Parkland School Division Display News en-us Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:19:14 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://www.psd70.ab.ca Summer Hours - Centre for Education June 19, 2020 - With the delivery of online/at-home learning materials concluding June 19th and assessments and report cards being finalized for the 2019-2020 school year, Parkland School Division's Centre for Education is preparing to shift to summer hours, beginning the first week of July. Summer Hours Monday to Thursday 8am-4:30pm   Our office will be closed Fridays from July 3 to August 7, inclusive. We will also be closed on Wednesday, July 1 for Canada Day. We will resume our regular hours, Monday to Friday, 8am-4:30pm, on August 10. We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer!   For more information contact: Parkland School Division Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: DivisionOffice@psd70.ab.ca  https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=759&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=759&stream=Display News Virtual Learning May 15, 2020 - Parkland School Division is excited to announce the move towards developing a full-time online delivery program for Grade 1-12 education, which will operate out of the Connections for Learning alternative education site, and is set to launch for the 2020-2021 school year. Virtual Learning will be a teacher-directed program that will allow students to work from home via online learning tools and remote access to content. As program delivery will take place online, participating families will need to provide their own Internet access, as well as one dedicated device with a webcam per student. Please see our BYOD guidelines for more information.  This program is best suited to students who are comfortable working independently in an online environment, with parents/guardians who are able to provide their students with the tools, supervision and support they will need to be successful. Please Note: This program is not designed or intended for the purpose of responding to in-school class cancellation due to COVID-19. Should the current COVID-19 measures continue into the 2020-2021 school year, Parkland School Division will continue to promote learning through the students’ regular schools and teachers. Virtual Learning, on the other hand, is a full-time program with a full-year commitment for those who prefer to learn in this manner. Further details about this new program will be added to the Connections for Learning website as they become available.   For more information or to register, please contact: Connections For Learning Phone: 780-963-0507 Email: cfl@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23423&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23423&stream=Display News Supplementary Educational Resources May 11, 2020 - Parkland School Division has compiled several lists of resources to help supplement each student's learning experience. Be sure to check out our new Supplementary Educational Resources page to find a wide variety of links to materials that may foster literacy and numeracy, and expand upon the curriculum taught by classroom teachers. Many of these resources offer entertaining educational opportunities that children can enjoy and pass the time with outside the classroom environment. We've also included several resources of particular benefit during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a list of educational companies offering limited-time free access to their services, expert advice on how to make the most of a learning-from-home environment, and kid-friendly information about the virus itself. Important to Note: Making use of these resources is entirely optional. Your child(ren)'s teacher(s) will cover everything they will need to know for their grade level according to the Alberta curriculum. Use your own discretion when deciding which of these resources would be well suited to your child's interests and/or abilities. Parkland School Division does not endorse any specific external resource; we merely suggest them based on their potential educational value. We will continue to add new resources to these pages as we come across them, so check back often for updates!   For more information, contact: Parkland School Division Instructional Services Director, Kathy Mann Email: kmann@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23420&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23420&stream=Display News Learning From Home: How to Get Connected March 27, 2020 - Ever since in-school classes were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkland School Division staff have been working diligently to adapt lessons to a remote learning environment. While course delivery will vary by classroom, teachers are making use of a variety of online tools to connect with their students at home. Check out the videos below to learn how to get connected. An important read right now, especially for parents. Give yourself permission to slow down. We encourage parents to read this recent article developed by the Alberta Assessment Consortium: Relationships: That's What Matters Most Right Now. How can I support my child in this stressful time? - Alberta Health Services caregiver considerations around COVID-19 with it comes to mental health, talking to children about the pandemic, the importance of routines and good health practices. Once online content delivery begins from your school, here are some additional helpful resources below. Google Hangouts Meet Google Hangouts Meet allows students to connect with their teachers in an online videoconference, simply by clicking the link in a Google Calendar invite. Google Classroom Google Classroom allows teachers to create, distribute and grade assignments for their students online.  Seesaw Teachers can use Seesaw to find or create activities for their students, who document their learning by drawing, taking pictures, sharing videos and more, all within an online portfolio, which can be viewed and commented on by parents and guardians. Flipgrid Flipgrid is a social learning platform that allows teachers to pose a question to their students, who are asked to record a video response, which is then shared with the entire class, creating a grid of discussion. Watch Your Inbox To learn more about what your child's teacher has planned for their remote classroom, be sure to check your inbox after spring break for further details and instructions. Stay home, stay safe, and happy learning! https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23332&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23332&stream=Display News ThoughtExchange 2020 March 9, 2020 - 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. Get ready to share your thoughts with ThoughtExchange to help us better understand what is important to you, both in your school and in the Division. To share your thoughts, click HERE. We invite you to tell us what we are doing well and where we can improve. By doing so, you will be contributing to the future success and well-being of our students as we work to develop a strong education system. You will be helping us achieve our mission at Parkland School Division: We assure supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships that create opportunities to develop resilience, to gain diversity in perspectives and to achieve enduring success. You will be invited to participate in an Exchange that flows through three steps: Share - answer open-ended questions about education in our schools, Star - review ideas from other stakeholders and rate the ideas you like best, and Discover - learn what is important to the community as a whole. 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 20, 2020 @ 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 Plan 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=23227&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=23227&stream=Display News Kindergarten Registration & Open Houses 2020-2021 January 7, 2020 - Kindergarten Open Houses for all schools in Parkland School Division that offer Kindergarten programming will be held from 6-7pm on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Students are welcome to attend these events with their parents or guardians at the school at which they have registered. 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 online 2020-2021 New Student Registration Form once it becomes available beginning February 3, 2020. 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 2020-2021 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 2019-2020 school year. All parents are encouraged to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 20, 2020. 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 December of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2020 needs to be 5 years old by December 31, 2020. A child entering Grade 1 must be 6 years old by the last day of December of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2020 needs to be 6 years old by December 31, 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 Tuesday, February 4, 2020 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. Middle Years students from Grades 5 through 9 can choose this program which is offered at Woodhaven Middle 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=22798&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22798&stream=Display News Seba Beach School Considered for Closure January 16, 2020 - At the Regular Board Meeting held on January 14, 2020, the Board of Trustees served a Notice of Motion that Seba Beach School be considered for closure effective June 30, 2020, and that the Board decision on the closure of the school will be made at a Special Board Meeting to be held Wednesday, March 17, 2020, at the Centre for Education in Stony Plain (4603 – 48 Street). It is important to note that the closure decision has not been made. The time between now and March 17, 2020, will be used to receive information from parents and other interested parties and to examine all information related to the viability of Seba Beach School.  On March 17, 2020, the Board will deliberate the closure issue and will make a decision. The Seba Beach School Viability Report can be found here. An extensive Question and Answer document regarding the impact of a potential closure of Seba Beach School can be found here. The Board invites parents, staff and community members to a public meeting to be held at Seba Beach School on February 4, 2020, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. At this meeting, the Board will review the impact of a potential closure of Seba Beach School and stakeholders will have an opportunity to reserve a 10-minute window to directly interact with a Board member and a member of Parkland School Division’s Executive Team regarding specific concerns or questions. Written presentations on the possible closure of the school will be accepted any time during a 3-week window after the public meeting takes place and members of the public may request to form a delegation to present their input at the Board meeting on March 10th. The Trustees are very interested in receiving your input and comments as they consider this important decision about the future of Seba Beach School. Finally, recognizing that considering a closure of a school is an emotional issue that evokes strong feelings, both administration and Trustees have appreciated the respectful and thoughtful dialogue that has occurred with parents, staff, and community members to date.  We ask that future discussions continue to respect Parkland School Division’s Code of Conduct. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation with the process. Sincerely, Shauna Boyce, Superintendent Parkland School Division    Potential Closure of Seba Beach School Q & A Why is Parkland School Division discussing the possible closure of Seba Beach School?  After years of declining enrolment and providing a special allocation of funding to operate the school and in light of the current financial situation, the question of viability at Seba Beach School is on the table.  The viability study examined whether Parkland School Division is providing the best education for students for the dollars expended and choices available. PSD Trustees want to ensure that high quality education is available for all PSD students in the future.     How would the closure affect the attendance area defined for Seba Beach School? The Seba Beach School attendance area would split to become part of the attendance areas for Tomahawk School, Wabamun School, and Entwistle School. Exploratory discussions have taken place with Paul First Nation and representatives have expressed a willingness to look at options for transporting their students to alternate PSD sites. Options for cross attendance choices to other schools could be explored with any families interested. Those are available where space and resources permit and are reviewed by school Principals on a year-by-year basis. Cross attendance students may apply for bus service for a fee if it is available and criteria is met as per Administrative Procedure 850: Transportation Services.   How would the closure affect the attendance areas for other schools? The attendance area for Tomahawk, Wabamun and Entwistle Schools would become larger as it would now include the area for Seba Beach School.  Viable options for Paul First Nations students who attend PSD schools would be further discussed with Paul First Nation.   What are the program implications for other Parkland School Division schools and for the Seba Beach School students if they were to attend elsewhere beginning in 2020-2021? Currently, students from the four West End schools join together at Seba Beach School for the Career and Technology Foundation (CTF) courses, which include Sewing, Shop, Guitar, Foods, Wellness and Art. Entwistle, Tomahawk and Wabamun Schools bus their Grade 7, 8 and 9 students to Seba Beach for one week of programming three times per year.  Should Seba Beach School close, it is expected that each of its former students’ receiving schools would either:  •    Accommodate CTF programming on-site, or  •    Select a new school to host a combined program.  Seba Beach School was originally selected for the CTF site because of its available space and resources: it has the classroom space to accommodate approximately 75 junior high students for one week, and it has on-site shop and food programming facilities. Entwistle School, Tomahawk School, or Wabamun School could accommodate students similarly, although the resources available may change the programs offered. Resources can also move with the students. With all factors considered, the West End CTF program benefits from, but is not dependent on, the continued operation of Seba Beach School.   What are the educational impacts of closing Seba Beach School? Academic achievement varies between individual students and there is no reason to expect education would be negatively impacted by a move to another school. While students, parents and staff are very fond of Seba Beach School and have appreciated their successful years as a school community, moving the students to other Parkland School Division schools will provide the opportunity to ensure that strong educational programming can continue into the future. Parkland School Division staff would work to ensure a smooth transition for every student impacted. Parents will be well informed of transition plans for students generally, and additionally individualized transition plans will be developed for students identified with mild, moderate or significant needs. Individualized transition plans could include the following: tour of new school, identification of support team and early introduction of the support team to the students and family, individualized programming planning in new school and assurance of responses to a variety of individualized needs. (For example: specialized equipment.)  School staff would be working closely with the students and families and the process will be guided by the school administrators. How many students would need to be relocated as a result of the closure? It is expected that 66 students will be designated to other Parkland School Division schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Based on residences of current students and bus route patterns, a distribution could look like the following: (Please note, peer groups and family requests could be considered for alternate placements based on capacity at receiving schools and available transportation). What be the needs and the extent of busing if the school were to close? At present, three dedicated buses serve the Seba Beach School attendance area: two that travel to Seba Beach School, and one that travels to Memorial Composite High School. In addition, one Entwistle bus picks up Seba Beach students at three stops in the Seba Beach area and carries on to Memorial Composite High School. If Seba Beach School were to close, attendance areas would be adjusted based on distances to alternative schools, bus availability, transport patterns, and ride times. Ride times would not significantly be impacted and would fall within expected Division limits. Based on the above information, it is recommended that, should Seba Beach School be closed, its attendance area should be split between the Entwistle School and Wabamun School attendance areas. This realignment would not require any additional buses to transport the students. One bus currently transports PSD high school, French Immersion and Evergreen Catholic students through the Wabamun transfer site. In a closure scenario, two buses would be reassigned to transport former Seba students to Wabamun.  Buses serving the revised Entwistle School attendance area would then accommodate the students from Entwistle. The nine students, who are currently cross attendance students from Tomahawk attending Seba Beach School, would be either directed back to their designated school, Tomahawk School or given the opportunity to explore another school of choice should space and resources allow.   What are the financial implications of closing Seba Beach School?  A review of the various funding components received by the Division shows that the overall net financial impact of a Seba Beach School closure would be a savings of $1,032,881. Instruction Seba Beach School currently employs 5.5 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) certificated teaching staff, 2.6 FTE educational assistants and 1 FTE secretary. Existing Seba Beach School staff would be placed in other applicable vacancies within the Division, as per Administrative Procedure 470: Reduction of Staff. However, the closure would still result in staff reductions for the Division that would result in a savings of $288,000. If Seba Beach School were to close, there would be several significant financial implications for the Division. The figures provided below, based on the draft Final Budget for 2019-2020 school year, and actual results for the years prior. Assumptions have been made based on Alberta Education’s current funding formula with allocations based on the Division allocation model in place for the 2019-2020 school year.  Based on the budget for 2019-2020, the school-based cost per student at Seba Beach School is $13,497, compared to the division average of $7,097. These amounts do not factor in the cost of plant operations and upkeep (i.e. maintenance, custodial work, utilities and insurance). We receive some funding from the government (“small school by necessity”) for small schools when they are more than 25km from the nearest school. To this end, the closure would result in two more schools eligible to receive funding (approximately $230,000). Currently, our west end schools are located too close to each other to receive the full extent of this funding. Above and beyond the provincial funding, the Division allocates funds to small schools based on our established allocation model. This model was developed by the Division to support our small schools, and is not intended to mirror revenue received from the government. The allocation model for small schools was updated in 2019-2020 in response to changes in overall Division revenues, and in an effort to provide funding to the small schools that had the greatest need. The four West End schools all require extra funding through the allocation model, with Seba Beach School requiring the most at $182,000. Seba Beach School has received a special allocation each of the last three years, and this amount has increased each year, tripling in size since 2017-2018, as enrolment has continued to decrease at Seba Beach. The 2019-2020 contingency allocation for Seba Beach School was $131,581 which would be allocated back to other schools within the division should Seba Beach School close. Facilities Infrastructure maintenance and renewal (IMR) funding under the current funding formulas is determined based on multiple factors, including the building’s student population and square meterage. If Seba Beach were to close, the IMR funding would be reduced by $11,919. This reduction in funding is offset by the maintenance work that is done at the school. Over the last three years, $225,000 worth of maintenance has been completed at Seba Beach School: an average of $75,000 per year. Seba Beach School’s five-year maintenance costs include (but are not limited to): •    Roofing - $262,100 •    Air handling units - $275,947 •    Fire detection system - $230,369 •    Boilers - $125,585 •    Hot water distribution - $522,373 •    Finned tube radiation - $541,537 •    Pneumatic controls - $101,567? The remaining outstanding amounts of deferred maintenance include many of the interior components of the building (e.g. lockers, millwork, countertops, washroom fixtures, flooring, etc.). At $766.74, Seba Beach School has the highest 5-year maintenance cost per square metre of all PSD West End schools (with the next closest being Entwistle at $523.70), and the highest utility cost per student at $606.06 (compared to Wabamun School, which is the next closest at $349.84). There are no capital needs anticipated at other schools that would be receiving Seba Beach School students. Custodial expenditures for Seba Beach School in the 2019-2020 school year are estimated to be $75,331. If Seba Beach School were closed and its students were moved into neighbouring schools, Parkland School Division’s Facilities Services has estimated that supplies at those schools would increase by $500 resulting in a net savings of $74,831. The Facility Condition Index (FCI) rating is a quantifiable number that directly relates to the general condition of the building. Generally speaking, the higher the number, the worse the general condition of the building. The average FCI rating of Parkland School Division schools is 16.18%. Seba Beach School has the highest FCI of all our West End schools with an FCI of 21.76%. The next closest school in the West End is Entwistle at 16.16%. Summary of Financial Implications It is expected that the Division's operating reserves will have a balance of $2,272,115 or 1.71% as of August 31,2020. Although the Division has budgeted for a reduction in operating expenses by $1,904,724 from the last year's actuals, there is still a significant shortfall in funding. The Division is preparing for another $3 million-dollar shortfall for the 2020-2021 budget based on provincial government’s declaration that education funding will remain flat moving forward.    The net savings of just over $1 million dollars from a closure of Seba Beach School would mean the Division needs to further reduce expenses by $2 million rather than $3 million.   The above mentioned fiscal realities also make it increasingly difficult for a Board to subsidize schools with operating reserves. What is the financial and educational impact of keeping Seba Beach School open? Seba Beach School has a long history in Parkland School Division of providing good educational programming to its community, and we expect that would continue. The low utilization rate of the building requires PSD to highly subsidize the school to continue to meet those needs. Keeping Seba Beach School open means funds continue to be reallocated from other schools to maintain service levels. In addition, funds would need to be allocated to address 5-year maintenance costs and deferred maintenance.   If Seba Beach School is closed, what happens with the school’s computer equipment, learning materials, etc? Instructional resources and equipment would be moved to schools receiving former Seba Beach School students.  Any surplus materials and equipment would be made available to other Parkland School Division schools.   What is the Board of Trustees long-range Capital Plan? All new school facilities are funded from the Province of Alberta through Alberta Education in consultation with the Department of Infrastructure. Each year, school jurisdictions submit facility needs for the next three years and await funding and approval from the province. Due to its current enrolment level, Seba Beach School is not being considered in Parkland School Division’s long-range capital plans. The Board’s long-range capital plan can be found here.    If Seba Beach School is closed, what is the proposed use of the building? Alberta Education’s Disposition of Property Regulation will guide our process and requires that all school boards consult with other boards and municipalities with respect to their needs when land and buildings become surplus.  If the school closes, PSD will meet with appropriate representatives regarding the future of the facility.   Although it would be the Division’s intention to find a new owner for the school building, until such time as ownership was transferred the Division would continue to incur costs for basic utilities, security, yard care and insurance.   When is the parent/public meeting? A public meeting will be held on February 4, 2020 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Seba Beach School. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the implications of closure of Seba Beach School.  We encourage you to attend. The Board of Trustees would like to hear from you.   How can I contact the Board of Trustees with my views? Written comment will be received until February 25, 2020.  Please direct your comments to:     TheBoard@psd70.ab.ca •    To book a delegation to present at the Regular Board Meeting on March 10, 2020, as per Board Policy 7, please provide five business days’ written notice of intent, and schedule your appointment with:     Keri Zylla     Executive Assistant     Parkland School Division      kzylla@psd70.ab.ca     Phone: 780-963-8469   https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22878&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22878&stream=Display News CHANGE Health Community Program November 29, 2019 - The CHANGE Clinic stands for Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise, and provides a new model of health service delivery that supports preventive, personalized, and community-relevant care to the people of Alberta. Parkland School Division is proud to partner with the CHANGE Clinic to offer FREE sessions for parents/guardians and their children, focused on four key areas: Nutrition Physical activity and fitness Mental health and well-being Strong partner/family relationships and community connections Participants will have the opportunity to make healthy changes to their daily lifestyles, engaging in hands-on activities that promote family fun, community connectedness and mental wellness, while trying their hand at nutritious recipes and learning about local health resources. Sessions will run throughout the year. (Frequency is to be determined.) Dinner will be provided at each session, and participants are asked to dress comfortably, bring their indoor shoes and come prepared for some great activities.  More information can be found in the CHANGE Program Handout. Wednesday Sessions in Spruce Grove Start Date: Wednesday, December 4 Time: 5:30-7:30pm Location: Woodhaven Middle School (475 King Street, Spruce Grove) Thursday Sessions in Stony Plain Start Date: Thursday, January 9 Time: 5:30-7:30pm Location: High Park School (40 Highridge Way, Stony Plain) Registration Registration for these sessions is FREE, and will remain open until the end of January 2020. To register, contact: Jennifer Goulden Parkland School Division Community Support Worker Email: jgoulden@psd70.ab.ca For more information contact: CHANGE Health Community Program Phone: 780-492-4488 Email: chcp@ualberta.ca or speak to the Woodhaven Middle School or High Park School offices. https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22587&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22587&stream=Display News 2019 Report Card Changes November 19, 2019 - Parents may notice a few changes when they access their child's next report card on the PowerSchool parent portal. Every K-9 school in Parkland School Division uses the same report card format, and this format was recently updated in response to feedback from parents, students and teachers throughout the Division. Our report card review process for the Grade 1-9 report card began in June of 2018 in response to our Spring ThoughtExchange process and May 4, 2018 Stakeholder Engagement. Additional engagements occurred throughout this school year, including: A student engagement on assessment and reporting; Parent engagements through the Council of Student Council; Engagements with the Alberta Teachers’ Association Local 10; A Teacher Advisory Engagement; and Several engagements with School Administration. PSD parents emphasized their desire for a simplified report card, and this revised format is a reflection of this sentiment. The new report card lays out four distinct levels of achievement (Excellent, Competent, Satisfactory and Insufficient) with their corresponding meanings. Students in Grades 1-4 will be marked with their level of achievement, while students in Grades 5-9 will also receive a percentage range with their level of achievement. Teachers will report one level of assessment for each school subject. In addition, teachers will also use Standards & Criteria guidelines to provide comments on how each student is doing in specific learning areas, including Knowledge & Skills, Literacy, Communication, Problem Solving, Collaboration and Metacognition (i.e. thinking about thinking). These standards should give parents a better understanding of their child's level of achievement, as it is possible for students to demonstrate differing levels of mastery in using the skills they need for a single class. Currently, our high school students and their parents enjoy access to their progress through the online grade book via the PowerSchool parent portal. The plan is to have this PowerSchool access expand to all grades from one through twelve. This will involve training at the teacher level throughout 2019-2020, with full implementation of the online grade book for PowerSchool in 2020-2021. Director of Instructional Services, Katherine Mann, explains the format and goals of the new report card in the video below: For full details, visit the Parkland School Division Report Card page. Forward comments or suggestions to: Katherine Mann Director, Instructional Services Email: kmann@psd70.ab.ca https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22511&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22511&stream=Display News School Bus Safety Week October 23, 2019 - School Bus Safety Week runs from October 21-25 this year. Parkland School Division would like to take the opportunity to thank all our drivers and contractors who safely transport over 8,000 registered bus riders 15,000 km twice daily.  Pop Quiz Check out the video produced by the Student Transportation Association of Alberta. There are some great reminders for bus riders and anyone who shares the road with our fleet of over 150 contracted buses. Poster Contest The Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council (ASTAC) is sponsoring a provincial poster contest to promote School Bus Safety Week. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 can participate by submitting an entry that illustrates positive school bus safety behaviour.  What: ASTAC School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest Theme: Ready to Ride Prizes: Each winner from K - 6 will receive a $25 gift card, a framed original of their poster, $100 for their classroom, and an engraved plaque. Honourable mentions will receive a $25 gift card. Specifications: 11"x17" on heavy paper suitable for framing. The poster must contain the theme Ready to Ride. Submit to:  Black Gold Regional Schools ASTAC, c/o Sue Timmermans 3rd Floor, 1101-5th Street, Nisku, Alberta T9E 7N3   Note: The back of the poster must contain: Grade, Student Name, School, School Division. All entries will become the property of the Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council and may be reproduced, displayed or auctioned at the Annual School Bus Convention. Prizes (plaque for the winning contestant, $25 gift card, $100 cash to the class of the winner to be used for a school field trip and framed print of the winning poster to the respective school) will be awarded for each grade category. Judging will be done in December and school division transportation managers will be contacted to pass along the great news to the winners. Posters sent to the ASTAC Contest cannot be returned. If teachers are submitting for a class, please separate posters by grades. Safety In Parkland School Division, we are committed to providing safe and caring environments for all students to learn, and that starts the moment a child boards a bus in the morning. For more on this topic, check out the Bus Safety section of our website. Parents are also encouraged to review the information contained in the School Bus Operations Parent Handbook.    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=18023&stream=Display News https://www.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18023&stream=Display News