Poetry in Voice: In School Finals

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The in school finals for Poetry in Voice will take place after school on Monday March 3rd in the Auditorium.  All members of the ESA community are invited to come and join us for this exciting finish to the work which has been taking place in English classrooms throughout the school.  A donation of a twoonie and/or a canned food item at the door would be greatly appreciated.

This year we have finalists in all three categories: English, French and Bilingual.

Poetry in Voice is a national poetry recitation contest for high school students across Canada.  Students memorise and then recite poems from among the hundreds in an online anthology.  Students who win the school competition vie for a spot at the National Finals, to be held in Vancouver this year.  More than $75 000 in prizes, trips and books are awarded each year.

Two years ago one of our ESA students, Sadie Hirschfield, went on to the National Finals.  We are hoping to repeat this success once again this year.

Additional details may be found at the Poetry in Voice website.


Poetry in Voice: Volunteers Needed

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  • Have some time after school on Monday, March 3rd?
  • Are you planning on coming and hearing your friends perform in the Poetry in Voice In School Finals?
  • Need Community Service hours?

We have the opportunity for you!  We need approx. 6 student volunteers to serve as ushers and crowd control (!).  You need to be in the Auditorium by 3:15 pm.  We expect to wrap up sometime between 5:30 and 6:00 pm.

If you are interested in this opportunity…  stop by the Library on Friday and talk to Ms. Wray.

Black History Month: Book of the Day

Apologies…  I have been swamped and/or out of the school the last couple of days and gotten behind on these posts.

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Literary Classic
Warning:  This book is not for the faint of heart. Violence.  Grit.  Sex.  Murder.  Rape.  Racial brutality. It’s 1930’s Chicago and a young black man kills a young white woman.   Wright addresses what it means to be black and poor in America.   This book stands the test of time, unfortunately.

Read the book review at The Guardian.

Freedom to Read Week

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Join us in the Library to celebrate Freedom to Read Week.

We are delighted to welcome our friends from the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the U of T on Tuesday morning.  They will be here to workshop students in the Philosophy and Media Studies classes.

Black History Month: Book of the Day

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The book the TIFF favourite was based upon
Slave narrative telling the true tale of a free black man abducted and sold into slavery.  Details the twelve years of his life in captivity being sold back and forth between a number of plantations in Louisiana.  “For sheer drama, few accounts of slavery match Solomon Northup’s tale of abduction from freedom and forcible enslavement.”  (Ira Berlin, from the introduction to the book)

Read the book review at The Guardian.