Board Meeting Highlights

May 14th:Tumbler Ridge

Presentations

TRSS Academic Support (ASP) Program ? Sandy Treit, Anita Cruz and some students from Tumbler Ridge Secondary School presented on the Academic Support Program that was implemented at TRSS this year. The students talked about how they were mostly failing their courses last year, and how the program has been a lifesaver in helping them successfully complete their course work this year.

Reports from the Superintendent

Esthetics and Nail Care and Cosmetology Programs – A new dual credit program will be available for students beginning in September. Cosmetology (hairdressing) will be taught on the South Peace Campus. The Esthetics program currently operating in Chetwynd will join the Cosmetology program to create a large salon environment with the 2 programs complimenting one another. In the past few years, the majority of SD#59 students participating in Esthetics and Nail Care have been bussed from DC to Chetwynd. It makes more sense to move the program to DC and reduce the ?exposure? of the students in travel time next year. There will continue to be daily bus service from Chetwynd to Dawson Creek and return. There will no longer be daily bus services traveling from Dawson Creek to Chetwynd

NLC Restructures Programs ? Northern Lights College has announced plans to restructure services, including the closure of the Chef?s Training Program for the next year. These are challenging times for both our organizations, as we work to make the best use of scarce educational resources. The announcement will effect six (6) SD#59 students who were signed up to participate in Chef?s training. SD#59 counselors will meet with these students to review other academic and dual credit options.

Student Leadership Conference ? seventy-eight students from Chetwynd and Dawson Creek attended a regional student leadership conference in Prince George in early May. Hosted by UNBC, this is the premier event of the year for Leadership classes to attend. Not only do students live in the university environment, but projects, formal learning, social events and new friendships are all experienced at the conference. Students are not only challenged to return to their schools and provide positive leadership, they are given skills to accomplish their goals. A flurry of email exchanges at the end of the event marks the close bonds that develop between students during their time together.

?CATS? at SPSS ? June 11 will be the debut performance of the musical ?Cats? by the SPSS Musical Theatre classes. Assembling this production is a very ambitious undertaking by Ms. Longley, Mr. Fleweling, students and volunteers. It promises to be a showcase for the remarkable talent of the students, and will demonstrate their many hours of commitment to excellence. Tickets are on sale for the public performances.

Welcome Room Officially Open ? Chetwynd Secondary School hosted a luncheon on May 1st to mark the opening of their Welcome Room. The room will be available to all students, and is developed to provide an environment that provides coursework outside the regular school timetable, while also assisting students with any barriers to success they may be experiencing. Encana, Spectra and Talisman each contributed $5,000 to launch this project.

·Teacher Wins Award of Excellence ? Congratulations to Jan Chmelyk, who was recognized by the Premier?s Excellence in Teaching Award. She received a certificate as a finalist in the area of Environmental Awareness. The nomination was based on her work coordinating an extensive school wide recycling program at Chetwynd Secondary. This program is also influencing other schools in the district.

·Welcome to Kindergarten Program ? The District will be implementing a Welcome to Kindergarten Program. This program invites families to attend a workshop at their neighbourhood school where they receive early literacy resources.

Reports from the Secretary Treasurer

·Pouce Coupe School Update ? Although the new school structure is complete, two project tasks remain to be done: paving the parking lot and demolition of the old school. The paving work will be delayed until 2009 to allow the ground to fully settle. The demolition of the old school is planned for this summer. We are currently conducting an environmental and deconstruction survey in preparation for tendering the demolition work.

·2008/09 Budget ? Work is continuing on the preliminary budget for the next school year. The school and department budgets have been sent in, and are being collated and reviewed. The anticipated enrolment drop for next year will again put pressure on the District in balancing the budget. The budget will be presented for approval at the June Board Meeting.

Next Regular Meeting ?June 18, 2008 at 1:00pm Dawson Creek