Principal’s Message for May 2017
Parents, students, and community members,
I hope that everyone enjoyed a relaxing extended Easter break. Although the weather was not very cooperative, I certainly appreciated some extra time with family and friends. Now it’s time for all of us to enjoy the vast learning opportunities that will come our way over the final two months of school!
Our big initiative to present students with a wide range of experiences will continue in May, when we have a significant number of guest presentations, field trips, and athletic events. This includes a trip to the Saskatchewan Science Centre and IMAX in Regina, visits from the Saskatoon Symphony and Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and several track and field activities. As well, many of our grade 11 and 12 students will be participating in their second work placement through the student work education program – we wish them luck as they experience another exciting workplace!
Our other big initiative, related to improving the ways that we teach math at our school, has been a huge success! Teachers are continuously trying new and exciting things, and I often visit math classrooms that look significantly different than they did a year ago. We have even had teachers from other schools come to see the work that we’ve been doing with our math programs in Borden, and I thank staff for their continued dedication to making math learning fun and productive for all students.
I know that many parents are continuing to help students with studying (especially for upcoming final exams!), homework assignments, and reading activities. For those who are looking for meaningful ways to help their children learn, I encourage parents to discover how we can use comprehension strategies to deepen student understanding of concepts. Although these are often taught as reading activities, they can help students when working in all subject areas. Feel free to visit https://www.choiceliteracy.com/articles-detail-view.php?id=85 to learn more about the comprehension strategies and how they can be used.
May and June are very important months for students as they finish off projects, write finals, and solidify the learning that they’ve done throughout the year. Summer break might be on the horizon, but we still have lots to do before July arrives. Thanks in advance to parents for their continued support and communication – you can make a huge difference in helping us get students successfully across the 2016/2017 finish line!
Have a great May, and as always, please feel free to contact me with any questions about the learning that occurs at Borden School.
Mr. Mitch Luiten