Middle Years Survey


School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) has partnered with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at the University of British Columbia to measure and promote children’s social and emotional development, health, well-being, and assets through the Middle Year Development Instrument (MDI). The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in middle childhood about their thoughts, feelings and experiences. The MDI is the first survey of its kind to gather information about the lives of children both in school, in the home and in the community, from their own perspective. The survey questions align with the BC Ministry of Education’s K-12 curriculum, which includes a focus on promoting children’s personal and social competencies.

Parents/guardians who do not want their child to participate can withdraw by signing a form linked below.

Grade 7 students are invited to complete the MDI during class time between:

January 15th and February 21st, 2020.


Letter to Parents/Guardians About Vaping

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I’d to take a moment to share some information with you regarding student vaping. Eagle River Secondary, like many other schools, has seen an increase in student vaping and we are very concerned about the health of all our students and staff.

Vaping is the act of inhaling a vapor produced by an electronic vaporizer or e-cigarette. The vapor can contain nicotine and other substances which is concerning. The liquids that are vaporized come in many different flavors and might even smell fruity. For example, many of the flavors of these liquid concentrates, or ‘vape juices’, are sweet and even have names such as, cinnamon roll, marshmallow,
grape, strawberry, bubblegum, lemonade and cookies.

Vaporizers/e-cigarettes come in all different shapes. Some common styles we see look like a thick pen, a stylus for an iPad, a flash drive, or a small flask with a round chimney coming off the top. The devices are very small and can easily be hidden on a person or blend in with normal backpack items. Like cigarettes, stores cannot sell vaping items to people under the age of 18. However, students report that they purchase the devices online or buy from older siblings, friends, or unfortunately even parents.

When students vape in school bathrooms it can be due to an addiction to nicotine they have developed, a peer pressure issue, or they are simply curious and want to try it out. In any case, spending excessive time out of class is heavily correlated to lower grades and a diminished understanding of course work. Additionally, vaping on school grounds negatively impacts students and staff who do not want to be exposed to or breathe in vapor.

We encourage you to have a conversation with your child/children about vaping.  Feel free to use the link below as a conversation starter at home. As we learn more, we will certainly share that information.