Math League, Robotics Club, NY Times Contest and FIELD TRIP!!!!!!

Lots of exciting things happening! Check out the list below and get involved!


Join us at McMaster University and support your fellow BNC students!

Are you interest in touring McMaster University while cheering on Barrie North’s Engineering and Science Olympics team? Join us in filling our bus with school spirit as we head south to Hamilton on October 8th. All BNC students are invited to attend! Students who attend as part of our ‘cheer team” will receive:

– a t-shirt!   – lunch!    – snacks!

and can:

– participate in a tour of McMaster University!

–  attend lectures with guest Engineering and Science faculty!

– visit the Planetarium!

– have fun scouring the campus in scavenger hunts!

The event fee is $20 (due on September 30th along with the permission form to Mrs. Reesor in Room 104) and the bus fee will be approx. $15 (if we can fill the bus….details to follow), which is due on October 6th.

Permission forms can be picked up in Room 104. If you are in Mrs. Reesor’s Period 1 class, you will receive a permission form in class.


SERTs continue to work on IEPs in Room 104. They will be sent home as SERTs meet with students. If you have not seen your SERT yet and would like to touch base about your courses, accommodations, etc, please stop in 104 and have those conversations. If not, we will see you soon!

Robotics Club

Do you have strong problem solving skills? Are you mechanically inclined? Like working with computers and coding? Do you enjoy working with electronics? Check out Barrie North’s Robotics club! Students will develop a robotics project and compete at the SCDSB Education Centre in March. Winners of that competition will move on to provincials in May. Please see Mr. Roy in Room 182 on tomorrow (Friday) at 11:15. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please see Mr. Roy as soon as possible to express your interest.

Math League

Love Math? Join the BNC Math League? Students will compete in monthly math contests via the Canadian National Math League and the University of Windsor. See Mrs. MacPhail in Room 234 to sign up. Contest dates can be found here.

NY Times ‘Make an Editorial Cartoon’ contest

(from the NY Times)

“…if you have something to say about Donald Trump, the Islamic State, police brutality, the New England Patriots, the state of pop music, stress in school or anything else The Times covers, try making an editorial cartoon that shows us what you think…

….the challenge for a cartoonist is in coming up with good ideas; artistic talent is secondary. So find an issue or topic that matters to you, either from current events today or historical events covered in The Times, and make your own cartoon.

When you’re done, use the submission form below to enter the contest by Oct. 20. With our contest partner, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, we will then use this rubric (PDF) to select winners for publishing on The Learning Network.

For detailed rules as well as the chance to enter your piece in a related contest when this one is over, see below. And for step-by-step help in analyzing the elements of a good editorial cartoon and creating your own, use this related lesson plan, Drawing for Change: Analyzing and Making Political Cartoons.

Think Globally, Act Locally!

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman has organized a campaign to sponsor a Syrian family to come to Barrie. If you are able, consider contributing to his campaign to make a meaningful difference in the lives of a family.

Important Dates


24 – School Council Meeting (7pm)


1 – Thursday (Afternoon) Lights ($10 ticket – buy from Sports North at

8 – Parent Workshop: Scholarships (7pm)

8 – McMaster University Engineering and Science Olympics

12 – Thanksgiving Monday (No School)

14 – Progress Reports sent home

21 – Parent-Teacher Night

28 – Night of Excellence

29 – Picture Re-takes


5 – Parent Workshop: Drugs and Youth (7pm)

11 – Remembrance Day Assembly

13 – P.A. Day

19 – Mid-Term Report Cards sent home

23 to 27 – Grad Photos

27 – Full Disclosure (courses dropped past this date will be displayed on student transcripts)


8 – Christmas Harmony Concert

9 – Kempenfelt Cup @ Barrie Molson Centre

21 to Jan 3 – Holiday Break


13 – Grade 8 Night

28 to Feb 3 – Exams


4 & 5 – P.A. Days

8 – Semester 2 begins

15 – Family Day (No School)

17 – Semester 1 Report Cards sent home

18 – School Council Meeting (7pm)


9 – Progress Reports sent home

14 to 18 – March Break (No School)

23 – Parent-Teacher Night

25 – Good Friday (No School)

28 – Easter Monday (No School)

31 – Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (Grade 10 students write)

31 – Parent Workshop: Homework Wars (7pm)


14 – School Council Meeting (7pm)

28 – Parent Workshop: Youth Mental Health and Addictions (7pm)

29 – Mid-Term Report Cards sent home


6 – Prom

9 – Full Disclosure  (courses dropped past this date will be displayed on student transcripts)

13 –  SCDSB-wide Life Skills Prom (at Barrie North)

19 – ArtBeats (6:30 pm)

23 – Victoria Day (No School)

27 – Grade BBQ


1 – Athletic Banquet

2 – School Council Meeting (7pm)

2 – Music Banquet (6pm)

22 to 28 – Exams

29 – PA. Day

29 – Commencement (7pm)

30 – P.A. Day


7 – Semester 2 Report Cards mailed home


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