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Tuesday, November 13th
Boys 6/7 REC practice, at lunch in the gym.
Girls 6/7 Comp game @ Home, 3:30-5.
Wednesday, November 14th
Boys 7/ 8 Comp practice, 7:45-8:45.
Boys 7/8 Comp game @Home, 3:45-5:15
Girls 7/8 Comp game @Home, 5:15-6:30.
Thursday, November 15th
Girls 6/7/8 REC practice, 7:45-8:45.
Girls 6/7 and 7/8 COMP practice at lunch.
Boys 6/7 Comp game @Home, 3:45-5.
Boys 6/7 Rec game @ John Stubbs, 3:30-5:30
Friday, November 16th
Boys 7/8 Comp and Boys 7/8 Rec practice, 2-3.

 
 

If your child is currently attending one of our feeder schools ie: David Cameron, John Stubbs(FI), Lakewood, Millstream, Ruth King, Savory or Willway you do NOT need to register for Gr 6 on-line.  Your child will automatically be transferred to Spencer unless you let us and your current school know other wise.
To Register your child for Spencer Middle please go to:  http://www.sd62.bc.ca/parents/registration/
Parents can request a school change on-line on this direct link: http://changereq.sd62.bc.ca

 
 

Orders can be brought into the school office and the deadline for ordering is Monday, October 29th.
Please make cheques payable to Spencer PAC.
Sorry, no late orders can be accepted and ALL sales are final.

ORDER WINDOW is now closed.

 
 

Hello Spencer Community,

I hope everyone had a great long weekend and you enjoyed some family time and fresh air.

Can you believe we have 6 weeks of school before the Winter Break? Throughout these next 6 weeks, we have our first student-led conference, reports are due, more field trips, performances and holiday celebrations will begin. From past experience, we know this is an exciting time, and for some, a stressful time in schools. With all the excitement, students react in many different ways, and unfortunately, we tend to see a spike in poor student behaviour and poor choices. We try very hard at school to stick to our routines, maintain high expectations and continue to lead by example for our students. Please have a conversation with your child and encourage them to remain focused on academics over the next 6 weeks. We are coming to the end of our first term, so students should be working hard to complete their assignments and submit all their work.
Grade Group Assemblies again this week to congratulate them on some positive behaviours taking place in the school and to remind them about our academic and behavioural expectations. The assemblies will be as follows: Grade 8s on Tuesday, Grade 7s on Wednesday and Grade 6s on Thursday. Please ask your child to review the information discussed at these assemblies. It would be great to know that our students understand and will demonstrate all expectations moving forward.
Student- Led Conferences We are approaching Thursday, Nov. 22, the date of our first Student-Led Conference for parents at Spencer Middle School. Students will be leading you through a set of activities that students have been working on in class with their Advisory teacher. If you arrive to find the Advisory classroom already has 3 to 4 families actively engaged, your child can bring you on a tour of the school and introduce you to their other teachers and administrators before returning to the Advisory classroom.
Applied Design, Skills and Technologies Grade 7 and 8 Our students rotate through our Applied Design, Skills and Technology (ADST) course, commonly known as Exploratories or Applied Skills, and our first rotation for Grade 7 and 8 has come to an end on Friday, Nov. 9. Students will receive a summative report for each ADST course and this report will be sent home with the students after each course rotation. At Spencer, we are trying something new this year with our ADST courses and will be reporting out based on a four-point proficiency scale: Emerging, Developing, Proficient and Extending. The criteria for each category will be outlined on this summative report. Parents of Grade 7 and 8 students should have, or will be receiving this summative report over the next few days.
Nature Classroom: Spencer teachers are working on something exciting for our students…outdoor learning spaces in the forest beside the school! These spaces will be used for subject area teachers as well as environmental education; for example, students will learn about invasive species and stewardship. We are looking for donations to help us get started. If you have any of the following items below, or would like to make a financial donation, please email kpelletier@sd62.bc.ca and we can arrange for drop off. Used is fine as long as they work and can stand up to teenager use. Many thanks!
Secateurs (hand pruners) – need at least 15 so students can work in pairs Tree pruner
Manual Hedge trimmer
Shovels/Spades
Trowels
Weeders
Rakes
Garden gloves
Wheelbarrow Four wheels would be ideal so they don’t tip over when students are carrying. Also, no lifting involved.
Tree Rounds-large enough for a seat
Log sections-to make a bench/couch

Construction on Goldstream: I am sure you have dealt with the construction happening on Goldstream and Leigh rd. The company in charge of the construction called to let us know that starting tomorrow and continuing for the next two weeks, they will be having single lane traffic on Goldstream Ave. They are suggesting that parents take a detour on Leigh Rd, Costin Ave. then Carlow Rd. As you know, it is very busy around Spencer Middle School during the morning and afterschool times and we really want to keep the area safe for all our students. Thank you for your cooperation and we will keep you posted with future updates on the construction.
Student-Led Conferences: On Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, Spencer Middle School will be holding our first Student-Led Conference for parents. We will no longer be running 10 minute interview times with the on-line appointment booking. A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student. Students must be involved in these conferences. The classroom teacher’s role becomes that of a facilitator. In a student-led conference, students lead parents through a discussion of their work, which is usually organized in a portfolio collection or interactive notebook. Typically, several conferences are conducted simultaneously in a classroom with family groups seated far enough apart to allow for privacy. The teacher circulates among family groups, stopping long enough to make pertinent comments and further guide the student to answer any questions. Students primarily direct the conversation, which is focused on their work and classroom behaviour.” (Bailey & Guskey, Implementing Student-Led Conferences, 2001)  The main purpose of Student-Led Conferences are to celebrate a child’s learning, show growth over time, and provide parents with a better understanding of their child’s learning process. When students are well prepared over an extended period of time to tell the story of their own success (or lack thereof), they seem to experience a fundamental shift in their internal sense of responsibility for that success. The pride in accomplishment that students feel when they have a positive story to tell can be immensely motivational. The sense of personal responsibility that they feel when anticipating what it will be like to face the music of having to tell their story of poor achievement can also drive them to productive work.” (Stiggins, Phi Delta Kappan, November 1999)
On Thursday, November 22: Students will be released for the day at 12:11pm and the school buses will run 3 hours early. We will begin our Student-Led Conference at 1:30pm and continue our day with the following schedule: Afternoon Session 1:30-4:15pm Dinner Break for Teachers 4:15-5:30pm Evening Session 5:30-7:00pm More information will come your way as we get closer to this date.
School Fundraisers:
First Monday of the month – Bannock sales in the Canteen at lunch
Tuesdays – Hot Dogs $2.00 each and Chocolate Milk for $1.50
Wednesdays – Pizza $3.00 per slice or 2 for $5.00 Fridays – Fritters $2.00 each
Spencer App: We know communication between the school and families is important and we are always looking for different opportunities to connect with parents. We are happy to share that our school now has its own app! Download the Spencer App to get events, messages and notifications sent right to your phone or tablet. You can check our school calendar and even link up with your child’s class or programs. The app is a free download on your smart phone or tablet. Find the app here: http://spencerwildcats.appazur.com All district-wide messages will be sent to your email. The purpose of this app is to compliment the various means of communication we use and to let you control the type of notifications you receive.
Upcoming Dates:  See calendar on the right.

 
 

ALL Percussion Ensemble Gr 7 & Gr 8 Performers:
There are mandatory Rehearsals on Tuesday, Nov 6 at Lunch and Silent Reading as well as Wednesday, Nov 7 at Lunch and Silent Reading.  Thank you to teachers for your understanding. (exp. Nov 7)

Garage Sale and Silent Auction – Sat, Nov 3rd, RAISED over $2000! Thank you for all who helped!

Poinsettia Sales – order forms due by Nov 1st. 

Epicure Fundraiser – Order forms due by Nov 13th.

 
 

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year.  We are so excited to start a new year at Spencer Middle School and we look forward to working with this fabulous school community.

Message from your new Principal, Mr. Russell
Hello to the Spencer Community.  I felt it was important to introduce myself and tell you a little about me.  I began my teaching career at Dunsmuir Jr. High in September 1989.  I worked here for 6 years before heading off for a one year teacher exchange program in Perth, Australia.  I returned to Dunsmuir Middle School and became the Vice-Principal in September 2006.  I was given the opportunity to take on the role of Vice-Principal of Belmont Secondary School in January of 2013 before heading back to Dunsmuir as Principal in September 2014.  My last four years as principal of Dunsmuir Middle School have been very rewarding and now I am looking forward to meeting and working with a new school community.
My wife, Kim, is a Director at the Ministry of Education and I have 2 children.  Holly is 21 and currently in the Science Co-op Program at the University of Victoria and Owen is 17 and will be heading into his grade 12 year at Claremont Secondary School in September.
I am so fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people.  Over the years, I have worked with many Spencer staff members and I have heard amazing stories about this community.  The staff truly care for your children and we will do our best to create a culture that is calm, safe and welcoming.  We will create the best learning environment for the whole school community.

Agendas
The Spencer Middle School Agenda will be handed out sometime within the first week of school.  These agendas are $8.00 each.  You can pay for this online at https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/ on your child’s account or send in $8 by cash or cheque to the school office to pay for this agenda.   All cheques must be made out to:  Sooke School District #62
Transportation
All bus information can be found on our School District 62 Website including scheduled times and pick up and drop off locations.  Buses will enter and exit the Spencer property off Goldstream Ave.  Students will be dropped off and picked up right on our school grounds.
Parking
Parking for parents, staff, school buses and visitors will continue to be a challenge at Spencer.  We simply have no space available for the many vehicles trying to park, drop off and/or pick up students before and after school.  For the safety of our students, please arrange for an alternate pick-up and drop-off location with your child.  The parking lot at the front of the school will be for staff and school buses only.  There are a few public parking spots along Goldstream Ave in front of the school, but Centennial Park on Carlow Road would be a good meeting point and it would help with the congestion during our busy times.  This change is new this year and we know this is not ideal, but we thank you in advance for your help and cooperation.
Spencer Website
We will be updating the Spencer website over the next couple of weeks.  Please become familiar with our website and visit it regularly throughout the school year.  We will also be introducing our communication App this year:  http://spencerwildcats.appazur.com

Darren Russell, Principal
drussell@sd62.bc.ca
250-474-1291 ext. 304

 
 

Parents can now do school consents at the following link.

https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/apps/OnlineConsent

ONLINE CONSENT PORTAL – Phase 1 The parent page – This is where parents login to provide and/or review consents for their children.
• When using the system for the first time, parents must use the front page to request an access number (which acts as their password).
• Parents use the verification number to gain entry. From there, they can provide consent to the six activities. If your student is not listed, please make sure that the email address used is the same email address your students school has on file.
• This is meant to be a one-stop shop for parents to provide consent.
The URL for this page is https://consent.sd62.bc.ca Here are the consents that are available as this time to be collected online:
1. Freshgrade (online tool)
2. GAFE (Student Access to Google Apps for Education)
3. Media Release
4. KEV School Cash Online
5. Short (Walking) Field Trips
6. Internet Access – Available
When do the Consents expire?
• Some consents (namely GAFE, KEV, and FreshGrade) expire once a student leaves the district and/or graduates
• Some consents last one school year
• The system tracks the expiry of these consents. To renew a consent year to year (for Internet access, as an example) a parent simply reconnects to the system next school year.  The system will note that the consent has expired and will give parents an opportunity to renew their permission.
How do you sign up for these consents?
Step 1 – Add registration@sd62.bc.ca to your email contacts
Step 2 – Parents go to the link https://consent.sd62.bc.ca
Step 3 – Add your email address
Step 4 – Go to junk folder as the verification number may be sent to this folder. Make note of your SD62 email verification number
Step 5 – Add the verification number
Step 6 – Click on the Consents and choose, “I do give consent”.

 
 

School Fees are now available to pay online!

We have now loaded fees into our system and you are able to manage your students accounts from the convenience of your home.
Once you have done the student consent at https://consent.sd62.bc.ca and checked off the School Cash Online Consent you will be able to then set up your account.Please allow 24 hours for the consent to be updated into our system before you proceed to setting up your account.

It is important to note that you do not have to pay your fees online, you can still pay by cash or cheque.  Doing the consent will allow us to track your students account and we can still process cash/cheque payments to their account.

Thank you for your patience as we implement this new system.  Please let us know if you are experiencing any difficulties.
Online-Payment-Instructions
School-Cash-Online-Step-1-user-guide-create-account
Online Payments can be completed by going to https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/

 
 

School Bus Routes are now posted for the 2018/19 school year! Find your route/stop and make a note for when registration opens in late April!

How to register:

  • Select your route and stop – 2018/19 School Bus Routes
  • Register online with your route (Registration for the 2018/19 school year will open in late April)
  • Detailed registration instructions will be communicated by mid-April, so stay tuned!
    Questions? Please email our SD62 Bussing

     
     

    We have started a new exciting project at Spencer and  we are accepting donations to help bring this vision to a reality.   Stay tuned for info….

    http://thesensorygardenexperience.weebly.com/