Another 1st for CMA

On Thursday May 17th the graduating class of CMA were celebrated in style at our first ever grad formal and dinner. This uniquely CMA event brought students, parents, friends, teachers, staff, and Board together at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler for dinner, music, magic, storytelling, and some hilarious roasts.

More than one parent noted how special it was to have such an intimate event for a high school grad class – everyone together celebrating and wishing our 18 grads the best as they set out on their next adventure.

Congratulations to the students and parents of the CMA Class of 2019!

We are hiring!

Coast Mountain Academy is looking for qualified candidates to fill a senior school STEM faculty position. If you are a certified teacher, with an interdisciplinary approach to STEM courses, and a love of the outdoors, this position could be the right fit for you!

For more details please visit the job posting at: https://coastmounatin.wpengine.com/about/#work .

Good luck!

First ever CMA Model UN Conference a success!

After two days of lively debate, we have wrapped up the first-ever CMA Model UN Conference. Students represented their countries with pride and demonstrated the utmost respect, except for the odd assassination attempt!

What an incredible experience in research, public speaking, and politics for all involved.

Big thanks to our student organizers Sierra, Jacob, and Arthur.

Until next year…..

Getting down to business on Monday morning.
Great debate and fantastic bow ties!

CMA application deadlines, tuition, and fees for next academic year…

As in years past, we are asking all applicants to submit their completed student application forms by January 31st to ensure they are considered in our first round of admission offers for the 2019/20 academic year. You still have a few weeks to get those applications submitted, for more details and the application form please visit our Apply to CMA webpage.

Our tuition and fees, as well as payment plan options, have changed for next academic year. To get acquainted with the costs of attending CMA and the payment options please visit our Tuition and Fees webpage.

Feel free to call the CMA office with any questions at 604-390-3262.

Highlights from a LEAD Trip ‘Newbie’

Early September Mr. Logan asked if I was interested in joining the House Team LEAD Trip to Garibaldi. I quickly said yes, but then the reality set in as I realized I had not done a multi-day trip in many years, in fact, 10 years! Well, I am so glad I pushed through the nervousness and took part as the experience was truly breath-taking and reminded me of what makes CMA such a special community.

The weather certainly was in our favour (sorry Skookum and Elaho – I know it was a different story for your teams). The scenery was beautiful and I did enjoy my daily hot chocolate, but the highlight for me was the kindness, compassion, and encouragement that a select few of our seniors repeatedly displayed for our newest and youngest students. On numerous occasions, I saw these seniors lightening younger student’s backpacks. On our last day, two senior students carried other student’s entire backpack along with their own! From cheering on our grade 7 students to tending cuts and scrapes these senior’s behaviour was genuinely heart-warming.

I encourage us all to remember the power of simple acts of kindness. What if we all behaved in this way? I will leave you with a quote below that really resonated with me…

Can’t wait for my next adventure!
Ms. Keeling

“Together we can change the world, one simple act of kindness at a time.” – Ron Hall

5 Tips for Managing Back to School Anxiety

There can be a lot of anxiety for both students and parents at this hectic time of year! CMA Counsellor, Ms. Melahnie Moodie shares some tips for managing anxiety below:

1) Eat 3 balanced meals a day ESPECIALLY breakfast. Studies show that balanced blood sugar levels and regular meals help your brain focus and your nervous system stay balanced.

2) Get into direct sunlight and move your body within 10 minutes of waking up.

3) Restful sleep, with screen-free time before bed, and do NOT reach for your phone first thing in the morning, give your brain and system at least 20 minutes before allowing the worlds distractions in.

4) Throughout the day when you see children getting antsy, tired or talkative get them moving. Studies show that brain breaks throughout the day help students learn better, listen more and helps balance their mind.

5) Leave room in your schedule for “Free Time”.
Our culture LOVES to have everything scheduled but children and adults all need time to have unstructured time, to relax if they need to, and to do whatever they need to do in the moment. Being able to listen to one’s body and emotions is one of the best gifts we can give to our children and is very beneficial for a healthy mental-emotional state.

CMA students and parents are invited to book time with Ms. Moodie to discuss anxiety and coping strategies. She is here to help! She can be reached for bookings at [email protected].

We are looking for a Director of Finance!

Are you looking for an exciting new opportunity to sink your teeth into? Well, the CMA team is looking to fill a new role – Director of Finance. Visit our employment page for all the details but do not wait too long – the position closes September 7, 2018. Check out the job posting here on our employment webpage.

Join us for CMA’s Open House!

Curious about Coast Mountain Academy? Families are invited to join CMA staff, faculty and families for our annual Open House on Saturday November 25th from 10am to 2pm here on campus. The event is family-friendly so bring the kids and grandparents if you like!

Guests can take part in campus tours lead by current CMA students, share a coffee or hot chocolate with current CMA parents, and learn more about our unique schedule and programs from our engaging team of teachers.

From Ecuador with Love…

As part of CMA’s L.E.A.D. (Learning Expeditions for Academic Discovery) program, our senior students in grades 10 through 12 had the opportunity to join Me to We for a service trip to Ecuador. We just go this message from the Amazonian jungle and thought we would share it with you. Can’t wait to see the pictures!

Hola! From Ecuador.

We just wanted to send you a quick update to let you know how our trip is going. We welcomed your world changers at the airport in Quito, on our first night, and everyone arrived happy and healthy. The next day, bright and early we departed for the Amazon. After a very long ride with multiple stops we arrived at Minga Lodge. Minga Lodge is our accommodation that we are calling home for the days together.

So far everything is going well. We have started to talk about issues happening in our communities and around the world. We have also been talking about leadership skills and goals.

Today we had the opportunity to learn about lack of access to clean water here in Ecuador. We took a very short canoe ride across the Rio Napo to be greeted by Don Vargas. Don Vargas welcomed us to his farm and shared with us his life story, and the impacts of his family not having access to clean water.

We are looking forward to the next few days. Adios!

For more on Me to We please visit: https://www.metowe.com/volunteer-travel/

For more on CMA’s L.E.A.D. program please visit: https://coastmounatin.wpengine.com/academics/#lead