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Tuesday, 15 May 2018


Dear Change Agents!

On June 19, during the morning block, from 9:30-10:45, we will host a Change Agent Expo here at Shanty Bay PS.

At this expo, you will have a booth in which to display your accomplishments for the wider community.

So hold on to all of your materials! Everything from start to finish can be displayed! People are interested in both the finished product AND your process, your journey to get there.

YOUR DISPLAY *due June 15
For the expo, you can create a display of your choosing: display boards, posters, file folders, ipads, photos, etc.

You will have a table all of your own to set up. This is your booth.

Over the week, please consider how you would like to organize your 'booth'.

By next week, we would like to know what your display materials are going to be. If need be, we can purchase some of your behalf. 

We also would like a short write up to accompany your booth. It is up to you how you want to display this written portion. A file folder? A binder? As part of your display?

These are the areas we want you to address:
  • OTHER REFLECTIONS (optional)

The following questions may help guide you with your responses. These are meant as a guide only. 
  • Describe your project. What did you do? When? Where? With or for who?
  • How did your project impact others? How far did your project reach out?
  • How did this project impact you personally? Has it changed how you live, your choices, or how you interact with or treat others? 
  • What challenges did you face during this project and how did you manage them?
  • What would you do differently?
  • What successes did you have with this project? 
  • What worked well?
  • What community connections did you make? With whom?
  • How could you expand on this project to so you can reach even further? How could you get more people involved? When and where could you do it again? 
  • What do you want people to say about your project in one month, one year, five years, ten years?
  •  What are your general thoughts about the project?
  • Who helped you with this project? Who do you need and want to thank?
If you've any questions, ask Mrs. J or Mrs. C!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018


Maeve's Change Agent project has been to create a school wide marker/plastic pen/pencil recycling drive here at school.

What is so amazing is that her actions inspired another student in the SK/1 class to create his own bin for his mom to take tor work so she could collect more and bring them in to be recycled.

So two young kids are actively working to better the world--by choice. How awesome is that?

Friday, 9 March 2018

Sign up to help make Mikayla's Fun Kids Run a big success!

One of our Change Agents, Mikayla, is organizing a fun, family friendly fundraising event!

With her parents help, she has created this fantastic action plan! There is a race, a toonie drive, and an art competition!

Check out the link (also at the sidebar) and the Facebook page!

Also, follow along on our progress page, to see how Mikayla's plan unfolds.

Way to go, Mikayla!

Monday, 12 February 2018

21st Century Competencies

Check out this video to learn more about 21st Century Skills

The Adaptable Mind from The Moxie Institute on Vimeo.

Students, how does this relate to the Change Agent project? What comparisons can you make to your own experiences so far as a Change Agent and the example(s) in this video?

Being Resilient as a Change Agent

If you have been following our Weekly Tasks page, you will know that we have entered the Active Phase.

In other words, students have determined their Action Plans and are now working to turn their ideas into reality.

Change Agent projects are multi-step projects that require prioritizing and organization skills. What do you need to do first? Next?

We have encouraged students to create To Do lists and to revise them as needed. We anticipate the To Do lists will need to be revised because sometimes things do not go as planned!

Change Agent projects also require flexibility and perseverance.

It can be frustrating, but the pay off is a strong sense of accomplishment once things come to fruition.

This is the part of the project that requires stick-to-it-ness, resilience and grit.

Part of our role as facilitators is to help students find solutions to challenges so that student's can stay the course.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Personal Reflection Survey

Hello students!

We would love to hear about your take on the Change Agent project so far!

Please complete this survey so we can have your feedback before we start!

Here is the link for the survey!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Consultation Process!

Thank you so much to our wonderful consultants from SCDSB and The Health Unit!

Today, students in our Change Agent project were able to share their initial action plans with FOUR different people, all of whom are active in our community on a variety of important issues!

Today are guests were:
Lisa Boate,  SCDSB English Language Learner Facilitator, K-12
Glenn Stephenson, SCDSB Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Denise Cole, SCDSB Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Linda Quennell, Public Health Nurse, Healthy Schools, Community and Family Health Department

Rotating around three stations, students got to speak and share their ideas with Glenn, Lisa & Denise, and Linda and then receive feedback and ideas.

This was a very exciting process! There were lots of great ideas generated. The action plans are starting to take shape!

From this experience, students will be able to create more specific and elaborate actions plans, generate a feasible to-do list, and start making connections to community organizations and leaders.  

Afterwards, our guests communicated to us how impressed they were with this fantastic group of students here at Shanty Bay! To quote Denise, they were 'completely blown away by the student's projects today'. 

NOTE: to the two students who were absent today, not to worry! We shared your initial project plan ideas and each of the three stations wrote down some feedback for you that we will give you when you get back!