Gold Medal Winner headed to nationals
Pleasant Valley Secondary School student Dan Danley is headed to the national Skills Canada event set for Regina from May 31 to June 3, 2017.
Dan qualified in the autobody competition by winning hold at the provincial Skills Canada event in Abbotsford on April 5.
Also at the provincials Cassie Mceown of A.L. Fortune won bronze at the event, also in autobody.
District Career Supervisor Mark Marino commented the students were excellent ambassadors for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District and even though not all won medals they all did excellent work. "I'd like to extend my congratulations to Dan and Cassie as well as to Kaileigh Miller (hairdressing) and Jay Peterson (cabinetry)."

Seeking input on configuration of schools in the Enderby area . . .
District staff have been planning for the 2017-18 school year, reviewing anticipated school populations by grade and looking at the available space to offer programs to support student learning.
Another dimension has been added to that complex work this year. As you have likely heard, the Province and the BC Teachers’ Federation have reached an agreement to address the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling. That agreement restores contract language which was in place prior to 2002, and it will have significant impact on class size and composition going forward. This is positive news and means that we will have additional resources to support all learners.
In the Enderby area, consideration of all of the factors (grade cohort sizes, class composition, programs, and space requirements for non-enrolling teachers to provide services to students) means that the school district is faced with a significant space challenge at M.V. Beattie Elementary. In brief, the school’s enrolment next year and into the longer-term future cannot be accommodated within the school building.
Two consultation meetings have taken place and information from these meetings, as well as additional information as it is determined can be found here:

Online Survey feedback
Please share your opinions in this short online survey by clicking here.
This survey will be open until Friday, May 5. A decision on this matter will be made at the Public Board meeting on Monday, May 15.

School Year Calendars
Wondering about holidays and days off for the school year? Click here for the  2016-17 calendar.
Planning ahead? The 2017-18 calendar is available here.

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.
 â€śWe 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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