Spruce Grove Composite High School Homepage News en-us Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:40:58 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca Timetable Changes If you require a timetable change for this year, please use the online Timetable Change Request Form to submit your request beginning Monday, January 15, 2018. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 4pm. Students must log in with their account (e.g. JohnD0000@psdblogs.ca) and password, if they have forgotten the password, they can contact the school. http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=6869&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=6869&stream=Homepage News Book Grad Picture Appointments Online! All graduation pictures are booked online and brochures explaining the booking process are available in our office. The Lifetouch appointment booking site opened on December 11, 2017. There is a $25.00 sitting fee charge that is paid directly to the photographer at the time of the appointment. Lifetouch accepts cash or debit. Please Note: the $50.00 Grad Fee must be paid before booking an appointment (Grad fees were included in school fees).     To book an appointment please go to: http://lifetouch.ca/northernalberta • Scroll down to the bottom of the page Choose Your Location • Select Spruce Grove Composite High School, Click on 'Schedule' • Available dates and times will appear. • Choose the time that best suits your schedule and follow the prompts to book an appointment. • You will receive an email confirmation of the booking. • Two days prior to the appointment, Lifetouch will send out a reminder email. • Should the need arise to change an appointment, please refer to the link that was sent to you from your original email confirmation. • Be sure to review the tips on the Lifetouch link to get the most out of your once in a lifetime high school grad portrait sitting. • If you want to take a picture with your pet, you will have to go in to the Lifetouch studio. Graduation pictures will be taken at SGCHS from January 23 – 26, 2018. Picture retakes will take place on February 8 and 9, 2018 and March 2, 2018.   http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14025&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14025&stream=Homepage News Final Exams Final exams for Semester 1 begin on January 10, 2018. The last day of regular classes is Friday, January 19.  After January 19, students ONLY NEED TO ATTEND SCHOOL if they are writing an exam. Students MUST have photo ID to enter and write any of their exams. The library will be closed from January 17 – January 31 to accommodate exams.Please click on the following link for the time and date of all exams: January Exam Schedule:  Semester 2 will begin with regular classes on Thursday, February 1, 2018. . http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=3329&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=3329&stream=Homepage News NEW Online Registration/Data Verification for 2018-2019 January 8, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s student registration process is changing, and these changes will affect both new and returning students. For the 2018-2019 school year, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations will be conducted online through the Power Registration portal. All parents will be required to complete this new online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students must use the Power Registration portal to verify information on file. Family demographic information is no longer assumed to be correct, and will not be rolled over year-to-year. This replaces the old process where individual schools would send home printed data verification forms at the end of the school year (usually with report cards). Kindergarten families will be the first to use the new online registration system beginning February 1, 2018. All other students from Grade 1-12 will be able to either register (new students) or verify their existing data (returning students) online, beginning April 1, 2018. The current PDF registration form that can be found on our Registration page is ONLY to be used by students registering for the balance of the current 2017-2018 school year. Paper registration forms WILL NOT be accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Kindergarten Registration (Opening February 1, 2018) A child entering Kindergarten must be five years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2018 needs to be five years old by February 28, 2019. A child entering Grade 1 must be six years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2018 needs to be six years old by February 28, 2019. Please Note: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as Grades 1 through 12. Parkland School Division is pleased to offer a number of program choices for Kindergarten students, including French Immersion, the Maranatha Christian Program and Nature-Based Kindergarten. More information can be found on our Programs page. Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Links for online Kindergarten Registration will open February 1, 2018. Please watch your designated school’s website for more information about upcoming Kindergarten Registration events and open houses. Busing Registration The bus registration process for the 2018-2019 school year will be integrated into the new 2018-2019 online registration process described above. Families who do not attend Parkland School Division schools will be able to register for Parkland School Division’s Transportation Services using the same link as PSD families beginning April 1, 2018. More Information Detailed step-by-step registration/verification instructions will be shared once available. Check back here or watch school newsletters for more information. For more information about the new online registration process, please contact your school office. http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News Strong Families: Developing Your Child's Growth Mindset December 21, 2017 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our January session will help parents learn how to praise and encourage their children in a manner that emboldens them to face challenges, learn from their mistakes and grow as people. In addition, it will provide parents with an understanding of the differences between a fixed and growth mindset, and illustrate steps they can take to help their children develop the latter.   Strong Families Series: Developing Your Child's Growth Mindset Date: Tuesday, January 16 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education - Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) The feedback that we give our children can either encourage them to choose a challenge or look for a way out. Studies on different kinds of praise have shown that telling children they are smart encourages a fixed mindset, whereas praising hard work and effort cultivates a growth mindset. When children have a growth mindset, they take on challenges and learn from them, therefore increasing their abilities and achievement. In this session, we will increase our understandings of mindset, and explore ways that we can help our children develop a growth mindset. Join us for an in-depth discussion of these topics and more. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Please register early to reserve your spot. To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: sgoldschmidt@psd70.ab.ca http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14179&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14179&stream=Homepage News Copperhaven Bus Transfer Site Opening January 2018 December 14, 2017 - Parkland School Division Transportation Services is pleased to announce that the Copperhaven School Bus Transfer Site will be opening when students return from Christmas Break on January 8, 2018. There will be minimal changes to existing busing and those families who will experience some changes to their current busing will be contacted directly by Transportation Services via email and voice message before December 22, 2017. This includes those families who live in neighbourhoods adjacent to St. Peter the Apostle School and currently walk to the high school to catch a bus.  The safety of all those who ride the bus is the utmost priority. Since Copperhaven School is currently under construction next to the transfer site, students will not be allowed to walk past the active construction site to the transfer area. Additionally, parents will not be able to drop-off students at the Transfer Site as there is no additional parking and space is limited. Students will also remain on their first bus until all buses arrive at the transfer site eliminating pedestrian traffic. Students will notice the friendly, familiar faces of the Site Monitors who are currently servicing transported students who transfer at St. Peter the Apostle School. Additional staff will be on hand for the first few days in the New Year to ensure a successful transition for students. Signage and permanent light fixtures will soon be installed on the site. There are currently modular classrooms temporarily being stored at the transfer site but those will be moving shortly once they are ready to be installed at the school. Buses will be able to navigate the site during this temporary transition period. Please note that the changes to take place on January 8th will not affect any riders who transfer at any other sites. Transfer Site Map Buses will also be parked in the same order that they are parked now to keep conditions as similar as possible to the students' current experience. Check out the Copperhaven Transfer Site Map. For more information contact: Transportation Services 4603-48 Street  Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14095&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14095&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Forest Green/Connections for Learning Principal Travis McNaughton along with Collaborative Teaching Partners Natasha Lang and Kyla Moore. They were demonstrating an Inclusive Learning Session that would be typical in a PSD Kindergarten classroom. These PSD staff members are part of a Masters Cohort with the University of Calgary. They're taking a course on leading inclusion in the classroom and the presentation to the Board was part of their course. The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending October 31, 2017. As of October 31st, 16.3% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 16.4% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $132,394. The Board received as information the draft 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 School Calendars. Trustees further directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback.   Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Homepage News Police Activity at School Friday December 1, 2017 - Good afternoon Parents/Guardians of Spruce Grove Composite High School, We just wanted to keep you informed of some social media activity involving threats directed towards Spruce Grove Composite High School.  A prompt investigation and response from the RCMP led to classrooms on the second and third floors of the school being temporarily relocated in the early afternoon while the RCMP conducted a thorough sweep.  At Parkland School Division, the safety and well-being of all our students is of the utmost priority. We'd like to extend a thank you to the local RCMP detachment for their assistance on this matter. From the moment the social media activity was discovered to the prompt follow-up, no student or staff member was in any danger. The entire building was declared safe and normal daily activities resumed at 1:45pm. It is unfortunate that someone has chosen to communicate something that is threatening to the school. We encourage parents to have a conversation with their child, and if they have any further information that would help RCMP with their investigation, please encourage your child to come forward through a trusted adult. At Parkland School Division, we take any threats very seriously. There is zero tolerance for not responding. Prevention of youth violence is a community responsibility and it is everybody’s duty to report. Precautionary measures are always followed under the direction of the RCMP. The safety of our students and staff is our primary concern. For more on our Violent/Threat Risk Assessment processes, visit Parkland School Division's website. For more on Parkland School Division Emergency Procedures, click here. We appreciate your support as we manage this difficult situation. For more information contact: Spruce Grove Composite High School Phone: 780-962-0800 Email: sgchs@psd70.ab.ca Cheryl Otto Principal, SGCHS RCMP Release For immediate Release                                                                   December 1, 2017   RCMP Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/ Enoch – Bomb threat at Spruce Grove Composite School   Spruce Grove Alberta -On December 1, 2017, at approximately 12:30 PM the Stony Plain/ Spruce Grove/ Enoch RCMP responded to a call of a possible bomb threat made via Twitter in relation to the Spruce Grove Composite School. RCMP worked promptly in partnership with the Parkland School Division to ensure the safety of all students. A sweep of the school was conducted and the threat is believed to be a hoax.     All school activities have resumed, however police are continuing to investigating this matter and are seeking the public's assistance. If you have any information about this please call the Stony Plain RCMP Detachment at 780-968-7267 or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phoning 1-800-222-8477.                                                                                            -30-   Media Contact: Cpl. Kimberly MUELLER Cell: 780-394-5891 http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13807&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13807&stream=Homepage News Board Meeting Highlights - November 28, 2017 November 29, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the 2016-17 Audited Financial Statement presented by Associate Superintendent Corporate Supports and Services Claire Jonsson and Director of Financial Services, Jason Krefting.  Highlights include: Revenues over the previous year show an increase of $2.2 million (+1.8%) Expenditures over the previous year show an increase of $2.9 million (+2.3%) The cost of educating 10,968 students was $127.3 million The single largest classroom expenditure was for staff salaries and benefits. The average teaching cost was $112,710 ($101,225 excluding Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund costs). This accounted for 70.6% of all instructional expenses Parkland’s annual operating surplus is $954,950 which relates to a surplus from operations of $936,264 and a surplus from School Generated Funds of $18,686. The total accumulated surplus from operations is $ 6,112,843 which includes $912,532 from School Generated Funds and $ 943,768 unrestricted  PSD’s capital reserves amount to $4.0 million Capital projects initiated during 2016-2017 included: Copperhaven School Centre ($6.6M) Prescott Learning Centre Furniture and Equipment ($597K) Relocation of modulars to Duffield School ($577K) Independent auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, represented by Jeff Baker, delivered a clean audit opinion that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Parkland School Division No. 70 as at August 31, 2017 and the results of its operations, cash flows, change in net debt and remeasurement gains and losses for the year in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards.   The Board approved Parkland School Division’s 2016-2017 Annual Education Results Report (AERR) as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. The AERR for 2016-2017 addresses the previous year's achievement on each of the Alberta Education goals and its success in improving results using the strategies developed by education stakeholders. The accountability results guide the decisions and focus areas for the upcoming Three-Year Education Plan and inform the assurance process by providing quantitative data to qualitative measures. The Board received as information the Engaging Students Through School Attendance Report as presented by Parkland School Division's Attendace Officer Carmen Mykula. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13733&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13733&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 7, 2017 November 7, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Eric Cameron was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Ron Heinrichs was elected Vice Chair. "It is an honour and privilege to, again, be serving Parkland School Division as Board Chair, and to be working with a newly elected Board of Trustees." stated Board Chair Cameron.  "With Ron Heinrichs as Board Vice-Chair, I am looking forward to working with some existing Trustees and some new Trustees who all have fresh perspectives and an eagerness to work toward our ultimate goal of Student Success and Well-Being.  We have a committed group of people as Trustees who believe in the importance of of our Vision and Mission with a focus on community engagement." "I couldn't be more thrilled to once again act in the position of Vice-Chair for Parkland School Division. I look forward to supporting  Chair, Trustee Eric Cameron, working to further the direction of the Board and Division, and ensuring we are making the best decisions for our children and students." stated Heinrichs. "I am very excited about the fact that the new trustees will bring their fresh ideas and perspectives to Parkland School Division. I am looking forward to continued  and expanded collaboration with all of our stakeholders so that Parkland School Division realizes its Ultimate Goal: Success and Well-Being for all students." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chair  (Lorraine Stewart) Student Advisory Committee Chair  (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Sally Kucher-Johnson) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Eric Cameron, Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann) Audit Committee (Darlene Clarke,Sally Kucher-Johnson, Lorraine Stewart) Advocacy Committee (Committee of the Whole) Alberta School Boards Association (Darlene Clarke, Paul McCann, Lorraine Stewart) Public School Boards' Association (Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, TBD) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson) Council of School Councils (Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the unaudited Monthly Financial Statement for the period ending August 31, 2017. The auditors are now reviewing the report and the audited report will be presented to the Board at the Regular Board Meeting November 28, 2017. The overall year-to-date surplus is $960,787. The Board approved the 2017-2018 Final Budget Report as presented by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting.  As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then updates the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments.  Parkland School Division has a total budget of $127.5 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 10,968 students.  (+155 from 2016-2017) Total budget revenues for 2017-18 will increase by 4.24% over 2016-17. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) grant increased by $426,000 over last year's levels. As part of the Alberta Teachers Association central bargaining with the province, a $75 million dollar classroom improvement fund has been established. Parkland School Division's allocation of $1.26 million was approved by Alberta Education September 12th and is included in this budget. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reducation Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $98.4 million dollars on human resources, which is about 74% of the division's budget.  The division will employ over 595 full-time equivalent teachers and 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2017-18. Overall the division is budgeting a $607K deficit that will be supported by instructional reserves as a result of prior year carryovers and utilizing administration reserves to support the election and Superintendent search. This results in an estimated Accumulated Surplus from Operations to expense ratio of 3.46%.  The Board received as information the annual Vandalism Report from Facilities Services. The total cost of vandalism for 2016-2017 came in just over $25K dollars which is a 50% decrease compared to the previous year. However, there was a significant increase in vandalism in 2015-2016 so the trend has been flat over several years. The Board received as information the 2016-2017 Provincial Achievement Tests and Grade 12 Diploma Exam Multi-year Results Report as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnson. The multi-year report provides a five-year statistical overview. Additionally: The growth or decline (+/-) is provided to show the percentage increase or decrease from the previous year. The 'gap' from the provincial achievement indicates whether our students achieved at, above, or below the provincial average Diploma examination results equaled or suprassed the provincial results on: 9 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 3 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence Although not representative of the entire Grade 12 cohort of learners, the June 2017 Blended Diploma and Course results equaled or surpassed last year's PSD results on: 7 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 5 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 28, 2017 at the Centre for Education at 6:30pm. http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Homepage News