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Coyote Chronicle September 2018

Welcome to 2018-19

We are very excited and focused for the new school year. At Central Campus, we are a team of 20 teachers, 2 administrators, 13 support staff and 380 grade 8 and 9 students. We are up by 25 – 30 students from last year.

We look forward to another year where our students are in Academic Pods with two or three teachers sharing and teaching two homeroom groups of 29-30 students each as Pods A, B and C.

We welcome back the following teaching staff:

Mr. Burge – Pod 9B, Athletic Director

Ms. Davies – Ab Ed Coach-Mentor

Mrs. Kelly-Bratt – Learning Assistance

Mr. Lofvendahl – Pod 9A

Mrs. Lowe – Pod 9B

Mr. McDonald – Pod 9C

Ms. McIntyre – Pod 8C

Mr. McKechnie – Counselor

Mrs. McKinney – Librarian; Pod 8B

Mrs. Noh – Pod 8A

Mr. Roszmann – Shop, Library, Media Arts

Mr. Sherman – Pod 9A

Ms. Winstead – Art, Pod 9C

We welcome the following teaching staff to Central Campus:

Ms. Brown from Ontario - HPE

Ms. Percy from Ecole Frank Ross – Vice Principal and French Immersion

Ms. Tisch from Devereaux – Pod 8C

Mr. Long from Edmonton – Pod 8A

Ms. Dobrowolski from Dawson Creek – Pod 8B

Currently, we still have two TBH positions (Pod 8B and 9C) and have two Teacher-on-Call subs covering classes until further notice. Please stay tuned.

Academics, Seminars, Options and Exposures

We continue to offer our students an abundance of skills-based and special-interest courses (Option 9, Exposure 8 and Seminar 8 & 9) designed to prepare them for high school and employment. These hands-on, activity-based courses are 6 weeks each for grade 8s and 12 weeks each for grade 9s.

All our grade 8 students take Skills for Success, Media Arts & Coding and Careers; while all our Grade 9s take Careers & Money Smarts. Grade 9s have five other requested courses, and the grade 8s take eight others ranging from art, outdoor education, shop, music, foods, leadership to drama.

Our PE program continues to be year-long including time spent on Health topics for about 20% of the time.

As for Athletics, there will be a selection of sports for students to play. Stay tuned for the Fall season and try-out times. Volleyball season is fast-approaching, along with Cross-Country running.

BLOCK SCHEDULE

The school day starts @ 8:45am and dismissal is 3:00pm. Our weekly block schedule is 5 blocks daily with 3 blocks and a 10-minute break in the morning and 2 blocks in the afternoon.

• Each block is 63 minutes.

• We have a block A to G schedule that rotates over Days 1 to 7 before repeating. For instance, day 1 is A, B, C, D, E; day 2 is F, G, A, B, C, etc.

• Lunch Break is from 12:10 to 12:44pm followed by 5 minutes to get to class. Afternoon classes start @ 12:49pm.

Communication is a priority!

ON-GOING, REGULAR CONTACT

We continue to use FreshGrade to regularly inform and report on student learning/progress between parents, students and teachers. Stay tuned for more details and invitations from teachers by email.

Soon, our automatic call-out system will be calling and emailing parents & guardians regarding students who are absent from classes on the same day of the call. Students who have excused absences will not receive these calls. Please note these auto-calls and emails will start by 5:00pm and will be sent to the parents/guardians who are listed as the 1st contact person in our database. Feel free to contact our Office to confirm or change contact information.

COMING EVENTS!

SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

School Photos are scheduled for Monday, October 1st. School photo/order information will come home soon.

Come out and Meet!

Invitation to our Open House Evening

Wednesday, September 26th, 6:30 - 8:00pm: Our parents are invited to meet our Central Campus teachers and find out what’s planned for the school year. It’s also another chance to tour around the school. Our front doors will be open at the main entrance across from the Public Library. We look forward to meeting you.

PAC (Parent Advisory Committee)

The first 2018-19 PAC meeting is on Monday, Oct 1st starting @ 7:00pm at Central Campus in the Welcome Room.

WHERE TO FIND SCHOOL INFORMATION

Please check out our website http://dcss.sd59.bc.ca/cc/ as we do weekly updates and post school information to keep you regularly informed.

• Check out the top tabs for our 2018-19 Info.

• You can also find our staff email directory on our website and/or you can call Central Campus’ direct number @ 784-7676.

Please Note:

Dropping Off and Picking Up Students - please use 10th street or our front entrance parking lot. Please avoid the Bus Zone to the west of our building especially when there are buses and students who are coming and going. This is to ensure student safety at all times. Thank-you.

If your contact information has changed, please inform our Office by emailing, phoning or dropping by to see our secretaries, Angie Mayoh or Tina Knee.

Grade 9 Permission & Consent Forms - please fill out and sign the forms that went home with our grade 9s this past Monday. They can be returned to the Office at any time.

We are looking forward to a great school!

Diana Lindstrom, Principal

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