Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:30:55 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Strong Families: Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety November 14, 2017 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our December session will help parents learn how to recognize symptoms of anxiety disorder in their children and teens. In addition, it will detail the steps parents can take to manage their children's anxiety, and aid them in finding the resources they may need to improve their children's mental health. Strong Families Series: Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety - A Step-By-Step Approach Date: Tuesday, December 12 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education - Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Anxiety is one of the most common mental health complaints in children and teens today. This session will help parents distinguish between normal anxiety, and anxiety that is no longer helpful or productive. It will aid caregivers in identifying signs that a child or adolescent is experiencing problems with anxiety. Parents will learn step-by-step strategies to assist their child or teen in managing their anxiety and improving their mental health. We will provide parents with helpful resources, and demonstrate tools and techniques designed to reduce anxiety. Join us for an in-depth discussion of these topics and more. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Please register early to reserve your spot. To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 7, 2017 November 7, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Eric Cameron was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Ron Heinrichs was elected Vice Chair. "It is an honour and privilege to, again, be serving Parkland School Division as Board Chair, and to be working with a newly elected Board of Trustees." stated Board Chair Cameron.  "With Ron Heinrichs as Board Vice-Chair, I am looking forward to working with some existing Trustees and some new Trustees who all have fresh perspectives and an eagerness to work toward our ultimate goal of Student Success and Well-Being.  We have a committed group of people as Trustees who believe in the importance of of our Vision and Mission with a focus on community engagement." "I couldn't be more thrilled to once again act in the position of Vice-Chair for Parkland School Division. I look forward to supporting  Chair, Trustee Eric Cameron, working to further the direction of the Board and Division, and ensuring we are making the best decisions for our children and students." stated Heinrichs. "I am very excited about the fact that the new trustees will bring their fresh ideas and perspectives to Parkland School Division. I am looking forward to continued  and expanded collaboration with all of our stakeholders so that Parkland School Division realizes its Ultimate Goal: Success and Well-Being for all students." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chair  (Lorraine Stewart) Student Advisory Committee Chair  (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Sally Kucher-Johnson) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Eric Cameron, Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann) Audit Committee (Darlene Clarke,Sally Kucher-Johnson, Lorraine Stewart) Advocacy Committee (Committee of the Whole) Alberta School Boards Association (Darlene Clarke, Paul McCann, Lorraine Stewart) Public School Boards' Association (Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, TBD) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson) Council of School Councils (Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the unaudited Monthly Financial Statement for the period ending August 31, 2017. The auditors are now reviewing the report and the audited report will be presented to the Board at the Regular Board Meeting November 28, 2017. The overall year-to-date surplus is $960,787. The Board approved the 2017-2018 Final Budget Report as presented by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting.  As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then updates the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments.  Parkland School Division has a total budget of $127.5 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 10,968 students.  (+155 from 2016-2017) Total budget revenues for 2017-18 will increase by 4.24% over 2016-17. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) grant increased by $426,000 over last year's levels. As part of the Alberta Teachers Association central bargaining with the province, a $75 million dollar classroom improvement fund has been established. Parkland School Division's allocation of $1.26 million was approved by Alberta Education September 12th and is included in this budget. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reducation Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $98.4 million dollars on human resources, which is about 74% of the division's budget.  The division will employ over 595 full-time equivalent teachers and 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2017-18. Overall the division is budgeting a $607K deficit that will be supported by instructional reserves as a result of prior year carryovers and utilizing administration reserves to support the election and Superintendent search. This results in an estimated Accumulated Surplus from Operations to expense ratio of 3.46%.  The Board received as information the annual Vandalism Report from Facilities Services. The total cost of vandalism for 2016-2017 came in just over $25K dollars which is a 50% decrease compared to the previous year. However, there was a significant increase in vandalism in 2015-2016 so the trend has been flat over several years. The Board received as information the 2016-2017 Provincial Achievement Tests and Grade 12 Diploma Exam Multi-year Results Report as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnson. The multi-year report provides a five-year statistical overview. Additionally: The growth or decline (+/-) is provided to show the percentage increase or decrease from the previous year. The 'gap' from the provincial achievement indicates whether our students achieved at, above, or below the provincial average Diploma examination results equaled or suprassed the provincial results on: 9 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 3 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence Although not representative of the entire Grade 12 cohort of learners, the June 2017 Blended Diploma and Course results equaled or surpassed last year's PSD results on: 7 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 5 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 28, 2017 at the Centre for Education at 6:30pm. News News Updated Report Card October 19, 2017 - Parents may notice a few changes when they receive their child's first report card of the 2017 - 2018 school year. Every school with Kindergarten to Grade 9 students in Parkland School Division (PSD) use the same report card format.  In September 2016, a review of stakeholder feedback about the effectiveness of the PSD’s Reporting Student Learning was undertaken. Based on information gathered from surveys, a review of the Guide to Education, and a look at how other jurisdictions in Alberta and across Canada are reporting student progress,  an update of the current report card was begun. Through extensive input meetings, opportunities to provide feedback on the first draft of the updated report card was provided to all teaching staff in K-9 schools, high school principals, Council of School Councils, two student groups, one parent group, the Board of PSD, Senior Executive and Learning Services staff. Modifications were made to the draft based on the extensive feedback received and then the finalized updated report card was presented and is now in use. For full details, visit the PSD Report Card page of this website. Forward comments or suggestions to: Leah Andrews  Director, Learning Services Email: News News Election Day Official Results Thank you to all candidates who put their name forward for public school trustee. Follow the links below to track the unofficial results. Parkland County Results  City of Spruce Grove Results  Town of Stony Plain Results    Board of Trustees (Official) Ward 1 - Ron Heinrichs Ward 2 - Lorraine Stewart Ward 3 - Sally Kucher-Johnson Ward 4 - Paul McCann Ward 5 - Eric Cameron Ward 5 - Darlene Clarke Ward 5 - Anne Montgomery Candidate Forums Parkland School Division hosted a series of three Candidate Forums in advance of the upcoming election. The format included a moderator and three minutes for each candidate to deliver their platform, followed by all candidates answering the same three questions from the moderator. If you were unable to join us for these forums, video recordings of each of them have now been posted to our website and social media pages, so you can use them and the links below to help you make a well-informed decision come Election Day. Trustee Candidate Forum: Wards 3 & 4 - October 2, 2017 Watch the Video >>> Trustee Candidate Forum: Ward 5 - October 3, 2017 Watch the Video >>> Trustee Candidate Forum: Wards 1 & 2 - October 4, 2017 Watch the Video >>> Candidates Click on a candidate's name to visit their provided campaign website or social media page. Ward Area Candidates Ward 1 Seba Beach Wabamun Tomahawk Entwistle Duffield Terry Goldstein Ron Heinrichs Ward 2 Parkland Village Muir Lake Elsie Kinsey Lorraine Stewart Mandy Stierman Ward 3 Blueberry Graminia Sally Kucher-Johnson Kathleen Linder Ward 4 Town of Stony Plain Richard Gilchrist Paul McCann Ward 5 City of Spruce Grove Eric Cameron Darlene Clarke Gary Hanna Darcy Kolodnicki Adam McArthur Anne Montgomery Please note:  Three (3) candidates will be elected as trustees to represent Ward 5; one (1) candidate will be elected in each of the other wards. Links in the above chart were provided by the candidates. If a candidate's name is not linked to their website or social media page, no link was provided. For further information, visit the Election 2017 page of our website. News News Superintendent Tim Monds Retirement Announcement October 3, 2017 - It is with a mix of gratitude and regret that Parkland School Division’s Board of Trustees announces the retirement of Tim Monds as Superintendent & CEO of Parkland School Division No. 70, effective May 31, 2018. Since 2010, Tim’s leadership has been a huge asset to the Division positioning PSD as a progressive, innovative and inclusive school jurisdiction that always puts students first. Over the coming months, a Board Committee will be conducting a search to find the new Superintendent and CEO of Parkland School Division. In the meantime, PSD will benefit from and will continue to be lead by Monds and the dynamic executive leadership team of Deputy Superintendent Shauna Boyce along with Associate Superintendent’s Claire Jonsson, Scott Johnston and Dr. Dianne McConnell. “On one hand, we are so very happy for Tim to move on to a new chapter in his life with family and friends. It will be a time for a well-deserved rest, then on to new adventures.” stated Board Chair Eric Cameron. “On the other hand, we are losing a highly committed and visionary leader; one who has lead Parkland School Division to great heights and enviable standing on the provincial, national and international stage. We are very honored to have worked closely with Tim over the years and can safely say that Parkland School Division is in a good place thanks, in large part, to his leadership and guidance. The Board expresses its sincere appreciation and offers a genuine best of luck in all of Tim’s future endeavours as he takes time to enjoy his extended family and friends and pursues his passions for exploration and travel.” “It is with mixed emotion I announce my retirement. I have truly enjoyed my time as Superintendent for Parkland School Division.” said Monds. “PSD truly is a learning organization focused on providing quality educational opportunities for our children in a world that is continuously opening up for our students and staff. It has been a honor to work with such a dedicated team of Trustees, Senior Executive, our Leadership Team of Principals and Assistant Principals, teachers, support staff and ultimately our entire community. In Parkland School Division, children have always remained our focus. I am proud we have all come together to understand that all must be well to succeed. I wish PSD continued success and look forward to having new adventures with my wife Patricia, our family including all the grandchildren and our friends.” Tim Monds has been an educational leader for over 36 years. His journey through four Alberta school divisions included time as a K-12 teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent.  Tim was appointed as Superintendent of Parkland School Division in 2010 and lead a staff of approximately 1,200 serving close to 11 thousand students in both urban and rural communities. Under Tim’s leadership, Parkland School Division created a vision and mission that is fostering classroom settings focused on imagination, creativity and exploration for all learners.  His areas of expertise included Human Resources, policy development, facility planning, leadership development, Occupational Health and Safety, planning and reporting, staff growth and supervision, professional development, and public relations.   In 2016-2017, Tim received the provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership from the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS). The award is granted to outstanding educators who exhibit exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced the profession of school system administration throughout their career. Monds was credited for establishing a culture of learning and trust within Parkland School Division. His focus on relationship building has resulted in Division staff expressing they feel valued and heard. Other accomplishments attributed to Monds included a leadership development program, a wellness program and alignment of wrap-around services to support all students. Under Monds’s leadership, the Division has established numerous partnerships with community organizations, included the YMCA, Human Services and all the municipalities that make up Parkland School Division. He has served on CASS and community executive committees, and has presented locally, provincially, nationally and internationally doing an admirable job representing Parkland School Division while highlighting PSD’s leading-edge initiatives in the areas of technology and innovation, school-community partnerships, and comprehensive school health. For further information, contact: Eric Cameron Board Chair, Parkland School Division Email: News News Board Meeting Highlights - October 3, 2017 The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board regretfully accepted the resignation of Superintendent Tim Monds effective May 31, 2018. The Board received information including the 2017-2018 School Enrolment Report.  Parkland School Division total enrolment as of September 30, 2017 is 11,061 students.   Total enrolment reflects an increase of 173 students over numbers reported September 30, 2016.   (+1.59%) West End Area Schools are down 60 students. (-7.71%) Town of Stony Plain and area schools are up 86 students. (+1.95%) City of Spruce Grove and area schools are up 164 students. (+2.98%) Of note: Prescott Learning Centre's enrolment as of September 30, 2017 is up 154 students (741) which can be attributed to the addition of Grade 9 students for the 2017-2018 school year. The Board received as information the 2016-2018 Board Communications Plan. Parkland School Division’s vision and mission guide this plan. Defining actionable, results-oriented goals is critical to the success of the organization’s strategic communications and marketing efforts. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education News News Orange Shirt Day 2017 September 29, 2017 - Orange Shirt Day was first held in Williams Lake, BC in 2013 to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. This event gets its name from the shiny new orange shirt Phyllis Webstad proudly wore to her first day of residential school, only to have it stripped from her upon her arrival there. Orange Shirt Day is now held every September 30 across Canada. It is an opportunity discuss all aspects of residential schools, and a show of unity against racism and bullying of all kinds - because Every Child Matters. Since September 30 falls on a weekend this year, schools across the Division, including High Park, celebrated Orange Shirt Day on September 29. We paid them a visit, and got some great photos - check out the gallery below! News News Assistant Principal Announced for Copperhaven September 15, 2017 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools Tim Monds is pleased to announce the following administrative appointment for the 2018-2019 school year effective October 1, 2017. Copperhaven School’s administration team will be rounded out by Ms. Cherie Lovsund as the school’s first Assistant Principal.  Ms. Lovsund will join Principal Linda Simmonds as they prepare to open the school in the fall of 2018. “It’s been such a busy calendar year in PSD with school modernization announcements, new bus transfer stations opening soon and the usual increased pace that goes with the beginning of a school year that it’s easy to forget that we have another brand new Kindergarten to Grade 9 school opening right around the corner” said Superintendent Tim Monds. “We’re very pleased that Ms. Lovsund is joining the administrative team and her wealth of experience in the Early Years Setting with a focus on literacy and collaboration will be a huge asset to the new team being developed for Copperhaven.” “All children want to succeed and, with the right motivation and support, they can.” stated Lovsund. “My hope is to empower children by inviting them into a nurturing, student-centered environment and I can’t wait for that environment to be the clean slate we get opening a new school.” Cherie Lovsund has been a dedicated educator with 25 years of experience combined between Parkland School Division and School District 57 in Prince George B.C. She began her teaching career in 1991 as a Grade 1 teacher at Morfee Elementary School in Mackenzie B.C. Her journey with Parkland School Division began in 2010 at Seba Beach School as a Grade 3/4 teacher. She moved to Parkland Village School the following school year to become the Grade 3 teacher and has been team-teaching Grade 3 for the past 3 years.  Most recently, Cherie moved into a role as a Collaborative Teaching Partner serving Parkland Village School, Graminia School and Prescott Learning Centre.  She’s also held acting administrator positions at Morfee Elementary and Parkland Village School. Cherie’s keen interest in music has led to roles as a Choir Director and Musical Director for school theatrical productions. She’s been a French as a second language educator, a literacy coordinator, has presented workshops on Literacy in Action, Collaborative Literacy/Math Centres and Literacy Intervention. Ms. Lovsund also played a key role in Parkland School Division’s pilot for Fountas and Pinnell. Cherie earned her Bachelor of Education degree from University of Victoria in 1991 and is currently working towards a Masters of Curriculum and Educational Leadership, also from the University of Victoria. Cherie will begin a dual role starting October 1, 2017 as Assistant Principal of Copperhaven School collaborating with Principal Linda Simmonds on the planning and staffing of the new school. Additionally, Ms. Lovsund will join the staff at Woodhaven Middle School as an Assistant Principal for the balance of the 2017 - 2018 school year. For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce Deputy Superintendent Phone: 780-963-8417 News News Board Meeting Highlights - September 5, 2017 September 6, 2016 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending July 31, 2017. As of July 31 93.1% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 92.2% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $1.2 million dollars. The Board received as information the Facilities Services Summer Work Report. Highlights include the replacement of six modular classrooms at Duffield School, roofing at Blueberry School, École Meridian Heights and Spruce Grove Composite High School, sanding and refinishing of the gymnasium floor at Forest Green School, various hot water tank replacements, a modernized and expanded kitchen at High Park School, a modernization in the basement at Tomahawk School due to water damage and the servicing of boilers, furnaces cisterns and wells at multiple schools. The Board welcomed Name the New School contest winner Kristi Herd and officially recognized her for her winning submission of Copperhaven School. Copperhaven is scheduled to open for the 2018 - 2019 school year.  Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on October 3, 2017 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. News News Late Bus Pass Registration Update August 31, 2017 - Parkland School Division has changed the way families sign up for Transportation Services. In June, we requested ALL families (including those with $0 of Transportation Fees) to apply for bus passes prior to July 15, 2017 to ensure transportation on the first day of school. Thanks to all those that have taken advantage of the NEW online bus registration system.  Just a note to let all parents who registered online for bussing and received a call that your pass was ready to be picked up: all passes that have been processed and printed have been moved to their respective schools. Due to the high volume of registrants that came after the July 15th deadline, there has been a delay in printing all the passes. Parkland School Division Transportation Services staff are busy processing applications as quickly as possible. Once late registrations are processed, automated calls will follow, to let you know that your pass is printed and delivered to your school for pick-up. Thanks again for all your patience as we continue to improve our regional transportation system. Afternoon Parent Transportation May Be Required for Late Registrants It's very easy for a child to hop onto a bus in the morning and get to a transfer station. Staff can then direct children without a pass to the right bus to head to their correct school. The reverse is not the same. Staff won't know which bus to put a child on once they get to the respective transfer sites during the afternoon runs, if they DON'T have a pass that indicates which route goes back to their neighbourhood and which stop to get off including alternate stops for daycares, day homes, split custody or other guardianship arrangements for care after school. Routes have changed significantly, especially in the City of Spruce Grove, based on online registrations prior to July 15th and the implementation of a second bus transfer site on Spruce Grove’s west end. (A temporary bus transfer station at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School is being used until the permanent bus transfer site is ready later this fall). The bus they used to ride in previous years may not be going to the same transfer station. Each transfer station has specific connections.  In order to avoid children without passes riding an unknown bus and being stranded at the wrong transfer station in Spruce Grove, we strongly encourage parents who don't have their bus passes yet, to make arrangements to pick up their children at school at the end of the day until passes have been processed. All applications are expected to be processed by the end of the 3-week grace period Tuesday, September 26, 2017. For those families whose children require special needs busing, you will be receiving a call from your bus operator if you haven’t already done so.  Transfer Site Maps Greystone Centennial Middle School Memorial Composite High School St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School Bus Pass Payments Members of our Transportation Services staff continue to process online applications. As soon as applications are processed, your fees will be visible on the Acorn online payment system. If you do not see your fees listed in Acorn, your payment has yet to be processed. Please keep checking Acorn for your payment details. We are processing as fast as possible but this will carry into the start of the new school year. Registration Continues If you have yet to register online, please do so on our homepage. Parkland School Division families should use the Bus Registration Quick Link for PSD families using the snapcode provided to you at the end of last school year. For those non-PSD families, any families new to Parkland School Division or for those who forgot or did not receive a snapcode, simply use the Bus Registration for non-PSD families Quick Link and register as soon as possible. Bus Registration (for PSD families) Bus Registration (for non-PSD famlies, all Kindergarten students and students new to PSD) For detailed instructions on how to register for busing online, visit Online Bus Registration Instructions page of our website. Change/Cancellation Requests Due to the high volume of bus registration applications being processed, requests for changes or cancellations to online submissions will be considered once the Bus Pass Pick Up and Online Registration Process is complete. This will likely be no earlier than September 15, 2017. Any cancellations will take into account the date you submit your initial request to stop transportation services. For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Transportation Services 4603 - 48 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News