Welcome to School District No. 42

Our vision is for every individual to feel valued and for all learners to reach their full potential.

School District No. 42 meets the learning needs of approximately 15,000 students of all ages in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. The District is committed to educational choice and an inclusive, local approach to special education. It has developed numerous skilled trades training partnerships with colleges and universities.

 

2014/15 Proposed Preliminary Operating Budget

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Board of Education received a presentation on the Proposed Preliminary Operating Budget 2014/15. We have posted the budget online and welcome your input. Review the document here >>>

Strategic Facilities Review - Phase 1

In order to ensure that future Capital Plan submissions accurately reflect the priorities and needs of the Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows School District, the board directed staff to prepare a comprehensive School District Strategic Facilities Plan in consultation with stakeholders, educators, the community and the two municipalities. Visit the website and review the Phase 1 document >>>

2014/15 District School Calendar

At its regular meeting on March 12, 2014, the Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. Review calendar >>

Upcoming:       
The Tutor: See a performance of MRSS student Nic Renaud's play, The Tutor, on Tuesday, April 29th in the MRSS drama room. Tickets available at the door for a minimum donation of $5. Doors open at 6:30pm
Kindergarten LATE Registration: February 26 - June 13, 2014.  Learn more.
Late French Immersion Registration:
(Entering grade 6 in Sept 2014.) Registration ongoing @ Ecole Golden Ears Elementary, 23124 - 118th Avenuey, Maple Ridge. Call 604.463.9513 for more info.

accolades.jpgAnnouncements and Accolades: 

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Congratulations to Thomas Haney Secondary Vice Principal Kristi Blakeway on her nomination for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award. VP Blakeway has been nominated in the Education, Training, and Development category for her work with Beyond Hello and Project HELLO. See Kristi Blakeway's YWCA profile here.

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The District Student Advisory Council (DSAC) is holding a video contest for SD42 students as a part of Make BC Smile week. The theme is "Acts of Kindness". Prizes for students in the winning group include a PNE pass, a movie pass and a general sense of happiness. Find out more and enter here.

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Parlez-vous "success"? Congratulations to our winners from the Canadian Parents for French, Concours Oratoire public speaking contest! The list is blissfully long:

Grade 4- Taryn Kelly- Pitt Meadows Elem.
Grade 5- Ethan Quinn- Pitt Meadows Elem.
Grade 6- Sofiya Nevedyuk- Eric Langton Elem.
Grade 7- Becky Perez – Laity View Elem.
Grade 6 -Late Immersion- Stephen Wang – Golden Ears Elem.
Grade 7- Late Immersion- Avery Somersgill- Golden Ears Elem.
Grade 8- Marlowe Evans- THSS
Grade 9- Sadie Sugden-HarveyTHSS
Grade 10- Tianne Jensen-DesJardins- THSS

Francophone category:

Grade 5- Genea Charpentier- Laity View
Grade 7- Megan Charpentier- Laity View

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Congratulations to our own Scott Ormiston, co-winner of the 2014 UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Teacher Award! Scott's caring approach has contributed to improved student engagement and success for students in our district. 

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Congratulations to the following SD42 winners of Regional Skills Canada:

  • SILVER: Kieran Lim from Samuel Robertson Technical (SRT)/Westview Secondary (Culinary).
  • BRONZE: Mike Tremblay from SRT (Carpentry).
  • GOLD: James Pollard from SRT (Welding).
  • SILVER: Quinn Alford from SRT (Welding).
  • BRONZE: Chance Plamondon from Westview Secondary (Welding).

In the News

Lessons learned from The Tutor

The Maple Ridge News

Alyssa Day twirls a strand of hair around her finger, tilts her head and delivers a heart-melting pout.

She’s mastering her role as a vixen, much to the delight of student director Rachel Renaud, who is standing off stage in the drama room at Maple Ridge secondary.

I’m trying to bring out her deviousness and sassiness, Renaud says as she instructs Day, who plays a complex high-school hottie named Kristina in The Tutor, an original play written by Renaud’s older brother Nic.

Parent letter: teacher job action

As you are probably aware, the BC Teachers’ Federation served 72-hour strike notice on Thursday, April 17, and will commence Stage 1 strike action in all BC public schools on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

The main issues in this contract negotiation will be settled at the provincial level between the BCTF and the BC Public School Employers Association, which represents all public school districts at the bargaining table.

Students showcase talents at Poetry Slam

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

In a high school auditorium, dark but packed with teens, the young poets walked up on stage and into the spotlight, and unflinchingly bared a bit of their soul.

Their offerings ranged from touching to hilarious, and the audience rewarded their efforts.

Westview’s second poetry slam expanded this year, and included writers from Thomas Haney, Maple Ridge and Samuel Robertson – 27 poems in all. The writers were from Grades 8 to 12.

A commitment to teaching

by Neil Corbett - Maple Ridge News

A Maple Ridge educator has been chosen to receive a rare honour from his alma mater.

UBC has selected Scott Ormiston to receive the 2014 UBC Alumni Teaching Award, citing his “indefatigable commitment to teaching, and the passion, kindness and caring he brings to his practice.”

“It’s tremendous to be recognized, amongst all the amazing colleagues I’ve worked with over the years,” he said.

Spoken word opens up students in Maple Ridge

by Maria Rantanen, The Maple Ridge Times

Artist in residence Zaccheus Jackson does things his way in the classroom.

The spoken word poet, who hales from Vancouver, brought his creativity, spontaneity, and fun into the class of Grade 10 to 12 students at Maple Ridge Secondary annex.

He has been coming to the school once a month for two days and works with students in creative writing, poetry, performance exercises, and more.

He teaches Grades 10 to 12 in the morning and Grades 7 through 9 in the afternoon.