THINKING OF OTHERS
The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) created the RBC 150 in celebration and preparation for Canada’s 150th Birthday. RBC offered youth and young adults aged 16-24 an opportunity to apply for $150 with the intent of making a difference in their communities. Hanna and Eryn Minifie, grade 11 students at the South Peace Campus, applied for and received the $150 from the Royal Bank. The girls’ application outlined their intent to provide a great Christmas for families in need in the Dawson Creek area. Hanna and Eryn were extremely happy to receive the money but felt they could do more to increase the amount. The girls decided to challenge local businesses to match the $150. They wrote a letter outlining their intentions and with the help of the local Chamber of Commerce, the girls were able to turn their $150 into $2550 within twenty-four hours! The girls will work with local charities to ensure the money they raised will go directly to supporting families in need this upcoming holiday season..... November 23 Update: The girls now have $5000 to support families for the holiday season!!
The Junior Girls Volleyball Team ran through their season winning most, if not every, set they played. They finished the Zone tournament, held in Dawson Creek, with an unblemished record! The girls will travel to Delta, BC next weekend to participate in the Provincial Tournament! What an exciting season! Congratulations to the team, coaches and managers! Thank you Laura-Lea Gibson, Steve Gibson and Garry Mah for their dedication to our athletes and for the many hours spent in gyms in the last few months!
The final piece of exciting news is that we have a photocopier. Students will now be able to make colour copies as well as bring in a memory stick or access files from online to print off. An account will be given to each student with a reasonable amount of credit to be able to print off necessary items. Students are also encouraged to use Peacenet to do their work and to send work to their teachers. (If you are not sure what Peacenet is please have your student show you or come in and see Ms. Fox)
‘Hey, Why are you late?'
We are in the process of assessing the number of absences and the number of tardy classes our students have. It is our intention to determine the ‘Why’ behind student attendance and tardiness. We ask students to complete a Late Slip for each class they show up late. Students are asked to describe why they are late in writing. We hope to determine the common reasons why students arrive late. Knowing why the students are late is the first step in determining what can or should be done to support students getting to class on time.
We wonder if the concession offers enough choice for students? We hear the line-ups at the concession are too long. Does the need to purchase coffee and other beverages like pop or energy drinks cause our students to be tardy? We often make assumptions about our students’ behaviours based on what we see as students enter classes late. We hope the written data our students provide will tell us a story that may help us to help our students.
We will begin sharing data about attendance in assemblies and in upcoming newsletters. We hope the data sharing will result in conversations about attendance and the value of attendance at school.
For Students, By Students!
A number of students have been working to plan and put on the assemblies scheduled throughout the school year. We have eight school-wide assemblies planned for the year. Students have already planned the two assemblies that have taken place to date. The intention of the assemblies is to provide students with information, to gather information and to celebrate students. We hope to continue to build a positive school culture through the assemblies as well. The planning group has invited community members (Child Youth Mental Heath, RCMP, City Counselors, etc.) to the assemblies to share information about what is available in the community for youth. The community members have also and will also share information about ways youth can get involved in helping to make Dawson Creek an ever greater place to live.
The assembly-planning group also took responsibility for planning the Remembrance Ceremony. Hannah Brunn, Eryn Minifie, Erykah Brown and Jayden Mayoh made the ceremony especially meaningful by writing messages about Remembrance connected to today’s youth; the students of the South Peace Campus.