Superintendent’s Report to the Board – September 13, 2016

1.    Students

a.     Musical Theatre. Teachers Sara Douglas and Tom Kellough are excited to be developing a Musical Theatre production again this year following last year’s very successful “Into the Woods” production. This year the group will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta: “Pirates of Penzance.”

b.     Local school area field trips. Schools have a common form to permit out of school excursions to facilitate outdoor experiences near their schools.

c.     Terry Fox runs. District schools all have some involvement with Terry Fox runs. Along with fundraising for the Terry Fox Foundation (A single dream, a world of hope), students learn through Terry’s story and their participation about perseverance and wellness and that they can make a difference in their world.

2.    Staff

a.     Teacher Michele Lilyanna is published. The newest author on the Sunshine Coast has published with co-author, James Baraz , Awakening Joy for Kids. A hands on guide for grown ups to nourish themselves and raise mindful, happy children.

b.    Innovation Grant Parent Communication. Parents and teachers in five schools (with other schools interested) are actively pursuing online communication to support student learning. The Ministry of Education released a new Reporting Order in August that permits more district discretion in effective reporting strategies.

3.    Community

a.     Sunshine Coast Community Schools have had a successful summer season including a strong effort to have reading as part of their activities. Research demonstrates the need for students to be connected with literacy activities during summer breaks. The district appreciates its close relationship with our community schools and the benefit to students they provide in the summer and throughout the year.

b.     International Students. The district works with two organizations: Student Travel Services (STS) and Muskoka Language International (MLI). Our programs welcome both international and exchange students. This week the district welcomes 17 Japanese students to the Sunshine Coast for one week, with Gibsons Elementary and Elphinstone Secondary hosting their visit.

c.      International conference in China. Director Bishop and Principal Brisebois will be attending this conference focused on student competencies and visits to high schools.

d.     Connecting Self-Employed Women for Success. A community organization looking to enhance opportunities for women. Director Bishop and Superintendent Bocking participate and see many opportunities for our female students through this initiative.

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