Students in the Liverpool area are closer to enjoying the benefits of an innovative new school designed to support learning and skill development that will help them succeed in high school and beyond. Premier Darrell Dexter joined MLA Vicki Conrad and Grade 7 student Shanyn Whynot to turn the first sod today, Oct. 17, for the new South Queens Middle School, the first in the province designed to support project-based learning. It keeps students motivated, promotes teamwork and problem-solving, and helps them connect what they are learning with the world around them. “I have heard from families about how important the school is to them and their children,” said Premier Dexter. “So often you hear about schools being the heart of communities. That is very much the case here in Liverpool. Not only will this new building enhance student learning, it will help to maintain a healthy and vibrant community. “The fact that students helped with the design makes the school that much more special. I think I represent everyone in the community when I say that is great to see the benefits of the students’ hard work starting to take shape.” The focal point of the school is a library, with classrooms built around it to allow students to work collaboratively on projects with resources nearby. “This school is going to be awesome for generations to come and will put smiles on the faces of many people,” said Ms. Whynot. “The old building has so many memories and I can’t wait to make new ones in South Queens Middle School.” The leading-edge design has resource areas such as family studies, technology innovation, visual arts and a multipurpose science lab where students can move easily between work areas to complete a broad range of projects. “This will allow students to engage in project-based learning where they can ask questions, investigate and draw conclusions as they develop important skills such as teamwork and problem solving,” said Warren Dobson, a teacher at South Queens Junior High. “They are getting more learning opportunities in a school that provides traditional classrooms and flexible common spaces.” The province is investing more than $16 million in the South Queens school construction. The new building is scheduled to open in September 2013. “The students, staff families and communities of South Queens have rallied together to support the construction of a new middle school,” said Nancy Pynch-Worthylake, superintendent, South Shore Regional School Board. South Queens Junior High School has about 300 students in grades 7 to 9. The new middle school will be for grades 6 to 8, with Grade 9 students going to Liverpool Regional High School.
PhD in Educational Studies thesis defence – Sonya PancucciSonya Pancucci, PhD student in Educational Studies, will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. in Welch Hall 147. The title of her thesis is “The Expression and Development of Teachers’ Capacities Within Two Learning Communities: A Participant-Observer Case Study.” Examining committee members are Michael Plyley, chair; Stephen Anderson, OISE, University of Toronto, external examiner; Coral Mitchell, supervisor; Nancy Francis, internal examiner; Renee Kuchapski and Kara Smith, committee members. All are welcome to attend.PhD in Psychology thesis defence — Kerri MichalicaKerri Michalica, PhD student in Psychology, will present her thesis defence on Thursday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “Creativity and the Schizophrenia Spectrum Unveiled: The Similarities and the Differences.” Examining committee members are Marilyn Rose, chair; Lynne Angus, York University, external examiner; Harry Hunt, supervisor; Sandra Bosacki, internal examiner; Kathy Belicki and Paul Tyson, committee members. All are welcome to attend.MEd thesis defence — Perez OyugiPerez Oyugi, Master of Education student, will present her thesis defence on Thursday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Impact of Social Constructs on Administrator Understanding of Social Justice.” External examiner: Reva Joshee, OISE/UT; supervisor: Coral Mitchell; committee members: Denise Armstrong and Nancy Fenton; chair of the examining committee: Michael O’Sullivan. All are welcome to attend.Master of Science in Management thesis defence — Boya LiMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Boya Li, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Friday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. in Taro Hall 230. The title of his thesis is “Stock Market Reactions to Changes in the FTSE SmallCap and S&P/TSX SmallCap Indexes.” His examining committee members are Tomson Ogwang, chair; Selim Topaloglu, external examiner, School of Business, Queen’s University; Ernest Biktimirov, supervisor; Don Cyr and Bob Welch. All are welcome.Master of Arts thesis defence — Carrie GreigCarrie Greig (MA Community Health) will defend her thesis on Monday, April 26 at 9 a.m. in WC204B. The title of her thesis is “Leisure Connections: A Case Study to Understand Facilitation Techniques with Survivors of Trauma.” Supervisor: Lynn McCleary; committee members: Miya Narushima and Dawn Prentice; external examiner: Thecla Damianakis, University of Windsor; chair: Joyce Engel, PhD. All are welcome.Master of Arts thesis defence — Renée McKinleyReneé McKinley, MA student in Social Justice and Equity Studies will present her thesis defence on Tuesday, April 27 at 1 p.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “Child Care by Choice or by Default? Examining the Experiences of Unregulated Home-based Child Care for Women in Paid Work and Training.” External examiner: Bonnie Fox, University of Toronto; supervisor: Kate Bezanson; supervisory committee members: June Corman and Dr. Ann Duffy.Master of Arts thesis defence – Katie HemsworthAn MA Thesis Defense for Katie Hemsworth, Department of Geography, will be held on Friday, April 30 at 10 a.m. in MC C405. The title of the thesis is “Personal soundtracks on public transit: Personal listening devices and socio-spatial negotiations of students’ bus journeys.” Thesis supervisor: David Butz; committee members: Mike Ripmeester and Chris Fullerton; external examiner: Jeff Hopkins, University of Western Ontario. All are welcome.