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Blog: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Principal's Message - January 2018

By Andrew Macphail

We have just completed our first semester and our students have been seriously engaged in their final assessments. Our next semester begins today, Tues. Jan. 30. We will be sending report cards home with the students on Fri. Feb. 2. If you haven’t received it by that time please ask your son or daughter or contact the school.

We had some outstanding demonstrations of learning this past week. A number of our students had put together some great projects and we had a number of important community delegates in to attend these presentations. We were honoured with the attendance of our mayor, Mr. Braun, our police chief, Chief Rich, a retired BC Court judge, Mr. MacArthur, school trustees, Mrs. Latham and Mr. Peterson, and our school police liaison officer Cst. Kern. Our students did an amazing job at presenting important community issues to them. Here is a comment from Mr. Peterson, “Thank you for the great 'educational experience' today. I was so very impressed by the topics that your students studied, the quality of their presentations, the teamwork displayed, and the confidence that they had with their learning. The day exceeded expectations. Please thank your students for sharing their learning with us and thank you for the great opportunity that you provided for them.” A big thank-you to Mrs. Toews our English 11 teacher for providing this opportunity for our students. 

Our athletics are going strong, particularly with our Jr. boys basketball team who lost their first game of the season Thurs. to Abbotsford Sr. by only 5 points. These two teams are competing for top spot in the Central Fraser Valley league. Our Sr. and Gr. 9 boys as well as our Sr. girls basketball is continuing on well along with our wrestling program. Our girls rugby and soccer are set to start in the next month for their spring season.

We will soon be ready to do course planning for next school year. We are in the process of integrating the new provincial curriculum into our course selection. When this is complete we will update our website and you will be able to go in and see what changes have been made. First off some changes include the introduction of a new Careers course which will replace Planning 10 for next year. This will be followed by a new Careers 11/12 course likely to be introduced next year at the Gr 11 level. We will try and keep you updated as to the changes we will make.

Lastly, I want to draw your attention to two very important upcoming events. The first is our new parent/student orientation day likely scheduled for Thurs. evening Feb. 22. We hope to see all of ATMS’ Gr. 8 parents there along with others as well, hopefully some of our feeder elementary parents who would like to see what we have to offer. The other important event will be a parent educational evening on Thurs. Mar. 1 at ATSS 7 pm in the large gym. This is a very interesting and very informative session on internet and cellphone safety by an expert in this area former Victoria Police Sgt. Darren Laur who specializes in personal protection. This is a must see event for parents who are interested and/or concerned about how their young teen can be misled and misused via social media and the internet. He is very informative and very engaging. Parent who kids are engaging in social media must see this presentation. See following details.

Sincerely, Glen Hildebrand, Principal, ATSS