April 8th, 2018–News from the Bobcat’s Den

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Humboldt Broncos and their community as they deal with this unspeakable tragedy. As Brookswood is also a hockey community, we encourage students to wear a hockey jersey or to wear green on April 12, 2018 in support of those who have passed and those who are recovering.


Welcome back!  We hope that all of out students and their families, as well as our staff, had a restful and relaxing Spring Break!  We are now on the downhill sprint to the end of the year, with much happening in the building both extracurricularly and in the classroom.


To catch us up on events that happened over Spring Break: one of our French Immersion students, Hannah Billings, won an Exceptional Merit Scholarship to study at the University of France in Montpellier for the month of July.  Congratulations Hannah!  Colin Ulle was nominated for the Pete Swensson Award this past month, congratulations Colin! One of our international students, Samantha Quadros, has been accepted into the Yale Young Global Scholars program. She will be spending a month there this summer studying law and several other subjects.  Congratulations Samantha! 

Yale Young Global Scholars Program

BSS international student, Samantha Quadros, has been accepted into the prestigious Yale Young Global Scholars program. She will be spending two weeks at Yale University this summer studying Politics, Law and Economics. The rigorous schedule includes daily lectures from Yale faculty or field experts, discussion seminars, and small-group meetings. Students are required in each session to complete a writing, research, and presentation project that includes a teamwork component. With no grades or course credit, the Yale Young Global Scholars Program encourages students to approach these projects creatively and with the understanding that they set their own limits. Program staff also design many opportunities for students to share their experiences and ideas outside of the classroom. Samantha is overjoyed to have been selected for a scholarship to this program and we are proud to wish her all the best this summer! 

In other Spring break news, thank you to some of our senior students who coached for a week during spring break with South Langley Basketball, training young basketball players from elementary schools throughout the district.

We started out this week with a flex reset, and we hope students continue to use flex time to do their work, find their passions and make the most of the best gift of all, TIME!  Mr. Boulter and Mr. Goldsack hosted some special Japanese guest this week in their classrooms, a Ms. Keiko Masuyama. She and her assistants presented to students in Mr. Boulter’s and Mr. Goldsack’s (Sr.) classes on the topics of Shintoism and Japanese culture.

Students also got to take part in creating origami, writing their names using Kanji, drinking matcha tea, and a few brave young ladies even adorned themselves in a traditional kimono. Students found the experience enlightening and enjoyed the prizes they received during the games.  Also pictured are some photos from the Volunteer Appreciation evening on Sunday, April 8th during which Colin Ulle was recognized.  Great work!

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Please join us in welcoming Lisa Ellis to our staff. We are looking forward to having her join our admin team! And, good luck to Mike Pue in his first day in his new position!  Also, welcome to Ms. Tancowny who is joining us to fill the French Immersion position that has been vacant since the fall. We are so pleased to have you join our Modern Languages Department. As of today, we have two positions vacant and are looking for applicants to fill Mr. Jaques’ and Ms. Zaragoza’s positions.

Also, congratulations to Diana Spori who, after considerable reflection, has decided to retire at the start of spring break. Diana has been a long standing member of the Brookswood Secondary staff. Diana’s passion for teaching is unparalleled and she often spent far more time at the school working with students and colleagues than her 4 teaching blocks required. She will be missed by the many of us who have worked closely with her over the years. 


As we reach the last three months of the school year, that means we are coming in close to graduation!  We are looking at our “Grad List” this coming week to gage whether some students need reminding about their commitment to graduate, as well as looking at those who have outstanding Graduation Transitions work.

There is a MANDATORY GRADE 12 MEETING on TUESDAY, APRIL 10th during FLEX in the THEATRE to learn about the upcoming Graduation Transitions interviews and to sign up for a time spot.  Every student who wishes to graduate MUST complete and interview.


I.D.E.A. Summit – May 8, 2018

See young entrepreneurs in action as they present IDEAS • DESIGNS • ENTREPRENEURSHIP • ALTURISM on Tuesday, May 8th from 9am – 3:30pm at the Langley Events Centre.  Thanks to innovative leadership, Langley School District educators are starting to embrace the teaching of entrepreneurship in all its forms. Discussions are occurring on how to encourage curiosity and vibrancy, how to stress the importance of tough-minded optimism, stamina and taking risks; and how to discover the need for experimentation, commitment and yes, even failure.  At the I.D.E.A. SUMMIT students are taking leaps of faith and attacking problems from different angles, with eyes and mind open to every possibility.  They are breaking out of the usual box of ideas and turning brainstorms from familiar to fantastic.  Hope to see you there!


April 9–         Concours French Public Speaking  Competition, 3:30-5:30 at BSS
April 10–       Grade 12 Meeting in the Theatre during Flex
April 13–       Early Dismissal
April 18–       Trade Skills Competition Field Trip
April 24–       Junior Achievement Workshop (All Grade 8s)
May 2/3–      Graduation Transition Interviews