Take a Bite of B.C. program farms students' creativity when it comes to local food

By Jennifer Saltman, The Province

Sarah Moriarity is the kind of student who doesn’t like to sit behind a desk at school day after day.

“I can’t sit still. I have to be doing something with my hands,” the pink-haired 12th grader said one morning last week.

Moments earlier, under the watchful eye of chef-instructor Trevor Randle, Moriarity and her classmates used large, sharp knives to break down two whole salmon into filets that became lunch for students and teachers at Maple Ridge Secondary School.

Maple Ridge's SRT gold medalists showcase their skills

By Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

Students from host Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School dominated the Skills Canada Middle Lower Mainland Regionals this past Saturday.

The gold medal winners will go on to represent their schools at the Skills Canada Competition Provincial Level at the Tradex in Abbotsford on April 15.

Young CEOs raise cash for Maple Ridge school playground

By Cole Wagner, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times

Today’s CEOs and business leaders are getting younger and younger – and the founders of “CCL,” a brand-new Maple Ridge start-up, are no exception.

Camryn Bishop, Caleb McCreedy and Logan Scott are the first and second graders behind CCL, a “company” which specializes in the sale of crafts, cookies, and lemonade. The acronym comes from both the names of the founders, and the products they sell.

Albion club growing leaders in fundraising

By Troy Landreville, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

Students with Albion Elementary’s Grade 6 and 7 leadership club are making a positive difference, both locally and around the globe.

Under the guidance of teacher Barry Henderson, the 40-member club has been working tirelessly on fundraising activities that are having a positive impact on those outside of the school’s walls.

At an early Monday morning assembly, the club handed out cheques to the Friends In Need Food Bank and Albion’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC).

Trades programs fast track Maple Ridge high school students to success

 By Cole Wagner, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

Randy Uttaro maintains a focused look on his face while the trowel in his hands works through a repetitive series of motions – swipe, slap, scoop, repeat. His hands move tentatively at first, but as he starts to get comfortable, mud slides off the trowel and onto a brick quicker and quicker.

School board concerned about impact of provincial budget

The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Board of Education is very concerned about the negative impact this provincial budget will have on our students, staff and families. Our school district has already made service-level reductions in the amount of $8M over the past two budget years, and has reduced staffing by 70 positions over and above reductions triggered by enrolment decline. The recent feedback our Board has received from education partners, parents and students has confirmed the negative impact of these deep reductions.

Haney girls connecting the dots

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

Working at the Salvation Army Caring Place during the holiday season had a profound effect on a group of Leadership students at Thomas Haney Secondary, and with a little help from local businesses, they want to do more for the homeless people of Maple Ridge.

“It was kind of scary at first. We didn’t know what to expect,” said student Taylor Beare.

But she said all the seven girls in her group were moved by the people and their stories.

Everybody getting Footloose at Garibaldi

By Tim Fitzgerald, Maple Ridge News

High school is couldn’t be a more socially awkward time for teenagers. Just five short years from adulthood, their lives go threw enormous changes between the time they timidly find their lockers on that first day of secondary school to finishing Grade 12 finals and crossing the threshold into adulthood.

Along the way, teachers help guide students to make smart decisions, to think about the future, and to trust in themselves.

Global sounds explored at Pitt Meadows school

by Troy Landreville, Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows Times

A man dubbed a “world-music dynamo” gave Highland Park Elementary students a sampling of sounds from around the globe this past Thursday, Jan. 29.

Boris Sichon introduced students and staff to musical instruments that are foreign to many, culminating with an afternoon concert in front of an assembly of students and staff in the Pitt Meadows school’s gymnasium.

Texas-sized talent signs scholarship

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

In a small ceremony at the Maple Ridge secondary gymnasium on Thursday afternoon, Bobbi Berkey gathered with her family and her fastball coach, and signed to play ball on scholarship in Texas.

The talented pitcher has been hearing from U.S. schools since Grade 10, and she finally chose one – Blinn College in Brenham.