Throughout the year, I will be making updates to this site for you, the parents, so that you can follow the course your child will be taking in my class, as well as some information that I feel will be beneficial for you to read. I will also upload videos that can help us understand better what students may be going through. I will be teaching English 9 & Humanities 8 this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email, or come by for a visit at the school. My door is open to parents and guardians at all times. I look forward to meeting with you, and more importantly, working with your child to prepare him/her for the future! God Bless.
new bc curriculum
Please browse through the new core competency initiatives created by the BC Ministry of Education for English Language Arts 8-9:
This is a friendly reminder to all parents of students in my Grade 8 Humanities class regarding the final Portfolio Project. All grade 8s are required to complete a portfolio that expresses each student's learning throughout grade 8. The details can be found in the "classes" section of this website. It is important to note that failure to complete this project will result in an "I" mark in Humanities and a failing grade for each of the subjects (English, Social & Catholic Education).
notre dame school id number
You can find your son/daughter's school ID number on their course schedule, just to the left of their name.
parent/teacher meetings and interviews
A few things to remember:
I teach over 150 students in various classes; therefore, every meeting will be allocated a maximum of 5 minutes
I will have some information about grades available; however, bringing your child's report would save some time
It is NOT necessary to bring your child - but they are welcome to join us
Meetings are intended to enlighten you about your child's progress to date; it is not a session to debate marks/grades
I look forward to seeing many of you again, and hopefully some of you for the first time!
Each student at Notre Dame will benefit in some way by providing service hours to an organization in need. Each student is required to perform 20 service hours a year; 10 hours will be completed by January and the other 10 by the end of May.
Reading is a vital component of any English Language Arts course. Students Grades 8 through 12 are expected to “independently select and read, for sustained periods of time, texts for enjoyment and to increase fluency” (BC Ministry of Education).
The following sheet includes a comprehensive policies and expectations guide for AR:
The formal dress code at Notre Dame requires dress shoes. That means that converse or vans are not permitted. As well, girls must wear their socks appropriately (knee-high or close). Administration will remind them, and then detentions will be given out for all those who fail to adhere to this dress code. I will continue to remind them throughout the year; please keep in mind that the dress code is something that the school takes seriously, and therefore, ALL students will be held to this policy daily.