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Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

The following framework presentations have been made to the Board of Education so far this year.

Clicking on the image will take you to the slideshow presentation and clicking on the link below the image will take you to the school’s website and the full document.

 

Alwin Holland Elementary – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning 

 

 

Anne Roberts Young Elementary School

Anne Roberts Young Elementary – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Bert Bowes Middle School – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Ecole Central Elementary

École Central Elementary School of the Arts – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Clearview Elem-Jr Secondary
Clearview Elem-Jr Secondary School – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

C.M. Finch Elementary
C.M. Finch Elementary School – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Dr Kearney Middle School

Dr. Kearney Middle School – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Hudson's Hope School
Hudson’s Hope School – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Indigenous Education Website

 

 

KLC - Buick
Key Learning Centre & Buick Creek Elementary – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School
Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Prespatou Elem-Jr Secondary
Prespatou Elem-Jr Secondary – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Robert Ogilvie Elementary – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Upper Halfway & Wonowon Schools

* the above slide show includes information for both Upper Halfway & Wonowon schools.   

 Upper Halfway School – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 Wonowon School – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

Upper Pine Elem-Jr Secondary – Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

 

 

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Superintendent’s Report – February 2021 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2021/02/19/superintendents-report-february-2021/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-february-2021 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:13:45 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=955 **  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website here.   As part of the updated guidelines and safety measures, School District 60 has been asked to lead a Rapid Response Team […]

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

As part of the updated guidelines and safety measures, School District 60 has been asked to lead a Rapid Response Team for both preventative and responsive measures when there is a significant outbreak event.  We will be working closely with Northern Health, the Ministry of Education and other northern districts in this regard.  More details to come in early March.

Playgrounds in the North are for moose too!

This photo was taken by Upper Pine Elem-Jr Secondary School principal, Melody Braun, looking out her office window.

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

Intellectual Development

CURRICULUM

District Reading Assessments

  • Development of new reading assessments continues as we look at the Kamloops District version.  This will be for grades 4-9 and will provide a Fall, mid-year, and end of year package.  The content of the reading passages is more relevant – including tie-ins with Indigenous culture.  Our District Principal Charmaine Chrétien will be getting feedback from the field and calibrating the assessments.   

District Numeracy

  • Implementation of the Mathematics Assessment and Practice (MAP) tool continues with rubrics and coding being developed in collaboration with teams of teachers
  • District numeracy assessment updates:
    • Grades 3-5 drafts will be completed by end of April 2021
    • Grades 6-9 drafts will be the focus for May/June 2021
    • Looking at including data collection in grades 3, 6 & 9 with other grade spans available for teachers/schools
  • Mathletics inservices:    April inservices up and coming throughout the month for LATs, Middle schools (7-9) and other folks who want inservice support in other grade spans outside of the district license
Learning Resources for Black History Month HERE

 

SCIENCE FAIR 2021 !

This year, the fair will be held virtually.  Information is available on the Regional Committee’s website here.

Monday, March 29 – Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Science Fair is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of the Scientific Method as well as hone their presentation skills.  It does not replace the Science curriculum and assessment, but is rather an enrichment opportunity for students in grades 4-12.

 

Human & Social Development

Black History Month – February
Art Activity at Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School

 

 

LEA Workshops in Schools

Presentations and workshops continue to be carried out with school staffs around the District.  These sessions on Local Education Agreements (LEAs) help create connections/collaborative conversations around Indigenous students with school communities.

 

Career & Skill Development

Online Production Assistant Training

Applicants need to be at least 15 years old and have a social insurance number.

Women in Trades event at Dr. Kearney

Dr. Kearney hosted a Women in Trades event on February 12th.  Today, the door is open to women in every BC trades career.  You’ve got great trade career choices — from carpentry and plumbing to aerospace and horticulture.  Women are finding challenges, job satisfaction and good pay in the skilled trades.

Mr. Campbell – District Principal Careers/International

The students from Dr. Kearney connected virtually with:

  • Lisa Langevin – Director, Equity & Engagement
  • Lisa Ayton – Program Leads
  • Elaine Allan – Executive Director, Skills Canada BC
  • Michelle Skelly – Program Director, Skills Canada BC
  • James Maxwell – Coordinator, Skills Canada BC

 

 

Careers / SWIS / ISP – Monthly NewsletterFEBRUARY 2021

 

Operations / HR

Workforce Reports for January  – attached to the public agenda – covers the period from January 11th – February 1st.

 

Safety Website on SharePoint for Staff

This site is in development and should be available by Spring Break.  It will capture all the information related to Health & Safety as well as processes and links for reporting injuries, etc.

 

Weekly Updates from Technology Services — for staff — available here.

 

Truth & Reconciliation

Backgrounder #9 Citizenship

Equity Scan

With the complexities associated with COVID-19 (and navigating in-person meetings), Equity Scan has been in a holding pattern.  In conversation with the Ministry and other districts who are further along in the Equity Scan process, a recurring theme is that in-person dialogue is at the heart of the process (as opposed to just sending out surveys and focus questions).

For now, staff are working on a learning series for our leadership group and will be bringing together the working committee after Spring Break to put together plans and timelines when in-person gatherings are possible.

Support to Indigenous Students and Families

As part of the Federal Funds and subsequent mandate, we have hired additional teacher staffing to help provide instruction and support to students and their families who are not attending regularly.  This is done in collaboration with the home school.

“Take 3”

Prespatou Elem-Jr Secondary School

Taylor Elementary School

We are having a most successful Reading Challenge event called a Tower of Books.  Students walking by are always commenting on how well their class is doing.  One class is almost 100% weekly for their at-home reading goal and others are not far behind!  With a week to go in the challenge, we are running out of room!

 

C.M. FINCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Grade 6 students have been working on STEM projects in February.  This was completed as a class challenge to create an environmentally friendly habitat that is sustainable now and into the future using tools and materials from our MakerSpace.

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Superintendent’s Report – January 2021 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2021/01/22/superintendents-report-january-2021/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-january-2021 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:33:40 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=886 **  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website.   The video of Anne Roberts Young Elementary School Grand Opening has now been posted on the school’s website. Framework for Enhancing Student […]

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

The video of Anne Roberts Young Elementary School Grand Opening has now been posted on the school’s website.

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

Intellectual Development

LEARNING SUPPORT MODEL

  • vast majority of spending allocated to Education Assistant support
  • addition of teacher time as a support – this could be additional Learning Assistance time, a behaviour teacher, counselling time, etc.
  • addition of other support staff, such as a Youth Care Worker
  • additional support in the form of collaboration time and professional development for teachers
  • a model that is responsive to the emerging needs of the class and school-based on class reviews
  • individual needs are looked at through the lens of the entire class
  • a creative approach to supporting the learning environment for all students continues to develop and we are seeing more creativity in how school-based teams address student needs

 

POPEY Workshops for Teachers
Preschool Outreach Program for the Early Years

POPEY flyer – NID January

POPEY Flyer – AfterSchool Workshops

Human & Social Development

CommunityLink

CommunityLINK (Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge) is funding given to boards of education by the BC provincial government.  The intent of CommunityLINK funding is to support programs and initiatives that improve academic and social emotional outcomes for vulnerable students. 

The expectation is that school districts will use the funds to achieve the following:

    • Target and create programs, in collaboration with families, communities and service providers, designed specifically to support the needs of vulnerable students

SD 60 CommunityLINK Initiatives:

  • School Breakfast and Lunch Programs  
  • Healthy Lifestyle Programing
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
    • Year long Parenting Series (offered monthly via district counsellors)
    • SEL Support Teachers
    • Youth Care Workers
    • Nations (Indigenous Youth Leadership/Empowerment Outreach Program )
    • Students In Harmony (music as a space for social emotional Learning) 
    • Staff Development/Resources
  • Academic 
    • Teacher Collaboration Time
    • EA Support
    • Staff Development/Resources
Christmas Cards for Canadian Soldiers

Major Ryan Salsbury, from the 3rd Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment out of Petawawa, joined the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School for a virtual assembly on January 11th.  He had received Christmas cards from the students over the holidays and greatly appreciated this.  He gave a terrific presentation on the work he is doing overseas with the United Nations and how Canada is making a difference.

Career & Skill Development

VIRTUAL MONEY FAIR for Students in Grades 4-8

Schools have been sent information on a Virtual Money Fair that involves students, either learning at home or in the classroom, selecting a money topic that is of interest to them, undertaking research to explore and learn about that topic, and then preparing a creative and engaging video presentation that showcases the outcome of their research and what they learned.  CFEE will be getting submissions from across the entire country, posting them on the secure CFEE website and then highlighting the winner announced at the National Money Fair.

A team of judges will review all the submissions to identify the beset.  The top presentations will win $2000 for first prize, $1000 for second prize and $500 for third prize.  Winners will be announced at the Annual National Money Fair (virtual this year) on April 14, 2021.  This contest is limited to students ages 9-14 or grade 4-8.  A participant can only enter into one CFEE contest within a given year.  A Money Fair should be a fun, interesting, and engaging activity for students at home or at school – at the same time as they learn about money and improve their financial literacy and capability.

Support materials and additional information can be found here:  Talk with our Kids About Money

The information can also be found in French here:  French:  Talk with our Kids About Money

Virtual Money Fair Flyer 2020-21

WORLD OF CHOICES – January 26 & 28

Designed for Grades 6-12, World of Choices is a mentorship program aimed to support students in their journey to explore and refine their career goals.  This JA program will put students face to face with a diverse and inspiring group of professionals from around B.C.  Provided free of charge, JABC will oversee all coordination and provide optional online activities where students can further explore career clusters.  To enrol and for more details, see the attached JABC World of Choices – January 2021 Invitation flyer or visit jabc.ca/woc.

JABC TechWorks – March 2 & May 12

Designed for Grades 8-12, JABC TechWorks will expose high school students to the career opportunities that exist in B.C.’s dynamic tech sector, the skills and education required for tech jobs of the future.  JABC TechWorks features a live virtual event (four dates & times), plus access to an exciting video library featuring conversations and activities facilitated by B.C. tech leaders and tech-enabled companies.  Optional classroom resources and interactive activities also provided.  This complete JA program is provided free of charge!  To enrol, see the attached JABC TechWorks – March and May 2021Invitation flyer and for full details on the history of JABC TechWorks, please visit website techworks.jabc.ca.

Operations / HR

Update on COVID-19 cleaning products and protocols – Questions from the Public
    • All SDS sheets for the cleaning products we use have been reviewed and are approved by both WorkSafe BC and Health Canada.  For all products and processes, SD60 consults with provincial leaders and other districts to ensure we are in compliance with industry standards.
    • While WorkSafe BC exists for the protection of employees, the Ministry of Education and Public Health Office guidelines are for the protection of students as well.
    • Personal hygiene, starting with handwashing, is part of the COVID-19 guidelines across the district and province.
    • When any student health issue arises at school, parents are notified and they take the lead with any subsequent steps and decisions.  In case of emergency, schools call 911.
    • Workplace conduct of employees is addressed by a number of policies and standards, including Policy 2006 (Discrimination, Bullying, Assault and Harassment), Policy 4018 (Prevention of Harassment in the Workplace), as well as the Professional Standards for BC Educators.
TRB:  Enhancement Project for Teacher Certification

The enhancement project will go for approximately 1 year with 4 main goals:

    1. Improve Service Delivery
    2. Enhance Technology
    3. Consider Staff Resources (how best to place staff)
    4. Develop Workplace Culture

In order to achieve this, they are doing the following:

    • Streamlined Application Process (eliminating unnecessary document requests, removing duplication of information, accepting documents via online upload and emails)
    • Refresh TRB Website (this has been done) – easier to navigate to find information
    • Enhancement to ease of use for applicants accounts (i.e. upload documents directly to their application, can print digital copy of Certificate as paper one will not be mailed anymore, will be able to update their personal information via their account instead of having to call them to update)
    • Digitization of Operations

They have also created videos to help people with current pressure points (creating a BCeID, checking on status of application).  They will be holding virtual information sessions at BC Universities for new grads to explain to them the process of applying for a BC Teaching Certificate.

Website for the TEACHER REGULATION BRANCH

Secretary-Treasurer Announcement

Truth & Reconciliation

Backgrounder #8 Indian Reserves

 

“Take 3”

École Central Elementary School of the Arts

Sophie Zaldy (grade 6) entered the 2020 National Forest Week Artwork and Photography Contest and she won a $100 cash prize for her entry of a river cascading down a mountain.

 

Anne Roberts Young Elementary School

Sharing their 2020 Christmas Concert with everyone … https://youtu.be/8INUHuR5hk4

District Band Program

Grade 8/9 Concert Band – Christmas Performance

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Grade 7 Band – Christmas Performance

https://youtu.be/lpw-F-DPTXY

Santa Visit

Santa helped deliver a hamper to the Women’s Resource Center, as well as delivering cards made by students to Peace Villa, NP Senior’s Housing and Abbyfield.

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Superintendent’s Report – December 2020 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2020/12/11/superintendents-report-december-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-december-2020 Fri, 11 Dec 2020 16:12:58 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=770 **  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website.   Contact Tracing and Notification Process:    Please visit the Northern Health exposure website here, which gives additional information on the process for contact […]

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

Contact Tracing and Notification Process:    Please visit the Northern Health exposure website here, which gives additional information on the process for contact tracing and notification.

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

 

Intellectual Development

BC Performance Standards

The Ministry of Education is reviewing and updating the BC Performance Standards to be in alignment with the new curriculum.  Teams across the province are involved in this process.

If you would like to see the full document that lays out the process and timelines, click on the image below:

BC Performance Standards

Writing Sample

Ben Krezanoski is a grade 3 student at Bert Ambrose Elementary School.  The writing sample he provided is not only a reflection of his literacy skills, but also of the challenging times we currently face.

Please see a transcription of Ben’s writing sample below and his actual writing sample attached below as well (click on image to view larger image).

How life goes
Some days … life feels like a stormy sea getting you scared … some days … you may feel … like you’re the only person fight’n the earthquake … some may feel … like you’re the best person in the world … some may feel … like you’ve been heart-broken by someone you loved … some may feel … like you’ve made it to the top of the ladder of life … you’ve made it through all the obstacles … but you haven’t completed your journey yet … you’ve not yet conkered the big things in life … where you feel like you’re on an emotional river ride that’s very scary but totally thrilling … Once you’ve made it past the big things …. you may feel like you can conker anything … you know why?  because you perservered through everything that was tough … So do you give up … No … why … because if you perservere … yoy’ll be able to conker anything tough in your life … and no matter how you feel about it … good bad or somewhere in between … whatever you feel … it’s good because feelings is an important part of life … and if you need a super power to conker a really big step in life … life’ll give you your wish no matter what happens.
Ben

Music is in the air!

Students at Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School use their lunch period to brush up on their music skills in the music room.  Between the acoustically sealed practice rooms and the vast array of instruments, students have many options.

Music

MusicMusic

Human & Social Development

Charity drives around the district – helping others is good for everyone.
What our schools are doing related to community support:
  • Clearview Elementary Jr-Secondary – Food and other items for Women’s Resource Society.
  • Alwin Holland Elementary – Collecting items and gift cards for family hampers and also participated in the annual Huskies food drive.
  • Energetic Learning Campus – Hampers for families.
  • Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School – PJ drive, food drive in Kindergarten, and the Angel Light a Light fundraiser.
  • Charlie Lake Elementary – PJ drive.
  • Dr. Kearney Middle School – PJ drive.
  • Robert Ogilvie Elementary – PJ drive, mitten and hat tree for Women’s Resource Society.
  • Hudson’s Hope School – Food and toy drive for families.
  • École Central Elementary – Building pallet Christmas trees for a silent auction with proceeds to Christmas Hampers and a holiday bazaar with donated items to seniors.
  • Duncan Cran Elementary – Hamper drive.
  • Bert Ambrose Elementary – Food drive.
  • Taylor Elementary – Donations to local Christmas Hamper in coordination with local church.
  • Anne Roberts Young Elementary – “Giving Tree” with items collected for donations to Women’s Resource Society and Salvation Army (picture below).

 

Career & Skill Development

Small group visits and tours of Northern Lights College.

“Our goal is to take a small group of students every month to the college to explore programs they are interested in, allow students to envision themselves as students, make connections and help make a smooth transition from high school to post secondary schools to help build strong communities.” … Brian Campbell, District Principal of Careers & International Education

#peacerivernorth #SchoolDistrict60 #yxj #doigriver #nrnlights #nlc #indigenouseducation

Operations / HR

If you would like to view any of these four (4) documents in a larger format, please click on the image:

Teachers Absent – School District No. 60

 

% of Teachers Absent – School District No. 60

 

Educational Assistants Absent – School District No. 60

 

% of Educational Assistants Absent – School District No. 60

Truth & Reconciliation

“The Indian Act” – Backgrounder #7

 

“Take 3”

C. M. Finch Elementary

Throughout this school year, we have worked to keep school fun and engaging.  Our school and neighbourhood are a strong, vibrant, and generous community of people.  We have worked hard to keep our community connections during the start to a much different school year.   As December is a special time of year for many reasons, we looked for ways to continue to give back to our community and celebrate the holiday season within our school.  We have continued to have our holiday hat days  and Christmas sweater days within our school.  Two special events that are taking place at our school are our Food and Clothing Drive in support of the Women’s Resource Centre and our Virtual Christmas Concert.  We have collected non-perishable food items, warm clothing, diapers and other household goods.  We have been doing similar events to support this local charity and wanted to make sure we could do something to continue to support them during this pandemic.  Our Virtual Christmas Concert is currently being filmed. We know how much our families look forward to our school holiday events each year.  In the past we have presented Christmas concerts or had a Mingle Jingle Night, which allowed families to enjoy and celebrate the holiday season with our school community.  Our wonderful staff has worked together and used our Music Play Program, as well as their technology skills to produce this virtual concert.  Each class has worked hard to present one song in front of a green screen.  We will provide a secure YouTube link out to our school community in the last week of school in December for them to enjoy.                       Troy Lang, Principal

Baldonnel Elementary

ADST – was a centre created for the kindergarten and grade 1 students.  The students were to create and build whatever they wanted using the Keva blocks.

BUDDY READING – with the grade 5/6 students and K/grade 1 students.  They read together everyday right after recess.  They read stories, do chunk sound cards and sometimes math cards as well.  Pictured below is Shirley Aylward (Kindergarten student from Mrs. Miller’s K/1 class) and Reese Munch (Grade 6 student from Mrs. Gardner’s 5/6 class).

THE BEST OF ME – is a one-time project that is done at the beginning of the year in Mrs. Louie’s grade 4/5 class.  Mrs. Louie gets the students to pick the best part of their body and explain why they chose that body piece.  Above are submissions from two students:  Heidi Blakmore & Ruby-Sue Haab.

Robert Ogilvie Elementary

A few highlights from this fall … whatever the activity, RO Royals ROAR with Respect, Organization, Accountability and Resilience!

First, the arrival of donated pumpkins from the Real Canadian Wholesale Club during the week of Halloween led to a host of exciting learning activities.

 

Next, students observed Remembrance Day through poetry, song and works of art featured in a Royal Remembrance slideshow on November 10.

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Superintendent’s Report – EDUCATION REPORT – November 2020 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2020/11/13/superintendents-report-education-report-november-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-education-report-november-2020 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 16:27:50 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=746 Our education report features celebrations and historical education data for School District No. 60. Please see our first education report through the following link or the embedded magazine below: https://pub.lucidpress.com/d012ccde-21fd-4564-8fa7-8e2e53920974/   PDF

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Our education report features celebrations and historical education data for School District No. 60.

Please see our first education report through the following link or the embedded magazine below:

https://pub.lucidpress.com/d012ccde-21fd-4564-8fa7-8e2e53920974/

 

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Superintendent’s Report – October 2020 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2020/10/21/superintendents-report-october-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-october-2020 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:51:04 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=608 **  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website. Update on Enrollment – as of October 15th: Brick and Mortar Schools – 5660 Projections from Spring – 6000 Students “in transition” – […]

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

Update on Enrollment – as of October 15th:

  • Brick and Mortar Schools – 5660
  • Projections from Spring – 6000
  • Students “in transition” – deadline today – majority returned
  • Homeschooling/Private/moved away – approximately 140

Approximate in-person attendance levels:  94.3%

Key Learning Center (Distributed Learning)

  • 400 FTE Elementary (approximately 180 local & 220 from out-of-district
  • 90 Secondary (not all full-time) – this is still developing and is a mix of local and out-of-district students
  • Teaching and clerical staff have been added and they are now processing the applications that were on the waiting list. Local families are guaranteed a spot if they have registered.

Configuration Changes

  • Due to the shifting population, two teachers have been reassigned to the Key Learning Center – one from Robert Ogilvie and one from Upper Pine.  Both schools still have space for any returning students.  As planned, we now have more physical space in our east-side schools with the opening of Anne Roberts Young Elementary School.
  • NPSS completed its re-cohorting at the halfway point of Quarter 1 on October 9th. In Term 2 of Quarter 1, there are now 18 morning classes (non-cohorted period) that have every student coming every day and 13 that are Day 1/Day 2.  Therefore face-to-face teacher-student time is significantly higher than the 75% we were originally hoping for.

Financial Implications

  • Most students/families have stayed local (Key Learning Center), which has helped mitigate the Brick & Mortar decline.  Additional provincial and federal funds are significantly assisting in costs related to health and safety, additional staff to cover leaves, technology, etc.

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

Intellectual Development

District Reading Assessments

  • These continue until the end of the month and we will have an achievement update for the November Board Meeting

Individual Education Plans

  • IEP meetings are taking place around the district. Schools and families work on goal-setting for students with diverse challenges.

Class Review Process

  • These collaborative school-based team meetings are taking place across the district.  The objective is to assess the strengths and needs of each classroom/group of students.  This helps establish an overall school picture and facilitates the equitable allocation of resources.

CLASS-REVIEW-CONVERSATION-template-2 PDF

Numeracy

The Mathletics license is now accessible to all schools in our district and teachers continue to receive professional development and training on the most effective use of this tool. Below is a screenshot from this application.

Human & Social Development

School Connectedness at Margaret Ma Murray Community School

“We did a school-wide turkey contest. This challenge was sent home as a family project to encourage connectedness between school and home.  We have displayed all of the disguised turkeys on our bulletin board and are going to be picking winners today. Everyone who entered will receive a little mini-cupcake.   School-wide 180/338 turkeys were turned in. Students really enjoyed creating at home and used ADST to help design these treasures.”  – Principal, Kathy Scheck

MONTHLY PARENTING SEMINARS – offered by School District No. 60 staff:

Career & Skill Development

Makers Making Change

We are very excited to announce that Shell Canada has donated $10,000 to the Makers Making Change initiative that is being led at North Peace Secondary School.

North Peace Secondary School will be piloting the very first Makers Making Change class in British Columbia in Quarter 3.  NPSS will also be holding several build events throughout the year, similar to the one that was held at Duncan Cran Elementary last year.

Attached is some information on our partnership with Makers Making Change, Neil Squire Society and we are very thankful for the support Shell Canada has provided to help make this possible.

School District No. 60 has made a strong commitment to the Applied Design Skills and Technology curriculum and it is wonderful to see the students in School District No. 60 using what they have learned to make a difference in our community.

Makers Making Change Pamphlet-1

Makers Making Change Newsletter_Fort-St-John-1

Operations / HR

Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others

Workshop for any interested staff is on Friday, October 23rd, 2020.

Caring-For-Yourself-While-Caring-For-Others-Poster_Oct-23-2020

CHARLIE LAKE ELEMENTARY – Nothing like a rousing game of dodgeball with staff. Fantastic way to end the week … well done LAKERS!

Preventing Harassment / Bullying in the Workplace

In continuing to promote awareness and to go along with the October Safety Talk on Bullying / Harassment, every school received laminated posters on ‘Preventing Harassment / Bullying in the Workplace’ last week.

Preventing-Harrasment-Poster-2

Change in Secretary-Treasurer’s Office

We would like to thank Brenda Hooker for her service over the last five years. We wish her all the best in her role as Secretary-Treasurer in Comox Valley School District beginning in November.

Truth & Reconciliation

There is now a link on our website to information on Learning Enhancement Agreements.

https://www.prn.bc.ca/district/departments/indigenous-education/

Backgrounder #6 — Public Witness: Feasts and Potlatches

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“Take 3”

DR KEARNEY MIDDLE SCHOOL – Each year fun competitions are held in a large assembly in the gym; one of which is called “Fear Factor”. Students and staff volunteer to drink three randomly chosen ingredients mixed together. If they are successful in determining what the ingredients are, they get points for their House Team. This year due to COVID-19, it was modified to be zoomed into every classroom while the volunteer drank the mix in the Yak Shak in front of the camera.

HUDSON’S HOPE SCHOOL

  • On the first day of Kindergarten, the Grade 1’s were great role models.
  • Students in the canteen learning numeracy in a fun way.
  • Mrs. Bach’s class took singing out into the garden.
  • Two Grade 3 classes took field trips to Cameron Lake Outdoor Education Center.
DISTRICT BAND – Biggest turnout for Senior Band in 20’ish years! 39 so far and more coming!

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Superintendent’s Report – September 2020 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2020/09/18/superintendents-report-september-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-september-2020 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:05:26 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=533 **  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website.   Approximate in-person attendance levels:  96% Framework for Enhancing Student Learning Intellectual Development Assessment – In both formal and informal ways, assessment occurs […]

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The PAC at Bert Ambrose Elementary had this sign ready to welcome students back on September 10th.

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

Update on Enrollment – as of September 16th (still in flux):

  • Brick and Mortar Schools – 5843
  • Projections from Spring – 6050
  • Students “in transition” – 140
  • Homeschooling – unknown at this point

Approximate in-person attendance levels:  96%

Key Learning Center (Distributed Learning)

  • 325 FTE Elementary (100 local, 225 from out of district – and growing)
  • 90 Secondary (not all full-time) – This is still developing and is a mix of local and out-of-district students
  • Out-of-district registrations for K-9 will now be waitlisted in order to ensure the delivery of programming. Local students will continue to be able to register

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

Intellectual Development

Assessment – In both formal and informal ways, assessment occurs throughout the year both in the classroom and through District collections. We were unable to carry out district-wide assessments in the Spring due to Covid and will be collecting assessment this fall in the areas of numeracy and literacy. This will enable schools to get a better sense of some of the gaps that have developed over the last six months and prioritize resources and programming accordingly.

Thinking Classrooms – a thinking classroom is a structure and approach where students work collaboratively solving rich tasks carefully designed to meet the learning standards.

* 21 teachers in primary have signed up to work with Adam Fox this year

Support for learning during transition back to school – Beginning the week of September 21st, District Learning Services will be providing a weekly learning plan for those families wanting more time before returning to their school. The plan will entail links, resources and activities with a focus on numeracy, literacy and social development, tailored to primary, intermediate and middle school curriculum. These plans will be shared out to the families from their home school along with other classroom and school communications.

Buick Creek School – We are excited to see the new learning model at Buick Creek School up and running. Teachers from the Key Learning Center travel out to the community four days a week to provide instruction and support to 22 students ranging in grades from K-9. Along with EA support, a weekly StrongStart and administration oversight from the KEY, the community school has a full complement of educational services.

Buick Creek students in their gymnasium.

Human & Social Development

SEL (Social Emotional Learning)

  • A series of Professional Development sessions, that will be offered throughout the year, developed by the district SEL/Counselling team around SEL and mental health wellness of students (session made available prior to welcoming students back September 8). First session focused on re-connecting with students and building strong, intentional relationships.
  • A series of staff wellness sessions developed and being offered to staff throughout the year (first session theme is managing change).
  • 0.8 extra district SEL/counselling FTE hired specifically to support SEL/mental health initiatives designed to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 related issues.
  • A series of parenting seminars will be held throughout the year (via Zoom and in person) designed to help parents navigate issues associated with parenting in general as well as specifics psycho/educational sessions specific to addressing parenting issues associated with COVID-19.
  • Development/compilation of SEL/mental health wellness resources made available online to parents and teachers.

Operations / HR

Federal Safe Return to Class Fund – School District No. 60 is set to receive $2.3 million over the course of this school year as part of a federal program to assist schools during COVID. Further information on this fund was attached to the public board documentation and a board motion this evening will set out the parameters of this allocation.

Staff workshops on social emotional well-being … this one held on September 17th on the topic of managing change.

New Teacher Orientation

Staff take new teachers on a tour of the region.

New teachers visit Anne Roberts Young Elementary School.

Future Upgrades to Upper Halfway School – As the district looks at upgrades and potential building enhancements to Upper Halfway School, Facilities staff, Trustees and the community have made recent visits to the school.

Tour of Upper Halfway School grounds by drone.

Truth & Reconciliation

This school year, SD60 is pleased to carry out an Equity Scan, which will solicit feedback from the community and lay the foundation for an equity action plan to enhance services to our Indigenous families. This process is guided by the Ministry of Education and carried out by a District working group. A link to the guiding document on this process is available below.

Backgrounder #5

Below is a link to some background information on the leadership structures of Indigenous peoples.

“Take 3”

Facebook message welcoming students on their first day of school …
School logo on the gym floor

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Superintendent’s Report – August 2020 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2020/08/28/superintendents-report-august-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-august-2020 Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:57:46 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=488 ** Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website. Framework for Enhancing Student Learning Intellectual Development Human & Social Development A number of SEL initiatives are underway including this virtual workshop […]

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

Our district’s link to our website with COVID-19 resources, which includes an updated FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) section – based on parent survey responses.

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

Intellectual Development

Human & Social Development

A number of SEL initiatives are underway including this virtual workshop on September 1 for teachers, with a focus on building relationships with students.

Career & Skill Development

International Education – We have been working with our National and International Partners to support our International Students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the students from last year have returned home and a few have stayed in Canada to be able to complete their studies. Many students who had planned to study with us in September have deferred their programs until the second semester and are hoping to be able to join us once the international borders open.

The Careers Department is looking at an exciting year ahead for all our students.

  • YOUTH DISCOVER EVENTS – Students will get hands-on experience at a Youth Discover Events in Elementary Schools. These exciting events connect students, parents and teachers with local professionals and their employers so you can see firsthand what potential careers are really like.
  • YOUTH TRAIN IN TRADES – Attend a trades training class at Northern Lights College. You’ll learn from skilled instructors and earn credits that count towards your high school diploma and Level 1 of your technical trades training.
  • YOUTH WORK IN TRADES PROGRAM – Get ahead on the work-based training of a trade apprenticeship while you’re still in high school. Not only will you take home a pay cheque, you’ll earn up to 16 credits towards your high school diploma, log 480 training hours toward your trade credential and maybe even earn a $1,000 award.
  • WORK EXPERIENCE 12 – Experiences outside of school expand our workplace skills and career-life options while providing opportunities for self-discovery.

Operations / HR

SD60 prepares to welcome its new teachers! During the orientation sessions, they will get assistance with documentation and take a tour of the region on a school bus. They will also be connected to our mentorship program throughout the year that helps them adjust to their new surroundings and in many cases, their new profession.

Commitment to non-sexist environment

School District 60 along with the Peace River North Teacher’s Association, are committed to a non-sexist working environment. A letter co-signed by the Local President and the Superintendent will be going out to all staff this week.

Transportation – Congratulations on our recent inspection report!

Out of 44 buses that were audited mid-August, 97.45% of them passed with 100%. Only two of the buses had small repairs to make. The CVSE Supervisor noted that we should be proud as those were among the best scores in BC. Both CVSE Inspectors were impressed with our Preventative Maintenance Plan and wished more facilities followed our example. They loved the individual books that had been made for each SD60 vehicle. No looking for documents – everything wrapped in one tidy package.

Health & Safety

COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan

HVAC  Facilities and HVAC

1. A facilities employee looks after all the changing of filters and physically visiting all the unit ventilators on site. 

2. We change all of the filters on a regular schedule. 

3. We are working with Rocky Point Engineering on all of our indoor air exchanges.

4. We have our HVAC contractors working on the programming to meet and or exceed ASHRE standards in our classrooms. 

Truth & Reconciliation

School District No. 60 has signed Local Education Agreements (LEA) with all three of our First Nations Communities; Blueberry River First Nations, Doig River First Nation and Halfway River First Nation. The gap in educational outcomes between First Nation students and non-First Nation students is a persistent legacy of colonialism (TRC, 2015). Local Education Agreements are important tools for building relationships between First Nation communities and Boards of Education, in order to support improved First Nation student outcomes (FNESC, 2019).

By signing Local Education Agreements, School District No. 60 and the First Nations communities (BRFN, DRFN, and HRFN) acknowledge the importance of working together for the benefit of First Nation students and are committed to open, respectful sharing of ideas and information to make educational decisions on behalf of First Nation students. Regular scheduled meetings will take place throughout the year where School District No. 60 will share achievement, enrollment and attendance reports with each of the First Nations communities. The school district will work collaboratively with each of the First Nations communities to ensure First Nation students have equitable access to educational programs that will provide them with the skills they need to reach their greatest potential, grounded in their culture and confident with their identity, knowledge and skills, ready for post-secondary education, workplace training and employment.

“Take 3”

Our facilities and maintenance departments have been hard at worK on repairs, upgrades, updates, renovations, construction projects, etc. of our schools.
The following are just three examples of what has been accomplished over the last three months:

Bert Bowes Middle School

Updates, additions and construction at BERT BOWES MIDDLE SCHOOL included:

  • New track
  • New jump pit
  • New sidewalk to portable and on to The Key Learning Center
  • Two new vestibule entrances to classrooms in The Key Learning Center
  • New gym floor
  • A bottle fill station

Charlie Lake Elementary

Updates, additions and construction at CHARLIE LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL included:

  • Renovated staff room
  • Renovated office area
  • Floor & structural repairs
  • Floor patching

Alwin Holland Elementary

Updates, additions and construction at ALWIN HOLLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL included:

  • Outside of the school remediated
  • New HVAC system & controls
  • Insulation added
  • New triple pane windows
  • Paved parking lot & added lighting and plug-ins
  • Replaced damaged sidewalks

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Superintendent’s Report – June 2020 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2020/06/19/superintendents-report-june-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-june-2020 Fri, 19 Jun 2020 17:08:30 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=425 **  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website.  The graphic below is a reminder of what the various stages mean.  These criteria may be changed by the Public Health Office […]

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**  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website.  The graphic below is a reminder of what the various stages mean.  These criteria may be changed by the Public Health Office and the Ministry of Education prior to September startup.

** We do not expect a provincial announcement on which stage will be in effect until August. We are planning for stage 1, but will be prepared for other stages as well. We look forward to welcoming ALL our students back in September in whatever form that takes.

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

Intellectual Development

DISTRICT BAND PROGRAM – Normally the band students would get their awards in front of hundreds of district staff, parents, students and other audience members.  Since we could not do that this year, we borrowed a studio audience straight from Hollywood and filmed our own awards show for them! 
Please honour them by watching – we have students from most elementary schools, both middle schools and high schools represented. 
ElementarySchools – https://youtu.be/CNr45QXDpT0

MiddleSchools – https://youtu.be/uI_9lkzQK_s

High Schools – https://youtu.be/yZWZTTP0BfM

FULL SD60 Band Awards – https://youtu.be/xnBCDvJZ-sc

Human & Social Development

The District has put together tips and resources for teachers and parents in relation to navigating the anxiety of school startup. Please check out the tip sheet attached.

Career & Skill Development

ADST Summer and Beyond – The District has partnered with the Fort St John Public Library to create 20 project kits that can be signed out by families. Through grant funding, we were able to purchase tools and glue guns that make up these project kits. The library is also preparing 3 kits that correspond specifically to the ADST project videos that the Careers Department has put out.

ADST – Moneca’s MakerSpace Weekly Project – Felt Puppet – https://www.prn.bc.ca/curric/?p=1272

BAA Courses – for approval by the Board 

  • BAA Health Science – Public Health 12
  • BAA Health Science II – Patient Care & Medical Services 12
  • BAA Health Science – Nursing 12
  • BAA Health Science – The Whole Individual 12
  • BAA Hospitality & Tourism 2B – Hotel & Restaurant Management 12
  • BAA Hospitality & Tourism 2A – Hotel & Restaurant Management 12
  • BAA Health I – Life Management Skills 12
  • BAA Restaurant Management 12
  • BAA Access – Office Fundamentals Skills 12
  • BAA Excel – Office Fundamentals Skills 12
  • BAA Outlook – Office Fundamentals Skills 12
  • BAA PowerPoint – Office Fundamentals Skills 12
  • BAA Word – Office Fundamentals Skills 12
  • BAA Astronomy 1A:  Introduction 11
  • BAA Astronomy 1B:  Exploring the Universe 12

Operations / HR

Online Services and Supports for Staff through “Lifespeak” – Staff get free access through a login and password to access information and support for personal health and wellness. This information is disseminated monthly through our HR department.

Recruitment of new teachers for September – The District has hired 21 new teachers for the Fall and has been in contact with them during the pandemic. They are all looking forward to coming to our region. Overall, while we continue to recruit staff for some specialty positions, the number of applications has been robust and we are in a very good position for September startup.

Truth & Reconciliation

National Indigenous People’s Day:  June 21, 2020
Please click on the link below to learn more about how this national holiday is celebrated around the country:
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1534872397533

Local Education Agreements (LEA) – School District No. 60 is proud to move forward on these agreements with our three local bands: Halfway River First Nation, Doig River First Nation and the Blueberry River First Nations. This is a funding and education agreement that will ensure District and First Nations collaboration on the success of our First Nation students.

Agreement with Doig River First Nation
Agreement with Halfway River First Nation

Dane-zaa Coloring Book – made by the SD60 Language Committee at the Indigenous Education Centre and the Language was approved by elders from the Doig River First Nation. Pronunciation and links to First Voices are at the back. Also available is a colouring book for older students in Dane-zaa. Cree numbers and animals and a colouring book for older students is also available using the same pictures as the Dane-zaa books. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1c3ELS-crWUIrUGwK39BEzEk_cvZxDkpDP78I-1Yit_g/edit?ts=5ed80971#slide=id.g775af399c3_0_64

“Take 3”

MMMCS (Margaret Ma Murray Community School) – Over the course of 2 years, we have had a focus on building community while providing food for families.  Vulnerable students worked with staff to start seeds for our garden cubes back in April/May.  With students in the school over the last 6 weeks, we began to see a need to do SEL/ADST with them. We combined our talents, built more food cubes with the kids, built mason bee houses and planted the produce we grew with students. We now have 7 food cubes.  These food cubes allow a healthy activity within our school day to plan, water, weed for SEL breaks.  They are providing learning opportunities as staff engage with students and teach them about pollination, food production, growing, lifecycles, carpentry, gardening, etc.  It also provides alternative activities during recess and lunch for students/staff where they are outside engaging in a healthy activity of watering/planting.

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Essential Services Workers In-School Support Program

Testimonials from the parents ….

“Thank you so much for everything you guys have done. We really appreciate it!!! My son had a great time and it took a huge weight off my shoulders during this hectic time.”

“Thank you, my daughter loved it! She had so much fun.”

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Charlie Lake Elementary – “Lakers” first week back …

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Bert Ambrose Elementary – Families have had the opportunity to adopt a garden bed to help beautify our school grounds. The Mervyn-Mumma family prepared the soil and planted their two garden beds. The look of pride and accomplishment from Max Mumma (Gr 2) shows how much he enjoyed this activity.

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Superintendent’s Report – May 2020 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2020/05/22/superintendents-report-may-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-may-2020 Fri, 22 May 2020 16:04:40 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=324 ** A Reminder to the public to please follow school speed zones as several students are attending on-site. ** Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website. Framework for Enhancing Student […]

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** A Reminder to the public to please follow school speed zones as several students are attending on-site.

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

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

Intellectual Development

Continuity of Learning Plan: Stage 3 Re-entry plans
Example of a classroom at Duncan Cran Elementary School that has spaced-out desks.
  • As per the BC Restart Plan, SD60 is planning for a Stage 3 return to in-class instruction the week of June 1st.
  • Safety First.  All WorksafeBC, Public Health and Ministry of Education requirements are in place for Stage 3.
  • The models entail offering 2 days a week at the elementary level (K-Grade 5) and 1 day per week at the middle/secondary level (Grades 6-12).  
  • For elementary (K-Grade 5), up to half of the students will attend on Tuesday and Wednesday while the other half will attend on Thursday and Friday.  Mondays will be used to support remote-learning for those students not attending.
  • Attendance will be staggered to ensure no more than 50% density at any given time at the elementary level (K-Grade 5) and 20% at the middle/secondary level (Grades 6-12).
  • For remote learning, the quantity of work and contacts with the family will be reduced.
  • Schools are in the process of connecting with families to find out which students are coming back the week of June 1st.  Attendance is optional.
  • The schools and the District continue to plan the logistics around transportation, access to the buildings, etc.
  • Service to vulnerable students and the children of Essential Services Workers is available up to 5 days per week – in consultation with the child’s home school.

Early Learning Initiatives

SD60 staff has worked to provide a series of videos and extension activities for families who have students entering Kindergarten in September.  They are great resources for young children of any age and our schools will be using them as they reach out to parents as part of their “Welcome to Kindergarten” program.
Early Learning Support Videos

Human & Social Development

Health & Wellness Sessions

Carleen Andrews, Director of Instruction, sent out a survey to all staff to ask what topics they would be interested in for future Health & Wellness sessions … 170 staff members responded with their choices. Several local sessions have been offered via Zoom and were well-attended. Partner groups with the BCTF and CUPE have also rolled out a number of programs and supports for their members.

Teachers continue to check-in with their students and address social and emotional learning goals as best they can. Many vulnerable students have been receiving support in-person for the last few weeks.

Supporting our Indigenous Students during COVID-19

Brief summary of some of the reach-outs/supports that the Indigenous Support Workers and the District Indigenous department have been doing during COVID  

  • Students: zoom calls, teachers, staff, Indigenous Ed Dept, Google classroom, Google Hangouts, email Learn 60, meet & greet, in-person, 1:1 w/physical distancing
  • Parents: Phone calls, texting, email
  • Discussing Meal Programs
  • Dropping off and picking up student learning packages
  • Indigenous Principal keeping in touch with community Elders
  • Lunch Club – medicine wheel teachings, etc.
  • Meeting outside on school playground or at their home
  • 70% of students now attending at AH on-site are Indigenous 
  • Administrator & ISSW picking up and dropping off student, taking her to school, she’s catching up on her work and feeling good about it; the 1:1 time is appreciated
  • Indigenous cultural contest – students are to do a video doing a cultural experience,  2-4 minutes long, send in videos, looking for quality videos and experiences .  Prizes 1st-3rd
  • ISSW recording stories  “Cultural Story Time” videos to give to teachers to share with their classes, i.e. Jingle Dancer book. Next focus will be on the Seven Teachings
  • ISSWs are participating and recording moosehide tanning with Elder Mabel Harding 
  • ISSWs beading feathers on moosehide for Gr 8 Upper Pine transitioning students
  • NPSS YCWs are making welcome cards to the Gr 9 & ELC Gr 10’s transitioning to NPSS next year
  • Grade 6 Learning Journeys – for vulnerable transitioning students to middle school STBM w/student and parent(s)
  • Capstone Gr 12 students are a priority for some staff 
  • Gr 4’s are making a little tipi and we will make  a diorama representing Doig Day
  • Family Photo/Scavenger Hunt – early June for one week focuses on Indigenous culture, encourage family participation, learn about our community, mostly outdoor activity
  • Youth Care Workers at Bert Bowes are doing individual tours for the Grade 6’s
  • Indigenous Education Centre New Facebook Page 
  • Contact we have had with the bands during this time
    • Indigenous Education Advisory Council updates and deliveries
    • May 21 Indigenous Education Advisory Council 2020-21 Preliminary Budget Zoom Meeting 
    • Indigenous Principal communicating with Band Ed Coordinators/Managers
    • During an ISSW/YCW meeting, Indigenous Principal called Blueberry Education Manager, Patsy Greyeyes, to clarify their lockdown procedures and how we could best support student’s school work delivery. 
    • ISSW’s/YCW have been contacting bands in regards for meals program (band)
    • ISSW contact band through the Doig Facebook page (private members only), she lets band members know what is happening at the school
    • Teachers have been in contact with Education Coordinators through text, calls, and email
    • IEC staff are making sure students are getting their student work packages out, some issues in returning of finished assignments.  But some bands are doing well in returning packages
    • It has been problematic with bands being on full lockdown, but we have to follow their direction and respect their decision to keep their band members safe.
    • Some bands have been in regular communication with Indigenous Transition Coaches and Support Teachers.  

Nanaskomon Kakike (Forever Grateful), Pat Jansen

Pat Jansen, Principal of Indigenous Education, submitted the following Facebook post from a parent who appreciates the wonderful support her son is receiving from our Bert Bowes Indigenous Support Teacher Erin Gotzke! …. Thanks and Nanaskomon Kakike  (Forever Grateful)

Prespatou Elem-Jr Secondary

Mr. Wollen, a teacher, is sending out a video every Monday to help with the mental health of his students.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lluRZheZXC44uT_FsVeQZzC_GJhV4TuV/view

Career & Skill Development

BAA Course (Makers Making Change 12) – submitted for Board approval

SD60 MakerSpace Night Owl Project

Some of our ADST videos are now being profiled on the Skills Ready BC website

Operations / HR

Buick Creek School

  • Previous staffing challenges led to other options being made available to families  of the 17 elementary students that were previously registered there.  This included attending Prespatou School, Upper Pine School or registering with the Key Learning Center for a hybrid distance education program.  Most families elected to follow the hybrid distance education program for the 2019-20 school year.
  • While staffing challenges continue, we will be able to offer on-site instruction for the 2020-21 school year with teachers commuting from town.  The program will be administered by the Key Learning Center and will include four days of on-site instruction along with a day of remote instruction and support.  
  • The students and staff will follow the regular district calendar.

AHCOTE Program

  • For Fall 2020, SFU cancelled the offering due to insufficient student numbers.   The plan is to offer AHCOTE in Fall 2021.  This may have implications for our teacher staffing pool in the new year.

Post April Employment and Compensation Continuity

  • Following the April 27th letter from the Province of BC that signalled an end to the full salary support for all public sector employees, the District engaged with its CUPE union partner to determine any changes to staffing levels.
  • Following an agreed-upon process, 25 CUPE employees took a temporary full-time leave and 24 took a part-time temporary leave.  This is out of a group that includes over 400 employees.
  • With the advent of Stage 3 back-to-school plans, several of these employees will be recalled.

SCHOOL CHARGES 2020-2021 – for approval by the Board

Truth & Reconciliation

Attached to the public agenda is “Backgrounder #4“, which gives some information on the language and oral traditions of Indigenous Peoples.

“Take 3”

Upper Pine Elem-Jr Secondary

Three projects were done at home: a birchbark canoe by Charly King, a lever machine by Sam Dyksterhuis, & a density experiment by Jack Smith.

Scavenger Hunt!
Jayden L., from Mr. Platzer’s class at Alwin Holland, came up with the idea to make a scavenger hunt after he found an Easter egg hunt. As a project last week he worked on different hints so that the families of FSJ could have some fun during COVID 19. The first clue started at Save On Foods. Jayden would like to thank Amber Nurse who made the flower stickers for him, all the places he was able to put up the clues, and also the front line workers. Thank you, Jayden! Thank you everyone and have a great hunt!

District Band Program director, Sabrina Brooks, brought a few colleagues together for the MEXICAN HAT DANCE ….

Bus Drivers

Lisa Wiebe has been picking up garbage on the 271 road along her bus route. Janet Peterson has been making bird feeders equipped with suction cups that attach to the outside of windows so that seniors can enjoy the birds. Barb Scobie is still creating kitten mats (she is in mass production mode now). Hank Glover spends his free time at the computer designing more cards to send out to the senior. Arlene Myers and her husband are still fishing for the seniors. Laverne McEachern and Rosemary Baldry are on a telephone campaign to reach out to seniors in their communities as are many others. The homemade meals and baking are being delivered on a regular basis. To date 820 cards and letters have been delivered.

Duncan Cran Elementary

Here is a picture of the food support that we are sending out to support 20 families this week. We have received a tremendous amount of gratitude from the families for the support we are providing. The recipe cards with all the ingredients included to make the meal with their families have been a hit. We would like to make sure that you realize how much of a difference “we as a school district” are making to help our community.
Thank you for your support from the district … from Mr. Peet, Principal, Duncan Cran

Anne Roberts Young Elementary

Greg from Yellowridge (in his spare time) coordinated the construction and install of a large heart shaped sign (donated material and labor).  His intent is to acknowledge everyone for their efforts in the battle against Covid in particular showing appreciation for the front line workers and recognizing the seniors in the hospital or care home(s).

Duncan Cran Elementary

The Kodiak Kitchen renovations are complete at Duncan Cran Elementary and much appreciated by all.

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