Superintendent's Report on Activities to September 2014

Superintendent's Report on Activities to September 2014

1.    Academic Programming

a.     Summer StrongStart programs continued to offer opportunity for our students for the second year. The Sechelt Early Learning StrongStart  Centre and the Roberts Creek StrongStart Centre both welcomed many children and their caregivers for literacy, social play and support. The StrongStart Outreach Bookmobile made its rounds throughout the summer to our smaller communities that do not have ready access to books.

b.     A new longhouse! The Sechelt Learning Centre has acquired a child-sized longhouse to further represent the Coast Salish culture in our learning environments.

c.      Kindergarten students will be screened by the Early Learning team when schools resume so that our teachers have the information to meet the needs of our youngest students.

d.     David Barnum has been hired as Coordinator of Transitions. In this role David will work with the superintendent and educational staff in four areas:

     i.     Support for schools as they address transition issues, particularly between elementary and secondary school.

    ii.     Support the Learning Together program.

   iii.     Support parent engagement initiatives.

   iv.     Curriculum implementation coordination

e.     Principals and senior staff met together in August to affirm their commitment to all students reading at grade level in elementary, and course completion as our fundamental areas of focus for this year.

2.    Operational

a.     BCTF Strike: Our schools have now been on full strike since mid-June. To manage the situation we have:

   i.     ensured that our school leaders have the very best information available on an ongoing basis,

 ii.     ensured that we keep the community informed of latest developments,

iii.     continued regular communication with the Sunshine Coast Teachers’ Association and CUPE 801,

iv.     continued to value and respect the teachers in our district and will work with them for a successful return to school as soon as the strike is resolved.

b.    Gibsons Elementary School: We are anticipating students beginning their school year in the new school. The building is not complete, but the classroom section is ready to go and the rest of the school, including former school demolition, landscaping, parking, etc., will be completed through the fall. The new Gibsons Elementary will be a beautiful school that will fully meet the needs of our students, staff and community.

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