Wildcat Weekly - Week of June 5, 2017










This has been a difficult week.  

Saying that, it is not hard to quickly identify the proverbial "silver lining" deep within the dark clouds.  This is our students and staff.  As difficult as the week has been, each winding turn has been matched by the resilience, patience, and calm of the McMath Community.  Someone recently mentioned that I must be "dissappointed" in our students.  To be honest, nothing can be farthest from the truth.  While I am saddened about the incident and the student involved, I am genuinely proud of the way our students responded.  We contstantly remind our students that "Silence Means Acceptance."  If something is not right, something is bothering you, something is not in line with what you or our schools values and principles are, we ask (and expect) our students to NOT stay silent.  Silence means all is okay.  If it is not okay, we expect our students to speak up and let someone know.  We had an outporing of information from our students regarding the incidents that caused the alarms as well as students helping the RCMP in their investigation.  They were not silent.  This is their school and they were intent to make sure the right things were done.  

One of the greatest regrets of this week has been the inability of our school to communicate well enough to students and parents.  Please know that we sincerely understand the concerns that this had caused.  It is a difficult challenge: to share information that would be helpful and useful for students and parents while preserving the integrity of the on-going Police Investigation is not something that is easy to do.  As a result, know that the information we could provide was vague, light on substance, and not sufficient for most.  We understood that this led people to turn to either mainstream or social media for updates (which sometimes had partial truths, half truths, and outright fabrications). Please know that we provided as much information as we could.  What makes this most unpleasant is that as a school, we work hard to be as open, honest, and transparent in our actions.  We know for some, we will have to work hard to re-establish lost trust.

In short, thank you all your patience and understanding this week.  Three weeks left in this academic year.  Let's make it the best three weeks of the year! 





Monday to Friday June 5 - 9th: STUCO Spirit Week




Tuesday June 6, 2017 - Band Concert (Repeat)

Please join Ms. Wilkinson's Music Program for their final concert of the year.  This is the traditional outdoor concert (weather permitting) beginning at 6:30pm.


Thursday June 8, 2017 - PAC - Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Postponed from June 1st.



Thursday June 8, 2017 - Awards Night (Repeat)

The McMath Award's Night Celebration will be held on June 8th at 7pm.  






Walk/Run For Polio.  McMath's Interact Group.  Video by Marinelle.



McMath Students at the Richmond Carvers Show



Six McMath students entered pieces into the carving show held at the Steveston Community Centre on May 27 and 28th. The students are encouraged to enter pieces in the show which is held annually by the Richmond Carvers society. This local event showcases works by local Carvers as well as others who travel from other provinces and the United States. More information about the carvers’ society can be found at https://richmondcarvers.com/

Our student carvings and small wood projects were well received and appreciated by members of the club. The Carvers society has been able to come out to various wood working classes and help students with both carving and also on the scroll saw. We look forward to increasing the collaboration between the students and carvers next year.

Congratulations to all of the students who entered pieces in the show. Clair Sie deserves special mention and congratulations for winning the best student entered piece from across the district for her Acanthus carved book ends.


McMath Tennis Team 10th at the Provincial Championships

A great showing for the McMath Tennis Team this past week at the Provincial Championships.  After a bit of slow start, McMath pushed hard for a successful tournament.  Congratulations!





(updated June 1/17)


This weekly document contains new, incoming information only.

For additional information, visit the new Career Centre website at:







Planning for studies in the USA?  (reminder)

On Monday, June 5th... Burnett Secondary School is hosting a US Education Information Session at 6 pm. This event is open to all Richmond students and parents. The Education USA Advisor to Canada will discuss the process for Canadian students heading to a US college or university.  Questions? See Ms. Bernard in the Career Centre.  You are not required to register in advance for this session.    




JUN 13/17  Kwantlen Nursing Information Session

Students in all grades are invited to learn more about the education/process towards a career in Nursing…from the Health Foundations start, to admissions into the Nursing Program at KPU.

Programs that will be covered include:

·         Health Foundations (HF)

·         Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

·         Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) Information Session

Date/time/location:  June 13, 2017, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Langley Campus South Building Room 2875

Visit:  http://www.kpu.ca/events/health-foundations-hf-bachelor-science-nursing-bsn-bachelor-psychiatric-nursing-bpn-3   Register at:  http://www.kpu.ca/HF/BSN/BPN/infosession




JUN 14/17   UBC Pharmacy Information Session

All students are invited to attend the UBC Pharmacy Entry-to-Practice Program Information Evening on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 5:00-6:30 pm, in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, Vancouver Campus. This is a great session for grade 12 students who are starting to register for first-year courses and have questions about the admission requirements, but it is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the program.  For details and to register visit: 





JUN 14/17   Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture (TCM) Information Session

Sign up for KPU’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture (TCM) Information Session to learn more about this program. This session will be held in the Richmond Campus in the TCM Lab (#3700) from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on June 14th.  For program information visit:  http://www.kpu.ca/calendar/2016-17/health/traditionalchinesemedicine-acup/traditionalchinesemedicine-acupuncture-dip.html


Register at:  https://www.kpu.ca/TCM/infosession




Grade 12's and post-secondary applications... 

Many university application deadlines have passed but there is still time to apply to a number of institutions.  See Ms. Bernard in the Career Centre if you have questions.




Did you fill in your PSI Selections On-line form? 

Students must fill in this form for transcript information to be sent to post-secondary institutions.  See the following website:   http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/tsw/tsw/student/




Accepted your offer of admission - now what?

Make sure you follow your post-secondary school's instructions exactly and pay your deposit to confirm acceptance.

Many colleges and universities offer workshops for new students.  Topics may include:

~ First year course planning

~ Course Registration details

~ Tips for success

~ Campus Services

Questions…see Ms. Bernard or your Counsellor.



Post-Secondary Course Registration Dates

Students are reminded to check their college or university student account/portal for details regarding the date and time you can begin registering for courses.  It is important to register for courses as soon as the system opens.  Be prepared!  View the many course and timetable options in advance.




StudentAid BC ~ Student Loan Information

Applications for full-time and part-time studies for the 2017/2018 program year will be available mid-June, 2017.   A 2017/2018 program year application is for classes that start between August 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018. Be Prepared…..You can get ready now by registering with StudentAid BC and creating a StudentAid BC Dashboard Account.  https://studentaidbc.ca/news/general/important-information-students-applying-20172018-program-year   Questions? Toll-free Canada/USA: 1-800-561-1818,  Monday to Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm PST.





**New Rescheduled KPU Information Session Date @ McMath

Grade 12 students....Our KPU lunch-time information session has been rescheduled.  The new date is on Friday, June 9th in our Conference Room.  Dominic...our new Kwantlen representative... will be available to assist with the course registration process.  If you have questions...see Ms. Bernard in the Career Centre.



Kwantlen Polytechnic University ~ Course Planning & Registration Assistance (reminder)

KPU’s academic advisors and the Future Students’ Office will be hosting drop-in hours for new students to get one-on-one academic advising and registration assistance. Registration assistance is available at the following locations:

  • KPU Surrey – Main Bldg. Room 160, Tues. & Thurs. 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • KPU Langley – Student enrollment Services Office, We. 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  • KPU Richmond - Room 1560,  Mon. & Fri. 1:00pm-3:30pm

Check out the New Students website for the next steps: http://www.kpu.ca/advising/new-students






Langara Course Planning for New & Prospective Arts and Science Students (reminder)

This 90-minute session (Langara campus) is designed to help students understand university transfer and entrance requirements.   Due to high demand for one-on-one appointments, Counsellors at Langara require that students attend a course planning session before receiving individual assistance.  See the website for up-coming sessions:  www.langara.bc.ca/student-services/counselling/workshops-info-sessions/course-planning-sessions.html




Langara Registration Helpline ~  604-323-5595

The Langara Registration Helpline assists students that have problems adding or dropping classes, signing in to register for courses, and any other registration-specific queries.  Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm




It’s not too late to apply to Douglas College!

The General Studies program is a great place to launch your post-secondary experience, and a strong pathway to university.

  • Criminology

Douglas College now offers a  Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology.


  • Theatre


  • Engineering


  • Psychology Programs

After completing an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in the first two years, you can enter the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology in your third year.


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is offered jointly by Thompson Rivers University and Douglas College 


  • Hospitality Management

The program now feeds into the Bachelor of Business Administration at Douglas College. Details at:


  • Veterinary Technology


*Psychiatric Nursing

DC will be offering a restructured 4-year Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing (BSPN) program with new admissions requirements. Students start in the Academic Foundations for Potential Psychiatric Nursing Applicants (AFPN).


  • English Upgrading

Contact English Upgrading at:  upgrading@douglascollege.ca   








Richmond Virtual School Summer Registration is open

Registration details at:  http://rvs.sd38.bc.ca/   Richmond Virtual School (RVS) offer academic and elective courses in grades 10 to 12.  Regular classroom meetings are expected in most courses and typically occur once a week or once every two weeks in the fall and spring sessions (twice weekly in summer).  Click on "Course Registration" under RVS Courses to begin.




Richmond School District Continuing Education

SUMMER LEARNING 2017 Academic Full Credit Courses

Details for Summer Learning are available at:   http://ce.sd38.bc.ca/   





Now is the time to begin considering your career path possibilities. By getting involved in leadership, volunteering and work opportunities this summer, you will be involved in valuable experiences, be inspired by others and make connections that may help you learn about your own strengths. You may also use this valuable time to visit and tour post-secondary colleges and universities.

Volunteer information is available at Richmond Cares Richmond Gives.  https://www.rcrg.org/WhatWeDo/RCRGPrograms/information-volunteer-centre




Summer STEP 2017 (for current Grade 11 students)

Re Are you currently completing your grade 11 year and wondering what to do this summer?  If you love Horticulture and Landscaping, you are invited to apply to work as a youth apprentice with the Richmond School District.  Applications for this Summer STEP program are available from Ms. Bernard in the Career Centre.  The deadline for Grade 11’s to submit applications to the School Board Office is on Friday, June 9th at 3:30pm.