PINECREST PUBLIC SCHOOL
1650 Dominion Drive,
Hanmer, Ontario P3P 1A1
Pinecrest Public School
Grades 6 to 8 - Enrolment 198
"A Proud Place To Be!"
Our goal is to ensure a safe and caring environment that allows
all students to achieve their academic potential, take
responsibility for learning, develop positive self-esteem, and
prepare for meaningful participation in an ever-changing,
and collaborative society.
Acting Principal - Jacques Mantha
Secretary - Carmen Leduc-Carrey
School Council Chair - Cathy Gow
Proud To Be Panthers!
Pinecrest is a vibrant community school, where students come
first. We are extremely proud each year as our students participate
in all aspects of school life. From basketball to Science Fair,
soccer to Math Olympics, and poetry writing to Heritage Fair, our
Panthers have made a fine showing competing against students from
all over the Sudbury Region.
Pinecrest first opened its doors in 1929, over 75 years ago. At
that time, it was a two-room school called Hanmer #2 Public School,
and housed students in Grades 1 to 10. In 1967, the school was
renamed Pinecrest Public School and became a senior school where we
now have students in Grades 6, 7, and 8. Several additions have been
constructed since the first building was erected, and Pinecrest now
boasts 9 classrooms, a library, a gym, and a music room.
The success of our school can be measured in terms of the fine
achievements and positive experiences enjoyed by our students. Each
year, we have seen an improvement in provincial assessment results
of reading, writing and mathematics. This year, our school’s EQAO
results were above the provincial average.
Our students participate in a wide variety of athletic activities
such as cross-country running, soccer, basketball, volleyball and
track and field, to name but a few. The Pinecrest staff is committed
to educating the whole student, from their intellectual development,
to their physical and social well-being.
Technology is the future and our students are part of this as
they explore the possibilities on 24 wireless laptops, which can be
used in any classroom. Digital cameras for movie making and LCD
projectors bring life to their academic program.Our instrumental
music program is a key component of our educational program.
Students enhance their musical potential as they practice their
skills on trumpets, clarinets, saxophone, or on the ever-popular
New to our school program is our drama club. Last year’s
production of “Fairness in the Fifties” was a huge success and
involved the hard work and dedication of over 50 participants from
all three grade levels. Students, who were not actors, had an
opportunity to be involved with set design, script writing, ticket
sales, or a myriad of other jobs. Already the students are looking
forward to the next production.
At Pinecrest Public School, our School Council is a strong
supporter and ambassador for our school. As a result, we have a
growing network of parent volunteers who assist in a variety of
events such Book Fairs, Fall/Spring Play Days, and our snack
Pinecrest Public School has an outstanding staff of dedicated
professionals who provide a dynamic education for all Panthers, as
they endeavor to personalize the Rainbow District School Board’s
motto of “Reaching Minds. Touching Hearts.”
|Mayor John Rodriguez Talks To Young
Performers From Pinecrest During Film Session at The Hanmer Valley
|Most students can find many things to do on a Sunday
afternoon, but on April 15 the five Grade 8 students from Pinecrest Public
School were spending time at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre filming a
class production with their teacher. Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury
John Rodriguez happened to be in the mall at the same time and took a few
moments to sit and talk to the students. Mayor Rodriguez is a former
Vice-Principal with the Sudbury District Catholic School Board.
The students, from the left are: Leah Aelick, Josh Fex, Alyssa Hanson,
Jessie Michael, Mayor Rodrigues, and Emily Mejia.
|Other members of the film crew shown in the photo above,
included: Luke Blais, Eric Punkari, Mr. Scott Zoldy, Cassie Young, Donald
Beaton, and Jacob Sherrington. The name of the film is "The Last
Hour". Below, the group is shown in the parking lot discussing a
scene from the film.
Jacob is being referred to by Mr. Zoldy as "a
gifted filmaker in the making, even perhaps another James Cameron who wrote
the Titanic." Jacob has assisted Mr. Zoldy in writing, producing and
directing three of the films made this year.
He has also created a movie trailer without assistance for the school's
feature film entitled, "Devoured". The movie trailer has been entered in the
Shorties Film Festival. Jacob's goal is to attend Film School and afterwards
produce and direct films.
Mr. Zoldy added, "We are currently shooting our third film entitled, "The
Last Hour", written by Jacob and he is also taking the lead on this one. He
has certainly inspired me this year as well as the cast of actors. Our cast
of actors is awesome! Over 40 students have participated in the production
of our films this year. This has been a positive outlet for many of our
students here at Pinecrest.
|The entire community is invited to an exciting media
production, "The Red Carpet", which will be presented by the
Pinecrest Public School Drama Club from May 14 to 18, 2007. Each day at
10:00 a.m. as well as at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 and Thursday,
May 17, 2007 the audience will be able to view three films on the big 12
foot by 12 foot projection screen.
The films which will be viewed include:
EVOLUTIONARY: a documentary of Confederation Secondary School's Rock
DEVOURED: a horror film about a group of students that seek
refuge in a school from the living dead, ZOMBIES;
THE LAST HOUR: an action/drama about a group of friends that contend
with the horror of an asteroid headed towards earth.
THE RED CARPET will be a fund-raising event for the Pinecrest Drama
Club with admission of $2 per person being charged.
Two of the films are entered in the Shorties Film Festival where last
year, their production of ODD BOYS OUT won first place.
"I am proud of their overall talent. It is amazing to see this
caliber of work from Grade 8 students. I am surprised with their
commitment to this production. They have volunteered their time after
school on weekends to ensure the success of this production,"
explained Mr. Scott Zoldy.
Grade 7 Students From Pinecrest
Sing For The Telethon
|Congratulations to this group of Grade 7 students from
for spending time to sing Christmas Carols at the Hanmer Valley Shopping
Centre. The group was raising money for the MCTV Christmas Telethon which
was held on December 3 and raised a total of $250,000.
Talent Show Winners From Pinecrest Public School Earn The
Right To Record Music CD
Mr. Jacques Mantha, Principal of Pinecrest Public School in Val Therese,
took five of his Grade 8 students over to Confederation Secondary School
on January 16 for a very special treat. As winners of the school talent
contest in December, the five students earned the chance to record their
very own CD in the Confederation School Recording Studio. One copy of the
finished CD will be kept at the school, and each of the students will
receive their own to keep.
The three students above were waiting for their turn to go in front of
the microphone. From the left with Mr. Mantha, Kristen Demore, Jacqueline
Villeneuve, and Emily Mejia.
In the photo below, Kary-Lynn Mercer and Andre Scott receive some last
minute adjustments and tips from Mr. Norm McIntosh, the Music Director at
Pinecrest is what is known as a "middle-school", with about 210
students attending Grades 6 through 8. Because of the influx of new
residents and the tremendous growth in Valley East during recent years,
the enrolment has been steadily increasing.
Mr. Mantha originally began his career as an educator spending ten
years n Mississauga before moving to the Rainbow District School Board in
1998 where he was program leader for the Science and Math Departments at
Confederation Secondary School. He spent time as a Vice-Principal at R.L.
Beattie, Alexander Public School, and Val Caron Public School before
coming to Pinecrest in the fall of 2006.
Mantha enjoys the opportunities that exist within the only
middle-school in the district. "This type of school is common in
Southern Ontario. With all of the children around the same age, there are
so many things you can do in terms of extra-curricular activities and
creating a positive school community for the students."
Something that has been just implemented this year is the policy of
dividing the school day into three learning blocks of 100 minutes each.
"The day is divided up into three 100-minute blocks,"
explained Mantha. "In between the blocks are two 40-minute nutrition
and activity breaks where the students have twenty minutes for snacks or
lunch and then another 20 minutes for outside or inside activities. It
really helps with the intra-mural program since there are two times during
the day when you have enough time to work with the children."
The school day has not been extended as a result of the change. In
previous years the students had a fifteen minute break in the morning and
afternoon as well as 50 minutes for lunch. This 80 minutes is now done in
two blocks instead of three.
"Having a full 100 minutes of learning time also allows teachers
to integrate their subjects more easily," explained Mr. Mantha.