Welcome Back Spartans

May 18, 2016 - 5 minutes read

It is my pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the school staff, to another exciting year at Sentinel Secondary School. A special welcome is extended to incoming Grade 8 students, other new students and their parents.  I hope this message finds you and your family in good health and enjoying the long summer days.  Summer is an important time to reconnect with family and friends and to re-energize for the upcoming school year.

I trust you will find the hallways and classrooms of Sentinel to be welcoming and engaging. This is a school community of over 1250 students and 75 staff.  As such it is imperative that we care for one another in a manner that benefits us all.  Sentinel students are active and involved and I encourage all students to explore the variety of opportunities that await you.

There have been several staff changes to note. I would like to extend best wishes to Mr. John Isernia and Ms. Barbara Maier in their first September of retirement. I hope they continue to be patrons of our many school events and activities. I would also like to send best wishes to Mr. Dane Scholefield, Mr. Jesse Symons, Ms. Dawn Armstrong, and Ms. Michelle Halishoff in their new positions. Sentinel welcomes Ms. Madelyn Hambly (Fine Arts/Applied Skills), Mr. Dan Cowan (Science), Ms. Mahtab Morvarid (FRIM), Mr. Jonathan Fong (Connect), Ms. Colleen Denman (Office) and Ms. Carly Douglass (Office) as they assume their new roles.

Our Staff is a group of dedicated and caring teaching and support personnel who are ready to work in partnership with you, the parents, helping your child to be as successful as they can be at Sentinel.

Sentinel prides itself on its sense of community and culture of innovation. The school goal; “To create a school community of individuals who are authentically engaged in the development of the three key cross-curricular competencies: thinking, personal responsibility, and communication,” serves to guide our focus for learning, assessment and communication.  Working with our students, staff and parent community we will continue to move forward implementing the processes of this important focus.

Sentinel continues to lead in the area of technology, particularly with respect to encouraging a 1:1 technology learning environment for grade 8 – 10 students. This initiative will support our school goal and our commitment to ensure that Sentinel learners our fluent in the areas of creativity, collaboration, problem solving, information gathering, and media, while at the same time developing a caring, responsible and compassionate community.  Sentinel is committed to providing your child with outstanding educational opportunities and we are excited about the opportunities that technology can provide to enhance student learning and engagement in the classroom.

Sentinel will be participating in the Terry Fox Run on Thursday, September 29th.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students and staff to be active and build community while supporting a worthy cause.

We hope that you will consider being involved with our Sentinel Parent Advisory Council (PAC), which will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 14thParent involvement at the secondary level is as important as ever and we encourage all parents to participate in these opportunities.

Once again, this year we are asking all parents to access and sign the release forms on-line. These forms, along with a great deal of information regarding upcoming events and school news, can be found on our school website; www.sd45.bc.ca/sentinel. As well, our Sentinel App, created by the Sentinel Student App Development Team, can be downloaded to get current updates, newsletters, bulletins, block rotations and more.

Finally, I look forward to seeing you at one, or more, of the many school events throughout the year. On behalf of Vice-Principals Rebecca Rowley and Kathy Grant, I wish you all the best as we launch forward into this year with enthusiasm and Spartan Pride!

Mike Finch