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February, 2012

Garibaldi Secondary School 24789 Dewdney Trunk Road Maple Ridge, BC V4R 1X2 ph: 604 463 6287 Fax: 604 463 0896 GSS Library:

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK We have just wrapped up a sold out run of Legally Blonde, the Musical. As always, our students and staff staged a fantastic production. If you were lucky enough to see the show, you know how impressive it was. It is always enjoyable to see such a positive community turnout to our theatre. A huge thank you to Mrs. Lacroix, Ms. Dahle and our other involved staff for all of their hard work and dedication. If you are interested in the Interdisciplinary Arts Academy for the 2012 - 2013 school year, there will be an information evening on Tuesday April 3rd, at 7:00 pm in the theatre. As February turns into March, we continue to plan for next year. Our counselors and admin team will finish the course planning process with students by Spring Break for the 2012-2013 school year. To view our course planning booklet, please look here: -selection/. If you have specific questions about courses or programs, please feel free to contact either Ms. Beyer or Mrs. Davies in the counseling office. Parents continue to ask about how to determine their son or daughter’s progress. Teachers are continuing to assess progress and communicate with parents. I would recommend that parents make contact with the teachers. There are a variety of ways to do this - meeting at a mutually convenient time, phone calls, and email. These emails can be found on our web page – the address is always, First Name_Last Learning and assessment is ongoing and students are getting excellent learning opportunities. Staff, students, and parents are all part of the community that makes schooling an enriching experience. As such, I encourage you to be in touch with the teachers on a regular basis so that everyone remains informed.

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SOCIAL MEDIA FOR PARENTS Garibaldi Secondary School’s PAC invites you to spend an evening with Jesse Miller from Mediated Reality on Wednesday March 7th. Jesse will present on the topic of social media, safety and privacy. He received a great reception from our students last spring as he used real life examples he found from our students to discuss why online privacy is so important. This is a can’t miss event if your child uses Facebook or Twitter. Please join us at 7 pm in the theatre! PARENT SUPPORT CIRCLE Weekly meetings for parents of teenagers are held on Mondays, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Family Education and Support Centre, 22554 Lougheed Highway. These meetings allow parents the opportunity to gather additional resources about effective parenting skills and other concerns. Parents can connect with others who are raising teens in a safe group environment. For more information and registration, please contact Parent Support Services Society at 604-669-1616 or office OR Family Education and Support Centre at 604-467-6055 or IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES Tuesday, March 6 Thursday, March 8 March 12 - 23 Monday, March 26 Wednesday, March 28 Saturday, March 31 Tuesday, April 3 Wednesday, April 4 Friday, April 6 Monday, April 9

Music Concert at 7:00pm HAUS Party School Dance Spring Break School reopens Collaboration Day First bell at 9:40 am Scrapbooking Fundraiser from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Acts Academy Information Session at 7:00 pm PAC at 7:00 pm Good Friday Easter Monday

GRAD Canadian Tire Money - grads continue to collect Canadian Tire money, which will purchase gifts for Dry Grad. If you have money to donate, there is a bottle in Mrs. Gould’s office. Grad Dinner & Dance Tickets - Banquet ticket order forms have now been handed out to grads and orders should be returned to the school by March 30. Tickets are $50 per person attending, including the grad. Families may purchase as many tickets as they like. Mother’s Day Hanging Baskets - Beautiful and colourful hanging baskets and bedding plants from a local nursery will be available for pick-up on May 12. The baskets will be 12” mixed sun variety or 12” fuchsia for shaded areas. Prices are $25 each. Prices and the selection of bedding plants are shown on the order form. Orders will be taken up until April 12th. DATES TO NOTE March 30 March 29 April 12 April (end of) Month of April May 12 June 6 June 8

Orders for Banquet tickets due. Scholarship packages due to counseling by 10 am Hanging Basket orders due. Tickets available for pickup at lunch. District Dogwood Scholarship presentations Grad car wash, hanging basket pick-up 3:30 PM – Grad rehearsal at Planet Ice 7:00 PM – Banquet set-up, parent volunteers needed School Leaving Ceremonies, Dinner / Dance, Dry Grad

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER It’s Scholarship Time! Grade 12’s should be preparing their scholarship applications from the District Scholarship booklet. Booklets are available on the Garibaldi website and school district 42 website, Transcripts are available, see Mrs Ward. Applications require a minimum of two reference letters. Students should be taking “Brag Sheets” to their teachers and the administration requesting the writing of these letters. These requests should be made before the end of February. All application packages are due in to the Career Centre, no later than 10 AM on March 29, 2012. No late packages will be accepted. Websites that are helpful for scholarship application are:


CAREER PROGRAMS, SSA, PARTNERSHIP AND ACADEMIES Grade 10 and 11 students should consider the options available to them through Career Exploration. These programs may require the selection of specific courses. The advantages may include: certification along with your Dogwood Certificate; a study focus in a specific area; additional course credits; reduced tuition; advanced placement in some post secondary programs; along with work experience in a specific area of study. Students should carefully read the Career Exploration section of the Course Information Booklet 2012 - 2013,which can be viewed on the school website. The following programs are available to grade 10, 11 and 12 students.

School Arranged Work Experience On site work Experience Job shadowing Career mentoring Career seminars / camps Career Preparation Programs – work experience related to courses studied, unpaid work. In the following focus areas. Business and Applied Business Fine Arts, Design and Media Fitness and Recreation Health and Human Services Liberal Arts and Humanities Science and Applied Science Tourism, Hospitality and Foods Trades and Technology Secondary School Apprenticeship Programs Register as an apprentice and begin trades work hours Complete up to 480 hours of paid work experience, receive 16 credits $1000 scholarship for continuing 6 months after grad

Post-Secondary Partnership Programs Complete grade 12 requirements Complete post secondary courses in grade 12 Acquire job-ready skills to enter job marker Reduced tuition for these post secondary courses Partnerships Automotive Mechanic – GSS / WSS Carpentry –SRT, Framing / Carpentry – SRT2 Culinary Arts - SRT Electrician – GSS Hair Design – SRT Steel Fabrication– SRT Integrated Trades – Grade 11 Passport to Trades – completion of Grade 8 Academies Digital Arts – MRSS Equestrian Academy – THSS Integrated Arts – GSS Soccer Academy - WSS

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