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Superintendent’s Report to the Board of School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast)

November 8th, 2017

 

1. Students


a. Collaborating About Math in Primary (CAMP) has begun with many teachers registering. CAMP follows a model similar to the Collaborating About Reading Engagement (CARE) program for reading.


b. Grade 7 students from across the district enjoyed some excellent soccer at the annual post Hallowe’en Sugar Bowl!


c. Elementary students from across the district trained at their schools and then enjoyed two well organized Cross Country Running events at Clif Gilker Park and in Gibsons.


d. The Train in Trades (formerly ACE-IT) programs running this year include Auto technician (through the year), culinary (First Semester) and Carpentry (Second Semester)


2. Staff


a. Teachers Empowering Teachers Through Technology (TETT) Project has restarted this year to provide support to teachers using an innovative collaborative model.


b. SPARK! Programs are starting soon! Parents learn all about how to support their child’s learning at home.


c. Training will continue this year for Zones of Regulation to help our staff and students manage themselves in challenging interpersonal struggles.


3. Community


a. District Community Schools have the opportunity to apply for a United Way of the Lower Mainland grant to support after school programming.


b. The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will be working with Langdale Elementary and Pender Harbour Elementary/ Secondary to develop a solar energy research project.

 

Schools will dismiss one hour earlier than their set times on the following dates:

**This does not apply to SCAS students**

Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 15th, 2018 Early Dismissals

 All buses will arrive for their afternoon runs 1 hr earlier than normal.

Schools / Pick Up Time
Cedar Grove – 1:35 PM
Davis Bay – 1:45 PM
Gibsons –  1:50 PM
Halfmoon Bay – 1:25 PM
Kinnikinnick – 1:20 PM
Langdale – 1:40 PM
Madeira Park – 1:55 PM
Roberts Creek – 1:45 PM
West Sechelt – 2:00 PM
Chatelech – 2:20 PM
Elphinstone – 2:15 PM
Pender Harbour – 2:10 PM

Message from the Chair – October 2017

October is one of the favorite months for the Board of Education as that is when we have the swearing in ceremony for the new student trustee to join us at the governing table for school district decisions.  Each year a grade twelve student is chosen from the membership of the District Student Leadership Team and that student is introduced to the Board at our October public meeting.  On Wednesday, October 11, Pearl Deasey from Chatelech Secondary School became the student trustee for the 2017-18.

 

Pearl was a member of the DSLT last year and showed she will be a strong trustee with a verbal report on September activities across the district, including feedback on a new app available to students and teachers as well as reporting on student spirit rallies across the district.

 

School District No46 (Sunshine Coast) and School District No. 39 (Vancouver) are the only districts in BC that have a student officially as a member of the Board of Education.  Our Board has been advocating to the Minister of Education for several years to formally encourage other districts to incorporate the voice of students to their board deliberations.  Pearl, in her official capacity as a trustee, will join representatives from the Sunshine Coast at the BCSTA Academy in late November to assist us in presenting "The Courage to Work Together: Governing to Create Communities of Learning" as one of the optional workshops at the conference. This is an opportunity for trustees from across the province to see how important collaboration is in our district and how  strong student voices add to those collaborations.

 

All our elected trustees look forward to working with Pearl and it is a great pleasure to welcome her to our board.

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Superintendent’s Report to the Board of School District No. 46

(Sunshine Coast)

September 13, 2017

1.    Students

a.     Vancouver Coastal Health will join our staff to survey our kindergarten students for a variety of skills in literacy, numeracy, fine and gross motor development, speech and language development, dental, hearing and vision. The process has been designed to be fun and playful for the students.

b.     Students are in place for the year in almost all classes across the district. At the elementary level students participate in culture and team building exercises and academic work for up to a few days and are then placed in their classrooms. At the secondary level students were organized for lockers and timetables prior to the first day of school with adjustments taking place as needed based on enrolment changes and student learning needs.

c.      Foundation Skills Assessments will take place using a different format. The assessments can be completed between October 2nd and November 10th. The redesigned Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) is aligned with the redesigned curriculum and reflects the recommendations from the Advisory Group on Provincial Assessment (AGPA). The FSA has a focus on collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and the foundations of literacy and numeracy.

d.     Terry Fox runs are taking place this month in many of our schools.

2.    Staff

a.     Reading supports in place for elementary.

      i.     Levelled Literacy Intervention– a comprehensive approach for supporting our most vulnerable students.

     ii.     CARE– school teams working collaboratively to enhance reading capacity for all of our students.

b.     Principals have worked with their staff to ensure optimum learning conditions in all of our classes while working within the provincially negotiated   Memorandum of Agreement. Communication is a priority with our staff and union partners as we navigate new staffing parameters.

c.      The overall DPAC schedule with topics and locations will be finalized this week.

d.     The Math Committee considers primary math to be critical for supporting our students learning needs. The first Primary Math Support with Carole Fullerton took place on September 12th. Further training will take place using our CAMP (Collaborating About Math in Primary) program.

3.     Community

a.      Aboriginal Education staff have met with Sechelt Indian Band administration to review SIB student data and the success of students.

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