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BURNABY CONTINUING EDUCATION OFFERS FREE DEMO CLASSES
Interested in learning Tai-Chi, Chinese Calligraphy or French? Or perhaps you'd like to be more comfortable with computers or navigating the internet? Please join us for a FREE 1-hour demonstration of some of the general interest classes that will be offered in January 2015. These demo classes will be held  Saturday, November 22, 29 & December 6 at three different secondary schools. Click here to see the list of demos and when and where each class will be offered. There is something for everyone!

For a detailed list of general courses offered in January click here for English version and here for Mandarin/Cantonese version.

PROGRAMS FOR HIGH-ABILITY LEARNERS
Burnaby School District is always looking for ways to meet the unique learning needs of each of our learners. This fall, a Multi-Age Cluster Class for high-ability learners entering grades 4-7 began at Capitol Hill Elementary.  LEARN MORE

In the Fall of 2015, the District is pleased to be offering a  mini-school for high-ability learners entering grade 8 at Alpha Secondary. Applications are now being accepted.  LEARN MORE     Click here for an article on the program.

CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD’S IN OUR MIDST
The 2014 National Chemistry Olympiad Finals were held at Ryerson University this summer. Two of the four students selected to represent Canada nationally at the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam came from Burnaby Schools. The students were Todd Huang, a 2014 Burnaby Mountain graduate who will be attending Caltech next fall, and Scott Xiao, a grade 12 student at Burnaby North. The other two team members attend a Toronto private school.

ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST STUDENTS IN THE WORLD

Carolyn Chen, a grade 8 Burnaby Mountain student, is one of the brightest middle school students in the world. She was recently honoured in Baltimore by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for her exceptional grade level performance  on college entrance tests. Of the 16,459 grade 7 & 8 participants, only 960 US and international students scored high enough to be invited to the ceremony. Her designation qualifies her for CTY’s residential summer programs, online classes, and family programs.  LEARN MORE           

FILLING LIVES WITH MUSIC
This year's recipient of the BC Music Educators Associations’ Professional Elementary Music Educator award is Suncrest Elementary music teacher Pam Hetrick. Pam has spent more than 25 years dedicated to the art of teaching music, mostly in District schools. During this time she has had a profound impact on both students and music colleagues alike. This deserving award was presented at the BCMEA AGM, the end of October.

ABOVE AND BEYOND
This year 17 people stood out amongst 350 nominees for the Fraser Health’s “Above and Beyond’ award. Being recognized for the work she does providing care, services and supports to BC School for the Deaf students was Occupational Therapist, Darlene Alldred. Ten years ago her primary role was to assist students who had fine motor skill difficulties in signing. Over the years the school is seeing children with more complex health issues and so Darlene has adapted her role to the ever-changing needs of her students. Working tirelessly to ensure that no student’s care needs are overlooked, Burnaby Schools is grateful to have her on the team. Congratulations Darlene!

STRONGER TOGETHER
On November 6, Burnaby Central Secondary hosted a celebration and signing of the school district’s second Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement. The Burnaby Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Working Group has dedicated the past two years of consultation and collaborative dialogue to the creation of this Agreement, entitled, Stronger Together. This five-year agreement is a commitment by the school district, local Aboriginal communities, and the Ministry of Education to work together to support Aboriginal learners so that they can maximize their learning potential. Since the signing of the first agreement, the six year completion rate for students of Aboriginal ancestry has increased 11%  LEARN MORE 
Click here for an article on the signing celebration.

BURNABY BOARD OF EDUCATION

The next public meeting of the Burnaby Board of Education is the inaugural meeting of the newly elected Board. It will take place Tuesday, December 9, 7 pm at Burnaby Central Secondary. All are welcome to attend. LEARN MORE
 

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