With the New Year comes New Responsibilities
I am pleased to announce that Mark R. Isfeld Secondary will have a new admin team for at least most of next year. Julie Shields has been promoted to Principal of G.P. Vanier Secondary, and formally begins her new assignment on August 1, 2017. Julie has spent four years at Isfeld and we will dearly miss her expertise, diplomacy and attention to detail. Jon Bos has been filling in for Alison Kavaliunas during her maternity leave, but has now replaced Julie as a permanent Vice Principal. Joining Jon and I on the admin team until the end of Alison's leave is Karma Taiji. Both Jon and Karma have extensive teaching experience. Jon has been PE department head at Isfeld for many years, and Karma brings a wealth of English, Socials and ESL experiences from the lower mainland, which has enriched our school these last three years. The three of us are looking forward to whatever challenges and opportunities we may face next year.
Something is else is new for students next year. BC is implementing new curriculum, which has significant ramifications for students. This curriculum demands more active involvement from each student with regard to his or her learning. Students will be required to delve deeply in areas of curriculum and of personal interests, and focus on big ideas. Students will acquire skills by taking part in these new learning processes. The new curriculum does not allow students to be passive recipients of instruction, but instead requires them to be active learners. Students should expect to be challenged in 2017-18, and on behalf of the new admin team and staff of Mark Isfeld, we want to help you meet that challenge.