Principal’s Update – Jan 30th 2017

Westview Secondary School

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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.

 

Calendar of Upcoming Events & Activities followed by detailed Information for Parents

January 30th – PAC meeting @ 7:00pm in the Library, all new members welcome

February 3rd – Reach out Psychosis Grade 9 and 10 Assembly

February 8th – Grade 7 Night @ 7:00pm

February 9th – Student Led Conferences 1 – 4pm & 5:30 – 7:30pm, & WSS Course Planning Information, Meetings are by appointment only, booking opens Tuesday, January 31st.  Further details below.

February 10th – School not in Session

February 13th – Family Day, School not in Session

February 14th – Curriculum Implementation Day, School not in Session

February 15th – Grad Parent Meeting 7pm

February 16th – Trades & Academies Night @THSS 7:00pm – 9:00pm

February 22nd – Pink Shirt Day, Grade 9 Assembly – Immunization Information Session: Fraser Valley Health

February 24th – Late Start, Collaborative Time

February 27th – PAC meeting @ 7:00pm in the Library, all new members welcome

March 7th – Grad Parent Meeting 7pm

March 8th – Westview Secondary Music Concert @ 7pm in the main gym

March 10th – Last Day of Classes

March 11th – March 26th – Spring Break

March 27th – School back in Session, PAC meeting @ 7:00pm in the Library all parents welcome

 

Principal’s Update – February – March 2017

Staff Updates

Our emotions are mixed with the announcement that Diane Yeamans has made the decision to retire.  As a valued staff member we are sad to lose Diane, yet happy for her as she transitions to a new and exciting phase in life.  As an educator, Diane has devoted much of her career caring for the Westview community and for that we are eternally grateful. Diane has touched the lives of many and has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of students, especially those with unique challenges.  It is with deep appreciation we say good-bye to Diane, she will truly be missed by staff and students alike. We wish her the very best.

We extend a warm welcome to Angela Halenar, a very experienced Science and Mathematics educator to our wildcat family.  Angela will be joining the school community on Monday, January 30th.

Celebration of Success

Honour Roll with Distinction (Straight A), Honour Roll, Honor Roll and Super G students were recognized by Ms. GieSinger and Mr. Chow on Wednesday, January 25thth.  We are proud of their accomplishments and wish them continued success in Term 2.  Congratulations Wildcats!

Term 1 Honour Roll with Distinction (Straight A students)

 Grade 8 – Vanessa Gareau, Caitlyn Molander, Kaydence Ostapovich, Megan Robertson, Tru Sheaves, Janay Stenmark, Monique Tasch, Meghan Toolsie

Grade 9 – Sierra Alexander, Harkirat Dhillon, Tisha Dixon, Amy Ehlert, Lily Ferguson, Hannah Goddard, Ciara Jensen, Paige Lohnes, Katya Romanenko

Grade 10 – Kaitlyn Deakin, Alex Guraliuk, Allison Jones, Amber Ma, Megan Pachmann, Owen Swan

Grade 11 – Paul Chang, Ziko Dozie, Heather Kelly, Seth Rogers-Dueck, Shawn Xie

Grade 12 – Marafeh Ali, Julia Cocking, Connor Kaloff, Anastasia Lisnevskaya, Hana Pauls, Henry Qin, Tatiana Tuzzi, Matthew Volpiana

 Term 1 Honour Roll

Grade 8 – Claire Belson, Michael Bennie, Kayla Bilodeau, Ethan Bockman, Naomi Brown, Dylan Churchill, Rachel Derochie, Manraj Dulay, Hayleigh Funnell, Adam Hallman, James Harder, Olyvia Harker, Yujeong Kang, Tasia Knaack, Ryan Knapp, Kassandra Kuglar, Andrew Maslo, Allanah Morawski, Jacob Moys, Chelsey Nguyen, Bella Ong, Emily Senko, Olivia Senko, Kennedie Shannon, Michelle Siewierski, Sophia Simon, Ellie Symmes, Jane Torres, Brayden Vecchiato, Diana Zamani

Grade 9 – Calia Alexander, Rave Baldassarre, Mishal Bashir, Alanna Batista, Ethan Beaudreault, Jayla Champagne, Hannah Chapman, Zachary Chapman, Vincy Chuy Luo, Archie Clark, Macy Coulter, Kyra Fong, Jenevieve Gervais, Dawson Gosse, Romina Hajizadeh, Sydney Hendricks, Tichelle Langenhaun, Daniel Magyari, Alyssa Major, Maddie Mior, Sofia Missori, Brendan Morrison, Geneva Morrow, Danika Mullin, Alexander Ochodek, Abby Radford, Emily Somogyi, Shyla Sterling, Jadyn Terrones, Cole Tinker, Christian Torgerson

Grade 10 – Emma Albert, Emily Barker-Voisine, Cody Barrett, Alissa Branco, Layla Burgess, Samantha Burshtynski, Brody Clark, Cross Corrigan, Samantha Gallagher, Brooke Gilmore, Meri Gorrie, Teagan Gratton, George Hu, Kurumi Inoue, Dayoun Kang, Johanna Liebelt, Julia Loetschert, Maite Lopetegui Cristallini, Sadie Mapoles, Anthony Marken, Sammi Markovich, Brayden Morgan, Kassidy Nicholson, Karolina Pachla, Jaida Scramstad, Cristian Soper, Michael Volpiana, Juliet White

Grade 11 – Nicolas Biamonte, Jenae Boulter, Kayla Churchill, Ryan Cordoni, Jessica Gareau, Braeden Gervais, Gary Jensen, Jeanette Leech Lawrence, Montserrat Mantinan Duron, Liana Missori, Cody Netz, Graeme Roberts, Mackenzie Ross, Marie Schiwy, Paula Toledo Perez, Kiera Walmsley, Zeyu Zhang, Hao Zhou

Grade 12 – Dianna Airth, Levi Brack, Ivan Braeuer, Shyan Campbell, Avery Chassie, Moyang Chen, Jason Combs, Jared Crane, Ma Michelle Garcia, Robert Gibson, Sophie Goddard, Kaitlynn Gresham, Sam Heiling, Paige Hetherington, Sarah Ickert, Spencer Ignatieff, Jesse Jones, Suzzie Kim, Daniel Levene, Marina Levene, Shuyu Lu, Kelsey Morgan, Sarah Musil, Cassandra O’Callaghan, Cindy Ong, Jennifer Pegram, Zackary Radmacker, Emily Schneider, Yasmin Schuberth, Kelly Thai, Halli Trenholme, Yuqiao Wang, Brittany Wilkes

Term 1 Super G Award Winners

Grade 8 – Claire Belson, Michael Bennie, , Kayla Bilodeau, Erianne Boongaling, Naomi Brown, Zachary Chapman, Tristan Cunningham, Hayleigh Funnell, Vanessa Gareau, Olyvia Harker, Arleen Kailey, Yujeong Kang, Ryan Knapp, Kaleigh Martin-Fallis, Caitlyn Molander, Allanah Morawski, Chelsey Nguyen, Yanni Nguyen, Bella Ong, Kaydence Ostapovich, Skyla Pyne, Megan Robertson, Nathan Rogge, Emily Senko, Tru Sheaves, Michelle Siewierski, Janay Stenmark, Ellie Symmes, Monique Tasch, Meghan Toolsie, Jane Torres, Quinn Whyte, Jack Wilding, Diana Zamani

Grade 9 – Sevda Abdollahzadeh, Calia Alexander, Sierra Alexander, Mishal Bashir, Alanna Batista, Sam Brown, Nathan Canales, Hannah Chapman, Josh Chapman, Vincy Chuy Luo, Archie Clark, Macy Coulter, Christopher Coulthard, Harkirat Dhillon, Tisha Dixon, Amy Ehlert, Lily Ferguson, Kyra Fong, Jenevieve Gervais, Hannah Goddard, Dawson Gosse, Romina Hajizadeh, Brandon Jarrett, Ciara Jensen, Bayly Jenson, Brandon Kong, Tawnya Kovacs, Tichelle Langenhaun, Paige Lohnes, Daniel Magyari, Alyssa Major, Yuka Menuk, Sofia Missori, Geneva Morrow, Natalie Muljiani, Danika Mullin, Alexander Ochodek, Cheyenne Olson, Abby Radford, Lauren Reimer, Katya Romanenko, Emily Somogyi, Grace Swanson, Jadyn Terrones, Noah Thompson, Cole Tinker, Christian Torgersoni

Grade 10 -Emma Albert, Emily Barker-Voisine, Layla Burgess, Samantha Burshtynski, Brody Clark, Ayla Cole, Kaitlyn Deakin, Sydney Edwards, Meri Gorrie, Teagan Gratton, Alex Guraliuk, Minju Han, George Hu, Kurumi Inoue, Allison Jones, Dayoun Kang, Johanna Liebelt, Julia Loetschert, Maite Lopetegui Cristallini, Amber Ma, Elisabeth MacDonald, Sadie Mapoles, Sammi Markovich, Zachary Mayer-Buss, Brayden Morgan, Megan Pachmann, Cristian Soper, Owen Swan, Michael Volpiana, Hana Zaitsu

Grade 11 – Jenae Boulter, Paul Chang, Jenevieve Chenatte, Kayla Churchill, Ryan Cordoni, Rebecca Dick, Ziko Dozie, Hannah Farquhar, Vanessa Gareau, Braeden Gervais, Dabria Gosse, Kaicheng Huang, Gary Jensen, Heather Kelly, Cameron Knapp, Jeanette Leech Lawrence, Liana Missori, Cody Netz, Seth Rogers-Dueck, Mackenzie Ross, Paula Toledo Perez, Kiera Walmsley, Shawn Xie, Misaki Yamada, Zeyu Zhang, Hao Zhou

Grade 12 – Marafeh Ali, Andrew Anca, Nicole Beaumont, Celina Bolton, Levi Brack, Ivan Braeuer, Dylan Briggs, Shyan Campbell, Avery Chassie, Moyang Chen, Julia Cocking, Josh Collins, Jason Combs, Jared Crane, Dylan Evans, Robert Gibson, Sophie Goddard, Jorden Guldemet, Sam Heiling, Paige Hetherington, Shane Horodyski, Sarah Ickert, Spencer Ignatieff, Connor Kaloff, Suzzie Kim, Daniel Levene, Marina Levene, Anastasia Lisnevskaya, Yu Liu, Mateo Lonon, Shuyu Lu, James McElwee, Karn Mehat, Kelsey Morgan, Sarah Musil, Cassandra O’Callaghan, Cindy Ong, Hana Pauls, Jennifer Pegram, David Pengelly, Henry Qin, Zackary Radmacker, Cassidy Rankin, Emily Schneider, Yasmin Schuberth, Kevin Simoneau, Halli Trenholme, Tatiana Tuzzi, Matthew Volpiana, Yuqiao Wang, Jesse Welk, Brittany Wilkes, Jack Williams-Dionne, Cameron Wright, Yao Yang

Human Rights Field Trip Jan 13th 2017

Students from Westview’s History 12 and Social Justice 12 classes attended ALPHA’s International Human Rights Day Symposium in Vancouver on Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific, 1931-1945.  The day began by hearing from an author who spoke from a Japanese perspective, then moved on to hearing from an internment camp survivor who moved the audience with his kindness and willingness to speak even though his health was less than adequate. Students were then split up and moved into their assigned groups where they learned about various atrocities that were committed in the Pacific theater during WWII. After a lunch break, the students then switched and moved into different groups where the discussions ranged from treatment of POW’s, the abuse and neglect of comfort women, as well as the horrific chemical/biological warfare experiments carried out by the Japanese Imperial Army. The day ended with a short video, some closing remarks and a moment of silence that was held in honor of the victims of this” forgotten holocaust.”  – Mr. Glover

An unforgettable experience for this group.

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Grade 7 Information Evening

On Wednesday, February 8th 2017 @ 7:00pm we invite all incoming grade 7 parents and students to join us as our staff and students welcome you to experience life as a Wildcat at Westview.

Grade 8 Registration & Transition Information

Important Dates

Registration opens Feb. 15 at noon

School Information Sessions

Jan. 25th – 7:00 pm – Eco High School at Thomas Haney (Environmental School – grades 8 – 12)

Jan. 31 – 7:00 pm – Pitt Meadows Secondary

Feb. 1 – 7:00 pm – Maple Ridge Secondary

Feb. 2 – 7:00 pm –  Thomas Haney

Feb. 7 –  7:00 pm -Garibaldi

Feb 8 – 7:00 pm – Samuel Robertson

Feb. 8 – 7:00 pm –  Westview

Other Dates

Student Support Services Information Evening – Jan. 24 at 7:00pm

Registration – Opens Feb 15 at noon closes March 1 on parent portal

  • minutes count if you do not want your catchment school
  • cannot register from out of country

Transfer Dates – all dates are posted on website – first transfer window opens April 3

  • appeals are generally considered after the transfer process. However, if you believe there are extenuating circumstances make sure the principal of the school your child is assigned to is aware
  • sometime this process may go into September

Grade 7 Visit – May 31 – most of the school day – exact times announced by school

April to June – process to support grade 7/8 transition

What is needed for Registration

  1. You are linked to the portal
  2. Address
  3. Siblings
  4. 1st and 2nd choice of schools

August

All of the schools provide an optional opportunity for students to come in generally a day in the last week of August to get a locker, go through the school, etc. You may wish to consider this when planning summer vacation.

Student Led Conferences (Parent, Student, & Teacher Conferences)

Sharing student learning is invaluable and the exchange of meaningful feedback amongst students, parents and staff is important to the success of our leaning community.  We encourage you to make a date and look forward to seeing you at this event.

Thursday, February 9th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, or 5:30 – 7:30pm by pre-booked appointments only.  Registration will be open to parents on Tuesday, January 31st.

We will be using an online sign-up system called PTC Fast. The login process has two parts.  Parents will be required to click a link to request conferences, and the system will send them an email a few minutes later allowing them to pick the most convenient times available.

Closer to the date a schedule/reminder will be sent to your e-mail address.

This is the link you need to click:

https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Westview_Secondary

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions: 

  1. Why five minute appointments?

Feedback from other schools indicates that five minutes is sufficient for most purposes and creates enough time slots for teachers to connect with as many parents as possible.  Bear in mind that most teachers have about 225 students.

  1.  What if I cannot get an appointment?

Teachers remain committed to connecting with parents as a part of the Student Led conference process. Please feel free to e-mail teachers and ask for an update on your son or daughter. Please do not drop in without an appointment, this leads to genuine inconvenience for other participants.

  1. What if I don’t have internet access?

Please call the school at 604-467-3481 and we will assist you.

Tips for a successful Student Led Conference:

  • It is a Student led conference. Bring your student, and expect him/her lead the conversation.
  • Prepare specific questions for each Teacher / Subject in advance.
  • Please support a 5- minute time limit to meet with each teacher. This allows for all parents and students to meet with teachers within the allotted time frames.
  • Should you require additional time, please arrange a mutually convenient time for you and the teacher to meet.
  • Ensure the teacher has your correct contact information such as e-mail or preferred phone number.
  • Ask about teacher websites or additional contact plans.
  • Follow up with your child after the conference.
  • Teacher e-mail addresses are listed on the school webpage, and follow the format “firstinitiallastname@sd42.ca”

Course Planning for September 2017

Course planning for next year is well under way.  Counsellors are currently hosing information assemblies and will shortly be visiting classes to guiding students through the process.

All students are expected to carry eight courses with the exception are Grade 12’s who carry a minimum of seven courses plus grad transitions 12.  Graduation Transitions 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. Grade 12’s 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 choice.  Therefore, it is critical that parents and students take time to make thoughtful and meaningful course selections.  Once the timetable has been constructed and finalized it is challenging for counselors to accommodate course changes in September.

Course verification for next year will be sent home after the selection process has been completed and it is at this time that course corrections or revisions are accepted.  Course verification forms are generally sent out near the end of April.  Details to come.

For more detailed information on course planning we invite you to join our school counsellors, Mrs. Blanco and Mr. Grill in the library during Student Led Conferences, Feb 9th from 4:00 – 5:30pm.

Grade 12 Students at Risk

Ms. GieSinger and the counsellors have met with grade 12 students that may be 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 with the student develop a plan to support student needs for success.  Should your son or daughter be at risk of not graduating, a letter was mailed home mid-January.  If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact a counsellor.

Athletics

Winter Sports are busily underway at Westview.  Our 4 basketball teams are improving weekly and have been at numerous tournaments throughout the lower mainland.  Come and check out a home game!!!!!

Students are also participating on the wrestling and curling teams.

This fall and winter, many students have participated in intramural volleyball and badminton after school.

After spring break, spring sports will be up and running.  These sports include girls soccer, track and field, rugby, ball hockey and badminton.  Come on out and get involved!!!!  See Ms. Humer for more info!

Parent Graduation News

A message from the Dry Grad Parent Committee: 

Volunteers Needed

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 (tebarr@telus.net).

Next dry grad meeting dates:

Feb. 15, 2017

Mar. 7, 2017

April 12, 2017

May 10 & 24, 2017

June TBA

All meetings at 7pm in the WSS library.  All grade 12 parents are welcome to attend.

GRAD TRIP – A WARNING FOR PARENTS

Parents may have heard about a ‘Breakaway Tour’, ‘grad’ trip or ‘S’ trip from your graduating student. Please be advised that this is NOT a school sanctioned event. Westview Secondary School does not organize grad trips – ever. These trips are organized by a private company and are in no way approved by nor affiliated with our school or school district. Parents are advised to do due diligence and contact the company directly for complete details. We have no contact details nor information about the trip – your student should be able to provide it to you.

District Events

Trades Night – Thursday, February 16th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Thomas Haney Secondary, 23000 – 116th Avenue Maple Ridge

For those interested, this event will include a presentation, a question & answer session, and the chance to meet some of the instructors.  The Trades Programs include: Auto Service Technician, Carpentry, Level 1 Culinary Arts, Electrician Level 1 Apprenticeship, Hairstylist Program, Horticulture, Masonry, Metal Fabricator, and Plumbing Apprenticeship.

Register to attend at http://apprenticeship.sd42.ca

Ministry of Education News

The Minister of Education has posted a news release on the Ministry website regarding extending the timeline for the implementation of the new graduation program.  Many partner groups – Superintendents Association, BCTF and Board Chairs in particular have asked for an extension in the implementation of the grad program in order for our staff to have more time to provide more feed-back and trial the new courses.

Provincial Exams – Language Arts 12 exams (including Francais Langue) will remain in place this year and next.  The new numeracy assessment will be trialed this spring.  The new literacy assessment will be trialed in the spring of the next school year.  The other exams will no longer be in existence. Ministry news release on the link provided below.

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2016EDUC0257-002479

News from the District Office

The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District (SD42) is looking for qualified Casual-On-Call Aboriginal Support Workers.  For more information please visit our website:

http://cdn.www2.sd42.ca/assets/media/ASW-for-website-1.pdf

Community Services

 Supporting Anxious Youth – Help is available details in the link below

Supporting Anxious Kids

 Red Cross Babysitting Training – more detail in the link below

RED CROSS BABYSITTING FOR 11+ SPRING 2017

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 (wss.sd42.ca), our twitter account (@WSSsd42), the SD42 Parent Portal (parents.sd42.ca) and our WSS app that provides parents & students with the entire school calendar of events.

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 “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.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

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