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We will care deeply, act wisely and find joy in each day!
SD 6 Students Participate in
Mega Maker Day
Every student in Rocky Mountain School District will graduate with dignity, purpose, and options.
I was thrilled to spend a bit of time with some classes on a couple of winter “Take Me Outside” days in the last two weeks. Seeing students enjoying the outdoors and enthusiastically embracing learning about the natural environment, especially when the temperatures were approaching -20, was inspiring! We are now leaving winter behind and (hopefully) looking forward to some warm spring days soon. Wishing everyone a happy and restful spring break. See you in April!
Learning Leadership Report
We learn in Rocky Mountain School District. All of us. We learn so that our students grow and experience greater success every day.
We learn the Core Competencies of Thinking, Communication, and Social and Personal competencies. Students develop curricular competencies in literacy and numeracy and the big ideas of content areas; educators continuously learn to improve pedagogy.
We learn so that each day in Rocky Mountain School District brings us closer to every student graduating with dignity, purpose, and options.
The Learning Leadership Report is a celebration of that learning. We hope you enjoy reading it and invite you to contribute your stories, ideas, and upcoming events and opportunities as a member of the learning community of Rocky Mountain School District.
Rocky Mountain School District
Our students experience environmental, outdoor and community based learning.
Our students and staff feel safe, connected and valued.
The Board has set District Directions for 2013-2018. We will organize the Learning Leadership Report this year around these directions to share how we are bringing them to life across the district.
Our District Directions 2018 represent the hopes, dreams, and ideas
of many staff, parents, community members, and students who contributed to a Thoughtstream process, multi-partner dialogue, and Board review to uncover these 5 key themes to guide our work and shape our culture.
Our communication results in common understanding.
Our learning community is research based and collaborative.
What are the ways you are already engaged in the work captured by these directions?
What are the possibilities for future work inspired by these directions?
We care deeply, act wisely and find joy in each day.
Our learning is empowered by technology.
Thank You Jen Tagg
Family Literacy Day Open House at EMP
To celebrate Family Literacy Day, the Library at Eileen Madson Primary School hosted an “open house” on Friday Jan 26, 2018.
Students and families were invited to browse the library collection, read books, eat snacks and try a few literacy games.Students also took away some “Olympic” themed reading challenges and free bookmarks.
Mrs. Tagg looks forward to hosting the next library “open house” and hopes to make it a monthly occurrence.
The students in our school Leadership Club have successfully completed their goal of fundraising over $1000 to buy Rafiki bracelets for every student and staff member at Windermere Elementary School!
In Swahili, rafiki means friend. The mamas in Kenya make the rafiki bracelets like we make friendship bracelets. By purchasing rafiki bracelets, we are able to give a life-changing gift of clean water, education, health care, food and opportunity to children and families in a ME to WE charity partner community in third world countries. Check out the code on the back of the rafiki bracelet package, and you can track the impact.
The students in the W.E.S. Leadership Club have organized a hotdog barbecue at Home Hardware,collected bottles, held popcorn sales, organized raffles and sold rafikis at Christmas to raise money.
But most of all a huge thank you to our amazing young leaders in the Leadership Club who worked hard, not only fundraising, but giving up their recesses, for months, to organize and run events (yoga, doodle drawings, gymnastics, tricky tricks, reading ) for every student at W.E.S.. We are very proud of you all!
Thank You Tanya Hatalcik & Tara Whittick
Windermere Elementary Leadership Accomplishment
With our country flags hung proudly behind the groups, we celebrated a day of Carnaval de jeux Olympique. With the help of Mr. Keiver and his high school French students we learned about Olympic games in French, combining these two special events - Carnaval de Quebec and Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics. We had a lot of laughs as we all tried a variety of activities! The students even got the teachers to challenge each other to the mogul course! The students were treated to Beaver Tails, played hockey, curling, and other sports, built ice sculptures, and finished with some luge on the hills behind the school.
Carnaval de Jeux Olympique
Thank you Lindsay Park Teachers
Windermere Elementary Grade 7s Need Your Help
The Grade 7 class at Windermere Elementary has worked very hard on a photo essay that they have entered for a chance to win a trip for the whole class to go on an all expense paid 5 day, 4 night trip to Ottawa this June. Learn More.
Sincere thanks for your support!
Tara Whittick, Paulina Stankovski and the Grade 7 Students
Scroll down to find the photo essay
Little Hands. Big Difference
PLEASE VOTE DAILY. You are allowed to vote once per day and need an email address in order to vote. Voting takes place daily from Monday, March 5 to Wednesday, March 21
PLEASE ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOUR CONTACTS (colleagues, old friends in other communities, family, etc.) to view and vote for this photo essay!
Don't miss this powerful photo essay
Vote for Lindsay Park's BC Green Games Project: We Speak for the Bees
Our school had the good fortune of a hard-working Parent Advisory Council (PAC) contribute money towards a school garden. Volunteers from PAC assembled the gardens from wood donated by a local building company. PAC paid for a deer-proof fence to surround the garden and soil to fill the garden beds. The first year the garden was planted solely with root vegetables requiring little maintenance. Every student in the school was able to take home at least one carrot and one potato in the 2016 harvest. The following spring our school staff decided to convert one of the garden beds to a bee garden. We sent out an e-mail message to our parent community asking for donations of bee-friendly plants and flowers. We received multiple donations and also purchased a few plants with our Environmental Club money. Parents signed up for one week at a time to take care of our school garden by watering, weeding, and planting more seeds at appropriate times for our Fall harvest. The result was a beautiful, vibrant, bee-filled garden!
The teaching staff embraced this theme and invited local families with their own apiaries to present to our classes or take students to visit them. The grade 2 classes went to Cominco gardens in the Fall and helped to plant Spring bulbs so the bees would have early flowers come Spring. They also performed a ‘bee rap’ for the school and parents at an assembly. The grade 3 classes made their own bee homes using repurposed tin cans and paper. These students will find places around their yards or in the community when Spring comes to place their bee homes. The grade 1 students explored facts about honey bees and how we can help the bees in our community, learning about flowers that attract bees and bee life cycles. The grade ones also made their own lap books, to share with family and friends which included valuable Honey Bee information and detailed sketches. The kindergarten classes investigated bee life cycles using the book “Bee & Me” by Elle J. McGuinness and illustrated by Heather Brown. Kindergarten students reflected on how they felt about bees before and after the story through drawings of themselves. They also drew what our yards and communities would look like with and without bees. All grade levels included their own artwork on their hallway bulletin boards.
Our school also hosted a POPS (Parents of Primary Students) open house night where each grade level showcased their learning about bees. Every family received a packet of seeds for bee-friendly flowers, information on plants that promote bee populations, and ideas on how to help the bees.
Our hope as a staff is that we have inspired our students and their families to continue finding small ways they can encourage the bee population in our area and wherever they end up in their life travels. A local shop in Kimberley that sells honey and bee-related products, is selling cocoons of mason bees for people to purchase for their own yards. They will also be making bee houses to sell. We have already had many students tell us their family has gone down to order their bees for Spring. And so it begins…
VIEW the project video and VOTE
Thank you Lindsay Park Elementary
Art From the Heart – the Sneak Peek!
From March 24th to April 1st, there’s an ‘Art From the Heart’ Sneak Peek waiting for you at the Copper Point Resort! Come anytime for a FREE preview of “Climate Change: Little Hands Big Difference’ – see just some of the wonderful pieces of artwork produced by the students at the Columbia Valley’s elementary schools.
The Main Attraction!
From April 3rd to April 28th, visit the annual ‘Art From the Heart’ art show, the kick-off to and highlight of the season at Pynelogs Cultural Centre and Art Gallery. More than 700 pieces were contributed by the talented elementary school-aged kids of the Columbia Valley. This year’s theme is “Climate Change: Little Hands Big Difference.”
Every available inch of Pynelogs Art Gallery is filled with the creative, wacky, entertaining and original art from these children that haven’t yet experienced the usual confines of art!
The Art From the Heart show is FREE and visitors are invited to drop in during gallery hours from 11 am to 4 pm Monday to Thursday, beginning April 3rd.
For more information about Art From the Heart and other upcoming gallery shows planned for the season:
send an email to: email@example.com
visit the website at: http://columbiavalleyarts.com
Art From the Heart is Back!
March 24 to April 28
Monday February 26th, Principals Steve Wyer and Bob Wilson and partners from the Golden Early Years Coalition, shared information with parents about early years services, transitioning to kindergarten and support services that are available in school and community. A highlight from the evening included sharing information and a discussion about building resilience and social emotional development for our youngest learners! Thank you Steve, Bob, community partners and Parents for coming out for an evening of learning!
Ready, Set, Learn in Golden
Thank You Jennifer Turner
Check out resources and opportunities for outdoor and environmental learning here:
Sense of Place
Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education
Winter Making Waves Seasonal Circular
is now available!
Students in Mrs. Pepin’s Grade 1/2 class have been participating in a variety of experiments to learn about the properties of sound. For “Take Me Outside Week” they went outside to learn how sound can be amplified with different types of megaphones. One student used the megaphones to whisper things at the class and students had to raise their hand if they heard him. Another student took tallies with the clipboard. They discovered that the megaphone with the wider end amplified sound better (even though the sound waves had to travel through the wind)!
Take Me Outside For Learning Week with Mrs. Pepin's Class
During Take Me Outside Week, three classes from J.A. Laird, along with Mr. Carriere, headed over to Lake Lillian for some adventurous outdoor learning. On a perfectly sunny, blue-sky day, we marched through the deep snow, surrounded by snow-laden trees. Led by Mr. Dainard, he taught students how to use snow to insulate and keep our bodies warm. Students were then told to find a spot in the clearing that speaks to them; to embrace this beautiful place we are so lucky to have in our backyard. Next students played a fun game learning about survival and how every day animals must find food, shelter and water.
We then walked our way back down to the lake where students were free to skate, Nordic ski, ice-fish, build shelters, toss a football and have fun! We ended a great day with hotdogs cooked over an open fire and hot chocolate (sipped from our own mugs to minimize our footprint)!
Take Me Outside For Learning Week with J.A. Laird Classes
Thank You Jenny Hubrecht
The Invermere Conservation Officer Service presented to David Thomson Secondary School Outdoor Education Instructor Alan Tenta a number of seized fishing rods that the Outdoor Education and Recreation program can now utilize to teach new anglers the enjoyment of fishing. These rods were taken from those who broke fishing laws, and with the exposure to the DTSS program, students will learn the ethical way to fish and stay active in a healthy environment.
Invermere Conservation Officer Service Supports DTSS Outdoor Education Program
Thank You Greg Kruger and Alan Tenta
Students from Edgewater, Windermere, and Lady Grey Elemetnary Schools attended the MEGA Maker Day in Cranbrook on Friday March 2nd, 2018, which was hosted at the College of the Rockies. The day was a complete success! Students were divided into respective grade-based groups and were assigned to build a crane or a catapult. Students were given an idea of what they were to build only a day prior. Equipped with an assortment of tools and strong imagination, students got to work on their creations.
At the end of the event, students got to test and compete their final products against their peer group. In the catapult category, students had to launch a mint the farthest from the rest. In the crane category, students had to support the heaviest bucket of water. It was a really positive day and great extension of the Applied Design Skills and Technology (ADST) curriculum. The photos are Windermere Elementary School students participating in the event.
Our learning community is
research based and collaborative
Rocky Mountain Students at MEGA Maker Day
Thank you Joe Baron
Find Your Fit Tour Comes to David Thompson Secondary
“The Find Your Fit tour is a fun, interactive event that helps students discover B.C. careers” - Find Your Fit Tour
On March the 1st, the Find Your Fit tour landed at DTSS for the day! Over the course of the day - and into the early evening - more than 500 students participated in the tour, engaging with the many hands-on displays. The tour welcomed students from grades 5 through 12!
Some of the career activity stations available included Carpentry, Computer Programming, Electrical Technology, Nursing, Heavy Equipment Operators…and several more.
This is the second occasion that DTSS has been a stop on the road for the Tour, the last time being three years ago. It was noted that the displays and information in this year’s tour were not the same as before.Tour Directors explained that the tour undergoes regular changes to reflect feedback from the schools visited and market analysis. This was a great feature for the DTSS students who had participated in the tour a few years ago, giving them something new to consider this time around.
Many thanks to Crystal Woodworth, our DTSS librarian, for orchestrating the details of such an ambitious endeavour. And thank you to all the teachers from DTSS, J. Alfred Laird Elementary, Edgewater Elementary, Windermere Elementary, and Canal Flats Elementary who attended the Tour with their students! It was a great day!!
Thank You Darren Danyluk
Rocky Mountain School District is Proud to be a partner in EECOM 2018 Classrooms to Communities Conference
to be held this fall at St. Eugene in Cranbrook. There will be a number of sessions that will be of interest to teachers on the PSA Day on October 19, 2018. Teachers are able to register for that single day if not able to attend the full weekend event. Watch for upcoming registration information - this is sure to fill up early!
Learn more :https://www.facebook.com/events/137683120232987/
Thank you Jennifer Turner
Extending appreciation to all Kindergarten Teachers across the district. The EDI (Early Development Indicator) was administered in Rocky Mountain over the month of February. The district had a 100% completion rate with 244 children across 17 kindergarten classes this year. THANK YOU Kindergarten Teachers for your participation with this important work!
The EDI is a questionnaire that measures patterns and trends in child development in populations of children. The EDI includes 104 questions and measures five important areas of early child development. These developmental areas are good predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes.
Early Development Indicator (EDI) in SD 6
Twin Fiddles—JJ Guy and Gordon Stobbe - at WES
Windermere Elementary students got to see some impressive fiddle and guitar playing by our special guests on Tuesday February 27. We welcomed award winning and accomplished Canadian fiddlers, JJ Guy and Gordon Stobbe, as they joined us to put on a special presentation. As entertaining as the presentation was, it was also intended to inspire!
Twin Fiddles at Edgewater Elementary
The Edgewater School, recently had the wonderful opportunity to host JJ Guy and Gordon Stobbe, a Metis Fiddling group known as, the Twin Fiddles. The whole school got to listen and take part in their amazing fiddling and guitar show. The students were entertained by their funny sense of humor. Their interaction with the student body about music, instruments and career possibilities was well received. The group ended their performance with a whole group dance followed by a musical exit out of the gymnasium and into their classrooms!
Thank You Riva Stevens
Collaborative Lesson: Learning Journey Series
Jen Tagg (teacher-librarian) collaborated with Sherree Nicholas (aboriginal support worker) to deliver the Learning Journey Series to Kindergarten students at Eileen Madson Primary School.
The Learning Journey Series explores childhood conflicts and bullying behaviors represented through Aboriginal animals and drawings.
“Introducing simple stories related to bullying will help enlighten children at an early age to simple problem-solving skills when previously they may have used bullying techniques. In addition, the cultural aspect of the teachings will introduce the Aboriginal culture, providing an early introduction into multiculturalism”.
Each story and lesson showcases a different theme:
Book One- Working Together
Lesson- Everyone is important; Everyone is special.
Book Two- Sharing Spaces
Lesson- We need to tell others when we are feeling uncomfortable and use our wisdom to find better choices.
Book Three- New Friendships
Lesson- It is important to share.Always ask before taking or touching peoples’ belongings.
Book Four- Accepting Differences
Lesson- Everyone can learn to understand and accept each other’s differences.
Book Five- Believe in Yourself
Lesson- Look at what you can do and believe in yourself and others.
Book Six- Care and Respect
Lesson- Care and respect all the gifts Mother Earth has given us.
Over the course of six sessions, Sherree shared her own personal wisdom and connections related to each of the six learning journey lessons. Jen helped Sherree project the illustrations of each story onto the SMART Board and also provided additional resources related to the featured animals in the form of books and videos.
Students were engaged and inspired by the learning, as they could directly relate the concepts to their own school experiences. It was a meaningful opportunity to collaborate and embed aspects of the First Peoples’ Principles of Learning with a “story-time/sharing-circle” model.
Final Assessment Week—Golden Secondary Grade 8/9 students engage in important learning
Golden Secondary School Teacher Librarian, Ms. Tanya Hobbs, in partnership with CBAL (Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy) and the Elementary Teacher Librarians, organized a Buddy Reading afternoon during our final assessment week. Grade 8 and 9 students paired up with students from Alexander Park Elementary and Lady Grey Elementary to read books together. Each group of students also had an adult guest reader who read a book of their choice aloud to the younger and older students. It is quite a sight to see the excitement of reading with buddies permeate the school with all of the students!
The afternoon closed with some draws for book prizes and a small snack of a juice box and cookie provided by CBAL. Thanks to everyone for helping out with this fabulous event!
While Grade 10-12 students at Golden Secondary were writing final assessments, students in grades 8-9 were engaged in a variety of important learning connected to the new curriculum. Topics for the students included the following:
Core Competency Work
New Curriculum—English 10 Options
The students were organized into four groups and they rotated through these sessions throughout the week. It was a creative way for students to work with peers on these topics and the level of engagement was very high!
Final Assessment Week—Grade 8/9 Buddy Reading with APES students
Thank you Iris Trask
Windows 10 Accessibility Tools Workshop in Golden on February 19th Pro-d Day
A large group of Golden educators gathered at the Zone office for a Windows 10 webinar arranged by Jennifer Turner. A SET BC presenter was on hand to guide us through some tools available on our teacher and student laptops that may be useful for written output.
The first tool was the onscreen keyboard with word prediction. This is an easily accessed option for times when students want some help with spelling, or find it quicker to choose the words with one click, rather than typing them out. You can find it under “ease of access” in the search bar.
A second tool, which required a bit more attention, was the speech to textmoption. This option seems to improve with time ‘training’ the computer to better understand the speaker.
Lastly, we spent a bit of time looking at Adobe. When you open a PDF with Acrobat, and drop down the “View” menu, you will find an option to have the entire article read to you.
This is a brief explanation of some of the features, for more information; contact your administrator to refer you to an educator in your zone who attended the training.
Thank you Laurie MacDougall and Angela Stott
Professional Learning on February 19th Non-Instructional Day in Kimberley
Kimberley Zone staff participate in a session on a collaborative problem solving model by Dr. Ross Greene (Explosive child) led by Selkirk Aboriginal Education Support Worker Esther Sylvestre.
Thank You Clint Dolgopol
Selkirk's Professional Learning Community discuss "Creating Thinking Classrooms" by Newman and Case, the Core Competencies, and the creating of school Learning Communities.
to find out more about this five-week non-credit French immersion program for participants at all levels of proficiency
Edgewater Elementary Staff Focus on Supporting Learning with SMART Technology
Thank you Darryl Turner
a healthy group of our staff worked on a SMART Panel session. The focus was to understand how 'SMART Notebook' and 'SMART Exchange' can be used to support student learning in the classroom (curriculum delivery, enhance classroom lessons, build lesson and unit plans, tie to the Core Competencies, etc.)
Our learning is
empowered by technology
Network Access Control Project Started
The district is currently implementing a network access control solution to improve the wireless security and performance across the district. We are installing a product called Aruba Clearpass. Information about the product can be found here: ClearPass
When the project is complete the district will have a highly secured corporate / internal network that does not use a pre shared key for joining the network. Only district owned devices will be able to join the internal network. District purchased ipads and ipods will also automatically join the network.
We will also be providing staff and students with a "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) network that allows all users to easily add their own devices to the network. This network will keep users logged in for a month before requiring them to enter their credentials again.
A guest network will also be available for people visiting our schools. School administration and secretaries will be able to grant access to this network using a sponsor model.
The project started January 29th, testing has started and we will be implementing across the district after Spring Break.
Tech Information on Staff Portal
Rocky Mountain School District Staff can access the Information and Technology Department page in the staff portal for news, announcements, and help and instructions.
SD 6 Technology Update
Mobile Device Management for ipads Available
The district has completed the implementation of a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution. This allows all ipads and ipods in the district to be managed using an enterprise solution. The MDM solution removes the requirement for individual users or schools to enter Apple IDs. All devices are automatically connected to a district catalog that allows applications to be added without an Apple ID being entered. This also allows the district to provide a consistent suite of Apps across the district and utilize Apple's volume purchasing plan.
All new ipads will be automatically enrolled into the program. Existing devices in schools can be enrolled into the program by school users. School administrators have for details on the program.
Overview of Competencies
PERSONAL & SOCIAL
Positive Personal & Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness & Responsibility
SD 6 Guidelines for Reporting Student Self-Assessment of Competencies
Our communication results in common understanding
In our implementation of the new curriculum a change that has had a significant learning curve is the introduction of the Core Competencies. We see the leadership role as NAMING, NAVIGATING, NOTICING, NURTURING, and NUDGING the Core Competencies in our schools. The role of teachers with the students involves the same elements.
We have noticed the emphasis in many schools on communicating to all what the Core Competencies are and in using the language from the curriculum across their activities and assessments.
The District Resource centre has seen a proliferation of laminating for posters for classrooms for recording and collecting examples of the Core Competencies in action that students will be able to reference when they reflect at the end of the year on their own growth in the competencies.
We invite schools and educators to share how they are communicating about the Core Competencies with one another, students, and parents.
Send your examples, pictures, ideas, and stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Education Updates
New Learning Resource Selection Course Available
This course introduces and guides educators through a Learning Resource Selection process. It is a free, self-paced, 45-minute online course with videos, illustrative case studies, section quizzes and a final quiz. It is available to ERAC members (through the ERAC portal), and non-ERAC members, pre-service teachers, parents, publishers and others (through OSBC Open Course Resources). Click here for details and registration.
Resources for Educators
Check out the excellent resources available through Open School BC, designed to support learning for K–12 students and adult learners. These free, self-paced, course resources support a number of curricular topic areas, include lessons, activities and assessments, and are open to the public. Click here to explore.
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Rocky Mountain School District Learning Leadership Calendar 2016-2017
Mar 13 - Board Meeting
Mar 14 - District Parent Advisory (DPAC) video meeting
Mar 15 - Teacher Preference Survey due
Mar 19-30 - Spring Break
Mar 24-Apr 28 - Art From the Heart
Apr 2- Easter Monday
Apr 3 - Back to School
Apr 9 - District Implementation Committee Meeting
Apr 10 - Board Meeting
Apr 16 - Non-Instructional Day (Regional Specialist Day)
Apr 17 - District admin video meeting
Apr 18 - DRC digital resources session
Apr 23-27 - Spring Take Me Outside Week
Apr 23-May 11 - UBC Community Field Experience - Secondary
Apr 25 - District Staff Development Committee Meeting
Apr 25- District Parent Advisory (DPAC) video meeting
May 8 - Board Meeting
May 21 - Victoria Day
May 30 - District Parent Advisory (DPAC)
Jun 5- WZ admin meeting
Jun 6 - GZ admin meeting
Jun 7 - KZ admin meeting
Jun 11-Jun 29 - - UBC Community Field Experience - Elementary
Jun 28 - Last Day for students
Jun 29 - Admin Day
July 1 - Canada Day
Rocky Mountain School District is a busy place.
We do many things in threes by zones, we all travel for events held in one zone or another, and we also connect for some things by video conference.
We will care deeply, act wisely, and find joy in each day!
See our one page calendar of instructional and non-instructional days and holidays:
School District 2017-2018 Calendar PDF
School District 2018-2019 Calendar PDF
School District 2019-2020 Calendar PDF
See our online calendar of events by month: School District 6 online calendar of events