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Marathon running race, large group of runners
June 4, 2024

The Home Stretch: Finishing Strong

Many years ago, as I trained for my first marathon, one of my mentors—a seasoned runner with countless marathons behind him—shared invaluable wisdom about the importance of finishing strong. He emphasized the need to maintain enough energy to cross the finish line with a smile and a strong pace, regardless of how the race began.

I can still recall his words echoing in my mind: “Remember, it’s not about how you start the marathon; it’s about how you finish. Finish strong.”

Marathon running race, large group of runners
Whiteboard with writing about Indigenous Land Acknowledgement and learning for English students
May 28, 2024

Community and Identity: The Role of Indigenous Perspectives in English Education

Integrating Indigenous perspectives, histories, and knowledge systems into our classrooms is a transformative journey that goes beyond curriculum enhancement. By incorporating Indigenous perspectives across all subjects, we not only honour the rich heritage of Indigenous communities but also nurture a more inclusive and interconnected learning environment for all students.

Whiteboard with writing about Indigenous Land Acknowledgement and learning for English students
students sitting on floor in a circle, writing on paper
May 28, 2024

WEB Program's Spring Play Day: Building Bonds and Leadership at Howe Middle

At Colleen and Gordie Howe Middle School, the arrival of spring heralds not just blooming flowers and warmer days but also a cherished tradition that brings the school community closer together: the Spring Play Day of the WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program. This annual event is more than just fun and games; it is a pivotal part of the school's efforts to foster leadership, inclusivity, and a strong sense of community.

students sitting on floor in a circle, writing on paper
Grade 12 female student with their thumbs up, standing in front of food supplies 24APR2024 - Superintendent Newsletter - ATS
April 22, 2024

Using Culinary Skills at ATS to Serve Her Community

The grade 12 Capstone projects are well underway at Abbotsford Traditional School. These learning opportunities focus on real-life experiences where students develop skills for future post-secondary education and employment pursuits. Projects are student created and reflect individual talents and interests. They can take the shape of small businesses, community fundraisers, coaching, or volunteer programs.

Grade 12 female student with their thumbs up, standing in front of food supplies 24APR2024 - Superintendent Newsletter - ATS
Three students sitting at a table, focused on threading beads Clayburn - Superintendent Newsletter - Beading
April 22, 2024

Discovering New Areas of Interest

Clayburn Middle School strives to create engaging and new opportunities for students. One way we achieve this is by offering Special Interest Days. Twice yearly, Clayburn staff share an area of passion with students by creating hands-on, interactive, and meaningful learning activities in late winter and mid-spring. Staff are encouraged to emphasize the importance of finding joy and passion in learning that can inspire further desire for experiencing success in learning and life.

Three students sitting at a table, focused on threading beads Clayburn - Superintendent Newsletter - Beading
Six smiling teacher candidates standing in the library IKT - Superintendent Newsletter - 24APR2024
April 22, 2024

The Impact of Hosting Teacher Candidates

An important part of giving back to the profession is when veteran teachers become mentors to new teaching candidates.  I am thrilled to highlight the significant role and benefits of hosting student teachers at Irene Kelleher Totí:ltawtxw. Currently, we have the pleasure of hosting six teacher candidates from the University of the Fraser Valley who are diligently navigating their long practicums alongside amazing educators within our building. As we embrace this opportunity, it is essential to recognize the profound impact that hosting student teachers has on our school community.

Six smiling teacher candidates standing in the library IKT - Superintendent Newsletter - 24APR2024
School gym filled with students and staff for a basketball game. Snow Ball - Abby Senior
March 15, 2024

Inside the Halls of Abbotsford Senior Secondary School

Being the oldest high school in the city, Abbotsford Senior Secondary School has a proud history. Take a walk down our Graduates Hall, which features all the grad classes since 1956. Look around our Heritage Wing, highlighting the physical changes that our school has seen and showcasing some of the historic athletic accomplishments of our teams and past graduates. Throughout our building, the storied history of our school and the people who have filled its halls are celebrated.

School gym filled with students and staff for a basketball game. Snow Ball - Abby Senior
Two middle school students holding paper, smiling. Chief Dan George - Superintendent Newsletter MAR 2024
March 15, 2024

Cultivating Caring Citizens at Chief Dan George

Why do people hate? Because they’ve been hated? Or are they hurt? These are some of the important questions students at Chief Dan George Middle are trying to answer, digest and unpack as they explore anti-racism, equity and diversity. This school year, our focus has been on accepting and understanding each other’s cultures and diverse backgrounds by building community in our classrooms. Students have had many opportunities to engage in reflection and action in social-emotional learning to be better citizens.

Two middle school students holding paper, smiling. Chief Dan George - Superintendent Newsletter MAR 2024
Students and families gathered in the school gym on the floor, ready to watch a movie Harry Sayers - March Movie Night
March 15, 2024

“Reach for the Stars”: Engaging the Harry Sayers Parent Community

At Harry Sayers Elementary, one of our goals is to strive to “Increase parent and community engagement” as part of our School Plan and the School District Strategic Plan. During the pandemic, parents were not able to volunteer or be part of the school community like they once were.

Students and families gathered in the school gym on the floor, ready to watch a movie Harry Sayers - March Movie Night