Creative students!
Student's in Susan Doray's multi-aged advisory at the Jackson Campus (Salmon Arm Secondary) engaged in a 'design challenge'.  They were asked to work together in small groups to create a prototype to solve a problem/issue.

Special Board Meeting
A special "SKYPE" public board meeting with Official Trustee Mike McKay will be held on Tuesday, September 27 at the District Education Centre at 6 p.m. The meeting will be to have the Transportation Funding application approved before it is sent to the Ministry of Education to meet the September 30 deadline.

Synopsis of September Board of Education Meeting
A public board meeting with Official Trustee Mike McKay was held on Tuesday, September 14 at the DESC. Click here for a complete synopsis of the meeting. The next public meeting are scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, November 8 and December 13. There is also plans for a "Skype" meeting at  the end of September in order for the Official Trustee to approve a transportation plan to submit by the Ministry's September 30 deadline.

Update: Student Transportation Funding
As you may be aware, the BC Government has announced $14.7M in incremental funding for student transportation in school districts.
Funding can be used in a variety of ways, including:
  • • Improving service by adding new or amended routes;
  • • Improving access to local transit services;
  • • Providing accessible services for students with disabilities;
  • • Reducing ride times;
  • • Boosting student safety by relocating bus stops and improving bus supervision; and
  • • Funding existing transportation services and investing the savings in enhanced student services.
  • To be eligible for the funding, school districts must submit a plan to the Ministry of Education by September 30, 2016.  Funding will not be received until the plan has been approved.
  • District staff are working through the details of this funding and to come up with a plan to be submitted by September 30, 2016.  
Please note:  There will be limited changes to established routes for 2016/17, as routes have already been determined for the year.

Staying Connected
A message from Official Trustee Mike McKay
Please click here to read a message from the school district's Official Trustee Mike McKay.

School Year Calendars
Wondering about holidays and days off for the upcoming school year? Click here for the  2016-17 calendar.

StrongStart for newborns to age 5 and their parents or caregivers
StrongStart is a free school-based program that provides play-based early learning opportunities for children (0 to 5 years old) and their parents or caregivers. Click here for brochure.
Our full-time StrongStart programs run five days a week for three hours a day at the following locations: District Education Support Centre (Salmon Arm), South Broadview Elementary (Salmon Arm), MV Beattie Elementary (Enderby), Highland Park Elementary (Armstrong), and Parkview Elementary (Sicamous). Families are welcome to drop in for all or just part of the program on any day the program is running. There are also part-time programs at Sorrento, Falkland and North Shuswap.
Please note that in order to accommodate the construction schedule at Carlin, the StrongStart program at Carlin will be moved to Sorrento on Mondays starting in September until construction is completed (likely December or January). At that time, the Carlin StrongStart program will then move back to Carlin and run on Mondays.
 “We are so fortunate to have such an awesome team of Early Childhood Educators!” comments Early Learning Co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay.
For more information about StrongStart or other early learning programs please look for Early Learners under the drop down menu for Parents and Students on this website or call co-ordinator Jennifer Findlay at 250 833 2095. The 2016-17 StrongStart schedule is  available here.

Office Hours . . .
The District Education Support Centre (DESC) is located at 341 Shuswap St. SW in Salmon Arm. Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We can be reached at (250) 832-2157.

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