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BURNABY CONTINUING EDUCATION OFFERS FREE DEMO CLASSES
Interested in learning Tai-Chi, Chinese Calligraphy or French? Or perhaps you'd like to be more comfortable with computers or navigating the internet? Please join us for a FREE 1-hour demonstration of some of the general interest classes that will be offered in January 2015. These demo classes will be held  Saturday, November 22, 29 & December 6 at three different secondary schools. Click here to see the list of demos and when and where each class will be offered. There is something for everyone!

For a detailed list of general courses offered in January click here for English version and here for Mandarin/Cantonese version.

PROGRAMS FOR HIGH-ABILITY LEARNERS
Burnaby School District is always looking for ways to meet the unique learning needs of each of our learners. This fall, a Multi-Age Cluster Class for high-ability learners entering grades 4-7 began at Capitol Hill Elementary.  LEARN MORE

In the Fall of 2015, the District is pleased to be offering a  mini-school for high-ability learners entering grade 8 at Alpha Secondary. LEARN MORE 
Click here for an article on the program. 

STRONGER TOGETHER
On November 6, Burnaby Central Secondary hosted a celebration and signing of the school district’s second Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement. The Burnaby Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Working Group has dedicated the past two years of consultation and collaborative dialogue to the creation of this Agreement, entitled, Stronger Together. This five-year agreement is a commitment by the school district, local Aboriginal communities, and the Ministry of Education to work together to support Aboriginal learners so that they can maximize their learning potential. Since the signing of the first agreement, the six year completion rate for students of Aboriginal ancestry has increased 11%  LEARN MORE 
Click here for an article on the signing celebration. 

ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST STUDENTS IN THE WORLD

Carolyn Chen, a grade 8 Burnaby Mountain student, is one of the brightest middle school students in the world. She was recently honoured in Baltimore by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for her exceptional grade level performance  on college entrance tests. Of the 16,459 grade 7 & 8 participants, only 960 US and international students scored high enough to be invited to the ceremony. Her designation qualifies her for CTY’s residential summer programs, online classes, and family programs.  LEARN MORE           

GOVERNOR GENERAL ACADEMIC MEDAL RECIPIENTS
For more than 125 years, a Governor General’s Academic Medal has been awarded to the graduating student who has the highest average from each secondary school in Canada. In Burnaby Schools, the Governor General’s Academic Medal recipients for the 2013-14 school year are: Mohammad Asadi Lari ( Alpha), Pashindu Muthukuda (Burnaby Central), Zahra Rajwani (Burnaby Mountain), Nancy Lum (Burnaby North), Anna Ye (Burnaby South), Justin Lin (Byrne Creek), Natasha Williams (Cariboo Hill), and Jenny Zhang (Moscrop). These exceptional students were honoured by the Burnaby Board of Education on October 28. Congratulations – you make us proud! LEARN MORE

MAKING MATH FUN
The goal for Burnaby South math teacher Mr. Amos Lee's is to make math a fun learning experience instead of a burden. He counters the question of "When are we ever going to use this?" by showing the link between math and real world applications such as business and sales optimization and the use of infinite geometric series in cellphone chip development. It’s a teaching style that resonates with his student – and the head of the country - for Mr. Lee was recently recognized by the Prime Minister’s office for teaching excellence, and was awarded a Certificate of Achievement Regional Award. BC educators won 22 awards out of 37 nominations from the province. Across Canada, 224 educators were nominated, and 54 were recognized with Prime Minister’s awards.   LEARN MORE   

BURNABY BOARD OF EDUCATION

The next public meeting of the Burnaby Board of Education is Tuesday, November 25,
7 pm 
at the District Administration Office, 5325 Kincaid Street. LEARN MORE
 

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