National Day of Mourning – April 28, 2017

National Day of Mourning

 

The National Day of Mourning is observed annually in Canada on April 28 to honour those who have lost their lives while working on the job. The purpose of the National Day of Mourning is two-fold … to remember and honour those lives lost or injured and to renew the commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace … to prevent further deaths, injuries and diseases from work.

Every year workers, families, employers, and others come together at ceremonies held around the province and the country to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease, and to renew their commitment to creating safe workplaces. Since its inception, the observance has spread to over 80 countries around the world, but is known in most other countries as the Workers’ Memorial Day.

The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill is typically flown at half-mast on April 28, and workers and employees observe this day in various ways including observing moments of silence.

To mark our school district’s commitment in observance of the National Day of Mourning, Coast Mountains School District flags will be lowered to half-mast before the start of school on Friday, April 28 and raised at the end of the school day on April 28.

For more information, please visit the BC Day of Mourning website at dayofmourning.bc.ca.

 

Happy Easter Long Weekend!

 

A reminder that all schools within Coast Mountains School District 82 and the Board of Education Office will be closed for Good Friday, April 14 and Easter Monday, April 17.

All schools will be back in session on Tuesday, April 18 as regularly scheduled.

 

Wishing all of our students and staff a safe and happy Easter long weekend!

 

 

 

New Ministry Website Tool for Students and Parents will Track Achievements in Education

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:

www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/systemperformance

For more information, please reference the following Ministry of Education’s announcement:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017EDUC0091-001075

Additional information will be forthcoming to school districts from the Ministry of Education regarding this exciting and helpful initiative for students and parents.

 

Open your home to an International Student and expand your horizons

 

Homestay Families Wanted
(Article in PDF Format Poster)

 

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:

 international.cmsd.bc.ca

Or contact our Director of Instruction for School Support, Janet Meyer at (250) 638-4480 or study@cmsd.bc.ca for assistance.

 

Wear Pink on Wednesday, February 22nd for Anti-Bullying Day

 

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!

 

 

 

Community Open House on Rural Education – Monday, February 6, 2017

 

MOE-CMSD82 Community Open House – Rural Education – Feb. 6, 2017  (PDF Poster)

 

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.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Community Open House session!  The first 30-45 minutes will be an Open House format, where light refreshments and snacks will be served.

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.

LOCATION:
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 carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca, 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:

http://engage.gov.bc.ca/ruraleducation/

Ministry of Education/CMSD82 Community Meeting on K-9 Student Progress Reporting – November 28, 2016

 

MOE/CMSD82 Community Meeting K-9 Student Progress Reporting, Nov. 28, 2016
(PDF Format Poster)

 

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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
https://goo.gl/maps/Mq3pZa8WxeR2)

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 carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca, should you have questions regarding the Terrace Community Meeting.

 

 

Info from Jamie Corpuz, Teacher of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Jamie Corpuz will be presenting the following workshops for the CUPE Pro D Day on Friday, May 27th from 1-3pm at Caledonia:

The Effect of Background Noise on Listening and Learning in the Classroom

Many of our students experience an ear infection or two during the school year. When this happens, the student’s hearing is often compromised. When we add background noise of a busy classroom, the student’s ability to listen and learn is challenged. This session will not only simulate a mild hearing loss with background noise but also inform you of ways to reduce the noise to support classroom learning.

Building Effective Communication and Self-Advocacy Skills

The students we support need well developed communication skills to express their wants and needs. This session will explore effective communication, how to repair it when it breaks down and self-advocacy tools. You will learn how to apply this information to the students you work with and help them become effective communicators.

At our recent Resource Teachers’ Meeting, Jamie also recommended the following books:

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Eggbert: The Slightly Cracked Egg by Tom Ross & Rex Barron

and this video:

https://vimeo.com/148127830

Bridges LIVE! in Vancouver on April 14

Workshops Full

Please note that the Roots of Challenging Behaviour and Anxiety Strategies workshops are full. There are still spaces available in the UDL, Talking Tables, and Picture Word Inductive Method. Please contact Giselle at Local 4453 or Giselle.birch@cmsd.bc.ca to register. Thank you.