Principal’s Update March/April 2017



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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

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 Re-opens after Spring Break

April – 6th – Report Cards distributed at the end of the day for students to take home to parents

April 7th – WSS hosts the School District #42 Holocaust Symposium

April 10th – 13th – Literacy Week at Westview

April 12th – BC Lions Whole School Assembly – Be More than a Bystander

April 13th – Battle of the Books

April 14th – Good Friday – School Not in Session

April 17th – Easter Monday – School Not in Session

April 24th – PAC meeting @ 7:00pm in the WSS Library (new members welcome)

April 25th -30th – WSS Band and Choir Music Trip to California

April 28th – Late Start – Collaborative Day

May 1st – NID – School Not in Session

May 4th & 5th – Drama Presentation @ 7:00pm

Principal’s Update – March/April 2017

It is Sunday, March 5th and we awake with snow on the ground and with a forecast of snow showers for much of the upcoming week.  Argh!  As a long time west coast resident, I don’t recall so many days of snow fall through February and into the month of March as we have experienced this year.  For those who enjoy winter sports, I suppose this spring snow is an added bonus!

Our two week Spring Break begins on Saturday, March 11th and, when students return, there will be just 14 weeks of instruction left in the school year.  These last few months of the year are very busy and tend to fly by rather quickly.

We wish safe travels to the group of Westview students heading to Ecuador over spring break. They will be participating in a number of activities that focus upon global education and will learn about: Indigenous Culture & Environmental Sustainability, Social Business, Eco-Tourism & History.  For most, this will be a life altering travel experience.  We can hardly wait to the stories when they return from their adventures.

This past week, Westview was host to a student forum with members of the Board and Senior Team.  A cross representation of forty students participated in discussions that related to school experience, student engagement and student voice.  It was clear that they are proud of their school and feel positively connected to staff.  The students were impressive, articulate and honest in providing insightful feedback both in what, as a community, are our strengths and identified areas of growth.  We all look forward to reviewing the data and working with them on future projects.




The month of April is a busy one for the WSS community. There are a number of significant events:  the Holocaust Symposium, the BC Lions – Be More than a Bystander Assembly, Literacy Week with guest speakers and workshops for students, and the district Battle of the Books competition.  As well, Westview students will be in Vancouver participating in Canada 150 & Me, a youth forum on the environment hosted by David Suzuki, the Skills Canada Competition, Law Field trips to the Supreme Court, our Band and Choir students are traveling to California and, weather permitting, an Outdoor Education trip will be planned.

Follow Westview on twitter (@WSSsd42) for updates of these events.

Staff Updates

There are have been some significant staff changes in the main office.  Mrs. Marshall, our Administrative Coordinator has retired!  Not wanting to draw attention Mrs. Marshall chose to keep this quiet for as long as possible however, we did manage a week of good-byes and a celebratory event on her last day Friday, February 24th.  She is transitioning not only from work to retirement but as well from Maple Ridge to the Sunshine Coast. Mrs. Marshall has devoted twelve years of her career caring for the Westview community, she has supported and positively touched the lives of many and for that we are eternally grateful. It is with deep appreciation we say good-bye to Mrs. Marshall, she will truly be missed by staff and students alike. We wish her the very best.

Mrs. Anne Hibbeln has moved from the accounting into the Administrative Coordinator position and we extend a warm welcome Korri Dermott to fill the accounting job.

As well, many of you are aware that Mrs. Watkins is on maternity leave and has just had her first child, a baby girl.  Congratulations!  We welcome to the Wildcat Den, Mr. Dean Grant, an IT specialist stepping for Mrs. Watkins.  Mr. Grant will be joining the school community on Monday, March 27th.   A big thank you to Mr. David Carr for working with the students in these classes for the interim.

Report Cards

On Thursday, April 6th, report cards will be distributed at the end of the day for students to take home to parents.  Students absent may pick the report card up in the office on Friday, April 7th or any time the following week.

Attached to the report card will be a copy of your child’s course selection sheet for the upcoming year.  Please review choices, sign at the bottom of the sheet if you are in agreement, and return to the school’s main office at your earliest convenience.  If you would like to make changes to your child’s choice(s), please draw one line through the class you would like to change and write your new choice at the bottom by your signature and return to the main office.  If you wish more course information, the course selection book can be found on the school website.

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. Grade 12 students 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 September.

Grade 12 Students at Risk

Ms. GieSinger and the counsellors will be meeting 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 for success.  Should your son or daughter be at risk of not graduating, a letter will be mailed home late April.  If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact a counsellor.

Celebration of Success – Honour Roll with Distinction Lunch

On Tuesday, April 7th, our Term 1 Straight “A” students are invited to lunch hosted by Principal, Ms. GieSinger and Vice-Principal,Mr. Chow. We are proud of their accomplishments and wish them continued success in Term 2.  Congratulations Wildcats!

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


Winter Sports have concluded and we are currently transitioning into Spring Sports.

This past weekend Westview Secondary Wrestlers qualified and travelled to Salmon Arm to participate in the BC Provincial Championships.  All wrestlers represented the school and themselves well both on and off the mats throughout the weekend.  We are really proud of their accomplishments and work this year.

Marina Levene finished 2nd in BC and Cain Suhr competed hard to capture fifth place in the province.  Thank you to Coach Brock for his dedication and commitment to the wrestling program and providing the opportunity for WSS students to participate in a wrestling program.

Big Thank you on behalf of all WSS Athletes to all winter coaches for their time, effort and commitment to coaching our teams; Curling – Mr. Harmon and Ms. Carlyle, Junior Girls Basketball – Darryl Toolsie and Katelyn McIlhiney, Grade 8 & Jr Boys Basketball – Sherry Koopmans, Jason Aney, & Ms. MacLeod, and Sr Boys Basketball, Al Roberts.

The Basketball Program will be hosting a celebratory banquet in early April, more details to come.

Spring Sports – Track and Field, Boys and Girls Rugby, Ball Hockey, Badminton & Ultimate Frisbee.  Come on out and get involved!!!!  See Ms. Humer for more info!

Intramural Indoor Soccer – Friday after school, get your teams signed up with Ms. H. MacDonald

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 (

Next dry grad meeting dates:

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.

Community Services

Maple Ridge Parks Recreation & Culture


Registration line: 604-467-7422

Spring Fun Pass for Kids & Teens – Only $10.

Kids from 3Y-18Y can come hang out during the Spring Break. This pass lets kids enjoy all regularly scheduled drop-in activities at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre pool, gymnasium, Greg Moore Youth Centre and Planet Ice Arena. Purchase the pass at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre.

Spring Break Planet Ice Skating Schedule

From March 12-19 Planet Ice has special spring break public skating available. See schedule at

Spring Break Daycamps

We have a variety of registered daycamps/art programs/swims lessons designed especially for spring break.  See spring daycamps/swim lessons at To register visit or call 604-467-7422.

Maple Ridge Parks, Recreation & Culture Spring Program Guide

Spring registration begins Tuesday March 7. Our printed version of the spring program guide and swim supplement will be available on March 3. For more information visit or call the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre at 604-467-7422.

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 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.






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