Together We Learn https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca Just another WordPress Content Site Multi-Sites site Mon, 20 Jun 2022 18:44:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 Superintendent’s Report – June 2022 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2022/06/17/superintendents-report-june-2022/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-june-2022 Fri, 17 Jun 2022 15:09:31 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=1987 Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL) ** click here to see the full Framework Plan Intellectual Development Leveraging Learning with Technology Ms. Andrews’ class at NPSS has been working on creating models using 3D printing.  […]

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Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)
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Intellectual Development

Leveraging Learning with Technology

Ms. Andrews’ class at NPSS has been working on creating models using 3D printing. 

Here is an in-progress photo of a student working on a face mask.  The model is designed to be printed in pieces.  The students are learning how to best orient the pieces on the print bed, so that there are fewer supports (as when a piece is printed face-down, there are about two hours of cleaning required to remove the support material).  Angelica is having a blast learning how to print and the class is coming up with ideas for the next steps on gluing, hiding seams (with the 3D pen), and painting. 

Ms. Andrews, Teacher, North Peace Secondary School

National Robotics Competition

Two NPSS robotics teams qualified and competed in the national competition this year!   

Lucas Gill and Matthew Esau took first place in the regional competition, while Beneison Haw and Kordell Ollenberger took second place.   Click here for a video of Lucas and Matthew competing in the national competition, which was carried out virtually under very strict conditions.  They were guided by Mr. Brandt, who also serves on the national committee.

Human & Social Development

2022 Elementary Public Speaking Contest

This year’s District contest was held at Anne Roberts Young Elementary School and was organized by vice-principal, Melissa DeGroot. 

A link to the Alaska Highway News article on the event can be found here

Elementary Track & Field Meet 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the sports organizing committee – led by Robert Ogilvie Elementary and Clearview Elementary Jr Secondary schools this year – put together a wonderful track meet.  The weather was perfect and the new track was an exciting addition to this year’s event. 

We are very grateful to Curtis Whitford, the Bert Bowes administration and PAC, and to all the community sponsors who made this track possible.

Career & Skill Development

Hudson’s Hope School

Our grade 7-12’s enjoyed an awesome tour of Northwestern Polytechnic (previously known as Grande Prairie Regional College) on June 3, 2022.  They were able to visit the Indigenous Support Center, millwright classrooms, electrical trades classrooms, welding classrooms, and, of course, the student commons and academic spaces.  As a result, we have some students interested in welding and electrical.

Operations / HR

Professional Development in August

Planning and registration has begun for a number of training and professional development opportunities for staff.   One of these workshops is “Plotting Your School Year”:

 

Truth & Reconciliation

Bert Bowes Middle School

Laura Doyle, an Indigenous Youth Care Worker, presented an urban moosehide camp highlighting traditions and sustainability.

Below are the winners of a hand games tournament facilitated by elder David Rattray.

Jason Gill, Principal, Bert Bowes Middle School

Indigenous Education Centre

The 2nd Annual Grad Barbecue was held on June 8, 2022 at the Indigenous Education Centre. There were over 200 people in attendance and a great time was had by all!

Pat Jansen, District Principal, Indigenous Education Centre

Baldonnel Elementary

On June 6th, Baldonnel Elementary held an Indigenous Day for our school community.   Students played Indigenous hand games and other Indigenous games during the day.  Diane Barclay came and did a wrap up lesson about the Grandfather teachings for students.  We had a lunch of Bannock Tacos.  The school district dancers and drummers came.   We had a school-wide lesson about the Tipi with Dale Boissonneault. He also showed the students how to play a hand game. Thank you to Tanis Bourgeois and the staff at the Indigenous Centre for helping to make this an amazing day.

Christine Todd, Principal, Baldonnel Elementary

“Take 3”

École Central Elementary School of the Arts

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

Taylor Elementary

Residents, parents, and teachers enjoyed an afternoon of youth creativity at Taylor Elementary on June 15th to celebrate their 10th annual Meet the Authors event.   All of the classes published a class book and all of the students contributed a story.  It was started by the late Donna-Lee Cooper (teacher) and is a tradition with red carpet and all!

This link will take you to the article published in the Alaska Highway News with more information regarding this event.

Nancy Maxfield, Principal, Taylor Elementary

Upper Halfway & Wonowon Schools

The BC Wildfire Services Fort St John Smokejumpers completed a practice jump for our Upper Halfway and Wonowon school students.  While the plane was overhead at 10:00 a.m., students, staff, parents and neighbours were able to observe twelve (12) smokejumpers parachuting down and cargo drops as well.

Following their landing and cleanup, the smokejumpers enthusiastically responded to questions and allowed the students the opportunity to see their equipment up close.

Jaclyn Gieni, Vice-Principal, Upper Halfway & Wonowon Schools

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Superintendent’s Report – May 2022 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2022/05/20/superintendents-report-may-2022/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-may-2022 Fri, 20 May 2022 16:05:40 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=1915 Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL) ** click here to see the full Framework Plan Intellectual Development Indigenous Learning Day:    May 6, 2022 Organizing Committee Indigenous Education Department:     Pat Jansen District Principal – […]

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Indigenous Learning Day:    May 6, 2022

Organizing Committee

Indigenous Education Department:     Pat Jansen

District Principal – Curriculum & Assessment:     Charmaine Chrétien 

PRNTA:     Michele Wiebe, Josie Gauthier, Mary Tremain, Jessica Dmytruk

Teacher / Logistics:     Chris Neufeldt

Doig River First Nations:     Teresa Thielen, Verena Hofmann

FSJ Metis Society:     Jacqueline Alderking

Blueberry River First Nations:     Keri Taylor

Halfway River First Nation:     Joyce Audit, Kim Field

CUPE:     Haley Irwin

Human & Social Development

Social & Emotional (SEL) teamwork around the District

  • Several teams came together last week to share their learnings, successes and challenges from the current year.  All schools have an SEL lead as well as a team (including the administration) who work on educational and social activities to promote positive school environments.  They are supported by District staff and meet regularly through the year.

 

Career & Skill Development

Final Report Indigenous 2022

Operations / HR

  • Still several unfilled positions for next year – including some regular classroom positions as well as French Immersion and non-enrolling support positions
  • Follow-up is taking place with Make-A-Future services to enhance marketing of positions
  • Major success in hiring a school psychologist for next year
  • The current Vice-Principal vacancy at CM Finch Elementary will be filled this week.  This vacancy came as a result of retirements and the following administration changes:

Jerelyn Orcutt – moving to principalship at Robert Ogilvie Elementary School

Melody Braun – moving to principalship at Alwin Holland Elementary School

Palma Vasarhelyi – moving to principalship of Upper Pine Elem-Jr Secondary School

 

Truth & Reconciliation

New Grad Requirement:  4 credits Indigenous-Focused Course:

NPSS:  At North Peace Secondary, School District No. 60, we offer two ministry courses and three BAA courses. At this time they are not mandatory in our school, but the ministry courses meet the requirements for core courses. 

  • MEFLS11-001 – EFP LITERARY STUDIES AND WRITING 11
  • MENFP12-001 – ENGLISH FIRST PEOPLES 12  
  • YAES-0A-001S2 – ABORIGINAL CULTURAL: LEARNING FROM THE ELDERS 10
  • YAES-1A-001S2 – ABORIGINAL CULTURE: LEARNING FROM THE ELDERS 11  
  • YAES-2A-001S2 – ABORIGINAL CULTURE: LEARNING FROM THE ELDERS 12

For our 2022-23 school year, we will be enrolling all grade 11 students in English First People’s 11. (EFP-11) This will help ensure that all current grade 10 students and future students meet the NEW grad requirements starting 2023-24 year.   We will be scheduling this way until we are confident that we can have offerings for students in all grades and can meet the challenges with tracking and scheduling.

Key Learning Center:   We currently have on offer English First Peoples 12 and BC First Peoples (SS) 12 as courses available to students.   We are monitoring students who intend to graduate with us at KLC to ensure that appropriate communication has taken place with them to explain the new requirements and to ensure appropriate course selection to ensure graduation requirements are met.   As the vast majority of our students only cross-enroll with us for a few specific courses we will ensure that the new Indigenous graduation requirements are posted on our website, Moodle/D2L sites and are a part of our enrollment conversation but graduation requirement verification will remain primarily with their home-school.

Hudson’s HopeWe will be providing one of BC First Peoples 12, or Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12 as a required Social Studies course.   Grade 12’s will be required to take one of these courses, if they don’t already meet the requirements.  It will be open to grade 11/12’s (possibly grade 10’s).

We will be providing the “most popular” elective between EFP: Literary Studies + New Media 11, EFP: Literary Studies + Spoken Language 11, or EFP: Literary Studies + Writing 11.   The course will be offered to all of our grade 10-12’s to help students meet requirements “earlier”.

We are exploring offering English First Peoples 12, but are still working on our timetable.  This course would likely be offered to our grade 10-12’s as well.

 

“Take 3”

Duncan Cran Elementary

Our new Reading Program has been a great success!  We have more confident readers and are building new friendships around the school.  This daily program takes place in our newly furnished library!  Our students enjoy the flexible seating and comfortable feel of this space.

On May 4, the grade 5-6 students completed the Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition.  In groups of 2-3 students, they designed a bridge in class and planned out the build.  The students worked in the gym to assemble their plan, modify the physical bridge in efforts to support the 1lb weight for 1 minute.

Griff Peet, Principal, Duncan Cran Elementary

 

Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School

Grade 1/2 students have been working together on a science unit on living things (Mrs. Fehr, Mrs. Powers & Miss Jesperson’s classes) where the focus has been on gardens and polinators.  One of the projects was for the students to take their knowledge and plant mini-greenhouses out of recycled materials.  Students had to drill holes for drainage, fill with soil, plant seeds and bulbs and monitor their greenhouse for temperature and moisture.  These greenhouses will go home when all the plants are mature enough to plant outside.  They have used onion bulbs, flower and vegetable seeds.  Once the plants are up, students will be creating a trellis from Popsicle sticks to allow their plants to weave around (particularly important for beans and peas).  Students will continue their learning by having a beekeeper come in to present, by learning about mason bees (we have two hourses and the mason bees will be planted there) as well as watering and watching the life cycle of their strawberry bins and tower gardens.

MMMCS_Mini Garden

Kathy Scheck, Principal, MMMCS

District Band

Celebrating our District Band’s Spring Performance on the evening of Thursday, May 5th …

We had bands compete at both the Peace River North Performing Arts Festival in Fort St John from April 21-24, 2022 and at the Grande Prairie Music Festival as well.  

  • Beginning Band – four bands and all won Gold & one of the bands also won 1st Place Overall
  • Grade 7 BandGold
  • Grade 8/9 Concert BandGold plus 1st Place Overall
  • Senior BandGold plus 1st Place Overall
  • Junior Jazz BandSilver
  • Senior Jazz BandGold plus 1st Place Overall

 

Our district bands all did well this year! 

Sandra Gunn, District Band Coordinator

 

 

 

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Superintendent’s Report – April 2022 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2022/04/22/superintendents-report-april-2022/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-april-2022 Fri, 22 Apr 2022 15:12:38 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=1846 Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL) ** click here to see the full Framework Plan Intellectual Development Indigenous-Focused Grad Requirement As per the recent Ministry of Education and Child Care announcement, our secondary school staffs […]

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Intellectual Development

Indigenous-Focused Grad Requirement

As per the recent Ministry of Education and Child Care announcement, our secondary school staffs are working on course offerings in School District 60 to satisfy these new requirements. 

Provincial Dashboard on Student Success for SD60

Click on the image below to open the site in a new window.

Inclusion

School leaders recently participated in a workshop offered by the group Changemakers.  This is a group of adults with FASD who share the results of research they have carried out to better understand the obstacles people with FASD face. 

 

Human & Social Development

Musical Shrek!

During uncertain times, École Central Elementary School of the Arts produced the musical Shrek at the North Peace Cultural Centre at the end of February.  They had to navigate changing guidelines, public venues, altered practice regimes and many other obstacles in order to bring this show to fruition.  Congratulations!!

 

Career & Skill Development

Inclusive Supports for specific students have been added to Gr. 4-6 Elementary Careers Toolkit – such as the ADST lesson/unit using string art.   The Occupational Therapist and Physical therapist modified the tools in the kit to make the lesson accessible and achieve the same goals for students with disabilities.  An example of this is pre-drilling the holes for the nails, providing a hollow pen through which to thread the string, etc.  This has been a creative and impactful initiative.

Operations / HR

Professional Development Opportunities April 22nd for the Non-Instructional Day

Several workshops were offered to educational staff on April 22nd, including the one below on the Picture Word Induction Model to support literacy:

Proposed BC School Food Guidelines

The Ministries of Education and Health will be updating the current guidelines to reflect the 2019 Canada Health guidelines.  This process is still in the consultation stage and is framed as follows:

“The Guidelines provide a voluntary set of best practices aimed at supporting schools as they work towards the gold standards while providing room for flexibility to support each school’s unique needs and operational circumstances.”

Education staff, Parent Advisory Councils and Trustees have been provided with information and the opportunity to provide feedback by the end of April.

 

Truth & Reconciliation

Students from the Learning from the Elders Class from North Peace Secondary School went on a field trip to the Beatton Park on Tuesday, March 15th …. click on this link to see the Beatton Field Trip Report... or … see the full-sized on-screen version below:

Click on the following link to see the May 6, 2022 Indigenous Learning Day informational poster … or …. see the full sized on-screen version below:

“Take 3”

Baldonnel Elementary

Our intermediate students made arcade games using cardboard boxes.  This is our third annual arcade.  They set the games up in the gym and the primary students had fun learning about and playing the games.  The intermediate students demonstrated leadership skills as game leaders for our younger students.  Developing leadership skills is one of our Framework goals.  Our second Framework goal is developing literacy skills.  Students practice communication skills by explaining the games and helping the younger students understand what to do.  A creative project meeting a variety of educational learning goals:  ADST, Science, Fine Arts, Literacy, creativity, building and designing and core competencies of communication and thinking.  Afterwards, students reflected on their projects discussing how they came up with their design, what they learned during building their game, what did they have to overcome in building their game, rules of their game, how the arcade went and what would they do differently next time.  The intermediate students had a chance to play the games as well.  Each primary student left the arcade with a small prize donated by Baldonnel parents.  A great success!

Mrs. Merrill’s class has a window display showing support for the Ukraine people.  Students learning about the National flag and what the colours represent.  They each made a sunflower, which is Ukraine’s national flower.  This beautiful sunflower heart can be seen from the Baldonnel Road as you drive by.  Students learned about what is going on in the Ukraine.

Christine Todd, Principal, Baldonnel Elementary

Charlie Lake Elementary

Over the years many staff have participated in Bluey Day to support the FSJ Hospital Foundation. We’d like to share that Mr Merhi at Charlie Lake Elementary will join the ranks who have helped to raise funds to support the FSJ Hospital Foundation. You can support the fundraiser through the QR code below or this link.

Mr. Merhi, Teacher, Charlie Lake Elementary

Taylor Elementary

An article was published in the Alaska Highway News (written by Dave Lueneberg) – April 7, 2022

Posthumous award sought for beloved Taylor Elementary teacher, Donna-Lee Cooper.

Donna-Lee Cooper, who passed away from cancer in 2019, will be considered for an Excellence in Education award.  The nomination was made by the District of Taylor.  The district applied and received permission from the Province, to have Donna-Lee Cooper considered, posthumously, for the 2021 Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education.“Donna-Lee was a spark and a light of what she did in literacy, the community and the school,” said Coun. Betty Ponto, when asked to speak on the nomination. “She was this tiny little person, this phenom of energy and dedication.”

“I can’t say enough good things about her,” added Coun. Michelle Turnbull.

“Her legacy will be in the kids she inspired to become teachers. The kids will go through life remembering her as their Grade 2 teacher,” said Mayor Rob Fraser.  “You don’t often remember your Grade 2 teacher, but I think these kids will. They’ll be inspired to do better in school. That’s the best legacy a teacher can ever have.”

“Part of the story is when it came to us and we read the call for nominations, we felt Donna-Lee fit the description but didn’t fit the criteria,” said Coun. Brent Taillefer. “Staff going to the Province and getting that exemption, is a big part of this story as well.”

Meet The Author, considered of one Cooper’s legacies, was a project introduced to staff and students at Taylor Elementary shortly after her arrival – the program is still carried out today.

“She was the strongest advocate for the concept where every student from pre-school to grade 6 or 7, whatever it was at that time, would write and illustrate their own book or their class book, and those books were all published in hard cover,” said Ponto. “She made sure their efforts were recognized and rewarded by having a Meet the Author Day, where the community was invited and these new authors would be celebrated by having them sign their own books.”   A collection of those books, she said, can be found in the school’s library for anyone to see.

Council is hoping to hear back on Cooper’s nomination by the fall.

 

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Superintendent’s Report – March 2022 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2022/03/04/superintendents-report-march-2022/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-march-2022 Fri, 04 Mar 2022 15:29:06 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=1790 **  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website here.   Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL) ** click here to see the full Framework Plan Intellectual Development Voluntary Summer Institute for […]

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

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

** click here to see the full Framework Plan

Intellectual Development

Voluntary Summer Institute for Teachers

  • Preparations are underway for this annual institute, which will take place August 29 – September 2, 2022 at the Board Office. 
  • This is a voluntary program which enables new and experienced teachers alike to gain professional development on a range of topics such as lesson planning and classroom management.  
  • The program is delivered by teacher coaches and administrators.

Professional Development Opportunities held on February 28th NID

Two workshops for teachers were offered by the District on the February 28th NID.  The first was a report card support session and the second was a workshop on comprehension.

Report Card Workshop Session:

https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/10GCgfK_KDuT648HMe6uJDRBn3bvFBdiKTgnBXm6ax5Y/edit?usp=sharing

Main Idea Workshop:

https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/18h_Vmj42-M8aRRsb3aX4jkcIxG_atLmX5-JdSjNi4gQ/edit?usp=sharing

 

Human & Social Development

Partnerships with Northern Health

A team of public health nurses gave a presentation to our PAC presidents on February 22nd outlining opportunities to bring health initiatives into schools and for families.  The topics range from dental hygiene to injury prevention.  A full list of health information and topics can be found here.  

Northern BC Healthy K to 12 Schools Newsletter – Winter 2022

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Career & Skill Development

Clearview Elementary Jr Secondary School is participating in the PEDAL 4 GLORY SCHOOL CHALLENGE ….

The Automotive Retailers Association (ARA), through its AutoCareersBC program, and BASF have teamed up for a new and exciting event, the Pedal 4 Glory School Challenge.  The goal of this province-wide event is to encourage youth to consider the automotive industry as a viable career choice.  Each participating school in B.C. will receive a pedal car,  a human-powered toy car, to design, modify, and paint.  Students will be also provided with mentorship and guidance from the ARA’s industry partners (BASF, Color Compass, and Craftsman Collision) throughout the project.

Providing students with a hands-on opportunity to design and manufacture a pedal car will spark their curiosity and broaden their understanding of the industry.  Not only will they learn the fundamentals of vehicle design and manufacturing, but they will also benefit from teamwork, discipline, and dedication, important skills to become successful in this industry.  A lot of fun and exploration is guaranteed too!

Once the pedal cars are completed, they will be auctioned off to help raise funds for the Automotive Retailers Foundation Inc. (ARFI), a program that offers scholarships and bursaries to individuals pursuing a career in the automotive industry.

Event sponsors   

Teacher, Mr. Giesbrecht, supervises as Grayson Giesbrecht, Wyatt Siemens and Connor Tucker work on their pedal car.
Craig Brownlee, Principal, Clearview Elementary-Jr Secondary School

Truth & Reconciliation

  • Through Innovations For Learning, SD60 is running a pilot program called Tutormate that will support up to 30 Indigenous students at Robert Ogilvie School from now until the end of June.  We will review the results and see if we can expand this in the future.  It is currently fully sponsored/funded by Enbridge.
  • Innovations for Learning programs:  High Dosage Tutoring — Specially trained Early Literacy Interventionists (ELIs) use proprietary TutorMate software to provide daily 1:1 instruction in phonics, sight word acquisition, fluency, and comprehension.  This gives high-need students more individualized instruction.
  • Virtual Volunteer Enrichment Tutoring — In the first program of its kind in Canada, we match struggling early readers from high-need communities with volunteer professionals from local and national businesses who then use our proprietary online platform to read virtually together.
  • How it works:   We provide the equipment, platform, stories, ELIs, phonics system, and ongoing training and support.  Schools provide classrooms and students. Teachers select students for TutorMate based on student reading assessments and knowledge of the child and their home circumstances, enabling a targeted approach that provides support to children of highest need.

 

“Take 3”

Anne Roberts Young Elementary

Reading Challenge – ARYES got into the Olympic spirit in February by hosting an Olympic size reading challenge.  Students completed as many reading activity squares as they could to receive bronze, silver or gold medal recognition.  In order to complete each challenge, students were engaged in each reading activity at home determined by their grade level.  Parents would initial their child’s completion and students would move on to the next challenge.  Leadership students then created medals for those that completed the challenge.

Winter Fun Day – On Friday, February 11, classes participated in activities both on and off school grounds throughout the day.  Activities included skating, bowling and stations set up all over the school grounds.

PAC Donation of ADST Tools – Recently our ARYES PAC (Parents Advisory Council) donated $500 worth of tools towards ADST (Applied Design, Skills & Technologies) at our school.  Our students are looking forward to using these tools right away.

Broyden Bennett, Principal, Anne Roberts Young Elementary

École Central Elementary School of the Arts

Shrek the Musical Jr. – Intermediate students had the opportunity to present Shrek the Musical Jr. under the guidance of teachers:  Mme Noémie, Mme Stephanie, Mme Isabella, Mr Helliwell and Mr Sloan.  The group spent numerous hours practicing and getting ready to present for schools and parents.  The musical was amazing and all who saw the performance enjoyed it immensely.  Thank you to the teachers for their dedication in ensuring the musical could happen.

ADST (Applied Design, Skills & Technologies) – Our students participated in an ADST session.  Each group had to make or build something on their own or with a group, such as bracelets, an egg challenge, spaghetti tower challenge and more.  Each session focused on a value, such as kindness, determination, collaboration and diversity.

Cyclone – Our PAC now has a mascot and his name is Cyclone.  He made his first appearance before Christmas to help us deliver our items to the Women’s Resource Center.

We Care . . . Mme Stephanie and Mme Janelle’s students spent an afternoon at the Heritage Care Home creating messages of love and kindness for our seniors.

Lynne Coté-Aubin, Principal, École Central Elementary

C.M. Finch Elementary

Our Signing Club is supported by Ms. Storey and Ms. Lavallee at our school.  The students learned how to sign ‘Oh Canada’, performed it and recorded it for the opening of this year’s CDC talent show.  C.M. Finch Elementary school has opened the CDC Talent show for many years.  Although this is the second year that we have had to perform virtually, it was great to continue this tradition and help support a great local cause.

Troy Lang, Principal, C.M. Finch Elementary

 

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Superintendent’s Report – February 2022 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2022/02/18/superintendents-report-february-2022/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-february-2022 Fri, 18 Feb 2022 15:43:33 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=1701 **  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website here.   Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL) ** click here to see the full Framework Plan Intellectual Development Working with Shelley Moore […]

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

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

** click here to see the full Framework Plan

Intellectual Development

Working with Shelley Moore

The Leadership Team, composed of our principals, vice-principals and senior staff, continue our work with Shelley Moore on supporting our Learning Support Model.  Since the summer advance, we have had three sessions with the latest one on February 15th, 2022.  As planning for a diverse group of students is very complex, we are learning about new approaches that align with our class review process and Universal Design for Learning.  Below is an example of a classroom support plan and an important conceptual plan of the difference between Forward Design and Backward Design.

Classroom Support Plan 2020

Backward Design

Resources and Learning for SD60

This website hosts all the learning sessions and resources on our work with Shelley Moore.

Inclusion

BC Schizophrenia Society’s Youth Program

https://www.bcss.org/support/bcss-programs/kidsincontrol/

“Kids in Control is an 8-week program with once a week, 1.5-hour sessions. The Teens in Control workshop is a 2-day, 2-hour workshop held over a 1-week period.  We have new programs offered each month and our intake is ongoing.  Our online groups have been a great success with small group sizes.  Before each group, we mail emotion regulation tool kits and craft supplies to each child to use in the program and keep afterwards.

Referrals to our programs can come from parents, school personnel, doctors, community agencies, social workers, counsellors, family caregivers and other clinicians;  youth ages 14+ can self-refer.  Once a referral is made, our intake coordinator will contact the family to ensure the program is a good fit for their child.  We ask that if you are not the legal guardian that you have a conversation with the legal guardian prior to making the referral.  Our team will ensure that all consents are in place prior to starting services.”

Human & Social Development

Parent Workshop

Career & Skill Development

Meet Makers Making Change

 

 

Kelvin Lass, a Grade 12 student at Prespatou Elementary Junior Secondary School, finished the first project on the CNC Plasma Cutter.  It took him a couple of weeks to learn the program and test the machine out.  He created the cow by himself and had to learn how to direct the machine to cut out each line separately.                       

Glen Longley, Principal, Prespatou Elem-Jr Secondary

Operations / HR

Our District’s “Before And After School Care Program” is offering a Spring Break Program at Duncan Cran Elementary School …

 

Truth & Reconciliation

LEA Update

DRFN & SD60 Heritage and Language Education Subcommittee

  • Establish and maintain effective practices of collaboration and consultation between DRFN and SD60 in the development and appropriate inclusion of curriculum, dedicated events, and cultural expression in the schools of SD 60

Four Indigenous Courses 

  • Looking for self-paced training to help better your understanding of Indigenous cultures, peoples, and world views?  Here are four free university classes:  classes run between 4 to 12 weeks and require 2 to 4 hours of dedicated time per week to complete. 

University of British Columbia – Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education   

University of Alberta – Indigenous Canada

University of Toronto – Aboriginal Worldviews and Education

Columbia University – Indigenous People’s Rights              

 

“Take 3”

Taylor Elementary

CAREER DAY – February 9th

Thank you to SD#60 Career Education for organizing our Taylor School Career Day!   The Grade 4-5 and Grade 5-6 classes participated in Career Day on February 9th!   As well, thank you to all the volunteers, including the International students that volunteered.

Nancy Maxfield, Principal, Taylor Elementary

 

HAPPY LITERACY DAY!  (Article from the ‘Alaska Highway News”, Dave Lueneberg, Jan. 27, 2022)

As part of National Literacy Week, January 27 has been set aside as Literacy Day.  To celebrate the day, School District No. 60 Superintendent of Schools, Stephen Petrucci, says schools were encouraged to come up with activities for students that were both educational, like reading challenges, to fun activities like dressing up in favourite book characters.

In the case of Taylor Elementary, students came to school this morning for an event billboarded as Read & Feed Pyjama Day.    “We’re starting our morning off in our pyjamas and our amazing school PAC is making us a pancake breakfast,” said 10-year-old Axel Caldwell, a leadership student in Leah Austin’s Grade 4/5 class.

With some guidance from staff, leadership students help to plan out and even create events like this.  Besides reading, students also played board games.    “This activity encourages us to work together, read instructions and follow the rules of the game,” said Peyton Bruvold, 10, another leadership student representing the class.

The school also gave out prizes when certain books were chosen by a particular student for reading, like a book with a one-word title or one from a series.

Below, Carleigh Niemi (grade 1), curls up with a book during the “Read & Feed Pyjama Day” at Taylor Elementary.

 

 

Charlie Lake Elementary

Mrs. McCabe and Mrs. Chartrand’s classes delivered Valentine cards to the seniors at Peace Lutheran Care Home and they fundraised to take supplies to the SPCA as well.  Well done Lakers!

Shawna Hartman, Principal, Charlie Lake Elementary

Hudson’s Hope Elementary & Junior Secondary

ADST (Applied Design, Skills & Technology) – Metal Roses

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

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Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

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Intellectual Development

Curriculum & Assessment

  • End of semester 1 district data
    • Math Assessment Practice data due January 28th; one proficient reflection exemplar requested per teacher/class by February 4th
    • Read73 data due January 28th in new section in Assess
    • Problem solving assessment demos for grades 3-5 on-going.  Planned inservice on February 23rd will be confirmed later due to ongoing calendar changes
  • January 28th NID/Semester turnaround offerings on the learning together site
  • School Psychologist
    • Currently in district for two weeks
    • Consultation (zoom) times for February 
    • Last sessions for assessment in April 2022

Inclusion

  • Changes in Speech & Language
  • February Reporting for 1701 SPED/Learning Support Fund – will lead to additional District/School funding
  • Richard Stock, BCBA – January 24th to 27th – Consultations on student behaviour issues

Early Learning

  • StrongStart Centres – Facilitators are virtually supporting families this month.  We created a Bitmoji Classroom and each Facilitator contributed to the different learning activities.  It will be emailed out to Registered StrongStart families each week.  

StrongStart Bitmoji Classroom – January 17th to 21st

  • All Centres will be inviting families back to in-person learning starting January 31st at the latest (site specific).

 

Upper Pine Elem-Jr Secondary – Hands-on Learning in Mr. Neufeld’s Grade 7/8 Class

Grade 8 students, Kevin Akulenko and Graham Bueckert, carried out research on Vikings and were able to demonstrate some of their learning through the construction of very accurate replicas of Viking ships and other tools of that era.

Continuity of Learning Planning – January 4-7 – Robert Ogilvie Elementary

During this week, staff across the district made preparations for a potential functional closure as per the direction of the Ministry of Education.  As always, our staff rose to the challenge and ensured our students felt welcomed upon their return.

 

Human & Social Development

Information Session – Stigma Free Society

Student Mental Health Toolkit Tour and Virtual Presentations Program for Grades 4-12

The Stigma-Free Society offers a valuable online Student Mental Health Toolkit and Virtual Presentations to all BC schools.  This Canadian Charity aims to reduce stigma of all kinds and provides mental health education resources for youth, educators, support staff, school counsellors and parents.  The Toolkit includes virtual educational tools, professional documentary videos and students have an opportunity to watch a live virtual presentation and interact with those who have faced mental health challenges.  Schools have full access to the Student Mental Health Toolkit – a hub of countless interactive and engaging mental health resources.  The Toolkit also includes cross-curricular Mental Wellness Lesson Plans that follow the BC curriculum guidelines.

Kindness Bags from Bert Ambrose Elementary

Prior to the Christmas Holiday, students at Bert Ambrose created “Kindness Bags” that were then distributed as per the choice of the student.  This activity was not only greatly appreciated by the recipients, but was also an excellent learning experience in social responsibility and development.

Shop Local Collaboration with the Fort St John & District Chamber of Commerce

  • around 2,000 coupon books available
  • $10 per booklet – 100% raised goes to school
  • Education workshops taking place in some grade 7 classes between January 30-February 11 at the two middle schools

 

Career & Skill Development

Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award

“On January 6, 2003, British Columbia mourned the loss of Riasat Ali Khan, a leader in diversity and inclusion and former AMSSA President.  For forty years he worked to help immigrants integrate into Canadian society and support diversity.  Created in his honour, the Riasat Ali Khan Diversity Award recognizes an AMSSA member for their innovative programming” – sourced from their website.  The SD60 SWIS Program was honoured by receiving the award this year!  Congratulations!!

SD60 SWIS ProgramBrian Campbell (back) and Jennifer McInnis, Joy Friesen & Jane Drew (L-R in front)

Spaghetti Bridge Competition

FESL Objective 3.2:  Increase the integration of Literacy, Numeracy, and Core Competencies within Applied Design Skills and Technology

https://digmore.prn.bc.ca/helpful-resources/adst/spaghetti-bridge/

Spaghetti Bridge Kits will be going out to schools this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operations / HR

Recent Renovations at Prespatou School

Pictured below is the new Learning Commons at Prespatou School.  Previously the library and computer lab were two separate rooms.  The new configuration and updated flooring lend themselves to an effective, clean, learning environment.  Thank you Facilities!

 

TeacherFit

  • Free resource for teachers/staff
  • Teachers get their own profiles to track progress
  • Each school has their own group – to interact and plan together
  • Important to have one teacher that is excited about this and helps to get people connected, create challenges, etc.
  • Mindfulness, fitness, yoga, nutrition – new sessions added weekly and access to the bank of sessions
  • Also can access two (2) student mindfulness programs a week and a movement session

 

 

 

Truth & Reconciliation

Learning Services and the PRNTA are collaborating with our Indigenous partner groups to develop a professional development program for the Non-Instructional Day in the Spring.  The focus of the day will be on local history.  It was initially scheduled for the April 22nd NID, but will be switched to the May 6th NID.

 

 

“Take 3”

Key Learning Center & Alwin Holland Elementary

Students snowshoeing as part of the Grade 2 Blended Program at KLC.  Taking advantage of the wonderful weather!

Sean Thomas, Principal, Key Learning Center

With the recent snowfall, Alwin Holland students have been getting outside and making the most of the great winter weather.  Intermediate students explored the snowshoes that were recently purchased.  Kindergarten students were doing some mountain climbing and winter gardening.

Jerelyn Orcutt, Principal, Alwin Holland Elementary

District Band Program

The students and their teachers have worked hard throughout the fall season practicing and preparing for the Winter Concert.  Well done!

Beginning Band – https://youtu.be/sYBz60FUAwY

Bert Ambrose Elementary

Our Fine Arts specialist teacher, Cassandra Mervyn, outlines the “Mystery Artist” program she incorporates throughout the school.

Mystery Artist Program

Laurie Wright, Principal, Bert Ambrose Elementary

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Superintendent’s Report – December 2021 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/2021/12/10/superintendents-report-december-2021/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=superintendents-report-december-2021 Fri, 10 Dec 2021 15:17:55 +0000 https://togetherwelearn.prn.bc.ca/?p=1575 **  Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found on our district website here.   Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL) ** Please click here to take you to the full Framework Plan Intellectual Development In […]

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Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

** Please click here to take you to the full Framework Plan

Intellectual Development

In collaboration with Dr. Shelley Moore, staff are working on gathering key resources and strategies for a universal approach to the classroom environment.  This is part of our FESL goal (#4) in supporting our new Learning Support Model.  The above graphic outlines three components that are critical to planning with specific students and groups in mind.  Along with several templates for unit and lesson plans, we are building up a toolkit for our instructional staff.

Pyramid of Intervention:

Human & Social Development

Healthy Schools Initiative

“I am excited to share with you that the following schools from your district have registered for DASH’s Healthy School Communities Certification pilot:

  • Baldonnel Elementary School
  • Prespatou Elementary/Secondary School

DASH’s Healthy School Communities Certification is a 4-step process that guides schools to select a priority health topic for the year and then plan and implement activities to promote health and wellbeing with a focus on their selected topic.  The certification process was developed using a comprehensive school health approach — an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes while addressing health in a planned, intergrated and holistic way.

The schools in your district join a total of 23 schools across British Columbia to take part in this initiative during the 2021-22 school year.  Please join us in celebrating their dedication to health and wellbeing.”

Rebecca Kennedy (School Health Facilitator at DASH)

Career & Skill Development

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) — Newsletter – December 2021

Supporting Literacy through iPad Applications:

The use of iPads in the classroom builds literacy skills and supports the Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) approach.  UDL guidelines propose that learners should be provided with multiple means of engagement, representation, action and expression so they become more purposeful and motivated, resourceful and knowledgeable, as well as strategic and goal directed.  For example, students can access visual or auditory information as well as text to gain knowledge and understanding of concepts.  It is important that students have access to learning resources that are multi-represented to foster participation and competency.

In addition, technology has the potential for educators to personalize learning and give students choice in how they present their learning.  As students have greater access to digital tools that allow them to express themselves in multiple formats, such as iMovie, Explain Everything, Book Creator and ChatterPix, students are becoming increasingly digitally literate in auditory, visual and text mediums and able to demonstrate learning in ways that build on their strengths.  In addition, they are able to actively create artifacts of learning using apps on an iPad instead of just passively curating digital material resources on the internet.

Some examples of specific apps that lend themselves to lesson planning involving UDL principles and building of Literacy skills are Book Creator and ChatterPix.  These are two apps that can be used with students from K-6 in the elementary schools.  Book Creator allows students to create digital books using audio, text and pictures.  ChatterPix allows students to animate objects and give them a voice.

Once a book is created in Book Creator, there is a feature called Read-to-Me.  The book is presented with the text read aloud and the audio recordings played.  This feature allows for a literacy buddy activity in which intermediate students create audio books for younger primary students.

Click on the links below for some task card resources provided by SET-BC for ChatterPix and Book Creator:

Laurie Petrucci, Vice-Principal – Technology Education Services

Operations / HR

“Well at Work” Initiative and Committee

Director of Instruction, Carleen Andrews, is connecting with the organization “Well at Work” to help develop and train two or three key facilitators in our District.  The goal is to work with HR, Unions and District leadership to establish a working group dedicated to staff wellness initiatives.  We hope to have this running by this Spring.

Truth & Reconciliation

SD60 staff, along with Councillor Garry Oker from the Doig River First Nation, will be attending an Indigenous Focus Music Conference in Victoria in February 2022.

The purpose of the conference is to stimulate a province-wide conversation on how to embed Indigenous ways of knowing and being in music education classes as recommended in the BC curriculum in a way that is culturally appropriate to each location. Councillor Oker will also be presenting a workshop on Beaver language songs.  The hope is to encourage conversations among music educators, school district Indigenous leaders, and culture bearers from many First Nations about doing this work. It is all about developing respectful relationships. The conference is sponsored by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Partnership Development Grant entitled “From policy to practice in decolonizing and Indigenizing music education: ensuring teacher understanding of Indigenous world views”.  All aspects of the conference have been led by an Indigenous Steering Committee.  The knowledge that is shared and gathered during this conference will provide a pathway for participants to work together in support of decolonizing and Indigenizing music education. 

 

“Take 3”

Bert Ambrose Elementary

A few weeks ago, SJA Promo commissioned Mrs. Barr’s class to create window decorations for the upcoming holidays.  Students worked in groups to create a scene, drew it on vellum paper and then coloured it.  Pictures were delivered and are being displayed in SJA’s shop windows.  We invite you to drive by to see these festive window posters at their office (8211-100 Avenue).  Or check out SJA’s Facebook page.  Or Bert Ambrose’s website or Facebook page.  Congratulations on a job well done, Room 1!

Laurie Wright, Principal

Robert Ogilvie Elementary

“Rik Leaf joined our Robert Ogilvie Team during the first week of November to work with classes in creating a school song and video. We are very proud of our school community as they showed true Royals school spirit and remind us all to “Dare to Dream”.

Click on the link below to see the PowerPoint presentation ….

Robert Ogilvie Royals DARE TO DREAM 2021

Karen Gonzales, Principal

Alwin Holland Elementary

Alwin Holland has BIG BIG Buddies!

Every Wednesday, three or four students from the Energetic Learning Campus spend time in the morning being Big Big Buddies to our students.  The ELC students help in the classroom with reading and writing and in the gym with PE class.  At recess the BBBs go outside and help students on the playground.  Thank you to the ELC students and their Vice-Principal, Mrs. Coulter!

Jerelyn Orcutt, Principal

 

Bert Bowes Middle School

Track & Field – Austin MacGregor placed 15th for Juvenile Boys and 18th for Junior Boys at the BC Cross Country Running/Zones!

Making History – Bo Hedges was at BBMS on Wednesday, October 13 to speak to students about his story and Paralympic journey … and to receive a couple surprise honours as well.  It was a homecoming for Bo as he had attended Bert Bowes as a student.  The presentation concluded with teachers participating in a wheelchair basketball game!

Jason Gill, Principal

 

 

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Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

** Please click here to take you to the full Framework Plan

Intellectual Development

Please click on the image below for a profile of our Outdoor Education Center.

 

Human & Social Development

More parent workshops in SD60 . . .

The Fort St John Firefighters Charitable Society spearheaded a social media challenge to raise funds for our SD60 Breakfast Programs …. with their donation, local businesses and citizen donations, they were able to raise over $12,000.00.  Thank you to our local firefighters and to everyone who donated!

Career & Skill Development

Careers Newsletter – November 2021

Skills Canada – Virtual Public Speaking Challenge 2021

Operations / HR

Upcoming Professional Development on “Thinking Classrooms” and “Number Sense” …

Truth & Reconciliation

Decolonizing our Library Catalogue Information in our district

There is a movement within the library community to decolonize access to and classification of library materials.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action included recommendations that apply to libraries and the CFLA-FCAB (Canadian Federation of Library Associations) Truth and Reconciliation Committee fleshed these out to more detailed recommendations that we can take guidance from.

To us at SD60, this mainly means that Library Technicians are updating catalogue records to remove outdated terminology and to replace it with more currently accepted terms.   One example is to remove the Library of Congress’ subject heading “Indians of North America” and replacing it with “Indigenous peoples”.   We are also working on removing Anglicized names for Indigenous peoples and replacing them with the currently accepted terms, like replacing “Okanagan Indians” with “Sylix” and removing “Indians” from subject headings like “Suquamish Indians”.

In making these changes, we stand on the shoulders of those at the Greater Vancouver Public Library and the Association of Manitoba Archives who have developed standardized alternatives to Library of Congress subject headings related to Indigenous peoples.  We also consult other resources such as band websites and academic writings.

This is ongoing work and there are thousands of changes to be made;  we are continually updating headings and records as we come across them.

SD60 Library Services

 

Alwin Holland Elementary

On September 29th, Dale Boissonneault (our Indigenous Counsellor) and three ELC students led the school in a drum circle as part of Orange Shirt Day and the National Truth & Reconciliation Day.

The drum circle represents balance and equality, wholeness and connection.  The older students circled the younger students to protect them as part of the Alwin Holland Elementary family.

“Take 3”

Dr. Kearney Middle School

Hallowe’en Haunted House – DKMS students raised $3,700 for the school’s theatre program and donated over 1,200 food items to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society through its haunted house.

Approximately 65 students and 15 staff were involved (& a lot of parents as well), preparations began two weeks before the event, and it is believed that approximately 5,000 people went through the haunted house.

Link to the full Energetic City’s News Article.

Sheldon Steele, Principal

Indigenous Education Center

O’Canada being sung by Bert Ambrose Elementary students and sisters, Leah and Bailey Gauvin-Mayes, in both Cree and English languages for Remembrance Day.

Pat Jansen, Principal

Taylor Elementary School

Mrs. McDonell’s Grade 3 class singing “A Wish for Peace” at the school’s Remembrance Day presentation on November 10th ….

Taylor Elementary – Remembrance Day Assembly

“No Stone Left Alone” Memorial Foundation Initiative
Also Mrs. McDonell’s class visited the Peace Valley Cemetery to place poppy-painted rocks on the headstones of World War veterans who have been laid to rest in the community.
The visit was part of our school’s Remembrance Day teachings, as well as the No Stone Left Alone initiative, which aims to honour the sacrifice and service of Canada’s military by educating students and placing poppies on the headstones of veterans every November.
On our Taylor Elementary School Facebook page, you can see the album with 23 + photos – https://www.facebook.com/sd60taylor
Nancy Maxfield, Principal

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Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

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Intellectual Development

Recent Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) results:

Reading –

Numeracy –

Learning Support Model and Funding

Phase 1 – Funding in September (Supplemental Ministry Funding plus District Education Funding) = $6.5 million

Phase 2 – Funding in September (Equity Funding) = $400,000

Phase 3 – Funding from November to June (for emerging needs or changes) = $100,000

 

Human & Social Development

The workshop below was recently offered for parents and several other workshops are planned for the 2021-2022 school year as well.

Charlie Lake Elementary was recently featured in the local news for its Food for Thought program, which encourages donations to cover meal costs for those students and families in need.  Click here to take you to the Energetic City news story.

 

SEL/Mental Health Wellness Worker

Menu of Support

School Wide Support

  • participate as an active member of the school-based team
  • provide mental health, wellness and/or social-emotional Pro-D for staff
  • facilitate whole school social-emotional and wellness initiatives
  • offer social-emotional and mental wellness groups and/or clubs
  • partake in team Threat and Risk Assessments as they arise
  • support transition process for students moving between grades and/or schools

Small Group Support

  • work with small groups of students with a focused common social-emotional goal that requires brief, targeted interventions

Individual & Family Support

  • provide individual and family counselling in times of crisis, with the focus on connecting the student and family to community services as appropriate
  • assist students and families in accessing community resources and services
  • liaise between school, home and community agencies
  • work collaboratively with the school team to develop and implement Individual Education Plans (IEPs), Behaviour Support Plans (BIPs) and/or Functional Behaviour Assessments (FBAs)
  • provide consulatation in identifying, placing and programming for students with complex mental health and behavioural challenges

Classroom Support

  • participate in the class review process
  • assist teachers in discovering and implementing regular and ongoing SEL opportunities into classroom routines (circle talks, check-in’s, mindful art, SEL themed books and discussions)
  • collaborate with teachers to provide targeted social-emotional support based on class review needs, which are grounded to the 5 SEL competencies
  • support the delivery of social-emotional curriculum and programs (EASE, Zones of Regulation, MindUp, TRIBES, Superflex, Strong Kids/Strong Start:  A Social & Emotional Learning Curriculum, Safe & Caring Schools:  Activities for Building Character and Social Emotional Learning, We Thinkers, Social Rules for Kids, etc.)

 

Career & Skill Development

International Students Program – Students recently visited Camp Cameron as part of their program and had a true Canadian experience!

Operations / HR

Professional Development

Several workshops are planned this Fall for staff including:

  • Guided Reading – September 29, October 14
  • Words Their Way – September 24, October 4
  • Regulation Strategies for Elementary Classrooms – October 22
  • TRIBES – A Classroom Approach to Building Class Community – October 22
  • Proficiency Benchmark Pilot K-5 – September-December
  • Teaching Fractions – October 26, December 7, January 18
  • “Thinking Classroom” Virtual Book Club – all year long

Also, several teachers took part in August workshops to help set their course for the school year:

SD60 Staffing + Enrollment Update 2021-2022

Truth & Reconciliation

Equity Scan – work continues on this initiative in this school year leading to an Action Plan

Glossary of Indigenous Terms

Source:  BC First Nations Land, Title, and Governance Teacher Resource Guide

(Copyright @ 2019, First Nations Education Steering Committee and First Nations Schools Association)

 

“Take 3”

Prespatou Elementary Secondary

1000 Pancakes + 1000 Sausages + 275 Drink Drink Boxes = 275 Happy Students

Glen Longley, Principal

Upper Pine Elem-Jr Secondary

Our school purchased three (3) bedrock diggers for our Primary playground.  Below are some of our kindergarten students having lots of fun!

Melody Braun, Principal

District

Student Vote Canada — CIVIX.ca collaborated with Elections Canada to give students across Canada the opportunity to practice and learn from the voting experience during the 2021 federal election.

As of September 1, 2021 there were already 5,000 schools participating from across Canada, which included 10 schools in School District No. 60 (Alwin Holland Elementary, Anne Roberts Young Elementary, Baldonnel Elementary, Bert Ambrose Elementary, C.M. Finch Elementary, Charlie Lake Elementary, Duncan Cran Elementary, École Central Elementary, Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School, Prespatou Elem-Sec., Taylor Elementary, and Upper Halfway Elementary).

After learning about democracy and elections, researching the parties and platforms, and debating the future of the country, students from across Canada cast their ballots for the official candidates running in their school district’s electoral district.  Students ended up electing a Liberal minority government with the NDP as the official opposition.  The complete results, including results by electoral district and school can be found here.

Student Vote Canada – informational flyer

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

Framework for Enhancing Student Learning (FESL)

Public Education Report for the 2020-2021 School Year

(pdf version here or on-screen version below)

 

 

“Take 3”

Bert Bowes Middle School

“Spirit Friday!” welcomed students to a new school year.  Leadership students ran the event in the gym.  Teachers were digging through a pudding pie to retrieve gum balls using only their mouths … it got a little messy.  Mr. Sloan managed to ‘pie’ Mr. White during the conclusion of the event.

Bert Bowes Middle School - Spirit Friday Bert Bowes Middle School - Spirit Friday

New face of our campus – our Outdoor Playground, which includes swings and a climbing web.

New face of our campus – our indoor Activity Trails for brain breaks and engagement.

(Jason Gill, Principal)

Duncan Cran Elementary

As part of our APPLE Schools initiative, Duncan Cran Elementary received a grant for fruit trees and bushes.  We were so excited to receive 14 apple trees and 25 raspberry and saskatoon bushes.  We have a team of students helping take care of our newly planted trees and bushes.

Mrs. Flesjer, our APPLE Schools coordinator, is watering the trees with some of our students.

(Janny Lavoie, Vice-Principal)

District Administration

Annually in late-August, all of our Principals, Vice-Principals and District Leaders get together for two full days of planning for the upcoming school year.  This year our meetings were held in the Heather Hannaford Arts Space at Anne Roberts Young Elementary.

 

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