February 4, 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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  • On Wednesday, January 16, Cavell and Tupper Tech students teamed up to build composters for the elementary school.
  • On Thursday, January 17, Bob Rennie took the stage at Killarney where he spoke to a packed auditorium about the importance of staying true to yourself, pursuing your education and a variety of other life lessons. Rennie was a huge hit.
  • On Friday, January 18, the entire gym of Cavell Elementary was jammed with parents. They were there to cheer on their children as they danced up a storm as part of the annual Cavell Hip Hop concert.
  • Dozens of students and district staff gathered at Magee on Monday, January 21 for a district Sustainability Conference. Organized and led by students, this conference was a big success.
  • On the same day as the sustainability conference, many other students headed to Gladstone for the Dare to Stand Out Conference where students, teachers and staff members tackled difficult but important LGBTQ issues.
  • On Tuesday January 29, students, staff and dignitaries were treated to some dancing (and a project agreement signing) at Ecole Bilingue. The event was well attended by media and was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate that this seismic project is moving forward.
  • On Wednesday, January 30, Templeton chefs battled to decide whose cuisine would reign supreme. I had the opportunity, along with Chef Rob Feenie and others to judge this culinary event. Big thanks need to go to the event ’s organizer, Templeton’s very talented teacher Margo Murphy.
  • John Oliver kicked off its exam week last week with a series of engaging speakers including motivational speaker Joe Perkins (pictured above), CTV personality Tamara Taggart and Ranj Dhaliwal who spoke about the dangers of South Asian gangs.
  • On Friday, February 1, Seymour elementary had a special event (complete with snacks, art and storytime) to celebrate the opening of the school ’s Strong Start Centre.
  • On Friday, February 1, dozens of Van Tech students received certificates and special recognition for their volunteer and leadership work in the community.
  • January 21 st – live webcast with Andy Hargreaves
  • Bayview has gone from running to dancing with DanceFit. One of the school ’s exceptionally talented parents leads the school in a fun and active dance routine every couple weeks.
  • Today, students and staff of Nelson elementary got a treat with the visit of one of the famous Harlem Globetrotters. The basketball player regaled students with tricks and talked candidly about the serious topic of bullying in schools and what students can do about it.
  • DPAC at Hamber cafeteria CEDAR WALK HAS MOVED! COME VISIT US IN OUR NEW LOCATION @ 1043 Kingsway St. OUR DOORS WILL BE OPEN TO FRIENDS, FAMILY & PROFESSIONALS TO DROP IN BETWEEN 1PM - 4PM ON FEB 8, 2013 Mardi Gras – 4 to 8 pm DT Libarary Musqueam Indian Band is welcoming you to an information session about the History of the Musqueam People on Tuesday, February 12 th , 2013 from 9am – 12:30pm.
  • February 4, 2013 - Superintendent's update to the Board

    1. 1. Superintendent’sUpdateFebruary 4th, 2013
    2. 2. Cavell and Tupper Composters
    3. 3. Bob Rennie Visits Killarney
    4. 4. Cavell Hip Hop Dance Concert
    5. 5. Sustainability Conference at Magee
    6. 6. Dare to Stand Out Conference
    7. 7. L’École Bilingue Project Agreement
    8. 8. Iron Chef Templeton
    9. 9. John Oliver Speaker Series
    10. 10. Seymour Strong Start Celebration
    11. 11. Van Tech Duke of Edinburgh Awards
    12. 12. Live webcast with Andy Hargreavesat Vancouver Technical Secondary“Transforming education is one of the signaturechallenges of our times. This book sets out exactlyand undeniably why the only way to do it is to honorand improve the profession of teaching. Written bytwo of the sharpest educational thinkers in theworld, this book is an incisive critique of the failingreform movements in many countries and apowerful manifesto for the only strategy that can anddoes work. This book should revolutionize howpolicymakers and practitioners alike think and act ineducation. The price of failure is more than they orour children can afford.”Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned author and educator
    13. 13. Bayview DanceFit
    14. 14. Nelson Globetrotter Visit
    15. 15. Upcoming events• February 7 – Begbie Elementary Art Open House• February 7 – DPAC town hall meeting re budget (Hamber)• February 8 – Cedar Walk Open House• February 11 – Family Day• February 12 – Lunar New Year at Prince of Wales• February 12 – Musqueam Education Centre visit• February 12 – Winter Tonic 2013 – Teacher-Librarians (DT)• February 14 – University Hill Secondary Opening Ceremony• February 19 – ACE-IT Bus Tour