Superintendent's Report to the Board – May 10, 2017

1.     Students

a.     The Early Years Fair on April 1st was another terrific success. Over 600 people came out to connect with programs and supports for families with young children.  The fair was based on the Coast Reads book 'Maybe Something Beautiful,' which is a story of a community that comes together through making murals.  At the fair, we painted over 150 wooden pieces that will be arranged into a mural for display at the Sechelt Early Years Centre.

b.     The DSLT (District Student Leadership Team) put on a fabulous SD46’s Got Talent Show. This wonderful event showcased student and staff talent to thunderous applause.

c.      On Tuesday, the annual Band Blast will perform at Chatelech Secondary School. This is an energetic demonstration of how much our students have learned in the grade 6 and 7 band programs.

d.     The DSLT also hosted the annual Student Forum. Questions at the forum considered the perspectives of students on technology, classroom learning and more.

2.     Staff

a.     On May 1st, 2017 over 50 elementary and secondary school educators gathered for a fabulous evening focused on the Core Competencies.  Teachers across the district facilitated small group discussions, providing strategies for student self-assessment related to the competencies.  The “Carousel of Conversations” enabled teachers to learn with each other, see practical examples, and receive a flash drive with up-to-date information on the Core Competencies. 

b.     District and school leaders will be working with colleagues in the Sea to Sky School District to share experiences, programs and challenges on May 18th. We look forward to this rich, collaborative learning opportunity.

c.      District and French staff are working on enhancing French programming for elementary and secondary students. Federal funds are being utilized to purchase learning resources, French cultural activities and field trips, and professional development for our teachers.

d.     The technology department is leading and supporting a district-wide changeover to Exchange that is accessed via Outlook. The collaboration aspect of it will be known as Engage! Engage! will bring our staff schools and departments together to share documents, ideas and other information happening in SD46.

e.     District and school staff are working hard to budget and staff for next year.  This year is challenging as we engage with the Ministry to determine the appropriate level of funding for our district and ensure maximum support for our students.

3.     Community

The generous Sunshine Coast community was well represented last Thursday as the district celebrated their contributions to our students at the annual Bursary Reception. Over $225,000 are provided to our students each year to support our graduates in their post-secondary opportunities.

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