Anne Roberts Young Elementary School - New school opened in September 2020.
(Photo by D. Shawchek Photography)
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School District No. 60 (Peace River North)
District Framework for Enhancing Student Learning
All students will make progress and reach their potential
A student’s education will be a rich and well-rounded experience
Students will have flexibility and choice in their learning
Learning will take place in an environment of innovation, inquiry and creativity
SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
School communities will develop and maintain a positive school culture
School communities will develop strategies for emotion regulation in the classroom and school-wide
School communities will value diversity
Career and Skill Development
Career programs will enhance career and life opportunities for all students
Provide both knowledge and opportunities to students so they can successfully transition from high school to work and/or post secondary pursuits
Students will learn skills to prepare them for the digital world
Students will learn through authentic, relevant and meaningful learning experiences
School District No. 60 continues to train students and staff on the use of the numeracy tool called MAP (Math Assessment and Practice). Starting in the area of number sense, students are able to approach a math problem from a number of different perspectives and deepen their understanding of numeracy. This approach also provides immediate feedback to the teacher on individual and class strengths or challenges. Beginning in 2019, the district has provided math coaches as well as dedicated teachers-on-call to help implement this learning strategy at every school.
Shawna-Marie Phillips & her son, Kashton, celebrate during the 2020 NPSS Grand March Parade along 86 Street - June 19, 2020 - (Photo by Dillon Giancola)
N U M E R A C Y ( M A P )
Exceptional planning during an exceptional year! NPSS planned a unique Graduation Ceremony and celebration in response to the COVID-19 restrictions. This included a virtual ceremony and the ability for students to cross the stage to receive their diplomas and celebrate with their family groups.
NPSS Principal, Randy Pauls, presents Christopher Schreyer with his diploma.
G R A D
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INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT ... continued
Mr. Sloan reads the book "Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems" in the studio.
These students were initially the very lowest achieving literacy learners in their classrooms. They all make positive gains for future learning.
Reading Recovery - 30 minute lesson individually designed by a specially trained teacher.
R E A D I N G R E C O V E R Y : A L i f e l i n e t o L i t e r a c y !
SD60 RECORDING STUDIO
Promoting literacy in response to COVID lockdown in March 2020.
In cooperation with Russell Eggleston from "Sound in Town" and with teacher Ted Sloan coordinating, the district set up a recording studio at the Key Learning Center.
Following is the link to watch while Mr. Sloan reads the book "Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems" in the recording studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gyenWE8t4w
The goal of Reading Recovery is to reduce the number of students who have difficulty learning to read and write by providing the intervention to Grade One students who are struggling to learn in the classroom setting. In Reading Recovery, selected students receive one-on-one 30 minute lessons that occur daily over 12-20 weeks with a specially trained teacher.
At the end of the lesson series, many students are reading and writing at grade level. For those students who do not meet grade level, recommendations are put in place for further support.
After completing a series of lessons, all students can:
1. Read increasingly more difficult texts at an instructional level, expanding their power to learn from their own efforts and solve problems as they read and write.
2. Compose increasingly complex messages and monitor their own work, knowing when and how to get help.
3. Continue to learn within a supportive classroom environment.
Band/Music Program 2020/2021
School District No. 60 is committed to providing students with enriching, engaging and personalized learning. Research indicates that children who receive music education, improve language-based reasoning and the ability to plan, organize and complete tasks. These cognitive skills, developed during music lessons, influence children’s cognitive abilities in other areas resulting in improved academic performance (Jaske, Honing & Scherder, 2018).
SD60 Band/Music Program staff, in collaboration with SD60 Health/Safety Coordinator and school administrators, have worked diligently to create health/safety protocols in alignment with the provincial K-12 health and safety guidelines to ensure in-person band/music instruction can be offered safely to students this school year.
This school year, the School District No. 60 Band Program has the following enrollment:
130 - Beginning Band
34 - Grade 7 Band
50 - Grade 8/9 Band
38 - Senior Band
HUMAN & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
BC Winter Games 2020
Helen Gilbert, Board Chair, receiving a plaque in recognition of School District No. 60’s contribution to the BC Winter Games held in Fort St John and area in February 2020.
District Band practicing in the Heather Hannaford Arts Space at Anne Roberts Young Elementary School.
ELEMENTARY MAKER SPACE AND CAREER DAYS
School District No. 60 has embraced Applied Design Skills and Technology opportunities for our Elementary students. Over 500 students participated in Career Days last school year. These events offered intermediate students (Grades 4 - 6) and their teachers an opportunity to be inspired about making while giving them exposure to future career opportunities.
To support learning and engagement in Applied Design Skills and Technology, the District supported the launch of Moneca’s Maker Space. Moneca Conway, Career Programs Coordinator, developed a series of YouTube videos supported by teacher lessons to engage students in problem solving, design, and building activities.
You can access these videos here (https://buff.ly/3dLQLxp).
CAREERS / SKILLS
CAREERS / SKILLS ... continued
DUAL CREDIT / CAREER PROGRAMS
School District No. 60 continues to develop our career education and trades training programming. It is our goal to increase the number and diversity of our local and regional partnerships, improving our capacity for providing career education and trades training. We continue to expand students' awareness and interest in career education and trades training. We are proud of the variety of opportunities our students can access in both trades and non-trades pathways leading to Graduation. The chart below shows enrollment figures for the 2019-2020 school year in these programs.
Dual Credit/Career Programs
Youth Train in Trades (Dual Credit Programming at Northern Lights College)
Welder, Millwright, Cook, Instrumentation, Plumbing, Hairstylist, Heavy Duty Technician, Electrical, Carpenter, Automotive Technician, Aircraft Maintenance
Dual Credit, Non-trades - (Dual Credit Programming at Northern Lights College)
Applied Business Technology, Business Management, Criminology, Childhood Education, Esthetics, Health Care Assistant, Oil and Gas Operations, Power Engineering, Wind Turbine Technicians, University Transfer
Youth Work In Trades (Apprenticeship)
Work Experience (Trades)
Work Experience (Non-trades)
Business and Applied Business, Fine Arts and Design, Fitness and Recreation, Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts and Humanities, Science and Applied Sciences, Tourism and Hospitality
Youth Explore Trades Sampler (Northern Lights College)
10 to 12 week program that provides participants with an in-depth opportunity to explore four or more trades.
Students are certified in Occupational First Aid: Level 1, H2S Alive, and completed training on the SafetySync Platform to increase employability.
Halfway River First Nation (left) and Doig River First Nation (right) attended a Board Meeting to sign their LEA.
TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
School District 60 has signed Local Education Agreements (LEA) with each of our three First Nations Communities (Blueberry River First Nations, Doig River First Nation and Halfway River First Nation). School District 60 and the First Nations communities acknowledge the importance of working together for the benefit of First Nations students and are committed to open, respectful sharing of ideas and information to make educational decisions on behalf of First Nation students. The school district will work collaboratively with each of the First Nations communities to ensure First Nation students have equitable access to educational programs that will provide them with the skills they need to reach their greatest potential, grounded in their culture and confident in their identity, knowledge and skills.
BUDGET ... continued
LEARNING EVIDENCE: SEL
LEARNING EVIDENCE: Literacy
LEARNING EVIDENCE: Writing
DATA ... continued
LEARNING EVIDENCE: Numeracy
LEARNING EVIDENCE ... continued