I hope this letter finds you enjoying the summer while continuing to heed the advice of our Provincial Health Officer to keep yourselves and others safe and healthy as the global pandemic continues.
You have no doubt heard that the provincial government has released its plan for our return to school in September. Under Stage 2 of the Ministry of Education’s five stages framework for K-12 education, our goal is to have 100% of students return. We will be working through scheduling and organizational details to do our best to ensure that happens, however, there may be situations where this will not be possible.
Students will be organized into learning groups, with a consistent number of staff and students. This is being done to reduce the number of people each student and staff member come in contact with. Group sizes for elementary and middle schools will have a maximum of 60 people and secondary cohorts will have a maximum of 120 people.
This approach will reduce the risk of transmission and ensure quick contact tracing. In addition, we will be introducing a suite of health and safety measures developed on guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and the BC Centre for Disease Control, to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
Staff and students, or their parent/guardian, must also assess themselves daily for symptoms of COVID-19. If any student or staff member exhibits even mild symptoms of COVID-19 they should remain at home.
The province has allocated 45.6 million dollars to assist school districts with increased cleaning of high contact surfaces as well as increasing the number of hand hygiene stations and availability of masks on request in addition to other safety measures.
To learn more about what the return to class will look like, the provincial government has created a website that I encourage you to visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/k-12/covid-19-return-to-school.
Yearbooks will be handed out on Tuesday June 30th in the parking lot from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
If you’re still wanting to purchase one, we have about 25 available for $40 each! Please bring cash on Tuesday, or purchase one online at:
If you’re not available to pick them up on Tuesday, we’ll keep them at the school for you to pick up in September.
We apologize for the inconvenience of the arrival date of the yearbooks, but production has been delayed.
Thanks again and wishing everyone a wonderful summer!
Hello Spencer Families,
Hope everyone is doing well. This has been a year like no other and I would like to this this opportunity to thank you all for your patience and support throughout this pandemic. April was a tough month for all of us as we navigated through some very uncertain times. We had two weeks to learn a new on-line platform and it was a steep learning curve for all. As time went on, we were able to settle into a routine and everyone did the best we could with the continuity of learning. As we round off the year and head into Summer, I would highly encourage all students to continue reading and working through some numeracy exercises.
Thursday, June 25 will be the last official day of classes for all middle school students. In a regular school year, this would be the day students would come pick up report card and then head home for the Summer. All report cards will be issued through the parent portal and will be released as of 1:00pm on Thursday, June 25. Please be sure you are able to access the parent portal in order to receive this reports.
To sign into MyEducation Parent Portal please make sure to do your very first sign in on a desktop or laptop computer NOT a MacBook, Chromebook, iPad or any other mobile device. Also, the username and password are case sensitive. If you are copy and pasting information, make sure there is no space left at the beginning. The link is https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/
If you do not have a computer desktop or laptop please stop by the Spencer Office and we will get you set up on our system.
Please see the attached document titled, ‘SD62 Communicating Student learning (CSL) During Remote Learning Grades K-8’. This document will provide more details regarding the Summary of Progress for this year. A second document provides information on ‘Possibilities for student reflection of Core Competencies’. Please have a read through these documents as they will provide detailed information regarding our final assessment.
The Spencer Middle School Office will remain closed for the Summer this year and will re-open for parents on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Please see schedule below for the office hours for the next 2 weeks.
Monday – Thursday, June 22-25 8:00am – 4:00pm
Friday, June 26 8:00am – 11:30am
Monday – Tuesday, June 29-30 9:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday – Friday, July 1-3 Closed
July 6 to August 31 Closed
If your child signed out a chromebook to work remotely, these must be returned to the school by Wednesday, June 24th. Please bring them into the office so we can be sure we have checked of the names.
All library books and textbooks should have been returned at this point. If you have these items at home, please return to the main office as soon as possible. Thanks.
At this point, we do not know how September will look. The District will be sending out an email on Wednesday evening to outline some important details regarding start-up. Please watch for this email and please continue to follow the updates from Dr. Bonnie Henry over the summer. We may not have a clear direction from Dr. Henry until late Summer. As soon as we hear more information, the District will send out updates. Please watch for email updates from mid-August onward.
Grade 8 leaving Drive-by Celebration
Our staff are working hard to provide a great send off for our Grade 8 students. We look forward to see them all tomorrow night for the Drive-by Celebration. The drive-by begins at 6:30 pm.
We are still hoping that our yearbooks will be delivered sometime in the next few days. As soon as we know the exact time and day the yearbooks will be delivered, we will notify parents and arrange for a pick up time and date. If the yearbooks do not arrive in the next week, we will have to distribute in early September. We are hoping we will see them delivered soon. Please watch for an email to provide further details regarding pick up.
Information and Resources
Please see the attached document called ‘Food Security Western Communities’. This document will provide information and resources to keep you and your family healthy as it provides a list of groups providing food for individuals and families across the Western Communities.
Spencer Admin. Team
Principal, Spencer Middle School
22Student Report Cards will be available in MyEd in the parent portal on Thursday, June 25th at 1pm
No paper report cards will be given out to students.
Here is how you access Spencer’s Virtual 360 degree Tour:
- Click on this link https://poly.google.com/view/9QqZD9hkdEU
- The Chrome or Safari (iOs) browsers work the best. If you see a black screen, then switch to Chrome.
- In the TOP RIGHT Corner, click on the “cog” icon and ‘Turn Narration On’ so you can hear audio on many slides
- Anytime you see an “I” for Information click on it to hear audio or read more
- If you have Virtual Reality Goggles, you can link those to it as well and really feel like you are at Spencer Middle School
Please see the attached document from Scott Stinson, Superintendent of Schools.
Registration and in-district School Change Requests open on-line Monday, January 27, 2020.
If your child is currently attending David Cameron, Lakewood, Millstream, Ruth King, Savory, Willway your child will automatically be transferred to Spencer Middle.
2020/21 Hockey Academy – Please send an email or call with any questions:
Wayne Kelly at email@example.com or at 250-480-9976
Many of our buses and routes fill quickly. Please register close to opening so that you get a spot!
- You will need to enter your child’s Student # which is 6 digits
- Parents will not be able to select bus routes.
- Experienced Transportation staff will place your child(ren) on the best routes as per your home address and school
Questions? Please contact the Transportation Department via email or call (250) 474-9845. Due to volume of inquiries, please allow 3-4 business days to receive a response.
Please refer to the e-mail you received with your username and password to sign into the MyEducation Parent Portal, it was sent to all families in last October 2019.
Ministry of Education is rolling this out to the whole province and we don’t want you to miss out on your child’s Points of Progress/Report Card.
The very first sign in must be done on a desktop or laptop computer, not a MacBook, Ipad, Chromebook or cell phone. Click on the link below.
Username: your e-mail *ALL lowercase
Password: sent to your e-mail *case sensitive
Pages – Top Tab
Published Reports – middle/right of the screen
Report Card PDF