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I am very pleased to announce Ms. Lisa Emke will be taking over as Principal of CDCS in August.  Previously a Learning Services Administrator at the system level, Ms. Emke brings a wealth of special education knowledge to CDCS.  Mr. Brad Doherty will continue as vice-principal.   Ms. Emke is eager to meet students and staff and I know she will do great things at CDCS. 

 It is with very mixed emotions that I am leaving to take on a new role as a Learning Services Administrator for Bluewater District School Board.  While I am very excited for the challenges and learning that will come with this new role, I am going to miss the students, staff and school community of CDCS a great deal.  This school has been a huge part of my life for the past six years.  It has been a privilege to work with the Chesley students and families, and with a terrific team of staff members.  The support of the extended CDCS community, has continually amazed me.  We have weathered some incredibly challenging times, but we have created some wonderful memories too.  CDCS will always to hold a very, very special place in my heart – as they say ‘Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar’. 

 I will miss you and wish you all the very best.   If our paths cross in the future, please be sure to say hello. 

Have a great summer, play safe and be kind. 
~ Wendy Louwerse, Principal

CDCS 2019-2020 Award Recipients

Citizenship Award
A Citizenship medal is awarded to one student in each class (Grades SK-7) who helps others and demonstrates honesty and trustworthiness, follows the school rules, and is respectful of others.  These students are also compassionate and demonstrate responsibility. 

 We are proud to announce the recipients of this year's Citizenship medals:
          Charlie Robichaud-Elliott
          Jordan Hetsler
          Bradley Fortune
          Austin Leifso
          Mary McIntyre
          Kole Hetsler
          Tyler Murphy
          Abie Specht
          Allyson Wilford
          Olivia Schwartz-Devisser
          Jayla Humphrey
          Sigrun Baker
          Avery Osthoff
          Rachel Leifso
          CJ MacDougall

The Grade 6 Most Improved Award 
is presented to the Grade 6 student who demonstrates perseverance to improve and to meet and overcome challenges with a positive attitude.  The recipient has demonstrated a strong effort and commitment to improving the standard of their work throughout their Grade 6 year.
                  This year's recipient is:  Talya Barfoot

The Grade 7 Proficiency Award
is presented to the student who demonstrates an outstanding general proficiency in all subject areas.  The recipient has demonstrated an exemplary effort and commitment to producing a high standard of work throughout their Grade 7 year.
                  This year's recipient is:  Emily Wilford

   Congratulations to all our award winners.

Please Note:  Grade 8 Awards will be announced at the Graduation ceremony in the fall.

This is a reminder that due to possible spread of COVID-19 the playground equipment, including the basketball court is CLOSED at CDCS.  Please be respectful of our school and your community.  Spread the word, Not the Virus!

Cougar Paws - 


Cougar Paws are awarded during our Cougar Pause each day to students who exhibit the qualities of good Cougar character: caring, commitment, dependability, trust, honesty, teamwork, integrity, self-discipline, responsibility, respect.  While we can't be at school we are awarding Cougar Paws people in our communities who demonstrate these character traits.  
Students can nominate groups (i.e. nurses) or individuals for Cougar Paws by drawing a picture and sending it to Mrs. Louwerse at  Pictures will be posted on the Chesley Cougars Facebook page each afternoon.

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