It gets said a lot these days, but there has never been a better time to be in trades. The money is great, there are lots of jobs, lots of benefits if you work with certain unions or companies, and the training between high school and post-secondary is excellent, pretty seamless, and free while a school student. I'll be sharing lots of information on these things as we move towards grade 12, but check this out too!
Hello Grade 11s! Welcome back to Tech for our fourth year. It's going to be awesome with opportunities for learning about post-secondary, being a part of clubs and sports, and getting ready for "the real world".
See everyone on Tuesday at 11am for our grade assembly.
Please also check out our VSB parent resource info below for students with Cantonese and Mandarin backgrounds.
I wanted to post a sample of the Numeracy exam, as I know it will be on student minds once finals are done.
Just a reminder that the date each student will write their Numeracy exam will be in the hallway soon (if it's already not by the time you read this). These dates are not changeable, except for a very good reason (leaving the country, etc.)
This assessment is not tied directly to any course (including Math). Each test will be given a mark out of 4 (rubric based). It will appear on their transcripts. Currently, no post-secondary institution has commented on if they'll use this benchmark for admission. I'll be on the watch out for it.
Give the sample a try! And check in with your Math teachers.
If there was ever a time to dig deal and work on your Math! Now is it :) Here's the schedule to take the kids to the end (or one week shy of it, anyhow).
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John Oliver is once again offering a Skills Exploration course – 4 credits and grade level will be related to the Grade the student is going into. Ailin Wong will be teaching the course. Students will do full days for 3 weeks and will receive a sampling of the following trades: auto, metal, carpentry, electrical as well as an overview of the trades training system and further opportunities for youth.
This is an awesome way to decide if you'd be interested in going to trades after high school.
Send completed forms back to Mr. Van in person or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll get them to Wendy Gilmour.
Summer School is launching next Monday, bright and early. I strongly recommend using the website at https;//summer.vsb.bc.ca but you can also go in person (at the board office by Granville and Broadway).
Here are my top 3 reminders/suggestions/things to consider:
Here are some other really helpful things to know:
Well, I probably sound a little like a proud father here, but I'm really happy to say that one of our fantastic Tech students (Amanda Payne) has been part of creating a Youth Mental Health Conference for this upcoming Pro-D day. It will be open to students all over our district and in to the private world of schooling too. Do consider registering. All free too :) Great speakers and mini-sessions I'm told!
We've had a group called Live Different come in and present to our students today. We thought it would be a great idea to pass along this one page sheet if you want to do any follow up with them at home. I'm a huge believer in the core ideas of their presentation and vision. We're raising citizens after all :)
SOYL is a great program that happens at Van Tech during the summer. It comes with credit for Environmental Studies (a senior level elective course) and tons of volunteer opportunities and hours. Check out the picture below and consider signing up if you'd like a more active summer program.
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