Principal’s Post – May 2017

Inspiring and encouraging students to strive for excellence.

We would like to acknowledge Westview Secondary is located on the shared traditional, unceded, territories of the Katzie First Nation.

A Calendar of Upcoming Events & Activities
May 1st NID – School Not in Session
May 2nd Fraser Valley Correction Centre Field Trip
May 4th & 5th Drama Presentation @ 7:00pm; UBC Holocaust Field Trip (May 4)
May 8th WSS Student Vote Day
May 10th Grad Parent Meeting, 7:00pm Library
May 12th Late Start Collaborative Time, Biology 11 Aquarium Field Trip
May 18th WSS Hosting the District Poetry Slam, Social Studies 10 Victoria Field Trip, Grad Assembly
May 19th WSS Gym Riot
May 22nd Victoria Day – School Not in Session
May 23rd Curriculum Day – School Not in Session
May 24th Grad Parent Meeting, 7:00pm Library
May 25th Fine Arts Night
May 26th Ultimate Fitness Challenge 2017 for Senior PE
May 29th PAC @ 7:00pm in the WSS library all are welcome
May 31st Grade 7 All Day Visit, Grade 8’s permitted to stay home
June 3rd Graduation Dinner & Dance @ Pitt Meadows Golf Course and Dry Grad @ WSS
June 22nd Last day of regular classes
June 23rd English 12 Provincial Exam @ 9:00am – 11:00am, Com 12 Provincial Exam @ 9:00am –
11:00am, BC First Nations Studies 12 Provincial Exam 1:00pm – 3:00pm
June 27th Graduation Ceremonies @ 7:00pm @ Hard Rock Casino
Principal’s Update – May 2017
Thank you to Mrs. Sanderson, Mrs. Labelle and the rest of the amazing team for a jam-packed Literacy
Week and to staff for supporting the numerous classroom activities. It was an engaging and fun-filled
week. Subsequent, but inter-connected to Literacy Week, Westview hosted the district competition of
“Battle of the Books”. Mrs. Sanderson took the lead and supported by other secondary school
Librarians organized a memorable event for the students. Although it was a squeaker, Westview
graciously congratulates Pitt Meadows Secondary for taking the Battle of the Books title home this year.
They captured the win by one point over the defending champions WSS Wildcats. Westview thanks all of
the secondary schools for participating and looks forward to next year’s competition. Lots of Fun!
Maintaining the literary theme, on May 18th Westview Secondary is happy to host the district Secondary
Schools Poetry Slam. The Slam celebrates some of the most gifted student writers and performers in SD
42. Teams and individuals compete in front of a large and participatory audience. The positive energy is
contagious as it builds in support for the poets as they enact their written word. Look for the live twitter
feeds. Good luck to all participants.
Westview Pride hosted its 2nd annual Spring Swing on April 13th. Students gathered from around the
district to enjoy 3 hours of dancing with an intermission of performances by several talented students who
sang beautifully for a very enthusiastic audience. The students of Westview Pride have become leaders
in advocating for a safe place where LGBTQIA students feel safe, accepted and secure in who they are as
individuals. One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like
everyone else, so it is with special thanks to all the teachers from each of the high schools for promoting
and supervising the dance, along with the continued support from Westview’s PAC. Westview Pride is
definitely looking forward to organizing another Spring Swing in 2018.
Westview Hosted Mexican Students
On April 10th and 12th, Señora Wong’s Spanish 9 classes spent some time hosting a visiting group of
Mexican students from Guadalajara, Mexico.
Some Westview students took the opportunity to play soccer with them thanks to a collaboration with our
Soccer Academy. The Spanish 9 classes also interviewed the Mexican students about some of the
themes we have been working with so far this year: school, activities and meals.
Because of this invaluable experience, Westview Spanish students were able to make a direct and
personal connection to the language they are studying in the classroom. They practiced developing
language skills and learned about cultural similarities and differences. They may have even made some
new friends in the process.
The month of May continues at a fast pace and is a busy one for the WSS community with numerous field
trips and activities planned. Graduation, one of the largest events, will soon be upon us and I encourage
parents of graduates to step up and support dry grad. The parent grad committee is in need of parents to
help out at the school on Saturday, June 3rd. Please contact Tanya Barr by email at for
further information or to sign up as a volunteer.
Grade 12 Students at Risk
Ms. GieSinger and the Counsellors have met with grade 12 students that are at risk of not graduating in
June. This is a pro-active practice that takes place after each reporting period to identify concerns, bring
them to the attention of both the student and the parent and, together with the student, develop a plan for
success. Should your son or daughter be at risk of not graduating, a letter was mailed home the last week
of April. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact either Mrs. Blanco or Mr. Grill, the grade
12 Counsellors.
Electronic Report Cards – Coming to you in June! Two Things Parents Must Do!
1. Create a MyClass Account
2. Ensure WSS has your most current email address to link with the MyClass Account.
Westview Secondary is transitioning to electronic report cards. Parents will now have access to reporting
information, student attendance and student timetables. We are currently preparing to release report
cards electronically for June 2017 through an electronic platform called MyClass.
MyClass is a gateway to the new provincial Student Information System that will enable parents/guardians
to view report cards, student attendance, student timetables, graduation requirements and a number of
other features. MyClass is a separate system from the school district Parent Portal and requires parents
to open a MyClass account. The link below will get you started:

Please note: Westview MUST have your updated email to link to your MyClass account. Please forward
your updated email address to our records clerk at
For June 2017, as parents make this transition, Westview will provide both an electronic report card for
those parents linked on MyClass and a paper report that may be picked up in the WSS office from July 4th
– July 7th. We encourage parents to register as soon as possible as paper copies of report cards will be
phased out in the 2017/2018 school year.
Theatre Performance May 4th & 5th @ 7:00pm in the MPR
WSS Theatre Company presents “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” a humorous performance with
comic relief characters that (hopefully) will make the audience roll over with laugher. Come out and
support this talented and promising group of thespians.
Fine Arts Night May 25th – Art Show, Drama Improvisation & Music Concert
Perhaps the most fundamental element to education one should consider is the manner in which we
perceive and make sense of the world in which we live. An effective education in the Fine Arts helps
students to see what they look at, hear what they listen to, and feel what they touch. Engagement in the
fine arts helps students to stretch their minds beyond the boundaries of the printed text or the rules of
what is provable. The arts free the mind from rigid certainty. Imagine the benefits of seeking, finding, and
developing multiple solutions to the myriad of problems facing our society today! These processes, taught
through the study of the arts, help to develop the tolerance for coping with the ambiguities and
uncertainties present in the everyday affairs of human existence. There is a universal need for words,
music, dance, and visual art to give expression to the innate urgings of the human spirit. (Eisner,
1987) The premier organizations in the corporate world today recognize that the human intellect “draws
from many wells.” Arts education gives access to the deepest of those wells. – Bob Bryant
The WSS Fine Arts department is committed to growing a robust arts program for the student and parent
community and we invite you to drop in and experience the passion.
Grade 7 Day May 31st
On this date we welcome our incoming grade 7 students to Westview. Our staff and student leadership
team is currently organizing and planning activities for a fun filled and positive high school experience.
One of the perks of being in grade 8 is this is a day off for them and they are not expected to be in the
Course Selection for September 2017
All students are expected to carry a minimum of eight courses with the exception of Grade 12’s who carry
a minimum of seven courses plus Grad Transitions 12. Grad Trans 12, as it is called, is a non-graded but
required course set by the Ministry of Education. This course is delivered through Advisory assemblies
and students have a designated block to work independently through the learning outcomes. However,
they are expected to submit work at designated deadlines and are expected to complete grad transitions
by the end of January, if not sooner. Once finished, this block of time rolls over into a study block for the
remainder of the year.
The school timetable construction is driven by student interest and student choice. Courses and the
number of sections of each course offered to students are generated by student course requests. It is,
therefore, critical that students take time to make thoughtful course selections. Once the timetable has
been constructed and finalized, it is challenging for Counsellors to accommodate course changes in
PAC Funding Facts
Integral – A crucial part of extra-curricular activities and the school community • Interactive -Have a say in where Ministry PAC dollars are spent! • Informative – Be the first to know of upcoming school events • NO FUNDRAISING involved
Please join us for our quick but fun PAC meetings, at 7 pm the last Monday of every month. Next meeting is
on May 29th.
PAC needs YOU!
Ministry of Education 2017 Student Learning Survey
The Satisfaction Survey is an annual province-wide census of Grades 4, 7, 10 and 12 students, their
parents and staff in public schools. The questions were developed with input from partner groups,
teachers and experts in educational measurement and special education.
It usually takes about 10 minutes to complete the required survey questions – it may take longer
depending on the number of questions added by schools and districts.
The deadline for participation is May 5, 2017. Students and staff wishing to complete a survey must
obtain an access code from Ms. Hibbeln in the WSS office Parents can also request
an access code from Ms. Hibbeln or logon directly on the site:
Westview Spring Athletes are busy on the courts and on the Fields! Spring Basketball continues with
shooting practices and early morning weight training! Badminton, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Track and
Field are well underway – lots of opportunities for our students to shine! A special congratulations to
Marina Levene who competed at the Nationals for wrestling!
Westview’s Basketball program wrapped up the 2016-2017 season this month with a couple of
celebrations. The boys welcomed the Westview alumni back to play in friendly exhibition games against
the Junior and Senior Boys on April 10. The grads proved they could still play, and presented an excellent
challenge to the current players. We are so thrilled that many of these former players still want to be
involved, and they will be a valuable part of the continual development of the program moving forward. On
April 11, Westview hosted its first ever Basketball Banquet, a wonderful night of celebration featuring an
amazing dinner, speeches by coaches and team awards for the 2016-2017 season. The banquet was very
well attended by players and parents, along with Westview staff and administration. This fantastic evening
will be the first of many traditions as we continue to build the basketball program here at Westview.
Parent Graduation News
Grad Council
All graduating students are invited to participate as part of Grad Council; this is your graduation. Make it
what you have always envisioned. Have your say and do your part to make it a reality.
Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser
Thank you to those that supported our last minute chocolate fundraiser. We still managed to raise just
over $100.
Bottle Drive – April 22nd
Grade 12 Students and the Dry Grad Committee hosted a drive-thru bottle drive Saturday, April 22nd but if
you still have refundables to donate, simply take your bottles to the depot behind Save On Foods
(Westgate Centre, 203rd) and request that your bottles be deposited to the Westview Secondary School
Dry Grad Account. This account will only be open until May 14th.
Amsterdam Flower Baskets
We hope you had an opportunity to check out the gorgeous baskets and flowers Amsterdam Nursery has
offered us at discounted rates! Delivery of the flowers will be on Friday, May 12th at Westview. Exact
timing will be posted on the website but please notify Tanya Barr by email at if you did
not include your contact information on your order forms.
Car Wash – April 30th
Student volunteers still needed! Sign up at Grad Council! Kirmac Collision has graciously allowed us to
use their parking lot from 10 am until 3:00pm for our car wash. Volunteers are required for washing
vehicles, providing equipment, and advertising! Spread the word and tell your friends to bring their dirty
cars in, and leave the lot with vehicle worthy of a show and shine! Students, be sure to sign up today!
This will be the last of our fundraising efforts. Please support the graduating students in any way you can.
Thank you to those that have supported us so far.
Interested in volunteering for Dry Grad?
While the graduating class of 2017 is working hard to complete course requirements, the Dry Grad
committee is underway to ensure their efforts are rewarded at the end of the school year. The WSS Dry
Grad is an annual event that hopes to see all 153 graduating students celebrate their success in a safe,
fun-filled, alcohol-free environment. The Dry Grad Committee is looking for volunteers to facilitate a
successful evening of activities after the Grad dinner / dance. There are plenty of volunteer roles/duties
available (serving food, security, game hosts, clean up, etc.). If you’re interested in participating in any
capacity, please contact Tanya Barr (
Next dry grad meeting dates: May 10 & 24, 2017. All meetings at 7pm in the WSS library. All grade 12
parents are welcome to attend.
Stay Connected to Westview Secondary
With such a vibrant culture it is difficult to keep up with all of the activities and events via the Principal’s
update. The best way to stay tuned with the news as it happens is through our social media
communications. We will keep you up-to-date with news and happenings around the school through our
school website (, our twitter account (@WSSsd42), the SD42 Parent Portal
( and our WSS app that provides parents & students with the entire school calendar of
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 “Westview Secondary”.
For students this app serves as an agenda. 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 and so forth

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