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Ticks and Lyme Disease Awareness


At this time of year, it’s important to be aware and careful in areas where there may be blacklegged ticks (also called deer ticks), which can carry the germ that causes Lyme disease. Please click here for important Public Health information on protecting against ticks and Lyme disease. Additional information and videos can also be found at

Hantsport School Celebrates Official Reopening


Students, staff, families and friends of Hantsport School celebrated the school's official reopening on May 26, following extensive renovations that began in 2013. Many special guests joined the celebrations, including The Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, and AVRSB Chair Lavinia Parrish Zwicker. 



Somerset Student Projects Spark Community Connections


This spring, every Somerset and District Elementary School student took part in the school's Heritage Fair, which brings students together with the school community to highlight what they've learned and to build community connections. Student projects on topics such as family traditions and culture, local legends and stories, famous Canadians and historic events sparked many conversations between students, staff, family members and friends.


WHMS Students Earn Bronze at Canada-Wide Science Fair


Three West Hants Middle School students have earned bronze medals at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Ellen Moore and Madeline Shanks presented a team project, "Stop Light on Sweetener Street: Sweeteners and the Gut Microbiome." Katelyn Anthony submitted an individual project, "Tiny Titans: Silver Nanoparticles." They were selected to attend the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Montreal after receiving top honours in the Annapolis Valley Regional Science Fair in March. They were among 500 of Canada's top young scientists to showcase their research at this national competition. Congratulations to Katelyn Anthony, Madeline Shanks and Ellen Moore for your achievements!

Working Together Awards: Positive Impact on Students and Staff


Throughout the school year, AVRSB staff are invited to nominate a colleague for a "Working Together Award"  to recognize those who go above and beyond expectations in working together for students and supporting coworkers. We're pleased to introduce our latest group of nominees to be recognized for making a positive difference at their schools. 

Congratulations to Karla Britney (Middleton Regional High School), Shirley Collins and Janice Ring (Pine Ridge Middle School), Shilo Dunlap (Middleton Regional High School), Kyle Dunlop (Brooklyn District Elementary School) and Joy MacKay (Somerset and District School)! Click "Read More" to learn about their contributions.  


AWEC’s Annapolis Royal Space Agency Plans Launch


Members of the Annapolis Royal Space Agency at Annapolis West Education Centre are busy fine-tuning their calculations—and their marketing program—for a space probe launch planned later in the month. This extracurricular club has been working with teacher Derick Smith for months to plan the launch of a weather balloon that will rise 30 kilometres into the upper atmosphere, carrying a package of sensors, GPS and camera equipment. The launch date will depend on careful calculations of the jet stream and weather conditions, to ensure their cargo returns to a location it can be retrieved. While the logistics, programming and design teams plan, the marketing and media teams are hard at work to promote the group’s efforts. 


Horton Teacher Receives Prime Minister’s Award


Congratulations to Horton High School teacher Natalie MacIsaac, recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence! MacIsaac teaches English, Drama, Theatre Arts and African Canadian History to students in grades 10 to 12. In her nomination, MacIsaac was recognized for her positive approach that inspires confidence and leadership among students of all abilities. Her unique approach includes incorporating dance and movement in her classes, and harnessing her community contacts to bring real-world perspectives into the classroom. She also produces school musicals, leads extracurricular activities, and supports other educators as a mentor and NSTU Local president.