Our School Plan Progress 2017-2018

Improving Student Learning

The Abbotsford School District’s Strategic Plan reflects our public commitment to BC’s new curriculum by working together to continuously improve learning for each student.

School Goals

Under the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, all Abbotsford School District schools are required to develop a long term plan to improve student achievement, one that maintains a balance on the intellectual, social and career development of students. Each year, each school develops an annual plan and sets individual goals to improve student achievement. 

William A Fraser Middle School Goals

Parents, teachers and administrators at each school in the Abbotsford School District sit on School Planning Councils (SPCs) and develop an annual school plan to improve student achievement.

Fraser Goals 2018-2019

  • How can we improve the Self-Regulation Skills/Social Emotional Competence of our students?

    How do we create an inclusive school and classroom community that fosters social emotional competence and reinforces resiliency while engaging students in authentic learning experiences?

Intellectual

Our students will learn key academic skills - like reading, writing and math - to encompass the knowledge and processes associated with intellectual development. As learners and meaning-makers, students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. 

Our celebrations of learning

Maker-Centered Learning

One of the strategies our staff has embraced this year is maker-centered learning, which engages students in thinking routines and hands-on activities across all curricular areas to develop a maker mindset. Our Library Learning Commons teacher, Mrs. Heitz, has collaborated with classroom teachers this year to integrate technology and maker-inspired projects and lessons. Some examples of these projects and lessons are found below. 

Five of our staff members committed to learning more about Maker-Centered Learning through professional development, completed coursework and earned certificates in maker-centered learning through the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Through the integration of high and low-tech in the classroom, Grade 6 students in Mr. Lee & Mr. Alstad's pod learned about adaptations by creating their own adaptations to propel a Sphero robot through water. 

Grade 6 & 7 students in Mrs. Rodgers, Mrs. Pestana, and Mr. Heibert's pod demonstrated their creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking through a maker-inspired project to create a Cardboard Arcade. They presented their projects to an authentic audience by inviting friends and family to play their arcade games in a fun afternoon event.  

The Grade 8 science teachers collaborated to plan a project where students created interactive models of plant and animal cells. Students built models from low-tech materials and made them interactive through adding technology. Students needed to learn how to use audio recording software, integrate Makey Makey wire circuits into their design, and learn basic computer coding using Scratch. Students enjoyed the challenge of integrating technology into their models and were motivated by trying something they had not done before.

Human & Social

Our students will study personal and human social skills and as they relate to students' identity in the world - both as individuals and as members of their community. We are learning that personal and human social skills encompass the abilities students needs to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world. 

Our celebrations of learning

First Responders Appreciation

After our community was rocked by several tragedies, including the death of Constable John Davidson from the Abbotsford Police Department, some of our students planned an event to show their appreciation for all first responders, learning about community, leadership and compassion in the process.

Aboriginal Awareness Day

On September 29, 2017, our students who live on reserve were invited to participate in a walk to honour victims of residential schools and to observe a traditional pole-raising ceremony. These experiences help students create positive personal and cultural identities. 

Stó:lō Honouring Ceremony

On February 9, 2018, Fraser Middle was the host of a traditional Stó:lō Honouring Ceremony for Sydney Ned, a former student and current staff member at our school. Our student body gathered together with family, friends, and honoured guests from the Stó:lō community to witness the traditional ceremony that included drumming, singing and speaking. 

Athletic Council

Headed by our Athletic Director, Mr. McWhinney, our Athletic Council is a student leadership group that plans and organizes events for students throughout the school year. From spirit days to intramurals, the students learn leadership, event planning, and service skills while helping make our school a place where students have opportunities to participate and feel included. The Athletic Council is also representative of the high number of students who participate in school sports at Fraser, including cross-country, swimming, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, rugby, golf and track & field. 

Careers

Our students will succeed in a much different future from the one we envisioned 10 or 15 years ago. It is our responsibility to prepare all children for success in whatever life path they choose, connecting learning opportunities with future career possibilities. We know that real-life experiences - like community involvement, gaining business knowledge, and hands-on-learning - build better students and life-long citizens. 

Our celebrations of learning

Explorations


Explorations allows students to study various hands-on, practical skills during shorter 10 week terms. Every student at Fraser participates in the Explorations program, giving them hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of fields. Currently students enroll in Digital Arts, Music/Fine Arts, Industrial Arts and Home Arts. 

Young Entrepreneur Program

Each year our Grade 7 students participate in the Young Entrepreneur Program where they develop a product, business and marketing plan, and sell their products in an authentic marketplace. Mrs. Wassen and Mr. Cal's pod held their Young Entrepreneur Show in December. 

MyBlueprint

This year, more students at Fraser have begun tracking their learning and planning for their future using MyBlueprint. Students use the app to reflect on their progress and set goals for future improvements.