Welcome to Lorne Akins Junior High School

Welcome back to all of our new and former students, staff, and parents - all members of the Lorne Akins ‘Gator Family’. Together we will endeavor to learn to live and to live to learn within the common sense rules and relationships of a big family. Being a Lorne Akins Gator means being respectful of one’s self and all other stakeholders who join together to ensure that the 600 or so days of Junior High School are valuable academically, socially, athletically, and in the service of others.

Learning occurs along various pathways at Lorne Akins. Whether through formal instruction in the core and complementary classes, by joining clubs, being on teams, or becoming involved in the leadership of activities and events here at L.A., students learn how to think and how to organize their time and materials to prepare themselves for success in school and in life. Students will learn to connect rights to responsibilities and privileges to obligations. Ultimately we want students to understand that the will to prepare to learn is often more important than the will to learn and that learning habits are formed through preparation, perseverance, and repetition, rather than just showing up at school. This is what we mean when we say that ‘Learning is Job 1 at Lorne Akins’.

Thumps of the Gator tail go out to our first line educators, the parents. We appreciate it when they check agendas for daily entries, marks, and assignments, when they sign and return mark charts, read report cards, fill out surveys, browse the newsletter, pursue homework-on-line, attend interviews, support extracurricular activities, volunteer, and just plain stay in touch with subject-area teachers and their T.A.’s.

Please take some time to explore our site and see what our school can offer you!

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Hey Gators!

There is an amendment to the Grade 8 Outdoor Pursuits consent form: The organizational meeting will be held on Monday, September 26th and not September 3rd as stated.  This is a mandatory meeting & must be attended by either parent or student.

If you are in outdoor pursuits please take note.  Any of you that are leaving your bike at school overnight please make sure that it stays in the garage.  We had a situation where a bike that was left locked in the rack on the weekend had its back wheel stolen.  So please be sure your bike stays in the garage.

The 2015/2016 Yearbooks are here! If you purchased a yearbook for last year, please come to the Library at the beginning of lunch on Thursday, September 22nd to collect it.
 
Grade 9 students: Please return your immunization permission form to the front office by Sept. 26th
 
Gator clothing will be sold at lunch in the atrium until Thursday after that you will need to purchase it at the office.

Do you like taking pictures on your phone? Or, do you like to draw but couldn't fit Art into your schedule? Enter the Priddle Art Challenge to gain exposure for your photography and/or artwork and a chance to win faaaaabulous prizes! There are monthly prompts posted in the Art room and you submit your work via Instagram.  September's prompt is "Self-Portrait" and entries are due on the 27th at 8am.  So, follow @priddleartchallenge and see Mrs. Priddle or an Art student for more details. Are you interested in organizing gator events, making a difference and giving back to the community? The Lorne Akins CHOMP Council wants YOU! Our first meeting of the year will be today, at 12:05 in Room 101. Bring your lunch, your friends, and your great ideas! If you have any questions, speak to Mrs Priddle, Miss Coyne, or Mrs Ruivo.

The St Albert Amplify Youth Festival is hosting Paint or Dye a colour powder party on Thursday, September 8th at 3pm behind Paul Kane.  The event is free with the first 100 people getting a free t-shirt.  Don’t forget to wear your sunglasses to keep your eyes powder free.
Math Help will be in room 105 at 12.25pm till 12.50pm Monday to Friday.  All are welcome, come and join us if you need a little help.
 
Outdoor students remember to bring in your forms and money for biking.

Any students who are picking up younger brothers and sisters at SAM are asked NOT to be at SAM before 3:25pm.