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WEST VANCOUVER SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS
VOLUME 1, NO. 9 MAY 2014
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Visit the West Vancouver waterfront until May 31 to see some great art produced by West Vancouver School District students in collaboration with alumni artists. Work on display was produced as part of SD45/One, an Exhibition of Students Past and Present. The exhibition included artists such as Bobbie Burgers (above), Douglas Coupland and Ross Penhall.

Some of the artwork is on display in containers from Tuesday - Friday 3:30 - 6:30 Sat / Sun 11:00 - 6:00:
1). Beside the Ferry Building, at the bottom of 14th
2). Beside the Silk Purse, at the bottom of 16th and 3). John Lawson Park.


 

WVSD gauging interest in an academy-style fencing program

It has been an exciting journey to see students at all grade levels learning basic fencing skills during and after school this year. There is high interest in the sport among both students and staff, so the WVSD will be holding an information session to gauge interest in an academy-style offering this fall.

Parents and their children currently in grades 7-11 are invited to an open house and information session in room 323 at Sentinel Secondary School, 1250 Chartwell Drive, on Wednesday, May 21 at 7 pm.

RSVP for this event.
No More Secrets: A West Vancouver Forum on Youth Mental Health
Parents and students are invited to join the District from 6:30 to 9 pm on May 29 for a facilitated forum on youth mental health. No More Secrets: A West Vancouver Forum on Youth Mental Health is co-presented by the District of West Vancouver and the West Vancouver School District.

The forum is being hosted to bring parents, students and community health professionals together to explore ways to take action on youth mental health issues such as ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, depression and more.
Learn more or register to attend this event.

The Front Line
If home is where the heart is, then it’s no wonder that Grant Featherstone feels so comfortable in high school classrooms. As a Teacher Teaching on Call, Grant has found a career where his passion for learning and teaching can flourish.
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An evening with Derek Muller
Derek Muller is the creator of popular YouTube channel Veritasium and an alumnus of WVSS. Veritasium has 1.4 million subscribers and has received over 73 million views, making it the fifth most popular educational channel on YouTube. The evening promises to be entertaining and informative as Derek discusses science and the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything through demonstrations, videos and live performances. 
Attend this event.
 
More innovation in schools has dramatically changed student experiences in West Vancouver. Superintendent of Schools Chris Kennedy discusses the shift taking place and outlines how that's happening not by creating 'sameness', but by supporting the good work in one site by connecting it to the good work in another.
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Planning and hard work is still underway as we approach the end of the 2014/2015 school year. Board Chair Cindy Dekker takes a look at the journey towards graduation and wishes the graduates of 2014 well as they move forward on their chosen paths.
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Our social media community offers plenty of educational insight and an opportunity to connect with the many voices throughout the district. Twitter list curated by @chrkennedy. 
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It's the final stretch of the school year and as always, May and June are busy times around the district. Upcoming events include grad ceremony and commencement dates, the Honour Choir spring concert, an evening for students with alumnus Derek Muller, a youth/parent mental health forum and more. 

Check out the district calendar for details.
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