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BCCPAC Release: Grade 11 and 12 implementation delayed

Membership Update

Ministry of Education Announcement:

 New Curriculum Transition Extended for Grades 11 & 12

The Ministry of Education has extended the implementation schedule for the new Grade 11 & 12 curriculum to July 2019.  This will allow extra time for the Ministry of Education, teachers, administrators and post-secondary institutions to be fully prepared to facilitate a smooth transition to the new curriculum.

The news release is available here:

In an update to superintendents, the Ministry of Education provided more detail on the changes that have been made to the implementation schedule:

“Implementing the new curriculum is a major priority for government; it is highlighted as a key objective in the Minister’s mandate letter from the Premier; and, is an important foundation from which we will continue to improve the quality and outcomes of the BC education system. As such, we are committed to ensuring the provincial curriculum rollout from Kindergarten to Grade 12 is successful.

As you know, the draft curriculum for Grades 10 to 12 has been available for use and feedback since July 2016, with the original aim to fully implement the new curriculum in the beginning of July 2018. The new curriculum contains fully updated course content for every subject area with a focus on big ideas and core competencies, including Aboriginal content, and in the case of some subject areas, completely new course structures. Associated with the rollout of the new curriculum are changes to the 2018 Graduation Program, which includes two new provincial graduation assessments and a renewed focus on career education.

Many teachers have begun implementing and exploring the new curriculum in their classrooms. The Ministry of Education continues to receive positive feedback as the momentum builds toward the full implementation of the renewed curriculum. However, at the same time, we have also heard from many educators and partner groups that more time is required to ensure the Ministry of Education, teachers, administrators and post-secondary institutions – along with students and parents – are fully prepared.

To most effectively prepare for a successful implementation, the following changes have been made to the implementation schedule:

  1. Grade 10: As scheduled, full implementation of the new curriculum for all subject areas in Grade 10 will be effective July 2018. The Grade 10 curriculum documents will be finalized and available for use by April 2018.
  1. Grades 11 and 12: Grade 11 and 12 courses will receive one additional year of transition support prior to full implementation in July 2019. The Grade 11 and 12 curriculum will also be finalized and available online June 30, 2018.
  1. Numeracy Assessment: The provincial graduation numeracy assessment will be implemented for the first time in January 2018, with subsequent sessions in June and August 2018.
  1. Literacy Assessment: The provincial graduation literacy assessment will align with the implementation of the Grade 11 and 12 curriculum, and the first administration will now be scheduled for January 2020.

During the extended implementation period, the Ministry will be working with school districts and our education partners to update our curriculum implementation support strategy to help ensure readiness across the education system.

We recognize the wide range of implementation readiness across the education system. This new timeline to implement the Grade 11 and 12 curriculum allows schools and districts to further explore the new curriculum. It also enables teachers to embed concepts found in the draft curriculum into the current course structures such as integrating core competencies or learning and understanding about Aboriginal worldviews and perspectives.”

BCCPAC statement: Standing up for inclusion

Membership Update

Ministry of Education Announcement: 

 Download Government Joint Statement – Inclusion PDF

Standing up for inclusion
VANCOUVER – The following is a statement from Minister of Education Rob Fleming, B.C. Teachers’ Federation, B.C. School Superintendents’ Association, B.C. School Trustees’ Association, B.C. Principals and Vice-Principals’ Association, B.C. Association of School Business Officials, Federation of Independent School Associations and B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils:

“We believe that all schools in our province, public and independent, must be spaces that are safe, acceptable, respectful, and welcoming for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion or background. There is no room for discrimination in B.C. schools.

“As provincial education partners, we are unified in this commitment. It is important that we all stand up and together to support inclusive-learning environments. Our goal as teachers, administrators, support staff, trustees and parents is to create learning environments where all students can thrive and live authentic lives.”

Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Education
250 356-5963

Jen Mezei

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:

2017-18 SOGI Advisory Group Membership

School District No. 57 (Prince George) is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as a member of the 2017-18 SOGI Advisory Group.

The Terms of Reference and application are available below.

Completed applications should be forwarded to on or before October 15, 2017.

If you require further information please contact Kap Manhas, District Principal Learning Innovations at 250-561-6800 Ext. 311 or

SOGI Advisory Group – Terms of Reference.pdf

SD57 SOGI Advisory Group Application 2017-18.docx

Lead in school water

Online database: Check water tests from your child's school

“Last year, following a Sun/Province investigation, the province ordered schools to test lead levels in drinking water over the next three years. Last weekend, the newspapers revealed the first round of results from those tests: more than half of B.C.’s 60 school districts had unsafe levels of lead in drinking water sources in 2016 and early 2017.”

School District 57 publications on lead in schools:

The purpose of this communication is to keep you informed regarding the ongoing provision of safe drinking water to our students and staff. 

2017.08.30 Lead Mitigation Plan Update.pdf

2017.05.05 Lead Mitigation Plan Update.pdf

2017.05.01 Lead Mitigation Plan Update 10.pdf

Lead Mitigation – Results April 2017.pdf

2017.04.24 Lead Mitigation Plan Update No. 9.pdf

2016.11.23 Lead Mitigation Update.pdf

Results of Water Quality Testing as of August 12, 2016.pdf

Results of Water Quality Testing as of June 29, 2016.pdf

2016.09.06 Letter to Parents re Drinking Water.pdf

Press Release – July 7, 2016 – Water Testing.pdf


Teachers still being sought in BC

Recruiters scramble to find teachers to fill B.C. shortage

A Postmedia analysis of the postings on the [B.C. Public School Employers’ website] from early this week reveals vacancies for more than 900 full- or part-time jobs, in addition to 1,000 schools looking for on-call teachers.

Stewart said some of those postings are technically filled because in some cases the temporary teacher currently in the classroom will be officially hired once the paperwork is completed. In other cases, the person temporarily filling the role doesn’t want the job permanently so new teachers still need to be found — often in specialist roles.

Multiple school boards, including Burnaby, Coquitlam and the all-French Conseil Scolaire Francophone, have indicated multiple vacancies for bilingual teachers or librarians, which are always hard to find in B.C.

“We definitely have higher volumes this year and we definitely have pressure points around those highly specialized positions in particular,” Stewart said. “I’m hopeful it will calm down (this month).”

However, the need for on-call teachers is still high — board officials have said 60 more are needed in Surrey and 30 more in Prince George, and a teachers’ union in Vancouver says 400 are required in the city. At a Vancouver school board meeting Monday, officials acknowledged there is a “lack” of on-call teachers in Vancouver that requires “creative solutions.”

General DPAC meeting, Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Our second meeting of the school year is being held Monday, October 2nd, at Van Bien Elementary Training Centre, at 7pm.

The full agenda package will be posted later.

Web conferencing will be available, but the quality isn’t optimal.

Link for web conferencing:

If you have any difficulties logging in, please text 250-565-4949.


Agenda – DPAC General Meeting
Monday, October 2nd, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Van Bien Training Centre
1. Call to order
2. Adoption of agenda and Adoption of Minutes
3. PAC Networking and discussion (To increase the effectiveness of this section of the agenda, we suggest that people report on ideas that may be of interest to other PACs, or concerns that other PACs could help with.)

7:30pm – Partner groups enter

Guest Presentation – Public Library

4. Partner Group Presentations (five minutes each – questions may be taken about general topics, detailed and specific questions are best kept to the break)
a) Senior Administration Report () –
b) District Student Advisory Council ( )
c) CUPE Report (Karen Wong)
d) Prince George District Teachers Association Report (Joanne Hapke)
e) Prince George Principal and Vice Principals Association Report (Kelly Johansen)
f) Trustee Report (Bob Harris)

(5 – 10 minute snack break, opportunity for further partner group discussions)
5. Officer and Committee Reports
a) Executive Board Report (Gillian Burnett)
b) Treasurer’s Report (Sarah Holland)
c) BCCPAC Report – DPAC Summit November 24th and 25th
6. PAC and Parent Assistance
a) Foodsafe – October 8th
b) Guest Speaker/Seminar
7. Advising School District
a) Education Services Committee Report (Steve Shannon)
b) Education Programs and Planning Committee Report (Gillian Burnett)
c) Policy and Governance ()
d) Lunch hour survey
e) Suggestions for School Board Report
8. Elections
a) Vacant positions
9. Other Business
10. Agenda items for next meeting
11. Adjournment – Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 6th, 2017, at 7:00 pm, Van Bien.

University, college info session coming

“Representatives from universities and colleges throughout B.C. will be available for a free public information night on Tuesday[possibly Thursday, see below].

The event, now in it’s fourth year, is hosted by PSI-BC and is ready to welcome 14 universities and colleges this year.

The evening is aimed for parents and local secondary students to help them better understand the B.C. post-secondary system and access information directly from any institution as they plan which college or university they would like to attend.”

According to the Prince George Citizen, this event is being held on Tuesday, October 3rd.  According to the website of the organization putting it on, the event is being held Thursday, October 5th.  Both list it happening at UNBC, but the UNBC website does not currently list this event on their event calendar.

UNBC is hosting Go ENG Girl on Saturday, Oct. 14

UNBC is hosting Go ENG Girl on Saturday, Oct. 14.

This is a free event for girls in Grades 7 – 10 and their parents to visit UNBC and learn about the wonderful world of engineering.

Meet women currently studying engineering, learn about some of the amazing things female engineers are doing, and participate in a fun hands-on activity.

A pizza lunch will be provided for all participants.

Date: Saturday, October 14– 9:00am to 12:30pm
Location: UNBC, Bentley Centre
Cost: FREE

To sign up and learn more please visit

Parent groups, volunteers, and cliques – tips from PTO Today

PTO Today is a US publication for parent groups, which often has information that works very well for Canadian parents.

Every year at back-to-school time, there’s a (sometimes combustible) mixture of brand-new, enthusiastic parents and grizzled parent group veterans. How you welcome that new energy (or not) and take full advantage of it (or not) can make or break your parent group for the entire year.

Seven things that volunteers hate

We’ve all been there ourselves. So be the change you want to see and do what you can to keep your school’s moms and dads from feeling the same way!

Six ways to connect with new volunteers:

How to react to critics:

…The question is, What do you do about [these criticisms]? And the answer will define the way your group is perceived. The wrong but very tempting response is to snap back at the critic with a snarky “Why don’t you try next time?” or an emotional but honest “You know, we try our best; it really stinks having to hear these criticisms.” While both responses are perfectly understandable, both responses will get talked about widely, and the story will be about how the parent group is just a clique and doesn’t want to hear from anyone. Or how you are a crank and it’s no wonder no one helps out. Unfair as heck, but reality.

Stop the PTO Drama:

…But sometimes it seems like drama is the norm rather than the exception for many parent groups, and there’s almost no way for involvement to grow and community to flourish in that kind of atmosphere. As a leader, one of your most basic goals has to be reducing or avoiding drama.

The truth about cliques

…Parent involvement is the most searched term on our Our involvement seminars are the most well attended talks at our PTO Today conferences. Clearly, parent group leaders want more parents involved. You’d love help. You’d gladly allow someone else a turn counting gift wrap receipts.

Why is it, then, that so many parents feel closed out of and unwelcome in parent groups? Why is “the PTO is a clique” the most whispered criticism of parent groups across the country?

The answer: Your group is a clique. The critics have a point.

Is your PTO a clique?

…Even when outsiders see a clique, PTO insiders often believe they are welcoming to new members. Officers and other active members just think that they’re the only ones who want to volunteer and that others aren’t interested in doing the work. But more often than not, it’s precisely that attitude that keeps fresh recruits away.

Even if a PTO truly is not cliquey, it must actively fight the perception that the group is unwelcoming. Because many parents have preconceived ideas equating parent groups with cliques, PTOs have to reach out to counter the idea that theirs is an exclusive club.