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Bantam Boys Knox Ball Invitational – January 27-28, 2023
Over the course of two days, the Hawks Athletic Council hosted their Knox Ball tournament for the Bantam boys inviting around 5 teams to play round robin. Our very own team played a very good game on the first day beating Fraser Valley but unfortunately taking a loss after their evening game. On the second day, they played their hearts out having great communication on and off the court using several skills including blocking and great passing. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to beat the school they were up against and the Hawks came in 4th place in the tournament. It was a great experience for many of our players as it was their first tournament of the season. It was very nice to see them all show out their skills and be able to come in as a team with the grades who have been playing the previous year to create this team. Overall, there were great parents and staff supporters who came and cheered on the boys as they played and this is just the beginning of the great season. Let’s go Hawks!

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Masterclass Opportunity

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By Hilary C., Grade 11 student

On January 14, 2023, I, along with three others, were given the opportunity to play for Hilary Hahn in a masterclass provided by the VSO School of Music. Hilary Hahn is a world-renowned violinist and three-time Grammy Award winner. Hilary Hahn started her solo career at age 11 with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and later gained international recognition after she made her debut in Germany with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. At the age of only 16, Hilary Hahn became one of the youngest musicians to get a recording contract with Sony Classical Records. Hilary Hahn is a well respected violinist appreciated by many from all over the world.

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Pasta Sunday

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By Ronda-Boussina G., Grade 10 student

Two things I will always enjoy in my life are food and helping others, so when there was an opportunity involving the two I was all in. Pasta Sunday is the third Sunday of every month where students are able to come together and create bagged lunches for those in need. This past Sunday, January 15, 2023 included myself, Noah H., Louis M-B., Colette V., and Yuna. Volunteering with friends is always a special thing as memories are created, fellowship is shared, and friendships are solidified. Pasta Sunday was no different.

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Greater Vancouver Food Bank Reflection

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By Noah H., Grade 10 student

I had never been inside a food bank before. To learn more about food banks and food security, our senior Food Studies class went to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank on a field trip.

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Hawks Corner

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For January 27, 2023

Senior Boy’s finished 4th at the Prestigious St. John’s Jam
This last weekend, the senior boy’s basketball team played in the very prestigious and competitive St. John’s School Jam tournament. Four of the top 10 ranked 1A Boy’s Basketball teams in BC were in this 12-team tournament and this was a measuring stick of where our Hawks are ranked in BC. When entering this tournament on Thursday, the team was quite tired and exhausted from previous games the same week, as well as the stress of final exams the following week. But even with all of these distractions, the team still played our best throughout the weekend. The highlight of the weekend was upsetting #5 ranked Aberdeen Hall of Kelowna 97-92 in the second round of the tournament. This was a big achievement for the team and put the team on notice. The next two games were against #1 ranked Unity Christian and the host St. John’s. The team didn’t fair well against those two but left their hearts and efforts on the floor. Grade 12 Aryn Khan was named to the tournament All-Star team after averaging 30+ points in the tournament.

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Assistive Technology

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It all started when I met Mrs. Lund in her office one afternoon. We were discussing career paths, and I had no idea what to expect when I showed interest in assistive technology.  Right away she bestowed upon me the honour of cooperating with some incredible teachers in a frequently overlooked classroom at John Knox. There I met different teachers, but also two inspiring students.  From then on, I started to spend lunch with them once a week.  During my first visit with students, J and A, I instantly knew they were special. Although J is non-verbal, she seemed to have a sixth sense for people I hadn’t seen before. 

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Going Gradeless: Part Two

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Effective assessment is revealing and can provide a more accurate report of students’ mastery than a number on the traditional 100-point scale. Grades are shorthand symbols for much larger descriptors, and with the BC Ministry of Education’s (MoE’s) mandate to remove grades from K-9 report cards, teachers must become more adept at defining learning targets and identifying where each student’s accomplishments are relative to those targets. 

Knowing which learning milestones students achieve requires that assessment tools analyze and then descriptively define learning goals. Developing these assessment resources requires the alignment of so many components, that the work of creating them can not be left to chance.

Teachers are not generally at liberty to earn another degree just to develop their assessment literacy skills. At JKCS, this is the work that we are doing together, largely during our Early Wednesday Collaboration Sessions. The good news is that when teachers work collaboratively on developing their assessment practices, they not only increase their assessment literacy, but they also positively impact student achievement (Hattie, 2009; Moss, 2013).

Learning is a naturally gradual process. When children learn to walk, they start with hand-held baby steps, and through the persistent practice of increasingly complex milestones, they can eventually run, and more. 

This simple analogy illustrates an aspect of the critical work that teachers need to do. When teachers document learning progressions, they are creating a blueprint for instruction and assessment.

Our community recently enjoyed a series of fabulous Christmas concerts. Over the years, performance skills are groomed, and students learn increasingly sophisticated musical repertoires. When teachers create learning rubrics to replace 100-point grading scales, students can clearly identify: 

  1. the skills being taught and assessed, and
  2. how well they are doing relative to the goal of achieving the “Proficient” learning target descriptors.

Consider as an example this draft of a proficiency scale created by Mrs. Visser for her grade 3 music students.

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As mentioned above, when grades are replaced by a rubric with descriptive learning goals, students will be able to identify their accomplishments relative to these descriptors. This benefit is one of the foundational rationales for the BC MoE’s going gradeless mandate. At JKCS it is our goal to capitalize on this mandated requirement by adopting practises that educational research indicates will enrich student-learning outcomes.  

Director of Curriculum and Learning

Wendy Perttula

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1 Ken O’Connor and Rick Wormelli; Educational Leadership: Reporting Student Learning (Nov 2011)

2 Ibid

3Ibid

Intermediate Christmas Program

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Dear Intermediate (4-6) parents,

We are looking forward to sharing our music with you for the first time in person in a couple of years! We look forward to having you attend our performances.

As our audience, you are an important part of this work of art.

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A Day on the DTES

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Recently I, along with 2 classmates, Mrs. Lund and some wonderful indigenous staff from Squamish Nation, went to serve the people in the Vancouver downtown eastside. Before this field trip, I personally had a lot of poor experiences with people in this area and so definitely had some negative preconceptions. However, when we got out of the car to hand out the 200 bagged lunches*, my opinion could not have been more wrong.

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Visiting a Seniors Home: Student Reflection

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When I first became a student representative for my grade 8 class at the beginning of the year, I didn’t know trips like this would happen. It was a somewhat pleasant surprise when Mrs. Lund told the eighth grade reps about this soon-to-be trip. 

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Primary Christmas Program: Instructions for Parents

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Dear primary (K-3) parents,

Students are working hard in music class to memorize lyrics, listen carefully, perform with expression, and watch the conductor as they learn the songs for our primary Christmas program.
You are invited to attend this performance that tells the story of Christ’s birth and celebrates the gift of music. As our audience, you are an important part of this work of art.
Please…
• Do your best to ensure your child is at both performances on Dec. 6
• Do NOT take photos or videos. Instead, enjoy the performance by watching
and listening attentively. Professional photographers will take photos and a video to share with you later.
• Ask your child about his/her experience in rehearsals and performing
• Join us in singing the Christmas carols
• Help the students and directors to concentrate on the music by sitting quietly
when we are ready to sing
• Continue to support the students as they sing and play their instruments

Tuesday, Dec. 6
-Performances are at New West Christian Reformed Church (across from the elementary school)
-Wear clothes that are appropriate for a performance. Students may wear something special but you do not need to purchase a new outfit. Please do not have students in T-shirts with words or logos.
-The afternoon performance starts at 1:30pm and the church doors open at 1:00pm
-The evening performance starts at 7:00pm and the church doors open at 6:30pm
-Students should arrive in their homeroom classroom (at school) between 6:20 and 6:30pm for the evening performance. Please do not arrive earlier.
-All primary (K-3) students are expected to be there for both performances.
-We anticipate many people attending the evening performance, so if you are able to attend the afternoon program, we encourage you to leave space for other family and friends in the evening. Consider carpooling in the evening.
-Students will be picked up in designated rooms at church after the evening performance
-In case of snow or other unforeseen circumstances, parents will get an email if the concerts are delayed or cancelled.

Future Science Leaders: Exploring Topics in STEAM!

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By Sydney C. 10B

This year, I have the opportunity to be a part of an amazing program with Science World called Future Science Leaders (FSL). The program strives to provide the resources and foster an environment for “future scientists” to enrich their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) aspirations.

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AGM

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by David Ward, Superintendent

Are you reading this? Apparently…75% of you are!

One of the tools that Arusha Vegt has been using to improve communication with our school community has been a feature on the newsletter platform that allows us to see which articles people are reading. As you can see from the title of this column, a majority of our community is faithfully interacting with our weekly update. Confident that you will read through to the end of this particular piece – I submit the following for your consideration.

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Going Gradeless

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The student reporting policy in British Columbia remained essentially unchanged from 1994-2016. In 2016 the BC Ministry of Education (MoE) began requiring that schools use a redesigned curriculum, prioritizing deeper learning through concept-based and competency-driven education. The current MoE curriculum is designed to develop students that are analytical, creative thinkers and communicators who are personally and socially responsible in all areas of community life.

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Prayer at the Pole: A Reflection

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See You at the Pole

During the See You at the Pole intermediate prayer event over lunch today, I was able to witness the glorious and wonderful power of prayer through the Holy Spirit.

As an observer, I joined a ring of Gr. 4-6 boys that were in joyful fellowship, engaged in praying to our Heavenly Father. Each boy engaged in prayer taking one turn at a time and going around the circle, respectfully and reverently listening to one another and truly praying and speaking to our God.

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