The board is awaiting feedback on the proposal for moving two pro-d days from August to be included within the calendar bookends, September 1 to June 30. We will be going through all of the calendar consultation responses and feedback after the response deadline and then having a discussion at our regular board meeting on March 12 at which time we will make our final decision.
Pink Shirt Day was celebrated in all of our schools on February 26. This event is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club and most schools were tinged pink as people are asked to wear pink on this day to make a statement against bullying.
We are happy to announce that our district was successful in its grant application to the Construction Foundation of BC. We are unsure at this time how much the grant will be as the foundation is beginning to raise funds for this purpose. Funds from the foundation will be used to upgrade our shop classes in the district and to hopefully entice more students to pursue a career in the trades.
Our second YES-2-IT Trades Exploration Day was a great success. This year the hands-on program for grades six and seven students focused on the culinary industry. We received a $4,000 grant from the Industry Training Association to support this. A video of this day is available at http://youtu.be/Os100yjiY7g.
We would like to thank Boyd Turnbull for coordinating the event as well as all of our other teachers and administrators who worked behind the scenes to make this day happen. This event could not happen without the tradespeople and businesses who volunteered their time. A big Thank you to Nicola Haamers, Theo Walta, Randy Watson and Cody Winser from Valu Plus in Keremeos.
At the regular meeting, the Board also approved the grad trips for all three of our high schools. Students from SOSS and SESS will travel to Silverwood, Idaho on June 26 and 27th.
Please mark your calendars for May 28. On this day we will host an inquiry sharing day at the Watermark Hotel in Osoyoos from 1 to 7 p.m. At this event schools from around the district will showcase their inquiry questions, where they are going with their learning, how they are getting there and where they are going to next. We invite all of our parents, community members, and education partners to drop in anytime from 1 to 7 p.m. to see what is going on around the district, and ask questions. More information will be forthcoming. Please contact your school principal for more information at this time.
The BCSTA Stability for Students Action Plan was also discussed. The goal of this plan is to ensure immediate and long-term stability in the provision of educational programs for students in B.C.’s public education system. Our board is hopeful that student success will not be compromised during or after the resolution of the BC Supreme Court ruling between the Province of B.C. and the BC Teacher’s Federation.
We hope that resolution of class size and composition matters occurs at the provincial bargaining table and that when changes to class size and composition are required whether through negotiation, legislation or court ruling, they be phased in so as to minimize disruption to students. We are also urging the ministry that any costs related to changes in class size and composition be fully funded by the provincial government with no negative impact on current funding levels.
Should you have any questions, please contact me at 250-498-1333.
Submitted by Marieze Tarr, Chairperson
School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen)