Welcome Back and Updates

August 29, 2016

Dear Parents and Students:

I hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer.  I am excited to start my eighth year as Principal of DW Poppy Secondary.  It is a special school with a rich history and many programs for students to get involved in.  Poppy is a place where we want students to find their passion.  Please see the following video clips about what staff and students have said about our school.   As we begin the implementation of a new curriculum in British Columbia, we wish to remind parents and students to stay in close communication with the administration and the teaching staff.  It is going to be a great year.

Link to video: https://youtu.be/q1sl9tgK5jc

Link to DW Poppy Secondary Website: www.dwpoppy.ca

Welcome

Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members to our Poppy family:

  • Gage McIvor – Computer Tech 
  • Shelley McDonald – Term Life Skills 
  • Lowell Geddert- Mathematics
  • Rebeka delaMorandiere – Term ISP Coordinator 
  • Ana Candido – Term LA Resource 
  • Sarah Xu – ISP Assistant

A few more additions will be mentioned in our opening newsletter.

Timetable Changes

Please note that students should have already received a copy of their timetable in June.  The Counselors will be at DW Poppy from Monday, August 29 to Friday September 2nd.  If students would like to make a course change, please contact Ms. Knutson at the school and she will schedule you in for an appointment with them.  You can also drop by the school to get a copy of your timetable during this time.  Otherwise, students will be given their schedules during the homeroom session on Wednesday morning for Grade 9-12 students and for Grade 8’s on Tuesday, September 6.

We Are Entirely Electronic

ENSURE THAT WE HAVE YOUR CORRECT HOME E-MAIL ADRESSES TO KEEP YOU INFORMED!!

As a reminder DW Poppy is an on-line community.  All newsletters, memos, special announcements and our school calendar are on-line. This has been a great communication tool for our fast moving school that has a number of extra-curricular activities and programs.  Please ensure that you check your e-mail and WEBSITE (www.dwpoppy.ca) regularly for communication.  It is the best way to keep up to date with what is happening at the school. We also remind you that we rarely use our PA system as this causes great interruptions to tutorial time during the lunch and after school.  If you need to contact students during the school day, we can locate them for you.  We also encourage our parents to use the “Poppy Blocks App” as well as to check out our school blog at dwpoppyblog.weebly.com.

School Start Up Information

This will be one of the few mail outs that we do this year. Included in this package are:

  • Calendar at a Glance and block rotation schedule
  • Self-Identification of Aboriginal Ancestry Form – Please review, sign and return to the office, if applicable.
  • Letter from PAC
  • School Fee Invoice (Mailed out to new students, existing students will get their fee statements in home-room)
  • Yearbook Order Form

School Goals

DW Poppy has a long tradition of academic excellence. This year we will continue to work hard as a school community to improve student learning while we become immersed in the new provincial curriculum. Last year each Department developed sub goals that focused on improving learning and achievement.

 Bell Schedule for Tuesday, September 6, 2016 (GRADE 8’s ONLY)

**Please note – Buses will be picking up students 4 hours later than the normal pickup time to allow for  students to arrive at the school for 12:30**

Opening Day Schedule for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
GRADE 8 ASSEMBLY 12:30 – 1:00 pm Dramnasium
GRADE 8 HOMEROOM 1:10 – 2:30 pm Homerooms

Bell Schedule for Wednesday, September 7th to Monday, September 12th 

** Please note that there will be a homeroom for 30 minutes on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 for all students to allow for fee collection, locker distribution and “general procedure” discussions.  There will be a 10 minute homeroom for the remainder of the week for fee collection and attendance.

Flex Time at DWP

What is flex time?

Flex time is a period of instructional time built into the DWP daily schedule that empowers students by giving them some measure of choice and control over their own learning. During flex time, students are expected to be in a class, working on school work, either individually or in groups, meeting with teachers for support on classwork, or working on projects, under teacher supervision, that they are passionate about.

When is flex time?

Flex time is a daily block of 42 minutes that follows period 1. The schedule for each day is as follows:

FLEX BLOCK M-F
Start End Time (min) Period
  8:05 AM Warning Bell
8:10 AM 9:19 AM 69 1
9:24 AM 10:06 AM 42 FLEX
10:11 AM 11:20 AM 69 2
11:20 AM 12:02 PM 42 Lunch
12:07 PM 1:16 PM 69 3
1:21 PM 2:30 PM 69 4

Flex Time Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we doing this?

This teacher-driven initiative was brought forward by our school staff in an effort to support students in their curricular work. There is a belief that students are in need of more time in the school day to work on their school work and to seek out teacher support. In addition, there is a belief that training students to manage their time and giving them opportunities on a daily basis to work on school work will benefit them by reducing anxiety and improving completion rates for work assigned. The introduction of Flex will also make lunch time more available for students to participate in school-based activities such as intramurals and clubs.

How will students be held accountable for their use of flex?

Attendance will be taken in first period. At the start of the school year, students will remain with their period 1 teacher during flex time. During this time, teachers will be providing students with the necessary skills and guidance on how to use flex time effectively. Once staff feel it’s time to allow students to ‘flex’, we will introduce it gradually. During flex time, students will be expected to be in a class and/or learning space. If students are not using flex time properly, their ability to make their own choices about how they use their flex time will be removed. This is part of our overall pyramid of intervention strategy.

Can flex time be used for meetings with clubs or sport teams?

Given that flex time is considered instructional time, it cannot be used for club or team meetings.

Is there a limit on how many students can be in a classroom at any one time?

Yes, regular classrooms can only hold 30 students, with tech/foods classes capped at 26 (though this can be adjusted if safety is a concern). The library will also be capped at 30 students.

Can teachers indicate what particular flex days will be for?

Yes, teachers can determine how their flex time is used in their class, as long as it affords all their students an opportunity, at some time, to make use of the flex time with them. As an example, if a shop teacher wanted to work with juniors on day 1 and seniors on day 2, that could be indicated on the teacher’s door.

Can students move rooms during flex time?

There is transition time at the beginning of flex time, but it was decided that once flex time has started, students would need to stay where they are. This lack of movement is mitigated by the fact they can go to a different teacher the next day (or see them after school).

Would students who have spare blocks during 1st period be required to find a class for the flex time?

They would not be required to be present, but if they are, they would be required to be in a classroom or in the library (if they are in grade 11 or 12). We would see many of these students coming during flex because they could see teachers for help. All students with spare blocks during first period will be required to attend Flex in the library for the first three weeks of school (up to and including Friday Sept 23).

If a student is behind in course work, can a teacher hold them in for flex time?

Yes, period 1 teachers will have the ability to hold a student in to get caught up on work, write tests, etc. If your period 1 teacher asked you to stay during Flex their request takes priority over other Flex block plans.

 

I am looking forward to an exciting year with you all.

Sincerely,

Balan Moorthy

Proud Principal

DW Poppy Secondary

DW Poppy Secondary School

23752 - 52 Avenue, Langley
BC, V2Z 2P3
Phone: 604-530-2151
Fax: 604-530-5034
Attendance: 604-530-2151