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

1.    Students

a.     Kindergarten registration will take place beginning February 22nd. Communication for parents takes place at the school and district level and through SPARK!, KinderSpark! And StrongStart Centres.

b.     An Aboriginal Youth Leadership program is under development with Capilano University. The program involves student-driven community development activities including a “Youth for Change” day. In a second phase, students would have the option of registering for the “Citation in Community Capacity Building” program at Capilano University in their grade 11/12 school year.

2.    Staff

a.     Teaching staff experienced an extremely positive learning session during the January 4th, Non-Instructional Day. The day was planned by teachers to ensure that every opportunity was available to all to learn the new curriculum. Plans will be developed to support teachers for the second NID in March. Many of our teachers stepped forward to lead sessions.

b.     Many elementary and secondary teachers are utilizing Fresh Grade to supplement their communication practices with parents. The district is investigating how to make this a regular part of formal reporting to parents.

c.      Discussions are taking place to confirm music programming/ staffing over the next few years. The model is working well but may require some tweaks to make it idea for our students.

d.     Recognition and celebration of our staff is important on many fronts. Our Human Resources department is leading discussions to consider how to best acknowledge our terrific staff at milestones in their careers.

3.    Community

a.     Staff met with municipal librarians recently to develop plans regarding cooperative efforts. A particular effort will be made this spring to ensure all students have access to a library card and that they know the benefits of having the card at all age levels.

b.     Staff met with the Sunshine Coast Community Credit Union to discuss financial literacy program possibilities for our senior students.

c.      Staff attend the VCH Youth Mental Health steering committee to explore the supports needed for youth on the Sunshine Coast. Expert panel presentations take place at elementary schools due to this work.

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