Superintendent’s Report – February 2024

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

** click here to see the full Framework Plan


Intellectual Development

On the February 2nd Non-Instructional Day, the District once again hosted Adrienne Gear who worked with teachers on the writing workshop:

A Powerful Year of Writing:  Effective Writing Instruction and Assessment – Part 2

Achievement and other Data for SD60 Students

This data has been updated on the Ministry of Education and Child Care website for the 2022-23 school year and can be found here.


Human & Social Development

February is Black History Month!

We will have more updates on some activities from around the District in the March report, but for now, here is a slide deck that plays all month long at the Energetic Learning Campus (ELC).


Parent Sessions on Substance Abuse

The Ministry of Education and Child Care, in partnership with adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Hayley Watson, will be hosting free virtual sessions on youth substance use for parents/guardians, caregivers and caring adults.  Dr. Watson will provide valuable insights, practical tips, and resources to equip participants with the tools needed to guide their children and youth toward making positive choices when it comes to substance use.


Key Takeaways for Participants:

  • Learn why children/teenagers are drawn to substances.
  • Understand what causes and maintains substance use disorder and needs.
  • Increase your child’s ability to make positive choices about substances.
  • Acquire practical conversation tools for discussing substances in the home.


Participants must register in advance due to limited capacity. Session dates are:


Parent Information/Training Session: Safe and Caring Use of Technology at Home and in the Community – Offered through the ERASE provincial support program.

This session is recommended for all parents/guardians/caregivers and youth ages 10 and up. 

It takes place on February 28th at 7:30pm MST.  You can register here.


Careers & Skill Development

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Grand Opening!

On December 20th, the SWIS team welcomed the community to their new center within Robert Ogilvie Elementary School.  With space for meeting families and providing support, this new hub will better support the arrival and success of our new families.  The newsletter below provides further information on their services.


School District 60 Band Fundraiser for trips to Whistler and Toronto!

Our concert band continues to have the opportunity to compete and learn through band festivals across the country.  The list of its accomplishments continues to grow.  Please come out and support their fundraiser at Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School on Saturday, February 24th from 12-4pm.

Operations / HR

Leadership Academy 2023-24

The cohort of 15 teachers had a recent workshop on Friday, February 2nd and participated in a collaborative activity called “The Change Game.”  The activity challenges a group of leaders to enter into a series of decision-making scenarios with the objective of leading change and school improvement.  This was the fifth meeting of the group and the academy will wrap up with its final session on “Difficult Conversations” on March 5th.


SD60 Staff Art Hub – Workshops that promote staff wellness continue to be offere


Truth & Reconciliation

Professional Development for SD60 Staff:   Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education Course

Registration is open for the next free course offering for Reconciliation through Indigenous Education, a 6-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by the University of British Columbia. The course begins on January 30, 2024. Register today to guarantee your spot.



“Take 3”

North Peace Secondary School

Our Entrepreneurship 12 class established businesses, sold their wares and generously contributed their profits (over $2,000.00) to local non-profit organizations.

Krista Peregoodoff, Vice-Principal, North Peace Secondary


Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School

Our Early Act Student Leadership students who do activities for the school, did numerous campaigns in November and December to give back to the community.  They do this by involving the whole student body.  During this time frame, Early Act ran 3 separate campaigns:  Gifts for Seniors, PJ Drive and “Be An Angel” campaign.  The Early Act campaigns had our students collect 125 pairs of pyjamas, over $500 for the “Be An Angel” campaign and enough items to put together 45 senior gift bags.

As a culminating event, all students from the school went to sing Christmas carols to 3 senior organizations when they presented the gift bags.

We are very proud of our Early Act students for their dedication to plan events for students to participate in and all of the activities they provide to give back to the community.

Kathy Scheck, Principal, Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School


Taylor Elementary

The Taylor Tigers are into week 5 of their Winter Reading Challenge!

Students track their minutes reading at home on a reading log and submit it weekly.

As of February 13th, students and staff collectively have a total of 73,298 minutes!

During Family Literacy Week, a morning was dedicated to a school-wide ‘Read and Feed’.  The PAC provided a pancake breakfast and students spent the morning reading.  We participated in a school-wide Buddy Read that was sponsored by the Fort St. John Literacy Society.  Following the school-wide Buddy Read, prizes were provided by the Fort St. John Literacy Society.  The Siberian Tigers won a pizza lunch for all 30 of their team members.

Prize winners from the “Great Big Buddy Read”:

Student winners – Phoenix Wiebe, Madison Kersey, Addison Raw, Camryn Creamer, Dayna Enes, and Triton Chambers.

Staff winners – Mrs. Austin and Ms. Elliott

Thanks to our school librarian, Mrs. Turner-London, for organizing the ‘Read and Feed’ event, as well as the reading challenge.

Thanks to Taylor Mills, from the Fort St. John Literacy Society, for the prizes and pizza lunch!

Nancy Maxfield, Principal, Taylor Elementary