Tumbler Ridge Secondary School Newsletter

Hello everyone. It has been a hectic start to the year. We had made our preliminary budget based on 171 students and we are currently sitting at over 200 students. This has posed some problems, but thanks to the flexibility of staff and students, and a willingness to work together, we have overcome the obstacles.

Smoking: New Provincial Law

Anyone using any tobacco product on school property at any time is breaking the law. Provincial penalties under the Offence Act range up to a $2000 fine and 6 months imprisonment. This includes evening functions or in your vehicle while picking up or dropping off students.

Student Verification Forms

The school has sent home verification forms that need to be completed and returned to the school. Please use the pre-stamped/pre-addressed envelope to return the form if you haven?t done so already.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones must be turned off or in lockers during class time. Students are permitted to use cell phones during breaks. If a student needs to be contacted during class time, please call the office and we will leave a message for him/her or pull them from class in the event of an emergency.

Academic Support Program (ASP)

The ASP program continues to run for an hour after school. All students needing help are welcome to attend.

From the Phys Ed Department

The school is looking for community coaches for basketball and curling. If interested, please contact the school.

The Cross Country Running Team competed at provincials the weekend of Nov. 3. Congratulations to the team for a good showing at provincials and an excellent season. We?d like to thank Birgit Sharman, and Linda and Charles Helm for coaching.

Girls volleyball is winding down. Congratulations to the Jr. Girls team for winning the Doc Kearney Invitational tournament on Oct. 27. Way to go girls! Special thanks to Mrs. Proulx for coaching the Jr. girls.

On Nov. 15 and 16, Sr. Girls will be participating in zones in Mackenzie. Thanks go out to Mr. Hogg and Ms. O?Reilly for coaching.

Publishing Likenesses

By now you will all have received a letter from the school regarding publishing your son/daughter?s likeness in the yearbook, newspaper, newsletter, school, etc. Please contact the school if you don?t want your son or daughter?s likeness published in any format.

Report Cards

The first term ends on Nov. 9 and report cards will be released on Nov. 23. Parent/Teacher interviews will take place on Nov. 27/28 ? please contact the school to book an appointment.

Grad Transition

The Ministry of Education has implemented a requirement (beginning this year) for all graduating students and this is called Graduation Transitions. Grad Transitions has three components: Personal health (80 hrs of physical activity and a healthy living plan), Community Connections (30 hrs work experience and reflections on that experience), and Transition Planning (plans beyond secondary school: budget, resume/cover letter, etc). The framework as to how students will go about fulfilling these requirements will be introduced to all grade 12 students within the next couple of weeks.

From the Music Department

TRSS is very excited to announce that we have a guitar class this year in the music department. Unfortunately, we are short guitars. If you or anyone you know has a guitar to sell, please contact Mrs. Crispin at 242-4227.

TRSS Travel Club

Bonjour et Bienvenue to the Travel Club Corner. The grade 8 class is eagerly counting down the days until we leave for Quebec to experience Carnival. We wanted to take a brief moment to thank everyone for their ongoing support with our fundraising efforts. Without your support these students would never get the chance to participate in these adventures that bring their curriculum to life. A huge thank you goes out to Constable and Mrs. Jenkins for their outstanding effort in putting together the Jail-n-Bail which was incredibly successful. Some of our upcoming fundraisers include a silent auction just in time for Christmas as well as a bottle drive just after New Year?s. Have a very safe and Happy Holiday and thank you again from the grade 8 class.

Important Dates

Nov. 9 ? End of Term 1

Remembrance Day Ceremony at 10:35am Nov 12 ? Not in session (Remembrance Day) Nov. 13 ? Start of Term 2

Student Recognition Ceremony at 9am Nov. 21 ? Picture Retakes Nov. 23 ? Report Cards Nov. 26 -NID Nov. 27/28 ? Parent/Teacher Conferences (early dismissal) Dec. 21 ? Last day of school prior to Winter Break Jan.8 ? First day of school in the New Year Jan. 28 ? Provincial Exams begin