Stories from Valleyview, BEST, and Kay Bingham

Posted On Friday December 17, 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

Everyone is eager to spend some well deserved time off with families and friends. Thank you for the efforts that you continue to make for our students, our communities, and for each other.

Valleyview Secondary School

Ms. Barb Hamblett, Principal of Valleyview Secondary School guided Vice Chair Wade and I on a tour of the school. We learned about how the modernization will create more space for dance, band, drama, sports, digital arts, and extracurricular activities. Ms. Hamblett added, “Staff are engaged in a spiral of inquiry about nurturing well being in the school community. Having more space and individualized places to hang out was identified by students as important to nurture their well being. The new East Wing will provide this additional space.”Ms. Barb Hamblett, Principal of Valleyview Secondary School guided Vice Chair Wade and I on a tour of the school. We learned about how the modernization will create more space for dance, band, drama, sports, digital arts, and extracurricular activities. Ms. Hamblett added, “Staff are engaged in a spiral of inquiry about nurturing well being in the school community.

Bert Edwards Science and Technology

I visited Mr. Frank Law, Principal, at Bert Edwards Science and Technology (BEST) School. While touring the school, Mr. Wood, the Grade 5-6 Teacher shared a project in which students designed a logo to honor Aboriginal histories and perspectives. He explained, “We worked with students of Aboriginal heritage who designed the logo and then we sold the shirts and gave the funds to the Aboriginal Friendship Centre.” Students, Everett and Natalie, added, “We really enjoyed learning about math and art through this project.” Mr. Wayne Deptuck, who oversees the McQueen Lake Environmental Education Centre, shared the pathways used to teach students about the terrain. Collaborative inquiry projects that are student-driven and connected to the real world are central to BEST.

Kay Bingham Elementary School

At Kay Bingham Elementary, I visited with Ms. Rosie Caputo, Principal. She described their tiered support model to provide whole group, small group, and one-on-one reading and math instruction to students. In review of results, it is evident that students are improving consistently and reaching personal bests in literacy and numeracy. As we toured the school, students were immersed in reading, writing, and creating through art, song, and drama. One class was busy creating guitars to be “quiet rock stars”. Ms. Caputo shared, “The teachers have been so collaborative and supportive. Students are excited about the projects that they are doing, and they are engaged even in the last week before a break.”

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

A reminder that while fully vaccinated students, staff and other adults who have travelled outside of Canada may qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, those who are not fully vaccinated and have travelled outside of Canada CANNOT attend school for 14 days after arrival, as part of federal requirements.

Thank you for the tremendous measures you have undertaken this fall to keep our schools safe places for students to learn. Interior Health continues to inform us that limited transmission occurs in the school setting, which indicates that our health and safety measures are working well. This success is due to your diligent efforts!

I hope that during these next two weeks you are able to take some time to enjoy family, to see close friends, and to find time to recharge and relax. Have a happy holiday, and I look forward to being back with you in 2022!

Rhonda Nixon, PhD

Superintendent

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