Northland School Division Notebook

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Teacher recognized for UVic award

A teacher from Bill Woodward School in Anzac was recognized by Northland School Division at its April 24 meeting.
Tessa Dagenais won the Co-op Student-of-the-Year Award from the University of Victoria. She is completing her Master’s degree in Education and is a Physical Education and Science teacher, coach, and athletic director at the school.
Dagenais was selected as the Co-op Student-of-the-Year for the Optional and Professional Co-op Program -Coaching Studies!

Edwin Parr nominee announced

The 2021 Edwin Parr Teacher Award nominee from Northland School Division is an educator from Anzac Community School.
The board of trustees approved the nomination submitted for Andrew Belsheim.
“Andrew’s dedication to the profession as a first-year teacher is evident. We appreciate the effort he puts in to support student success,” says board chair Robin Guild.
The board also recognizes nomination finalist Dallon Perry from Mistassiniy School in Wabasca.
The Edwin Parr Award recognizes first-year teachers that demonstrate exemplary dedication and commitment.
“Our students deserve teachers who will go the extra mile to help them succeed,” says Guild.

Engaging with community leaders

Northland has taken a position regarding the draft K-6 curriculum.
Given the pandemic and the fact that wildfires impacted learning in the year prior, NSD will be supporting the modernization of the curriculum by engaging with its communities on the draft.
However, NSD announced April 13 they will not be piloting the draft K-6 curriculum for the 2021-22 school year.
Chair Robin Guild and administration were invited to meet with Treaty 8 Grand Chief Arthur Noskey and others to discuss how NSD can work with the communities to gather input into the new curriculum.

Budget given the go-ahead

The board of trustees approved the principles and assumptions for the 2021-22 budget, which are used by administration to develop the detailed annual budget.
Some of the key financial assumptions for next year include:

  • COVID-19 impacts are forecast to be minimal;
  • the hot lunch program provided by School Food Services will continue. Although targeted funding was not received from the provincial government the board passed a motion supporting the program;
  • continued support for online/remote learning;
  • low inflation in Alberta will continue; teacher and support salary costs will be unchanged.

The budget will be presented for approval at the regular meeting in May.

Budget given the go-ahead

The board of trustees approved the principles and assumptions for the 2021-22 budget, which are used by administration to develop the detailed annual budget.
Some of the key financial assumptions for next year include:

  • COVID-19 impacts are forecast to be minimal;
  • the hot lunch program provided by School Food Services will continue. Although targeted funding was not received from the provincial government the board passed a motion supporting the program;
  • continued support for online/remote learning;
  • low inflation in Alberta will continue; teacher and support salary costs will be unchanged.

The budget will be presented for approval at the regular meeting in May.

Superintendent’s highlights

The new Mistassiniy School project at Wabasca is currently in the design development phase.
A team from NSD is working with Alberta Infrastructure and Alberta Education to finalize specific details such as colours and finishing. The team is very excited with the open entry and the spaces for the Career and Technology programs.
Students and staff participated in a two-part session on how to integrate Minecraft for Education into the classroom.
Minecraft for Education is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is a student’s imagination.
During the sessions, students and staff unleashed their creativity by building a local landmark of their choice and working on applying what they learned to core subjects such as English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Report highlights positive attendance

Director of Student Engagement, Attendance and Completion Don Tessier, provided information to the board regarding student attendance for the months of February and March.
Peavine Bishop Routhier School, Chipewyan Lake School and Conklin Community School were recognized for positive attendance growth. Percentage of students attending were between 90-100 per cent.

New Bus App coming to NSD

Transportation Manager Susanne Jones unveiled a new bus app called StopFinder.
The engagement app allows parents and guardians to see their children’s bus schedules in real-time and receive bus cancellations or changes immediately.

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