JDSS October Newspaper

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Écloe John Diefenbaker Senior School Newspaper

Dodge the Stigma Champions, Bouncing Balls. Pictured from left to right: Jaydon Young, Caleb Peitz, Tristian Bouius, Jayden Bowman, Matthew Lawrie, Austin Farlow, and Ryan Farlow.

Dodge the Stigma On September 29th & 30th, the JDSS Jack Chapter held a Dodge Ball Tournament for all secondary students during their lunch to support “Dodging the Stigma" for mental health. Participants were required to make teams of 6-8 players that would be willing to sacrifice their lunch in order to compete. Thursday started off strong with 6 teams trying their best to become the 'Victor of Dodge Ball'. Each game had 3 rounds where it was decided who won by the best 2 out of 3 rounds. The game play Friday was intense; The first game ended with a 1 vs 1 match against Bouncing Balls and Popeyes Chicken Nuggets. The overall winner, Bouncing Balls took home the title of 'Dodgeball Champions' after defeating the Average Joe's. The JDSS Jack Chapter would like to extend their thanks to all teams for participating, students for coming to watch, and congratulate the winning team, Bouncing Balls, who truly “Dodged the Stigma.”



Waste-Free Lunch October 26th

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Hosted by the Green Committee Mission Statement: "To raise awareness of environmental issues by encouraging and developing sustainable practices, both individually and collectively"

The first event of the school year hosted by the Green Committee is a waste-free lunch that influences the idea of using reusable containers, essentially having no garbage in your lunch. When a Waste-Free Lunch is brought to school on Oct. 26th, there is a chance to win prizes for your participation and help achieve the goal of JDSS becoming bronze certified with Eco-Schools Canada. Interested in Green Committee? Meetings are held every Tuesday at noon for grades 7-12.

The Great Big Crunch October 20th Hosted by the Breakfast Club & Green Committee On Thursday the 20th, at 9:45 am, JDSS participated in taking a "Big Crunch". The Great Big Crunch an anti-silence movement in which students, teachers, parents and others passionate about food make noise for healthy school food from local places!

Hello, My name is Kaylee Lantz. I am the Students' Council President for the 2022-2023 school year. I have been part of the Students' Council since grade 9, and I have enjoyed growing with the council throughout my high school years. The journey from Grade Representative to President has been an unforgettable one. I get to work with a passionate and wonderful group of council members to organize events for the student body, and I am so excited about everything that we have planned for this school year. Among other things, you can look forward to food days, spirit weeks, dances, buyouts, guest speakers, and assemblies. With hopes of it being a 'normal' school year, I encourage you to get involved in school activities. We have a variety of sports teams, clubs, and committees, so there is something for everyone. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to email me, or stop me in the halls. I am here for you, and if I can't help, I will find someone who can. The school is staffed with amazing people who are always happy to help as well. Everyone is hard at work to make this year a great one! Sincerely, Kaylee Lantz


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Truth & Reconciliation In 1996, the last Residential School in Canada was closed after decades of harm toward the Indigenous People of Canada. In 2015, Canada labelled their actions as a 'Cultural






Reconciliation Commission. In May of 2021, the discovery of remains for 215







buried in



Kamloops, how

former B.C,


residential schools were. Later that year, Canada formally apologized to all Indigenous people, naming a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

To commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by spreading awareness throughout the school, Ms. MacLaughlin and her students held a special event outside the cafeteria on September 30th. At this event participants were invited to write on an eagle feather with an appropriate word to finish the prompt, "Every Child Should Feel...". Students Brynne Klages and Evie Kingston explained the event as a way to offer words of






Residential Schools and the ones who did not make it home. They described the event as a way to “Offer them justice”, and “Apologize for the actions of past generations." Art Work by: Brynne Klages

STUDENT COUNCIL What to expect this month

October 21st - Parfait Day October 27th - Masquerade Ball


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Athletes of the Month Female: Ashlynn Lantz

Male: Connor Paige

Ashlynn is a determined athlete on the Cross Country and basketball teams where she demonstrates great teamwork and leadership skills. Ashlynn may be a small player, but her skills make her seem as if she is 6 ft tall and mighty.

Connor is a setter and leads the team, always giving his maximum effort on and off the court. Connor has played on the volleyball and golf teams so far this year, always providing a great attitude and showing great sportsmanship.









Favourite Sport:


Favourite Sport:


Favourite Colour:


Favourite Colour:


Future Career:

Something in Finance

Future Career:

Power-Line Man

On the Track for Terry Way to go Trojans! On October 3rd the Terry Fox Walk took place at JDSS, with the vow of there always being “a Trojan on the Track for Terry”. Throughout the whole day, there was a numerous amount of participation from the students walking or running the track by themselves, with a team, or with a class. A total of $1382.15 was raised to contribute to the Terry Fox Foundation for Cancer Research. Mrs. Meulensteen’s class collected the most donations with over $500 raised. They were awarded a Pizza Party for their huge contribution to the Terry Fox Foundation.

Individual winners include; Lana Basson, Mariss Begon, Charles Graham, Becket Dean Thornton, Zack Quenneville, Lily Fraser, Lexi Franks, Tristan Bouius, and Aidan MacGregor. The prizes awarded to them were a Tim’s Card or a Tim’s Card and T-Shirt.

A special thank you to Mrs. Donnelly for organizing and maintaining the event!


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GSA Committee

Spirit Week October 17th-21st

Monday Purple & White (JDSS colours)

Tuesday Plaid Clothing

Wednesday Sweater Weather

Thursday Crocs & Crazy Socks

Friday Fall Colours

October 27th Costume Day

The School Newspaper can be found through a limited amount of paper copies, QR Codes, and on the JDSS website.

The Gender & Sexuality Alliance & Social Equity Committee Contribution By: Mrs. Mitchell Genders & Sexualities Alliances, or GSAs for short, are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. GSAs have evolved beyond their traditional role to serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in middle schools and high schools, and have emerged as vehicles for deep social change related to gender, and educational justice. A growing body of research confirms that the presence of a GSA has a positive and lasting effect on student health, wellness, and academic performance. It can also protect students from harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and improve school climates for all students in the long term. The JDSS GSA for secondary students meets bi-monthly in room 232. The schedule and information for this club can be found outside room 232 on the GSA bulletin board. For more information please speak to either Mrs.Mitchell or Mrs.Thompson. Inquiries and information about the JDSS GSA for elementary students can be directed to Mrs. Oelschlagel


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Elementary Soccer On Wednesday, October 5th, JDSS held their first-ever soccer tournament for elementary students. With the help of the Athletic Council, the tournament was a huge success and many are looking forward to its return for many soccer seasons to come. Eight teams in total attended the tournament, with three of them coming from our very own JDSS. Teams came to participate in the tournament

starting at 9:45 AM from Holland Chatsworth, Kincardine, and Owen Sound. With a total of 18 games played throughout the day, JDSS came in third place, Owen Sound in second, and Holland Chatsworth won the tournament. On Friday, October 21st, there will be another elementary soccer tournament held at JDSS. Good Luck Trojans!

Pictured: JDSS team shaking hands with their winning opponents.

Athletic Council Contribution By: Braden Bartlett Volleyball, basketball, and cross country? You got it! Sports at JDSS have started. The Senior Girls Basketball team has already played 2 games and is at a W1-L1. While the Junior Girls Basketball are W2-L1. Way to go Senior & Junior Girls! Boys Basketball is set to start in November. Boys Volleyball is underway as the Senior team is W2-L2 and the Junior team is W3-L1. Great job Boys! Cross-Country athletes have been training hard and are ready for the first meet of the season on Thursday, October 20th. The Boys Baseball team went W1-L0 on Round Robin Game Day, qualifying to play in the semi-finals on Friday the 14th.

Beating St. Mary’s to qualify for the BAA finals, the boys were working hard to win gold. Unfortunately, they were just a few runs short to take home the gold medal. Proudly placing second, they are excited about next season. We are coming for you Sacred! Do you like school sports but don't want to play for the varsity team? Stay tuned for school intramurals where you can play on a team without the competition of other schools! Volleyball intramurals are currently running with finals Friday the 21st at lunch. The last week of October, Athletic Council will be selling $2 treat bags with profits going towards athletics in the school. That's all from the JDSS Athletic Council!


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Halloween Activity Checklist Have a Murder Mystery Party Go to a Corn Maze Have a Murder Mystery Party Paint Pumpkins Have a Halloween Movie Marathon Go to a Haunted House Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods through UNICEF Have something Pumpkin-Spiced Go to a Halloween Party Have a Matching Costume

Top Haunted Movies To Get into the Spooky Season

Casper Coraline Frankenweenie Ghostbusters Hocus Pocus Monster House Muppets Haunted Mansion The Nightmare Before Christmas Twitches

Message From the Author Hello JDSS! I am Victoria and this semester for my Co-op placement I am working with Ms. Weppler and create a school newspaper for the students of our school. I am in grade 12 and have always had a passion for writing, which turned into an aspiration to be a Journalist. This semester I plan to deliver news from things like clubs, sports, and events, making them accessible whenever and wherever you are. I look forward to bringing my best work forward for everyone to read. Sincerely, Victoria Jarvis

We want to hear from you! Feel free to contact Ms. Weppler or Mr. Cooke if you have a submission or suggestion you would like published in an upcoming edition of Écloe John Diefenbaker Senior School's Monthly Newspaper. hillary_weppler@bwdsb.on.ca kyle_cooke@bwdsb.on.ca

Contributors Ava Pentland, Braden Bartlett, Brooke Bender, Brynne Klages, Evie Kingston, Kaylee Lantz, Mr.Chittick, Ms. MacLaughlin, Ms. McCutchon, Ms. Weber, Mrs. Donnelly, Mrs. Frook, Mrs. Mitchell Special thank you to Ms. Weppler, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Riddick, & JDSS Administrative Staff