Superintendent's Update

Posted On Friday September 23, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

To coincide with the arrival of Autumn, students are well established in their classrooms and courses and student learning is advancing in earnest. In this Weekly Update, I spotlight some of the tremendous learning resources and opportunities being developed for students by the Curriculum Department. As you will read, these stories highlight the importance of developing and maintaining relationships and connections, a core value in our 2022-2027 District Strategic Plan.

Literacy - Travelling Library Collection

The people pictured here are only a few of the many who collaborated to make this resource possible. The English First Peoples Travelling Library Collection showcases wonderful, authentic Indigenous books including children’s literature, classic and contemporary novels, poetry anthologies, short story collections, and multimedia resources. These resources provide teachers and students with greater access to a wide variety of engaging Indigenous literature.

Numeracy - Primary Learning Series

The SD73 Numeracy Curriculum team is finalising the planning to offer a Primary Learning Series set of workshops, which includes a kit of resources and manipulatives to support students. Students will come to know their facts by constructing a range of increasingly sophisticated numeracy strategies. Through the repeated practice of these strategies, every student has the opportunity to become mathematically proficient.

The SD73 Numeracy Team, led by Monica Bergeron and Cynthia Morrow, is visiting classrooms this month to demonstrate using manipulatives and to work with all teachers to develop deeper thinking numeracy practices. These practices will help students develop more sophisticated numeracy strategies and become more confident mathematicians!

Raise-a-Reader

On Wednesday, September 21st, SD73 schools partnered with the Literacy in Kamloops organization and many community supporters to collect donations for Raise-a-Reader. This was another tremendously successful campaign, as the community raised $8200 cash from donations to community partners and schools on Wednesday.  This number will only increase as online and corporate sponsor donations have yet to be counted. The 31 Kamloops area schools participating raised $1563 in less than 30 minutes with a few more donations to still come in - AMAZING! All rural school donations will be totaled and added to their own local community funds.

The money collected during Raise-a-Reader stays locally and goes directly to Literacy programming, such as: One-to-One Reading, Parent-Child Mother Goose, Come Read with Me, the Bright Red Bookshelves and the Bright Red Book Bus, among others. SD73 learners benefit from the ongoing strong relationship the District has with Literacy in Kamloops!

Truth and Reconciliation Week

Truth and Reconciliation week occurs from September 26 - 30, with the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation being held on September 30, 2022. This is a reminder that schools will be closed on September 30. This day honours children who never returned home, survivors of residential school, as well as families and communities impacted by residential schools. During this week, students and staff will engage in learning experiences and participate in various activities to raise awareness around residential schools and their impact.

All Candidates Forum for School Trustee Candidates - Hosted by DPAC

The District Parent Advisory Council is hosting an All Candidates Forum for school trustee candidates on September 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The forum will take place at the Henry Grube Education Centre, located at 245 Kitchener Crescent in Kamloops. No registration is required to attend.

I hope that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the Autumn sunshine this weekend before we begin the final week of September!

Rhonda Nixon, PhD

Superintendent

 

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