Sunday, 21 December 2014

Seasons Greetings

When we come together as school, I'm always reminded of the importance of community. To everyone who was at the school on Wednesday, it was good to be together. To those who couldn't make it, our thoughts were with you. To everyone, far and wide, happy holidays. May your break be filled with family and friends and be all that you hope it to be.

Merry Christmas.

Monday, 15 December 2014

China: Learning through Discovery

For one of my projects this term, I had to organize myself and put a plan into action; I had chosen China as my Social’s 9 project and now it was time to deliver. I had to put my critical thinking skills to use.

I went on the computer and right away started taking notes of what I liked, pictures, and such. I went to multiple sites, read information, and then went to other sites to see what they have to say. Many sites had the same information, just formatted differently, while other sites said totally the opposite. The second thing I did was go to the library, and research there. I got a few books, brought them home, and spent time reading them. I also took notes from these books, they were the ones that gave me some of my ideas, like the layouts.

I actually didn't know much about China, and the reason that I picked China as my country was that I loved their traditional clothes, hairstyles, makeup, language, calligraphy, arts, and Chow Mien (noodles!) But I could not believe all of the neat stuff I was learning, like about the whole luck and scare the evil spirits away concept...which is pretty intense, since they believe in everything being a sign of luck, both bad and good. I learned about the country itself: exports, time zones, and PlayStation and Facebook being banned.

While I made my 20 minute presentation, I was thinking and feeling a whole lot of things. What if I fail? Why am I so nervous? I felt happy, and scared all at the same time. I tried to think calming thoughts, although it only helped a little. So I decided to think of clothes, hairstyles, shoes, headbands, colours, and I was less nervous. When I was presenting, I concentrated on the information I wanted to share, otherwise I would go off in my dreamland and never come down.

After I was done, I was definitely ready to help eat the food that I prepared. Most importantly, I was proud of my project, happy with my presentation and thankful the research had come to an end.

Here is a link to my project: 

~ Esther, Gr. 9

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Roman Colosseum

Hi my name is Matyas and I am in Grade 6. I am in the midst of learning about Ancient Rome in my school work. My mom found a great idea on making the Roman Colosseum out of modeling clay. My sisters were also at home that day so they helped with this project.

The Roman Colosseum was like a modern day hockey arena; it hosted gladiator shows which were usually slaves fighting each other in armor to the death, and battles between wild animals like bears, wolves, lions, and Tigers. We first had to cut our clay into strips and form an oval bottom. Then we started making the walls which had to be pretty much the same length and width as the other pieces. We then started cutting windows in our walls which we had three rows of, each window acted like a passage and tunnel for the guests to come in. Then we had to move on the inside.

First we made strips of red clay as seats stacked on top of each other. In between the first and the second row we made cardboard slits to resemble cages where they kept the animals, and where the gladiators walked out to the middle area. I then made and put all the flags of modern day countries which were taken over by the Roman Empire on top of the Colosseum. I think I made 31 flags; that is a lot of countries!

I enjoyed making this project, it was interesting to work with real clay, and I recognized how hard it had to be to make in real life!

Matyas, Grade 6

Monday, 1 December 2014

More than a Poem

On the 11th November each year we remember the soldiers and all who have served in the wars. I went to a Remembrance Service which prompted me to enter the Oliver Legion Remembrance Day contest. I wrote a poem in honor of my Great Great Uncle George who fought in World War 1. He lied about his age and was accepted to fight for his country. He was stationed in France and he was just 17 when he was killed. He was one year older than my brother is now when he died. As I wrote the poem I thought of Uncle George and others like him, and the suffering and sorrow they had to endure. I am very thankful I do not have to fight and that my country is not at war.

Last year I won 1st place twice in this competition! Once at regional level, and then at zone level. And guess what? I won again this year! When Mr. Blaine came to Youlearn to present me with my prize, I felt very honoured.

Charlotte Foster
Grade 4

Monday, 24 November 2014

Even Principals Learn

Friday marked the end of Term One!  I hope all of you have found your studies interesting and rewarding so far.  Congratulations for making it this far; but don't stop now - there is so much more to learn.  Speaking of having lots to learn . . .  This is my first year as principal of YouLearn.  I'm fortunate to have a very patient staff who allows me space to ask questions and explore ideas.  There is so much to learn and so many paths of exploration.  I am trying to connect with all registrants in our grade 10 - 12 courses shortly after they register.  (Hence all the files on my messy desk!)  My goal is to discover their educational goals and help them discover how they can best reach them.  I have found it fascinating to discover the many reasons students come to YouLearn.  High school students who cannot fit the course they want into their timetable, adult graduates who need to upgrade a course, and non-graduated adults who want to graduate and serve as an example to their children.  The list is endless.  I'm learning that connection is highly important and that many students who register with us need some help getting pointed in the right direction.  Even though we are a distributed learning school, I am learning the importance of community and connectedness.  Thanks to all of you for being part of the YouLearn community. Keep your learning connected and the people helping you close!

Glen Heinrichs

Monday, 17 November 2014

Professional Development

On Thursday and Friday Naomi, Steve and Glen attended a District-wide Response to Intervention (RTI) workshop. Basically, RTI is a tiered, systematic approach to identifying and meeting students' needs. After speaking with each of them, they were pretty excited about all that they had learned and how it will help their students and our school. They will be sharing what they learned with all YouLearn staff at our next staff meeting. Some of RTI's big ideas, organized by Naomi, can be seen below. You're not alone students! Even teachers and principals work to learn and grow throughout the year . . . and look as if they know the importance of having fun doing it, too!

~ Will

Some of RTI's Big Ideas
(Courtesy of Naomi)

  • Defining/Comparing Terms - Inclusion, Integration, Segregation, Exclusion - We looked at these terms to be clear on what Inclusion means and should look like. Shelley’s premise is that Integration, Segregation and Exclusion tend to be institutionalized. Inclusion is an actual philosophy that can look like a variety of things in practice. Also, Inclusion needs to be voluntary and be about choice or it doesn’t work in philosophy or practice.
  • Aim for the Outside Pins - Shelley used a bowling analogy where she discussed how professional bowlers aim for the outside pins in order to hit somewhere just off center so that the pins then help to know the rest down. Her premise is that if we aim to teach to the “outside pins” in our classes - those who need the most modifications/adaptations and those who need the most challenge - then we will reach the middle as a consequence.
  • Do some grouping and categorizing to make your classroom manageable for planning - Shelley had us look at a system of 3’s on a pyramid. Tier 1 is the group that needs the least support, Tier 2 is the group that needs more support and Tier 3 is the group that needs the most support. Actually looking at any given class composition and seeing where the individuals fall in the pyramid is the first step to planning, keeping in mind that kids may move to different tiers for different subjects and even on different days.
  • Planning for the All - Once categorized, then we looked at a planning pyramid. For any given unit or even behaviour concept we should be able to identify a goal that every student in the class can achieve that matches learning outcomes or objectives. Then moving up the pyramid, a goal can be set that most students can achieve. The last level is where a few students can achieve. If you plan for the all goal, you reach the whole class with activities and even modified students then become included in the classroom and its learning environment. They may stay right at that goal, but you have given them something meaningful to work on (and this may have to be modified further to match actual grade level literacy and comprehension). So you are planning a whole unit that is separate material for just a few students alongside your “regular”material, but are instead taking a section that may or may not need some modifications. This level will benefit all students as they will need to start with these lower level questions (ex. Who are the Vikings? Where did they live?) before being able to move onto the next levels of inquiry (ex. Compare Viking civilization to our civilization.)
  • IEP’s as Documents - Shelley gave us ideas and practices on how to make these documents more practical, accessible and inclusive of all parties involved. Using a student profile that the student fills out can be used as a way for the student to have input into their own IEP. Involving classroom teachers in helping make one or 2 concrete curricular goals makes planning for this student for the teacher and the EA more concrete and value added. This in turn give the student a functioning role in the classroom and thus makes the classroom inclusive. She also showed us a template to take IEP goals and translate them into a useable format for assessment and reporting that is more valuable to the student, the teacher, the resource team and the parent.
  • Supports - Shelley likes to use the word supports instead of adaptations or modifications. She says that supports that are available for the few in the class should be available for the all in the class (ex. modified text on a unit is valuable for all students and they should all have the choice to use if they wish).

What do we think about all this?:
All 3 of us found this workshop to be valuable and thought provoking. There were definitely some “light bulb” moments where we got to experience a shift in thinking. We were given lots of time for discussion in our group and some practice on how the planning concepts can be applied. There are definite “take aways” for Portage. The most interesting discussions seemed to revolve around whether or not there were useful applications for DL.

Shelley’s Web Resources:
This is Shelley’s blog. She has a lot of stuff on here, including handouts, etc. At the very bottom is are the powerpoint presentations for her SD 53 workshop that she took us through.

This is where Shelley has various unit plans and modified materials that she or others have been involved in developing. They are organized by grade levels and topics.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Work Experience at YouLearn

My name is Dryden Lee Hofley and I am a YouLearn work experience student. I started at the beginning of the school year and I go to SOSS. I get to come to Youlearn at the end of my school day to help out around the office. Since I have been here I learned a little bit about programming on Khan Academy, a free online website where you have many courses to choose from one of which is programming. I also help photocopy newsletters and help with the Youlearn website making sure everything works how it is supposed to work. It is a great opportunity to gain work experience and learn a couple things along the way.

Dryden, Work Experience 12 student

Monday, 3 November 2014

Spawning Salmon

Lee McFadyen, one of Oliver's Okanagan River Restoration Coordinators, took time last week to speak to a small group of local YouLearn students and parents and share with us what she knows about the Sockeye returning to the Okanagan. For the first time in 50 years, because of the hard work of a number of Okanagan conservation initiatives the Sockeye have migrated back up through the Columbia River basin and have reached Lake Okanagan! To see the return of the salmon and the mystery of their life cycle first hand is truly spectacular. To see a salmon take its last breath of air, air that is ripe with the stench of dead fish, as other starved salmon around it struggle to keep swimming upstream on a glorious, crisp October morning is quite a powerful experience. Something never to be gained from a video or book. Last week I was reminded we need to remain committed to giving our students experiences, not just information or lessons. Thanks Lee!


Monday, 27 October 2014

Fire Station Visit

We woke up at morning and got into the car and drove to Whitehorse to the fire Station number 2. I was excited. And we walk all the way around the station to the second doors. We when inside and upstairs, we saw the kitchen and the dispatcher up stairs. The dispatcher let us hear the sound that goes on for the firefighter to get there uniform on and go to the truck and put on the sirens.

Then we when to see the fire trucks in the bay. The bay is a garage. I got to get into the pumper fire truck. I was a little dark and light front the truck and the windows make it enough to see. There were radios and buttons and separate seats. In the bay there was an ambulance and I wonder why they had an ambulance at the fire station.

We were just about to see the hoses when the alarm when off and the firefighter had to go. We had to go back to the kitchen and the other way around to the car. I was sad because I hadn’t seen the hoses and saw. On the way we saw an old fire truck and mom took a picture of me near it.

We when home, on our way home we saw the Carcross fire truck they were testing the hoses; we went to look at them. And when they were done testing they let us come closer. The man is charge open the doors of the truck so I can see the equipment. I got in the truck too, it wasn’t as dark as the other one. There was handles to control the hoses and turn on and off the water. I also got into the very front and he let me put on the light and he put on the sirens.

And then he showed me a picture of the truck in Whitehorse.

Laurick Gr-1

Monday, 20 October 2014

San Juan Is

At the end of the summer we drove to a port in Bellingham, Washington. It was a five-hour drive. On the way we stopped at Hope to get something to eat. After about another hour and a half we were in Bellingham. When we got there it was almost dark so we unloaded all our things onto the catamaran we were renting. A catamaran is a boat that looks like two sailboats side by side. After we unloaded all our things we went to bed. The next day we ate breakfast at the Bellingham Yacht Club. About an hour later we set sail. We went to lots of different islands such as Orcas Island, Sucia Island and San Juan Island. My favourite place was Friday Harbour. One thing I liked about Friday Harbour was the huge blackberry bush we found. I learned a lot about the San Juan Islands. It was the longest boat trip I had ever been on.

 ~ Enzo Gr. 5

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

My Baby Rabbits

Last year I got a rabbit from my friend. This year I bred my rabbit, Roxy, with my friend’s Siamese rabbit I was so eager. Finally on September 27th my Black Otter Rex rabbit gave birth to seven little kits. They were born with their eyes closed and without any fur. Just a couple days ago they open their eyes. The broken black kit is so jumpy he keeps trying to jump out of the nest. We have four Black Otters, one broken black, and one really cute one that has a white stripe down its face and lots of tiny black spots on its neck and chest. It’s my favourite one of all the kits. I haven’t named them yet but I really think I should name the white one Jumpster if it’s a boy. Today when we put them out on the grass to take pictures they started nibbling the grass, and hopping around! It was their first time out on in the open. Some tried to get up onto my lap, it was so cute! I can’t wait until they’re big enough to run around on their own. I’m planning to breed my rabbit again after I give these away.

~ Julia, Gr. 7

Monday, 6 October 2014

My Hike Back in Time

I went on this trail, called the SamMcGee Trail. At the beginning it was a bit boring. But when we got higher it started getting exciting because we found tramway posts and artifacts. They belonged to the once longest aerial tramway in the world. Now that was over one hundred years ago. Sometimes beside the trail were tramway buckets. They were quite big, I was surprised that the tramway carried such big buckets. The tramway was put in because there used to be a silver mine at the top of the mountain and the miners had to get the silver down to the lake, where boats would pick it up. When we returned home I thought of building my own model of a tramline. I found out that building a model tramline is not very easy, because you have to drill holes for the posts and we didn't have the right materials. I would do it again, because it was fun and I got it to work. My sister loves to send down buckets too. I hope I can hike the trail again. Then I will have another close look at the posts.

Jack, Grade 4

Monday, 29 September 2014

Our Nation's Capital

Hi my name is Hunter and I went to Ottawa and I got to learn about the Parliament Buildings. When I walked into the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings I saw a lot of security. Once I was inside the Parliament Building I noticed it has a nice wood and tile flooring. When you look up you see a bunch of pictures and slates of people in Parliament. In the Parliament Buildings there are 2 main rooms, they are the Senate and the House of Commons.  The Parliament Buildings were one of my favourite things to see in Ottawa.

~ Hunter, grade 6

Monday, 22 September 2014

Know Thyself


During the Teachers’ strike I have had some extra time to reflect on my chosen profession, but even more so on my role at DL.  I embraced house projects to keep myself occupied and tried to view this time as a gift.  As the days turned into September weeks, I felt a total restlessness. Why is that I asked and I knew that my rhythm of work had been disrupted. My need to help and serve others is vital to who I am.  But more than that, teaching enables others to be productive members of society and discover who they are.  What nobler cause can there be?  And I truly was missing it; an unfulfilled void existed!

The partnership that is co-created between students, parents and teachers is a wonderful thing. DL magnifies this! Just as goal setting helps me stretch and grow, to become a better teacher, citizen and person, I get to closely work with families toward their child’s learning goals!  DL takes me to a higher level in my teaching as I am challenged to think outside the box.  Knowing ‘the sky is the limit’, how can I best help you achieve your potential?

The endless possibilities of DL, where students, parents and teachers have the creative window of opportunities to enhance learning and help their child soar above the crowd, has me writing my growth plans and professional goals for the year. I cannot wait to hear and assist in your learning goals for the term and year.  I am so very thankful knowing who I am, that I value my work and noble profession and that I, with my team, will make a positive difference in some small way, to the greater nature of education. 

~ Marianne Minken, YouLearn teacher

Monday, 15 September 2014

Pick Your Own Lines!

On Saturday, I went mountain biking with a friend on Three Blind Mice. Never having been before, I was glad to have gone with someone who knows the trail system. Three Blind Mice is a network of trails riders need to be wary of as it contains a few challenging sections. Biking with Dave was great, but not only for obvious reasons.

Starting our ride with a climb, I found myself struggling. Two or three times I stalled my bike, and once, even fell. About a half an hour in, I began feeling frustrated and disappointed with myself—and I must say—never having biked with Dave before, slightly embarrassed. Was it my new bike? Was the trail too technical? Too unfamiliar? Was my fitness not up to the ascent?

After watching Dave ahead of me, I retreated to my "self-esteem treasure box" for a bit before I declared to him that I was going to fall back. I did, and this is when everything changed.

Suddenly, instead of watching Dave's back wheel, the trail appeared, as if for the first time! Along with it came the stillness of the cool morning air, the softness of an awakening sun and the greens and browns and greys of that which continues to draw me into the mountains to ride. Frustration turned to flow (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi).

For the remainder of the ride I neither fell nor stalled; the difference being Dave and I rode fifteen meters apart rather than five.

Connecting on three or four lookouts to share the view, Dave and I concluded the same thing: don't be baited into following someone else's lines on a path or trail you share with them. Everyone rides differently. Some spin up hills, others crank up them. Some go left around rocks, others right, while others still, go over them! Ride with others this year as go about your learning. They will take you places you may not go alone. Just be sure to pick your own lines!

~ Will Eaton

Monday, 8 September 2014

Rock Ovens?

On the weekend, Glen and I biked the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail from Kelowna to Penticton. Along the way, near Naramata, we stopped inside Rock Oven Regional Park and looked closely at one of the rock ovens. Having been there before, I was surprised I couldn't explain the history of the ovens. Did they have something to do with the railway, or were they relics of indigenous people of a an earlier time? Looking closely, we assumed they were connected to the railway and we carried on our way. Once home I did a quick search and found that what we had concluded was correct: the ovens were built between 1911 and 1915 by immigrant workers while building the KVR. They were used to bake bread and feed the workers. Instead of letting doubt settle into your mind this year, take the time in the moment to quickly find the facts and get the story straight. Do it immediately, as questions arise, ask someone. If needed, cycle 30 KM to the nearest internet to get the answer! Just find out!

~ Will Eaton

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Connect and Share Your Learning

This past summer I took sailing lessons again and was lucky to spend a fair bit of time on the lake. One day in July while struggling to read the wind and maneuver my boat, my thoughts turned to learning, specifically the difference between theory and practice, or knowing and doing. Each week for the past three years I have asked my students to make connections between their learning and living. FYI- this year will be no different, but there I was, in the middle of my summer no less, doing the very homework I had reserved for my students!

To get to the point, students, regardless your grade level or age, habituate yourself this year to connect your learning. Don't allow your studies to be isolated from the larger world around you. Be curious, inquire, seek why's and patterns, and don't be afraid to try and uncover the deep wonder and meaning of the things you will be learning this year.

. . . as the wind died down and I glided my boat back to shore, I returned to land with a heightened awareness: what I know is so very different from what I can do! Although I'm able to name every point of sail that exists, I unfortunately can't yet always find them, or ride their winds appropriately.

Students: be sure as you increase your knowledge this year to also increase your skills! The two are not one in the same! Apply your learning as much as you can. Practice. Make learning a do!

~ Will Eaton

Monday, 16 June 2014

Me and My Chicks

I live in the country and have an uncountable (mostly because they never stay still) amount of chickens.  My family and I just got a new batch of chicks last month; they are still very cute.   Some will grow up to be fat, so we can sell the meat and the others will grow to lay eggs for us to also sell and eat (some of the layers will lay blue eggs). What I have learned from raising chickens is that it takes a lot of hard work and determination to get the job done.   We clean their coop twice a year, though you might think that is disgusting it actually works well because their poop composts and makes heat to keep them warm in the winter (did I mention we live in the Yukon?).  (Now you say, “no” because I didn’t).  The person who takes the poop covered hay out of the coop in the Spring (by the Tupperware container full), has to wear a gas mask!  It really is disgusting!  But I am glad that I raise chickens - I wouldn’t have it any other way.

~ Anna gr. 5

Monday, 9 June 2014

Year in Review

To all students: I’d like to encourage all of you to email me ( a post and a picture outlining one learning highlight you’ve experienced this year. Use What did you do? What did you think/feel about what you did? And what did you learn? as organizers for your write up. Before the end of the school year, I will compile all responses and post them to our new site before the end of June. Maybe I’ll challenge teachers to view this as a call to them, too. Hopefully, we’ll land on a showcase of some pretty special learning highlights!

Monday, 2 June 2014

Feedback and Critique

Feedback is an essential part of learning. So too is incorporating the feedback you are given into your work. Take a look at Austin’s first attempt at drawing a butterfly. Austin at the time was in grade one. Next, watch Austin’s Butterfly. After several rounds of feedback and drafts, Austin’s butterfly dramatically improves. Learning’s not rocket science: be open to critiques and willing to improve and revisit your work.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Open Water Learning Adventure

John Dewey, the American educational and social reformist is famous for the quote: “Give pupils something to do, not something to learn.” This past week, I’ve continued to hear life changing stories about some of our senior DL students who experienced the SALT program earlier this month. Much was learned from the “do” of living together on the open seas for five days with the common goal of navigating a big ship. Much was reflected upon in regard to self and community as students were reliant only on one another while removed from all technology and the outside world. Dewey is so very right. Thanks to Mrs. Harrington and Mr. Wilson of SOSS for giving of themselves to create such a lasting learning experience for everyone involved!

                                                    ~ Will

Monday, 19 May 2014

Creative Coin Collecting

I started coin collecting when I was 8 in Alberta. I was beginning to lose interest until one of my friends showed me a whole bunch of rare coins he got from trading with a vending machine. Basically, if you put coins in a machine and select coin return, then you will be given back change, but not your change, sometimes new coins. Just yesterday I got 2 Olympic coins, a Veteran's Day coin, and a First Nation coin, all  in 10 minutes time. I was surprised. Go ahead and try coin collecting it's fun!

                                                   ~ Matyas

Monday, 12 May 2014

Ms. Marianne in Victoria

En garde!  Did you know that traditionally the governing party sat 2.5 sword lengths across from the Opposition when discussing business?  Yes, it is true!  Debates could get quite heated in Old England and this put some distance between the parties whose arguments often led to sword fights.  Fascinating how British traditions and history are entwined in our current political system! Today to accommodate the third row of seats in the Legislative Assembly, this 2.5 sword length is not maintained in its entirety.  I wonder how they might solve this problem?  See page 14 for an answer I spent several days last week studying what goes on at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, listening to speakers and hearing wonderful stories revealing colourful characters and interesting facts.  Here is one fact, the brass bar across the entrance to the Legislative Chamber cannot be crossed unless you are a member of the Legislative Assembly. I felt quite privileged being allowed into the Chamber and sitting in a MLA’s seat. The BC Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy offers teachers an opportunity to grow professionally and share this knowledge with their students and school.  The absolute pinnacle was having dinner at Government House where the Lieutenant Governor (LG), Judith Guichon, resides during her 5 year term.  As the Crown’s representative she is often travelling the province attending ceremonies and promoting our province.  Did you know that she comes from a ranching family in the Nicola Valley?  Unfortunately Her Honour (LG) was away on business but Madame Speaker, Linda Reid, warmly welcomed us.  This enriching memorable experience leaves me wanting a deeper understanding of the fascinating world of Parliamentary democracy.  If you are interested in learning resources to complement your government unit see

                                                          ~ Ms Marianne

Monday, 5 May 2014

A Night of Talent

When I walked into my classroom I found myself in a room filled with warm, open people and a stage with sound equipment and drums of most sort. From stop motion mini-movies, singing bells, original musical collaborations, photography and learning the audience’s rhythm by percussion instruments on ones own beat, YouLearn's art was clearly marked on how talented our unity really is. I was a little bit nervous to perform as this was a new crowd and setting for me but I was rejoiced to end with positive results.
Whether your art medium is paper airplanes, dancing, rapping or acrylic paints I learned that there is always someone who will love your work and will applaud you through everything, as we are all sharing constantly in life from the carbon dioxide we exhale to the vegetation, to an oil painting in an art gallery. There are no failures there are only more opportunities to get better.

                                    ~ Sasha (Gr. 7)

Monday, 28 April 2014

Performance-Based Learning

On Saturday, my family and I attended The Book of Ruth put on by Bumpershoot Theatre in Kelowna. It was a small play about hope and survival. The student actors were amazing. Bumpershoot is in its 6th season, and throughout the years we have had a number of our Kelowna students involved with the production company. If you haven’t yet performed any of your learning year, it is a curricular requirement at allgrade levels. You still have time! If you find it challenging, scary, or simply need an idea, let us help! There’s so much to learn and you have so much to gain by working on sharpening your presenting/performing skills.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Boom Whacker

Last week, students, parents and staff were introduced to Boom Whackers, or tube-shaped, plastic percussion instruments, as part of Bobby’s residency kick-off workshop. For April 24th’s upcoming performance, you can expect to see more of these instruments and how they can be played in unison by a number of people. Surprisingly, Boom Whacker music sounds more intricate and powerful than one would expect. There’s also fun to play!

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Things We Find

I ran across a dead Barn Owl the other day while hiking. I’ve never seen one so up close. They’re a beautiful bird with various kinds of feathers, some short and downy, others long and overlapping. Even their colours reminded me of how form fits function: the white around the eyes to reflect light and the brown to camouflage with the natural colours of the forest. Getting out in nature is important. You see things so differently then when you are surrounded by things of towns and cities.

Monday, 10 March 2014

You Need Art - Leap Outside the Box

Last week, I may have gotten it wrong. Then again, maybe the title of this week’s post is wrong, too. Maybe Art needs you and you need art!

On April 7 Youlearn will be kicking off its Artist in Residence Program from 10:30 - 3:00 pm in Oliver. For more information on this amazing opportunity check out this week’s NewsNotes. Also, here is a link to the Leap Outside the Box online registration form, needing to be filled out before March 31s to help us plan for the event. Thanks.

Enjoy your break. See you in April!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Art Needs You!

Can you keep a beat? Are you interested in learning to write songs? Are you looking for a Term 3 project in either media or performing arts that will inspire your learning? Have you ever wanted to find your inner voice? Or express it? Are you interested in inspiring others through a community performance? If so, then do we have the project for you! Coming this April, Bobby Bovenzi will be working with students locally as well as virtually to help them grow as artists. See if you can find the beat in Bobby’s video. Regardless, be on the look out for next weeks sign up sheet in the NewsNotes. Whatever you do, don't miss this opportunity!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Math Pickle

Are you getting bored with the usual: Jump Math, MathSmart, IXL and Khan? Are you looking for something a little more fun or activity based? Are you willing to put yourself into a pickle? If so, is the site for you! Regardless your grade level, explore real world math problems and watch interesting videos on how math is used beyond the pages of a book. Challenge your brothers, sisters and parents to join you as you explore what “hard fun” is all about! Besides “mixing things up”, it may just change how you think about Math!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Breaking Sunshine

I took my phone running with me on the weekend. It was sunny. As I ran, I stopped to take pictures. In case you haven’t do so already, you should really consider entering our school’s photography contest. It’s as easy as snapping something that catches your eye and submitting it before April 1. Anyway, as a result of having my camera I started to see the world a little differently and my run changed. Never having steeped into a barn I had so often passed before, I snapped this photo. It’s funny how sometimes we miss what’s right under our noses. Step into your learning this week or at the very least carry a camera and see what becomes of it!
~ Will