Parking Lot Repairs

Parents:

Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, April 24th, 2019) the district will be repairing the TRSS parking lot. The repairs will take until the end of the week. If you are visiting the school, please park at the community centre tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.

Thanks!

UPDATE: Thank-you for parking at the community centre today! The repairs to the parking lot are finished well ahead of schedule, so we can resume parking in our parking lot starting tomorrow (April 25th, 2019)!

Family Resources

Mr. McGuire attended a Safer Schools Together training sessions in Dawson Creek this week. The presenters gave several websites and apps for teens, adults and families to check out together. Contained in the links below is a wealth of help, information and practical tools.

familysmart.ca
YouthinBC.ca
Teenshealth.org
Mindyourmind.ca
Erase Bullying
Mind Shift App for iOs and Android (Youth Focused)
Virtual Hope Box App (Older teens and Adult Focused)

A little known fact is that facebook, instagram, snapchat and twitter all have reporting tools that can be used to report bullying, harassment and other inappropriate public and private messages. These reporting tools are reviewed by the respective website owners.

For Students: Reporting bullying and harassment to a trusted adult at home or at school allows us to provide help and support as a community to those on both sides of the situation.

Grade 9s – Tuesday April 9th

Parents of students in Grade 9: We are asking the grade 9s to stay in class until the end of the day on Tuesday, April 9th (Parent teacher interview day) to complete their safety orientation with Mr. Bafaro, the loss prevention officer at Conuma Coal.

The class will be supervised by school staff from 2pm – the end of D block.

We will honour an early dismissal on Friday, April 12th at 2pm for the grade 9s. The procedure is that the grade 9s will leave their D block class at 2pm and leave the school premises as other classes will still be in session. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the school – 250-782-4227 or email Mr. McGuire: rmcguire@sd59.bc.ca

Dwayne Peace Visits TRSS

Dwayne Peace is returning to our school this week from Jan. 8-10. Dwayne is a retired 25–year member of the Calgary Police Service where he spent the last seven years of his career as a School Resource Officer (SRO). Dwayne has a special talent for working with youth, and a passion for helping to make a difference in their lives.

He presented to our whole school last year on a variety of challenges that our students are faced with on a daily basis including bullying, cyber-bullying and online behaviour, body image, suicide, rumours, gossip, drama and more. In addition, he worked with a small group of mixed –grade students in the afternoon further investigating these issues and their impact on the students. This group of students recommended that Dwayne return to the school and do the small group session with individual grade groups.

While Dwayne is at TRSS he will be completing a  3 hour session with each grade level focusing on life’s challenges in secondary school. Students will learn how to make changes in their thinking and actions, and become more aware of how they can help those around them by doing so. It allows participants to witness firsthand that they have much more in common than what makes them different, yet they focus on each other’s differences. This session will motivate and empower the participants to make some positive changes in their lives and those around them.

“We talk about empathy but this allowed each of the students to experience empathy in a real and meaningful way”.
– An administrator’s comment to Dwayne following a small group session.

“I don’t know what happened, but for the first time in a long time, my son came home and gave me a long hug before he told me that he loved me.  He committed to saying it more in the future”. 
– A mother in tears prior to a parent session following a small group session at her son’s school.

We really look forward to having Dwayne back in our school. He has this innate ability to connect with kids and help them connect in a positive way with each other. If you have any questions, please send me an e-mail. If you want to learn more about Dwayne, check out his website at lifesynergy4youth.com/.

TRSS is engaging students in their learning

Students at Tumbler Ridge Secondary School had the opportunity last year to participate in a five-month project building go karts. The project brought together teachers, students, industry, community, and civil leaders. The students not only learned how to build go karts, they also learned how to work as a team, put together a plan, analyze and assess criteria, develop strategies, communicate, and problem solve which is all related to the education curriculum.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) supported the project by providing funds through a Yes To It grant. ITA also created a video of the event which showcases the project and includes testimonials from students, SD59 Career Team members, ITA and industry leaders. Check out the You-tube video.