Board of education directs funding to schools and regular student transportation

At its regular public meeting last night, June 15, 2016, the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Board of Education approved a number of one-time budget changes to the 2016/17 Preliminary Budget. These budget changes were necessitated by last month’s unexpected redirection by the Ministry of Education of $25 million in administrative savings to school districts across the province. For Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows, the amount being redirected to the school district totals $631,773.

School board welcomes return of administrative savings

The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Board of Education welcomes yesterday’s provincial funding announcement that $25 million in administrative savings is being redirected to services for students for the 2016/17 school year.

We would like to acknowledge the importance of the advocacy work undertaken both by our parent community, by our board, and boards around the province. Together we have given our students a strong voice, and yesterday’s announcement shows that this voice was heard at the provincial level. Thank you.

Maple Ridge School District Educator Recognized with Inclusive Education Award

Laura Mackenzie, Education Assistant at Harry Hooge Elementary School in Maple Ridge has been awarded a National Inclusive Education Award from the Canadian Association for Community Living and Inclusion BC for her advocacy work in ensuring that educators and support staff recognize the benefits of inclusion for all students.

Music madness at school

By Colleen Flanagan - Maple Ridge News

Garibaldi secondary’s music department will be holding the last showcase concert of the academic year on Monday. May Music Madness will feature three levels of the concert band, the jazz band and the choir. More than 175 students will be performing.

Celebrating a decade of learning

By Neil Corbett - Maple Ridge News

Ten years ago, Samuel Robertson Technical was born. The building was underweight, and is still waiting for a growth spurt

The school was built for $16.75 million, completed in 2005, and opening for 600 students in 2006. The provincial government of the day said a new addition would effectively double the size of the new technical high school, but that has never materialized.

That said, there have been as many as 12 portables on site, and registration has been at times, more than 1,000 students.

Entrepreneurs at Yennadon

by Michael Hall, Maple Ridge News

Beau Benedictson knows medals. He has a drawer full of them, and a head full of great memories, all in just a few years of playing minor hockey and baseball.

He wasn’t sure what to do with them all – tangled up and out of view – until his Grade 5 teacher at Yennadon elementary, Catherine McIntosh, assigned the class a project.

As part of the Maple Ridge school’s annual entrepreneurial fair, students have to develop a product along with a business plan – to produce, market and, eventually, sell.

Rebuilding history in the Red River cart

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

A Metis carver is making the rounds through high schools in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, building the traditional vehicle of his people, and sharing with students what he knows about both native history and woodworking.

Patrick Calihou has been at Pitt Meadows secondary, building a Red River cart, and soon he is moving on to Westview.

“We are always looking for ways to bring some cultural understanding into the schools,” said Ron Lanzarotta, the district principal of aboriginal education.

Pitt Meadows teachers promote Literacy Week

Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times

Three Pitt Meadows Secondary teachers are trying to dispel the notion that reading is not fun with their second annual Literacy Week school event scheduled for April 18 to 22.

The theme of the week is “Read the Word, Read the World,” which includes various forms of literacy, from environmental to digital and physical, to educational. More than a dozen literacy events and activities are planned to engage students, bring up their comprehension skills, and hopefully allow for some fun, as well.

Making music in Maple Ridge

By Ashley Wadhwani, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times

The KC Kids Choir will be singing, alongside Rick Scott, an award winning musician and performer and Goodwill Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation on March 23, at The ACT Theatre.

The group has been practicing all term, said Kanaka Creek Elementary school teacher and choir director Dawn Flanagan, and will be singing 15 songs with the singer.

Ridge schools host B.C. skills competitions

by Maple Ridge News

Students in Maple Ridge showcase their talents in skilled trades and technologies in one of 13 regional Skills Canada British Columbia competition being held in communities across the province.

Maple Ridge MLAs Marc Dalton and Doug Bing attended a SkillsBC regional competition hosted at Westview secondary on Feb. 26, when they watched students compete in a variety of skills competitions.

Samuel Robertson Secondary will be hosting a SkillsBC regional competition on Saturday, March 5.