Strategic Plan Goals, Outcomes, and Strategies Approved
During the December 19th Board Meeting, Official Trustee Mike McKay approved the School District No. 83 Strategic Plan, recognizing that it is a working document and endorsing the work that follows to support the plan.  
The development and implementation of a district strategic plan was a key component in the District’s commitment to improving the learning and working environment, and a recommendation of the Watson Report. The strategic planning process has been in motion in School District No. 83 since February of 2017 with the support of consulting firm Public Consulting Group (PCG).

Math Games!
Dice were rolling, popsicle sticks were thrown, lines were being drawn, cards were being dealt and the students, young and old, had looks that ranged from deep in concentration to smiles and laughter.
For several years now students in Heather Lawless' Grade 12 math class are challenged to design or find a math game to play with younger students from Bastion Elementary (a Grade 4-5 class and the Grade 2-3 class seen in the photos).
The older students have to delve into the probability and math behind the games and submit a written explanation about the game they choose to play and how it works.
"It's really fun" said Bastion student Nina. "I liked all the games and meeting the big kids."
She adds that she came to SAS one other time to see the play Annie. "The school is really cool . . . and really big."
Salmon Arm Secondary students Jeanah Gunn and Cassie Piekarczyk decided to add an Indigenous math game to the ones being offered. They researched online and found a game that used popsicle sticks and dice.  They made the games pieces and and are happy with the game they choose as the students really seemed to enjoy it.

Trustee variance recommendation
Official Trustee Mike McKay will be recommending the school district be represented by a five member board to Minister of Education Rob Fleming.
He is recommending the current nine board structure be changed to:
• North Shuswap/Sorrento/Carlin - one trustee
•  Salmon Arm - two trustees
• Sicamous/Malakwa/Enderby/Grindrod - one trustee
• Armstrong/Spallumcheen/Falkland/Silver Creek/Ranchero - one trustee
McKay noted that one of the recommendations of the Special Advisor's report was that the downsizing of the board be considered. McKay held discussions with local area government agencies, First Nations Band representatives, and considered options at the Partner Group Table and through a Working Group subcomittee. Feedback was also invited from the general community on-line.
Community members and those involved in face-to-face meetings were asked to share their thoughts regarding seven options (status quo, three seven-member and three five-member models). They were also invited to offer other suggestions or configurations for consideration.
"Throughout the feedback process, it became clear that there wasn't a single option that was universally supported," said McKay.
After going through all of the information he decided the five member option (as outlined above) was the one he was going to recommend.  McKay's complete report is available here .

Outdoor Learning School
It's a go!
Official Trustee gave approval to the recommendation to establish an outdoor learning program at the former South Canoe Elementary beginning in September 2018.
Look for registration information in January.
A video of the local presentation on outdoor learning can be found here:
Information from the presentation can be read by clicking here.
A list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) is available by clicking here.

20171220_11056_0.pngStaying Connected with Official Trustee Mike McKay . .
The December 20, 2017 edition of Official Trustee Mike McKay's newsletter to the community, Staying Connected, is now available by clicking here.

Kindergarten/French Immersion registration for 2018 . . .
Do you have a child who will be starting kindergarten in September 2018? Welcome!
Please register as soon as possible at your neighbourhood school. Date and time of registration will be recorded and that will be used to determine placement IF catchment area schools are full. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, care card and proof of residency.
Not sure which school your child will attend? Contact our Operations department (250 832-9415) or click on the yellow bus on our website and follow the online prompts!
French Immersion Registration
If you are interested in registering your child for early French Immersion (Kindergarten & Grade 1) there are still a few spots open!
For those interested in late French Immersion (Grade 6)  an information meeting, again with possible registration depending on numbers, will be held on March 6 at 7 p.m. at Shuswap Middle School.
Questions or concerns about French Immersion? Please contact Isabelle Gervais at (250) 832-3741.

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 and their parents or caregivers. 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). The Carlin program runs on Mondays, Sorrento on Tuesdays, and North Shuswap on Thursdays. The Falkland program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Families are welcome to drop in for all or just part of the program on any day the program is running. Please register at your local StrongStart program.
Families are welcome to drop in for all or just part of the program on any day the program is running.
“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.

School Year Calendar
The 2017-18 North Okanagan-Shuswap School District Contacts & Calendar is available here

Office Hours . . . Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We can be reached at (250) 832-2157.
During the upcoming holiday season the district office will be closed on December 25 & 26 and will be open from 8 am. until noon and 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. on December 27-29. The office is closed January 1 and is open January 2-5 from 8 a.m. until noon and 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Regular hours resume on January 8.

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District News(13)

FSA report One of the many assessement tools which school districts use to determine student achievement over time is the Ministry's Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) standardized tests that students take in grade 4 and 7. At the meeting on Tuesday, Director of Ins Full Story...

Important message from Interior Health Interior Health announced on December 14, 2017 they are offering immunization clinics throughout the Okanagan for individuals in grades 9-12 and persons aged 15-19 years old who do not attend school. At this time, in School District No. 83, the clinics w Full Story...

School leadership changes With the upcoming retirement of long time principal Alan Harrison and to further support an ongoing district plan to build capacity to best serve students, School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) Superintendent of Schools/CEO Peter Jory has announ Full Story...

Ready Set Learn! Do you have a child who is 3 or 4 years old? You and your child are invited to a free early learning events for families and caregivers with children who are 3 and 4 years old. Participants will receive free books and a kit of materials and resources to h Full Story...

Upcoming Board Meetings The Board of Education of meetings for the school year are as follows: • December 19, 2017 at 6 p.m. at DESC in Salmon Arm • January 16, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the DESC in Salmon Arm • February 20, 2018 at 6 p.m. at A.L. Fortune Secondary in Enderby • Full Story...

Seeking Vice-Principals In anticipation of upcoming openings, School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) is inviting applications for a vice-principal pool competition. Successful candidates will be eligible for assignment to a suitable vice-principal position at one of our Full Story...

Changes to new curriculum implementation Minister of Education Rob Fleming has written an open letter to parents and guardians about changes to the new curriculum implementation schedule for students in Grades 10-12. He states that in order to ensure a seamless transition to the new curriculum i Full Story...

Can I take it on the school bus? Operations manager Trevor Bettcher wants to raise awareness about safety regulations about transporting large items (equipment, sports equipment musical instruments etc.) on school buses. "Any equipment or items smaller than 30 inches (77 cm) may be trans Full Story...

Multi grade class report An indepth White Paper looking at assessing student learning in multi-grade classrooms was presented to Official Trustee Mike McKay at the June 13 meeting of the North Okanagan-Shuswap Board of Education. A digital copy of the presentation is available he Full Story...

Report on Transitions A White Paper on school transitions and its impact on achievement was presented to Official Trustee Mike McKay on June 13 at the regular meeting of the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District. The complete report is available here. [Image:District 83 Nort Full Story...

Special Advisor's Report A complete copy of the June, 2016 Special Advisor's Report is available here. [Image:sd83-report-20160603.pdf] Full Story...

Student Accident Insurance available North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83 does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during off-site school activities.~ Accidents can and do happen.~ Some injuries incur medical, dental or other Full Story...

E.R.A.S.E. Bullying Website Every child deserves an education free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence. The ERASE (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) Bullying website,, is here to help. This provincial website includes online a Full Story...