April 2015

Dashing Through the Decades

 

On March 10 -12the Middle Campus launched into their annual theme week activities. This year the focus was “Dashing through the Decades.”

All students engaged in hands-on learning of the culture, leisure activities, historical events, and artistic expression of the 50’s & 60’s, 70’s & 80’s and the 90’s. The essential question guiding the whole event was, “How does God reveal himself through the events and culture of the decades?”

 We know you will enjoy the photo gallery (right) and also the introductory video (below) featuring some very creative middle campus teachers!

It’s Time Again for Exploratories 

It’s that time of year again when we are looking forward to running our “Skill-based” Exploratory (or mini courses) for all of our Middle Campus students.  This special opportunity can only be successful if we can count on your participation to assist us.  Middle students are at an age when they are exploring who they are in relation to God, themselves, and to their peers.  Providing a good selection of exploratories in many different areas will give our students a unique opportunity to begin to recognize and identify their likes and dislikes, their gifts, talents, and abilities.

Exploratories are the kind of learning that many of us, as life-long learners, typically pursue outside of school.  Some of you may be passionate about gardening, so you have devoted some of your precious time to learn about gardening.  Others have taken a cooking course to learn how to be competent in preparing some of your favorite ethnic foods.  It is this kind of learning outside of school that we own, that we care so deeply about, that we see as an integral part of ourselves.  This learning has a personal connection to who we are – our interests, our culture, our life experiences, and curiosities.

How will we grade this Exploratory time?

There are many benefits of exploratory time being set aside for Middle School students, but these benefits will not show up in a test score.  In the long run, however, exploratory time could actually boost students’ test scores because we are helping students care about their learning – and caring changes a person’s attitude about learning.  Let me give you a few more benefits that other schools have noted from their incorporation of exploratory time into their regular curriculum.

It nurtures a love for learning.
It encourages meaningful learning through intrinsic motivation.
It creates true communities of life-long learners.
It develops self-esteem and celebrates uniqueness.
It uses real-world resources.
It allows students to choose what they wish to learn.
It teaches relevant life skills.

When do we plan to begin “Exploratories” and for how long?

We will run it for four consecutive weeks, on Wednesday afternoons, beginning May 20, May 27, June 3, and June 10, from 1:00 to 2:45 pm.

Who teaches these Exploratories?

Now, that’s where you come in, as a community of life-long learners who have a vast number of interests, loves, and skills.  We can’t possibly do this without you!  Each of the Grade 6,7, and 8 teachers will be involved, but we need 10-15 parents who would love to serve the school in this way, to get involved, and to help us turn our kids on to learning and provide them with this incredible opportunity to learn from you in a small group.  Group size should be about 5-10 students.  Please seriously consider helping us out.  I guarantee you will be blessed as you see kids turned on to learning about your passion, hobby, or career choice.  Below, I have listed a number of possibilities that come to mind, but the choices are endless.

  • Golf
  • Jewelry-making
  • Scrapbooking
  • Creating cards
  • Cooking
  • Sewing
  • Art
  • Making Sushi
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Making a craft
  • Rock Climbing
  • Pottery
  • Sign Language
  • Volunteer Work
  • Tennis

And the list could go on and on.  If you are interested or have more questions, please print and fill in the form below and return by May 1, or call and ask to speak with Mrs. Walker or Mrs. Jao at 604-274-1122

Mrs. Walker
Principal

RESPONSE

I would be interested in leading an Exploratory for the Grade 6,7, and 8 students in the afternoons of May 20, May 27, June 3, and June 10 in the area of:  _______________________________________.

I understand that I will be contacted with more details in the next few weeks.

Parent name (please print) and signature:

____________________________________________________

Phone number: __________________________________

 

Potato Party!

 

Gr 7 Science students have planted early season Warba potatoes in 4 different types of soil: Dutch Treat, Organic Enhanced, Sea Soil, and Regular mix. Students are measuring plant characteristics and comparing the different growth patterns produced by the various nutrients in the different soils.

These plants are now 6 weeks old, and the tubs will be moved outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air!

Harvest is planned for the end of May, when students will count and weigh the potatoes from the 4 different soils in order to establish which produced the best crop. Then it’s time for our “Potato Party Feast!”

Mr. Darrell Reimer
Band/Music/Gr 7 Teacher

 

Saving Face
in Grade 6

 

In Grade 6 Art this year, students have been exploring different cultures through a variety of traditional art styles and mediums.

Currently, students are working on a mask making project, using inspiration from African and First Nation masks, as well as more modern styles including masquerade and superhero, or something completely creative and original from their own imaginations.

We especially enjoyed the construction stage and the opportunity to cover our classmates’ faces with plaster, which will then be sanded, painted, and decorated!

Ms. Jeanine Wasik
Grade 6 Teacher