Hatzic Middle School
34800 Dewdney Trunk Rd
Mission, BC V2V 5V6
Year at a Glance
September 5 - First Day of School (Half-day)
September 22 - Non-Instructional Day - School not in session
September 28 - School Pictures (AM)
September 29 - Orange Shirt Day
October 9 - Thanksgiving - School not in session
October 17 - School Picture Retakes (PM)
October 20 - Professional Day - School not in session
October 23 - Non-Instructional Day - School not in session
November 10 - 11:38am Dismissal (Half-day assessment)
November 13 - Stat in Lieu of Remembrance Day - School not in session
November 23 - Report Card Pick-Up & Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-5/6-9
November 24 - Non-Instructional Day - School not in session
December 23 - January 7 - WINTER BREAK
January 8 - First Day Back After Winter Break
January 26 - Non Instructional Day - School not in session
February 9 - Report Card Pick Up by Students
February 12 - Family Day - School not in session
February 23 - Professional Development Day - School not in session
March 19 - 30 - Spring Break
April 2 - Easter Monday - No Classes
April 3 - Stat In Lieu of Good Friday - No Classes
April 4 - First Day Back After Break
April 13 - 11:38am Dismissal (Half-day assessment)
April 26 - Report Card Pick-Up & Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30-5/6-9
April 27 - Non-Instructional Day - School not in session
May 18 - Non-Instructional Day - School not in session
May 21 - Victoria Day - Students not in session
June 27 - Final Day of Regular Classes
June 29 - Report Card Pick Up
A “grammar exercise” distributed at a school in Mission is raising some eyebrows.
The assignment was distributed to Grade 8 students at Hatzic Middle School and a copy of it was sent to Global News on Tuesday. It contains disturbing language describing what sounds like a domestic violence incident.
Angus Wilson, the Superintendent of Schools in Mission, confirmed to Global News the assignment did indeed come from Hatzic Middle School, but was a sample of student writing.
“The assignment was for students to write from the perspective of someone during the Middle Ages,” Wilson said.
He said one of the students chose to submit the assignment that’s now in question.
Wilson said the teacher then decided to re-purpose the assignment and use it as a grammar exercise with the permission of the student.
He reiterates a number of students’ writings were used. Wilson could not say if the assignment was handed out as homework to the entire class.
“As this is a personnel issue, I am not presently going to comment on the judgement call, and I cannot discuss the investigation,” he said.
WATCH: Parents shocked by Hatzic Middle School grammar exercise
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A number of local residents told Global News they were shocked to find out about the teacher’s decision.
“I don’t think it is really appropriate, especially for Grade 8 students,” one woman told Global News. “If I were the teacher, I would have chosen something else.”
“This is bizarre. I don’t know what the teacher’s intention was,” another resident told Global News. “I would think there would be a different assignment to choose to teach somebody verb tenses. This is insensitive and not well thought-out.”
A retired teacher who used to work for the district says someone should have spoken with the student to see if he or she needed help.
“It was distinctly a cry for help from some student and for the teacher that sent that home as a grammar assignment, it’s just totally inappropriate.”
Wilson said they will be conducting a formal investigation to find out what happened and see if any corrective measures need to be taken.
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