April 15, 2013 - Superintendent's update to the Board


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Superintendent's Update to the Board on activities happening in the Vancouver School District.

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  • Some of the top legal minds in Canada shared their professional wisdom with Eric Hamber law students at the school’s first Law Forum on April 3. 
  • David Thompson Secondary held an event that welcomed students from Yokohama Science Frontier High School, located in Japan, on April 2, 2013
  • On April 5 the Gladstone Secondary Improv Club presented a 12-hour Improv-a-thon, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. All proceeds went to Teen Suicide Prevention. The improvisers ranged in agefrom grade 10-12.
  • On April 9, 2013, instead of just reading Shakespeare for class, with thanks to the Bard in the Classroom program,Grade 10 English students at Van Tech got the opportunity to act out a monologue from Romeo and Juliet
  • As part of a research project conducted by SFU, Lord Roberts Elementary students filmed their visit to Stanley Park where they learned about the plants and animals found in the park.
  • Tennyson Elementary played host to a large Provincial press event announcing $584 M in seismic funding for Vancouver and other provincial schools – 16 of which are in VANCOUVER. During the event, Tennyson students showed off their model “earthquake-proof” designs to the assembled VIPs and media outlets.
  • Mark Reid, music teacher at Vancouver Technical Secondary School, has been awarded the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award and was in Las Vegas on April 5, 2013 where he was presented the award by Shania Twain.
  • At the annual BC School Superintendents;’ Awards event on Thursday April 11, I had the privilege and honour presenting special awards of recognition to two Vancouver-based organizations: The intent of the Awards of Recognition is to publicly acknowledge and thank an individual or organization for contributions made to enhance public school education in the province. Project CHEF (Barb Finley) and Scientists in Residence (Paige Axelrood)Project CHEF - Cook Healthy Edible Food is an experiential, curriculum-based school program for children in kindergarten to grade seven. Working with classroom teachers, Project CHEF teaches students about healthy,culturally diverse food: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it and how to enjoy sharing it around a table.  Project CHEF is a non-profit program that began in 2008 and has reached well over 6,000 students in Vancouver schools. It has directly involved over 2,000 parent and community volunteers. Project CHEF was created by teacher and chef extraordinaire, Barb Finley. The Scientist in ResidenceProgram’s mission is to excite, inspire and support elementary school children and teachers to discover the world through hands-on science.This program is based on the partnerships that develop between teachers and scientists, and their sharing of knowledge and passion for both teaching and science. Dr. Paige Axelrood founded the Scientist in Residence Program in 2004. Since its inception, more than 130 teachers, 22 Scientists in Residence, and more than 3,000 elementary students in over 40 Vancouver schools have benefitted from the Scientist in Residence Program.
  • Students and staff at various locations in Vancouver are meeting with John Abbott from the 21st Century Learning Initiative this week. He met with students from 5 Alternate Programs at Templeton today. He also met with students from the UBC Transitions program and toured U. Hill secondary with the Dean of Education, Blye Frank. Tomorrow, John will be meeting with VDSC students, and at Tupper with student forum participants and will visit the MACC class at Tecumseh.
  • April 15, 2013 - Superintendent's update to the Board

    1. 1. Superintendent’sUpdateJune 18, 2013
    2. 2. Hamber Law Forum
    3. 3. David ThompsonTea Ceremony
    4. 4. Gladstone12-HourImprov-a-thon
    5. 5. “Bard in the Classroom” at Van Tech
    6. 6. Lord Roberts students visit Stanley Park
    7. 7. Provincial Announcement at Tennyson
    8. 8. Van Tech Teacher Wins Music Award
    9. 9. BCSSA Awards of Recognition:Project CHEF and Scientists in Residence
    10. 10. John Abbott: 21st Century Learning Initiativevisits with Vancouver students
    11. 11. Upcoming events• April 17 – Committee of the WholeMt. Pleasant Elementary School (7 pm)• April 18 – First Nations Family Night at Templeton• April 23 – Alternative Ed Secondary Art Fair• April 26 – Tennyson Spring Fling