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February 10
Winter 2017 Newsletter.

Multiple snow storms this winter continually remind me of fond memories of playing the snow growing up in Ontario.  These reminders are ever present as I look at snow forts built on the school fields or while clearing sidewalks at home during quiet evening snow falls.  A blizzard of activity continues to take place at school.  Three new staff members joined our team in January.  They include Ms. R. Sawatsky who teaches Art and Photography, Mr. A. Mann, a Counsellor for Grade 10 and grade 8, and Ms. K. Castro teaching English and Social Studies.  Five UBC and SFU student teachers have started teaching practicums at Templeton under the supervision of Templeton staff.  In December, events included the Fourth Annual Templeton Science Challenge which hosted 200 elementary school students, a Winter Music Concert, the Grade 12 Winter Formal, the Grad Breakfast and the Grade 8 breakfast.  Ms. Inch and the Junior and Senior Girls’ basketball teams travelled to Ahousaht on Vancouver Island.  Please review the newsletter for a detailed account of this incredible trip.  Students also visited Whistler for an amazing ski/snowboard trip, a number of athletes also visited UBC to connect our students with programs at UBC.  Theatre Temp just completed an amazing run of films and The Domino Effect, a play about how small changes can have large effects.  Over 80 students participated in the production and presentation of these performances.  Templeton hosted the second Parent/Teacher interviews on Thursday, February 2nd.  If you did not have an opportunity to see a teacher, please contact the teacher via email or phone.  The staff member will be happy to schedule a meeting to discuss your child’s progress.  On Thursday, February 16, Templeton will host a SACY Capacity Café.  Please check the school’s website for more information.  

The BC Ministry of Education continually updates progress with regards to the curriculum redesign.  Curriculum implementation for grades 10-12 is delayed until 2018-19.  There are no provincial exams for grade 10’s or 11’s this year unless a student needs to rewrite the exam from last year.  English 12 provincial exams are still in place for 2016/17 and 2017/18 grade 12’s.  Detailed information can be found at

The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding legal dispute between BC Provincial government and BCTF resulted in additional staffing for the Vancouver School Board and Templeton.  This staffing should be in place by mid-February and will support students in existing classes.  Templeton’s counselling department is now visiting all grade 8 – 11 students in preparation for course planning next year.  Course information including graduation program requirements can be found on Templeton’s website under the “Students” tab.   

Lastly, The VSB is proposing ​to amend non-instructional days for the 2017-18 school calendar.  The recommended dates will be officially voted on at the Board Meeting on February 27.  It is anticipated that the Board will approve the dates as proposed, so families and staff can plan accordingly.  The draft calendar for 2017-18 is included in the full report found at the link below.

For Winter Break, the proposed amended dates are:

Last day of school before the break: December 22

First day back to school after the break: January 8.

Parent feedback on the proposed non-instructional dates and the amendment to the Winter Break can be sent to until February 24th.

I recognize that not everyone is as fond of the snow as me but a unique aspect of our beautiful city is that as soon as the snow melts, we experience instant green!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Aaron Davis


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