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Coyote Chronicles November 2018

Parent - Teacher Interviews

During next week are our Early Dismissal and Parent-Teacher Interview days on Wed, Nov 21st and Thurs, Nov 22nd.

Wednesday is during the afternoon, 2:15 – 4:15pm AND Thursday is during the evening, 6:00 – 8:00pm

The format for our interviews will be by drop-in. If you would prefer a scheduled appointment, please contact your son/daughter’s teacher(s) to make arrangements for another date and time.

Early dismissal for both P-T Interview days will be @ 2:00pm with 51-minute blocks and an earlier lunch.

Coyote Athletics

Our Volleyball, Cross-Country, and Swimming seasons are drawing to a close, with DCSS Central Campus athletes attending Provincial Championship for all three!

The Grade 8/9 Volleyball team, coached by Ms. Brown, finished their season off two weekends ago with a silver medal at Bert Bowes Middle School in Fort St. John. This team shows a lot of promise for next year as a Grade 9 team, and a huge thanks to Ms. Brown for stepping up to coach in her first few months as a teacher!

The Grade 9 Volleyball team, coached by Trish Morgan and Angie Powell, finished their season with two tournament championships, and an overall record of 16-4 (three of those losses coming to older teams). They are leaving Thursday, Nov 15th, for Grade 9 Provincial Championships at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School in Surrey, with a goal of winning a medal at this 12-team tournament of the best teams in British Columbia.

For Cross-Country Running, Coyote Landon McKechnie, Gr. 9, had a strong showing at the Zones Championship helping the DCSS Sr. team win the banner! They then traveled to Nanaimo for the Provincial Championship two weekends ago, where Landon finished 166 out 260, competing against runners mostly in Grades 11 and 12. Way to Go!

Finally, DCSS has both Coyotes & Penguins off to swim their fastest at the Aquatics Provincial Championships in Richmond this weekend, Nov 16th - 17th. Congratulations to our swim team represented by Ridley Chisholm, Tamara Giesbrecht, Adelle Bailey, Lauren Brough and Bree Torgimson for Central Campus. Good luck to the swimmers who are competing in the Provincial swim meet!

Running, swimming and playing with heart and soul! Our 'Go Coyotes Send Off' as our VB players & swimmers headed for the bus to catch flights to Richmond and Surrey ~ Congratulations!

Athlete Hoodies

All things considered, a great start to the year in Athletics at Central Campus. We are also thrilled to announce that our Athlete Hoodies are now available. Only available to students who participate on any DCSS Athletics team for $60. Student-athletes will get their last name on the back, as well as embroidered logos on the sleeves to represent the teams they play on!

Please see the Office or Mr. Burge for more details or to get your hoodie! A big thank-you to the Promo Shoppe for helping us start this program.

Interim Reports ~ Academics

We have 4 weeks left of Trimester 1 which ends Wed, Dec 5th. Our teachers are in the midst of reporting home to parents and with students about their progress in Academic courses. November 1st to 15th is our interim reporting time.

Please check your son and/or daughter’s progress on FreshGrade, email or ask your son/daughter. Students who are struggling to pass their Academics are being informed by their teachers. And, parents are being contacted by email with an attached ‘I’ (Incomplete) report.

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.

TRIMESTER 1 Report Cards go home by Thursday, Dec. 20th
Mrs. Noh's students feeling inspirational during Skills for Success 8

Coming Up before Winter Break

NID – Friday, Nov 30th NO SCHOOL

PAC meeting – Mon, Dec 3rd, 7:00pm @ Central Campus

X3 COURSES start (Exposure/Seminar 8) – Fri, 7th

T2 COURSES start (Option/Seminar 9) – Thurs, 6th

WINTER BREAK – Mon, 24th to Jan. 4th = NO SCHOOL

Return to School – Mon, January 7th

Our Remembrance Week

Thank You to Mr. McKechnie, Mr. Long, our Gr. 9 MCs, grade 8 helpers and Mayor Bumstead

NEW recognition

COYOTES of the month

We are excited to announce the initiation of our “Coyote of the Month” program. Each month, we will recognize 4 students- one from each grade who will be awarded Student of the Month, and one from each grade will be awarded Athlete of the Month.

Criteria for Student of the Month:

  • Demonstrates Coyote Values ~ respect, integrity, perseverance, growth
  • School Studies
  • School & Community Involvement
  • Leadership

Criteria for Athlete of the Month:

  • Sportsmanship (respect coaches, officials, opponents, teammates)
  • Commitment (toward practices, games and continued improvement)
  • Honesty (playing by rules, character)
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm for their sport both on and off the field/court
  • Work ethic
  • Teamwork
  • Focus & discipline
  • Perseverance (overcoming challenges)
Nominations will be from teachers and a staff committee will select recipients. Each recognized student will receive a framed Certificate of Achievement, as well as an exclusive DCSS Coyotes T-shirt that can only be obtained through this program.
The purpose of this program is to focus on building community and school spirit at Central, through recognition of students who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment and desire to excel as a student or as an athlete. Stay tuned.

Our Culture Survey

Our students recently completed our on-line culture survey in late October. Students were asked questions related to numeracy, literacy, learning @ our campus, personal & social responsibilities and school climate/culture.

It’s our way of finding out how we are doing as a school and how our students are doing with their learning and being at Central Campus so far during the first couple months of 2018-19. The data assists us with our school planning throughout the year. Here are some results we track carefully as we plan:

  • 84% of our students strongly agree/agree that the staff treat them with respect.
  • 74% of our students strongly agree/agree that they have positive connections and relationships with one or more adults in the school.
  • 70% of our students strongly agree/agree teachers, Principal & VP care about them.
  • 67% of our students strongly feel/feel like they belong at Central Campus. NOTE: this is one of our main school goals - aiming to reach 90%.
  • 87% of our Gr 8 students strongly agree/agree that moving into Central Campus was an easier transition that they thought.
  • 86% of our students strongly agree/agree our block timetable (Days 1 - 7) and our schedule (blocks A - G) are easy to follow.
  • 70% of our students strongly agree/agree we are preparing them for Gr. 9 / Gr. 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.

Life around the Campus ~ Coyote moments

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