or symptoms. Return to sport and physical activity must follow a step-wise approach. In this approach: • Each stage is at least 24 hours. • The student moves on to the next stage when they can tolerate activities without new or worsening symptoms. • If any of the student’s symptoms worsen, they should stop and go back to the previous stage for at least 24 hours.  A Return-to-Sport Strategy must be completed and signed by a doctor.

What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?    A student does not need to be knocked out (lose consciousness) to have had a concussion. The student might experience one or more of the following: 

Thinking Problems - Does not know time, date, place, details about a recent activity
 • General confusion 
• Cannot remember things that happened before and after the injury 
• Knocked out 
• Headache 
• Dizziness 
• Feels dazed
• Feels “dinged” or stunned; “having my bell rung”
 • Sees stars, flashing lights 
• Ringing in the ears
 • Sleepiness 
• Loss of vision
 • Sees double or blurry
 • Stomachache, stomach pain, nausea
 • Poor co-ordination or balance
 • Blank stare/glassy-eyed
 • Vomiting
 • Slurred speech
 • Slow to answer questions or follow directions
 • Easily distracted 
• Poor concentration
 • Strange or inappropriate emotions (i.e., laughing, crying, getting mad easily)
 • Not participating well

Get medical help immediately if a student has any “red flag” symptoms such as neck pain, repeated vomiting, growing confusion, seizures, and weakness or tingling in their arms or legs. These may be signs of a more serious injury.

Please watch video and complete MODULES 1,2,3,4,5,7 and 8.

September 10, 2018 is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD)

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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.

Operation Christmas Child 

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