With the school closures our district and province experienced in 2010, a group of rural residents have made it their mandate to look at what could be done to keep our rural schools from closure in the future. CORES is dedicated to looking into all aspects of the educational system that affects the rural students within our district. For the rural student to access education, many of them require bussing. Transportation is just one aspect of the educational system this group is reviewing. The transportation funding from the Provincial Government was determined on historical cost and has seen no increases since 2002. Although funding has seen no increases over this time period, the costs associated with delivering transportation to students have been increasing year after year. With no guarantees as to an increase in funding in this area, what other options are available to sustain this service in the future?
The B.C. Teachers’ Federation won a strike mandate from its members, with limited job action expected to start in September.
Of those who cast ballots, 90 per cent voted in favour of a strike if there’s no progress in contract talks over the summer.
While classes are expected to resume in September as usual, teachers won’t attend staff meeting, gather data, supervise students outside of instructional hours or write formal report cards, says BCTF president Susan Lambert.
“The B.C. Teachers’ Federation has completed a strike vote that will result in teachers withdrawing from administrative duties starting in the fall. That will eventually ramp up to more serious job action, with an outright school strike looming for the spring.”
The FSA results for the district and individual schools in the district can be found here:
Edudata Canada has the results for each item on the FSA:
Unfortunately, their list of schools in Prince George has not been updated since the school closures, and does not include Heather Park and Lac de Bois. this has been reported to them as an issue.
BCCPAC has a guide for parents regarding the FSAs:
“The FSA is only one of many things that should be looked at when evaluating a school’s ability to educate. The FSA is not designed to be able to evaluate a school’s entire education program. To use FSA results alone to do so would be an incomplete evaluation.”
The president of the B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association delivered a gloomy message to his membership Friday to mark the end of this school year and the start of summer.
“I had hoped to end the year by sharing a positive and optimistic perspective but unfortunately that will not be the case,” Jameel Aziz wrote in his weekly enews. “At this stage, it is likely that we will be in the early stages of job action on the first day of classes. We are still trying to understand what shape this will take, but bulletins issued by the BCTF and BCPSEA will probably answer a lot of these questions. As in any job action, you will have to follow the direction of your Board and Superintendent. We are requesting that the information coming from those groups is clear and consistent across the province. Issues around attendance have been highlighted and are being examined so that the safety of students remains the priority through all of this activity.
“The Association will not be taking a position in support of either side’s view in this negotiation. We are not at the table, and the outcome of the negotiations will not be influenced by any opinions we have, even if we cared to share them. I know that pressure will be put on you to show support or take a position, however, I advise you not to do this. We are part of the management team and we take our direction from our individual Boards. As the school leaders, we are expected to continue to build, or rebuild if necessary, the culture and objectives of the school once job action ends.
“I will be working through the summer to have the most up-to-date information for you and to be able to share the ramifications of any decision in a timely basis. Fifty percent of our current members were not principals or vice-principals in 2005 when we last went through BCTF job action, so we want to ensure that those members are supported and have a clear understanding of their role. I anticipate that this fall will be neither routine nor pleasant, but I remain confident that, whatever occurs, principals and vice-principals will do their best to minimize the impact on students and families.”
The Gaming Branch has posted on their website an update to the Community Gaming Grant forms. These are MINOR adjustments and do not alter the documents significantly, they simply add clarification on grant availability and eligible use of grant funds. Please visit the link below for the full update.
The Ministry of Education has released a new interactive discussion guide on personalized learning.
The guide is intended to provide information and give an overview of personalized learning and an opportunity to submit your feedback and questions to the Ministry of Education.
Follow the link to view the interactive guide:
A PDF version is also available (but will not allow for feedback)
Instructions for using the interactive guide:
- Click the link to open the guide
- Viewing and navigating the document
- Use the navigation pane at the bottom of the page (grey bar)
- “view full screen” command is on the right corner
- Advance to next page is in the middle
- and the zoom and home buttons are on the far left
- you may also click and drag on the corners of the pages to turn them.
- Feedback may be typed into the appropriate text boxes, click on the “submit” button for each completed response when done.
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.
A Neighborhood Learning Centres Feasibility Report for Giscome, Nukko Lake, and Hixon was recently released by the Regional District.
District Parent Advisory Council
SUPERINTENDENT’S SPEAKING NOTES
- 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.
- 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org I will utilize the information received in my planning for 2011-2012. Thank you!
- Strategic Direction 2011-12 Four broad categories:
- Learning: – personalized learning, structural support, expert staff
- Influence: -global connection, community and provincial partnerships
- Sustainability: – income=expenditure
- Succession: – recruitment and retention, leadership, organizational capacity
- Did you know?
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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.
- 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
For consistency with the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act respecting Public Accounts reporting, a Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) must be submitted by each school district within six months following the corporation’s fiscal year end.