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November 21
A letter to families of grade 12 students

Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School

419 East 24th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5V 2A2

Telephone: (604) 713-8233 è Fax: (604) 713-8232

                                                                                                                                                                                                      November 20th, 2017


To the Parents/Guardians of Tupper Grade 12 students,

Re:         Grad Events and School Leaving Ceremony

This year marks the culmination of 13 years of public education for our grade 12 students and their families. We are all excited about the coming year where the grade 12 students are planning their futures by investigating potential options for next year. For families, it is a time to be proud of their children for their hard work, successes and perseverance. This will be evident at our School Leaving Ceremony on June 15th, 2017 where we will honour our students for their accomplishments.

We want all of our grade 12 students to participate in this years’ grad events (i.e. Grad Fun Nights, Grad Cruise – April 28, Dinner Dance – June 15th) and the School Leaving Ceremony as they are important events for both the student and their families.  Students, however, must meet some basic expectations to be eligible to participate.  Our expectations include:

  • Attending all classes regularly and on time
  • putting forth best efforts to meet the academic requirements of the classroom
  • following ROARS (our School Code of Conduct)

​If grade 12 students do not meet these expectations, they will jeopardize their participation in grad events. These expectations are not set up to be punitive towards our students, but to encourage our students to develop positive study and work habits to be successful and focussed until the end of the school year.  We will be monitoring all of the grade 12 students’ progress and if a student is not meeting the expectations, we will meet with the student and their family to create an action plan to support student success. Our goal is for all of our grade 12 students to participate in grad events and the School Leaving Ceremony. 

We encourage you to have a discussion with your child about these expectations and their plan to exceed them. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our expectations for your child, please contact me at 604-713-8233. Thank you for your support in making this year memorable and a positive experience for your child.



Yours truly, 

Ms. A. Ogden 

Principal

November 10
A letter from the Minister of Education RE: Curriculum Implementation

Please see the letter below from the Minister of Education regarding the change in scheduling for the implementation of the Graduation Years (Gr. 10-12) curriculum.  

curriculum implementation 2018-19.pdfcurriculum implementation 2018-19.pdf

September 18
ACCESSING MYED FOR YOUR STUDENT'S TIMETABLE, REPORT CARD AND ATTENDANCE


​The Vancouver School Board has moved to an online communication of marks and attendance as well as viewing your child's timetable.  Families can access the MyEducation BC Family Portal by logging in ​to https://myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do with the username being your child’s student number and the password initially set to Tupp$2017.  Quick reference guides are available below.  Families who do not have access to the internet, or are having difficulty getting access, will have the opportunity to request paper copies of report cards.


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August 28
Happy New (School) Year!

With acknowledgement that we work, learn, and play on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh) and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Coast Salish) peoples.

Welcome back to a new school year!  September is one of my favourite months in that it brings the beginning of a new school year and the possibility of so many opportunities.  I look forward to seeing our returning students and staff on September 5 and to meeting all of the 191 grade eight students who will be joining the Sir Charles Tupper community.   

All students are scheduled to attend their Homeroom at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5th.  This homeroom should last for approximately 30 minutes.  Our grade 8 students should come to the small gym at 9:00 a.m. on September 5 for their full morning orientation session with their Link Crew team.  They will be guided to their Homeroom class by their Link Crew Leader.    

In June we said goodbye to two retiring teachers - Mr. Campbell and Ms. Maretic.  As September approaches, I wish them well as they start a whole new ‘beginning of the school year’ tradition.  We also have a number of new-to-Tupper educators joining our school.  Please welcome the following staff members:  Ms. Batko (French), Ms. Bhatti (Life Skills), Ms. Desai (Vice Principal), Mr. Green (Tupper Alternate Program), Mr. McAlpine (Business), Ms. Metzner (Diverse Learners), and Ms. Read (Dance).  Ms. Kim (Applied Skills, English), Ms. Lau (Tupper Young Parents), and Ms. Lau (Business), are also returning from leave.  The Tupper staff work collaboratively to create a wide variety of opportunities for all of our learners and I am very excited to continue to work with them in supporting learning within the context of the new (and draft) curricula.  Please visit http://www.curriculum.gov.bc.ca/ to learn more about the changes to the curriculum.

Please check the website frequently as this is the place where new and updated information is posted and take an opportunity to review the information included with this letter that outlines our school opening procedures.  Students will be given their schedules in their first Homeroom class on September 5 along with additional information.  School fees are due in the first week of school.  Some forms require your signature or information before being returned to the office.  Please return all forms to the school during the first week. 

In addition to the paper agenda, we are also providing students with the opportunity to use an electronic agenda app.  More information about this will be given to students in the beginning of the year assemblies and will be sent home to families as well.

At Tupper, we are very fortunate to have an active parent community.  I strongly encourage all parents/guardians to attend the monthly Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings.  The first PAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 7 pm in the Staff Lounge.  There will be coffee and snacks and all parents/guardians are welcome. 

Mr. Akrap, Ms. Dasai, the Tupper staff, and I look forward to working with you to ensure success for your child in this upcoming school year.  I welcome your input and your feedback.  You can reach me at 604-713-8233 or by e-mail at aogden@vsb.bc.ca.

Yours  truly,

Ms. A. Ogden

Principal 

June 15
Family Portal for Attendance and Reporting
The Vancouver School Board will be transitioning to online communication of marks and attendance starting in Term 3.  Families can access the MyEducation BC Family Portal by logging in to https://myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do with the username being your child’s student number and the password initially set to Tupp$2016.  Detailed instructions can be found on the Tupper website -https://tupper.vsb.bc.ca.  Families who do not have access to the internet, or are having difficulty getting access, will have the opportunity to request paper copies of the final report card.
Have a safe and restful break!  

June 12
Student Self Assessment of Core Competencies

All grades 8 and 9 students must complete a self assessment on the Core Competencies.  

Tupper students will be reflecting on the self-regulation asset which falls under Personal Awareness and Responsibility.  Please click on 2017 Tupper Self Assessment.docx2017 Tupper Self Assessment.docx to find the self assessment template.  Paper copies of the template can also be picked up in the main office.  

Once complete, this document must be uploaded to the student's digital locker, found in the MyEd portal. ​


Watch a video walkthrough of how to access the self-assessment form and how to upload to your MyEdBC page:

Walkthrough​


There are three main competencies: 

1.  Communication 

(connecting and engaging with others; acquiring, interpreting and presenting information; collaborating to plan, carry out and review constructions and activities; explaining/recounting and reflecting on experiences and accomplishments) 

2.  Thinking

  • Creative Thinking (novelty and value, generating ideas, developing ideas)
  • Critical Thinking (analyzing and critiquing, questioning and investigating, developing and designing)

​3.  Personal Social 
  • ​Positive Personal and Cultural Identity (relationships and cultural context, personal values and choices, personal strenths and abilities)
  • Social Responsibility (contributing to community and caring for the environment, solving problems in peaceful ways, valuing diversity, building relatiohships)
  • Personal Awareness and Responsibility (self-determination, self-regulation, well-being) 
 

March 11
A little Spring Break reading . . . .
Just in case you were still searching for the perfect book to kick back with over Spring Break, here are some suggestions from Ms. Scott (our newest Teacher Librarian).  

How to be a Bawse
Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman) has released: How to be a Bawse: A guide to conquering life. Wonder what the key to success is? According to Singh, success is fought for, not wished for. Using personal accounts, she demonstrates there are no shortcuts to success.
You can also see Lily speak on April 25 in Vancouver.

even this page is white
You may remember author Vivek Shraya from his book God Loves Haireven this page is white is a collection of poetry. It is a bold, timely, and personal interrogation of skin―its origins, functions, and limitations. Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding of what it means to be racialized. Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible, and undeniable.  

Girl Mans Up
M-E Girard write about a queer teen named Pen who realizes the only way she’ll get people off her back is by standing up for herself – even if that means her relationships with her friends and her family get messed up in the process. It’s also about a gender-nonconforming teen who struggles to own her identity as a girl when she looks and acts like a boy and everyone around her expects her to be one or the other.

Highly Illogical Behaviour
Teen and adult fans of All the Bright PlacesMe and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Everything, Everything will adore this quirky story of coming-of-age, coming out, friendship, love...and agoraphobia.
Solomon is a smart and resourceful teen with a love of Star Trek and a supportive family. He also has crippling panic attacks that have prevented him from leaving the house. When he tentatively opens the door to an out-going girl, a Pandora’s box of good and ill come pouring in.

Love Letters to the Dead
For those who loved Fault in Our Stars, Ava Dellaira is sure to deliver.
Laurel's English teacher sets her class an assignment: write a letter to a dead person. Laurel gives it a shot, and then finds herself writing to tons and never turning the assignment in to her English teacher, Mrs Buster. Instead, she unravels her tale to around 10 dead people, including Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Judy Garland and so many other people.
 
Sleeping Giants
This debut novel written by Neuvel Sylvain is a page-turning thriller. Those of you who loved World War Z ​are guaranteed to enjoy it.
The story starts with Rose falling through the earth ending up in a square hole, glowing with intricate carvings. What firemen find as they are rescuing Rose is even more perplexing – a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Rose grows up to be a physicist and works with a team trying to crack the code of relic. Is it an instrument for lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
March 09
Family Portal for Attendance and Reporting

The Vancouver School Board will be transitioning to online communication of marks and attendance starting in Term 3.  Families can access the MyEducation BC Family Portal by logging in to https://myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do with the username being your child’s student number and the password initially set to Tupp$2016.  Detailed instructions can be found on the Tupper website -https://tupper.vsb.bc.ca.  Families who do not have access to the internet, or are having difficulty getting access, will have the opportunity to request paper copies of the final report card.
Have a safe and restful break!  





February 27
Congratulations Tupper Tiger Basketball Teams!

Our Tupper Tigers basketball teams (and former players) have been working hard and have been very busy over that past week.   

Some updates from Coach Gurley:

  • Junior boys defeated Duchess Park, Yale and Pitt Meadows so far this past weekend to advance to the provincial semi finals tomorrow (Monday, February 27) at 6:00 pm on the south Court at the Langley events Center.  Their opponent will be North Delta Secondary Huskies.
  • Grade 9 boys won the City Championship with their 57-41 victory over the University Hill Hawks on Thursday (February 24)  evening and advanced to the provincial Championships starting Thursday, March 2 on Vancouver Island.
  • Grade 8 boys start city championships Monday, February 27 at Eric Hamber Secondary with the tip off at 4:45 vs Prince of Wales Secondary Walesmen.
  • Cameron Smythe and the Carleton Ravens begin continue down the road to Halifax and National Championships when they play the Brock Badgers in the Semi Finals of the OUA.
  • Warren Liang and the Dalhousie Tigers on Saturday will play in the AUS Semi finals against the winner of Friday’s Acadia / Memorial tilt.
  • Niko Mottus and the Capilano Blues on Thursday, March 2 will begin play in the PAC West playoffs being held at Quest University & their first opponent will be the Camosun College Chargers at 3:00.
  • Tigers Shoot- a - Thon fund raiser has raised over $8200.00 with more funds to be collected
Can’t make it to the Provincials in Langley but you want to follow the game?  
Just tune into https://portal.stretchinternet.com/tfsetv/  It’s pay per view but…you can tell the Tigers you were supporting them.

There is also a great article in the Vancouver Courier about our Junior Boys team:

http://www.vancourier.com/sports/three-years-perfect-tupper-tigers-chase-ultimate-b-c-reward-1.10398758​

February 14
January Highlights

​January has flown by.  So many things have been happening in our building that it's difficult to do them justice in a short review but I will try to highligh some of them.  We started the year with our Vice Principal, Mr. Akrap, visiting our feeder elementary schools for articulation.  He brought along some Tupper students (as elementary alumni) to bring some familiar faces to our incoming grade 7 students. We are projected to welcome close to 200 new grade 8 students next year and are looking forward to events throughout the spring to get to know them.  

We hosted Parent/Teacher Conferences on January 12 (which had been rescheduled from December due to snow). On January 13, our Dance and Drama students put on a performance for our elementary feeder schools. Honour Roll and Principal's List award ceremonies took place during Reading Break from January 16 to 20.  It was so wonderful to see so many students honoured for their achievement. 

We welcomed approximately 250 people at the Grade 7 Parent Night on January 17.  Our Jazz Band performed in the foyer and numerous staff and students set up classrooms and stations throughout the buildling for families and students to tour around.  Our Dance students opened the night with some short performances, followed by some information from Mr. Akrap about the Grade 8 program at Tupper. 

The Grads held a Grad Fun Night on January 18 where there was stand up comedy (performed by our very own grade 12 students) and a movie.  Our first PAC meeting of the year also took place that evening.  

All of our grade 8s participated in the Junior Achievement Program on January 20 and many community members came to Tupper to present to them.  Interim reports went home with students on Tuesday, January 24.  Our Band students put on a concert for our elementary folks on January 25.  Lunar New Year celebrations took place in the foyer at lunch on January 27 and our UBC Teacher Candidates arrived on January 30.

In terms of Athletics:

  • our Table Tennis team is currently in 3rd place in league play 
  • our Wrestling team heads into the City championships ranked number one
  • the Junior Boys Basketball team is also currently first in league standings
  • the  Grade 8 boys Basketball won the St. Thomas More tournament
  • the Senoir Girls Basketball team is to going to the playoffs
  • the Senior Boys Basektball team starts playoffs the first week of February

In addition to all of these events and activities, staff organized myriad enriching field studies opportunities for students, including: visits to the Sarah McLaughlin School of Music, Cavell Garden Nursing Home, the Vancouver Police Department Museum, walking tours of the public art on Kingsway and Main Street, and students competed in a Case Study Competition at Burnaby Central (placing second). 

In the midst of all of this, the provincial government allocated an additional $50 million dollars to the provincial eduation system.  This started a process for applying for additional staffing for the remainder of the school year.  We applied for an additional 20 blocks to add to our timetable and were allocated 18.  We are currently working hard to put staffing and rooms in place to get students into the enrolling blocks as soon as possible.

All of this is in addition to the amazing day-to-day teaching and learning that is taking place at Tupper. I am looking forward to continuing to get to know the students and families in the Tupper community and to see what new adventures and opportunities February brings.  

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