Changes to Expect for Semester 2
We have one semester behind us, and it has been another successful semester for Mark Isfeld Secondary. Our academic results continue to impress, our extra curricular activities continue to diversify to reach more students, and our students continue to give back to our community is meaningful ways. One particular highlight in this regard is the recognition of our highly effective and hard-working Interact Club, which entered into an international competition involving 140 entries from 28 countries, and Isfeld Interacters placed first in the world! Our athletics programs are having another strong year, with both boys and girls volleyball teams making it to provincials and both boys and girls basketball teams poised to do the same.
The big change for students this year was the inclusion of project time in our regular schedule. This time was dedicated to Inquiry projects for grade 8 and 9, and Capstone projects in grade 10 and 11. After one semester, we learned a lot about how this program might run, and saw the full range of accomplishments from students who took part. We will expect more from how students use their project time in semester 2, and are pleased to see that many students are already rising to meet that challenge. Project time is particularly valuable to the staff, because it represents a form of communication that the students provide us on how we might improve as a school. When students show us what they can do when they choose to work on those things they find most interesting and engaging, we use that information to make all of school more engaging for students.
Now that semester two is underway, we will soon be asking students to express their course preferences for the 2018-19 school year. For the first time, students will report their course requests to us online, rather than on paper. As students and parents become more comfortable and familiar with MyEDBC, these opportunities present themselves.
Many new courses will appear in the course selection guide for next year. These include new options for senior Social Studies courses, new options for English 10, new courses in Careers, new Math options, and so on. These changes reflect the revisions to Ministry curriculum that Isfeld is actively implementing. Another example of this will be our second sitting of the Provincial Numeracy Assessment in June.
These are exciting times of change and opportunity for students at Mark Isfeld. Make sure you make the most of it.