Dreams are where you want to go…work is how you get there.

Longfields Davidson Heights is excited to have Mark Hatfield as a motivational speaker for our grade 8 students on the first day of school!

Mark is a member of Motivate Canada’s Self Esteem Team and he delivers a powerful message on resiliency, his road to success, and how he got there.

Mark’s extraordinary story is well documented. After graduating from Bishop’s University, Mark earned a spot with the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins and later played for the Houston Oilers and Detroit Lions…

In 1997, he moved back to Canada, and joined the B.C. Lions football club of the Canadian Football League. Beyond football, Mark created and starred in short segments entitled, “the retired CFL guy”, for the comedy network’s “game face” series.

He also hosted the “big bad sports show” on Rogers cable for two seasons and has been a frequent guest on TSN’s “Off the record with Michael Landsberg.” Mark is also the founder and head trainer for Hatfield’s athletic development centre and a professional firefighter with the city of Ottawa. In his spare time, he sleeps.

Where do you want to go, Ravens? What kind of work do you need to do to get there?

PEP TALK #1: Longfields needs you. Stop being boring.

Welcome to September 2017

If you’re in Grade 7, welcome to Longfields. If you’re in Grade 8, welcome back! And, if you’re on this site, welcome to the all-new Intermediate Ravens RISE website.

We’ve got a great year planned for you.

  • Academics.
  • Extra-curriculars.
  • Your physical and social well being…

Longfields Needs You. Stop being boring.

Yeah, you. To quote Kid President, “It’s easy being boring. You’re gooder than that.”

Check out this pep talk from Kid President.

“Two roads diverged in the woods,

and I took the road less traveled.

AND IT HURT, MAN!

Really Bad: rocks, thorns, and glass!

But, what if there really were two paths?

I want to be on the one that leads to AWESOME.

How are you going to be on the road to AWESOME this year?

Don’t keep your feelings inside.

So some advice I think that will help the kids coming next year is to not keep your feelings all bundled up inside. It will help a lot if you just go talk to someone.

At this school, we have really good guidance counselors that can help you a lot. When you are feeling stressed or depressed or anything, if you go talk to someone it can really help you.

However, if you keep your feelings in, your feelings will just keep bugging you and will probably make you feel worse/more stressed. I know from experience that when you talk about your feelings and let them out, it makes you feel a lot better.

I used to keep all my feelings inside but it just made me feel worse, until one day I finally talked to someone. It helped me a lot. So instead of keeping your feelings in, I suggest that you go talk to someone, it can really help you.

I know from experience that when you talk about your feelings and let them out, it makes you feel a lot better. I used to keep all my feelings inside but it just made me feel worse, until one day I finally talked to someone. It helped me a lot. So instead of keeping your feelings in, I suggest that you go talk to someone, it can really help you.

It helped me a lot. So instead of keeping your feelings in, I suggest that you go talk to someone, it can really help you.

You can do it too!

In grade seven I really enjoyed music class. I played the clarinet and was even asked by the music teacher to join the grade seven concert band. However, I couldn’t join because I was a part of another activity outside of school which took place at the same time of one of their rehearsals during the week.

During the summer I decided I no longer wanted to do this other activity, so I started to consider joining the band in grade eight. Then on one of the first days of school, the audition music was released. I took one look at it and thought there was no way I was going to make it, but with a little practice, I realized it really wasn’t so hard.

I ended up in the grade eight concert band with one of the lead clarinet spots! Nobody even noticed I hadn’t been in the band the previous year. We performed a lot of cool shows and went on a really cool trip to Montreal at the end of the year.

I’m very glad I auditioned even with my doubts. I encourage anyone who’s interested in a certain club or activity to go for it, you’ll never know what could happen if you don’t try.

I needed some help…

At the start of grade seven, I was having a pretty tough time with my friends and my grades and even things at home were stressful. I felt like I had no one to talk to.

Grade seven was already scary enough at the start because LDH is such a big school but luckily there was a wonderful group that takes place at this school that was introduced to me. Early Intervention Program (EIP) was a group that sounded perfect for me and it was.

Through all of my tough times in grade seven, EIP helped me and so did our guidance teacher. I had lots of friend drama and the group helped me understand how to become better at dealing with school and home related issues.

I kept going to EIP all through grade eight too and I can happily say that things are looking a lot better for me from when I started grade seven and ended grade eight.

If ever you find yourself in a sticky situation you can find help here at LDH. Our guidance teacher Ms.MacDonald is always here to help you and so is the EIP group. My grades and happiness have gone up since the seventh grade and finding help here at LDH introduced me to some great strategies I can use and an amazing role model that I can always look up to.

-D