Highlights for April 16, 2012
School District 59 (Peace River South)
2012/13 Budget Recommendations – The Board approved recommendations to the budget for the 2012/13 school year. Of significance, is a shift of funding to building capacity within schools and classrooms. Central to this initiative is the achievement of each student with a focus on continuous improvement. One means of achieving this is by building capacity within schools and classrooms. The research in the area of early learning is growing at a rapid rate. We need to provide support to help teachers stay current with new developments and implement research-based approaches in their classrooms. The District intends to focus on early learning in the areas of self-management, literacy and numeracy.
Additional supports will be put in place to support literacy throughout the district to implement a district-wide standard of practice. The district will continue to support and encourage 21st century learning practices. Time will also be provided for collaboration to occur.
Administration Announcement – The Board announced that Diana Lindstrom will be the Vice Principal for Dawson Creek Secondary School (DCSS) effective August 1, 2012.
Students Leading The Way to a Greener Planet – Congratulations to McLeod Elementary School and Pouce Coupe Elementary School for winning the energy prize of $1000 in the BC Green Games! The two schools entered the provincial competition, by entering into a competition with each other. The challenge between the schools was to see who could reduce their school’s consumption of electrical energy by the greatest amount.
After five weeks of intense effort by everyone, the two schools showed amazing savings. They reduced the power consumption of their school’s lights and plug-ins by 30%. That reduction in power represents savings of $150/month.
The efforts of everyone involved in these schools was not just focused on the competition, it was also focused on the benefits to the environment. These students will bring new practices for energy conservation into their homes and lives, knowing why it is important to do their part for a greener future.
Using APPS in the Classroom – The use of technology in classrooms is essential to our students being current in a changing world. The main challenge to the teacher is to ensure that the technology is being used for the purpose it was intended, and that appropriate information is being exchanged at all times.
Increasingly, software manufacturers are making applications (APPS) available for the public. Students can access these apps from their smart phone, ipad, or computer. This means that a student could be working on assignments from anywhere, at any time. Often the apps are at no cost, and can assist students in developing projects, communicating with each other in blogs or online, demonstrating their learning, and conducting research.
Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, schools are required to ask for the parent’s permission if they plan to release information on a child in order to “sign them up” for an app. Typically that would mean providing the student’s name, their student number and the school they are attending.
A full disclosure to parents of the purpose of the app in the classroom, including the manner in which it will be monitored and applied, is essential.
Parents can expect to receive invitations from teachers and principals to talk about apps in the classrooms, and will also begin receiving requests for consents for their signature.
Focus on the Superintendent of Schools – The Superintendent of Schools also carries the title of Chief Executive Officer for the School District. The Superintendent is the primary educational leader, and the only direct employee of the Board. The primary duty of the Superintendent is to work with the Board to establish educational priorities, and to lead the organization by putting them into operation.
All other employees of the district are responsible to the Superintendent. With 650 +/- employees at any given time, it requires a team of supporting administrators to assist with the many facets of operations. Senior administrative staff who work with the superintendent consists of one Secretary Treasurer, one Assistant Superintendent, two Directors of Instruction and one District Principal.
A Dual Credit Thank You – The District has learned that Jeff Lekstrom, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship for Northern Lights College, has accepted a new and exciting position, and will be moving on. Jeff has been an instrumental leader and partner in bringing forward the wide array of dual credit options that are available to SD#59 students, and learners throughout the north. Jeff’s work with the three school districts served by NLC, provided thousands of young dual credit students a jump-start on their careers. His efforts have been greatly appreciated. The district extends our very best wishes to him in his new endeavour.
Policy Committee –
The Board approved the following policy/regulation:
#4340: Child Protection Policy
Important Dates –
May 16 Regular meeting of the Board (Tumbler Ridge)
May 18 Non-instructional day
May 21 Victoria Day
Next Regular Meeting – May 16, 2012 at 1:00pm Tumbler Ridge