Superintendent’s Report – January 2023

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

** click here to see the full Framework Plan

Intellectual Development

K-12 Reporting Policy 


  • Reporting has been largely unchanged from 1994-2016, with small changes that came with new curriculum (core competencies, local decision making)
  • Alignment with curriculum, provincial assessments, and between districts

What’s the Same

  • 5 communications of student learning;  3 written and 2 of flexible format​
  • Written descriptive feedback to accompany scale or letter grade/percentage​
  • Letter grades and percentages at Grades 10-12​

What’s New

  • Student reporting practices that align with B.C.’s curriculum and provincial assessment system​
  • Timely and responsive feedback on student learning that parents can understand​
  • Provincial Proficiency Scale at Grades K-9​
    • Emerging – Developing – Proficient – Extending
  • Graduation status update at Grades 10-12​
  • Student self-assessment of the Core Competencies and goal setting in all grades in the 3 written reports​
  • Changing the “I” reporting symbol to “IE” to denote “insufficient evidence” of learning instead of “incomplete” learning​
  • All learners, including students with a disability or diverse ability, will receive regular communications of student learning in the same way as their peers in any other program​


Human & Social Development

Calling all Grade 4/5/6 Teachers! 

Mental Health Literacy – Professional Development – Friday, January 27th, 2023

Elementary-Mental Health Literacy Curriculum Poster


Careers & Skill Development

Career Education Provincial Pilot K-8

A group of our K-8 teachers will be participating in a provincial pilot around career education with support from our Careers Department:

K-8 Career Exploration – Project Overview


ADST Projects on our Digmore Site

As part of the District Framework goals, each month from now until the end of the school year, we will be highlighting one ADST project from the Digmore site.

All videos and lessons can be found here on the Digmore site.

The ADST video will also have numeracy or literacy lessons to support it.  

This month will be the Night Owl project.


Operations / HR

A recruitment and retention initiative, the New French Teacher Welcome Project.

Our local Canadian Parents for French chapter is looking to connect with this national initiative to welcome new immersion teachers and facilitate a longer stay in the community.  Similar support in the past helped recruit and retain our own Lynne Côté-Aubin, whose story was recently profiled on their website.


Fitness & Stretching Classes for SD60 Employees

Another reminder that the Barre fitness class continues to be available in the new year to all staff, free of charge, every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School gymnasium.


Truth & Reconciliation

Local Education Agreements (LEAs)

  • Another set of action plans have recently been developed with the Doig River First Nations implementation committee
  • We met with the Halfway River First Nation on community, just before the break, and reviewed possible initiatives moving forward with their LEA


Indigenous Professional Development Day – Friday, May 5th, 2023

The committee, composed of a cross-section of district groups have been planning for this district-wide professional development day.   This has become our biggest pro-d event and has been very well received by staff.


Equity Scan 

  • There will be a community meeting/survey with parents at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Thursday, January 26th, 2023.
  • Meetings are planned with students at the middle and secondary levels to get their feedback.


“Take 3”

Buick Creek Elementary

We had a Christmas concert at Buick Creek School on December 15, 2022.  The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) decorated the stage, managed the sound system and helped with the lights, so the hall’s sight, sound, smell, and atmosphere were magical.
In the concert, the primary grades performed Christmas songs with actions, whereas the grades 4-7 presented some songs, music, and a play. The exciting part about the play was that the students wrote the story and dialogue, and the title was “The Worst Hockey Team.”
The evening was concluded with Santa Claus presenting goody bags to the children.
It was great seeing the whole community in our gym after a few years of not being able to do so.
Christine Mann, Vice-Principal, Buick Creek Elementary

Hudson’s Hope Elementary-Secondary

Our Annual Christmas Concert was held on December 7th, 2022.  Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 presented a variety of singing, skits, Reader’s Theatre, and poetry, including: “North Pole, Rock N Roll”, “The 12 Days of Christmas”, “Snow, Snow, Snow”, “The Grinch”, “The Baker’s Dozen”, and “The Christmas Truce”.  It was a very energetic Concert, with a gym packed with spectators.

Derrek Beam, Principal, Hudson’s Hope Elementary-Secondary

Energetic Learning Campus

The ELC has a strong tradition of giving back to the community and Christmas is one of our favourite times to do this.   The students and staff raised over $7,000 in donations to go towards our Christmas Hamper fund.  We were able to help four (4) families at Christmas time.

Lori Coulter, Vice-Principal, Energetic Learning Campus

Bert Bowes Middle School



Jason Gill, Principal, Bert Bowes Middle School