Superintendent’s Report – January 13, 2015

1.     Academic Programming

a.     School staff are looking forward to welcoming visiting trustees to their schools next week. This opportunity to celebrate the work of the schools as they continuously strive to improve student learning is energizing for everyone.

b.     Tuesday, January 27th is family literacy day ( Many of our schools will enjoy special activities that will celebrate the role that families and literacy share.

c.     Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA)activities will take place beginning January 12th and continue to February 20th. The total assessment time is approximately 4.5 hours. The main purpose of the assessment is to help the province, school districts, schools and school planning councils evaluate how well students are achieving basic skills, and make plans to improve student achievement.

d.     The provincial Satisfaction Survey takes place over a three month window beginning in January. Students, their parents and staff in grades 4, 7, 10 and 12 complete the assessment, which takes about 10 minutes online. The data is used to inform schools and the district to enhance the learning experience of students.

e.     The district is looking into online portfolio opportunities for more effectively sharing student progress with parents. One platform that shows some promise is FreshGrade (

f.      SPARK! 10 returns this month to all of this year’s grade 10 students.

2.     Operational

a.     District Parent Advisory Committee: Thursday, January 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Chatelech Secondary School library. The agenda this month is focused on student nutrition including a presentation from the VCH Public Health Unit.

b.     The district is working with the SCTA to establish an orientation session for new teachers to the district. We anticipate this taking place in early February.

c.     Frances Fleming’s enthusiasm, intelligence and eloquence inspired all of her students, colleagues and community to discover their potentials. The school district honours either an individual or a group/organization with an annual award in her honour.  Nominations will be received until Friday, February 27th.

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