As a Coach Mentor, my job mainly deals with getting to know our aboriginal students and helping them to set goals for their academic life. Right now, our conversations with our grade 8’s are around a reflection of how they feel the year has gone for them. Also, a conversation about what is working for them at school and what is not working for them. Are they keeping up with their work? Are they asking their teachers for help? With our grade 9’s, the conversation is focused on transitioning to Grade 10 at South Peace. We have helped them with their course selections and have had conversations about what life looks like at South Peace, the expectations and the timetable. Grade 10 can be a difficult transition, so we are trying hard to prepare our students as much as possible.
The other part of my Coach Mentor job is having profile meetings with our academic teachers. These meetings give myself and the teacher a chance to sit down and closely examine their class. We look at the learning needs, the emotional needs and the behavior needs of the class, talking in depth about each learner and finding ways to support each student in the class. As well, we identify all of the strengths in their class, allowing the teacher to build on their successes. We always follow the Relationships Based Learning model of encouraging the building of relationships to support academic success for every learner.
~ Kirsten Davies (Coach Mentor)
Regional Science Fair
Congratulation to all the students went to the Provincial Science Fair yesterday in Fort St.John. Congrats to Brianna Shueman who won People’s Choice Award; Brayden Kreuzinger and Emma Duncan received bronze. A special congratulation to Ridley Chishlom won BC Hydro award, BC Game Developer Award, Second place Jr project, and an invitation to Nationals in Ottawa.
I’ve got the need, the need to read!
How to support literacy at home.
Students in the middle grade years need to read a lot in order to develop their vocabulary and to continue to improve their comprehension skills. In fact, the volume of reading that students engage in predicts their reading achievement (reading level.) Middle school students should be reading 30-40 books (~125-175 pages length) per year. Increasing the time spent reading by reluctant readers by just 10 minutes per day, can increase the number of words read by 1428%! Teachers help to support this need to read by including silent reading, literature circles and novel studies into their classrooms.
Families can support reading by encouraging their children to read “good fit” books at home. “Good fit” books are books that are interesting to the reader and that are neither too simple, nor too difficult for the person to read (a quick test is to count the number of unknown words on a page – if there are more than 5 confusing words, it may be too challenging.) Home can also support their child’s reading by having conversations about the books being read. What do you like about the book? What’s the most interesting part so far? What do you wonder about? What does this book remind you of? Talking about our reading helps us to understand it better.
If your child is a reluctant reader, ask the school librarian for book recommendations. There is always a book for every child! And reading is reading – novels, graphic novels, magazines… are all great ways for students to improve their reading achievement and to engage in joyful literacy.
~ Angela Connelly (District High School Literacy Teacher)
Concert Band Success!!!
DCSS Concert Band participated in Grande Prairie Music Festival 2018 and won a gold medal on April 17th. The band has performed two pieces. The band consisted of thirteen members were called “small but mighty” by adjudicators. The group has been preparing for this festival by attending Sunday practices as well as regular classes. After the festival, the band went to play bowling and pocket ball to celebrate. Great job to all the members and congratulations on achieving a gold medal!
Cowboy Day a Highlight!
Students, Wyatt Simmons and Ticker Esau, organized some of their cowboy peers to hold a lunch time event in the gym as part of their Leadership class with Mrs. Tinto. Typically the gym is overrun with students playing things like basketball but the boys had a different idea. Bringing equipment such as fake calves and ropes from home, they spent lunch hour teaching other students and staff how to rope that cow! It was a great success and everyone had a lot of fun. Thank you to the young gentlemen for coming up with this great idea.
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