Stories from Brock Middle School

Posted On Monday November 29, 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

It’s been a week since we met Merritt families, and many of you have shared your heartwarming stories of generosity and gratitude.

Continuing to Welcome Merritt Families

Last weekend, Assistant Superintendent Vessy Mochikas coordinated an outpouring of donations from staff, parents, and community members to help 80 Merritt families. This week, school communities filled the @KOOL gym and met hundreds of families’ needs. A special thank you to @KOOL staff, school and district staff, and the District Parent Advisory Council. Thank you to our partners- City of Kamloops, CareMongering-Kamloops, United Way, PetSmart, SPCA, local media, and many others in addition to SD73 First Steps who prepared chili for Merritt families.

TRU Aboriginal Students’ Transitions Day

On November 23 and 24, SD73 and Thompson Rivers University staff welcomed about 90 grade 10 and 11 Indigenous students from SD73 schools. Elders Leona and Viola Thomas, Tk’emlúps te Secwe? pemc band; Tina Matthews, Executive Director, Indigenous Education for TRU; Justin Young, Youth Facilitator; Mike Bowden, District Principal, Aboriginal Education, and I opened the day followed by TRU students, and SD73 alumni and program coordinators and presenters. Students had an opportunity to ask questions, tour the campus and visit both trades, academic departments, and Indigenous support services for post secondary.

Brock Middle School

Ms. Tonya Perry, Principal of Brock Middle School, shared how the staff have invested in student engagement in many ways. “We have considered what we would see, hear, and what it feels like for students to be engaged in school.” As we toured classrooms, Math students worked in groups to write and share diverse ways of problem solving on white boards instead of worksheets. “This strategy is just one example of how students collaboratively share  their thinking on white boards,” stated Ms. Perry. As well, students were passionate about growing microgreens and making their own jams and butters in a food sustainability option. Others were invested in carving a dugout canoe as part of the Secwepemctsin class to develop technological ecological knowledge (TEK) with master carver Frank Marchand from the Sylix (Okanagan) territory. In Tech class, ARC students made enlarged wooden lego characters.

District Strategic Plan

Thank you so much for contributing your input into the re-visioning of our District Strategic Plan. We now want to see your perspective on the draft mission and vision statements. Please contribute your feedback by taking 5 minutes to complete this survey here. 

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan - Updated FAQs

We continue to partner with Interior Health to enhance our communicable disease prevention practices to promote the health and safety of staff and students. One of the suggestions from Interior Health is to provide a link to the K-12 Health Check App on both the District and individual schools’ websites. The K-12 Health Check App serves the same purpose of our daily health checks, but in an easy to use electronic version. Ensuring you children come to school healthy by completing a health check everyday is one of the most effective preventative measures in restricting the presence of COVID-19 in our schools. As was emphasized last week, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that Health Canada has now approved a vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. Parents and caregivers can register here.

Vaccination Policy Committee

Our Vaccination Policy Committee shared results of an employee survey with the Board of Education on November 22, 2021. The Board confirmed that it was necessary to prepare and present a timeline and process for collecting voluntary proof of vaccination from employees. This step is within step one of the K-12 Sector Guidelines for Vaccination Policies. The Vaccination Policy Committee meets again in early December and we expect to present results to the Board at the Board Meeting on December 13, 2021. As we come to the end of November, please continue to be safe, be kind, and be generous in this time of continued challenges for many communities.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD


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