There are numerous revisions to the changes to policy 5119 in the agenda package.
DPAC pkg Jan. 10, 2011 – Brian Pepper’s report in PDF format
At the January 10th DPAC meeting the following DPAC Executive appointments were made, for the following reasons:
Approximately 3 months ago, Cliff MacLachlan; “Director at Large”, submitted his resignation. To fill this vacant position Michelle Rolfes was nominated, accepted the nomination, and was appointed to the “Director at Large” position.
Approximately 2 weeks ago DPAC Executive Secretary; Michelle Hourie submitted her resignation to accept employment with the School District. To fill this vacant position Marilyn Langlois was nominated, accepted the nomination, and was appointed to the “Executive Secretary” position.
Please join us in thanking both Cliff MacLachlan and Michelle Hourie for the time and dedication they have contributed to DPAC and avocation for quality public education in our School District. We wish them all the best.
In closing please congratulate both Marilyn Langlois and Michelle Rolfes for being willing to step up and fill the vacant DPAC Executive positions.
Kindergarten registration will be taking place Wednesday, February 2, 2011.
The transfer process will start Monday, February 7, 2011, and closing Friday, March 18, 2011.
The policy that will govern how these proceed will be finalized after the Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Public Board of Education Meeting. It is possible that the policy will be the proposed 5119 policy, a revised proposed policy, or the 2008 revision of the policy.
The Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) – tests of reading, writing and math delivered province-wide every year in Grades 4 and 7 – are coming up. Schools are expected to administer the tests between Jan. 17 and Feb. 25 this year.
The B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) has developed an FSA information kit for parents. Find it here.
The B.C. Education Ministry has prepared a brochure advising parents why it thinks the tests are important. In summary, it says the tests help determine whether students are learning vital skills and improving over time, if there are any significant trends in schools, districts or across the province and how certain groups of students (such as aboriginals) are doing. Find the brochure here.
The BCTF plans to distribute its own brochures in opposition to the tests, saying they are expensive, contribute nothing to learning, detract from more meaningful activities and lead to school rankings by the Fraser Institute. Find the BCTF brochures here. Our BCTF rep at the DPAC meeting has also referred to the Centre of Policy Alternatives report on the FSA: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/fraser-institute-ranking-fails-measure-school-quality
Elluminate link for remote meeting attendance:
AGENDA DPAC GENERAL MEETING – MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011
7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre
1. Adoption of Agenda
2. Adoption of December 6, 2010 Minutes
3. Motion to accept DPAC Secretary Resignation (Appointment or election of DPAC Secretary and 1 DPAC Director at Large)
4. PAC Networking Topic: (Policy Committee)
(a) DPAC Chair Report
(b) Treasurer’s Report
(c) Superintendent Report
(d) Trustee Report
(e) PGDTA Report
(f) PGPVPA Report
(g) CUPE Report
(h) DSAC Report
(5 – 10 minute coffee /Snack break)
6. Committee Reports
(a) EPPC Committee Report – Chris Finke (Alternate: Don Sabo)
(b) Education Services Committee Report– Stephen Shannon (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)
(c) Policy/Governance Committee Report – Don Sabo (Alternate: Dennis Fudge)
(d) Parent Involvement Committee – Cara Vandekraats
7. Announcements/New Business
(a) Recommend Statistical measurement of policy 5119 impact on students and families
(b) Motion to purchase 3 copies of “A Guide to School Legislation in B.C.” Approve expenditure of
(c) Recommendation DPAC join the Northern Interior Communities Association
(d) Additional clarification for DPAC position on FSA
(e) Calendar Committee
8. Other Business:
9. Agenda items for next meeting:
10. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 7, 2011; 7:00 pm at the Van Bien Training Centre.
– Minutes of December 6, 2010 Meeting
– Chairperson Report
– Treasurer Report
The January general DPAC meeting will be held on Monday, January 10th, at the usual location and time. Due to the holiday, it is not being held January 3rd.
Have a great 2011!