Weekly Informer - November 16

KGMS

Creating Pathways for Success

An alternative high school programme for students with learning differences and specific learning challenges that combines academics, social interaction, work experience, personal advocacy and life skills to create an individual pathway for our students to either a Dogwood Diploma or Evergreen Certificate.

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Our Students

Our Students

Maplewood Alternative High School is recognized as a leader in teaching adolescents with learning difficulties that include the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding and use of verbal and nonverbal information. These learning difficulties often affect children who otherwise demonstrate average or above-average abilities essential for thinking and reasoning.

Every student at Maplewood is on an individual education plan (IEP). This ensures that courses and strategies are custom fit to the needs and aptitudes of the learner and provide opportunities for each young adult to succeed at her or his own individual pace. Our highly trained and dedicated teaching and tutoring staff help students explore their own unique pathways for learning.

To find out if your daughter or son would be a good fit for Maplewood learn more here.

Inside the Classroom

Inside the Classroom

Maplewood develops the whole person. This endeavour is complex, requiring many people, programs and services to address each student’s unique needs. Most of our classes have a maximum of 15 students. Instruction and daily activities are conducted, for the most part, in small group settings with an approximate teacher to student ratio of 5:1. In addition, students are provided with one on one support when needed to support their success.

Each student has  a personalized programme which is designed to meet her or his individual needs and academic  and personal goals. Through a combination of technology, activities, oral and written work, our teachers actively find ways for each student to succeed. They build upon these successes to make learning attainable, stimulating and rewarding. Our students thrive in this kind of supportive environment.

Working in bright and an spacious classrooms, labs, Arts studios, and specialized learning spaces, Maplewood provides an inviting environment for students to learn and grow.

Learning Environment

Learning Environment

The B.C. Ministry of Education prescribed curriculum is addressed in all instructional areas throughout the high school programme. Materials are adapted and accommodations are made to meet each student’s individual needs. Every student can receive regular, individualized one-on-one tutoring whenever needed and many students have the same tutor for their entire time at Maplewood. This relationship nurtures individual growth, building a foundation for educational success.

Our language and mathematics tutors are trained and certified in the world-renowned Orton-Gillingham Method. This multi-sensory method engages learners visually, auditorily and kinesthetically. The learning sequence is systematic and takes the student step-by-step from basic concepts that progress to more complex languages functions.

Academic tutors with specialties in English, Humanities, Mathematics and Science are dedicated to support students in subject specific areas of need.

Social-Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning

A key part of our programme is to help students to develop into self-confident and positive adults. Our professional counseling staff members work in small groups and with individual students to foster the values and personal attributes to carry them forward in life.

In addition to their personal development, students are introduced to a wide range of employability skills including: readiness for work; resume writing; interview skills; expectations of the workplace; etc.

Academic Options at Maplewood Alternative

Academic Options at Maplewood Alternative

At Maplewood, we offer a diverse academic programme that allows students to pursue an appropriate path differentiated to their needs and goals. The core academic programme meets the prescribed learning outcomes required by the BC Ministry of Education. Core courses are offered at Maplewood include: English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and the Sciences.  Students have the option of attaining their Dogwood or Evergreen diplomas in preparation for university/college or preparing themselves for the world of work through our Skills Passport and work placement programmes.

The programme is based on a combination of academic options; individualized and small group instruction; job shadowing and cooperative education placements; and specialized skills-based electives such as music, computer programming; culinary arts; woodworking; and, photography/movie making etc.

We believe that learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom and students at Maplewood Alternative use the rich resources of the larger community to develop their skills and expand their personal horizons.

For more detail on our high school curriculum, click here .

Our Story

Maplewood Alternative High School is an extension of Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School for students of high school age and has been built on our experience of over forty years of working with students with learning differences.

Maplewood Alternative is dedicated to providing a personalized learning environment for students with learning needs and preferences that are not typically addressed in a traditional school setting.

 

At Maplewood, we believe:

That all students should have the opportunity to maximize their individual potential;

That education is a journey and that students should have the power to follow their own individual paths to success; and,

That school should strive to adapt to the needs of students, not students to the needs and structures of school.

Who Should Apply?

Maplewood Alternative High School occupies a unique position among independent schools that specialize in teaching children with learning disabilities, being the first of its kind in Western Canada. With over 40 years of experience, we’ve determined that the following attributes are required of a potential student:

  • Complete a current psycho-educational assessment which indicates a language-based learning disability;
  • Meet the Ministry of Education guidelines for designation of a learning disability;
  • Have average to superior intelligence;
  • Demonstrate that the primary impediments to the student’s learning process are learning differences. Any behavioral, physical or emotional issues must be of secondary concern.

Maplewood is a “school of second choice”. If your first choice of school, public or private, has not met the needs of your child we invite you to consider an alternative. If your child meets the above criteria, please contact us today for a tour with the Head of School.

Weekly Informer - November 16

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Parent Education Meeting

Click here to view video of our recent Parent Education session about IEPs.

IEP Presentation

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Annual Purdy's Fundraiser

It’s time for our annual Purdy’s fundraiser. Order forms and catalogues will be sent home by class teachers by Friday. Please check your child’s backpack. If you prefer to order online, click the link for your child’s class on the attached PDF. We receive 25% back from all sales so keep your Christmas needs in mind! Order deadline:  Monday, November 13th Order pickup: Friday, November 24th (Parent Conference day) If you have any questions, please email pac@kgms.ca. 2017 Purdy’s Fundraiser

Photos for Remembrance Day

Students & staff are asked to bring photos of family member who fought in any World Wars or conflicts. These will be displayed during our Remembrance Day ceremony on November 9th at 10:45am.

Copies of photos only please.

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MAHS Cookie Dough Fundraiser

The holiday season is approaching, and with it, the need for sweet treats at social gatherings, class parties, and throughout the season in general. The Maplewood Alternative High School is selling cookie dough to help which will support their trip to Bamfield Marine Science Centre and Victoria in May!

Purchase cookie dough for $10.00 per pail, which makes approximately 48 cookies. Order deadline is Friday, November 10th. Pickup will be arranged for Friday, November 24th which is Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conference day.

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Stong's Market Fundraiser

We’re excited to be part of Stong’s Market online rebate program! Purchase groceries through their website & 4% of the total goes to KGMS.

Stong’s Market delivers all over Vancouver, the North Shore and Bowen Island so friends and family can utilize it as well. Once you are finished your online order and are at the checkout, you have the option to choose a school to support.

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The Card Project

Some KGMS students and teachers participated in The Card Project this year! The Card Project uses the children’s masterpieces to make professionally printed greeting cards and notebooks. The children made amazing art for this exciting fundraiser.

Every child will get a copy of their unique greeting card in mid-November. You can take a sneak peek of your child’s art and place an order online here! Click on ‘TO ORDER’ and ‘USE MY SCHOOL ACCESS CODE’ which is KG30.

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Hotdog fundraiser

The high school students will be selling hotdogs, juice boxes and chips at lunch every Wednesday.

Hotdogs are $1 each, juice boxes & chips are 75 cents each.

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Toddler to Teen Online Parenting Course

Sharon Selby, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor has worked with KGMS on many occasions. She is offering her Toddler to Teen Parenting Course with 50% of the proceeds to the KGMS PAC!

This offer closes at 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 19th. 

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Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the Library.

Report Cards sent home

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the Library.

Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the Library.

Parent / Teacher / Tutor Conference Day

Students will not attend on Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conference day.

Christmas Sing-a-long

Spring Break - March 17th to April 2nd

The school will be closed from Saturday, March 17th to Monday, April 2nd.

First day back after Spring Break - April 3rd

The first day back after Spring Break is Monday, April 3rd.

Pro-D Day and Q3 Report Writing - April 20th

Students will not attend on Friday, April 20th as this is a Professional Development and Q3 Report Writing Day.

Casual Day - April 27th

Pro-D Day - May 18th

Students will not attend on Friday, May 18th as this is a Professional Development Day.

Victoria Day - May 21st

The school will be closed on Monday, May 21st for the Victoria Day holiday.

Casual Day - May 25th

Report Writing Day - June 1st

Students will not attend on Friday, June 1st as this is a Report Writing Day.

Sports Day - June 7th

Sports day is on Thursday, June 7th. A hog dog lunch will be provided to students.

Casual Day - June 8th

The last casual day of the year is Friday, June 8th.

KGMS Has Talent Show

Our annual KGMS Has Talent Show will be on Thursday, June 14th. Please arrive early.

Family and friends are welcome to join us for what is always a fantastic show!

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Last 1/2 day for students

The last day for students is Friday, June 15th and this will be a 1/2 day. Report cards will be sent home.

Gala 2017

Growing Hearts and Minds Gala 2017
to benefit the
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School Bursary Fund

Saturday, February 27, 2017
Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

THANK YOU!

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, Ruby & Cruise for hosting the event, our auctioneer Jeff Schwarz, all of those who secured donations, made donations, bid of auction items. A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this fantastic evening possible. And to our superb Co-Chairs, Tracey & Eva!

Dr. Christopher Gala Video

2017 Gala Video

For more information, please contact: gala@kgms.ca

Support Us

Maplewood Alternative High School is a non-profit organization, which relies heavily on the generosity of corporate sponsors, alumni, friends, family and community organizations to help finance the ever-increasing costs of providing specialized programming for students with learning difficulties. Your gift will help create a dynamic, supportive educational experience – one that will help each student achieve his or her unique potential.

Please contact us to learn more about the opportunities that your donation can create and to make a donation by cheque or credit card.

To donate by Paypal (no account required), please complete the form below.

Visit or Contact us

Prospective students and their parents are welcome to visit anytime.

Please contact Head of School, Dr James Christopher at jchristopher@kgms.ca to arrange for a personal tour and introduction to our programme.

Dr James Christopher - Head of School

Dr James Christopher – Head of School

Maplewood Alternative High School
420 Seymour River Place
North Vancouver V7J 1S8

Tel: 604 985-5224 / Fax: 604 985 4562

Email: Dr. James Christopher, Head of School

Records Requests:  sbartnik@kgms.ca

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Outside School Hours Tutoring:  KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

ADMISSIONS: admissions@kgms.ca

For all other inquiries, please complete the form below.

 

Careers

Maplewood Alternative High School are seeking applicants for the following:

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Kirsten White, Deputy Head of School – jobs@kgms.ca

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