Board approves program expansion

South Canoe’s Outdoor Learning program will expand to include one more grade starting in September 2019. Currently Kindergarten to Grade 6, the Board gave approval to a recommendation by staff to add Grade 7. “It is exciting to be expanding a program that just started this year,” commented Board Chair …

Guarding Minds Survey

Results of a survey show that School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) staff have similar wellbeing concerns as other organizations which have taken part in the Guarding Minds at Work survey. The Guarding Minds Survey is an online tool and summary reports that compare an employer’s results against a 2016 …

Three program reviews

The Indigenous Education Program, Music Program and Inclusive Support Program will be audited this year to ensure the programs are “hitting the mark” and meeting the needs of students. “It is a tool that school districts uses to consider work that we are doing and gives us some guidance on …

Policy updates

The Board discussed four different policies at Tuesday’s meeting. A recommendation to include the SD83 Mission and Values Statement was approved by the Board. The Mission Statement is as follows: “Our mission is to engage all students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences that develop their knowledge, skills, attitudes, creativity …

Announcements & briefs

Trustees went around the table updating the Board on the activities they have been involved with over the past month, including attending concerts and meetings. Trustee Marty Gibbons wanted to give special note to Sorrento music teacher Patrick Larsen, who managed to come out and conduct the winter concert even …

Board postpones decision

The decision on two international field trips was postponed by the Board as there was a mix up and the appropriate paperwork didn’t make it into the board agenda package. At the meeting organizing teacher April (Friessen) Dam presented info about the first trip, which was a request for a …