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students make some turns at wh20 NEW!
As is tradition at this time of the year, the PE 9 and 10 classes spend a pre-holiday class at Whitewater Ski Resort. Photos courtesy of Val Gibson.
dance academy photo shoot new!
A brief, but beautiful, photo expose of some of the members of the LVR Dance Program. All photos courtesy of Madeline Gunette.
annual lvr band holiday concert (samplers) NEW!
Here are a couple of clips of the LVR Bands in action earlier this week at their annual holiday concert. Footage courtesy of Lorri Fehr.
yummy...cake 'pop balls' for holidays new!
Mrs. Veregin's Foods 9/10 classes have had fun over the past few classes learning to make cake pops! On Day One the students baked cakes and made frosting; Day Two saw them form the cake pop balls and inserted lollipop sticks, and then refrigerate them for two hours; on Day Three the students melted chocolate and candy melts, and had fun decorating their creations. A great way to start off the holiday break! Photos courtesy of Maureen Veregin.
dance intramurals 2013 new!
Thanks again to the Rec Leadership class for their organization and sponsorship of another year of the highly entertaining dance intramurals. Over a two week period, participants learn several dances including the Cha-Cha, Bollywood, Bossa Nova, and Line Dance (just to name a few). Student then vye for the coveted Silver Slippery on Thursday. Stay tuned for an an announcement on this year's winners at Friday's Student Talent Show!
snowboarder turned brain injury advocate visits new!
Former professional freestyle snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, was only second to the world renown Shaun White, when a tragic crash at a practice run for the Vancouver Olympics changed his life forever. Last week, Pearce visited with nearly 700 students and shared his story of success and tragedy as he was in town to (what else?) snowboard and help to premiere the film about his life, The Crash Reel. Pearce's energy, passion, and humility awed the school audience. Pearce also invited attendees to visit his website and support his advocacy project--Love Your Brain--to reduce sports-related brain injuries. Thanks to Baldface's, Jeff Pensiero, for helping to bring Kevin to LVR for a visit.
grade 9 boys consider fire rescue as a career new!
As part of the L.V. Rogers school goal to increase student engagement in learning and leadership opportunities Mr. Machado and Mr. Francis organized a day for a group of Grade 9 boys to visit with the Nelson Fire Rescue Services. The boys were put through their paces and learned what it takes to become a firefighter and rescue personnel (both the physical and intellectual capacity). The boys had a tremendous time during this worthwhile experience. Thanks to Fire Chief Simon Grypma, and firefighters Scott, Greg, and Jeff for their time! Photos courtesy of Karl Machado.
Physics fall road trip NEW!
Physics 11 and AP Physics students enjoyed an amazing trip to Vancouver late last week. The highlights included: the masses at the UBC Engineering Open House; the girls in Engineering Luncheon; the Materials Engineering section (Who knew you could make bone?); Dylan Bennett getting stuck in a bucket of liquefied soil; our discussion with physics engineering professor on the development of lab technology that will be able to detect cancer with a blood test; the planetarium (quantum tunneling and black holes at the observatory); and gorging on poutine in Vancouver (Again, who knew?). Many thanks to Mr. Huttemann for accompanying us on the trip and to Bill our awesome bus driver for getting us through an ice storm on the way there, and a snow storm on the way back. Thanks to the amazing Physics students who were terrific ambassadors for our school!
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A fresh start & a new perspective: Life in 109
Again this year, the students and staff in Room 109 are welcoming a new student assistant--Tanoa Spencer--to join them in their learning and experiences. Tanoa, a Grade 11 student, will be writing a bi-weekly column to share her experiences of being a part of a little-known slice of life at L.V. Rogers. Tanoa has recently posted her first blog entry. We are very excited to read her perspectives on life in Room 109!
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2013-2014 student handbook available
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2013-2014 School Calendar
students write for rights
On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, student-led Amnesty International youth sponsored the annual Amnesty International's Write for Rights program at school. The students participated in this worldwide effort by writing appeal letters, texts, and messages of solidarity on behalf of those around the world afflicted by human rights violations. The school joined people from over 80 countries in this annual event! Participating LVR students wrote letters 230 letters in support of a collective action on these priority cases to help to put massive pressure on governments to respond positively to our plea to improve human rights. Former Congolese teacher and current human rights activist, Issa Ebomolo, also shared with a group of young writers the story of how the simple act of writing letters helped his homeland country, Democratic Republic of Congo, seven years ago as it was on the brink of civil war and unspeakable atrocities.
school cranks up food bank donations
LVR Leadership students are once again heading up the charge to collect non-perishable food items for the Nelson Food Cupboard. The class earning the most points will receive a pizza party. Three points for anything from the Top 10 list; two points for any healthy foods (canned vegetables, fruits, etc.); one point for any non-perishable foods. Donation boxes will be cleared out every Tuesday and Friday during Period 4 and points tallied. Good luck to all classes!
TOP 10 MOST WANTED FOOD ITEMS
1. Bulk whole grains (oats, quinoa, brown rice, couscous);
2. Fish (canned salmon, tuna, sardines);
3. Low sugar cereals;
4. Canned tomatoes and tomato sauce;
5. Pasta: whole wheat and alternative grains;
6. Almond, rice, and soy beverages;
7. Canned chick peas, black beans, and bean blends;
8. Peanut butter and other nut butters;
9. Dried fruits, raisins, nuts, and seeds; and
10. Fruit juices
24 hour writing competition winners
This past October LVR hosted its second annual 24-Hour Writing Contest. The winners have been announced: Grades 9/10 Arianna Murphy-Steed (1st) and William Corvan (2nd); in the Grades 11/12 category Jacob Timmermans (1st) and Zorn Rose (2nd). Congratulations to all the participants! Big thanks to Roz Nay at Selkirk College for her final adjudication time and efforts!
LVReads 2014: what's the book we should all read this year...? help us DECIDE!
The inaugural LVReads ('battle of the books') contest starts next week. Below is a video featuring the ten nominees selected by a panel of students and staff last spring. The library will house 12 copies of each title. Students and staff are invited to read as many (or as few) titles as they wish and then vote online for the book that they feel everyone in the LVR community should read this year. Help us to decide!
rec leadership 'silent auction' fundraiser nets over $1400 for Charity
NEW! Congratulations to the Rec Leadership group for raising over $1400 for charity at the December 7th Nelson Leafs' home game. You can also listen to last week's interview with Rec Leadership students Erica Augusten and Michael Viala on The Bridge. Way to go, folks!
school rallies against negative social media Platform
It has recently come to the attention of LVR staff that many of our students have joined an online discussion forum called AskFM. This social media platform operates via an 'anonymous' format and has been linked to thousands of bullying cases across Canada over the past year. Using this anonymous format users can (and do) post whatever they want; the content is almost always harsh and hateful. The school is encouraging parents to have frank conversations with their kids about the use of this website; it is our hope that all students will close their accounts, too. LVR is trying its best to raise awareness about responsible use of social media (and cyberbullying) in frank discussions both in and out of the classroom. Please contact one of our counselors if you have any questions or concerns.
selkirk College Professional cook training program pays a visits
Simon Parr, an instructor at Selkirk College's Professional Cook Training Program, visited LVR on Monday to spend time with Mrs. Veregin's Foods 9/10 classes. Simon, and first year-student Stephanie, whipped up a waffle and fresh berry treat. The pair was here to demonstrate some of the skills offered to students that enroll in popular and highly successful ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Industry Training) and SSA (Secondary School Apprenticeship) programs offered at the Tenth Street Campus. Thanks to Simon and Stephanie for their time! Students interested in the ACE-IT/SSA programs (which also includes training in welding, carpentry, millwright, welder, plumber, hairstylist, and heavy duty equipment mechanic trades) are encouraged to talk to their counselor today to start planning for tomorrow! Photos courtesy of Maureen Veregin.
debate team SEES improves at home tournament
The LVR debate team hosted its third annual Winter Classic Debate tournament this past weekend. The topic: this house believe that a course in etiquette be required for high school graduation. Debate teams were given one hour to craft an argument for and against the proposed resolution. Congratulations to Taavi Wickman for his 2nd place finish in the senior debate category, and to the team of Tia Huttemann and Eija Lopenen-Stephenson for their 2nd place finish in the senior team debate category. After lunch all debaters participated in the prepared public speaking contest. Kudos to Morgan Beck, Tia Huttemann, and Zorn Rose for their finishes in the public speaking categories. A big thanks to the judges and students that volunteered their Saturday—we couldn’t have done this without you! THANK YOU! The LVR debate team travels to Rossland on January 18th for their final qualifying tournament provincials in early March.
annual math fair huge success
For a second year in a row, the two-day Math Festival hosted by Ms. Naka's Mathematics 12 class was an amazing hit! Students in Grades 3-5 from Hume, Rosemont, Redfish, and Blewett dropped by the multi-purpose room for a couple of hours of fun with mathematics. The inactive event had senior students offering 18 stations (among with the elementary students rotated) including the Tower of Hanoi, Game Theory, Code Breaking and Cryptoanalysis, Tessellations, String Art, Jump Maze, Moebius Strip, Anamorphic Art, and Origami. The engagement and interest was evident as one teacher remarked, "It's been nearly an hour and forty minutes and no one [visiting students] have asked to go the washroom!" Congratulations to Ms. Naka and the students for a highly organized, polished, and interactive two days of mathematics!
governor general's traveling exhibit to makes a stop
The Governor General's Traveling Honours Exhibit stopped at LVR on Friday as it makes its way across Canada over the next two years. It’s An Honour! introduces visitors to the Canadian System of Honours which recognizes people for their extraordinary achievement, bravery, valour, and service. Featuring interpretative panels, multimedia elements and artifacts, the exhibit provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn more about these honours and some of their recipients. Mounted in a specially designed vehicle (approx. 1,000 sq. feet), the exhibit was bilingual and supported by a knowledgeable guide. Several classes were given a guided tour and then engaged in an 'interactive scavenger hunt.'
fall student works from applied arts
books, research, resources & More: your library Website is here to help!
The L.V. Rogers eLibrary is a great place to visit when starting any project. The site hosts hundreds of videos, tutorials, and links for research. Student can also gain access our library collection catalogue, very powerful digital databases, and a growing ebook collection. Looking for reading ideas or getting help with your project or essay? Give the elibrary a try!
athletics at lvr: Get involved!
For a secondary school of its stature, few others can rival the size and popularity of the athletics program at L.V. Rogers. From cross-country running and volleyball in the fall to rugby, baseball, and golf in the spring the school offers over twenty-five different sports for all students of all abilities and interests. For more details on our thriving athletics program please visit our webpage today! Further inquires can be made to our athletic director, Ms. Val Gibson (250.352.5538 x5453 or email@example.com).
School Growth Plan: Building Student Resiliency
The focus of learning and teaching at L.V. Rogers Secondary is guided, in principle, by our School Growth Plan and district-wide goals. In May of last year, the growth plan was revisited by teachers, the PAC, and the School Planning Council (with its two student representatives). After much consultation with various school groups and stakeholders, our three to five year school growth plan will focus on helping our students to build resiliency in the face of setbacks and challenges in not only academic and social endeavours, but by modeling the importance of this lifelong undervalued and underutilized character trait. Please forward your thoughts and questions to our principal, Mr. Huttemann, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.352.5538.
drama & media arts: Demonstrate 'the flipped classroom'
For the past three weeks, Ms. Robyn Sheppard's Drama 9 & 10 class, and Ms. Lori Jones' Media Arts 9-10 have worked together on a project that involved 'flipping the classroom' to create student short films. Here's the short documentary of this beautiful and natural collaboration! Video courtesy of Ms. Lori Jones. The student montage of their finished products is forthcoming.
School Solar Energy Panels in Action!
Check it out! Below is a real-time monitoring analysis of the new fourteen solar panel array Mr. Afford and his students installed late last winter on the roof of the school. The graphic window below reveals the power output of each panel, a graph of the overall output over months, days, and weeks, as well as the amount of energy produced and its related carbon offset (i.e. how many trees that have been saved so far). Thanks to Enphase Energy, Renew Technologies, and SolarBC for their assistance with this project.