First Day Information
Just a reminder....
Tuesday, September 7thrd is the first day back for students. All students are to report to the New Gym first for an assembly. Homeroom will follow afterwards.
- Grade 8 9:30 – 11:30 AM
- Grade 9&10 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
- Grade 11&12 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Regular classes begin September 8th for Grades 8-12, after a short homeroom each day beginning at 8:30 AM.
Homeroom lists will be posted on the windows near the front door (along with being posted on our school’s website) by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 3rd. Please bring a pen or pencil to school on September 7th.
Timetable with PLT
As you may be aware, next year, all secondary schools in Richmond will be following a semester structure. In short, students will be taking 4 courses for 20 weeks followed by a different 4 courses the following 20 weeks. The timetable structure will not rotate. The blocks will be A, B, C, (lunch), and D each day.
The exception to this is during PLT (Personal Learning Time Days) – Wednesdays and Thursdays which will be explained in detail following this letter. PLT Days will have two extended blocks (A and B on the first PLT day of the week followed by C and D on the second – usually Wednesdays and Thursday with a few minor exceptions). The blocks will begin after 100 minutes of PLT time. Students may choose to be on site for their PLT or may choose to work at home during this time.
Students will receive their schedules during homeroom on September 7th. The school timetable was built based on students' choices made last Spring, so we expect there to be changes. With some growth in our student population, we anticipate some timetable adjustments will likely be necessary. We will manage these with the least disruption to students and staff so that we can get settled quickly. Student requests for course changes will be considered for strong educational reasons. Counsellors will assist students during the first week of school by appointment only (priority to incomplete schedules, of course).
What is Personal Learning Time (PLT)?
Most secondary schools will have PLT as part of this year’s schedule. PLT at McRoberts will consist of two periods of instructional time each week on Wednesday and Thursday, set aside as “self-directed” time for students to learn with teacher support. Students are given choice and ownership over their learning. Staff facilitate a learning environment by providing support if the students need help and encouraging independent learning.
Guiding Principles for PLT at McRoberts:
- Self-Directed, Self-Managed & Self-Regulated
- Build on Individual Passions
- Growth Mindset
- Core Competency Development
- Self-Care, Self-Aware, Physical and Mental Health
Self-Directed & Self-Managed & Self-Regulated: All PLT activities requires the active participation of students to self-direct their learning and manage their time and resources.
Build on Individual Passions: PLT will strive to engage learner with activities that are purposeful, relevant and grow a student’s interests/passions.
Core Competency Development: All PLT activities will further developing the Core Competencies of students. This is done by embedding Core Competencies in all PLT activities as the foundation to all learning during this time.
Growth Mindset: PLT will strive to foster a “growth mindset” in students by ensuring all PLT activities build on a student’s current knowledge and skill set, by offering enriching and enrichment activities during PLT.
Self-Care, Self-Aware, Physical and Mental Health: PLT will strive to provide opportunities for students to gain a deeper appreciation of the importance of self-care, to become more self-aware and provide opportunities to make connections between their physical and mental health
During PLT time, the school is open to all students, and teachers are onsite. Students will have access to teachers and departments, and a place/space to engage in their learning individually or collaboratively. As we have done this year, the library will continue to be open at all times to any student wishing for support of any type. A range of personalized learning opportunities for students might include (not an exhaustive list):
- All students are encouraged to attend PLT
- Teachers will be available for 100 minutes per week to support PLT
Please complete the two forms which will be distributed the first day and return to the homeroom teacher by the end of the first week.
(1) Personal Information Release Form
Please note, these forms are needed to include students' names or photos in the yearbook, newsletters, or the school website.
(2) Blue Medical Information
In case of an emergency we need to know who to call. Any changes during the year should be given to the office staff. Please make sure that any serious allergies are indicated on the form or you may call the office staff to provide any imperative information regarding your child’s health/safety.
For the latest information, check the Career Centre District Website regularly at: https://portal.sd38.bc.ca/group/2jdxzsf/Pages/default.aspx#/=(link is external)
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.