Shoreline Community Middle School celebrated it’s 50th anniversary outside in the back field looking over the water. The school celebrated with cake, a performance by the school band and summer activities. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

Shoreline Middle school celebrates 50 years of community-based education

More like a big family than a school

Shoreline Community Middle school celebrated its 50th anniversary in a big way.

A music jam session, cake, giant slide and bubble soccer were all part of the fun event held on the field of the school last week. There was old memorabilia on tables in the hallways, and principal Jennifer Adamson said the students were excited to see old photos, some of their parents and family members, on display.

Adamson is proud that the school operates more like a family and their programs stand out.

“Part of Shoreline is doing our best and working really hard and striving to be the best students that we can be, and one way we do that is being really different than all the other schools in our community … we are a land and water-based school,” she said.

She congratulated people involved in getting the big canoe program up and running. The program gets students and staff outdoors to explore and learn about history, culture and their environment and students work with dragon boats, voyageur canoes and west coast style canoes out on the water.

Piet Langstraat, Greater Victoria School District superintendent, spoke about the unique history of the school.

The school was built in the same year Langstraat came to Canada from the Netherlands. It began as a junior high school, originally slated to become a junior and senior high school.

In 1980 it became an official community school – one of the first community schools in the province, teaching office skills, typing, and cooking and is now one of the few that still operates as a community school, Langstraat said.

Today, it is a dual-track community school serving students in grades 6 though 8.

Langstraat said Shoreline has had a long tradition of great teachers and students, and hopes it will continue for years to come.

“I’ve been a teacher for 34 years and some of the very best teaching and learning I’ve seen in my career happens in your school,” he said.

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