LORD BYNG SECONDARY SCHOOL - GRADE EIGHT PROGRAM GUIDE 2020 2021 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Vancouver School Board

 
LORD BYNG SECONDARY SCHOOL - GRADE EIGHT PROGRAM GUIDE 2020 2021 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Vancouver School Board
LORD BYNG
SECONDARY SCHOOL
  Vancouver, British Columbia

    GRADE EIGHT
  PROGRAM GUIDE
     2020 - 2021
LORD BYNG SECONDARY SCHOOL - GRADE EIGHT PROGRAM GUIDE 2020 2021 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Vancouver School Board
LORD BYNG SECONDARY SCHOOL
               3939 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6R 3C9
                                 Telephone: (604) 713-8171
                         https://www.vsb.bc.ca/schools/lord-byng

Principal                                                                  Mr. D. Wilmann
Vice Principal                                                             Ms. M. Wood
Grade 8 Vice-Principal                                                     Mr. M. Vulgaris

                                   WELCOME!
The staff of Lord Byng extends a warm welcome to you as you enter Grade 8! Lord Byng
Secondary is a school of approximately 1300 students, Grades 8 through 12.

Lord Byng is a warm, friendly place for students, staff and guests. Students come from
across the city and many parts of the world to attend our school. Students at Byng value
citizenship, collaboration, leadership, school climate, and inclusion, along with connections
to our local and global community.

Lord Byng officially opened in 1925 and was named in honor of Julian Hedworth George
Byng, the Lord Byng of Vimy, a hero of Vimy Ridge and the Governor General of Canada at
the time. The school's motto "Guardian of Morals" is the translated version of "Custos
Morum”. The school's colours are scarlet and grey, and our school teams are known as the
Grey Ghosts. Byng was expanded in 2003 with a new library and art gallery, as well as studio
and classroom space.

Lord Byng is an excellent school with a tradition of high levels of success in academic,
athletic and cultural activities. At Lord Byng Secondary School, we work to build a
supportive and positive rapport between students, staff and the community by creating a
sense of belonging, pride and school spirit. Building on our strong academic foundation,
character development is reflected in our code of conduct which promotes community,
accountability, respect, effort and safety – Byng CARES!

We hope that your five years at Lord Byng will be enjoyable, and that you are successful in
all your academic and extracurricular pursuits!

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GRADE EIGHT COURSES
Each student takes 8 courses:

        •   English                                   •   Physical and Health Education
        •   Math                                      •   French
        •   Science                                   •   Fine Arts
        •   Social Studies                            •   Applied Design, Skills and Technology

Some students will take English Language Learning courses, classes in our Resource Centre or in
our Skills Development Centre, in place of one or more of the courses listed above.

Other options include a District Specified Alternative Program: Byng Arts, for students wishing
to focus on the Fine Arts, and a District program designed to support students’ learning and
development.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
ENGLISH 8
Students study fiction, poetry, mythology, drama and often a Shakespeare selection, the
objective being an introduction to genre. Writing activities in this course focus on the paragraph
but also consider multi-paragraph writing. Language development, grammar and vocabulary
activities are taught using a variety of methods. Students complete projects that extend the
opportunity to develop group work and oral presentation.
For information on BC's Curriculum for English Language Arts 8, please see the following:
https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/english-language-arts/8

MATHEMATICS 8
Math 8 is a continuation of the standard K-7 program. Topics include: Logic and Patterns; Ratio,
Rate and Proportion; Perfect Squares and Cubes; Square Root and the Pythagorean Theorem;
Operations with Fractions; Algebraic Expressions and Equations, Surface Area and Volume of
Regular Solids; Construction and Views of 3-D Objects; Probability and Financial Literacy.

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SCIENCE 8
The curriculum is based primarily on a “Big Ideas” approach. The big ideas for the Science 8
course are:
1. Life processes are performed at the cellular level.
2. The behavior of matter can be explained by the kinetic molecular theory and atomic
theory.
3. Energy can be transferred as both a particle and a wave; and
4. The theory of plate tectonics is the unifying theory that explains Earth’s geological
processes.

SOCIAL STUDIES 8
The Ministry of Education has implemented a Social Studies curriculum based upon Core
Competencies termed “Big Ideas”. The content parameters will range from the 7th century up
to 1750. The big ideas for inquiry stressed within the content background include: contacts
and conflicts between peoples, human and environmental factors shaping change, the
consequences of exploration, expansion and colonization for different groups and how
changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas
and those wanting to preserve established traditions. For further information regarding the
curriculum specifics, please visit https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum.

PHYSICAL & HEALTH EDUCATION 8
These programs will introduce and refine all basic movement skills. Students will be exposed
to a broad and diversified program of physical activities with emphasis on learning basic skills,
rules and strategies. Positive personal and social behaviour and interpersonal relationships are
developed through active involvement in these physical activities.
ALL PE CLASSES ARE CO-ED.

FRENCH 8
Using teaching methods such as the Accelerative Integrative Method (AIM) and Teaching
Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS), students will start speaking French from
day 1 in the classroom. Emphasis is put on oral participation & listening comprehension.
Writing & reading proficiency will be developed through in-depth study of plays & stories.
Supplemental Supplies: Online portal: $5. Highly recommended.

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APPLIED DESIGN, SKILLS AND TECHNOLOGY 8
Applied Design, Skills and Technology 8 provides students with the opportunity to experience a
variety of subjects with unique learning and practical experiences. The current look of this
diverse six course rotation introduces students to subjects in Home Economics, Technical
Studies and Art. It allows for students to experiences subjects that they likely have never
experienced and give them an opportunity to “window shop” some possible elective course
offerings for Grade 9.

Art Metal / Jewelry 8
Students will be introduced to various metalworking hand tools and equipment. They will hone
their skills and use their creativity as they learn while working on their project in a safe shop
setting.

Foods & Nutrition 8
Students will develop skills in basic food preparation. Good eating habits and nutrition are
emphasized throughout the course. Students also develop skills in cooperation and working
within groups during practical foods labs.

Media Arts 8/Graphic Arts 8
Depending on who is teaching this course, students will be provided with the opportunity to an
introduction into video & filmmaking or graphic arts involving computers and hands on
experiences.

Woodworking 8
This is a course designed to introduce students to different woodworking machines and tools in
a safe workshop environment. Students learn basic skills to utilize their creativity to design and
build their project.

Textiles 8
Students will construct a small craft project. They will develop confidence in the use and
control of the sewing machine and learn basic sewing construction.

Career Explorations 8
The aim of Health and Career Education 8 is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and
attitudes that will assist them in making informed decisions related to their health, their
education, and their future careers. Students will learn about coping with stress, nutrition, how
to have healthy relationships, personal image, life and workplace safety, careers and
employability.

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FINE ARTS 8
Students will choose from the following options for Fine Arts:
        Drama 8
        Art 8
        Music 8: Choir
        Music 8: Concert Band Beginners
        Music 8: Concert Band Junior
        Music 8: Jazz Band Junior*
        Music 8: Jazz Band Intermediate*
        Music 8: Junior Symphony*
        Music 8: Orchestral Strings Beginner
        Music 8: Orchestral Strings Junior
        Music 8: Orchestra Junior Honour*
        * off timetable early morning or afternoon classes

Drama 8
Drama 8 introduces students to the whole range of Drama activities: improvisation, theatre
sports, basic acting, speaking skills, and composing scenes. Some features include coaching and
demonstrations by experienced senior students, workshops in such theatre areas as dance and
mime, and opportunities to see plays. There is plenty of intellectual and creative challenge in
Drama 8 but little written work. Drama 8 is enjoyable for students who have acting experience
and for students with no previous experience in Drama. It is a good start for those who wish to
go on in acting as well as those who wish to overcome shyness and improve their self-
confidence. For Drama 8 students who wish to act in plays, there are several extracurricular
opportunities available each year.

Art 8
This fun and creative course requires no previous art experience. Students will be introduced
to a variety of media such as oil pastels, paints, charcoal, India ink, collage, ceramics, paper-
mache, and printmaking. Projects may include doodle art, cartooning, abstract painting, and
sculpting an object in clay. A sketchbook of ideas, interests and artwork is worked on each
week. Effort and a willingness to try new things are at the foundation of this course.

Music 8: Choir
This course will include group vocal techniques, ensemble techniques, music literacy, and will
cover repertoire from a wide range of musical periods and styles. The group will participate in
several school concerts each year.

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Music 8: Concert Band Beginners
Instruction on traditional concert band, wind and percussion, instruments for students with no
previous experience. Students will perform at school and participate in field trips to observe
concerts. Students will have the opportunity to play a wide variety of music and learn to express
themselves through active music-making in a supportive community environment.

Music 8: Concert Band Junior
This section is designed for students who have at least one year of previous band experience,
or through private lessons or director’s approval. Junior Band performs concerts at the school,
at District Festivals, and throughout the community. Each year, this band goes on a trip to
Camp Squamish or a town close by (ex. Powell River, Langley, Vancouver Island). They will
receive music clinics and work with guest conductors. Musicians will play a large variety of
enjoyable music and will be given countless opportunities to express themselves creatively.

Music 8: Jazz Band Junior
This course focuses on developing skills in playing Jazz music. Students must have 1-year band
experience or director’s approval and are to be enrolled in another band class concurrently.
Students enrolled in this class start by learning basic jazz techniques and progress to easy jazz
arrangements. Students must also be in another band class but may play a different instrument
from that played in Concert Band. The Junior Jazz Band will perform at the school and in our
school neighbourhood. This band meets off timetable but is a full credit course.

Music 8: Jazz Band Intermediate
This course focuses on developing skills in playing jazz music, including improvising. Students
must already be familiar with basic jazz techniques and have 1-year band experience or director’s
approval and be enrolled in another band class concurrently. The intermediate Jazz Band will
perform at the school, in the Secondary Jazz Festival and in our school neighbourhood. This band
meets off timetable but is a full credit course.

Music 8: Orchestral Strings Beginner
This course is designed for students to begin playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass).
Students will participate in the Fall Orchestra Retreat at Whistler and will be integrated into the
Intermediate String Orchestra after the First Term.

Music 8: Orchestral Strings Junior
This course is designed for students who have up to 2 years playing a string instrument (violin,
viola, cello, bass). Students will participate in the Fall Orchestra Retreat at Whistler.

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Music 8: Orchestra Junior Honour
Unique to Lord Byng, this course is designed for highly motivated students to work as a chamber
ensemble on more advanced repertoire, to form quartets and to work independently with
student leaders (without conductor). The Honour Orchestra will participate in the Fall Orchestra
Retreat at Whistler, the District Orchestra Festival, the Kiwanis Festival, and national (provincial)
competitions, school concerts, and will form the core group for a String Tour as described above.
The Honour Orchestra is frequently invited to represent the VSB String Program for special
performances in the community and away. Entry to this course is by audition.

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VSB DISTRICT PROGRAMS
BYNG ARTS PROGRAM
Byng Arts is an intensive program designed for students who wish to direct their energy and
passion towards the fine arts, work within a community of students who share their interests and
maintain strong academic achievement. The Byng Arts program operates as a school within a
school and promotes academic and artistic excellence through curricular and extra-curricular
activities in the fine arts, literary arts, and applied fine arts. A program fee is charged to cover
the costs of Byng Arts events, the passports, and to support the specialty courses with supplies
and guest speakers.

Features of the Byng Arts Grade 8 Program
•    Streamed in English and Socials Studies
•    Specialization in one of: Band, Drama, Strings, Visual Arts, Choir or Media Arts
•    Integrated with main school for Science, French, Mathematics, Applied Skills 8 and PE

Byng Arts 8 Program of Study
•   Fine Art Specialty 8 (Drama, Music,               •   Math 8
    Visual Art, Media Arts)                           •   Science 8
•   English 8: Byng Arts                              •   Physical and Health Education 8
•   Social Studies 8: Byng Arts                       •   Applied Skills 8
•   French 8

Byng Arts 8 Fine Arts Specialties
Band            Music 8: Concert Band: Beginners, Junior and Intermediate
                Music 8: Jazz Band: Junior*
                Music 8: Junior Symphony*
Drama           Drama 8: Byng Arts Theatre Arts
Strings         Music 8: Orchestral Strings Beginner, Junior and Intermediate
                Music 8: Orchestra Junior Honour *
                Music 8: Junior Symphony*
Visual Arts     Art 8: Byng Arts Honours
Media Arts      Media Arts 8 Advanced
Choir           Music 8 Junior, Intermediate, Jr. Chamber
                * off timetable early morning, lunch time or after school classes
      Note: Placements in Band and Strings are based on performance during the audition

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LEARNING ASSISTANCE AND LIFE SKILLS
These District Special Education Programs are for students in grades 8-12 with special learning
needs. The curriculum offers modified academic subjects, life skills, career preparation and
work experience. Students are placed in these classes by the Vancouver Board of Education’s
Central Screening Committee.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING (previously called ESL)
The ELL program is designed to promote the acquisition of the English language. Since each
student acquires language at a different pace, some students will require less time in ELL while
others will require more.

ELL students are placed in the appropriate level class based on reading and writing
assessments. Students help one another and learn to participate in co-operative learning, thus
ensuring their eventual success. The Ministry of Education requires anecdotal reporting for ELL
courses.

ELL Level Courses
Beginners or reception-level as well as intermediate to advanced students are required to take
ELL Literature, Writing, Social Studies, and Science. They are integrated in Mathematics and
electives. Typical elective courses for integration include: Information Technology, Art, Physical
Education, Band, and Orchestra.

Transitional Level Courses
These courses are for students still needing support in English to achieve academic success in
regular English or Social Studies courses. In addition to Transitional English and Social Studies,
students also take an English Language Centre support block.

English Learning Centre
This course represents the last phase while students are integrating into regular classes. This
course supports students reading and writing below grade level to succeed in an academic
environment.

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STUDENT SERVICES
COUNSELLING
The Counselling program at Lord Byng operates on the premise that the school plays a role in
facilitating the personal and social growth of the students as well as providing for their academic
training and acquisition of knowledge and skills. School counsellors provide both an intervention
and prevention service for developmental, personal, social and educational issues. Students may
confer with counsellors any time they need assistance. Counsellors are available to help students
before school, during lunch hour, and after school. Parents or guardians who have any concerns
are also encouraged to contact the grade counsellor.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
Skills Development is a school-based service designed for students having significant difficulty in
organizing, processing, or retaining information. Students may be referred to the Skills
Development Centre by elementary LAC, subject teacher, administration, counsellors or school-
based team.

SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER
The School Liaison Officer, a member of the Vancouver Police Department, promotes good
citizenship by establishing good communication and relationships between the students and the
Vancouver Police Department. He is involved in crime prevention and intervention, and is a
resource to students, staff, and parents in police-related problems or matters.

MULTI-CULTURAL LIAISON WORKERS
The Multi-cultural Liaison Workers are a resource for students, parents and staff. They are fluent
in English and at least one other language. They are available to assist with communication needs,
cross-cultural and adjustment issues, and school concerns. To contact a multicultural worker
please see http://www.vsb.bc.ca/mclw-contacts.

SETTLEMENT WORKERS IN SCHOOLS (SWIS)
The SWIS Program provides professional settlement services to immigrants, refugees, other
eligible students and families. SWIS does not only connect families to schools, communities and
other government service providers. Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) offer several
workshops during the school year as well as on-going assistance to families in many areas.
Contact information can be found at http://www.vsb.bc.ca/swis-contacts.

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HEALTH SERVICES
As an employee of the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board of Vancouver, the community health
nurse is at Lord Byng on a regular basis. Students may consult the nurse for many reasons other
than health problems. It is hoped they will learn to take responsibility for their health and
happiness by examining their personal lifestyles and making changes when necessary.

STUDENTS’ COUNCIL
Students’ Council is a group of students who are committed to serving and organizing several
activities. This student body represents school spirit. The Students’ Council is made up of an
executive and grade representatives. Two Grade 8 representatives will be elected or selected
at the beginning of the school year.

LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTRE
Lord Byng Library Hours:
8:25 am – 3:30 pm (M-TH) and 8:25 – 3:03 (Fridays)
It is open during recess and lunch periods as well. To extend the resource-based learning
component of their courses, teachers may book their classes into the library and/or the
adjoining computer lab. Students are encouraged, on their own time or with their teacher’s
permissions, to use the facilities in the library to work quietly on assignments or research
activities. There are many resources available to the Lord Byng students on the Lord Byng
library website http://library.vsb.bc.ca – Click on Lord Byng Secondary to log in.

BYNG RESOURCE TEAM
Lord Byng has a team of teachers working with students who require academic support.
Support is provided through scheduled blocks or during regular class time. Referrals for service
are made by subject teachers, counsellors, administrators, or parents. Progress is monitored
and recorded. Students are given the opportunity to upgrade a variety of basic skills,
particularly in reading, writing and math. Emphasis is placed on organizational, test-taking and
study skills. Computers are available for students to type assignments.

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PARENT AND STUDENT INFORMATION
ABSENCES AND LATES
It is important to attend all classes and be on time. If you are absent, please bring a note from
your parent(s) explaining your absence to show your teachers and then hand it in to the office.
If you are late, report directly to your teacher and explain why you are late.

SCHOOL MESSENGER & WEEKLY EBULLETIN
School Messenger is a computerized phone system that is primarily used to advise parents of
students’ attendance. It will also be used on occasion to inform parents of upcoming school
events. We also have a weekly eBulletin that we send out on Fridays to inform parents of the
upcoming events at Lord Byng. At the beginning of each school year, we will send home a form
for parents to sign if they wish to receive the weekly eBulletin.

MY EDUCATION BC
The MyEducation BC student information system allows students and parents to track attendance
and to view report cards. Information regarding login credentials will be in the parent eBulletin
in the fall of the new school year. Website is https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do.

ILLNESS AND ACCIDENTS
There is always a First Aid Attendant on duty. Please report to the main office if ill or injured. Do
not go home without telling someone in the medical centre or in the main office.

PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL (PAC)
This advisory group comprised parents/guardians, administrators and staff meet in the evening
on the last Tuesday of the month during the school year. The PAC is designed to promote a free
exchange of ideas on topics related to school programs, activities and policies. The meetings are
for all parents and guardians of Lord Byng students. Your attendance is encouraged.

LOCKERS
Each student is assigned a locker. All students require two locks, one for the hall locker and one
for a locker to be used during P.E. class. Locks may be purchased at the school.

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SCHOOL AND COURSE FEES
A school fee is charged which includes a school agenda book and student identification card. The
school fee also assists the Students’ Council in supporting school clubs and student activities. For
an additional fee, students can purchase the school Yearbook which has all the students'
photographs in it, as well as photos of teams, clubs and activities throughout the year.
                                                  Financial Hardship Policy
 The Board of Education Trustees is committed to ensuring that no school-age student will be denied an opportunity to participate in a
 course, class or program because of an inability to pay fees. Parents and guardians unable to pay some or all of school a fee or
 deposit are invited to speak to their child's teacher, grade counsellor, and/or an administrator.

GRADE 8 CAMP (Postponed indefinitely)
Early in the year all grade 8's participate in a 2-day retreat. While this is an optional event, all
grade 8's are encouraged to attend because part of the Grade 8 Career and Personal Planning
program will also be presented at this time. Students choosing not to attend camp will have to
do a make-up assignment on their own time. New friendships that last throughout high school
are formed along with an opportunity to meet teachers, peer counsellors and support staff. The
cost of the camp includes transport, and full board for two days and one night.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE
This conference is scheduled before the Christmas break. The dates for the issuance of report
cards and for parent-teacher conferences are published in the August Newsletter. Important
dates are all listed on our Lord Byng student agenda book and our website.

CLUBS AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES
We encourage all grade 8 students to get involved in extra-curricular activities. It's a great way
to make new friends and have fun. Take advantage of the wonderful opportunities at Lord Byng:
On ‘Clubs Day’, usually held in early October, students can sign up for clubs. Meetings are usually
announced over the P.A. All students are encouraged to participate in at least one of the groups
during the year.

LUNCH AND SNACKS
Lord Byng has an excellent Cafeteria which provides good food at reasonable prices. Students
may eat in the cafeteria, halls or leave the campus at lunch. Food is also available before school
and at the break.

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ATHLETICS
The Athletics Program at Lord Byng is designed to give students an opportunity to participate in
sports and compete with students on an inter-school basis. Cooperation, teamwork, skills,
commitment, and sportsmanship are stressed.

Inter-school teams compete with schools in the Vancouver league and can proceed to playoffs
involving other district schools and other provincial representatives. Inter-school sports are
organized into three seasons of play - Fall (Sep-Nov), Winter (Dec-Mar), and Spring (Mar-Jun).

        Divisions in inter-high athletics are determined by age.
        Bantam (Grade 8) under 14 on December 31, 2020
        Juvenile (Grade 9) under 15 on December 31, 2021

Fees are required in those inter-high sports which involve the use of school uniforms, equipment,
and referees. Students engaged in inter-high sports are covered by the inter-school accident
benefit fund.

As with all extra-curricular programs, teachers volunteer their time to coach and sponsor athletic
teams. It is expected that students show their appreciation by giving them their full cooperation.
Breaches of discipline are dealt with by the administration and the Athletic Board at the school
level and by the Inter-High Athletic Association at the District level.

Badminton
The badminton team is open to students of all ages. Tryouts are held for an inter-high team
composed of all divisions. Practices and games are usually held three or four times per week
during the fall term (September - November). No special equipment is required beyond the
regular P.E. strip.

Volleyball (Girls’ and Boys’ Teams)
Girls’ volleyball is offered in the fall with teams selected in all divisions for inter-high competition.
Practices and games are held four times per week. Players must provide their own running shoes.
Boys’ volleyball is offered in the spring. Players are committed to four games and practices per
week during the season.

Cross Country
The cross-country team is open to students of all ages. Training is held daily in the fall. Students
participate in four meets, prior to the provincial championship competition. Cross country
participants are eligible to compete in another fall sport.

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Rugby (Boys)
Bantam and juvenile boys’ rugby takes place in the fall. Training and games take place after
school. The senior and junior boys’ rugby teams have their season in the spring. Players must
supply their own footwear.

Swimming
This fall sport is open to students in all grades. Students meet once a week to train in
community facilities. Swimmers compete in the Vancouver-Richmond Provincial swim meets.

Soccer (Girls’ Team)
Girls’ teams at all levels play in the spring. Games and practices are held about three times
weekly after school during the season. Players must supply their own footwear.

Basketball (Boys’ and Girls’ Teams)
Teams are sponsored in age groups for both boys and girls. Tryouts are held in the fall for inter-
high teams. The winter season runs from early November to early March. Bantam practices
and games take place after school and early morning two to three times each week. The junior
and senior teams play about 20 games a season and most of them are night games.

Golf
Golf is a spring sport open to students in all grades. An inter-high squad is picked in the spring
and the team plays matches in April and May. It is advisable for students to have their own
clubs. Players are required to pay green fees except in inter-school games.

Track and Field
The track and field team train and competes in a variety of events in district meets held
throughout the spring season.

Ultimate
Ultimate is played during the spring season and is open to all students. There is an inter-school
league with many teams.

Girls Field Hockey
The Girls Field Hockey team is open to all players. The season runs from early September until
late October. Practices are at 7:00 on Monday evenings, at Hamber Turf, which is also the
home field for all VSB teams.

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COMMUNICATING STUDENT LEARNING
The Ministry of Education K-9 Interim Student Reporting Order identifies a shift towards a four-
point proficiency scale that will replace percentages and letter grades for grade 8 and 9
students. Following the transition to proficiency scale reporting for Kindergarten to Grade 7,
the District is transitioning Grade 8 and 9 Secondary school courses to the District standard
proficiency scale for reporting. This transition in Secondary schools is taking place after the
completion of a pilot and implementation at the Elementary level and after the completion of a
pilot at the Secondary level.

The transition in Secondary School reporting for the 2020-2021 school year aligns with the
current Provincial Interim Student Reporting Order and the redesigned curriculum and is
supported by long-standing educational research. The four-point District standard proficiency
scale:
                         Beginning > Developing > Applying > Extending

will be assigned to grade 8 and 9 students instead of traditional percentages and letter grades.
Letter grades and percentages will continue to be used for reporting achievement for all Grade
10-12 courses.

In alignment with the District Communicating Student Learning planning, Student achievement
reporting for all students grades 8-12 in 2020-2021 will be based on Cumulative Grading
Practices.

  For the 2020-2021 school year, the following transition will take place at Lord Byng
  Secondary School:
  •   All Grade 8 and 9 courses will use the District Standard Proficiency scale for reporting
      student achievement.
  •   All student achievement reporting for Secondary school courses (grades 8-12) will be
      based upon cumulative grading practices.
  •   During the school year, parents/guardians will receive the following formal reports,
      issued based on a District reporting window:
              • Two interim reports (in November and May), and
              • Two formal reports (at the end of January and end of June)
  •   Student learning will also be communicated through one additional informal report.
      This may be, but is not limited to, interim progress reports, conferences, meetings,
      portfolios, etc.

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GRADE EIGHT READY REFERENCE
Principal                                   Mr. D. Wilmann

Vice Principals                             Ms. M. Wood
                                            Mr. M. Vulgaris

Administrative Assistant                    Ms. K. Coulter

Athletic Director                           Mr. K. Sandher

Teacher Librarian                           Ms. M. Rezler
                                            Mr. S. Garrod

School Based                                Ms. J. Davis
Resource Teacher

Receptionist                                Ms. V. Chow

Accountant                                  Ms. M. Chan

Administrative                              Ms. N. Tichelman
Records Clerk

School Nurse (VCH)                          Mr. C. Lim

First Aid Attendants                        Ms. V. Chow
Student First Responders

School Liaison Officer                      TBD

Byng Arts Coordinator                       Mr. J. Hartley-Folz

  Student Last Name
                                2020 -2021 Counsellor
  (for all grades)
  A to Gr                       Ms. J. Radic
  Gs to L                       Ms. I. Birsan
  M to Tn                       Ms. M. Smith
  To to Z                       Ms. J. Henning

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND
                               YOURSELF IN THESE SITUATION

FEELING SHY?                                         WASHROOMS?
Everyone else is too. Talk to someone....            Washrooms are located on each floor.

LATE?                                                TIMETABLE PROBLEM?
Don’t be. But be prepared to explain - a note        See your counsellor.
is best.
                                                     NEED A TELEPHONE?
SOMETHING GONE MISSING?                              The office can help you out if you need a
Report to main office. Lost and Found is in          phone for emergency purposes.
the hallway outside of the office.
                                                     LOST?
LOCKER PROBLEMS?                                     Ask the nearest staff member, student or
Did you make sure your lock is really locked?        one of the Peer Counsellors.
Does your locker close properly? Do not tell
others your combinations! See the office if          LOST TIMETABLE?
you have any problems.                               Your counsellor has a copy. The main office
                                                     has a copy. You should write it in your
FORGOT YOUR LOCKER COMBO?                            agenda.
The office can always open your locker for
you and give you your combo if you                   ABSENT YESTERDAY?
purchase your lock from the school.                  Bring a dated note with your name and
                                                     students number explaining your absence.
VALUABLES? /THEFT?                                   Show all teachers and have them sign it and
YOU SHOULD NOT bring valuables to school.            then submit it to the office.
Report all theft to the office.
                                                     FRUSTRATED/UPSET?
STUDENT BULLETIN?                                    Drop by the counselling area.
Student announcements are read at the
beginning of second period each day.                 NOT FEELING WELL?
Messages will also appear on the TV                  Tell your classroom teacher and report to
monitors that are located throughout the             the receptionist in the office.
school.

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TIMETABLE AND BELL SCHEDULE (NO BELLS)
The timetable is an alternating DAY 1 DAY 2 schedule. There are 4 periods in a day (excluding
classes that meet before or after school). The periods are each approximately 80 minutes long.
Each class is identified by the day and period when it is held.

Our school has reduced the number of bells that are sounded throughout the halls. We only have
a bell at 8:35 to signal class will begin in 5 minutes, and another warning bell at 12:15 to signal
the end of lunch. We intend that this reduction of bells in the school day will help our students
self-regulate and take a personal responsibility for their own timely arrival at school and in
classes. We also hope that our overall school experience will be calmer, less frantic and stressful,
as we go about our busy days of learning. Additionally, we intend to better prepare our students
for the world outside of the school, be it at work or in a post-secondary institution, where there
are no bells to guide the timeline of the day.

           Schedule from September 9                        Schedule from February 2 to
                   to February 1                                         June 29
              (F.I.T. in the morning)                          (F.I.T. in the afternoon)
               Time           Day 1            Day 2            Time         Day 1    Day 2
                8:35            Warning Bell                    8:35          Warning Bell
            8:40 – 9:43     Period 1      Period 1          8:40 – 9:57     Period 1   Period 1
            9:43 – 9:53            Break                    9:57 – 10:07          Break
           9:53 – 10:27               F.I.T.                10:12 – 11:35   Period 2 Period 2
           10:32 – 11:35    Period 2      Period 2          11:35 – 12:15         Lunch
           11:35 – 12:15           Lunch                       12:15           Warning Bell
               12:15            Warning Bell                12:20 – 1:22    Period 3 Period 3
           12:20 – 1:40     Period 3      Period 3           1:27 – 1:57           F.I.T.
            1:45 – 3:03     Period 4      Period 4           2:02 – 3:03    Period 4   Period 4

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FLEXIBLE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME
Lord Byng will be instituting a Flexible Instructional Time (F.I.T.) block for the 2020-2021 school
year for all students.
The purpose of the FIT block is: to provide students with time and flexibility to address the new
Career Education competencies and content; meet with teachers for support, guidance or
inspiration regarding specific curriculum, or other passions and interests ; collaborate with
students, teachers, or community members; and explore, work on, or complete assignments
and projects.

•   FIT time is a period of Instructional Time built into the daily schedule that allows students
    to have some measure of choice and control over their own learning.
•   During FIT, students are expected to be in a classroom or learning space, completing school
    work, either individually or in groups, meeting with teachers for support on classwork,
    working on projects under teacher supervision or getting caught up on missed work.
Student Expectations for FIT:
•   Learning focused
•   Be in a learning space
•   Have a plan for the time
•   Have all materials required
•   Remain in the learning space you selected

BLOCK ROTATIONS
The order of the periods changes during the year. The year starts with Rotation 1 and then
switches to Rotation 2 in November and then back to Rotation 1 in January and finally back to
Rotation 2 in April.

                   Rotation 1                                       Rotation 2
          Day 1                   Day 2                    Day 1                   Day 2
        Period 1                 Period 1                Period 2                 Period 2
        Period 2                 Period 2                Period 1                 Period 1
        Period 3                 Period 3                Period 4                 Period 4
        Period 4                 Period 4                Period 3                 Period 3

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LORD BYNG SCHOOL BOUNDARIES

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