Nov 1, 2022

LIFE’S OPPORTUNITIES

By |2022-11-01T12:37:09-07:00November 1, 2022|Middle School, Nurturing Hearts|0 Comments

I’m often accused of overusing the word “opportunity.” Every challenge, problem, or complication can just as easily be an “opportunity.” You can see the eyerolls from staff, students, and even my wife when I correct people when they use the word problem. It’s an “opportunity,” I say! It’s as much self-talk as it is a [...]

Oct 27, 2022

THE DEAFENING DRUMS DEBACLE

By |2022-10-27T15:43:14-07:00October 27, 2022|Growth Mindset, Middle School|1 Comment

You walk through the middle school hallways and hear a “thump, thump, thump.” As you turn the corner towards the grade 5 wing, the sound starts to crescendo. You begin to follow this strange noise. Thump, clack, thumpity thump. “Where is this sound coming from?” you wonder. Is it a jack hammer? No, too rhythmic. Is [...]

Jun 23, 2022

REMEMBERING LOUISE

By |2022-07-05T15:29:50-07:00June 23, 2022|Middle School, Nurturing Hearts|1 Comment

It’s been a time of grieving and lament in our community as we mourn the loss of a beautiful person, Louise Riezebos. Louise worked as a middle school educational assistant for seven years and impacted every staff member, student, and parent she met. She passed into the arms of her loving Saviour, on Thursday June [...]

Apr 19, 2022

JUST ONE MORE CHAPTER

By |2022-04-26T23:17:51-07:00April 19, 2022|Engaging Minds, Middle School|1 Comment

I’m a sucker for a good story. It’s hard to say if it’s nurture or nature. I’m a blend of story genetics: storytelling and story-reading. My maternal family is bursting with people who love reading. Some have even gone professional with their adoration of the written word; my mom and three of her sisters are [...]

Mar 9, 2022

THE HUB

By |2022-03-10T14:01:03-08:00March 9, 2022|21st Century Learning, Middle School|0 Comments

They come running to the reception area with books, games, sketch pads, and friends. “Is it our day today?” they ask Mrs. Howard. Big smiles spread across the students’ faces as they scurry to different learning pods set up across the Learning Commons. To say this space is a hit would be an understatement.  It [...]

Feb 14, 2022

TYM’S TOP 12 HIGHLIGHTS

By |2022-02-16T08:49:07-08:00February 14, 2022|Celebrating, Middle School|2 Comments

As I am moving out of my role as middle school principal, I thought it would be appropriate to share my highlights from the past 13 years. In no particular order, some of the things I will remember are: Coffeehouse performances Pre-pandemic, our middle school would hold an annual celebration of the arts. We often [...]

Nov 10, 2021

CREATIVITY AND HEAVY MACHINERY

By |2021-11-24T09:27:51-08:00November 10, 2021|Growth Mindset, Middle School|0 Comments

These past few weeks we watched one of the final pieces of the construction project – the canopy over the front entrance – being put in place. This is like a giant erector set with a concrete cylinder base, a steel cylinder, six angled support arms, and beautiful wooden trusses, all supporting an angled wood [...]

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