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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
Group of students stand at the newly planted garden Fraser Garden 2023
May 23, 2023

Fraser Garden

Grade 6 Indigenous students at W. A. Fraser Middle School were presented with a unique opportunity in late April this year. BC Agriculture in the Classroom (B PAC) invited our Indigenous Students to aid in the reconstruction of their Medicine Wheel Garden that was washed away in the floods last November. With the replanting, the group decided on more culturally significant and appropriate selections of plants. Each section of the medicine wheel has a teaching, and they wanted the plants in each section to be intentional. 

Group of students stand at the newly planted garden Fraser Garden 2023
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May 23, 2023

Equitable Endeavours through our District's Equity Framework

In previous posts, I have shared my perspectives on the spectre of systemic racism in education, particularly in relation to Indigenous Peoples. I highlighted two interrelated constructs related to this issue: epistemic racism (the idea that there is only one form of true knowledge) and the related “racism of low expectations” highlighted in the 2016 Auditor General’s Report.

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Hammer and Nails
April 28, 2023

CHAT GPT: Friend or Foe?

O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't.

— William Shakespeare, The Tempest

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