Letters to Collin McNally




A Prince Edward Island mom who posted on social media about how she had been forced to pull her son out of school because of years of relentless bullying says she is overwhelmed by the amount of support she has received online.

14-year-old son, Collin, has been a victim of severe verbal and physical bullying for more than seven years at school.

He has  endured many injuries, including bruises on his trunk from being repeatedly thrown into a urinal, and marks around his neck from being hung by his hoodie at school. His mom also showed a photo of his teeth that had to be wired back into place because they had been knocked out with a metal thermos.

Two weeks ago, she said her son finally fought back and punched one boy in the face. Then, last Thursday, police escorted her son home after they had received a call that 20 teens had gathered at a local hockey rink to watch her son get beaten up. She said police prevented the attack but the incident was so frightening to her and her son that she chose to remove Collin from school.

“My son is my best friend and I cannot watch him suffer anymore,” she said.

She added in another post that she has no interest in naming the other students involved.


Write a letter to Collin to let him know that we are thinking about him. 

Yes or NO to School Uniforms at HLPS?


  Choose a position and back it up. Do you agree or disagree with students having to wear school uniforms? Write a well written paragraph explaining you position on this issue.

  Read your classmates’ position and discuss with them on this site, why you agree or disagree with them. Ask them questions about why they have taken their position. 



Locked in Time


What would you do if you were Locked in Time?

Would you be happy, sad, or angry?

How would you feel if you knew you would never age, and stay the way you are now forever?

Write at least two paragraphs (ten sentences) about how you would feel and what you would do if you knew you had to be the age you are now forever.


Author: Lois Lowry answers our questions.

Author, Lois Lowry was born March 20, 1937  in Oahu, Hawaii, The United States                                                                                                 

http://www.loislowry.com/   Genre   Children’s Books, Literature & Fiction, Young Adult


1. What inspired you to be a writer?   Jordan 

2. How many books have you written that have been published?  Dominque

3. How old were you when you wrote your first book?   Shaun     

4. What inspired you to write The Giver?   Krystal   

5. When you are writing a novel and hit a wall, what do you do to get past  it?  Matthew

6. In The Giver , what gave you the idea for such a sterile community?  Victoria

7. What other interests do you have other than writing?  Taryn

8. How long did it take you to write The Giver?  Morgan

Thank you so much for answering our questions. It is a great honor to have this opportunity to communicate with such a prestigious author.  The Giver is an intriguing novel that has led our class into many interesting discussions.  Thank you for writing it and inspiring us as readers and maybe some of us as tomorrow’s writers.

All our best,

Brenda Bailey &

Grade 8 English Language Arts Students

Keep calm and time travel!

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Time to plan a trip of a lifetime! If you could travel to any place, at any time (past or future), when and where would you go? Why?

Don’t forget!

Be creative, make sure to embellish, embellish, embellish!

Your post should be enough to describe to us where you would go, what period of time you are going there, and why you picked that time and place. Don’t forget to include what you would do there.

For example, if you decide to go to High Level in the year 2020 to see how you do during your graduation, or if you want to go back in the past to see how people lived back then, or to go visit the dinosaurs! Nowhere is off limits.

Have fun time traveling! :)

Who am I? (The first post of 2015)


We are off to a beautiful start this year, and I would like to keep the positive energy flowing! For this journal entry, you should write a minimum of ten sentences about YOU. It can include where you’re from, what you like to do in your free time, or even what you want to do when you graduate high school. Make sure to include at least one interesting fact about you  that someone may not know (you once swam in the ocean, you ate shark meat, you love to skydive, or you once finished an entire video games in one sitting!) Don’t forget, positive language! When you are writing about yourself, think positive and be positive. Write about the things you like about yourself :)

For example,

My name is Ms. Gosse. I am from Torbay, Newfoundland. I love to paint and go for walks at the park with my roommate, Heather. I am the youngest of six children. I have two cats, Havi and Silva. In my spare time I like to read, write, and volunteer. My favorite season is Autumn. My second language is German. An interesting fact about me is that I am colorblind. When I get older I hope to be an amazing teacher.

– Ms. G