Tumbler Ridge Senior Secondary

Hello everyone and welcome back to a new school year! There have been some changes in staffing at TRSS. We would like to welcome Mr. Hogg (Gr. 8), Ms. OReilly (Gr. 7), and Ms. Wright (Home Ec). We would also like to welcome back Mrs. Proulx who is returning from maternity leave. Best wishes go to Ms. Every, Ms. Fennell, Mr. Parr and Mr. Sheardown who have left TRSS. Mrs. Broderick is off on maternity leave.

If your son or daughter is going to be away from school, we ask that you please call the school and leave a message on the answering machine or with Mrs. Johnson.

School District 59 would like to bring the following notice to your attention:

The Schools Protection Program (SPP) and School District #59 recommends that each family purchase voluntary Student Accident Insurance. Children often get into accidents whether playing sports or simply playing on the schoolyard. Parents can purchase private Student Accident Insurance to cover some of the injuries sustained by their children that may not be covered under their own health or dental plans. The school makes the recommendation to purchase Student Accident Insurance, because parents sometimes (falsely) believe that their child is ?covered?. The School District does not provide accident insurance for students.


Report from the Superintendent

Social Responsibility Report ? The Social Responsibility District Team has coordinated with the Middle and High Schools in the region to bring Challenge Days to about 1,800 students in the first semester. Challenge Days are designed to break down the barriers between groups through experiential workshops celebrating diversity, truth and full expression, and to challenge the ways that we interact with each other. The schools will need significant community support to meet the ?adult participant? requirements. Challenge days are scheduled to occur in Tumbler Ridge:

Tumbler Ridge Secondary:

Student Leader Training ? Oct.30

Challenge Days ? November 1 & 2 (TRE Gym)

We need volunteers for Challenge Day. If you are interested in volunteering for either day please call the office. Volunteers are asked to attend an information session on the evening of October 30.

Cross Country Running

Cross Country Running takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm. Come out and join in the fun. Special thanks to coaches Linda Helm and Birigit Sharman, for their hard work and dedication.


The schools student leadership group has reconvened for the year. Leadership meetings take place Wednesdays at 3pm in the library. All students are welcome to attend. Thank you to Linda Helm for organizing this group.


Sr. Girls Volleyball will be taking place on Thursdays and Sundays. Please see Ms. OReilly for more information.

Important Dates

Sept. 29 ? Picture Day – Oct. 9 ? Thanksgiving (not in session)

Oct. 23/24 ? NID – Nov. 1/2 ? Challenge Day – Nov. 13 ? Remembrance Day (not in session) Nov. 20 ? Term 2 begins – Nov. 27 – NID

Dec. 1 ? Report Cards – Dec. 5/6 ? Early dismissal for parent/teacher interviews Dec. 22 ? Last day of school before Winter Break

Get On It Program

On Sept. 28, several post secondary institutions will be visiting South Peace Secondary School for an information session. If your son or daughter is in grade 12 and are interested in attending, please contact Mr. Smith for additional information.

2006 Peace Region Natural Resource Management Camp

Interested students in grades 10 ? 12 are invited to apply to attend this two-day Career Awareness session.

Students will gain insight into resource management and an awareness of some of more than 200 careers associated with this field. The session runs from Oct. 2 ? 4 and is held at School District 59s Pat OReilly Outdoor Environmental Camp at Gwillim Lake. Please contact Mr. Smith for additional information.

Mechanics Shop

The mechanics shop is able to do minor repairs and snow tire changeovers in exchange for a donation to the auto shop. Please contact Mr. Wylie for additional information or to book an appointment.

Board Meeting Highlights for September

District Financial Audit ? Dale Rose of Sander Rose Trobak presented the results of the financial audit for School District 59 to the Board. The District received an unqualified (clean) Auditors Report. The auditor led the Board through the Statement of Financial Information.

Reports From the Secretary-Treasurer

Preliminary Enrolment ? there is a decline in enrolment again this year. The projected enrolment is 4,426 FTEs, down about 2% since last year. Since 1999, our enrolment has declined 17%. Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd enrolments have held steady the past two years, after several years of decline. Electric Ed. and the Dawson Creek area rural schools had a significant decline this year.

Reports From the Operations Manager Transportation ? The shortage of bus drivers continues to be a challenge for the District. This could result in some bus runs being cancelled during the year. Next Regular Meeting ? October 11, at 1:00pm in Chetwynd

Travel Club

Bonjour et Bienvenue to the TRSS Travel Club corner. We are a group of students, teachers and chaperones that are currently planning a 10-day educational adventure to France and Italy over spring break of 2007. We have completed many fundraisers already and we have several more exciting events on the agenda over the next couple of months however, we would like to start out by thanking everyone for the outstanding support they have shown our group so far. Look for the following events to be your neighbourhood in the very near future October 27, 2006 ? We will be hosting a Halloween dance for students in Tumbler Ridge in the TRSS gym.

Pre-teen dance (gr 4 ? gr 7) will be from 6:30 ? 8:00 and tickets are only a $2.00 High-school dance (gr 7 ? gr 12) will be from 8:30 ? 11:30. Advance purchase tickets will be $ 4.00/ea but if you leave it to the last minute itll cost you $ 5.00 at the door. Grades 6 and 7 if you choose to stay for the entire evening it will cost you an extra toonie. Doors close at 9pm. Refreshments will be available at the hole in the wall. ** Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes so come on out and have a monstrous time!!!

November 4th, 2006 ? Join the travel club and the band Heavy Things for our Post-Halloween Howler. This will be an evening of food, fun and dancing in rooms 4&5 at the community center. Tickets are just $15.00/ea or 2 for $25.00. A full meal will be served and if you require childcare, the students on the tour will be hosting a childrens activity night in the TRSS gym in exchange for donations towards their trip. There will be a silent auction at the dance for those who would like to start their Christmas shopping early. There will be prizes for the best costume so come on out and have some fun.