Parkland School Division Homepage News en-us Thu, 13 May 2021 00:36:11 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Strong Families Series: Why Won't My Child Eat? May 5, 2021 - Parkland School Division is proud to partner with Alberta Parenting For The Future to present another FREE information session for local families. In our upcoming Strong Families session, pediatric occupational therapist Tracey Urquhart will offer families valuable information about the eating habits of children, and ways to tell if their food fussiness is a normal response, or a sign of something more serious, such as an eating disorder. In addition, Tracey will offer participants practical tips for managing any stressful situations that may arise at mealtime, including picky eating, tantrums, sensory issues and food avoidance.   Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Time: 6-8pm Location: Online Zoom Webinar / Discussion Group Presenter: Tracey Urquhart, Pediatric Occupational Therapist Does mealtime in your household stress you out? Is catering to your child's ever-evolving food preferences (or lack thereof) exhausting? Are you getting worried about your child's food intake? You may have heard that picky eating is just a normal part of childhood, and if you leave your child be, they'll grow out of it. Unfortunately, picky eating is anything but a simple problem, as it can be a sign of a number of issues, including potential eating disorders. This session will help you uncover the root of your child's picky eating, addressing common mealtime conflicts and providing means to manage them. You will also learn how to spot signs of more significant eating issues in children, and what you can do to seek help. Join us to learn some useful strategies to help you guide your child towards enjoying a more varied, healthy diet. Please register early to reserve your spot by visiting For more information, please contact: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Email: News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 4, 2021 May 4, 2021 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held virtually on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation virtually to speak on the topic of Nutrition Initiatives in Parkland School Division. Wellness Coordinator, Felicia Ochs was joined by Principals Fran Bell (Tomahawk School), Anil Padayas (Greystone Centennial Middle School) who highlighted Nutrition Nooks and Lost Lunch programs. Community partner Save-On Foods was represented by Store Manager Scott Karran who spoke about the well-received 5-a-day Mystery Fruit bag available for free at both Save-on-Foods and North Central Co-op. The Board approved the 2021-2022 Budget Assumptions as recommended by the Audit Committee. The Board is required to provide a 2021-2022 budget to Alberta Education by May 31st. The budget assumptions include key components of the budget including revenues, allocations to schools, enrolments, and key expenditures including staffing. The board approved a new logo for Parkland School Division. The PSD Logo Refresh - Update highlights the process for the Division's development and launching of a new logo which supports both the Vision and Mission of PSD. The Board approved a recommendation that the Board Chair write a letter to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange providing feedback on the Draft K-6 Curriculum. The Board discussed the Draft K-6 Curriculum at the April 27, 2021 PSD Tomorrow meeting. Discussion focused on the process for curriculum development; timeliness of the release of the draft curriculum; impact of COVID-19 on staff and students in relation to piloting a draft curriculum; and key areas of concern received from parents, staff and trustees. The Board received as information the Strategic Communications Department Report, as presented by Director, Jordi Weidman. The Board received as information the Learning and Technology Assurance Report, as presented by Divsion Principal, Instructional Services Kathy Mann and Director, Technology Services, Mark Karaki. The Board received as information the Draft Education Plan. School authority planning is an integral component of school authority accountability and assurance. The Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the Executive Team, Lead Team, parents and students, develops the annual Education Plan to set out the deliverable actions for the following year.  Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education (Board meetings will be hosted virtually until further notice.) News News K-12 Students Shift to Online Learning For Two Weeks May 4, 2021 - Alberta has entered a critical stage of the pandemic - the arrival of highly transmissible variants have put pressure on our health care system. Public health measures are required to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 provincewide. Additional restrictions come into effect for regions with high case rates, starting May 5. Provincewide measures continue to apply to all other areas. This includes temporary measures that will affect all PSD students beginning Friday, May 7th.  Alberta Government Release Alberta’s government recently announced that Grades 7 to 12 students of schools located within the boundaries of several municipalities will temporarily shift to at-home/online learning.   Given the significant impacts of COVID-19 in communities around Alberta, we announced today that all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students across the province will now temporarily shift to at-home learning beginning May 7, with a return to in-school learning on May 25.  This decision is part of a province-wide approach to limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as to relieve some operational strains our system has experienced. As you know, schools in Alberta have been experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers, rising numbers of students and staff in quarantine or isolation, and increased community spread – which is reflected in the increasing number of cases in schools. This will allow for a reset within the school system, which will allow us to return to in-class learning and have a strong finish to the school year. During this time, learning for all students will continue.   As more details become available in the next day or two, they will be shared by your school principal and classroom teachers.  We know there will be a lot of questions and these new restrictions may cause a level of hardship for some families and students. We are confident that our teachers, principals and school staff members will once again adapt and support our students during these uncertain times.    Take care and stay safe everyone. Shauna Boyce, Superintendent Parkland School Division News News Visual Arts Celebration May 3, 2021 - The Visual Arts Celebration is a showcase of early years, middle years and senior high art work displayed for the enjoyment of students, parents, and community members of Parkland School Division. Typically, schools take turns hosting the event, which occurs each year at the beginning of May. As this is anything but a typical school year, however, the Visual Arts Celebration has transitioned to an online format. The exemplary student artwork featured in the Visual Arts Celebration has been chosen by teachers to represent each school in the Division. Of the artwork that is chosen for the celebration, three pieces from each school are selected for extended display at the Centre for Education from June 2021 through June 2022. All of the pieces on extended display will be returned to the students by the end of June 2022. Congratulations to all students whose artwork is featured in the celebration slideshow, and/or on the walls of the Division Office. We hope you and your families enjoy and take inspiration from all the beautiful and creative compositions showcased below. For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: News News More Administrative Appointments for 2021-2022 April 30 - 2021 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is pleased to announce additional administrative appointments that will take effect for the 2021-2022 school year. All of these assignments involve existing members of the PSD Leadership Team who will apply their leadership skills and expertise as they serve new school communities beginning in the fall. “In Parkland School Division, we believe that each and every one of our educational leaders has so much to offer their respective school communities, “stated Superintendent Boyce. “Intentional rotations create opportunities to further develop our leaders. School communities benefit from our leaders who come from varied backgrounds and leadership styles. School culture is always evolving and our Leadership Team should be too.” Corey Haley, Principal Greystone Centennial Middle School (Grades 5-9) 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. Mr. Haley has built relationships and added experience in his first role as Principal of a school for the past two years at Graminia School. Previously, he held Assistant Principal roles at École Broxton Park School from 2011-2015 and at Graminia School from 2015-2019. 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 has co-authored academic articles. 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 looking forward to joining the Greystone team and contributing to a great school." Cherie Lovsund, Principal Duffield School (K-9) Cherie Lovsund has been a dedicated educator with over 25 years of experience combined between Parkland School Division and School District 57 in Prince George 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 in a team-teaching environment. She was a Collaborative Teaching Partner serving Parkland Village School, Graminia School and Prescott Learning Centre and transitioned to a temporary Assistant Principal role at Woodhaven School in the year prior to Copperhaven School opening its doors for the first time. She was the first Assistant Principal at Copperhaven and has been in that role since the school’s opening. Cherie earned her Bachelor of Education degree from University of Victoria in 1991 and completed a Masters of Curriculum and Educational Leadership in 2018, also from the University of Victoria. “My time at Copperhaven has been such a wonderful experience. I have loved being part of a fantastic school community and I leave with such fond memories of students, staff, and families. I am so very excited to embark on this new journey as the principal of Duffield School, with brand new families, staff, and students.” Treena Neumann, Principal Graminia School (K-9) Treena Neumann’s teaching career began in 2004, working with various school divisions in Alberta, with a focus on Middle Years. Treena started with Parkland School Division in 2006 at Woodhaven Middle School, where she taught Grade 8/9 English, Social and Drama. Treena joined the PSD Leadership Team in 2011 as an Assistant Principal with Woodhaven Middle School. Treena also served as Acting Principal of Woodhaven School prior to her maternity leave in the spring of 2014.  She's served as an Assistant Principal at École Broxton Park for the 2015 - 2016 school year before becoming Principal of École Broxton Park School in 2016. Treena earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2001, with a major focus of Drama. In 2004, Treena earned her Bachelor of Education with Distinction – after degree, both from the University of Alberta. She completed her Masters of Education from the University of Portland in 2019. “I am very excited about joining the Graminia School team. It has been my honour and a genuine pleasure to work at École Broxton Park school for the past five years."  Anil Padayas, Principal École Broxton Park School (K-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 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 as an Assistant Principal.  Anil has also stepped up to the role of Acting Principal at SGCHS when called upon. Mr. Padayas was also the Principal at Graminia School starting in 2016 before moving to his current position as Greystone’s Principal in 2019. 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.  "While I will miss the students and staff at Greystone School, I am very excited to be part of the École Broxton Park School. I look forward to serving the French Immersion students and community as we all strive to maintain an ongoing dedication to the growth of each pupil in a safe and caring environment." Dianne Jewell, Assistant Principal Memorial Composite High School (Gr 10-12) 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 and then to the Principal at Grassland Community School (Kindergarten to Grade 10). She joined Parkland School Division in 2019 as Principal of Duffield School.  Ms. Jewell earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 2005 and has a Master's degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Indigenous Land-Based Learning, with a focus on the Indigenous paradigm. “I am excited to continue on my journey with Parkland School Division. I look forward to joining the Memorial Composite team and to building new connections with staff and students during our learning journey together.” For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce, Superintendent Email: Phone: 780-963-4010 News News Update on COVID-19 (April 30) April 30, 2021 - On Thursday, April 29th, the Government of Alberta announced additional health measures targeted by regions that included some Alberta schools temporarily shifting to at-home learning. This DOES NOT include Parkland School Division at this time. At the time of the announcement, that included the following municipalities: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo City of Red Deer City of Grand Prairie City of Calgary City of Airdrie Strathcona County City of Lethbridge City of Edmonton Criteria for Expanded Restrictions Targeted restrictions are in effect for hot spot regions - municipalities or communities where there are at least 350 cases per 100,000 people AND 250 active cases. At the end of the day on Thursday, April 29th, Parkland School Division regions were reporting the following: Municipality Cases per 100,000 Active Cases Spruce Grove 310.1 117 Stony Plain 282.6 57 Parkland County 371.8 124 Parkland School Division is monitoring these statistics very closely as they can certainly change rapidly. Parkland School Division continues to consult with Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services on any individual school or grade circumstances. For further information, please contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: News News Memorial Shifts to Online Learning April 30, 2021 - Memorial Composite High School students will shift to online learning due to increased COVID-19 cases connected to the school. Parkland School Division Superintendent Shauna Boyce made the announcement Friday after submitting the request for the operational shift to Alberta Education. At-home learning will be in effect from Monday, May 3rd through Friday, May 14th with a return to in-person classes on Monday, May 17th. Currently, 30% of the student population and 25% of staff are self-isolating at-home as a result of being close contacts, and over 10 cases linked to the school. In addition, the school is experiencing student absenteeism of approximately 50%. As of Friday, April 30th, Memorial Composite High School is the only PSD school that will be shifting to online learning. Parkland School Division is monitoring the number of cases per 100,000 as well as overall case numbers for our region very closely as they can certainly change rapidly. Parkland School Division continues to consult with Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services on any individual school or grade circumstances. For further information, contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: News News Principal Appointments for 2021-2022 April 25, 2021 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2021-2022 school year. With the imminent retirement of long-time principals Archie Lillico and Colleen Woloshyn and the recent announcement of Sheryl Bridgeman moving from Blueberry School to Division Principal, Curriculum and Achievement, PSD’s Leadership team will welcome two new members and two current members will assume new titles. The new Principal of Blueberry School will be John Tyler and Todd Hennig joins PSD as Principal of Parkland Village School. Meanwhile, Tanya Neuman stays at Stony Plain Central moving from Assistant Principal to the Principal role and Shelly Wiebe drops ‘Acting’ from her title as Principal of Entwistle School. “I’d first of all like to take a moment to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of both Archie Lillico and Colleen Woloshyn. It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye as their leadership will be missed but we do wish them all the best in retirement,” stated Superintendent Boyce. “Anytime you have a chance to grow your Leadership team either externally or from within, it is an exciting time. All of these successful candidates are proven leaders. Staff and students alike will benefit from their wide range of experience and perspectives.”   Principal Appointments for 2021-2022 Todd Hennig, Principal Parkland Village School (K - 4) Todd Hennig joins Parkland School Division as he enters his 27th year in education. He has been the Principal at four different schools ranging from preschool to Grade 9 split between Rocky View Schools and the First Lutheran Christian School in Kelowna, B.C. The early part of his career also found him at a K-8 Lutheran School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Mr. Hennig has also had the opportunity to open two brand new schools over the course of his career including his latest stop at Cooper’s Crossing School in Airdrie. Hennig earned his Bachelor of Education with a major in English and minor in Mathematics from the University of Alberta in 1991. He also earned his Masters, Education Administration from Concordia University, Nebraska in 2000.  "I am very honoured and excited to join the team at Parkland Village School.  Having grown up in Stony Plain, this next step in my career seems like coming home, and I look forward to getting to know the students, families and staff of this wonderful learning community." Tanya Neuman, Principal Stony Plain Central School (K-9) Tanya Neuman will be entering her twenty-first year in education and is excited for the 2021-2022 school year. All of her teaching and administrative experience has been with Parkland School Division split between High Park School, École Meridian Heights School and Stony Plain Central. She has spent the past five years as Assistant Principal at SPC. Mrs. Neuman has been a K-9 music specialist with teaching experience in Social Studies, Math, Band and Drama.  Tanya earned her Bachelor of Education with a major in Secondary Music and minor in Mathematics from the University of Alberta.  Additionally, she added a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland in 2012. "I am excited to continue working with the amazing staff, students and families at Stony Plain Central as we continue to learn and grow together." John Tyler, Principal Blueberry School (K-9) John Tyler began his teaching journey in 2004 with the North Vancouver School District where he held various teaching positions and served as an Athletic Director and eventually Vice Principal. He held administrative roles at a number of B.C. schools and has also served students as Principal of École Morinville Public School. John moved to Alberta in 2019 to take on the position of Director, Programming Excellence for Sturgeon Public Schools.  He has led district-wide professional learning and has taken on jurisdictional leadership including experiences working directly with school boards, while forming partnerships with Elders and Knowledge Keepers on Indigenous education within the public school system. John has a Bachelor of Arts and Education degrees from the University of British Columbia as well as a Master’s of Education: Administration and Leadership, also from UBC. “I am excited to join the Parkland School Division.  I look forward to serving the Blueberry School community and continuing the commitment to the growth of each learner in a supportive and engaging environment." Shelly Wiebe, Principal Entwistle School (K-9) Shelly Wiebe has been teaching since 2010 and has held various roles in the region before landing in Parkland School Division in September of 2018.  Wiebe has guided Entwistle School students as Acting Principal since September 2020. Prior to that, Ms. Wiebe was an Early Years teacher at Wabamun School. Previously, she's served as a Collaborative Teaching Partner working closely with Early Childhood Services supporting Kindergarten Teachers. She has also worked as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide universal support for students at a variety of PSD schools. Prior to joining PSD, Mrs. Wiebe had teaching stops with Northern Gateway Public Schools in Onoway as well as an Assistant Principal and Inclusive Education Facilitator role at Pat Hardy Primary School in Whitecourt, AB. Shelly earned her Bachelor of Education (After Degree)  from Concordia University College of Alberta in 2010. She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science) from the University of Alberta in 1994. She will complete an Interdisciplinary Masters Program through the University of Calgary's Werklund School of Education in June. "I am very excited to continue on at Entwistle School! I have enjoyed getting to know our students, staff and families this year and look forward to continuing the amazing work that we have started together.” For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce, Superintendent Email: Phone: 780-963-4010 News News Administrative Appointments for 2021-2022 April 23, 2021 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2021-2022 school year. In order to best support high quality learning programs in each of our schools, a reorganization of Education & System Services as well as Student Supports & Services was in order. Some previous education-based Director roles, including those that were left vacant by retirements and departures, will now be Division Principals. Each Division Principal portfolio has been filled by a leader who has a specific area of expertise, and who will work collaboratively with our school-based principals to support students in the areas of curriculum services, instructional services, student services, achievement, and wellness and community partnerships. “Our Division leaders have been doing great work and we feel that this reorganization will help us provide the levels of support necessary to reach our ultimate goal of student success and well-being.” stated Superintendent Boyce. “We feel these roles accurately represent our vision for a Leadership team that guides our work, directly impacting three Key Domains of our education plan including Student Growth & Achievement, Teaching & Leading, and Learning Supports.” Division Principals for 2021-2022 Leah Andrews, Division Principal Student Services Leah Andrews has served students in Parkland School Division for 13 years. She began her journey in PSD as a curriculum facilitator and has been in her current role as Director, Learning Services since 2010. She has helped lead a team of facilitators that serve school communities in the areas of curriculum, student services, Early Childhood Services, educational technology, program monitoring and development. Ms. Andrews also has teaching experience in Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 classrooms in High Prairie before landing in PSD. “I am excited, honoured and grateful for this opportunity to serve Parkland School Division staff, students and families in this new role. I am looking forward to collaborating with administrative teams and the other division principals as we all work to ensure that every student has the support and services needed for success and well-being.” Sheryl Bridgeman, Division Principal Curriculum and Achievement Sheryl earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and obtained her Masters in Education from the Framington State College in 2002. She began her teaching career with a 5-year stint within the St. Albert Protestant School District followed by a pair of international stops in Quito, Ecuador and Monterey, Mexico over the span of 9 years.   Bridgeman joined Parkland School Division in 2006 at Millgrove School and was appointed Principal of Parkland Village School in 2008. Mrs. Bridgeman has been in her current role as Principal of Blueberry School since the beginning of the 2014 - 2015 school year. “It has been my honour and a genuine pleasure to work at Blueberry School for the past 7 years.  I am looking forward to working closely with all Parkland School Division schools to build strong relationships with staff to support powerful learning opportunities for all of our students.” Katherine Mann, Division Principal Instructional Programs 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 has served as Assistant Principal at Duffield School, Principal at Tomahawk School, Assistant Principal at École Broxton Park School and an Assistant Principal at Spruce Grove Composite High School. Mrs. Mann has been in her current role as Director, Instructional Services since 2019-2020. Katherine earned her Masters in Education with a focus on leadership in June 2008. She 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 delighted to be given the opportunity to continue this work and support a focus on literacy and numeracy.” Christine Ross, Division Principal Wellness and Community Partnerships Christine began her teaching career in 1997 with Evergreen Catholic School Division as a kindergarten teacher.  She has experience in both typical and alternate learning environments.  Christine spent one year as Principal of Parkland Village School before moving into a role as Director, Learning Services with a focus on Early Education. Christine has served Parkland School Division as the Children Learning in Inclusive Community Settings Coordinator, a Program Facilitator with Learning Services, an Assistant Principal for two years at Muir Lake School as well as Assistant Principal at Millgrove School. Christine earned her Education degree from the University of Alberta and is currently working towards a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary. "I am thrilled to be serving Parkland School Division's students, families, and schools in this exciting new role of Division Principal of Wellness and Community Partnerships.”   For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce, Superintendent Email: Phone: 780-963-4010 News News Education Committee: Indigenous Education April 22, 2021 - The Board of Trustees welcomes members of the public to its upcoming Education Committee virtual meeting. The Board has established nine Standing Committees for the ongoing study of major areas of responsibility. One or more Trustees participate on each of the nine standing committees. The committees meet regularly to discuss the issues that are important to teachers, students and Parkland School Division staff. In particular, Education Committee meetings cover issues around curriculum and programs while celebrating student learning and achievements. The topic for the next meeting is Indigenous Education. Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Time: 9am Location: Google Meet   Agenda Welcome & Introductions Smudge Culture & Identity Stoney Language Classes Guests Mookoshin Violet Poitras & Glenna House Student Guests Teachable Moment Land Acknowledgement Poster Contest Video Presentation: Leanne Traverse, Memorial Composite High School Indigenous Graduation Coach Elder in Residence Increasing Indigenous visibility in schools Grade 12 Cultural Celebration (Eagle Feather & Metis Sash Presentation) Land-Based Learning What is it? Why is it important for all students? How do we create and embed this in our schools? Allyship Bare Icebi - Gathering Together Full Moon Learning Series Introductory Video Voyageur Canoe Program Stony Plain Library and Paul First Nation & Community Partners Good Relations Agreement Balance Homework Hub Academic and belonging Curriculum Connections Community One Drum Curriculum tied & lived experience = transformation Ways of Being Questions News News