It is with very mixed feelings that we announce the departure of Mr. Whittingham (one of our two vice principals). Mr. Whittingham has accepted a District Adminstrative positon which will begin in mid October. Mr. Whittingham has been an amazing asset to the McRoberts School Community and he will be missed. While we are sad to lose Mr. Whittingham, we are excited to welcome Ms. Vaughn to the McRoberts staff.
The perfect subject for any artist. A tasty treat that can not only be drawn... but eaten. Ms. Miller's Drawing and Painting class had to demonstrate self control... finishing their art before eating the subject.
World Teacher Day
Our graduating students took time out of their busy lives to bake, organize, and spoil our staff with treats and coffee to celebrate World Teacher's Day. Along with our wonderful students, we are fortunate here at McRoberts to have so many amazing educators who work so hard on behalf of our students.
Photo Retakes - Wedensday October 10th
Absentee/retake day is on Wednesday October 10th. Artona will prioritize photos for any staff or students who were absent on photo day. After those who were absent on the first day, Artona will accommodate retakes for those who require them. Students who require a retake must bring their ID card to the camera. If you are exchanging or returning your photo package, please provide the photos directly to the photographer.
Garden Tower Project
Grow your own lunch?... as long as you are patient. Some of Ms. Rechiert's students were hard at work building a Garden Tower. Working with Richmond Food Security, the students will build the structure to germinate, pollinate, observe, collect data, and harvest some healthy food in the near future. All are looking forward to cooking with: lettuce, tomatoes, basil, kale, chard, spinach, and oregano...all grown in our classroom!
Spooky Houses... a sign of the season
Ms. Miller's students spent time designing and drawing the spooky house of their nightmares. Perfect time to think of all things scary as we approach Halloween.
Clubs Day a Huge Success
Hundreds of McRoberts students spent lunch hour on Friday learning about some of the many clubs offered this year. Participating in clubs is a big part of schools. Not only is it a good way to meet like minded people, but it is a fun way to get involved in a variety of activities offered. If you want more information about the clubs, check out the Club section of our website (still being updated). This can be found under the "Student" top tab (above) or by clicking this link https://mcroberts.sd38.bc.ca/extra-curricular/clubs-2018-2019.
Rugby Tour Fundraising
All parents interested in organizing fundraising activities for rugby tour are encouraged to attend a meeting at McRoberts on Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 pm in the school library. This is not intended to be a long meeting. Our intention is to organize volunteers to help with various fundraising opportunities. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in finding out more about the McRoberts' Rugby Tour, please contact Mr. Clemente.
As the weather and the road conditions change due to the coming of fall, it is now more important than ever to be extremely cautious on the roads. We have many students who are walking or cycling to school as well as many families who will be walking in our community to our elementary schools. If you are driving to and from the school, it is very important to pay very close attention on the roads and in the parking lots.
Halloween Safety: Fireworks and Firecrackers
With Halloween just around the corner, a reminder that students found in possession of any fireworks or firecrackers will be dealt with severely by the school. The Richmond RCMP will be informed and the student will be consequenced by the school. Below is a reminder of the firework consequences imposed by the City of Richmond.
Fireworks Fines: Richmond City Bylaw No.7917 specifies the following fines for the use and possession of fireworks:
- Purchasing fireworks: $1,000 fine
- Selling or distributing fireworks: $1,000 fine
- Possession of fireworks w/o a permit: $250 fine
Please discuss the above consequences with your son/daughter and confiscate fireworks in their possession.
Over the past few months, we have spent time with our staff trying our best to create clarity and consistency around Academic Integrity (or Academic Misconduct when issues arrise). While McRoberts is no different than any other school, we found that we may not have been fully consistent on what we deemed to be academic misconduct and what the consequences of this may be. We found that the lack of clarity created confusion for students and staff (along with parents). Through discussions, consultation with other schools and post secondary policy statements, McRoberts has created "common language" around this topic. Shared in the student agenda, presentations are being offered in the library along with informal presentations in classrooms to help to understand what does and does not consititute academic integrity.
Below is the specific language:
At McRoberts we expect students to conduct themselves in a respectful manner that supports positive academic growth. It is important for our students to have a clear understanding of Academic Misconduct in order to ensure that they are making positive choices that will contribute to their academic success. Academic Misconduct can occur in two forms: Plagiarism and Cheating.
PLAGIARISM: Part of writing responsibly is to neither purposely nor accidentally mislead people into thinking someone else’s ideas or writing is your own. If you do, you may be guilty of plagiarism, which is defined as the act of presenting someone else’s ideas as your own.
- Word Plagiarism: a student repeats the exact words of a source without giving the necessary credit.
- Paraphrase Plagiarism: a student writes basically the same thing as an original source with just a few words changed.
- Spot or Patchwork Plagiarism: a student uses a source’s key words or phrases as his or her own without giving credit.
- Inadvertent Plagiarism: the result of sloppy note-taking or research short cuts that includes inadvertent use of another’s language, sloppy and inadequate footnoting or page references, or the use of quotes from other sources as if they were from your own research. (this definition isn’t as clear as the others)
- False Representation: submitting the work of another student, tutor, parent, friend, etc. as your own work (even though it has been footnoted and referenced) is plagiarism and is not acceptable at McRoberts. Tutors, parents, friends, etc. are not permitted to write, re-write or edit large sections of work for a student.
It is the students’ responsibility to avoid deliberate or accidental plagiarism and to verify and account for all of their own writing.
Cheating is a broad term that encompasses all attempts by a student to dishonestly or unfairly give, use or obtain any information or material for a school test or assignment. At McRoberts, any and all of these examples are considered to be cheating:
- Copying another person’s work (in whole or in part) and claiming or misrepresenting authorship. This includes essays, assignments, homework, lab reports, computer programs, drawings, sketches, designs, and video or audiotapes and all other assigned work, whether they are the product of another student or of someone outside the school, including previously published work or previously submitted work.
- Supplying information or work of any kind (ie. photographs or original documents) to another student in the knowledge that it may be copied or used.
- Copying from another person’s test paper and/or knowingly allowing another student to copy from your test paper. This includes taking and sharing photos of any part of a test.
- Bringing unauthorized notes or equipment into a test or using unauthorized notes or equipment during a test (including electronic translators, programmable calculators, computers, cell phones, etc.).
- Unauthorized communication of any kind during a test, including use of cell phones or other restricted technologies.
CONSEQUENCES FOR ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
Involvement in cheating and/or plagiarism is fundamentally dishonest and unethical and they both violate what we value as a learning community at McRoberts School.
- Students found guilty of cheating or plagiarism:
- As the assignment/test integrity has been compromised, this assignment cannot be marked
- Parents will be contacted
- Administration and Counsellors will be notified and the incident will be documented at the main office
- Repeated incidents of such activity may result in suspension from school
Please note that this conduct may result in exemption from the honour roll, and may impact consideration of scholarships and bursaries for the year.
RDPA - Screening of "Screenagers"
The Richmond District Parents Association (RDPA) has scheduled a showing of Screenagers at McMath on Thursday, October 11th, 6:30-8:30 pm It’s intended for parents and/or staff. I’ll be here. I’ve heard it’s a powerful look at screen time with teenagers.
This is open to all – we’re starting to promote with Secondary Schools to see how we do. We may possibly open this up to Elementaries.
To help RDPA keep track of numbers (to determine which space in our building we’ll use), people are asked to sign up using this link:
You can do this as a guest, without a password.
From Ms. Millar (Career Information Advisor)