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We will care deeply, act wisely and find joy in each day!
Legacy Trail: Run of Dreams
Every student in Rocky Mountain School District will graduate with dignity, purpose, and options.
Remembrance Day, November 11, provides us with a rich opportunity to honour those who have served in armed conflicts, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the peace and freedom we enjoy in this great country. We marked this occasion with special assemblies held in schools across the District on November 9. We thank students, staff and community members, especially members of the Royal Canadian Legion, for your participation.
Learning Leadership Report
We learn in Rocky Mountain School District. All of us. We learn so that our students grow and experience greater success every day.
We learn the Core Competencies of Thinking, Communication, and Social and Personal competencies. Students develop curricular competencies in literacy and numeracy and the big ideas of content areas; educators continuously learn to improve pedagogy.
We learn so that each day in Rocky Mountain School District brings us closer to every student graduating with dignity, purpose, and options.
The Learning Leadership Report is a celebration of that learning. We hope you enjoy reading it and invite you to contribute your stories, ideas, and upcoming events and opportunities as a member of the learning community of Rocky Mountain School District.
Rocky Montain School District
Our students experience environmental, outdoor and community based learning.
Our students and staff feel safe, connected and valued.
The Board has set District Directions for 2013-2018. We will organize the Learning Leadership Report this year around these directions to share how we are bringing them to life across the district.
Our District Directions 2018 represent the hopes, dreams, and ideas
of many staff, parents, community members, and students who contributed to a Thoughtstream process, multi-partner dialogue, and Board review to uncover these 5 key themes to guide our work and shape our culture.
Our communication results in common understanding.
Our learning community is research based and collaborative.
What are the ways you are already engaged in the work captured by these directions?
What are the possibilities for future work inspired by these directions?
We care deeply, act wisely and find joy in each day.
Our learning is empowered by technology.
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Why Nicholson Remembers
Poppy art created by Jack
Ms. Bjarnason-Wison's Grades 4 and 5 class asked Nicholson students to bring stories about their families' military histories to share at the Remembrance Day assembly. Here is their video. Thank you Grades 4 and 5 for your moving work.
(Poppy art created by Jack)
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Mrs. Bjarsason-Wilson's grade 4/5 class put together an excellent video for Remembrance Day in which students school-wide were invited to bring stories of who they remember on Remembrance Day. The video has been I posted to our school website as a news item http://www.sd6.bc.ca/school/nes.
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Thank you Bob Wilson
Lindsay Park welcomed Corporal Kate Bamber and Retired Sapper Kyle Dalum with his service dog, Phelin, to our annual Remembrance Day Assembly. Our Assembly was emceed by Grade 3 students Kate Pakenham and Carson Rice. Classes put a variety of artwork up in the gym and shared songs and choral readings with the audience.
Thank you Crystal MacLeod
Lindsay Park Remembers
Connecting Through Global Read Aloud
This fall we participated in the 2017 Global Read Aloud (GRA)- “One Book to Connect the World”.Every fall books are selected at varying reading levels for classes to read with other student from all over the world. The book that we read was The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, it is about a female Robot (Roz) that gets stranded on a remote, wild island. Throughout the story, she faces challenges of survival. Addressing issues such as gender identity, instincts, structural and behavioural adaptations, nature vs. robot, mixed family dynamics, kindness and so much more. I would highly recommend any teachers looking to connect beyond their classroom, community, country and beyond to encourage collaboration, global awareness, authentic writing practice and the use of technology to sign up for next year! I can hardly wait to read see what book is selected for the next GRA.
Our class participated enthusiastically in three Mystery Skypes, where we had to guess where the other class was based on a series of geographical, historical and interest based questions. We wrote on writeabout.com, a great place where the teacher can oversee writing and for students to share and respond to writing prompts. We read other student pages and thoughts to expand our own thinking. It was a great way to get the students to participate in a novel study without the formal structure; they were talking and exploring the book without knowing it! We also signed up for a postcard exchange, where we sent out postcards to 60 different classes that are reading The Wild Robot as well. It was a very exciting time in our classroom when we would receive a postcard from another class. Curiosity was sparked. Where are they from? What is it like where they are? How old are they? I hope that the Church shooting did not affect them? Was hurricane Harvey close? I wonder how affected they were by hurricane Harvey? The project had a profound effect on engagement and purposeful writing, which became easy and efficient. This year definitely had some challenges and the learning curve was rather steep. However, I jumped in and am feeling a little more daring, knowledgeable and hopeful that I can create authentic learning opportunities for my students through technology and literature with a global twist.
Created and run by Pernille Rippa, an author and teacher, she started GRA as an initiative to connect students across the world through literature. “The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. In the past we have used Twitter, Skype, Edmodo, our wiki, email, regular mail, Kidblog, and any other tools we can think of to make these connections. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.” (GRA Facebook Page, 2017)
Whiteboard Sketching as we listen
Making postcards for the postcard exchange
Thank you Cori Wiliski
Learning About the Trauma Informed Classroom
Golden Secondary School hosted a Trauma Informed Classroom session on Friday’s non-instructional day. Christina McDonogh traveled from Cranbook to present to the group. Christina works as a Child Youth Mental Health Therapist with the Ministry of Children and Families. Our group was made up of teachers, principals, counselors, and education assistants. The morning began with a broad overview of the brain’s physiological response to trauma and the impact of trauma on development and behaviour over time. Christina then led us through some practical exercises for building resiliency for youth and for ourselves, as the caregivers for many children and youth. We ended the day with a world café discussion about our current trauma informed practices at each of our schools and where we see our next steps taking us in a vision towards a more trauma aware practice. Thanks to Jennifer Turner for organizing the event and to Iris and the staff at GSS for a warm welcome and for providing a generative space for learning!
Thank you Steve Wyer
WES Leadership Club Changing the World!
Thank you Tanya Hatalcik
The Windermere Elementary School Leadership Club held a fund raiser BBQ to raise money to buy Rafiki impact bracelets. Profit from these bracelets, which are made by Kenyan Grandmothers, benefit Kenyan communities by supporting projects connected to water, education, farming, environment, and business development. The Leadership Club has raised over $600 in 2 months already and wants to be able to purchase Rafiki impact bracelets for the entire school!
Thank you Mark Koebel
Focus on Attendance: every day students are at school is an opportunity to improve their success and life chances.
We ask families to help give us this precious time with students by supporting regular attendance
Eileen Madson Primary Highlights the Importance of Being on Time
Here’s a simple quiz (and maybe something to think about):
Q: What would happen if you were regularly late for work?
Q: Maybe the boss is super understanding, but you still miss a part (or all) of the morning meeting. What then?
Q: Maybe you are the boss, how would you feel if you had no way of knowing if the people you count on were going to be on time? 5 minutes late? 15 minutes late?
Q: What message are you giving your child if you are regularly late dropping them off at school?
The start of the day in a primary classroom serves a variety of functions. It:
■ is when school/classroom routines are established.
■ outlines the schedule for the day.
■ is a time for sharing of important messages.
■ is a time to build social connections between students.
■ is a time to relax & read with/to an adult.
■is when your child their first daily affirmation that “I matter” in the eyes of the teacher.
focused confidential counseling services are available to our staff and their immediate family members at no cost.
Happy Hallowe'en From the Staff of
Marysville Elementary School!
Finding joy in each day!
Thank you Jen Quigley
Learning Opportunity: Trauma Informed Practice
Thank you Jennifer Turner
The Cranbrook / Kimberley Child and Youth Mental Health, Substance Use Local Action Team and Rocky Mountain School District 6 Learning Services are pleased to present an afternoon learning session on ACE’s and Trauma Informed Practice within School Settings.
Who Should Attend? All staff interested in Trauma Informed Practice within school settings.
Presenter Biography: Dr. Linda O'Neill
Linda is a long-time northerner from the far northwest corner of BC who practiced in that area for many years. She holds a BA in Child and Youth Care, a MEd in Counselling Psychology, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Victoria and is a certified counsellor. Linda teaches in the MEd Counselling program, both on-campus and in the regions. In teaching, Linda works to build respectful, challenging, and empowering learning environments and has been nominated twice for the Excellence in Teaching Award by students. Linda’s research focuses on: counsellors and other helping practitioners working in isolated settings; secondary trauma experienced by practitioners; complex trauma (Developmental Trauma Disorder); historical and intergenerational trauma; and counselling and research ethics related to northern practice. Linda is principal investigator (PI) on a three-year Northern Communities SSHRC grant, Informal and Formal Mental Health Support in the North , and co-PI with Andrew Kitchenham on a two-year Partnership Development SSHRC grant, Classroom Support for Children who have Experienced Complex Trauma and Attachment Disruption.
Date:Wednesday, November 29
Time:1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
To RSVP please complete the following survey link
Thank you Lisa Tenta
Sense of Place
Run For Dreams on the Legacy Trail
Congratulations to everyone for collectively organizing and participating in Invermere's largest run ever! The success of the event took a lot of teamwork and communication, time and energy.Thank-you! With your help our students ended up raising $17 587.15 for the Westside Legacy Trail. THAT IS AMAZING!
We thank the students for their participation and contributions towards the trail. We encourage everyone to get out there biking, walking, scootering and, soon enough, snow shoeing and skiing too!
Enjoy inquiry and place-based learning with your class out on the trail! The Westside Legacy Trail is "our trail."www.ourtrail.org
Thank you Tara Whittick
Students at Kimberley Alternate School had a great opportunity to learn about traditional Aboriginal bows from Elder Gary Mummery. Elder Gary and Kyoko shared great stories of traditional hunting and the different types of wood that can be used for bows. During the next few weeks Elder Gary and Kyoko will be guiding the students as they make their own bows. All the bows pictured were hand carved by Elder Gary
KAS Students Learn About Traditional Aboriginal Bows
Thank You Trina Bradshaw
Thank you Duncan Whittick
SD 6 Teacher Receives Environmental Education Award of Excellence
Sandra Beckett is a Kindergarten teacher at Alexander Park Elementary in Golden. She is the definition of a life-long learner and dedicated teacher. She has committed to taking her class outside every single day, and her students venture to places near and far from the school, and experience so many interesting games and activities outdoors. Sandra has taken on a leadership and mentorship role in Environmental Education in Rocky Mountain School District 6. She is has been on the Environmental Education Leadership Team for three years, and has been a leader in forming a Local Chapter of the Environmental Education Provincial Specialist Association.
Save the dates!
Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication Conference is coming to St.Eugene Mission
October 18-21, 2018
Plan now to attend a national conference on Environmental Education to be held right in our own backyard!
KBEE Take Me Outside For Learning Engages 1/3 of all Students in the Region
We will be placing our order this week for beautiful KBEE Take Me Outside for Learning t-shirts for all th e teachers who registered.
We are pleased to announce that collectively the Kootenay-Boundary school districts have participation of 19% of all students in the region for the Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge! This totals 3583 students who will benefit from participating in the Take Me Outside for Learning Challenge. In addition to this, we had over 3500 additional students register in the Take Me Outside for Learning Weeks. This bring the total participation to well over 1/3 of all students participating in the Kootenay-Boundary region.
Learn more and find ideas for activities and assessment and resources at KBEE.ca/outside
Take Me Outside SD6 Kimberley BC
October 25th was a perfect fall day in the East Kootenays TO BE OUTSIDE! Our second annual fall Take Me Outside Day event brought together 2 schools and 2 additional secondary school programs to take in the wonders of fall in Kimberley.This activity was the biggest TMO event in the area, with approximately 425 students and 30 staff involved.
Selkirk Secondary School’s Outdoor Skills class and Kimberley Alternate School class put together several activity stations between Lindsay Park Elementary School grounds and the neighbouring trail network in Lois Creek.Every students from Lindsay Park Elementary and Marysville Elementary took part in the activities throughout the day.
Wildsight and Maintstream educator Patty Kolesnichenko helped Selkirk students facilitate a deeper learning project by bringing a macro invertebrate or “creek critters” station to life down at Lois Creek.“The elementary students were so excited to find out what kinds of water insects where in their creek.We explained that the insects indicate how healthy the creek is.“We even almost caught some fish” says Selkirk Student Sven Leonhart.
The larches were gold,
the morning shower didn’t slow us down
the sun came out in the afternoon,
the students all enjoyed a day outside: exploring nature, enjoying nature, being active, being outside, youth mentoring elementary students, building community, building connection.
Thank you Jenn Meens
Alexander Park had so many amazing Outside Learning Opportunities. Many of them were cooperative, with classes buddying up, including one in which there were 8 classes going.
The big group went to the Golden Nordic Centre and hiked with a focus of searching for a Count Up of 1 cabin in the woods, 2 bird calls, 3 waterways, 4 types of berries, 5 tree species, 6 woodpecker trees, 7 sappy trees which made us wonder why, 8 animals or animal signs, 9 kinds of plants (ferns, mushrooms, flowers, moss, lichen, grass, cattail, etc.), 10 scarred trees. A bonus of a beaver chewed tree that was still standing which had us creating stories about how long ago it was, and why the beaver stopped, a live animal, a red needled pine tree, a "Fun guy" party. and a category of things that made us wonder.
We had a 3 class group which hiked and played some of our new nature games from the Coyote Mentoring workshop, and we ended the afternoon with a campfire and songs.
Finally, the whole school got together for a fluid free choice of various teacher planned stations at the local campground, some again digging into a new grab bag of ideas or our old one; we were creating animal habitats from nature, slack lining, building art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy, making bird's nests, music from nature, and a scavenger hunt.
Alexander Park TMO Day Learning
Thank You Caren Nagao & Katie King
For TMO day last week, my grade 4/5 class along with Kristi McCrae's grade 4 class hiking the Butte for TMO day while simultaneously exploring the temperate Grassland biome. It was the perfect morning to climb a mountain, be grateful to live in an incredibly beautiful area and do some place-based learning. We hiked up to the top, played "Fire in the Forest", students then found a "Sit Spot" to record their grasslands observations, afterwards we came together as a group to discuss these findings and headed back to school for lunch and to read the story "Pinduli" to use as a social/emotional connection and reflection piece. Overall, students had an amazing morning and it was incredible to watch them flourish in the outdoors while also investigating the new BC curriculum.
McKim's Good Vibe Tribe has Butte-iful Take Me Outside Day!
Thank You Megan Strachan-Garrels and her Grade 4/5 Good Vibes Tribe
You MUST check out the rest of the incredible pictures from TMO Day this class shared on their blog! http://ourgoodvibestribe.blogspot.ca/
Lady Grey Grade 5 French Immersion Class on TMO Day
Merci Marie-Helene Bergeron
TMO with Selkirk Secondary Intensive French
Merci Michael Ramsdale
Even though it was raining my Grade 5 French Immersion class went out to the Rotary Trail to the confluence. We had a nice walk. In class, we are talking about First Nations in Social Studies so we decided to pick up rocks to build an Inukshuk. After students built an inukshuk that could stand on its own, they put their rocks in a bag and brought them back to school. We all loved picking rocks - even the teacher could not resist! On our walk back we met a kindergarten class from APES and had a nice talk with them. We all wished each other a happy Take Me Outside Day. We saw some kindness rocks they had left on the trail behind them.
I took the Selkirk Intensive French 8 class outside and taught them the Mauri game of Ki-o-Rahi from New Zealand in French only. All students were in favor of doing more activities outdoors and some students reported it as being their favorite part of class this year.
Buddying Up for TMO for Learning
Mrs. Casey’s Grade ½ Class and my Grade 5/6 class buddied up and explored the outdoors together, as we often do! We started off by gathering in a community circle, where the Grade 5/6s shared their knowledge of identifying trees based on the needle type, texture and bundle size. Once we set off to our final destination, Abel Creek, the conversation was rich and inquisitive. Student were making predictions, questioning and collaborating as we trekked through a gathering of trees. Mrs. Casey’s class shared their knowledge of the Kokanee Salmon life cycle as we questioned “Why have the Salmon not made it up the creek to spawn?” “What environment is necessary for spawning to take place?” “How do our actions affect the salmon lifecycle?” We investigated the conditions of the creek, measured the water temperature and most importantly, ENJOYED THE OUTDOORS! It was a rich and exciting adventure.
Thank You Cori Wiliski
Thank you Lizzie Midyette
Photography 12 students have been outside taking pictures for much of the semester. Here, they’ve used a red balloon to help tell the stories of where we live, here in our valley.
TMO with David Thompson Secondary Photography 12
Thank you Laurie Neeve
I used what I learned with Dave from the Coyote Mentoring session in Golden to apply as many of the core routines as possible on Tuesday with my class. We shared in a gratitude circle surrounded by frosty leaves, played animal games with lynx and snowshoe hare, did some sit spot time, sketched or wrote in our nature journals, told our own nature stories in the circle, did some mapping of our school area as math and listened to bird language as we wandered to our special place in the Nature Park.
Our Coyote Mentoring book club meeting was amazing and we had 10 teachers show up on Wednesday and did our own “Take Me Outside” with teachers. It was a great walk and we too played games, shared gratitude and practiced some of the core routines from our reading!
This was an amazing week for me and I am feeling very inspired. I feel the shift starting to happen in other teachers and I am no longer on my own little island of learning outdoors in Kimberley.
Outdoor Learning Taking Root
Finding Our Way on Take Me Outside Day
On TMO Day this year our class walked down to Windermere Beach. We have been learning about magnets so this was a perfect opportunity to learn about compasses and how the north end of the compass aligns with Earth’s magnetic North Pole. The kids had a lot of fun trying to determine which direction was north. Once they figured it out they started running in that direction! We also discussed the towns that are north and south of Windermere, and how the Rockies are to the east and the Purcells to the west.
The two primary schools partnered up with students from Selkirk Secondary to participate in 8 activities around Lindsay Park – Some of these activities included, creek science, camouflage, twig & rock art, and octopus tag.
Kimberley TMO Day Activities
Thank you Rebecca Pepin
Thank You Ana Pakenham
Martin Morigeau Students Visit Island Pond for TMO Week
The Grade 4-7 students at MMES headed out on a full day trip to Island Pond with Wildsight for TMO week.
We explored aquatic ecosystems and collected pond specimens.
We played 'Predator and Prey' and 'Oh Deer' to explore ecosystems and species interactions.
We also got special permission from the Conservation Authority to explore the Island Pond Wildfire sight from this summer and learn about wildfire ecology.
Thank you Karl Sindholt
Making Waves - Autumn 2017
Check out the Autumn edition of the regional seasonal circular of the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education Initiative: http://pub.lucidpress.com
▪Wild Voices for Kids
▪School Year Challenge
▪David Sobel presentation
Thank you Brenda Danyluk
We adopted a seasonal tree in front of our school and have been taking monthly photos. This one is from October and all the leaves have fallen!
Martin Morigeau Students with their Seasonal Tree
It has been famously said, “Not all classrooms have four walls.” While the PSA Superconference was underway in far off Vancouver, a group of educators gathered on a rain shrouded morning below the Kicking Horse Ski Resort in Golden for the second annual Coyote Mentoring workshop on October 20th. 50 educators from across the East Kootenays joined facilitator Dave Verhulst for an active day of learning at the Dawn Mountain Nordic Centre. This was arguably the biggest professional development opportunity in the East Kootenays and made possible with generous support from Rocky Mountain SD6 through Collaborative Grant #5, The Golden, Windermere and Kimberley Teachers Associations (GTA, WTA, KTA) and Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN).
Coyote Mentoring is a powerful nature-based educational model that fosters a deep connection with the natural world. Focusing on play, story-telling and nature crafts, Coyote Mentoring is an amazing way of getting both children and adults to learn...without knowing it. Presenter Dave Verhulst draws from his experiences using this model as the foundation for Canmore’s Forest Play programs, but also infuses challenges of higher level thinking for teachers to implement transformative changes in tomorrow’s classroom.
CBEEN’s Rebecca Bergshoeff created this short video to showcase some of the active learning from the day:https://youtu.be/pLGCodVTUUE
Why Coyote Mentoring?
An important district direction is to help students and staff develop a sense of place through environmental, outdoor and community based learning. However, getting kids outside for meaningful and authentic activities requires a slightly different approach than is often used in the classroom. One method of teaching that is foundational for First Peoples uses a mentoring and questioning approach. Coyote Mentoring is a powerful approach to teaching and learning that is relatively new in SD6, and will help teachers develop impactful lessons outside of the classroom.
Environmental Education in SD6
There is great momentum with environmental education in SD6, with many teachers across the district taking their learning outside. With this second workshop, 100 educators have participated in a full-day Coyote Mentoring session. By extension, roughly 2000 students in our district will benefit from the Coyote Mentoring learning approach.
This workshop was organized by the Rocky Mountain Place Based Learning Network (RMPBLN), a local chapter of Environmental Educators Provincial Specialist Association (EEPSA). Educators from this network are local advocates who include: Sandra Beckett, Natasha Burgess, Dan Clark, Hannah Garvie-Ransen, Caren Nagao, Laurie Neeve, and Tara Whittick.
Through the support of SD6 Collaborative Grant #5, these educators worked with Dave on October 19th to develop additional mentoring skills to help support teachers in each local. These educators are passionate about getting kids learning outside and are involved with the facilitation of local book clubs focused on Environmental Education books such as “Coyote’s Guide to Connecting With Nature.”
If you are reading this and would like to find out more, please contact Sandra, Dan, Hannah, Caren, Laurie or Tara to find out how you can get involved in your zone with environmental education in general, or more specifically Coyote Mentoring.
Our learning community is
research based and collaborative
Coyote Mentoring Workshop in Golden
Thank you Dan Clark
Getting Started with BC Green Games
BC Green Games is now open for registration!
By registering, you are outlining the environmental action your team plans to undertake, and confirming your spot in BC Green Games. The environmental action your team submits can be something that is already happening in your school or class, a brand new idea, or a combination of both!
Teams that register before November 30 will be eligible for some great Early-Bird prizes!
All elementary teams that register early will receive The Planet Protector Academy:KEEP COOL program. KEEP COOL is a fun, engaging teaching resource on climate, energy & transportation issues that inspires students to become environmental superheroes and lead change in their families.
Secondary teams will be in the running to win S'well bottles for their entire team! S'well bottles are high quality, hard-working, and eco-friendly. Plus they come in lots of fun colours :)
BC Green Games Supports BC teachers and promotes place-based environmental education. This project-style, inquiry-based program is a 21st century learning opportunity in scientific exploration, storytelling, media arts and advocacy.
Between October 1 and April 4, teams can document and submit their green stories, win prizes, and help us celebrate ten years of environmental action with their green achievements!
REGISTER YOUR ACTION PLAN
Our 2017-18 District Book Club held its first meeting on Monday, October 3rd to discuss the introduction and chapter one of Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools written by Ron Ritchhart.
Ritchhart poses the following question to help us think about what makes a quality education and about the purpose of schooling in our society:
What do you want the children you teach to be like as adults?
He goes on to explain that no matter where or who he poses this question to, the answers from groups all over the world have similar responses. “There is often an emphasis on attributes that drive learning: curiosity, inquisitiveness, questioning.And those that facilitate innovation: creativity, problem solving, risk taking, imagination, and inquisitiveness.There are the skills needed to work and get along with others: collaboration, empathy, good listening, helpfulness.And those that support the ability to deal with complexity: analysis, making connections, critical thinking.And usually there are those that situate us collectively in the world: as a global citizen, a member of a community, someone aware of his or her impact on the environment, able to communicate (pgs 16-17).”
We then, as a group, took a moment to look over the following chart that compares the set of qualities highlighted by Ritchhart and the set of BC Core Competencies.
District Book Club: Creating Cultures of Thinking
Set of Qualities
Attributes that drive learning:
Attributes that facilitate innovation:
Skills needed to work and get along with others:
Skills to support the ability to deal with complexity:
Situating us collectively in the world:
as a global citizen
a member of a community
aware of his or her impact on the environment
able to communicate
BC Core Competencies Profiles
connect and engage with others to share and develop ideas
acquire, interpret & present information (including inquires)
collaborate to plan, carry out & review constructions and activities
explain/recount & reflect on experiences & accomplishments
novelty & value
analyze & critique
question & investigate
develop & design
Personal & Cultural:
relationships & cultural contexts
personal values & choices
personal strengths & abilities
self-determination, self-regulation & well-being
contribute to community & care for environment
solve problems in peaceful ways
If you are interested in joining the district book club, please know you are welcome to jump on in! Contact Barb Carriere at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next meeting will take place on Monday, November 27th where we will be discussing Chapters 2 & 3. The District Resource Centre also has a copy of the book should you wish to sign it out and read on your own.
Resources for Creating Cultures of Thinking
Harvard Graduate School of Education 's Project Zero features a number of tools and resources connected to Creating Cultures of Thinking including
A Typology of Classroom Questions: A look at the types of questions teachers ask and the answers/logic that they produce.
9 Apps for Parents: Nine easy discussion starters for parents of the App Generation:
10 Ideas to Start Building a Culture of Thinking at Your School: 10 detailed activities designed to promote Cultures of Thinking, where a group’s collective as well as individual thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted.
New Aboriginal Learning Resources Available at the District Resource Centre
Thank you Robin Kinnersley
Please contact Robin.Kinnersley@sd6.bc.ca
Collaboration for Community Multicultural Fundraiser
Ms. Putney’s grade 6/7 class with the help and support of Mr. Badenoch’s Senior Foods class together prepared and made all the food that was served at a Community Multicultural Fundraiser for Refugees. Ms. Putney’s students along with two grade eight students volunteered their time to participate in catering and serving English High Tea. In three and a half hours, we served over 45 people raising more than $675.00.
Using all the food created during the week, Noah Emery grade 7 and Samantha Fedor grade 8 plate the food to take to the tables were the guests await.
Food prep for English High Tea
Cooking together over four days
Remmington Ball watching the cooking process closely.
Working Together in Collaboration with Golden Opportunities for Refugees, Mr. Badenoch’s Senior Foods Class from Golden Secondary School & Ms. Putney’s Grady 6/7 Class from Lady Grey Elementary School
Students are from left to right: Back Row: Isabella Mitzal, Jassiann Rama, Emily Morrside, Noah Emery, and Ian McFadden,
Left to right front Row: Samantha Fedor, Lucy Schmidt, Breck Nolan, Jaydyn Mackenzie, Noah Ure, Jordan Altenholfen, Sophia Mastrianni, and Emily Zabel
Ms. Putney’s class wishes to thank:
Mrs. Trask for allowing our class to come over to the high school and partake in this culinary experience.
Mr. Badonoch for welcoming us into his kitchen and helping us to prepare all the food.
The Senior Food Students who shared their food class with us and had the patience to teach and guide our learning.
Our parents who came out to enjoy high tea letting us practice serving them.
Thank you Lisa-Marie Putney
The 65 member Selkirk Concert Band performed at the Vic Lewis Band Festival earlier this month. The festival is an annual event in Canmore, Alberta where close to 1000 high school students from Alberta and BC come together to perform, attend concerts and recitals, and receive expert instruction from adjudicators and clinicians.
Selkirk Concert Band Attends Festival
Thank you Sven Heyde
As the pictures prove, November 1 couldn’t have been a better day for our ‘outdoor classroom’!
We have been busy down at MMES and our Outdoor Classroom has been flourishing! My exciting news is that our grade 2/3 class was selected for Wildsights, “Nature through the Seasons’, pilot program with Jessie King. This means we will have six monthly events with some structures and routines for activities both inside the classroom and outside with seasonal changes as the overarching theme. Jessie and I will co-plan events and she will lead three and I will lead the other three. I will incorporate her ideas and routines into my weekly outdoor classroom. My Pro-D in Golden with the ‘Coyote Mentoring’ workshop was invaluable for this. It was one of the best ProDs I’ve attended and I walked away very inspired and confident, and with a multitude of ideas and activities in my back pocket!
At our most recent ProD, our MMES staff met as a team to discuss literacy needs and to plan targeted supports. We walked away with a school wide co-teaching model for multi-aged ‘Literacy Coaching Circles’ twice a week.
Where did they go….kids enjoyed finding their sit spots to sit and think
Professional Learning Across the Curriculum
For More Information
Overview of Competencies
PERSONAL & SOCIAL
Positive Personal & Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness & Responsibility
SD 6 Guidelines for Reporting Student Self-Assessment of Competencies
Our communication results in common understanding
In our implementation of the new curriculum a change that has had a significant learning curve is the introduction of the Core Competencies. We see the leadership role as NAMING, NAVIGATING, NOTICING, NURTURING, and NUDGING the Core Competencies in our schools. The role of teachers with the students involves the same elements.
We have noticed the emphasis in many schools on communicating to all what the Core Competencies are and in using the language from the curriculum across their activities and assessments.
The District Resource centre has seen a proliferation of laminating for posters for classrooms for recording and collecting examples of the Core Competencies in action that students will be able to reference when they reflect at the end of the year on their own growth in the competencies.
We invite schools and educators to share how they are communicating about the Core Competencies with one another, students, and parents.
Send your examples, pictures, ideas, and stories to email@example.com
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Copyright Information all Educators Need to Know
The CMEC Copyright Consortium holds as a priority copyright and the K-12 school community's awareness of the rights relating to the educational use of fair dealing. This email and its attachments is to provide you background information on the Consortium’s current efforts to inform teachers in elementary and secondary schools (via the principals) about the use of copyright-protected material for their students.
You may be aware that last school year, the Consortium launched the new on-line Copyright Decision Tool to assist teachers in applying fair dealing in compliance with theCopyright Act.
This Fall, principals across Canada will be receiving an information package to inform their teachers on copyright and the availability of reference materials, including the new website.
Note that there is a request for principals to raise copyright in a staff meeting at the beginning of this school year. It is very important that teachers are reminded of the significance of copyright compliance and are aware of the resources that are available at their fingertips
To better understand why this is so important, please take 5 minutes and view this short video: Dealing Fairly with Copyright-Protected Works of Others
.The Consortium appreciates anything you may do to promote the awareness and use of CopyrightDecisionTool.ca.
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New Career Lesson Plans – Grades 8 to 12
Do your teachers use Career Trek videos, Blueprint Builder, Career Compass or other WorkBC.ca resources with their students?
New and updated WorkBC lesson plans are now online to support BC’s career education curriculum.
WorkBC.ca provides career planning resources to help teachers deliver Career Education, Career Life Education and Career Life Connections curricula. Students thinking about future careers can use the activities in this suite of materials to learn about themselves, generate career ideas, explore occupations, investigate education and training, and more.
Introduce them to these resources so they can:
• learn about the world of employment and entrepreneurship
• watch BC career videos and be inspired by success stories
• explore post-secondary education options
• browse BC’s most comprehensive job board and learn how to search for jobs
•build a personal profile and find careers that match their profile
Please distribute this information widely to school and district staff.
Questions? Please firstname.lastname@example.org
New Student Transcripts Service
As you may be aware, the Ministry recently launched theStudentTranscripts Service(STS), a new online application for students to view their marks, scholarships and transcripts, and send transcripts electronically to post-secondary institutions and employers. School administrators and counsellors will continue to access student results the same way they do today, through theSchool Secure Web.
Through this new application, current students in grades 10, 11 and 12 as well as adult students have the ability to send transcripts to 25 post-secondary institutions (PSIs) (this represents the number of public PSIs in BC). Please note: these complimentary selections are not ongoing after graduation. Past graduates may access additional copies of their transcripts via this service for a fee of $10 per copy.
To access the service, students go to the Ministry’s transcripts and certificateswebpage. Please note that all students must firstregisterfor a BC Government account (a BCeID).
Since student data for 2017/18 will not be available until schools complete their TRAX submissions this fall, school counsellors may wish to postpone registering students for the service until after this data is available. Also, the ‘transcript send’ service is intended for grade 12 students; please discourage grade 10-11 students from doing PSI selections unless they are applying for post-secondary studies. TheposterandPowerPoint presentationcontains additional information for counsellors supporting students in accessing the STS.
If you have questions, please email@example.com.
Letter for parents Re: Changes to the Grades 10-12 Implementation Schedule
Important Information About the Changes for Grades 10-12 for Implementation of the Graduation Program
To most effectively prepare for a successful implementation, the following changes have been made to the implementation schedule:
a) Grade 10: As scheduled, full implementation to the new curriculum for all subject areas in Grade 10 will be effective July 2018. The Grade 10 curriculum documents will be finalized for use by April 2018.
b) Grades 11 and 12: Grade 11 and 12 courses will receive one additional year of transition support prior to full implementation in July 2019. Grade 11 and 12 curriculum will also be finalized and available online June 30, 2018.
c) Numeracy Assessment: the provincial graduation literacy and numeracy assessment will be implemented for the first time in January 2018, with subsequent sessions in June and August 2018.
d) Literacy Assessment: the provincial graduation literacy assessment will align with the implementation of the Grade 11 and 12 curriculum, and the first administration will now be scheduled for January 2020.
For more information please see the Ministry Website on Pathway to Graduation: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/graduation-info
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Rocky Mountain School District Learning Leadership Calendar 2016-2017
Nov 1 - District Admin Meeting
Nov 9 - Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) complete
Nov 10 - Non-Instructional Day
Nov 11 - Remembrance Day
Nov 13 - Remembrance Day Holiday
Nov 14 - Board Meeting
Nov 21 - District Admin Meeting
Nov 29 - District Parent Advisory (DPAC) video meeting; Trauma Informed Classroom Session
Dec 8 - Elem Report cards issued
Dec 12 - Board Meeting
Dec 18 - Jan 1 - Winter Break
Jan 2 - Back to school
jan 9 - WZ admin meeting
Jan 10 - GZ admin meeting
Jan 11 - KZ admin meeting
Jan 25-26 - Trauma Informed Practice Session
Jan 31 - District Parent Advisory (DPAC) video meeting
Feb 12 - Family Day
Feb 19 - Non-Instructional Day
Feb 20 -District admin pro-d session
Feb 21- District admin meeting
Feb 22 - Winter Take Me Outside Day
Feb 28 - District Parent Advisory (DPAC) video meeting
Mar 15 - Teacher Preference Forms due
Mar 19-30 - Spring Break
Apr 2- Easter Monday
Apr 3 - Back to School
Apr 10 - Board Meeting
Apr 16 - Non-Instructional Day (Regional Specialist Day)
Apr 17 - District admin video meeting
Apr 25- District Parent Advisory (DPAC) video meeting
Apr 26 - Spring Take Me Outside Day
May 8 - Board Meeting
May 15 -District admin pro-d session
May 16- District admin meeting
May 21 - Victoria Day
May 30 - District Parent Advisory (DPAC)
Jun 5- WZ admin meeting
Jun 6 - GZ admin meeting
Jun 7 - KZ admin meeting
Jun 28 - Last Day for students
Jun 29 - 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 2017-2018 Calendar PDF
See our online calendar of events by month: School District 6 online calendar of events