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
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 http://engage.bcedplan.ca.
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.
feedback on the proposed non-instructional dates and the amendment to the
Winter Break can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org until February 24th.
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.