Wednesday October 28 2015 7 INDUSTRY TOURISM Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 E-mail infowescleannwt.com web www.wescleannwt.com Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 E-mail infowescleannwt.com web www.wescleannwt.com Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. SpayedNeutered Up-to-datewithroutineshots House trained TriciaFemaleBaby Calico Looking for a new home Tricia is very well-behaved and loves to be cuddled. Shes only a baby and she needs somebody to love her and take care of her. But you can adopt her and love her. Yay A happy ending By DALI CARMICHAEL Starting the day with a little introspection might just be the key to helping students im- prove their habits both inside and outside of the classroom. Thatisthehopeoftheterritorysdepartment ofEducationCultureandEmploymentECE whichrecentlyinitiatedaseriesofpilotprojects introducingtheconceptofself-regulationto65 educators across the NWT. ECE denes self-regulation as the ability to manageyourownenergyemotionsbehaviours and attention in ways that are socially accept- able and help achieve positive goals. It is es- sentially the ability to deal with stressors that comeupindailylifeinamannerthatisefcient andpositiveanelementofmindfulnesswhich encourages thoughtful responses to stimulus rather than impulsive reactions. We know some kids will have a hard time regulatingtheiremotionsandstayingcalmthat they nd school very difcult said Jill Taylor an inclusive school coordinator with the South Slave Divisional Education Council SSDEC. Weknowthebetterthechildcanstaycalmand focusedthebettertheinformationcominginto thedifferentpartsofthebrainareandthebetter hes able to manage and cope in a classroom. Studieshaveshownputtingafocusoneducat- ing students about the mind can help increase theiracademicachievement.Onemeta-analysis of 213 research-based social-emotional learn- ingstudiesfoundthatstudentachievementwas boosted by an average of 11 per cent. A Time magazine article published in Janu- arydocumentedastudyfromBritishColumbia thatfoundstudentswhopracticedmindfulness had15percentbettermathscoresandperceived Schools striving to help mental health test scores with self-regulation themselves as 20 per cent more prosocial they were also perceived to be 24 per cent less ag- gressive by their peers. The concept is not entirely new to the terri- tory. Some schools in the South Slave as well asCatholicSchoolsinYellowknifehavealready adaptedthesystemintotheirpracticesinrecent years.AtChiefSunriseSchoolontheKatlodeeche reserveinHayRiverpracticesimprovingemo- tional intelligence and social interaction have been a focus for almost a decade. Whatwerendingisbyusingtheself-regu- lationtechniqueitcandrasticallyimproveyour classroom climate so the kids are more calm Taylor said. Youre spending less time on the managementpieceandinsteadyourespending yourtimeonbuildingthathealthyrelationship andsenseofcommunitywithinyourclassroom. ProgramsrangefromtheTheFourthRbased ondevelopingskillstopromotepersonalsafety and healthy relationships to the MindUp pro- gramfocusedonhowthebrainrespondstostress. Wehavelittlekidsinkindergartenwhowill talk about their amygdala Taylor said. Its a small little almond-shaped clump of neurons deep in the centre of their brain and kids now knowthatamygdalaservesaskindoftheinfor- mationlterthatregulatestheiremotions.They might not be using the terminology right but they are on the right track when they say My amygdala is not working great I feel like Im stressed. Or theyll say Im feeling very calm and peaceful my amygdala is owing to my pre-frontal cortex. In this time of increasing awareness of the importanceofmentalhealthandwellnessofstu- dentsandtherelatedimpactonbehaviourandon effectivenessIthinkitsbecomingmorecritical thatweseekoutsocial-emotionalprogramsand initiativeslikethesethatdevelopinternalstrat- egiesforemotionalintelligenceself-regulation andresiliencysaidDr.CurtisBrownsuperin- tendent for the SSDEC at a teacher in-service held in Hay River this summer. At the same time he announced new initia- tives outlined by the school boards DEA set- tingtargetsfor70percentofstudentsfromkin- dergarten to grade 12 to participate in at least ve lessons of a social responsibility program. Self-regulationisanelementincludedunder ECEsNWTEducationRenewalacomprehensive efforttoimprovetheeducationsystemoverthe next decade launched in 2013. The initiative specically targets problems with attendance lacking accountability measures and the holis- tic health of students. Itsoundscornybutwereallywanttoinfuse our classrooms with lots of joy and optimism Taylorsaid.Hopeisapowerfulpowerfulmoti- vatorandweknowthatsowewanttomakesure thatallofourkidshavethesamesenseofsafety hopegratitudethankfulnessandthattheycan grab the tools they need just to be healthy and that includes their mental health. EDUCATION MENTAL HEALTH Inuvik builds fast lane to the information superhighway By CRAIG GILBERT Inuvik has followed in Yellowknifes cy- ber-footsteps with a hip new online identity. The towns administration decided to upgrade its antiquated unattractive for- mer website that was difficult to use for both visitors navigating it and adminis- trators updating it according to town SAO Grant Hood. They used the same company that updated the City of Yellowknifes website Waterloo- based eSolutionsGroup after hearing good things about the companys product and per- haps more importantly their customer sup- port after the site goes live. They dont go away once its built Hood said. Were very happy with the product. Internally we are able to get information out much easier. Like the Dempster the websites desti- nation is always the same - Inuvik - but like the cars that travel it it has a number of options that can be upgradedadded in the future. Out of the box the website is ush with improvements over the old one a news feed on the homepage that adheres to the trend in modern websites featuring carousels rotat- ing through larger-than-life images depict- ing the towns natural beauty a community calendar a town council calendar with min- utes and agendas and online by-law com- plaint reporting. Hood said the town is considering adding functions like e-commerce allowing residents to pay bills and nes online and companies to bid on tenders and for surveys. Alongside the website the town also launched its new social media channels including a Twitter account townonu- vik and a Facebook page. A lot of the social activity in Inuvik runs through Facebook pages such as Inuvik Buy and Sell or Inuvik Events but I think it is im- portant for the town to have a singular pres- ence where community members can nd relevant information quickly Gifn said. A screen capture of the Town of Inuviks new website constructed by Waterloo company eSolutionsGroup.