C.C.McLean P.S. Colts going Strong!

by Rachael Orford

Today is the last day of school! Quite a bittersweet moment. The countdown that began at the start of the year has ended. There are a total of zero days left of school! The countdown until the start of school is up and going. There is a total of 67 days until the first day of school!

On Wednesday, June 20, primary track and field was held for Grades 1, 2 and 3. The medalists include: In the six-year-old girls’ division: bronze, Savannah Lane; silver, Leah Campbell; gold, Rylee Williamson; six-year-old boys: bronze, Cannon Lockyer; Silver, Levi Heinen; Gold, Colin Campbell. Seven-year-old girls: bronze, Faith Harris; silver, Charlie Willis; gold, Joey Ruyter. Seven-year-old boys: a tie for bronze between Jaci Olsen-Ewart and Joseph Merrylees; silver, Michael Harper; gold, Ronan Bentley. Eight-year-old girls: bronze, Amara Wilson-Zegil; silver, Shae Dickson; gold, Tegan Oliver. Eight-year-old boys: bronze, Leith Ward; silver, Jeffrey Harper; and gold, Lucas Lequerre. Good job, Colts!

The last track and field event for the year for C.C. McLean students was held on Thursday, June 21. Ten students from Grade 4 through 8 represented C.C. McLean at the Champions meet in Sudbury. Eight of the 10 athletes placed in the top 10 in their events. Those athletes included: Ethan Witty, Fia Flanagan, Amy Smith, Eli Lock, Jaydan Hayden, Mason Leighton, Abby Witty and Sophie Hietkamp. Sophie broke the Grade 8 girls’ high jump record that has been in place for 41 years by four centimeters! Congratulations, Sophie and great job, Colts!

On Friday, June 22, the Grade 8 graduation occurred. There are a total of 19 graduates this year. The Class of 2018 includes Jordan Bailey, Trent Bell, Anthony Dearing, Jonathen Deremo, Josh Foster, Sophie Hietkamp, Mary Hore, Bella Jefkins, Amelia Lewis, Cassidy McCarley-Franck, Damien Merrylees, Nate Merrylees-Cooper, Cindy Middleton, Rachael Orford, Trish Patterson, Journey Ruyter-Hoffleith, Cassandra Temple, Tristin Tolsma and Abby Witty. Awards handed out on Friday night included: the Donald and Ellen McQuarrie Citizenship Award to Amelia Lewis, Anthony Dearing, Abby Witty and Josh Foster; The Charles C. McLean Memorial Award (top overall average) to Rachael Orford, Trish Patterson, Tristin Tolsma and Damien Merrylees; Outstanding Participation Award to Sophie Hietkamp and Jordan Bailey; Mark Ford Memorial Award (most improved athlete) to Trent Bell; Student Council Award to Rachael Orford and  Trish Patterson. Rachael Orford and Trish Patterson gave the Valedictorian speech; A slide show recapping the graduating students’ years at C.C. McLean was also played. Most of the students in Grade 8 started at C.C. McLean in Junior Kindergarten. Good luck to the graduates in high school wherever you may attend!

A graduation joke for you:

Why did the boy bring a ladder to school?

Because he wanted to go to high school.

The week was filled with class trips, cleaning of classrooms and lockers and smiles! On Monday, June 25 the Grade 5/6 and 6/7 class went on their class trip to Sudbury and on Tuesday, June 26, the Grade 2/3 and 4 class went on their class trip to the Blue Jay Creek fish hatchery and the Assiginack Museum.

A joke for you:  The teacher came up with a good problem. “Suppose” she asked the second-graders, “there were a dozen sheep and six of them jumped over a fence. How many would be left?”

“None,” answered little Norman.

“None? Norman, you don’t know your arithmetic.”

“Teacher, you don’t know your sheep. When one goes, they all go!”

From Tuesday, June 26 through to Thursday, June 28 the Grade 8s were on their trip to Blue Mountain in Collingwood. The students enjoyed many different activities on their trip!

Today, June 29, Awards Day was held in the gym. Certificates and awards were give out to students. Bus patrols were also recognized. The slideshow that was shown at the Grade 8 graduation was replayed for the whole school.

Report cards go home today! Parents please make sure that by the end of the summer, your child has handed you a white envelope containing their report card. If not…well, that is a different story. If they give it to you right away, they have the whole summer to explain their marks!

A joke for you:

Science teacher: When is the boiling point reached?

Student: When my mother sees my report card!

After 29 years of teaching, all at C.C. McLean, Mrs. Runnalls is retiring. Thank you for all you did! We will miss Mrs. Runnalls next year.

The first day of school is on September 5th (just in case your kids don’t tell you)!

A summer vacation joke for you!

Little Johnny had finished his summer vacation and gone back to school. Two days later his teacher phoned his mother to tell her that he was misbehaving. “Wait a minute,” she said. “I had Johnny with me for three months and I never called you once when he misbehaved.”

I have been writing this article for a year and a half now and have loved every minute of it. I have written a total of 62 Colts Going Strong columns since February of 2017 and I would write another 62 in a heartbeat. Unlike last year, I will not be returning to C.C. McLean as I am heading off to high school next year, which means that I will not be continuing the column in September. I would like to thank everyone for the compliments I have received and if I haven’t had a chance to thank you face-to-face, “Thank you!” I appreciated them so much! Thank you to all my readers and supporters and thank you to all the people that have made this possible. I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you!

Joke of the week:

Physics Teacher: “Isaac Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple fell on his head and he discovered gravity. Isn’t that wonderful?”

Student: “Yes sir, if he had been sitting in class looking at books like us, he wouldn’t have discovered anything.”

Happy Canada Day! Have  a safe and happy summer! Good luck to all new and returning Colts next year!

For the last time, “Dream and Believe. Learn and Achieve!”