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A clean-up program was also started for the Grade 7, 8, 9 areas, which were commonly littered after lunch.

And next year students will be teamed up a home-room teacher for certain activities after school surveys showed that students felt they were less connected to teachers than they used to be.

The school is also working to improve the numeracy scores on the Foundation Skills Assessment tests.

Oakley said they want more students in the "exceeding expectation" category. As part of achieving this Grade 8 students will be given a test at the beginning of the year to asses weak and strong points and teaching will reflect the results. There will also be a final exam to ensure that kids have mastered concepts. And use of calculators will be minimized in the senior grades as research has shown that it is interfering with learning higher math skills said Oakley.

On the literacy front, work is underway to increase the number of students in the "exceeding expectations" category as well.

One area where students were having trouble for example, said Oakley, was in distinguishing opinion from fact.

Safety first

Whistler Secondary principal Bev Oakley is investigating what can be done to keep students, who insist on crossing Highway 99 north of the legal cross walk, safe.

"If somebody gets run down then a lot of things would happen, so let’s be proactive on this," she said.

The move was prompted by a letter to the high school Parent Advisory Council from the property manager of the 19-Mile Creek development requesting a fence be erected along the school side of the highway to stop kids crossing the road towards the housing development.

He was concerned about safety and the litter kids were leaving behind as they left the Alpine Meadows Market store and Gone Bakery.

Most parents felt a fence was not the answer but all agreed it was issue that needed more attention.

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