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Supporting Student Success at the Provincial Arts Festival –

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Supporting Student Success at the Provincial Arts Festival – June 3-7, 2024 – Fort St John 

Kevin Ngyuen received an honourable mention in Canadian Piano.  Kevin is currently attending a school in Calgary, but was an SD60 student, and is still currently taught by Rie Sasaki who teaches at ARYES.

Ella Brooks, Sarah Braun, Nyah Mason-Bennett, Kori Daisley, Rylea Krezanoski, Taylor Mannoly, Ayla Hedican, Brielle Beard, Kenlee White, Julia Bennett, Emily Peters, Hailey McLain, Sophie Barker, and Sebastian Kaban received an Honorable Mention for their tap group, Any Other World, and performed this at the Provincial Excellence Concert as well. 

Ella Brooks (NPSS) came runner up in Stage 3 Dance

Carissa Zaldy (BB) came runner up in Stage 1 Dance

Julia Bennett (BB) WON Stage 2 Dance (the first dancer in 14 years to win at a Provincial Festival from our region!)

Staff members Bokum Choi, Naomi Owen and Rie Sasaki played piano for almost 4 days straight to accompany the students.  Thank You!

Northern Lights Youth Choir Tour in SD60 May 23 & 29

Northern Lights Choir Performing One of Their Songs

 

 

Careers & Skill Development

North Peace Secondary School achieved a remarkable 4th place in the VEX Robotics category at the Skills Canada National Competition held in Québec City on May 30-31, 2024.

The team, guided by teacher Brant Churchill, comprised competitors Nolan Cote and Josh Coenders.

 

This achievement underscores the school’s commitment to excellence in STEM education and its dedication to fostering skills in trades and technologies.

For more information, visit the Skills Canada National Competition 2024.

 

 

Canoeing Down the Peace!

Supported by Outdoor Education teacher Scott Hyde, twelve (12) NPSS students completed a 3-day canoe trip down the Peace; starting at Taylor’s boat launch and ending in Clear Hills County, AB. 

Safety was paramount and the students had an excellent experience and gained many skills (i.e. canoeing, wildlife & plant-life activities, camping, swimming).

 

 

Project Heavy Duty

We will give a full report in September. 

Below is a photo of the 15 students who participated this year as they attended their safety meeting on day 1 of the project at the Parkwood development.

The 20th anniversary of this initiative was a great success. 

The project coordinator is Jeff Mayer with support from the superintendent and secretary-treasurer.  

 

 

ADVENTURES IN HEALTH CARE – NPSS & ELC

 

 

Operations / HR

 

Classroom Champions

Ruth Lee, a teacher at Bert Ambrose Elementary School, was recognized for her leadership in bringing the Classroom Champions program to the whole school.  Also Laurie Wright, Principal, was celebrated for her leadership and dedication in integrating the programs into the school and creating an environment where students can excel and grow.

Please read the full article from Energetic City here.

 

 

 

 

The 7th and final Staff Art Hub in the 2023-2024 school year was held on Wednesday, June 12th:

 

 

 

Truth & Reconciliation

May 10 – Indigenous Learning Day

 

 

 

June 6 – Doig Day

 

 

 

Indigenous Education Center – 2023/2024 – Year in Review

 

 

 

National Indigenous History Month

… the following is a message from our Director of Instruction, Carleen Andrews

As we enter June, we recognize and celebrate National Indigenous History Month.  This is a time to honor the rich/diverse history, cultures, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada.

We also remind ourselves that Truth and Reconciliation is an ongoing commitment.  Our role as educators is crucial in fostering understanding and respect for Indigenous histories and perspectives.  Equally important is acknowledging and celebrating the accomplishments, strengths and important contributions of Indigenous peoples.  This month, let’s continue to engage in meaningful conversations, activities, and learning opportunities that reflect our dedication to this important work and highlight the successes of Indigenous communities.

Below are links to our Local First Nations communities websites and various Indigenous learning materials.  These resources can greatly enrich our own knowledge and understanding and promote cultural understanding among our students. 

Thank you for your continued efforts in creating an inclusive and respectful learning environment.

Resources:

https://doigriverfn.com/

https://blueberryfn.com/

https://hrfn.ca/

https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1534874922512

https://www.indigenousbc.com/travel-ideas

https://www.innovation.ca/projects-results/research-stories/raising-indigenous-voices-research

Curriculum  Resources

https://www.fnesc.ca/first-peoples-principles-of-learning/

https://www.fnesc.ca/authenticresources/

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/indigenous-education-resources/indigenous-knowledge-and-perspectives-k-12-curriculum

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum/indigenous-education-resources/indigenous-knowledge-and-perspectives-k-12-curriculum

https://www.fnesc.ca/math-first-peoples/

https://www.fnesc.ca/science-first-peoples-2/

https://www.fnesc.ca/governance-2/

 

“Take 3”

Dr. Kearney Middle School

Dr. Kearney held its annual Carnival & Talent Show on June 12th.

Staff and students were treated to a BBQ courtesy of our PAC.

Activities included the talent show, dunk tank, s’more station, face painting, and so much more!

A great time was had by all. 

Chris Nock, Principal, Dr. Kearney Middle School

 

 

Anne Roberts Young Elementary

The District Public Speaking contest was held at Anne Roberts Young on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. There were 34 participants from 13 different elementary schools in the district. There were exceptional speeches delivered and all the students did a fantastic job speaking in front of a large audience.

Medal Winners:
  • 1st – Claire Gilliss – Speeches – Hudson’s Hope
  • 2nd – Sean Lee Suson – Modern Computer: Good or Bad – Alwin Holland
  • 3rd (tie) – Ben Krezanoski – Courage – Bert Ambrose & Bella Cortez – What I Want to Be When I Grow Up – Clearview
Top Schools:
  • 1st – Hudson’s Hope
  • 2nd – Clearview
  • 3rd – Anne Roberts Young
Melissa DeGroot, Vice-Principal, Anne Roberts Young Elementary

 

 

Xplorefest Derby Cut – May 9th, 2024

  • 221 cars raced
  • 12 out of 19 elementary schools participated
  • 144 cars crossed the finish line
  • 13 out of the 14 fastest cars belonged to Hudson’s Hope (see below)
Place Points Racer School
1st 15 pts Henry L Hudson’s Hope
2nd 13 pts Jude VO Hudson’s Hope
3rd 11 pts Ivan(John) S Hudson’s Hope
4th 10 pts Torah F Hudson’s Hope
5th 9 pts Samuel S Hudson’s Hope
6th 8 pts Tad S Hudson’s Hope
7th 7 pts Finley B Hudson’s Hope
8th 6 pts Shantal Jeane A Hudson’s Hope
9th 5 pts Sam M Hudson’s Hope
10th 4 pts Nolan S Hudson’s Hope
11th-15th 3 pts Claire G, Esmae M, Keiran B, Freya RS, Jonathan D HH, HH, Taylor, HH, BA
16th-20th 2 pts Carson M, Ethan M, Max M, Peyton L, Everleigh B ARYES, CL, BA, BA, Finch
21th-25th 1 point Eden, Kadence, Paisley, “GHOST”, “GHOST”, Jace C Central, UP, UP
GHOST cars do not earn points
Griff Peet, Principal, Duncan Cran Elementary

 

 

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“Learning Pathways” from the Ministry of Education & Child Care

BC Learning Pathways is an ongoing series of resources that support teachers in developing students’ literacy and numeracy skills in all learning areas.  The resources demonstrate how literacy and numeracy are connected with the entire K-12 curriculum, with all forms of classroom and provincial assessment, and with student reporting.  Collectively, the resources support teachers in developing students who can think critically about the world around them, communicate their ideas and information clearly and authentically, and demonstrate their personal and social competencies in a meaningful way.

BC Learning Pathways include:

 

Human & Social Development

Dynamic Influence Visits Schools in School District No. 60 – April 23-25, 2024

Thanks to the financial and organizational support of DPAC, most students in SD60 were able to attend a presentation from Dynamic Influence.  These presentations were a reminder of how to navigate the dangers and challenges of Social Media.

 

Careers & Skill Development

Skills Canada’s Inspire Program 

Moneca Conway, in collaboration with Skills Canada BC, delivered the Inspire Program throughout the month of March in School District 60 Peace River North. The initiative aims to inspire students to explore careers in the trades and technology fields, fostering awareness and interest in apprenticeship pathways.

Inspire! is a dynamic, one-hour, in-school program designed by Skills Canada BC. The program engages students through hands-on, group-based trades and technology activities, complemented by compelling video content. The goal is to encourage students to consider careers in fields they may not have otherwise explored.

Skills Canada BC is committed to reaching students in remote regions, targeting Grade 5 and 6 students with the Inspire! program. Through in-class presentations, Moneca will deliver an interactive and informative experience, promoting a better understanding of the diverse career opportunities available in the trades and technology sectors.

As part of the program, educators and students will gain access to valuable resources that enhance classroom learning. These resources include curriculum materials and activities, providing practical tools to further support career exploration within the trades and technology fields.

To learn more about the Inspire! program, please visit https://skillscanada.bc.ca/programs/inspire/

About Skills Canada BC:

Skills Canada BC is a non-profit organization that actively promotes careers in the trades and technologies to British Columbia’s youth. Through various programs and initiatives, Skills Canada BC aims to inspire and engage students, educators, and industry partners in the pursuit of excellence in skilled trades and technology education.

 

 

Operations / HR

May 6-10 marked National Mental Health Week. 

All staff play a crucial role in supporting the mental well-being of our students and each other.

This year’s theme is Healing Through Compassion because #CompassionConnects (Canada.ca)

Links to resources that may be helpful to staff:

We would like to remind everyone that there is a district subscription to EdCan that all staff have access to:

 We highly encourage all staff to create an online account to gain unlimited access to Education Canada Magazine’s vast online article archives and podcast episodes exploring every facet of Canadian public education and adult wellness. To gain access to all these resources,  create an account using your prn.bc.ca address. 

Sign up here to create an account. 

https://www.edcan.ca/magazine/beyond-resilience-systems-wellbeing/

 

 

Support for Fort Nelson School District

Staff have mobilized to support the Fort Nelson School District in a number of ways.  Our Tech Services have set them up with connectivity in room 100 at the Board Office.  We have provided avenues for financial capacity, billeting of families and school-based activities for school-aged students.  We will continue to support them through this unprecedented challenge.

 

Support for Doig River First Nation

Staff are reaching out to the families that have been affected by the evacuation.  As this situation develops, we will be supporting the families and the 22 students that attend our schools.

 

 

Truth & Reconciliation

Fire Boot Camp

Fort St. John, BC – May 10, 2024 – Fort St John and FNESS (First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of British Columbia) recently collaborated to organize a Fire Boot Camp for students of School District 60. The event, held on April 30th and May 1st, 2024 aimed to empower the next generation with essential fire safety knowledge and skills.

The Fire Boot Camp, hosted at the Fort St John Fire Department brought together enthusiastic students from across the School District 60. Throughout the 2 day  program, participants engaged in hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, and educational sessions led by experienced firefighters and emergency service professionals.

“We are thrilled to partner with FNESS to offer this unique opportunity to the students of School District 60,” said Brian Campbell, District Principal of Careers . “Fire safety education is crucial, and by hosting events like the Fire Boot Camp, we can instill important life-saving skills and knowledge in our youth.”

 

About FNESS 

FNESS evolved from the Society of Native Indian Fire Fighters of BC (SNIFF), which was established in 1986. SNIFF’s initial objectives were to help reduce the number of fire-related deaths on First Nation reserves, but changed its emphasis to incorporate a greater spectrum of emergency services. In 1994, SNIFF changed its name to First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of BC to reflect its growing diversity of services provided.

Website – https://www.fness.bc.ca/

 

History of major milestones in Indigenous partnerships as we prepare for full implementation of Bill 40

 

 

“Take 3”

North Peace Secondary School

Check out the captivating photos from our recent field trip to Northern Lights College (NLC) in Dawson Creek!  Approximately sixty (60) students from NPSS shop classes embarked on an enriching full day tour of two distinct NLC trades facilities and were introduced to the variety of trades options available to students through the SD60 Dual Credit Program.

Krista Peregoodoff, Vice-Principal, North Peace Secondary School

 

 

Baldonnel Elementary School

Treasure Island Play

Fred Rogers once said that “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children, play is serious learning!”

At Baldonnel, we wanted to give our students the chance to participate and play.  We decided to do something a bit different this year by doing our first ever theatre production.  Drama and theatre education gives children many positive experiences; helps improve academic learning, helps improve self-confidence, develops oral language skills, creativity, self-esteem, boosts reading skills, nurtures self-expression, resilience, peer interactions, emotional regulation, helps build critical listening skills and fosters whole-person growth, and supporting peers, learning the ability to work together and so much more.

For two and a half months, students were working on learning songs, building props, designing sets, auditioning, learning lines and staging, learning how to project their voice and to organize how to set up the props on stage.  We had behind-the-scenes help and support, many prop workshops and practices.

We are all so proud of all our students and their hard work.  What we do is always for our students to give them experiences to help them learn and grow.  Many excellent leadership skills were learned.  The confidence our students gained in being a part of this production is immeasurable.

Thank you to all of the staff and parents that helped to get our production up and running.  Thank you for all the help on the day of the play and cleaning up.  Thank you to maintenance for bringing our sets and props to the Cultural Center and picking them back up afterwards.  Many thanks to all of the families that came to see the play and for their generous donations.  We were able to give the PAC $2,613.85 in donations towards the new playground.  A true community endeavor!

Christine Todd, Principal, Baldonnel Elementary

 

Hudson’s Hope Elem-Jr Secondary School

Thank you to Tina Jeffrey, John Herrington, Sean Bailie, Miah Gonwick, Stephanie Gonwick, Royce Stark, Joe Carruthers, Brandon Atherton & Joe Morrison for sharing great safety information, fun activities, and career information.  Oh, and of course some fun “bucket rides”.  Our students were very engaged the entire time!

More pictures can be seen on our school website as well ….

Derrek Beam, Principal, Hudson’s Hope Elem-Jr Secondary

 

 

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All School Psychologists across the province, in conjunction with their districts, are establishing new procedures to be in compliance with this change. 

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All School Psychologists across the province, in conjunction with their districts, are establishing new procedures to be in compliance with this change.  In essence the conditions around privacy and confidentiality will be more stringent, more in line with private practice.  Our team, in collaboration with colleagues from across BC, are building the appropriate permission forms, which will be in place for September 1st, 2024.

 

The Difference Between a Psych-Ed Assessment and a Consultation

 

Human & Social Development

Introduction to Cross Country Skiing

While it was not the best season for cross country skiing, a couple of classes were able to take advantage of support from the District Affordability Fund and the Whisky Jack Ski Club and learn how to ski. 

Below are a couple of pictures from Ms. MacDonald’s class from Alwin Holland.

 

Peace River North Festival – Band Division

“Thanks for all you do to support the band.  Wonderful kids learned so much and their hard work paid off.  The overall group got 95% gold (all schools combined), and we had an unusual problem this year in that the day band classes that competed against each other and all tied with 88% gold. Unfortunately, all kids won the Ice Cream party. Somehow, they are all okay with this. 

The adjudicator was particularly impressed with how large and diverse our group was and that is 100% because of all the support from this District.

YOUR band program did amazing so please proudly show off these gold medals to your school communities because your support all year long help earn them and they are your gold medals too.”

Sabrina Brooks, District Band Teacher

 

 

Careers & Skill Development

Youth Work in Trades Award

The Ministry of British Columbia has proudly awarded a cohort of students from School District 60 with the Youth Work in Trades Award. This recognition highlights the dedication and skill demonstrated by these exemplary students in their pursuit of excellence in trades.

The Youth Work in Trades Program, facilitated by the Ministry of Education and Child Care, aims to support and encourage young individuals in their journey towards a career in the skilled trades. Through a combination of hands-on training and classroom education, students are equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to thrive in various trade professions.

Among the recipients of this award are students from School District 60, who have exhibited exceptional talent and commitment to their chosen trades. Their hard work and determination have not only distinguished them as promising individuals within their respective fields, but have also showcased the strength and potential of the next generation of tradespeople in British Columbia.

“We are immensely proud of our students for receiving this recognition from the Ministry of Education and Child Care,” said Stephen Petrucci, Superintendent of School District 60. “Their dedication to their trade and their willingness to pursue excellence in the trades industry are truly commendable. This award serves as a testament to their hard work and commitment.”

The Youth Work in Trades Award serves as a testament to the collaborative efforts of the Ministry of Education and Child Care, SkilledTradesBC, School District 60, and various industry partners in nurturing the talents of young individuals and preparing them for successful careers in the trades sector.

This year’s recipients are Nash Pomeroy (Truck & Transport Mechanic), Logan Osterlund (Construction Electrician), Clayton Fehr (Glazier), Emma Chenier (Welder), and Josiah Vaccaro (Welder). 

For more information about the Youth Work in Trades Program, please visit skilledtradesbc.ca/youth-work-in-trades-program.

 

Women In Trades Camp March 18-22, 2024

In the first week of Spring Break, 16 girls at the grade 5 level from around the District participated in a free trades camp at Duncan Cran Elementary School organized by the Construction Foundation of BC and supported by local industry and SD60.  A report on the camp can be found here.  The school logistics were supported by Careers District Principal, Brian Campbell, and one of our careers staff, Moneca Conway, also worked with the girls over the course of the week.  Projects included building a toolbox, a small greenhouse, cutting pipe, using power tools, etc.  It was an exciting week for all involved!

 

Operations / HR

 

CUPE – INCLUSIVE EDUCATION & UNDERSTANDING BEHAVIOUR

The Support Staff Education Committee (SSEC) is pleased to provide access to the redeveloped Education Assistant (EA) training course called:  Inclusive Education & Understanding Behaviour.  This 4.5-hour course is intended to provide professional development opportunities for EAs working to support complex learners.  The asynchronous course provides participants with guided learning activities, knowledge checks, opportunities for reflection and assessment linked to the following:

  • The evolution of inclusive education.
  • Impact of inclusive education on students with differing needs and abilities.
  • Effective practices and characteristics of inclusive education
  • Diverse needs of students in the classroom • Guiding Principles
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Inclusive Education Plans (IEP)
  • Approaches, elements, and outcomes of positive behaviour support.
  • Key components of the functional assessment process.
  • Instructional practices and intervention strategies to promote behavioural success of students.
  • Roles and responsibilities of an Education Assistant in the development of positive behaviour support plans.
  • Implementing visual supports, prompts and intervention plans to support students.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the types of response interventions.
  • Effective practices and strategies for managing challenging behaviour.

 

Truth & Reconciliation

Reawakening Our Language Conference:  March 14-15, 2024

Organized by Doig River First Nation, several of our staff attended the first annual Reawakening Our Language conference, which took place at Northern Lights College.  The guest speaker, Christopher Parkin, from the Salish territory of Spokane, outlined some of the key aspects of language revival in their community.  The conference was well attended by First Nations in the area as well as by local community members.

 

 

“Take 3”

Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School

SpacesEDU for Reflection and Assessment

Ms. Amiot and Mr. Platzer at Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School along with Mrs. Petrucci from Technology Services have been working with SpacesEDU with their students to collect, reflect on, assess learning evidence and communicate with parents. Here is a write up from Ms. Amiot about their experience:
Mr.Platzer and I have been using SpacesEDU in our classroom since April 2023 and have found it to be an extremely valuable tool! SpacesEDU provides various entry points for students to complete reflections, whether through video, written, or audio formats. This allows students to express themselves in a way that best fits their learning style.

Moreover, SpacesEDU serves as a platform that connects parents, students, and teachers seamlessly. It enables consistent feedback and communication of classroom activities, providing parents with a clear window into the classroom environment. By tagging activities with specific skills and competencies, parents can have a rich view of their child’s learning journey and alignment with the curriculum.

In February, we used SpacesEDU to communicate our second Learning Update to parents. Parents, teachers and students found this to be a very rich way to communicate student progress and engagement.

Parents have expressed their appreciation that they can visually see what their child is learning about throughout the day and have access to assignments and feedback in assigned activities.

Students can take ownership of their learning by using the Spaces platform to generate, reflect, and track their work.

We encourage you to explore the possibilities SpacesEDU offers to strengthen classroom dynamics and effectively engage parents and students.

Ms. Amiot & Mr. Platzer, Teachers, Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School

 

North Peace Secondary School

I would like to thank Kara Myllymaki, Brant Churchill, and Hunter Mackay for traveling with the students to the Skills Canada Competition and Louis Vaccaro for helping organize our teams for Skills Canada.
Skills Canada is a big part of our district’s career program and a lot of staff across the district help and support students to participate in our district, regional, and provincial competitions.
I am excited to share that students from NPSS won Gold and Silver in Vex Robotics and Bronze in Hairstyling.
Brian Campbell, District Principal – Careers & International Students

 

Learning Services

Two of our high school students, Summer Fraser and Irina Fendel, attended the Bamfield Marine Science Centre Camp for Visually Impaired British Columbia high school students in April. This was an excellent opportunity to learn science in an accessible way and meet other students who are blind or partially sighted.

Trista Triska, Certified Teacher for Students with Visual Impairments (TSVI)

 

 

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The Board and senior staff have begun the process to review student learning evidence and make adjustments in terms of strategies and the allocation of resources for the 2024-2025 school year. 

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Learning Evidence

The Board and senior staff have begun the process to review student learning evidence and make adjustments in terms of strategies and the allocation of resources for the 2024-2025 school year.  We recently reviewed school, district, and Ministry data in this regard.  Graduation rates for all and Indigenous students are as high as they have ever been.   However, numeracy results in the transition years remain problematic.   Below are a couple of samples of some of the data we reviewed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Implementation of Mathology across the District

With the support of the Board, the District is well on its way to provide an anchor numeracy resource in elementary schools to address the numeracy challenges.   This will provide consistency and best practices when it comes to developing numerate students.   

Trustees and senior staff recently visited Duncan Cran Elementary and Taylor Elementary schools to see the program in action.   Below are pictures from these visits:

 

 

Human & Social Development

 

February was Black History Month!

In addition to a news post on our website, which can be found here, we have also gathered a few examples of the great activities around the District in the month of February:

Grade 3 class at Duncan Cran Elementary School (above photo)

 

 

Robert Ogilvie Elementary School Assembly (above photo)

 

 

Video of performance at Dr. Kearney Assembly

 

 

Dr. Kearney Middle School Assembly (above photo)

 

 

 

 

Careers & Skill Development

 

 

Success Stories of Former SD60 Student

Christopher Young, who went through our SD60 band program has recently been appointed the new Executive Director of the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra!  You can read more about this from the Energetic City news article here.

 

 

 

Operations / HR

 

Teacher’s Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

Dear Teachers Institute Alumni,

We are happy to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 25th edition of the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy.  This year’s Teachers Institute will be held in Ottawa from 3 to 8 November 2024 and we need your help to promote this once-in-a-lifetime professional development opportunity.

Promotional materials for the Teachers institute can be downloaded from our publicly available folder. We encourage you to pass along the information to your colleagues and display promotional materials in your staff room.

 

 

Digital Security Awareness & Training

All organizations, including school districts, are vulnerable to ransomware and other attacks on our information systems.  We are responsible for a host of private data of our students, families and staff.  The District has begun to roll out a training module for staff that contains several mini-lessons around best practices and protocols. 

 

 

Truth & Reconciliation

Reawakening Our Language:  Doig River First Nation

 

“Take 3”

North Peace Secondary School

Some of the exciting things happening at NPSS are highlighted in their monthly newsletter ….

March 2024 NPSS Newsletter

Krista Peregoodoff, Vice-Principal, North Peace Secondary

 

École Central Elementary School of the Arts

Skills Canada Competition

Our students won Gold and Silver in the Spaghetti Bridge Competition.

Thank you to Mrs. Churchill for coaching our students.

 

 

Our Annual Musical Production

This year our musical was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Our main cast practiced several times a week from October until showtimes in February and each class also presented a song.

The numerous hours by all the staff and students were apparent during the shows!

A special thank you to M. Helliwell, Mme Jenny and Mme Isabelle for leading this great production!

 

 

Jess Dance, Education Beyond The Body!

Jess Dance is a team of passionate dance educators dedicated to providing meaningful and impactful week-long dance programs in BC for elementary and secondary students.

Damarise, our Jess Dance instructor, ensures all students feel included regardless of abilities.

Each class presented a dance for our parents at the end of the week, as well as a school-wide dance.

Lynne Côté-Aubin, Principal, École Central Elementary School of the Arts

 

Charlie Lake Elementary

The Charlie Lake Elementary School Minecraft Club is on an exciting mission:  they are measuring and recreating their school inside Minecraft Education Edition.

The Grade 6 students have also reached out to local businesses, measuring them and creating digital replicas in Minecraft.  By the year’s end, they aim to digitally recreate the entire Charlie Lake community.

Their enthusiasm for this project was evident in a recent interview with a couple of students on CBC Daybreak North. This initiative not only meets our school’s Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) goals but also fosters real-world math skills among the students.

Glen Longley, Principal, Charlie Lake Elementary

 

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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 –

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intellectual Development

The Ministry of Education & Child Care recently provided graduation results to districts. 

Below is the graph for SD60 up to June 2023.  In addition to these results, our students who have received English Language Learning Support are also at a record high 72%.

 

Human & Social Development

Real Acts of Caring Week 2024

Dear Dr. Stephen Petrucci, 

My name is Jennifer Hu and I am in grade 11 and attend Charles Best Secondary School in the Coquitlam School District.  

I am involved in student leadership and am very interested in promoting RAC (Real Acts of Caring) Week which will be February 11-17, 2024.  RAC was created by grade 4 and 5 students in the Coquitlam School District in 2005 and is about doing something caring and kind and not expecting anything back.  This year, RAC Week is taking on an Mental Health and Wellness focus.  

We are now trying to get as many students in BC as possible to participate in RAC Week as we have done in the past.  Please check out our RAC website at http://www.realactsofcaring.org for RAC ideas.  

 

 

Careers & Skill Development

 

Operations / HR

“Deck the Halls” Activity at Robert Ogilvie Elementary – is an annual staff activity where the staff spend an evening together preparing the school for the festive season.

Another great Deck the Halls.

Staff had a good time and the kids were thrilled that next morning.

One student said, “This is the best day ever!” – Principal Orcutt

 

 

Northern BC Rural Practicum Placement Awards

In collaboration with the Northern Recruitment & Retention Pilot working group, the Ministry of Education and Child Care is excited to launch the Northern BC Rural Practicum Placement Awards. The goal of this award program is to encourage teacher candidates to complete their summative practicum in northern BC to support interprovincial movement of teachers while increasing the visibility of BC’s amazing northern communities and the work and lifestyle opportunities they offer. Funding for this initiative is provided through the StrongerBC Future Ready Action Plan which is intended to support targeted initiatives for the recruitment and retention of teachers in rural and remote areas. This award program is being delivered as a pilot for winter/spring 2024, and the outcome of the pilot will help inform an approach for future years.

A total of 33 awards of $8,000 each are available to teacher candidates who choose to complete a practicum in one of the 10 participating northern school districts (see below).

Participating School Districts

SD27 Cariboo-Chilcotin SD60 Peace River North
SD28 Quesnel SD81 Fort Nelson
SD49 Central Coast SD87 Stikine
SD50 Haida Gwaii SD91 Nechako Lakes
SD59 Peace River South SD92 Nisga’a

 

Audit Workshop for SD60 Leadership

All SD60 leaders took part in professional development workshops related to the audit process on Monday, December 11th.   It began with a secondary focus in the morning followed by a K-9 session in the afternoon.  Principals and Vice-Principals reviewed files with our presenter, who contracts with the Ministry of Education & Child Care as the lead auditor.  There will also be a follow-up virtual workshop for our leaders in online education programs. 

 

Truth & Reconciliation

Bill 40:  Delivering on The BC Tripartite Education Agreement (BCTEA) and the Declaration Act Action Plan (DAAP) Commitments.  

Please click on the image below to take you to the legislation.   

Summary documents are also provided in the public agenda package that explain the 3 areas being addressed:

  1. Model Template for Local Education Agreements (LEAs)
  2. Requirement for Indigenous Education Councils (IECs)
  3. Requirement to accommodate First Nations School of Choice

SD60 is already in full compliance with respect to these three areas.

 

“Take 3”

Baldonnel Elementary

This year is the 100 year anniversary for Baldonnel Community having schools in the area.  Baldonnel Elementary School has been in its current building for 40 years. Students did a slide show and acting presentation on the many ways students would get to school over a 100 year time period.

Some of the following information is from the slide show presentation put on by the students:

  • The First Baldonnel School was a log house school. It was later turned into a high school when the primary school was built. The log building no longer exists. The Baldonnel Primary School was built in 1942. You can still see the building. The Trevor Forrest family now live in it just down the road from the current school today. In the 40’s the school had a play area and a barn.
  • Many teachers lived with their students’ families. Some lived in the family home. Others lived in boarding houses owned by local families.
  • Some teachers lived in a teacherage in very remote areas. Teacherages are homes for teachers built right on the school grounds.
  • Until the 1940’s poor roads and an unsophisticated communication system kept remote communities isolated from the rest of the province. Teachers, prior to the 1940’s who worked in the more remote parts of the province were unable to easily visit or phone friends and family;  most teachers had to rely on mailing letters home. The improved roads and communication system after the 1940’s greatly reduced teachers’ isolation from hometown family and friends resulting in the assumption made by teachers in later years that commuting would not be a problem.
  • Daily commuting for early teachers was often an adventure as many, especially in the remote areas would have to walk, cycle or ride horseback on trails shared by wild animals and the occasional stray cow. Snowshoes were one way of getting to school. Even horses had snowshoes.
  • Cross Country skiing was another way of getting to school. Skis were made of wood with leather straps.
  • By the 1940’s cars were a more common sight and many teachers owned a vehicle, or car pooled or used public transportation. Increased urbanization also made it easier for children to travel to school with the distance from home to school being accomplished in a short walk or school bus ride to school.

“Teaching & Learning in BC”

Click on the above link to see a presentation put together by Elaine McEachern, a former student of Baldonnel School and now a teacher there.

Christine Todd, Principal, Baldonnel Elementary

 

Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School

Our grade 5/6 classes participated in learning about the “7 Sacred Teachings”, natural dying of fabric, sewing the patches together and learning some Cree words.

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

 

Bert Ambrose Elementary

The following is a message from Bert Ambrose Elementary’s PAC President, Shanessa Porter …

The Importance of PAC Engagement for Bert Ambrose Community

PAC has been hard at work, at Bert Ambrose Elementary, this school year. Bringing events to the students and families with hopes of creating memories with their loved ones, of sparking joy, and strengthening the bond of the community within the walls of our school.

This month, we hosted a Holiday Craft, Cookies + Cocoa Event for our families. We wanted a fun and exciting way to have our families engaged, sitting around tables, chatting, laughing, and creating together. And, with the holidays around the corner, there was no better excuse for a craft night, kicking off the Christmas season, and spirit, with the chance to make donations to local seniors.

We had approximately 120 attendees at our event! Filling the gym with warmth, smiles, creativity, and happy children! It was an incredible turnout, and it was absolutely amazing to see so many families coming together, breaking bread (or cookies in this case), enjoying each other’s company. A wonderful start to the holidays, at Bert Ambrose.

For the upcoming months, PAC has many free activities planned for our Bert Ambrose families, such as a Family Literacy Day Event in January, and a Family Valentine’s Day Dance and Bake Sale! It is especially important, to us, to have our families making connections within our school, finding their sense of community and belonging, and building foundations for strong relationships amongst their friends and family units. Doing this monthly, really gives us a chance at strengthening those connections; allowing for better friendships, deeper understanding and acceptance, and a sense of comradery amongst peers, both in school and out.

As a child, personally, I remember being the happiest at school. I remember how hard our teachers and PAC worked to make school feel fun, engaging, and overall, like I had a spot to belong in the world. My wish, for my role as PAC president, is to provide that same love of school community, to our students, at Bert Ambrose Elementary; offering them a chance to make fun lasting memories at school, while being affordable, inclusive, and exciting. A real full circle experience, I feel honoured to be taking part in.

Take Care and Be Kind,

Shanessa Porter, PAC President, Bert Ambrose Elementary

Laurie Wright, Principal, Bert Ambrose Elementary

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Intellectual Development

Province-Wide implementation of K-9 Proficiency Scale for Learning Updates

The use of scales and rubrics is not new to SD60.  Through the province-wide mandate, all schools in the province have moved to this process and language.  More information for parents can be found here

 

Memory Project – North Peace Secondary School

The Memory Project (www.memoryproject.org) is a youth arts organization dedicated to fostering intercultural understanding and kindness through the medium of art.

The Art & Activism 11 class at NPSS crafted twenty-two (22) portraits that were intended for children in Cameroon.  The following document provides more details on this project and offers a heartwarming  video from the children who received their portraits:

 

Human & Social Development

Remembrance Day

Assemblies were carried out across the District on Friday, November 10th. 

I attended the one at Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. 

Below is the slide deck that was used during the assembly and also a wonderful video of grade 1 testimonials about what they think about when they see a poppy.

MMMCS_Remembrance Day Service_Nov 10, 2023

What do you think about when you see a poppy?

 

E.A.S.E. – (Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators)

 

 

Careers & Skill Development

 

 

Operations / HR

Monthly “Art Hub” for Staff:

SD60 teachers, Alex Richards (with support from the PRNTA) and Brenda Birley, will be hosting a monthly ‘Art Hub’ in the Boardroom at the Board Office.  This is open to any and all staff district-wide.  Wednesday, October 25 was their first get-together.  Brenda led the activity (watercolour!) and Alex  provided some resources for the classroom based on the Social Justice theme of the month, which is Mental Health and Well Being.   

Following is the poster for the upcoming session on Wednesday, November 29:

 

Leadership Academy 2023-24

This academy kicked off on November 7th and will continue into the new year. 

We have 15 candidates who will be working with the senior leadership team on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Models and Ethics in Leadership
  • School Culture & Communication
  • Leading for Equity & Inclusion
  • Data, Vision & Planning
  • Difficult Conversations & Managing People
  • Change Game – a leadership activity led by SD59 senior leadership

 

School District 60 Food Program Coordinator
SD60 is pleased to welcome Nancy Burchell as our District Food Program Coordinator.  With previous food program experience in our District, she will be working with all our schools to build capacity in the area of meals, menus, and logistics.  This position is part of the ongoing Food Security Fund, provided by the Ministry of Education & Child Care.  Our annual allocation is approximately 800K.  In consultation with school leadership, all schools have received funds for food and staffing.

 

Truth & Reconciliation

 

Equity Scan in SD60

 

 

 

“Take 3”

Dr. Kearney Middle School

Mr. Boissonneault and students from Dr. Kearney Middle School organized a haunted house fundraiser for the FSJ Women’s Resource Centre, which turned out to be a spooktacular event!

The attention to detail, from the decorations to the spooky costumes worn by the student actors, was truly remarkable.

It was a fantastic spooky experience that successfully raised funds for a great cause!

Chris Nock, Principal, Dr. Kearney Middle School

 

Learning Services

Six of our SD60 students attended the CLVP (Children’s Low Vision Project of BC) Low-Vision Clinic in October with their parents.

Students checked out room viewing systems, different magnification devices, and monoculars.  Many of the low-tech devices were lent to students to take home or to school.   The optometrist and ophthalmologist were able to spend time with our Learning Services team, answering questions and discussing the student’s eye condition.

Thank you to SD 60 and PRCVI (Provincial Resource Center for the Visually Impaired) for making this happen!

Keith MacGillivray, District Principal – Learning Services

 

Taylor Elementary

No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation is dedicated to honouring and remembering Canada’s veterans.  Our unique ceremony provides students and youth with an authentic experience that creates knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of those who serve and of the sacrifice of Canada’s fallen.

Nancy Maxfield, Principal, Taylor Elementary

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A reminder to everyone about changes that are being made around reporting. 
Information has been sent out to parents and can be reviewed on our website:
Report Card Renovations Learning Updates

 

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A reminder to everyone about changes that are being made around reporting. 

Information has been sent out to parents and can be reviewed on our website:

Report Card Renovations Learning Updates

 

 

Human & Social Development

Supporting Inclusion & Behaviour in SD60

The following slide deck was shared with the District Parent Advisory Council and contains systemic information on the programs and processes that support students and staff in our schools.

 

 

 

 

Careers & Skill Development

Post-Secondary Mini Fair at NPSS

Recruiters from 12 colleges and universities in British Columbia were present at NPSS on September 26, talking with students about their post-secondary school options and opportunities.

Click on the above image to read the entire article from Alaska Highway News.

 

 

Operations / HR

October Professional Development opportunities – Curriculum

Learning Services Curriculum is hosting two numeracy workshops on October 20th:  one geared to support staff and the other to teachers.

Math Tools to Visualize Concepts + Deepen Understanding

Math Fact Fluency for LATs & RTs

 

 

October Professional Development Opportunities for Inclusion 

POPARD has a variety of VIRTUAL training opportunities scheduled for October, including:

POPARD Half-day workshops exclusively for BC school employees (FREE)

  • Oct 20 (9am-12pm) Meaningful & Functional Programming for Elementary Students w/ASD
  • Oct 20 (9am-12pm) Introduction to Eden Autism Assessment & Curriculum Series
  • Oct 20 (12:30-3:30pm) Helping Students w/ ASD Build Friendships
  • Oct 20 (12:30-3:30pm) Resources, Policies & Guidelines to Support Inclusive Education in BC Schools
  • Oct 20 (12:30-3:30pm) Supporting Girls with ASD

 

POPARD 1 & 2-day workshops ($25 registration fee)

  • Oct 19 & 20 (9am-3pm) Functional Skills
  • Oct 19 & 20 (9am-3pm) Self-Regulation Skills

 

POPARD courses ($50 registration fee)

  • Oct 16-20 (8:30-4pm) Introduction to ABA (5-day course)

 

POPARD 1-hour Family School Liaison workshops (FREE) – designed for parents & families of students with ASD, but school staff may also attend

  • Oct 3 (3:30-4:30pm) or Oct 5 (12-1pm) Supporting Executive Functioning Skills for Children & Youth
  • Oct 12 (12-1:00pm) Academic Supports & Accommodations
  • Oct 17 (3:30-4:30pm) or Oct 19 (12-1pm) Girls on the Spectrum
  • Oct 24 (3:30-4:30pm) or Oct 27 (12-1pm) Sexual Health Education: Considerations for Autistic Students
  • Oct 31 (3:30-4:30pm) or Nov 2 (12-1pm) Mental Health Services and Supports for Autistic Children/Youth

 

POPARD training events (and registration links) are posted on our website at https://autismoutreach.ca/upcoming-training-dates/ (we suggest bookmarking this page so it’s easier to find in the future).

POPFASD Provincial Pro D Day – October 20, 2023

This year we have a couple great options for educators in your district:

LIVESTREAM (9-11:30 am) – 

    • POPFASD’s 2 ½ hour presentation, Supporting Complex Learners, is designed for all BC educators, but open to everyone (caregivers, community supports, health professionals, etc). Based on current research and recommendations, this presentation will provide a foundational understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and its educational implications. Using an FASD-informed approach, we will share universal strategies that support all students, including complex learners such as those with FASD. As well, participants will walk away with targeted strategies that focus on areas often impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure (regulation, memory, executive functioning, mental health). Resources and certification of participation will be provided. A flyer with information about this presentation will be sent out next week.

Registration Link – https://live.fasdoutreach.ca/register/115913624868257

 

FASD 101 On-Demand Course – 

    • Free, six-module, introductory level training available to educators in British Columbia, Canada (teachers, EAs, administrators, student services staff, etc.). This online course is self-paced and takes around 3 hours to complete. After completing the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion. The FASD 101 course was updated over the summer and now features two sessions with Myles Himmelreich.

 

Northern Teacher Virtual Professional Learning Series

As a result of our work with the Northern Inquiry Pilot, we are supporting a series of professional learning workshops for new teachers across the North, including for teachers in SD60.  The funding for these workshops comes from the initial Ministry of Education and Child Care grant to this project. 

 

Truth & Reconciliation

Every Child Matters

Thank you to Jaimelia Turner (teacher at MMMCS) for making this wonderful read aloud resource.

Every Child Masters — book reading

 

 

Bones of Crows Film

The  PRNTA/PRNTA Social Justice Committee has organized a screening of the film Bones of Crows on October 20th open to all staff.  This unique opportunity will continue to support increasing understanding and engagement with Truth and Reconciliation, and foster a workplace that values culture, diversity, inclusivity, and respect.   Bones of Crows is the first Indigenous and female produced, written, and directed film about the residential school experience in North America. 

“Removed from their family home and forced into Canada’s residential school system, Cree musical prodigy Aline and her siblings are plunged into a struggle for survival.  Bones of Crows is Aline’s journey from child to matriarch, a moving multi-generational epic of resilience, survival and the pursuit of justice”

Check out more about the film at https://bonesofcrows.com/.

 

 

 

“Take 3”

Duncan Cran Elementary

At Duncan Cran, we have been learning about Orange Shirt Day, the significant impacts of residential schools and what Truth and Reconciliation really means.

Today, we saw a field of orange as Miss Amanda led our school in a round dance, walk and school photo.

Griff Peet, Principal, Duncan Cran Elementary

 

 

C. M. Finch Elementary

Students and staff participated in a school-wide rock moccasin painting activity and story walk to learn about Truth and Reconciliation.  Students set out their projects and guided their parents around our school sharing the story walk as part of the schools Open House Event on September 25th.

The school also participated in Orange Shirt Day on Friday, September 29th.

Troy Lang, C.M. Finch Elementary

 

 

Bert Ambrose Elementary

Bert Ambrose Elementary had the privilege of having Rik Leaf join our school for a week-long residency from September 22-29.   This year marked the 11th year that Rik has joined our school community and we, once again, thoroughly enjoyed the sessions he shared with our classes.  Rik is a talented musician/poet and his passion, enthusiasm, and energy is contagious!   The highlight of this year’s residency was Rik working with every class individually to create a collective “anthem” for our school entitled “1, 2, 3  Let’s GROW!”   Our week with Rik finished with an afternoon assembly, where final footage for the video to accompany our new Bert Ambrose School song was filmed.  We are thrilled to incorporate this new song into our school community as it embodies the heart and soul of our school while capturing important values such as growth mindset, respect, acceptance, perseverance, and working together.
Rik also worked with Mrs. Hagen’s Grade 6 class to write slam poetry about our school and Mrs. Lee’s/Mrs. Hofstrand’s Grade 5/6 class wrote poetry about the importance of honouring Truth and Reconciliation and what wearing an orange shirt really means.  This was also shared during the assembly.

It is always a pleasure having Rik Leaf return to Ambrose and we want to thank our PAC for their continued support of this opportunity.  Rik always creates a wonderful and positive way to bring our Ambrose community together.

Laurie Wright, Principal, Bert Ambrose Elementary

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A focus on Numeracy – SD60 leaders recently participated in a workshop with Ana Ver from the Ministry of Education & Child Care on a review of the numeracy curriculum and field work that is being carried out to support teachers and districts:

 

Human & Social Development

All staff can look on the Learning Together website to see the district’s upcoming learning opportunities — https://lt.prn.bc.ca/opportunities/

 

 

 

Under the Accessible British Columbia Act, School District 60 has worked with northern school districts to create an accessibility committee and plan to help identify and remove barriers that people with disabilities face when interacting with our organization in their day-to-day lives.

As part of the three year plan we are seeking your feedback on the plan, what we do well to remove barriers, and where can we do better. 

 

Careers & Skill Development

The Careers Department has put out its sign-up schedule for skill challenges at the elementary level.

 

Our Camp Cameron 2022-2023 year end report ...

 

 

Operations / HR

Our facilities and technology departments have installed and equipped the portable at Wonowon School for the middle school program.  They have done a fantastic job of putting it together.  The Key Learning Center will be supporting core course instruction supplemented by onsite instruction and support.

 

Professional Development Opportunities for staff …

 

 

Truth & Reconciliation

 

IISB Orange Shirt Day Campaign with Phyllis Webstad and Joseph Naytowhow. 

The Digital Human Library in collaboration with the International Indigenous Speakers’ Bureau are launching their #OSD10for10 Campaign.  Click on the download button below to view the poster and find out more about their Campaign:

 

“Take 3”

Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School

Kindergarten Board Meeting on June 21, 2023

Mr. McColm brought his kindergarten class to the Board Office for a tour of the building, to meet staff and discuss their duties, and to engage in a Board Meeting.

 

 

Anne Roberts Young Elementary

Each year during the first week of school ARYES has a scavenger hunt. Classes are given a list of 18 activities to complete. Items include actions incorporated with our WE ROCK acronym, specific landmarks in the school or just fun challenges.

The school wide scavenger hunt is used to build community, familiarize students with the school (especially new students) and reinforce that WE ROCK (Welcoming, Empathetic, Respectful, Open Minded, Co-operative, Kind)!

Broyden Bennett, Principal, Anne Roberts Young Elementary

 

Bert Bowes Middle School

The culmination of our first week with students … every student was given a t-shirt to represent their assigned house colour to celebrate school spirit.
Theresa Hipkiss, Vice-Principal, Bert Bowes Middle School

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