Upper Halfway Elementary

Upper Halfway Elementary
10112 105 Avenue
Fort St John, BC V1J 4S4
Phone: (250) 772-5032
Fax: (250)772-5033
Web: https://uh.prn.bc.ca
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Upper Halfway School is a rural k – 10 school located in the picturesque valley near the forks of
the Graham and Upper Halfway Rivers, approximately 130km northwest of Fort St. John.
Currently, 50 students are enrolled and all students are bussed to school from the Halfway River
First Nations Reserve and surrounding Russian/German speaking communities. Many of our
students qualify as English Language Learners (ELL).  Approximately 6o% of Upper Halfway
students are First Nations and 40% have English as a second language.  In total, 40% of our
students receive ELL or ESD support and 22% of our students are identified with special needs.

Upper Halfway School receives administrative assistance from SD60’s Rural Principal and
employs four full-time teachers, with one teacher assuming the role of Head Teacher. The school
also employs two Educational Assistants, one Aboriginal Student Support Worker, and receives
weekly/monthly on-site support from Learning Services – Learning Assistance, English Language
Learners (ELL), English as a Second Dialect (ESD), Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Speech-Language
Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy; Technology Services – Library, Curriculum
with Technology (CWT), and Technology support; and Aboriginal Services – Counselling, Cultural
and Social-Emotional support.

Upper Halfway School has three multi-grade classrooms, two multi-purpose classrooms, a wide
variety of outdoor playground equipment, a large outdoor sports field, a school vegetable garden,
a seasonal outdoor skating rink, and a natural seasonal snow packed sledding hill. The nearby
Halfway-Graham Community Hall is used to supplement PE programs and host special events.

The School District provides two teacherages for teacher accommodation at a reasonable rate.
Upper Halfway school operates on a four day schedule, Monday – Thursday, with extended daily
hours of operation to meet Ministry instructional minutes per day. When Professional
Development Days of Statutory holidays fall on a Friday, the school is closed in lieu the following
Monday.

Name Title Phone Email
Jaclyn Gieni Head Teacher 250-772-5032  jgieni*
Theresa Dantuma Principal – Upper Halfway & Wonowon 250-783-9994 tdantuma*
Laurinda Heiberg Secretary 250-783-9994 lheiberg*
* add @prn.bc.ca

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