Coyote Chronicles #3 October/November 2017


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Bridge constructIon - Student Drop Off

Due to Bridge construction and the closure of 10th St. students can be dropped off at the front entrance or the new roundabout in the back parking lot near the shop and music building. Thank you for your cooperation and sorry for any inconvenience.

A Week of Remembrance @ Central

This year the week of November 6th to November 10th is Remembrance Week. Across Canada Remembrance Week is a week dedicated to remembering the sacrifice of the soldiers who fought for the many freedoms Canadians enjoy each day. Central Middle School is actively participating in Remembrance Week with several activities and events occurring throughout the school. The entire school is taking part in a War Letters Activity. Students will be reading letters from different soldiers to understand, on a more personal level, the sacrifice that was made. Students will then be writing postcards to these soldiers about their lives they have today. Mrs. Winstead’s art class completed soldier portraits, effectively giving a face to the war. The hallway leading to the gym will become the school’s “Hallway of Remembrance” where the soldier portraits, along with the postcards will be hung on bulletin boards as an act of remembrance. Mr. Corcoran will be giving a presentation entitled “Why We Remember” to the grade 8 students which focuses on what soldiers lived through and why Remembrance Day is so important. Grade 9 students will receive a presentation entitled “The Importance of Two Minutes” focusing on the reasoning behind the two minutes of silence during Remembrance Day Ceremonies. On November 10th the entire school will be present for our Remembrance Day Ceremony conducted by Central Middle School Students. This ceremony will pay tribute to all the soldiers who fought in Canada’s wars and honouring those that did not come home. This week, as a school community, We Will Remember Them.

Our Remembrance Day Ceremony is taking place this Friday, November 10th starting at 10:45 in the Blue Gym. Parents are welcome to attend with staff, students and invited guests. Please note – there is no school on Monday, November 13th (STAT holiday).

Upcoming Events - NovEmber & December
  • WorkBC: Find Your Fit Day @ Central – Thurs, November 23rd
  • NID – Mon, November 27th NO SCHOOL
  • PAC meeting – Mon, December 4th, 7:00pm @ South Peace
  • X2 COURSES end (Sem 9 & Exp 8) – Mon, December 4th
  • T1 COURSES end (Sem 8 & Opt 9) – Tues, December 5th
  • TRIMESTER 1 ends – Tues, December 5th
  • X3 COURSES start – Tues, December 5th
  • T2 COURSES start – Wed, December 6th
  • Report Cards sent home – Thurs, December 14th
  • WINTER BREAK – Mon, December 18th to January 1st - NO SCHOOL
  • Return to School – Tues, January 2nd

Values & Vision - Under Development

We continue to be busy determining what we value most and what we want to strive for together in order to become the ideal school for our staff, students and parents. All of us are part of this work.

Staff have been involved since the Sept 6th NID.

Parents contributed during the Open House Evening and by participating in our on-line survey (which is still available). Next in-person opportunity will be during our Parent-Teacher Interview days in late November.

Last Friday, our students participated in a Values activity during our assembly with Ms. Lindstrom and Mr. Horton. There were 28 student groups, and they had to prioritize twelve values by agreeing by consensus (not by voting). Then, they determined what their group’s ‘Top 5 Values’ should look like student-to-student, student-to-teacher and teacher-to-student. Our students rose to the occasion and took a keen interest in the activity.

The value chosen the most by student groups as their #1 Value was RESPECT (accepting/admiring others for their differences, abilities, qualities and achievements).

Here are our Students’ Top 5 Values (most selected by student groups):

  • #1 – Respect
  • #2 – Trust
  • #3 – Honesty
  • #4 – Communication
  • #5 – Equity
  • Close behind is Teamwork and Growth

Central School Culture Survey

Our students recently completed our on-line culture survey during the Oct 23rd week.

Students were asked questions related to numeracy, literacy, learning @ our campus, personal & social responsibilities and school climate/culture. It’s our first way of finding out how we are doing as a school and how our students rate themselves individually with I CAN and I AM statements. The data will also assist us with our school planning.

Here are some results we are proud of:

  • 79% of our students strongly agree/agree their teachers, Principal & VP care about them.
  • 88% of our students strongly agree/agree their teachers treat them with respect and 73% for feeling respected while at school.
  • 75% of our students strongly agree/agree they feel like they belong here.
  • 83% of our students strongly agree/agree they feel safe at Central Campus.
  • 82% of our students strongly agree/agree they like Central Campus.
  • 83% of our students strongly agree/agree Central Campus is preparing them for Grade 9 or Grade 10.

The survey results tell us we're on the right track - caring about and supporting our students while working hard to make Central Campus a great school and community. Lots to be proud of. :)

Parent-Teacher Interviews & FreshGrade

Our parent teacher interviews are taking place on Wednesday, Nov 29th afternoon and Thursday, Nov 30th evening. The format for our interviews will be by drop-in. If you would prefer a scheduled appointment, please contact and make arrangements with the teacher(s) for another date and time.

Wednesday, November 29th will be the afternoon from 2:15 to 4:15pm
Thursday, November 30th will be the evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm

Please remember both days will be early dismissals @ 2:00pm with 51 minute blocks and an earlier lunch break. More details to follow the week before.

FreshGrade - You should have received emails from FreshGrade inviting you to join your child's classes. If you have not, please email your child's teacher. We will have a "Help Desk" available at Parent Teacher Interviews to help support those who are having difficulty connecting.

FreshGrade is the best way to stay connected with your child's teachers and keep up to date with how they are progressing in their learning. You can receive notifications when a new assignment has been given or a mark has been entered.

Interim Reporting

We have four weeks left of Trimester 1. Our teachers are in the midst of reporting home to parents and with students about their progress in Trimester 1 courses. November 1st to 15th is our interim reporting time.

Please check your son and/or daughter’s progress on FreshGrade or by email. Students who are struggling to pass their Academics will be informed by their teachers who will also be contacting parents with an ‘I’ (Incomplete) report by email.

We appreciate your involvement and help from home as we support your son/daughter together to succeed at Central Campus. Please stay in contact with teachers when and as you can. The power of together makes a big difference.

Work BC - Find Your Fit Tour

DATE: November 23, 2017

TIMES: Student and Teachers: 9:00am-3pm & Students and Parents: 3:00pm-7:00pm

The WorkBC Find Your Fit Tour is an interactive student based event taking place at Dawson Creek Secondary school – Central campus on November 23, 2017 from 9:00am – 3pm for students, and from 3:00pm - 7:00pm for students and parents. The event allows students to jump right in and try the skills they’ll need for different in careers in demand across BC. Interactive activity stations including welding, carpentry, accounting, and more will help students apply real life experiences to their career planning. Students will also be able to connect with WorkBC’s labour market information, tools and services. Parents are also welcome to attend the event, as they look for ways to educate and support their children in their career exploration.

Find Your Fit is part of the provincial government’s B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint commitment to re-engineer education and deliver the skilled workforce B.C.’s growing economy needs.

Drop in and explore the program and discover how to ‘find your fit’ for a career!

Athletics Update - Volleyball

Successful volleyball season for both the Grade 8 and 9 teams with the conclusion at regionals this past weekend (hosted by RPCS). Despite it being a qualifying tournament for Grade 10 Zones, the Grade 8 team came fifth, and the Grade 9 team came 2nd, losing only our own Grade 10 in the finals. The Grade 9 team beat North Peace Secondary’s Grade 10 team in the semi-finals.

Congratulations Girls on a very successful season.

LIbrary update

Once again the focus for the Literacy Team is to increase the volume of reading done by our students. Reading is like any other skill and improves with practice. All classes are participating in silent reading. Through booktalks and individual conversations with students, I have tried to find interesting and enjoyable books for every student.

This month we purchased several new titles including "Shadowcaster" by Cinda Williams Chima. This is the second book in a very popular series. "Land of Stories" is a four book set written by Chris Colfer (he played Kurt on Glee!!). The latest two books from "The Selection" series were also added to our collection. In addition replacement copies of two of our more popular titles which had fallen apart. "Heroes of Olympus" by Rick Riordan and the second book in the series, "Department 19" are now available for students to borrow.

Central Campus students signed out 523 fiction books in September and October. Not bad for a student population of only 350. Keep on reading Central.

9A Science Field Trip - Bear Mountain WindPark

On November 2nd, a large group of grade 9 science students took a field trip to Bear Mountain Wind Farm to learn about how these turbines produce electricity. Up on the mountain, students took part in activities, including a talk from a service technician who works on the windmills. This day turned out to be one of the coldest of the season so far, but our students remained in good spirits, representing the school very well. When we returned, students got the opportunity to build their own windmill rotors and test out their designs on our model windmill base. A wide variety of designs were made and most worked incredibly well. Students demonstrated impressive learning and I look forward to continuing our inquiry into how electricity is made.

This trip was also an incredible testament to the amazing community we have at this school. As a student teacher, planning a field trip was a valuable learning experience but also a daunting task. Luckily, I had the support of the entire staff to help me make this possible. From lending me supplies to accommodating my field trip schedule, from guiding me through paperwork to building me a windmill model, I owe a lot to this kind group of individuals. I am especially thankful for my mentor teacher and fellow POD teachers for their suggestions and contributions before, during and after this trip. Thanks to all this help, both me and the students received a rich, memorable learning experience.

Trevor Buller - AHCOTE Student Teacher

Photos from the Field Trip


Created with images by Elsie esq. - "Cars parked" • PublicDomainPictures - "color cross day" • Pezibear - "ice eiskristalle snow" • Chris Lawton - "untitled image" • quapan - "shiny star leaf fringed weirdly in tarry moongate" • katkaZV - "beach volleyball ball sand" • Roman Kraft - "Old books in shelves" • Michael C. Rael - "Coyote"

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