December 13, 2012 - 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 Tuesday, December 4 Ron Bergeron and Steve Cardwell visited with staff and students at several (10)Vancouver Alternate Programs.
  • On Thursday, December 6, hundreds of dancers of all ages took the stage for Gladstone ’s annual Dance Festival. Dance styles ranged from hip-hop to classical jazz dancing. Invitations went out to all of Gladstone’s family of elementary schools, giving young students a fun and engaging first look at future possibilities at Gladstone.
  • On December 5, Killarney students hit the streets to distribute care packages, food and warm clothing on Vancouver ’s downtown eastside. The students were members of the school’s Street Squad. The students were well received by hundreds of DTES residents.
  • Each year Mackenzie elementary students prepare wooden toys for vulnerable children. This year ’s Grade 7 classes produced dozens of toys to be delivered to Little Mountain Neighbourhood House.
  • Each year VSB staff at our Workshop host staff from across the district to a fun and scrumptious BBQ. By noon on Friday, December 7, the workshop was packed with dozens of VSB staff enjoying tasty burgers and famous extra hot “Workshop Chili” along with an auction, motivational speech and lots of holiday cheer. All proceeds from this terrific annual event go to the United Way.
  • Point Grey doesn ’t just produce great students, it is also home to some very talented musicians. On November 25 Point Grey student, Maggie Chang played at the Carnegie Hall in New York as part of the American Protégé International Music Competition.
  • On Thursday, December 6 district staff, Templeton staff and Tillicum/Hasting staff were on hand for the annual Tillicum Hastings Christmas Dinner. Hundreds of families were fed a fantastic turkey dinner – with all the trimmings - prepared by our super Culinary Arts students at Templeton Secondary. Hats off to Jennifer Scott, our community schools coordinator for her great work organizing this successful fundraiser. 650 were served in 35 minutes. The overwhelming success of this Christmas Dinner is a direct result of the generous support made from individuals, organizations and financial institution – many from the Tillicum Hastings neighbourhood.
  • Templeton isn ’t the only school with great cooks. On November 26, students from L’Ecole Bilingue took their culinary skills to the next level with a delicious Iron Chef competition. Lots of delicious dishes were prepared by the students who had to grapple with secret ingredients and limited prep time.
  • Tennyson Elementary students were in the Education Centre last Wednesday, December 12 to decorate our Christmas Tree. The students did a terrific job and were rewarded for their hard work with oranges, cookies and chocolate milk.
  • On December 12 Santa came for a visit to Renfrew School as part of their annual breakfast. By all accounts, it was a very jolly event.
  • On December 13 at Churchill Vancouver District Student Council arranged a forum to discuss the new ERASE bulling online reporting tool. There has been a great deal of discussion between stakeholders about this matter at hand, but we here at the VDSC want to turn the dialogue over to the students who will be most directly affected by the ERASE Bullying Program. Thus, the forum will focus primarily on acquiring student input from Vancouver secondary school students and student leaders from other Metro Vancouver school districts. Through genuine dialogue amongst students about bullying, we are sure to gain many perspectives that will help find a way to appropriately address the issue of bullying.
  • On December 13 staff at the VSB were entertained by the Killarney Vocal Jazz ensemble. The Killarney Senior Vocal Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned group of 16 students in grades 11 and 12.  They rehearse 2 or 3 times a week and often lead their own rehearsals out of class time.  Their repertoire is based in vocal pop and jazz from the 1930's to the present. These students are all a part of the Killarney Chamber Choir as well. Their director is Lisa Reimer.
  • Tupper Tech: Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School is home to a Grade 12 trades training program called Tupper Technical School. Within this class, 20 successful Grade 12 applicants are given the training and guidance to explore and excel in many skilled trades that will prepare them for jobs in the trades workforce. Tupper Technical School provides the training, students must provide the drive to succeed
  • December 13, 2012 - Superintendent's update to the Board

    1. 1. Superintendent’sUpdate
    2. 2. Visit to Vancouver Alternate Programs•Pinnacle•Genesis Central•Cedar Walk•Outreach, 8J/9J, Street-front staff at Britannia•Aries•Genesis North East•West Coast Alternate•Eagle High
    3. 3. Gladstone Dance Festival
    4. 4. Killarney Street Squad
    5. 5. Mackenzie Elementary Elves
    6. 6. Workshop BBQ
    7. 7. Point Grey student plays at Carnegie Hall
    8. 8. 17th Annual Tillicum – HastingsCommunity Christmas Dinner
    9. 9. L’École Bilingue Iron Chef
    10. 10. Decorating the Ed Centre Tree
    11. 11. Renfrew’s Santa Visit
    12. 12. VDSC forum: Let’s Talk ERASE Bullyingheld at Churchill
    13. 13. VSB staff entertained by Killarney SeniorVocal Jazz Ensemble
    14. 14. Tupper Tech
    15. 15. Upcoming eventsDecember 19 – Mount Pleasant Turkey LunchDecember 20 – Christmas Workshop at AR LordDecember 20 – Korean Pop Festival at ByngDecember 21 – Tillicum Annex Pancake Breakfast