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Kirsten Young is offering free grad photos for Grade 12 students who missed out on their last memories of high school. She’s offering her 30 years of photography until the end of July. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

West Shore photographer offers free grad photos for class of 2020

Appointments open to Royal Bay and Belmont Secondary students

Kirsten Young is offering free grad photos for Grade 12 students who missed out on their last memories of high school. She’s offering her 30 years of photography until the end of July. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Grade 12 students will be allowed to have a grad ceremony, but in small groups. They won’t be allowed to bring family members, according to Superintendent Scott Stinson. (Courtesy of Lawrence Herzog, Office of Mitzi Dean MLA)

VIDEO: Sooke School District 2020 graduates get stage ceremony after all

Students to cross the stage in small groups, not allowed to bring family

Grade 12 students will be allowed to have a grad ceremony, but in small groups. They won’t be allowed to bring family members, according to Superintendent Scott Stinson. (Courtesy of Lawrence Herzog, Office of Mitzi Dean MLA)
West Shore mom Wendy Hobbs (left) is asking for volunteers to help her organize a prom for her son, Bryce Hobbs and the rest of the 2020 soon-to-be graduates from Belmont and Royal Bay in summer 2021. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

West Shore mom proposes 2021 summer prom for 2020 graduates

Event fully dependant on upcoming provincial health orders

West Shore mom Wendy Hobbs (left) is asking for volunteers to help her organize a prom for her son, Bryce Hobbs and the rest of the 2020 soon-to-be graduates from Belmont and Royal Bay in summer 2021. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Brianna Gruber, a grade 12 student at Belmont Secondary, started a petition to have an in-person graduation ceremony rather than a virtual one. She said she has come up with ideas to ensure the ceremony would follow provincial orders in light of COVID-19. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

West Shore student petitions for more than a video graduation ceremony

Online petition receives nearly 3,000 signatures in less than one week

Brianna Gruber, a grade 12 student at Belmont Secondary, started a petition to have an in-person graduation ceremony rather than a virtual one. She said she has come up with ideas to ensure the ceremony would follow provincial orders in light of COVID-19. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
The 2019 Belmont Secondary Grad Class. (Courtesy of Lawrence Herzog, Office of Mitzi Dean MLA)

Grad events, prom cancelled for SD62 students

SD62 will create graduation video to celebrate outgoing class

The 2019 Belmont Secondary Grad Class. (Courtesy of Lawrence Herzog, Office of Mitzi Dean MLA)
Dunsmuir Middle School staff created a video for their students to remind them that they’re greatly missed during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Dunsmuir Middle School)
Dunsmuir Middle School staff created a video for their students to remind them that they’re greatly missed during the pandemic. (Courtesy of Dunsmuir Middle School)
SD62 superintendent Scott Stinson said online classes are expected during COVID-19 pandemic, though they can’t be enforced. Those that are not on track to graduate will have to take part in remote learning. (Black Press Media file photo)

Online classes are mandatory during COVID-19, according to Sooke School District

Final grades based on work before spring break and assignments after suspension of in-class learning

SD62 superintendent Scott Stinson said online classes are expected during COVID-19 pandemic, though they can’t be enforced. Those that are not on track to graduate will have to take part in remote learning. (Black Press Media file photo)
Grade 3 teacher Karlissa Lem is emotional seeing her students for the first time since saying goodbye before spring break. She hosted their first online class just days ago. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

VIDEO: Colwood teachers make drive-thru to say hello to students

‘I’ve been smiling so much my cheeks are getting sore,’ says a Grade 5 education assistant

Grade 3 teacher Karlissa Lem is emotional seeing her students for the first time since saying goodbye before spring break. She hosted their first online class just days ago. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
SD62 superintendent Scott Stinson says grade 12 students who are in a position to graduate will be able to do so, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)
SD62 superintendent Scott Stinson says grade 12 students who are in a position to graduate will be able to do so, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pixabay)
SD62 can only retrieve essential items from lockers at this time. (Pixabay)

Sooke School District students permitted to retrieve only essentials from lockers

Essential items include medical devices, medicine, learning devices

SD62 can only retrieve essential items from lockers at this time. (Pixabay)
In a video created by EMCS staff in Sooke, teachers and staff dance along to “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown. (Screenshot/YouTube)

VIDEO: Sooke teachers are ‘feeling good,’ show it off in song and dance for students

Edward Milne Community School staff rock out at end of planning week

In a video created by EMCS staff in Sooke, teachers and staff dance along to “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown. (Screenshot/YouTube)
SD62 says classes will not be replicated online as spring break comes to a close and the COVID-19 pandemic continues. (iStock photo)

Sooke School District promises learning opportunites for students by mid-April

‘No intent to replicate regular school day virtually’ SD62 says

SD62 says classes will not be replicated online as spring break comes to a close and the COVID-19 pandemic continues. (iStock photo)
Sooke School District 62 Trustee Ravi Parmar announced the new names of two West Langford schools, set to open in Sept. 2022. PEXSISEN Elementary and Centre Mountain LELLUM Middle were names gifted by Songhees and Beecher Bay First Nations. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

New Langford school names influenced by local First Nations

Sooke School District middle and elementary buildings to open in September 2022

Sooke School District 62 Trustee Ravi Parmar announced the new names of two West Langford schools, set to open in Sept. 2022. PEXSISEN Elementary and Centre Mountain LELLUM Middle were names gifted by Songhees and Beecher Bay First Nations. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Grade 6 Dunsmuir Middle students (right) Gabriella Friesen, Jovanna Lozupone and Keira Mansell’s ultimate playground features a makeshift hot air balloon. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Colwood students think outside the box with ‘ultimate playground’ challenge

Grade 6 classes tasked to include accessibility and Indigenous culture

Grade 6 Dunsmuir Middle students (right) Gabriella Friesen, Jovanna Lozupone and Keira Mansell’s ultimate playground features a makeshift hot air balloon. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Colwood Mayor Rob Martin gives a final farewell to David Cameron Elementary’s mascot, ‘Dusty’ the Eagle, before he flies across Canada and visits 15 schools to help students learn about the rest of the country. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Colwood school’s mascot embarks on cross-country journey

‘Dusty’ the Eagle will visit 15 schools and one wildlife rehabilitation centre

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin gives a final farewell to David Cameron Elementary’s mascot, ‘Dusty’ the Eagle, before he flies across Canada and visits 15 schools to help students learn about the rest of the country. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Grade 8 Dunsmuir Middle Schools student Makayla Graham shows off the printed circuit board she’s been working on. Graham and her classmates were at Royal Bay Secondary to learn about hands-on trades skills. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Colwood middle school students let sparks fly at trades workshop

Day-long program immerses students in metalwork, carpentry, and electrical work

Grade 8 Dunsmuir Middle Schools student Makayla Graham shows off the printed circuit board she’s been working on. Graham and her classmates were at Royal Bay Secondary to learn about hands-on trades skills. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Savory Elementary Grade 3 student Silas Gesslein (left) and Grade 5 students Hannah Little and Isaiah Gesslein enjoy the first significant snowfall of 2020. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Schools open for session across Greater Victoria

Some bus routes may be delayed, altered due to slippery conditions

Savory Elementary Grade 3 student Silas Gesslein (left) and Grade 5 students Hannah Little and Isaiah Gesslein enjoy the first significant snowfall of 2020. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
SD62 nature kindergarten and French immersion registration begins Jan. 13 at 8 a.m. (Black Press Media file photo)

SD62 nature kindergarten, French immersion registration starts next week

District attempts to make kindergarten registration easier for parents with staggered times

SD62 nature kindergarten and French immersion registration begins Jan. 13 at 8 a.m. (Black Press Media file photo)
Chair of the Sooke School District Ravi Parmar (left), along with Premier John Horgan, B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming, and local elder Russ Chips, announced funding in June for two new schools to open on the West Shore by September 2022. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)

School district superintendent takes a look ahead at 2020

Growth, curriculum and community engagement are priorities says Scott Stinson

  • Dec 27, 2019
Chair of the Sooke School District Ravi Parmar (left), along with Premier John Horgan, B.C. Minister of Education Rob Fleming, and local elder Russ Chips, announced funding in June for two new schools to open on the West Shore by September 2022. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
Grade 6 students Skye Marley, right, and Sabrina Cain show off their fan that is powered with batteries and playdough. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Geek Squad Academy sparks creativity for Spencer Middle School students

This is the first event of its kind in Victoria, one of 12 across Canada this year

Grade 6 students Skye Marley, right, and Sabrina Cain show off their fan that is powered with batteries and playdough. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)