Photo Credit: Steele Curry Grade 12 Student
Students in the News
Special accolades to current grade 12 student, Shana George. She was just awarded the Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. The sporting and scholastic achievements, character, school citizenship and commitment to culture and ancestry Shana displayed were a fine match to the award requirements and we are so proud of her!
Carson Graham would also like to extend our sincerest congratulations to 2016 Graduate and UBC Thunderbirds rugby player, Lyric Atchison. She was recently honoured as the 2019 winner of the prestigious Tom Longboat Award that recognizes the female Aboriginal athlete of the year from the Aboriginal Sports Circle. More information can be found here.
Community Initiatives Covenant House Sleepout (Rob Olson & Nadya Bowcott)
It will be dark. It will be tough. But as with so many partnerships, teamwork makes it easier to do hard work well – and we’re in this together.
As a leadership team, both Senior and Junior CI students, along with teachers, administration and local politicians will be spending a night in solidarity with homeless youth. And while these young people are safe in their beds at Covenant House, we will head outside with cardboard boxes to look for an unoccupied piece of pavement on the evening of December 5th.
We’re sleeping outside for one night, so homeless youth don’t have to. We are fundraising again this year to help an important charity overcome youth homelessness. If you wish to make a donation, please donate here: https://secure3.convio.net/chb/site/TR?team_id=2250&pg=team&fr_id=1270
Student Loan Workshop (Grade 12 Student Romina Mahinpeh)
Worried about university tuition?
Want to learn about the loans available to grade 12 students for their post-secondary studies?
If you or your child answered yes to either of these questions, then have your student come to Carson’s 2019 Student Loan Workshop, taking place on Thursday, December 5 from 3:15-4:15 pm and hosted by Carson Graham’s 2019 graduate, Angelina Sommer. Registration is required. All registered participants will be provided with free pizza.
EPIC 9 Community Service Project (Tim Ireland)
On November 13th our Grade 9 students took part in a variety of Community Service Projects as part of this year's EPIC 9 Program. The goal of the program is to further deepen our student's understanding of Service as Action and the meaning of community. It also aims to model the stages of a large project and strengthen students' Approaches To Learning skills in preparation for their Personal Project in their Grade 10 year.
The groups undertook a number of different projects including planting flower bulbs, an environmental clean-up in a near-by park, school wide community support messaging, and school clean-up projects. One of groups also worked with the Evergreen Project at a local sustainable farm.
For the remainder of the year, Grade 9's will be developing and implementing their own service projects in small groups. We are excited to see how their passion impacts both our school and the wider community over the coming months.
Eyeglasses Needed! (Interact Club)
From now until Winter Break, the Interact Club will be holding an eyeglasses drive. All donated glasses will be redistributed to those who cannot afford vision care. Drop off all your old spectacles: collection boxes are located in the library and the main office.
Carson Art Meets Instagram (Gamelle Fitzgibbon)
If you are interested in keeping up with the exciting work coming out of the Carson Graham Art Studio, we invite you to follow along on the Instagram account @carsonartstudio that features many of the projects, ideas, and explorations taking place in our art studios with students in Grades 8-12. Keep an eye out for your child's work being featured!
District Jazz Festival
It all started with a conversation between Carson Band Director Kevin Yang and Argyle Band Director Diana Chan. The two questioned why they were always taking their students to events in other jurisdictions and before they knew it, they were set to host North Vancouver's inaugural District Jazz Festival! Over 130 students from all six North Vancouver high schools descended upon Carson this past weekend and more information can be found at the link below.
Quantum Leaps Conference (Grade 12 Student Romina Mahinpei)
On Friday, November 22nd, Carson was host to the Quantum Leaps Conference which was open to all females in grades 10-12 with a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The conference aimed to encourage young females to pursue an education and a career in a STEM field and learn about the numerous STEM scholarships and opportunities available to them. The conference included a university open house, a presentation by science undergraduates from UBC Young Women for Science, keynote speakers from UBC and SFU, as well as a presentation on available STEM scholarships and opportunities.
Tree Chip-Up and Bottle Drive: January 4-5, 2020
Bring your Christmas tree by Carson Secondary for chipping, and drop off your bottles/cans for recycling! By cash donation. All funds raised will support the Senior Girls Rugby Team.
Upcoming Music Concerts
A Few More Quick Updates
December Reports Cards - First term report cards will be published to the portal by the end of day on Friday, December 13th. we are asking that parents parents ensure that accounts and passwords are updated prior to this. Additional information can be found on the Carson website here.
Grad Starry Nights Homecoming Dance - We had an outstanding Grade 12 Homecoming Dance at the Pipe Shop Venue at the Shipyards on October 3rd. The kids were excellent student ambassadors and had a ton of fun. The Grad Class of 2020 have been excellent leaders and role models this year in all aspects of school life.
Take Your Kids to Work Day - Launched in 1994, Take Your Kids to Work is the most recognized career readiness program in Canada with more than 200,000 students visiting workplaces every year on Take Your Kids to Work Day. Once again, we had a very high participation rate, making it a huge success again this year at Carson! Many thanks to our counsellors for coordinating the day and to all the parents that hosted their child during the event.
Safeteen – Grade 10 - On November 6, Carson Graham was pleased to host Safeteen workshops for its grade 10 students. Safeteen is a skill-based violence prevention program. The program offers gender-specific strategies for managing fear and anger and gives students a way of standing up for themselves without resorting to violence. Grounded in theory on socialization and gender, these workshops address the roots of violence and expose power dynamics as the underlying factor in harassment, bullying, and assault. We look forward to continuing to empower our students to use powerful alternatives to violence.
November 4th Curriculum Implementation (CI) Day - The focus of this year's CI Day was Indigenous Education. Our learning was centered on the First Peoples’ Principles of Learning. We started with a focus on the well-being of the self, the family, the community, and the land and then spent the latter half of the morning continuing this theme within Departments. All NVSD then convened at Carson for an afternoon Keynote by Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair.
Stay Connected - Communication
Carson Graham Website: http://www.carsongraham.ca
PAC Corner (Rene Cravioto Chair@carsongrahampac.ca)
During the first few months of the 2019-2020 school year, the CGPAC had the opportunity to fund great student initiatives and support many of the extracurricular programs that the school offers to our youth. We have allocated funds almost equivalent to the Gaming Grant that we receive on a yearly basis and we continue to receive funding requests. The CGPAC will only be able to fund these requests to the extent that additional funds can be raised this year. CGPAC Executive members are already exploring a few fundraising ideas, especially those that seek to tap into sources beyond the CG parents.
CALL TO ACTION: We would like to invite all parents and students to contribute your ideas, contacts and experiences with the aim of maximizing the return on the effort that parents and students will volunteer towards fundraising activities.
Our next meeting is on November 27th!
November 27- PAC Meeting 7:00 pm
November 28- Jazz Night 7:00 pm
December 3- Band Winter Concert 7:00 pm
December 5- Guitar Concert 7:00 pm
December 5- Covenant House Sleep Out
December 6- School-Based Professional D Day (school not in session)
December 9-13- Report Cards Published Week of December 9-13th
December 10- Choral Winter Concert 7:00 pm
December 11- Late Start 9:55 am
December 20- Santa's Breakfast
December 20- Early Dismissal
December 20- Last Day of Classes Before Winter Break
January 6- Classes Resume After Winter Break