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

October 11, 2017

1.     Students

a.     Students in grades 4 and 7 have begun completing the Foundation Skills Assessment as of last week and can complete it during the month of October.

o   Many students, staff and community members participated in Terry Fox runs. More than an event at many of our schools, this is an opportunity for our students to develop an understanding of persistence, sacrifice and dedication to a cause.

b.     Staff are learning about Google Chrome computers particularly on applications to accessibility. Most of the Chromebooks are at the secondary level at this time.

c.      Secondary students from across the district will be attending a conference at Elphinstone Secondary School to learn more about options that are available to them after their high school career is completed. Special thanks to Pender Harbour teacher Scott Bruce for his diligence in putting this event together.

2.     Staff

o   District Teacher Librarians are keen to prepare for Coast Reads again this year. Coast Reads has proven to be highly motivational for many students and staff.

o   District staff has been working diligently with the Sunshine Coast Teachers’ Association to collaboratively ensure the Memorandum of Agreement signed by the provincial parties is appropriately implemented. We are now at a stage where solutions to remedy issues are being addressed and implemented.

a.     District staff attended the BCSSA Metro Fall retreat to share and learn about succession planning across the metro region. There is a clear need for support and recruitment to these critical roles in all districts.

3.     Community

a.      In partnership with our Aboriginal Education staff, our students participated in Syiyaya. Our Families. Our Stories. Students prepared meaningful artwork and deepened their relationships with their own culture and community. This was a project of Canada150.

b.     A new cohort of Educational Assistants has begun their two-year training program at Capilano University to become Educational Assistants, potentially in our district.

 

 

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