Junior Conservation Award
At NHHS, we are very proud of the success of our Specialist High Skills Major Programs and wanted to share some exiting news with you. On Friday March 18th , Glen Pomeroy and Barb Gillis (Northern Outdoor Studies Program (NOS) teachers) took several NHHS students to the Delta Meadowvale Conference Centre for the 83rd Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Fish & Wildlife Conference. At the conference, the NHHS NOS program received provincial honours by being presented with the Junior Conservation Award by MNR Minister Linda Jeffrey. Our NOS program received this prestigious award for the second consecutive year.
Please check out the following news release which outlines the terrific work that our students and teachers are accomplishing.
You can also view a video of the presentation by clicking on the link contained within the document.
Keep up the great work Huskies!
OTIP TEACHING AWARDS
Colleen Drew-Baehre's classroom is the great outdoors.
A teacher at North Hastings high school in Bancroft, she takes advantage of the area's beautiful lakes and forests.
“Yes, it's the perfect spot,” says Drew-Baehre, winner of this year's OTIP award for secondary teachers. “Some of the kids go on to work in fields relating to the environment. It's all around them.”
Drew-Baehre has been in the classroom for 21 years and is currently teaching Grades 9 and 12.
She strives to make her classes relevant the surrounding community. She says information gathered by the students during forest projects or oxygen testing in lakes is often forwarded to government offices.
“The students are learning, but the results of their work are actually going somewhere,” she says. “It gives real meaning to their studies.”
Leaf Worsley, a fellow teacher who nominated Drew-Baehre, says her teaching methods are both endearing and enduring.
“Soft-spoken and good natured, Colleen would be the last person to think that she should be nominated for an award,” says Worsley in her nomination letter. “However, her work to develop new, meaningful, insightful courses, coupled with the rapport she has with past and present students, deserves to be recognized.”
She says students are enriched by Drew-Baehre's diverse collection of hands-on experiences, including GPSing the schoolyard and other natural areas, tree marking, designing computer maps of local environments, collecting and analyzing water samples for quality, designing kits for wilderness survival and recycling and ecosystem management, such as shoreline stabilization.
Worsley says Drew-Baehre also gets students involved in the community, such as writing oral histories of local personalities, friends or family and participating in Bancroft's annual spring clean-up event.
She also collaborates with other teachers to combine learning experiences, such as getting her resource management students to build duck nesting boxes in the school's carpentry shop.
Recently, she and Carl Ziebarth developed a four-credit environmental training program to prepare students for post-secondary education in the environmental field.
“The kids up here are great,” says Drew-Baehre. “They're full of energy and have goals, but there just aren't that many jobs. A lot of them have to move on elsewhere.”