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Dec 15, 2021

STORIES FROM THE HALL

By |2021-12-16T14:25:12-08:00December 15, 2021|Secondary, Shaping God's World|1 Comment

BY CAPTAIN GARY VERBEEK, HALL 4 ABBOTSFORD FIRE RESCUE POC & ACS MECHANICS TEACHER Sunday November 28, 2021: My heart is so heavy. I’m at the Matsqui fire hall for the same reason as I was two weeks ago. The real threat of flood threatens to undo all the progress towards recovery made in the [...]

Nov 23, 2021

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME OR YOU…

By |2021-11-24T09:29:13-08:00November 23, 2021|School Vision, Secondary|4 Comments

Recently I underwent day surgery and spent a week recovering at home. Given the nature of my recovery I knew I had to be very intentional about taking time away from work so that I could physically recover and be ready to go the following week. I prepped the staff, set up an email autoreply, [...]

Oct 19, 2021

JUST ROLL WITH IT

By |2021-10-26T13:35:39-07:00October 19, 2021|Nurturing Hearts, Secondary|0 Comments

BY A SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT One morning I was heading into separate setting with a group of students to write a math test…what a way to start the day. As the test went on, I realized I was getting the undeserved cold shoulder from one student who usually was personable and receptive to support. He [...]

Sep 28, 2021

CONFESSIONS OF AN APD WANNABE

By |2021-09-29T08:34:06-07:00September 28, 2021|Character, Secondary|0 Comments

This has been a difficult start to the school year (I know…what a great first blog post, Mike…but I was told vulnerability is okay). For many of us the last 18 months have been hard. There have been times when I’ve wondered if I’m the right person ACS needs during this challenging pandemic. Last year [...]

Apr 26, 2021

CLEANING CONGREGATION

By |2021-04-26T11:52:25-07:00April 26, 2021|Relationships, Secondary|6 Comments

My interactions with John Atsma, site superintendent for Fricia Construction, are usually two-fold: sometimes he stops by my office, or I give him a call. However, our conversations are rarely dull. Here are a few examples: “John, did you guys turn the water off? None of the taps work in the school.” “Mike, we need [...]

Mar 10, 2021

MIGRATING MENNONITES

By |2021-03-10T11:59:53-08:00March 10, 2021|Relationships, Secondary|1 Comment

In English 11 in October, Mrs. Dani DeJong shared a collection of essays from National Public Radio’s program, “This I Believe.” She then challenged her students to write their own personal credo about a core principle that defines their life. The array of topics, concerns, and passions were as diverse as the students themselves. The [...]

Feb 22, 2021

DANCING IN THE RAIN

By |2021-02-22T10:42:36-08:00February 22, 2021|Character, Secondary|4 Comments

In English 11 last October,  Mrs. Dani DeJong shared a collection of essays from National Public Radio’s program, “This I Believe.” She then challenged her students to write their own personal credo about a core principle that defines their life. The array of topics, concerns, and passions were as diverse as the students themselves. The [...]

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