West Heights Community School is located on the west side of Mission with a population of approximately 227. 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
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.
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL MISSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
When & Where:
Your Neighbourhood Catchment Area:
Schools of Choice Kindergarten Applications:
Our Schools of Choice are:
Schools of Choice offer differing presentations of our educational curriculum. The opportunity to attend a School of Choice is open to all Mission residents as these schools have district wide catchment areas.
Kindergarten applications to attend Schools of Choice can be filed at any time, and for any year of birth, at the Board of Education Office. Please bring your child’s proof of age documentation:
Birth Certificate - Other acceptable documents include: Passport, Permanent Residence Card, Aboriginal Status Card, Baptismal Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship or Immigration Canada document.
PLEASE NOTE (Sibling Registration):
Distance Education / Home Learning Program: Please see Summit Learning Centre (on the left hand sidebar of the MPSD home page) for registration and details of our home learning program.
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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Show your school spirit with West Heights' name and logo...
Nov 4 - Vancouver Symphony (Div 1, 2 & 3)
Nov 9 - Photo Retakes
Nov 10 - Remembrance Day Assembly
Nov 10 - Early Dismissal (11:00 am)
Nov 11 - Remembrance Day (No School)
Nov 17 -10 Year Celebration Strong Start followed by Ready Set Learn (4:00pm - 5:30pm)
Nov 18 - Movie Night (TBA)
Nov 21 - Report Cards go home
Nov 24 - Student/Parent Teacher Conferences (please check with your childs teacher)
Nov 25 - No School
Dec 5 - Me-To-We Bake Sale (9:00 - 10:00 am)
Dec 14 - Christmas Concert (12:45 pm)
Dec 16 - Dress Up Theme (PJ's)