Parkland School Division Display News en-us Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:10:54 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 12th 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 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 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 Transportation Fees Changing May 3, 2017 - On behalf of Parkland School Division’s Board of Trustees, we’d like to inform you of some upcoming changes to Parkland School Division’s Transportation Services and fee structure. At the recent Regular Board Meeting April 4, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved changes to the 2017-2018 Fees & Allowances. At the May 2nd Regular Board Meeting that resolution (059-2017) was rescinded to make way for additional changes to the fee structure. The new 2017 - 2018 Fees & Allowances Schedule was subsequently approved. With the introduction of Bill 1, effective for the 2017-2018 school year, the Division will no longer have jurisdiction to charge a parent of a student fees with respect to instructional supplies and materials or transportation for students residing more than 2.4 kilometers from and who attend their designated school sites. For more information, visit the Transportation Services page on our website. Transportation Rider Fee Eliminated The transportation rider fee of $50.00 has been eliminated and is now included in the rate charged for all transportation fees. For example: for those riders that live more than 2.4 km and who attend their designated school, their previous transportation fees were $50 and will now be $0. Less than 2.4km  The school division does not receive grant funding to transport for students residing less than 2.4 kilometers from their designated school, therefore they are required to pay a transportation fee to a maximum family rate. For example: for those riders that live less than 2.4 km who attend their designated school, their fees will now be $300 (Grades 1-12) or $150 for ECS riders or $50 for rural families under 2.4km. For these ineligible, unfunded riders, there will be a maximum rate per family of $775.  New Alternate Seat Fees A new Alternate Seat Fee will be assessed for all students requesting more than one drop-off/pickup location on a different bus route. When a parent or guardian reserves multiple locations for pick-up or drop-off, this occupies a seat on multiple buses even when its not being used. Transportation Services registered capacity is currently approaching full. The new alternate seat fees are $150 for ECS (full day/half time) or $300 (Grades 1-12). This is per child, per alternate location with a Maximum Family Rate of $750. According to the School Act (section 51(1)(a) and the Student Transportation Regulation (250/1998) a board shall provide for the transportation of a student to and from the site of the school in which the board has enrolled the student if the student resides 2.4 kilometres or more from the school. School boards are NOT mandated by legislation to register students with multiple or alternate pick-up and drop-off locations.  Requests have to be located on existing routes with available spots on the bus in order to be considered. For a complete listing of the Fee Schedule, visit the Bus Passes and Cross Attendance Area Fees page on our website. For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Transportation Services 4603 - 48 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News Bill 1: Update May 9, 2017 - Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees passed in the legislature and has received royal assent. Upon proclamation, the Bill will be in effect for the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year. As indicated by the Province of Alberta, all students deserve access to a quality education in an Alberta school, regardless of their individual circumstances or their ability to pay school fees. Through Bill 1, the government is eliminating fees for specific instructional supplies and materials, as well as transportation fees for students who live 2.4 kilometres or more away from their designated school. Parkland School Division's Board of Trustees approved the 2017 - 2018 Fees & Allowances Schedule at the Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday May 2, 2017. For more on changes to Parkland School Division's Transportation Fees changes, click here. School Fees may still be charged as per Appendix B for common fees, options courses, field trips or additional supplementary fees.  In the future, the new School Fees Regulation will provide the Minister with the authority to regulate these additional fees. Frequently Asked Questions When will the new School Fees regulation be complete?  We anticipate that the regulation will be in force in June.  The department will continue to work with school boards, and other relevant stakeholders, to ensure implementation for September 2017. When will school fee reductions be implemented?  The reductions will be implemented for the 2017/18 school year. Will parents still be charged for fees such as lunch-hour supervision fees, technology fees, and field trips? Yes, for at least the 2017/18 school year, these fees are not being restricted. Therefore, school boards will be able to continue charging these fees, if they so choose. For the 2017/18 school year, the following fees are being eliminated: textbook fees; workbook fees; printing and photocopying fees; paper fees; common fees, specifically related to instructional supplies and materials, charged to an entire student body or grade cohort; and fees for the transportation of students attending their designated school and living 2.4 kilometres or more from that school. For the time being, school boards’ ability to charge other fees is not being changed. However, the new School Fees Regulation will provide Minister with the authority to regulate these additional fees in the future. How is this reduction being funded? Budget 2017 provides $54 million in funding, in the 2017/18 school year, to reduce school fees. This funding will help offset the revenue loss projected as a result of Bill 1, and will help ensure that boards can maintain current educational programming without increasing other still-permitted school fees. For more information contact: Claire Jonsson Associate Superintendent, Business & Finance Email: News News Shauna Boyce Appointed Deputy Superintendent May 3, 2017 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Tim Monds, is pleased to announce that Ms. Shauna Boyce has been appointed the role of Deputy Superintendent. In the role of Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Boyce will continue her portfolio which includes Human Resources, Facilities Services and Communications and will see an expanded role working directly with the Superintendent on Division initiatives and will be working closer with the Board of Trustees.   “Shauna’s leadership demonstrates a strong emphasis on collaboration and she’s already contributed immensely when it comes to developing leaders from within Parkland School Division,” stated Tim Monds. “As a learning organization, the Division is committed to unleashing leadership at all levels. In just a short time in her current role as an Associate Superintendent, Shauna has helped foster our relationship with the University of Calgary and the Masters cohort group building educational leadership capacity in our Lead Team."  "I'm excited for the opportunity in this expanded role within the Division.” said Boyce.  “I have learned a great deal during my time with the PSD Senior Executive team and I look forward to continuing this journey.  This is a great organization in which to work, and I am grateful to learn and grow alongside so many dedicated, forward-thinking, and committed individuals.” Ms. Boyce has dedicated her entire professional career to Parkland School Division.  She began as a Math, English, Chemistry and Alternate Programming teacher at Spruce Grove Composite High School, followed by a secondment with Alberta Education as Examination Manager for Applied Mathematics 30.  Upon returning to a school in 2002, she moved to Memorial Composite High School as Mathematics Department Head before venturing into her administrative career as an Assistant Principal in 2004 and Principal in 2008. She joined Senior Executive as an Associate Superintendent in April of 2016. Ms. Boyce completed her Master’s of Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alberta in 2002.  She earned her Bachelor of Education degree majoring in Mathematics and minoring in English Language Arts in 1990. For more information contact: Tim Monds Superintendent Phone: 780-963-8404 Email: News News CASL & FOIP Consent in PowerSchool September 9, 2016 - As you may already know, the laws outlined in the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) govern how schools and the school division can use the information we collect from you when you register your child for school.  For more information on what may be considered a Commercial Electronic Message for school jurisdictions, vist the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation page on our website. Your CASL consent allows schools and the school division to send you electronic communications (e.g. emails or newsletters) containing commercial messages, while your FOIP consent allows us to share information about your child (e.g. name and picture) with the public. It is now easier than ever for you to indicate your CASL and FOIP consent using your PowerSchool account. Please watch the short video below and follow along with these simple steps so we know how you prefer your information to be handled. For more information, please contact your school office. News News