School District 60

10112-105 Avenue
Fort St. John, British Columbia
Canada V1J-4S4
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Stand Up Against Bullying

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The City of Fort St John has proclaimed today to be Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day is a nationally recognized day across Canada to symbolize that bullying will not be tolerated in schools and communities.

Many of our schools will be participating in activities for pink shirt day that discuss bullying. School District 60 staff and schools also work throughout the year to provide safe schools for our learning community members.

Robert Ogilvie was recently featured in an EnergeticCity article regarding the City proclamation and their planned activities for today.

What is your school community doing today? Tweet it out with the #sd60 hashtag!

For more information on the elimination of bullying in our schools and communities or if you need help please see http://erasebullying.ca/, or speak with your local school administrator.

Families R.O.C.K Parenting Series – March 5th @ CCRR

The final workshop in the Families R.O.C.K parenting series occurs March 5th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Child Care Resource & Referral at 10411 100th Ave. See the poster below for more details. (Click to enlarge)

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QR Codes in the Library

Students at Alwin Holland Elementary will see something new in the library, QR Codes with author and title information. QR stands for Quick Response and a mobile device with a reader app (like i-nigma – http://goo.gl/ul2lnL or http://goo.gl/HlJb6) can read the two-dimensional bar code to get text or a web link to more information on a book. Teacher-Librarian Karlene Duncan has added several into the library with information about authors and their books, and to showcase some of their non-fiction titles. QR Codes in the classroom can make for a fun search project and much more.

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School Bus Cancellations – Feb 13, 2015

Due to the icy road conditions, SD60 has cancelled school buses for Friday, February 13th, 2015. Schools will remain open. 

SD60 Student Wins International Science Fair Award

In School District 60 we aim for our students to be best for the world, we have students that are best in the world too! Congratulations to Victoria and Emily on your achievements!

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February 11, 2015

BC Science Fair Students Win International Awards in Taiwan!

Victoria Platzer (left) and Emily O'Reilly (right) with SuYun Geithner (centre), the head of Political and Public Affairs at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei.

Victoria Platzer (left) and Emily O’Reilly (right) with
SuYun Geithner (centre), the head of Political and Public
Affairs at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei.

Vancouver, BC – Emily O’Reilly, a Grade 12 student from College Heights Secondary, Prince George and Victoria Platzer, a Grade 9 student from Bert Bowes Middle School, Fort St. John, have returned with success from the Taiwan International Science Fair, held February 4th to 10th in Taipei, Taiwan.

Ms. Platzer received a gold medal in the Environmental Sciences category for her project, Hay Aliens, a study that showed that the seeds of invasive plants are spread throughout the Peace region in hay harvested by local farmers. Of the 5,568 seeds that she collected from 22 samples of hay, 628 were identified as invasive. Ms. O’Reilly received a gold medal in the Health Sciences category for her project, Ancient Knowledge – Modern Approach, a study which demonstrated the antibacterial properties of the apricot kernel. It has long been rumored that the apricot kernel has medicinal value, however, scientific results have been inconclusive due to the presence of cyanide in the kernel. Ms. O’Reilly was able to devise a novel approach to extract the cyanide from the kernel to allow her to test the medicinal properties of the apricot kernel in the absence of cyanide.

Ms. Platzer and Ms. O’Reilly were accompanied by Mr. Darren Platzer, a teacher from Alwin Holland Elementary School. The students were selected to participate based on their Science Fair project work, their communication skills and their ambassadorial qualities.  Mr. Platzer was chosen as the educator because of his broad outreach education experience, his years of participation and support of the science fair program and his appreciation of its educational benefits for students.

Mr. Platzer reported after the awards ceremony in Taipei on Monday that both students are “very happy and had a great experience”. British Columbian students have attended the Taiwan International Science Fair since its inception in 1991, a legacy of the Pan Pacific component of the 1991 Canada-Wide Science Fair hosted by the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia.

“Through scientific research and innovation, Science Fair participants are able to gain important life and job skills which help reveal where new career opportunities exist,” said Patti Leigh O.B.C, Executive Director of the Science Fair Foundation of BC. “Science Fairs allow students to stretch their imagination and intellect, and they also provide a chance for young scientists to network with their peers and with potential mentors.”

British Columbia regional science fairs are supported by the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia, a non-profit, charitable organization whose vision is to sustain and enhance the science culture of the youth of British Columbia.

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About the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia

The Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia is the largest science and technology outreach network in the Province supporting science education by inspiring curiosity through the Science Fair program.

To learn more about the Foundation, please visit our website at: www.sciencefairs.ca.