Ecole Glenrosa Middle School
Ecole Glenrosa Middle School (GMS) welcomed its first students in 1994 . At that time, GMS was functioned as Junior Middle School, supporting learners in Grades 8, 9 and 10. Steady community growth resulted in a school expansion. In 1999 the third floor was constructed. Currently, Ecole Glenrosa Middle School serves students in Grades 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Ecole 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 Japanese students in our community, sharing Canadian culture and our way of life wit our honoured guests. In 2017, with support from our sister school, GMS students began traveling to Kasugai, Japan for a week of cultural growth and experience in a Japanese school.
We continue to grow as a school and community and are now a proud dual track school, supporting both French Immersion and Late French Immersion programs.
We believe in meeting age-appropriate, adolescent student needs by balancing academic goals with developmental needs. Research supported by the Association for Middle Level Education outline the three pillars of thriving middles schools (https://www.amle.org) .
In connection to the three pillars, we strive to provide:
- Flexible Scheduling: Structures and schedules are designed to empower teachers and support staff to be responsive to student needs. Staff have the capacity to refine and pivot planning to support individualized and differentiated student learning.
- 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 6-9 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 are 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 Ecole Glenrosa Middle School, we support Central Okanagan Public Schools' Attributes of a Learner and strive to facilitate student growth in these areas. Going deeper, in the 2020-21 school year we will connect all professional learning to the Equity in Action Agreement for Truth and Reconciliation, connecting the attributes with local, historical, teachings specific to the Four Food Chiefs.
Attributes of a Leaner:
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