Happy spring! Leaves are out and so are those pesky bugs. Summer will soon be upon us, but for now, there is a focus in our schools on farewells and graduations for students moving on to the next phase of their school and life careers. As well, in a couple of weeks, we will be honouring staff at our recognition evening for their service to our school communities, and to say farewell to our retirees as they enter their next phase of life. Congratulations to all!
Keeping Up with Clearview News
I realize that Facebook in our communities is more popular than Twitter; however, if you are on Twitter, then I recommend that you occasionally search our hashtag #csd71 to get a great picture of the wonderful events occurring daily in our schools.
Like many communities, Clearview is noticing that more and more students are vaping and bringing their vapes to school. Students and parents need to be aware that this behaviour is unhealthy and not acceptable at school. There are serious health concerns related to this activity, and we encourage parents to become informed and to talk to children about it. Some people believe that vaping is innocuous but it is not. Here are a couple of links (link1 , link2) to some expert information on this topic. Thank you for helping the students in our care make good choices.
Administrative Changes in Clearview
I would like to share some news regarding administrative changes in Clearview. Kate Syson, principal of Botha, has decided to engage in a different career path. Kate has long had an interest in counselling. So, she will be going into private practice next year to work with youth. As well, Drew Neilson, principal of Erskine, has chosen to return to teaching. We wish them both all the best going forward. Both of these principal positions are currently being advertised.
As well, we are eliminating the position of Clinical Director at central office. This position was created when we were conducting many more psychological assessments of students. Our change in culture, partly due to the implementation of the collaborative response model, has significantly reduced that need.
Finally, we are creating a new position called Division Principal. The person in this role will support principals with the hiring and evaluation of new staff; take a lead with FNMI; and support principals with safety.
I would like to extend kudos to staff who spoke recently at the CRM conference in Edmonton: Kate Syson (Botha), Joe Thibeau (William E Hay), Mark Siemens (Donalda), and Wendy Coppock (central office). Wendy also presented at the ULead conference on our literacy plan.
As to be expected, with a new government there’s some uncertainty about what lies ahead. We are not expecting to see a budget until the fall. So, we are preparing a budget making some reasonable assumptions. For example, we do not expect to receive a nutrition grant nor do we expect the Classroom Improvement Fund to continue. In all likelihood, government will delay the rollout of the new curriculum. The speech from the throne indicated that this government is looking to bring back the Education Act from 2012.
Peter Barron, Superintendent