Administrative Appointments

Superintendent of Schools Brian Pepper is pleased to announce the following appointments, effective August 1, 2013:
  • Joanne Shaw – Principal, College Heights Elementary
  • Tanya Goodwin – Vice-Principal, Heather Park Elementary
  • Lisa Horswell – Vice-Principal, Ron Brent Elementary
We wish Joanne, Tanya and Lisa all the best in their new positions.

Gaming Grants & Scholarships

We have been asked to pass along this information to all PACs providing scholarships and bursaries to students from gaming money:

PAC’s cannot donate to a conduit, nor can they provide PAC’s funds to a 3rd party such as a school district.  However, under section 3.3 of the community gaming grant guidelines,  PAC may use funds for scholarships but must pay directly to the student.

Please review section 3.3 of the Guidelines and the PAC conditions document locations at the following site.


You can pay a student directly, but the school district cannot accept money from gaming funds to pass along to a student.

Gaming Grant Application Status

As of June 21st, the following PACs have applied for the PAC Gaming Grant from the communities of Hixon, Mackenzie, McBride, Prince George, Valemount, and Willow River:

City Organization Name
Hixon Hixon Elementary School Parent Advisory Council
Mackenzie Morfee Elementary Parent Advisory Council
Mcbride McBride Centennial Elementary School PAC
Mcbride McBride Secondary School PAC
Prince George Association De Parents Du Programme Francophone De Prince George
Prince George College Heights Elementary School PAC
Prince George College Heights Secondary School PAC
Prince George DP Todd Secondary School PAC
Prince George Duchess Park Secondary School P.A.C.
Prince George Foothills Elementary Parent Advisory Council
Prince George Highglen Montessori Elementary School PAC
Prince George Highglen Montessori Elementary School PAC
Prince George Kelly Road Secondary School PAC
Prince George Lac des Bois PAC
Prince George Lac des Bois PAC
Prince George Malaspina Parent Advisory Council
Prince George Pineview Parents Advisory Council
Prince George Pinewood Elementary School PAC
Prince George Prince George Secondary School PAC
Prince George Quinson Elementary Parent Advisory Council
Prince George Southridge Elementary School PAC
Prince George Spruceland Traditional Elementary School PAC
Prince George Van Bien Elementary School PAC
Prince George Westwood Elementary School P.A.C.
Valemount Valemount Secondary School P.A.C.
Willow River Giscome Elementary School P.A.C.

If your PAC does not appear on this list, and you haven’t just sent in an application, then you NEED to submit your application by JUNE 30TH, 2013, in order to receive this money for your students.

For more information, please see:

Note: some PACs appear twice on this list, but would only receive one grant. You can view the complete list here:

DPAC Minutes – June 3, 2013

DPAC meeting minutes June 3, 2013

7:00 p.m. Van Bien Training and Development Centre

DPAC Executive: Sarah Holland (Chair), Chris Finke (Vice Chair), Gillian Burnett (Treasurer), Darlene Campbell (District Associate) , Jacqueline Dockray (Director), Steve Shannon (Technical Director) and Inge Culhane (Secretary)
Partner Groups: Brian Pepper, Superintendent; Kate Cooke, Trustee; Lorraine Prouse, Karen Wong, C.U.P.E; Richard Giroday, Tina Cousins, PGDTA; Faith MacKay, PGPVPA; Nicole Haines, PEA;
School Reps: Jacqueline Dockray, College Heights Elementary; Chris Finke, DP Todd; Darlene Campbell, Duchess Park; Inge Culhane, Edgewood; Kim Shannon, Hart Highlands (on WebX); Sarah Holland, Heather Park; Steve Shannon, Kelly Road; Lotte Anderson, Nukko Lake; Darlene Campbell, Nusdeh Yoh; Michelle Rolfes, Pineview Elementary; Michelle Rolfes, PGSS; Ryan Clarke, Quinson; Dennis Fudge, Spruceland;

1. Adoption of Agenda –
Superintendent (Brian Pepper) be moved to front of ‘Partner Presentations’.
BCCPAC Report (Darlene Campbell) added to ‘Officer and Committee Reports’.
Add Food Safe to ‘PAC and Parent Assistance’.
Add Tapestry to ‘Other Business’.
Adopted with changes by unanimous consent.

Continue reading “DPAC Minutes – June 3, 2013”

BCAA – School Safety Program

The BCAA Road Safety Foundation has expanded their school safety patrol program for elementary schools in BC.

Endorsed nationally by the Canadian Automobile Association, the School Safety Patrol Program offers safety patrol equipment, training materials and resources to help schools get the program up and running — free of charge.

The BCAA suggests that we can help keep children safe on our roads, by talking to your school principal about bringing the School Safety Patrol Program to your child’s school for this upcoming September. Schools can register now.

For information about the School Safety Patrol Program, visit the website at, email at, or call toll free 1-877-247-5551.

District Achievement Contract Draft – Request for Comments

The School District has just published a draft of the 2013-14 District Achievement Contract, and has asked for feedback. DPAC encourages our members to provide feedback to the district on this important document.

Please click here to see the 2013-14 District Achievement Contract Draft

We hope you will take the time to read it. We also hope you will provide us some feedback by sending your input to:

Please ensure you include your contact information (Name, email, telephone) so we can contact you if we need to gain further clarity.

School Districts are required to create a District Achievement Contract every year. We are required to follow a template and to make comment on prescribed topics stipulated by the Ministry of Education. If you are interested in more specific detail about the requirements for the contract, please follow the link:

The District Achievement Contract is one of three documents that provide broad direction to staff in our district and guide learning. The Superintendent’s Report on Achievement and the Annual Budget are the other two documents.


Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan

posting email sent to DPAC:

The Vancouver Aquarium’s award-winning BC Hydro AquaVan is a hands-on program featuring live animals from the waters of coastal British Columbia, giving your students the opportunity to discover the connections among aquatic life, environments and ourselves.Cariboo & Northwestern BC:  September 1 – October 4, 2013

  • Curriculum connected programs suitable for students K – 12.
  • Programs start at $1,200 for up to 225 students.

Visit the AquaVan website to view a video of the AquaVan in action.

For more information or to make a booking please contact us at:
or 604-659-3488.cid:image002.jpg@01CD925E.659E80C0

Prince George Native Friendship Centre – Summer Camp Information

2013 Info and Registration Package

The Prince George Native Friendship Centre will be offering NO-COST, summer camp programming in July and August for low-income Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, ages 6-13. Programming will include traditional and cultural elements, crafts, nature and animal awareness, all sorts of outdoor activities. Registration is “first come, first served,” and applications can be made by submitting a complete registration form (attached), either by email, fax or in person, to the PGNFC front reception.

Administrative Appointments – Principal Changes

Superintendent of Schools Brian Pepper is pleased to announce the following appointments for the 2013-2014 school year:

  • Lisa Norman – Principal, Nusdeh Yoh
  • Pam Spooner – Vice-Principal, Nusdeh Yoh
  • Tabatha Grigg – Principal, Buckhorn and Hixon Elementaries
  • Kathy Richardson – Principal, Hart Highlands Elementary
  • Rick Urquhart – Vice-Principal, Spruceland Elementary
  • Randy Halpape – Vice-Principal, Prince George Secondary
  • Sid Jawanda – Vice-Principal, D.P. Todd Secondary
  • Dan Watt – Vice-Principal, Kelly Road Secondary

We wish Lisa, Pam, Tabatha, Kathy, Randy, Sid and Dan all the best in their new positions.  And thank you and best wishes to Rick Urquhart, who will conclude his educational career at the same elementary school he attended!

Fundraising opportunity – passing information along

This message was received today from the Northern Interior Communities Association:

Dear Members,

If your group is looking for a fund-raising opportunity then this may be the one for you! Please see contact information below. If you know of a group who may be interested, please forward this on!

The Multicultural Heritage Society  (MHS) is urgently recruiting a group to take on the Kid’s Hot Dog concession during the Celebrate Canada Festival.

MHS will do concession tent set-up and supply all equipment and food items.

You will bring volunteer bodies  who fill position on BBQ, food sales and cashier.

Your group will receive a substantial cash donation for your effort.

Attached are a short summary of morning set-up and volunteer positions required: Hotdog Concession set-up & staffing

If your group is interested please apply ASAP


Marlies Greulich
Executive Director
Multicultural Heritage Society