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Science at the Academy

By Alexander Academy on June 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bringing the subject of science to life for students is exactly what Mr. Davidoff did when he prepared our Alexander Academy students to challenge themselves by entering our first science fair.

 Everyone was engaged and interested! Inquiries were made and considered. Does the environment influence human behaviour? Will corn survive global warming? What type of music causes plants to grow faster? We even found out about herbal anti-bacterials! It was a morning full of scientific discoveries.

Macbeth

Theatre contributes to the development of students and is both an academic discipline and a performing art. At the Academy, the study of theatre in English 11 motivated our students to develop ideas, insights and values. Through the study of MacBeth, our students were involved in a theatre– dialogue– which provided them with a uniquely effective method for studying the communicative functions of human language.

Such a creative experience allowed our students to develop the ability to communicate through the art form.

The showing of MacBeth truly provided students with the opportunity to practice the skills learned, both in the classroom and in public performance. The performance was an inspiration for us all!

 Our Art Show

 The entire school celebrated the work of our student artists by attending our first annual year-end art show.

 The walls showcased student’s work, giving students recognition and exposure for their work.

 Student work will be on display for the last 2 weeks of June.
 Our Fabulous Teachers

 These are the people who spark magic and change lives…our educators!
We wish everyone a fabulous summer vacation and look forward to the 2016/17 school year!


June 30th – Report cards distributed at 2pm

By Alexander Academy on June 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Report cards can be picked up at the school office, or contact the school for other distribution options.


Arts at the Academy

By Alexander Academy on May 23rd, 2016 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


 Arts at Alexander Academy
At the Academy, comprehensive, innovative art initiatives have emerged. Our teachers believe in using the arts as a learning tool, have incorporated the arts into other core classes and are creating a school environment rich in the arts and culture. 
We believe in the arts for many reasons. We know that students who are immersed in the arts do better on their academic tests, and most importantly the arts teach our students to enjoy the deeper forms of beauty. 
It is, therefore, one of our goals to ensure that every student has the opportunity to learn about, enjoy, and participate directly in the arts.
 Filming of our short film titled, “Lost Corners”, written by Janis and filmed by our 
Drama and Television class.
 Jonas, the camera man
 The Cast
Some pieces from our charcoal drawing classes!

Some of the Cast from MacBeth, who will be performing at the Scotia Arts Center in downtown Vancouver on June 15, 2016. We are looking forward to this performance!

  
Some colourful pieces from Mr. Christian’s Art class

 Tying knots in an art! Our outdoor education students embrace the art of wilderness survival in 
Outdoor Leadership!

We know that students flourish when creativity drives their learning; the following pictures are a testament to that. Thank you to our fine educators who make the arts what they are at 
Alexander Academy!

Month of May

By Alexander Academy on May 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Almost Mid-May!

As we enter our last full month of school for this academic year, I am energized from looking back over so much that has been accomplished, and especially looking ahead to these final weeks.

It is that exciting time of year when we find out where our amazing 20 graduates will be furthering their studies.We just had our very first Academy student accepted into the University of Toronto! It was an exciting day, especially after witnessing all of the efforts that went into the application. Since that day the excitement just continued to escalate with one more student accepted to the University of Toronto as well as UBC, SFU, BCIT, Emily Carr, U of A, Alexander College, University of The Arts London, Vancouver Film School, Vancouver Arts Institute, and Brock University! We are still waiting to hear from the Justice Institute.
Our first student accepted to the University of Toronto!
We are very proud of our graduating class of 2016. We are looking forward to celebrating their graduation day on June 9th!
Social responsibility is one of the Academy’s guiding principles, and community giving is at its core. As a result, our students have contributed in the areas of community giving and sustainability. On the first Friday of every month, we have been at the Vancouver Dream Centre serving food and having fun. It has been a wonderful opportunity for us to give back. We also spent an afternoon pulling invasive species at Stanley Park.

Fun faces at the Soup Kitchen
 Ivy Pulling at Stanley Park

Our next endeavor is to raise funds for the Red Cross and help those families who have been forced to evacuate from their homes in Fort Mc Murray. Giving back is at the heart of who our students are.


Shakespeare at the Academy

By Alexander Academy on April 14th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


 Four Hundred Years of Shakespeare

This year, the Academy will celebrate the four hundredth year since William Shakespeare penned his last play. His prose, characters. and plots will come alive this May as our English students bring his work to the stage. Our students are engaged, excited and gearing up to perform MacBeth as part of the birthday celebrations. 

How is it that this poet and playwright who lived so long ago still has an impact on contemporary culture? This is what a couple of our students had to say about Shakespeare when asked this question: 

“His characters are interesting and his story lines have themes that we all relate to – love, honor, bravery, and betrayal.”

 “Shakespeare is just a part of our popular culture.”

It is true, Shakespeare’s work is incorporated into our curriculum and our students typically read one play each year. Outside of the classroom, students also are exposed to Shakespeare in ballets, movies, theater, and festivals; as a result, most everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet. He was a man of his times, who never would have known that his stories of intrigue would be celebrated for centuries to follow.

Below is a sketch produced by one of our students as she prepares to create a life-size drawing to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare at the Academy.  

 After seeing just this sneak preview, we are all looking forward to what more our English students shall bring in the “Merry Month of May’.



Scholorships

By Alexander Academy on April 3rd, 2016 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

At Alexander Academy, we endeavor to promote life-long learning. This year, Alexander Academy is proud to announce the start of our Alexander Academy Aspiring Leaders Scholarships.
The purpose of these scholarships is to reward students who make a significant contribution to the school and community. The scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Strength of character and leadership
  • Athletic accomplishments
  • Artistic accomplishments
  • Community participation and contributions

To be considered, candidates must submit the following:

Contact us scholarship@alexanderacademy.ca for submission information. Submission Deadline is May 31st, 2016.

 To find out more about the scholarship click on this link:
Alexander Academy’s Aspiring Leaders Scholarships

 Below is a list of Provincial Scholarships that are designed to recognize achievement and encourage students to pursue post-secondary education. See HERE for the Provincial Awards Program Review Report.

Upcoming 2016/17 graduates can pursue the following scholarships:

55 BC Excellence Scholarships to recognize well-rounded BC graduates. Winners will have demonstrated community service and show aptitude and commitment to their chosen career paths. They will receive $5,000 in scholarship vouchers. Students must be nominated for this scholarship by their school. School applications will be accepted in January.

3000 BC Achievement Scholarships for the highest cumulative average based on grades 10, 11, 12 courses required for graduation will receive a $1250 scholarship voucher.

Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship (PTES) is awarded to 20 outstanding high school graduates who have demonstrated a commitment and aptitude for a career path in K-12 teaching. Winners receive a $5000 scholarship voucher towards their teaching program.
Upcoming grads for the 2016/17 year can see Ms. Lewis for any further information on these scholarships opportunities.


Random Acts of Kindness

By Alexander Academy on March 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


                                         Committed to Kindness

Practicing kindness is a natural expression of who we are. There was no reason for all of us at the Academy to participate in our very own “Random Acts of Kindness” week, other than to make others smile.

Kindness builds a sense of connectedness and creates community. At the Academy, we took kindness to a whole new level by giving free hugs, to chocolate kisses, to written notes, a pink day and even handing out carnations at Waterfront Station.  The ripple effects of that week are still felt on a daily basis. A spark of kindness has flared into a flame.  


We had a lot of fun making it!

By Alexander Academy on February 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bullying Stops Here

Over the past few years, the media has highlighted bullying. As a result schools and our ministry have spent significant time developing successful strategies to remove bullying from schools and ultimately society. Every year in late February Canada’s Pink Shirt Bully-Awareness Day brings the topic of bullying to centre stage. This year’s Pink Shirt Day is February 24th, and as it approaches, I would like to address what the Academy is doing to address bullying concerns.

In June 2012, the Ministry of Education launched the ERASE (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) Bullying: www.erasebullying.ca.

The ERASE program defines bullying as “a pattern of unwelcome or aggressive behaviour, often with the goal of making others uncomfortable, scared or hurt. Bullying is a way of having control or power over their target, and it is often based on another person’s appearance, culture, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The ERASE program calls for stronger codes of conducts in schools that must include a strengthened language consistent with the Human Rights Act. The enhanced codes must include: “The prohibition of discrimination on the basis of an individual’s or a group’s race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation, or age.” At the Academy, our student code of conduct perfectly aligns with ministry standards.

The ERASE Program outlines the importance of being connected.  Research shows that students who feel connected to their school are less likely to engage in risky behaviours like smoking, drinking, drug use, gang involvement, and the like. They are also more likely to have better academic achievement, school attendance, and to stay in school longer than those who don’t feel connected.

The Academy faculty recognizes the importance of school connectedness. Just recently, four of our teachers attended the level 1 and level 2 of erase bullying and threat assessment training programs. This term the focus will be on “Random Acts of Kindness”. We have several activities planned to promote kindness! It is from kindness that people become connected. The first event will be “Random Acts of Kindness Week” from February 22-26. During the week, we will also celebrate Pink Day on February 24th. We are looking forward to connecting!


By Alexander Academy on January 24th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 Volunteering at the Metro Vancouver Dream Centre

 On January 15th, we had our first opportunity of the year to volunteer at the Metro Vancouver Dream Centre. We had so many students who wanted to volunteer that we had to turn them away! It was heart warming to see our Academy student’s enthusiasm to lend a helping hand.

Our goal is for every student who would like to participate to have one day at the soup kitchen. 

Volunteering at the centre means interacting directly with people benefiting from the extra help. It was wonderful to see the Academy students in action; they brought smiles to many faces. One small act of kindness can make someone’s day.


Things we have been up to!

By Alexander Academy on January 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Leave a comment



Back Again
Happy 2016!

I spent some time over the break musing about how wonderful it is to be part of the Academy team and to be surrounded by this wonderful group of teachers and students. A lot of “fabulous” has happened at the Academy over the past few months. I am thrilled to share a few examples! 

First, I hope today’s blog finds you healthy and happy! Here we are at the beginning of a very new year with so much to reflect upon and so much to look forward to. 


What sets Alexander Academy Leaders apart?

At the Academy we offer a strong leadership program allowing our students to engage in service learning and leadership opportunities. From their committed efforts, our student leaders are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life—in other words, model candidates for higher learning! Below are examples of some of the projects our student leaders led this semester:

Zero Waste

Throughout the term, student leaders set up a Zero Waste program at the Academy. They researched best zero waste practice, set up zero waste and recycling stations throughout the school and led a zero waste information initiative for the student body.  From their efforts, they have set up a zero waste work station allowing other students to take part in developing the initiative further.

 
Zero Waste team: Leon, Sophia, Tina, Jonas
Zero Waste bulletin board

Check out our Zero Wast Presentation:
https://prezi.com/o6ec5ssen3vx/zero-waste/


School Beautification  

The student leaders took responsibility in the planning and conduct of the “school beautification project”. Through their participation, they instilled a sense of pride and ownership for the school in the students. Working with peers and being involved in group decision-making also provides personal development opportunities. Our students spent the term decorating the halls and stairwells. They also involved the entire school in the process by making a “Wall of Dream Birds”. 


Peer Tutoring Club 

Under the direction of Leadership 12, the Peer Tutoring Club was formed. Our students leaders recognized a need to help their fellow students improve their learning in academic classes by starting a peer tutoring club. As leaders, the students have had the opportunity to develop many of their own skills such as communication, leadership, organization, interpersonal, oral, and writing and decision- making skills while helping other students achieve success in their studies.

Community Involvement

Not only were our student leaders involved in the school community, they also reached out to the local community by volunteering at Loving Spoonful. They made sweet candy pizzas. A wonderful way to support others in need.

Covenant House Sock Drive

This Christmas, our student leaders promoted the spirit of giving by leading a sock drive for Covenant House. We witnessed 100% participation from our students and collected over 100 socks!

Talent Show

As a wrap up to our year, the student leaders organized a Talent Show for us. We had a wonderful line up of amazing performers who inspired us with their talent. The Academy certainly has got talent!

Sharing Christmas Collectively
The leadership students ended the year by providing us with some very special Christmas memories. As a school, we had the opportunity to create our own individual Christmas tree ornaments and collectively decorated our stunning Christmas tree. It was a magical moment.   Our year ended with a Christmas party and a secret Santa exchange. 

As a school community we have been inspired. Our student leaders are making things happen by leading through example as they model the way for others and enabling them to act as well!






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