School District 60

10112-105 Avenue
Fort St. John, British Columbia
Canada V1J-4S4
Voice - 250 262-6000
Fax - 250 262-6048
After Hours Emergency - 250 785-6781

Digmore! – Digital Learning Commons

Digital media objects and resources for e-learning Featured Service Learn360 video service available to teachers and students in schools.

Coding in SD60 – Hour of Code Results

In the fall of 2016 staff in K-9 schools started on a path to coding district wide. Principals and Teacher leads from schools completed Hour of Code activities and planned together how to bring the experience to all students in K-9. Between December and February approximately 85% of students have completed an hour of code with more planning to complete before the end of the school year. Further to Hour of Code there are clubs starting as well as a SETBC supported coding project at Upper Pine and Duncan Cran Schools.

Hour of Code participation from Dec 2016 to Feb 2017. K-9 Students, n=4639

When asked about the coding experience at Ecole Central Elementary, Principal Broyden Bennett said the following,

At Central it started with one teacher, Elaine McEachern, who enjoyed the experience of coding so much, she taught her class to code for an hour. This led to a few other teachers asking her to share with their classes. As Elaine continued on she repeated  “Anyone can code,” to all teachers and students while she taught them. Bit by bit, news of coding fun spread from child to child. Fast forward to 2016. when the Elaine asked who wanted to code, and every single class in the school wanted in on the action. 100% of the students, teachers and educational assistants at Ecole Central Elementary participated in “hour of code”. The best part is “they don’t even know they’re learning math, reading and writing!”

Rural Teacher-Librarian and Technology Mentor Teacher, Laurie Petrucci shared her experience from coding at Wonowon and Upper Halfway as well as supporting many district classrooms through an hour of code.

Learning how to code fosters skill development in computational thinking and problem solving. In addition, all students can code if there is sufficient scaffolding of learning. For example, students can practice giving and following instructions right in their classroom. Students can also build mazes using Lego or building blocks and figure out the code required for guiding a “robot” through the maze. Students could then access coding apps such as Lightbot and Scratch Junior on an iPad or log into “Hour of Code” activities to further their coding abilities.

Further to that Mrs. Petrucci expands on the curricular links that coding makes on our DIGMORE site at

Open House on Rural Education – Friday March 3rd – 6pm @ NPSS


The Ministry of Education invites the public to an




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PLACE:         North Peace Secondary School – Library

DATE:            Friday, March 3rd, 2017

TIME:             6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


The Parliamentary Secretary is looking for 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.

The purpose of the regional open houses is to explore rural funding and educational practices, as well as the role educational programs and schools play in rural communities across the province. These regional open houses aim to gather feedback from families and community members through an open dialogue.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  The first 30-45 minutes of each meeting will be an open house format, where light refreshments will be served.  The remaining portion of the meeting will be a more formal question and answer format with Parliamentary Secretary Linda Larson and/or Ministry of Education staff.

We invite you to share your thoughts on the following discussion questions at the open houses:

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

Once all feedback on the future direction for rural education has been reviewed, a final report will be released near the end of the 2016/2017 school year. The final report will include recommendations for the future, with a focus on the unique challenges facing rural school districts, recognizing the economic, social and cultural impact that schools have on small communities.

For more information and ways to participate, please see the Ministry of Education’s website


Ground Breaking Ceremony – Margaret Ma Murray Community School

Representatives from School District 60, the Government of British Columbia, the City of Fort St John, the District of Taylor, BC Hydro, contractors, and a family member of Bella Yahey were present along with members of the community for a ground breaking ceremony today at the site of Margaret Ma Murray Community School. A news release from the Provincial government is available below as well as a video of the ceremony.

School Buses Cancelled – Friday, February 17, 2017

Due to the icy road conditions, SD60 has cancelled school buses for Friday, February 17, 2017. Schools will remain open.

UPDATE Hold & Secure LIFTED at Dr. Kearney


[11:54am UPDATE] The Hold & Secure has been lifted at Dr. Kearney


FSJ RCMP have called for a Hold and Secure at Dr. Kearney Middle School. RCMP are on site and Students and Staff are safe. Parents and community members are asked to refrain from attending the school at this time.

During a Hold and Secure students and staff from outside are brought in and the exterior doors of the school are locked. Most operations in the school continue as normal as possible.

Updates will be shared via twitter by @FortStJohnRCMP

From the Fort St John RCMP –