Our School Plan Progress 2018-2019

Improving Student Learning

The Abbotsford School District’s Strategic Plan reflects our public commitment to BC’s new curriculum by working together to continuously improve learning for each student.

School Goals

Under the Framework for Enhancing Student Learning, all Abbotsford School District schools are required to develop a long term plan to improve student achievement, one that maintains a balance on the intellectual, social and career development of students. Each year, each school develops an annual plan and sets individual goals to improve student achievement. 

Yale Secondary School Goals

Going From Library to Learning Commons. . .

As part of our school goals, the Yale Library is currently undergoing a transformation into a "Learning Commons" model as funds become available, and as time is set aside to meet and decide our needs and goals.  Part of our transformation includes a change to the physical space, while the other part involves a change to our virtual space (web presence).  Another part of our transformation is ongoing, and it involves a pedagogical and cultural shift that takes place as we begin to address our students needs in the context of the new curriculum and an evolving technological world. For more information on what a learning commons is (or can be) please have a look at the video link below.

Honouring First People's. . .

As part of our transition to a Learning Commons that is inclusive of all learners, as well as honoring the BC curriculums new "First People's Principles of Learning", we commissioned a House Post (totem pole) carved for our space.  

Some details about the carving.  The tree used to carve the House Post is estimated to be 550 years old.  The origin of the tree is either from around Chehalis or the Queen Charlotte Islands.  The section that this piece is being carved out of is near the top of the tree (indicating the size of the tree--said to be about 40 feet long).  Cedar is used as a carving medium because it keeps well outside (due to the natural oils in the tree) and it is easy to work with.  Old growth red cedar is preferred for carving because it is a harder.  New growth cedar is too soft and is less forgiving and doesn’t stand up to the elements as well.  The carving was roughed out with a chainsaw and was finished in our learning commons.  Ray Silver and Calvin Lampson were the main carvers.  Raphael Silver was the designer.  The salmons are deeply imbedded symbols of native culture and represent wealth and identity.  The bulk of the rest of the carving is a crouching bear.  The bear symbolizes the teacher figure.  As part of the First Nations tradition, students and staff are invited to carve and participate in the process. 


Our students will learn key academic skills - like reading, writing and math - to encompass the knowledge and processes associated with intellectual development. As learners and meaning-makers, students take subject-specific concepts and content and transform them into a new understanding. 

Our celebrations of learning

Ceramics 12 & Art 11

In ceramics class students get an in depth study into clay and its properties.  Student learn hand building techniques as well as get to use the potters wheel to throw bowls, mugs, and vases. 

In Art class students engage in a variety of wet and dry medium as a vessel to express their creativity.

Yale Art Show 2018!

At the end of each semester,  Yale's senior art students celebrate their accomplishments with an art show.  The entire school, as well as parents are invited to come and see students' best two and three dimensional work.  The show is catered by our very own foods classes.  Our most recent exhibition, "Panic at the Art Show" was seen by several hundred students.   

Seri Paek is Yale's top senior art student (see picture).  Hoping to pursue a career in fashion illustration, Seri has so far been accepted to art schools in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.  

Mr. Wight's thoughts on Seri:  "In all aspects of her art-making practice, Seri demonstrates creativity, thoughtfulness, intentionality, and sophistication beyond her years.  She is meticulous, fearless and demonstrates a strong work-ethic.  She’s produced some of the strongest work I’ve seen from any art student in my 15 years of high school teaching."

Human & Social

Our students will study personal and human social skills and as they relate to students' identity in the world - both as individuals and as members of their community. We are learning that personal and human social skills encompass the abilities students needs to thrive as individuals, to understand and care about themselves and others, and to find and achieve their purposes in the world. 

Our celebrations of learning

Rocking Abby Strong Benefit Concert 2018!

Yale hosted its first ever Abbystrong Concert on February 2nd, 2018. This event featured local singers and bands that entertained over 300 in attendance. This fundraiser was the vision of Yale Leadership student Aiden Schweinbenz who put in a huge effort to make this event happen. The event raised just over $9000 for local charities.

Yale Senior Production of Grease!

Yale Leadership "Calculated Acts of Kindness!"

The Yale Leadership grade 11 and 12 classes had a very successful Calculated Acts of Kindness again this year. The purpose of the project is for students to give back to the community by providing service or raising money for local organizations involved in the community. Thousands of dollars and hours of service were provided to many organizations.


Our students will succeed in a much different future from the one we envisioned 10 or 15 years ago. It is our responsibility to prepare all children for success in whatever life path they choose, connecting learning opportunities with future career possibilities. We know that real-life experiences - like community involvement, gaining business knowledge, and hands-on-learning - build better students and life-long citizens. 

Our celebrations of learning

Yale Secondary Careers Programs!

Yale Secondary Careers Program is a resource that supports Yale students with a variety of career opportunities and experiences within the District and the Community.  We have 15 tuition-free District Career Program Options that include Residential Electrician, Heavy Equipment Operator, Refrigeration Mechanic, Hairstylist, and others (https://careers.abbyschools.ca/).  Other opportunities that Yale students have access to are the Abbotsford Junior Police Academy (http://www.abbypd.ca/junior-police-academy), Abbotsford Secondary School Fire Academy (https://www.afrsbc.ca/sfa), as well as opportunities in the Health and Veterinary fields (https://careers.abbyschools.ca/work-experience/hospital-volunteen), (https://careers.abbyschools.ca/VeternarianAssistantRotation).  

Chris Strauss - Automotive Service Technician (Yale Grad 2015)
Chris is currently working as a 3rd year Automotive Service Technician Apprentice at Magnusson Ford in Abbotsford.   Click here for a short video about Chris's path... https://youtu.be/i2gcJTc75v4  

Jacob Dececco - Residential Electrician (Yale Grad 2014)
Jake is currently working as a 4th year Residential Electrician Apprentice for Dueck Electrical in Abbotsford. Click here for a short video about Jake's path...  https://vimeo.com/149348917

Brooke Rideout - Production Horticulturalist  (Yale Grad 2013)
Brooke is currently the Horticulture Manager at Devan Nursery in
Aldergrove, BC. Click here for a short video about
Brooke's path...  https://youtu.be/bVOnsPzgutA 

Mitch Coers - Heavy Equipment Operator (Yale Grad 2013)
Mitch is currently an owner/operator of "Over the Edge Industrial" (http://overtheedgeind.ca/), a company that specializes in environmentally sensitive and limited access excavating jobs.  Click here to see Mitch's path... https://youtu.be/sfgH60OCgyQ