Maple Ridge teacher wins PM award

By Neil Corbett, The Maple Ridge News

The kudos keep coming Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows educator Scott Ormiston.

This week it was announced that he had won a Prime Minister’s Certificate of Achievement.

He was one of 54 teachers from across Canada to win an award, which was announced on Oct. 7.

Ormiston is part of a team that works with at-risk students in the local school district, and has increased its aboriginal graduation rate to 74 per cent – which is 20 points higher than the average for the province.

Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows School District Announces New Superintendent

MAPLE RIDGE, BC, September 29, 2014 – The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Board of Education has appointed Sylvia Russell as the district’s new superintendent and CEO, effective November 17, 2014.

“We are very happy to announce that Sylvia Russell has agreed to join us as the new superintendent of schools,” said Board Chair, Mike Murray. “Sylvia is a strong and visionary leader with significant depth and breadth of experience in public education. She will be an outstanding leader for our district.”

Samuel Robertson student to Microsoft world championships

By Neil Corbett, The Maple Ridge News

A Maple Ridge student will be carrying the flag at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship competition in California.

Samuel Robertson Technical (SRT) Grade 11 student Anthony Wock’s test scores in PowerPoint made him tops in Canada.

Aboriginal awards honour students

By Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

A young woman who has been forced to grow up in a hurry was one of the winners at the annual Aboriginal Achievement Awards.

Each year the awards recognize the most impressive efforts of aboriginal students in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School district.

One of the major award winners was Darian Robertson, who took home the coveted Spirit Eagle Award, given to students who show spirit.

Make BC Smile is worthwhile

By Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

“Honk if you love someone.”

If you saw a student on the side of the road holding that sign, would you?

More importantly, would it make you smile?

“Today is awesome,” or “Don’t be so hard on yourself” – would those messages, on a placard, brighten your day, just a little bit, for a little while?

Those in the leadership class at Thomas Haney secondary think so and have embarked on the Make B.C. Smile campaign.

Maple Ridge youth wax eloquent about the future

from Maple Ridge News

When Rose Patch imagines Maple Ridge 20 years from now, she envisions a town sans garbage with electric trains transporting people to work, more bikes, but sadly less forest.

The 13-year-old Fairview elementary students laments that all the development will affect animal habitat.

“I wish Maple Ridge could find a way to balance the expansion and find a way to live together with the animals,” she says in a short film, which won first place in Cinema Politica’s inaugural youth film festival.

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Wildcat has a future in wrestling

By Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

Cody Osborn’s ascent to the status of elite wrestler has been fast, and hints that there could be a high ceiling on his talent.

Osborn started wrestling with the Westview Wildcats in Grade 8, but only started club wrestling a year ago. Joining the clubs, which offer more opportunities for training with some of the best grapplers in their region, is the sign that a kid is taking the sport seriously. They become the best of the best.

Trustees share your frustration

Although preparing a balanced budget is always a challenging task, this year’s budget process has been especially difficult.

As a board, we share in the frustration of our employees who worry about the effects of the unrelenting budget cuts necessitated by provincial funding pressures.

We will soon be discussing our concerns with the B.C. School Trustees Association, our MLAs and with the ministry of education.

Two 'women of distinction' nominated

The Maple Ridge News

Two local woman are among 60 nominees for YWCA Metro Vancouver’s 31st annual Women of Distinction Awards.

Diana Allen of Pitt Meadows is one of the first hydro geologists in the world to systematically study the potential effects of climate change on groundwater sources, Allen’s research addresses critical sustainability issues.

She combines excellence in hydrogeological research with a steadfast commitment to collaborating with the local communities where she works.

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.