West Heights Community School is located on the west side of Mission with a population of approximately 214. We are a welcoming community that is a central hub in the neighbourhood. We offer a variety of programs that support our students. Buddy Reading program and collaboration between classes are only a few curriculum examples along with extra-curricular activites such as: Chess Club, Me to We, and sports. Students can also volunteer for compost and recycling crews, as office monitors, and equipment sign out. In addition to French offered to our Intermediate students, we teach the Aboriginal language Halq'emeylem for some of our Primary classes.
The Ministry of Education program, StrongStart, is offered in our school for parents/caregivers with children aged 0 to 5 and we also offer after school care with the W.H.A.R.P. (West Heights After School Recreation Program). We are also fortunate to have the parent Advisory Council volunteer in the school on a daily basis who run the kitchen daily and provide emergency lunches and a Breakfast club open daily from 7:45am-8:15am which is open to eveyone at the school which is operated by staff.
The Mission of West Heights School, in partnership with our diverse community, is to encourage our students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes of a lifelong learner and to strive for personal excellence within a respectful, tolerant environment.
Please take some time to read over the Code of Conduct with your child/children. We welcome your feedback! Click on the link: Student Code of Conduct
Families are advised that registration of students for bus transportation for the 2016-17 school year will run from May 3rd through June 30th, 2016. In order to ride a district school bus, all new and returning riders must complete a registration form each year.
Registration can be initiated by using our online bus registration form, or in person at the Transportation Department (NEW LOCATION) located at 33919 Dewdney Trunk Road, during the business hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. M-F. Please note, registration is not considered complete until full payment is received. If you are using the online form, you will be contacted directly by the Transportation office regarding payment arrangements.
Students who qualify to use district transportation services but have not registered by June 30th, or students who are cross boundary students, are not guaranteed transportation as it will depend on availability of service.
Any registrations received after the June 30th deadline will incur a 20% surcharge.
The Transportation office will be closed between July 1st and August 19th, 2016. Online registrations may still be submitted during this time.
Currently, there is a lot of change taking place with the direction of learning in British Columbia. Part of this change has to do with the B.C. curriculum and the change from outcome focuses to competency based focus. Parents should be watching and listening to what is happening by visiting the ministry website https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca and getting some background information on what these changes might look like. Check out the faq page that gives parents some rationale for the changes in the curriculum.
As schools change to the new curriculum in September 2016, there is much excitement that teachers will be able to dig deeper into learning making it more meaningful, engaging and connected to the real world through skills that students can apply as they grow up and become citizens in our society.
Please be aware that there are two days that have been mandated by the Ministry of Education in order for teachers and district staff to have the opportunity to learn about the new curriculum and plan for its implementation. These two new non-instructional days will be February 22nd and May 2nd. School will not be in session on these days.
Mission is currently in need of nurturing host families who want to provide a caring “home away fromhome” for our elementary and secondary international students. Student placements can range from two weeks to two years or more! These paid positions are a wonderful way to learn about another culture and to share Canada with students from another country. Most international students are looking for a host family that includes mom and dad as well as school age children. We are particularly in need of families with children in grades 4 – 7. If you are interested in hosting students, please apply on-line: http://www.studyinmission.ca/ Homestay; New Host Families; click On-line Application Form. Please complete all 5 sections of the on-line application form. For more information, call the International Program Office at 604-826-6286 ex. 3336.
2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration
FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN
In Mission, all of our elementary schools offer full day kindergarten classes.
WHEN AND WHERE
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL MISSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
For additional information, please call the Board of Education Office at 604-826-6286 or visit www.mpsd.ca
West Heights Community
32065 Van Velzen Avenue
Mission, BC, Canada
Tel: 604 826 6401
Fax: 604 826 9934
Parents / guardians please check the District website: www.mpsd.ca for updates regarding inclement weather.
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Sep 6 - School begins (early dismissal at 11:00am)