Strikers Weekly - Week of September 17, 2017.












Now two weeks into the year, our hope is that we are all getting back to the routine of school.  For those new to McRoberts, we hope that you have found some connections, learned the layout of our school, and have come to better understand the wonderful things that make McRoberts unique.  Sadly we are still in the process of filling vacant positions.  The demand for specialist teachers is currently outstripping supplies.  The District is hard at work to ensure all classrooms in our District have outstanding educators.  We sincerely appreciate your patience.



Quickly our students at McRoberts are getting back in to the routine of school.




Collaboration Days - September 18 and 19

Just a reminder that Monday and Tuesday will be Collaboration Days here at McRoberts. First class will begin at 9:50am.


Grade 12 (Student and Parent) Post Secondary Information Events - 3:15pm and 6pm September 21st

The transition between Grade 12 and Post Secondary begins for Grade 12's now.  Many decisions will be made in the upcoming months.  As a result, many questions may arise.  Grade 12 students and parents are invited to a Post Secondary Information Session on September 21st.  The afternoon session at 3:15pm will be geared for students while the 6pm session will provide similar information for parents.


Meet the Teacher Night - 6:45pm - September 21st

After a brief welcome in the gym, parents will be invited to visit your son/daughter's classes.  This is a night where parents will have an opportunity to meet the teachers, find out more about the course they will be teaching, and most importantly, find out ways in which you can support your son/daughter at home.  Wednesday, all students will be bringing home a class schedule and a reminder about this event. 


Grade Eight Camp


On Wednesday, September 6th, the grade 8’s set out to Camp Elphinstone in Gibsons, B.C. for their much anticipated three-day camp. McRoberts staff worked together with the “Islander” Leaders to provide a memorable experience for all participants. Grade 8’s gained a better understanding of how to support the environment, through activities such as the 80/20 Lunch and The Solar Circuit. They also participated in a number of outdoor activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, polar bear swimming, hiking, forest games, low ropes and Me to WE activities. Students had an opportunity to make bracelets as a camp keepsake and they learned about the importance of RESPECT, which guides all of our conduct as McRoberts Strikers.  The weather held out for much of the camp and the entire group seemed to have a great time getting to know their fellow grade 8 peers. Highlights of camp are too numerous to list!  Thank you to the McRoberts staff who demonstrated great care and support of our new grade 8 students: Ms. da Costa, Ms. Wong, Ms. Mui, Ms. Frier, Ms. Nicholson, Ms. Romas, Mr. Schmidt, Mr. Hamm, Mr. Carter and Mr. Arnold!


Multicultural Creative Writing Festival

Open to students, staff, and parents, this opportunity to share multicultural creative writing as a part of the Canada 150 celebration. For more information please check:
See attached below to see the flyer.

Curriculum in Transition: Core Competencies

One of the essential foundations of the new curriculum framework is the Core Competencies.  Last year students, though much of the formal new curriculum was not yet introduced, students were given an opportunity to self assess themselves based on the "Core Competencies."  
From the Ministry Website:

The core competencies along with literacy and numeracy foundations and essential content and concepts are at the centre of the redesign of curriculum and assessment. Core competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in deep learning and life-long learning. Through provincial consultation, three core competencies were identified.

  • Communication -The communication competency encompasses the set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media.
  • Thinking - The thinking competency encompasses the knowledge, skills and processes we associate with intellectual development. It is through their competency as thinkers that students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. Thinking competence includes specific thinking skills as well as habits of mind, and metacognitive awareness.
  • Personal and Social - Personal and social competency is the set of abilities that relate to students' identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society. Personal and social competency encompasses the abilities students need to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world.





Week of September 18 – 22, 2017


Sept 23         KPU Langley Campus Open House 3:00 pm  –  7:00 pm                                       

Sept 24         Study and Go Abroad Fair Vancouver Convention Center


For the latest information, check the Career Centre District Website regularly at:



Career Centre September 2017 Newsletter


Grade 10-12 students and their parents please visit the Career Centre District Website for post-secondary updates, events, volunteer opportunities and scholarship information! Visit Ms. Millar’s Career Centre face book page. On school homepage scroll down under students.


Grade 12 students - Be sure to visit post-secondary websites for admission requirements, program information, updates and attend post-secondary in-school and on-campus info sessions! To apply you will need your PEN# and Credit Card to pay the application fee. Apply through post-secondary website or through EducationPlannerBC Check now to be sure you have an EdAccess Account, if not, create one now! You can access marks and later you will need to fill in the PSI form though this account to give permission to have your marks released to the post-secondary institutions to which you have applied. EdAccess


Among Upcoming Events                                                                                                                              

Sept 26 2017 The Canadian University Event 6:30pm – 8:30pm at McMath Secondary. All grade 11 and 12 students and their parents are invited. Reps from over 50 universities will be available to answer questions and provide materials so bring a bag with you!

Sept 24 2017 Study + Go Abroad Fair West Point Grey Gym (4196 West 4th Ave. in Vancouver, enter off of West 4th Ave). Approximately 100 US institutions participate in this annual event.Canada Place 12 pm – 5 pm

Various Dates: UBC will be hosting online info sessions

SEPT 21/16 University of California Webinar Wed. 3:30-4:30 pm PST


College/University Applications Open. Students be sure to check post-secondary websites for updates
OCT 1 – Douglas College
OCT 1 – Langara College
NOV 1 - Kwantlen Polytechnic University
NOV 15 – BCIT – most applications open - some open earlier – students be sure to check website
University Application Deadlines

*DEC 1  - University of British Columbia Application Deadline for Major Entrance Scholarship consideration
JAN 15 - University of British Columbia Regular Deadline

JAN 15 – Emily Carr University
FEB 1 to MAR 1 – University of Northern BC (depending on Program)
FEB 28 - Simon Fraser University
FEB 28 - University of Victoria
MAR 31 – Capilano University
MAY 31 – Thompson Rivers University


Among upcoming scholarship deadlines: See the Career Centre website for details and more opportunities as they become available!

Oct 6/17 Loran Award in-school deadline for Nomination Consideration. Apply directly online as well. Important *For the Loran and all scholarships requiring school nomination see Ms. Stone-Charlton asap for in-school details and deadline!

Oct 25/17 Loran Award Direct-Pool applicants - online application deadline. Students apply directly. 

Oct 25/17 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program deadline                          


Questions? – see Ms. Millar in the Career Resource Centre