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Principal's Message | November

Another exciting month has flown by at Valley Creek School. I am very impressed with the number of students taking part in activities outside of the classroom curriculum. Charger athletic teams are proving themselves to be very successful on the court and on the field. Thermopylae fitness training has students in Grade 4 through 9 training side-by-side. The beautiful voices of a choir can regularly be heard after school as they prepare for the Remembrance Day performance. Many students are also choosing to develop their math skills at Math Club during lunch time. Great to see all these students taking advantage of all the things middle school has to offer.

At our last School Council meeting we shared with parents the successes from our June PAT scores:

  • 88.3% of Valley Creek students met the Acceptable Standard on PATs, this is 15% higher than the provincial average and 5% greater than the previous year.
  • 22% of Valley Creek students met the Standard of Excellence on PATs, this is 3% higher than the provincial average and 4% greater than the previous year.
  • On average Valley Creek had 10% fewer students getting Unacceptable Standard than the province.

These improvements support the work of our teachers on our School Development Plan, focused on improving higher order thinking skills in students. One of our measures of this work was to have increased performance on Provincial Achievement Test scores. For the 2017-18 school year, we will continue to focus on our work in this area of instruction.

There are two important events coming in November where we hope to see many families. November 10th is our Remembrance Day assembly. Student Led Conferences are on November 16th & 17th. Students will share their learning experiences with their family. Similar to last year, families can book into one of the open booking blocks and drop in at any point during that time block.

Vehicle traffic is a major concern for our school community. Student safety is a risk with parents dropping their own child off in the parking lot. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BE DROPPED OFF IN THE PARKING LOT. Additionally street issues are impacting homes in the area. Parents are reminded to follow traffic laws which CPS are actively enforcing around Valley Creek. Tickets will be issued for the following offences:

  • For drivers that park blocking / obstructing a driveway - PARKING BYLAW 41M2002 3(1)(g) Obstructing access to private property (1.5M)
  • For drivers making U-turns in-between intersections - USE OF HIGHWAY AND RULES OF THE ROAD REGULATION (AR 304/2002) 30(a)(i) Make U-turn in urban area between intersections.

Jason Arrell,