Tumbler Ridge Secondary School- Newsletter

Hi everyone. We are almost finished our first term; that means there are only 8 months left in the school year.
Drama Club
The 'KodiActs' are well into rehearsals for a January 2012 production of 'Hook’s Nemesis’, an adaptation of Peter Pan. There are currently 43 students (a record number) involved in drama after school.
Student Leadership Class
The Leadership 10-12 class hosted a Halloween dance on Oct. 27. The dance was a huge success. We had 102 students in attendance and everyone had a fantastic time. In addition, students raised $640 for TR Victim Services. Thank you to Ms. Whyte and the Leadership 10-12 class for organizing the dance. I would also like to thank parents and staff for chaperoning the dance.
Travel Club is operating the concession again this year. Campbell’s soup and Chef Boyardee ravioli are available for $3. Microwaves are also available at a cost of 25 cents per use or $4 for the month – all proceeds go to the Travel Club.
Phys Ed Department
Congratulations to the Cross Country Running Team on an excellent showing at zone competition. Congratulations to Laura Sharman, Carina Helm and Kelsey Legaultfor qualifying for provincials. TRSS would like to thank Linda Helm and Birgt Sharman for coaching the team.We wish you the best of luck at zone competition.
If there are any community coaches interested in coaching basketball, please contact the school. We are also looking for referees to help with any home games or tournaments. We are willing to train anyone interested in learning to ref.
The Sr. Girls’ Volleyball team will be hosting the zone tournament on the weekend of Nov. 18 and 19. Please come out to support our team.
 Social Media
TRSS is now on Facebook. Please join us by “liking” our Facebook page. We hope to use this medium for any announcements or updates.
Do you Tweet? We will be creating a Twitter account in the near future.
Teacher Job Action
Due to the current job action by teachers, TRSS is operating with minimal levels of supervision before and after school, and during morning and afternoon breaks. Until further notice, TRSS will not be opening its front doors until 8:20 am. With the onset of cold weather, please do not send your child to school any earlier as we will not be opening the doors until the designated time.
As per the LabourRelations Board ruling, teachers will not be completing report cards as it has been deemed a non-essential service. Teachers are still expected to assess and evaluate students. Mrs. Proulx and Mr. Broderick will be completing report cards for the classes they teach.
Parent/Teacher Interviews
Parent/Teacher Interviews will be happening on November 22 and 23. Please use this opportunity to get feedback on how your son or daughter is doing in school.
Provincial Exam Schedule
Provincial exams begin January 23/12. The exam schedule can be found at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/handbook/1112/2011_12_exam_schedule.pdf

Some of the male teaching staff are again growing out their moustaches (mo's) to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer. Please sponsor the ORidge Mo’s team at http://ca.movember.com.
Important Dates
November 4 – End of Term 1
November 7 – Term 2 starts
November 10 – TRSS’s and TRE's Remembrance Day Ceremony at 10:45 am
November 11 – Remembrance Day
November 18  – Report Cards will be released
November 22 and 23 – Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher interviews
November 28 – NID
December 16 – Last day of school prior to the winter break
January 3 – First day back from break
Special Note:
For any parent that does not receive an electronic copy of this, please email Mr. Broderick at bbroderick@sd59.bc.caso we can add your name to our email list.

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Hello everyone. We have started the third term and we are closer to the end of the school year than the beginning.

Portfolio Program

The Ministry of Education announced that it will be moving to a more flexible, simplified graduation requirement. The Graduation Portfolio will no longer be the mandatory delivery method for schools to use in meeting the required standards. Instead, the Ministry is working to reduce the number of assignments, while strengthening three of the existing standards. The standards are:

80 hours of physical activity beyond grade 10 Phys Ed; 30 hours of work experience or volunteer activity; the development of a graduation transition plan that will describe the next step in the student lives, beyond graduation.

How these standards are met is to be determined by the school boards. Assessment and criteria guidelines are currently being developed by the Ministry and will be made available shortly.

Cell Phone, Camera and Video Camera Policy

Cell phones, cameras and video cameras must be in lockers during class time. Students are permitted to use cell phones during breaks. Cameras and video cameras require special permission by an administrator to be used on campus but are never permitted to be used in washrooms or in changerooms.


Violators will be warned and may have their device confiscated for the remainder of the day. Further violations could lead to parents coming in to pick up the device, and loss of privilege of bringing the device to school in the future.

TRSS Leadership

Our Leadership students continue to show their commitment to raising school spirit and enhancing school culture. Recently, they were called upon by the Community Center to come up with ideas of how it could better serve the high school students.

One of the ideas that they came up with involved more access to the weight room for youth. They thought that a circuit-training program with a trainer targeting high school students would encourage students to become more active. They also saw an opportunity in our great squash and racquetball courts. In order to attract students to a new sport though, they felt that a few clinics would be necessary to give everyone the chance to learn proper technique and to understand the rules of the game. Quite possibly a dedicated youth squash league would attract more people to the courts.

Leadership is still busy working on the yearbook and is pleased with the submissions that they received for the Yearbook Cover Design Contest. There were two outstanding submissions that will be used for the front and back cover. The Positive Person box remains a popular way for students and staff to recognize all the positive actions people are doing. Many of the students are already looking forward to attending the Regional Leadership Conference in Prince George in the spring.

Satisfaction Surveys

Parents of students in grades 7, 10 and 12 have the opportunity to complete Satisfaction Surveys. We encourage parents to complete the surveys as we consider it valuable input. Forms have been sent home with most students. Use the code found at the bottom of your form to complete the survey online. March 31/07 is the deadline for completion of surveys.

From the Phys Ed Department

The golf team, coached by Mr. Ferguson, will be starting up once the snow is off the field. The golf team is open to all students from grades 7?12.

Basketball season has come to an end. We would like to thank Mr. Ferguson for coaching the Jr. Boys, Mrs. Proulx and Mr. Broderick for coaching the Sr. Girls and Mrs. Helm, Mrs. Kirby and Mrs. Sharman for coaching the grade 7/8 Girls. Special thanks to Mr. Ferguson for driving the grade 7/8 girls to Dawson Creek for their games at Central Middle School.

In an effort to promote physical fitness and school spirit, the school is going to walk/run the entire distance across Canada in time for the 2010 winter Olympics. On Fridays after school, students and staff will do laps around the gym and record the total number of kms (we will be outside when the weather improves). Using a map of Canada in the lobby, we are going to plot the distance traveled. We are planning to start this activity after spring break so please stay tuned for additional information.


The district has requested that schools begin invoicing parents for lost or damaged textbooks. Please ensure that your son/daughter keeps track of his or her textbooks and keeps them in good shape.

From the Art Department

The Art Department is seeking any baby food jars, small plastic containers and/or glass containers (preferably with lids). Please contact Ms. OReilly or Ms. Wright to make arrangements.

TRSS Travel Club

Bonjour et Ciao to everyone in Tumbler Ridge from the Travel Club! Just a brief note to let you know that the time for our trip has finally arrived. We will be leaving from TRSS on Tuesday March 6th at 3:30 am and arriving in Paris, France on Wednesday March 7th at 5pm in the afternoon. We will spend a few days in France before we head up the French Riviera and over to Italy. The students are so excited they are actually counting down the hours now. We look forward to the sights and sounds we will experience while in France and Italy as well as the great weather. Lucky for us, the weather has been averaging 14 ? 17 degrees during the day. Thank you all for making this trip a reality. Well see you March 16th when we get back home.

Arrivaderci and Salut!!

Word of Thanks

The administration and staff at TRSS would like to thank Caroline Crispin for the tireless effort she has put into organizing the Paris/Rome trip for the Travel Club. Without her, this trip would not have been possible.

Important Dates

March 9 ? Last day of school before Spring Break

March 12 ? 23 ? Spring Break

March 26 ? School resumes

April 6 ? Good Friday (not in session)

April 9 ? Easter Monday (not in session)

April 23 ? Start of Term 4

May 5 ? Report Cards

May 9/10 ? Early dismissal for Parent/Teacher interviews

May 18 ? NID

May 21 ? Victoria Day (no

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