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Patrick Bocking, Sunshine Coast School District Superintendent of Schools, will answer questions submitted by students, parents and community members. This page will be regularly updated by posting selected questions and answers.

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Superintendent's Updates

Superintendent's Report to the Board – June 14, 2017

1.     Students

a.    Students, parents and staff will enjoy a celebration of reading at the Coastal Voices Celebration at the Gibsons Public Market on Wednesday, June 21st.

b.    Elementary students ran, threw and jumped at the Elementary Track and Field Tournament on May 25th. A special thanks to all staff for supporting healthy lifestyles for our students!

c.     Graduation exercises take place at all of our high schools in the next few weeks. Staff, parent volunteers and students are working hard to ensure that these events are meaningful celebrations of our students’ success.

d.    Pender Harbour Elementary-Secondary School will be raising its newly carved entry posts to celebrate the Shíshálh culture, territory and nation on Tuesday, June 20th.

2.     Staff

a.    Our grade one teachers and elementary principals experienced two days of indepth training on “Levelled Literacy Intervention” last week. This thoroughly researched program provides focused support to our young students who are struggling with a solid start in their reading skills. Teachers and principals are very excited to move forward on this initiative in early September.

b.    The elementary school sports committee developed a booklet that celebrates and informs all members of our school communities of opportunities and expectations regarding school sports.

c.     We are all looking forward to a wonderful retirement celebration at our district retirement dinner on June 15th. This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our remarkable staff.

3.     Community

a.    Community schools will again be supporting literacy in their summer program offerings. This, and the SD46 Bookmobile, ensures ongoing literacy learning for many of our students throughout the summer months.

 

Superintendent's Report to the Board – May 10, 2017

Superintendent's Report to the Board – April 12, 2017

Superintendent's Report to the Board – March 8, 2017

FSA Letter to Parents/Guardians

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – February 8, 2017

Superintendent's Report to the Board – January 11, 2017

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – December 7th, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – November 9th, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – October 11, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – September 13, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – June 14, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – May 10, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – April 12, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – March 8, 2016

Superintendent’s Report to the Board February 9, 2016

 

January 26, 2016 Letter to Parents & Guardians regarding Fair Notice

Dear Parents & Guardians:

The safety of our children is a top priority for us all. We, as a school district, have been involved in intensive safety training with our community partners – the RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development and other community agencies and services. Together, we have developed a plan for responding to all situations in which students may be posing a threat to themselves or others.

This letter is to inform you that we, as a school district, now have a policy that requires principals to complete a “threat assessment” in all cases of students making significant threats to harm themselves or others. The purpose of the assessment is to determine how best to support high-risk students so that their behaviour does not become hurtful or destructive. If your child comes home to tell you that a student has behaved in a threatening way at school, please be assured that your principal will be taking measures to deal with the situation in a positive and proactive manner. If your principal invites you to a meeting to discuss safety concerns about your own child, please be assured that policy is being followed and that the goal is safety, not punishment.

This letter is intended to serve our community with fair notice that we, as a school community, will not accept “no response” to a serious threat. Our goal is to respond to all threats in a professional manner that provides for a healthy and caring learning environment.

We are proud to be able to provide this level of support to our school communities and are most fortunate to have our community partners at our side.

Sincerely,

 

 

Patrick Bocking, Superintendent of Schools

pc: Board of Education, Directors of Instruction, Principals

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Superintendent’s Report to the Board – January 12, 2016

January 6, 2016 Letter to Parents re FSA

November 12, 2015: Letter to Parents - amended calendar

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – November 10th, 2015

Report to the Board of Education – October 13, 2015

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – September 8, 2015

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – June 9, 2015

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – May 12, 2015

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – April 14, 2015

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – March 10, 2015

Superintendent’s Report to the Board – February 10, 2015

Strategic Plan Report: Community Partnerships

Superintendent’s Report – January 13, 2015


COLLABORATION TIME INITIATIVE – Fall 2014

This initiative was developed to support teachers working with colleagues to develop curriculum, assessment, and evaluation practices and teaching strategies. Approximately half of all our teachers participated in this initiative.

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Strategic Plan Report: Early Learning – January 13, 2015

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SD No. 46: The Right Direction

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