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GOVERNOR GENERAL'S ACADEMIC AWARDS
For more than 125 years, a Governor General’s Academic Medal has been awarded to the graduating student who has the highest average from each secondary school in Canada. In Burnaby Schools, the Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients for the 2013-14 school year are: Mohammad Asadi Lari ( Alpha), Pashindu Muthukuda (Burnaby Central), Zahra Rajwani (Burnaby Mountain), Nancy Lum (Burnaby North), Anna Ye (Burnaby South), Justin Lin (Byrne Creek), Natasha Williams (Cariboo Hill), and Jenny Zhang (Moscrop). These exceptional students were honoured by the Burnaby Board of Education at their public meeting that took place on October 28. Congratulations – you make us proud! LEARN MORE

MAKING MATH FUN
The goal for Burnaby South math teacher Mr. Amos Lee's is to make math a fun learning experience instead of a burden. He counters the question of "When are we ever going to use this?" by showing the link between math and real world applications such as business and sales optimization and the use of infinite geometric series in cellphone chip development. It’s a teaching style that resonates with his student – and the head of the country - for Mr. Lee was recently recognized by the Prime Minister’s office for teaching excellence, and was awarded a Certificate of Achievement Regional Award. BC educators won 22 awards out of 37 nominations from the province. Across Canada, 224 educators were nominated, and 54 were recognized with Prime Minister’s awards.                

MUNICIPAL ELECTION

On November 15, eligible Burnaby residents will have the opportunity to vote for school trustees in the BC Civic Election. To find out about voting and registration or to learn more about the 2014 candidates, click here. Your vote counts. Be sure to get out and Vote! LEARN MORE 
If you are a trustee candidate please review the following information  LEARN MORE          

HAPPY SCHOOL LIBRARY DAY
As a reminder of how important reading and our school libraries are, on October 27, Burnaby Schools celebrated National School Library Day. Many schools had D.E.A.R. time - where students and staff “Dropped Everything And Read” for twenty minutes - on their own, or with a buddy. Some schools, like Twelfth Avenue Elementary brought in special guest readers, like Trustee Hayes. Other schools like Stride Avenue Community School hosted a family reading night. Whatever way that our students and staff celebrated school library day, we are sure that a great read was had by all.

OPENING MINDS TO THE FORBIDDEN CITY
On October 17, The China Institute delivered an interactive presentation entitled We all live in the Forbidden City to classes at Cascade Heights and Forest Grove Elementary Schools. It provided students with an idea of what it was like to live in ancient Beijing and how it compares to today. They also introduced two new children’s books about China that they donated to the school’s libraries. The China Institute is a non-profit educational and cultural institution that advances a deeper understanding of China in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community.     .

CONNECTING AT MONTECITO
Montecito Elementary was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from DASH BC and the School Centred Mental Health Coalition. It recognizes their excellent work in giving students a sense of belonging to the school. This “school connectedness climate” that results in student more engaged in learning, is achieved through passion development, where students identify a passion (sports, choir, skipping, art, volunteering), and are provided the opportunity to pursue it. Just four BC schools received these grants. They  will be sharing their experience throughout the province to encourage school connectedness in even more BC school communities.

BURNABY BOARD OF EDUCATION

The next public meeting of the Burnaby Board of Education is Tuesday, November 25,
7 pm 
at the District Administration Office, 5325 Kincaid Street. LEARN MORE

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