Spruce Grove Composite High School Homepage News en-us Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:32:27 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca Candygrams Do you like warm hugs? What about recieving a candy gram - it's a similar feeling! Candy grams are on sale today until next Thursday in the Student Union cafe for $1. They will be delivered in block 3 classes throughout the week.  http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18883&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18883&stream=Homepage News Strong Families Series: How Art Heals Grief November 28, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our upcoming session will help parents better understand the complex physical and emotional effects felt by both children and adults who are grieving, and how expressing themselves through arts and crafts can aid them in the healing process.   Strong Families Series: How Art Heals Grief Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Presented by Jean Tait, Professional Art Therapist (Member of Canadian & American Art Therapy Associations) In this session, parents and guardians are invited to spend the evening with an accredited art therapist to gain an understanding of how adults and elementary school children experience and express grief, and the role arts and crafts can play in helping them improve their self-esteem and self-awareness, build on their emotional resilience and ease their distress, ultimately paving their way to a place of renewal and healing. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available.  Space is limited, so 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=18635&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18635&stream=Homepage News Ugly Christmas Sweater Party - Dec. 14 Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is Friday, December 14, 2018!  DO IT. WEAR IT. BE IT.  Prizes will be handed out by the Grinch at lunch in the lounge. http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18871&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18871&stream=Homepage News SGCHS Rocks Kinette Hamper Collections Way to go SGCHS!   Because of you, the Kinettes can fill more food hampers and help make Christmas brighter for over 600 local families.  You raised over $9,000 in cash, perishable items and gifts!  Because you were so generous and awesome, you unlocked many rewards.  This week has been full of craziness including wardrobe switches, orange spray tans, Admin team pep squad, Polar Plunge, Santa's helpers, staff singing O Canada all week, free hot chocolate, new hair doos, and leg shaving!  Thanks everyone for being such good sports for a great cause.   http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18873&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18873&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - December 11, 2018 December 11, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the Monthly Financial Report for the period ending October 31, 2018. At the end of that report period, revenues year-to-date were $24.1M (18.1% of the annual budget) and expenditures year-to-date were $21.8M (16.3% of the annual budget) resulting in a surplus of $2.3M.      The Board welcomed a delegation from Spruce Grove Composite High School. Grade 12 students Koji Takahaski and Joshua Mercier are members of the school's Robotics Club. They recently finished third place at a VEX Robotics Regional Competition in Edmonton.   The Board directed Parkland School Division Administration to review cooperative busing and take appropriate action.   The Board accepted the recommendation to accept and ratify the Central Alberta Association of Municipal and School Employees Memorandum of Agreement for the wage reopener in 2018-2019. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on January 8, 2019 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18819&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18819&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 27, 2018 November 27, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the 2017-18 Audited Financial Statement presented by Associate Superintendent Corporate Supports and Services Scott McFadyen and Director of Financial Services, Jason Krefting.  Highlights include: Revenues for the year were $132,134,779. (+3.0%) Operating expenses for the year were $131,814,005. (+3.5%) The cost of educating 11,123 students was $131,814,005. 77.4% ($102,038,891) of total funds (which includes Instruction, School Generated Funds, and System Instruction) was spent directly on students in the classroom.  The single largest classroom expenditure was for staff salaries and benefits. The average teaching cost was $112,471 ($101,010 excluding Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund costs). This accounted for 69.9% of all instructional expenses. Parkland’s annual operating surplus is $320,774 which relates to a surplus from operations of $309,741 and a surplus from School Generated Funds of $11,033. The total accumulated surplus from operations is $6,345,494, which includes $923,565 from School Generated Funds and $943,768 unrestricted. PSD’s capital reserves amount to $3.57 million. Capital projects initiated during 2017-2018 included Copperhaven School, Infrastructure, Maintenance and Renewal projects, Centre for Education renovations, Woodhaven modernization and Duffield modulars. Expenditures to transport students to and from school amounted to 8.4% of expenditures. ($11,041,855)  The cost of maintaining and operating 23 sites amounted to 10.8% of expenditures. ($14,179,434). 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, 2018 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 the 2018-2019 Final Budget as presented by Associate Superintendent McFadyen and Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting. The final budget indicates an operating deficit of $724,408 offset by the use of operating reserves. Total revenue is $133,324,405 with expenses of $134,048,813. The shortfall is offset with the use of reserves of $724,408. Transportation costs accounted for $576.5K of the overall deficit. It is expected that district reserves will have a budgeted balance of $4,354,175 as of August 31, 2019.    The Board approved Parkland School Division’s 2017-2018 Annual Education Results Report (AERR) as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. The AERR for 2017-2018 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 current 2018-2019 Education Plan and inform the assurance process by providing quantitative data to qualitative measures.   The Board directed Parkland School Division administration to conduct a demographic and facility utilization review of schools within the City of Spruce Grove, as well as the west end of Parkland School Division, in order to facilitate long-term planning.   The Board directed Parkland School Division administration to determine the impact of four different Funding Scenarios to assist in long-term planning.    The Board received as information the Engaging Students Through School Attendance report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dianne McConnell. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on December 11, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18621&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18621&stream=Homepage News Great Kids Award November 8, 2018 - The nomination period for the Alberta government’s 19th Annual Great Kids Award is now open, providing all Albertans with an opportunity to recognize remarkable young leaders. Since 1999, the Great Kids Award has recognized remarkable children and youth who positively impact their communities. These great kids have made a difference while overcoming challenging circumstances including managing a physical or mental illness, a difficult living situation or standing up against bullying. These great kids deserve recognition because they are examples to all Albertans of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity. Next spring, the Alberta government will recognize 16 young Albertans with a Great Kids Award during a ceremony at Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton. Do you know a great kid in your community? Consider nominating them for a Great Kid Award! Most recently, 7-year old Izabelle Gaskarth from Brookwood School was among the 2018 award recipients. Nominations are open until 4 p.m. on November 30, 2018. Click here for the the nomination form. For more information, visit www.greatkids.alberta.ca   http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18405&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18405&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board welcomed a delegation from Stony Plain Central School who have been working with Ever Active Schools promoting Active School Travel. Student leadership groups have taken the lead on identifying safety concerns and coming up with solutions to traffic and safety issues that will ultimately create safer environments for students to safely walk or ride their bikes to school. Their efforts involve encouraging students to walk and wheel to and from school creating less vehicle traffic in the school area. The campaign also encourages parents to drop off their students further away (arena parking lot, north of outdoor pool) so that students can walk to school safely without adding to the traffic in the school area. Ever Active Schools is currently leading Active School Travel programming with École Broxton Park School, Stony Plain Central School and Tomahawk School. Check out Broxton Park's video from last spring. The Board received as information the 2017-2018 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams Report.  Highlights from the report include continued improvement for Parkland School Division students meeting the province's Acceptable Standard in 11 out of 12 Diploma Examinations (up from 9 last year). A construction update is a standing item in the Superintendent's Report. Superintendent Boyce shared that construction has already begun on Copperhaven School's playground with a completion date set for around the Fall Break. Meanwhile, progress has been made on finishing the gymnasium space in the school. Barring any major delays, that could be ready when students return from their Christmas Break. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 27, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 6pm. http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18381&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18381&stream=Homepage News Transportation Services Parent/Guardian Hotline Transportation Services regularly experiences a high call volume, which has sometimes made it difficult for parents to contact the department if their child has not arrived at their destination as scheduled. As such, Parkland School Division has established a hotline solely for parents and guardians to use in these scenarios, which will remain open on school days from our scheduled first pick up in the morning to our scheduled final drop off in the afternoon between the hours of 6:30am-5:30pm. To ensure the hotline is used only for its intended purpose, we ask all parents and guardians to consider the following before calling the hotline to check on the status of their bus students.   Checklist: Have you checked the Bus Status page to see if the bus is running late or has been cancelled?   Is your child in an after school program? (e.g. volleyball, running club, etc.)   Do you have Alternate Seat Transportation arrangements and is there a chance your child went to the destination scheduled for an alternate day? (e.g. daycare, dayhome, mom or dad's home (in shared custody situations), etc.)   Has someone else potentially picked them up? (e.g. grandparent, other parent, friend, etc.) If you've checked on all the above possibilities and none of them serve as an explanation for your situation, please contact Transportation Services via the hotline. Parent/Guardian Hotline: 780-591-5567 For all other general transportation-related inquiries, please contact Transportation Services at 780-963-8452 or Transportation@psd70.ab.ca.   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18181&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18181&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - September 11, 2018 September 11, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the Statement of Revenues and Expenses for the period ending July 31, 2018. As of July 31st, 2018, 92.28% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 93.11% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1,769,057. The Board received as information, a letter dated August 15, 2018 from the Town of Stony Plain outlining an appeal process, should the Board of Trustees wish to appeal the development permit application for location #105, 4600 - 48 Street. The Board received as information, the Facilities Services Summer Work Report, as presented by the Director of Facilities Services, Serge LaBrie. The Board received as information, the Strategic Planning and Communications Services Report, as presented by Director of Strategic Planning and Communications, Jordi Weidman.   The Board will have its Organization Meeting for 2018-2019 on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 5:30pm, Centre for Education Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6pm, Centre for Education http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17237&stream=Homepage News http://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=17237&stream=Homepage News