October 17th

October 16, 2016


Hope you all had a great weekend. Here is what’s going on This Week At HDSMS: October 17th. 

Information To Share:

Province-wide Professional Day: Just a reminder that this Friday, October 21st is the Province-wide Professional Development Day. No school for students.

Photo Retakes: Just a reminder that this Thursday October 20th is photo retake day for students.

Grade 6 Reporting: With the re-designed curriculum upon us and the start of looping at the grade 6 level, our teachers are in conversation about the role of letter grades on our grade 6 report cards. As we continue to focus on powerful feedback, consistent learning with summative check-ins as well as performance based standards, we are looking to remove letter grades from the grade 6 report cards to focus on how students are performing based on grade level expectations. There is much research behind these ideas. We have shared some below in our Professional Learning section.

Consulting with parents is an important part of this process so we like to invite interested parents to stay after the next PAC meeting on October 19th to share their thoughts and questions about this shift. And of course, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Davids at school either by email, phone or in person. We are excited about this significant move forward in re-focusing on learning for our students.

Ignite 35: We will be having Ignite 3.0 on November 30th at Fort Langley Pub. This amazing Pro D event has speakers share powerful stories connected to education. This year’s theme is If I Knew Then What I Know Now! We are looking for speakers so here is the link to apply The application deadline is Friday, October 21.

Athletics/Intramural Schedule: We have a lot going on with regards to athletics and intramurals so please click here each week to see the latest schedule.

PAC Update: Next PAC meeting is October 19th at 6:30 in the library.

PAC Coffee fundraiser with Clearbrook Coffee. The coffee is sold in 3/4 lb bags for $12.00 each until October 11th! Delivery will be the last week of October. All the information is available by clicking here. You can place orders through our online payment system.

Our PAC is also fundraising with Purdys Chocolatier, just in time for Christmas! Order deadline Nov 14th. If you’d like to support us through purchasing some very sweet Christmas gifts for friends, family and yourself, you can register to shop at this linkAfter you’ve logged in or registered for an account, you can use the Shop Online tab to buy some amazing chocolates or invite other members to join and support our fundraiser. Any questions can be directed to Jen Elderkin 604-614-1780.

What’s Up At LSS: Each week Langley Secondary puts out a blog celebrating the awesome things going on there.  Here is the latest edition of What’s Up At LSS

Community Announcements: Often HD Stafford gets valuable information from community organizations in our surrounding area. These will be shared on the following link. This week we have the following:

None This Week

Professional Learning: Here are a few of the professional learning articles, websites and videos I have “scooped” to  Leadership With Purpose: Random Curation of a Passionate Educator Be sure to check out the following:

  • The Secret of Effective Feedback
  • Top 10 Skills Middle School Students Need To Thrive And How Parents Can Help
  • Education Is A Team Sport

Up-coming Dates


School Based Team Meeting 3:00 – 4:00pm

Football EMS vs HDS @MAP 3:15pm Kickoff

Grade 8 Cross Country Final Race at Aldergrove Park Bowl


Band Practice at lunch

Volleyball Grade 8 Boys @Yorkson 3:15pm


Friendship Club 3:00 – 4:30 in Community Room

Lego/Robotics Club 3:00 – 4:30 in Robotics Lab

Boys Soccer Yorkson @HDS 3:30pm Kickoff

Student Choir Practice at lunch

PAC Meeting at 6:30pm


Photo Retakes & Class Photos

Earthquake Drill at 9:30 (evacuation is weather dependent)

Songwriting Club 3:00 – 4:00 in McArthur’s room

Volleyball Grade 8 Girls @Yorkson 3:15pm

Volleyball Grade 8 Boys LFMS @HDS 3:15pm



Province-wide Professional Development Day – no school for students.

HD Stafford Middle School

20441 - Grade Crescent, Langley
BC, V3A 4J8
Phone: 604-534-9285
Fax: 604-534-8986