Category Archives: Newsletters

Week of Sept 16-20

Hello Parents/Guardians

The Coal forum panel and roundtable: Thank you to all students for your participation, excellent questions and attentiveness during our recent Coal Forum Education Panel. the feedback from the presenters was that they were very impressed with our students: your kids!!!

Courses: This Tuesday (Sept 17) will be the last formal day for students switching courses. After Tuesday, a course transfer form will be needed. These forms are available from the counseling office. The forms must be used after this Tuesday for any class changes and must be signed off by a parent before the change can be made final. Parents, if you have any questions about your child’s program, please reach out to us. Mrs. Peever (dpeever@sd59.bc.ca) and Mr. Smith (msmith@sd59.bc.ca) take care of our graduation program (grades 10/11/12), and Ms. Sieber (esieber@sd59.bc.ca) works with the counseling department for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP).

Routines: The beginning of the school year brings with it learning and re-learning routines and rules for students. Thank you to students and our parent community for your feedback and support in our new routines around cell phone use during class time. We also thank parents for your support around our school’s three Rs. Respect, Readiness to Learn, and Responsibility.

Have an awesome week ☺

New dates, changes and notes to the upcoming dates appear in red.

Upcoming Dates
Monday Sept 16th – Fire Drill. 9:30am
Oct 1 – Live different concert/Presentation – whole school, 9am. Grad Parent Info Night 6-7pm
Oct 3 –  9am – Stephanie Morin Robert concert – whole school.
Oct 8 – Banff Film Festival – TRSS Gym at 6pm
Oct 14 – thanksgiving – no school
Oct 17 – Meet the teacher night. Come to meet your child’s teachers! 6-7:30pm
Oct 24th – Interim Reports
Oct 25th – No School – Professional Development Day for Teachers
Oct 30th – Halloween Dance, put on by the leadership class. Times TBA
Nov 4 – Grade 10 Literacy Assessment. time TBA. Mandatory for all grade 10 students.
Nov 8 – End of Term 1. Remembrance Day ceremony at 10:45am (tentative)
Nov 22 – Term one Report Cards go home
Nov 26 – Parent Teacher interviews – 2-3pm and 6-7pm.
Nov 29 – Professional Development day – No School for students.

Week of Sept 9-13, 2019

Hello Parents/Guardians,

The three pillars of our school code of conduct are being Ready to learn, Respecting yourself and others, and taking Responsibility for your learning and actions.

As we move into our second week (and first full week of school), our senior students will be finalizing their course selections, and our junior students will be learning more about what it takes to succeed at Tumbler Ridge Secondary. Students in grades 10-12 wishing to make a course change need to make an appointment with Mrs. Peever (dpeever@sd59.bc.ca) or Mr. Smith (msmith@sd59.bc.ca).

Permission forms went home last week for media, internet and google apps privileges. The reason these forms need to be signed each year is for compliance with the Personal Information Privacy Act. Some of the digital resources we use store information on servers outside of Canada, so parental permission is needed for your child to use those programs and apps. We have until Thursday, Sept 12th to get students re-registered for access. After the 12th, students who do not have their forms into the school will be denied access to the school’s digital resources until their forms are in. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with the school.

Students are reminded that the school property extends to the parking lot, field, and pathways around the school, and includes the areas around the gaga pit. Any student who rides a bike, scooter, or skateboard etc to school must wear a helmet when riding on school property. If students do not have a helmet, they must walk their bike/scooter/skateboard etc on and off of school property.

Upcoming Dates
Sept 10 – Tumbler Ridge Clinic Visitation – Grades 10/11/12 – 1pm -3pm. Accompanying teachers: Norbury, Deeley, Maitland (for C block), Peever or McGuire, Sawatsky, Parks (D block). A big thanks goes out to the staff at the Tumbler Ridge Health Clinic for developing this opportunity to our students!
Sept 12 – Picture Day
Sept 13 – Coal Forum Careers Presentations for all grades (10:15am – 11:33am) and gr. 10/11/12 (12:15pm – 2:30pm). Throughout the week, teachers will be talking with students about the presentations, and will be developing questions to ask our presenters. A big thanks goes out to the District of Tumbler Ridge for hosting the forum, and Ms. Hewitt for planning this opportunity for our students! For more information on the Coal Forum, please visit: coalforum.ca/
Sept 16th – Fire Drill
Oct 1 – Grad Parent Info Night 6-7pm
Oct 10 – Meet the teacher night. Come to meet your child’s teachers! 6-7:30pm
Oct 14 – thanksgiving – no school
Oct 24th – Interim Reports
Oct 25th – No School – Professional Development Day for Teachers
Nov 4 – Grade 10 Literacy Assessment
Nov 8 – End of Term 1. Remembrance Day ceremony at 10:45am (tentative)
Nov 22 – Term one Report Cards go home
Nov 26 – Parent Teacher interviews – 2-3pm and 6-7pm.
Nov 29 – Professional Development day – No School for students.

Have a great week!


Best Regards,

Ryan McGuire
rmcguire@sd59.bc.ca
Principal
Tumbler Ridge Secondary School
School District #59
ph: (250) 242-4227 fax: (250) 242-3600

Welcome and First Days of School 2019/2020

Hello Parents and Guardians!

Welcome to the start of another school year! We are excited to welcome your children back into school this year!

New to the school this year, we have:
Mrs. Peever: Vice Principal, Careers 8, 10 and 12
Ms. Ferguson – Grade 7 (group 1)
Mr. Carlson – Grade 7 (group 2)
Mrs. Sawatzky – Workplace Math 10/11, Entrepreneurship, Media Arts 9, PE: Strength Training 11/12, and Leadership 10-12

On Wednesday, September 4th, we will welcome students into school at 10:40am. We will start with an assembly where we will play some fun whole school games, meet the staff and hear a message from the Principal. At 11:30am, we will break for lunch until 12:12pm.  Parents, please feel free to join us for the morning assembly!

During lunch time, students are welcome to eat in the lobby, go outside to play gaga ball, play some basketball at the outside courts, and generally hang out and get to know each other. Students may also leave the school premises at lunch to go to the skate park, or up to the store to buy lunch. A caution is that students need to be back between 12:05 and 12:10pm so that they are on time for class!

A warning bell will ring at 12:09pm, letting students know that it’s time to get ready for the next class.

  • Grade 7s meet in the lobby. Your teachers will meet you there for roll call.
  • Grade 8s go to Ms. Parks in room 162
  • Grade 9s go to Mrs. Norbury in Room 135
  • Grade 10s go to Ms. Mcleod / Mrs. Sawatzky in the art room
  • Grade 11s go to Ms. Maitland in room 136
  • Grade 12s go to Mr. Deeley in science room

Students in grades 10-12 will have an opportunity to make scheduling changes and will be called down. The procedure will be this:

  • Grade 10 students needing to make changes will report to Mr. McGuire/Ms. Hewitt in the lobby.
  • Grade 11/12 students who need to make changes will report to Mr. Smith and Mrs. Peever in the counselling office upstairs.

Thursday, September 5th will be the first regular day of classes, beginning at 8:40am. Students should aim to arrive at least 5 minutes early so that they can get their materials organized and be on time for their classes. On behalf of the staff at TRSS, we look forward to a great year with your children!

Announcements 
•    Ms. Parks kindly requests any shoe boxes to be donated for a future drama project.
•    A reminder that all students need to have indoor, non-marking shoes for the gym. Anyone entering the gym needs to remove outdoor shoes. Shoe racks are located by the gym doors.

Upcoming Dates
Sept 5th – First day of regular classes. 8:40am – 3:01pm
Sept 10 – Tumbler Ridge Clinic Visitation – Grades 10/11/12 – 1pm -3pm
Sept 12 – Picture Day
Sept 13 – Coal Forum Careers Presentations for gr. 10/11/12 (10am – 2:15pm)
Sept 16th – Fire Drill
Oct 1 – Grad Parent Info Night 6-7pm
Oct 10 – Meet the teacher night. Come to meet your child’s teachers! 6-7:30pm
Oct 14 – thanksgiving – no school
Oct 24th – Interim Reports
Oct 25th – No School – Professional Development Day for Teachers
Nov 4 – Grade 10 Literacy Assessment
Nov 8 – End of Term 1. Remembrance day ceremony at 1:45pm.
Nov 22 – Term one Report Cards go home
Nov 26 – Parent Teacher interviews – 2-3pm and 6-7pm.
Nov 29 – Professional Development day – No School for students.

All the Best,
Ryan Mcguire
Principal
Tumbler Ridge Secondary

Start of the New Year 2019/2020

Here are a few updates for the start of the 2019/2020 School year!

Please see the following FAIR NOTICE bulletin

The First day of school is September 4th. School will start at 10:40am with an assembly. Students will be directed to various teachers after lunch to go over the code of conduct and get an introduction to the new year. Students in grades 10-12 will finalize their schedules. School will end at 2pm.

Thursday, September 5th is the first day of regular classes. School has a hard start at 8:40am. There is a 3 minute warning bell. School ends at 3:01pm. Schedules will be available for students at the front office at the beginning of the day.

Here is the supply list for students:

Paper – Loose leaf and Graph paper
Binders
Dividers
Ruler
Geometry Set
Back Pack
Pencil Case
Pencils and Pens
Erasers
Scissors
Dictionary
Pencil crayons and/or markers
Glue Stick
Cheap scientific calculator – a graphing calculator is not necessary

Tribe of One – Rik Leaf Creates Video With TRSS Students

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Somewhere You Need To Know is an incredible place called Tumbler Ridge. I spent a week working with students at the high school.

Students invited me to their Outdoor Ed classes where they learn to build shelters, survive in the wilderness and cook moose smokies over portable firepits made out of washing machine drums welded to lawnmowers.

Another class took me on a hike where just 17 minutes from the front door we arrived at Flatbed Falls. And we had multiple cans of bear spray with us because the wildlife is actually that close. (as indicated by the number of people who put up their hands when asked if they’d met a bear walking around town!)

I worked with the students to write and record the song featured in the video. The inspiration for the lyrics came from a conversation on the first day, because people often refer to small towns like Tumbler as being, ‘in the middle of nowhere’ and that sparked a conversation…if Tumbler is the middle of nowhere…where is the center of somewhere? And who gets to say?

This project was created over the course of one week and is a celebration of a very creative and talented community of visual artists, musicians, rappers, Career Ed welders and Go Cart racers, actors, skaters and all multi-talented individuals I met. Working on a project like this lets everyone involved recognize how their piece is special and fits with all those around them who are gifted differently.

Somewhere You Need To Know (lyrics)
So much to see
So much to do
I want to show you
The middle of nowhere
Is actually somewhere
You need to know about
What you don’t know
About our world
You need to now
Cause it’s beautiful

If you know a school or community that would like their students to have an opportunity to work with a professional songwriter and producer to tell their story, please pass this video onto them!

And if you’ve never been to Tumbler Ridge…GO THERE NOW! 🙂

Enjoy!

W. rikleaf.com
T. twitter.com/rikleaf
I. instagram.com/rikleaf
E. info@tribeofone.com