We are located at 5 First St. W in Elmira, Ontario. John Mahood Public School was built in 1954. The original building consisted of one hall and included rooms one to eight and the current library (in 1954 this was the gymnasium). Approximately 260 students attended John Mahood from kindergarten through grade eight. In 1959, a four-room addition was added to ease overcrowding. In 1972 John Mahood became a school for students in kindergarten to grade 5. The existing gymnasium was added in 1984. Staff, students, parents, alumni and community members helped celebrate John Mahood’s 50th Anniversary in the fall of 2004.
John Mahood Public School has continued to grow over the past few years as new subdivisions have been built in Elmira. Approximately 465 students are enrolled at John Mahood Public School in grades kindergarten to grade 5. Our kindergarten students attend all day every day. We currently offer French Immersion to grades one through five. Most students graduating from John Mahood go to Park Manor Public School for grades six through eight before moving on to Elmira District Secondary School. Starting in the Fall of 2016, students will remain at John Mahood until the end of Grade 6.
At John Mahood P.S., we are proud to have a staff that is committed to fostering academic excellence and responsible citizenship amongst our students. Currently there are approximately 44 people on staff: 26 teachers, a principal, 3 secretaries, 2 custodians,1 special education resource teacher, 1 child and youth worker, 4 educational assistants and 5 DECEs and 2 library clerks.
Parents and Community
The John Mahood School Council is a dedicated group of parents determined to enhance the educational experience of John Mahood’s students. The school council meets once a month, typically on the second Wednesday. A complete meeting schedule is posted on the community bulletin board in the school, on our website and upcoming dates are posted on the school sign. Over the years the council has played an integral role in the construction of our creative playground. Council has also contributed many resources for classrooms and organizes an annual turkey luncheon and fun fair called Mahoodfest. An open invitation is extended to all parents who wish to join school council.
In addition to the quality programs delivered in our classrooms, we have several programs that enhance student learning. Strong Start (Letters, Sounds and Words) and our Home Reading Program help our youngest student become readers. Our school has a tech lounge with approximately 9 networked computers and 14 chromebooks. There are a couple of computers in each classroom and we have an iPad lab containing 22 iPads for student use.
Special Education Programs
At John Mahood, students with special needs work closely with our special education teacher both individually and in small groups. Our educational assistants provide support to students in classrooms. Early Literacy Intervention and Empower are intensive reading support programs delivered in small groups by the Special Education Teacher.
Safe Schools Initiatives
We have a very strong Character Education Committee run by our dedicated and caring teachers. This group has organized school-wide, multi-grade groupings of students who meet once a week to focus on a different character trait highlighted each month. Students from JK-5 work together through stories, art work, role play, co-operative games, community outreach etc. to learn about initiative, social responsibility, perseverence, respect, integrity, empathy, dream big, teamwork.
At John Mahood Public School, students are expected to:
- Stop, Think and Choose appropriate behaviour
- Be courteous, fair, kind and honest to others regardless of age, ability, gender, race or beliefs
- Listen and respect adults, volunteers and staff
- Respect the rights and property of others
- Use appropriate language with teachers and peers (no put-downs, swearing, threats)
- Use problem-solving skills to resolve conflicts In the classroom, students are expected to:
- Be on time for class with all the materials they need to be ready to learn
- Listen to and follow the instructions and directions of all staff
- Be respectful of self, others and property
- Try their best and complete all tasks to the best of their ability
- Not interfere with the learning of others
On the playground, students are expected to:
- Enter and Dismiss through their designated entry/exit doors
- Stay on school property during school hours
- Carry skateboards, roller blades and scooters if brought to school
- Avoid unsafe activities such as: sand, rock or snowball throwing, tackle games or rough play
- Stop playing and line up at their designated entry door when the bell rings
Facilities and Resources
We are very proud of our school facility. John Mahood contains 16 classrooms, 5 portables, a special education resource room, a library and a tech lounge. We have a large schoolyard with 2 baseball diamonds, a soccer field, a creative playground, and an outdoor classroom.
Clubs and Activities
There are several different clubs and groups that John Mahood students have an opportunity to participate in. The Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Clubs give students a chance to read and critique the latest fiction and non-fiction books. Other clubs/teams that may run at various times in the year include; chess club, Kodaly Choir, art club, intramural programs, etc. Many of our junior students take on leadership roles within our school (bus patrols, lunch helpers, kindergarten helpers, morning announcers etc). Our students and families are very generous. John Mahood students participate in the Terry Fox Run, M.S. Readathon, Jump Rope for Heart and UNICEF.