Opening Day and Week information:

OPENING DAY – September 3, 2019

Grade 9 and Grade 8

(Arrive at 8:25am and Depart at 11:15am)

8:25 am to 8:30 am     Check homeroom lists in GYM

8:30 am to 10:00 am   Homeroom

–     Attendance

–    Timetables

–     Lockers/Handbooks/Forms

–     Community Building

–      Assembly (announced by grade)

10:00 am to 10:14 am Nutrition Break

Mini Block Rotation

10:14 am to 10:30 am            Block 1

10:30 am to 10:45 am             Block 2

10:45 am to 11:00 am             Block 3

11:00 am to 11:15 am             Block 4

11:15 am                                 Dismissal and Buses

Grade 7

(Arrive at 10:16am and Depart at 1:30pm)

10:16 am to 10:20 am Check homeroom lists in GYM
10:20 am to 12:00 pm Homeroom

Attendance

School Tours

Lockers/Handbooks/Form

Community Building

Assembly (announced)

12:00 pm to 12:45 pm             Lunch

12:45 pm to 1:30 pm       Homeroom

1:30 pm                       Dismissal and Buses

Opening Week Schedule:

Wednesday

(All students arrive at 8:25am and Depart at 3:00)

8:30 am to 9:05 am                 Homeroom

  • Attendance
  • Student Handbook Discussions

9:05 am to 10:05 am               Block 1

10:05 am to 10:20 am             Nutrition Break

10:20 am to 10:40 am             Reading (Block 2)

10:40 am to 11:40 am             Block 2

11:40 am to 12:20 pm             Lunch

12:20 am to 12:55 pm             Homeroom

  • Attendance
  • Student Handbook Discussions

12:55 pm to 1:55 pm               Block 3

1:55 pm to 3:00 pm                 Block 4

3:00 pm                                   Dismissal and Buses

Thursday

(All students arrive at 8:25am and Depart at 3:00)

8:30 am to 9:05 am                 Homeroom

  • Attendance
  • Student Handbook Discussions

9:05 am to 10:05 am               Block 5

10:05 am to 10:20 am             Nutrition Break

10:20 am to 10:40 am             Reading (Block 6)

10:40 am to 11:40 am             Block 6

11:40 am to 12:20 pm .           Lunch

12:20 am to 12:55 pm             Homeroom

  • Attendance
  • Student Handbook Discussions

12:55 pm to 1:55 pm               Block 7

1:55 pm to 3:00 pm                 Block 8

3:00 pm                                   Dismissal and Buses

Friday

(All students arrive at 8:25am and Depart at 1:58)

8:30 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.             Homeroom

  • Attendance
  • Student Handbook Discussions

9:05 am to 9:50 am                 Block 1

9:50 am to 10:05 am               Nutrition Break

10:05 am to 10:25 am            Reading (Block 2)

10:25 am to 11:10 am             Block 2

11:10 am to 11:50 am             Lunch

11:50 am to 12:25 pm             Homeroom

  • Attendance
  • Student Handbook Discussions

12:25 pm to 1:10 pm               Block 3

1:10 pm to 1:58 pm                 Block 4

2:00 pm                                   Dismissal and Buses

1:58-2:58 pm                           Teacher Collaboration

Frequently Asked Questions…

  1. What time should I come to school?
  • Grade 9– Arrive at 8:25am and Depart at 11:15am
  • Grade 8– Arrive at 8:25am and Depart at 11:15am
  • Grade 7– Arrive at 10:15am and Depart at 1:30pm
  1. How will I find my homeroom?
  • Upon arrival, go to the school gym and find your name on the posted homeroom lists. Staff and student leaders will be there to help you!
  1. What are we doing on the first day?
  • Grade 9– You will receive your timetable, Student Handbook, Lock and Locker, and Forms to take home for your parents/guardians.  You will take part in a Welcome Back assembly.  You will have Nutrition Break.  You will learn some key school expectations. You will participate in a mini Block Rotation of your classes.
  • Grade 8– You will receive your timetable, Student Handbook, Lock and Locker, and Forms to take home for your parents/guardians.  You will take part in a Welcome Back assembly.  You will have Nutrition Break.  You will learn some key school expectations. You will participate in a mini Block Rotation of your classes.
  • Grade 7– You will be welcomed by teachers and student leaders.  You will get to know your teacher and classmates.  You will have a tour of the school and school grounds.  You will learn some key school expectations.  You will have a lunch break.  You will receive your Student Handbook, Lock and Locker, and Forms to take home for your parents/guardians. You will take part in a Welcome Back assembly.
  1. Should I bring a snack and/or lunch?
  • Grade 9– Bring snack for Nutrition Break
  • Grade 8– Bring snack for Nutrition Break
  • Grade 7– Bring lunch for Lunch Break
  1. Will the School Bus take me to and from Don Ross Middle School?
  • Grade 9– YES – take your regularly scheduled bus and return trip transportation is provided
  • Grade 8– YES – take your regularly scheduled bus and return trip transportation is provided
  • Grade 7– YES – Bus pick up in the morning is 1 hour and 45 minutes later than your regularly scheduled pick up times and return trip transportation is provided
  • EXCEPT – Grade 7 students from Upper Squamish, Cheakamus, Klahanie and Britannia there is no later pick up.  You are welcome to ride the earlier bus or make alternate arrangements.
  1. When and where do I get my bus?

Squamish Area Bus Routes

  1. What if I am new to Don Ross Middle School?
  • If you are new to Squamish and registered before July 4, 2019, come at your Grade specific time (above)
  • If you are new to Squamish and did not register before July 4, 2019, follow this link for Student Registration Form
  • If you are coming from Grade 6 at an SD#48 Elementary School, you are already registered, come with Grade 7s at 10:15am
  • If you are coming from Ecole Les Aiglons or a private school in Squamish and you registered before July 4, 2019, come at your Grade specific time (above)
  • If you are coming from Ecole Les Aiglons or a private school in Squamish and you did not register before July 4, 2019, follow this link for Student Registration Form

Year End and Start Up Information

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As of tomorrow, school’s out for summer, but we are still here in the office!  We are open until Friday, July 4th and will return on August 26th, (27th for registration). Registration information is available under the tab above called “About” (as well as the School Calendar with major dates). The 2019-20 Event Calendar with more specific information, (including block rotation/special school events etc.), is available under the tab above called “News” look for “Event Calendar” and be advised that we are still adding to the calendar at this early date!  Above you will find the District Wide Calendar link for important dates throughout the school year. 

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End of School and Summer at the Youth Centre

End of School and Summer at the Youth Centre: Big end of school BBQ and live music happening THIS Wednesday June 26th at the Youth Centre all for free starting at 3pm. This summer, they will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 12 to 8pm for everyone 12 to 18 years old. Every Wednesday they’ll be going to a different lake or pool and doing out trips to Playland and Cultus Lake! Visit http://www.sscs.ca/programs/squamish-youth-resource-centre/ for more information.

Presentations of Learning

Two grade 7 classes came together to make an impact on climate change. Students created documentaries representing cross curricular learning on the subject of climate change! The film festival happened today over two periods – and the learning was powerful, uplifting and inspiring – we can make a difference! Now we just have to do the math to see their total impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions!

Rock Climbing Cheakamus Canyon!

A group of 24 Don Ross students are spending 2 days rock climbing at Cheakamus Canyon this week! In addition to learning climbing skills and cheering each other on as they scale rock faces they completed a hike up Mount Chek. Students were greeted by beautiful views and a lesson by Don Ross teacher Lucie Lhotak about the mountain ranges overlooking Squamish. 

The next “In the Know” Topic: Summer Survival Strategies for parents 

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Summer is just around the corner; School will soon be out. Our children will change their routine from school life, to camp, grandparent house or lazy hazy summer days. Change can be challenging at any time and for anyone. Change can be especially hard for children with mental health challenges. How do you survive the summer when the kids ‘roam free’?

“In the Know” Topic: Summer Survival Strategies for parents

Date: Monday, June, 24th from 6-8pm

Presenter: Don Lasell B.A., B.Ed., M.A. RCC

Don has extensive experience having worked as a Child & Youth Care Counsellor with families who have children with special needs; as well as having been a teacher who has taught in an integrated classroom setting. Don is a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and is currently working in private practice. Most importantly, Don is married to Tanya with whom he is the parent of six children, two of which are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.