December 2013 - Ecole Sir John Franklin High School

4701-52nd Avenue - Box 1200
Yellowknife, NT - X1A 2N8
Phone: (867)669-0773
Fax: (867) 87-3630
Principal’s Message
1: YK High School Badminton Tournament
2: Report Card Distribution
2-6: Grade 9 Culture Camp
4: General Grad Meeting
5: Grad Potluck/Tree Decorating
6-8: NWT Badminton Championships
9: Christmas Concert
12: PAC Meeting (Noon)
20: Christmas lunch and assembly
21-Jan 3: Christmas Break
13-15: Part A Diploma Exams (ELA & SS)
20-22: Part B Diploma Exams (ELA & SS)
17: Last day of regular classes
20-29: EXAMS
30: Semester 2 begins
December is a shorter school month as we only have three weeks of
classes before the Christmas Break. Although short we still have managed to fill up the calendar with a lot of exciting events. The grade
nine Culture Camp will take place the week of December 2nd to 6th,
2013. The camp is a one day event. Students will be notified by their
ELA teacher what day their class will be going .
Badminton will finish up it’s season this month. Good luck to all of the
participating athletes. Congratulations to all of the Falcon hockey
athletes who participated in the 2013 Wade Hamer Challenge Cup!
The boys fought a hard battle and lost in a sudden death overtime. It
was a very exciting game to watch! The Lady Falcons played very
well and won their Cup for another year. They dominated for the majority of the game until the end where St. Pat’s snuck in two goals. The
team worked hard to keep their lead and the fans were at the edge
of their seats. Way to go girls!
Report Cards are distributed on Monday, December 2nd, 2013. This is
the last report card before final grades. Please be sure to contact the
school at (867) 669-0773 if you have any questions or concerns.
Our last day before the break is Friday, December 20th, 2013. There
will be an assembly and lunch will be provided for the students in the
foyer at the lunch break.
Emily Works, Captain of the Lady Falcons
Exams begin shortly after we return from holidays. It can be difficult
for students to study during the break especially if they are traveling.
However, it is very important they take time each day to review their
notes so they don’t end up cramming for their exams. Setting up a
study schedule is very helpful and will ensure that they don’t leave it
all until the last minute. For study tips, please go to page 9 of this
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Mr. Ed Lippert
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School Library
The École Sir John Franklin High School library is now available to you online.
There are two ways to connect to our OPAC (Online Patron Access Catalog);
1. Check us out on our school website at Find the Library Catalog button
on the homepage.
2. LibraryWorld Search for Apple and Android lets you search our library from anywhere
and anytime you have access to your smart mobile devices. Available from Apple’s App
Store and Android Market for free today! Search LibraryWorld for Apple and Android devices
Grad News
A representative from Jostens will be here on Thursday, December 12th and Friday, December 13th, 2013. There will be a table set up in the foyer at noon and after school on both
days for students who wish to order a grad ring.
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, 6-9 PM in the Foyer.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 11:30-12:30 PM in the Fitness Room.
Student Council Events
On Friday, November 29th, 2013, the Student Council held a Movember bake sale to raise
money for Prostate Cancer Awareness.
December 6th, 2013
Fancy Friday
December 11th, 2013
Whimsical Winter Wednesday
December 13th, 2013
Winter Prom
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Encounters with Canada
EWC is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Canadian teens to meet young people from across the country.
Spend a week in your nation’s capital. Take part in exciting adventures, explore future career options, learn
more about your country, share your hopes and dreams – all through exclusive hands-on workshops, presentations and excursions. École Sir John Franklin sends students every year to this amazing youth forum.
Russell Lovell, Grade 12
Canada Remembers
November 10th-16th, 2013
The Canada Remembers theme week of Encounters With Canada in Ottawa was truly a rewarding and enjoyable experience for me. There, myself and 113 other students from all across the country learned the history of
many conflicts, monuments and people, as well as, what we as individuals can do to promote peace. We got
to see the Remembrance Day event which included speeches, a choir and parade, and a 21 gun salute with
artillery. At the Terry Fox Youth Center we viewed presentations from several veterans both young and old and
were permitted to ask questions and speak with them. Alongside the theme-related events, we got to visit Parliament and the National War Museum and go to the local NHL center for a hockey game between the Ottawa 67s and London Knights. All of us made lasting friendships with people from all over Canada and it
was undoubtedly a week I will remember for the rest of my life.
Upcoming forums:
Shaylen Doolittle
Ian Dayagbil
Ashley McLellan
Brooke Dwyer
Megan Vu
Medicine & Health
Arts & Culture
Journalism & Communication
Arts & Culture
Politics in Canada
February 2-8th, 2014
February 9-15, 2014
March 2-8th, 2014
March 30th-April 5th, 2014
April 20-26th, 2014
If this is something you might be interested in please see Mr. Krause or Mrs. Straker. École Sir John
Franklin still has a few more registration spots available. The cost is $675 for flight, accommodations,
meals, and transportation for a week of forum filled theme-related activities.
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Canadian Parents for French
The YK1 Chapter is looking for a YK1 Representative on the CPF-NWT Branch. The position, is to advise, govern, over-see policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of
CPF-NWT so as to support the organization’s mission, vision and needs. Board Directors serve as a
link between CPF-NWT and its members and the public. The Branch mets on the second Monday
every month for 1 to 1 ½ hours in the evening. If you would like more information, please contact Tina Drew, Vice President, CPF-NWT at or phone 920-7240.
Kayaking sessions have been popular and our last session ended in November. Special thanks to
our volunteer instructors from YK1 schools: Kim Poitras (SJF), Stéphane Sévigny (Sissons), and Denis
Légère (WMS). Thank you for giving up your free time for this great opportunity for the kids to try this
Canadian Parents for French – NWT is a network of volunteers which values French as an integral
part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French second language
learning opportunities for young Canadians and their families in the Northwest Territories. For more
information on local events, please visit For research and resources on French second
language learning or membership information, please visit the national website at
YK1 Chapter
Power Up
On Monday,
November 25th26th, 2013, grade
8 students from
schools came to
École Sir John High
School to try their
hand at trades offered in Sir John’s
CTS program.
Grade 8 students taking it all in.
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SJF Christmas Craft Sale
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Falcon News
Congratulations to the Lady Falcons for winning the 2013 Wade Hamer Challenge Cup in a
3-2 victory over St. Pat’s on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013. After a hard fought battle in
the boys game, the Falcons lost in a heart stopping sudden death overtime. Thank you to
the Student Council, coaches and volunteers for organizing such a great event.
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Upcoming Tournament Dates:
December 1st, 2013
December 6th-8th, 2013
February 27th-March 2nd, 2014
March 15th-22nd, 2014
Yk Badminton Tournament
Hay River Badminton Championship
Senior Cager Basketball Tournament
Arctic Winter Games
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Dechinta Presentation
Peyton Straker, a recent Dechinta graduate, came to École Sir John Franklin High School to speak to students about the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. The Dechinta experience is an educational
experience like no other. Located off the grid in a remote eco-lodge accessible only by bush plane,
snowmobile or dog team, learning from the land while living in community is central to the Dechinta experience. Students gather under the northern lights to discuss Dene Political Theory around a fire. Ski or
canoe to check fish nets, and gain hands-on experience about ecosystem management. Collect medicines and learn regional history from expert elders. Contemplate the importance of land to community
and life with a diverse group of students, volunteers and elders. Live in log cabins heated by woodstove,
and enjoy amenities such as a sauna, hot tub, and organic gardens. Hunting, fishing and wild harvesting
are integrated into the curriculum, led by dynamic and diverse faculty with direct experience in research
and leadership in the subject areas. For more information about the program, go to .
Thirty-three students gather in the Science Theatre for the presentation.
Peyton Straker (Presenter)
Daniel and Joanasie show off their ornament as Mitchell looks on.
Verna shows Dakota the art of beading.
On Wednesday, November 27th, Ms. Hope’s class worked on math patterning by beading. Thank you to
Verna for coming to the school and teaching the students how to bead beautiful Christmas ornaments.
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Study Tips
Having trouble getting serious about studying for a test? These high school study tips will get you in the right mindset to get prepped for
your final exams, or just for your average, everyday quiz.
1. Study Alone
Unless you've got a couple of friends who are super-serious about getting down to business, stay away from group study
sessions because they tend to get off-topic pretty quickly. Save the social time till after you've handed in your test.
2. Create Your Perfect Study Area
The place where you study should be quiet, comfortable and free from distractions. Go to your room, close the door and
kill as many distractions as possible - like music, television, and even the internet and your phone. If you don't have your
own room that you can sneak away to, consider studying at the library instead.
3. Get it All Out
Your study materials, that is. Before you dig in, make sure you have all your books, notes, study guides and writing utensils in
front of you. Don't give yourself another excuse to get up and rummage around.
4. Turn Your Notes into Flash Cards
Now that you've got all your notes in front of you, open up a pack of index cards. As you read through the important
facts, rewrite them in Q&A form on the cards. For instance: to study historical facts, write the historical fact on one side of
the card and the key details on the other side. To study geometry formulas, right the name of the formula on one side and
the formula itself on the other side.
5. Snack Healthy While You Study
If you want to stay sharp while you study, stay away from junk food. Instead, snack on dark leafy greens, whole grains,
peanut butter, milk and seafood. Feeling sluggish? Caffeine or energy drinks won't help you in the long run. Get your energy boost instead by eating a banana or an apple.
6. Narrow it Down
If you try to study every single thing your teacher has ever said, you'll go crazy. Instead, focus on the most important topics.
If you're not sure what those are, read the study guide (if there is one), or ask your classmates. Once you've nailed down
the important stuff, if there's still time left before the test, you can move onto the finer details.
7. Take a Break
Your brain can only take so much hard work at one time. For every hour that you study, take about 15 minutes to do something mindless, like taking a walk, listening to music or playing a computer game. (You can even take a 15-minute nap, if
you're confident you can wake yourself up at the end of it.) It'll keep your stress level down and give your brain a chance
to let all that information sink in.
8. Put Yourself to the Test
Once you've got your set of flash cards, test yourself with them. If you don't trust yourself not to cheat, give the cards to
your parents and have them test you. Don't stop till you've made it through the whole stack without any mistakes. And be
sure to bring your flash cards to school with you on the day of the test: you'll be amazed at how much more you can retain if you run through the cards right before your teacher hands out the test packet.
9. Get Some Sleep
You might be tempted to pull an all-nighter, but if you do, you'll only be hurting your chances of getting an A. Get a full 8
hours of sleep so your brain is in good shape on test day.
10. Study All Semester Long
It's tempting to hold off on studying till the last minute, especially if you tell yourself that anything you try to memorize earlier
on won't really stay in your brain. That's not true. Take some time throughout the semester to review all of your notes and
re-read important passages in your text book. It might seem tedious, but it'll really keep all those facts in your brain on test
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Town Hall Meeting
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Table Tennis
Jesse McNiven and Fraser McGurk go head to head.
Chandra Madhosingh, Mike Johnston and Thorsten Gohl
In September, Mr. Mike Johnston contacted Sport North looking for information on table tennis
for the AWGs. He was given the name of the AWG Territorials coordinator in Fort Providence
where he was told that two representatives from Table Tennis Canada were coming up to do a
coach, player and ref clinic in November. Since they had to come through Yellowknife to get
to Fort Providence Mr. Johnston called them to coordinate a clinic at Sir John for the Sir John
students who were interested. On Thursday, November 21st, 2013, Thorsten Gohl and Chandra
Madhosingh from Table Tennis Canada came to Sir John to do a demonstration at lunch where
kids joined in and got pointers from the pros. They also held a players clinic after school where 8
students participated. Thank you to Thorsten and Chandra for coming by and thank you to Mr.
Johnston for coordinating such a fun event!
Mitchell Johnson and Colin Salisbury get a lesson from the pros.
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Presenter Bobby Drygeese
On November 28th, 2013, Bobby Drygeese came to speak to Northern Studies students about the history of
Treaties, how they have evolved, and the dangers they face in the future. Thank you, Bobby, for your continued involvement with Sir John and for sharing your knowledge and passion with the students.
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Jersey Day!
On Friday, November 28th, 2013, Sir John students wore their favorite jerseys in
support of Sports Day in Canada.