Superintendent’s Report – April 2021

**  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website here.  

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

Intellectual Development

  • Kindergarten phonological testing coming up – date extended until May 21
  • Performance Standard Pilot with the Ministry of Education – SD60 will be participating
  • Mathology Pilot – Pearson resource – for primary now, but will eventually go up to grade 8 – École Central, Anne Roberts Young and others joining in
  • Thinking Classrooms Visitations

Virtual Science Fair 2021  

The Science Fair had lower participation this year, but managed to overcome some hurdles to pull it off.  The Awards Ceremony video can be viewed here.

Key Learning Center — 2021 Northern BC Regional Science Fair Winners

Beginner Band Recruitment

Even a global pandemic can’t stop the SD60 band!  The creative band team put out a recruitment video to reach students and their families.  They now have 84 registered with over 200 indicating interest.  The District runs four classes each year.


Human & Social Development

Parent Workshops  —   DBT Skills Parents Series

Doctoral Study on Adolescent Use of Social Media  —   Dissertation Proposal

Community Partnerships  —  Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School got a visit from the Tim Horton’s team as part of the company’s desire to recognize frontline workers!

FSJ Tim Horton’s Owners on the road to thank frontline workers



Career & Skill Development

Operations / HR

EdCan Partnership for staff well-being

SD60 employees now have access to EdCan.  EdCan is a Canadian-based organization committed to educator well-being and making researched best practices accessible to educators and school leaders.  A few of the website areas include their online magazine, their wellness section and their research library.  This is all available to employees when they create an account using their PRN email address.

“Kids These Days” by Jody Carrington   —

Based on this book relating to reconnecting with students, a staff book club and online video sessions are available.  Please see the link to this poster.

Truth & Reconciliation

April 23 – District Non-Instructional Day (Indigenous Learning)

Dr. Niigann Sinclair – Indigenous Professional Development:  Training on Truth & Reconciliation in the Classroom         


Backgrounder #10:  Band Council



“Take 3”


Bert Ambrose held their annual Student Conference on March 12th, which was adapted to meet the Covid restrictions that are currently in place.  It usually starts with an inspirational guest speaker in the gym, but this year they were treated to a delightful set of skits put together by the Leadership Students in Mrs. Barr’s classroom.  They did a wonderful job and thought they would share their ‘kick off’ to the day.




ABOVE — M. Helliwell and Mme Annie’s classes went on a field trip to Kosick Holdings Gravel Pit to collect rocks for an ADST activity.  They will be painting kindness rocks as part of our school values.  The rocks will then be given to someone.  Huge thank you to Tyler Kosick and Mike for allowing our students to spend some time in the gravel pit.

BELOW — Mme Stéphanie and Mme Nouha’s classes are learning about diversity through an ADST activity involving felting.  The completed project is a key chain.


The Nest News – March 2021— Hudson’s Hope School Newsletter


“I just wanted to celebrate Tylin’s accomplishment of raising money for a shuffleboard table through the hot lunch program that he does with me every two weeks. Half of the cost was matched by Jaclyn (Vice-Principal of Upper Halfway).  He is so proud!  His contribution to the school will help give the kids something to do when the weather is extreme as the school doesn’t have a gym.  Our next goal will be another piece of game equipment to add to the choice of lunch time activities.  Just wanted to share this success.” 

 … Sally Birley, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Support Teacher