December babies never really catch up: B.C. study

December babies never really catch up: B.C. study

From the Vancouver Sun, June 12, 2011

A significant number of children fall behind in school and never catch up, simply because they are the youngest and most immature in their kindergarten class, says a study released this week.

The study, which examined the achievement of thousands of B.C. students who entered kindergarten in 1995, found that December babies were 12 to 15 per cent less likely than their January counterparts to meet expectations in reading and numeracy in elementary grades and 12 per cent less likely to graduate on time in 2008.

That’s not only a disadvantage for individuals, but it may also be costly for taxpayers.

“If all students enjoyed the same rates of success as the January-born, an additional 1,700 students would graduate on time each year,” says the report titled Birthdate and Student Achievement: The Effects of School Grouping Practices in British Columbia. “This would represent a four per cent increase in the on-time graduation rate for the province and an annual saving of $14 million.”

Late birth dates had the greatest effect on aboriginal males — who were 19 per cent less likely than older aboriginal boys to reach Grade 10 within the expected time frame — followed by aboriginal girls and non-aboriginal boys. They had the least effect on non-aboriginal girls, says the report by Jerry Mussio of the consulting firm Mussio Associates Inc.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/December+babies+never+really+catch+study/4934503/story.html#ixzz1P77RJXNv

Neighborhood Learning Centres Feasibility Report

NLC Feasibility Study

A Neighborhood Learning Centres Feasibility Report for Giscome, Nukko Lake, and Hixon was recently released by the Regional District.

2011.06.06

District Parent Advisory Council

SUPERINTENDENT’S SPEAKING NOTES

1. Thank You, PAC and DPAC parents! – we appreciate your dedication to school and district. Thank you for your countless hours of donated time and expertise. Any successes in education are not the result of one person’s work, but rather, the result of the collaborative efforts of a whole team. You are pivotal members of this team. Thank you for encouraging, expecting, reminding, consequencing, helping and steering. Your caring actions are the gift that helps ensure social, emotional and academic success for each student.

 

2. Superintendent Participation at DPAC? I thoroughly enjoy attending DPAC, providing monthly reports from Sr. Administration and answering questions. In order to make my 10 minutes more valuable to DPAC and PAC, I would be happy to address topics of greatest educational interest to this partner group – please forward me your topic suggestions – bpepper@sd57.bc.ca I will utilize the information received in my planning for 2011-2012. Thank you!

3. Strategic Direction 2011-12 Four broad categories:

a. Learning: – personalized learning, structural support, expert staff

b. Influence: -global connection, community and provincial partnerships

c. Sustainability: – income=expenditure

d. Succession: – recruitment and retention, leadership, organizational capacity

4. Did you know?

a. Five new vice principal- elementary positions will be required for the 2011-2012 school year. (Aboriginal Choice School, Heritage, Heather Park, Ron Brent, College Hts) Recruitment is province wide.

b. Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = Change (Leaving out any one area will lead to either confusion, anxiety, resistance, frustration or feeling like we are on a treadmill!)

c. Most effective leadership behaviours include: participating in teacher learning and development, leading teachers to base teaching decisions on formative evaluations, and planning, coordinating and evaluating teaching, curriculum and pedagogy.

d. Skills required by our children to be successful in our ever changing world:

i. Reading, Writing, Numeracy

ii. Critical thinking and problem solving

iii. Creativity and innovation

iv. Collaboration, teamwork and leadership

v. Cross-cultural understanding

vi. Communications/computing literacy

vii. Career and learning self-reliance

viii. Caring for personal health and planet earth

Superintendent Speaking Notes, June 6th

2011.06.06

District Parent Advisory Council

SUPERINTENDENT’S SPEAKING NOTES

  1. Thank You, PAC and DPAC parents! – we appreciate your dedication to school and district.  Thank you for your countless hours of donated time and expertise.  Any successes in education are not the result of one person’s work, but rather, the result of the collaborative efforts of a whole team.  You are pivotal members of this team.  Thank you for encouraging, expecting, reminding, consequencing, helping and steering.  Your caring actions are the gift that helps ensure social, emotional and academic success for each student.

 

  1. Superintendent Participation at DPAC? I thoroughly enjoy attending DPAC, providing monthly reports from Sr. Administration  and answering questions.  In order to make my 10 minutes more valuable to DPAC and PAC, I would be happy to address topics of greatest educational interest to this partner group – please forward me your topic suggestions – bpepper@sd57.bc.ca I will utilize the information received in my planning for 2011-2012.  Thank you!

  1. Strategic Direction 2011-12 Four broad categories:
    1. Learning: – personalized learning, structural support, expert staff
    2. Influence: -global connection, community and provincial partnerships
    3. Sustainability: – income=expenditure
    4. Succession: – recruitment and retention, leadership, organizational capacity

  1. Did you know?
    1. Five new vice principal- elementary positions will be required for the 2011-2012 school year. (Aboriginal Choice School, Heritage, Heather Park, Ron Brent, College Hts)  Recruitment is province wide.
    2. Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = Change   (Leaving out any one area will lead to either confusion, anxiety, resistance, frustration or feeling like we are on a treadmill!)
    3. Most effective leadership behaviours include:  participating in teacher learning and development, leading teachers to base teaching decisions on formative evaluations, and planning, coordinating and evaluating teaching, curriculum and pedagogy.
    4. Skills required by our children to be successful in our ever changing world:
      1. i.      Reading, Writing, Numeracy
      2. ii.      Critical thinking and problem solving
      3. iii.      Creativity and innovation
      4. iv.      Collaboration, teamwork and leadership
      5. v.      Cross-cultural understanding
      6. vi.      Communications/computing literacy
      7. vii.      Career and learning self-reliance
      8. viii.      Caring for personal health and planet earth

Aboriginal Policy Revisions

Policy 1230 – Aboriginal Education

Policy 1231 – Aboriginal Education Board

On April 26, 2011, the Board of Education approved draft Policy 1230 and draft Policy 1231 for distribution to reference groups.

Click here to see draft policies

If you have any comments, concerns or suggestions about these policies please forward them in writing before June 28, 2011 to:

Diane Nygaard for Wendy De Marsh, Executive Assistant

School District No. 57 (Prince George)

2100 Ferry Avenue

Prince George, B.C.  V2L 4R5

e-mail: wdemarsh@sd57.bc.ca or fax to 250-561-6820

Teacher representatives agree on June vote to launch job action in September

http://www.bctf.ca/NewsReleases.aspx?id=23166

If there is a lack of progress in collective bargaining, teachers across British Columbia will take a strike vote between June 24 and 28, 2011.

BCTF President Susan Lambert emphasized that teachers do not take this decision lightly. The vote, to be supervised by the Labour Relations Board, will determine whether teachers will launch province-wide collective action with the start of the next school year in September. Initially the job action would involve teachers’ refusal to undertake administrative tasks or to attend unnecessary meetings, while focusing all their energies on the classroom.

“If we need to take this action in the fall we will begin by focusing on the central and joyful work of our profession—teaching our students,” Lambert said. “Parents may not even notice much of a change as teachers intend to continue serving our students in the classroom and communicating with parents about students’ progress. However, we will not be doing administrative work or attending meetings with management.”

Lambert emphasized that teachers want to achieve a negotiated settlement. Although the BCTF and its locals have been bargaining since the beginning of March, progress so far has been limited. “We’re facing resistance at both local and provincial tables, with the BC Public School Employers’ Association stalling on the split of issues and local trustees refusing to bargain anything of substance,” Lambert said.

Meanwhile, teachers have identified clear objectives for this round of bargaining. Their top priorities include: improving teaching and learning conditions (class size and composition, caseloads, learning specialist ratios, and time for class preparation), a fair and reasonable compensation package including benefit improvements commensurate with teachers across Canada, and a return to local bargaining as the best solution to local issues.

Lambert noted that negotiations are taking place in the wake of a BC Supreme Court decision that ruled Liberal legislation which stripped teachers’ contracts and limited their ability to bargain is unconstitutional. The BCTF is urging the government to immediately restore funding levels to make up for the $275 million which was cut every year since 2002, when the legislation was imposed.

Staff Appointments

Superintendent of Schools, Brian Pepper is pleased to announce the following appointments, effective August 1, 2011:

• Tabatha Grigg, Vice-Principal, Spruceland Elementary
• Deanna Hood, Vice-Principal, Quinson Elementary
• Parrish Child, Vice-Principal, Duchess Park Secondary
• Curtis MacDonald, Vice Principal, College Heights Secondary
• Anjula Corbin, Principal, Malaspina Elementary
• Nevio Rossi, Principal, Harwin Elementary
• Dan Watt, Principal, Buckhorn Elementary and Hixon Elementary
• Norman Kidwell, Principal, Nukko Lake Elementary
• Kathy Sawatsky, Principal, Foothills Elementary
• Ian Landy, Principal, Beaverly Elementary
• Cindy Heitman, District Principal, Curriculum and Instruction

We wish these principals and vice principals all the best in their new positions.

Diane Nygaard,
Executive Assistant
School District No. 57