Owen Konkle, Abi MacDonald, Shannon Swinson, and Autumn Bigger represented BDSS at the OFSAA Track championships this year. Simply qualifying for this meet was a big accomplishment for all four of these students and showed they are amongst the best track and field athletes in the province. Owen Konkle came away with a gold medal in the ID 800m race, setting a new OFSAA record in the process. Autumn Bigger also dominated in her performance, winning an OFSAA gold in the Junior Girls High Jump and setting a new OFSAA record in her win.


This year, the Ontario Special Olympics Provincial Championships were held at Brock University and provided a venue for the BDSS team to earn an all-time high medal count, with each and every student on our team coming away with at least one medal. Two BDSS athletes received huge honours during the competition, as the torch was carried in to the opening ceremonies by BDSS athlete Adam Catapano, and was carried out by BDSS athlete Ryan Kulikowski. Especially successful individual athletes included Owen Konkle, who won gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m; Scott Swinson, who won gold in the shot put and 100m; Jeremy Stulp, who won silver in the shot put; Connor MacPhee, who won gold in the standing long jump, and won the bronze in the 200m; Jack Middleton, who won silver in the standing long jump and bronze in the shot put; Caleb Campbell who won silver in the shot put and in the standing long jump; Jillian Main, who took gold in the shot put and silver in the standing long jump; and Logan Stewart, who won bronze in the shot put. In team competitions, our traditional soccer, unified soccer, and basketball teams each took bronze in their respective events. All in all, it was an extremely successful show of sportsmanship, dedication and inspiration from our BDSS Special Olympics Athletes.


Once again, our BDSS music department put on an incredible event at our yearly “Jazz at the Falls” concert held at Balls Falls. Mrs. McNeil and the BDSS Jazz Band put on a wonderful concert, showcasing their musical talents in a beautiful venue. Guests also enjoyed a delicious meal catered by our talented culinary students. A wonderful example of BDSS skill and dedication.


Grade 9 students taking BTT1O (Information Technology) with Mr. Beens at BDSS are given the instruction and opportunity to earn Microsoft Certifications in certain programs. Our students work towards becoming Microsoft Office specialists – many earning certificates in programs such as Word, which can be helpful when seeking employment.


As an amazing topper to the year’s award winning successes, Chef Claudio Marchese’s culinary program has qualified to be able to offer students a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) certification in Hospitality. Students in this program will benefit from realworld experience, classroom embedded learning, and industry certifications that will benefit them in the worlds of work, college, university, or apprenticeship. This SHSM program is the fourth at BDSS, joining similar programs in Sport, Welding and Manufacturing, and Horticulture.


Eight BDSS students successfully completed their Canadian Welding Board (CWB) certifications through a rigorous, standards-based, performance test. Ben Green, Kaleb Jones, Jordan VanderMolen, Tyler MacAulay, Carter Budjan and Connor Dixon successfully completed their first CWB ticket (flat position), and Spencer Martin and Brad Peck earned their second CWB ticket (horizontal position). Congratulations to these students in earning such valuable certifications through our Specialist High Skills Major program in Welding and Manufacturing.


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Remind App: @beamsv (join by visiting remind.com/join/beamsv).

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The Ontario government will contribute $41 million dollars to fund the construction of a new West Niagara Secondary School. The exact location hasn’t been finalized yet. However, we’ll keep you up to date with all the details.

The new school will open its doors in September 2020.


The school will be open for new and returning students to register from August 28th to September 1st. We look forward to seeing you all as the new school year begins!