The Kitsilano App is a free iphone and Android-friendly app developed at the school by an enterprising student in the App club. Calvin Liang, 15, is a self-taught programmer.
He designed the app to help kids navigate their class schedules, manage homework, track assignments and school events. Now available on the Apple store and on Google Play, the app is already being used by several hundred students. Liang’s next project is to google-map the hallways of the school so kids will be able to walk the virtual hallways of the old school once the new construction is completed. The App club, sponsored by Kits librarian Fred Lackmance, is open to anyone interested in programming, and is just one example of how Kitsilano’s student-led clubs connect members of the school community.
Counselors will be meeting with students in grades 8-11 during the month of February to talk with students about course planning for next year.
The students will bring home a course planning sheet with their name on it as well as a username and password to access the on-line site where course planning is done.
Students will be able to enter and change their choices up until the March break.
Kits Students in the News
Monday January 26 was a busy day for Kits students promoting great things in and around Vancouver:
Many of us catch the bed-time news, and were delighted to see grade 12 student, Kate Hodgson, on Monday’s night speaking on behalf of “Kids For Climate Action”, a group that is helping to promote warnings being put on gas pump labels as part of an awareness campaign.
At the end of the day Monday, a grade 11 student, Ericsson Sing, made a special presentation to the Vancouver School Board trustees. Ericsson and 59 other Vancouver secondary students are part of the inaugural year of a VPD cadet program that involves students in various training and service programs every Saturday of the school year. We were treated to a great presentation of what can is clearly a very valuable learning opportunity. As the program will continue next year with a new group of ‘recruits’, stay tuned for information about the application process later this spring.