Wildcat Weekly - Week of February 15, 2016









Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Family Day long weekend.  Though it is a holiday we celebrate only once per year, find a way celebrate special times with your family as much as possible.




February 16 - PAC Meeting (7:00pm)

The next Parent Advisory Council is this Tuesday at 7pm.


February 19 - Non Instructional Day - School Closed

Just a reminder that February 19th is a Professional Development Day at McMath.  As a result, school will not be in session.





For the third consecutive year, as a part of their Legacy Gift, Grads prepare roses for distribution to members of the community.  This simple gesture is in hope of simply making someones day just a little bit better.





Care Club Toy Drive a Big Success

The Care Club would like to thank everyone who was able to participate in the toy drive.  As a result of your generous contributions, a large quantity of toys will be delivered to BC Children's Hospital along with hand-made cards.  Hopefully this will bring as much joy to the young recipients of these gifts as it did for those who were involved.


 La Bruit des Arbres (The Sound of the Trees)

Senior French Immersion students had the oppportunity on Friday to go to go to a movie called 'La Bruit des Arbres' (The Sound of the Trees), followed by a delicious French meal. This was a chance for the class to enjoy a cultural experience beyond the walls of the high school. Thanks to Alexandra for the photos.


Five Time Champions

The McMath Senior Girls closed out their Richmond District Championship playoffs with a convincing victory securing the title as Richmond Champions.  This is the fifth straight Richmond Championship for this team (have won the divisiion each year since they were in Grade Eight.  The team has never lost a league game in its five year history as a team.  Next up, Lowermainland Championships beginning next week.  Make plans to come on Thursday to watch semi-final play here at McMath.  Thanks Gillian for the photos.


Table Tennis Wildcats


It is often a mistaken belief that Table Tennis is a simply a recreational sport.  If you watch the McMath Boys and Girls Teams in action, you will see it involves a great deal of skill, coordination, and athleticism.  Thanks to Kevin for once again supplying us with the photos.



(Updated Feb 11, 2016)


This section contains new, incoming information only. For additional information 

(i.e. post-secondary news, scholarships, career trends, etc.), click on each section in the Newsletter folder.


To view the Career Centre calendar, and the main Career Centre website, visit:






Grade 12 students....It’s not too late to apply to a college or university.  A number of BC/Canadian University deadlines have past or are fast approaching:    

Be sure to check:

-application deadline

-document deadline

-scholarship deadline

-housing deadline

These dates vary so check carefully!  See Ms. Bernard in the Career Centre if you require assistance.

Document Deadlines:

Note that....Many universities & colleges require additional information submitted such as a transcript, supplemental application, or profile. This is separate from the application deadline, or self-reporting deadline, and varies depending on the institution.


Upcoming Sessions at McMath (during lunch)

1.    FEB 16/16   KPU 'Next Step' Information Session at McMath

This is a session generally for grade 12 students that have already applied to KPU or are planning to apply to KPU.  During this session, you will learn what to do after submitting a KPU application.  If you would you are planning to attend this session, sign up with Ms. Bernard in the Career Centre.  Grade 11 students may also attend, though this is not a general information session.

2.    FEB 17/16  Acadia University (Maritimes) at McMath

Grade 11 and 12 students....a representative from Acadia University in the Maritimes, will be visiting our school on Wednesday February 17th during lunch.  If you would like to attend this session, and learn more about Acadia, sign up with Ms. Bernard in the Career Centre.


FEB 14/16  RICHMOND VIRTUAL SCHOOL (RVS) 2ND Semester deadline

This is the last day to register for 2nd semester courses.There is still room in:

~Bio 11

~Chem 11

~Calculus 12

~Math 10-12

~Geography 12

~Physics 11

~AP1 Physics,

~Writing 12

Summer registration will begin mid-April.

Next year's September 2016-2017 courses will be available for registration starting Monday, February 15th.

For more information visit/contact:  http://rvs.sd38.bc.ca/


FEB 15/16   UBC Botanical Garden's Horticultural Training Program ~ Info Session

Registration for the Horticultural Training Program is now open for September.  Students/parents are invited to attend the upcoming information session on Monday February 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 7:00.  This is an Industry Training Authority (ITA) recognized program.  Running from September to May, this full time program at UBC Botanical Garden is designed to give students the skills and experience necessary for entering the field of horticulture. To learn more about the program visit the website at:  http://botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/learn/educational-programs/horticultural-t...   Application Deadline: May 1, 2016 (though will extended the deadline if space is available).  Info session:  Meet at UBC Botanical Garden in the Reception Centre at the Garden's entrance. Address: UBC Botanical Garden, 6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver.


FEB 17/16   Concordia University (Quebec) visits Vancouver

Join Concordia for an information session where the topics will include: the admission process; program requirements; living on campus; financial aid and awards and co-op opportunities.

When: Wednesday, Feb 17 at 6:30pm

Where: Delta Vancouver Suites, 550 West Hastings St.

Register at: concordia.ca/receptions

Questions? Email: emily.fjeldsted@concordia.ca 


FEB 19/16    KPU SURREY 'Discovery Day'...reminder

High school students (all grades), have the opportunity to discover what it's like to be a KPU student at Discovery Day at the KPU Surrey Campus!

Here is the itinerary for the day.

10:00am     Welcome, Icebreaker and KPU overview

11:00am     Attend a mock KPU class (Arts and Business options)

12:00pm     Lunch at the cafeteria

12:50pm     Connect with current KPU students through a Student Ambassador panel

1:30pm     Campus scavenger hunt for a chance to win cool prizes

Event Date:    February 19, 2016  10:00 AM  to 02:30 PM

Location:    KPU Surrey Campus, 12666 72nd Ave., Surrey (Cedar Building, Conference Centre, Side C)

#discoverKPU   Register at:  https://connect.kpu.ca/events/eventRegistration.do?eventRegistrationActi...


FEB 20/16    IDEA Open Studio Day (Capilano University)

Do you love to draw or illustrate? Think you have an eye for design and want to learn more about print and digital design? Attend this event on Saturday February 20 and find out what it takes to be an effective Visual Communicator.  The Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication is a 4-year degree that builds on the IDEA diploma program.  Interested applicants are encouraged to bring a portfolio (if you have one) or several pieces of artwork or a sketchbook for a friendly faculty critique.

Date/Time:  Saturday, February 20, 2016. 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Campus/Location: Capilano University, North Vancouver, Arbutus building, room 125

Contact: Tamara Parizek  Email: tparizek@capilanou.ca  Phone: 604-990-7820  For more information visit:  https://www.capilanou.ca/SiteEvent.aspx?id=19327355467


FEB 20/16  Bosa Centre for Film & Animation open house...reminder

Take a tour of the industry-designed sound mixing & recording studio, picture & sound editing labs, visual effects labs, plus digital & commercial animation labs and costuming studios.  The open house is a great opportunity to visit with faculty & students at work and ask question.

Date/Time:  Saturday, February 20, 2016, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Bosa Centre for Film & Animation at Capilano University, North Vancouver

Learn about programs in the School of Motion Picture Arts (degree, diploma, certificate) in:

~2D Animation

~3D Animation for Film & Games

~Costuming for Stage and Screen

~Digital Visual Effects


~Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking

For more information visit:  http://www.capilanou.ca/smpa/events/16/02/20-Bosa-Centre-for-Film---Anim...   Everyone is welcome to attend!


FEB 21/16  University of Guelph + University of Guelph-Humber ~ National Applicant Reception: Vancouver 

Students/parents are invited to the session to learn more about the programs, admission information and community.  Both post-secondary institutions will be hosting their reception at the same location.

~University of Guelph is from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

~University of Guelph-Humber is from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Date:  Sunday, February 21, 2016

Location:  Delta Vancouver Suites, 550 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC 

RSVP by February 14, 2016 to:   liaison@guelphhumber.ca


FEB 25/16  Study and Go Abroad Fair ~ Vancouver...reminder

Meet with university representatives from around the world on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at this event.  The expo will also include a Student Travel Zone, with organizations offering internships, volunteer programs, work abroad, and adventure and language travel.  Admission is free.  All grades are invited to attend.  Visit the website for the Exhibitor and Seminar list. For more information and to register:  http://www.studyandgoabroad.com/vancouver/  Register online (and attend the fair) to enter the grand prize draw ...one international return flight to any Air Canada destination.

-Fair Times: 3 pm – 7 pm

-Free Seminars: 2 pm – 7 pm

-Location:  East Ballroom at Convention Level, Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place.  


Dalhousie University ~ Upcoming Events

Dalhousie University is hosting several events for prospective students, including online information sessions. For more information and to register visit:   http://www.dal.ca/admissions/upcoming-events-.html  Contact information:  Registrar's Office,  admissions@dal.ca,  (902) 494-2450  http://www.dal.ca/admissions.html




FEB 15/16 - The Career Programs STEP Program application deadline has been extended

The Career Programs Office is excited to once again announce that STEP (Skilled Trade Exploration Program) is running for Spring 2016 for students currently in grades 11 or 12. This is the fourth year

of our wonderful partnership with CUPE Local 716 and the employees at the District Works Yard.

For this year, the students may apply to work for ONE WEEK at the SD38 Works Yard in either the Plumbing, Carpentry, Landscape/Grounds, HVAC or Electrical departments. There is a limit on the number of participants within each department, and it is expected that the application and interview process will remain competitive for each trade. Visit the Richmond District Trades Programs website for details:   http://careerprograms.sd38.bc.ca/our-programs


Are you interested in a Career as an Auto Service Technician?

Students in Grade 8  to 11 may register for the free Upcoming 'Education in Action' Auto Service Technician Workshop

 ~ Space is available for the upcoming session on March 8th.  

Register now by calling 668-6000 extension 2943 or email:  lbuemann@sd38.bc.ca  

Questions?....visit Ms. Bernard in the Career Centre for details.




FEB 26/16 - TRIUMF High School Fellowship Program ~ In-School Deadline for Nomination...reminder 

TRIUMF's high school fellowship program offers fellowships to three graduating secondary students entering their first year science undergraduate studies at a recognized post-secondary institution.  The fellowship includes an award of $3,000 and a six-week summer research experience at TRIUMF.  The intent of TRIUMF's high school fellowship program is to motivate graduating students with a passionate interest in science to pursue a career in the sciences, especially physics. Students should have a passion for physics, completed or be completing physic 11 & 12 and be entering a full-time degree program within the sciences, engineering or mathematics for Sept 2016.  See the website for complete instructions and contact info: www.triumf.ca/outreach/high-school-fellowship     

*McMath may nominate 2 students for consideration...Note: to be considered for nomination at McMath, complete a white 'reference letter request form' (available in the Career Centre) and submit this to Mr. Brock in room B219, before the in-school deadline date.    For those 2 students that are nominated, completed application packages must be submitted to ATRIUM in electronic format by emailing PDF copies to: hsfellowship@triumf.ca by Thursday,  March 31/16.


MAR 10/16 - The Richmond Community Foundation Scholarships for Richmond Students...reminder 

Application Deadline. These funds are from donations that members of our community have given to ensure that young people age 16 to 21 are supported as they pursue their post-secondary education. Scholarships are available to students who are entering a post-secondary institution directly after high school, as well as those who have taken a year off before beginning their post-secondary studies.

Etta Demerse Scholarship – UBC, SFU, or Kwantlen

Kronier Family Scholarship – Community Involvement

Richmond Community Foundation Scholarship – Community Involvement

Richmond Sunset Rotary Art Scholarship – Visual or Performing Arts

Michael Diston Memorial Scholarship – Fine Arts, General Arts (History, Social Sciences, Humanities), Trades Apprenticeship Programs

RichCity Idol Scholarship – Performing Arts

One application to fill in for several scholarships. For details visit: http://richmondfoundation.org/grant/apply-scholarship/

Who should apply?  'All' grade 12 student.  If you have questions about your eligibility, call 604-270-4483 or e-mail:  info@richmondfoundation.org


Junior Achievement BC National Awards & Scholarships 2016

JABC is a youth business education organization in Canada. With a national office and 17 charter offices, their mission is to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in a global economy. They work in partnership with educators, volunteers and businesses to educate students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA offers a variety of free programs on the subjects of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness to help youth understand their potential, set life goals and succeed at school and in business.  This year JA Canada has launched their 2016 National Awards and Scholarships, and details can be found on the JABC awards & scholarships page: http://www.jabc.org/awards.  Deadline dates and specific criteria vary depending on the award.  Some award deadlines are as early as Feb 29/16.  Check the website carefully to ensure you meet the requirements and deadlines.  For more JABC information, visit:  http://british-columbia.jacan.org/programs                                     


For full details on these scholarships and ALL Scholarship information, go to the Financial Aid Section.






FEB 27/16 (Sat)    Youth Venture EWB UBC Conference "Systems Thinking for a Sustainable Future 

Are you wondering how systems thinking can be used to build a more sustainable future both locally and globally? The Youth Venture Team at EWB UBC is pleased to present their annual conference for grade 11 - 12 secondary school students.  This year, they will present the theme of Sustainable Food Systems to explore how systems thinking can be used to unlock solutions to hunger, climate change, resource scarcity, and more. Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.  For more details, visit www.youthventureubc.com.  Tickets are $10-$15                                                           


Need some assistance with Career/Post-Secondary Planning?  

Check out these websites:


http://public.careercruising.com/en/  Career Cruising...(See Ms. Bernard in the Career Centre for the Username/Password)

http://www.bctransferguide.ca  (BC Transfer Guide)

http://www.canlearn.ca/eng/index.shtml  CanLearn