Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:28:18 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Great Kids Award November 8, 2018 - The nomination period for the Alberta government’s 19th Annual Great Kids Award is now open, providing all Albertans with an opportunity to recognize remarkable young leaders. Since 1999, the Great Kids Award has recognized remarkable children and youth who positively impact their communities. These great kids have made a difference while overcoming challenging circumstances including managing a physical or mental illness, a difficult living situation or standing up against bullying. These great kids deserve recognition because they are examples to all Albertans of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity. Next spring, the Alberta government will recognize 16 young Albertans with a Great Kids Award during a ceremony at Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton. Do you know a great kid in your community? Consider nominating them for a Great Kid Award! Most recently, 7-year old Izabelle Gaskarth from Brookwood School was among the 2018 award recipients. Nominations are open until 4 p.m. on November 30, 2018. Click here for the the nomination form. For more information, visit News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board welcomed a delegation from Stony Plain Central School who have been working with Ever Active Schools promoting Active School Travel. Student leadership groups have taken the lead on identifying safety concerns and coming up with solutions to traffic and safety issues that will ultimately create safer environments for students to safely walk or ride their bikes to school. Their efforts involve encouraging students to walk and wheel to and from school creating less vehicle traffic in the school area. The campaign also encourages parents to drop off their students further away (arena parking lot, north of outdoor pool) so that students can walk to school safely without adding to the traffic in the school area. Ever Active Schools is currently leading Active School Travel programming with École Broxton Park School, Stony Plain Central School and Tomahawk School. Check out Broxton Park's video from last spring. The Board received as information the 2017-2017 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams Report.  Highlights from the report include continued improvement for Parkland School Division students meeting the province's Acceptable Standard in 11 out of 12 Diploma Examinations (up from 9 last year). A construction update is a standing item in the Superintendent's Report. Superintendent Boyce shared that construction has already begun on Copperhaven School's playground with a completion date set for around the Fall Break. Meanwhile, progress has been made on finishing the gymnasium space in the school. Barring any major delays, that could be ready when students return from their Christmas Break. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 27, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 6pm. News News Strong Families Series: Real-ationships October 30, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our upcoming session will be facilitated by Registered Psychologist Dawn Chalas of Aspire Psychological Services. Strong Families Series: Real-ationships Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Healthier relationships are just a conversation away. Join us for an interactive session and explore new ways to understand the perspective of others and become more effective in communicating your own.  A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available.  Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot.   To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: News News Transportation Services Parent/Guardian Hotline Transportation Services regularly experiences a high call volume, which has sometimes made it difficult for parents to contact the department if their child has not arrived at their destination as scheduled. As such, Parkland School Division has established a hotline solely for parents and guardians to use in these scenarios, which will remain open on school days from our scheduled first pick up in the morning to our scheduled final drop off in the afternoon between the hours of 6:30am-5:30pm. To ensure the hotline is used only for its intended purpose, we ask all parents and guardians to consider the following before calling the hotline to check on the status of their bus students.   Checklist: Have you checked the Bus Status page to see if the bus is running late or has been cancelled?   Is your child in an after school program? (e.g. volleyball, running club, etc.)   Do you have Alternate Seat Transportation arrangements and is there a chance your child went to the destination scheduled for an alternate day? (e.g. daycare, dayhome, mom or dad's home (in shared custody situations), etc.)   Has someone else potentially picked them up? (e.g. grandparent, other parent, friend, etc.) If you've checked on all the above possibilities and none of them serve as an explanation for your situation, please contact Transportation Services via the hotline. Parent/Guardian Hotline: 780-591-5567 For all other general transportation-related inquiries, please contact Transportation Services at 780-963-8452 or   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - October 2, 2018 October 2, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. 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. Lorraine Stewart was elected Vice Chair. "I feel very honored to be elected as Board Chair for the 2018-2019 school year for Parkland School Division." stated Board Chair Cameron.  "We have a very dedicated and hardworking Board of Trustees.  Our Board is student focused, but we also recognize that PSD staff need all the encouragement and supports we can muster in order to continue to do the great things ours schools do on a regular basis.  We all have different roles to play but, in the end, student success and well-being is the ultimate goal we all strive for. " "I am honored to serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for PSD." stated Trustee Stewart.  "It is my privilege to continue working with my fellow governors on the Board who are committed to making informed decisions in the best interests of children, youth and families, helping us achieve our ultimate division goal of student success and well-being." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chairperson (Lorraine Stewart) Student Advisory Committee Chairperson (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Sally Kucher-Johnson) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery, Lorraine Stewart) Audit Committee (Darlene Clarke,Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery) Advocacy Committee (Committee of the Whole) Alberta School Boards Association, Zone II (Darlene Clarke, 2 positions rotated between trustees) Public School Boards' Association (Ron Heinrichs, 2 positions rotated between trustees) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Paul McCann) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann) Council of School Councils (Anne Montgomery, Lorraine Stewart) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Sally Kucher-Johnson) Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the 2018-2019 Board Communications Plan as presented by Director of Communications and Strategic Planning Jordi Weidman. The Board approved the Proposed Modular Replacement Plan for 2019-2020 that the Division submits to Alberta Infrastructure. This includes: Millgrove School - 10 new modular classrooms to replace existing units. Ecole Meridian Heights School - 6 new modular classrooms to replace 4 existing units and to add 2 new units.   The Board received as information the 2018-2019 Enrolment Report.   Parkland School Division total enrolment as of September 30, 2018 is 11,181 students.   Total enrolment reflects an increase of 161 students over numbers reported September 30, 2017.   (+1.45%) West End Area Schools are down 29 students. (-4.04%) Town of Stony Plain and area schools are up 47 students. (+1.05%) City of Spruce Grove and area schools are up 127 students. (+2.98%) Of note: Copperhaven School is just Kindergarten to Grade 8 this year with 599 students. Grade 9 will be added the following year in order for the current Grade 9 students who are designated for Copperhaven to avoid having to enter two new schools in consecutive years. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 6, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - September 11, 2018 September 11, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the Statement of Revenues and Expenses for the period ending July 31, 2018. As of July 31st, 2018, 92.28% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 93.11% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1,769,057. The Board received as information, a letter dated August 15, 2018 from the Town of Stony Plain outlining an appeal process, should the Board of Trustees wish to appeal the development permit application for location #105, 4600 - 48 Street. The Board received as information, the Facilities Services Summer Work Report, as presented by the Director of Facilities Services, Serge LaBrie. The Board received as information, the Strategic Planning and Communications Services Report, as presented by Director of Strategic Planning and Communications, Jordi Weidman.   The Board will have its Organization Meeting for 2018-2019 on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 5:30pm, Centre for Education Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6pm, Centre for Education News News Fair Notice - Violence Threat Risk Assessment September 10, 2018 - The goal of Violence/Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process is is that every incident of youth violence in our communities be addressed. VTRA is early intervention – which is quite possibly prevention. The process is initiated and managed by school administrators who have received VTRA training from the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response. Duty to Report There is zero tolerance for not responding. Prevention of youth violence is a community responsibility and it is everybody’s duty to report. Under-reaction is epidemic and a chief factor of escalation from thought to action. What is a Threat? A threat is an expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or something. Threats may be verbal, written, drawn, posted on the internet, or made by gesture. Threats must be taken seriously, investigated, and responded to. In a culture of responsible reporting, students need to believe that they will be believed when they confide; their identity will be kept confidential; their information will be acted upon promptly; and their concern will be investigated thoroughly. Who is on a Threat Assessment Team? Each threat assessment team is multi agency. The team may include school staff, psychologist, police, child protection agencies, community mental health workers, hospitals, probation/parole and other professionals. What is the Main Purpose of a Threat Assessment? To ensure the safety of students, staff, parents, and others. To ensure a full understanding of the context of the threat. To begin to understand the factors that contribute to the threat maker’s behaviour. To view the student as in need of intervention rather than to be disciplined. To be proactive in developing an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical safety of the threat maker. It may include disciplinary action but will include appropriate supports to aid the student in developing and using positive strategies. To promote the emotional and physical safety of all. To ensure all school and agency partners are working together with a common understanding and protocol. What happens in a Student Threat Assessment? All threat making behaviour by a student(s) shall be reported to the Principal who will activate the protocol for the initial response. Once the team has been activated, interviews may be held with students, the threat maker(s), parents and staff to determine the level of risk and develop an appropriate response to the incident. Intervention plans will be developed and shared with parents, staff, and students as required and as appropriate. The Partners Education partners are committed to creating and maintain school environments in which students, staff, parents and others feel safe. Parkland School Division, Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division, Living Waters Christian Academy, Mother Earth’s Childrens’ Charter School, St. Matthew Lutheran School, and Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes have taken a lead role as there is a direct application to the health and safety of the school environment. Community Supports Aboriginal Parent Link - Native Counselling Services of Alberta Alberta Health Services – Childrens’ Mental Health Alberta Human Services – Children & Family Services Alberta Parenting for the Future Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response City of Spruce Grove Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes Schools Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional School Division No. 2 Family and Community Support Services – Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services – Stony Plain Living Waters Christian Academy Mother Earth Children’s Charter School Parkland County Parkland School Division No. 70 RCMP SML Christian Academy Spruce Grove Fire Department Town of Stony Plain Additional information is available in the VTRA Fair Notice and Practice Information Brochure. For more information contact:  Learning Services   Phone: 780-963-8458  Email: News News Changes to the Alberta School Immunization Program September 7, 2018 - Alberta Health has made changes to the school immunization program that will take effect in the 2018/19 school year.  What is changing? HBV and HPV vaccines Previously in Alberta, Grade 5 students were offered three doses of vaccine for Hepatitis B (HBV) and three doses of vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV).  Alberta is moving from a three-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 5 to a two-dose vaccine schedule in Grade 6 for both HBV and HPV vaccines.  Alberta Health has made this change to align with the evidence, which shows that administering two doses at least six months apart will provide children with good protection against Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus diseases. The Grade 9 school immunization program including the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (dTap) and Meningococcal (MenC-ACYW) vaccines will continue to be offered. The HBV vaccine given in a two-dose series is approved for children 11 years up to and including 15 years of age.  In Alberta, the majority of students are 11 years of age in Grade 6, therefore HBV immunizations will be offered in Grade 6 rather than Grade 5. The HPV vaccine given in a two-dose series is approved for children 9 years up to and including 14 years of age who have a well-functioning immune system.  HPV immunizations will be offered at the same time as the HBV vaccine, in Grade 6 rather than Grade 5.  A three-dose series will continue to be offered to students with compromised immune systems. Catch-up immunization program In the 2018/19 school year, public health nurses will be reviewing the immunization records of all Alberta students from Grades 1 to 9 to assess immunization status.  Parents or guardians will be contacted if a child is missing immunization information.   With parental/guardian consent, a child can be offered the immunizations they are missing at school.  Parents or guardians will continue to have the final decision on immunizing their child. As per current practice, if a highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease, such as measles, occurs at school, children with missing immunization information or declined immunization may be excluded from school to protect their health. In some cases, children may need to stay home for several weeks.  Below is an outline of the changes that will occur to the school immunization program in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 school years. 2018/2019 School Year Students in Grade 5 will not be immunized with the HPV and HBV vaccines, as they will be offered the vaccines the following year in Grade 6.  With parental/guardian consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school. 2019/2020 School Year Students in Grade 6 will be offered immunization with the HPV and HBV vaccines as a two-dose series. With parental/guardian consent, children in Grades 1 to 9 who are missing immunizations will be offered immunizations at school. Alberta Health Services, Public Health will work closely with Parkland School Division to ensure that immunization does not interfere with students taking the Provincial Achievement Tests. More information on immunization and Alberta’s routine immunization schedule and changes to the school immunization program is available on Alberta Health Services website.  For more information, please contact your school’s public health nurse, call 811 or visit News News Additional Administrative Announcements for 2018-2019 September 5, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools Shauna Boyce is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2018-2019 school year effective September 5, 2018.  Mrs. Brenda Stumbur will moving to the Division’s Centre for Education as an Acting Director of Learning Services. Completing the shuffle, Ms. Donna Miners will become the Acting Assistant Principal of Duffield School. “We are pleased that an educator with Brenda’s experience and expertise can temporarily step in to support staff and students in the role of Acting Director, Learning Services,” stated Superintendent Shauna Boyce. “Parkland School Division’s administrative pool offers so many great choices and we know Donna will be a great fit as she seizes an opportunity to gain additional leadership experience in the Acting Assistant Principal role at Duffield School.” Brenda Stumbur - Acting Director, Learning Services Brenda started her teaching career in 1985 in the Northland School Division. She joined Parkland School Division in 1986 working with Early Years students at Entwistle School, Forest Green School and Millgrove School. In 2008, Brenda received an Excellence in Teaching award from Alberta Education. Brenda joined the administrative team at Millgrove as Assistant Principal in 2011 and moved into her current role as Assistant Principal at Duffield School in 2015-2016. Brenda earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta as well as an Early Childhood Education Diploma. Brenda’s passion for lifelong learning and creating positive learning environments for students and staff has lead her to be very involved in her school community. "I appreciate, on a daily basis, the various opportunities to learn, work and grow with the dedicated staff at Duffield School,” said Stumbur. “Together, we continue to build relationships and create positive, impactful environments for student success. I am honoured to be joining the Learning Services team, in an acting role, as we collaborate and continue to support students, staff and families.” Donna Miners - Acting Assistant Principal, Duffield School Donna began her teaching career in 1991 with Wildrose School Division in Drayton Valley where she taught primarily Grade One and Grade Three. Her first stop with Parkland School Division was actually Duffield School in 2006 where she spent a total of eleven school years. Ms. Miners also had teaching posts with Grande Yellowhead School Division in that span. She has previously served in an Acting Administration role at Duffield. The 2017 - 2018 school year was split between Millgrove School and Brookwood School in Spruce Grove as a Collaborative Teaching Partner with a focus on literacy and numeracy. Donna earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary in 1991 and is currently in the Masters of Educational Studies program at the University of Alberta. “I am very excited for the opportunity to return to Duffield School,” stated Miners. “I look forward to building new connections with the staff, students and parents in this leadership role. I welcome the new experiences, growth, and relationships that this amazing community offers.” For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce Superintendent of Schools Email: Phone: 780-963-8404 News News Administrative Announcement for 2018-2019 August 31, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools Shauna Boyce is pleased to announce the following administrative appointment for the 2018-2019 school year effective September 4, 2018.  Prescott Learning Centre’s administration team will be rounded out by the addition of Ms. Twyla Badry as an Assistant Principal. “Prescott Learning Centre, like the neighbourhood it is situated in, is a vibrant, growing community of learners,” stated Superintendent Boyce. "Since adding all the Grade 9’s in the 2017-2018 school year and with a student population estimated at 800, the school will benefit from an enhanced leadership team. We are pleased that our look into the division Administrative Pool lead us to Ms. Badry who’s been an integral part of the Prescott staff from the beginning. Her leadership skills will be an asset to all the staff and students, who we know already appreciate and respect the familiar face.” Twyla Badry - Assistant Principal, Prescott Learning Centre Twyla began her teaching career in 1999 with the Battle River School Division with stops at Bashaw School and Central High Sedgewick Public School. She came to Parkland School Division and enjoyed teaching stops at Tomahawk and Muir Lake in addition to her role as a Learning Coach at Muir Lake School and Millgrove School. She’s been a Learning Coach at Prescott Learning Centre since 2016 with an emphasis on 21st century learning. Twyla earned her Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1999 and is currently in her final year with the Parkland School Division’s Masters Cohort through the University of Calgary. “I feel so fortunate to have been a member of the staff that opened Prescott Learning Centre two years ago and am thrilled to now be joining its administrative team,” stated Badry. “I am especially excited to continue working alongside such an incredible group of educators and learners, in my new leadership role.” For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce Superintendent of Schools Email: Phone: 780-963-8404 News News