Tuesday, January 12, 2016

C.C. McLean P.S. Gore Bay School Salmon Hatchery Partnership with LHFC

This is pretty neat, 20 years ago a Teacher passes it on to one of His students who now passes it on to Her students hopefully 20 years later the circle continues. Together we can make a bigger difference.  

Good afternoon Mr. Elliott,

Just a quick note to let you know how thrilled we are to be hosting the Microhatchery in our classroom in conjunction with the Gore Bay Fish and Game Club.  When Jim Sloss contacted me last spring, I was enthused with the idea of hosting this great teaching / learning tool in my classroom.  Our room is home to 20 Grade 4 and 5 students, and 36 Chinook Salmon!  Right now we have just begun a unit on habitats and communities, and watching the fish grow in their "man-made habitat" has already provided us with many opportunities for discussions about what makes a habitat work.  We are currently doing some exploration on what fish require for habitat, and are hoping to grow this into a deeper understanding of creating fish habitat and spawning grounds in our local environment.  In addition, the science opportunities related to water quality testing are great for practical knowledge.

I will continue to take photos, and send them to you as we work through the fish-rearing process.

Many thanks for all your support ensuring that this great learning tool arrived in our classroom.  I am a product of the Manitoulin Island school system, and Jim Sloss was one of my teachers more than 20 years ago.  I hope that some day I may have an opportunity to encourage a new generation of teachers make learning partnerships possible, just as Jim has helped facilitate for my classroom and my students.

Should you require any further information, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks,


Heather Jefkins
Grade 4 / 5  Teacher
C.C. McLean P.S.
Gore Bay

This is all possible with the Support of Bruce Power & the Lake Huron Fishing Club Partnership

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