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SISLER SIZZLES 2013-2014

Did you know that…

1.   Sisler was acclaimed one of the ten best public schools in Canada and the best all-around high school by Maclean's Magazine.

2.   Sisler was voted Best City High School in Winnipeg by readers in the Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg competition held last spring.

3.   Sisler placed first in a national competition sponsored by the Toronto-based organization Canadians for a Genocide Museum for our work highlighting the tragedy of the refugee experience globally. Our main competition for the top award was General Roméo Dallaire of Rwanda fame.

4.   A historic memorandum of understanding was recently renewed between Sisler High School and the University of Winnipeg to work collaboratively in the information and communication technology field, enabling Sisler students to earn university credits in ICT while still in high school. Sisler has a similar arrangement with Red River College, albeit in the area of cyber security.

5.   C21 Canada: Canadians for 21st Century Learning and Innovation has selected Sisler for the top prize nationally in the School Team Category. This award is to recognize the work of enlightened educators working together to advance 21st century models of learning in Canada. Please note that C21 Canada is an umbrella organization associated with CSBA (representing 250 school boards across Canada) IBM, Microsoft, Scholastic Education and many others.

6.   Sisler offers University of Winnipeg English (first year). The class average was A- this year. Sisler also offers University of Manitoba Calculus I and II where the class averages were A+ and B+ respectively.

7.   The results of the 2013 provincial exams are presented here for a comparison with Sisler's June 2014 results.

      June 2013 provincial exam results:                   June 2014 results

                    Provincial         Divisional            Sisler             Sisler Only

Pre–Calculus                                                                                        

Pass Rate          56.2                  71.8                  96.3                  94.3

Mean                53.7                  61.6                  76.5                  79.8

English Language Arts (all programs)

Pass Rate          82.7                  82.3                  95.2                  96.8

Mean                64.1                  63.5                  69.4                  69.6

Our performance here is especially noteworthy considering Sisler's high immigrant population.

Applied Math   

Pass Rate          41.5                  30.4                  89.5                  100

Mean                45.8                  40.8                  88.2                  74.8

Essential Math

Pass Rate          48.3                  54.2                  84.0                  87.6

Mean                 48.6                  50.0                  61.8                  65.5

8.   Sisler is one of 64 schools globally that were recognized by Microsoft as part of the 2011-12 Innovative Schools Program as Pathfinder Schools. In November 2011, a delegation from Sisler attended Microsoft's Global Education Forum in Washington, D.C. and presented our innovative teaching practices to educators from around the world.

9.   Recently, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger chose Sisler High School as the venue for a press conference at which he joined with private- and public-sector partners to celebrate technology in Manitoba in general and at Sisler in particular. At this press conference, it was announced that a unique and exciting partnership between Sisler High School students and local high-tech company Project Whitecard had been created, which had students actively involved in testing a video game that simulates living conditions on the moon for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

10. Sisler has a Classics Department which offers Latin, grades 9 through 12, as well as Mythology and Ancient History, and may well be the only public high school in Canada to do so. The very first students who wrote the University of Manitoba Latin exam all received an A mark for a class average of 91.1%. Staff members Lindsay Welbers, Kristy Peterson, and George Heshka have been awarded the Special Service Award from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (Canada & U.S.A.) for their efforts in this area.

11. Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when told he could visit only one school in Manitoba as part of his promotional tour for Katimavik, chose Sisler because of our school's reputation across Canada as a school of excellence. He again visited Sisler last year as Parliament's Leader of the Opposition, marking the third visit he has made.

12. Sisler's Chamber Choir earned an invitation to perform at the Music Fest Canada Festival, and this choir and the mixed Concert and Jazz Choirs each earned a gold at the Winnipeg Music Festival.

13. Ten Sisler students were selected to play in the Divisional Honour Band, the Concert Band received a four-star rating at the International Optimist Festival, and the Jazz Band was awarded a five-star standing and invitation to Music Fest Canada. Band Director Mrs. Silver has been asked to sit on the executive of the Manitoba Band Association as regional representative for Winnipeg and St. James, the first time in ten years that such an honour has been awarded to a Winnipeg School Division employee.

14. Sisler's Most Wanted incorporated several dance disciplines into their performances at the 34th Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival and were awarded a high silver, four golds, and a gold honour standing. They also won the People's Choice Award for their hip hop piece at the In The Zone competition.

15. This year's Sustainability Conference had 135 students, 70 of whom were from outside the school. Sisler's 3rd Annual Fall Feast, which featured produce grown and cooked by Sisler students, hosted 125 students and 30 seniors from Fred Douglas Lodge.  Sisler placed second (first the previous two years) in the Home Economics category of Localvore, a contest to determine the culinary champion of Manitoba.

16. Teacher Lauren Sawchuk won the Government of Manitoba's Champion of Sustainability Award after being nominated by her students.

17. Sisler students collect used electronics, MP3 players, pens, highlighters, etc. for recycling and form part of the University of Winnipeg recycling program. Sisler's Sustainability Circle (SSC) initiated and received a water bottle filling station in order to reduce the number of discarded water bottles.

18. SSC has won the Anne Lindsay Earth Stewardship Award for work on sustainability issues.

19. SSC has had two write-ups in The Times and The Free Press, and has been featured on Global Television.

20. Lisa Huang was awarded The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Global Citizenship award and Pauline Ordonez won the Premier's Healthy Living Scholarship for their work done on sustainability issues at Sisler.

21. Sisler put on two major art shows in conjunction with Andrew Mynarski and Isaac Newton and Sisler again teamed up with Andrew Mynarski for a week long installation in the nationally acclaimed gallery, Ace Art. Sisler hosted a former professor of Chinese calligraphy from Beijing University for instruction in this Asian Art form.

22. Sisler has compiled an enviable record in sports:

•   Cross-country: JV boys champions, Varsity Zone champions

•   Sisler volleyball: JV girls city champions, undefeated regular season, provincial bronze medal, and a 33-2 overall record; JV boys city finalists

•   Sisler basketball: varsity boys provincial final four 2014, varsity girls Tier 1 champions and provincial finalists 2014, JV girls city Champions and provincial final four 2014, JV boys city finalists and sixth in provincials, grade 9 boys city and provincial champions 2014, grade 9 girls city champions and provincial finalists 2014

•   Sisler badminton: Jan Salceda, boys singles MHSAA provincial champion 2014, back to back winner with his doubles team last year.

•   Sisler hockey: Will Grouette led the Winnipeg Free Press Division in scoring this past hockey season: 22 Games played, 30 goals, 16 assists = 46 points.  Kyle Pososki & Brighton Desjarlais were awarded the WHSHL Travis Price Scholarships.

•   Sisler rugby: varsity girls provincial champions (undefeated season), varsity boys provincial finalists (only losing to one team and beating the best of West Manitoba), junior boys provincial finalists.

•   Sisler track and field: JV boys and girls city and provincial champions, Grand Aggregate city and provincial champions, countless gold medals and provincial records set.

•   Sisler soccer: boys and girls city finalists

23. Sisler staff and students made internet safety and cyber bullying presentations to over 2,500 students across Manitoba in 2014. Sisler placed 12th at the National Cyber Patriot Cyber Defence Competition in Washington, DC in 2013 and 2nd in the same competition this year. Our competition was about 1,500 top American schools, some of which send their graduates to M.I.T. and Harvard. Sisler won a gold medal at Skills Canada, IT – Network and System Adminstration in 2012, a silver medal in 2013 and a bronze in 2014. Sisler placed 1st in the Canadian Cyber Defence Challenge in 2012 and in 2013.

24. Sisler has beta-tested an educational game for Project Whitecard and NASA.

25. Sisler has an articulation agreement with the University of Winnipeg's Professional, Applied, and Continuing Education (PACE) program. Students have an opportunity to receive up to 7 dual credits in the App, Game, and Web courses.

26. Sisler students won a national award, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Award, for their mental health awareness apps and were subsequently feted at a gala in Ottawa.

27. Sisler's Digital Voices helped the city of Winnipeg to be recognized as one of the top 7 most intelligent communities by the ICF (Intelligent Communities Forum) and was so recognized in press releases by the organization.

28. Sisler delivered Internet safety and cyber bullying presentations to over 2,500 students across Manitoba.

29. Sisler qualified 2nd in the world for the CyberPatriot International Cyber Defense Competition.

30. Sisler students won all of the medals – gold, silver, and bronze – in the Skills Manitoba Competition in the IT Network Systems Administration category.

31. Sisler students have held debates using video conferencing technology with students in Texas, the Czech Republic, and Taiwan, and have interacted live via the video medium with doctors performing ACL reconstruction surgery.

32. Sisler has twelve student clubs dealing with social and political issues who also lobby governments to change policies deleterious to the common good.

33. After three years of lobbying the Manitoba government, Sisler Teens Against Nicotine and Drugs (STAND) finally succeeded in creating the first ever Go Smoke Free Day at the Red River Exhibition.

34. Students of Sisler Environmental Helpers (SOSEH) raised funds to install a giant solar wall on the outside of the Taras Korol Theatre, saving Sisler an estimated $6,000 per year in energy costs.

35. Former Federal Minister and current University of Winnipeg President Lloyd Axworthy and former Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon are both Sisler alumni.

36. Sisler teacher Greg Shedden received the 2013 Global Citizenship Award for Educators through the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation for his work with Students of Sisler Environmental Helpers (SOSEH) and other students clubs, as well as his exceptional work on the new Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability course.

37. Sisler is the first high school in Manitoba, and possibly Canada, to purchase a motion capture studio.

38. Sisler is now a CISCO Certified Academy, offering IT Essentials and Discovery Level 1 and 2 at no cost, saving students an estimated $1,000 towards their Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. This year, Levels 3 and 4 were added.

39. Sisler Educator Jamie Leduc was profiled internationally by Microsoft's online magazine Daily Edventures for innovative educational practices.

 

 And the list goes on…


SISLER SIZZLES 2012-2013

Did you know that…

1. Sisler was acclaimed one of the ten best public schools in Canada and the best all-around high school by Maclean’s Magazine.

2. Sisler placed first in a national competition sponsored by the Toronto-based organization Canadians for a Genocide Museum for our work highlighting the tragedy of the refugee experience globally. Our main competition for the top award was General Roméo Dallaire of Rwanda fame.

3. A historic memorandum of understanding was signed last spring between Sisler High School and the University of Winnipeg to work collaboratively in the information and communication technology field, enabling Sisler students to earn university credits in ICT while still in high school.

4. Sisler students completed their first-year University of Winnipeg English course, earning a class average of A-. This is particularly noteworthy considering that one in four Sisler students has a recent immigrant background.

5. Sisler had 216 students write the provincial English exam last January, achieving a 100% pass rate and a 76.2% average. And again, given the high immigrant population, this is a most noteworthy achievement.

6. Sisler remains the only high school in Manitoba that challenges both University of Manitoba Calculus I and Calculus II courses. This year, 22 grade 12 students achieved a class average of A.

7. January 2012 provincial exam results:

English 4S pass rate=100%, average mark=76.2%.

Pre-Calculus 4S pass rate=100%, average mark=83.1%;

Consumer Math 4S pass rate=87.0%, average mark=64.7%;

Applied Math 4S pass rate=100%, average mark=81.3%.

8. In January 2012, Sisler grade 12 students wrote the French provincial exam with a success rate of 100%. One student scored 100% on the exam.

9. Sisler’s grade 11 team are Zone 10 champions of the University of Waterloo Fermat Mathematics Contest, beating out almost 20 other public and private Winnipeg high schools. Altogether there are 29 grade 9-11 Sisler students who were awarded Certificates of Distinction from the University of Waterloo for their excellent results in the 2012 math contests.

10. Sisler’s Cyber Defense Team consisting of Param Lobana, Daniel Cammarata, Jacob Hughes, Jeff Kadyniuk, and Gurneet Brar travelled to Washington, D.C. in March 2012 to compete in Cyber Patriot IV. Cyber Patriot is the premier US high school cyber defense competition with over 1000 high school teams from across the US and 6 teams here in Manitoba. In Washington, Sisler’s team ranking was comparable to a second-place finish overall. Sisler’s fine showing came after the team had earlier won the Canadian Cyber Defense Challenge, earning the right to represent Canada at Cyber Patriot.

11. The grade 9 Newton Contest is one of seven national contests orchestrated by the Mathematics Contest Centre out of Pierrefonds, Quebec. Sisler’s grade 9 accelerated class wrote this Newton Contest, and for the second year in a row they were declared Provincial Champions. Also, Reegan Stoyko scored the highest mark in Manitoba and was awarded a medal as Provincial Champion.

12. Sisler’s Kerri Kuzbyt was awarded the Manitoba High School Athletic Association Provincial Athlete of the Year.

13. Sisler is one of 63 schools globally to be recognized by Microsoft as part of the 2011-12 Innovative Schools Program as a Pathfinder School. In November 2011, a delegation from Sisler attended Microsoft’s Global Education Forum in Washington, D.C. and presented our innovative teaching practices to educators from around the world.

14. Sisler students won a total of five medals at Skills Manitoba: two gold, two silver, and one bronze. Sisler swept the Network Systems Administration competition: Param Lobana – gold, Jacob Hughes – silver, Sandeep Seehra – bronze, Daniel Cammarata – 4th place. In 3D Character Computer Animation, Marc Payawal and Paolo Orellano won the gold medal and in Web Site Development, Kurt Pili won the silver medal.

15. Sisler’s Microcomputer Systems Program and Cisco Academy student Param Lobana represented Manitoba at the 2012 Skills Canada National Competition, winning the gold medal in the IT - Network Systems Administration (Secondary) competition. Skills Canada is the premier national high school competition testing technical and vocational skills of students from across Canada. This is Sisler’s second Skills Canada gold medal – Jonathan Hok won gold in Web Site Development in 2007. Sisler’s Marc Payawal and Paolo Orellano finished 4th overall at Skills Canada in the 3D Character Computer Animation Competition.

16. Last fall, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger chose Sisler High School as the venue for a press conference at which he joined with private and public sector partners to celebrate technology in Manitoba in general and at Sisler in particular. At this press conference, it was announced that a unique and exciting partnership between Sisler High School students and local high-tech company Project Whitecard has been created, which has students actively involved in testing a video game that simulates living conditions on the moon for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

17. Sisler’s Tehm Presado, Mark Adina, and Jeanelle Ramos won 2 trophies: 1st Place and Highest Voltage in Skills Manitoba’s Model Wind Turbine Competition.

18. Sisler’s Rachel D’Antonio, Pauline Ordonez, Clarisse Camiguing, and Shayla Krowiak won the Weight Challenge at Skills Manitoba’s Cardboard Boat Race.

19. A team of Sisler’s Grade 10 Drafting students won the Honourable Mention at the Design Exchange Manitoba Competition.

20. Sisler’s FLOWRIDERS, Brandon Lee, Alex de Guzman, Emmanuel Santoyo, Carl Sotomil, and Robyn Coffey, won the bronze medal and Best Team Spirit for the hovercraft that they built for Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ Discovery Competition.

21. Sisler’s band students were awarded scholarships to attend the International Music Camp in July 2012.

22. Sisler’s Jazz Band was awarded a Best of Fest standing at the Brandon Jazz Festival in March.

23. Sisler’s Concert Band received an invitation to Musicfest Canada (Nationals) at the International Optimist Festival in February.

24. Thirteen students from Sisler were asked to play in the Divisional Honour Band in January under the direction of Dr. Wendy McCallum.

25. Sisler’s Jazz Band students attended the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra seasonal concerts, and Sisler’s Jazz Band has been asked to share the stage with the Jazz Orchestra in the future.

26. Each of Sisler’s four choirs received a Gold (Distinction) standing at the Winnipeg Music Festival. The Grade Nine and Chamber Choirs received an invitation to perform at the festival’s Evening of Choral Excellence.

27. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has asked a choir from Sisler to represent the Winnipeg School Division in the 2013 Rising Stars performance of Carmina Burana.

28. The Manitoba Arts Council has awarded Sisler High School a grant to make a documentary with local film maker Randy Guest about our Grade Nine Choir’s involvement in the community in 2012-2013.

29. Sisler’s Most Wanted (SMW) received a gold medal standing for all five pieces performed at the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival in May 2012.

30. Sisler’s Most Wanted (SMW) alumni Ardley Zozobrado, Victoria Exconde, and Julious Gambalan are all currently members of the School of Contemporary Dancers’ Professional Program.

31. Sisler’s former Co-President Jan Nato was the recipient of the Choral Director’s Award of Excellence 2006 and has won both the prestigious Rose Bowl Competition (Winnipeg Music Festival) and the Wednesday Morning Musicale Scholarship this spring. These are the top prizes awarded to singers in our province. Jan graduates from the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music this May and will attend the University of Toronto’s Opera Apprenticeship Program in the fall.

32. Cross Country City Champions – Varsity Girls

33. Provincial Cross Country Finalists – Varsity Girls

34. City Volleyball Finalists - Grade 9 Boys and Girls

35. All three football teams in the playoffs (over 140 athletes)

36. City Curling Champions - Boys and Girls

37. Indoor Track and Field Champions - Junior Varsity Boys

38. Indoor Track and Field Champions - Varsity Boys

39. Basketball City Finalists - Grade 9 Boys and Varsity Boys

40. Basketball City Champions - Junior Varsity Girls and Grade 9 Girls

41. Provincial Basketball Champions - Grade 9 Girls, undefeated season

42. Badminton City Champions: Mixed Doubles - Jan and Patricia Salceda

43. Badminton City Finalists: Girls Singles - April Joy Llagas

44. Badminton Provincial Finalists: Mixed Doubles - Jan and Patricia Salceda

45. Sisler's “A” football team went a perfect 10-0 this season and won the Winnipeg High School Football League Currie Division Championship in 2011 defeating Elmwood 35-14, with a team made up of almost all grade 10 players who defeated the grade 11 and grade 12 players fielded by the other teams in the Currie Division.

46. Forty Sisler students who participated in Winnipeg’s first ever Free the Children/We Day raised over $1000 for international and local initiatives: $400 for Vow of Silence, $200 for Aboriginal Education, and over $400 for Me to We’s Rafiki Friends of East Africa project. Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of Free the Children, sent a letter of commendation to Sisler for these efforts.

47. Sisler’s hockey players won three Winnipeg High School Hockey League awards with Devin Manness winning Rookie of the Year and Zaz Oleksiw winning Most Valuable Player and WHSHL Scoring Champion.

48. Sisler’s home economics students Keisha Mendoza, Clarisse Camiguing, Charmaine Agsalud, and Lisa Huang won the Locavore Iron Chef Cook-Off.

49. Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when told he could visit only one school in Manitoba as part of his promotional tour for Katimavik, chose Sisler because of our school’s reputation across Canada as a school of excellence. He again visited Sisler this year.

50. Sisler has spearheaded a groundbreaking collaboration with St. John’s High School and Children of the Earth High School to launch a joint ICT course (entitled Digital Voices) focusing primarily on Aboriginal stories.

51. After three years of lobbying the Manitoba government, Sisler Teens Against Nicotine and Drugs (STAND) finally succeeded in creating the first ever Go Smoke-Free Day at the Red River Exhibition.

52. SOSEH (Students of Sisler Environmental Helpers) raised funds to install a giant solar wall on the outside of the Taras Korol Theatre, saving Sisler an estimated $6,000 per year in energy costs.

53. Former Federal Minister and current University of Winnipeg President Lloyd Axworthy and former Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon are both Sisler alumni.

54. Sisler is the first high school in Manitoba, and possibly Canada, to purchase a motion capture studio.

55. Sisler is now a CISCO Certified Academy, offering IT Essentials and Discovery Level 1 and 2 at no cost, saving students an estimated $1,000 towards their CCNA certification.

56. Sisler grad Darlene Paranaque has just been accepted into Oxford University’s Master’s Program in Civil Engineering.

57. This year, Sisler student Janelle Lazaro won the Canadian Hunger Foundation’s national Show What You Know Media Arts contest. This is the fourth year in a row a Sisler student has won this prize.

58. Sisler has focused heavily on sustainability this year, as we amalgamated Fair Trade, After School Cookers, Green Thumbs, Sustainability Conference, Annual Fall Feast, Composters, and Recyclers into one group: Sisler’s Sustainability Circle. All of the groups work together and feed into one another.

59. Sisler students held a back-to-school Fair Trade bake sale, where students baked a wide variety of treats that were fair to the producer. We also had a chocolate bar and Fair Trade Sisler Blend coffee sale right before break, hoping to help staff and students purchase fair gifts for their friends and family.

60. Sisler’s Fall Feast was a huge success. Not only did we keep it sustainable by using vegetables from our garden, food from local farmers, and Fair Trade or organic whenever possible, we also sold out a week before the event! The performances by our own talented Sisler students were amazing and kept visitors entertained all night. The food was prepared by more than 30 students who gave up countless evenings to help. We need to thank OSEF once again for their amazing serving assistance.

61. Sisler’s Sustainability Conference was even more special this year as it was completely student planned and run. Our student group was able to find 9 unique guest speakers, plan the day’s events, do set-up and take-down, plan and run the skill wheels, spread the word about what we are doing at Sisler every day, and also cook the food for the entire day.

62. Sisler students hosted the second annual Fair Trade Crepe Café. Students prepared more than 60 crepes in less than 40 minutes.

63. Sisler’s school garden grew radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers. We were able to reap the rewards of last year’s garden well into the school year, learning to preserve them after harvest, and using them in After School Cooking, the regular home economics classroom, and most proudly in Locavore.

64. The Sisler Squashers (a group of 7 After School Cookers) took the top prize in the Home Economics category at this year’s annual Locavore cooking competition. They prepared an amazing meal which they researched, sourced ingredients for, practised, and adapted after school in only a month. They were then asked to speak at the Forks for the launch of Dig In Manitoba.

65. More than 90 students participated in Sisler’s 30 Hour Famine, raising more than $4,600 to be shared with Winnipeg Harvest and Siloam Mission.

66. Six Sisler grade 12 students (members of the Sustainability Circle for three years) presented at this year’s YES Conference (Youth for Encouraging Sustainability). They presented to more than 75 students ages 9-18 at the University of Winnipeg, discussing, promoting, and facilitating the sustainability programs our group looks after at Sisler High School. It began with a large group presentation and then went into small group Q & A.

67. Sisler’s Track and Field Team had another tremendous performance at the Provincial Championships held in Selkirk. For the 5th consecutive year, Sisler won the MHSAA Grand Aggregate (which is won by the school accumulating the most points overall) as the best track team in the province, edging out Kelvin.

68. With over 172 schools participating at this year’s championships, Sisler’s Junior Varsity Boys also won the provincial Track and Field title with an amazing total of 109 points, more than double the second place Neepawa who had 44 points.

69. Sisler’s Karl Dela Cruz won a gold medal in the long jump and a silver medal in the 100m.

70. Sisler’s Michael Medal won a gold medal in the 100m hurdles.

71. Sisler’s Geselle dela Merced won a gold medal in the 80m hurdles.

72. Sisler’s Jamie Dumaran won a gold medal in the triple jump.

73. Sisler’s Junior Varsity Boys won a gold medal in the 4 x 400m relays with Michael Medal, Brendan Kerr, Dylan Conner, and Sukhpal Bhandal.

74. Sisler’s Varsity Boys placed 3rd in the 4 x 100m relays with John Mar Francisco, Eddy Chang, Arvee Mendez, and John Piol.

75. Sisler’s Brendan Cuaresma, Eddy Chang , Robert Anderson, and John Mar Francisco placed 2nd in the medley relay.

76. Sisler’s Brendan Cuaresma, John Mar Francisco, Eddy Chang, and Philip de Luna won 2nd place in the 4 x 400m relay.

77. Sisler’s Junior Varsity Boys Karl Dela Cruz, Jamie Dumaran, Joel Stewart, and Dylan Conner placed 2nd in the 4 x 100m relay.

78. Sisler’s Junior Varsity Girls Ashley Williams, Sara Marques, Shannon Maranan, and Abby Arenas placed 2nd in the 4 x 100 relay.

79. Sisler’s Cie-Kay Lam was awarded a Manitoba Youth Leadership scholarship this year.

80. Two Sisler Cisco cyber-defence students were hired into industry as information system analysts.

81. Sisler student Charmaine Agsalud, as featured on CTV news, has received a Sustainable Development Award for her science fair project "The Effects of Plants on Phosphate and Nitrate Levels in Water" . She will be attending a conference in Churchill Manitoba for one week to work with other students and researchers on climate change and polar bears.

And the list goes on…

SISLER SIZZLES 2010-2011

Did you know that…

1. Sisler was acclaimed one of the ten best public schools in Canada and the best all-around high school by Maclean’s Magazine.

2. Sisler placed first in a national competition sponsored by the Toronto-based organization Canadians for a Genocide Museum for our work highlighting the tragedy of the refugee experience globally. Our main competition for the top award was General Roméo Dallaire of Rwanda fame.

3. A historic Memorandum of Understanding was signed this spring between Sisler High School and the University of Winnipeg to work collaboratively in the information and communication technology field, enabling Sisler students to earn university credits in ICT while still in high school.

4. Sisler students completed their first-year University of Winnipeg English course, earning a class average of B. This is particularly noteworthy considering that one in four Sisler students has a recent immigrant background.

5. Sisler remains the only high school in Manitoba that challenges both University of Manitoba Calculus I and Calculus II courses. This year, 20 students challenged the Calculus I course. There were 13 marks of A+ and 6 A’s. The class average was A+. The same 20 students also challenged the Calculus II course. There were 6 marks of A+ and 8 A’s, and a class average of A.

6. January 2011 Provincial Exam Results:

English 4S Pass Rate=97%, Average Mark=71%.

Pre-Calculus 4S Pass Rate=97.1%, Average Mark=80.0%;

Consumer Math 4S Pass Rate=84.7%, Average Mark=64.1%;

Applied Math 4S Pass Rate=100%, Average Mark=75.7%.

7. The grade 9 math team wrote the Mathematica Centrum Newton Contest. Sisler’s Sung Hoon Kim was crowned Provincial Champion, scoring the highest mark of any student in Manitoba.

8. Over 100 Sisler students wrote University of Waterloo Math Contests, with fifteen of them receiving Certificates of Distinction for their excellent results. Sisler’s grade 9 team placed 2nd in our zone in the Pascal Contest.

9. Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when told he could visit only one school in Manitoba as part of his promotional tour for Katimavik, chose Sisler because of our school’s reputation across Canada as a school of excellence. He again visited Sisler this year.

10. Sisler has spearheaded a groundbreaking collaboration with St. John’s High School and Children of the Earth High School to launch a joint ICT course (entitled Digital Voices) focusing primarily on Aboriginal stories.

11. Sisler’s Aboriginal Studies students partnered with a University of Winnipeg drama professor to stage an evening drama production.

12. Sisler students Skylar Cruly and Julia Genaille were selected to present their business plan at the E-Spirit National Aboriginal Youth Business Plan Competition in Moncton.

13. Sisler ICT students Alexa Lachuta, Abbie Barzaga, Regina Resoso, and Anastasia Elexeev were selected to pitch their company, Forget-Me-Not Media, on CBC’s television show The Dragon’s Den in Toronto.

14. After three years of lobbying the Manitoba government, Sisler Teens Against Nicotine and Drugs (STAND) finally succeeded in creating the first ever Go Smoke-Free Day at the Red River Exhibition.

15. SOSEH (Students of Sisler Environmental Helpers) raised funds to install a giant solar wall on the outside of the Taras Korol Theatre, saving Sisler an estimated $6,000 per year in energy costs.

16. Gurpreet Chahal was awarded the Premier’s Healthy Living Award for Youth.

17. Sisler teacher Greg Shedden was awarded Manitoba’s Celebration of Excellence in Teaching Minister’s Award for his exceptional service to students, staff, and the community. Only one such award is given at the senior high level each year.

18. Former Federal Minister and current University of Winnipeg President Lloyd Axworthy and former Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon are both Sisler alumni.

19. Sisler ICT department is the first high school in Manitoba, and possibly Canada, to purchase a motion capture studio.

20. Sisler is now a CISCO Certified Academy, offering IT Essentials and Discovery Level 1 and 2 at no cost, saving students an estimated $1,000 towards their CCNA certification.

21. This fall, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger chose Sisler High School as the venue for a press conference at which he joined with private and public sector partners to celebrate technology in Manitoba in general and at Sisler in particular. At this press conference, it was announced that a unique and exciting partnership between Sisler High School students and local high-tech company Project Whitecard has been created, which has students actively involved in testing a video game that simulates living conditions on the moon for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

22. A collection of short videos created by 10 Sisler ICT students was broadcast nationally this fall on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

23. This year, Sisler had its best showing ever at the Skills Manitoba Competition. A total of 11 Sisler students won Provincial Medals:

• In Web Design, Alomar Pagtalunan won the Silver Medal, and Jeff Chu won the Bronze Medal.

• In Video Production, the team of Manisha Bansal and Justine Austria won the Silver Medal, and the team of Abbie Barzaga and Janelle Lazaro won the Bronze Medal.

• In 3D Animation, the team of John Paolo Orellano and Marc Payawal won the Silver Medal. Marc and John Paolo’s animation missed the Gold Medal by 0.4%.

• In IT Network Essentials, Param Preet Lobana won the Bronze Medal. Honourable mention goes out to Chris Perkins who finished fourth.

• In Robotics, Sisler’s team of Zachary Clapa and Ryan Smith won the Bronze Medal.

24. Two of Sisler’s ICT students won the CHF national Show What You Know Media Arts Contest: Kayl Johnson (Video Grades 10-12) and Arielle Rejewski (Print Grades 10-12). Additionally, of the six Honourable Mentions awarded nationally, three went to Sisler students: Raymond Ayson (Video Grades 10-12), Janelle Lazaro (Print Grades 10-12), and Aldrin Advincula (Print Grades 10-12).

25. Patricia Salceda was a CKY Sports Star of the Week for winning the provincial girls badminton singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.

26. The 2010-2011 Sisler hockey grads received $11,500 in scholarship monies.

27. Sisler's Grade Nine Choir, Chamber Choir, and Ladies' Choir received Gold standings from the adjudicators at the Winnipeg Music Festival. The Men's Choir received a Silver standing.

28. Louriza Tronco was selected to perform in a dance troupe for Walt Disney World in Orlando.

29. Ten band students represented Sisler in the Divisional Honour Band event that took place from Thursday, January 6 - Saturday, January 8, 2011.

30. The Concert Band played at the International Optimist Festival on Thursday, February 17, 2011. The Concert Band received a five-star adjudication, five-star trophy, and an invitation to attend Musicfest Canada in 2012.

31. The Jazz Band played at the International Optimist Festival on Thursday, February 24, 2011. There, they received a five-star adjudication and an invitation to attend Musicfest Canada in 2012.

32. In June, the Jazz Band played at a banquet event for the National Parent Home & School Organization. The Manitoba Minister of Education was in attendance. This marks the third consecutive year Sisler’s Jazz Band has been asked to play at the event.

33. Sisler grade 11 students Damien Grayda, Cie-Kay Lam, Manisha Bansal, and Janelle Larzaro have been selected to participate in the 2011 Shad Valley Program this year and were awarded $1,000 each from the Winnipeg School Division for Recognition for Special Accomplishment.

34. Sisler students had many winning projects at the Science Fair this year. Over 70 projects entered, with 5 Gold, 8 Silver and 11 Bronze awards being given to project teams.

35. Sisler students fundraised $2,000 for Pakistan Flood Relief.

36. Sisler’s recycling team recycled 10 tonnes of materials last year.

37. Sisler High against Cancer (SHAC) raised $4,300 for Manitoba breast cancer research.

38. Sisler’s Simran Seehra was selected to be on the Winnipeg Art Gallery Student Art Board.

39. Cross Country City Champions – Varsity Girls

40. Provincial Cross Country Champions – Varsity Girls

41. City Volleyball Finalists – Grade 9 Boys

42. All three football teams in the playoffs (over 140 athletes)

43. City Curling Champions – Boys and Girls

44. Indoor Track and Field Champions – Junior Varsity Boys

45. Indoor Track and Field Champions – Varsity Girls

46. Indoor Track and Field Champions – Varsity Boys

47. Basketball City Finalists – JV boys and Grade 9 Girls

48. Basketball City Champions – JV Girls and Grade 9 Girls

49. Provincial Basketball Champions – Grade 9 Boys

50. Badminton City Champions: Boys Doubles – Gio Cruz and Jon Valencia

51. City Finalists – Boys Golf Team

52. City Soccer Finalists – Varsity Boys Soccer

53. City Soccer Champions – Varsity Girls Soccer

54. Provincial Finalists – Varsity Girls Soccer

55. A strong showing at the prestigious Howard Woods Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one of the top high school sporting events in the United States: 1st in the medley relay–Sylvia Kajetaniak, Tanisha Roberts, Meagan Paracholski, and Carly Paracholski.

56. Sisler’s H.O.P.E. Group (Homeless Outreach Program Emissaries) collected and donated over 1,000 hygiene items to Siloam Mission.

57. Sisler dominated this year’s Manitoba High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Provincial Championships:

• Sisler’s track and field team won the Provincial Championship in both the Junior Varsity Boys category and the Senior Varsity Girls category. More impressively, Sisler won the MHSAA Grand Aggregate (which is won by the school accumulating the most points overall) for the 4th consecutive year. There were 192 schools competing for this honour.

• Meagan Paracholski was named Senior Varsity Athlete with medals in the 100m, 800m, and 1500m races and anchored Sisler’s Gold Medal 4 x 100m.

• Karl dela Cruz won the Junior Varsity Boys 100m.

• Sisler Junior Varsity jumpers swept the triple jump with Christian Uminga 1st, Karl dela Cruz 2nd, and Denzel Soliven 3rd. In the long jump, Karl dela Cruz was 2nd and Jed Montemayor was tied for 3rd.

• Robert Anderson won medals in the 400m and 200m, missing out on the Gold for the 400 m by 1/1000th of a second.

• The 4 x 400m relay team consisting of Michael Medal, Joel Stewart, Dylan Conner and Robert Anderson won the Gold Medal.

• The boys 4 x 100 team of Karl dela Cruz, Denzel Soliven, Joel Stewart and Christian Uminga finished second.

• Alexa Matwyczuk won Gold in the shot put and discus.

• The Senior Varsity Girls team of Tanisha Roberts, Sylvia Kajetaniak, Julie Semenchuk, and Meagan Paracholski won Gold in the 4 x 100 relay.

• Carly Paracholski was the Silver Medalist in the 100m.

• Daniel De Guzman won medals in both the long jump and triple jump.

• The 4 x 400m team of Kristoff Hunter, John Mar Francisco, Brendan Cuaresma, and Zachary Clapa won the Bronze Medal, and the 4 x 100m team of Kristoff Hunter, John Mar Francisco, Brendan Cuarisma, and Harry Memita won the Silver Medal.

• And the list goes on…

SISLER SIZZLES 2009-2010

Did you know that…

1. Sisler was acclaimed as one of the ten best public schools in Canada and the best all–round high school by Maclean’s Magazine.

2. Sisler placed first in a national competition sponsored by the Toronto–based organization Canadians for a Genocide Museum for our work highlighting the tragedy of the refugee experience globally.

3. Sisler’s results on the end of Semester I provincial exams were:

Provincial Divisional Sisler

English

Pass Rate 85.1 82.7 97.1

Mean 66.4 65.3 69.6

Consumer Math

Pass Rate 81.7 76.9 94.6

Mean 60.3 60.8 67.6

Applied Math

Pass Rate 70.4 68.4 100

Mean 58.5 57.3 70.0

PreCalculus

Pass Rate 74.0 77.2 90.4

Mean 62.7 63.3 71.6

French Immersion

Pass Rate 85.1 100 100

Mean 66.4 77.5 74.2

4. Sisler students achieved a B+ class average in the first–year University of Winnipeg English course and an A in the University of Manitoba Calculus I and Calculus II courses with one student getting 100% in the Calculus II course.

5. Sisler’s French Immersion students did well at the French Oratorical Contest, winning 3 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze.

6. Sisler’s Alanah Levasseur was one of 10 Aboriginal students chosen through a Canada–wide search for the best and brightest food researchers. She spent 6 days working with some of Canada’s top scientists conducting food and nutrition research at the University of Toronto, courtesy of a program honouring Dr. Verna Kirkness, an Aboriginal woman and a member of the Order of Canada.

7. Sisler’s Tori Brown, a grade 10 student, won a scholarship from C.I.B.C. worth $36,000 which also admits her to summer internship until the completion of university or college.

8. Sisler’s grade 12 student Nadia Demko won a $78,000 scholarship from the T.D. Bank.

9. Sisler Microcomputer Systems Technology (MST) student Param Lobana attained his A+ Certification (industry standard computer repair certification), a rare occurrence for an academic school.

10. Sisler’s Dee Elvina won a Silver Medal in the 2010 Skills Manitoba Photography Competition.

11. Sisler’s ICT team of Amanda Jonker and Abbie Barzaga won a Silver Medal in the 2010 Skills Manitoba TV Video Production Competition.

12. Sisler’s Janelle Lazaro won the Canadian Hunger Foundation Media Literacy National Poster Contest.

13. Sisler’s Amanda Jonker won the Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) Media Literacy National Video Contest (back to back years), and Abbie Barzaga’s video finished with an honourable mention. Amanda landed the role of youth advisor for the Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) and will be presenting to teachers at SAG in the Fall of 2010 as well as helping with the development of CHF’s youth–focused website.

14. Sisler Information and Communication Technology (ICT) students (Abbie Barzaga, Jossa Soto, Janelle Lazaro, Justine Austria, Manisha Bansal, Kelsey Persowich, and Amanda Jonker) presented their learning experiences with ICT to a group of Literacy with ICT Year 1 teachers and consultants. Their presentation focused on the Holodomor, sustainability, Canadian Hunger Foundation, and fair trade.

15. Sisler’s ICT students mentored grade 3 students (JB Mitchell) on the importance of sustainability and ICT.

16. Sisler commemorated Black History Month. This consisted of a review of the contributions made by Black North Americans and included a musical tribute by Steve Kirby, a jazz musician who is the director of the Jazz Institute at the University of Manitoba. The commemoration was held before 300 students in the theatre and was organized by Sisler’s co–presidents, Hibo Farah and Ruth Habte.

17. Sisler students participated in the CO2 powered car rally (with a 1/20 scale car, designed and made at Sisler) and received the Best Portfolio Award and the Best Marketing Award.

18. Sisler’s Jazz and Chamber Choirs earned invitations to perform at MusicFest Canada next year.

19. Sisler’s Jazz Choir has been invited to sing at ChoralFest Manitoba’s Finale Concert in November 2010.

20. Sisler’s Concert and Grade Nine Choirs earned Gold at the Winnipeg Music Festival Competition.

21. Sisler’s Chamber Choir sang a pre-concert recital at the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s January concert.

22. Sisler’s choirs performed at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City in April.

23. Sisler’s Concert Band students Peter Trokajlo and Uliana Kovaltchouk have been invited to play with the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble in the fall.

24. Sisler’s Concert Band and Jazz Band students were selected to play with the Divisional Honour Band this year.

25. Sisler’s Concert Band received 5-star ratings from all three adjudicators at the International Optimist Festival (the highest ranking an ensemble can receive).

26. Sisler’s Jazz Band hosted (and played with) the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra in the spring.

27. Sisler’s Jazz Band was asked to perform at the National Parents’ Committee AGM held at the Victoria Inn this year.

28. Sisler’s band students, Neil Aseron and Victory Coffey have been given full scholarships to attend the International Music Camp this summer.

29. Eco Globe Action Level award – one of only 5 schools in Manitoba to receive the award.

30. Sisler’s grade 10 team are Zone 10 champions of the University of Waterloo Cayley Math Contest, beating out almost 20 other public and private Winnipeg high schools.

31. Sisler’s Most Wanted dance group (SMW) performed four pieces at the Canadian National Dance Competition (C.N.D.C.) where they were awarded two 1 st place, one 2nd place, and one 3rd place awards.

32. Sisler’s Most Wanted performed seven different stylized pieces including jazz, lyrical, Broadway, and hip hop at the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival. To rave reviews, the dancers received 5 Gold standings as well as two Gold Honour standings.

33. Sisler’s Hubert Calderon, a grade 12 SMW dancer, was the first Sisler High School student to ever perform a solo at the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival. He received gold for his lyrical piece entitled “Parachute”.

34. Ardley Zorobrado, a former Sisler student who danced with Sisler’s Most Wanted from 2004–2007, is currently a member of the School of Contemporary Dancers’ professional program. Ardley has audiences all across Canada applauding his remarkable performances.

35. Sisler has the following records this year in athletics:

* Cross Country City Champions – Varsity Girls

* Provincial Cross Country Champions – Varsity Girls

* Volleyball City Champions – Varsity Boys

* Grade 9 Boys – City Volleyball Finalists

* Curling Champions, Boys and Girls

* Indoor Track and Field Champions – Junior Varsity Boys

* Indoor Track and Field Champions – Varsity Girls

* City Finalists – JV boys, JV Girls, and Grade 9 Girls

* Free Press Division II – Hockey Champions

* Badminton City Champions: Girls Singles – Patricia Salceda

Boys Doubles – Gio Cruz and Jon Valencia

* Provincial Badminton Top Singles – Patricia Salceda

* City Finalists – Boys Golf Team

* City Finalists – Varsity Girls Soccer

* Provincial Finalists – Varsity Girls Soccer

* A strong showing at the prestigious Howard Woods Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one of the top high school sporting events in the United States: 1st in the medley relay–Sylvia Kajetaniak, Tanisha Roberts, Meagan Paracholski, and Carly Paracholski; 2nd and 5 th respectively in the Invitational 800 meter–Carly Paracholski and Meagan Paracholski in the fastest race run in North America at the high school level.

36. Sisler once again competed in the Super Mileage Challenge held annually in Brainerd, Minnesota, by designing and fabricating two tube chassis vehicles which were then entered and achieved a respectable 300 miles per gallon per vehicle. Congratulations to Paulo Dias, Kayla Healey, Cameron Keogh, Justin Governo, Andrew Fedon, Zach Page, and Emmanuel Santoyo.

37. Sisler’s Paulo Dias, Ryan Smith, Emmanuel Santoyo, and Zach Clapa earned a bronze medal in the 2010 Skills Manitoba Robotics Competition held at Red River College.

38. Sisler’s leadership representatives Marta Kawalec, Janelle Quintana, Taylor Gregory, and Joana Beltrano represented Sisler in Ottawa for a week at “Encounters with Canada”. This is a one-week program of Canadian Studies.

39. Sisler, in partnership with the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, organized and presented at the Sustainable Food Conference. Sisler’s Social Studies, Science, Technology and Human Ecology Departments combined to provide 100 students with a hands-on approach to sustainable food within the school and community. The conference participants were challenged to become environmentally active by joining Sisler’s activist groups and taking a leadership role.

40. Sisler developed an all-day leadership conference for 25 grade 9 to grade11 students whereby grade 12 students pass on the knowledge and skills for basic leadership. The sessions included organization, running student-led action groups, and a component called “The Sisler Apprentice Competition”.

41. Over 50 Sisler students successfully competed in the Law Day Mock Trials sponsored by the Law Society of Manitoba. Mock criminal trials took place at the Law Courts Building during their public open house. The mock trials were part of the grade 12 Law course.

42. Ryan Ditchfield was chosen as the outstanding defensive player in the 32 team Winnipeg High School Football League.

43. Sisler’s grade 9 student Robert Anderson won the Whitlaw Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year in the Winnipeg High School Football League.

44. Lloyd Axworthy, PC, OC, OM, PhD, President of the University of Winnipeg, and formerly Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, is a graduate of Sisler. He served for 21 years in federal politics where he held several cabinet positions including Minister of Foreign Affairs.

45. Former Manitoba Premier (1989-1999) Gary Filmon is a Sisler grad.

46. Sisler grad Dr. Davinder Jassal is a cardiologist doing pioneer work on how running marathons affects the heart.

47. Sisler alumna Lesley Degner has been named the Oncology Nursing Society’s Distinguished Researcher in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the practice of oncology nursing.

48. Sisler students Christina Miladinovic, Valerie Magsajo, Dylan Waterman, and Nathaniel Burdeny came a close second in an essay competition sponsored by the Manitoba Historical Society. They were up against private schools such as St. John’s Ravenscourt.

49. Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when told he could visit only one school in Manitoba as part of his promotional tour for Katimavik, chose Sisler because of our school’s reputation across Canada as a school of excellence.

50. Sisler Boys Hockey Team were Winnipeg High School Hockey Champions in the Free Press Division.

51. Sisler’s Renell Doneza, Janelle Quintana, Jenikka Lumbera, Mary-Jo Ramos, Morgan Solilak, Kenneth Tanseco, Kaithleen Sarino, Joana Beltrano, and Nadia Demko have been selected by the provincial government to receive Manitoba Youth Leadership Scholarships for their work in promoting citizenship and healthy living.

52. Sisler’s Nadia Demko and Mary-Jo Ramos have been selected for the Premier’s Healthy Living Award for youth, two of only ten selected across the province for this honour.

53. Students of Sisler’s Environmental Helpers (S.O.S.E.H.) were chosen to be featured at the Booth College forum on food security with Marlisa Vergara being selected to read a paper she had written on the topic.

54. Sisler students have planted an apple orchard (40 trees) in the courtyard and are donating the apples to Winnipeg Harvest.

55. Sisler Teens Against Nicotine and Drugs (S.T.A.N.D.) were invited to make a presentation at the 6th National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Montreal and hosted the first Butt Out Day at the Red River Exhibition where they were joined by representatives of the Lung Association of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

56. A solar wall is being installed on the south wall of the Taras Korol Theatre as a result of student leadership.

57. Sisler Students Against Cancer have raised money for the Breast Cancer Foundation of Manitoba and have partnered with them to have care packages delivered to patients and their families.

58. Sisler’s students of Philippine background operated a support group for new immigrant students from the Philippines. Every Wednesday, senior students tutored newcomers in school subjects while also answering questions about Winnipeg.

59. Sisler students under the leadership of students Marta Kawalec, Nadia Demko, and Uliana Kovaltchouk commemorated the Holodomor, the genocide by starvation that killed 10 million Ukrainians. Several actual survivors of the famine were present to tell their story. Sisler was the only high school in Manitoba if not all of Canada to do so. Sisler’s efforts were commended in the Senate by the Honourable Raynell Andreychuk.

60. Sisler is partnering with Red River Community College and the University of Winnipeg to enhance student access to digital media game design and development all through a Lunch and Learn Program and a Web Design Camp.

61. Sisler’s Marlisa Vergara was presented the Global Citizenship Award by the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation. This is the second year in a row that a Sisler student has won the award. In the words of the Council for International Cooperation, this speaks to the dedication to social justice issues that is a part of Sisler.

62. Sisler’s Paul Trokaljo, Vincent Ablao, L’Jo Soto, and Emmanuel Santoyo won Best in Class for the Skills Manitoba Cardboard Boat Race.

63. Out of 30 young Manitobans selected by CBC Television and Freeze Frame Media Arts Centre to produce a number of one–minute videos on arts and culture, eleven are Sisler students. The videos will be part of a show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi.

64. Sisler will be well represented at the track and field events this summer. Carly Paracholski will compete in the 800 metre and the 400 metre, Meagan Paracholski will compete in the 800 metre and Terrence Sampson will compete in the 400 metre hurdles all at the Canadian Junior Championships and World Junior Trails to be held in Moncton, New Brunswick.

65. The Midget and Youth Tri–Province (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) Championships to be held in Edmonton will have Sisler athletes representing their province as follows:

* Alexa Matwyczuk–discus and shot–put

* John Mar Francisco–100 metre and 200 metre

* Kristoff Hunter–100 metre and 200 metre

* Haldon Lutz–high jump and 400 metre

* Robert Anderson–400 metre

66. Sisler’s Uliana Kovaltchouk. – Intel international Science and Technology Competition was one of 16 students selected from across Canada to represent our country at this 50 country competition.

67. Sisler’s Recycling team recycled over 50 tonnes of materials this year.

68. Sisler Composting team teaches students at J.B. Mitchell the art of backyard composting.

69. Sisler’s Uliana Kovaltchouk won gold at the Winnipeg School Division Science Fair and at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium.

. . . and the list goes on . . .

SISLER SIZZLES 2008-2009

Did you know that…

1. Sisler was acclaimed as one of the ten best schools in Canada and the best all-round high school by Maclean’s Magazine.

2. Sisler placed first in a national competition sponsored by the Toronto-based organization Canadians for a Genocide Museum for our work highlighting the tragedy of the refugee experience globally.

3. Sisler’s results on the recent Provincial exams were:

Provincial Divisional Sisler

English

Pass Rate 84.7 81.4 92.2

Mean 65.9 64.6 68.6

Consumer Math

Pass Rate 79.3 75.2 86.3

Mean 62.3 60.3 64.6

Applied Math

Pass Rate 75.2 66.1 96.8

Mean 61.0 57.1 73.5

Pre-Calculus

Pass Rate 77.2 75.2 94.6

Mean 66.2 66.1 77.7

French Immersion

Pass Rate 89.3 NA 100.0

Mean 67.2 NA 71.6

4. Sisler students achieved a B class average in the first-year University of Winnipeg English course and an A in the University of Manitoba Calculus I and Calculus II courses. Sisler is the only school that challenges both these courses.

5. Sisler's grade 9 math team, who wrote the University of Waterloo Pascal Contest, are zone champions, beating out 15 other public and private high schools. Jacky Ng placed first in our zone and second in the province, while Nathaniel Abarca placed second in our zone and sixth in Manitoba.

6. Gaitten Beaulieu won Best Artistic Performance at the 2008 Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards.

7. Sisler’s Alyssa Johnson was the most dominant individual athlete at the North American Indigenous Games last summer with a Gold Medal in each of the 400-metre, 100-metre, 200-metre sprints and a Silver for serving as the anchor in Team Manitoba’s 4x100 relay.

8. Sisler’s French Immersion student Emma Lewis-Sing won the Gold Medal at the Winnipeg School Division’s Le Concours d’art oratoire.

9. Sisler’s Anastasia Burtnick was selected Naval Cadet of the Year and will be so honoured by the Governor General of Canada on Remembrance Day.

10. Sisler’s Michelle Cielen won the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Global Citizenship Award, one of only three awards given to grade 12 students in Manitoba.

11. Sisler’s Janine Urbano is the recipient of the City of Winnipeg Youth Role Model Award for Advocacy for 2008-2009.

12. Sisler’s Aakanksha Sharma is the winner of the Herbert H. Carnegie Foundation Future Aces Scholarship and Citizenship Award for 2009, the only recipient from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

13. Sisler’s Science Squad, a group of students who perform amazing magical tricks which demonstrate scientific principles, entertained at both the Winnipeg School Division and Canada-Wide Science Fairs to great acclaim.

14. Sisler’s Christopher Magbojos, Kyle Rech, and Shaunnay Ladesma received Honourable Mention in a nation-wide contest sponsored by The Canadian Hunger Foundation in the Media and Video category.

15. Sisler’s grade 12 student Jan Medina is the 2009 champion of the Winnipeg Free Press Stock Market Investment Challenge, beating out over 2000 other Manitoba students.

16. Sisler placed a close second to Balmoral Hall, a private school, in an essay contest sponsored by the Manitoba Historical Society. Congratulations to Dylan Waterman, Nathaniel Burdeny, Valerie Magsajo, and Christina Miladinovic.

17. Sisler, the only non-vocational school to enter a team in the F1 In-School Car Race (sponsored by Education Manitoba and held at the Engineering Faculty at the University of Manitoba), designed and manufactured a 1/20 scale car that runs on carbon dioxide instead of fuel. Our team was edged out by a team that went on to place third in Toronto.

18. Sisler competed in Skills Canada, Manitoba Chapter, against over 500 secondary, post-secondary and apprenticeship sponsoring institutions and won Bronze Medals in four different categories, from T.V. Video to Website Development and 2-D Animation. Congratulations to Emma Lewis-Sing, Nicholas Hill, John Cochon, and Dwayne Tuason.

19. Sisler has seven students selected to participate in the prestigious Shad Valley Program, a technology-based program operating at a number of university locations across Canada. Sisler sends by far more students than any other high school in Manitoba.

20. Sisler graduate Jennifer Steinke won the University Gold Medal in a combined major, and the Swiss Ambassador Book Prize for Distinction in French Studies; Roshni Tailor won the Gold Medal in Biochemistry; and Connor Kupchak (University of Calgary) co-wrote an article entitled “The Complete Characterization of Quantum Optical Processes” which appeared in the highly prestigious Science Magazine.

21. Sisler’s student action group Generation Peace joined with the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation to present a conference on human rights.

22. Sisler’s Social Studies, Science, Technology, and Human Ecology Departments cooperated with the Climate Change Connection to organize and present an outstanding conference on sustainable development. This day-long event hosted guest speakers on the environment and promoted zero-impact foods and resources. Over 100 students participated.

23. Sisler’s Choral Program was awarded the Earl Grey Trophy for presenting the most outstanding performances by high school choral ensembles at the 2009 Winnipeg Music Festival. This is the sixth time in the last eight years that Sisler has received this honour.

24. Sisler’s Concert Choir was awarded the J. S. Little Trophy for the most outstanding performance of a folk song by a senior vocal ensemble at the 2009 Winnipeg Music Festival. This is the first time that Sisler has ever received this trophy.

25. Sisler’s Chamber Choir was awarded a Gold Standard, Second Place ranking at the Chicago Heritage Festival.

26. Many Sisler choir students participated in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Rising Stars presentation of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Centennial Concert Hall and in our school division’s Senior High Honour Choir which received the Walter Klymkiw Trophy at the Winnipeg Music Festival.

27. Sisler choral ensembles were invited to perform at the Manitoba Legislature’s Christmas Open House, the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature, the Henry Engbrecht Graduate Fellowship Fundraising Concert, and the Winnipeg Music Festival’s Evening of Choral Excellence, to name but a few.

28. Sisler’s Most Wanted (S.M.W.) dance troupe was asked to perform at both the Chief Superintendent’s and the Superintendent-North’s retirement celebrations and they performed at CNDC (Canadian National Dance Competition) and received 2 Gold Medals, 2 Gold Elite Medals and the trophy for the “Best Overall Novice Piece”

29. Sisler’s Most Wanted (S.M.W.) performed at the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival and received 4 Gold Medal standings, the Adjudicator’s Choice for the Best Open Variety Piece, and were complimented on the level of choreography.

30. Sisler’s Most Wanted (S.M.W.) attended the Xtreme Dance Convention where Sisler students won scholarships for future studies in dance.

31. Sisler’s Most Wanted (S.M.W.) performed as the opening act for the United Way’s Youth Day of Caring.

32. 14 band students represented Sisler at the Divisional Honour Band conducted by Dr. Mark Hopkins (Nova Scotia).

33. Sisler’s Concert Band played at the International Optimist Festival and received rave adjudications: “five stars” (Dr. Gerry King, B.C.) and “best of the day” (Dr. Denise Grant, Newfoundland).

34. Sisler’s Jazz Band played at the International Optimist Festival and received a five-star standing and an invitation to attend Nationals 2010.

35. Sisler’s band and choir students traveled to Chicago where the 26-piece Concert Band received “Gold: 1st Place” at the Heritage Festival.

36. Sisler’s Jazz Band played at a banquet event for the National Parent Home & School Organization. The Manitoba Minister of Education was in attendance and had many compliments for our school.

37. Sisler launched a “Start-Up Band” program at Meadows West.

38. Sisler’s art students have been commissioned to provide a rotating gallery of their work at Cargill’s Winnipeg office.

39. Sisler’s art students partnered with the symphony to create a show that was featured at the Centennial Concert Hall depicting the portraits of the various instrumentalists.

40. Sisler has the following records this year in athletics:

 Junior Varsity Girls Cross Country – City Champions

 Kayla Reyes – Graduating Provincial Volleyball All-Star

 Boys Curling – City Champions

 Girls Curling – City Champions

 Junior Varsity Girls Indoor Track & Field – City Champions

 Varsity Girls Indoor Track & Field – City Champions

 Junior Girls Basketball – City Champions

 Varsity Girls Basketball – WWAC Finalists and Provincial Final Four

 Grade 9 Girls Basketball – City Finalists

 Junior Varsity Girls Indoor Track & Field – City Champions

 Varsity Girls Indoor Track & Field – City Champions

 Kayla Reyes – Graduating Provincial Basketball All-Star

 Cheryll Paranaque – Graduating Provincial Basketball All-Star

 Badminton – Overall City Champions

 Girls Doubles Champions – Particia Cruz and Kristianne Sulit

 Mixed Doubles Champions – Dana Claudio and Allen Salceda

 Girls Singles Champion – Ave Amarante

 Boys Indoor Soccer – Winnipeg Indoor High School League Division 1 Finalists

 Girls Soccer – City Champions and 3rd Place at Provincial Soccer Championships

 Golf – Winnipeg School Division Champions

 Ryan Dirr – Low Gross Winnipeg School Division Golf Champion

 Grade 9 Outdoor Track & Field – City Champions

 Outdoor Track & Field – MHSAA Grand Aggregate Provincial Champions

 Outdoor Track & Field – Provincial Finals

 Junior Varsity – Provincial Champions

 Varsity Girls – 2nd Place

 Alyssa Johnson – Varsity Girls 100m & 400m Provincial Champion

 Carly Paracholski – Junior Varsity Girls 100, 200m Provincial Record and 400m Champion. Also chosen as CKY TV’s Athlete of the Week.

 Jena Gallant – Varsity Girls 80m Hurdles Provincial Champion

 Daniel De Guzman – Junior Varsity Boys Triple Jump Provincial Champion

 Meagan Paracholski – Junior Varsity Girls 800m Provincial Champion

 Boys Field Lacrosse - Provincial Champions

for a grand total of 207 City Championships and 44 Provincial Championships.

41. Sisler students attended the Mindset Biotechnology Dinner and Quiz sponsored by Sanofi Adventis Biotechnology Challenge (S.A.B.C.). Janine Urbano placed 2nd.

42. Sisler’s Uliana Kovaltchouk received an award from S.A.B.C. for having the top-scoring project in their spring competition.

43. Sisler’s Science Department has implemented a school-wide recycling and composting program.

44. Sisler won 3 Gold, 1 Bronze, and 3 Honourable Mentions. Two intermediate (grade 9,10) projects received awards for being Best Overall in their categories. Uliana Kovaltchouk’s senior project, Discovery of DNA Uptake Pathways in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae in Correlation with the Cell Cycle , received the award as the best overall project at the Science Fair and was selected to represent the Winnipeg School Division at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

45. Sisler’s Elizabeth Drewnik received the Monsanto Genomic Regional Award at the Sanofi Biotechnology Challenge.

46. Sisler Teens Against Nicotine and Drugs (S.T.A.N.D.) have been commended in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and in the House of Commons, have been featured in Cancer Care Annual Report for their anti-tobacco and anti-drug initiatives, and have been invited to make a presentation at the National Conference on Tobacco and Health in Montreal.

47. Sisler alumna Lesley Degner has been named as the Oncology Nursing Society’s Distinguished Researcher in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the practice of oncology nursing.

48. Sisler graduate Dr. John McGavock has been awarded a research grant to study the effects of diabetes and lifestyle in adolescent children. He will be working with select Winnipeg School Division students on this research program.

49. Lloyd Axworthy, PC, OC, OM, PhD, President of the University of Winnipeg, and formerly Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, is a graduate of Sisler. He served for 21 years in federal politics where he held several cabinet positions including Minister of Foreign Affairs.

50. Former Manitoba Premier (1989-1999) Gary Filmon is a Sisler grad.

51. Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when told he could visit only one school in Manitoba as part of his promotional tour for Katimavik, chose Sisler because of our school’s reputation across Canada as a school of excellence.

52. An annual all-day conference is held by senior students to promote leadership in the next generation of students.

53. Student organization Global Medical Aid has fundraised for AIDS research and for Doctors Without Borders.

54. Student organization Overseas Education Fund has fundraised for supporting a daycare in the Philippines.

55. Sisler grad Dr. Davinder Jassal is a cardiologist doing pioneer work on how running marathons affects the heart.

56. Sisler’s musical theatre presentation was A Midsummer Night’s Fever, a hilarious musical comedy written by Leith Clark, one of our staff members. Using songs, attire, vernacular, and themes of the 1980’s, this show retold Shakespeare’s classic tale of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by the writer, the show featured some of our brightest and most talented students.

57. Sisler’s theatre arts students, 40 of them, were asked to participate in a historic setting of Danny Schur’s musical, Strike. Our students, who took the lead role in the chorus, performed before a crowd of more than 5000 people. This performance that took place in front of City Hall marked the 90th anniversary of the historic Winnipeg Strike.

58. Sisler entered three cars in the 22nd annual M.T.E.A. Supermileage Competition held at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota. Each car was designed and constructed in Sisler’s metal shop by students who then drove them in the competition. Congratulations are in order for Jordan Mazur, Rafael Domingues, Jon Lavallee, Tyler Angelkovski, Ossama Ghazal, Neale Franzmann, Paulo Dias, and Paul Titley who worked long hours after school and weekends to grind, bend, and weld the cars into life. The team placed 5th, 6th and 7th in the exhibition class with over 30 solid runs without a mechanical breakdown.

59. Sisler’s metals, drafting, and science students were invited to show their skills at the Manitoba Hydro Informational Technology Conference. The three departments worked together to create a display and demonstration of our alternative energy and composting initiatives, and of our participation in the Supermileage, Robotics, Formula 1, and Hovercraft Competitions. The students did a great job answering all the questions of the very interested Hydro employees.

60. Sisler’s Zachary Clapa and Sean Milljour competed in the Line Follower Competition at the Manitoba Robot Games. Sean took first place with completion of three of four tracks and partial completion of the final course. Zachary also completed three of four tracks, but his robot was slightly slower, earning him second place. In total, Sean and Zachary collected $250.00 in prizes, including prepaid Visa cards for each of them.

. . . and the list goes on because Sisler teachers and students SIZZLE.

SISLER SIZZLES 2007-2008

Did you know that…

 Sisler was acclaimed as one of the ten best schools in Canada and the best all-round high school by Maclean’s Magazine.

 Sisler placed first in a national competition sponsored by the Toronto-based organization Canadians for a Genocide Museum for our work highlighting the tragedy of the refugee experience globally.

 Sisler students achieved a pass rate of 93.9% with a mean of 74.6% in the provincial English exams while math came through with pass rates of 100%, 83.1% and 100% for Pre-Calculus, Consumer Math, and Applied Math respectively.

 Sisler students achieved a class average of B+ in the first-year University of Winnipeg English course and an A in the first-year University of Manitoba Calculus course.

 Sisler has had SIX teachers win the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. One teacher has won the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Classroom Teacher of the Year Award. Only one such award is given annually at the secondary level.

 Sisler has nine students selected to participate in the Shad Valley Program. Shad Valley is a Canada-wide technology-based program operating at a number of university locations.

 Sisler alumna Lesley Degner has been named as the Oncology Nursing Society’s Distinguished Researcher in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the practice of oncology nursing.

 Sisler graduate Dr. John McGavock has been awarded a research grant to study the effects of diabetes and lifestyle in adolescent children. He will be working with select Winnipeg School Division students on this research program.

 Former Manitoba Premier (1989-1999) Gary Filmon is a Sisler grad.

 65 works of art depicting members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra were on display at the Concert Hall during the spring run of the symphony, the opera, and the ballet, and thirteen were sold.

 The Sisler Chamber Choir performed as a guest choir with the Winnipeg Philharmonics Choir at their Christmas concert.

 Sisler Chamber Choir were awarded the Earl Grey Trophy for outstanding performance (the top prize) and as a result were invited to represent Manitoba in Ottawa where they were awarded Gold from all three judges.

 Two Sisler band students were selected to perform with the Manitoba Provincial Honour Band.

 Sisler’s Concert Band received a five-star rating at the International Optimist Festival.

 Sisler dancers won three Gold, three Gold Honours and one Adjudicator’s Choice at the Manitoba Dance Festival and were the highlight of the dance component at the four-day International Children’s Festival held at the Forks recently.

 Sisler French Immersion student Riley Smith won a gold medal at the Winnipeg School Division’s Concours d’art oratoire.

 A conference on climate change was held at Sisler with the Manitoba Forestry Association and Resource Conservation as partners, and Danny Blair, Chief Geographer at the University of Winnipeg, gave the keynote address.

 Three students from our French Immersion Program have been invited to participate in the Canadian Francophone Games to be held in Edmonton in August.

 Seven students have been selected to be part of Team Manitoba for the 2008 North American Indigenous Games to be held in August in Cowichan, British Columbia.

 In the Skills Manitoba competition, Nick Halischak and Cory Henkewich brought home a bronze medal in Robotics, Auja Ominski a gold in Drafting, and Dean Chorney another gold in Web Development. Dean also competed nationally in Calgary where he again won a gold.

 Brittany Davies and Kaitlyn Register were finalists in the International Video Contest for their Free Frame Online Video.

 Sisler High School represented Canada at the twentieth MTEA Supermileage Competition held in Brainerd, Minnesota and placed within the top twenty percent of the one hundred teams competing with a best run of 230 miles per gallon. The students designed and constructed two vehicles for the event. The Minister of Competitiveness, Training and Trade sent teacher Jamie Richardson a letter commending him and his students for their accomplishment.

 Sisler’s Alysa Almojuela was a member of an elite group of students selected internationally to participate last March in a scientific polar expedition aboard the Canadian icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. Sisler was chosen to send a student due to the quality of our programs.

 Lloyd Axworthy, PC, OC, OM, PhD, President of the University of Winnipeg, and formerly Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, is a graduate of Sisler. He served for 21 years in federal politics where he held several cabinet positions including Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when told he could visit only one school in Manitoba as part of his promotional tour for Katimavik, chose Sisler because of our school’s reputation across Canada as a school of excellence.

 Sisler Varsity Girls Rugby Team had another undefeated season going 8-0 and winning the MHSR City Championship.

 Sisler Varsity Boys Rugby Team were MHSR Championship finalists, making this the sixth year in a row that they made the finals.

 Two Sisler grads, Justin Mackay and Laine Fidler, travelled with the Provincial Rugby Sevens Team to Chicago.

 Sisler grad Alastair Houston was named assistant captain of Manitoba’s Provincial U-18 Team at the National Rugby Tournament.

 Sisler grad Amy Mazowita was invited to try out for Canada’s Women’s National Rugby Team.

 Uliana Kovaltchouk was awarded the Most Outstanding Project at the Winnipeg School Division Science Fair. She represented the WSD at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa where she placed third in the life science category. Uliana also won a gold medal in the Sanofi-Aventis Biotechnology Challenge.

 At the Winnipeg School Division Science Fair, Sisler students won 6 gold medals, 1 silver, 1 bronze, and had 2 honourable mentions.

 Sisler Science Squad performed for the opening ceremonies at the Winnipeg School Division Science Fair, capping a banner year of school tours and events.

 75 science students attended the first Sisler Climate Challenge Conference in April.

 Sisler’s Junior Varsity Girls were Provincial Cross Country Champions.

 Sisler has two football teams; one was an “A” Division champion and the other a finalist in the “AAA” division.

 Sisler’s Dianne Marasigan was named to the Provincial All-Star Team.

 Sisler’s Varsity Girls Basketball team were provincial finalists.

 Debbie Yeboah was selected as the Carl Ridd Award winner as the most outstanding female basketball player in the province.

 Sisler Boys were city champions in curling.

 Sisler Girls were champions in indoor track in the junior and senior categories.

 Sisler’s Junior Girls and Varsity Boys Basketball Teams were city finalists.

 Sisler’s Grade 9 Girls and Boys were city champions in basketball, and Grade 9 Boys went on to the Provincial Final Four.

 Chris Duszak was voted M.V.P. in the Winnipeg Hockey League.

 Ana Amarante was this year’s badminton singles champion, and Sisler’s team were city champions.

 Sisler’s Golf Team were city champions.

 Sisler Girls were Winnipeg School Division Aggregate Champions in Outdoor Track and Field.

 Sisler dominated at the recent provincial track and field meet:

 Sisler captured the overall title and the Junior Varsity title.

 Alyssa Johnson was named Senior Varsity Athlete of the meet by winning the 100-metre, 200–metre, and 400-metre races and anchoring the 4x100 metre relay as she broke the 30-year-old record in the 400-metre race and has qualified for the World Junior Championships to be held in Poland.

 Carly Paracholski was named the Junior Varsity Athlete of the meet by winning the 200-metre, 400-metre and 800-metre events. She broke the 37-year-old record in the 400-metre race.

 Meagan Paracholski won the 3000-metre and 1500-metre events and came second in the 400-metre race.

 Aljon Lecap, Kristoff Hunter, Terrance Sampson, Joeffrey Ani, and Jena Gallant all won medals in their respective events.

 Nine athletes have qualified for the Manitoba versus Saskatchewan track meet to be held in July.

 Students of Sisler’s Environmental Helpers have begun planting apple trees which, when mature, will produce apples for Winnipeg Harvest.

 An annual all-day conference is held by senior students to promote leadership in the next generation of students.

 Student organization Global Medical Aid has fundraised for AIDS research and for Doctors Without Borders.

 Student organization Overseas Education Fund has fundraised for supporting a daycare in the Phillipines.

 Sisler grad Dr. Davinder Jassal is a cardiologist doing pioneer work on how running marathons affects the heart.

. . . and the list goes on because Sisler teachers and students SIZZLE.


SISLER SIZZLES 2006-2007

Did you know that…

· Sisler has been awarded the privilege of sending a student on a scientific polar voyage next February. Only seven students, selected from across Canada and four other countries, will be allowed to join the climate change research team on board the CCGS Amundsen. This is indeed an honour!

· Sisler was acclaimed as one of the ten best schools in Canada and the best all-round high school by Maclean’s Magazine.

· Sisler placed first in a national competition sponsored by the Toronto-based organization Canadians for a Genocide Museum for our work highlighting the tragedy of the refugee experience globally.

· Sisler won the top prize at the National Robotics Competition held in Toronto in 2003-2004.

· Sisler, in conjunction with the University of Manitoba and the Department of Education, has developed a 10-module unit on the refugee experience, which has been distributed for use by schools across Canada. This is a first ever for a public school.

· Sisler students achieved a pass rate of 93% with an average mark of 67.6% on the provincial English exam; 18 of the 127 students writing received a mark of 90% or over including one score of 100%. Sisler students achieved a pass rate of 95.5% in the provincial Applied Math exam, a 92.3% pass rate in the provincial Consumer Math exam, and a 99.0% pass rate in the provincial Pre-Calculus exam.

· The class average for the University of Manitoba Calculus course was an A, for the Psychology course it was a B, and for the University of Winnipeg English course it was a B+.

· 22 of our students are recipients of Certificates of Distinction from the University of Waterloo. Our grade 10 team placed 2nd in our zone and 4th in the province while our grade 9 team placed 5th in our zone and 10th in the province.

· Sisler’s Johnathan Hok won Gold in the Manitoba Skills competition for website development and then went on to the Canada-wide competition in Saskatoon where he again won Gold.

· Sisler’s Janine Urbano, a grade 11 student, was invited to participate in the Canadian Biology Olympiad which is an international competition bringing together some of Canada’s top science students. This week-long science camp was sponsored by the University of Manitoba.

· Sisler’s Nadine Demko and Uliana Kovaltchouk, two grade 9 science students, won gold honours at The Manitoba Schools Science Symposium with their project “Untangling the World of Pain”. Their project also earned them a place at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Truro, Nova Scotia.

· Alumnus Jan Nato was one of a select 200 people, most of them city mayors, invited to Winnipeg’s Summit of the City Conference.

· Sisler’s Samantha Neufeld has been selected to participate in the 15th annual Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade in Cuba.

· Sisler’s Donna Lee received one of the six $5,000 University of Winnipeg Alumni Entrance Scholarships.

· Sisler graduate Laura Anne Warszycki was awarded the University of Winnipeg Gold Medal in Bioanthropology this year.

· Sisler alumna Lesley Degner has been named as the Oncology Nursing Society’s Distinguished Researcher in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the practice of oncology nursing.

· Sisler alumnus Marcel Dzama has had his artwork featured in the prestigious New York journal Art In Review.

· Sisler’s choir and dance groups performed before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the only school in Winnipeg School Division invited to do so.

· David Balfour, an Aboriginal composer, composed a song in Cree for Sisler.

· Sisler hosted an “Evening of Dance” in May at the Taras Koral Theatre. This was the first time in 13 years that the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Contemporary School of Dance have come together to collaborate on a performance.

· Sisler’s SMW troupes competed in the Manitoba Dance Festival, receiving a total of 4 gold awards and one high silver award.

· Sisler’s SMW Black won “Adjudicator’s Choice for Best Open Piece” at the Manitoba Dance festival for their rendition of “Shoeless Joe”.

· Sisler’s SMW Black travelled to Toronto in May as part of the Visual and Performing Arts Tour while members of SMW Red travelled to Kenora.

· Sisler’s SMW were the guest performers for the Winnipeg School Division’s Long Service Tea in June.

· Sisler’s SMW members attended the Triple Threat Workshop in October where grade 12 dancer Ardley Zozobrado won a scholarship.

· Sisler’s beautifully framed works of art by the visual arts students now grace the walls of the Canadian corporate headquarters of Cargill AgHorizons Canada. Cargill AgHorizons has established a yearly scholarship of $2000 for a Sisler visual and performing arts student pursuing a post-secondary education in an art-related field.

· Sisler’s band festival results for 2007:

· Optimist Band Festival, Grade 9, level 2: 3 out of 5 stars from each judge.

· Concert Band, level 4: 3 out of 5 stars from each judge.

· Optimist Jazz Festival, Jazz Band, junior: 3 out of 5 stars from each judge.

· Cargill AgHorizons has purchased a total of 12 student artworks from the first two exhibitions for their permanent art collection.

· Sisler Athletic Highlights:

· Our junior boys are cross-country champions.

· Our grade 10 boys are basketball city champions and provincial finalists.

· Our grade 10 girls are basketball city champions and provincial finalists.

· Our varsity girls, junior girls, and junior boys are city indoor track champions.

· Our junior varsity girls are outdoor track provincial champions. Alyssa Johnson won the 100, 200, and 400m races at the provincial championship games, and anchored the winning 4x100 relay. Alyssa will be going to the World Youth Track and Field Games in the Czech Republic this summer.

· Our grade 9 boys are volleyball and basketball city champions and provincial basketball champions.

· Our boys and girls are city curling champions.

· Sisler’s varsity boys and girls teams were both bronze medalists in provincial rugby.

· Sisler now has 146 junior varsity and varsity city championships along with 41 grade 9 city titles for a total of 187 championships.

· Sisler coaches Evan Jones and Rick Hudson have been recognized by Coaching Manitoba for 30 years of coaching student athletes in Manitoba.

· Sisler’s Jazz Choir was invited to sing live on radio stations 92 Citi FM, CJOB, and Hot 103.1FM.

· Sisler’s Jazz Choir was invited to perform at Music Fest Canada in British Columbia, where the choir received Gold Awards from all adjudicators.

· 13 of Sisler’s choir students sang in the first ever Winnipeg School Division Senior Honour Choir.

· Sisler’s choirs received standing ovations from the capacity crowds at the Women of Notes Christmas Concert and the Winnipeg Male Chorus Spring Sing Concert.

· Sisler graduate Dr. John McGavock has been awarded a research grant to study the effects of diabetes and lifestyle in adolescent children. He will be working with select Winnipeg School Division students on this research program.

· Sisler’s French Immersion student Leah Brezinski has been selected by the University of Winnipeg women’s volleyball team to play for them next year. She will graduate this June.

· Sisler graduate Chris Porter (2001) graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering in June 2006 and was the valedictorian for his class.

· Sisler alumna Krizsia Praznik (2004) was elected president of the University of Manitoba Actuarial Club for the 2007-08 school year.

· Sisler’s Krystal Michaud won third place and a $400 prize in the Winnipeg Free Press Stock Market Challenge.

· Sisler has had SIX teachers win the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. One teacher has won the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Classroom Teacher of the Year Award. Only one such award is given annually at the secondary level.

· Sisler has nine students selected to participate in the Shad Valley Program. Shad Valley is a Canada-wide technology-based program operating at a number of university locations.

· Lloyd Axworthy, PC, OC, OM, PhD, President of the University of Winnipeg, and formerly Director of Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, is a graduate of Sisler. He served for 21 years in federal politics where he held several cabinet positions including Minister of Foreign Affairs.

· Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when told he could visit only one school in Manitoba as part of his promotional tour for Katimavik, chose Sisler because of our school’s reputation across Canada as a school of excellence.

· Former Manitoba Premier (1989-1999) Gary Filmon is a Sisler grad.

· Sisler hosted a press conference for Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs (and a Sisler grad), to launch the world’s first International Conference on War-Affected Children.

· Sisler is the only public school in Canada to annually honour the victims of the Montreal Massacre of 1989.

· Sisler students have won the Harry Hood Memorial Trophy 12 times. This award honours young athletes for their outstanding scholastic and citizenship abilities. Sisler students have won this award more than twice as many times as students in any other school in Manitoba.

· Sisler was selected to be the Manitoba pilot site for IBM’s Women in Technology Program. Sisler’s Lorissa Reyes was the first Manitoba high school student to participate in an internship program at IBM. She also designed the website training program for IBM’s Women in Technology presentation that promotes careers in technology. She is now a project manager with Microsoft.

· Sisler hosted a conference on the wrongfully convicted called And Justice For All. The list of resource people who assisted us reads like the Who’s Who of the legal profession and includes the Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba, the Special Counsel to the Attorney General in Organized Crime, and the Deputy Police Chief.

SISLER SIZZLES 2005-2006

Did you know that…

 Sisler was acclaimed as one of the ten best schools in Canada by Maclean’s Magazine and the best all-round high school.

 Sisler placed first in a national competition sponsored by the Toronto-based organization Canadians for a Genocide Museum for our work highlighting the tragedy of the refugee experience globally.

 Sisler won the top prize at the National Robotics Competition held in Toronto in 2003-2004.

 Jan Nato was one of a select 200 people, most of them city mayors, invited to Winnipeg’s Summit of the City Conference.

 The prestigious Millennium Award was given at the national level to Nicole Duseign ($5, 000 x 4 years), at the provincial level to Laura Marrast (4,000), and at the local level to Amanda Bembenek ($4,000).

 Nicole Duseigne has won the Canadian Association of Principals Award valued at $500, the University of Manitoba Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship valued at $5,000, the Des Bevis Communications Award valued at $150, the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation Award valued at $1,500.

 Nicole Duseigne has been accepted into the Faculty of Music at The University of Manitoba. Only 27 students (out of hundreds) were accepted this year.

 Sisler, in conjunction with the University of Manitoba and The Department of Education,

has developed a 10-module unit on the refugee experience, which has been distributed

for use by schools across Canada. This is a first ever for a public school.

 Sisler has had SIX teachers win the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. One teacher has won the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Classroom Teacher of the Year

Award. Only one such award is given annually at the secondary level.

 Sisler students achieved a pass rate of 93% with an average mark of 70.8% on the

provincial English exam; 18% of the 128 students writing received a mark of 90% or over. Sisler students achieved a pass rate of 95.5% in the provincial Applied Math exam, a 92.3% pass rate in the provincial Consumer Math exam of 99.0% in the provincial Pre-Calculus exam.

 Six of our Consumer Math 40S students placed in the top 15 in the Stock Market Challenge. There were over 2000 students involved in this challenge from various schools throughout Manitoba. Two of our students, Jagroop Thind and Marilyn Amarila placed second and

fifth respectively, and received a $1,000 and $200 cash prize, respectively.

 Sisler has eight students selected to participate in the Shad Valley Program. Shad Valley is a Canada-wide technology-based program operating at a number of university locations.

 Lloyd Axworthy, PC, OC, OM, Phd, President of the University of Winnipeg, and formerly Director of Liu Institute for Global Issues at The University of British Columbia, is a graduate of Sisler. He served for 21 years in federal politics where he held several cabinet positions including Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when told he could visit only

one school in Manitoba as part of his promotional tour for Katimavik, chose Sisler because

of our school’s reputation across Canada as a school of excellence.

 Former Manitoba Premier (1989-1999) Gary Filmon is a Sisler grad.

 Sisler hosted a press conference for Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs (and a Sisler grad), to launch the world’s first International Conference on War-Affected Children.

 Sisler is the only public school in Canada to annually honour the victims of the Montreal Massacre of 1989.

 This year, Sisler won its 161st Winnipeg School Division championship in sports.

 Sisler students have won the Harry Hood Memorial Trophy 12 times. This award honours young athletes for their outstanding scholastic and citizenship abilities. Sisler students

have won this award more than twice as many times as students in any other school in Manitoba. This year’s winner is Jesse Ternowetsky.

 Sisler was selected to be the Manitoba pilot site for IBM’s Women in Technology Program.

Sisler’s Lorissa Reyes was the first Manitoba high school student to participate in an internship

program at IBM. She also designed the website training program for IBM’s Women in

Technology presentation that promotes careers in technology. She is now a project manager

with Microsoft.

 Sisler hosted a conference on the wrongfully convicted called And Justice For All.

The list of resource people who assisted us reads like the Who’s Who of the legal profession and includes the Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba, the Special Counsel to the Attorney General in Organized Crime and the Deputy Police Chief.

 The class averages for our three university courses were: Calculus A, English B+, Psychology B+.

 Seventy of our students wrote the University of Waterloo Math Contests. Our grade 9 team are zone 10 champions and 3rd in the province; our grade 11 team was 2nd in zone 10 and 7th in the province. Schools in our zone include Kelvin, Westgate, Balmoral Hall, University of Winnipeg, Grant Park, etc.

 Sisler French Immersion students Jan Nato, Riley Smith, and Deborah Yeboah received gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Concours Oratoire, the French oratorical contest.

 The Concert Band was given a Superior (highest) ranking at the Optimist Festival.

 Sisler’s junior girls and senior boys finished 2nd overall at the MHSAA Provincial Track and Field Meet with junior girls winning the 4 x 100 relay, and the senior boys winning both the 4 x 100 relay and the 4 x 400 relay.

 Both the A and AA football teams made history by making the finals in their respective

divisions.

 The varsity boys and junior varsity girls won division championships in indoor Track & Field.

 Sisler girls are the division champions in curling.

 Sisler won three provincial basketball titles: S1 girls provincial champions, junior varsity girls provincial champions, varsity boys provincial champions.

 Debbie Yeboah was named provincial MVP for junior varsity girls basketball.

 Eric Garcia was named provincial MVP for varsity boys basketball.

 Five varsity boys were named to the provincial All Star team: Eric Garcia, Jonar Huertas, Kurtis Sansregret, Abraham Daniels, and Joshua Olaes.

 Abraham Daniels won the basketball MB BEST scholarship.

 Five coaches were named Coach of the Year by Basketball Manitoba Coaches Association in their respective categories: Steven Mark and Michael Tan for S1 girls, Tai Puhawan for junior varsity girls, and Scott Martin and Phil Tynes for varsity boys.

 Sisler S1 boys were basketball provincial finalists.

 Sisler junior varsity boys were basketball division champions.

 Sisler’s Jeannette Wee won the division badminton championship.

 Sisler’s varsity boys soccer team won the division championship.

 Sisler’s outdoor track and field won the division Grand Aggregate title by sweeping all four categories.

 Sisler’s senior boys rugby team, after an undefeated season, went on to win the city finals 36 to 10 against St. Paul’s.

 The Sisler girls rugby team posted their first undefeated regular season.

 Three of Sisler’s senior boys rugby players represented Manitoba at the 2005 Canada Games. Justin MacKay, Jessey Ternowetwsky, and Sean Kolomaya.

 Robyn Goodwin played on the team that won a bronze medal at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.

 Alyssa Babynchuk was on the team that won 2nd place in the Bantam Girls National Championship in five-pin bowling.

SISLER SIZZLES 2004-2005

Did you know that…

· Sisler was acclaimed as one of the ten best schools in Canada by Maclean’s Magazine and Best Overall.

· Sisler placed first in a national competition sponsored by Toronto based Canadians for a Genocide Museum for its work highlighting the tragedy of the refugee experience globally!

· Sisler won the top prize at the National Robotics Competition held in Toronto in 2003-2004!

· Sisler, in conjunction with the University of Manitoba and The Department of Education, has developed a 10-module unit on the refugee experience, which has been distributed for use by schools across Canada! This is a first ever for a public school!

· Sisler is the ONLY school in Manitoba to offer 5 university courses – Calculus, English, Psychology, Physics, and Latin!

· Sisler has had SIX teachers win the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. One teacher has won the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Classroom Teacher of the Year Award for 2003-2004: only one such award is given annually at the secondary level!

· Sisler’s three choirs received Gold Standing at the Winnipeg Music Festival!

· Sisler did extremely well at the Chicago Heritage Festival, with our dancers receiving one silver and two gold medals, while our concert band received silver 1st place and our choir achieved 2nd place ranking!

· Sisler’s Most Wanted dance groups received three golds in the recent Annual Manitoba Dance Festival!

· Sisler was the most highly represented school at the Divisional Honour Band Concert, with fourteen students participating!

· Sisler was asked to send nine students to share the stage with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the International New Music Festival!

· Sisler’s jazz band was invited to attend the National ????? after receiving a Superior standing at the Optimist Festival!

· Sisler’s grade nine boys and girls basketball teams each won a City Championship with the girls going on to join the Junior Varsity boys as provincial champions, and that Colin Tribula was named Basket Manitoba’s Junior Varsity Boys Coach of the Year!

· Sisler’s badminton team won a City Championship in the girl’s doubles category, that the Varsity Girls soccer team ended up in third place at the provincial championships and that the boys and girls teams each won a City Championship!

· Sisler’s Junior Boys team won the Manitoba High School Rugby Association Championships and that the Senior Boys placed second!

· Sisler’s hockey team won the Northern Lights league Championship, that team captain Kyle McCartney was the league’s M.V.P. and that Wayne Laarveld was Coach of the Year!

· Sisler had 11 students selected to participate in the Shad Valley Program, the most of any school in Western Canada. Shad Valley is a Canada-wide technology-based program operating at a number of university locations!

· Sisler’s choir and dance groups performed before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the only school in Winnipeg School Division invited to do so. The dance group, Sisler’s Most Wanted, has won numerous golds and gold honours at the Manitoba Dance Festival!

· Lloyd Axworthy PC, OC, OM, PhD, President of the University of Winnipeg and formerly Director of Liu Institute for Global Issues at The University of British Columbia, is a graduate of Sisler. He served for 21 years in federal politics where he held several cabinet positions including Minister of Foreign Affairs!

· Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when told he could visit only one school in Manitoba as part of his promotional tour for Katimavik, chose Sisler because of our school’s reputation across Canada as a school of excellence!

· Former Manitoba Premier (1989-1999) Gary Filmon is a Sisler grad!

· Sisler hosted a press conference for Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs (and a Sisler grad), to launch the world’s first International Conference on War-Affected Children!

· Sisler is the only public school in Canada to annually honour the victims of the Montreal Massacre of 1989!

· Sisler was selected to be the Manitoba pilot site for IBM’s Women in Technology Program. Sisler’s Lorissa Reyes was the first Manitoba high school student to participate in an internship program at IBM. She also designed the website training program for IBM’s Women in Technology presentation that promotes careers in technology!

  • Last year, Sisler won its 150th Winnipeg School Division Championship in sports!

· Sisler students have won the Harry Hood Memorial Trophy 11 times! This award honours young athletes for their outstanding scholastic and citizenship abilities. Sisler students have won this award more than twice as many times as students in any other school in Manitoba!

· The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation chose Sisler to launch their website promoting international development. Former Olympian Silken Laumann hosted the launch and spoke movingly about her support for the rights of children in international development!

· Sisler students have won a total of $50,000 in entrance scholarships from the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. This is over and above the prizes that are being awarded at this ceremony today!

· Sisler’s Indoor Track team won the City Championship in Senior Varsity Boys, Junior and Senior Varsity Girls and Grade 9 girls and boys combined!

· Sisler’s Outdoor Track team won the Girls Junior and Senior Varsity City Championship and Grade Aggregate Trophy for Boys and Girls Combined Championship and Grade nine boys and girls combined City Championship!

· Sisler’s Junior and Senior Varsity Boys 4 x 100 relay teams are provincial champions!

· Sisler students receiving scholarships to continue their sports at US Colleges include:

§ Megan Sarna – Women’s Soccer at Northern Michigan University

§ Sarah Ball – Women’s Volleyball at the University of Maryland Baltimore County

§ Peter Doroshuk – Men’s Cross Country and Track at Oklahoma State University

· Sisler’s Kevin Forhan will receive the Royal Officer Training Plan scholarship valued at $80,000!

· Sisler student Yolanda Tran was the only high school student involved in an internship (through Sisler’s S.T.E.P.S. Program) with the Canadian Museum of Human Rights!

· Sisler was the only school Manitoba Telecom Service (MTS) invited to participate in their Women in Technology Program!

· Sisler teachers played a major role in planning IBM’s first Jump into IT! Young Women’s Technology program, which took place at the University of Winnipeg. More than 500 people attended!

· Sisler students volunteered in our community this year than ever before, contributing thousands of hours to public service programs and institutions, like Take Pride Winnipeg, Circus and Magic Camp, Seven Oaks Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, the Winnipeg Humane Society and the Winnipeg Public Library, just to name a few.

and the list goes on…

SISLER SIZZLES 2003-2004

Sisler’s pass rates for the recent grade 12 provincial exams were: Pre-Calculus Math 96.2%, Applied Math 71.4%, Consumer Math 96.3%, English 95.5%!

Sisler is the first Manitoba academic school to offer a vocational program, the Microcomputer Systems Technology Program!

Sisler has had SIX teachers win the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. One teacher has won the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Classroom Teacher Award for 2003-2004: only one such award is given annually at the secondary level!

Sisler, in conjunction with the University of Manitoba and The Department of Education, has developed a 10-module unit on the refugee experience, which has been distributed for use by schools across Canada! This is a first ever for a public school.

Sisler is the ONLY school in Manitoba to offer 5 university courses – Calculus, English, Psychology, Physics, and Latin!

Sisler won the top prize at the “National Robotics Competition” held in Toronto last year!

Sisler students have represented our Division at the Canada-wide Science Fair in Waterloo six times!

Sisler is the only school whose students write both University of Manitoba Calculus I and II exams. The class average has always been A or A+!

Sisler had 9 students selected to participate in the Shad Valley Program, the most of any school in Western Canada. Shad Valley is a Canada-wide technology-based program operating at a number of university locations!

Sisler’s Sukhdeep Brar graduated with both grade twelve and first-year university standing. Additionally, Daniel Truong, Krizsia Praznik, Olivia MacDonald-Mager and Sean Restall have, to date, each completed at least 66% of the work required for first year standing!

Sisler’s choir and dance groups performed before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the only school in Winnipeg School Division invited to do so. The dance group, Sisler’s Most Wanted, has won numerous golds and gold honours at the Manitoba Dance Festival!

 Lloyd Axworthy PC, OC, OM, PhD, President of the University of Winnipeg and formerly Director of Liu Institute for Global Issues at The University of British Columbia, is a graduate of Sisler. He served for 21 years in federal politics where he held several cabinet positions including Minister of Foreign Affairs!

 Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when told he could visit only one school in Manitoba as part of his promotional tour for Katimavik, chose Sisler because of our school’s reputation across Canada as a school of excellence.

 Former Manitoba Premier (1989-1999) Gary Filmon is a Sisler grad!

Sisler’s bands have won gold and silver medals in local competition this year, while the steel drum band has played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra!

Sisler’s choir has done so well in local competition that they have been invited to perform at Music Fest in Montreal this year!

Sisler’s S.T.E.P.S. program, which focuses on career development, won the Conference Board of Canada’s Excellence in Business-Education Partnerships for 2002 in a Canada-wide Competition!

Sisler was 1 of 10 schools and the only public school in Canada to be chosen by Clarica to help develop a technology-based science curriculum!

Sisler hosted a press conference for Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs (and a Sisler grad), to launch the world’s first International Conference on War-Affected Children!

Sisler is the only public school in Canada to annually honour the victims of the Montreal Massacre of 1989!

Sisler was selected to be the Manitoba pilot site for IBM’s Women in Technology Program. Sisler’s Lorissa Reyes was the first Manitoba high school student to participate in an internship program at IBM. She also designed the website training program for IBM’s Women in Technology presentation that promotes careers in technology!

Sisler was the first school in Canada to belong to CNN’s Student Bureau!

 Last year, Sisler won its 135th Winnipeg School Division Championship in sports!

Sisler students have won the Harry Hood Memorial Trophy 11 times! This award honours young athletes for their outstanding scholastic and citizenship abilities. Sisler students have won this award more than twice as many times as students in any other school in Manitoba!

Sisler won 2 of the 6 awards given annually by the 16-team Winnipeg High School Football League with Derrick Kerlin and Jessey Ternowetsky winning the Jim Foubister (most sportsmanlike) and Bob Whitlaw (rookie of the year) trophies respectively!

Sisler boys have been provincial champions in high school track 14 times! Sisler’s grade 9 indoor and outdoor track teams have been city champions 4 times!

 The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation chose Sisler to launch their website promoting international development. Former Olympian Silken Laumann hosted the launch and spoke movingly about her support for the rights of children in international development!

Sisler’s Jr. Varsity girls, Jr. Varsity Boys, and grade 9 boys basketball teams were City Champions. The J.V. boys basketball team went on to become Provincial finalists, and the grade 9 boys basketball team were Provincial Champions!

Sisler boys and girls rugby teams were division champions!

Sisler’s junior varsity girls and grade 9 girls volleyball teams were City Champions!

 Four Sisler students made the provincial basketball team!

Sisler’s golf team won the City Championship!

Sisler’s J.V. boys and grade 9 girls won the Winnipeg School Division No. 1 indoor track championships!

 Two Sisler grads will be playing basketball for the University of Winnipeg Wesmen next year, Steven Olivier-Job and Ronalyn Olaes!

Sisler’s Track and Field athletes won the following at the MHSAA Provincial Track and Field Championships held at the University of Manitoba:

a) Sylvester Thomas won 1st place in the 100m Hurdles, 2nd in the 400m!

b) Peter Doroshuk won 1st in the 1500m, 2nd in the 3000m!

c) Khaleal Williams won 1st in the High Jump!

d) Junior Varsity Girls 4 x 100m team of Megan Devisser, Megan Armit, Courtney Singbeil, and Tamika Joseph were provincial champions!

 MacLean’s magazine has selected Sisler as being one of the top 100 schools in Canada!

 Sisler students have won a total of $56,000 in entrance scholarships from the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. This is over and above the prizes that are being awarded at this ceremony today!

 Sisler student Anton Bokhanchuk has been selected for the Regular Officer Training Plan which subsidizes fully his post-secondary education and is valued at $80,000!

 Sisler student Jennifer Hunt was a 2004 Manitoba Youth Five Pin Bowling Provincial Senior Girls Singles Champion and represented Manitoba at the Canadian National Youth Bowling Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland!

 Sisler students received three Millennium Scholarships valued at $4,000 each!

 Melissa Lam received a scholarship from Queen’s University valued at $26,000!

 Daniel Truong received a scholarship from Simon Fraser University valued at $7,500!

and the list goes on…

SISLER, SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE 2002-2003

Did you know…

· that fifty students, 6 staff, parents, and mentors came together to produce “Windchill”, a hockey-playing robot. The 50 Below Team competed against teams from across Canada in the Canada First Robotics Challenge and won these awards:

a) The President’s Award for the best overall team

b) The Jim Floyd Award for the best engineering design

c) The Best First-Year Team at the competition

d) The Best Game strategy

e) The Best Documentation

f) The Spar Aerospace Award for finishing second in the game competition

g) Second Place for our Team Web Site and our Community Video

h) Third Place for our Team Video

This is a “first ever” for any school, public or private, in Manitoba

· that Sisler student take 6 university-level courses and perform in the best Sisler tradition: Calculus I (class av. A+), Calculus II (class av. A), Physic (class av. A+), Psychology (class av. B+), English (class av. B), Computer Science (class av. B+)

· that this coming year we will have completed arrangements to partner with Red River College’s Computer Analyst Program

· that Sisler was the first public to offer a vocational course, the Mini-Computer Systems Technology Program, and that 30 students will now have received vocational certificates as well as their academic diplomas

  • that Sisler’s Jazz Ma Tazz choir and Sisler’s Most Wanted dance group were asked to perform before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her recent visit to Manitoba, and that Sisler was the only Winnipeg School Division School invited to do so

· that Sisler’s grade 9 choir competed in the Winnipeg music Festival and were the recipients of the Earl Grey Trophy for the most outstanding performance by a public school choir, and that this same group was invited to perform at the Ford World Curling Championships

· that the Chamber and Concert Choirs performed before the federal Minister of International Cooperation, Susan Whelan, during her visit to Winnipeg

· that Angela Turton was given a scholarship for a film study course at Prairie Theatre Exchange

· that the concert and jazz bands and the chamber choir took part in the prestigious Edmonton Cantando Festival

· that our concert band received a standing of two gold and one silver at the Optimist Festival

· that Teen Touch filmed a promotional video shown in TV featuring our drama students

· that the grade 9 boys’, grade 9 girls’ and boys’ junior varsity basketball teams were city champions, with the junior boys going on to the provincial finals; and that the grade 9 boys’ volleyball team were city champions

· that Sisler hosted an outstanding Media Symposium on March 5, 2003. Keynote speaker was Nicholas Hirst, editor of the Winnipeg Free Press. Eight media personalities from the community were panelists and workshop presenters. Students from seven high schools participated in the full-day event

· that Ashley Lam was the recipient of the “Violet Richardson Award” Honouring Young Women for Outstanding Volunteer Action. She received an award of $500.00 as well as another $500.00 donated to charity of Ashley’s choice, “War Affected Children”

  • that CTV Television’s Striving for Excellence Youth Leadership promotion supported by the university of Manitoba highlighted Ashley Lam on the nightly news for distinguished academics and community service

· that Laura Adviento represented Sisler in Ottawa for a week in Mach, 2003. She attended “Encounter with Canada”, a one-week program of Canadian Studies. She studied the Canadian Justice System with other students from all regions of Canada

· that Generation Peace, a student-driven action group, started by its founder and president Ashley Lam, raised over $2500 this year for War Affected Children and Iraqi families

· that Sisler received a $35,000 federal grant to develop a 10-lesson unit entitled “Refugees 101”, geared specifically for inclusion in the grade 10 Geography and grade 12 World Issues courses. This unit features a simulated refugee camp, sited at Birds Hill Park. Once such camp, essentially a development exercise, has already occurred in conjunction with the Canadian Red Cross with the next one occurring in May. The University of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Vincent Massey Collegiate are partnering with Sisler

· that a core group of 23 students has been trained for leadership activities such as the refugee camp and involvement in organizations such as Generation Peace, and Save the Children

· that graduated Tyler Stachowicz won the gold medal in chemistry at the University of Winnipeg this year

· that Hoang Nguyen, Aroosa Akhtar, and Daniel Troung won Platinum at the Winnipeg School Division Science Fair, Gold at MSSS, and Bronze at the Adventis Biotechnology Challenge

· that the Clarica Scholars Program selected Rachelle Joaquin and Kevin Forhan to attend the University of Waterloo for one week last summer to work on internet projects related to science education and that Sisler was the only public school selected, the other nine being private schools

· that 9 Sisler students participated last summer in Shad Valley, a national leadership program that focuses on science, technology, and entrepreneurship; and that Kanwal Brar and Randall Baldonado were members of the team whose final project was voted best overall at an awards ceremony in Toronto. Nine more students have been selected to attend the program this coming summer. Only one other school in all of Canada has more students selected

· that nine of our students finished in the top 90 in the province in the University of Manitoba grade 12 math contest

· that Josh Bell was the provincial champion in the long jump and three-year champion in the triple jump

· that Sisler partnered with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to produce a dance extravaganza which involved Andrew Mynarski, Meadows West, Shaughnessy Park, Stanley Knowles, another “first ever” for the North End as well as for Winnipeg

  • that Jazz Ma Tazz received a commendation and invitation to attend the National Music Festival in Toronto based on their performance at Choral Fest 2002

· that our art students have been asked to display their work all over the city, including the Forks, the International Airport, and City Hall, and are now involved in a mail art project with student from a school in Kansas

· that graduated Jeanette Lyn Bautista won the Silver Medal in Arts, and the Gold Medal in Administrative Studies at the University of Winnipeg

· that eight band students were selected to play with the Winnipeg School Division Honour Band this year

· that besides the prizes being awarded today, a total of $56,125.00 has been offered to our graduating students by the two major universities and the Canadian Forces

· that the average pass rate for the grade twelve provincial Math exams was 81.7%

· that the pass rate for the grade twelve provincial English exam was 96.6%

· that Narvinder Gill scored 71 runs (no outs) in his first appearance in the Manitoba Senior Cricket League

SISLER, SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE 2001-2002

Did you know…

 that Prime Minister Jean Chretien has conferred the Excellence in Teaching Award to six Sisler teachers, the most conferred on any school in Canada;

 that Prime Minister Jean Chretien has awarded Sisler the School Recognition Award for Quality Daily Physical Education four years in a row, and that Sisler has also received the Platinum School Recognition Award for Quality Daily Physical Education for the fourth time. Less than four percent of Canadian schools receive this award;

 that Sisler was selected by Women’s Television Network to be the first school in Manitoba to offer the Cyber Safety (internet protection) workshop;

 that Sisler was one of 8 Manitoba schools awarded an NBA Sportsmanship Banner in recognition of the positive attitude displayed by our basketball teams on and off the court this year;

 that Sisler won 2 gold, 4 silver, and 1 bronze medals at the recent Winnipeg School Division No. 1 Science Fair;

 that Charles Bazilewich, former Spartan, is the first free agent to be invited to try out for the Blue Bombers since 1990;

 that Adrienne Zajac, Air Cadet, placed second in Canada in an air rifle competition, and will go to Virginia this summer to be trained by Olympic shooting champions;

 that David Kideckel and Hiep Tram, recent Sisler graduates, were awarded gold medals in Psychology and Mathematics respectively at the University of Winnipeg and that David will attend McMaster University on a $20,000 scholarship;

 that the Sisler High School/IBM partnership was one of only 5 in Canada to receive the prestigious Conference Board of Canada 2002 RBC Royal Bank Partners in Education Award;

 that Sisler student Argel Tolentino participated in the S.T.E.P.S. career internship program through two architectural firms in Winnipeg. Corbett Cibinel specializes in university and college campuses and LM architects designed the renovations for Sisler High School;

 that Sisler has set a record in western Canada this year with 9 students attending Shad Valley, a sophisticated science/technology/entrepreneurship international program in Canada and Scotland;

 that Sisler student Brenda Filipe was the first high school student invited to serve an internship through the S.T.E.P.S program with the Manitoba Department of Justice. In previous years, the program had been limited to students in the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba;

 that Sisler is the only school in Manitoba to offer 4 university-level courses. In September, 2002, our students will be able to take U of W Physics, in addition to English and U of M Calculus (Part I and Part II), Computer Science and Psychology, (class averages B+, A, B, and B respectively); and did you know that Sisler is the only Manitoba school, public or private, to offer Calculus II;

 that seven Sisler students have received full scholarships to study hairdressing at Accademia dei Capelli, a local hairstyling school owned by Rosina Sinopoli. Upon graduation, Ms Sinopoli has offered our students full employment at her salon In Style;

 that in February 2002, Sisler hosted the outstanding Symposium on Poverty and Global Food Security. Keynote speaker was Dr. Robert Blanchard, former head of surgery at Health Sciences Centre. Panelists included Sisler student Omer Barakzay, David Northcott (Winnipeg Harvest), journalist/author Ingeborg Boyens, and Wayne Helgason (Social Planning Council of Winnipeg);

 that Sisler student, Ashley Lam, has had her own article posted on the CNN Student Bureau website. Ashley’s submission outlined the 2002 Winter Olympics Figure Skating fiasco in Salt Lake City involving Canadian skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier;

 that Sisler student Maurice Alexander was first in the province in the French Immersion Rhetorical Contest for grades 11 and 12;

 that the University of Waterloo has invited 2 Sisler teachers and 2 Sisler students to participate in a one-week workshop at Waterloo aimed at developing a technology-based approach to science teaching, and that Sisler was the only Manitoba school invited;

 that the Sisler Boys Curling Team were 2001/2002 City Champions;

 that Sisler Jr. Varsity Boys were City Champions in Outdoor Track and Field;

 that the Grade 9 Sr. Girls and Sr. Boys were City Champions in Indoor Track and Field;

 that Sisler Junior Boys were Provincial Track and Field Champions;

 that Sisler student Matthew Mandzij was MHSAA Athlete of the Week twice in the 2001/2002 school year;

 that our Chamber Choir won the prestigious Earl Grey Trophy and the Jazz Choir won gold standing in the Winnipeg Competitive Music Festival;

 that Sisler’s Most Wanted dance troupe won gold honours, gold and silver in the Manitoba Provincial Dance Festival;

 that the Concert Band won 1 gold and 2 silver at the Optimist Festival and that the Jazz Band received 3 silver;

 that in the University of Waterloo Gr. 12 Euclid Math Contest, our Sisler team were Zone champions and 6th in the province. These same students wrote the University of Waterloo Gr. 13 Descartes Math Contest and again were Zone champions and 3rd in the province of Manitoba. The three students who excelled in these contests were Ritchie Hok, Andrew Shawarsky, and Robert Lam;

 that in the University of Manitoba Mathematical Contest nine of our grade 12 students placed in the top 100. Ritchie Hok was awarded a Provincial Prize for finishing 4th among 278 competitors (the top 3 were from private schools). Robert Lam received honorable mention for placing 16 th;

 that in the University of Waterloo Math Contest, Colin Repchinski placed 209th in Canada and 8th in Manitoba, and that Krizsia Praznik placed 159th in Canada and 11th in Manitoba, and that Sisler’s Gr. 10 Cayley Math Contest team placed 2 nd in our zone and 3rd in the province;

 that Sisler hosted Gwynne Dyer, internationally known columnist, broadcaster and lecturer, last September;

 that Sisler’s French Immersion class scored well above the Division average in the Provincial French Immersion exam, and that Sisler’s scores in the provincial English and Pre-Calculus Math exams were above The Winnipeg School Division No. 1 average;

 that Sisler has partnered with Red River College in the Computer Analyst Program. Students can take courses at Sisler which are the equivalent to Red River courses and obtain standing for the first trimester in that program;

 that Katelin Parsons was selected as a page for the fall and spring sessions of the Manitoba Legislature.

SISLER, SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE 2000-2001

Did you know…

 that Prime Minister Jean Chretien has conferred the Excellence in Teaching Award to six Sisler teachers, the most conferred on any school in Canada;

 that Prime Minister Jean Chretien has awarded Sisler the School Recognition Award for Quality Daily Physical Education for the fourth year in a row, and that Sisler has also received the Platinum School Recognition Award for Quality Daily Physical Education for the fourth time. Less than four percent of Canadian schools receive this award;

 that Sisler’s Visual & Performing Arts Department compiled an astounding record with the choirs and bands winning two bronze and three silver medals at the Chicago Heritage Music Festival, and that the Concert and Grade 9 Bands won a silver each at the Optimist Band Festival;

 that Sisler’s dance group, Sisler’s Most Wanted, won Girls’ Gold, Boys’ Gold Honours, and took Gold Honours at the Manitoba Dance Festival, and that they have made guest appearances at the Conference Board of Canada Symposium, the Lloyd Axworthy Tribute Dinner, on A Channel, and at the Red River Exhibition;

 that Sisler’s art students have created a display profiling flight at the Winnipeg International Airport, a heritage mural at The Forks, and another at city hall; that they produced a calendar based on an environmental theme with the cooperation of CMAC Network Systems and Induspac, and that Laura Ali won an honourable mention for a Celebrate Canada poster contest from over 2,600 entries;

 that Vanessa Boyer won the Yes I Can! Award for academic improvement at the 11th Annual Awards of the Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children and repeated at the International Council for Exceptional Children at Kansas City, and that teacher assistant Tricia Wiebe received a Certificate of Recognition for her work with Vanessa;

 that Sisler is the only school to offer four university level courses: Calculus, English, Psychology, and Computer Science in addition to Advanced Placement courses (University level equivalent) in Physics and Chemistry;

 that Sisler is the only school whose students wrote both of the University of Manitoba Calculus I (class average A+) and University of Manitoba Calculus II (class average A) courses;

 that Sukhdeep Brar is graduating from Sisler with standing in both grade twelve and first year university, the only public school student to ever do so;

 that the Track & Field and Cross Country programs had 160 students participating and that 42 students qualified for the MHSAA provincial championships at which Josh Bell and Brad Mitchell won gold for the Triple & Long Jumps and the Discus;

 that Chris Porter won the CIBC High School Academic Athlete of the Year Award, and Roxena Trembath was the runner-up, and that this is the top award of its type in Manitoba;

 that the Cross Country team finished first in the Manitoba Marathon Relay;

 that the Senior Boys Cross Country Team and the Boys Curling Team were City of Winnipeg Champions, that the Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team were City Champions and provincial finalists, and that the Varsity Boys Rugby Team were provincial champions;

 that Sisler’s teams won 2 of 3 city championships in their respective division in the Junior Achievement Business Games Challenge and then went on to place 1st and 2nd at the provincial championships;

 that 32 Certificates of Distinction were awarded to Sisler students by the University of Waterloo for their achievements in that University’s Math Contest; that our S1 team placed 2nd in our zone for the Pascal Math Contest; that the S4 Euclid Contest team placed 2 nd in our zone and 4th in the province (Chris Porter placed 4th in the province); that our S4 Descartes Contest team placed 1st in our zone and 2nd in the province;

 that the Institute of Industrial and Mathematical Sciences holds an annual problem solving 4-day workshop for all the best math students of the province and that Chris Porter was recognized as the top student at the workshop for the third straight year;

 that Lorissa Reyes is the first high school student to participate in an internship program at IBM and designed the website training program for IBM which is used in its Women in Technology Program which is presented to young women across Manitoba to encourage enrollment in the technology sector;

 that Sisler was used as the launch site for the International Conference on War-Affected Children last September; that former External Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy launched the Conference’s website from our school library; that Sisler was the headquarters for the Youth Media Team which covered the conference, and that two Sisler students, Shelley Hymers and Greg Allan, interviewed Stephen Lewis, former UN ambassador from Canada;

 that Sisler student Jaime Chartrand attended the Youth Summit of the Americas last March in Quebec City;

 that four Sisler students attended the Landmine Youth Conference held last May at the University of Manitoba;

 that Sisler’s student activist group, Generation Peace, raised funds to be donated to War Child, a group which aids war-affected children around the world;

 that the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation chose Sisler to launch their website promoting international development, and that former Olympian Silken Laumann hosted the launch and spoke movingly about her support for the rights of children in international development;

 that Sisler faculty and students attended the retirement reception and supper this June for alumnus Lloyd Axworthy, and that Sisler student Jaime Chartrand spoke of how Mr. Axworthy inspired her to participate in numerous conferences dealing with youth issues;

 that Sisler will host a lecture delivered by Gwynne Dyer, internationally known columnist, broadcaster and lecturer, this September;

 that recent Sisler grad Yasmin Nadrem has won the Lt. Gov. Medal for the highest standing in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winnipeg; that recent grad Daniel Neilson has won a $33,000 scholarship at the University of Alberta; that recent grad Audrey Dwyer is only one of 14 students to graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada and has done so with honours; and that Dean Medeiros, a 3rd year student in the Faculty of Science, is one of only 12 students across Canada to receive funding for a semester of international work experience by the Canadian International Development Agency;

 that Sisler was selected by Women’s Television Network to be the first school in Manitoba to offer the Cyber Safety (internet protection) workshop.

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