Texas-sized talent signs scholarship

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

In a small ceremony at the Maple Ridge secondary gymnasium on Thursday afternoon, Bobbi Berkey gathered with her family and her fastball coach, and signed to play ball on scholarship in Texas.

The talented pitcher has been hearing from U.S. schools since Grade 10, and she finally chose one – Blinn College in Brenham.

Maple Ridge students spreading holiday cheers

By Christopher Sun, Maple Ridge Times

It was the coldest day of the year, but that didn’t stop a class from Blue Mountain Elementary from spreading holiday cheer to early morning drivers recently.

Grade 6 and 7 students in Cheryl Schwarz’s class are participating in 12 days of Paying it Forward, an initiative do kind acts.

Maple Ridge teens’ poems touch on poverty, homelessness

by Troy Landreville, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

In an age of posts, blogs, and tweets, where countless musings of 140 characters or less are belched out into the ether, three Thomas Haney Secondary students are waving the flag for well written, powerful prose.

Teenaged poets Joshua Nicholas, Narisa Windover, and Erhardt Jansen Van Rensburg wowed the audience during the Dignity Breakfast held last week, benefiting The Salvation Army Caring Place.

Maple Ridge students bring families Christmas cheer

by Neil Corbett,  Maple Ridge News

This Saturday, high school student volunteers from Garibaldi and Thomas Haney secondary will bring a little Christmas cheer to families who use the Friends in Need Food Bank.

About 15 students at Garibaldi, and a similar number at Thomas Haney have been organizing a Christmas luncheon, explains Jackie Ponomariov, Garibaldi’s Key Club editor – a group affiliated with the Kiwanis Service Club.

New superintendent in a familiar place

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

For 17 years, Sylvia Russell worked in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District, and last Monday she returned, now in the top job.

Russell, the new superintendent, began her teaching career in Quesnel, was a vice-principal in Campbell River, and in 1988 came to School District No. 42. She served as the principal of Riverside elementary and Maple Ridge secondary, and went to the board office as the director of human resources in 1999, and was later promoted to assistant superintendent.

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.