Monthly Archives: October 2011

Additional Resources on Resource page

Additional information about the school district has been added to the Resources page, as follows:

Information about School District 57

November Report Cards

The B.C. government has ordered public schools to prepare and distribute report cards this fall as usual, even though they may contain little more than the student’s name and attendance record due to teacher job action.

In an email to school superintendents, deputy education minister James Gorman said regular report cards are required by law and if teachers won’t prepare them, then principals and vice-principals must do so.

“Report cards are an important educational tool for both parents and students,” Gorman writes. “A report is to be issued to every student regardless of the teachers’ strike, indicating at a minimum, the student’s division, teacher(s), courses, attendance and reports and/or grades for any classes taught by administrators.

“Parents should also be provided contact information to follow up directly with the teacher(s) if they wish to do so and to the extent possible.”

School districts are required to provide three written report cards and two informal reports during the school year, the deputy states. “The duties of principals and superintendents remain unchanged by the teachers’ strike.”

Jameel Aziz, president of the B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association, said report cards for the youngest students will be mostly blank because there are no marks in the early grades and reports are anecdotal, which can’t be drafted without teacher involvement.

BC College of Teachers update

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/10/26/bc-teachers-college-legislation.html

The B.C. government is replacing the B.C. College of Teachers with a new structure that will reduce the B.C. Teachers Federation’s control over disciplinary issues.

Education Minister George Abbott introduced the changes with new legislation in Victoria on Wednesday.

The new B.C. Teachers Council will still be made up of a majority of BCTF members, but the teachers will not have a majority on the new disciplinary and professional conduct board and its individual disciplinary panels.

There will be 15 people in total on the council, including:

  • Three BCTF appointees.
  • Five teachers elected by members from around the province.
  • Seven education partners appointed by the government made up of school trustees, principals, and other officials.
  • One non-voting member/observer appointed by the government, likely a deputy minister.

The BC Coalition of Parent Advisory Councils has documents about the BCCT, including the Avison report and a brief summary of the issues written for parents:

http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/representation/BCCTFactFind.aspx

The B.C. College of Teachers has received a lot of publicity lately. It always seems to be in turmoil, and the report produced by Don Avison, and released by the Ministry of Education in December 2010, told us once more that it was not functioning as it should. Some parents might assume that the College is none of our business and we should leave it to educators to sort out. That’s not the case. The College exists to “protect the public interest”—and the public interest is our children.

Plan for Reforming BC Education

http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2011/10/28/education-reform-in-bc-going-from-good-to-great/

Education Minister George Abbott released details about his plan for reforming B.C. education before a student audience Friday. Find full details here and follow developments on Twitter @bcedplan.

Abbott says the plan is intended to make a good education system great. The key features are personalized learning, quality teaching, flexibility and choice, high standards and learning empowered by technology. Families will have more say in where, how, when and what their children study, and schools will strive to identify and assist struggling learners sooner.

Under this plan, teacher performance would be evaluated regularly and efforts are underway to establish a five-year mentorship program for new teachers.

The details will not likely surprise education “insiders” but will be news for many parents and students.

http://www.bcedplan.ca/

Public input with Ministry of Education at http://engage.bcedplan.ca/

This section is where it’s your turn to tell us what you think. Engage with us and other British Columbians to build an education system for the future!

A series of questions will be posted here this Fall. Anyone can join the discussion, share your experience and suggest ideas and solutions.

Trustee All Candidates Forum – Mackenzie

SD57 Trustee All Candidates Forum
Mackenzie Leisure Services (Rec Centre)
400 Skeena Drive
Multipurpose Room
Monday, November 14, 2011
7:30 p.m.

Hosted by Morfee PAC with special thanks to the District of Mackenzie

We encourage all candidates to speak & then answer questions.

RSVP Megan Brumovsky at 250.997.4333 or megandb@telus.net by November 7, 2011

http://www.facebook.com/groups/110782232336581/

 

2011-12 Seasonal Influenza: What You Need to Know – from Northern Health

2011-12 Seasonal Influenza: What You Need to Know

 

1. Who is eligible for the publicly-funded vaccine?

A.   People at high risk

  • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities
  • People 65 years of age and over
  • Adults (including pregnant women) and children with chronic cardiac or pulmonary disorders; diabetes and other metabolic diseases; cancer; immunodeficiency; immunosuppression; chronic kidney disease; chronic liver disease, including hepatitis C; anemia; hemoglobinopathy; conditions that compromise the handling of respiratory secretions and are associated with an increased risk of aspiration, e.g., cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injury, seizure disorder and neuromuscular disorders
  • Children and adolescents (age 6 months to 18 years) with conditions treated for long periods with acetylsalicylic acid
  • Adults who are morbidly obese (BMI ? 40)
  • Aboriginal peoples (on and off reserve) for the 2010-2011 influenza season
  • Healthy children age 6 to 23 months
  • Pregnant women who will be in their 3rd trimester during the influenza season –
  • Inmates of provincial correctional institutions
  • People working with live poultry

 

  Continue reading 2011-12 Seasonal Influenza: What You Need to Know – from Northern Health

Report on school district historic enrollments and projections

DPAC – School Enrolment and Capacity – public version – October 24, 2011

Covering email to trustees:

The District Parent Advisory Council is submitting a report on school district historic enrollments and projections, as attached. We have made several recommendations in this report, which we would like to pull out for you:

  • We suggest that an ongoing education sustainability committee, with partner group/critical stake holder representation, be formed to monitor and assess enrollment changes, school capacity, and any significant events that could affect school district operations.
  • We suggest that an annual report be created on the condition of our district’s student enrollment and capacity. This report would be delivered to the school board at a public board meeting, prior to kindergarten registration and the start of the district transfer process, and would also be in time to provide assistance when preparing the following year’s budget. The report would provide information on any caps on registration or transfers, and would also provide the board and the public with information on any issues with capacity.

Please note that the projections for individual schools are from a report given to a DPAC representative. DPAC had asked for these projections to be made public at a board meeting and was denied. Given the situation, projections have been left in the version of the report provided to DPAC executive, the board, and the school district, but pages 16 to 30 are removed from the version provided to any other party.

We would be pleased to provide more information upon your request, provide you with a printed version, or meet with you to discuss the report.

Sincerely,

DISTRICT PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL NO. 57 (PRINCE GEORGE)

Sarah Holland
Interim Chairperson