Daily Announcements – Oct 18, 2019

General Announcements:

  • Attention Grade 11 and 12 students. UBC is visiting Westview on Monday October 21st at FLEX. All students interested in attending, please meet in the library.
    Attention Grade 12s, Westview’s Counsellors will be hosting a Parent Information Night on Tuesday October 22 at 6:30 in the library and will sharing a variety of post-secondary information. Students are invited to attend this session as well!
  • Ms. Zagar’s Social Justice block A – Quiz moved to Monday instead of Friday.
  • The Environmental Club is meeting today at lunch in Ms. Zagar’s room. All welcome.
  • Reminder to all skiers and snowboarders that registration for Westview’s ski trips are due soon. Spots are filling up quickly. Please see Mr. Strothotte.
  • If you have lost a shoe bag, please come to the office.

Sports:

  • Congratulations to Westview’s Cross Country runners on another excellent showing at the District Championships at Mundy Park on Wednesday. Good luck to our runners at the Zone Championships next week! Go Wildcats!
  • A congratulations goes out the Field Hockey team on a HUGE playoffs win yesterday over Gleneagle! The team played their best game of the season in the 1-0 win.  The team moves on the Semi Finals against Heritage Woods next week.  Go Wildcats!
  • Also congratulations to the Grade 8 girls volleyball on their hard fought games yesterday against MRSS and Garibaldi! Today, they will be playing Thomas Haney!

 

 

Principal’s Post – October 2019

October 2019 Principal’s Post

When we met with students to start the school year, we identified three school-wide goals for the year:

  • build school culture and community
  • develop student leaders
  • celebrate excellence. We want to make sure we are not just talking about it. We are being about it.

As we finished September Mrs. Liversidge and Ms. Bahia, along with three senior students, attended the Canadian National Student Leadership Conference. We were the only school in Maple Ridge to have delegates attend and the students came back inspired and prepared to impact our school. Senior Leadership also organized and hosted our annual Terry Fox run which had a presentation by a cancer survivor and former Westview student as well as a 2.5km walk and 5km run. We had over 80 staff and students participate and raise awareness and donations for Cancer research to find a cure.

Breaking Down the Walls is a three-day school-wide event that included an all-school assembly on Monday and workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday for 300 students and 40 student leaders. The purpose of Breaking Down the Walls is to create a strong and connected school community of care as well as develop and identify student leaders. We are excited by the impact this will have on Westview.

Breaking Down the Walls also aligns with the Personal Awareness and Responsibility Core Competency from our new provincial curriculum. Why is personal awareness and responsibility so important to a child’s education? Personal awareness and responsibility is a core competency integrated into all areas of learning in the curriculum. When a student is personally aware and responsible, their sense of self-worth and confidence grow as they develop skills to ensure their well-being. Students learn how to set goals, regulate their emotions and stress, express their needs, and seek help when needed. When students understand how their choices affect their educational, emotional, and social well-being, they recognize that they have a personal responsibility for their future.

September also featured our school awards from last school year for students in grades nine through 12. We had 77 students receive recognition for their outstanding work as well as three significant awards for Junior and Senior Leadership, Service, Citizenship and Top Academic student in grades 10 & 11.

A reminder that every Tuesday and Thursday our Youth Care Worker, Mr. Whincup, serves a delicious hot breakfast for all students. It is FREE! Students can drop by the foods room to enjoy and start the day off right!

In athletics our Fall teams are off and running. This year we’ve added a cross-country team in addition to boys and girls volleyball.  Recently, our Senior girls’ field hockey team attended a tournament in Osoyoos and began league play last week. League play is also underway for our Junior and Senior boys soccer teams.

We encourage all students to be involved and connected at school in clubs, athletics or leadership. We provide information on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, our daily announcements and on our website.

October Happenings:

Tuesday, 1st – Breaking Down The Walls #1 – Workshop (8:30am – 2:40pm)

Wednesday, 2nd – Breaking Down The Walls #2 – Workshop (8:30am – 2:40pm)

Thursday, 3rd – Sr. Volleyball & Sr. Soccer in Chilliwack Tournaments

Friday, 4th – Sr. Volleyball & Sr. Soccer in Chilliwack Tournaments

Saturday, 5th – World Teacher Day

Tuesday, 8th – Grad Assembly #1 – Flex

Tuesday, 8th – Grad Parent Meeting – Library at 7:00pm

Wednesday, 9th – Technology Education Manufacturing Field Trip – Mr. Strothotte

Friday, 11th – Collaboration Day for Staff (Students start at 9:45am)

Monday, 14th – Thanksgiving (No school for staff or students)

Wednesday, 16th – Photo Re-Takes

Thursday, 17th – Student Vote – Social Studies Department

Monday, 21st – UBC Info Session – Flex

Friday, 25th – Provincial Non-instructional Day (No school for students)

Monday, 28th – PAC Meeting in the Library at 7:00pm

Wednesday, 30th – Post-secondary Information Session – 12:15-3:00

Thursday, 31st – Link Crew Afternoon Activity – Block G & H

 

DEO – Global Climate Strike Rally

Dear parents/guardians,

As you may know, Global Climate Strike rallies are being held across North America this upcoming Friday, September 27. These rallies are timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York and are being organized online under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.

In recent days, school districts have begun to acknowledge the likelihood of student participation in these rallies, and to formally offer their support for this call to action.

Here in the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District, personal and social responsibility is one of our key defining values. We are committed as a district to acting as responsible stewards within our community, and we seek to develop the leadership and citizenship capacity of all learners.

Over the past several years, we have encouraged our students to engage in various environmental sustainability initiatives and have been proud of their achievements in this area. In the last school year alone, student-led initiatives during our annual SD42 Energy Challenge resulted in energy savings of 43,624 kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity and 169 gigajoules (GJ) of natural gas – enough to power five residential homes for an entire year. This is extraordinary work. We have also seen an increase in the number of “green teams” in our schools, resulting in tangible, student-driven solutions that have had a measurable impact on our community.

As a district, we also recognize the importance of student engagement and student leadership in important issues that affect our communities. That said, the decision to participate in a climate rally should always be an informed one and should only be made after a thorough discussion within individual families. To learn more about the Global Climate Strike initiative, visit https://www.fridaysforfuture.org.

If after a family discussion your child chooses to attend a climate rally, we ask that you please notify the school of their absence. Students who participate in a rally will have an opportunity to make up any work they miss.

Our school district remains deeply committed to environmental sustainability and will continue to ensure that our students have many opportunities throughout the school year to take on a leadership role in this important area.

Sincerely,

Sylvia Russell
Superintendent

Student Photos (Sept 11, 2019)

Mountain West Studios Ltd

WESTVIEW – PHOTO DAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

Within a few days after today’s photo session students will receive their ID CARDS.

On each card is a code that can be used to login to the mountainwest.ca website.

Online there are numerous choices of backgrounds to choose from.

The best way and most economical is to place your order online

before the due date that will be announced on the delivery of the ID cards.

Packages will be sent out to the address given online at the time of ordering.

If you have questions please contact the studio:

orders@mountainwest.ca

Phone: 604 433-0551 ext 110

 

Area Manager: Kathy Fitzpatrick

Kathy@mountainwest.ca 604 889-7099

 

Please note Photo Retake day is Oct. 16, 2019

Principal’s Post – Aug 27, 2019

 

Principal’s Post August 27th, 2019

Westview Students & Parents:

I hope you are enjoying your summer and are looking forward to the start of school!

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some important information about school start-up.

Staff Updates – please join me in welcoming the following new staff members to Westview.

  • Bahia / Career Life Education 10 & Jr. Leadership
  • Bemister / Learning Services Life Skills
  • Dalton / French 8-10
  • Hampton / Computers 8-12
  • Kim / Computers 9-10
  • Rowley / Math 8-12
  • Sharpe / Counselling (Grades 9, 11, & 12s M-Z)
  • Stanley / Westview Cafe
  • Swire / Foods 8-11
  • Szabo / Accounts Clerk

 Opening Day & Week – Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Please note on the first day, not all students attend at the same time. Take a look at the schedule and determine by grade the time you need to arrive.

Grade 8s

  • 9:00-1:00 – Grade 8 Link Orientation
  • 1:00-1:30 – Grade 8 Lunch
  • 1:30-2:15 – Grade 8 Advisory

Grade 9-12s

  • 11:00-11:30 – Grade 9 Orientation followed by advisory
  • 11:30-12:00 – Grade 10 Orientation followed by advisory
  • 12:00-12:30 – Grade 11 Orientation followed by advisory
  • 12:30-1:00 – Grade 12 Orientation followed by advisory
  • 1:00-2:30 – International Student Orientation (led by Linda)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th:
Students will visit all 8 of their classes on Wednesday, September 4th. Classes will be shortened to allow students to attend all eight blocks, but daily start and end times will be the same as the normal bell schedule, with the warning bell at 8:25 am and dismissal at 2:40 pm. We will resume our regular block rotation / bell schedule on Thursday, September 5th.

Link Crew & Grade 8s

Link Crew is a peer mentorship program where senior students in grades 11-12 connect with our new grade 8s to help with the transition to high school. Ms. Doran-Eddy & Ms. MacDonald have selected and trained an amazing group of Link Crew leaders who will lead students through an orientation on the first day of school. Link Crew will also be a year long connection where every gr. 8 student is paired with a Link Crew student leader who will serve as a mentor throughout the school year. We are really looking forward to the positive impact this program will have on our new grade 8s.

Social Media 

To view all the great things that are going on at Westview, please visit our website (wss.sd42.ca) and follow us on twitter (@WSSsd42) and Instagram (@wsswildcats).

Class/Schedule Changes 

Students will receive their schedule in Advisory on Tuesday, September 3rd. For students who want to make a change to their schedule, Course Correction Forms will be available for pick up and drop off in the main office.

  • Please note that submitting a Course Correction Form does not guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your request. 
  • Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the counsellors by email:

 Locker Assignments & Student Fee Payment 2019

If students fees have paid the $28 student fee online through our portal, students will be able to come to school Thursday, August 29th and choose a locker. Be sure to have a lock or purchase one from the school as well.

  • Thursday, August 29th – 9:00-10:00am (Grade 11-12s)
  • Thursday, August 29th – 10:00-11:00am (Grade 9-10s)

Westview Secondary will also be assigning lockers and collecting fees during Advisory on September 3rd – 6th, 2019.  The mandatory school fees ($28), and optional fees for locks ($6) and Yearbooks ($55) may be paid on-line through the parent portal.

WSS app

For parents you will have access to the full year calendar of activities and events, simply download for free from your app store by searching for “MySchoolDay”. Once downloaded select Province > School District 42 > School. This app serves as an agenda for students. It is simple to use and allows students to personalize settings. Students will be able to: add classes and colour code them; record homework, view personal calendars monthly, weekly or by day layouts; add events for morning, lunch or after school activities such as sports, fine arts, study groups, etc.

Administration

Darren Rowell (Principal) Grade 12s

Steve Kater (Vice Principal) Grade 9 & 11s

Karl Lindgren-Streicher (Vice Principal) Grade 8 & 10s

We must extend a huge thank you to the Westview custodial team for their commitment and hard work, the school facility is in beautiful condition and ready for you all!

I am very excited to begin the school year and the opportunities that await Westview students.

Go Wildcats Go!!

Mr. Rowell

Principal, Westview Secondary School

 

 

Elementary Band Registration – Sept. 17 @ 7:00pm

Principal’s Post – May 2019

May 2019

Principal’s Post

We are into the home stretch of the school with only May and June ahead of us. The next two months will be busy, both in and out of the classroom and culminating with our Graduation Ceremony at the Hard Rock Theatre, June 26th.

May features some big events for students, including the UFC (Ultimate Fitness Competition). The UFC is a team obstacle course race that all senior students participate in and features a 12 foot wall that all team members must get over.

May also features spirit week, which is organized by our leadership students, between May 13th and 17th. There will be Pyjama Day,  Denim Day, Jersey Day, Throwback Day, Team Colour Day & an all school Gym Riot on the afternoon of May 17th.

Spring sports are going strong with Sr. Boys Ball Hockey and Sr. Girls Soccer as well as Track and Field and Golf. Our junior and senior boys basketball players are playing spring league and tournaments.

As graduation approaches, we partner with ICBC and host a road safe speaker for our grade 12s. This year, we are pleased to welcome John Westhaver who speaks to the following topics: impaired driving, speed, seatbelt safety, distracted driving, choices and consequences.

John Westhaver was a typical high school student, full of life and fun-loving. With only a month and a half left of high school, John was in a crash with three friends. Due to speeding and driver inexperience, the driver lost control of the car John and his friends were travelling in. John was lucky, he escaped; his three friends did not. He sustained burns to 75% of his body and broken bones.

John is a true testament to what it is to not only survive a fatal car crash, but to thrive. He has been speaking at schools across Canada and the U.S. for more than 15 years. Students from Nova Scotia to British Columbia to Connecticut have been inspired by John’s positive message on choices and how they can have lasting consequences.

BC is implementing new provincial curriculum and one of its key features is Inquiry Learning. Inquiry Learning is a process where students investigate and explore answers to questions. Inquiry questions provide a focus for learning the curricular content, encourage students to develop important skills when answering questions, and make learning more meaningful and relevant. Inquiry questions provide a framework for teachers to more easily meet the needs of each student while allowing students to be more engaged in the content they are learning. For more information of BC’s curriculum, go to: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca

IMPORTANT EVENTS

  • May 8, 15, & 22nd – WOW Wednesdays
  • May 9th – Ultimate Fitness Competition (UFC)
  • May 13-17th – Spirit Week
    • 13th – Pyjama Day
    • 14th – Denim Day
    • 15th – Jersey Day
    • 16th – Throwback Day
    • 17th – Team Colour Day & Gym Riot
  • May 15th – ICBC Speaker John Westhaven
  • May 17th – Music Retreat to Timberline Ranch
  • May 21st – School-based Non-Instructional Day
  • May 22nd – Grad Assembly (Flex Time)
  • May 23rd – Link Leader Training
  • May 23rd – District Aboriginal Awards at the ACT
  • May 24th – Elementary Music Concert
  • May 27th – PAC Meeting at 7pm
  • May 29th – Grade 7 Day (Grade 8s off school)

 

Principal’s Post – March 2019

March 2019 Principal’s Post

Although March is a quick month with a two week Spring Break, there are some big things happening at Westview. Students have completed their course planning for next year. Parents
be sure to have a conversation with your child regarding their courses choices for next year.  There are some exciting options available for students.

To help us promote the many things we have going on and the programs at Westview, we have a team of three grade 11 students (Zia, Matteo & Dawson) who have started the Westview Film
Department. Their first production is a profile of Mr. Harmon’s Industrial Design course. The  students completed all aspects of this video including the planning, interviewing, filming and
editing. The final product, I am sure you will agree, is exceptional and shows what students are  capable of given the time and resources to showcase their skills, interests and passions.  Below is a link to view – Industrial Design video.

This Spring Break thirty Westview students will be off to France and Spain with Mrs. Liversidge.  This two week trip is an action packed cultural and language experience with visits to Roman
ruins, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles and concludes with a walking tour of  Barcelona. It will be a experience these students will remember for the rest of their lives.
March 14th is Pi Day and our Math Department led by Ms. Sarai is hosting a week of Pi-related activities. What Is Pi In Math? Pi (π) is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is a
constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same. A few of the activities that are being planned are:

● Pi Memorization Contest
● Pi Pin Making
● “Pi”ku Poem Challenge
● Pi Art Project
● “Pi”napple Toss

The ACT is hosting the Evolving Talent Art Show featuring District 42’s Young Artists. Mrs. Cruikshank was instrumental in making this event happen and features a number of Westview
artists. It is a juried art show and begins Saturday, March 2nd at 2pm and runs until April 6th.  March also sees the conclusion of our winter sports with the annual Basketball Banquet being
held Wednesday, March 13th. The banquet is an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of our student athletes for their growth, development and improvement during the season.

New curriculum information: From kindergarten to graduation, students will experience Aboriginal perspectives and understandings as an integrated part of their learning journey. The inclusion of
Indigenous ways of knowing and being is based on the understanding that Aboriginal perspectives and knowledge are a part of the historical and contemporary foundation of BC and Canada.
An important goal in integrating Aboriginal perspectives into curricula is to ensure that all learners have opportunities to understand and respect their own cultural heritage as well as that of others.  There are two important aspects to embedding these principles of learning into classroom experiences. First, all students will be celebrated as individuals in a strength-based, learner-centred environment and second, all students will be nurtured in their understanding of the healing around Truth and Reconciliation.

Spring sports also begin:
● Boys Rugby – Mr. Wood and Ms. Carlyle
● Girls Soccer – Mr. Schmidt and Ms. MacDonald
● Track and Field – Mrs. Liversidge
● Ultimate – Ms. Doran-Eddy
● Golf – Mr. Procyk
● Ball Hockey – Mr. Hallate and Ms. Carlyle

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
March 6th – Students attending Anti-Racism Conference in Surrey School District
March 13th – Basketball Wrap-Up
March 13th – Student Skills Showcase – Trades BC
March 15th – last day of school prior to Spring Break
March 18th – 22nd – Spring Break Week #1
March 25th – 29th – Spring Break Week #2
April 1st – return to school after Spring Break

Evolving Talent – SD42’s Young Artists

Join us on Saturday, March 2nd, for this FREE opening reception of this juried exhibition of SD42’s young secondary school artists.  The reception takes place at 2:00 – 4:00pm at The Act, Maple Ridge.  The exhibition itself runs from March 2 – April 6, 2019.

 

Parent Information Meeting – Secondary Curriculum Changes

We are pleased to offer an information session for the parents and guardians of SD42 secondary students. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information with regard to the important changes in the grade 8 to 12 curriculum, the graduation program, provincial graduation assessments, classroom assessment practices and student reporting.

Date: January 31, 2019

Time: 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Location: Thomas Haney Secondary School, room 2032