Looking forward to the opening of our new school in School District 60. Here is a video walkthrough of Margaret Ma Murray Community School. Thanks to KMBR Architects for permission to share this great video.
Planning and getting excited for the upcoming Picture Word Inductive Model or PWIM session for January 27, 2017. PWIM is a strategy that can offer an entry point to every student. Here are some of the examples of the PWIM strategy being used in our district shared from staff at Robert Ogilvie Elementary School. For information on the upcoming session, please visiting the Learning Together Pro-D calendar or contact Juanita Esau at (250) 262-6087 to register.
Debra Burns and Dana Long from STADD BC visited SD60 on January 10th to present to community members in Fort St. John, Taylor, and Hudson Hope. http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/services-for-people-with-disabilities/transition-planning-for-youth-young-adults
STADD BC provides support with transitioning youth into adulthood. STADD– Services to Adults with Developmental Disabilities, a program with the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation. Their mandate is to work with all inter-ministry agencies in supporting youth, who are CLBC eligible from ages 16-24.
On November 3rd and 4th, Learning Services was pleased to welcome Shelley Moore to our district. Shelley’s enthusiasm and message was welcomed by educators from schools across our district. Shelley inspired everyone in attendance with her passion for inclusion.
Inclusion means everyone – but actually everyone, even our students who need the support in our classrooms, schools and communities. Shelley Moore
Thank you Shelley for visiting our district and sharing your valuable and meaningful message. Please come back to visit us some time soon, to share your message and your passion for inclusion!
On October 6th, Roz Smith and Cindy McGarroch co-facilitated a ZONES Session for Upper Pine Elementary School Staff. The day was filled with laughter and learning. School District 60’s motto is “Together We Learn”… we learn from each other because we are a “Community of Practice”. There was a lot of opportunity for rich conversation and reflection. We can’t wait for our second session!!
On Tuesday, Sept. 27th- Mrs. Froese and Mrs. Van Breda visited Bert Ambrose and led the “I Can Play” program with several classes. This social thinking lesson helps all students develop the skills for making friendships.
The Friend 2 Friend Autism Demystification program is a social and communication based educational program designed to demystify autism and educate children about the common characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The program promotes understanding, acceptance and empathy towards individuals by tapping into children’s intrinsic ability to play and imagine, and allowing children to learn about the uniqueness of autism in a fun and educational manner! http://www.friend2friendsociety.org/
To continue with our ongoing support to newcomer children, we are pleased to partner once again with the FSJ Public Library! This years theme is “SPRING MAKE!”.
Created for kids in grades 1-7 to explore the idea of designed thinking through Maker Education. Kids got to check out:
o Lego robotics
These sessions were offered the second week of Spring Break and were received by the students with excitement and enthusiasm! Our own “MAKER” expert Brant Churchill was integral in the creativity of our young minds!
The Settlement Fair was held on March 12, 2016.
The 2016 SWIS Settlement Fair was created to address newcomer needs, gaps and challenges in the community, identified through one-on-one Needs Assessments completed with clients.
There were approx. 40 participants at the Fair receiving information from: MNP, Fort St John Public Library, Employment Connections, SD60 Distance Education, and Investors Group.
There were also information booths from: Northern Lights College, Employment Connections BC, City of Fort St John, Fort St John Literacy Society, Investors Group Financial Planning, SUCCESS, SD60 SWIS, Fort St John Public Library & MNP
Participant feedback was very positive with comments providing valuable input for future Settlement Fairs.