Parkland School Division Display News en-us Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:40:58 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://www.psd70.ab.ca Strong Families Series: Teen Drug Use September 25, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our upcoming session will help parents spot the warning signs of substance abuse in their teens, and learn how to prevent social drug use from growing into a bigger problem. Strong Families Series - Teen Drug Use: Changing the Conversation Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) In this session, join an addictions counselor, an RCMP officer and a teen brain expert to discuss the impact of drug use on the teenage brain. Learn about how and why drug use may progress from occasional/social use to something more dangerous, and how you can support your teen to make changes. Discover warning signs you may see that could alert you to a "bigger than you thought" problem, and what resources are available to support you and your teen if you need it. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Parents are welcome to attend this session with their teens. Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot.   To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: sgoldschmidt@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17573&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17573&stream=Display News Bus Pass Pick Up Details August 2, 2018 - Great news: over 94% of PSD students and 83% of non-PSD students have now been registered online for school and/or busing for 2018-2019. If you have not yet submitted your registration information online, please check your email for a message from "PowerSchool Registration Support" detailing the steps you need to take to complete this process. More information can be found in our previous announcement. Transportation fees for 2018-2019 have now been added to Parkland School Division's online payment system. All parents/guardians will soon be notified via email, that their fees are ready to be paid. Please note: In order for your child to have his/her bus pass for the first day of school (Tuesday, September 4, 2018), bus pass applications must  have been received no later than 4:30pm on June 29, 2018 to be included in the routing process. Payment arrangements must be received through PSD’s online payment system (Rycor), in the Division Office on or before August 10, 2018 to be eligible to ride the bus the first day of school. Any applications received after the application deadline may not be processed in time for the first day of school. If your child does not have a valid bus pass for the 2018-2019 school year, he/she will not be able to ride the bus. Fee Payment & Bus Pass Pickup For PSD Students Transportation fees can be paid online through the PowerSchool Parent Portal, or by visiting the Centre for Education during business hours. Please note that the Centre for Education is closed Friday, August 10th. Regular business hours resume on Monday, August 13, 2018. If you make payment arrangements for your 2018-2019 transportation fees by Friday, August 10, your bus pass will be delivered to your child's school for pickup beginning Wednesday, August 22. If you have applied for a bus pass and have no transportation fees owing, your bus pass will be automatically sent to your school for pickup. Please check your school's website for the dates and times your school's office will be open. Bus passes paid for after August 10 can be picked up at the Centre For Education in Stony Plain. For those that have missed the payment deadline or have yet to make payment arrangements, your pass will be waiting for you at the Centre for Education. The Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603-48 Street) will be open for pickup during the following hours. Please use the north entrance near Meridian Mall. Wednesday, August 22 - Friday August 24 (11:30am-7pm) Monday August 27 - Friday August 31 (11:30am-7pm) Copperhaven School Parents Please be advised that due to some congestion at the construction site at Copperhaven School, bus passes for children attending Copperhaven will be available for pick up at Parkland School Division's Centre for Education in Stony Plain during the times described above. Fee Payment & Bus Pass Pickup For Non-PSD Students Transportation fees can be paid online through the Rycor Payment System, or by visiting the Centre for Education during business hours. The Rycor Non-PSD Parent Guide provides step by step instructions on how to access and make payments. Parents of Evergreen Catholic School Division that attend Spruce Grove or Stony Plain schools can pick up their bus passes at the Evergreen Division office in Spruce Grove between August 27 to August 31st from 8am-4pm. All other non-PSD school bus passes will be delivered to their respective schools if payment arrangements have been made prior to August 10, 2018. Bus Pass Pickup details are as follows: (For those that have missed the payment deadline or have yet to make payment arrangements, your pass will be waiting for you at the Centre for Education so you can make payment arrangements or pay in full. If you have paid or have $0 fees, your pass has been moved to the following locations for pick up to begin August 27, 2018) Evergreen Catholic School Division Parents of Evergreen Catholic School Division that attend Spruce Grove or Stony Plain schools can pick up their bus passes at the Evergreen Division office in Spruce Grove between August 27 and August 31 from 8am–4pm. Bus passes for children attending Holy Spirit Catholic School will be delivered to your school in Devon for pickup beginning August 27. Wild Rose School Division Passes will be available for pickup at Frank Maddock High School beginning August 27. Living Waters Christian Academy Passes will be available for pickup at your school beginning August 27. St. Matthew Lutheran Christian Academy Passes will be available for pickup at your school beginning August 27. Black Gold Regional Schools Passes will be delivered to Black Gold Regional Schools located in Devon, AB so pickup can begin at those respective schools August 27. Grande Yellowhead Public Schools For those PSD residences with students attending Grand Trunk High School or Evansview School, bus passes will be available for pickup at Entwistle School beginning August 27. STAR Catholic Holy Trinity Academy and St. Anthony School students can pick up their bus passes at their school beginning August 27, 2018. More Information For more information about the new online registration process, please visit the Registration page on our website. http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17045&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17045&stream=Display News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 1, 2018 May 1, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation of students from High Park School who presented on a trip earlier this year to a Gay Straight Alliance Conference in Calgary. The GSA Conference was a safe event that students from all over Alberta could attend. The students acknowledged that the conference provided useful resources and knowledge that was very helpful in running the High Park GSA - Youth Alliance.  The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending March 31, 2018. As of March 31st, 2018, 60.43% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 59.04% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $1,229,458. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget Assumptions. The Board established an operating reserve in the amount of $900,900 to support expenditures for the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Phone System. The Board approved the 2019-2020 School Calendar in principle. The Board approved the request for Minsterial Approval to appoint the position of Superintendent of Schools. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&stream=Display News Stony Plain Central Replacement School Announced March 23, 2018 - Parkland School Division is pleased to announce that Stony Plain Central will be receiving a replacement school as part of the recently announced 20 school projects associated with the Alberta Government’s Budget 2018 and specifically Alberta’s 2018 Capital Plan. The 20 projects comprise seven new schools, seven replacement schools, three modernizations, one addition to an existing school and two projects that have been approved for design. By investing in education, the province is creating jobs, while working to alleviate enrolment pressures in growing communities and addressing urgent issues in other schools across Alberta. Budget 2018 allocates $393 million for these new projects, which are expected to be complete for the 2022-23 school year. “This is such welcome news with the announcement of the approval for a replacement school for Stony Plain Central School,” stated Board Chair, Eric Cameron. “We are appreciative of our government's commitment to school capital projects in the province. Our Stony Plain public has been very patient in anticipation of the replacement of the aging Stony Plain Central School. We are most eager to begin design plans and hope to work closely with the Town of Stony Plain in their area structure plans.”  “In Parkland School Division, we believe that learning is the foundation in all we do,” commented Superintendent, Tim Monds. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that we’ll be pouring another foundation for another new school in our ever-growing school jurisdiction. For years now, our overcrowded schools have been forced to be creative when it came to using every square centimetre in their buildings. Spruce Grove is well on the way to right-sizing with the opening of 2 new Kindergarten to Grade 9 schools and the modernization of Woodhaven Middle School. The Town of Stony Plain has experienced similar enrolment growth and a new school in the heart of a rejuvenated town centre will be something all residents can be proud of for years to come.”    “Our kids deserve to learn and grow in modern classrooms. That’s why we are improving existing schools and building new ones where they’re needed. With our announcement of 20 new and modernized school projects, we are making long overdue progress and making sure all young Albertans can get a great education.” - Premier Rachel Notley “Our government knows that stability in the school system helps students and their families, and we will continue to protect these core services for Albertans. We know that investing in education is one of the most important investments we can make in our province’s future, and that is why we will continue to make these important investments.” - David Eggen, Minister of Education These 20 school projects will create more than 4,900 jobs. For almost all of the projects, construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, after design work is complete. Information is available on the Alberta Education website. For more information contact: Stony Plain Central School Phone: 780-963-2203 Email: StonyPlainCentral@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15571&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15571&stream=Display News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - February 6, 2018 February 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Blueberry School Principal Sheryl Bridgeman along with Grade 7 teacher Sheena Owen and students Anneke A., Kaylee M., Noah O., Wyatt, D. They were demonstrating a typical Language Arts Class and how Parkland School Division's Literacy Framework comes to life. The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending October 31, 2017. As of October 31st, 32.2% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 33.0% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1.29 million dollars. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14711&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14711&stream=Display News Board Meeting Highlights - January 9, 2018 January 9, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Parkland School Division students and graduates who recently hosted/attended the Youth Change Summit, December 1, 2017 in Spruce Grove. This work is directly tied to the work of Parkland School Division's Wellness Coordinator, Felicia Ochs and is a continuation of the work started with the Tri-Region Community Change Summit from November 2016. Presenters included Memorial Composite High School Grade 12 student Drew Sikorski as well as graduates Kyle Schmitke (Grad '13), Neil Schmitke (Grad '12) and Brendan Willey (Grad '15). The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending November 30, 2017. As of November 30th, 24.4% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 24.8% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $671,679. The Board approved an overall change of 0% in premiums for the Sun Life insurance plan. A breakdown of the year-to-year changes can be found here.  The Board established a submission deadline of February 12, 2018 for schools who wish to nominate a first-year teacher for the Alberta School Boards' Association's Edwin Parr Award.  A committee consisting of Trustees Ron Heinrichs, Sally Kucher-Johnson and Anne Montgomery will determine Parkland School Division's submission for the prestigious award.  The Board received as information the School Resource Officer (SRO) Program Report as presented by Deputy Superintendent Shauna Boyce, Memorial Composite High School Principal Carolyn Jensen and Constable Gord Marshall. The purpose of the SRO is not punitive, but rather to provide a direct connection between the community, the schools and the police. The SRO can help students to make positive choices through law education and law counseling. This program has been a very positive addition to the high schools for the past six years. The Board also approved two changes to Board Policy 7 (Articles 9.1 and 9.5). For Article 9.1, by putting forward a Notice of Motion prior to the motion being read out, debated, and voted on at a subsequent meeting, it gives Trustees and stakeholders a chance to reflect on the proposed action and consider the implications prior to debate and decision. For Article 9.5, the change is designed to offer maximum transparency to our stakeholder community, our public deserves to know how each Trustee votes on matters related to the operation of Parkland School Division. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14265&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14265&stream=Display News Copperhaven Bus Transfer Site Opening January 2018 December 14, 2017 - Parkland School Division Transportation Services is pleased to announce that the Copperhaven School Bus Transfer Site will be opening when students return from Christmas Break on January 8, 2018. There will be minimal changes to existing busing and those families who will experience some changes to their current busing will be contacted directly by Transportation Services via email and voice message before December 22, 2017. This includes those families who live in neighbourhoods adjacent to St. Peter the Apostle School and currently walk to the high school to catch a bus.  The safety of all those who ride the bus is the utmost priority. Since Copperhaven School is currently under construction next to the transfer site, students will not be allowed to walk past the active construction site to the transfer area. Additionally, parents will not be able to drop-off students at the Transfer Site as there is no additional parking and space is limited. Students will also remain on their first bus until all buses arrive at the transfer site eliminating pedestrian traffic. Students will notice the friendly, familiar faces of the Site Monitors who are currently servicing transported students who transfer at St. Peter the Apostle School. Additional staff will be on hand for the first few days in the New Year to ensure a successful transition for students. Signage and permanent light fixtures will soon be installed on the site. There are currently modular classrooms temporarily being stored at the transfer site but those will be moving shortly once they are ready to be installed at the school. Buses will be able to navigate the site during this temporary transition period. Please note that the changes to take place on January 8th will not affect any riders who transfer at any other sites. Transfer Site Map Buses will also be parked in the same order that they are parked now to keep conditions as similar as possible to the students' current experience. Check out the Copperhaven Transfer Site Map. For more information contact: Transportation Services 4603-48 Street  Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14095&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14095&stream=Display News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Forest Green/Connections for Learning Principal Travis McNaughton along with Collaborative Teaching Partners Natasha Lang and Kyla Moore. They were demonstrating an Inclusive Learning Session that would be typical in a PSD Kindergarten classroom. These PSD staff members are part of a Masters Cohort with the University of Calgary. They're taking a course on leading inclusion in the classroom and the presentation to the Board was part of their course. The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending October 31, 2017. As of October 31st, 16.3% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 16.4% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $132,394. The Board received as information the draft 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 School Calendars. Trustees further directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback.   Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Display News Board Meeting Highlights - November 28, 2017 November 29, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the 2016-17 Audited Financial Statement presented by Associate Superintendent Corporate Supports and Services Claire Jonsson and Director of Financial Services, Jason Krefting.  Highlights include: Revenues over the previous year show an increase of $2.2 million (+1.8%) Expenditures over the previous year show an increase of $2.9 million (+2.3%) The cost of educating 10,968 students was $127.3 million The single largest classroom expenditure was for staff salaries and benefits. The average teaching cost was $112,710 ($101,225 excluding Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund costs). This accounted for 70.6% of all instructional expenses Parkland’s annual operating surplus is $954,950 which relates to a surplus from operations of $936,264 and a surplus from School Generated Funds of $18,686. The total accumulated surplus from operations is $ 6,112,843 which includes $912,532 from School Generated Funds and $ 943,768 unrestricted  PSD’s capital reserves amount to $4.0 million Capital projects initiated during 2016-2017 included: Copperhaven School Centre ($6.6M) Prescott Learning Centre Furniture and Equipment ($597K) Relocation of modulars to Duffield School ($577K) Independent auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, represented by Jeff Baker, delivered a clean audit opinion that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Parkland School Division No. 70 as at August 31, 2017 and the results of its operations, cash flows, change in net debt and remeasurement gains and losses for the year in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards.   The Board approved Parkland School Division’s 2016-2017 Annual Education Results Report (AERR) as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. The AERR for 2016-2017 addresses the previous year's achievement on each of the Alberta Education goals and its success in improving results using the strategies developed by education stakeholders. The accountability results guide the decisions and focus areas for the upcoming Three-Year Education Plan and inform the assurance process by providing quantitative data to qualitative measures. The Board received as information the Engaging Students Through School Attendance Report as presented by Parkland School Division's Attendace Officer Carmen Mykula. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13733&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13733&stream=Display 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. http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Display News http://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Display News