School District in the News – "Student Body Set to Grow"

Student body set to grow
Ted CLARKE Citizen staff
The Prince George Citizen
30 Jan 2013

After years of decline the school board is predicting steady student population growth over the next five years in more than a dozen area schools. Also, French immersion programs are gaining in popularity in School District 57. Based on birth rate…read more…

Join the #bcparent Twitter Town Hall Tuesday, January 22, 7-8 pm

Twitter Town Hall

As a parent, we know you’re passionate about your child’s education. We know you’d like to be more involved in it as well. Join Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement Jane Thornthwaite for a live Twitter discussion on how we can better communicate with parents so they can support their child’s learning.

How the Twitter chat will work

  • Parliamentary Secretary for Student Support and Parent Engagement Jane Thornthwaite (@jthornthwaite) will discuss parent engagement by asking questions and seeking ideas for improving how we communicate with parents.
  • Ministry of Education staff will help moderate the chat via the @bcedplanTwitter account. Their job is to ensure the conversation runs smoothly, stays on topic and is on time. They will also provide a detailed summary of the conversation after the Twitter chat.

How to participate

  • To follow the conversation go to or enter #bcparent into your chosen Twitter client (e.g., Hootsuite, TweetDeck, or Tweet Chat). This will give you the feed of all the tweets for our event.
  • To tweet a question or a comment you will need to have your own Twitter account.
  • Please address your tweets to the Parliamentary Secretary by including@jthornthwaite in them. Be sure to include the hashtag #bcparent in your tweets as well. If you don’t your tweets won’t appear in our feed and we can’t respond. Your tweets won’t appear in our archive of the event either.
  • When responding to a tweet, please use the “reply” button to ensure conversations remain threaded.

See you next Tuesday!

Jan 2013 Counselor Newsletter – Oh, oh! The teacher wants me to call

Our counsellor newsletter from Linda Campbell, School Counsellor, School District 57

January 2013         Oh, oh!  The Teacher Wants Me to Callwinter-swans-steve-spencer.jpggg56406746.jpg


Tips and Tools for:
For Parents:
Working with your Child’s Teacher
For Kids and Teens:
What to do when you don’t like school
Getting  along with teachers
Community Resources
When Your Child Has Problems at School:  Tips for Parents


Have you gotten “the call” from your child’s school? The author of this article,  talks frankly about how she and her husband dealt with it when their son had trouble at school.


In January of our son’s third grade year, we got the phone call from his teacher.


It’s not about you. It’s about your child, and what is best for him. As much as you can, put personal feelings aside and focus on your child.


After I calmed down, we sat and talked about what we were going to do about our child’s school problem. We also knew we needed to plan out how we were going to present ourselves at the meeting with his teachers. James and I decided that we wanted to be in partnership with the school as much as possible and focus on what was best for our son.


Tip #1: It’s not about you. It’s about your child, and what is best for him. As much as you can, put personal feelings aside and focus on your child.

Continue reading “Jan 2013 Counselor Newsletter – Oh, oh! The teacher wants me to call”

More information – kindergarten registration

Parent Information Nights – Choice Programs

Kindergarten Registration

  • On-line registration will begin on Wednesday Feb 6, 2013 at 9:00 am.
  • more information will be posted here shortly.

School District Announcement

DPAC received an email this morning:

Superintendent of Schools Brian Pepper has asked me to forward the following:

It is with regret that I inform you that Bryan Mix, Secretary Treasurer, will be leaving School District No. 57 at the end of March, 2013.

Bryan has provided exceptional and dedicated service to the students, staff and Board of Education of the district for more than 20 years. His contributions to the communities of Valemount, McBride, Mackenzie and Prince George as a representative of this district are numerous and important, and have been the foundation for a legacy of mutual respect and cooperative partnership. Bryan’s significant financial knowledge and leadership talents have ensured financial sustainability in our district.

In addition, he has played an important leadership role in many provincial organizations, including the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, the Provincial Education Benefits Trust and the B.C. Association of School Business Officials. His valued contributions have often been sought by the Ministry of Education as well as these organizations.

We thank Bryan for his substantial contributions to our district and to public education in our province, and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.

Brian Pepper
Superintendent of Schools

The District Parent Advisory Council Executive joins the Superintendent in thanking Bryan Mix for his contributions to the district, and wishing him all the best in the future.

School District in the News – "Testy Situation"

Testy situation
Ted CLARKE Citizen staff
The Prince George Citizen
16 Jan 2013

Parents of a Grade 4 student at Southridge elementary school are angry at School District 57 administrators after being told their daughter will be sent home if she refuses to participate in the province-wide Foundation Skills Assessment tests next…read more…

Decision rests with principals: district

The Prince George Citizen
16 Jan 2013

The superintendent of School District 57 says some students will be excused from writing the Foundation Skills Assessment tests, but only if they meet certain criteria. In a letter sent to all elementary school parents in the district, Brian Pepper…read more…

More information on FSA exams:

School District in the News – "Lessons Earned"

Lessons earned
The Prince George Citizen
14 Jan 2013

When a parent asks their kids how they are doing in school, one of the first questions that pops up is what They think of their teacher. In most cases, kids are honest and don’t hold back. They might consider their teachers incompetent, boring,…read more…

More reading on a recent study on ways to evaluate teacher effectiveness: