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Superintendent's Report to the Board – April 12, 2017
a. Over 600 people of all ages visited the Maybe Something Beautiful Early Years Fair on April 1st. Community agencies, teachers, StrongStart staff and principals pulled off an Early Learning wonderland for our community. (View photos here!)
b. The District Student Leadership Team is very excited to be presenting SD46’s Got Talent. Energetic and talented students will come together from our high schools to share fun, creativity and excitement and to raise funds for charities. The excitement begins at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13th in the Chatelech Secondary School gym. (Learn more about the event here!)
c. The annual Student Forum with Trustees took place on Tuesday, April 11th. The DSLT provided the topics for discussion that included Technology, Coding, Preparation for the Working World, Bringing District Students Together, Transportation, Ways to Learn and Student Life.
a. The Elementary Sports Committee has developed a tentative timetable for next year’s tournaments for volleyball, basketball, track and field and Ultimate Frisbee. A trial Ultimate tournament will also take place this month. The committee supports teachers through training and clear communication of what is happening and what supports are available. This committee is highly motivated by the values inherent in sportsmanship and the involvement of all of our young students in healthy activity.
b. The District Parent Advisory Council meets on Thursday, April 27th at Chatelech Secondary School. As well as sharing PAC activities and parent involvement ideas, the DPAC will listen to Kirsten Deasey presenting on our early learning programs.
c. Many of our staff reached milestones in their careers and were celebrated at the annual Service Recognitions Awards Ceremony. (View photos here!)
a. School principals and the Superintendent met with the Sunshine Coast Family of Community Schools. In addition to much sharing of ideas and partnership, the Community Schools presented their new brochure that outlines the values they collectively embrace and the projects that support our children, youth and community.
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.
Patrick Bocking, Superintendent of Schools
pc: Board of Education, Directors of Instruction, Principals
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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