Principal Ms Elizabeth Shen Assistant Principal Ms Ana Paulino School Counselor Miss Dusty Freimark Admin. Assistant Mrs. Charleen Woywitka School Secretary Mrs. Lynda Eldstrom Superintendent Mr. Edgar Schmidt 780– 429-8010 Associate Superintendent Mr. Bruce Coggles 780– 429-8267 Trustee Ward C Ms. Sue Huff 780– 429-8016
THE BRITANNIA BULLETIN
Britannia Junior High School 16018-104 Avenue Edmonton, AB T5P 0S3 780-489-5300
Volume 1, Issue 3 November 2009
November is another busy but exciting month here at Britannia! The Magazine Fundraiser is in full swing. The remaining collection dates are Monday November 9th and Thursday November 12th. Please remember that all funds raised by the Magazine Fundraiser will go directly back to the students and will help pay for things like student rewards, breakfast program and field trips. Help us help our students!! Students … don’t forget all the fabulous prizes you can win by participating!! On Tuesday November 10th we will be having our Remembrance Day ceremony. This is an important time for everyone to stop and thank those individuals who have and continue to bring peace to the world. Our ceremony will begin around 10:30am and all parents and community members are welcome to join us! November 10th also happens to picture retake day. If you were not happy with your pictures or you were not at school on picture day, please pick up the necessary forms at the office and be prepared to say “Cheese!” A very very important date to mark on your calendars is our Celebration of Learning on Thursday November 26th. Interim progress reports went home at the end of October and students have had a chance to complete all their missing work. The 26th will be an opportunity for your student to show you their portfolio of work and to pick up their report card. Please come by the school between 2:30pm and 8:30pm for this opportunity to get updated on your student’s work. Please note that you are welcome to call the school at any time in order to talk to teachers about student success and/or concerns. Please do not wait until the Celebration of Learning to contact school staff. The fall season has us thinking about the upcoming cold and flu season. In this newsletter, you will find an update pertaining to H1N1. Please note that both the school division and the school, itself, are working hard to keep students safe and healthy. Last but not least, do not forget to join us on Tuesday November 24th for our BPAA Parent Council meeting at 6:00pm in the staff room. It is a great opportunity to get school information and help out the school!
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Sincerely, Elizabeth Shen Principal
Parent Council Meeting Notes
The new Parent Council was elected at this month’s AGM. President: Angela Spiers Vice President: Kym Pelletier Secretary: Ana Paulino Treasurer: Elaine Mills Members at large- Bonnie Myer, Roxanne Brower, Dusty Freimark, Elizabeth Shen The next Parent Council meeting is November 24th at 6pm; we hope you can join us.
A “Thank You” to Parent Council from a Britannia Student
Dear Parent Council, My name is Calvin and I am a student at Britannia Junior High school. I am writing this letter in appreciation for your contribution of the great fitness tools that was donated by Parent Council. I think the equipment will be a good asset in making Britannia a more active school. It will also help make kids fit and maybe even encourage them to join out of school sports in their community. Sports are a big part of my life and staying fit means a lot to me. I am constantly using the equipment you provided us because it helps me to stay healthy. I also know of a lot of other kids who love the equipment as much as I do, they are even getting teachers involved in staying fit. All of this would not be possible if it weren’t for you kind generosity. So finally I sincerely THANK YOU all for your wonderful contribution to our school. Yours Truly,
In the Community Living Skills program we will learn about Healthy Living and animals of our world. A field trip to Save-On Foods with help the students learn about making healthy food choices and how grocery stores operate. The students have been busy adding grocery items using a calculator in “ lifeskills math” and we have started a unit on measurement that will come in handy when we weigh produce at the store. Lastly, we will visit the Storyland Valley Zoo and The Telus World of Science will learn about nocturnal creatures and the tigers of India. It will be a month filled with learning in science and health. We welcome all of our parents to the Celebration of Learning on November 26th.
On November 4th, Grade 8 and 9 students in the Literacy program had the opportunity to visit the Telus World of Science to build some electric cars. This field trip was part of the Grade 9 “Electrical Principles and Technologies” Science unit. Students learned about electric currents and circuits and used this information to construct functioning electric toy cars. Students took the cars back to school and made adaptations to make their car faster and unique. A race will take place in the middle of November and winners will be chosen for fastest car and most creative use of materials to make adaptations. Here are some pictures of students in action:
Over the 2008-2009 school year, all of our staff and students worked very hard in order to improve student academic success. The Provincial Achievement Tests are just one way in which our students academic success is measured. The following table indicates the Provincial Achievement Test results for all our students registered in grade 9 during the 2008-2009 school year. As our school has several levels of programming, some of our students did not write the Provincial Achievement Test. 2008-2009 PAT results based on numbers enrolled: Subject Area % at Acceptable % Increase of % at Standard of Standard Acceptable Excellence Standard from 2007-2008 Language Arts Science Social 43.9% + 6.7% + 5.3% + 23% + 13.3% 3.7% 6.1% 2.4% 3.7% % Increase of Standard of Excellence from 2007-2008 + 1.1% + 2.2% + 2.4% + 1.1% % Results not available (students who were absent or excused) 19.5% 29.3% 28.0% 31.7%
Mathematics 43.9% 45.1% 40.2%
As you can see by the results in the chart, Britannia is very pleased with the percentage of improvement in each of the categories. It is exciting to see how much improvement has occurred within only one years time and we look forward to continuing to see improvement with the various initiatives we are engaging in for overall student success!
News from Kiwanis and Student Council Thanks to Student Council for selling Spookagrams to help us celebrate Halloween Day!
The Britannia boys volleyball team is off to a great start this season with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. They lost in the Quarter final of the Jasper Place tournament and play in the McCauley Tournament this weekend, we are the defending champions of this tournament. Good luck Bears!!
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Allison Stevenson Christine Strawberry Cindy Zhu Heidy Jose Ieasha Steinhauer Jennifer Rex-Graham Jess Polson Kayla Follington Kirandeep Sokhal Lexi Houle Raelyn Loff Taylor Swampy Lacy Boothman
BOYS VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Trace Dawson Cody Macknee Joshua Reitberger Brody Prechel Kristopher Lyon Jotten Vongsavath Keith Boer Sebastian Craftchick Calvin Nagaiya Shawn Prasad Spencer Stelter
Coach Mr. Gehlert
Mr. Jaisy Alqueza, Custodian Mrs. Cindy Cloutier– Robert, 8-4 Mrs. Donna Brodeur, Educational Assistant– Phoenix Mrs. Maggi Day, 8-3 Mr. Mike Delong, Phoenix Miss Hayley Dickson, 7-4 Mrs. Lynda Eldstrom, Secretary Mrs. Tracy Foster, CLS Ms. Dusty Freimark, Counselor Mr. Glenn Gehlert, 9-1 Mr. Doug Johnson, 7-1 Ms. Cheryl Lafayette, 7-3 Mr. Ian Lewis, 9-3 Mr. Ronelo Marcos, Head Custodian Mrs. Janet McDermid, 8-1 Mrs. Shirley Mills, Educational Assistant—CLS Ms. Lesley Munro-Hawkins Ms. Ana Paulino, Assistant Principal Ms. Kym Pelletier, Aboriginal Liaison Ms. Elizabeth Shen, Principal Ms. Mandi Steadman, 9-4 Mrs. Olinda Valencia, Custodial Assistant Mrs. Lori VanEgmond, Phoenix Mrs. Jennifer Wallace, 9-2 Ms. Trudy Wilson, Educational Assistant—Literacy Mrs. Charleen Woywitka, Administrative Assistant
Phoenix has been very busy, with many different activities and lessons. Topics ranging from epidemics to the discovery of elements in mixtures. We have welcomed many new additions to our program, and hope they enjoy their year with us. Breakfast club has been an overwhelming success, with many new faces showing up daily. Cooking class has been exciting with many different amazing recipes. This month we went to Peter Hemmingway's Recreation Centre for swimming. This month we are pleased to acknowledge the following students for the amazing progress: Student of the week: Tristan Latvala, Gade 8, for Language Arts Darren Petit, Gade 9, for Social Studies Student of the month: Tristan Ward, Grade 8 Friendship Tree: Carter Steinhauer, Grade 7
School Council Meeting
Celebration of Learning 2:30—8:30
Dec 1— Honors Celebration Last day of classes before Christmas Break— Dec 18, 2009 Back in Classes — January 4, 2010