Photo Credit: Steele Curry Grade 12 Student
Dear Carson Graham Community,
On behalf of the Carson Graham staff, I want to thank you all for a fantastic year! The students should be commended for their engagement and enthusiasm all year long. They represented Carson Graham proudly in all aspects of school life including academics, music, athletics, visual and performing arts, service and end of year assessments. Well done!
I also want to give a special shout out to the graduating class of 2019. They have led by example and have demonstrated great school spirit, service, pride and maturity. In short, they have represented the school incredibly well. I wish our graduates the best in all of their future endeavours.
I wish our entire Carson Community a great summer break. Enjoy a restful July and August and see you in September!
Back by popular demand! The Modern Languages department is "très heureux" to announce the relaunch of French 12 and a redesigned senior language course for the 2019-2020 school year. Students enrolled in French 12 will not only continue growing their language skills, but they will also be studying the francophone world through film. Each unit will be focusing on different French speaking areas of the world and look at a variety of cultures and issues while growing their communication skills in the French language. Limited spots still available. Don't miss out!
Graduation Ceremony 2019
Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2019 who had their commencement ceremony on June 20th. We had a packed house at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and honoured 244 graduates. We started the evening off with the students singing Chief Dan George's Coast Salish Anthem. Video is available here. Thank you to MLA Bowinn Ma for this video and your continued support of Carson Graham. In addition to the post-secondary entrance scholarships that many of our grade 12 students received, we were able to recognize and distribute over $212,000 in financial awards. Special thanks to all who contributed to the success of this evening including our award donors, special guests and presenters, the organizing committee and the 2020 Grad Council. We couldn't have done it without you!
Awards Reception 2019
Congratulations to all of our students who were recognized on June 17th for their outstanding contributions to the Carson Community. We took over the top floor of the Education Services Centre on Lonsdale Avenue and had a packed house. Full details about our awards can be found here.
Global Initiatives Service Trip (Rob Olson)
There will be a meeting on September 12 at 7:00PM at Carson Graham for those families interested in having their child participate in the Dominican Republic Global Initiatives Service Trip. We will be travelling next year from April 10th - 19th, 2020 to a location that we have been working in over the past ten years. We will work along side community leaders to build adequate housing for those living in need. This life changing experience is open to our senior students in grade 11 and 12, and 10, if numbers allow.
This is an exceptional service learning opportunity for our school community to once again be a part of. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rob Olson at Rolson@sd44.ca
ATL Self-Assessments (Tim Ireland)
This year, Carson Graham Students have assessed themselves in regards to the following Approaches to Learning (ATL) Skills: self-management, communication, thinking, social and research. Carson students in grades 10 and 12 have addressed their Self-Assessment through Distributed Learning Courses (Planning/Careers 10 and Graduation Transitions/Planning 12). Students in grades 8, 9 and 11 addressed the Self-Assessment through their classes at Carson.
We encourage parents to have a conversation with their student about the ATL Self-Assessment. We have created a series of question prompts on the ATLs that can be accessed using the following link:
Students can access their self-assessment using the following link:
Please contact me at email@example.com with any questions.
Report Cards (Suzette Dohm)
Report Cards will be published later this week to the MyEd Parent Portal at https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do. Please login and reset your password, as passwords are reset every three months, as per Provincial FOIPPA legislation.
More information can be found on our website here.
Year-at-a-Glance Calendar 2019-2020
The year-at-a-glance calendar has been posted on our website here. Our subscribable iCal calendar, as well as a detailed month-to-month calendar, will be updated soon. Please be sure to check our website on a regular basis for updates and other important information.
PAC Corner (outgoing PAC Chair Cheryl D. Mitchell)
What a busy year-end for your PAC! We had a great annual general meeting on May 22nd, with the election of a new executive for the upcoming new year! As of July 1st, the new PAC executive will be Chair Rene Cravioto, Treasurer John Taylor, Communications Sarah Sykes, Secretary Lucy Cayuela and myself as Immediate Past Chair, with four brand new members at large: Adea Chang, Genevieve Lauzon, Trish Scott and Pamela Westerman. The position of Vice Chair and one extra spot as a member at large will hopefully be filled in the fall. Please mark your calendars now for the 5 PAC meetings in the new school year - even if you can just attend one out of 5, that will go a long way to ensuring a healthy and vibrant PAC at Carson to assist our students: October 2, November 27, January 22, April 15 and May 20.
We were glad to support the students in their university and college fair on June 7th with the purchase of a banner and stand, as well as to support the fine arts department as a sponsor of their production, Little Shop of Horrors, at Presentation House in mid-June.
The PAC scholarships were handed out by our current Vice Chair Mark Glazier at the June 20th grad ceremony and were much appreciated by the recipients. 5 academic scholarships were handed out, along with two school spirit awards and one inspiration award in honour of former counsellor Rob Watson.
The PAC will be up and running again come the opening of the school, with the first big event being its Welcome Grade 8 BBQ on September 12.
Have a wonderful summer everyone! Feel free to email any questions or ideas for meetings or funding projects to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events and Dates
September 3- School Opens (partial day for students)
September 11- Late Start 9:55 am (IB Staff Collaboration)
September 12- Grade 8 Welcome BBQ and Parent Evening
September 23- School-Based Professional Day (school not in session)
September 25- Late Start 9:55 am (District Staff Collaboration)
September 27- Terry Fox Run
October 2- PAC Meeting 7:00 pm
October 4- Curriculum Implementation Day (school not in session)
October 9- Late Start 9:55 am (IB Staff Collaboration)
October 14- Thanksgiving Day (school not in session)
October 25- Province-Wide Professional Day (school not in session)