Fall Back… time change

Important Dates:

  • November 1 – Clocks “fall back” – don’t forget to change your clocks!
  • November 3 to 5 – Graduation Literacy/Numeracy Assessments
  • November 10 – Remembrance Day video assembly
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day – no classes in session
  • November 17 – PAC meeting via MS teams 7pm
  • November 18 – Last day of semester 2/block B
  • November 19 – First day of semester 3/block C
  • November 19 – Student/Parent/Teacher interviews via MS team 1:30-3:30pm

The Belmont leadership team (Mr. Lamond, Mr. Dube, Ms. Horner, Mr. McHugh) is very grateful to our students, staff and families for the all the support you’ve shown during the September start up and through our first 2 months of classes.  As you know, the year has been divided up into eighths.   Each class in your child’s scheduled represents one eighth – A block/semester 1, B block/semester 2 and so on.  Reports for A block were published through the MyEd student/family portal on October 22.  As a school and district we have had to re-plan all of our schedules and daily routines so that we can follow the strictest safety guidelines.  I cannot express enough how proud we are of the students’ understanding of the safety protocols and their  ownership of responsibility in the school. 

By all accounts, A block/semester 1 was very successful.  Like you, we weren’t really sure what to expect, but the results are very encouraging and positive.

Attendance  Through reflecting on attendance data for the months of September and  October, our overall student attendance has been better than ever. This is in comparison to data collected in the same time frame from 2018 & 2019.

Course Completion More than 98% of our students successfully completed their course. After speaking with numerous students, staff and parents/guardians we have compiled some anecdotal information that we would also like to share.

Although students, staff and parents/guardians are feeling many different emotions about school at the moment, below are some of the consistent themes.

Student Feedback

  • A sense of great focus with only one class at a time to focus on
  • Increased understanding and engagement; increased support from teachers (individual time 1 on 1); greater sense of success
  • Easier to stay organized
  • Social and educational anxiety is down
  • Enjoying smaller classes
  • In some cases, increased sense of safety (socially as well as feeling they are in a calm school environment)

Teacher Feedback

  • Students have greater focus
  • Building relationships with students & families more than they have in the past
  • Negative classroom behaviours dramatically decreased
  • Experimenting with new forms of assessment
  • Sense of satisfaction in being able to assist students 
  • Enjoying smaller class sizes

Parent/Guardian Feedback

  • Pleased with the smaller classes sizes in terms of safety and H&S measures
  • Encouraged by the engagement and focus of their students
  • Pleased that extra-curricular activities are coming back line through a clear H&S protocol
  • Positive and grateful seeing their students back in school

While we recognize that this certainly isn’t a perfect situation, we are thrilled with how it is progressing.  Having the students back at school and breathing life back into the building has been incredible. 

Please make sure that you stay in close contact with teachers and have an ongoing sense of your student’s strengths, areas for growth, and ways that your student can be supported in their learning.

As we go through the year, we will keep you all updated.  It has been an exceptional year, but we have exceptional students, staff and community to rely on.

Pexsisen Elementary School & Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School

The busy site of our District’s new schools which will join the Belmont family of schools.

As many of you are aware, our District’s newest schools are currently under construction and will b ready for opening in September of 2022. It is incredible to see the transformation of the WestShores newest community.

Belmont Music Department:

Ms. Dawson leading choir in the Learning Commons…

Although our return to school plan has provided many challenges for all teachers, Ms. Dawson, Mr. Chan, and Mr. Rivollier have continued to find ways to offer great learning opportunties for our many talendted Belmont student musicians. In recognizing our teacher’s efforts to maintain our music program aliging with all of the health & safety protocols, they recenlty were featured on the cover of the BC Music Educators Journal.

A definite shout out our teacher’s efforts!

Grad Updates:
Graduation events are an opportunity for students, their families, staff, and the community to come together to celebrate our graduating students’ accomplishments and the transition from K-12 education. We want to recognize and celebrate our graduates in a way that keeps everyone safe. Last year illustrated that we can do this in our current context, as long as we are following the guidelines and are thoughtful in our approach.

In following the current guidelines regarding events and gatherings from our Provincial Health Officer, we will not be able to proceed with a Winter Formal celebration this year. We can, however, think ahead for Commencement and other grad activities and celebrations. We are looking to hear from students about what their hopes and dreams for graduation celebrations are. Graduates are encouraged to watch the Grad Google Classroom for opportunities to share their thinking and to ask questions.

Please contact Ms. Horner, mhorner@sd62.bc.ca, if you have any questions. 

Scholarship News:

Recently we received news from the University of Victoria that last year 27 of graduates received a variety of entrance scholarships totalling $143, 023.00. An incredible testament to the efforts of our graduates from just one post-secondary of many our grads are currently attending. A special shout out to Ms. Davis and Ms. Hoskins for their work supporting last year’s grads with their scholarship applications and awareness!

District News:

Our ThoughtExchange platform for families to contribute feedback is now LIVE! Here’s the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/407499254 The survey will remain open for two weeks and close on November 13 at 9 p.m. From there, we will share some of the common thoughts and opinions with families and staff in SD62 (by the end of November). Feedback will be presented to the Board for their consideration at their monthly Board meeting on December 15. All results will be presented to the SD62 community early in the new year.

Complete information about the Catchment proposals can be found on the SD62 website here: https://www.sd62.bc.ca/our-district/district-growth/catchment-review. There is a large list of FAQ as well. This list will inevitably change and grown as we start to see patterns and frequent questions. 

There is also an email address dedicated to the catchment review: catch62@sd62.bc.ca

PAC Meeting Nov. 17th:

Our next PAC meeting is on Nov. 17th at 7pm. If you are interested in attending the meeting on MS Teams please email your name and email address to belmont@sd62.bc.ca.

Yearbook Club:

Athletics:

Congratulations to Belmont grade 12 student and football player Riley Scheffer who commits to UBC!

Author: belmontbulletin

Ecole Belmont Secondary School is a grade 9 to 12 dual track secondary school located in Langford, BC just west of Victoria.

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