Our Learning Story
Glenrosa Middle Junior High School opened in 1994 for students in grades 8, 9 and 10. Shortly after, in 1999, the growth in the community led for the need for a school expansion and the third floor was constructed. Currently, Glenrosa Middle School serves students in grades 7, 8 and 9.
Glenrosa Middle School has a special relationship with our sister school, Daiichi University Haruhigaoka Junior High School, in Kasugai, Japan. Each February for the last 24 years, we host approximately 100 staff and students from Japan For four nights, we billet out Japanese students in our community, and share the wonderful life that we enjoy in Canada, and in particular, West Kelowna. Starting in November 2017, with support from our sister school, we have been able to start sending GMS stduents to Kasugai, Japan, for a week of cultural growth and experience in a Japanese school.
Our middle school curriculum is based on age-appropriate, adolescent student needs and balances academic goals with other human development needs. Extensive research on fifty years of effective middle school programs is very clear that students require a(n):
- Flexible Schedule - teachers have the flexibility to responsively adjust planning and integrate subjects to support individualized and differentiated student learning, while not being limited by a rotating block structure (like in high school).
- Mentorship Program - students connect with a supportive teacher advocate that works with them for their three years at GMS. Students develop metacognitive skills through engaging work with the Attributes of the SD23 Learner and the BC Ministry of Education's Redesigned Curriculum's Core Competencies.
- Exploratory Program - adolescent students in grades 7-9 need to explore new course areas which will lead them to making informed choices at the grade 10 level when they transition to Mt. Boucherie Secondary School. At GMS, students choose options to explore Fine Arts and Applied Skills electives such as Art, Drama, Band, Jazz Band, Choir, Technology Education, Woodwork, Home Economics and Digital Design. In addition, we offer unique exploratory options such as Human Performance, Maker, Japanese, and our High Performance Hockey Academy.
Mentorship teachers directly teach to the Attributes of the SD23 Learner and the BC Ministry of Education's Redesigned Curriculum's Core Competencies throughout the school year in Mentorship classes, the goals of which being to develop student metacognition ("thinking about their thinking") around his/her own learning strengths and areas of growth, and to be reflective on their learning process. Our goal is to make this learning applicable to the lives of our students by designing a variety of engaging instructional strategies and experiences, usually focused on school-wide, collaborative, Project-Based Learning experiences.
At the end of each school year, parents/guardians/family members will be invited to join us to take part in our annual Presentations of Learning. All students will present on their personalized progress on the Attributes of the SD23 Learner supported with artifacts/evidence from both school and from their personal lives.
At Glenrosa Middle School, we support SD23's Attributes of a Learner. We work hard to develop students who are:
A person who is engaged, resilient and seeks to understand through:
Literacy, Numeracy, and Subject competencies - Information, Media and Technology Literacy - Self-Direction, Work Ethic and Accountability - Healthy Lifestyle - Financial Literacy
A person who analyzes, makes connections, inferences, asks questions, and transfers knowledge through:
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving - Open Mindedness and Reflection - Flexibility and Adaptability
A person who excels at working with others to create new understanding through: Appreciating Diversity - Effective Communication - Interdependence - Relationship Building
A person who sees possibilities and generates original ideas with value through:
Curiosity and Imagination - Creativity, Design, and Performance - Initiative and Entrepreneurship
A person who participates in the local and global community through:
Finding, Following, and Sharing Passions - Respect, Empathy, and Kindness - Integrity and Ethical Behaviour - Civic and Environmental Responsibility - Embracing Diverse Cultures and Lifestyles