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CAMP SQUAMISH 2015 (October 14-16)

The Incentive Grade 8, 9 and 10 classes recently returned from our annual Fall retreat, held from Wednesday, October 14th to Friday, October 16th at the Easter Seal camp on the shores of the Squamish River in Brackendale, BC. Throughout the three days, our teaching staff and student campers were treated to glorious sunshine and perfect weather!
During camp, the students were put into nine multigrade teams of nine or ten students each, together with a Grade 11 or 12 Incentive student who acted as a team mentor. The teams then went through a series of activities designed to promote team-building and the formation of connections between students in different grades in the Pre-AP/Incentive Program. Aided by the mentors, Palmer Pre-AP/Incentive teachers ran carefully planned activities that centred around this year’s theme of “Linked”. Activities included teacher-led team-building games, a simulation game based on inter-culture communication, a critical-thinking treasure hunt, an art/craft activity (making a decorative pillow), a mentor-led team-building session, a chant-writing and performing session, a creative-thinking Destination Imagination Instant Challenge, and of course the traditional campfire sing-alongs. Some of the activities allowed teams to earn points, which were tallied at the end of the two-and-a-half days to determine the top team at camp. In addition, teams were assigned into three Houses (Cheakamus, Chilcotin and Cowichan), each consisting of three teams, and the House with the highest aggregate team points at the end was awarded the Camp Squamish Grafton Cup as the Top House.
At the end of a close and intense but friendly competition, it was Team 3 (led by Grade 12 mentor Lizzie Y.) who won the Top Team medals, while Cheakamus (comprised of Teams 1, 2 and 3) won the trophy for Top House.
Kudos and thanks to the following mentors for their excellent work at camp: Jana C., Tina F., Amanda K., Oscar L., Mary L., Sarah L., Emma L., Neha N., Sabrina O., Maria St., and Lizzie Y.! Kudos as well to the teachers who were involved in the organization and planning for camp, and who accompanied the Pre-AP/Incentive students for the three days: Mrs. Calaciura, Ms. Naidu, Mrs. Roberts, Mr. Sidhu and Mr. Wong. Everyone is already eagerly looking forward to next year’s Camp Squamish!

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PALMER’S GRADE 8 & 9 MATH TEAMS COMPETE AT THE 2015 MATH CHALLENGERS LOWER MAINLAND REGIONAL COMPETITION AT UBC

Palmer’s Grade 8 & 9 Math teams participated in the 2015 Math Challengers Lower Mainland Regional Competition at UBC on Saturday, February 14th. Both teams competed hard during the day-long event that was attended by approximately 500 student competitors. The competition included two individual contest rounds, a team round, and finally a head-to-head buzzer round where the top ten individuals in each pool battled each other one-on-one to determine the fastest individual champion.
Frank W. from Palmer’s Grade 8 team placed 7th out of 70 students in the individual round in our competition pool, while Paul Z. from the Grade 9 team placed 5th out of 60 students. In addition, Palmer’s Grade 9 team placed 3rd overall in our pool that included teams from schools such as Saint Georges, Burnaby South, Lord Byng, Magee, Prince of Wales and others. The Grade 9 team thus qualifies for the Provincial Finals Competition, which will be held on Saturday, April 11th at Simon Fraser University. The Grade 8 team is currently waiting to hear if it will qualify for a wildcard spot at the provincials.
Kudos to all the Math Team members for continuing to maintain Palmer’s tradition of mathematical prowess at these competitions! Grade 8 Team members included Christy C., Liang L., Melanie T., Frank W. and Andrew X.. The Grade 9 Team members were Jason B., Kelvin H., Albert L., Amanda W. and Paul Z.. Thanks also to the following students who gave up their Saturday to volunteer at the tournament: Daniel C., Tina F., Morris H., Danlu L., Alvin M. and Jack Z.. Way to go, Griffins!

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SCIENCE FAIR 2015

Approximately 90 Grade 8 to 10 Pre-AP/Incentive Science students competed in Palmer’s 9th Annual Science Fair on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Each year, Palmer’s Science Fair provides students with opportunities to gain experience in long-term planning and scientific experimental design. Over a period of three months, students work diligently to have their projects ready for presentation at the end of January.
The format mirrors that of university style formal labs with three categories of projects: Experiments, Studies and Innovation/Inventions. Included in this year’s Science Fair were projects about video game addictions, magnetic missile launchers, edible water bottles, and many more.
Under the direction of Palmer’s Science teachers, 40 senior students took on the responsibilities of judging, compiling scores and coordinating the event. In addition, approximately 200 elementary school students and other community members came by to view the projects. Included among the spectators were Richmond School District Superintendent Monica Pamer, as well as Assistant Superintendent Wendy Lim.
Kudos to all those who participated and congratulations to the winners! For more photos, go to  http://palmer.sd38.bc.ca/?q=ScienceFair2015

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PALMER PRE-AP/INCENTIVE STUDENTS SCORE 100% ON JUNE 2014 PROVINCIAL EXAMS

All of Palmer’s Pre-AP/Incentive Program students did very well on their June 2014 Provincial Examinations. Of special note, Palmer had a record number of our Pre-AP/Incentive Program and Honours Math Program students scoring 100% on these Provincial Exams. Congratulations and kudos to the following students for this outstanding achievement!

Foundations & PreCalculus Mathematics 10:

  • Jessica D., Tina F., Emily G., Morris H., Rachel K., Vandy L. and Emma L.
  • In addition, both Emily G. and Ashley Y. (who scored 99% on the Provincial Exam) achieved scores of 100% on their overall course mark (which combines the school mark and provincial exam mark). Congratulations on attaining this excellent and rarely-accomplished feat!

Science 10:

  • Ray L. and Ashley Y.
Pre-AP/Incentive & Honours Math Program students who scored 100% on the June 2014 Foundations & PreCalculus Math 10 Provincial Exam

Pre-AP/Incentive & Honours Math Program students who scored 100% on the June 2014 Foundations & PreCalculus Math 10 Provincial Exam

Ray L. and Ashley Y. achieved perfect scores on the June 2014 Science 10 Provincial Exam!

Ray L. and Ashley Y. achieved perfect scores on the June 2014 Science 10 Provincial Exam!

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Palmer Hosts 2014 BC Destination Imagination (DI) Provincial Tournament

The 2014 BCDI Provincial Tournament was held at Palmer on Saturday, April 12th, attended by over 80 student teams and around 800 people. Hosted by a small army of Palmer Incentive students under the coordination of Palmer teachers Ms. Kwan and Mr. Wong, the day-long tournament ran ultra-smoothly, and Palmer’s Incentive students earned much praise and many compliments from BCDI and the tournament attendees.

DI is an international creative problem solving enrichment and competition program that allows students from Grades 3 to 12 to work in teams to solve complex Challenges, and to present their solutions to these Challenges at tournaments from the regional to the global level. Palmer has a long and successful tradition with DI, having run the extracurricular program and fielding many successful teams since the mid-1980’s, and having sent numerous teams to the Global Finals.

This year, Palmer had two teams competing at the Provincial Tournament. Mr.Sidhu’s team (“A LoL in the Action”) competed in the Fine Arts challenge while Ms. Henrickson and Mr. Chan’s team (“CORNTOS”) competed in the Scientific challenge. Both teams had been working since October building their own props and sets, writing their own scripts, and solving their DI challenge. Both teams did very well and were invited to attend the DI Global Finals Tournament in Knoxville, Tennessee during the third week of May, but declined due to the high cost of travel.

Following this article are some pictures from the Provincial Tournament at Palmer. Kudos and good work to all the Palmer team members and volunteers!

Opening Ceremonies with Welcome Address by Palmer Principal Mr. Steward.

Opening Ceremonies with Welcome Address by Palmer Principal Mr. Steward.

Palmer volunteers at the products table.

Palmer volunteers Bonnie, Janelle, Neha and Henry at the products table.

Palmer volunteers Jocelyn and Bill getting into the spirit!

Palmer volunteers Jocelyn and Bill getting into the spirit!

Mr. Wong and BCDI Affiliate Director Faith Garriock.

Mr. Wong and BCDI Affiliate Director Faith Garriock.

Palmer volunteers Maria, Neha and Henry take a shift at the products table.

Palmer volunteers Maria, Neha and Henry take a shift at the products table.

Palmer team "A LOL in the Action" members Jarrett, Geralyn and Francis present their Team Challenge.

Palmer team “A LOL in the Action” members Jarrett, Geralyn and Francis present their Team Challenge.

Palmer volunteers take a break from work to watch and support the Palmer "CORNTOS" team during their Team Challenge presentation.

Palmer volunteers take a break from work to watch and support the Palmer “CORNTOS” team during their Team Challenge presentation.

Team Manager/Coach of the "A LOL in the Action" team Mr. Sidhu and Principal Mr. Steward share a laugh.

Team Manager/Coach of the “A LOL in the Action” team Mr. Sidhu and Principal Mr. Steward share a laugh.

"CORNTOS" team members Bianca, Jana, Selina, Rachel, Queenie and Maggie present their Team Challenge.

“CORNTOS” team members Bianca, Jana, Selina, Rachel, Queenie and Maggie present their Team Challenge.

"CORNTOS" team members with one of their Team Managers/Coaches Mr. Chan.

“CORNTOS” team members Jana, Bianca, Queenie and Selina with one of their Team Managers/Coaches Mr. Chan.

"CORNTOS" Team Managers/Coaches Ms. Henrickson and Mr. Chan are buzzed about their team's performance!

“CORNTOS” Team Managers/Coaches Ms. Henrickson and Mr. Chan are buzzed about their team’s performance!

Palmer volunteers man the discount t-shirt table at the end of the tournament.

Palmer volunteers man the discount t-shirt table at the end of the tournament.

Palmer's army of Incentive Program volunteers. Kudos and thank you for a job well done hosting the 2014 BCDI Provincial Tournament!

Palmer’s army of Incentive Program volunteers. Kudos and thank you for a job well done hosting the 2014 BCDI Provincial Tournament!

 

CAMP SQUAMISH 2013 (October 16-18)

The Incentive Grade 8 – 10 classes have just returned from three days at our annual Fall retreat, held at the Easter Seal camp on the shores of the Squamish River in Brackendale, BC. There was glorious sunshine and perfect weather – and even a visit by a mother black bear and her two cubs. The students went through a series of activities designed to promote team-building and the formation of connections between students in different grades in the Incentive Program.

Aided by ten hand-picked Incentive Grade 11 and 12 mentors, Palmer Incentive teachers ran carefully planned activities that centred around this year’s theme of “Perspectives”. Activities included team-building games, a simulation Food Chain game, a critical-thinking treasure hunt, a t-shirt art activity, a board games tournament, a chant-writing and performing session, a creative-thinking Destination Imagination Instant Challenge, and of course the traditional campfire sing-alongs.

Students were put into multigrade teams of 10-11 students, and engaged in friendly team and house competitions in the different activities over three busy days. At the end of a close competition, it was Team 1 (led by Grade 11 mentor Amanda W.) who won the Top Team medals, while Chilcotin (comprised of Teams 4, 5 and 6) won the Grafton Cup as the Top House.

Kudos and thanks to the following mentors for their excellent work at camp: Alvin M., Amanda W., Annie H., Bill C., Bonnie Z., Daniel C., Danlu L., Inayah M., Jack Z., and Jocelyn T.. Kudos as well to the teachers who were involved in the planning and/or who travelled to camp: Ms. Calaciura, Mr. Chow, Mrs. Coyle, Ms. Naidu, Mr. Sidhu and Mr. Wong, as well as Vice-Principal Ms. Timmins. Everyone is already eagerly looking forward to next year’s Camp Squamish!

A selection of photos from this year’s camp follows (double-click on each photo to enlarge):

Boarding the charter bus early Wednesday morning for the trip to Camp Squamish.Boarding the charter bus early Wednesday morning for the trip to Camp Squamish.

Introduction to the Icebreaker activityIntroduction to the Icebreaker activity

Team bonding time.
Team bonding time.
A real team-builder: The Human Knot.
A well-bonded team: The Human Knot.
Boys and girls dorms at Camp Squamish
Boys and girls dorms at Camp Squamish.
Team #1...or is it #2?
Team #1…or is it #2…or neither?
Team #1 demonstrates its sense of spirit.
Team #1 demonstrates its sense of spirit.
Giving out instructions for the outdoor team-building games.
Giving out instructions for the outdoor team-building games.
Team-building activity.
Racing to turn in items in one of the team-buidling games.
Students enjoying outdoor team-building games.
Students literally bonding during the outdoor team-building games.
Photo time with friends.
Photo time with friends.
Destination Imagination Instant Challenge activity.
Destination Imagination Instant Challenge activity.
More Instant Challenges.
More Instant Challenges.
Instant Challenge in action.
Instant Challenge in action.
T-shirt designing activity, before.....
T-shirt designing activity, before…..
.....and after.
…..and after.
Enthusiastic team-led campfire singalong!
Enthusiastic team-led campfire singalong!
While students enjoy their breakfast in the camp cafeteria...
While students enjoy their breakfast in the camp cafeteria…
A visit from a mother black bear and her two cubs.
….a mother black bear and her two cubs forage for their breakfast in the dumpsters.
The bears may be cute...
The bears may be cute…
...but a stern warning stare from mother bear...
…but a stern warning stare from mother bear…
...keeps everyone safely inside behind closed doors!
…keeps everyone safely inside behind closed doors!
Working intently on treasure hunt clues.
Working intently on treasure hunt clues.
Another team working on treasure hunt clues.
Another team working on treasure hunt clues.
Trying to see the treasure hunt clue in a visual puzzle.
Trying to see the treasure hunt clue in a visual puzzle.
A game of Pictionary tests students on their perspectives, as well as their perceptions of each other's "artwork".
A game of Pictionary tests students on their perspectives, as well as their perceptions of each other’s “artwork”….
....as does a game of Gestures (similar to Charades).
….as does a game of Gestures (similar to Charades).
The mentors enjoying a healthy and hearty dinner together.
The mentors enjoying a healthy and hearty dinner together.
Campfire singalong in the barbeque pavilion under a full moon.
Campfire singalong in the barbeque pavilion under a full moon.
Hot chocolate and cookies make for a sweet campfire singalong!
Hot chocolate and cookies make for a sweet campfire singalong!
Teams and Houses perform their chants during the campfire on the final night of camp.
Teams and Houses perform their chants during the campfire on the final night of camp.
Squeezing in the last few photos at camp before boarding the bus to head home.
Squeezing in the last few photos at camp before boarding the bus to head home Friday morning.
Palmer staff and mentors.
Palmer staff and mentors.
Group photo before heading home Friday; happy Palmer campers (although a little sad to leave camp!).
Group photo before heading home Friday; happy Palmer campers (although a little sad to leave camp!).
Brief stop at Alice Lake for a brisk walk around the lake before finally heading home. Happy camp memories!
Brief stop at Alice Lake for a brisk walk around the lake before finally heading home. Happy camp memories!

 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Palmer’s two Destination Imagination (DI) teams competed at the 2013 BCDI Provincial Finals Tournament at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, and had a very successful day.

After a full day of competition, both teams earned first place in their respective divisions in the Instant Challenge problem solving competition.

In their long-term Team Challenge competitions:

The Grade 8 team had to produce and perform a nov-verbal play, complete with costuming, backdrops and set, as well as music in the Theatre Arts challenge, and came in first place!

The Grade 9 team had to design and construct a light-weight structure that would hold as much weight as possible while withstanding a side impact after every certain number of weights placed (as well as performing a skit incorporating the testing of the structure) in the Structures challenge, and came in second place!

Both teams therefore continue a long-standing Palmer tradition of being invited to represent BC at the DI Global Finals Tournament, which will be held during the third week of May 2013 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Congratulations to the Grade 8 team of Jana C., Tina F., Rachel K., Iris L., Jenny L., Queenie N., and Maggie Y., coached jointly by Mr. Chan, Ms. Liu and Ms. Henrickson!

Congratulations also to the Grade 9 team of Jancis B., Jarrett C., Henry C., Philip E., Stanley H., James L., and Henry Z., coached by Mr. Sidhu!

Palmer Grade 8 DI Team

Palmer Grade 8 DI Team

Palmer Grade 9 DI Team

Palmer Grade 9 DI Team

Palmer Grade 9 Team in action during their Structures Team Challenge

Palmer Grade 9 Team in action during their Structures Team Challenge