Every student in Rocky Mountain School District will graduate with dignity, purpose, and options.
Schedule of Seasonal Events in Schools p. 42
Superintendent Report On Student Success p. 6
We will care deeply, act wisely and find joy in each day!
MCKIM ADVENTURE CLUB
p. 10 29332TakeMeOutsideForLearning
Learning Leadership Report
Read archived editions of the Learning Leadership Report on our website www.sd6.bc.ca (Look under About Us)
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.
Learning Leadership Report
Celebrating Learning in Rocky Mountain School District
We are fast approaching the holidays and looking forward to time with family and friends to celebrate the passing year, and to say hello to 2020 with anticipation and excitement!
The pages of this publication are a strong reminder of why we all do what we do – students, staff and parents. Rocky Mountain District is a place where strong partnerships support student learning, and where a culture of collaborative practice sustains the great work that is happening.
Enjoy reading this issue which summarizes the activity in the District over the month of November. We applaud the collective energy and commitment that makes success happen for our students.
On behalf of the Board of Education and Senior Staff, we wish you every happiness this Christmas season and in the New Year to come.
See you in 2020
Rocky Mountain School District
SD6 is a safe, caring, and healthy place to work and learn
SD6 develops academic and practical skills for lifelong success
SD6 is a research-based, collaborative learning community
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?
The Board has set District Directions for 2018-2023. We organize the Learning Leadership Report around these directions to share how we are bringing them to life across the district.
SD6 grows thinking, communication, personal and social competencies
SD6 supports learning that is place-based, outdoors, and focused on environmental stewardship
Our District Directions 2023 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 6 key themes to guide our work and shape our culture.
SD6 honours diversity and inclusion
How to make a dream
come true: Don’t focus on the dream, or it will always remain a dream. Instead, focus on the first action you can take to bring that dream a little closer. Then take it. Now focus on the next action, and the next , and take that . Each step brings the dream closer to becoming reality. Why? Our elders teach that the dream world and the real world operate on the same energy. You link them through the power of choice. Choose action and the dream moves ever closer to the real.
Embers by Richard Wagamese, 2016, Douglas and McIntyre. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.
Learning Services Plan
Human Resources Strategy
Redesigned Curriculum Implementation
Technology Road map
Rocky Mountain School District: Is a safe, caring, and healthy place to work and learn ● Honours diversity and inclusion ● Is a research based, collaborative learning community ● Develops academic and practical skills for lifelong success ● Supports learning that is place-based, outdoors, and focused on environmental stewardship ● Grows thinking, communication, personal and social competencies
Community Partnership Growth
The purpose of the British Columbia school system is to enable learners to develop their individual potential and to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to contribute to a healthy society and a prosperous and sustainable economy.
Health & Safety Framework
Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement
Social Emotional Development Support
Staff Development Plans
Safety & Wellness Support
Rocky Mountain School District Plan for
We will care deeply, act wisely, and find joy in each day.
School Plans for Student Success
Superintendent's Report On Student Success
The Superintendent's Report on Student Success for the 2018-2019 school year was presented to Trustees at the November 12, 2019 Board meeting. The report speaks to student performance in key areas as reflected in a number of school, district, and provincial assessments and measures. We are proud of the quality instruction and supports provided by our staff that enabled the high level of achievement of our students. Rocky Mountain is a continuously improving system; the members of our learning community are curious about what the evidence of learning shows is working well and committed to working together to build on strengths to address areas where the bar can be raised and leveled for all students.
We hope you will take the time to read the Superintendent's Report on Student Success for 2018-2019. Watch for our mid-year update on student learning in the current year.
Text received by principal in response to Lindsay Park classes doing Random Acts of Kindness for their neighbours in the community.
"What a wonderful surprise from the LP students. Please pass along the thanks".
Random Acts of Kindness by Lindsay Park Elementary Students
SD6 is a safe, caring, and healthy place to work and learn
Thank You Michelle Iacabucci
Family Ski Swap at Alexander Park Elementary
Thank You Bob Wilson
Alexander Park Elementary School’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) organized a winter gear garage sale, held in the school’s parking lot on Saturday, November 9. One way families make winter clothing and outdoor pursuits affordable in our community is to swap winter gear with each other as their children grow, and it was recognized by the school community that providing a venue for this to happen is one way in which we can support the community to be active and healthy. Another goal was to provide parents new to the school community an opportunity to engage with experienced parents to see how they make winter outdoor pursuits accessible for their families, an opportunity that connects well with goals established in our Safe, Caring, and Orderly School Plan.
Order of British Columbia Call for Nominations:
All British Columbians are encouraged to nominate inspiring individuals who have left a lasting legacy in their respective field for the Order of British Columbia. Additional details on this honour are provided in this recent news release. The nomination deadline is March 6, 2020.
NOMINATE AN EXCEPTIONAL CITIZEN FOR PROVINCE'S HIGHEST HONOUR
Thank You Brad Carrier
McKim Adventure Club
This year at Mckim Middle School students have been given the opportunity to take part in adventure sports all thanks to the BASIN PLAYS in SCHOOLS Grant from Columbia Basin Trust.
Erryn Turcon and Brad Carrier have planned a year of adventure for students at McKim. Each month has a new activity. On Friday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 students will take part in climbing, hiking, fire building, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, canoeing and outdoor survival skills.
The emphasis of the program is to support students in learning physical skills by providing opportunities to try new activities in and around our community. Our latest adventure was rock climbing at Spirit Rock climbing gym! We will keep you are posted with our new adventures as the year goes on!
PAC wrapping presents for students who were shopping for their families at our Recycled Shopping Day (all gently used donations from folks to support this great event).
Holiday Joy at Lindsay Park
Thank You Michelle Iacabucci
Lindsay Park elementary has created a whole school graffiti wall of What Brings Us Joy,
Poinsettias are a PAC fundraiser from Growing Smiles!
British Columbia Vaping Restrictions to Protect Youth
Read the full story
The Province will restrict vapour product access, flavours, nicotine content, packaging and advertising, and intends to increase taxes on vapour products, to protect youth from risks associated with vaping.
“Some vaping manufacturers are using flavours and advertising to entice and normalize vaping for youth – introducing a new generation to very high levels of a very addictive drug,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “As a result, youth vaping rates are rising, putting them at risk for addiction and serious illness. That’s why we are bringing in the most comprehensive plan in the country, and supporting young people to end this dangerous trend.”
The new regulations will restrict the amount of nicotine in vapour pods and liquid to 20mg/ml and will require plain packaging for vapour products that include health warnings. Public advertising of vapour products will also be restricted in areas where youth spend time, such as bus shelters or community parks. The sale of vapour flavours, other than tobacco flavours, will only be allowed in age-restricted shops.
The regulations will come into force in spring 2020, following stakeholder engagement.
“I encourage the federal government to bring in national regulations that address vapour product wholesalers,” Dix said. “Until they do, there will be a black market of non-compliant vapour products from other jurisdictions that can make their way into our province, our schools and the lungs of our young people.”
The regulations will be supported by a youth-led anti-vaping social media campaign to de-normalize vaping.
“When young people are the ones driving change, we know it gives their peers the energy and motivation to be part of the solution,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “That’s why we are supporting our youth with resources and information to help them take on an industry that has targeted them for glamourized addiction.”
The Province has partnered with the B.C. Lung Association to work with youth to build a vaping prevention toolkit that has been piloted in some schools. This initiative will begin expanding immediately to schools across the province, providing information for educators, parents and youth to use when having discussions and making choices about vaping.
The Province’s quit-smoking resource, QuitNow, will be updated to include new quit-vaping resources for youth.
“Created by youth for youth, these actions are crucial to ensuring that a new generation of young people does not become addicted to nicotine,” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Today’s announcement is all about prevention, which is the central focus of our 10-year roadmap for building a system of mental health and addictions care that works for everyone, especially children and youth.”
To further deter harmful behaviour, government intends to introduce legislation later this month to increase the provincial sales tax (PST) rate applied to vaping products from 7% to 20%, which would make British Columbia the first province in Canada to introduce a specific tax rate related to vaping products.
The new tax rate would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020 and would be applied to all vaping devices, the substance or juice that is used with the vaping device and any vaping part or accessory.
“We share the urgent concerns from health professionals and parents surrounding youth vaping in our province,” said Carole James, Minister of Finance. “Our government is committed to deterring young people from turning to vapour products out of convenience and cost. We know from taxing tobacco that teenagers respond the most to price increases and we are now introducing a similar strategy for vaping.”
The legislation would also include increasing the tobacco tax rate by two cents. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the tax applied would be 29.5 cents per cigarette and 39.5 cents per gram of loose tobacco. Nicotine gum, patches and similar smoking cessation products would continue to be exempt from the PST.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer –
“It’s time we addressed the rapidly growing use of vapes by young people in B.C., as vape advertising and the draw of vapes for youth become even more attractive and deadly. We have years of successful and effective anti-smoking efforts already, and it’s beyond time we turned to solve the problem of a new generation of young people addicted to nicotine.”
Jeff Sommers, director, government relations and health promotion, Heart & Stroke B.C. and Yukon –
“Good on the B.C. government for taking such bold action, introducing the most comprehensive regulations to address youth vaping. Industry tactics targeting youth are creating a new generation addicted to nicotine – profiting from them at the cost of the health of our kids. Emerging research suggests vaping is turning into a gateway to cigarette use for youth. In Canada in one year alone, vaping among youth skyrocketed 74% and their smoking rate rose 45%. This is particularly alarming because the probability of dependency after trying tobacco just once exceeds that of heroin, cocaine and alcohol.”
Christopher Lam, president and CEO, BC Lung Association –
“We’re at a time and place where there is a real risk to youth who turn to vapes instead of cigarettes, not really understanding the potential risks of becoming addicted to nicotine. We applaud the province for taking action and joining forces to help address this now.”
Dr. Khairun Jivani, director, cancer control, Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon –
“The e-cigarette industry has created a persuasive and enticing environment for youth, and popularity is alarming, with a 74% single-year increase in youth using e-cigarettes from 2017 to 2018. The Government of B.C. is taking the right approach by introducing the strongest regulations in Canada, which will address youth access to e-cigarettes, promotion, price and addictive content by setting maximum nicotine levels. We will continue to monitor e-cigarette trends and support policies to protect the health of Canadians as new evidence emerges.”
Stephanie Higginson, president, British Columbia School Trustees Association –
“Vaping is a serious community health issue that has made its way into our schools. B.C.’s boards of education are pleased with this comprehensive plan from government to address the issue. We applaud the addition of youth-led resources to help educators talk to students about the health risks these products pose. Expanding the QuitNow program to focus on young people will ensure youth across B.C. have age-appropriate programs available to them when they make the decision to quit vaping.”
BC Lung Association Vaping toolkit: https://bc.lung.ca/vaping-toolkit
B.C. Ministry of Health vaping site: gov.bc.ca/vaping
Read Dix’s letter to Ginette Petitpas Taylor, federal Minister of Health, urging action on vaping: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Health-Minister-Dix-to-Federal-Health-Minister.pdf
Provincial Sales Tax (PST): www.gov.bc.ca/pst
Tobacco Tax: www.gov.bc.ca/tobaccotax
Mrs. McMullan from Lady Grey Elementary School and Mrs. Thorne from Nicholson Elementary school took some grade 6 and 7 Indigenous students to the Resiliency Summit: Honouring Youth Voice. This annual event is hosted by Ever Active Schools and is put on at Winsport in Calgary.
More than 30 school teams from across Alberta representing Treaties 6, 7 and 8, and 2 of our schools from Golden BC were present this year.
The Resiliency Summit is a 2 day gathering of Indigenous youth, educators and community members. The purpose is to share activities, celebrate stories and practices regarding health, wellness and resilience. Students and educators learn and share with youth mentors, elders, community members and researchers experiencing various traditional, active and creative activities.
Some the workshops Lady Grey took part in included Resiliency Through Powwow, Elder Circle, Ice Luge, Traditional Dene and Blackfoot Games, International Treaty from a Tsuut’ina Perspective, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, as well as an inspirational talk with Mohawk Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller.
SD6 honours diversity and inclusion
Resiliency Through Powwow
Traditional Dene Stick Pull game
Golden Indigenous Students Attend Resiliency Summit
Traditional Blackfoot Games
Lady Grey students explaining their Healthy Schools poster to rotating groups.
Thank You Margot McMullan
Listening to Keynote speaker
Rocky Mountain Aboriginal Education Support Worker Reflects on National Gathering
The National Gathering of Indigenous Educators
Toronto November 20 – 22, 2019
The theme for this year’s conference was Transforming and Healing through Education. This event increased participant’s knowledge of Indigenous people historically and in today’s changing world. The workshops were varied, well presented and provided participants with educational strategies to incorporate in their daily practice.
Key note speaker Niigann James Sinclair invited the attendees to reflect on Reconciliation – what does it really mean and how can we move forward so that both Indigenous and Nonindigenous students gain a better understanding of Traditional Knowledge and honouring culture.
Truth and Reconciliation in the Classroom
We are on track in many of the things we are currently doing in School District #6. For example, teachers at Alexander Park Elementary are incorporating the Principals of Learning in their routines and school librarian/Ab Ed worker are ensuring that school resources are authentic and culturally appropriate.
The importance of Elders in the classrooms was the focal point in many of the workshops. Many of them expressed their initial nervousness, feeling shy and that they “had nothing to share”. After connecting with students through song, stories and activities, they blossomed into confident specialists and enriched the learning for students while healing themselves.
Thank You Leslie Hein
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The percentage of Indigenous students in B.C. achieving grade 12 completion within 6 years has increased from 62% to 70% in BC. While this improvement is encouraging, it is still far short of the provincial average of 84% for all B.C. resident students. More needs to be done.
How can you close that gap? Here are four proven strategies you can try in your classroom to better support Indigenous learners These strategies help Indigenous students feel more engaged and successful at school. And even better, they can be used with all kids.
You will see evidence of these strategies in use in SD 6 in our archive of Learning Leadership Reports and our Enhancement Agreement
4 Strategies to Better Support Indigenous Learners
Emotions are integral to learning
Our teaching and learning is guided by these principles
Learners at the centre
The OECD 7 Principles of Learning
The social nature of learning
SD6 is a research-based, collaborative learning community
Assessment for learning
Invitation to Join Rocky Mountain Numeracy Team
We would like to invite you to join us for the Numeracy Team this year!
Tuesday Jan 28, Tuesday Feb 25, Monday April 27 and Tuesday May 26 from 4:30 – 6:30 at your local zone office through Teams. Light dinner provided.
This year we are going to focus on building numeracy through story telling.
Many of us have enjoyed high student engagement while reading Jayden’s Rescue (a math novel), or while telling stories to solve at whiteboards.
We want to gather to look at curriculum to get a sense of sequence for big idea, share stories and word problems that have worked well, and write some new ones either from scratch or by adapting ones from existing resources, such as Good Questions by Carole Fullerton, Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler and on Peter Liljedahl’s website among many others.
Please contact us if you would like to be included in notices and reminders for meetings.
Looking forward to learning together!
Stacy DeCosse, Dylan Dainard, Erryn Turcon
SD6 is a research -based, collaborative learning community
Teacher-led Professional Learning: Formative Assessment
Dylan Wiliam’s work on Formative Assessment has had a positive influence on a group of teachers in Kimberley this year. Wiliam’s text illustrates how to successfully implement new ways to formatively assess students. Every six weeks a small group of teachers meet and discuss strategies they have tried in their classroom. During the six weeks between meetings, teachers pair up and observe each other practicing the new assessment strategy.
After only a few sessions, the spin off successes from the program are significant. The teachers feel inspired after watching one of their peers teach. The intention is to observe one strategy in play, but realize so many amazing things their partner is doing in their classroom.
When the six weeks is up, the group gets back together and share their thoughts. Each teacher discusses their experience using a new strategy and how they use it to guide their teaching moving forward. Additionally, teachers discuss what they learned from their partner.
The value of teachers teaching in front of their peers is powerful. The teachers feel empowered but also mention they enjoy the new style of accountability they feel with the program, and consider it to be motivating. One teacher says, “Wiliam’s program really does help me keep my teaching on track!”
“The best part about formative assessment is seeing the different abilities and thinking in your classroom. As a teacher you have a lesson and you have an expected outcome or goal that you want your students to understand, but sometimes they take a different route or they are completely on a different path than you initially thought, and giving students the opportunity to show their learning allows you to develop a lesson or course of lessons that will get them to where you need them to go.” -Erryn Turcon , Grade 5 teacher , McKim Middle School
"I have been very inspired to deepen my teaching practice through our Dylan Wiliam Formative Assessment Group. It has been a valuable experience having honest conversations with other educators regarding the complex topic of assessment and I have found the collaboration piece to be essential in developing inspiration, creativity and accountability in trying new strategies and debriefing the effectiveness of each observation afterward. I left the observation day (and the day that I was observed and we debriefed) feeling energized and excited to incorporate new ideas into my classroom to enhance learning strategies and reflection for my students. Through this process I have found that I have been able to understand my students’ learning better, teach to them better and overall have a more positive relationship with each individual as I am connected to their individual strengths and weaknesses more than I have been in past classes. I believe that when I notice a student missing a piece of knowledge and then I am able to teach to that area (to both the class and that individual), review then follow-up, students feel important and like their learning matters. Thank you Brad and Erryn for organizing and facilitating many valuable conversations and learning opportunities (for me and my class!)". -Megs Strachan-Garrels, Grade 5 teacher , McKim Middle School
"Being able to be in another teacher’s classroom observing them, learning from them and have them do the same for me has been so beneficial for my teaching practice. Focusing on little things to improve my assessment practice and being able to debrief and bounce ideas off others is an ideal way for me to grow as an educator." -Hayley Cooper, Grade 4/5 teacher, McKim Middle School
All schools in Rocky Mountain School District have the Dylan William Formative Assessment kits: Embedded Formative Assessment: a two-year professional development pack for schools and colleges: teacher learning communities in action. Teachers in individual schools and across schools in zones are leading learning series' to develop their assessment practice with their colleagues. We look forward to hearing from those teams about their learning and the impact on student learning.
Ongoing work on a district-created system for presenting and sharing real-time student information has resulted in powerful tools for school planning to enhance student learning. This means that the report card information that individual teachers just entered and other pieces of information such as student attendance are immediately available to schools in a useful format. The interactive school reports include charts and lists that can be filtered and sorted to answer questions that will inform school team conversations to review progress in key areas for all students, grade cohorts, and groups of students to whom we are paying particular attention. Approaches and strategies used to date can be evaluated and adjustments made to interventions for the next term.
This evidence-based dialogue and shared responsibility for student success is the foundation of our School Plans For Student Success process in Rocky Mountain School District.
We are very proud of the effective use of assessment data, collaboration, and responsive research-based instructional decisions of our school teams.
Elementary Report Cards Issued Monday, December 8
School Teams Will Meet to Review Progress and Respond with Plans for New Year
Vivian Collyer, BCSSA Fall Conference, November 2019
A person’s career is considered their “journey” through life, and the Career Education curriculum offers students the opportunity to pursue this journey in personally meaningful and goal-oriented ways. Career-life development with intent is the ongoing process of self-discovery, growth in competence, and learning from experiences in educational, work-related, and personal life contexts.
The Career Education curriculum supports students in becoming successful, educated citizens by helping them learn how to effectively manage their life journey toward preferred future possibilities. This area of learning requires students to identify and develop their personal interests, passions, and competencies. Students reflect on learning experiences in school and community, build confidence through their contributions, and explore multiple career-life roles and choices. The curriculum fosters lifelong learning, beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through to graduation and beyond. Read More
"A person's career is their journey through life. It is their life story."
Each School Plan for Student Success in SD 6 describes how the school will enhance Career Education in the current school year.
SD6 develops academic and practical skills for lifelong success
Career Education K-12
Eileen Madson Primary School Choir
Thank You Leisa O'Sullivan
SD6 supports learning that is place-based, outdoors, and focused on environmental stewardship
The Eileen Madson Primary (EMP) choir is made up of grade 2 and 3 students that give up their lunch recess twice each week to come to practices. We have been working hard each practice in preparation for our local concerts coming up. We will be performing at Columbia Garden Village at 1:50 pm on Wednesday December 4 and then twice with the Valley Voices adult choir December 6 & 7 at 7:00 pm at Christ Church Trinity. We will be singing 4 songs at these concerts, one of which we will sing with the adult choir. We will also perform at our school concerts on December 18.
Eileen Madson Choir Performs with Valley Voices
The combined children's and adult choir performance delighted the audience at evening performances at Christ Trinity Church. Involved in the seasonal concert were a number of active and retired teachers and community members of all ages, as well as the high school Principal and school district Superintendent.
EMP choir led by Leisa O'Sullivan performing with Valley Voices.
On Wednesday October 23, students from the Kimberley Alternate School engaged in a stewardship project at McGinty Lake to contribute to the growing Take Me Outside initiative. Through collaboration with the Marty Musser of the Meadowbrook Community Association and Kim Urbaniak of Wildsight's McGinty Lake Education Program, KAS students spent the day helping to clean up the site. This activity helps KAS students develop their awareness of generosity as part of the Circle of Courage, which is a foundational organizer at the Kimberley Alternate School.
There has been much work done at this site in recent years with Provincial designation as a Wilderness Site. KAS students spent several hours cleaning up broken glass and refuse in the parking area and picnic site, before moving their attention to clearing the trail that circumnavigates the north end of the lake. At lunch time, Kim provided an overview of aquatic ecosystems and then KAS Youth Worker Elicia Marie Brisby led an awareness and reflection exercise in the tranquility of a perfect fall afternoon.
Kimberley Alternate School Environmental Stewards
Thank You Dan Clark
McGinty Lake Environmental Education Program
By Kim Urbaniak
Students Explore McGinty Lake!
As the group exits the forest and steps into the clearing by the lake, their eyes fill with wonder, “So THIS is the lake!” someone exclaims. “Look at all the birds!” another student hollers, before running off to take a closer look. Today’s field trip is off to a good start. The sun is out, the mosquitos are minimal, and we are greeted at the lake by a flight of swallows, swooping back and forth over the water. It’s quite a sight to be seen!
Experiences like the this are abundant at McGinty Lake. The program, now running for four seasons with local environmental educator Kim Urbaniak, has brought almost 700 students across 33 classes to explore this hidden gem, taking part in the (free!) McGinty Lake Education Program, a joint initiative between the Meadowbrook Community Association and Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook. Activities and games during this fun-filled walk and wetland exploration are linked to each grade’s curriculum, and help to guide students in developing a deeper respect for, and understanding of our natural places. Students are learning about a wetland while in a wetland – supporting SD6’s District Direction to “support learning that is place-based, outdoors, and focused on environmental stewardship”.
What a gem of a place this is to bring students. A 15-minute walk between the bus and the lake allows students a chance to tune in and focus on what they’re seeing, hearing and smelling. Walking through a forest ecosystem before approaching the wetland, allows for some enlightening comparisons. Once at our destination, a clearing by the water makes for a great classroom setting, where students have learned about the importance of wetlands, discussed animal adaptations, practiced their camouflage skills, become biodiversity detectives, and even made a human-sized web of life showing how all species are connected to each other. But undoubtedly, the best part of the day was exploring aquatic insects while pond dipping. As one grade 6 teacher put it, “The hands on action that saw the kids really engaged…Just keep doing what you're doing. It keeps the kids outdoors and happily engaged.”
And we will keep doing it. Thanks to positive feedback from teachers, students and parent volunteers, as well as multiple financial sponsors, including bussing support from SD6, McGinty Lake Education Program is set to run again in spring 2020.
With the success at McGinty Lake, field trips have recently expanded to Cherry Creek Falls Regional Park. Here, grade 5 students can now experience a “Rockin’ Through The Ages” geology discovery, and coming in spring 2020, grade 4 students will be able to take part in a plant investigation of the Falls area.
To pre-book a program for Spring 2020, email Environmental Educator Kim Urbaniak, at email@example.com.
The McGinty Lake Education Program is a partnership between the Meadowbrook Community Association and Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook. 2019 Funding is graciously provided by the Columbia Basin Trust, BC Hydro, RDEK and the City of Kimberley, and SD6.
Thank You Kim Urbaniak
Updated Core Competencies Unpacked and Illustrated
The Core Competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need in order to engage in deep, lifelong learning. Along with literacy and numeracy foundations, they are central to British Columbia’s K-12 curriculum and assessment system and directly support students in their growth as educated citizens.
Students, teachers, and parents/guardians share responsibility for the ongoing development of Core Competencies. Each group has its own considerations.
The Core Competencies have been updated and resources add to the Ministry Webs
Unpacking the Core Competencies
Considerations for teachers, students, parents/guardians
Understanding the sub-competencies, facets, and profiles of the Core competencies
Illustrations (videos, work samples) of students demonstrating and refecting on their development of Core Competencies
SD6 grows thinking, communication, personal and social competencies
A group of confident and reflective primary students from Lindsay park Elementary students shared their learning with trustees at the November 12, 2019 Board Meeting held at their school. The students, accompanied by their principal Michelle Iacabucci and with parents looking on, taught the trustees about their lndigenous, outdoor, literacy, and physical literacy, and science, technology, arts, and math (STEAM) learning. They talked about their Remembrance Day ceremony and baking cookies for local veterans. They each spoke about their own core competency development relative to animal traits learned in the 6 Cedars program. They even demonstrated their growing competency in the Ktunaxa language. The trustees were extremely impressed with the student-led presentation. Quotes from some of the students:
"I liked when we made cookies for the veterans. They helped us have peace and now we are helping them. It was a good feeling."
"I like to learn the Ktunaxa language and what they do."
"I am reflective like Raven because I like to do art and think of my own ideas."
Lindsay Park Students Demonstrate Core Competencies to Board of Education
Michelle Iacobucci, Vice- Principal of Lindsay Park Elementary School introduced a number of Grade 3 students to the Board. They each had prepared statements describing what they feel is important about learning at their school. They demonstrated how they are learning words in the Ktunaxa language, doing outdoor learning activities, visiting Cominco Gardens, learning songs in music class, focusing on their reading skills, building projects, and using the 6 Cedars book to identify their different traits and learn more about indigenous ways of learning. The Chairperson thanked the children and Ms. Iacobucci for their presentation.
Mr. Carriere introduced Bob Johnstone, who is the President of the Meadowbrook Community Association. Mr. Johnstone introduced Andrea Chapman, Manager of Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook, Marty Musser, Meadowbrook Community Association Director, and Kim Urbaniak, who is the Wildsight Educator who organizes and delivers the McGinty Lake Program. Mr. Johnstone began by indicating that this educational program is supported with significant funding from the CBT as well as BC Hydro. He also expressed gratitude to the Board for funding transportation costs associated with SD6 students accessing the programming, which has helped them stretch the available funding and target it more to the actual program rather than to ancillary costs. Kim then proceeded with a presentation, where she illustrated a typical experience for the children at the site. She explained that they have the opportunity to explore the wetlands and that there are pre and post class lessons on a variety of topics. A sequenced curriculum for K-6 has been developed that aligns with the redesigned BC Curriculum. In the past year 684 students/34 classes from our District have been involved in the program. Kim responded to questions from the Board. The Chairperson thanked her for the presentation and thanked Mr. Johnstone and the other guests.
STRATEGIC AND POLICY ISSUES
Mr. Carriere presented Policy 5130 – to the Board on behalf of the Policy Committee. Mr. Carriere indicated that no feedback had been received on this Policy since first reading. The Board approved second reading of Policy 5130, Provisions of Menstrual Products to Students at this meeting.
Mr. Carriere presented Bylaw No. 1 – Procedural Bylaw for the Board’s consideration, for first reading. Mr. Carriere explained that the Policy Committee will be systematically reviewing the Policy Manual this year starting with the Bylaws. The proposed changes to Bylaw 1 allows for the Agenda on Regular Meetings of the Board to be adjusted to accommodate the election of officers of the Board and the making of committee appointments in each of the three November meetings between the general election of Trustees. In the past these agenda items have been added despite the wording of the Bylaw. There are also other housekeeping changes proposed. Mr. Carriere reported that the Policy Committee recommends all three readings at tonight’s meeting.
The September 2019 and October 2019 budget utilization summaries were attached to the agenda for the information of the Board.
Mr. Carriere presented the highlights of the report on achievement for the 2018-19 school year. Mr. Carriere noted the results in reading, writing, numeracy, on track score, graduation success and provided a narrative on these results. There continues to be significant alignment in the results for literacy between the provincial and local assessments and teacher marks. The alignment is not as strong in numeracy which is why we continue to have a focus on numeracy in school plans and as a staff development priority. Mr. Carriere also noted the extraordinary gains over time in results for both aboriginal learners and learners having special needs. He acknowledged the work of Assistant Superintendent Turner and the District Learning Services Team in supporting this improvement. Mr. Carriere finished his report by providing a narrative on groups of students we remain concerned about and how we are focused as a district on enhancing their achievement. He acknowledged the hard work of Assistant Superintendent Lenardon in the preparation of the report. He also noted that it would be featured on the District website. Mr. Carriere and Ms. Lenardon responded to a number of questions from Trustees and the Chairperson thanked him for the report.
Steve Jackson explained an opportunity for our District to become involved in a project which would allow the District to utilize an electric bus. He indicated that over time this could prove to be a wise financial decision and would also show leadership in the area of reducing our carbon footprint. Trustees asked a number of questions about the specifics of the project. Following this dialogue, the Chairperson asked Mr. Jackson for his opinion. Mr. Jackson responded by indicating that while there were concerns that would have to be addressed with having this new technology a part of the fleet, the project is a good opportunity for the District. The Board approved the application for an electric bus and charging station including using local capital reserves for the District’s portion of the purchase.
Ms. Lenardon reviewed the Learning Leadership Report with the Board drawing their attention to a number of highlights. The report is available on the SD6 website main page, either as a scrolling news item or under the “about us” menu.
Vice-Chairperson Fearing suggested that the Board may benefit from having a professional learning session on local aboriginal history, perhaps at a Board Working Session. She also recommended an excellent film in the Haida language for Trustees to watch.
Trustee Thurgood Sagal indicated that she had nothing to report.
Vice-Chairperson Smaill attended the BCPSEA Representative Council Meeting in Vancouver for the purpose of participating in the consultation regarding Mediator David Schaub’s report. The Mediator had attended with the parties for 16 days, and there were only 3 items resolved in 59 days of bargaining as well as the mediation. BCSPEA asked the Mediator for a report with recommendations which was provided 2 Fridays ago. The parties were asked whether their executives would support the recommendations. BCTF executive decided that they would not accept the recommendations nor circulate them to the membership. Therefore, there was no vote at the BCPSEA Rep Council meeting as the matter was rendered moot.
The December 2019 and January 2020 Calendars are available here.
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See schedule of school seasonal events
10 - Board Meeting - Video Conferences from Zone Offices
23- Winter break begins
6 - Back to school after break
14- WZ Admin Meeting; Board Meeting -Video Conferences from Zone Offices
15-GZ Admin Meeting
16-KZ Admin Meeting
28- Numeracy Team Meeting 1
6- Carol Fullerton Numeracy Learning Rounds - Day 2
11 - Board Meeting -Video Conferences from Zone Offices
18-Secondary School Admin Meeting; Admin Meeting Pro-D session
19- Judy Larsen Thinking Classrooms Session - Day 2; District Admin Meeting
25- Numeracy Team Meeting 2
10 - Board Meeting -Video Conferences from Zone Offices
16-27 - Spring Break
8- Carol Fullerton Numeracy Learning Rounds - Day 3
14 - District and Zone Video Admin Meeting; Board Meeting - Selkirk Secondary
17- BC School Superintendents Spring Forum - Transforming Learning For Adolescents
27- Numeracy Team Meeting 3
4- Judy Larsen Thinking Classrooms Session - Day 3
11-Secondary School Admin Meeting; Admin Meeting Pro-D session
12- Admin Meeting; Board Meeting - Lady Grey Elementary
26- Numeracy Team Meeting 4
2- GZ Admin Meeting & School Success Plan Celebration
3- WZ Admin Meeting & School Success Plan Celebration
4- KZ Admin Meeting & School Success Plan Celebration
9 - Board Meeting - Edgewater Elementary
25- Last Day for Students
26- 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 2019-2020 Calendar PDF
See our online calendar of events by month: School District 6 online calendar of events