The annual JH WordZmith (creative writing) Competition is back! Entries will be judged by grade level in two separate categories: prose and verse. Prose = short stories and plays; verse = all forms of poetry (including rap / spoken word). The deadline is Friday, April 7th, at 3:15pm. Entries should be submitted to your English teacher or to Mr. Kuoch in 7FP.


1. You can submit a maximum of two entries, one in each category.

2. Entries must not exceed 500 words for grades 8/9 and 1000 words for grades 10-12.

3. Entries must be typed in Times New Roman size 12 font. Hand written entries will not be accepted.

4. Content must be school appropriate.

5. Your name must appear ONLY on the cover page, not anywhere else on your entry. (You can get a copy of the cover page from your English teacher, or you can download/print it yourself:  wordzmith-cover-page.)

The top three in each category (at each grade level) will receive prizes!


Late Assignments

By now, all of my students should be aware of any missing assignments. If you don’t know which assignments you are missing or need help completing an assignment, please come see me. All missing assignments for semester 1 must be submitted on or before Friday, January 20th. 

Canada 150

Are you a Canadian between the ages of 14 and 19? Are you creative and passionate about building a better Canada? Do you want to travel on an all-expenses paid trip across the country?  If so, consider participating in the Canada 150 Challenge!

To be selected to participate, you need to answer the following question:

What is Canada’s greatest challenge or opportunity facing your generation?

You get to be totally creative in how you choose to answer this question! Produce a video, write a compelling essay, paint, sculpt, sing or perform your answer to this question. It’s up to you!

In January, entries from our school will be reviewed by a panel of JH teachers. The panel will provide feedback so that you can improve and strengthen your entry before submitting to the national panel on February 1st, 2017. Selected participants will be contacted in early March 2017.

Visit the Canada 150 website for more information:


Join the Kiva Club!

Johnston Heights has been involved with Kiva for the past 10 years. In that time, we have loaned out over $50,000, and have helped almost 1900 entrepreneurs in developing countries! If you are interested in learning more about Kiva and helping to break the cycle of poverty, consider joining the JH Kiva Club. Kiva is open to students from grades 8-12, and new members are always welcome.

See Ms. Keller to sign up, or join the “JH Kiva Club” Facebook page to find out about meetings and other events. We generally meet every second Wednesday at lunch in 1FLN. 

For more information about Kiva, visit http://www.kiva.org.

A New School Year

Grade 8s (and other new students): Welcome to Johnston Heights!

Everyone else: Welcome back! I hope you had an amazing summer.

Students who are absent from class are expected to use this website to stay up to date on homework and assignments. In order to view content for your class, please click on your subject area (English 8, 9, or 12).

Looking forward to getting to know all of you!

Ms. Keller

Surrey Summer Writing Contest

If you need motivation to do some creative writing over the summer, consider submitting to the Surrey Public Library Young Adult Writing Contest! There are two age groups (12-14 and 15-18) and three categories: short stories, poetry, and comics. Cash prizes for first, second, and third in all categories! The deadline is August 2nd at 10am. You can find more information here:


Have a great summer, everyone! 🙂

Flexible Learning Week

Next week, January 25th to 29th, is Flexible Learning Week. During this time, senior students will be writing provincial exams. Junior students will have regular classes on Monday and Tuesday only. For the rest of the week, grade 8s and 9s can come in for extra support or to make up missing assignments. Some students will be required to come in (your teachers will let you know), while others have the option of choosing to come in if they feel that they need extra support in a particular subject.

If you are in my English 8 or French 9 classes, you should know by now whether you are missing any major assignments. Students who have not submitted these assignments by the end of this week will be required to come in next week to make them up.

Make up dates/times: 

English 8 (Blue Pod): Wednesday from 9:00-12:00 in 4RLN

French 9: Thursday from 9:00-12:00 in 1FLN