Northland School Division Notebook

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

Northland pays tribute

The Northland School Division board of trustees paid tribute to the children found at the former residential schools in Kamloops, B.C. and Marieval, Sask. at the beginning of their meeting June 25.
The board had 215 seconds of silence in memory of the children found at the former residential schools.
Flags at Northland schools and buildings were lowered to half-mast and will remain that way until further notice in remembrance of all of the children who died at residential schools and all those who continue to feel the impact of residential schools.

Scholarships, bursaries awarded

Northland’s Scholarship and Bursary Committee announced the recipients of the bursaries and scholarships. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Evelyn Alook, St. Theresa School/Mistassiniy School, receives an $800 scholarship for students entering a university program other than education. Alook will be taking the social work program at Northern Lakes College.
  • Abigail Nydokus, Elizabeth School, receives $1,000 in memory of Adele Grace Carifelle for students pursuing studies in the areas of early childhood education, computer related studies or social work. Nydokus is taking the social work program at Lakeland College.
  • Rikki Janvier, Anzac Community School/Bill Woodward School, receives an $800 scholarship for students entering a university program other than education. Janvier is taking her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Calgary.
  • Briklyn Pratt, Anzac Community School/Bill Woodward School, receives an $800 scholarship for students entering a college or technical institute. Pratt is taking the sociology program at Mount Royal University.
  • Hunter Pratt, Anzac Community School/Bill Woodward School, receives an $800 scholarship for students entering a university program other than education. Pratt is taking a Bachelor of Communications course at Mount Royal University.

Superintendent’s highlights

Nortland Supt. Dr. Spencer-Poitras congratulated Ward 9 trustee Dr. Rubi Shirley [Fort Chipewyan] for winning a Public School Boards Association of Alberta [PSBAA] award for promoting and advancing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada within Alberta.
Kindergarten Programming: For the 2021-22 school year, kindergarten students will be attending school five days a week. During the 2020-21 school year, kindergarten students attended three days a week due to COVID-19 protocols.
Professional Learning Common Calendar: A professional learning common calendar has been developed. Eight days were selected as common professional learning times for educators. This will support common district professional learning opportunities.
Math initiative in the works: Northland is working with the University of Calgary to develop a math initiative for students in kindergarten to Grade 8. For this initiative, the resources being used are Math Minds and Jump Math. Math Minds is the method and practice used to teach math and Jump Math is the program that will be implemented in five pilot schools during the 2021-21 school year.

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