School News

2017 off to great start at Tecumseh!

posted Jan 19, 2017, 6:20 PM by Gus Mihailovich

Just a quick update to share some of the news from in and  around the school as well as  upcoming events…...

  1. Our next Parent Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday January 23 from 6-7pm in the library.  It’s a great opportunity to meet other parents, learn about new learning initiatives,  and consider giving some of your time to help an upcoming event in the school!  

‘Water Does Wonders’ - our students have been encouraged to drink water instead of ‘sugary drinks’ at school as part of our ongoing ‘Healthy Kids’ focus.  We have already ‘made the pledge’ to substitute ‘juice’ with ‘milk and water’ in our daily breakfast program, and the students are making great use of the additional ‘water filling station’ recently installed, courtesy of ‘Healthy Kids Burlington’ . Tecumseh is labeled a ‘Healthy School’ as a result of our ongoing effort to promote healthy, active living!

Reminding everyone of the importance of ‘Be Nice’ and ‘Make A Difference’, plans are in progress to have students participate in ‘acts of kindness’ in February to spread some goodwill in our community.  Special cards will be created in each class, with older students helping younger ones, for recipients that include seniors in nearby retirement homes; children at McMaster Sick Kids as well as  ‘Valentines for Veterans’.   We also will include our appreciations to two local churches [Port Nelson ; Burlington Alliance] and two helpful schools [Eastview and CR Beaudoin] for their generous donations recently.  

A charity ‘staff - student’ basketball game’ to support the annual ‘Halton Learning Foundation’ drive is also in the works!  

  1. Many extracurricular opportunities are currently underway as we start 2017 which include interschool leagues in badminton and basketball for our older students, and ‘intramurals’ [volleyball games] for students in K-8.  Additional details are available from the coaches and / or our  school website [].  These are all possible thanks to the staff volunteering their time and our students really let us know how much they enjoy these activities.

Upcoming Spirit Day -January 27 Favourite Book Character!

( in support of Family Literacy Day)

…...So lots of greats things happening in the school!

Student Learning is our ongoing focus as always.  February is report card month and teachers will begin constructing these reports in the next few weeks to communicate about student progress.  Parents can expect reports coming home at the end of that month.  

...and a gentle reminder that Friday February 3rd is a PA Day [no classes for students] for staff.  

Winter Concert Dec 15

posted Dec 3, 2016, 6:02 AM by Gus Mihailovich   [ updated Dec 3, 2016, 6:18 AM ]

Image result for Winter ConcertOn Thursday, December 15th Tecumseh will be hosting our winter concert. There will be one afternoon and one evening performance with a short intermission in each.   Parents and Family are welcome to attend either performance.  Show times are as follows:  

K-3 performances - afternoon 1:45 - 2:00 pm; evening 6:15 - 6:30 pm 
Gr 4-8 performances - afternoon 2:10 - 3:00 pm; evening 6:40 - 7:30 pm. 

Please help make a difference and consider adding to our 'Tree Of Warmth [hats, mittens, etc] or bring in a non-perishable food item for the Food Drive as well! 

Tecumseh School Improvement Plan 2016-17

posted Nov 19, 2016, 12:45 PM by Gus Mihailovich   [ updated Nov 19, 2016, 12:58 PM ]

This is the master plan developed each year and always in progress that captures the priorities for curriculum delivery and well being goals.  There are three main categories to help organize all of the initiatives that support the plan:

Literacy;  Math;  and  Equity / Well Being  [which includes 'healthy kids'; 'mental health'; 'bullying prevention'; 'safe, inclusive and positive school culture'].  

The Ministry of Education and the Halton District School Board work closely together to assist the school level planning work using the 'School Effectiveness Framework' - a tool principals use to help develop the various aspects of the plan with the staff.  It is most important to always start with 'student need' in each category, then determine the appropriate student / staff action to implement the plan.  Parents are of course key partners in their child's learning which is why parent - teacher communication is such an important part of our work.  The 2016-17 plan is attached for your reference.

Tecumseh Bullying Prevention Plan 2016-17

posted Nov 19, 2016, 12:04 PM by Gus Mihailovich   [ updated Nov 19, 2016, 12:59 PM ]

We are very committed to providing a safe learning and teaching environment for our students.  At Tecumseh, while we are always striving to promote a sense of belonging and well being at the school, we are also always looking for ways to be 'better'. The 2016-17  'bullying prevention plan' [Ministry  mandated as part of the 'safe and accepting schools act'] is based on school level data, and intended to further promote a safe and inclusive school.  

Link to our plan is attached below!

Occupational Therapy Program

posted Nov 4, 2016, 12:22 PM by Lisa Janach

  Please find attached information regarding the Occupational Therapy Program coming to Tecumseh P.S. Image result for occupational therapist pictures

Burlington Secondary School Program and Accommodation Review

posted Oct 28, 2016, 1:04 PM by Lisa Janach   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 1:20 PM ]

Please see attached notification for the Burlington Secondary School Program and Accommodation Review.

Making A Difference - Terry Fox Run rescheduled to Tuesday Oct 4

posted Sep 22, 2016, 2:44 PM by Gus Mihailovich   [ updated Oct 1, 2016, 12:15 PM ]

In support of Terry Fox, Tecumseh is planning our ‘School Run’ on Tuesday October 4th after lunch break.  Students are invited to donate any loose change up to that day [for the collection jar] for Cancer Research. For larger donations, families are encouraged to donate using a ‘cashless’ approach, on the Terry Fox’ website [see attachment below], which will also provide a tax receipt directly to you. Almost $1000 has been donated so far, which is fabulous!  Thank you for helping us to ‘make a difference’!

Breakfast Program 8:25 - 8:40 every morning!

posted Sep 22, 2016, 2:42 PM by Gus Mihailovich

Image result for cereal and yogurtBreakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. We believe it not only gives students the energy they need to learn, but also teaches them about healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. The Tecumseh Breakfast program which will begin on Monday September 26th is available everyday to our students in grades 1 - 8. A variety of nutritious options will be provided from 8:25 am - 8:40 am in the gymnasium. Students in kindergarten will enjoy healthy breakfast options in their classrooms upon morning entry. A special thanks to our partners, Halton For Food Thought, for supporting this program!

Welcome Back Students and Families!

posted Sep 6, 2016, 2:29 PM by Gus Mihailovich   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 2:30 PM ]

Image result for Welcome BackPlease click on the attached 'PDF' for our welcome back message...looking forward to a great year!

School Improvements in 2016

posted Jun 25, 2016, 5:47 PM by Gus Mihailovich   [ updated Jun 26, 2016, 6:11 AM ]

Image result for school improvementAs part of our ongoing school improvement plans, we strive to align our school purchases and initiatives to address the top priorities with respect to student learning at Tecumseh.  Here are a few of the specific highlights this year:

- increasing the focus on '21st century learning' by increasing the technology inventory across the grades.  This is an ongoing goal!  Staff and students increasingly have more access to portable ipads and chromebooks with  primary classrooms all providing ipad learning centers, ceiling mounted data projectors and document cameras.  Our jr / int students  have access to dozens of chromebooks and SMART Board technology.  

Special thanks to the Halton Learning Foundation for providing over $3000 to help us top up the chromebook inventory...HLF is a consistent partner to our school in helping remove barriers to learning for students.

- our school library underwent a major renovation to improve lighting, upgrade furniture / seating and incorporate an open concept design.  Still in progress, this also included adding a new data projector and replacing the old computer stations with new chromebooks.  

- investing in a significant new literacy resource to support  progressive 'inquiry based learning' in our primary literacy program [grade KG - 3]

For a general overview of school budget expenditures this year, please see the attached PDF.

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