W. O. Mitchell Elementary School
|W.O. Mitchell Elementary School (W.O.M.)|
Learning together, together to learn.
|80 Steeple Chase Drive
Kanata, Ontario, K2M 2A6, Canada
|Public transit access||OC Transpo routes 61, 161, 169|
|School board||Ottawa Carleton District School Board|
|Area trustee||Cathy Curry|
|Principal||Heather Graham |
|Vice principal||Tracy Snarr|
|Grades||Junior Kindergarten to Grade Eight|
|Team name||W.O.Mitchell Mavs|
|Colours||Purple, White, Gray, Black|
|Feeder schools||Roch Carrier & John Young|
- This page is about the School. For the author, see W.O. Mitchell.
W.O.M. was founded in 1998 as part of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). It is located at 80 Steeple Chase Drive. There are approximately 700 students, as of 2009-2010. W.O.M. gets an influx of grade 7 students from other schools that only go up to grade 6. The school has many clubs, sport teams and has a large gym, stage, and a computer lab. Different fundraising festivals are held frequently. One notable festival is W.O.M. Fest, which occurs once every year. The school has two wings, two floors, a large yard, five portables and a kindergarten area that was renovated in 2004 because of a large flood. The gym was also replaced for the same reason. On December 19, 2011, the school experienced the same issue, with the exception that the water was shut off, preventing major damage. The issue has been resolved by SimplexGrinell, and the kindergarten wing has been shut down. It went through major renovations, and is now open. Nowhere else in the school was affected. The process took a little bit over a month to complete, however, no one worked during winter break.
W.O. Mitchell Elementary School features many programs, including Early French Immersion, a Gifted program, and more. The school also has its own grade 7/8 band, and successful sports teams.
W.O. Mitchell Elementary School has, over the course of its history, had grade 6,7 and 8 bands, as well as jazz ensembles and other small ensembles. Many of these ensembles have entered in music festivals where they have earned awards. Grade 7 and 8s have a choice of 10 instruments: 8 can be chosen by anyone, and the other 2 requires that students pass a test. A grade 8 band was formed in 2011, for the upcoming year. 
Instrumental Music is taught as part of the curriculum and students participate in grade recitals as well as concerts in the community.
W.O. Mitchell Elementary School participates in many sports, including track and field, cross country, and basketball. The gym walls are lined with many banners, with more being won each year. During second recess, depending on which day, different grades have intramural. The intramural sport is usually the sport currently being taught in class. W.O.M. is also home to two winners of the OCEAA Coach of the Year award. Derek Tysick won the award in 2011, followed by Heather McGrath in 2012.
W.O. Mitchell Elementary School reading and writing results are above both board and provincial standards.
Clubs and Extra Curricular
Some of the clubs and extra curricular activities at the school this past year are the AC3 awareness club, Student Council, Athletic Council, Reel Cool Productions (video production club), Chess Club and the Science Fair, as well as numerous successful sports teams. Also, the school mounts a full-scale musical every two years. This musical is performed primarily by intermediate (grade7/8)students.