Principal’s Message Sept 2018
Welcome back staff and students to our school for the 2018-19 year! I am super excited to be back again, and to be working with another top notch staff, and amazing students. There have been a number of changes in staff and timetable this summer which I will explain in some detail below. We have been working hard all week to get ready for your children starting Tuesday morning.
Many faces at WCCHS will be different this fall, with many of the familiar faces returning too. In terms of new staff, we will have Shane Hawke teaching Grade 7 Science and Math, Jared Nieboer teaching Gr 8 Science and High School Math and Sciences, Bart Heine (has been our Art teacher for the past few years) teaching Gr 8 Math and HS/JH Art, Mark Oakes replacing two teachers in the CTS Construction, Fabrication and Mechanics shop, Lucia Sherban teaching HS Math and Sciences, Kathryn Rhind as our Chef in the Commercial Kitchen, Maren Coates filling in while Ms. Scott is ill in HS English, and Greg Skelton teaching HS Math for Mrs. McNutt while she is off ill. We also would like to welcome Ashley Mclaughlin as a new Child and Youth Care Worker, and Lettie Croskery as our new Career Practitioner.
You may have also seen a new ‘course’ on High School timetables called Mentorship Master. In other schools in LRSD this block has been called, “Flex” or “P2S”, but our choice to use this label is purposeful. The main goal of the WCCHS Mentor Block is to develop relationships between Parents, Students, Teachers, and others to support learning in the school. We know that what matters most in our lives is the relationships we have with those around us, and want to bring that to bear in this situation. Students have been assigned a Mentor Block, and will stay with that Mentor Teacher for their remaining High School years in order to develop those personal connections. It will run Mon-Thurs and attendance is mandatory. Mondays are exclusively for Mentor Teachers to disseminate information and ‘check in’ with students’ academic and attendance behavior. Tues, Wed, and Thurs will give students a chance to work independently in the mentor room, or access other teachers for assistance with coursework. Teachers will also be able to request a student’s attendance during the Mentor Block. All Mentor Block attendance will be monitored. I look forward to the chance to discuss this new schedule and the philosophy behind it with you at either our Meet-the-New-Staff night, at School Council AGM, or informally at your convenience.
As always, my door is open for conversation regarding what is happening at WCCHS and how we can better support your son/daughter in their learning.
Kirby Dietze, Principal