Superintendent’s Report to the Board – March 8, 2016

1.    Students

a.     “Into the Woods, Junior Musical” performed this past weekend to rave reviews. The 23 students in the cast ranged from Grade 6 to Grade 12.  Tom Kellough is the Musical Director and Sara Douglas is the Stage Director. We deeply appreciate the energy, commitment and talent of these gifted educators and students.  

b.     The Environmental Education Committee is committed to raising the awareness of what we can do in our schools to support respect and learning about the outdoors. April is “Earth Month” (Earth Day is April 22nd). The committee is developing a pamphlet to share ideas to celebrate Earth Month in all of our schools.

2.    Staff

a.     On Tuesday, March 29th staff are anticipating another excellent day of learning focused on the revised curriculum.  Teachers will hone their understanding of the core competencies and begin planning for implementation in the fall. Particular appreciation to teachers who are stepping forward to lead the sessions in their schools.)

b.     Five schools (West Sechelt, Kinnikinnick, Langdale, Roberts Creek and Elphinstone) are actively involved in a project entitled: How do we communicate student learning alongside the shifting curriculum through the use of an e-portfolio?

c.      A district committee of staff, union groups and school leaders reviewed staff recognition activities. The district will maintain the regular celebration of key stages in each employee’s career with School District No. 46. Additionally, the committee recognized that the retirement celebration should be a formal dinner to appropriately celebrate each person’s career-long dedication to serving students.

d.     “Pink Shirt Day” was enthusiastically embraced in many of our schools as we celebrate together our commitment to treat each other kindly.

e.     Director of Instruction Paul Bishop, along with Principal Jeff Marshall, attended a meeting hosted by the Ministry of Education with a focus on Emergency Management training. Next steps will be to work with Manager of Facilities Rob Collison and school administrators to review emergency planning.  

3.    Community

a.     The Marine Education Centre in Gibsons has requested a teacher and a student on their committee from SD46. We are pleased to support them in this initiative.

b.     Dave Hunt, International Education Program Student Liaison, travelled with a group of international students to visit Lynn Canyon and the Science Centre. 


Strategic Plan Report

Our students will achieve the mathematical skills required for academic and life success. Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater. – Albert Einstein


The Strategic Plan includes a goal related to Mathematics for several reasons. Our community, including our District Student Leadership Team, emphasized that a sound understanding of numeracy and financial literacy are important to them for life success. Further, we have provincial data that helps us to understand where our strengths and challenges are in the area of mathematics



Elementary Mathematics

Students in Grade 4 demonstrate a slightly improving numeracy level according to the provincial Foundation Skills Assessment. From the 2010-11 to 2014-15 results have moved from 82% to 85% for aboriginal students. From the 2010-11 to 2014-15 results have hovered just below 90% for non aboriginal students.

Students in Grade 7 demonstrate a slightly improving numeracy ability according to the provincial Foundation Skills Assessment. From the 2010-11 to 2014-15 results have moved from 67 to 75% for aboriginal students. From the 2010-11 to 2014-15 results have moved from 72% to 76%. It must be noted that there is significant up and down during these years in both age groups.


Secondary Mathematics

We see steady improvement for all students in the blended final mark for students in these two courses. From the 2010-11 to 2014-15 results we see students have steadily improved from a 90% pass rate in the Foundations and PreCalculus exam to a 97% pass rate for all students. Students scoring a C+ or better moved from 57% to 77% in the same time period. No female or Aboriginal students failed Math 10 Foundations and PreCalculus last year. (


All students improved their Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 marks during the 2010-2015 time period as well. All students improved their marks from 32% to 49% receiving a C+ or better. 26% of Aboriginal students failed this course in 2010-2011 while that percent dropped to 5% in 2014-2015.


Financial Literacy

Students and parents indicated during the strategic plan consultation process a strong interest in having financial literacy skills as they leave their secondary program. District staff is working with the Sunshine Coast Credit Union to determine how to best meet this interest and need of our students.


Next Steps:

Committee to review data and develop a district plan to meet the strategic goal.


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