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EARTH DAY APRIL 22- wear blue and green or even dress like an animal to celebrate Earth Day!

Tomorrow is Earth Day and LJPS will be conserving electricity by participating in “LIGHTS OUT CANADA” .  We will turn off all lights and electronic devices from 12:30-1:30 to take action on climate change.

Here is a message from the founder of Lights Out Canada taken from her website:

 I launched Lights Out when I was 16 years old and it has been incredibly inspiring to be able to work with and learn from educators across Canada over the last 10 years. I can’t express how grateful and very happy I am to be celebrating a decade of Lights Out with you from Victoria, BC.

Thank you.


Keleigh Annau

Founder & Executive Director, Lights Out Canada

We would like to thank Ms. Miller and the ECO team as they work towards obtaining Gold, Silver or Bronze ECO status for Lorna Jackson Public School!  This is an amazing achievement that staff and students work towards all year long.

Students are encouraged to wear blue and green or even dress like an animal tomorrow to celebrate Earth Day at LJPS.   We also encourage students to look at the positive impacts and importance of digital citizenship to promote positive change in the world.



Looking forward to our Eco-Schools visit

ecoTomorrow, our school will have a visited from the Eco Schools’ team from our board. The team will meet with our school’s team of students and teacher leader Ms. Miller. As part of the visit, these students will meet in the library to answer the visitors’ questions. There is then a walk about the school to see some of our work in action.

Stay tuned for feedback from the team.

Earth Week

Thanks to our Eco Team for this exciting update:

Earth week is next week – already! To help us achieve Eco Schools qualifications, next Tuesday, April 22nd we will be participating in Lights Out. This is where we encourage staff and students to turn out as many lights and turn off as many electronics as possible from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Next Friday, April 25th, we will also be participating in Vaughan’s 20 minute makeover.

A brief mini assembly will take place in the gym starting at 1:45 where Vaughan Councillor Carella will be speaking and kicking off this event. We appreciate the Town of Vaughan’s support with our event. Then from 2-2:30 p.m students will help clean up the neighborhood. Every division will be cleaning a different section.

We look forward to the events occurring next week with the support of our school’s Eco Team.

York Region Science and Tech Fair: Silver medal finalists!


On Saturday April 5, 2014, The York Region Science and Technology Fair took place at Stephen Lewis S.S for schools from across York Region for students in grades 7 through 12. There were amazing projects on a wide variety of topics.


We had two teams of grade 8 students participate. One team looked at “Mind Teaser or Mind Tweezer” with a hypothesis “does listening to your own choice of music affect your concentration?” This team then researched with other students on the possible effects.


scifair1Our second team looked at “Polystyrene: and you thought it couldn’t be used elsewhere”. This team’s hypothesis examined whether or not polystyrene could be remolded into other plastic and then reused as other material. We are thrilled to announce that this team won silver at the event! This team also helped to remind us of the links to our school’s work on Eco initiatives.

What was amazing throughout all of the projects was the students’ enthusiasm and passion for the topics they chose to explore. In front of us we saw students who spoke confidently about ideas, questions and research they themselves had conducted. All the students had a clear eye to the future in their work.

We thank Mrs Daryanani for her mentoring support and sponsorship of  our four students.

It was an inspiring afternoon.