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.

School Trustees Alert Community to Budget Pressures

April 1, 2014

As the local Board of Education begins to prepare its 2014/15 budget, trustees express frustration at having to consider significant cuts of over $5 million for the second year in a row. Their collective concern is that all of the cuts made now will have an impact on students and their families.

No more kindergarten sleepovers

By Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

Last year, parents wanting to get their children into the kindergarten French Immersion program at Pitt Meadows elementary camped out at the school the night before registration.

This year, there was a more dignified process, as the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district went online with kindergarten registration.

Maple Ridge school board bids farewell

By Maria Rantanen, The Maple Ridge Times

Two words come up again and again when in conversation with outgoing superintendent Jan Unwin: kids and passion. And she has made it her mission to lead the school district in a direction that allows kids to follow their passion in their public education.

Last Wednesday, the board of education bid farewell to Unwin, who has been at the helm of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district for five years.

THSS principal an education 'rock star'

By Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

Sean Nosek remembers his first days as an educator in Maple Ridge, starting out teaching English and gym at Thomas Haney secondary.

To the young teacher, a school like Thomas Haney, with its self-directed learning model, had existed only in textbooks.

“It was theoretical – what education was supposed to be moving toward,” he said.

More education options with Flex42

By Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

Parents of Environmental School students cheered as the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school board passed Flex42, a new program that is designed to offer students in Grades 8 and 9 a customized education alternative to the traditional classroom.

The program was developed by Darren Rowell, the vice-principal of Riverside Centre.