Mini 10 Victoria Assignment

Hey all,

The Mini 10s had a great time in Victoria last week. The students did a fabulous job organizing EVERYTHING and arranging the itinerary. Here are a few highlights:

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Cooking and eating at the hostel.

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The Parliament Buildings.

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Ms. V beside Emily Carr.

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The Royal BC Museum.

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In front of tallest totem pole in the world.

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The end of our ghost tour.

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Inside the Parliament Building

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The ghost tour in downtown Victoria.

And a huge thank you to our chaperone, the fabulous Mr. Mark!

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And here, Mini 10s is your Victoria Assignment.

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Free menstrual products coming soon!

Greetings all,

As you in my classes all know, I was inspired over Spring Break by the graphic book, The Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. the Patriarchy, to buy packages of pads and tampons for my students at Temp. It’s ridiculous that students don’t have access to free menstrual products in our washrooms. You need to go to the receptionist and ask. So you all know that at least for now, you can drop by my room and help yourself when you need to – no need to ask as you all know where I keep them. But then, on Friday, Caroline Tai sent me an email with the link to this news story. By the end of 2019, the BC government will require all public schools to supply free menstrual products in all female and universal washrooms. It’s about time!! But until then, I’ll keep supplying them in my classroom.

Read the news story here.

Protesting Climate Change

Greetings All,

I can’t believe Spring Break is almost over! I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather and found sources for rejuvenation. This last term is going to fly by!!

On the last day before Spring Break, the school was a tad empty. Many of our students headed downtown to join the School Strike for Climate – a protest to bring awareness to climate change. We love to see our kids in action, taking a stand for what they believe in. We could definitely learn a lot from listening to the rousing voices of our youth.

Here are some of our Mini 9 students at the Art Gallery. Well done, kids.

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New Policies for Extensions and Late Assignments

Greetings all,

As of TODAY, all my students must adhere to my brand new, sparkling policies when asking for extensions of handing work in late.

Mini English 12 class. If you asked for an extension on the Hamlet research essay, you must hand in a printed document that includes the following:

  1. When the assignment was assigned.
  2. How many in-class work periods you had.
  3. When you asked for the extension – how many days before it was due.
  4. How you asked for the extension and if you think that was a good idea.
  5. Why you asked for the extension. This must be very detailed. You must explain why the amount of time was not enough. You must explain how you used the in-class work periods. You must include when you actually started work on the assignment. You must be completely honest here – do not blame others.
  6. How much more time you are asking for.
  7. What will you do in the future to ensure you meet deadlines.
  8. A signature from a parent and his or her phone number.

All Classes
If you want to ask for an extension for a future assignment, you must hand in to me, IN PERSON, a printed document with the following:

  1. Your name.
  2. The date the assignment was assigned, today’s date, and the date the assignment is due.
  3. How many in-class work periods you have had.
  4. Why you are asking for this extension. This must be very detailed. You must explain why the amount of time was not enough. You must explain how you used the in-class work periods. You must include when you actually started work on the assignment. You must be completely honest here – do not blame others.
  5. How much of the assignment you have actually completed.
  6. How much more time you are asking for.
  7. What you will do in the future to ensure you meet deadlines.
  8. A signature from a parent or guardian and his or her phone number.

You MUST submit this request at least three days before the assignment is due.

If you hand an assignment in late, you must hand in to me, IN PERSON, a document with the following. You can still email me your assignment, but this document must be given to me in person. I will not mark a late assignment without this.

  1. Your name and today’s date.
  2. The date the assignment was assigned and the date it was due.
  3. Why the assignment is late. This must be very detailed.
  4. What you will do in the future to ensure you meet deadlines.
  5. A signature from a parent or guardian and his or her phone number.

Happy 2019!

Happy New Year, folks!!

Hope ya’ll had a restful, joyful, peaceful, and successful holiday – whatever that looks like for you. I ate good food, read some good books, spent time with good friends, and went for a dip in the ocean on Dec. 31. Time to wash away 2018 and welcome the new year. I can’t wait to see all your shining faces bright and early tomorrow morning. Oh, and a heartfelt thanks to all of you, my lovely students, for your kind and generous gift to me…

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… a whole pile of marking!! Done!