Parent Teacher Interviews – Mr. Murray

Hello Minischool parents,

As you may or may not have noticed, Mr. Murray is unavailable on the Parent Teacher Appointments. If you knew this already or not, I am still recovering from a cycling accident in June. Due to recovery from my accident, I am unable to physically attend these meeting although I am progressing well. If you would like me to send an update please feel free to contact me via email and I will do my best to accommodate everyone’s request in a timely fashion. Thank you all for understanding and I hope they are still enjoying Humanities! Take care,


Mr. Murray 

Colonizing Outer Space

Here is a copy of the Colonizing Outer Space assignment. 

At least 3 logs needed and again whatever format is acceptable.


You will be evaluated on each section individually in relation to the following assessment guidelines.


Transforming: The student can independently demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the concepts and competencies by transforming knowledge in creative ways.

Applying: The student works independently, demonstrating a complete understanding of the concepts and competencies.

Developing: The student demonstrates a partial understanding of the concepts and competencies.

Emerging: The student demonstrates an initial understanding of the concept and competencies.

Mr. Murray 

BETA Minischool Classroom Roles

You will be tasked with completing one of the following roles each term. These jobs range in variety and will aid in making our BETA Minischool classroom experience as awesome as it can possibly be. Best of luck to you all!

BETA Bits of Business:

Minimum Role Expectations: 

  • Document what we are doing in class during the month. Your goal is to make our learning visible for the greater community including for parents, staff, and other schools. 
  • In your postings, try to explain what we did, how did we do it, why did we do it, and what the activity did to enhance your learning. 
  • The group is expected to submit one posting each month.
  • There are many possible forms of submission, however they must be made in a form that can be submitted to our blog. (Examples: news report, video, podcast, newspaper article, letter, animation, etc.)

Field Trips Planner: 

Minimum Role Expectations:

  • Your goal is to find local opportunities for our class to experience the content or curricular competencies we are studying. The group is expected to find and book 2 field trip opportunities for the class that relate to curriculum, are safe for students, and are financially feasible for our class. 
  • Please create a write-up on the trip, costs, schedule, contact information, what students will learn from the trip, and any other information you can provide. Submit this to Ms. Neumann.
  • Ms. Neumann will help make contact to book the fieldtrip and submit a field trip request to the board.

Jumpstart Challenges:

Minimum Role Expectations:

  • Students are expected to lead a pick/create/invent a jumpstart challenge every two weeks on Mondays (or Tuesday if there is a holiday).
  • These should be fun and lively ways to get the brain and body moving to start the week off right.
  • The activity should run for approximately 10-15 minutes of the start of class and can include things such as (but not limited to): Outdoor activities, Brain Games, Jeopardy etc.

Tech Liaison/Town Crier: 

Minimum Role Expectations:

  • Your goal is to make sure all of the iPads and Laptops are put away safely and are charging in the appropriate places in the carts each day.
  • Students will also be the Minischool’s Town Crier every 2 weeks and will bring out all of the important news from Alpha, our city and globally to the masses of the classroom.
  • You can choose to present this whatever way you please but must be presented to the class. You are encouraged to try alternative types of performance including adding in costumes, skits, and props to develop your performance.

Educational Assistant Training Program

​​Good afternoon, 

I’m reaching out because we have set our first filming date for the Educational Assistant VR Training Program

Here is a little bit about this first filmshoot: 

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, July 10th, 2018

Location: Second Street Elementary School

Roles: 4-8 students, 1 student with IEP in Escape Behavior

This is our filming attempt, and we are excited to try out some new and innovative ideas. We are looking for 4-8 students who will be playing the parts of regular classmates, engaged in an interactive lesson on tectonic plates using modeling clay. We are also looking for a student who is interested in playing the role of the student with escape behaviors. This student will be acting out in the classroom, depending on how the EA responds in the ‘chose your own adventure’. 

As this is a ‘chose your own adventure’ story, we will be needed patient actors who can ‘reset’ back to previous scenes and follow instructions. If you know anyone else, grades 7-9, who are interested in taking part, please let me know. I will ask you to please confirm if you would like to participate.  Please fill out the attached form, giving the Burnaby School District permission to film you.There will be compensation for your time. 

It is quite an exciting time to be developing Virtual Reality Content and I am looking forward to showcasing some of the local talent of Burnaby Students.

Thank you,

Ms. Neumann

 Parent Permission Form