Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Gathering p. 5
Remembrance Day Observed Across District p. 7
Every student in Rocky Mountain School District will graduate with dignity, purpose, and options.
We will care deeply, act wisely and find joy in each day!
Spotlight on Grade 5/6 class making personal connections
Learning Leadership Report
Rocky Mountain School District
At this time of year we pause as a learning community to remember the brave men and women who have died in the line of duty, making the ultimate sacrifice to protect the way of life we are privileged to have in this great country. We also acknowledge our veterans, and all those currently serving in our armed forces. Your dedication and service to this country are an inspiration to all. Our schools will recognize and commemorate Remembrance Day in assemblies held across the District this Friday morning. Lest we Forget.
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.
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?
Our students experience environmental, outdoor and community based learning.
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 learning is empowered by technology.
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.
We care deeply, act wisely and find joy in each day.
Our learning community is research based and collaborative.
Our communication results in common understanding.
Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Gathering
On Tuesday, October 30, over 50 people, a group made up of Elders and Aboriginal Community members, district staff, employee group representatives and DPAC met for a few hours a Copper Point to share and reflect on the successes of Aboriginal students over the past year. Everyone was thrilled to experience a jigging and fiddling performance of Les Jigeurs Michif which is made up of Metis students and elders from Golden, to hear stories from our Aboriginal Support Workers about student achievements. We reviewed how our students have been staying on track academically, and how that is translating into improving graduation rates, shared a meal, and spent some quality time working together on our ideas about how we can work together to improve things for students even more. This gathering is an annual event and is part of the commitment that goes with our 5 year Enhancement Agreement designed to support our shared goals for all Aboriginal learners. A great day! You can see the agreement at http://www.sd6.bc.ca/Departments/Aboriginal%20Education/
Thank You Paul Carriere
Lady Grey School commenced our Remembrance Day Ceremony with Golden Cadets and Legionnaires being piped by local pipers Mr. Smith and Mr. Caldwell. Classes sang and recited in both English and French in front of a silent room. We had the pleasure of watching local choir Golden Grace under the direction of SD6 Trustee Jane Fearing perform Amazing Grace. Lady Grey School is proud of our student leaders today.
Thank You Laurie MacDougall
Remembrance Day Observed at Lady Grey
Thank You Crystal MacLeod
Lindsay Park Community Remembrance Day Assembly
Students at Lindsay Park welcomed many parents and grandparents as well as special guests Corporal Kate Bamber and veteran Roy Ruiters to their Remembrance Day Assembly. Mrs. Taggart’s class shared the Peace Book by Todd Parr, Mrs. Korven’s class sang The Poppy Connection, and Mrs. Pasiechynyk’s class and Mrs. Sharpe’s/Rice’s class sang We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands.
We are very proud of our growing Cadet Corps in town and the pride they show in their participation in Remembrance Day ceremonies in our Zone's schools. We also are privileged to have cadets as piper and a trumpet player.
Golden Secondary Proud of Cadets
Thank You Angela Stott
Cori Wilisky and her Grade 5/6 class did a learning sequence with the book entitled Sidewalk Flowers written by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith. In collaboration with Barb Carriere, District Literacy Support Teacher, Cori decided to use this “Wordless Text” because it was accessible for all her learners very early in the school year.
Wordless texts enable the reader to practice strategic thinking without the added responsibility of decoding.
They can provide a rich, authentic place for readers of all ages to rehearse important skills.
Sidewalk Flowers is a story about a little girl who is walking with her father through the city streets heading for home. It is a dull and grey day and the pages are sparsely coloured. Only the little girl in her red jacket and the flowers that she spots along the way are in colour at the beginning of the story. Gradually the things that the little girl is noticing are highlighted with colour. The father is distracted throughout the story and does not notice his daughter who is collecting sidewalk flowers behind him. As they proceed, the little girl comes across a dead bird in the park and she lays some flowers on top. She then sees a man laying asleep on a park bench and she quietly tucks some flowers alongside him. As the father is speaking to a man who has his dog on a leash, the little girl tucks flowers into the dog’s collar. And when they finally arrive home, she gives flowers to her mom and to her siblings before tucking the final flower behind her ear.
As the story was introduced it was explained that the author created this story to convey a specific message to the reader. Students were informed that they would be analyzing the images in the book, talking with a partner about what they noticed, making judgments on what is important, and justifying their opinions with evidence from the images.
As they progressed through the story, the students began to predict the author’s intent. Some of the things the students stated were:
Be present, have an open mind
Notice the small things
The more you pay attention to something the more colourful it shows up
Looking after the world
Always look for the colour in things
Look after others by sharing
She is like the bloom
Although this appears to be a simple story, there are powerful messages being conveyed about noticing the small things, appreciating the natural beauty around us, and being kind to ourselves and others. By the end of the story many wonderful themes were emerging.
In Invermere, in the early fall, there is a flower picking day; local residents are encouraged to harvest from the town’s many beautiful flower beds. Cori and her class went downtown so they could collect and create miniature flower bouquets. The students made bouquets to take home and for the residents of the local senior citizens’ residence. The joy of giving was so contagious and fulfilling that many students made the choice to give their personal bouquets away.
This lesson and activity is a rich example of meaningful, relevant, place-based learning, and it is an outstanding demonstration of how a well-designed learning experience for students can extend beyond the development of critical thinking skills into enhancing personal and social competencies.
Students Engage with Text to Make Personal and Community Connections
Learning About Truth & Reconciliation at McKim
Students in every class at McKim school were read the Orange Shirt story by Jacinta Marina, Aboriginal Education Support Worker, leading up to Orange Shirt Day on September 30. She led age-appropriate discussions about residential school survivors and what happened at Residential schools. Classes talked about what they could say to a residential school survivor or, generally to anyone, to make them feel better about themselves and filling their bucket.
Jacinta had a discussion with the grade 7 students about the Downie Wenjack Secret Path Week October 17-22. The Secret Path is a graphic novel that shows the Story of one boy, Chenie Wenjack, who attended residential school in 1966. The Gord Downie and Chenie Wenjack fund, was created to bring awareness to the Residential school system, and its impact on Indigenous people. This fund provides a place where teachers can share resources, to help the school community, actively engage in the ReconciliACTION process. Jacinta asked the Grade 7 students to recognize Purple Shirt Day on October 22, 2018.
Thank You Jacinta Marina
A reconciliACTION is any meaningful action that aims to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in the spirit of reconciliation through education
CANADIAN CONFERENCE CONNECTS CLASSROOMS TO COMMUNITIES IN THE COLUMBIA BASIN
Sense of Place
Participants enjoyed over 100 sessions and workshops that taught and modelled outdoor and environmental learning
Participants learn from the land and people of the Ktunaxa Nation
After submitting their bid to host in 2012, the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN) was given the nod to host the 2018 Canadian Environmental Education Conference.
The conference was hosted on October 18-21 at the Ktunaxa Nation’s St. Eugene Mission Resort, a former residential school turned resort and conference centre. “CBEEN was delighted to win the bid to host the 2018 national conference”, said CBEEN Executive Director and Conference Coordinator, Duncan Whittick. “This is the first time that this conference has come to our region, and we were honoured to host it in a place that the Ktunaxa people have turned from such a negative history into a place that is positive for the local community and educational for all Canadians. This event will launch a provincial conference that will come back to this region every four years.”
Conference Indigenous Advisor, Michele Sam, shared that “I was pleased with the feedback, the participation and the content offered by various Ktunaxa people who have been practicing place-based learning for as long as we have been here. Together, we took the opportunity to support learning by doing differently, and surely that investment and energy will support these organizations as they move into their everyday work, and planning the next national conferences in Saskatoon in 2019 and Toronto in 2020.”
The 2018 conference featured over 100 workshops, sessions, field studies, presentations and outdoor learning opportunities. Keynotes included Ktunaxa Hereditary Chief Sophie Pierre, ʔaq̓am Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre, Tewa Indigenous Scholar from New Mexico Dr. Gregory Cajete, BC Minister of Education Rob Fleming, Environmental Education Professor Dr. Rick Kool and Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair and BC Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council Member, Kathryn Teneese. The spotlight also shone on the music of mountain-inspired band Shred Kelly, and Canada’s premiere environmental education musician, Remy Rodden.
Conference volunteer and local educator, Natasha Burgess, reflected, "I heard so many people say that this was one of the best conferences they had ever been to. It was the perfect mix of information, connection, and fun. When I think about what experiential, place-based learning should look like, talk about 'walking the talk' with this conference!"
ʔaq̓am Nasuʔkin (Chief) Joe Pierre closed the conference reflecting on pop music lyrics "It's something unpredictable. But in the end it's right. I hope you had the time of your life."
Local conference organizers were delighted by the high level of local support from organizations in the Columbia Basin such as College of the Rockies, Wildsight, Columbia Outdoor School, Columbia Basin Trust, Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program, Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Regional District of East Kootenay, City of Kimberley, St. Eugene Mission Resort, Kootenay Kwik Print and Kicking Horse Coffee. All school districts in the local region were partners in hosting this conference.
Read more about CBEEN’s role and support for environmental education: https://cbeen.org
See a slide-show of images from the EECOM Conference. See if you can spot any of your SD 6 colleagues.
Reflections on EECOM
I was fortunate enough to be on the hosting committee for the large EECOM 2018 Conference: Classrooms 2 Communities, which was held October 18-22, 2018. We hosted nearly 300 participants at St. Eugene just outside Cranbrook, BC. The conference was packed with amazing workshops, incredible speakers, wise leaders, and awesome entertainment. A few highlights from the conference include:
Being welcomed by Chief Joe Pierre and his mother, Sophie, who were both generous enough to share numerous stories with us about this beautiful land.
Having our Minister of Education, Mr. Rob Fleming, attend this conference. He shared his desire to support teachers in weaving Indigenous perspectives into our teaching, and I was able to ask him about his plans for supporting educators in connecting with local knowledge keepers.
Learning more about Thrilling and Risky Play from educators working in a Nature Kindergarten setting in Williams Lake.
Taking part in a Forest Bathing Therapy session near Marysville Falls, one of the many Field Study sessions offered on Saturday.
Learning about many great resources people are using to incorporate Indigenous perspectives, including Natural Curiosity’s 2ndEdition: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children’s Environmental Inquiry. We have been able to purchase three of these books and they will be available to borrow from the Outdoor Learning book bins in Kimberley, Windemere, and Golden.
Being reminded to provide ample time and space for children to explore and wonder.
Also being reminded to use the Learning Cycle to guide learning outdoors: Invitation- Exploration-Concept/Invention-Application- Reflection
Learning about amazing online resources, such as http://beetlesproject.org (free printable resources and complete lessons for outdoor learning) and https://johnmuirlaws.com/journaling-curriculum/ (Free Nature Journaling document)
Dancing to Shred Kelly and sharing stories with amazing people around the campfire.
Thank you to everyone who attended this conference and contributed to it's success!
Thank you Natasha Burgess
Natasha Burgess (left) participating in the Plenary Panel at EECOM. Pictured with Selena Metcalfe (Right), President of EEPSA
Rocky Mountain School District at EECOM
LOCAL EDUCATORS TAKE HOME AWARDS AT CANADIAN CONFERENCE
A number of local educators took home awards from the 2018 Canadian Environmental Education Conference. The awards ceremony, which took place on October 20 at St. Eugene Resort near Cranbrook, recognized both classroom teachers and community educators who demonstrated excellence in encouraging stewardship and sustainability through environmental education in the Canadian Columbia Basin. Nominated by their peers, and chosen by a committee of past recipients, their experience, collaborative efforts and mentorship have made a positive impact on our entire region.
Local awards went to Courtney Haeusler (Fernie), Dawn Deydey (Fernie), Janene Stein (Balfour), Joan Dolinsky (Golden), Katrina Sumrall (New Denver), Kristina Leidums (Creston), Laura Jackman (Rossland), Mardelle Sauerborn (Sparwood) and Sheena Stienstra (Castlegar).
Past recipients, Janet Kuijt, Natasha Burgess and Erika Momeyer presented the awards. Burgess remarked, "It was such an honour to be able to stand with past award recipients and recognize the efforts of these nine inspiring educators. As we read about the achievements of each of these individuals, I was reminded again of the incredible work being done across the Columbia Basin. I was also brought back to the feeling of pride and community that came when I received my award, and I hope this year's award recipients had that feeling as well."
In addition, the local region brought home two Canadian Awards of Environmental Education Excellence. The Kootenay-Boundary’s School Superintendent Environmental Education (KBEE) Initiative was recognized for their work in supporting place-based learning in schools around the region. And CBEEN’s Executive Director (and KBEE Coordinator), Duncan Whittick, received the national award for outstanding individual supporting an organization in Canada.
Canadian Awards Chair, Adam Young, reflected that “The EECOM Awards Ceremony is an important moment for environmental educators across the country to honour the individuals and organizations who are leading the way in Canada. We are fortunate to celebrate and learn from award winners and have them as inspiration in our day-to-day practices and decision making on critical environmental teachings.”
Jennifer Roberts and Cheryl Lenardon receive a Canadian Award of Excellence on behalf of the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education Committee (KBEE), representing school districts 5, 6, 8, 10, 20 and 51. http://kbee.ca
Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education Steering Committee met in October at St. Eugene in connection with the Kootany-Boundary Superintendents Association Chapter meeting
Wild Voices for Kids is a curriculum-linked, place-based environmental education program engaging local experts in the education of K-12 students on the land, history, and culture of the Columbia Basin region.
Wild Voices is a unique program in the Basin as it enables local specialists to develop programs connected to the local environment and tailored to their area of expertise and passion.
Wild Voices Experiences In SD 6 in November
To learn more about Wild Voices environmental learning opportunities for K-12 students, please visit: https://cbeen.ca/wildvoices/.
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The following Wild Voices experiences are planned for November for SD 6 classes :
Metis Culture & History - Lady Grey Elementary - Margot McMullan
Trees and Me & Schoolyard Explorations - Eileen Madson Primary- Minetta Norrie
Fur Trade: Intro to Aboriginal Impact and Involvement -J.A. Laird Elementary - Terri Hayes
Avalanche Skills - McKim School - Toni Morrison
We encourage our schools to plan for every child in SD 6 to have a WILD VOICES experience this year!
Our class went to Spur Valley to learn more about the Kokanee Salmon and to observe them in their natural habitat. When we first arrived at the creek we were met by an enormous golden eagle. He was perched up in a tree hunting for his next feast. Unfortunately some loud noises alerted this great hunter and he soared away.
Before we could go see the salmon, Mrs. Murray lead us in a ceremony honouring the return of the salmon. We sat in a circle and sang an aboriginal song with Mrs. Murray as she played our school drum.
Honouring the Return of The Salmon
In our school and in our class we are learning about the Six Cedar Tree Core Competencies; which looks at 6 Pacific Northwest Coast animals and how these animals can help us develop a deeper understanding. We went on our trip thinking like Salmon – watching a situation and deciding what to think and asking questions and exploring.
Tessa, Karina and Rylan
Students in Mrs. Horn's class at Edgewater Elementary
We walked over a bridge, along a trail and through a fence to get to the place where we could really see the spawning salmon. There were so many there. The water was a blur of red; the salmon so exhausted from their long journey upstream. We learned about the life cycle of the salmon, we observed the salmon struggling to swim upstream and asked many questions about their journey and the struggles they would have.
Mrs. MacDougall’s grade 4/5 class joined Mrs. McMullan, our Aboriginal Support Worker, on a field trip to the Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch in the Blaeberry valley in Golden, as part of 'Take Me Outside' Week. Through a lens of Indigenous connections to the land; students ate, explored with magnifying glasses, ate again :), played traditional games, made talking sticks, and shared in a circle using our new talking sticks.
Take Me Outside for Learning at Lady Grey Elementary
On October 15th, and in collaboration with Wildsight BC, our Gr. 4/5 class got to experience our beautiful mountain backyard through a scientific lens. Under the helm of Wildsight Educator Jessica King, students embarked to an area close to the Wilmer wetlands to do a forest ecosystem study. Students got to learn about different types of plant life and the historical (and medicinal) uses of these plants. Students also got to use scientific tools to investigate the natural area around them and to question and explore what makes a forest ecosystem so diverse. With several outdoor games mixed in, students had a robust learning experience in an area only minutes area away from their doorstep. It was a fantastic day of learning together and strengthening peer relationships in the great outdoors!
Thank you Joe Baron
Windermere Students Learning with Wildsight
SD 6 Principals Committed to Place-Based Learning
Rocky Mountain School District Principals took their own learning outdoors as part of our October Admin Team Meeting. They went for a walk and considered the myriad of possible teachable moments and curricular connections along the way. They reflected on the potential ways they in their leadership roles could enhance place-based learning in their schools.
They participated in a learning circle making commitments for short-term goals to support their staffs and students getting outside for learning. Ten days later when we did our check in principals and vice-principals shared actions which included
Incorporating outdoor walk and talks into staff meetings and meetings with students
Encouraging teachers to participate in TMO for Learning School Year Challenge and signing up for the challenge with classes taught in
Joining one of the local teacher-led Environment Education Provincial Specialist Association Coyote Mentoringbook clubs
Making place-based learning a recurring topic at staff meetings
Inviting community Environmental educators and resource people to staff meetings
Showcasing place-based and environmental learning in the school
Making deliberate connections between outdoor learning and outcomes across the curriculum - Reminding staff about walking field trip permission forms to reduce barriers to getting out - Looking at resources and materials at the school to support outdoor learning (e.g. backpacks, compasses, magnifiers, and small shovels)
Planning whole-school outdoor experiences -
Tweeting and newsletters to communicate outdoor learning
We are very proud of the leadership of our principal and vice-principal team in Rocky Mountain. They have embraced the District Direction around environmental, outdoor, and community-based learning and the invitation of the redesigned curriculum to get students outside and engaged in place-based learning. They are working hard to model, encourage, and support teachers to make this kind of learning something all of our students experience.
Emotions are integral to learning
Our teaching and learning is guided by these principles
Learners at the centre
The 7 Principles of Learning
The social nature of learning
Our learning community is
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Assessment for learning
One of the highest priority areas of need identified by the District Staff Development and District Implementation Committees for teacher professional learning and enactment of the redesigned curriculum is access to quality Indigenous educational resources. Teachers are committed to embedding Aboriginal content and First People's Principals of Learning across the curriculum but often feel ill-equipped with resources, texts, and materials to help them. This can be tricky as there are some dated materials in school and library collections that may not be appropriate. There is a proliferation of new publications marketed as for this purpose that may or may not be good choices.
BC's First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) has created the guide Authentic First Peoples Resources, K-Gr 9 and Authentic Resources Online Catalogue .
"The guide is intended to help BC educators introduce resources that reflect First Peoples knowledge and perspectives into classrooms in respective ways. The inclusion of authentic First Peoples content into classrooms supports all students in developing an understanding of the significant place of First Peoples within the historical and contemporary fabric of this province and provides culturally relevant materials for Indigenous learners in British Columbia." -FNESC
Aboriginal Education support workers will be using this guide as a basis for working with school teacher librarians, administrators, and classroom teachers to review the resources currently being used in schools and identifying additional resources which may be needed. We will be asking a team to join us at the District Resource Centre to give those materials the same consideration. Aboriginal partners will be consulted in this process around local resources.
We appreciate the leadership of Rocky Mountain School District Aboriginal Education Support Workers in this important work.
Review of Indigenous Education Resources
Merci Iris Trask
Golden French Immersion Program Benefits from French Language Assistant
Golden Secondary and Lady Grey Elementary School have been fortunate to have a French Language Assistant to help students in the French Immersion Program this year. This program is funded by the Federal Government and is designed to help students build their language skills, learn more about the French culture and the unique linguistic features of the French language.
Thank you Bob Wilson
Nicholson teachers were briefly introduced to SNAP recently. SNAP (Student Numeracy Assessment and Practice) is a numeracy teaching, practice and assessment tool developed by SD33 (Chilliwack). Runa Bjarnason-Wilson saw SNAP as another way of integrating independent numeracy practice into her Gr. 4/5 numeracy centre approach to teaching mathematics, and dedicated part of her whiteboard space to this practice area. SNAP resources are available online at: snap.sd33.bc.ca.
Developing Numeracy at Nicholson Elementary
In the fall all schools complete reading records of all students in Grades 1-7 and conduct a District-Wide Write with all students in Grades 1-8. This involves engaging students in research-based protocols to produce writing samples that are marked collaboratively by teams of teachers to determine what students have control of in their writing and what areas may be a focus for instruction for all, some, or individual students. The classroom teacher listening to each student read leveled text is an important part of finding out what students can read fluently and demonstrate comprehension of and some of the reading behaviours and strategies they use.
These assessments are common across classrooms, schools, and the district so teams can talk about them and make meaning from the results. Strengths can be seen, focus areas for instruction identified, growth observed, and questions raised about anything that is surprising or may need to be explored further to understand.
In the case of students who may receive different or more intensive interventions based on their fall results the assessments may be done again mid-year to monitor growth and adjust supports and approaches as needed. All students will repeat the assessments in the spring. This information is a piece of the complete assessment picture that shows the progress of the individual student, groups of students, and the system as a whole.
Principals in each school ensure the results of these and other assessments are reviewed by the staff and acted on collectively. The planning each school does to organize learning environments, apply resources, and focus their attention is based on student assessment information including District Wide Write and reading records. Schools will reference the assessments they relied on when they share the results of their goals for student achievement at the Celebrations of Student Success presentations in June.
Rocky Mountain School District takes an evidence -based approach to our work together.
Using Assessment to Plan for Student Success
Thank you Iris Trask
The Golden Secondary 2019 Grad class embarked on their largest fundraiser of the year on November 4th with the making of 1662 apple pies to fill the orders they pre-sold. Grads and their families spent the day working in an efficient assembly line fashion to peel, core and slice the apples, fill the pie shells, add spices, attach the tops, bag the pies, and send them to the gym ready to be picked up by the customers. The community of Golden waits with anticipation for this annual pie sale. Word on the street is that this year’s pies are as delicious as ever!
A huge thanks to Grad Teacher Sponsor, Mrs. Rebecca Pilon, the Grad Executive and Parent Sponsor Judy Kardash for organizing the whole event!
Golden Secondary Pitching in for Grad Pies
Teacher Librarians from Eileen Madson, Edgewater, Windermere, and J.A. Laird planned a session with District Literacy Support teacher Barb Carriere and District Resource Centre secretary Robin Kinnerlsey.
Jen Tagg, Jenny Hubrecht, Alithia Gillies, and Bridget Anakin each included aspects of a professional learning network (PLN) into their professional growth plans and have intentions to meet once in the Fall, once in the Winter and once in the Spring.
On Monday October 29th from 3:30-4:30 they met at the District Resource Centre. They took the opportunity to browse and look at materials useful towards implementing aspects of their long-range library plans and programs and also to connect with Robin and Barb for a host of questions and inquiries they have including organization and management of resource collections and supporting literacy.
Thank you Jen Tagg
Elementary Teacher Librarians Professional Learning Network
Thank You Alyssan Gauthier
On November 2nd, Martin Morigeau Elementary School hosted the Work BC Find Your Fit career fair, which gave students an opportunity to explore a number of different career paths in a hands-on way. We also linked this experience to tours of the local Columbia Lake Technology Center (CLTC) a few blocks from our school.
After exploring different career paths at MMES, students were able to talk with employees at the CLTC about their experiences in a number of career areas. Thank you to J. Alfred Laird Elementary School, Edgewater School and Paul Carriere for joining us for a day of career learning!
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Elementary Students Learning About Careers with Hands-On and Community Experiences
Pictured above is Stefan Hood, Wildfire Technician with BC Wildfire Service. Stefan is making a presentation to grade 11 and 12 students from David Thompson Secondary school, inviting them to participate in a unique and exciting opportunity. Stefan met with principal Darren Danyluk to explain that each spring the Invermere Zone of the BC Wildfire Service hires a fire crew for our area, and all the applicants are from elsewhere in the province and country. Stefan wants to encourage local residents to consider this career path. To that end, the BC Wildfire Service has partnered with DTSS to offer students a unique training opportunity. As many as ten grade 11 or 12 students may apply for the Junior Fire Crew Member training to be held in Invermere in the spring of 2019. Students will not only be trained as a crew member, they will receive their Occupational First Aid Level 1 and their Transportation Endorsement certification. Participating students will earn credit towards graduation with Work Experience 12 credit. One of the students trained will have the opportunity for employment with the BC Wildfire Service, Invermere Zone, in the summer of 2019!
Careers: Junior Fire Crew Member Training
Thank you Darren Danyluk
Our communication results in common understanding
Jen Quigley, Principal of Marysville Elementary School, gave the Board a tour of the planned renovations to create additional Learning Services space to help support children having special needs.
Paul Carriere, Superintendent, recognized Shannon Hood and Rosemary Oaks for their years of service to the Board as they are not running in this year’s fall Trustee Election. Mr. Carriere recognized Shannon Hood for serving three terms and Rosemary Oaks for serving two terms as Trustees for School District No. 6.
STRATEGIC AND POLICY ISSUES
First Reading was approved to amend Policy 6910, Student Travel for work experience. This Policy has the purpose of ensuring the District has signed parental permission in place for transportation arrangements for a student participating in a school sanctioned work experience activity. Changes to the policy clarify the options, and make it clear that the Policy is not to provide approval for one student to transport another.
Paul Carriere, Superintendent, provided the Board with an update on enrollment; reporting there was a modest increase in enrollment in all three zones compared to the prior year.
Chairperson Amber Byklum presented the Board with District Directions 2023 for Board approval. She expressed her gratitude for the collaborative work involving Trustees, Staff, Parents, Students and community members. A number of Trustees commented positively on the Directions and the process that led to them. The Directions will guide the work in our District for the next 5 years, and take effect at the beginning of 2019.
Mr. Culler reported on the September 2018 Budget Utilization Summary for the Board’s information.
Learning Leadership Report – The Learning Leadership Report is available on the SD6 website main page.
Vice-Chairperson Fearing reported on the upcoming Trustee Academy scheduled in Vancouver on November 29 – December 1, 2018.
Chairperson Byklum reported on the BCSTA Kootenay Boundary Branch AGM held in Trail on September 14 – 15, 2018.
Public School Employers Association – Trustee Campbell reported that the Provincial Framework Agreement negotiations between BCPSEA and CUPE have been concluded and that the Employers’ Association is preparing for Teacher bargaining which will commence in the spring of 2019.
The October and November 2018 calendars were circulated.
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SD 6 Board-Community Update on the activities of the Board of Education from the most recent regular meeting
Prime Minister‘s Youth Council: The Prime Minister‘s Youth Council (PMYC) is a group of young Canadians who provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians. Students interested in being part of the next cohort of the PMYC are invited to apply by November 30. For more information, please visit the Prime Minister‘s Youth Council website.
Ocean Plastic Education Kit: Did you know that at least eight million metric tonnes of plastic make their way into our oceans each year? Plastic pollution is severely harming our oceans and marine life and we need to act now to protect these valuable resources. Please visit the Ocean Plastic Education website and check out the useful classroom resources you can use with your students to teach them about the effects of plastics on our oceans.
Graduation Program Update: Implementation of the B.C. Graduation Program, including the new Grades 11 and 12 curriculum and required numeracy and literacy assessments, are on track for implementation in the 2019/20 school year. We are continuing to work with superintendents and education partners to prepare the final graduation program document and implementation guide for distribution to all boards in early December. I will keep you posted as well.
Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) Monitoring Report: The FSA Provincial Marking Monitoring Report 2018 is now available. This report describes the degree of consistency between scores assigned by the local markers to their students' responses on the written-response sections of the FSA and scores assigned by the markers participating in the provincial monitoring session. As indicated in the report, reliability of local marking is found to be high.
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Rocky Mountain School District Learning Leadership Calendar 2016-2017
Nov 8-9 -BC Superintendents Association Fall Conference
Nov 12- Day in Lieu of Remembrance Day
Nov 13 - Changing Results for Intermediate Readers session
Nov 13 - Board Meeting
Nov 14 - FSA marking
Nov 18 - Secondary report cards issued
Nov 21 - New Trustee orientation; District Write follow up session Gr 1-3
Nov 26: Book Club -Creating Cultures of Thinking
Nov 27 - Intro to SmartLearning session
Nov 29 - District Write follow up session Gr 4-8
Dec 3 - K/1 Joyful Literacy session
Dec 6 - Elementary Report cards issued
Dec 7 - Non-Instructional Day for Pro-D
Dec 11- Board meeting
Dec 24- Start of Christmas Holidays
Jan 7 - Return from holidays
Jan 8- Board Meeting
Feb 2- Secondary report cards issued
Feb 8 - WZ Mountain Film student showing
Feb 12 - Board Meeting
Feb 15 - Non-Instructional Day for Pro-D
Feb 18 - Family Day
Mar 8 - Elementary Report cards issued
Mar 12 - Board Meeting
Mar 18-Start of Spring Break
Apr 1- Return from break
April 8 - Non-Instructional Day for Pro-D
Apr 9 - Board Meeting
Apr 19 -Good Friday
Apr 22 - Easter Monday
Apr 26 - BCSSA Spring Forum on Assessment
Apr 28 - Secondary report cards issued
May 7-8 - Kootenay-Boundary Superintendent's Association Spring Chapter meetings
May 14 - Board Meeting
May 20 - Victoria Day
Jun 11- Board Meeting
Jun 27 -Last day for students; report cards issued
Jun 28 - Admin 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 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