Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Fri, 24 May 2019 17:54:15 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://www.psd70.ab.ca Transportation Engagements May 17, 2019 - Necessary changes have been made to Parkland School Division’s Regional Transportation System that will affect some students and families. These adjustments will allow our existing transportation system to better adapt to the current funding model for bus transportation in the province given the addition of the two new schools Parkland School Division so desperately needed in Spruce Grove. The Division is hosting a series of public engagements to better inform our parents on why changes to the system were made and to gather feedback to plan for 2020-2021 and beyond. Topics include: Provincial Funding model framework;  Expected and Reasonable Service Levels for a Regional Transportation system; and Appropriate walk distances for students to schools or bus stops. As one of our Division’s Enduring Priorities, Meaningful Engagement is foundational to providing stakeholder assurance that the Division is achieving its Ultimate Goal: Student Success and Well-being. Download the participant worksheet. Public Meetings Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Memorial Composite High School (50 Westerra Centre, Stony Plain) Date: Monday, May 27, 2019 Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Duffield School (#1 Main Street, Duffield) Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Spruce Grove Composite High School (1000 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove) For more information contact:  The Division Office 4603-48 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-4010 Toll Free: 1-800-282-3997 (only in Alberta) Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20805&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20805&stream=Homepage News Additional Administrative Appointments for 2019-2020 May 17, 2019 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2019-2020 school year effective August, 2019.  Two new Principals will be in place for Tomahawk School and Seba Beach School while three current administrators move to new assignments. Four current Parkland School Division teachers will be transitioning to administrator roles and the Division welcomes another successful applicant from outside the province. “Parkland School Division’s administrative pool is deep”, stated Superintendent Boyce. “We are so excited for these additions to an already exceptional Leadership Team throughout the Division. Each successful candidate presents a unique skill set and body of experience but all are ready to serve our students by building positive relationships and will be strong members of their respective learning communities.”   Leanne Gruending,  Principal Seba Beach School (K-9) Leanne Gruending began her teaching career in 2009 and has spent most of her professional career with Bjorkdale School in Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan. She's been a Differentiated Instruction Facilitator, has taught English Language Arts & Creative Writing as well as Math and Art in the Middle Years and High School setting. She became an administrator as Principal in Bjorkdale in 2011 and has been a Principal at Lord Asquith School just west of Saskatoon in the Prairie Spirit School Division since August of 2013. Ms. Gruending earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and a Masters of Educational Administration from the U of S in 2015. "I am incredibly excited to be a part of the community of learners and leaders in Parkland School Division. I hope to bring with me my energy, experience, enthusiasm and my passion for the Heart Work we do everyday as educators."   Fran Bell, Principal Tomahawk School (K-9)  Fran Bell’s teaching experience began abroad as a Middle Years Math, Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in Kalispell, Montana in 2004.. She first joined Parkland School in 2006 at Ecole Broxton Park School when she spent ten years in various classrooms from Grade 5 through 9. She moved to Woodhaven Middle School for the 2016-17 school year and then worked two years as a Collaborative Teaching Partner serving students in Parkland School Division’s west end schools. Fran’s most recent role has been as a Behavioural Coach on secondment to serve partners in Alberta Education's Regional Collaborative Service Delivery. "I am excited to continue the excellent work already established at Tomahawk School. I look forward to supporting staff, students, and families as we work together to build a positive learning community." Current Principal, Christa Nicholson, is returning to a full-time teaching position as a Collaborative Teaching Partner with a focus on numeracy, mental health and nature-based programming.  “We’d like to first thank Christa for her leadership and contributions to Parkland School Division’s Lead Team these past few years and for all she’s done in her hometown community," stated Superintendent Boyce.   Heather Brownlee, Assistant Principal Muir Lake School (K-9) Heather Brownlee has enjoyed various roles in Parkland School Division since 1994. She's been a classroom teacher at Queen Street Elementary and Muir Lake School covering Kindergarten and Grades 3 through 5. She has been the Literacy Lead at Muir Lake School since 2012, an Inclusive Education Lead and Acting Principal. Heather earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1993. She has since added a Diploma in Inclusive Education from the U of A and has completed the requirements for a Masters of Education: Education Research, Specialization in Leadership from the University of Calgary as a member of the Parkland School Division cohort. "I am honoured to continue to serve the Muir Lake community as we welcome our new principal as we set our sights on continued excellence." Marc Dickner, Assistant Principal École Broxton Park School Marc Dickner has been teaching since 2008 with various roles in Edmonton Public Schools, Living Waters Catholic School Division, and Parkland School Division. His introduction to Parkland School Division came as a brief stint as a Phys. Ed teacher at Spruce Grove Composite High School. Since then, Marc has had teaching roles at French Immersion schools primarily in Early and Middle Years settings. He has a background in physical education and has been a member of the Division’s Tech Focus and Lead Learning & Technology Policy Framework groups. Marc earned his combined Bachelor of Physical Education/Education for Secondary at the University of Alberta in 2009. He completed the University transfer program with a Diploma in Kinesiology from Red Deer College. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Educational Studies & Work as well as Organization & Leadership through Athabasca University. "I am very grateful and honored to have worked, learned and professionally grown with the students, colleagues and families from École Meridian Heights School. I am very excited to begin working with the FUSION team at École Broxton Park School, particularly in building new relationships, promoting wellness through movement and the 'joie de vivre' for French Immersion."   Marsie Fisk, Assistant Principal Memorial Composite High School (Gr. 10-12) Marsie has had many wonderful opportunities as a teacher in Northern Gateway Public Schools and Parkland School Division. She began her teaching career in 1995 with job postings in Valleyview and Whitecourt. During her 10 years in Parkland School Division, she has held various roles including Math Teacher, Inclusive Education Lead, Learning Coach, and Assistant Principal at Connections for Learning, École Broxton Park School and École Meridian Heights School. Marsie earned her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta, with a major focus in French As A Second Language. She recently completed a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Vancouver Island University. “I feel so grateful to have worked alongside so many students and staff at Memorial Composite High School, École Broxton Park, Connections for Learning, and most recently at École Meridian Heights School. I feel as though I am coming full circle; returning to the high school fills my heart.  I look forward to supporting all the amazing things that are available to our youth at Memorial.”   Heather Huisman, Assistant Principal École Meridian Heights School (K-9) Heather’s educational journey began overseas in Japan teaching English as a second language to high school students in Tsuwano as part of Japanese Exchange Teaching Program. She travelled abroad from 1999 to 2001 before returning to the Edmonton area to begin her 17-year career with Parkland School Division. She’s provided modified programming for students with diverse needs in Grades 1 through 6, has been an Early Education teacher, a Collaborative Teaching Partner with Early Childhood Services and an Early Childhood Facilitator working with a multi-disciplinary team supporting school teams, children, and families throughout the division in Early Ed and Kindergarten. She has been a Collaborative Teaching Partner at Millgrove School since January, 2019. Heather earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 1999 as well as a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland in 2012. “I am excited to join the École Meridian Heights team and look forward to getting to know the staff, children and families within the community. I will miss the PSD ECS team, however, I am looking forward to sharing all that I have learned from this strong team and continue my learning and collaboration.” “We’d like to extend a big thank you to outgoing Assistant Principal Berenice MacKenzie for all she’s done for Parkland School Division students over the years. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours as she and her family pursue new opportunities in British Columbia.” stated Superintendent Boyce. Nicole Marcinkevics, Assistant Principal Graminia School (K-9) Nicole began her teaching career with Parkland School Division at Stony Plain Central School after earning her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 2008. In her decade in education, she has taught at Stony Plain Central School, Brookwood School, and Prescott Learning Centre, along with one year in Northern Lights School Division. Her most recent role in Parkland has been as a Collaborative Teaching Partner at Prescott, Graminia, and Parkland Village Schools working with Kindergarten to Grade 9 students and teachers in the area of literacy. Along with her teaching and team-teaching experience in Early Years classrooms, Nicole has taught Grade 7 band and developed a Career & Technology Foundations course for Prescott students interested in textiles and design. Nicole completed her Master’s of Education with a focus on Early Learning and Literacy from the University of Alberta in 2013. In 2016, she began a Master’s of Business Administration, with a focus on Leadership and Strategic Management at the University of Alberta School of Business. “I am honoured to continue working alongside Graminia staff and students in my new role and am excited to continue contributing to the great work already underway.”   Linnaea Nielsen, Assistant Principal Spruce Grove Composite High School (Gr. 10-12) Linnaea started her teaching career with Regina Public Schools teaching Grade 7/8 French Immersion.  She began joined Parkland School Division teaching in both the Maranatha Christian program and French Immersion programs in 2010, teaching Grades 5 through 9.  Linnaea began her administrative career when she took on her most recent post as Assistant Principal of Ecole Broxton Park School beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. Linnaea completed a Baccalauréat-en-Éducation from the University of Regina in 2008, which included 1 year at Laval University in Quebec City. She recently obtained a Master of Education degree, with a specialization in Leadership, through the University of Calgary.  "My time at École Broxton Park School has been extremely rewarding and I am grateful for the strong relationships I have built. I will miss the Fusion spirit. I look forward to building new relationships and it will be a privilege to work with the amazing staff, students and community of Spruce Grove Composite High School.”    Donna Miners, Assistant Principal Duffield School (K-9) 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. She’s held roles as Collaborative Teaching Partner and Acting Assistant Principal at Duffield School. 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 honoured and excited to continue working with everyone at Duffield School. The dedicated staff, inspired students and invested community make this school a wonderful place to work!” Roni Pirot, Assistant Principal École Meridian Heights School (K-9) Roni Pirot has built a 16-year educational career working in various French Immersion and dual-track schools within the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg. She has taken on roles such as: Classroom Teacher, in assignments from Grade 2 through 6, Learning Support Teacher and Acting Principal. Roni was selected to participate in the Provincial Committee for the Implementation of the New ELA Curriculum and the Consulting Committee during the renewal of the French Immersion curriculum. She's been involved in her Division's Aboriginal Education Planning Committee and has recently completed Treaty Education Training.  Roni has completed a Post Baccalauréat en administration scolaire et en litératie from the Université de Saint-Boniface. She is currently working towards a Master in Education in Curriculum Teaching and Learning from the University of Manitoba.  "I am honoured and grateful for the opportunity to become part of and collaborate with the staff, the students and the parents of the PSD community."   For more information contact: Mark Francis Deputy Superintendent  Parkland School Division No.70 Phone: 780-963-8417 https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20803&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20803&stream=Homepage News 5th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon May 1, 2019 - Parkland School Division is proud to launch registration for the 5th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon. Parkland School Division students ages 5-18 who love swimming, bicycling and running, and are willing to try something new - this is for you. Don't delay signing up as this event fills up fast! For further details and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. Date: Friday, June 7th Time: 9:30am Location: TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove, AB The Try-Me Try-Athlon is a Kids of Steel (KOS) triathlon, which will be held on Friday, June 7 at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove. KOS Triathlons are designed to offer youth the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons and change as participants mature. This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2019 using these three skills: swimming, bicycling and running. All children ages 5 and up are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments. All this for a small registration fee. When Registering Your Child Make sure you have: Made arrangements with a classroom teacher to partake in the Try-Me Summer Try-Athlon including plans for missed assignments or work.  Notified the school office of the planned excused absence.  Registration Fees All registration and fees will be handled in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Individual students may register to participate in all three legs of the race for $35 each. Optional Choose a Race Leg - Students can register as part of a 3-person team. Each team member will complete one discipline of the race - either swimming, bicycling or running. Team members can register for the race for $15 each. Please note: Even though a student may be signing up to participate in one sport of the Try-Athlon, a registrant who chooses the $15 individual entry must register as a member of a 3-person team. If you're in the neighbourhood during the race, please note that the southbound lanes of Jennifer Heil Way will be closed for the duration of the race (starting at 9:30am), and traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction. The RCMP will be on hand to direct traffic. Please be prepared for some delays, and plan your morning commute accordingly. Race Kit Equipment You can enter the Try-Athlon with a minimum of equipment. All you need is: A bike (either road or mountain bike) An approved helmet (ANSI or SNELL) Running shoes Swim suit or shorts Goggles (if desired) T-shirt or race singlet for boys A smile and a desire to have fun Race Kit Drop-Off Participants are to drop off their race kits at the Tri-Leisure Centre (north field) on Thursday, June 6 from 4:30-7pm. Transition Area Equipment A race kit is composed of all the items you will need during the race. The following items are to be kept in the transition area during the race: Required Transition Area Equipment: Bike Helmet Shoes Race Number (Boys - with shirt) Recommended Transition Area Equipment: Required equipment, plus Towel Hat Water Bottle To learn more about the Try-Athlon and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. For more information contact: Miranda Niebergall Collaborative Teaching Partner Parkland School Division Phone: 780-221-4564 Email: mniebergall@psd70.ab.ca 2018 Highlights https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5523&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=5523&stream=Homepage News Transportation System Changes for 2019-2020 Necessary changes are being made to Parkland School Division’s Regional Transportation System that will affect some students and families more than others. These adjustments will allow our existing transportation system to better adapt to the current funding model for bus transportation in the province given the addition of the two new schools Parkland School Division so desperately needed in Spruce Grove. Funding Model In the province of Alberta, transportation funding for students is distributed to school boards using formulas that take many things into consideration. There’s a lot of math involved, but the most important number to remember is 2.4 km. If you live more than 2.4 kilometres away from and attend your designated school, the school division will receive grant funding from the province to operate our Transportation Services system (i.e. your student is eligible for funding). If you live less than 2.4 kilometres away from your designated school, NO money flows from the Government of Alberta to the school division to cover the transportation of your child (i.e. your child is ineligible for funding). Prior to the 2016 opening of Prescott Learning Centre and the 2018 opening of Copperhaven School, more students lived further away from their designated schools, and this meant Parkland School Division received more money to operate the Regional Transportation System. This is no longer the case. With service levels remaining consistent despite more students riding the bus and less money to operate the system, Parkland School Division’s Transportation system has had to operate at a deficit for the past number of years. Losses are mounting and money cannot keep being taken from the classroom to sustain the transportation system. Expecting a  shortfall of around $1 million for 2019-2020, the Board of Trustees directed Parkland School Division’s administration to adhere to the Division’s Enduring Priority of Resource Stewardship and essentially fix the problem. On March 5th, the Board of Trustees approved an increase to the Fee Schedule for 2019-2020. The new fee of $350/year for every ineligible rider in Grades 1-12 still does not match the actual cost incurred to transport these students, since the government rules limit how much school boards can increase fees for riders who are ineligible for grant funding, and any fee increases are subject to Ministerial Approval. In actuality, it costs approximately $800 to transport a student living in an urban setting, and just shy of $1,200 to transport a student attending a rural school. Because of this, the Board’s fee increase will only help recover the shortfall by about $100,000. Bus Arrival/Departure Time Review Another way the Board plans to recover the annual expected $1 million deficit is to simplify the complexities in the Regional Transportation System. Reducing the amount of buses in the fleet, redrawing routes and having some buses make double runs will create almost $800,000 in savings each year. Double-running Buses Double-running buses will operate as follows: A bus drives through a few urban neighbourhoods, picking up a full load of students. The bus delivers the students to a transfer site, where they each board one of several other buses to make the trip to their schools. The original bus returns to another set of neighbourhoods to collect another load of students. The bus delivers the second group of students directly to their designated school without stopping at a transfer site. When this new system comes into effect in September 2019, it’s anticipated that approximately 700 students will be transported to school each day without having to stop at one of Parkland School Division’s transfer sites. As a result, there will be fewer buses on roads and reduced congestion around schools while parents are picking up or dropping off their students. Double-running buses will also help fulfill Transportation Services’ preference to reduce ride times for bus students when possible. New Bell Schedules In order to accommodate these changes to the Regional Transportation System, a number of schools will have to adjust their bell schedules. Approximately half of Parkland School Division schools in the Regional Transportation System will experience no change to their schedules, while some will see schedules shift by as much as 40 minutes. In most cases, school schedules will only shift earlier or later by 5 or 10 minutes. We acknowledge that some of these changes will affect daily routines for many PSD families. Parents can assist their children by helping them understand why changes happen and modelling a positive approach to change. Demonstrating such behaviour encourages a child's own ability to be resilient and resourceful. Schools may or may not have to adjust their bell times depending on the shift being made to bus arrival and departure times. Information will be shared by the schools for any changes that are necessary. Once available, those will be reflected on schools' Bell Schedule pages.   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: transportation@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20147&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20147&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 7, 2019 May 7, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the preliminary budget assumptions for 2019-2020 as recommended by the Audit Committee. The Board is required to provide a preliminary 2019-20 budget to Alberta Education by June 30th. These assumptions are used to develop the preliminary budget. These budgets are based on assumption that have been made by management based on the best information available as Alberta Education has not released the funding manual for the 2019-20 school year. The Board reviewed whether to adjust compensation as a result of the elimination of the one third tax exemption in the federal budget at the request of the Audit Committee. Using basic federal and provincial tax rates, compensation would need to be adjusted by 11% in order to offset the removal of the one third tax exemption and maintain the net compensation at the level prior to change in legislation. Furthermore, the Board approved the adjustment of trustee compensation to offset the changes to federal legislation. The Board received as information the 2019 ThoughtExchange - Top 1000 Thoughts Report. It is a review and summary of the ThoughtExchange stakeholder engagement with the division that the Board may use to better understand the review and development of the Board's Education Plan. The Board welcomed a delegation from Memorial Composite High School and Connections for Learning. Students Rayanne Somerville and Alyssa Stingley joined students from the Y(Our) Program at Connections for Learning at a recent week-long learning opportunity to Elevate Aviation at the Edmonton International Airport. For more, watch the video on PSD's YouTube Channel. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20647&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20647&stream=Homepage News Kindergarten Registration and Open Houses January 25, 2019 - Kindergarten Open Houses for all schools in Parkland School Division that offer Kindergarten programming will be held from 6-7pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Students are welcome to attend these events with their parents or guardians at the school at which they have registered. As these open houses will be held after the 2019-2020 registration deadline of 4:30pm on March 22, 2019, they will be designed as information nights, where parents and guardians can visit the school, see the kindergarten classroom, meet the staff and learn more about the kindergarten program and what their child will be doing and learning while they are part of it.   Please note: You can find your designated school on Parkland School Division’s Attendance Areas & Designated Schools page.   How to Register Fill out the the online 2019-2020 New Student Registration Form once it becomes available beginning February 4, 2019. The student's birth certificate and proof of residence will be required as part of the registration process - please submit copies of these documents to the school. Important: Be sure to register using the 2019-2020 New Student Registration Form. The New Student Registration Form link currently live on the Division’s Registration page is only for students registering for the balance of the current 2018-2019 school year. All parents are encouraged to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 22, 2019. This deadline allows us to determine the eligibility of bus pass applicants, the routing of buses and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Registrations will continue to be accepted after the deadline for those families who may be moving into the jurisdiction. For more detailed information on the online registration process, visit PSD’s Registration page. Good to Know: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as those for Grades 1 through 12.   A child entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2019 needs to be 5 years old by February 29, 2020. A child entering Grade 1 must be 6 years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2019 needs to be 6 years old by February 29, 2020.   Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Please contact your designated school for more information. Kindergarten Programs of Choice Parkland School Division is proud to offer French Immersion and Maranatha as programs of choice to incoming Kindergarten students. Here’s how you can learn more about them. French Immersion French Immersion Kindergarten programs are offered at École Meridian Heights School (for the Stony Plain and West End area) and École Broxton Park School (for the Spruce Grove area). French Immersion Open Houses will be held at these schools on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 6-7pm. If you're interested in French Immersion, please drop by or contact these schools for more information. Maranatha Christian Program The Maranatha Christian Program (MCP) is available to all families who want their Kindergarten to Grade 9 children taught in a non-denominational, spiritually nurturing, intellectually challenging, and disciplined environment. Those families who are interested in their children entering Kindergarten with this program of choice should contact Brookwood School in Spruce Grove. Still Have Questions? Everything else you need to know on the topic of registration can be found on the PSD Registration page. For further information, please contact your child's future school. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19289&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19289&stream=Homepage News Administrative Appointments for 2019-2020 April 8, 2019 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2019-2020 school year effective August 2019.  Three retirement announcements from Gail Ferguson (Muir Lake), Cheryl Johnson (Meridian Heights), and Brian Sydora (Duffield School) initiated a wave of changes on Parkland School Division’s Leadership Team. A number of Principals will be moving within the Division. In addition, two Principals have accepted roles as Assistant Principals in new buildings. With the increase in alternative programming across the Division, there is a need to split the administrative duties of Connections for Learning and Forest Green. For that reason, a principalship has been created with a focus on Outreach Programs connected to Connections For Learning, Spruce Grove Composite High School Outreach, Memorial Composite High School Outreach and a Middle Years Outreach program based in Spruce Grove. Also, a new position has been created with the addition of a Director of Education Services. The new Director of Education Services is a two-year designation that will include but is not limited to leading a facilitation team for STEM, Literacy, assessment and professional development, attending to a new curriculum implementation, continuing the journey with a systemic overhaul of assessment and reporting, (including the development and implementation of a new Grades 1-9 Progress Report, and contributing significantly to the planning, scheduling and implementation of PowerSchool (PowerTeacher) for K-9 educators. “We’d like to thank Mrs. Ferguson, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Sydora for their exemplary years of service in Parkland School Division. That’s a lot of experience and commitment to children leaving us but it’s also an exciting time for our Leadership Team. Change brings a different perspective. The road map may alter, but we are all working toward delivering our Vision and Mission to our students on a daily basis,”   said Superintendent Boyce. “We build relationships slowly, through consistent actions, over time and we make an impact in the same way. Our current leaders and those who will be entrusted with new leadership responsibilities all possess qualities and characteristics that put Parkland School Division in the best position to make that impact for our children.” Seba Beach School’s Principal will be announced in the coming days.  The Division is currently in the process of selecting candidates for a number of vacant Assistant Principal positions.  These positions will be filled in the coming weeks. Travis McNaughton, Principal Outreach (CFL, SGCHS, MCHS) Travis earned a combined five-year Bachelor degree in Education and Physical Education, with a minor in English Language Arts from the University of Alberta in April 2005. He is completing his Masters in Educational Leadership: Leading and Learning this April. Beginning in 2011, Travis served as Assistant Principal at Muir Lake School before moving to Parkland Village School to become Principal in 2014. Travis served as Principal for Connections For Learning, Brightbank Academy, and Forest Green School for the past three years.   "I am honoured and excited to continue working with the community at Connections for Learning and Brightbank Academy.” stated McNaughton. “I am also looking forward to collaborating with all of our outreach communities. I look forward to continuing to build strong relationships with the students, community, parents, and staff that continue to foster powerful learning opportunities for the students."  Dianne Jewell, Principal Duffield School (K-9) Dianne Jewell began her teaching career in 2007 with Aspen View Public Schools as a Grade 8 and 9 Humanities teacher at Edwin Parr School. She also taught the Knowledge and Employability Program for 5 years at that same school. Her transition to administrative roles began in 2016 as Vice Principal for Edwin Parr School. She's been the Principal at Grassland Community School (Kindergarten to Grade 10) since September of 2018. Ms. Jewell earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 2005. She is currently enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan's Educational Foundations Indigenous Land-Based Learning Masters of Education program, with a focus on the Indigenous paradigm. "I am excited to be joining the Parkland School Division team and look forward to learning with my new community." Shaye Patras, Principal École Meridian Heights School (K-9) Shaye graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta. In 2010, Shaye earned a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership. Shaye began his career with Parkland in 2002, working as a teacher at Woodhaven. He was seconded to Alberta Education for the 2005/2006 school year and then transferred to Greystone Centennial Middle School for the 2006/07 school year. In September, 2007, Shaye joined the Learning Services Department as a Curriculum Facilitator, providing direction and leadership to teachers and administrators in areas such as curriculum implementation, professional development and assessment. In 2008 Shaye moved to Seba Beach School as Principal and held the post as Principal of Blueberry School from 2011 to 2014 before moving to his current post as Principal of Woodhaven Middle School in Spruce Grove. "It has been an honour to serve the Woodhaven learning community for the past five years. I have learned so much with and from the parents, students and staff of the Wolfpack! I am looking forward to the new experiences and opportunities that await at École Meridian Heights School." Christin Blair, Principal Entwistle School (K-9) Christin Blair began her teaching career in 2006 teaching high school subjects at the Kipohtakaw Education Centre for Alexander First Nations after obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta. Christin began an association with the Calgary Board of Education in 2007 with the online learning environment CBe-Learn followed by two separate teaching stops at Nickle Middle School. During the 2010-2011 school year, she moved to B.C. to become an in-school technology assistant and specialist with Prince Rupert Secondary School in School District 52. Christin was Vice Principal of Prince Rupert Middle School from September 2014 to July 2018. Her most recent post was Vice Principal of Vedder Middle School in Chilliwack, B.C. Christin has her Masters of Education in Education Studies from the University of Alberta with a focus on Leadership and School Improvement. “I am delighted to be joining the Parkland Team. I believe in the power of positive supportive relationships and I look forward to being part of the Entwistle School and community.” Nealle Dickson, Principal Forest Green School (K-6) Nealle began her teaching career with Parkland School Division after earning her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 2001. She taught a Grade 5/6 split class for 4 years at Tomahawk School. Nealle taught at Muir Lake School from 2005 to 2015 in various classrooms from Grades 3 to 8. Her first foray into school administration was as Acting Assistant Principal for Muir Lake School for the 2014-15 school year. She became Assistant Principal for École Meridian Heights School for the 2015-16 school year.  Part way through the 2015/2016 school year, Nealle accepted the Assistant Principal position at Prescott Learning Centre where she is currently. Nealle has recently completed her Masters Degree from the University of Calgary in Educational Leadership. “Although I am going to miss the students, parents and staff of Prescott Learning Centre tremendously, I am beyond excited to join the team at Forest Green as their Principal to support the great work already underway! I believe that the needs of students are best met when we all work together to build relationships focusing on the strengths of our learners.” Corey Haley, Principal Graminia School (K-9) Corey Haley is a graduate from the French Immersion program at Spruce Grove Composite High School and has taught at a range of schools in Parkland and on Vancouver Island. He was appointed Assistant Principal of École Broxton Park School in 2011. He then moved to Graminia School in 2015 as Assistant Principal. He continues to be involved in professional learning and service to teaching through his volunteer work with different conferences throughout Canada, his podcast Intersection Education, and contributing to academic journals by recently publishing an article he co-authored in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Corey earned a Baccalauréat-es-Éducation from the University of Alberta in 2003 and in 2008, a Masters in Education (Leadership Studies) from the University of Victoria. “I am excited to continue the great work that is happening at Graminia in a new role. We have strong community support and a wonderful staff that works hard to ensure an outstanding school.” Anil Padayas, Principal Greystone Centennial Middle School (Grades 5-9) Anil began his teaching career in Parkland School Division in 1992 on a short term contract teaching Grade 7 Math/Science at Stony Plain Central School.  He went on to teach Junior and Senior High School Mathematics for 10 years in Grande Prairie and area leading to his first post as an Assistant Principal at the Peace Wapiti Academy.  Anil is no stranger to the Kindergarten to Grade 9 school environment having served as Principal at Penson School just outside of Grande Prairie for 2 years before joining the team at Spruce Grove Composite High School in 2009.  Anil has also stepped up to the role of Acting Principal at SGCHS when called upon. Anil has been the Principal at Graminia School since 2016. Anil earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta with a major in Secondary Mathematics and minor in General Sciences.  He obtained a Masters Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Leadership from the University of Northern British Columbia.  "As I am parting from Graminia School, I am very grateful to the wonderful staff, students and parents in the Graminia Community.  I am looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities as being the Principal of Greystone Centennial Middle School." Murray Marran, Principal Muir Lake School (K-9) Murray Marran began his teaching career in 1998 as a Secondary IB French Literature Teacher at Western Canada High School in Calgary after obtaining his Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. His administrative career has more of a business and finance pedigree which led him to roles as the Director of Admissions and Director of Finance (Chief Financial Officer) for West Island College. He joined the High Prairie School Division in 2011 where was a Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and District Principal of Accountability for High Prairie School Division.  Murray has been in his current post as Principal of Entwistle School since the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.   Murray has a Master’s of Education from the University of Calgary as well as a Master’s of Business Administration from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. “I am honoured to be continuing Mrs. Gail Ferguson's work, and I look forward to working with the talented students and staff at the school.  Together, we will keep our school community strong and honour and preserve the culture of excellence built up over the years at Muir Lake School.” Chris Shaw, Principal Woodhaven Middle School, (Grades 5-9) Chris Shaw is currently in his 23rd year in education and all but two of his years in his professional career have been with Parkland School Division.  Upon completion of his Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education English and Social Studies, Chris began his journey at Mayerthorpe Junior/Senior High School.  His 19 years at Spruce Grove Composite High School included 5 years as the English Department Head before starting his administrative career in 2010 as a Grade Coordinator.  Chris has been in his current role as Assistant Principal since 2011:  five years at Spruce Grove Composite, and the past two-and-a-half years at Memorial Composite.  Chris also earned a Master’s degree from the Department of Educational Policy Studies in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Alberta in 2014. Chris currently sits on the Provincial Zone 2-3 Planning Committee for High School Redesign and is a member of Alberta Education's High School Completion External Committee. “I very much look forward to working with such a progressive staff at Woodhaven Middle School with an outstanding reputation for promoting student success and well-being.  As a vibrant community of learners, I am excited to be part of Woodhaven’s modernization project as we continue to meet the needs of our students: both for today and in the future. Go Wolfpack!” Katherine Mann - Director Education Services Katherine started her career and journey with Parkland School Division in 1992 following a Bachelor of Education degree with Distinction from the University of Alberta. Her first year was serving students as a Grade 4-9 French teacher and Grade 8 Language Arts before making the move the following year to Duffield School where she stayed for 12 years teaching a variety of grades and subjects. She led choral and music productions and coached volleyball, basketball and track & field. Katherine's first foray into Administration was as the Assistant Principal at Duffield School from 2003 to 2005. She was Principal at Tomahawk School for 5 years and then moved to Spruce Grove for a brief stay at École Broxton Park School as an Assistant Principal before moving into her current position as Assistant Principal at Spruce Grove Composite High School in 2011. Katherine earned her Masters in Education with a focus on leadership in June 2008. Ms. Mann has extensive experience in the areas of Instructional Leadership and has contributed on a number of fronts divisionally when it comes to assessment and reporting. “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to begin the work," said Mann. Shawna Stewart, Assistant Principal Prescott Learning Centre (K-9) Mrs. Stewart earned her Bachelor of Education – secondary route from the University of Alberta in 1998. She started her teaching career with Parkland School Division back in 2000 working with the Learning Line (virtual school) program in École Broxton Park. After moving away to teach in the Wetaskiwin Regional School Division, Shawna returned to PSD in 2007 teaching at Greystone Centennial Middle School followed by becoming a Learning Coach in 2010. Her first assignment as an administrator was as Assistant Principal at Stony Plain Central School in 2011. Shawna has been Principal of Seba Beach School since September of 2015. Shawna is currently working on a Masters of Education at Concordia University in Curriculum & Instruction. “I am very excited & honoured to be joining the team at Prescott Learning Centre!  I look forward to getting to know the staff, students and community, as well as having the opportunity to be apart of the collaborative environment Prescott is known for. A piece of my heart will alway be in Seba Beach School. I have learned a lot over the last 5 years and will cherish every memory.” Darla Villeneuve, Assistant Principal Stony Plain Central School (K-9) Darla began her teaching career in 2000 in the Lloydminster Catholic school district.  Her Parkland School Division career began as a teacher at Entwistle School for three school years starting in 2002.  She became an Assistant Principal at Duffield School and formed part of  the leadership team of the Duffield-Keephills Connection during the 2014-15 school year.  Darla moved into her first role as Principal at Greystone Centennial Middle School where she’s been since 2015. Darla earned her Education Degree at the University of Saskatchewan and is currently pursuing her Masters in Teaching and Learning from the University of Ottawa. “I have enjoyed the past 4 years at Greystone Centennial Middle School and have been privileged to learn from the wonderful staff, students and families. I am excited to join the team at Stony Plain Central and work along with the staff and administrative team as they embark on the journey of building a new school.”  https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20283&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20283&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - April 2, 2019 April 2, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending February 28, 2019. As of February 28th, 67.7% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 67.97% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $200,000. The Board received as information the School Facility Utilization Review with proposed recommendation as prepared by commissioned consultants from Edmonton Public Schools Infrastructure Planning. The Board approved the Three Year Captial Plan 2020 - 2023 with the following priorities: 2020-2021 – Year One Priority One: Modernization of Spruce Grove Composite High School at a cost of $20-25 million dollars 2021-2022 – Year Two Priority One: Modernization and preservation of Brookwood School at a cost of $12-14 million dollars. Priority Two: Modernization and preservation of Forest Green School at a cost of $12-16 million dollars. 2022-2023 - Year Three Priority One: Replacement of Parkland Village School at a cost of $14-18 million dollars. Priority Two: Modernization and preservation of Tomahawk School at a cost of $14-16 million dollars. The Board approved Board Policy 2 - Role of the Board. The Board approved Board Policy 7 - Board Operations. The Board approved Board Policy 8 - Board Committees. The Board approved Board Policy 13 - Appeals and Hearings Regarding Student Matters. The Board approved Board Policy 17 - Student Transportation. The Board received as information the Transportation Services Department Report for 2018-2019 as presented by Director, Transportation Services Dennis Simcoe. The Board received as information the Human Resources 2018-2019 Department Report, as presented by Human Resources Director Shae Abba. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20141&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=20141&stream=Homepage News ThoughtExchange - We Want To Hear From You March 11, 2019 - At Parkland School Division, we are committed to engaging with our community of behalf of the students we serve. Meaningful Engagement is one of the Enduring Priorities you’ll find in many parts of our Division’s Education Plan. You are invited to share your perspectives about our schools and the Division as a whole. By telling us what we are doing well and where we can improve, you will be contributing to the future success and well-being of our students as we work to develop a strong education system. We want to better understand what you think we do well, where we can improve and what we might be missing. By answering these questions, you are helping us achieve our mission as Parkland School Division. You will be invited to participate in an Exchange that flows through three steps: Share, Star and Discover. Watch your inbox for instructions on how to participate. To participate as a community member, click HERE. If you are a parent or guardian at one of our schools, check your inbox to participate in the ThoughtExchange specifically for the school your child attends. The Process It could take you as little as 5-10 minutes to participate. Please complete this exchange by Friday March 22, 2019 @ 11pm This exchange is confidential. Your thoughts will be shared, but not your identity. You can add and rate thoughts at your own pace until the exchange ends. You can also return to review your answers and Discover the results at any time. You do not need to rate all thoughts in this exchange. It is appreciated and recommended to rate about 30 thoughts over the time the exchange is open. If you feel the thought is not applicable to you, hit the three dots in the thought bubble, which will give you to the option to skip the rating process for that thought. Your time spent engaged in this process is very much appreciated.  For more on education planning in Parkland School Division, visit the Education Planning section of our website. For more information contact: Scott Johnston Associate Superintendent Phone: 780-963-8471 Email: sjohnston@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=197&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=197&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - March 5, 2019 March 5, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending January 31, 2019. As of December 31st, 42.4% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 42.3% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $67 thousand dollars.   The Board approved the proposed Fees and Allowances Schedule for 2019-2020. No fee increases were recommended for non-resident tuition fees or Nature Kindergarten. A fee increase is proposed for transportation for 2019-2020 school year as the division moves towards operating transportation with a balanced budget. The proposed fee is significantly below the full cost recovery rate of approximately $800.00 for urban students  and $1,170.00 for rural students. With the introduction of Bill 1, effective as of the 2017-2018 school year, the Division no longer has jurisdiction to charge a parent of a student fees with respect to instructional supplies and materieals or transportation for students resideing more than 2.4 kilometres from and who attend their designated school. According to the School Act and the School Transportation Regulation, the Board must provide their approved proposed Fee Schedule for the Minister's review. Any proposed increase that exceeds 5% of the fee set out in the board's currently reviewed fee schedule must be approved in writing by the Minister.   The Board received as information the 2020-2021 School Calendar Survey. Parkland School Division continues to strive to provide students with quality education beginning with access to the appropriate number of instructional days. In addition, the academic calendar continues to support school-based professional learning opportunities for staff to focus on Division and school priorities. Each December, the Board of Trustees shall approve, in principle, the calendars for the subsequent year.    The Board put forth Mr. Dylan Hebert from École Broxton Park School as Parkland School Division's nominee to the Alberta School Boards Association Zone 2/3 Edwin Parr Selection Committee. Schools were invited to identify a first-year teacher to serve as PSD's nomination and the Committee would also like to recognize Ms. Samantha Emes (Duffield School) and Ms. Ashley Stevens (École Broxton Park School) who were also finalists. The Alberta School Trustees' Association established the Edwin Parr Teacher Award to remember the long and meritorious service of past President Edwin Parr. This award recognizes outstanding first-year teachers in the province.   The Board welcomed a delegation from Connections for Learning and the Stony Creek Program. They showcased powerful presentations they created demonstrating their understanding and hope for Meaningful Reconciliation. Students included Jacob Borstmayer (Grade 6), Liam Bates (Grade 7), Lindsey Johnson (Grade 7), Donna Olsen (Grade 7), Lisa Bates (Grade 8), Avery Mackay (Grade 8), Gianni Pagnotta (Grade 8), Olivia Reid (Grade 8), Parker Schriever (Grade 8), and Braeden Williams (Grade 8).   The Board received as information the 2018-2019 Infrastructure Maintencance Renewal (IMR) Expenditure Report  as presented by Director of Facilities, Serge LaBrie. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) funding for the 2018-2019 was $2,964,386.  There is a carry forward from the 2017-2018 program year of $414,635 resulting in a balance of $3,379,021. The 2018-2019 allotment is 11% less than the previous year’s IMR allotment which was $3,330,319. The net reduction from 2017-18 to 2018-19 is $365,933. Some examples of these are: Gym floors – 2 gym floors sanded and re-painted per year Roof systems - The division has been systematically replacing 3-4 major roof systems per year; Fire Alarm systems - The division has been systematically replacing one fire alarm system per year; and  Boiler replacements - The division has started replacing antiquated boiler systems with new high efficiency boiler systems. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19847&stream=Homepage News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=19847&stream=Homepage News