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Construction is almost complete on several new schools in the South Surrey and Clayton areas, and in the coming months, some students will be moving to their new classrooms.
In line with boundary decisions brought to the board in February following
public consultation, the district has created new catchment boundaries that will impact East Kensington, Hall’s Prairie, Morgan, Pacific Heights, Rosemary Heights and Sunnyside elementary schools in South Surrey, and Clayton, Hazelgrove and Katzie elementary schools in the Clayton area.
In South Surrey, Douglas Elementary and Edgewood Elementary are set to open in November and January, respectively. In Clayton, Maddaugh Elementary is slated to open in February or March, while Regent Road Elementary’s target occupancy date is September 2022.
Douglas Elementary (effective November 2020)
Existing Hall’s Prairie students will move to Douglas on Nov. 9. Out-of-catchment students at Hall’s Prairie were given the option of going to Douglas or returning to their neighbourhood catchment school.
The Montessori program, currently at Sunnyside, will move to Douglas on Nov. 2. Out-of-catchment Montessori students at Sunnyside were given the option of continuing to Douglas in the Montessori program or returning to their neighbourhood catchment school.
Future use of Hall’s Prairie is under discussion. East Kensington will continue to host the EKOLogy program, currently consisting of K-5 students. Students in the existing East Kensington catchment will be redistributed to their new catchment schools effective Nov. 1.
Edgewood Elementary (effective January 2021)
K-6 Pacific Heights and Sunnyside students who live in the new Edgewood catchment will attend Edgewood upon opening in January. Grade 7 students will finish their Grade 7 year at their current school. Siblings of Grade 7s will have the option to move to Edgewood when it opens or remain at their sibling’s school until June 2021 before moving to Edgewood.
Additionally, the South Surrey area will see phased transitions from part of Morgan to Rosemary Heights and part of Sunnyside to Morgan that will impact new students in those areas effective January 2021. The
sibling rule[SR1] and grandfathering will apply.
Maddaugh Elementary (effective February or March 2021)
K-6 Clayton, Hazelgrove and Katzie students who live in the new Maddaugh catchment will attend Maddaugh upon opening in February or March. Grade 7 students will finish their Grade 7 year at their current school.
Siblings of Grade 7s will have the option to move to Maddaugh when it opens or remain at their sibling’s school until June 2021 before moving to Maddaugh.
Regent Road Elementary (effective September 2022)
Due to the close proximity to Clayton Heights Secondary, there will be a phased transition for the area between 188th and 189th Street, and between 70th and 72nd Avenue. Students new to this area will attend Regent Road when it opens (unless they have a sibling at Hazelgrove) while existing students will continue to attend Hazelgrove.
When Regent Road opens, Clayton Elementary will become a K-3 Annex connected to Regent Road. Students who live in the new Regent Road/Clayton catchment can choose to attend either Clayton Elementary or Regent Road for K-3, and attend Regent Road for Grades 4-7.
For more information, visit our
Consultations page. For questions about the new catchment boundaries, email
Surrey Libraries has picked the winners of the 2020 Young Adult Writing Contest, including two Surrey students who placed in multiple categories!
Gurleena Sukhija of Semiahmoo Secondary won first place in the Junior Short Story and Junior Poetry categories while Yue Chen of Elgin Park took home first in the Comics category and second in the Senior Short Story and Random categories.
Dozens of other Surrey students were among the winners and finalists, which were announced at a virtual awards gala on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
The annual writing competition for Surrey youth age 12 to 18 has been running since 1987, serving as a platform for aspiring young writers to showcase their talent in the form of short stories, poems, comics, essays, screenplays and lyrics.
The program is put on by Surrey Libraries’ youth staff, with support from sponsors Khalsa Credit Union and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
The winning entries will be compiled in an anthology that will be available online, at Surrey Libraries branches, or on sale for $8 at the end of November.
For a full list of finalists and more information,
Junior Short Story
1st Place – “The Worker,” Gurleena Sukhija 2nd Place – “Number 98,” Sofia Lemay 3rd Place – “Clueless,” Tiffany Montefrio Honourable Mention – “Watercolors,” Victoria Wang Honourable Mention – “The Girl Who Visits Dreams,” Emma Hong
Senior Short Story
1st Place – “Saudade,” Akash Ranu 2nd Place – “An Attempt at Building a Coffin for Ma,” Yue Chen 3rd Place – “Separate Ways,” Carmen Campbell Honourable Mention – “The Everything Tree,” Annie Huang Honourable Mention – “Citylights,” Rena Su
1st Place – “Grow Up,” Gurleena Sukhjia 2nd Place – “Assimilation,” Alyana Amadeo 3rd Place – “Hirosaki Castle,” Richard Su Honourable Mention – “Rabbit Hole,” Khushi Cheema Honourable Mention – “SKIN,” Leigh Kathryn Baculi
1st Place – “Plum Tea,” Maggie Lu 2nd Place – “Ode to the Window,” Ava Popowitz 3rd Place – “Overthinker,” Yana Fershstein Honourable Mention – “Quick Fixes,” Audrey Kemp Honourable Mention – “Astronomical Alliteration,” Muskan Poddar
1st Place –“Ethical Consumerism in a Capitalist State” (Essay), Muskan Guglani 2nd Place –“recounting that summer in which i woke, ate, slept, and repeated the motions mentioned above” (Creative Non-Fiction), Yue Chen 3rd Place –“Aletheia” (Essay), Dean Oh Honourable Mention – “Crown in the Grave” (Song Lyrics), Gurshaan Chadha
1st Place – “Stairs of Life, Elevator to Heaven,” Yue Chen 2nd Place – “A Different Kind of Mind,” Stin Dang 3rd Place – “Quiescent,” Andrew Jung Honourable Mention – “Stick Guy,” Seth Corbett
School looks very
different for families this year -- staying in cohorts, wearing masks and
physical distancing have become standard for students navigating the hallways
and classrooms. But those are just a few steps the district has taken to
mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
The district’s health
and safety protocols also extend to parents and guardians, including how
students are dropped off and picked up, and who can enter the school.
“A lot went into the
new health and safety training for staff in preparation for this school year,”
said Mary Campbell, Manager of Health & Safety with the district. “Daily health checks , staying in cohorts,
physical distancing, cough etiquette and diligent hand hygiene have become new
standards for everyone at school.
“It is important
that all of us follow these protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and
protect our larger community from this virus.”
The district also reminds parents and guardians to continue taking safety measures when on school property, including
practicing physical distancing from other parents, students and staff when
dropping off and picking up their children. Anyone on school property should
maintain a distance of two metres from others where possible. If distancing is
not possible, parents are encouraged to wear masks.
As a precaution, no
visitors are permitted in schools without prior arrangement by the principal.
Parents who have arranged to visit their child’s school should not enter
classrooms and must follow the directions posted on the school entrance, such
as phoning to make an online appointment to speak to their child’s teacher,
calling the office or dropping off forgotten school items at the exterior door.
“We want to limit
the number of people entering our schools to lessen the chance of exposure to
our students and staff,” said Campbell. “This year has been an adjustment for
everyone, but it’s something we must do to ensure the health and wellbeing of
everyone at our schools.”
Parents should also
assess themselves for symptoms and avoid coming to school property if they have
one or more symptoms of COVID-19 , have returned from
international travel in the last 14 days, or have been in contact with someone
confirmed to have COVID-19.
Students and staff
should also stay home when new symptoms of illness develop. The district will
support any students who need to stay home due to illness.
The health and
safety of our students and staff is everyone’s responsibility, and the district
thanks all students, staff and parents for their efforts.
October 18, 2020: Surrey Schools Update from Surrey Schools on Vimeo.
In his latest video update, Surrey Schools Supt. Jordan Tinney provides a reminder about COVID-19 cases in the district and safety measures in schools.
"There are many things we are doing, and there are many things we can continue to do to stem the spread of COVID in our community," Tinney says. "One thing we want to do is to be clearer about the use of masks, particularly by staff.
"We realize that there may be circumstances in which masks will not be worn such as a medical condition that prohibits the wearing of a mask. However, we feel that as a district, we should be using all available measures at our disposal to do all we can to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are respectfully asking all staff to follow the protocols as outlined and please wear a mask anytime that you are in common areas."
Written transcripts of the video message in English, Punjabi, Arabic and Chinese will be available here.
The Surrey School District is continually adding to its
library of digital learning resources as online learning and blended learning
evolve for the 2020-2021 school year. While the district has long promoted its Digital
Resources for students, due to COVID-19, Surrey Schools has also
launched Surrey Schools ONE, a one-stop shop for students, parents and educators
to discover a wealth of learning materials.
From lesson plans incorporating everyday household items, like mathematics
based on grocery store fliers, to newspaper articles and literacy, to
mindfulness exercises to promote mental well-being, there are loads of
innovative ideas available on Surrey Schools ONE, all of which have been categorized
by grade, subject and audience:
Students can explore what makes a 'Digital Superhero' while learning about online safety, privacy and kindness, or explore social and cultural issues using one of the many resource partner sites.For parents, activities and ideas are categorized by subjects such as Numeracy, Literacy or Social & Emotional Learning, in order to allow parents to work on specific subjects with their child.
As for educators, lesson plans are broken down by grade, and there are various activities broken up by subject and age level. There are also a range of discussion topics to engage students with, as well as guides on how to lead inquiry-based learning during class sessions and a dedicated numeracy support site.
"Educators are striving to create deep and meaningful learning experiences for students to ensure they acquire the competencies they need to thrive in a digital world," said Kathy Puharich, Director of Instruction, Education Services. "Similarly, parents are seeking resources that support and meet the educational needs of their children.
"Surrey Schools ONE is 'one place' that educators, students and parents can go to for authentic learning resources and materials that connect to the processes, skills and content in our BC curriculum."Students, parents and educators are all encourage to keep checking back with Surrey Schools ONE as the site will be continually updated throughout the school year as learning needs and demand evolves.To explore the resources for yourself, head to: Surrey Schools ONE.
October 13 2020: Surrey Schools Q&A With Fraser Health's Dr. Ingrid Tyler from Surrey Schools on Vimeo.
Do you have questions about COVID-19 in schools?
Please see the above informative video with Dr. Ingrid Tyler, Fraser Health's Executive Medical Director of Population and Public Health, as she answers frequently asked questions such as:
Why aren't there temperature checks at schools?
Do siblings of students notified of exposures also have to self isolate?
What do the exposure notification letters from Fraser Health actually mean?
If our household includes an individual who is immunocompromised or elderly, and our school has an exposure, should I keep my child at home?
In some cases the exposure dates occurred a few days ago. Why aren't we notified sooner of an exposure?
Discover the answers to these questions and many more as Superintendent Jordan Tinney asks the most common questions posed by parents.
The Surrey School District is accepting applications for several Youth Train in Trades programs:
The programs start in the second semester and tuition is free. There is no set deadline and applications will be accepted until the programs are filled.
Youth Train in Trades Programs are delivered by the Career Education department in partnership with local post-secondary institutions and industry trainers. Program participants earn level one technical training, industry certification and high school course credits.
Applicants should be in Grade 11 or 12 and applications are available at all secondary schools through school-based Career Facilitators.
For more information, see your school's Career Facilitator or contact the district's Career Education Department (firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-595-6175). To explore all our trades partnership opportunities,
With September behind us, and schools safely supporting student learning by following health and safety protocols that reflect the measures put forth by provincial health experts, the Surrey School District has begun solidifying its enrolment numbers for this unique school year.
"Our overall enrolment numbers are slightly above last year, but they are below our projections for the 2020/21 school year," explains Laurie Larsen, Chair of the Surrey Board of Education. "This is due to a number of factors, including a decline in immigration and international students, and the fact that some parents opted to home school their children."
The district saw most students return to full-time in-class instruction with set cohorts and physical distancing, with the exception of all Grade 10, 11 and 12 students who are participating in a blended model with both online and face-to-face learning. Students in Grades 8 and 9 were able to register for limited online options dedicated to core academic courses. Parents of kindergarten to Grade 7 students who were not comfortable sending their child to full-time face-to-face instruction also had the option to participate in a blended program with a goal of gradually increasing face-to-face instruction.
"There is no question that this pandemic has brought challenges to the public school system, but it has also brought opportunity," says Larsen. "We heard directly from families in our district that another option for learning was needed, and so our district began developing a blended model."
"This is new territory for our district," explains Dr. Jordan Tinney, Superintendent of the Surrey School District. "In an average school year, the vast majority of our students physically attend classes, and our staff is able to offer in-person support. This year, we have a program where about 29,000 students in our district are receiving at least half of their education online.
"We have built a schedule for this program with specific times where both staff and parents have a chance to reach out for support," adds Tinney. "On Mondays, our teachers who support the blended program have opportunities to work with their colleagues across the district to share best practices and develop resources and materials to build a quality blended program. We had over 400 staff participate in last Monday's virtual meeting."
On Fridays, the district has set time for parents to connect with teachers to learn tips, practical advice and methods to help enable them to support their children at home.
"Developing a brand new program in the middle of a pandemic is no easy feat," explains Larsen. "Kudos go to our staff that not only developed this program, but are working tirelessly to ensure its success, and ultimately the success of all of our students."
* Full-time face-to-face instruction in secondary schools is only available to Grade 8 and 9 students in 2020. All Grade 10, 11, 12 students are participating in a blended program.
The health and safety of all students, staff and school communities is our top priority. In consultation with public health officials and the provincial government, Surrey Schools is closely monitoring the situation with regard to COVID-19 and its impact on schools. We provide ongoing, updated information as it becomes available.
When Rosemary Heights Elementary shared a notification letter from Fraser Health about a fourth COVID-19 exposure earlier this week, parents, students and the school community knew exactly what they needed to do – rally support for the invaluable staff at the school.
"Our school has been getting a lot of attention because of the exposures we've had recently," explains Miyoung Tereposky, a parent at the school. "This school is so much more than just a school with COVID. The teachers and staff are a part of our village. They help raise our kids and we want them to know that it does not go unnoticed. We appreciate them showing up every day despite all of the anxiety they must be facing."
On Wednesday afternoon, the Rosemary Heights Elementary Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) sent a message to the school community asking families to display messages of support for school staff that they'd see when they arrived at work in the morning.
"We asked families to bring chalk and leave messages of support on the sidewalk, posters and painted rocks to show their appreciation," says Tereposky. "Despite everything, our teachers and school staff have been coming to work and putting their own anxieties aside to make every day a fun, happy and relaxed space for our kids. We just wanted to show our appreciation."
The community came out in force, posting and carrying signs, and covering sidewalks, walkways and the parking lot with chalk messages.
"The response has been overwhelming," says principal David Dekerf. "This has been a difficult week for our entire school community, and it's just so amazing to see everyone come together like this."