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Semester 1 - Exam Schedule - January 2017

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Dec. 16 - Buzz Report

posted Dec 16, 2016, 8:52 AM by Candy Weeks

AT NMC, CHRISTMAS IS COMING

With less than a week to go until the Christmas holidays, Nellie McClung Collegiate is wrapping things up for 2016.

SWAT recently coordinated a food/toy drive for the local Christmas Cheer Board at the high school, and it all went very well given that three days of canvassing students was lost due to last week’s storm. In the end, the winning class was the grade 11s who tallied 270 points, followed closely by the grade 8s with 263; the grade 10s with 218; the grade 9s with 174; the grade 7s with 146; and in dead last place (again) with ZERO donations, the grade 12s. Thank you sincerely to all those students, parents and staff who made food or monetary donations to help make the community just a little better place for some over the holidays, and to all those who purchased WE products such as rafiki bracelets. This fundraiser, along with SWAT selling Christmas baking at this weeks “Mall in the Hall” allowed the group to make a very generous donation of over $500 towards their global pillar of education (helping build a school) in Ecuador,

In hockey action, the Pembina Tigers got a huge win last week as they beat the Northlands Parkway Nighthawks 3-2. According to Manager Kent Lewarne, “After playing some good hockey recently with nothing to show in the standings, the Tigers got back in the win column on a stormy night in Cartwright. Convinced this game was sure to be postponed, it took some scrambling to get the programs printed in time to head out to Cartwright. There were a few more fans than expected on a blustery night and the hometown crowd got a good one from the boys. Dobson (Carels and Fijala assisting) scored the first Tigers marker on a breakaway to tie the game at one in the first period. Ethan Carels (Dobson) got his first of the evening in the second and the Tigers took a 2-1 lead to the dressing room. NPC bounced back early in the third but Carels (Potter and Fijala) responded at 14:32 and Tigers hung on” for the one goal lead and the win!

In the team’s latest tournament action in Killarney, the ‘Cats had a 1 and 2 record losing 5-4 in OT to Deloraine; 6-4 to Glenboro-Baldur; and defeating Souris 5-1 in the 7th place game. The team returned to Zone IV action Wednesday night in Manitou vs. the Morris Mavericks and play in Altona vs. the WC Miller Aces tonight. Next week is also very busy with games in Pilot Mound on Monday vs. the PCI Trojans and Thursday at noon in Notre Dame vs. the rival Mountain Mustangs in the annual Christmas game. The team currently sits in 7th place, one point ahead of the Mustangs.

Buzz notes: The Sr. boys’ basketball team opens their season this weekend with a tournament in Elm Creek and it appears there will be a 7 & 8 co-ed basketball team as there is student interest in having a team…..Student Council is in the holiday spirit with their candy cane messages and Christmas theme days (ugly Christmas sweater day was Wednesday, while next week it is Santa hat day)…..Finally, at this time the students and staff of Nellie McClung Collegiate would like to thank everyone a Merry Christmas, a joyous holiday season, and a successful 2017!

December 2 - Buzz Notes

posted Dec 15, 2016, 9:55 AM by Candy Weeks

NMC CHRISTMAS BANQUET GOES NEXT THURSDAY

After a one-year absence due to inclement weather, the NMC Christmas Banquet is on again for 2016. The event will place Thursday December 8 at the CE Building of the United Church. According to school coordinator Caitlin Cranmer, “Dinner will be served between 4:30pm-6:30pm. Prices are adults $15, students aged 6-12 are $12 and Children 5 and under are free.  All proceeds are going to the NMC Student Council with the event (being) fully staff, student and parent run/supported.” This is one of the biggest fund raisers that the NMC has during the school year so come out and have some great food and support activities at the high school. SWAT (Stingers Working at Tomorrow) will also be holding a Christmas Bake Sale at the banquet so pick up some delicious baked goods for the holiday season as well! For more information or take-out orders, you can call the school at 204-242-2640.

In hockey action, the Pembina Tigers lost another last week, although they played much, much better against the undefeated Morden Thunder last Friday evening in Pilot Mound.  According to manager Kent Lewarne, “The Tigers got on the scoreboard first at 7:56 of the first period (Rookie Kyle Sloane with a sweet deflection on a Brennan Smith point shot with Chase Kostal also getting an assist), and only seconds later it looked like they notched their second goal as Dobson went in alone on the stretch pass! OFF SIDE! Dobson was not deterred though and the next shift buried a Fijala feed (Dobson from Fijala & Potter) to go up by two! Morden found their stride in the second period and put one on the board to end the second, 2-1 Tigers. The Tigers were taking a rare lead into the third! This was rather unchartered territory for the win hungry Tigers. Thunder captain Jordan Blatz evened the score early in the third and a dandy short-handed marker just over a minute later put the Thunder in the lead for the first time of the night. When they added one more to take the 4-2 lead it looked like the Tigers may lay down, but not so! Tanner Nedohin sniped a beauty (from Potter) to bring the Tigers within one. The Tigers pressured hard in the final minutes, took their time out to rest the big dogs, and eventually got starting goaltender Nathanial DeGraeves out of the net for the extra attacker but the Thunder stood their ground and when the buzzer sounded, took away the 4-3 win at Black Jack Stewart Arena. As this was the third and final league game against the Thunder this season, it will fall to someone else to end the Thunders roll!” 

The Tigers have some time off now as the scheduling has them with almost a two week break.  They will, however, make up the game against NPC Nighthawks on December 5th in Cartwright. Game time for that one is 7:30 at the Clipperdome.

The 7/8 girls’ volleyball team wrapped up their season going undefeated in their last tournament. According to Coach Melissa Pearce, “The girls were once again the only non-coed team at the tournament, and proved that they were a strong match for anyone they faced. The girls beat Baldur and both Swan Lake teams this week. This team clearly showed that there is a future in the Nellie McClung volleyball program, as they were consistently the strongest team at all tournaments they played in this season. The addition of the Grade 6 girls who came over to practice will only help to strengthen the 7/8 team for next year. The girls were all excellent team players who worked hard the entire year to get better. It has been very exciting to see their progress! Although the tournaments are over for the year Mr. Nakonechny hopes to have an open weekly Tuesday after school volleyball session with all interested volleyball players in grades 7-12 to continue to work on improving their skills.”

Buzz notes: SWAT is very busy as December is now upon us. After a successful winter clothing drive, SWAT is now collecting non-perishable food items and gifts for the local Christmas Cheer Board. The NMC Student Council will reward the winning class with $75 that will go to the charity of their choice and Kelly Caldwell has promised to make Christmas cupcakes for the winning class. NMC (and SWAT) has also been as one of five schools in Manitoba that has been chosen to host WE Charity’s “Social Innovations Tour” (we were chosen last year but it was also cancelled due to weather and school closures). The all-school presentation and workshop with members of SWAT will take place on February 9, 2017…..Thank you to all the parents/students who attended Parent-Teacher Conferences last week at the high school…..On Monday December 5th, all staff will attend inservices in either Somerset or Swan Lake. There will be no classes for students. 

Buzz Notes

posted Nov 16, 2016, 9:04 AM by Candy Weeks

STINGERS STUNG: VOLLEYBALL SEASON OVER

The NMC Sr. Varsity girls’ volleyball season came to a disappointing end on Monday as they were beaten in two straight games by the Pilot Mound Pilots in the “4th vs. 5th” place game of the Zone 6 play-offs. In a must win match to get back into the main draw of the tournament, “the girls had a slow start but played well in the first set, losing 22-25”, according to Coach Justin Cantlon. The second set saw the ‘Bees come out very flat on home court trailing early by a “tremendous deficit” of 18-5. To their credit, the team never gave up and “fought very hard to make this set competitive, even tying the score at one point, but could not find a way to win, final score: 25-20.” The loss marked the end of the girls’ volleyball season.

The week before the #4 Stingers traveled to Glenboro to take on the #1 Panthers. “Playoffs this year saw a slightly different set-up than previous years with a double elimination tournament to qualify for the semi-finals. In fourth spot the Stingers would face the top ranked team, Glenboro, to try to earn a spot in the semi-final game. The Stingers came out very strong in the first set and built a solid lead all the way to 23 points, but couldn’t find a way to get the last two and lost 25-23. The second set was not as good as the first, and the girls lost 25-15.”

Cantlon stated, “The varsity girls’ volleyball team finished the season in fourth place after the regular season with a record of 5-3. The girls played well all year long and we’d (along with Coach Brooke Gelo) like to wish our graduating players, Abby Jago and Daira Dymond, the best of luck and thank them for their years of commitment to the team. For everyone else, we look forward to next year. Go Stingers!

In hockey action, the Pembina Tigers ran their record to 3-3-1 with a 7-2 win over the GVC Zodiacs. Trailing 2-0 after the 1st the ‘Cats piled it on in the 2nd and 3rd scoring seven unanswered goals for the win. Owen Fijala led the way with a hat trick, while Ethan Carels, Graham Dobson. Allister McNabb, and Kyle Sloane added singles. The Tigers currently sit in 4th place in Zone IV hockey, although that may be a little misleading as all three of the team’s wins have come against the 0-9 Zodiacs. The schedule will get much tougher from here on in and the team will have to tighten up defensively to compete. The Tigers played Wednesday night in Crystal City vs. the undefeated Morden thunder and continue their home stand next week Monday in Treherne vs. the first place Carman Cougars; Wednesday in Cartwright vs. the NPC Nighthawks; and Friday in Manitou (depending on the availability of ice), again vs. the Thunder.  

Buzz notes: SWAT (Stingers Working at Tomorrow) are attending WE DAY MANITOBA today at the MTS Centre, with guest speakers, astronaut Chris Hadfield; mental health advocate (and mother of our Prime Minister) Margaret Trudeau; “The Man in Motion” himself Rick Hanson; and television celebrity/singer and Paula Abdul. The group is presently doing a winter clothing drive (for Siloam Mission in Winnipeg) with the school accepting gently used winter clothing until next Wednesday. Next up will be a food drive for the local Christmas Cheer Board; and a bake sale at NMC Christmas Banquet which is slated for Thursday December 8 at the CE Building of the United Church…..Parent-teacher interviews go next week at the high school, Thursday evening November 24  from 4pm-7pm and Friday morning November 25 from 9am-12noon…..The first term is now officially done, and countdown to Christmas break is 34 days!!! 

SWAT TEAM READY FOR WE DAY MANITOBA

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:05 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster

Stingers Working at Tomorrow (SWAT), the youth philanthropy group at Nellie McClung Collegiate have been busy planning their yearly course of action for the upcoming school year, and are looking forward to attending We Day Manitoba next Friday November 18 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. About 16,000 students and educators from schools across Manitoba are expected to attend We Day Manitoba, “an annual series of events around the world that combine live music with speeches aimed at empowering young people to take action on local and global causes.” This year marks the sixth time that We Day has taken place in the province, with NMC attending the last five. The We Day movement was created by the organization Free the Children, known now as We Charity.

Data collected shows that “Manitoba students who took part in We Day in the 2015-16 school year volunteered almost 250,000 hours and raised nearly $650,000 to support a variety of causes, including Fort McMurray wildfire relief, work to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada and campaigns to raise awareness of bullying and poverty.”

Organizers recently announced the line-up for the day. “Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, singer and TV personality Paula Abdul and the Man in Motion himself, Rick Hansen, will be among those speaking to Manitoba youth” at the event. “Other speakers include Margaret Trudeau - the mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and an author and mental health advocate - along with We Day co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger. Local speakers include Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Kyle Nobess, who will talk about the ‘importance of a supportive community and the power of overcoming internal struggles.’ The We Day audience will also hear from Capri Everitt, a 12-year-old Vancouver girl who toured 80 countries this past year - singing each nation's anthem in their native language - to raise money for SOS Children's Villages and draw attention to children living in poverty. As well, the event will feature musical performances by singer-songwriters Jully Black, Tyler Shaw and Jillea, as well as musical duo Nico & Vinz and the DJ collective Celebrity Marauders.” It should be a motivational day and a great way to kick-off the 2016-17 year for the group. SWAT is composed of grade 7s: Hope Charles, Katie Beckett, Taytum McKinney, Sarah Sharpe, Grace Morrow, Aidan Unrau, Jenna Weeks; grade8s: Elisabeth Neufeld, Emma Farley, Meagan Huebner; grade 9s: Sunessa Worms, Aliviah Collins, Alyssa Tickner, Mackenzie Johnson; grade 10s: Leah Sanders, Brooklyn Nichol, Hayden Morrow, Riley Johnson, Kassidy Wayson, Jackson Hacault; grade 11s: Carlee Henderson, Amy Neufeld, Mikah Harms; and staff member Grant Caldwell, Alyson Evans, Kelly Caldwell.

SWATs first project for this year is presently ongoing as during the month of November, they will be collecting gently used winter clothing. Clothes will be accepted for both children and adults, which will then be donated to separate organizations. The children's clothing will be brought to the Fire Department in Morden which will then go to Koats for Kids. The adult clothing will be distributed in Winnipeg to Siloam Mission. Collections for children's clothing will end on Monday, November 14th, and adult clothing collections ending on Wednesday, November 23rd. All donations can be brought to Nellie McClung Collegiate between the times of 8:30a.m - 3:30p.m. Thank you for your support!

Buzz notes: The Stingers Sr. Varsity girls’ volleyball team is on a bit of a slide heading into play-offs as they lost a pair of matches last week. On Wednesday the team was defeated three games-to one by the MHSAA #5 seeded Glenboro Panthers and on Thursday the team was beat by the Cartwright Clippers three games-to one. Play-offs started yesterday with the Stingers ranked 4th in Zone 6 …..The Pembina Tigers dropped both of their games last week 6-2 to Morden and 6-5 in overtime to the NPC Nighthawks of Winkler. This puts their current record at 2-2-1, and in the middle of the pack in the Zone 6 league. The team was back at it last night in Carman vs. the first place Cougars and will play the GVC Zodiacs for the third time (the Tigers have won the opening two games) on Saturday in Winkler.

Koats For Kids

posted Nov 4, 2016, 1:17 PM by Candy Weeks

During the month of November Nellie McClung Collegiate will be collecting Winter clothing.  Clothes will be accepted for children and adults, which will then be donated to separate organizations.  The children's clothing will be brought to the Fire Department in Morden which will then go to Koats For Kids, while the adult clothing will be distributed in Winnipeg to Siloam Mission.  Collections for children's clothing will end on Monday, November 14th, and adult clothing on Wednesday, November 23rd.  All donations can be brought to Nellie McClung Collegiate between 8:30a.m. to 3:30p.m.  Thank you for your support.

Labels for Education - Campbell's Soup

posted Oct 25, 2016, 9:08 AM by Candy Weeks

As of December 31, 2016 Campbell's Soup is discontinuing their "Labels for Education Program" - please drop-off any labels you have before December 1, 2016 to N.M.C or MES.

TIGERS WIN SEASON OPENER

posted Oct 19, 2016, 7:16 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster

The Pembina Tigers got off to a great start in the Zone IV High School Hockey League Monday night as they defeated the Garden Valley Collegiate Zodiacs 8-1 in Pilot Mound. “Despite playing poorly for most of the game”, the Tigers opened the score less than five minutes in on a goal by Reagan Potter and there was no looking back. Owen Fijala and Riley Patenaude added 1st period goals for a 3-0 lead at the intermission. The teams traded goals in the middle frame (Robi Lewarne scoring for the Tigers), before the ‘Cats exploded for four in the 3rd (Ethan Carels, Allister McNabb, Patenaude with his second, and Brennan Smith) for the final score. The Tigers outshot the Zodiacs 49 to 12, with Nathaniel DeGraeve picking up the win in net.

The Tigers also competed in their first tournament of the year last weekend in Glenboro. The team started the tourney in fine fashion, “stretching the twine 10 times in the 10-3 win”. According to manager Kent Lewarne, “Glenboro-Carberry-Baldur, still in their selection process, were busy evaluating players and rolled four lines” in the game. Owen Fijala had a six-point night (4 goals, 2 assists) and led the Tigers on the game sheet.

After the great start in Glenboro on Thursday, the Tigers dropped a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. According to Lewarne, “Friday's 5 pm game had the Tigers squaring off against preseason rival, Killarney Wawanesa Raiders. The Raiders finished the first period with a 2-1 lead but carried a large part of the play. The Tigers surprised the Raiders in the second, scoring three times to take a 4-2 lead but late in the second the Raiders rebounded with a pair of their own marks, the last with only six seconds on the clock and we were knotted at four going into the break. Killarney scored three times in the third but the Tigers did not lie down and replied with a pair of their own. Coach Pinkerton, longing for a tie, pulled starting tender Nathaniel DeGraeve with two minutes left on the clock but the Tigers were unable to capitalize and dropped a 7-6 decision.”  This left the Tigers second in their pool and they would play the St. Thomas Saints on Saturday.

“Saturday, warm weather outside left the ice conditions marginal at best inside! They grow em big and physical in Kenora and the Saints dominated the play outshooting the Tigers 28-21 but certainly had the better scoring opportunities. Tanner Harms got the start for the Tigers. The physical play took its toll and many Tigers found their way to the ‘sin bin’ with retaliatory penalties and after the whistle shananigans. The Tigers dropped a 5-0 decision but they learned that they can play a tougher style of hockey, a style that has eluded them the past couple of seasons!”

The Tigers continue their Zone IV regular season tonight in Notre Dame vs. rival Mountain Mustangs before competing in Neepawa’s Slasher Showdown. tournament next weekend. The Tigers open the tournament against Brandon’s Crocus Plains Plainsmen, which will be a good indicator of where the team stands against AAAA teams in the province.

The grade 7 & 8 girls’ volleyball team are off to a great start to the season winning all four sets of their first tournament, held at McClung Tuesday after school. According to Co-coach Melissa Pearce, “Our first game was against Thomas Greenway Middle School, a coed team that came out strong for the start of the game. However, the girls got rid of their jitters and won the first set 25-17 and the second one they settled right in and won 25-7.  Their second game was against a very competitive Indian Springs coed team. In the first game, the NMC girls came away with a 26-24 victory and the second game would prove to be another close one and the Stingers came away with a 27-25 victory. Their practice on skills definitely showed during their first tournament.” The Stingers will travel to Baldur next week for their next tournament.

Buzz notes: The grades 7 & 8 boys’ cross-country team came in second place at the PSSD meet last week …. The Varsity Girls volleyball team had last week off but played on both Wednesday and Thursday this week (full results in next week’s Buzz)…..”Spirit Week” goes next week at the high school, with the kick-off yesterday with “Heritage Classic Day”. Next week starts with Monday being PJ Day; Tuesday being Tight N” Bright Day; Wednesday being Sports Day; Thursday being Twin/Opposite Day; and Friday being Halloween Day. An all-school Halloween dance will also go next Friday evening from 7-11 pm. 

NMC HOSTS 7 & 8 SOCCER TOURNAMENT

posted Oct 12, 2016, 9:05 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster

On Wednesday October 5th Nellie McClung Collegiate hosted the PSSD regional 7 & 8 soccer tournament at the high school. It was a cool October day, bit with brand new nets and uniforms for the Stingers players, they were all excited to have a good day of soccer with friends and meeting kids from other schools. Local teams included one from NMC along with teams from Indian Springs, Notre Dame, St. Claude, Prairie Mountain Elementary and Treherne. Although the team from McClung did not have much success, it was a successful day overall. A big than you go out to student-referees Ryan Martens, Daira Dymond, Lindsey Bowler, Nelson Lea, Soloman Hamraev, and Liam Klassen; and to the NMC Student Council who did an excellent job running the canteen and providing the players, students and staff with hot dogs, drinks, baked treats and much-needed hot chocolate. Thanks also to coaches Alyson Evans and Brett Dow for the time they put in preparing the players for the tournament.

In hockey action, the Pembina Tigers introduced this year’s team to the public at the Black Jack Stewart Arena in Pilot Mound on Friday, October 7th. According to Manager Kent Lewarne, “Following some tough selection decisions, Tigers' Head Coach Myron Pinkerton (along with assistants' Clint Maxwell and Ryan Carels) were excited to see this year's roster hit the ice in a preseason game vs the Killarney-Wawanesa Raiders. According to some inside sources from the PMHA, the Raiders were billed to have a strong squad this season and that certainly was the case. In a style of play that would have left last season's Tigers running to the den with their tails between their legs, this year's squad were up to the challenge of playing a faster, more physical style of play. Although the Tigers suffered a 6-5 loss, the coaching staff were elated at the level of play they saw. The line of Dobson, Fijala and Carels logged the most offensive zone time and were often threatening to put the puck in the net. Defensively, the Tigers left starting goaltender Nathaniel DeGraeve with far too many point blank saves to make and will have to work on clearing opposition forwards away from the slot or at least controlling their sticks. DeGraeve faced 41 shots from the Raiders giving up six markers. The Tigers threw 33 shots at the Killarney tenders but more from around the outside of the prime scoring area. A couple of weak goals kept the Tigers hopes alive but a late penalty took away the hopes of a last minute comeback.”  The Tigers' next home action will be their home opener for the 2016-2017 Zone 4 Hockey League vs the GVC Zodiacs. Game time is 8:00 pm on Monday October 17th in Pilot Mound. 

The NMC Varsity girls’ volleyball team traveled to Langdon, North Dakota this past Thanksgiving weekend and played in the 34th Annual Langdon Area Invitational Volleyball Tournament.  According to Coach Brooke Gelo, “The competition was high and the Stingers battled against some of the best rural schools in North Dakota. The Stingers played: Hatton-Northwood, North Border, Midway-Minto and Langdon-Edmore-Munich and won a set against Midway-Minto.  The girls were able to gain experience playing in high competition matches, equivalent to the caliber of AA schools in Manitoba.” The Stingers have a busy few weeks coming up as they travel to Treherne and Pilot Mound next Wednesday, October 19th and Thursday, October 20th and have a home game: Tuesday, October 25th against Baldur. 

Buzz notes: Students at NMC are presently selling Mom's Pantry products in support of the NMC Yearbook. Any community members can pick up forms from the school and can order online with the codes on the sheets given them. Forms and money are due by Thursday, October 27 and the delivery date is Thursday, November 17…..Congratulations to those students from NMC (Jackson Hacault, Wyatt Harms, Riley Johnston, Will Sharpe, James Sharpe, Mikah Harms, Xander Klassen, Liam Klassen, Amy Neufeld and Brianna Friesen, who will be performing with the Central Manitoba Youth Choir (CMYC) this weekend with a performance in Manitou Saturday night…..There will be no school next Friday October 21 as all staff in Manitoba will be attending professional development in-services, with SAGE in Winnipeg or LIFT in Brandon.

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