** Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website here.
Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)
- 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.
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!
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)
BERT AMBROSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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.
ÉCOLE CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
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.
HUDSON’S HOPE SCHOOL
The Nest News – March 2021— Hudson’s Hope School Newsletter
UPPER HALFWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
“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