Friday, June 15, 2018

School plans and Strategic Plan Review the focus for June SD52 Board meeting

The final days of the school year are counting down and with them, the final session of the School District 52 was recorded on June 12th, with Board officials reviewing the District's plans for the 2018-19 school year.

Superintendent Ken Minette who will be leaving his post over the summer for a new position in the Grand Forks region provided some of the highlights for the upcoming year,  an overview which explored themes that will include a focus on literacy, Aboriginal Content and Ways of Knowing. 

Mr. Minette's replacement is Irene LaPierre, who comes to SD52 from her most recent position in the North Okanagan Shuswap area)

Mr. Minette also outlined the District's plans for more school wide events, the continuation of PBIS (Positive Behaviour Intervention Strategies) and the implementation of a new trimester timetable at CHSS.

The School Board members also received a recap of the work that has been completed as part of the SD52 Strategic Plan, which includes an expanded focus on Core Competencies, Kindergarten to Grade Nine, Curricular Competencies and Aboriginal knowledge initiatives.

The timeline of the roll out for the new Grade 10 curriculum will see the program introduced in September of this year, with the the Grade 11 and 12 curriculum to be introduced in September of 2019.

The last year has also seen more hands-on and experiential learning introduced to the District, with one program 'Learning on the Land' highlighted, with education taking place outside the classroom, connected to the land often connected to Aboriginal education.

As part of their planning for the future, the SD52 Aboriginal Education Department is making plans for an Indigenous Summit for May of 2019.

Feedback from students was also introduced by the School District, with students sharing their thoughts on learning in the academic and social/emotional elements of their SD 52 experiences.

Two pilot projects were introduced by the School District, one providing for an individualized education program and another to deliver primary literacy, SD52 plans to expand on those initiatives in 2018-19, establishing a District Elementary Literacy position, as well as to ensure that there is a Kindergarten Resource worker in each Kindergarten class to ensure a smoother transition.

Capital funding was also a theme for Tuesday's School Board meeting with the District outlining a range of projects coming up as part of their 2019-2020 Capital plan.

And while the replacement of Prince Rupert Middle School remains the district's highest priority, they also have an ambitious list of other projects in mind.

Among some of the highlights, the PRMS seismic project, Demolition of two Closed schools, Kanata and Seal Cove and Replacement projects for Conrad Street Elementary and the District Support Services building.

The full list of the Capital plan can be viewed below:
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The School District also reviewed its Carbon Neutral Action Report, reviewed the process ahead for the October election for School Board representatives and set the calendar for Board meetings for 2018-19.

The School Board also received a presentation from École Roosevelt Park Community School Principal Andrée Michaud who along with two students provided some background to the School Activity Day hosted at the School.

The account of the day's activities gave School Board Chair Tinal Last opportunity to take note of the success of the STEM program at the District schools.

“The Board was thrilled to see what the students were able to learn through their STEM activities,”  ...  “They demonstrated problem solving while working together in a team. These are skills that they will use throughout their lives.”

You can review the full report of the June School Board meeting from the SD52 website here.

For more items of note related to education in Prince Rupert see our archive page here.

A wider overview of educational themes across the Northwest can also be found here.

To return to the most recent blog posting of the day, click here.

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