Hope all of you have a wonderful long weekend. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, have an amazing break. See you Tuesday.
Organized by Ms. Millar, the Post Secondary Information Fair created an opportunity for students to gain some information about post secondary options and receive some information and answer questions to their numerous questions.
Some Insight into the Next Steps - Life at Emily Carr
Recent graduates, now students at Emily Carr, Ari and Joyce came back to share their early experiences of life at Emily Carr University to Ms. Miller's Art Careers Students.
For the past year, 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 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.
Just for your information, 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.
Presented by Mme Mainville, Chelsea W. was recognized by the Richmond School Board this past Wednesday for her outstanding achievement at the most recent Concurs Provincial Competiton. Finishing first in the Province for students in Grade 11, Chelsea was part of the formal Board of Education Meeting.
Introducing our Counsellors
One of the many differences between Elementary Schools and Secondary Schools is the "on-staff" counsellors that secondary schools have. Each of our counsellors has an "alpha" group. This is the group of students they will work with for the students entire 8-12 stay. Recently our counsellors invited our grade 8 students down to introduce themselves and what types of services they can provide to our students.
Though not a "traditional" Thanksgiving meal, students in Ms. Kugelman's English Language Learners (ELL) class shared some of their own traditional treats in a pot luck meal as part of the Thanksgiving celebration. Learning about culture and Canadian Customs is a part of the ELL Curriculum. What better way to learn.
Dishwashing Fun in Foods
Not a case of foul language, not something he tasted and is trying to erase from his palate, instead, Ms. Yau send this photo to show how even washing dishes can be fun (and tasty).
Eating the Subject is Allowed
Though it was edible (and intended to be eaten - after), students in Ms. Miller's classes were working on some foundational drawing excercies. Can you draw a piece of popcorn without looking at your paper (and only looking at the popped kernel)?
First Responders Sharpening their Skills
Our school's First Responders are required to take a rigourous set of courses outside of school that include both written and practical assessments in order to be able to serve in this capacity. Training at this high level is not enough. Our students regularly take time out of their schedules to practice some of their treatments, run "cases," and in share in their experiences.
A Visit to Garry Point and Steveston
No longer tourists but students in our ELL classes had the opportunity to spend the afternoon like tourists visiting Garry Point and the Historic Village of Steveston.
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.
For the latest information, check the Career Centre District Website regularly at: https://portal.sd38.bc.ca/group/2jdxzsf/Pages/default.aspx#/=
This section will have information from Ms. Millar (our Career Information Advisor). Weekly updates will include information on Post Secondary Information as well as potential Scholarship Opportunities.