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Three students sitting at a table, focused on threading beads Clayburn - Superintendent Newsletter - Beading
April 22, 2024

Discovering New Areas of Interest

Clayburn Middle School strives to create engaging and new opportunities for students.  One way we achieve this is by offering Special Interest Days.  Twice yearly, Clayburn staff share an area of passion with students by creating hands-on, interactive, and meaningful learning activities in late winter and mid-spring. Staff are encouraged to emphasize the importance of finding joy and passion in learning that can inspire further desire for experiencing success in learning and life.

Three students sitting at a table, focused on threading beads Clayburn - Superintendent Newsletter - Beading
Two middle school students holding paper, smiling. Chief Dan George - Superintendent Newsletter MAR 2024
March 15, 2024

Cultivating Caring Citizens at Chief Dan George

Why do people hate? Because they’ve been hated? Or are they hurt? These are some of the important questions students at Chief Dan George Middle are trying to answer, digest and unpack as they explore anti-racism, equity and diversity. This school year, our focus has been on accepting and understanding each other’s cultures and diverse backgrounds by building community in our classrooms. Students have had many opportunities to engage in reflection and action in social-emotional learning to be better citizens.

Two middle school students holding paper, smiling. Chief Dan George - Superintendent Newsletter MAR 2024
Superintendent Nosek and Chair Wilson, stand with Abby Schools student who won an award at the Cultural Diversity Awards Diversity Awards - 2024
March 15, 2024

Connecting and Celebrating: A Journey Across our District

I think it is important for a Superintendent to try and stay connected to what is happening across the district and the broader community. While there are never enough hours in the week, I do my best to make regular rounds and to take in community events. And wherever possible, I like to share the good things I see.

Superintendent Nosek and Chair Wilson, stand with Abby Schools student who won an award at the Cultural Diversity Awards Diversity Awards - 2024
Group of 4 females standing together, smiling for photo Fraser Middle - February Superintendent Newsletter Image
February 28, 2024

Agenda Gap: Shaping Youth Advocacy

Throughout the 2023/2024 school year, WA Fraser Middle School and Chief Dan George Middle have participated in a unique program called Agenda Gap. Agenda Gap is a research-driven program led by Dr. Emily Jenkins at UBC and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Mental Health Promotion – Innovation Fund. It is a facilitated program co-created with youth collaborators to support young people engaging in policy decision-making to enhance conditions for positive mental health for themselves and their communities.

Group of 4 females standing together, smiling for photo Fraser Middle - February Superintendent Newsletter Image
Sunrise light at the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on a foggy morning, suspended walking bridge in middle of forest, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. iStock - Capilano Suspension Bridge
February 1, 2024

The Bridge to Anywhere

There are no guarantees in life, but wherever you want to go or can imagine going, education is probably the best way there. How does a child in Kindergarten one day become an architect? How does a grade nine student become an arthroscopic surgeon or an agriculturist? How does one become an electrician or a chef? You guessed it - education. This is why I often describe education as the bridge to anywhere.

Sunrise light at the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park on a foggy morning, suspended walking bridge in middle of forest, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. iStock - Capilano Suspension Bridge
Two students looking at a whiteboard Middle - Eugene Reimer Math
February 1, 2024

Enhancing Mathematical Learning

At Eugene Reimer Middle School, we are embracing innovative teaching methodologies, and one such transformative approach is the implementation of "Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12: 14 Practices for Enhancing Learning" by Peter Liljedahl. This framework is reshaping our mathematical practices and redefining how our students approach problem-solving and mathematical reasoning.

Two students looking at a whiteboard Middle - Eugene Reimer Math
June 29, 2023

Outgoing Superintendent's Message of Gratitude

With my last blog post as superintendent (I still have a few more to write in my retirement), I would like to close with gratitude and appreciation for the many people with whom I have travelled this thirty-six-year path. I mentioned in my last post that it was because of the inspiration and encouragement of teachers, and one in particular, why I chose to become an educator. The journey to finding and fulfilling my purpose, particularly in leadership, has been filled with meandering adventures and learning. What resonates most with me are the people who have been on the journey with me.

Group of students sitting at a table with teacher completing math game ATS - June 7 - Superintendent Newsletter Image
June 20, 2023

Focus on Student Success through Collaboration

At Abbotsford Traditional School we have a strong commitment to student achievement. Academic goals of improving numeracy and reading comprehension are two of our focuses. Aligning staffing with school goals is a sure way of keeping our eye on success. At ATS we have a middle Math Department head and a middle English Language Arts department head who work regularly with their team to talk about curriculum, instruction, and assessment to do our best to ensure that our students learn to the best of their ability.

Group of students sitting at a table with teacher completing math game ATS - June 7 - Superintendent Newsletter Image
Elderly man holding man and speaks at his 90th birthday Mr. Marshall - KG - Superintendent Newsletter Image
June 20, 2023

A Road Not Taken

With all the recent retirement festivities I have had cause of late to reflect on my journey in the education system.  One of the frequent questions I have been asked is why I decide to become a teacher “all those years ago.”  I have had occasion over the years to mention it on World Teacher Day, but for me, the decision had everything to do with my school experiences, and a challenge extended to me by a very special human being.

Elderly man holding man and speaks at his 90th birthday Mr. Marshall - KG - Superintendent Newsletter Image