BC’s Ministry of Education announced a new smartphone and tablet-friendly website will provide interactive information about student outcomes to make it easier for parents and students, as well as school districts, to understand and use information that will enhance education for students.
By this fall, information about individual schools will be available to give parents a better understanding about how their child’s school is doing across the district. Right now, access to measures of student success, such as grade to grade transitions, completion rates, foundation skills assessment results and other outcomes, in all districts is available to compare the data with the latest trends and provincial averages.
On the website, school district by school district reports are now available in easy-to-read and interactive formats, giving parents a better understanding of their school district’s strengths and areas for continuous improvements, as well as B.C.’s education system as a whole. Information contained in these reports also includes community and student demographics, post-secondary and career preparation, as well as student satisfaction.
The website works on smartphones, tablets and computers of all kinds and is easily accessible at:
For more information, please reference the following Ministry of Education’s announcement:
Additional information will be forthcoming to school districts from the Ministry of Education regarding this exciting and helpful initiative for students and parents.
Homestay Families Wanted
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Coast Mountains School District 82 and Northwest Community College are seeking homestay host families for international students. Students from around the world are choosing to study in beautiful and pristine northwest BC and you can play an important role in making their Canadian experience truly unforgettable.
High school and college students want to experience high-quality, personalized education while experiencing local culture, discovering the great outdoors and enjoying the safety and friendliness of smaller communities. Help us show them our true regional hospitality by becoming a homestay family.
Living with local families helps international students immerse themselves in Canadian culture and helps in developing English language skills. By opening your home to a student, they will experience daily life in Canada, while introducing your family to the unique opportunity to learn about another culture. It is also the beginning of what often becomes a life-long, cross-cultural friendship.
Students will need both short and long-term homestay experiences.
For more information about becoming a host family for the International Student Homestay Program, please visit the school district’s new International Student Program website at:
Or contact our Director of Instruction for School Support, Janet Meyer at (250) 638-4480 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Wednesday, February 22nd is Day of Pink across British Columbia and Canada!
Join thousands of students and staff across British Columbia to show your support for anti-bullying initiatives: wear the official anti-bullying colour, pink!
Pink Day started in 2007 when two Nova Scotia high school students decided to create a “Sea of Pink” to support a grade 9 boy who was called homophobic names when he wore a pink shirt to school. See related story on CBC.ca website. This day is now celebrated right across Canada.
A sea of pink in schools and communities will show BC’s commitment to a safe and inclusive province that actively promotes respectful and kind behaviour among its citizens.
On February 22nd we encourage everyone to practice kindness. Together we can end bullying!
In the summer of 2016, Premier Christy Clark tasked Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson to work with the education sector, the public and community stakeholder groups, as well as Donna Barnett, the Minister of State for Rural Economic Development, to create a Rural Education Strategy by the summer of 2017. The purpose of this engagement is to explore rural school funding and educational practices, as well as the role educational programs and schools play in rural communities across the province.
The Parliamentary Secretary is seeking feedback from British Columbians and interested stakeholders to provide a range of different perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing rural school districts and communities for her consideration. Regional Community Open House sessions are scheduled in 9 locations throughout the province, including Terrace on February 6, 2017 hosted by Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82, with the aim to gather feedback from families and community members through an open dialogue.
The remaining portion of the meeting will be a more formal question and answer sharing session with Ministry of Education staff. You are invited to share your thoughts on the following discussion questions at the Community Open House session:
Discussion 1: What is your definition of a rural school?
Discussion 2: What are the positive impacts in the community?
Discussion 3: How are schools being used?
Discussion 4: Share your rural education story
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AT THE TERRACE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE
… EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
DATE & TIME: Monday, February 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre, 3120 Highway 16 East, Terrace
(formerly Thornhill Junior Secondary School – https://goo.gl/maps/Mq3pZa8WxeR2)
Pre-registration or RSVP’s are not required for the community session.
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Please contact Carole Gagnon, CMSD82 Executive Assistant at (250) 638-4401 or email@example.com, should you have questions regarding the Terrace Community Open House.
All online comments, emails, technical surveys, stakeholder submissions and comments from Community Open House sessions will be reviewed and a final report, with recommendations for the future, will be released near the end of the 2016/2017 school year.
For more information, please visit the Rural Education website at:
The Foundation Skills Assessment is an annual province-wide assessment of British Columbia students’ academic skills, and provides a snapshot of how well BC students are learning foundation skills in Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Numeracy.
The main purpose of the assessment is to help the province, school districts, schools and school planning councils evaluate how well students are achieving basic skills, and make plans to improve student achievement. FSA is designed and developed by British Columbia educators. The skills assessed are linked to the provincial curriculum and provincial performance standards.
The assessment is administered annually to Grade 4 and 7 students in public and provincially funded independent schools.
FSA 2017 Assessment Administration Dates
Assessment Administration in Schools runs from: January 9 to February 17, 2017
More information is available on the Ministry of Education’s website at:
MOE/CMSD82 Community Meeting K-9 Student Progress Reporting, Nov. 28, 2016
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British Columbia’s new school curriculum is making sure students are ready to succeed in our changing world. The Ministry of Education wants parents to share how they want to learn about their child’s progress from Kindergarten to Grade 9. Together with educators, the government is developing a new reporting approach for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9, to give parents a deeper understanding of their child’s progress at school. With new curriculum being implemented in B.C. classrooms this school year, the way student progress is reported must change too.
The Ministry’s parent engagement on student reporting will run from October 2016 to February 28, 2017. There will be two primary ways for parents to be involved and have an opportunity to provide feedback on student reporting:
- Online Feedback Forum at www.engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress/ (information about changes to the curriculum, future of student reporting with a series of questions asking for parent feedback).
- Community Sessions in 10 locations around the province including Terrace on November 28, 2016 hosted by Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82. The community meetings will be open-house style for the first two hours. Parents and interested community members can come in and learn more, talk to Ministry and school district staff, and then complete a feedback form. The last hour will be a Ministry facilitated design session specifically focused on the future of reporting student progress.
ATTEND THE COMMUNITY MEETING TO LEARN MORE
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
DATE & TIME: Monday, November 28, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre,
3120 Highway 16 East, Terrace
(formerly Thornhill Junior Secondary School
Pre-registration or RSVP’s are not required for the community meeting.
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Please contact Carole Gagnon, CMSD82 Executive Assistant at (250) 638-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org, should you have questions regarding the Terrace Community Meeting.
Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82 is holding a series of Public Consultation Meetings to discuss student learning in our Terrace and Kitimat schools. Of particular focus will be the success of our Aboriginal learners.
The Public Consultation Meetings will take place as follows:
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Suwilaawks Community School (Library) – Terrace
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Haisla Community School (Community Room) – Kitamaat Village
All members of the public are invited to attend.
A summary of feedback received from the Public Consultation Meetings will be provided to the District Aboriginal Education Committee for their consideration and review for the Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement.
For further information or to provide a written submission prior to the meeting, please contact:
Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant that the Board of Education Office
Tel: (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Ext. 4401
School districts across the province are involved in calendar amendments related to the new Ministry of Education Curriculum Implementation Plan that has recently been announced. The Ministry of Education and the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), supported by provincial partners in education, announced a plan to support the implementation of the new curriculum.
As part of this plan, school districts have been asked to add 10 hours of non-instructional time to this school year which will reduce instructional hours equivalent to two regular school days. The time will be provided for teachers to familiarize themselves with the new curriculum and to plan for its implementation in the coming year.
Coast Mountains School District in collaboration with the Coast Mountain Teachers’ Federation has selected Friday, January 15, 2016 and Friday, April 29, 2016 as the two non-instructional training days. Both days were selected with a mind to minimizing the impact on families and student learning.
On November 25, 2015 the Board of Education approved a motion to amend the 2015-2016 School Calendar reflecting Friday, January 15, 2016 and Friday, April 29, 2016 as non-instructional days. The addition of these two non-instructional days will support Coast Mountains School District’s teachers as they learn the new Ministry of Education curriculum. For clarity, students will not attend school on January 15 and April 29, 2016. Please view the amended 2015-2016 School Calendar as provided above.
In response to the rapidly changing world that students are entering, the new Ministry of Education curriculum is being redesigned to help teachers create learning environments that are both engaging and personalized for students. The redesigned curriculum focuses on core competencies, essential learning and literacy and numeracy foundations. More information for parents can be found at https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca.
We are looking forward to the exciting times ahead in our classrooms as we help our students succeed in this changing world.
Superintendent of Schools
Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office as follows:
Tel: (250) 638-4401 or Toll Free 1-855-635-4931, Local 4401
The Hoot Continues …
Students will have an exciting afternoon on Friday, October 30th from 1:15 – 2:30. We will ‘kick off’ the hoot with a ghoulishly good performance from our Suwilaawks Choir. After the short performance students will head off to a variety of events hosted by our teachers, parents and staff. It will be a very active day and students are encouraged to wear comfy clothing … most of us will be in orange and black.
Check with your child’s teacher about treats sent to the school. While we all certainly love the goodies around Halloween, we also know that we will all be getting a lot of candy on the weekend so we are asking families to send healthy treats to school for Friday or make a donation to the Suwilaawks Cafe (Food Program).
Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82 is seeking public feedback regarding the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Proposed School Calendars. An all-partner consultative School Calendar Committee was formed by the Board of Education in March 2014 with a mandate to guide the development of an ongoing plan for school calendars over the next three years.
For further information, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Ext. 4401.