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Mr. Darren Russell, Principal

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

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.

I am so fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people.  I know many staff members at Spencer Middle School and I have heard amazing stories about the staff and students here at Spencer.  We truly care for the students and we will do our best to create a culture that is calm, safe and welcoming.  This will create the best learning environment for the whole school community.

Communication is very important to me.  I encourage parents to stay involved and connect with your child’s teacher.  Please contact us if you have any questions, ideas or concerns.  Thank you for your support.


Darren Russell

Ext. 304 or drussell@sd62.bc.ca


September/October – Cross Country and Soccer
October/November – Basketball
January/February – Volleyball
March/April – Badminton
March/April/May – Rugby
April/May – Field Hockey
April/May/June – Track and Field


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


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


    Dear Spencer Parents and Guardians,
    Happy Monday!  It is hard to believe it is the final week or school for the 2017-18 year.  I encourage your children to read over the summer or do some numeracy activities to ensure the summer lag doesn’t set it.  There are great resources around, many of them free, such as programs though the Greater Victoria Public Library, which will help to support your children’s summer learning.  Please see the section at the end of this email with specific info on some of the summer activities that I have been sent.  There are also many online learning games or programs to help support your children.
    I wish to personally thank you all for the support and feedback I have received from you over the past five months in my role as principal.  I am one of the lucky ones – I love my job and I love the times that I get to spend seeing your children develop and grow, both cognitively and socially.  One of our parents recently sent me some photos of some of our former Spencer students at their Belmont prom.  It was wonderful to see the adults that they have grown into; when they leave us at middle school, they are still kids trying so hard to find their independence and identity.  As a middle school educational leader, I like to think that the experiences that your children have at middle school are formative and important.  I appreciate all the work you have done with your own children, their teachers and EAs and your Admin Team in helping support your children during this vulnerable time in their lives.
    In September, I will be returning to my role as Vice-Principal at Spencer for the 2018-19 school year.  I am thrilled to be welcoming Mr. Darren Russell to the role of principal.  Mr. Russell has been the principal at Dunsmuir for four years and a Vice-Principal there and at Belmont before that.  He will be an incredible leader for our school.
    Final Week reminders –  The last day of classes is on Wednesday.  Our final assembly and awards are happening on Wednesday afternoon, but we do not open it up for all parents as our gym does not have the capacity for all of our students and parents.  Report cards can be picked up on Thursday morning at 8:55am -9:55am; buses are running, but there are no classes scheduled that day.  If your child has outstanding bills, they will be asked to pay them on this day.  Report cards that are not picked up will be mailed home. Yearbooks will not be mailed. Specific questions about marks should be asked of your child’s teacher by June 29th.
    Lost and Found – Missing a shoe or sock?  How about a brand new sweater?  Glasses or watches? We have a row of glasses in the office on the counter, if your child has lost theirs during the school year please come by the office to have a look.  Our Lost and Found piles in the hallway are overflowing.   All items will be washed and donated in the first week of July if not picked up.
    ERASE Bullying Needs your help– Here is a message from the Ministry of Education: We are redesigning the ‘ERASE Bullying’ website (https://www.erasebullying.ca). The new site will be expanded to address a broader range of issues including safe schools, mental health and wellness, sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), cyberbullying and online safety, etc.  The Ministry of Education is conducting this short survey to better understand the needs of students and parents on these topics. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and your answers will help inform the content and design of the new website.

    The Government of B.C. will not collect, use, or disclose personal information using SurveyMonkey. Please be aware that IP addresses are collected by SurveyMonkey itself, and these IP addresses and other information collected will be stored on SurveyMonkey’s servers located outside of Canada. This survey is voluntary, and a response is encouraged, not required. Please do not provide any third-party information (i.e. talk about others) in your answers to the survey.   All personal information is collected following section 26(c) and (e) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purposes identified above.  Any questions or concerns regarding the collection of your information may go to:  Director of Corporate Communications, 620 Superior Street, Victoria, BC, 250 415-5641
    Wildcat Logo Feedback Wanted –  Spencer is gathering student, staff and parent input using a short survey.  If you could take this quick survey to help with this important decision I would appreciate it.  There are two choices: one was created this year by our Grade 8 student, Emily Hanna, and has Coast Salish inspiration; the other is a logo that we have used for several years on some of our spirit wear or athletics clothes.  Here is the link to the survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/WZGS3WBh4IZvPVAi1
    Talking about Substance Abuse – Message from the School Board:  While we understand that this may not be a comfortable conversation to have with your children, we encourage you to talk with your son or daughter about any questions and/or feelings they may have about drug and alcohol use. We know that students learn in many different ways. By approaching these types of conversations holistically, we hope that our students/your children will have the tools they need to make healthy behavioral choices.
    Please take a moment to read the attached documents for more information.

    1. Let’s Talk – Speaking to our kids about substance use, Island Health
    2. Xanax Among Teens: what we need to know, Island Health
    3. Talking with teenagers about drugs, Health Canada

    Yearbooks on Sale – Capture your child’s year at Spencer by ordering a yearbook.  They cost $40 each and can purchased online at School Connects.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!  Only 24 left as of June 22, 2018.
    Premier‘s Awards for Excellence in Education Reminder: The deadline has been extended to nominate a teacher or the Premier‘s Awards for Excellence in Education. These awards are intended to recognize outstanding education professionals who have made exceptional contributions to benefit their school, students and communities. You can nominate teachers, Education Assistants, office admin staff, Principal’s/Vice-Principals, and Custodians.  The deadline for nominations is June 18, 2018. For more details, please visit the webpage, or refer to the News Release. If you have questions, please email excellenceineducation@gov.bc.ca.  I would love to have some of our hardworking Spencer staff recognized for the excellent work they do every day.

    Discover South Africa Tour – Ms. Clarke and Ms. Dosouto have an incredible trip planned for next spring break and they are planning to take students on an educational tour to South Africa travelling from March 18 – 30, 2019 with EF Educational Tours.  See attachment for details about this amazing opportunity.
    2018-19 School Calendar – The 2018-19 SD 62 Calendar has been revised.  Please use the revised calendar; it is attached under links.
    News from our PAC – for updates check out their website: http://www.spencerpac.com/
    Shopping or buying gas at the Co-Op?  Please use our Co-Op Number as all revenue benefits Spencer: 47416
    Thrifty’s Smile Cards are available in the school office. They are free. You simply “load” the card with any amount of money you choose right at the till and the PAC will receive 5% of the amount!
    Summer Camps/Classes:
    Coast Collective Summer Art Classes – has a summer art camp  for 6 – 12 year olds  starting August 13 – 17  1 – 4 pm at the Coast Collective.   Mixed Media Art Making Inspired by the Masters.  The classes can be registered for all week, or one or more days, all on the website or by phone to the CC during opening hours of 11 – 5  Wed – Sundays  250-391-2255.  Here is the link:  http://www.coastcollective.ca/courses/classes-calendar/
    Youth led social action addressing online harassment summer programming – Join Project Respect and a diverse group of other awesome young folks this summer for discussions, projects, art, theatre, and more!  Every two weeks we’ll get together to explore topics related to the harm and sometimes violence that takes place over texting, social media, and online in general.  Together we’ll developing programming, curriculum, and social action initiatives about working to stopping this kind of stuff from happening.
    Public Libraries Offer Summer Reading Club: Keep kids reading this summer with  BC’s Summer Reading Club.  Offered through public libraries, this free program for kids ages 5-14 helps build confidence and discover the joy of reading. This year‘s theme is “Motion Commotion”. Kids register to receive a reading record may earn a medal and have the chance to participate in free fun activities all summer long. For a map of BC libraries, visit the web page.                                        
    Camosun College – Intro to Trades Summer Camp for Gr 8-10 Students
    Exciting news! Camosun SIP Summer Programs are available!!! Register now!!!
    Each program will run for the following weeks:
    Carpentry         August 13 – 17     9:00am – 2:30pm
    Welding            August 13 – 17     9:00am – 2:30pm
    Automotive     August 20 – 24     9:00am – 2:30pm
    June 27thLast day of Classes and Afternoon Awards Ceremony (1:15-3:10)
    June 28th–  Report Card pick-up @ 9 am; no classes this day.  Busses are running regular school hours.
    June 29th – Year-End Administrative Day – students not in session
    On behalf of your Spencer Principal and Vice-Principals, have a fantastic week!
    Best regards,
    Jen Nixon
    Acting Principal


    Are you or your child interested in learning about our hockey academy program at Spencer?

    Please join us on Monday January 29th, at 7pm in the Isabelle Reader Theatre at Spencer to hear about next year’s hockey academy program and ask any questions you may have.

    Look forward to seeing you then.


    Spirit Wear order window is now closed as of Monday November 27th.


    2018 Seattle Trip Rehearsal Schedule
    Groups: Concert Band, Concert Choir, Percussion Ensemble A, B and C.

    No Band this week April 3, 2018.

    Thank you,


    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….



    Parents can now do school consents at the following link.


    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”.