Every student in Rocky Mountain School District will graduate with dignity, purpose, and options.
Golden celebrates grad & school transition of Aboriginal students p. 7
BC Policy for Student Success p. 53
BC Policy for Student Success p.
We will care deeply, act wisely and find joy in each day!
Spotlight on Starting the Year with District Day
We are off to a fantastic start for 2018-19! We were very pleased that the Fire Evacuation Alert affecting Kimberley was rescinded on the morning of September 4, as this allowed us to breathe a sigh of relief going into week 1. Thanks to everyone for a very successful District Day on August 29, despite the fact that our Kimberley staff needed to be close to home during that time. By all reports, all staff enjoyed participating in 3 great days of Professional Development and Training in the final week of August and enjoyed a positive first week of classes, reconnecting with our returning students and meeting our new ones. If you haven’t had the opportunity please check out the welcome back message from our Board Chairperson in this issue, for more information about our new year and some helpful links. Best wishes for a successful school year!
Rocky Mountain School District
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.
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!
On behalf of all of us in the District, we would like to extend warm congratulations to all our Graduates who proudly walked across the stage in June. The ceremonies held in each community celebrated their accomplishments, and many Grads who are on their way to post-secondary programs were recipients of scholarships and bursaries provided by generous local donors and the Ministry of Education.
We welcome our new staff, students and parents. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with our School District website (www.sd6.bc.ca) and with the individual school websites found under the “schools” menu. Scrolling down the main page brings you to our Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles and in that section you will see calendar items, a twitter feed and other news items posted from time to time. Board of Education information is under the “About Us” menu where you will find a regular monthly update on their activities. Under the same menu, you will also see our Enhancing Learning Framework, which includes links to our School Success Plans (2018-19 plans will be posted in mid-October). In our District, we have a strong collaborative culture focused on doing our very best for each student, and we strive to “care deeply, act wisely, and find joy in each day!”
We have new staff members in District positions this year. In the Central Office, we welcome Amanda Garand, Manager of Human Resources, and Lisa Hagell, who is our new Human Resources Assistant. We also welcome Terri Hayes as the new Vice Principal at JA Laird Elementary and Brad Carrier as the new Vice Principal of McKim Middle School. Jim Bryce is the new Operations Supervisor in Kimberley, and Amy Shoup is the new Manager of our International Student Program. We will also have two specialist Teachers working out of Invermere who will serve the whole District. Jamie Corpuz is our Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Laurie Watson is our Teacher of the Visually Impaired (Laurie will also provide Orientation and Mobility services). Some staff in District positions have been assigned new responsibilities in the coming year. Sean Cameron, District Principal, will also be the Principal of Rocky Mountain Distributed Learning School, and Lisa Tenta will serve as Vice Principal to both DTSS and the Distributed Learning Program. Lori Sluth, who was an International Program Homestay Coordinator, is now the Coordinator of Short-Term Student Programs. Congratulations to all these staff members and we wish them the best in their new roles!
We continue to support continuous improvement in student achievement. Please check out our Rocky Mountain Improvement Story here. If you are reading a paper copy of this letter, you can find the information on our website under “About Us – Enhancing Learning Framework”. We track results and plan interventions across the system to help students needing more assistance. As well, we are focused on increasing the achievement results of our Aboriginal learners, and the Enhancement Agreement, signed with our partners in June 2015, is an important tool to help us get there.
In the Provincial picture, we begin implementation of the new Grade 10-12 Graduation Program this year. For more information about upcoming changes, please follow this link, https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/graduation-info.
On behalf of the Board of Education and the Senior Staff of the District, we sincerely thank you for your partnership in supporting learning!
Have a great year!
Amber Byklum Paul Carriere
Chairperson, Board of Education Superintendent of Schools
Our students experience environmental, outdoor and community based learning.
Our learning community is research based and collaborative.
Our communication results in common understanding.
We care deeply, act wisely and find joy in each day.
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 learning is empowered by technology.
Our students and staff feel safe, connected and valued.
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 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.
Golden Secondary School's Aboriginal Grad and Grade 7 Transition Ceremony (first annual) happened on June 21, Aboriginal Day.
Thank you Iris Trask
On National Indigenous Peoples Day this year grade 7 First Nations and Metis students, from Lady Grey and Nicholson Elementary Schools, walked from Lady Grey to Golden Secondary to mark the occasion of their transition to high school. Walking along the Kicking Horse river, with their personally made journey sticks, students were met by Elders and other knowledge keepers celebrating their culture. Another surprise was when many classes from our K-3 school came out to greet the grade 7s on their journey to the high school.
When we arrived at Golden Secondary, we were greeted by some parents, Elders and school staff. After an opening blessing, students were invited to take part in a smudge if they wanted, and after snacks, we did a spider web activity that demonstrated how we are all interconnected. The underlying message was that these students are surrounded by many supports here in Golden, both in our schools and in our community.
Best of luck to you all on the next leg of your journey grade 7’s!
Aboriginal Student School Transition Ceremony in Golden
Thank you Laurie MacDougall
WES Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day—June 21st
Windermere Elementary School celebrated First Nation culture with a series of events prepared for our students. A HUGE thank you to our parent community and to our special guests for making this learning opportunity such a rich experience for our students!
The Gr. 5/6 class continued their learning of reconciliation by visiting St. Eugene in Cranbook which was previously a residential school. The tour was very informative and helped provide a greater scope of understanding of this time in Canadian history.
Birchbark Collection Demo & Standing Switch Stick Game
Thank you Joe Baron
National Aboriginal Day at David Thompson Secondary
Thank you Glen Sage
There was a lot of excitement at DTSS on June 21 as National Aboriginal Day was also the last day of regular classes prior to final exams. Aboriginal Education Support Workers Shynai Borho and Monica Fisher, along with a group of students cooked bannock and Aboriginal tacos for the whole school. Students and staff had a delicious lunchtime meal. A big thanks to Shynai, Monica and the students who cooked and served.
Cultural Safety and Addressing Systemic Racism With Harley Eagle
Everyone is welcome to participate:
Date: Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (PST)
Place: Videoconference OR In Person
Registration: required to participate livestream
Website: Learn More
What systemic racism is
How colonization contributes to systemic racism
How systemic racism and other oppressive systemic beliefs contribute to culturally unsafe settings
Steps health care providers and educational institutions can take to create and sustain cultural safety
Register for Webinar
Mark Your Calendars for the Upcoming Sessions!
Connect with Self Presented by Allan Lindley from IndigenEYEZ
Everyone is welcome to participate:
Date: Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (PST)
Place: Videoconference OR Internet Webinar
Registration: required to participate livestream
Website: Learn more
Explore topics related to:
What difference do I want to make in my family, community and world at large?
What gets in the way of me fully stepping into my essence?
What are the ‘per–spectacles’ that shape my behaviours?
Do I see the world through my colonized or my indigenous EYEZ?
Register for Webinar
Raising Resilient Children with Denise Findlay
Everyone is welcome to participate:
Date: Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (PST)
Place: Videoconference OR Internet Webinar
Registration: Required to participate livestream
Website: Learn more
Explore topics related to:
Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s latest insights in regards to the keys to resilience
Her personal experience working within Indigenous communities
What adults, specifically parents and educators, can do in the context of relationship to ensure that our children and adolescents reach their full potential
Register for Webinar
This year we decided to merge our National Indigenous People’s Day and our Fun Day into one big extra special day! We started it off with a Native Dance Performance from students around the valley including J.A.Laird and DTSS. The whole school got to learn how to do the Friendship Dance!
After the performance we participated in a bunch of different stations most of them being games and activities. These stations were made up of different aboriginal games, a bike helmet check, medallion making, beading, and many others including a free Fry Bread station, YUMMY! And at the end of the day we got activity books, colour pages and even tattoos about National Indigenous Peoples Day! It was a wonderful and fun filled day!
Martin Morigeau Elementary School National Indigenous People’s Day & Fun Day
Thank you Tisha Tardif
Martin Morigeau Student Published
Grade 6 Student Slone Leman has been honoured as a first prize contest winner in a Canadian creative writing contest! Her poem, entitled "Nature" has been printed in a poetry anthology called "Chasing Moonlight", produced by Polar Expressions Publishing. There were over 11,000 entries in this competition with one top poem selected at Grade 6, 7 and 8.
By Kyla Smith (Learning Service Teacher, McKim School in Kimberley, BC)
I highly recommend these two Sexual Health Resources by Kerri Isham. Kerri Isham is a Sexual Health Educator and Teacher from Nanaimo, British Columbia. The student and teacher friendly resources support SOGI language, student needs, and BC Curriculum. Below is a short summary for both fantastic resources.
Body Smart: Right from the Start (ages 3 to Grade 3)
The sexual, physical and spiritual safety of our children should be a top priority for everyone. With the guidance of a teacher or parent, this interactive, gender-neutral workbook focusses on increasing abuse resistance in children. This inclusive, reproducible, activity book touches on key concepts to support the delivery of the Physical and Health Education Curriculum (2016) in BC: private body parts, safe/unsafe/secret touch, unsafe situations, caring behaviours, emotions and reliable sources of health information to name a few.
Puberty: Coming to a Body Near You
Puberty can be a scary and challenging time. As a parent/teacher, you have the unique opportunity to make puberty an exciting right of passage for your children/students. With fun, meaningful and hands-on activities, our children can learn to be open and confident with these sensitive topics. This interactive, reproducible, workbook touches on key concepts to support the delivery of the Physical and Health Education Curriculum (2016) in BC: strategies for accessing health information, strategies and skills to use in potentially hazardous/unsafe or abusive situations, factors that influence self-identity, physical/emotional/ and social changes of puberty, sexuality, sexual identity, gender, and more.
As one of the SOGI Lead teachers at McKim, I would also like to recommend this brand new book: The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth By: Jo Langford.
Sense of Place
LET'S GET EVERY SD 6 CLASS INVOLVED!
"Hi Duncan (CBEEN) and Blue Lake staff,
I just wanted to say thank you for this wonderful opportunity!! We had an amazing time at Blue Lake. The students were still singing camp songs at school today. The staff at Blue Lake were knowledgeable, engaging and fun. Students learned about the food chain in the game Predator/Prey as well as tree identification and how glaciers shaped the land around us. We learned, we sang, we played and we will never forget the beautiful Blue Lake. These memories will last a lifetime. Thanks again,
Laurie Neeve's Class won a trip to Blue Lake by participating in the TMO for Learning Challenge Last Year
WORKSHOPS + EVENTS+ RESOURCES+ WILD VOICES FOR KIDS!
SHARING OUR NATURAL WORLD ARTWORK CONTEST
Submission Deadline Postmarked October 31, 2018
September 2018– BC communities once again honor National Forest Week (NFW). The theme this year is “Research Forests: Sharing our Natural World”. To raise awareness of the almost century-old NFW event, September 23-29, 2018, FORED BC is again offering a provincial artwork poster contest for youths.
BC’s Research Forests (http://www.rpd.forestry.ubc.ca/) are great places to learn how to protect our forests and explore our natural world. Make a picture of some of the things you can do there: planting a tree; going for a nature hike or maybe boating or camping; searching for wildlife and birds and looking for their homes; discovering many different kinds of trees, learning their names and seeing how they grow. Learning how to protect our environment helps us maintain healthy forests, which are important to our culture, environment and way of life.
The contest is open to all kids ages 5 - 18. Six winners will each collect a $50 prize from FORED BC. Joint winners would share the prize. In addition, three bonus prizes of a distinctive FORED pen crafted from second-growth timber will be awarded.
Artwork Contest Details:
Deadline for poster submission is October 31, 2018 and must be postmarked by that same date. All posters become the property of FORED BC.
Participants must note their name, postal address, phone and email address and/or grade, teacher, school, & school postal & email addresses on the back of all posters or in covering emails, so we can contact winners.
All artistic mediums accepted: i.e. pencil, crayon, paint, mural, collage, etc. Scanned posters may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in high-resolution.jpg (300dpi) format.
Size: 8.5”x11” to 11”x17” paper with theme: “Research Forests: Sharing our Natural World”
Due to the large volume of entries, FORED cannot return posters. Only winners will be notified. By participating, winners agree that their names and posters can be published in local media.
FORED BC, short for FOR EDucation About our Environment and its Natural Resources, is a charitable organization established in 1925. Through support from members, foundations and the Province of BC, we work with aligned groups and volunteers
on community-based sustainability projects.
Contact: p: 604-737-8555 Email posters to: email@example.com
Or Mail: FORED BC #213-4438 West 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6R 4R8
FORED BC, short for FOR EDucation about our environment & its natural Resources, is a charitable non-profit association established in 1925. We work with aligned groups and volunteers such as the Aboriginal Institute for Management Excellence, on community-based sustainability projects. This poster contest is a component of our AHEAD (Aboriginal Heritage Education and Dialogue) program.
Starting the New Year with District Day
Our learning community is
research based and collaborative
All the Windermere and Golden zone Rocky Mountain staff came together in Invermere for a day of reconnecting and learning to begin the new school year on August 31. Unfortunately our Kimberley colleagues who needed to stay closer to home due to the wildfire evacuation alert for their community were unable to join us and did professional learning at their own sites.
District Day was graciously hosted by David Thompson Secondary School. The day started with refreshments and a chance to visit with one another before heading into the gym for our Welcome Assembly. The Board of Education, CUPE Local 440, Rocky Mountain Teachers Association, and the Rocky Mountain Principals Association each brought greetings, new staff were introduced, and Superintendent Paul Carriere made a presentation framing what was important about the year ahead. Paul spoke about the redesigned BC curriculum and how that was coming to life across the district, particularly with the emphasis on the Core Competencies across the curriculum and through the grades. He shared stories of students in our district who were growing in the Core Competencies and what that looks like. He spoke about our commitment to continue to close the gap in achievement of Aboriginal students, and the understanding that Indigenous history, language, and culture are inherently valuable and unique to the place they come from; if they are not kept alive and thriving here there is no where else that will happen. He shared a story from the Richard Wagamese book One Native Life illustrating how how we can each help shape the sense of identity and belonging of a child. Paul talked about the District Directions, how they guide our work and shape our culture and of the process the Board is engaged in to develop the next set of 5 year directions for Rocky Mountain School District.
Other than a sunny break to enjoy a barbecue lunch prepared by Rotary, the rest of the day was devoted to learning around the Ministry designated themes of curriculum implementation, Indigenous education, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), and student mental health, and sessions designed for Operations staff to meet their learning priorities.
The group is up here. (They literally went off the map).
District Resource Centre Kicks off Year with Open House
The DRC Open House followed District Day to allow teachers to browse our collection updated for the redesigned curriculum. Teachers found a variety of print, online, and hands-on resources to support learning across curricular areas and grades and left with great resources and ideas.
Thank you Robin Kinnersley and Becky Wiegert for getting it all ready!
Invitation to Join the Numeracy Team
“Why do children dread mathematics? Because of the wrong approach. Because it is looked at as a subject.” (Shakuntala Devi)
As a member of the numeracy team we aim to:
· Share our experiences with Peter Liljedahl’s Thinking Classrooms.
· Develop good problems to try in class and share how they went.
· Discuss and develop assessments.
· Discuss the odd chapter or article.
Our meetings will be once a month, and we will connect online through digital conferencing. All members of the group will receive a copy of Carol Fullerton’s “Good Questions: A year of Open-Ended Math Problems” as a resource for their numeracy-filled classrooms.
For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Upcoming Opportunities for Professional Learning about Literacy
Educators in Rocky Mountain School District will have many opportunities to participate in teacher-led learning to enhance literacy instruction. Here are some offerings for the 2018-2019 school year.
Kindergarten Literacy and Growing Into Grade One PLC YEAR 2: Joyful Literacy
We are pleased to offer a second year for Kindergarten and Grade One teachers to join a Professional Learning Community!
The purpose behind organizing this is to:
Explore Janet Mort’s approach in Joyful Literacy Interventions
Gather collaboratively to share our practices
Create common understanding of literacy expectations
Read, reflect and grow professionally
This initiative will include past participants who wish to continue and may include new teachers based on spaces. In addition to the two full day sessions for cohort members, all teachers connected to K and Grade 1 will be invited to join two after school learning and sharing sessions held in zones.
Changing Results for Intermediate Readers (CRIR) - Year 2: New Cohort
Cohort 2: New Members!
We are pleased to offer another professional learning opportunity for our SD 6 Intermediate teachers. From 2012-2015, the Ministry of Education ran a very successful province-wide initiative called Changing Results for Young Readers that focused on teacher collaboration, in-class support and current research on how to foster reading success for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. Since then, other districts in the province began providing Intermediate teachers the opportunity to elevate the conversation around reading and literacy.
We are doing a new intake of intermediate teachers this fall: CR4IR: Cohort 2.
We invite any teachers who are interested in committing to this learning opportunity to join this fall. The commitment will include two full day meetings at the Invermere Board Office. The other four meetings will be afternoon sessions which will be held in each zone from 12:45-3:00. Purpose:
to elevate the conversation around reading/literacy
forming our own teaching identity by seeing ourselves as learners
provide professional learning which will be explicitly embedded with the classroom learning
Educators selected will commit to an inquiry approach including:
changing key aspects of their practice in order to improve success in reading
willingness to work with colleagues to explore and apply promising practices
documenting and sharing changes in their practice
gathering and interpreting evidence of children’s achievements
Roles and Responsibilities:
closely examine needs of learners
pose questions related to changes in their own practices and how the changes impact children’s learning
embed professional learning within their work
meet six times a year as a learning team (2 all day sessions in Invermere and 4 half day sessions in zone)
case study documentation of 1 specific student
It is important for teachers interested in this opportunity to know that the intent is not to be an add-on but rather to center on “doing what they are already doing.” This project is designed to be very do-able for the classroom teacher by focusing on a single student and documenting the teaching strategies used with that child. As part of the study, each teacher will submit their class list with student reading levels at the beginning and end of the year. This is a list that indicates whether students are Not Yet Meeting, Approaching, Meeting or Exceeding the expectations based on the assessment already being used in the classroom.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Barb Carriere at 342-9243 ext. 4402 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall District-Wide Write Protocol Training
We have invited and are supporting the attendance of an educator from each school to a full day session in the fall to review the District-Wide Write protocol. Separate sessions will be held on different days for K-3 (September 25) and 4-8 (September 26). Please note that we have revised the Grade 1 fall protocol. We will support release and travel for a teacher or administrator to review and practice the protocol to be able to support colleagues in the school to administer and anchor mark this assessment and use the results to inform instruction. Participants may be experienced with or new to the District-Wide Write.
Primary Running Record Training
We have invited and are supporting the release and travel for an administrator and a teacher from each school with primary grades to a full day session on September 18 to learn about completing and using the results of running records to inform reading instruction. We will look at the use of this practice with any leveled reading material as well as specifically consider the PM Benchmarks assessment.
Intermediate Running Record Training
We have invited and are supporting the release and travel for an administrator and teacher from each school with intermediate grades to a full day session on September 19 to learn about completing and using the results of running records to inform reading instruction. We will look at the protocol for the Fountas and Pinnel tool that all schools with Grades 4-7 will use this year as well as running records with any reading material.
Dear SD 6 K-12 colleagues;
Let’s build dynamic learning communities that engage students, promote deep understanding and sustain a lifetime of inquiry.
We are pleased to be offering another book club this year. We had such a successful exploration of Ron Ritchhart’s Creating Cultures of Thinking last year that we are going to repeat this book club again! Ron is the author of Making Thinking Visible and Intellectual Character. He is a senior research associate at Harvard Project Zero and fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Prior to becoming a researcher, Ron was a classroom teacher. The thread running through all of Ron’s work as an educator and researcher has been and continues to be the importance of fostering thinking, understanding, and creativity in all settings of learning. His research is classroom based and often focuses on understanding the complexity of teaching by examining the work of expert teachers.
The important role that models of thinking and learning play helps us to see that an education is much more than the delivery of content. A quality education is also about the development of habit of mind and thinking dispositions that will serve students as learners both in our own classrooms and in the future (Costa & Kallick, 2009; Ritchhart, 2002).
It takes hard work, dedication, continual reflection, and most of all a willingness to take risks and reach outside the comfort zone of established practices. This is both an individual endeavor and a collective process, recognizing that one learns as much from others’ practice as from one’s own (Ritchhart, Church, Morrison, 2011).
We felt that this book is exceptionally well suited to all grade levels and addresses the Core Competencies well. Our professional conversations have been rich and rewarding. We hope you will consider joining in, reading the book, and attending 6 evening dinner meetings this year! At each of these meetings you will be provided with an opportunity to review and discuss the use of thinking routines to make thinking visible. We connect with one another via video conference from our respective board/zone offices.
Please see the flyer on the next page for more information! Thank You.
Look forward to reading and learning together!
District Literacy Support Teacher
The book club around Cultures of Thinking was so successful we are offering it again!
Book Club for K-12 Educators
Golden Numeracy Collaboration
Last year, the Numeracy Initiative in Golden continued its work in two main areas: what it means to be numerate (and what that looks like at a variety of grade levels) and connecting teachers from Lady Grey Elementary and Golden Secondary. Our early discussions clearly indicated that group members from both schools wanted to see numeracy play a more prevalent role, particularly in our school-wide goals. (Both schools now have numeracy goals). We discussed the importance of having numeracy standards while incorporating the new curriculum- we look forward to brainstorming what this looks like in our zone for the years to come.
The Lady Grey grade 7 teachers also expressed interest in having their classes come up to the high school for a visit to a junior math class in action. Grade 7 students from LGES (teachers Rebecka Riddell-McKay, Susan Stolberg, Danielle Severin, Angela Vaillancourt and Lisa Marie-Putney) were partnered with a grade 9 student in Ms. Fawcett’s class. The grade 9 students sat with their grade 7 buddies, walking them through a typical lesson with a focus on explaining the “how” and “why” of their learning. This experience re-enforced the important messages of being organized and showing logical thinking in problem solving. One student’s reflection on the visit:
“ We buddied up with some grade nine students in Mrs. Fawcett’s math class. We reviewed our algebra, and we learned some Grade 9 math. We also had to solve some written questions. I found these to be harder to do than normal algebra questions. I really enjoyed going to the high school and doing math and I can't wait to go there next year.”
Experiences such as these not only create relationships for students but also help to foster strong relationships between teachers. These connections provide opportunities for professional growth through discussion and support. It is our hope to continue the Numeracy Initiative for next year. If you are interested in joining, please contact Lisa Fawcett at email@example.com.
Thank you Lisa Fawcett
Funds are available to support collaboration across schools for staff development to enhance student learning . The grant can provide release, travel, and food to support the “getting together.”
Project team will share their learning and the evidence of impact on student learning next spring.
Applications for 2018-2019 due September 14.
Click here to download application form.
The District Staff Development Committee is accepting applications for 2018-2019 collaborative grants!
Collaborative Grants support inter-school staff learning collaborations. The funds support the "getting together" for this work embedded professional development:
release time and travel to visit each other's classrooms, and co-teach,
meals to fuel planning and reflecting meetings outside of sthe school day.
Playing basketball with the Grade 1s and 2s!
UBC Community Field Experience at Lindsay Park
Xin Yi Liew was a UBC CFE student that joined our Lindsay Park staff for the last few weeks of the school year. Xin Yi was able to participate in several field trips and experience the numerous outdoor opportunities that we have in our community. She accompanied classes to the Gymnastics Club, the Trout Hatchery, Cominco Gardens, Fisher Farms, and Fairmont. She also planned a series of school-wide lessons utilizing her basketball skills, passion for outdoor education, and her cultural background. Xin Yi was a wonderful addition to our learning community and we enjoyed her passion and enthusiasm for education!
Learning about the Chinese Dragon with the Grade 3s
Thank You Crystal MacLeod
Doing a lesson on mindfulness in the Outdoor Classroom
Susan Point Art Project Summary – Edgewater Elementary School
By: Erika Kinach, UBC Student on Community Field Experience Rural School Placement
I was able to collaborate with my supervising Grade 5/6 teacher, Kim Culler, to create an art, social studies and language arts lesson that relates to a field trip we went on this week to the St. Eugene Residential School in Cranbrook. On our trip to St. Eugene, students participated in a program in which they learned more about the residential school that operated at the site, the ten thousand year history of the Ktunaxa and Shuswap people, and toured the site. Students were humbled to learn about the history of the residential school site and it complemented what they had already learned about the residential school system.
When I learned about our planned field trip to St. Eugene, the teacher and I began to brainstorm how we could connect an art lesson to the field trip. The result was our class making “stained glass” pieces reflective of what is meaningful to us in nature. The art pieces were inspired by Musqueam artist Susan Point, who created a stained-glass work for Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver called “Tree of Life”. This art piece was momentous because it is displayed in a church, an organization that has a dark relationship with Aboriginal people of Canada because of its affiliation with the residential school system. We looked at the piece and had a discussion about its purpose and meaning, the connection to the residential school system and the principle of interconnectedness with the environment.
To help students create their “stained glass” pieces, I first asked them to brainstorm parts of nature that they felt most connected to. After sketching their designed on a “stained glass” shaped piece of cardstock, students traced over their design with a thick cord and glued the cord onto the cardstock so that their design would have raised edges around all of the shapes, much like real stained glass. After the glue dried, we covered the cardstock with aluminum foil and pressed down, revealing the raised edges of the design. Finally, we colored in our design with permanent markers to bring our artwork alive and the results were stunning.
After we created the stained-glass pieces, the teacher and I had the students write “artists’ statements” which provided the opportunity for students to connect their learning from the field trip and other Social Studies lessons on the same topic to their art piece. The results were amazing! Students made meaningful connections to their learning about First Peoples Principles and the residential school system and were able to demonstrate their learning and understanding through three subject areas – an Art project, Social Studies topics and ideas, presented through the written format of the artists’ statement.
Our learning is
empowered by technology
Commissioner launches privacy awareness lesson plans for Grades 6-12
VICTORIA—When students and teachers head back to school, their backpacks will include more than the usual paper, pencils, and pens. They’ll also be filled with the latest electronic devices.
“Students today rely on smartphones, iPads, laptops, and other devices at school and at home,” says Michael McEvoy, BC Information and Privacy Commissioner. “That’s why privacy education is absolutely critical in today’s schools.”
A 2015 survey of 4,034 K-12 teachers and school administrators conducted by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and MediaSmarts revealed that teachers feel it is “very important” to teach digital literacy skills at school. Seven out of ten teachers also said that they were “very” or “somewhat” confident in their ability to teach these skills; most are already using networked devices in their classrooms to deliver content to students.
As they prepare for the year ahead, the OIPC has some tools for teachers—four privacy awareness lesson plans. The plans were created in collaboration with Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial privacy protection authorities and MediaSmarts, a Canadian not-forprofit charitable organization that champions digital and media literacy.
Three of the plans were designed for Grade 6 to 9, while the fourth plan targets high school students from Grades 9 through 12. The lesson plans incorporate videos, class discussions, and exercises to introduce students to privacy principles.
“It’s our hope to support teachers by offering these modules for use in their classroom,” says Commissioner McEvoy. “By doing so, they will be letting students know that privacy is a fundamental value and that their personal information is valuable.”
To view the lesson plans, visit https://www.oipc.bc.ca/resources/lesson-plans/
BC Ministry of Education Policy for Student Success
Please check out the Ministry‘s Policy for Student Success.This policy is akin to the Ministry Vision Statement and will help shape and guide everything done as a Ministry and a system endeavouring to ensure that all B.C. students reach their full potential.
Vision for Student Success
The Ministry of Education is guided by the provincial government’s core mandate, to make life more affordable, deliver the services people count on, and to build a strong, sustainable, innovative economy that works for everyone. In addition, the education system operates within a fiscal framework that ensures consistency and fairness across the province, while enabling local flexibility for school districts.
British Columbia has a great education system, and we have the opportunity to make it even better. We have a renewed and clear mandate – to enable every learner to maximize their potential – which fuels our passion and vision that B.C. has educated citizens who thrive in a rapidly changing world. Learn More
Understanding the BC Policy for Student Success (PDF)
Our communication results in common understanding
Policy For Student Success (PDF)
Teachers, Copyright, and Fair Dealing
Know your rights and know your limits
Thinking of using a short excerpt from a copyright-protected work in your classroom? First, find out if you need permission from the copyright owner.
The Fair Dealing Decision Tool helps teachers decide, with just a few clicks, whether fair dealing permits classroom use of short excerpts from print materials, artistic works, or audiovisual materials without needing to obtain copyright permission.
It takes 30 seconds on FairDealingDecisionTool.ca to determine if the intended use is fair dealing.
Every teacher should bookmark the Fair Dealing Decision Tool:
Know the law and model respect for intellectual property
Rocky Mountain School District Learning Leadership Calendar 2016-2017
Sep 3 - Labour Day
Sep 4 - First Day for students
Sep 11 - Board Meeting
Sep 14 - Collaborative Grant applications due
Sep 14-15-Kootenay-Boundary Trustee Association Fall Chapter Meetings
Sep 18-Primary Reading Assessment Session
Sep 19-Intermediate Reading Assessment Session
Sep 25-Primary District Wide Write Training
Sep 26- Intermediate/Secondary District Wide Write Training
Oct 1- Kootenay-Boundary Enhancing Learning Framework Think Tank
Oct 2-3 Kootenay-Boundary Superintendent Association fall meetings
Oct 8- Thanksgiving
Oct 9- Board Meeting
Oct 18-21- Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) Conference
Oct 19-Non-Instructional Day for Pro-D
Oct 25- Aboriginal Education Support Worker Meeting
Oct 30 - Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement Celebration
Nov 8-9 -BC Superintendents Association Fall Conference
Nov 12- Day in Lieu of Remembrance Day
Nov 13 - Board Meeting
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 12 - Board Meeting
Feb 15 - Non-Instructional Day for Pro-D
Feb 18 - Family Day
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
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
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