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Blog: Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Middle School Conference: Nov. 22nd, 2019

Eugene Reimer Middle School is proud to host the annual Abbotsford School District middle school conference on Nov. 22. The conference organizers have been hard at work since June of last year arranging a conference that has something for every middle school educator. The goal is to enjoy an inspirational, practical, and educational day for all attendees. Instead of the usual conference format we have arranged inspiring stories of courage by community members and our own students. In fact, every middle school in Abbotsford will be represented by students who will take the stage and challenge and inspire us. These stories of courage will then be solidified in research by Canadian expert on Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness, Dr. Kimberley Schnoert-Reichl from UBC. Dr. Schonert-Reichl’s research focuses on identification of the processes that foster positive human qualities including empathy, compassion, and altruism in children and adolescents. At this time Dr. Schnoert-Reichl will be introducing the Middle Years Development Instrument, a questionnaire that has been used throughout BC that asks children in middle childhood about their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Abbotsford is looking into implementing this powerful research-based instrument to better know our students from their own perspective.

Indeed, we’d like to see EVERY middle school educator here including classroom teachers, LSS staff, EA’s, YCW's, ISW’s, Exploratory teachers, and administration. We have planned sessions with everyone in mind. We will have sessions under the following categories:

  • Indigenous education (including an off-campus option to Xa:ytem in Mission)
  • Cooking
  • Band/ Music
  • Technology
  • Woodwork/ Design & Build
  • SEL
  • Math
  • LA
  • French
  • PHE
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Tour of the Sikh Heritage Museum (an off-campus option)
  • Lesson design & classroom teaching
  • ... and much more!

Please stay tuned and check out https://middleschoolconference.abbyschools.ca/ for information on sessions. Registration will be FREE for all Abbotsford School District Middle School Educators and includes the famous Elenis Greek Lunch with an Indian Twist. We hope to see you there!

NICOLAS COCHRANE
Vice-Principal, Eugene Reimer Middle School