From the Principal
I must start by sending out a sincere and heartfelt welcome to all of our students, parents, and staff as we start up this school year. I know for many of us summer has been an incredibly busy time, and it just seems like yesterday that we were celebrating the successful closing of the last school year in June. Time really does fly! But “WELCOME” to the 2018-2019 GSTS school year!
For many of the new faces walking through our school doors, my name is Chris Turnbull and I’m your school Principal. Last year, I was the Principal of GSTS and I can’t express in words how excited I am to continue in this position. We’ve been making so many positive strides forward and building some real momentum as a Sciences & Technology school that my heart would break if I ever had to leave! Science & technology are real passions of mine.
Our opening welcome was a huge success with lots of hugs and familiar faces! It was such a pleasure meeting all the students with their moms and dads as they joined us for our open house BBQ and/or came in the front door for hot chocolate and a pencil on opening day. I believe everyone enjoyed the comfort of a hot chocolate as it just seemed to take the edge off any uncertainty. This could not have been done without the help of our Glendale staff, THANK YOU.
This startup, I also have the privilege of introducing some new staff members to our Glendale community: Teachers - Caitlin Ranger 8C and Meghan Novak 6N; Educational Assistants - Lawrence Elickson and Tara Andrie; and Supporting Staff - Tania Diletzoy as Counsellor, and Nicole Goodwin as Community Liaison Worker. All have demonstrated an incredible amount of professionalism and competence during startup and come highly recommended.
Lastly, I wanted to share with you our main foci:
1. Literacy & Numeracy
2. Hands-on Science & the Incorporation of Technology
3. Field Studies
4. Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) - ARMOUR
To briefly discuss PBIS and ARMOUR - this is a schoolwide behavioral program with one goal in mind - creating a positive school or classroom culture that will make school more effective for all students. It underscores the belief that all students can learn and that all behaviors are taught by what we (parents, teachers & support staff) DO, what we ALLOW, what we STOP, what we IGNORE, and what we REINFORCE. As we are the Gladiators, in this program we highlight 6 character/social and success skills: ARMOUR (A-chievement, R-espect, M-indfulness, O-penness, U-nity, R-esilience). This is what we teach our students and what we’ll reinforce. Like all behavior programs - consistency is key - so having parents use the same terminology at home makes the program and behaviors stronger and more tangible for our students.
To conclude, I wish you all the best and brightest school year possible. Please keep an eye on the school calendar as it will get busy very quickly and if you’d like (or are able) to get more involved with our School Council and Parent Association, we will be having our first meeting on September 18, 2018 @ 7pm. Many cheers ahead.