Dear Lester B. Pearson Community,
As I write this last message, students are finishing their semester two exams and staff are calculating final grades and completing report cards. We also are preparing to close the building. As parents, educators, support staff, secretaries, technicians, caretakers and business managers of this special community, we all share in the successes of our students and celebrate their accomplishments during our final year at Lester B. Pearson High School.
To those students who are graduating and continuing their pathway beyond the halls of Pearson, putting your best efforts forth academically is as significant as caring for your school and one another. Your years of membership to the arts, athletics, clubs, and assisting with fundraising is overwhelming and inspiring.
As this school year draws to an end, it is bittersweet because, although many of our staff members will be transferring to M.M. Robinson this September, many will not. We will have to say good-bye to those who are reassigned to other schools or to those who are moving on to other opportunities.
We would like to extend a special thanks to these members of our family. To those who took such great care of our building: Mr. Todd Baker, Ms. Karen Bentley, and Mr. Mike Gomez. They were always there to assist with set-up and take-down for any ceremony, assembly and many, many evening functions. For the never-ending attention and support provided from the Guidance, Library and Main offices, we are so grateful to Ms. Kelsy Cosby, Ms. Tess Hotchkiss, Ms. Kelly Ponce, and Ms. Lori Stickle.
We wish continued success in the classroom to Ms. Jacqlyn Chalmers, Mr. Ian Chau, Mr. Giulio Rocco, Mr. Eric McGaw, Mrs. Rebecca VanBentham and Mr. Vittorio Iafrate. To Madelle Genis, who is retiring at the end of June, we are so grateful for her contributions both within and beyond the classroom during her years at Pearson.
Finally, very special, heart-warming congratulations to Mrs. Virginia Bodajla who, after almost 40 years as Business Manager and Main Office support at LBP, can now enjoy time with her family, friends and, most importantly of course, her garden, when she retires at the end of August.
June has been an incredible month:
- Celebrating and marking the history of Lester B. Pearson High School on June 1st and 2nd
- Our final Athletic Banquet on June 5th (award winners and pictures are posted below to our website)
- The Drama Club’s evening performances of Anne-Arky,
- June 7th Spring Musical Concert featuring the Upper Middle Band and Choir
- The academic success of our students and amazing talent of students and staff at the final Pearson Revue on June 15th
- The teachers of Lester B. Pearson receiving this year’s Halton Families for Families Community Champion Award for their outstanding commitment to engage, support, and work with families to ensure the success of youth. As a result of their collaboration with students and families in the community, teachers were able to utilize innovative tools, strategies and programs to have a positive impact on the mental health of our youth!
As of June 29th, Lester B. Pearson High School will close. Student report cards will all be mailed home. As of July 3rd, all further information for the Guidance Department and September start-up are to be directed to MMR.
Please visit their website for more details: http://mmr.hdsb.ca/
At this time, I wish our community a safe and enjoyable summer and I look forward to following all of your successes and achievements in future endeavours. I hand over your care and future education to Mrs. Proteau, the Principal of M. M. Robinson High School. They are looking forward to seeing you all refreshed, eager and ready to reconnect in September.
My very best,
Principal, Lester B. Pearson High School
A few important LBP dates:
June 28th - Exam and Performance Task Review 9:15am - 11:15am
June 28th - Commencement 3:30pm
June 29th - PD Day – no classes
July 3rd - Report cards MAILED HOME
Timetable for 2018-19:
Students were emailed their 2018-19 timetables June 18th
- Students have been asked to book appointments to resolve conflicts/issues with their timetables outside of final performance task/exam time
- Requests to switch classes will be considered during the last week of August (Aug 28-31)
- Any other concerns beyond June 28th, please contact MMR Guidance Department as of July 3rd.
Key Integration Questions As Identified by Student Voice Committee
Board transportation to MMR 2018-19:
When students enter high school, the Board’s minimum distance requirements for transportation eligibility changes. Secondary students who live farther than a 3.2 km walking distance from their school are eligible for transportation.
Students attending a secondary school on optional attendance, from cross boundary, or who are non-Halton residents are not eligible for transportation services. Some Board approved programs do not provide transportation to and from the program. Please check with the school offering the program with respect to bussing.
Transportation for students in the Extended French program is not provided, as per past and current practice. Please refer to Board information here.
For more information, please refer to the HDSB Transportation policy.