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Group of 4 females standing together, smiling for photo Fraser Middle - February Superintendent Newsletter Image
February 28, 2024

Agenda Gap: Shaping Youth Advocacy

Throughout the 2023/2024 school year, WA Fraser Middle School and Chief Dan George Middle have participated in a unique program called Agenda Gap. Agenda Gap is a research-driven program led by Dr. Emily Jenkins at UBC and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Mental Health Promotion – Innovation Fund. It is a facilitated program co-created with youth collaborators to support young people engaging in policy decision-making to enhance conditions for positive mental health for themselves and their communities.

Group of 4 females standing together, smiling for photo Fraser Middle - February Superintendent Newsletter Image
Burnout, stress and tired girl thinking about exam, assignment or project deadline at school iStock - Female student standing-blurred students walking
February 1, 2024

Celebrating Learning

Does this dialogue sound familiar...?  

Parent: “What did you do at school today?”
Student: “Nothing.”

At W.J. Mouat, we are lifting the veil of what happens at school through our weekly Spotlight on Learning series and our yearly Celebrations of Learning, which demonstrate both the intellectual and human/ social nature of learning. Check out the 58 different contributions!

Burnout, stress and tired girl thinking about exam, assignment or project deadline at school iStock - Female student standing-blurred students walking
Sunrise light at the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on a foggy morning, suspended walking bridge in middle of forest, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. iStock - Capilano Suspension Bridge
February 1, 2024

The Bridge to Anywhere

There are no guarantees in life, but wherever you want to go or can imagine going, education is probably the best way there. How does a child in Kindergarten one day become an architect? How does a grade nine student become an arthroscopic surgeon or an agriculturist? How does one become an electrician or a chef? You guessed it - education. This is why I often describe education as the bridge to anywhere.

Sunrise light at the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on a foggy morning, suspended walking bridge in middle of forest, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. iStock - Capilano Suspension Bridge
Two students looking at a whiteboard Middle - Eugene Reimer Math
February 1, 2024

Enhancing Mathematical Learning

At Eugene Reimer Middle School, we are embracing innovative teaching methodologies, and one such transformative approach is the implementation of "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12: 14 Practices for Enhancing Learning" by Peter Liljedahl. This framework is reshaping our mathematical practices and redefining how our students approach problem-solving and mathematical reasoning.

Two students looking at a whiteboard Middle - Eugene Reimer Math
Female student focuses on built design for engineering class, male teacher watches 28June2023 - Superintendent Newsletter - ATS
June 29, 2023

Engineering in Motion at ATS

At Abbotsford Traditional School, Lewis Van Dyk, had the opportunity to implement strong inquiry opportunities in the classroom in his first year at the school. In 2021 Abbotsford Traditional School first offered an Engineering 11 course.  When Mr. Van Dyk took over the course, he focused on mechanical engineering and implementing the engineering design cycle through inquiry. Mr. Van Dyk focused on developing student design skills, as well as how simple machines work and the advantages that they have.

Female student focuses on built design for engineering class, male teacher watches 28June2023 - Superintendent Newsletter - ATS
June 29, 2023

Outgoing Superintendent's Message of Gratitude

With my last blog post as superintendent (I still have a few more to write in my retirement), I would like to close with gratitude and appreciation for the many people with whom I have travelled this thirty-six-year path. I mentioned in my last post that it was because of the inspiration and encouragement of teachers, and one in particular, why I chose to become an educator. The journey to finding and fulfilling my purpose, particularly in leadership, has been filled with meandering adventures and learning. What resonates most with me are the people who have been on the journey with me.

Three students dressed in costume performing June 7 - Superintendent Newsletter Image
June 20, 2023

Abby Senior took the stage for the Bi-Annual Fine Arts Night

On May 25, Abbotsford Senior students took to the stage for their Bi-Annual Fine Arts Night. It’s a night dedicated to celebrating Arts Education at Abbotsford Senior - a night of music, performance, and art – a night to celebrate accomplishments, to thrive and flourish. 

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Group of students sitting at a table with teacher completing math game ATS - June 7 - Superintendent Newsletter Image
June 20, 2023

Focus on Student Success through Collaboration

At Abbotsford Traditional School we have a strong commitment to student achievement. Academic goals of improving numeracy and reading comprehension are two of our focuses. Aligning staffing with school goals is a sure way of keeping our eye on success. At ATS we have a middle Math Department head and a middle English Language Arts department head who work regularly with their team to talk about curriculum, instruction, and assessment to do our best to ensure that our students learn to the best of their ability.

Group of students sitting at a table with teacher completing math game ATS - June 7 - Superintendent Newsletter Image