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Welcome To Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School

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Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School opened its doors in September 2001, and is founded on the guiding principles of exemplary Middle Schools.

Attributes of a Howe Learner

At Howe Middle, we are committed to develop learners who are:

  • Critical Thinkers
  • Collaborators
  • Effective Communicators
  • Socially Responsible
  • Well-Rounded
  • Open-Minded
  • Digitally Literate
  • Innovative
  • Respectful

Principal’s Message

Every student is entitled to receive a quality education, provided to the best of our ability, regardless of the child’s ability or background. I strongly believe that education is an individual’s “ticket” to become anything he/she wants to be, regardless of personal circumstances. It is the key, which opens a world of choices. As Principal, my role is to be an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. I believe that “it takes a village to raise a child” and that the home and the school share the responsibility to educate a child. Active parent involvement is crucial to a child's success in school. Parents and teachers should work closely together, in an atmosphere of open communication, mutual support, and respect, in the best interests of the child. I believe in a caring atmosphere that encourages student participation, enjoyment, and success. Students are motivated through successful, enjoyable experiences and recognition of accomplishments.
It is my hope that students enjoy their time at Howe Middle. To that end, I strongly suggest that students join a team and/or one of the many activities available to make the most of their short time here. Get involved!! - Mr. D. Horton

Our Mission:

  • Preparing and inspiring our students for a lifetime of success through respect, opportunity, and innovation.

Our Vision:

  • Encouraging, inspiring and empowering lifelong learners.

Our Values:

  • Respect, trust, integrity, communication, and teamwork.

Our Beliefs:

  • Students learn in different ways and need these individual differences recognized.
  • Cultural diversity needs to be embraced.
  • Students need to feel safe: physically, emotionally and intellectually.
  • Each student needs to feel valued.
  • Respect must be school wide.

Our School Goal Inquiry Questions:

  • ELA: How can we improve student achievement in reading? As indicated by the percentage of students meeting to exceeding expectations on the Gates assessment and the Gr. 7 FSA (Reading).
  • Math: How can we increase student achievement in Math? As indicated by the percentage of students meeting to exceeding expectations on the Stanford Math Assessment and the Gr. 7 FSA (Numeracy).


  • Teachers team in groups of 2 or 3 to provide an interdisciplinary approach to classroom instruction. Classes loop in grade 6 & 7 to create a strong, caring relationship between teacher and student. Learning Support Services are available for students in every grade and include ELL, Gifted, and Aboriginal education.


  • Students in the middle grades must be given opportunities to explore new things, learn new skills, and enjoy a hands-on approach to learning. All students participate in the Explorations program, including Woodwork, Home Economics, and Music.


  • Students have access to computers, 15 per pod plus a computer lab, which allow teachers to engage students with technology in their classrooms.

Special Programs:

  • International Student Program
  • Aboriginal Education Program
  • Social Development Program
  • WEB Program
  • Band Program
  • Choir Program
  • Guitar Program
  • World Percussion Program