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Year: 2000 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
School: Central Middle School
Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 3V2
Principal: Brett Cooper
School Telephone: 250-782-5288
School Fax: 250-782-9604
Grades/Subjects Taught: English, science, mathematics, physical education
- Kids first, subject second.
- Maintain high expectations for student achievement, and instil a sense of pride in what students can accomplish.
- Take the time to get to know each student; identify individual strengths and capitalize on them.
Establishes a dynamic and effective learning environment that brings out the best in students:
- has students use agenda planner and Steven Covey's Seven Habits for Highly Effective Teens at the end of each school day
- integrates computer technology, cooperative group work, team teaching and multiple intelligences into classroom
- students self-evaluate accomplishments in each class to develop good work habits
- 93 per cent pass rate in grade eight class, with 35 per cent on the honour roll and a 91 per cent attendance rate for the year.
Encourages increased student and staff involvement in extracurricular activities:
- activities range from sports events to yearbook production to give students of all abilities opportunities to participate and feel connected to a team
- student participation increased from 24 per cent to 72 per cent in three years
- staff participation increased from 68 per cent to 88 per cent in the same time period.
Organizes production of school yearbook as an employability skills development project. Mr. Kolkea acts as an employer and students are the employees, required to demonstrate an ability to work independently before they can work in groups. Students plan and solve problems as they develop content, learn new computer techniques, meet deadlines and submit progress reports.
"Mr. Kolkea is a teacher that seems to always have time for students if they need help…. You name it, he's helped me with it." Former student
"Surely the happy experience of working with this young man will be an inspiring memory for students and colleagues throughout their lives. If only all children could have such a teacher!" School board chair