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    I hope this finds everyone as well as can be under these unprecedented circumstances.

    There is no doubt that we are all witnessing historic events unfold before us, so the number one priority is the health and well-being of you and those around you.

    With that in mind, this is also an opportune time to be an active witness to what is happening around us, so if you are able to, record your thoughts, observations and questions about what is going on as we navigate through this.  There are many profound opportunities for us to leave an impact in the midst of so much uncertainty through our observations and records.  Below are just some suggested ways to help organize your thoughts according to our course subject areas, but by no means are they meant to confine, constrict or limit (ANY thoughts/questions are encouraged!) – you may organize your thoughts however you wish (a suggested way would be to categorize according to “Observations”, “Questions”, “Ideas”, etc.)!  At some point these thoughts should be uploaded to your course portfolios, but for now just simply record your thoughts as they may occur.

    LEAD10 – how have various figures shown leadership during this time?  Examples could range from a personal level to local community to government leaders (Theresa Tam, Bonnie Henry, Chrystia Freeland, Adrian Dix, etc.)

    PEPS12 – what have been some economic concerns (individually, locally, nationally)?  Issues?  Possible solutions?  how have different political systems around the world reacted?  what role does the dissemination of information play?

    GEO12 – what factors (physical geography, human geography) have contributed to the spread?  what factors have mitigated?  what factors have worsened?  How has the physical earth been affected?  how has the movement of people, goods, ideas been affected?  What other natural disasters/events have occurred?

    SS10M –  how has Canada responded via the different levels of government?  what regional (provincial/territorial) differences have you noticed?

    SS8M – how have recent events made us re-think how we do things?  What possibilities might emerge?

    Further updates and information will be provided; the school will be issuing formal communications via your emails so check your emails regularly; if you have questions do not hesitate to contact me.

    Stay well,


    TERM 3 – SPRING 2020

    FAQ’s – all 2019-20 courses with Mr. P. Lee (GEO12, PEPS12, LEAD10, SS10M, SS8M)

    (It is expected that formal timelines and information from the school/VSB will be provided in early APRIL, 2020, at which time a further update will be provided)

    • What will the “structure” of this online approach look like?
      • We will work our way as best we can through the remainder of our course outline
      • Use the teacher blog at for regular instructions/directions/due dates/timelines
      • Use the course MOODLE to upload/submit work
      • Use the course MOODLE for initial guidance to required reading resources, which can be further supplemented by your own research if you desire
      • Check your email on a regular basis (daily) for any urgent updates or information
      • IF ACCESS TO INTERNET IS AN ISSUE please contact me at to look into alternate arrangements
    • How will my marks be assessed?
      • Regular electronic communication will be considered much of your engagement criteria; assignments posted on the course MOODLE as well as Digital Portfolio will be of utmost importance
      • Your cumulative TERM II standing will carry over into TERM III culminating in a FINAL MARK; it is expected that the habits that we have worked on in this course regarding your personal time management, self-discipline and communication will provide a relatively seamless transition
        • It WILL NOT be negatively impacted if you
          • Maintain regular electronic communication/check-ins
          • Submit/upload the required work
        • It WILL be negatively impacted if you
          • Do not maintain regular electronic communication/check-ins
          • Do not submit/upload the required work
        • What if I need help in understanding?
          • Quickest way for school work help is my teacher email at
          • My “Office Hours” for teacher help: 8am – 4pm, generally Mondays through Fridays
            • Of course, most of the time I should be able to read your emails quite promptly, but my replies will most likely occur during “Office Hours” listed above
          • How will I know what is required?
            • Teacher Blog = instructions
            • Course Moodle = resources, assignments, places to submit work
          • Will attendance be taken?
            • At this point, formal attendance is undetermined; however our regular electronic communication/check-ins will be used by me to determine your continued engagement in this course; my expectations regarding how much time you spend on the work involved in the course will be dependent on the actual assignment itself, the due date, and your own personal time management
          • What if my work won’t upload?
            • Moodle has a 10MB limit, so if your file is larger than that you will need to upload/submit a link instead (ie. To YouTube); please ensure that any link includes the means for me to view your work (ie. if there is some form of password required)
            • Accepted formats for directly uploading files must be PDF, WordDoc, Powerpoint, or JPEG; if a slide format that you use cannot be uploaded, convert it to a PDF and then upload it

    This is an evolving and dynamic situation that we all find ourselves in; if there are further FAQ’s that arise, I will update this list as I am sure that there are areas that I have not thought of.  Please note that we all are trying to adapt in the best ways that we can, and I will provide flexibility within reason as long as there is COMMUNICATION occurring.  Also please note that your teachers will all have different approaches and that all have individual circumstances that will vary accordingly (ie. some will have family care issues, etc.) so the extension of flexibility needs to be mutual; the most important thing throughout all this is to maintain COMMUNICATION.

    Finally, above all else, please be safe and practice proper behaviours in this extraordinary situation that we all find ourselves in, and if you require help do not hesitate to reach out.

    Mr. P. Lee


    District News & Opportunities

    Sustainability Conference:

    The 2020 VSB Sustainability Conference (VSBSC) will be held on Friday, February 14 and the student organizing committee is looking for Youth Head Delegates from secondary schools across the District to help promote and facilitate the conference. The VSBSC is for secondary students in Metro Vancouver interested in learning about different aspects of sustainability through workshops, speakers, and group discussions. Through this, the VSBSC

    student organizers hope to promote youth leadership, community engagement, and learning about the environment.

    Teachers can share this opportunity with students who might be interested in participating.

    Students can apply to be a Youth Head Delegate until November 30, 2019 by filling out an application form:

    A Youth Head Delegate will be responsible for the following tasks:

    · Attending 2 MANDATORY information meetings prior to the Conference

    · Promoting the VSBSC at their school through social media posts, school announcements etc.

    · Displaying a VSBSC Information and sign-up board at their school

    · Contributing new ideas on how they will promote this year’s conference

    · Communicating their progress to the Public Outreach Coordinator

    Learn more about the conference on the webpage at or contact for additional information.

    CARTOGRAPHY and Video Games


    For Tuesday, November 12:

    • complete reading Ch.9 & 10 on Moodle
    • uploaded response to Wrongful Conviction OR Compassionate Homicide topics
    • discussion/debate

    Inspiration for IDS ideas

    A teenager won a $25,000 award for inventing a solution to eliminate blind spots for cars

    FEDERAL ELECTION – to read



    Opportunity for APPLIED CREDIT:




    • work on Social Media Project
    • start personalizing and populating digital portfolio


    September 17:

    • Montreal Protocol and the Ozone Layer – Results?
    • Climate Change and Student Activism
    • 5 Themes of Geography Project
    • Geo Field Studies Project