‘iPad Takes FLIGHT’ Again

The FLIGHT 10 students had a second opportunity to give their presentation ‘iPad Takes FLIGHT: 40 tips’ at the recent NVTA Professional Day at Carson Graham.

The event was open to all teachers in the District and our morning and afternoon sessions were completely filled up. The FLIGHT students did a great job sharing their tips and the audience truly appreciated how professionally the students handled themselves.

FLIGHT conquers Macworld!


The culminating experience of the FLIGHT 10 California tour was presenting to an audience of 80 people as part of the Tech Talk series at the Macworld / iWorld 2013 conference in San Francisco.

This review of our presentation described the tips and tricks shared as “nothing short of dynamite”.

You can read more about the experience of presenting at such a large and prestigious event on the blogs of FLIGHT 10 students: Declan, John, Milan, and Thomas.

California FLIGHT 10

On January 25, 17 FLIGHT 10 students plus Mr. Bryan Hughes, Ms. Petra Willemse and Ms. Nancy Roberts, left from Bellingham to travel to San Diego.

This trip had a lot of background planning months in advance to have it happen. Beginning with the HTH residency the FLIGHT teachers attended in October, we knew we had to have our students see what project-based learning could be first hand. We wanted to take our students to High Tech High.

And so, that’s where we found ourselves from January 25 to 29 in San Diego visiting High Tech High. FLIGHT students got a chance to do a tour with HTH students and follow them from class to class. Our students were surprised to see the depth of the learning and engagement that the HTH students showed.

We also got to visit some of the area highlights, including the Midway, Sea World, and Cabrillo National Monument.

By January 29th, we were on the move again. Flying from San Diego to San Jose. From a hotel in Silicon Valley, we were able to day trip and explore several of the tech giants in the Valley, including Google, Intel and Apple. Stops included the Computer History Museum and Stanford.

Finally on January 31st we made our way to San Francisco to attend MacWorld. It was an honour for our FLIGHT 10 students to present their workshop ‘iPad Takes FLIGHT: 40 tips’ at the conference. Students had prepared for months and took this as an opportunity to shine.

With the conference over, it was time to head for home. Twenty happy and exhausted Seycove students and teachers returned!

Presentations of Learning

On the evening of January 16, 2013, FLIGHT held out first presentations of learning night. FLIGHT students had prepared for this evening for months in advance, making sure their projects were ready for a wide audience.

FLIGHT 9 students were presenting their Shoebox of Exploration. Their shoeboxes contained artifacts that told the story of an exploration to a place new to them. They included maps, diaries and even photos of their fantastic journey.

FLIGHT 10 students were presenting their Truth of Memory project. The shadow boxes and stories were all posted on the walls of the Hangar.

We had a good turnout of parents, staff and even some our seniors from the Memory project. Dr. Overgaard also shared his comments on the year in FLIGHT so far.

Thank you to all the FLIGHT students who came and showed their work.

FLIGHT 10 Project

This Grade 10 FLIGHT project asked students to discover the truth in memory.

Students were paired with a classmate to interview a local senior. After the interview, students individually wrote a biographical narrative in the first person about one of their senior’s stories. Multiple drafts and more interviews later, students completed their stories.

At the same time, students also constructed a shadow box from wood, painted it, and created a visual representation of their story. A huge thanks to Mr. Gord Muter and Mr. Darcy Grant for helping in the wood shop.

Finally, students used VoiceThread to tell the story orally using their own narration and recordings from the interviews they conducted of the seniors. You can access their VoiceThread and leave your own comments by visiting the FLIGHT 10 student blogs.

All the products from this project are displayed beside the partner’s version of the same product. This was purposeful so we can reflect on how perspective can alter a narrative.

We want to thank the seniors who allowed us to interview them for this amazing opportunity. Please come by the FLIGHT Hangar to see the students’ hard work.

Fundraising opportunity: Cookie Dough and Cheesecakes

MM Stack SidecookieStudents can raise funds towards the cost of future field trips by selling cookie dough and delicious cheesecakes. All monies earned will be kept in individual student accounts within the school and can be applied towards the cost of future FLIGHT field trips.

Here are the details:

  • Each pail of cookie dough sells for $16; students earn $5 from each pail sold.
  • Cheesecakes sell for $18 each; students earn $4.50 for each cheesecake sold.
  • Collect as many orders as possible; each buyer pays the student directly. If the buyer is paying by cheque, then the cheque should be made payable to the student’s parent(s).
  • Order forms must be into FLIGHT teachers no later than November 28th.
  • Order forms must be accompanied by full payment; parents should write one cheque to cover the total cost of all of their student’s orders.
  • Cheques should be made payable to Seycove Secondary.

Click here to download the Cookie Dough and Cheesecake order form. Please return this form with attached cheque for all orders no later than November 28th.

Cookie Dough Information:

  • Cookie dough is available in five different varieties:
    • Double Chocolate
    • White Chocolate Macadamia Nut
    • Buttery Shortbread
    • Monster (Candy-Coated Chocolate Pieces)
    • Healthy Choice Chocolate Chip (Trans Fat Free, Low in Saturated Fat and High source of Iron)
  • 4lb pails – makes approximately 60 (30g) cookies
  • Made with preservative-free ingredients; tender, chewy, homemade taste
  • Scoop and easy bake convenience in 15 minutes (instructions on pail)
  • Dough can be stored fresh or frozen, can be thawed and re-frozen
  • Made with Non-hydrogenated margarine
  • All cookies are Orthodox Union Kosher Certified (OUD)
  • Allergy information: all cookie dough is manufactured in a plant that processes milk products, peanuts, and other nuts
Cheesecake Information:


  • 8” round, 2 lb. cakes
  • 14 individual pieces for easy serving
  • Cheesecake can be frozen or refrigerated and can be thawed and re-frozen
  • Allergy information:  may contain tree nuts, peanuts, sulphites, and soy

If you have any questions, please contact parent co-ordinator Donna Harvey at dmharvey@telus.net

Fundraising opportunity: Poinsettias


Students have an opportunity to raise funds to offset the cost of future field trips by selling beautiful poinsettias. Orders can be collected up to November 28th, and the plants will be delivered for pick up at the school cafeteria on Monday, December 10th, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Here are the details:

  • Poinsettias sell for $12; students earn $4.50 from each plant sold.
  • Three colours to choose from: white, pink and red.
  • 6.5” pots with pot covers.
  • Collect as many orders as possible; each buyer pays the student directly. If the buyer is paying by cheque, then the cheque should be made payable to the student’s parent(s).
  • Order forms must be in to FLIGHT teachers on November 28th.
  • Order forms must be accompanied by full payment; parents should write one cheque to cover the total cost of all of their student’s orders.
  • Cheques should be made payable to Seycove Secondary.
Click here to download the Poinsettia Order Form. Please return this form with attached cheque for all orders no later than November 28th.
If you have any questions, please contact the parent co-ordinator of the poinsettia sale, Donna Harvey, at dmharvey@telus.net

FLIGHT 9 Takes Over Seattle

November 2 was the date for our annual FLIGHT 9 day trip to Seattle. It is always a busy day, but this year’s trip was particularly jammed packed!

We left the school early (5 am!) with our bleary eyed grade 9’s on a full bus. Our first stop was the Future of Flight Aviation Center for our Boeing factory tour. This gave FLIGHT 9 a chance to see an assembly line in action – a process that relates to their science and social studies content.

Next, after a quick link at Seattle Center, we had free time to explore the EMP’s collection of science-fiction artifacts in preparation for their science-ficiton novel study.

A quick hop over to the Pacific Science Center and we all had an amazing chance to see the King Tut exhibition. This exhibit was probably the last time some of these artifacts will ever even leave Egypt. Students were well prepared for what they were going to see thanks to Seycove teacher, Esther Clark, who volunteered her time earlier this week to give a lecture to our FLIGHT 9 students on the topic of Egypt.

Another quick walk took us up the Seattle Space Needle to a wonderful panorama of the city.

Finally, after fighting with Seattle traffic, we made it to Golden Corral for a dinner stop on the way home.

A huge thanks to Ms. Erin Madsen, Ms. Vicki Digby and Ms. Esther Clark who accompanied FLIGHT teachers Ms. Petra Willemse and Mr. Bryan Hughes (Ms. Ireland, Ms. Strandt and Mr. Grant were unable to attend) on this epic day.

FLIGHT 9 Seattle Trip

SpaceneedleOne of FLIGHT’s guiding principles is to provide students with learning experiences that transcend the traditional boundaries of the physical classroom. Our upcoming trip to Seattle does that in a big way! This full day adventure offers several unique experiences, and this year, a true once-in-a-lifetime chance to see priceless artifacts recovered from King Tut’s tomb.

The day begins at the Boeing factory in Everett, with an opportunity for students to see the content of science and social studies in action. By touring the assembly line and observing the production process, students can relate a real-world example to their in-class learning.

In the Science Fiction Museum, students will be able to see displays relating to their science-fiction literature circle that they will study as part of English class. The museum contains objects relating to some of the classics of science-fiction, allowing students to view in reality concepts that were discussed in their novels and in class.

The King Tutankhamun Exhibit at the Pacific Science Center offers students a once-in-a-lifetime experience to view the treasures of ancient Egypt.

A trip to the top of the Space Needle provides a bird’s-eye view of Seattle before we start the journey home.

Students need to be at Seycove at 5:30 am on November 2, 2012. We cannot wait for late comers. 

Parents: If you have not already done so, please return the signed consent form and cheque for the field trip cost.

Click here to download the detailed trip document and consent form. 

Appropriate use of technology and online services

The FLIGHT program explores new technologies and how they can be useful for learning both inside and outside of the classroom. In the course of our learning, FLIGHT students will create and use various online websites and services and write and publish to them. Use of these services is sometimes private in nature, but often is public.

This year, students will be using Edmodo, Evernote, Edublogs, and Google Drive among other tools in the course of their FLIGHT classes. Some of these websites and services may store data outside of Canada. Publishing to public sites provides students with an authentic audience for their work, and their individual websites will become an important component of their assessment as a portfolio of their learning.

Embedded in our curriculum this year is learning about what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for online communication, and your child’s work will be closely monitored by FLIGHT teachers to ensure his/her safety and privacy are protected.

FLIGHT parents that have not already returned the online services notification letter are asked to print out this letter and return it as soon as possible.

Click here to download the letter.

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