Superintendent’s Report to the Board of School District No. 46 – April 12, 2016

1.    Students

a.     The Early Years Fair took place on Saturday at the Sechelt Learning Centre. Community partners, district staff and many children and parents enjoyed this annual tradition and celebration of learning and community for our youngest students and soon to be students.

b.     The District Reading Committee has just produced and distributed the Reading with Your Child pamphlet to support parents who wish to support their children in their developing reading skills. The Environmental Education and Action Committee have produced a support brochure for April’s Earth Month. The brochure is packed with exciting ideas for our staff and students to explore and practice sustainable practices, learn about out place and our role in the world and have a lot of fun doing it!

c.      Nurturing the Learning Spirit takes place on April 22nd (secondary) and May 9th (elementary). This innovative School District No. 46 tradition brings principals together with students to explore the strengths and challenges in education from the perspective of our aboriginal students. Participants learn more about traditional canoe culture as they paddle within Shishalh territory.

d.     The Elementary basketball teams from all schools had very successful tournaments at Elphinstone Secondary this past week. Many thanks to retired elementary teacher Jim Gray who supports district students regularly in tournaments throughout the year.

2.    Staff

a.     Principals and teachers from five schools are working collaboratively to deepen their understanding of FreshGrade; an online portfolio and communication strategy to engage parents, students and teachers in ongoing dialogue about their children’s’ learning.

b.     Positive Discipline Parenting Courses will be offered to all parents at six sites throughout April.

c.      The Human Resources department celebrated staff who have achieved milestones in their careers on Monday, April 11th.

3.    Community

a.     District and school activities are celebrated actively on Twitter, Facebook and our website. At significant events students make public announcement on our local radio stations.

b.     District staff continue working with the local team of Community Schools to share a common vision of the supportive role that these organizations play in our communities.


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