Superintendent’s Report to the Board February 9, 2016

1.    Students

a.     Kindergarten Registration Week begins on February 22nd.

b.     Students in Grades 4 and 7 are completing their FSAs this month between January 11th to February 19th. The assessment takes less than five hours in each of these grades. A team of principals will mark the assessments during the first week of March. The results will help to inform future directions for supporting students in mathematics and literacy.

c.      A new Mathematics Planning Committee is being established to develop next steps in supporting students in their math skills. 

d.     Plans are underway to develop a safe bicycling course for our elementary students.

e.     “Out in Schools” presentations will be taking place in February at all of our schools. There will also be community presentations.

2.    Staff

a.     The “District Day” professional development day on Friday, February 5th was a successful event and included Dr. Bruce Beairsto as keynote speaker. The SCTA Professional Development Committee developed a wide variety of interesting learning activities for teachers. Of note, a focus on new teachers took place to ensure these people are well supported as they begin their careers.

b.     Teachers Empowering Teachers Through Technology (TETT) is an opportunity for teachers to support each other through direct and ongoing support amongst colleagues.

c.      Five of our schools were successful in their application for an Innovation Grant from the Ministry of Education. This funding will support teachers’ efforts to work with FreshGrade as an alternative and interactive reporting strategy.

3.    Community

a.     A District team attended the BCSSA Metro Chapter-organized collaborative effort to develop plans for the Framework for Enhancing Student Achievement in each of our districts.

b.     Visitors to our shore sinclude district leaders from Richmond and Surrey districts to learn more about our early learning programs. We are looking forward to welcoming Langley staff soon.  Peace River District has asked for information regarding SPARK 10! as well. Our Coordinator has recently presented on Early Years Centres at Ministry events.

c.      Roberts Creek Community School Coordinator Stacia Leach presented on “Mindfulness” to the DPAC.

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