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WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for all of your positive energy and good vibes! Very excited to announce that we were the GRAND PRIZE winners in the Aviva Community Fund Competition! Souris Consolidated School was awarded a cheque today for $135 000 to pay for our inclusive playground. It just goes to show that when parents, teachers, students and entire communities work together, amazing things can happen. Mountains can be moved. What may seem impossible, becomes a reality.

Thanks again, everyone! What an awesome, emotional and simply unforgettable day!


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Souris: A Playground for All (coverage about us begins at 20:50

Krystal Mills, Lessons From The Mille, Teacher Blog







Thank you Indigo!!!!

I just have a quick post this evening. We got some VERY good news at my school this week. After MUCH work, and many hours we found out that we will be receiving an Indigo Love of Reading Grant for $84 000 over the next three years. Yahoo!!!!!

That’s $84 000 for books and literacy initiatives. Can you believe it? What this means to my school and our kids, I can not even describe. We are a community in need and Indigo has realized that and come to our rescue, so to speak. So, thank you so much to Indigo and all of the awesome teachers and parents who put hours of time into this application. You all rock!!!

Here’s a snippet of the telephone conversation when we found out that we were chosen. It was supposed to be an interview, to decide if our school could move to the next level. Little did we know, we were about to get some AMAZING news:)


Scroll down – we are Souris Consolidated School: Indigo Love of Reading Grant. The phone died right after we got the news and so we got cut off – but you get the idea!


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Most Fascinating Blog – Voting runs August 18th-25th

UPDATE: Thank you so much everyone for voting! I won:)

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I’ve seen this little badge of honor on so many blogs that I look up to and admire. Who knew? Now it’s my turn!

I’m very excited to share with you that Lessons From The Middle has been nominated for Most Fascinating Blog 2012, in the Middle School Teacher category. It sounds so cheesy but, “It’s an honor just to be nominated”.

I started this blog to share ideas that I have and that I find from other teachers, to collaborate with educators from all over, to save teachers time, to inspire, to learn, and to engage teachers in conversations about education. I started just 6 months ago, but I have learned so much from so many and I hope that I’ve reciprocated that knowledge as well.

I would very much appreciate your vote for this blog award. I’d love to display the “Winner” badge, rather than just the “Nominated” badge! (Although it’s pretty cool to have that nominated badge there. ) It’s just the glory I’m looking for with this one. There is a great prize for the winner too, but since I’m Canadian, I can’t claim it anyway. Oh well! I’ll take the glory over a monetary prize any day – and not just because I have to Wink

Thanks for taking the time out of your jam-packed days to read my blog. I put a lot of effort into it and I still have a lot more to say.

Click here to vote for Lessons From The Middle

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My Sunday Spot Light…

middle school lessonsThank you SO much to Michelle Lundy at Making It As A Middle School Teacher for spotlighting Lessons From The Middle on her Share-A-Blog Sunday. It’s pretty cool, considering I’m still quite new to blogging!

Michelle has wonderful resources and ideas for all you middle school teachers out there. What’s really great about her blog, is that she has her posts organized by subject area -Math, Science and Social Studies! I love this feature…I want an idea foooooor….Math! Click! Such a time saver! I especially love her Math Day Mondays – being the Math nerd that I am;)

So why not head over to her blog and find out a little bit more about me! While you’re there, become a follower of Michelle’s blog and even grab her button! I’ll count this follow as another way to enter my Spectacular Spring Giveaway. “Spectacular Spring Giveaway?” you say. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard, Lessons From The Middle is having a HUGE giveaway! I initially wanted 50 followers of my blog, but it’s been so successful that now I’m aiming for 100! Want to help me get there and score yourself some free resources along the way? Go to my original post to find out all about Lessons From The Middle’s Spectacular Spring Giveaway. There’s over $250 in prizes to be won! Don’t miss your chance!

Keeping with the theme, I’d like to “spot-light” a few more of the awesome teachers who are generously helping out with my giveaway!

Thanks again to the awesome teachers who are making this giveaway possible!

All middle school teachers must visit Runde’s Room. Jen currently teaches a 5/6 split and so, many of her ideas are geared for that grade level. She literally has hundreds of items in her TPT Store. Be sure to follow her as well.

HoJo’s TPT Store has lots of items for Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Math and more. Her items go from K-8 and over half of her store contains FREE items! You should also check out and follow her blog: HoJo’s Teaching Adventures.

Is it Math that you need? You must visit the TPT Store and blog: Go Figure! of Scipi. Her blog is a place where mathphobics and lovers of math can converge! She has so many useful ideas and tips for your classroom!

Finally for today, we have Addie Williams. Again, she has well over 100 items for the middle school grades and beyond – everything from Earth Science and Writing, to Media Awareness. Addie also won an award recently, for her blog Addie Education: Teacher Talk, so check her out and follow her as well. Congrats Addie!


As a side note, I’ve been sending out my “virtual goodie bags” for the giveaway as entries are coming in. A handful, though, have been bounced back to me. I’m so sorry that you haven’t received your goodie bags – but my hands are tied! I’m assuming that it’s a spam blocking issue OR a misspelled email. If you haven’t received your goodie bag – feel free to post a comment on my FB page and we can figure something out!

Thanks again Michelle, for the spot-light and thoughtfully written blog post. I’m new to the blogging community, but it really is an amazing place to share, collaborate, gain some fabulous resources and connect with other like-minded individuals.

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It’s an Honor Just to Be Nominated…The Liebster Award

Well, a big thank you to Madame Aiello for this blog award!!! I really appreciate all of the support that I’ve been getting from all you wonderful teachers and bloggers. Keep it coming!!!

The rules of the Liebster award are as follows.

You must:

1. Thank the person who awarded you.

2. Link back to their blog in your post.

3. Copy and paste the Liebster award button.

4. Award 5 other bloggers that qualify (with 200 followers or fewer).

5. Notify the ones you chose by leaving them a comment on their blog so they can do the same.

I’d like to pass the Liebster Award on to….

1) HoJo’s Teaching Adventures

2) The Teaching Bank

3) All Students Can Shine

4) The ESOL Odyessey

5) Teaching: The Art of Possibility

Fabulous Blogs!!!