- CAMBRIDGE IN THE NEWS
- DOING WORK THAT MATTERS
- SCHOOL NICKNAME AND LOGO SURVEY: THE RESULTS ARE IN!
- HOUSE TEAM POSTERS: THE RESULTS ARE IN!
- A LOOK BACK AT THE PAST WEEK IN TWEETS AND IMAGES
- BASKETBALL SEASON ROLLS ON
- UPCOMING PAC EVENTS
- COLOSSAL CAMBRIDGE GARAGE SALE
- QUOTE OF THE WEEK
- STUDENT SAFETY NOTE – MANY STUDENTS ARRIVING AT SCHOOL BEFORE SUPERVISION IS PROVIDED
- IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
CAMBRIDGE IN THE NEWS
Reporter: Tracy Sherlock
METRO VANCOUVER — Report cards — those paper checklists stuffed in manila envelopes that went home from school three times a year — are a thing of the past in many Surrey classrooms.
Instead, teachers, students and parents have an ongoing conversation about a student’s learning, much of which takes place online.
“When you change the way you assess, it changes the way you teach,” said Elisa Carlson, director of instruction for Surrey Schools. “You’re not so likely to be collecting spelling tests — how important is that really? The priority of what we’re doing has changed.”
B.C.’s largest school district considers itself the informal research and development department for FreshGrade, a software platform for digital reporting, Carlson said. Simon Fraser University recognized the district for its innovation in student assessment and awarded it the $50,000 Cmolik Prize last year.
Interested visitors from California, Ontario and several B.C. school districts have also come to Surrey to see how the system is working, Carlson said.
Students and teachers upload assignments to FreshGrade using an iPad or computer. Later, the teacher grades the work, matching it to pre-programmed learning outcomes and leaving a comment. After it’s graded, the program automatically sends the student’s grade to an online grade book, which, with the touch of a button, becomes a report card that amalgamates all grades from other assignments and is sent home by email.
“We’re not sitting in a row having all students doing the same thing anymore,” Carlson said. “We’re personalizing learning and that is reflected in these portfolios because no two portfolios will look the same.”
The Sun spoke to a number of Grade 5 and 6 students during a recent school visit to Cambridge elementary school in Surrey, who all said they preferred the digital report cards to the traditional method. They said their parents like the notifications they receive when something is uploaded and that they’re proud to show off their work.
DOING WORK THAT MATTERS
Students, like adults, deserve the right to do work that really matters. Some say that school should prepare kids for the real world. At Cambridge, we believe that school should be the real world! A great example of this kind of work is our work with KIVA. KIVA is a micro-lending company based out of San Francisco that allows ordinary people do extraordinary things by provided micro-loans to entrepreneurs in third-world countries. It all started with our Grade 7 students and their 30-Hour Famine. This event raised over $6000 for charities they selected. One of those charities with KIVA. With funds in our Cambridge Kiva account, we now simply ask students, “Do you want to help change a life today?” Now that’s real! Students do this by researching and funding loans through KIVA.ORG. Students develop core competencies such as critical thinking (on what basis do I choose one loan to fund over another), communication (articulating to others their choices), and social responsibility (analzying complex issues, taking action to make positive change, take action to support diversity, build and sustain positive relationships with diverse people).
Learning aside, this type of work just makes students feel good because they know that in a small way, they are making a positive difference in the lives of others. As a result of this year’s 30-Hour Famine, we are ready to deposit more money into our Kiva account. In doing so, we will continue to give students that chance to “change a life, $25 at a time!”
216 – I like the nickname and logo. Don’t change them
192 – I like the nickname but we should change the logo
232 – I don’t like the nickname or the logo. We should change both
424 people, or 66% of respondents voted to CHANGE the logo
408 people, or 64% of respondents voted to KEEP our current nickname
So, the journey continues! Students will now be invited to provide inspiration for our new school logo. Students are invited to provide their logo ideas by Friday, March 4th. Ideas will be shared with the whole community, then “cleaned up” by a graphic designer.
A LOOK BACK AT THE PAST WEEK IN TWEETS AND IMAGES
Enjoy this look back at last week through TWEETS and images:
BASKETBALL SEASON ROLLS ON
January 14 vs Coyote Creek – W
January 21 at Chimney Hill – L
January 28 vs MB Sanford – L
February 4 vs Sullivan – T
February 11 at Bear Creek
February 18 vs TE Scott
PLAYDAY time and date TBD
BOYS – TEAM 1
January 13 at Janice Churchill – W
January 19 at Bear Creek – W
January 26 vs William Watson – W
February 2 vs Bear Creek – W
February 9 at William Watson
PLAYDAY time and date TBD
BOYS – TEAM 2
January 13 vs Coyote Creek – W
January 20 vs Goldstone – W
January 27 at Hyland – W
February 3 vs Chimney Hill – W
February 10 at Woodward Hill
February 17 at Brookside
PLAYDAY time and date TBD
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UPCOMING PAC EVENTS
Parents, here is a list of upcoming events at Cambridge Elementary. Of course, your time and support is always needed and appreciated!!!
February 12 – SNACK SHACK – Recess and Lunch
February 26 – HOT LUNCH – SUBWAY
March 10 – BAKE SALE – Recess and Lunch
April 15 – STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH
April 16 – PUB NIGHT
April 22 – HOT LUNCH
June 1 – PAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
As always, check the Cambridge PAC website often for updates!
Coming soon…the Colossal Cambridge Garage sale. If you plan to do some Spring cleaning in the next few months, please set aside those items you no longer have use for and plan to get rid of. Our Grade 6/7 students will happily take those items off your hands and sell them at this event. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS OUR GRADE 6/7 CAMP AT CAMP ELPHINSTONE.
Please stay tuned for further details and for the exact date for this event.
STUDENT SAFETY NOTE
We have recently noticed that many students are being dropped off at school well before the time that supervision is provided (8:12 a.m.). In some cases, students are being dropped off before 8:00 a.m., meaning they are at school unsupervised.
Teachers arrive early at school to prepare for their lessons that day. Outside supervision begins at 8:12 a.m. so students are expected to arrive at school at that time or later.
Thank you in advance for your support!
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This list of events changes weekly so please check back often. Some parents have expressed concern over the fact they don’t see any field trips listed for their child. Please don’t worry. Teachers plan field trips throughout the year and dates are published here once details are finalized. In the end, most classes end up going on roughly the same number of outings. Thanks for your patience!
8-Family Day – Classes not in session
9-Divisions 21 and 22 – Swimming at YMCA – 10:30-11:00 a.m.
12-Fine Arts Performance – Dufflebag Theatre – 10:45-11:45 a.m.
18-100 DAY for Grade 1 and 2 students
18-Student-Led Conferences – 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
19-Professional Development Day (held September 3) – Classes not in session
23-Division 3 to Riverwise Yoga – 10:30-11:45 a.m.
24-Pink Shirt Day
25-100 DAY for Kindergarten classes
26-Assembly – 10:40 a.m.
3-District Science Fair – Central City Mall – afterschool
4-Talent Show – 12:45 p.m.
9-Division 3 to Riverwise Yoga – 10:30-11:45 a.m.
14-25-Spring Break – Classes not in session
28-Easter Monday – Classes not in session
8-Divisons 16 and 17 to Science World
11-Term 2 Student Learning Communications/FreshGrade check-in reminders sent home
13-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Learning Conferences
18-Non-Instructional Day. Classes not in session for students.
19-Individual/Class/Team/Panorama Photo Day
29-Assembly – 1:45 p.m.
27-Division 10 and 11 to Grouse Mountain
5-Ready Set Learn – Details to follow
6-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
9-11-Grade 6/7 Camp – Camp Elphinstone
13-Grade 6 Immunizations
17-Division 8 to Coquitlam watershed
17-Division 23 and 26 to Stewart Farmhouse
18-Division 10 and 11 to Capilano Suspension Bridge-Cleveland Dam
18-Division 24 and 25 to Stewart Farmhouse
23-Victoria Day – Classes not in session
30-Professional Development Day – Classes not in session
31-Assembly – 10:40 a.m.
1-Fine Arts Performance – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
17-Grade 7 Celebration
22-Year-End Assembly – 9:00 a.m.
23-Term 2 Student Learning Communications sent home
23-Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Parent/Student/Teacher Learning Conferences
24-Administration Day – Classes not in session