ELECTED CLUB: Student Council

Student Council is a group of elected student leaders that represent their grade to help manage and better how the school is run. They plan events throughout the year for the students of Walnut Grove. Student council also oversees all other clubs and events in the school.  Clubs wishing to run an event or individuals wishing to start a new club can fill out an application form (above) and submit it in person to council every Monday at 3:00 pm in Room 242.

Here are the current members of Student Council

President – Irene Joo
Vice President – Holly Horngren-Rhodes
Grade 12 Reps –Chantal De Lange, Layla Hasanovic, Max Lee
Grade 11 Reps – Una Chang, Daniel Kim, Joshua Park, Hugo Wu
Grade 10 Reps – Indie Bateman, VIncent Gow, Clara Joo, Doruk Gundogdu
Grade 9 Reps –
Grade 8 Reps –
ELL Rep –
Secretary –

When: Monday After School
Where: Room 241
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Radford & Ms. Kelly
Who to contact: Mr. Radford (rradford@sd35.bc.ca) & Ms. Kelly (brkelly@sd35.bc.ca)

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Email: wgssstudentcouncil@gmail.com
Twitter: @wgss_stuco
Instagram: @wgss_stuco
Snapchat: wgsscouncil


ELECTED CLUB: Grad Council

Grad Council is a group of elected Grade 12 students who plan events and activities exclusively for Seniors.

The Grad Council executives of 2018-2019 are:

Chairperson – Claire Linke
Vice Chairperson – Nina Egi
Secretary – Sungbin Yim
Promotions – Lauren Solmes
Community Liaisons – Meghan Pohlman, Denae DeJong
Student Council/Administration Liason – Kayla Michael
Project Leaders – Patricia Melgar, Viona Liang, Steven Song, Jenny Kim, Nadia Hudson
Members at Large – Richelle Ng, Hailey Chan, Jorja Moore, Annie Kang, Sharon Meng, Lina Shalaby, Matthew Kim

When: Fridays Lunch
Where: Room 240
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Lincke
Who to contact: Mr. Lincke (plincke@sd35.bc.ca)


Gator Nation News

Gator Nation News is the official student newsletter for the Walnut Grove Gators. Comprised completely of student writers, the informative GNN website has all the info you need to keep up with all the cool events at Walnut Grove. If you are interested in writing for GNN, feel free to drop in during club meetings as all new writers are welcome! Have your voice be heard and unleash your inner journalist. Mondays at lunch in room 206! Visit www.wgssgnn.com

When: Monday Lunch
Where: Office in room 121
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Radford
Who to contact: GNN team (wgssgatornationnews@gmail.com) or Mr. Radford (rradford@sd35.bc.ca)

 


Humanitarian Club

People may tell students they are just kids and can’t make a difference in the world, however, the Humanitarian club is your opportunity to prove them wrong! The Humanitarian Club focuses on a wide variety of issues in our community, including from tackling third-world country hunger to spreading awareness about our dangerous actions affecting the environment! Don’t be shy and get involved! Let WGSS’s biggest club be your way of making a difference and allowing your passion to be used to help others in need! New members are always welcome!

Here are some things we do…

  • Fundraise for Operation Smile, KIVA micro-financing, and Langley Animal Protection Society
  • Cut vegetables at Fraser Valley Gleaners to be dehydrated & shipped as soup mix to needy countries
  • Visit, play board games and make cookies with Langley seniors at Langley Gardens Retirement

When: Thursday Lunch
Where: Room 182
Sponsor Teachers: Ms. Bryant-Taneda and Ms. Porczek
Who to contact: Senior executives Matthew Kim, Marianna Cheng, Brenna Whalley, and Mackenzie Sturn, or Ms. Bryant-Taneda (jbryant-taneda@sd35.bc.ca) and Ms. Porczek (tporczek@sd35.bc.ca)

 


Gator Leadership Club

Gator Leadership Club has partnered up with Humanitarian Club to provide more opportunities to take lead in things they are passionate about. As a club, we work to improve not only our community but also our school spirit. The club organizes important events such as the Grade 8 Leadership Conference and Remembrance Day Assemblies. However, this is also a chance for students of all ages to take lead in something they are passionate about, whether that be for animal protection or LGBTQ rights or environmental issues. This club gives all students an opportunity to develop leadership skills, help others and have fun while making a difference in the Walnut Grove community!

When: Thursday Lunch
Where: Room 182
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Bryant-Taneda and Ms. Porczek
Who to contact: Senior executives Matthew Kim, Marianna Cheng, Brenna Whalley, and Mackenzie Sturn, or Ms. Bryant-Taneda (jbryant-taneda@sd35.bc.ca) and Ms. Porczek (tporczek@sd35.bc.ca)

 


Me2We

The Me2We club believes that a better world is possible! We are a group of passionate youth that wants to help our local and global community. We believe that change can occur one step at a time. In the past, we have supported programs that have helped build a school, provide clean water and support local business. This year we are supporting the pillar of education. We hold fun events and fundraisers to educate the student body about poverty and raise awareness about social justice issues. Together, we can join with other global citizens and create long-term sustainability! Let’s be the change!

When: Tuesdays at lunch
Where: Room 246
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Hoodikoff
Who to contact: Ms. Hoodikoff (nhoodikoff@sd35.bc.ca)


Pride Club

Pride club is a safe and educational space for people of any sexual orientation and gender identity. We aspire to teach our members about issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, as well as provide a space for open and respectful discussion. If you’re looking to learn more about LGBTQ+ identity and meet new people, then stop by Pride Club!

When: Wednesdays at Lunch
Where: Room 246
Sponsor Teacher: Mme Anastasiou
Who to contact: Mme. Anastasiou or @wgsspride on Instagram

Feel free to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1599544666976976/

 


 Robotics Club

Interested in working with robots? Perhaps you are a savant at programming or want to flex your engineering skills. Maybe you want to put your hands to work building a cool machine. Whatever the case, the Robotics Club is looking for dedicated members enthusiastic about the idea of competing in robotics competitions all over BC. No previous experience required. The club meets Tuesday after school in room 132 with Mr. Moslinger as a teacher sponsor. With your help, we will build some awesome robots and help kick-start the robot revolution.

When: Tuesdays After School
Where: Room 132
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Moslinger
Who to contact: Mr. Moslinger (rmoslinger@sd35.bc.ca) or Trenton Sieb

 


Debate Team

Interested in leadership and public speaking? Want to stay informed about global and social issues? Do you like discussing and constructing arguments? Then the Debate Club is for you! WGSS Debate Club is for students who strive to excel in the art of debate and speech. The club provides opportunities for students to compete in local and regional debate tournaments, while they strive to present their arguments with logical reasoning and in a well-spoken manner. The Debate Club is open to students in all grades. We meet once a week for an hour. Hope to see you there!

When: Tuesdays/Wednesdays After School
Where: Room 166
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Gibson
Who to contact:  wgssdebate@gmail.com


 WGSS Art Club

 Want to show off your artistic side? If you want to experiment with drawing and learning new techniques, the WGSS Art Club just might be the club for you!  No previous experience is required as there will be lessons and demos to help you expand your drawing skills.

When: Tuesdays After School
Where: Room 254
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Erdos
Who to contact: Dami Jung by email at wgssart@gmail.com

 


Leo’s Club

LEO Club is a branch of the world’s largest service club organization called the Lions Club. It stands for Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity, and remains true to its motto. The LEO Club presents teens with various projects and ideas for them to develop into great leaders. If you ever feel like you are too small and insignificant to make a difference in the world, or you wish to develop the skills needed to become a leader, join us LEOs and find volunteer opportunities that also allow you to practice authority. This Club is a great way to be able to earn volunteer hours while having fun and making new friends!  For more information head on over to the LEO Club’s official website: http://members.lionsclubs.org/EN/leos/index.php.

When: Wednesday at lunch
Where: Room 149
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Henderson
Who to contact: Ms. Henderson (shenderson@sd35.bc.ca) or Amirali Mallakzadeh (amiralimallakzadeh@gmail.com)

 


 E-Sports Club

Like playing video games? Want to meet and compete with people just like you? Look no further, come join the WGSS e-Sports club now! We are a group of fun-loving, competitive gamers who love to have a good time! Spots are very limited.

When: Monday 3:00-5:00
Where: Room 206
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Fleming
Who to contact: Mr. Flemming (afleming@sd35.bc.ca)


 Mathletics Club

Interested in challenging yourself in mathematics that you might not experience in a class? We prepare for several national and international math competitions that occur throughout the year. One particular competition for Gr 8, 9 & 10 students is the Math Challengers Regional held at UBC or SFU. Math Contests:

  • Canadian Open
  • Canadian intermediate/senior
  • AMC 10/12,
  • Fermat/Cayley/Pascal,
  • Euclid/Hypatia/Galois/Fryer
  • Gauss
  • BC Secondary

When: Fridays After school
Where: Room 171
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Sharkey
Who to contact: Ms. Sharkey (dsharkey@sd35.bc.ca)

 


Eco Team

The Eco Team is all about the conservation and preservation of the environment. We partner with LEPS (Langley Environmental Partners Society) and the school district to promote a healthy environment for the students and the community. We have many volunteer opportunities such as trail cleanup, shoreline cleanup, invasive species removal, bottle drives, and tree planting! Our goal this year is to get biodegradable cutlery into the cafeteria

When: Tuesdays Lunch
Where: Room 146
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Stephenson
Who to contact: Mr. Stephenson (tstephenson@sd35.bc.ca)

 


 Library Advisory Council

Are you interested in contributing your ideas to the future direction of our Walnut Grove Secondary Library? Mrs. Proske, our teacher librarian, is looking for students to join the Library Advisory Council (LAC) to discuss library concerns, make recommendations for books or offer suggestions on ways to make our library an even better place. Interested in sharing your original ideas, book reviews, or wanting to make a change? We’d love to see you at the meetings.

When: First Wednesday of each month
Where: Library
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Proske
Who to contact: Ms. Proske (jproske@sd35.bc.ca)

 


 Relay for Life Team

Relay for Life is for everyone! We raise money through community fundraisers and all proceeds go to the Canadian Cancer Society. At the end of the year, we celebrate our achievements and contributions by gathering together with other Relay for Life Teams around Langley for one night of fun!! Complete with music, food trucks and laughs. We also take time to respect and honor those who have battled cancer.

When: Fridays at Lunch
Where: Room 108
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Johnson (michelle.johnson@sd35.bc.ca)
Who to contact: Karissa Ketter (relayforlifewgss@gmail.com) Ms.Johnson (michelle.johnson@sd35.bc.ca)

 


 Kindlers Society

Today, a staggering 123 million of the world’s illiterate population are young people of our age, meaning two babies born each minute will grow up to be illiterate. This is the issue Kindlers society is determined to resolve. Kindlers Society is a non-profit organization founded by a high school student who recognized the urgency of solving the insufficient education in developing nations. As one of more than 25 school branches across British Columbia, we will be collecting books from our local communities as well as raising funds to ship these books to the schools in need. Do you want to give the children suffering in poverty a chance to read, learn, and dream? Join WGSS Kindlers Society every Fridays at lunch in room 248!

When: Fridays at lunch
Where: Room 181
Who to contact: Jason Lee (jasonleejs12345@gmail.com)


 Chess Club

Chess is an essential component of becoming “the most interesting person in the world” and this is your chance to learn or hone your skills. This peer-run club is open to all grades and ability levels. Talk to Ryan Zhang for more information.

When: Thursdays after school
Where: Room 171
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Sharkey
Who to contact: Ms. Sharkey (dsharkey@sd35.bc.ca)

 


 Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee Club is focused on spreading the sport and having fun. Membership in this club is open to everyone and students can come and go as you please, much like the elusive sunshine we crave! All grade levels, and skill levels, both boys and girls are welcome. Pick up games are outside on Friday’s after school from 3-4:30 on the turf field if the weather is decent. If the weather is poor, the action moves inside to the small gym. The group meets in room 144 before heading to the field or gym. This year we are looking for some serious commitment in order to start a team participating in the BC High School League this spring. If you like having fun and winning games, this is the year to join! Welcome to Disc Nation!

When: Fridays at 3:00
Where: Room 153
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Boehm
Who to Contact: Ms. Boehm (mboehm@sd35.bc.ca) or David Witzke (david@witzke.ca)

 


 Gator Gavel Club (Toastmasters)

This program will help you prepare for public speaking, but will also help build your confidence for interviews and job-related activities.

  • Evaluating your present speaking ability.
  • Learning about your voice control and body language.
  • Building your vocabulary.
  • Organizing and giving speeches.
  • Giving impromptu talks.
  • Learning about providing constructive feedback to others.

When: Wednesdays at 3:00
Where: Room 240
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Linke
Who to contact: Mr. Linke (plinke@sd35.bc.ca)

 


 Drumline

This fun and energetic group likes to make some noise and get a rhythm. Drums are provided, and no music experience needed. One of their major functions is to bolster school spirit. The ultimate goal for this group is to eventually have the drumline attend and perform at a handful of school events such as basketball games and/or Tuff Wally. Key student contact is Michelle Tang.

When: Monday after school 3-4:30
Where: Room 113
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Fawkes
Who to Contact: Michelle Tang (michelletanghahaha@gmail.com)

 


Lunch Buddies Club

Are you interested in a career as a teacher, social worker, occupational or physiotherapist, speech and language, social work, medicine, etc.? If yes, then you may be interested in lunch buddies. Once a week, students grades 8-12 will meet to have lunch and socialize with the special ed. students from the Explorations Program. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with some wonderful students and gain experience that may be helpful in future career endeavors. Lunch buddies will be launched in mid-October and will happen Thursdays at lunch. Contact Mr. Taylor in Room 229 for more information.

When: Thursdays at Lunch
Where: Room 229
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Taylor
Who to contact: Mr. Taylor (reid.taylor@sd35.bc.ca)

 


 Indian Umbrella

Indian Umbrella is found on the belief that everyone deserves a chance for a better life, regardless of their current situation. Indian Umbrella is run by the WGSS students who sponsor small charities who make a difference. Our goal is to find charities that matter, the ones focused on helping those who are less fortunate without trying to make money in the process. We want the money we send to go to causes that matter, and for that money to make a difference; a tangible and identifiable difference.

When: Mondays at Lunch
Where: Room 242
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Kelly
Who to contact: The Executive Team at: indianumbrellawgss@gmail.com or IU Wgss via Facebook or iuwgss via Instagram/Twitter

 


 Champions of Change

The Champions of Change is an educational space that explores the importance of social justice, norms, gender equality, and human rights. The club gives students an opportunity to learn about those issues and make a difference starting in their own home, community, and then expanding to the whole world. Together we can work as a team to educate, spread awareness, advocate and fundraise alongside Plan Canada and Because I’m a Girl Campaign. Join us and become a Champion of Change!

When: Tuesdays at Lunch
Where: Room 245
Sponsor Teacher:  Ms. Robinson & Ms. Burrows
Who to contact: champsofchangewgss@gmail.com

 


 Engineering Club

Do you like science? Working with your hands? Want to help others? Engineering Club is for you! We design and eventually create projects. All completed projects are sold, and the funds raised are given to a charity of the club’s choice. All WGSS students are welcome!

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays After School
Where: Room 146
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Stephenson
Who to contact: Mr. Stephenson (tstephenson@sd35.bc.ca)

 


 WGSS Animal Protection Alliance

The WGSS Animal Protection Alliance is working to create change for animals by fundraising for organizations dedicated to giving animals the care they deserve. We fundraise for organizations including the BCSPCA, LAPS, and the Vancouver Aquarium; these all provide care for sick and injured animals as well as helping rehome and rehabilitate them. We work to create a better life for ocean life, wildlife, and shelter animals. New members are always welcome!

When: Tuesdays at Lunch
Where: Room 147
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Armstrong
Who to contact: Ms. Armstrong (darmstrong@sd35.bc.ca)


YoungLife

The WGSS Animal Protection Alliance is working to create change for animals by fundraising for organizations dedicated to giving animals the care they deserve. We fundraise for organizations including the BCSPCA, LAPS, and the Vancouver Aquarium; these all provide care for sick and injured animals as well as helping rehome and rehabilitate them. We work to create a better life for ocean life, wildlife, and shelter animals. New members are always welcome! “Are you interested in making new friends from all grades, having a blast, and eating fresh-baked cookies? Then Lunchtime Younglife is the place for you! Younglife is an organization that is run by young adults from your community specifically for students like you to have fun and build a strong community of friendship and support. Join us on Mondays at lunch in Mr. Chan’s room (262) for a fun, non-committal chance to play games, eat cookies (guaranteed fresh -baked every week!) and have a platform to break the ice and make new friends! We already have student members from WGSS that have been involved with Younglife outside of school, and they are excited to be there on Mondays at lunch and meet you too! Hope to see you there!”

 When: Monday at Lunch
Where: Room 262
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Chan
Who to contact: Mr. Chan (Aaron.chan@sd35.bc.ca)

 


Dungeons and Dragons Club

Dungeons and Dragons club is a club where people of all ages can come experience the cultural phenomenon that is D&D. Learn problem solving, teamwork, and improve skills while you play through an adventure! Be a wizard, monk, barbarian or more with your class selection. Choose a race that reflects the type of person you are, some examples are elf, dwarf, orc, kobold, tiefling, and many more. Come and roll some dice with us in room 221 Thursdays after school.

When: Thursdays after school
Where: Room 147
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Laine
Who to contact: Mr. Laine (alaine@sd35.bc.ca)


Feel Better in School

If you aren’t a fan of school and don’t want to be here, then this is the club for you. We will focus on how to feel better about yourself and increase personal positivity. Help yourself by coming to the multipurpose room at lunch on Mondays.

 When: Monday at Lunch
Where: Multipurpose Room
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Humphrey
Who to contact: Emily Bergeron (clemeverett22@gmail.com)


Financial Literacy Club

How are you learning about money? Home? Friends? School? Knowledge of money can bring freedom, choice, opportunities, and confidence. Lack of money knowledge can destroy lives. What you learn about money today will change your life tomorrow. This club is designed for students in Grades 11 and 12. Topics covered will include: What is your most important asset? (You!) Building wealth: Banking, credit cards, cars, and taxes. Investing: What is a stock, bond, or mutual fund? Careers: Your first job and post-secondary. Other topics of interest to club members will also be covered. And so much more!

 When: Wednesdays after school
Where: Room 242
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Kitteringham
Who to contact: Mr. Nordal and Mr. Kitteringham (wgssflc@gmail.com)

 


Guitar Club

The Guitar Club is open to students Grades 10 -12 who are beginners or would like to learn to improve their guitar skills. You will be given one-on-one instruction on the guitar to learn the basic chords and music theory to explore different guitar styles. Bring your own guitar or we’ll try to find one for you to begin. Meetings are held after school on Tuesdays at 3:00 pm in the Drama room.

When: Tuesdays after school
Where: Drama Room
Sponsor Teacher: Mr. Lincke
Who to contact: Mr. Lincke (plinke@sd35.bc.ca)


Intramurals

Every year, WGSS hosts five recreation-based athletic tournaments. These are open to all students and everyone is encouraged to enter a team. Games are held in the various gyms of the school during lunch. Sign ups and tournament information is available on the bulletin board outside Room 127 (right across from the PE office). The intramural events being held this year are:

  • Handball
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Floor Hockey
  • Indoor Soccer

 When: Lunchtime on varied days
Where: Main Gym
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. McKay
Who to contact: Ms. McKay (mmckay@sd35.bc.ca)

 


Library Alliance Club

This is NOT your momma’s book club! The Literary Alliance is a group of literary-minded, book-loving individuals who meet and discuss our favourite current reads – we aren’t all reading the same book! We enjoy learning about books of all genres, styles, and themes. Join us in the Libr@ry Annex every two weeks (Tuesday or Wednesday – Day 1s) during Flex. Make your momma envious with our flexible reading selections and vibrant dialogue!

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Flex
Where: Library Annex
Sponsor Teacher: Ms. Johnson
Who to contact: Ms. Johnson (Melissa.johnson@sd35.bc.ca)

 


Poetry Club

P.O.P Poetry club (Paper Over Pen) A safe space for students regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, status, race or any ability or disability to be able to come together, make friends, learn about mindfulness and lean crucial tools to utilize in the future.

Where all members are encouraged to challenge themselves, aspire to push past their comfort zones and thrive to constantly learn and better ourselves together!

When: Tuesdays at Lunch
Where: Room 227
Sponsor Teacher:  Ms. Lee
Who to contact: Ms. Lee (stephanie.lee@sd35.bc.ca)