On behalf of the staff at Argyle it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! I would like to extend a special welcome to grade 8 students, their parents, and those of you joining us for the first time. I hope that all of you have had an enjoyable summer and that you had the opportunity to take advantage of the wonderful weather we have experienced.
The year before us is one of many prospects and possibilities – academic achievements, fine and performing arts productions, athletic successes, and work experiences. With a student population of approximately 1250, and over 110 staff, we are fortunate to be able to offer a large variety of courses. Likewise, with a dedicated staff and many parent & community volunteers we are able to offer numerous extra-curricular activities. I encourage all students to take advantage of and engage in the many learning opportunities available to them, both inside and outside the classroom. If there are two words to remember, I would suggest they are RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY. As members of a large community within a community, the mutual acceptance of these two values will allow us to function in a manner that encourages productivity, creativity and success.
This September marks the implementation of the new grade 11 & 12 curriculum. We will continue to work on the implementation of the grade 8 to 10 curriculum which was introduced over the last few years. This redesign emphasizes the importance of developing our students' competencies in communication, creative and critical thinking, and personal and social responsibility. If you would like to learn more about the new curriculum or grad program, you can visit the Ministry of Education's website at https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/.
Over the summer we had one staffing change. Ms. Bumsted, who taught Physical & Health Education at Argyle has moved to Carson Graham where she has taken a position as the Indigenous Support Teacher. I would like to thank Ms. Bumsted for her dedication and service to the students at Argyle and wish her all the best in her new position.
Finally, I would also like to welcome several new people to the Argyle staff:
- Mr. Barber – Math and Physical & Health Education teacher
- Ms. Gordon – Grade 8 Counsellor, & Careers 12 teacher
- Ms. Hagarty – Learning Services Teacher, and Argyle Family of Schools Leader
- Mr. Turner – Business Ed & Digital Literacy teacher
- Ms. Wexler – English and Social Studies teacher
- Ms. Schiffer – Sciences Humaines, Histoire, and Social Studies teacher
- Ms. Pickering – Foods, Careers
Construction of the new Argyle Secondary is well underway. The concrete foundation is now in place and the steel frame is mostly up. A reminder to all to please stay outside the secure, fenced-off areas. Any personal items lost inside the fencing should be reported to the office. The targeted completion date for the new school building is Summer 2020 in time for the return of students in the Fall next year. To learn about Capital Project Updates visit: https://www.sd44.ca/Board/CapitalPlanProjects/CapitalProjectsUpdates/Argyle/Pages/default.aspx#/
Argyle has a committed Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) that meets on a monthly basis. This group is the official voice of Argyle Parents. I would like to invite parents out to our first PAC meeting on Wednesday, September 11th at 7 pm in the library. PAC meetings are a great way to connect with other parents in the community and find out what is going on in the school.
In closing, I want to thank you for your trust, confidence and support. I know I speak for the Argyle staff when I convey to you that we are very excited and enthusiastic about the coming year and look forward to working in, and with, the Argyle Learning Community. On behalf of Vice Principals Caren Hall and John Crowley, and the entire staff, we wish you a productive and enjoyable school year.