Spruce Grove Composite High School Homepage News en-us Wed, 20 Nov 2019 13:49:56 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca 2019 Report Card Changes November 19, 2019 - Parents may notice a few changes when they access their child's next report card on the PowerSchool parent portal. Every K-9 school in Parkland School Division uses the same report card format, and this format was recently updated in response to feedback from parents, students and teachers throughout the Division. Our report card review process for the Grade 1-9 report card began in June of 2018 in response to our Spring ThoughtExchange process and May 4, 2018 Stakeholder Engagement. Additional engagements occurred throughout this school year, including: A student engagement on assessment and reporting; Parent engagements through the Council of Student Council; Engagements with the Alberta Teachers’ Association Local 10; A Teacher Advisory Engagement; and Several engagements with School Administration. PSD parents emphasized their desire for a simplified report card, and this revised format is a reflection of this sentiment. The new report card lays out four distinct levels of achievement (Excellent, Competent, Satisfactory and Insufficient) with their corresponding meanings. Students in Grades 1-4 will be marked with their level of achievement, while students in Grades 5-9 will also receive a percentage range with their level of achievement. Teachers will report one level of assessment for each school subject. In addition, teachers will also use Standards & Criteria guidelines to provide comments on how each student is doing in specific learning areas, including Knowledge & Skills, Literacy, Communication, Problem Solving, Collaboration and Metacognition (i.e. thinking about thinking). These standards should give parents a better understanding of their child's level of achievement, as it is possible for students to demonstrate differing levels of mastery in using the skills they need for a single class. Currently, our high school students and their parents enjoy access to their progress through the online grade book via the PowerSchool parent portal. The plan is to have this PowerSchool access expand to all grades from one through twelve. This will involve training at the teacher level throughout 2019-2020, with full implementation of the online grade book for PowerSchool in 2020-2021. Director of Instructional Services, Katherine Mann, explains the format and goals of the new report card in the video below: For full details, visit the Parkland School Division Report Card page. Forward comments or suggestions to: Katherine Mann Director, Instructional Services Email: kmann@psd70.ab.ca https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22511&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22511&stream=Homepage News The Lion King Jr. Dec. 5 & 6 - SOLD OUT         SGCHS THEATRE ARTS presents - The Lion King Jr.! WHEN:  Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6 at 7pm WHERE: Horizon Stage, Spruce Grove TICKETS: Available for purchase in person at the SGCHS Main Office for $15.00 each For more information, call 780-962-0800 (ext. 0) https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22409&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22409&stream=Homepage News Provincial Budget Impacts on Parkland School Division November 5, 2019 - The Provincial budget was released October 24, almost two months into the Board’s fiscal year, making any adjustments difficult. Analysis from administration shows government funding to Parkland School Division (PSD) was reduced, contrary to suggestions from the government that the budget would be status quo. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, PSD received from Alberta Education just over $4.2 million dollars less than was received in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. That equates to a decrease of 3.35%, despite the enrolment increase of 293 students, or 2.6%.   The Division also experienced an unexpected and considerable increase to insurance premiums. As a member of Alberta School Boards Insurance Exchange (ASBIE), the Division will be impacted by a 274% increase in property insurance premiums, and an overall annual insurance premium increase of 150%, or just over an $1.3 million increase annually. Once you factor overall expenses with overall revenue for 2019-2020, the budget shortfall is $3.7 million. “It is not possible for Parkland School Division to absorb this decrease in funding without impacting schools” stated Board Chair Lorraine Stewart. “There will be ongoing challenges dealing with the existing deficit considering that education funding is projected to remain flat for the foreseeable future.” “Thankfully, our division is in a position to address some of our cuts this year by drawing on our existing Operating Reserves.  Our intention is to minimize the impact on schools and classrooms.  We will still provide supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and assure healthy relationships, thanks to a dedicated and professional staff. We just ask for patience from staff, students and parents as we find our way forward.” In order to address the expected shortfall, the Division re-examined current year expenditures and are in the process of decreasing expenditures by approximately $800,000. This may include a reduction of staffing levels this school year.  At the regular Board meeting of November 5, Trustees approved the remaining shortfall of $2.9 million for the 2019-2020 fiscal year to be offset by transferring funds from operating reserves.  This transfer would decrease operating reserves to only 1.71% of the total operating budget.  The remaining ongoing deficit will need to be addressed next fiscal year as there will not be sufficient operating reserves to use that same strategy for future budgets. As the province has not budgeted for an increase in educational funding for the next four years while the enrolment in the Division continues to increase, Parkland School Division will prepare for increased class sizes and declines in service levels moving forward. Tough decisions are on the horizon and the Board and its administration will not make those lightly and will minimize the impact on our students as much as possible.  For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce Superintendent of Schools Email: sboyce@psd70.ab.ca Phone: 780-963-4010   https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22385&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22385&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 5, 2019 November 5, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board received as information the 2019 - 2020 Budget Scenarios now that administration has had a chance to review impacts the recently announced Provincial Budget will have on Parkland School Division. Alberta Education funding in 2018-2019 was $127,138,363 and the expected funding for the current 2019-2020 fiscal year is $122,867,935.  That’s a decrease of just over $4.2 million dollars or -3.35% although enrolment increased by 293 students or +2.6%. Once you factor overall expenses with overall revenue for 2019-2020, the budget shortfall is $3.7 million. The Board approved Scenario 2 which includes an $800,000 reduction in expenses and the remainder of the shortfall to be covered by operating expenses. The Board directed administration to explore alternative insurance providers and take appropriate action to procure viable coverage for Parkland School Division. The division also experienced an unexpected and significant increase to its insurance. As a member of Alberta School Boards Insurance Exchange (ASBIE), the division will be hit with a 274% increase in property insurance and an overall annual insurance increase of 150% or just over $1.3 million. The Board approved the Modular Plan recommendation that will be submitted to Alberta Education. The modular requests for consideration are: Millgrove School - 10 new replacement modulars École Meridian Heights School - 4 replacement modulars Prescott Learning Centre - 4 new modulars (includes 1 washroom unit) The Board approved postponing the completion and presentation of the school viability study for Seba Beach School until the Regular Meeting on December 17, 2019. The Board approved the revised Board Policy 10: Policy Formation and Review, as amended. The Board approved the appointing of Eric Cameron as the new Trustee representative for the Central Alberta Association of Municipal and School Employees (CAAMSE) Labour Relations Committee. The Board received as information the 2018-2019 Provincial Achievement Tests and Grade 12 Diploma Exam Results summary report. The Board received as information, a briefing report on bus ride times in the Division. The Board received as information, a briefing report on the logistics of the possibility to include Education Assistants to accompany students on specialized transport buses. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22345&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=22345&stream=Homepage News Strong Families: Anxiety Workshop UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the first of these sessions has been moved from November 19 to November 26. We apologize for any inconvenience. October 24, 2019 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information series for local families. Evening 1: Anxiety in Children and Teens This session will summarize the difference between anxiety and stress, how anxiety works, what anxiety can look like in children and adolescents and types of anxiety problems. Evening 2: Strategies to Support Your Anxious Child/Teen This session will be a practical and interactive discussion of strategies for self-regulation, self-talk, healthy habits and being brave when supporting your child or adolescent through struggles with anxiety. Dates: Tuesday, November 26 and December 3, 2019 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre for Education (4603-48 Street, Stony Plain) Presenter: Jennifer Harris (Registered Psychologist) Information and topics discussed will build on each other, so participants are asked to attend all dates, if possible. 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: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Phone: 780-963-8472 Email: vmamczasz@psd70.ab.ca https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21417&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21417&stream=Homepage News School Bus Safety Week October 23, 2019 - School Bus Safety Week runs from October 21-25 this year. Parkland School Division would like to take the opportunity to thank all our drivers and contractors who safely transport over 8,000 registered bus riders 15,000 km twice daily.  Pop Quiz Check out the video produced by the Student Transportation Association of Alberta. There are some great reminders for bus riders and anyone who shares the road with our fleet of over 150 contracted buses. Poster Contest The Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council (ASTAC) is sponsoring a provincial poster contest to promote School Bus Safety Week. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 can participate by submitting an entry that illustrates positive school bus safety behaviour.  What: ASTAC School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest Theme: Ready to Ride Prizes: Each winner from K - 6 will receive a $25 gift card, a framed original of their poster, $100 for their classroom, and an engraved plaque. Honourable mentions will receive a $25 gift card. Specifications: 11"x17" on heavy paper suitable for framing. The poster must contain the theme Ready to Ride. Submit to:  Black Gold Regional Schools ASTAC, c/o Sue Timmermans 3rd Floor, 1101-5th Street, Nisku, Alberta T9E 7N3   Note: The back of the poster must contain: Grade, Student Name, School, School Division. All entries will become the property of the Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council and may be reproduced, displayed or auctioned at the Annual School Bus Convention. Prizes (plaque for the winning contestant, $25 gift card, $100 cash to the class of the winner to be used for a school field trip and framed print of the winning poster to the respective school) will be awarded for each grade category. Judging will be done in December and school division transportation managers will be contacted to pass along the great news to the winners. Posters sent to the ASTAC Contest cannot be returned. If teachers are submitting for a class, please separate posters by grades. Safety In Parkland School Division, we are committed to providing safe and caring environments for all students to learn, and that starts the moment a child boards a bus in the morning. For more on this topic, check out the Bus Safety section of our website. Parents are also encouraged to review the information contained in the School Bus Operations Parent Handbook.    For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: Transportation@psd70.ab.ca https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18023&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=18023&stream=Homepage News Occasional Alternate Bus Service Since the majority of our buses are running at or close to capacity, it is more important than ever for parents and guardians to give Transportation Services 24-hour notice when their child wants to catch a ride home on the bus with a friend. If your child wants to ride a different school bus (i.e. to go home with a friend), or wants to bring a friend home on the bus, please remember to do the following: Contact Transportation Services at transportation@psd70.ab.ca with your request at least 24 hours in advance. Include: The date and time (i.e. AM or PM) the child(ren) wish to ride the alternate bus The names of the child(ren) involved The number(s) of the affected bus route(s) Transportation Services will contact the requested bus and determine if the needed space is available for the date requested. Approval will be based on space and availability.   Check your email for confirmation from Transportation Services that alternate transportation is available and your request has been approved. We understand that emergency situations may arise where a student needs to ride an alternate bus without notice, and Transportation Services will coordinate with school administrators to assist in these rare circumstances. Outside of these situations, please be aware that students will not be permitted to ride an alternate bus without prior permission from Transportation Services.  Families are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Student Transportation Guide for Parents & Guardians.   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: transportation@psd70.ab.ca https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21797&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21797&stream=Homepage News 2019-2020 Busing Update August 27, 2019 - Transportation Services is experiencing a high volume of calls and change requests as we approach the 2019-2020 school year. We ask for your continued patience and note that you can expect a response within 2 business days. Many parents should have already received their confirmation of bus service and bus pass in the mail. If you have previously registered and received email confirmation that you are to receive bus service this upcoming year but you have yet to receive your bus pass in the mail, please contact Transportation Services at transportation@psd70.ab.ca.  Requests for bus service for students who are applying for cross attendance school placements, those who are ineligible for provincial grant funding and those who have requested alternate seat transportation (alternate locations other than one’s primary address) are also being processed and subject to availability. E-Link: Information including your specific bus stop and approximate times are available via a new easy online tool. E-Link login information and instructions have been sent in a separate email.  NEW for 2019-2020: Bus passes will be delivered via Canada Post to the primary mailing address in July. Any late registrants whose passes are processed must pick up their bus pass in person at Parkland School Division's Centre for Education at 4603-48 Street. Office hours have been extended in the Transportation Services office to accommodate parents' work schedules. The Transportation Services office is open from 7am-7pm between Monday August 26 and Friday, August 30.   As many are aware, necessary changes to the regional transportation system are being implemented to eliminate the $1 million dollar annual operating deficit within transportation.  Increases in direct busing of students to their schools and double running buses means changes to bus arrival and departure times at schools. Many schools experience no change, but six schools will experience bigger shifts this fall. To assist families in planning for those six schools with the biggest changes in advance of the specific bus stop information being shared and the launch of E-Link, the following are estimated times for the potential earliest and latest pick-up and drop-off times for bus service at affected schools: Bus times change will change throughout the year as students enter, leave or move within the Division.  Fees & Payment Arrangements All outstanding fees for the current or past school years are due by July 8, 2019 or transportation requests for the 2019-2020 school year will be canceled.  Payments can be made using Parkland School Division’s online payment system through PowerSchool parent portal account or in person at the Transportation Department at Parkland School Division’s Centre for Education 4603-48 Street, Stony Plain, AB, T7Z 2A8. Payment plan options are also available for the 2019-2020 school year. Parents or guardians must pay in full or make payment arrangements by July 8, 2019 in order to ensure bus service for the 2019-20 school year. For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: transportation@psd70.ab.ca   https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21183&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21183&stream=Homepage News Special Board Meeting Highlights - June 25, 2019 June 25, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Special Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Special Board meeting. Update: The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Lorraine Stewart was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Eric Cameron was elected Vice Chair by acclamation. All the new positions posted below as the result of the Organization meeting will be effective September 1, 2019. The Board Chair and Vice Chair will be sworn in at the Regular Board Meeting September 3, 2019. "I am humbled by the vote of confidence from fellow trustees and am honoured and excited to serve as Board Chair for the 2019-2020 school year," stated Trustee Stewart. "I have been mentored for the past two years by Eric Cameron, who has provided integrity and admirable leadership to the Board. I am proud to collaborate with my colleagues who clearly emphasize student success and well-being in all their decisions. We really are a future-focused and innovative organization." "I am honored to serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for PSD." stated Trustee Cameron.  "It has been my privilege to serve as Board Chair for all these years. Our dynamic team of Governors and Executive leadership keep the desire to serve students alive. It's an exciting time to be in education and I look forward to living out our new vision and mission daily." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chairperson (Anne Montgomery) Student Advisory Committee Chairperson (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Lorraine Stewart) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Eric Cameron, Ron Heinrichs, Lorraine Stewart) Audit Committee (Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann, Anne Montgomery) Advocacy Committee Chairperson (Paul McCann) Alberta School Boards Association, Zone II (Eric Cameron,Darlene Clarke) Public School Boards' Association (Ron Heinrichs,Sally Kucher-Johnson) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Anne Montgomery) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Ron Heinrichs, Sally Kucher-Johnson) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Paul McCann) Council of School Councils (Paul McCann, Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Eric Cameron) Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the Quarterly Financial Report for the period ending May 31, 2019. As of May 31st, 2019, revenues year to date were $102.1M and expenditures year to date were $104.0M resulting in a deficit of $1.9M. A deficit of $677K is forecast for year ended August 31, 2019. The Board approved the 2019-2020 Education Plan. The plan guides the strategic plans for the Division and Schools for the following year. The Education Plan for 2019-2020 and beyond are featured primarily as web-based in order to facilitate community access. The Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves: Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs; Promoting meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; and, Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement. The Board approved the Preliminary Budget for 2019-20 which has to be submitted to Alberta Education by June 30th. The preliminary budget indicates an operating deficit of $416,042 offset by the use of operating reserves. The total revenue is $132,806,272 with expenses of $133,222,314. The Board of Trustees approved the Fees and Allowances, as amended, for 2019-2020.  In the March 5, 2019 Fee Schedule, a fee of $3750 ($375 per month) is charged for participation in the Nature Kindergarten Program. This fee is collected to offset the staffing and operational costs as AB Education funds Kindergarten students at a .5 FTE rate. In 2019-2020, a pilot Full Day, Everyday French Immersion program is planned for École Broxton Park School. It is the intent to charge the fee of $3750 ($375 per month) to cover the unfunded portion of the staffing and operational costs. The previous Fee Allowances for 2019-2020 did not include a Fee for Adult Students. In some situations, it would be beneficial to charge an Adult Student Fee to allow students to finish their programs. This would be typically done through an Outreach or Alternative Education setting. Based on a comparison to other school jurisdictions, the new fee will be $100 per credit. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6pm, Centre for Education https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21249&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21249&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - June 11, 2019 June 11, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation of Grade 7 students from Stony Plain Central School led by Principal Colleen Woloshyn and teachers Kyla Moore and Stephanie Mitchell. Austin Banks, Mason Chase, Serenity Foley, Tyler Harder, Jordyn Hill, Megan Kits, Isaac O’Neill and Nadifa Warsame presented: “Moving from Engaged to Empowered Learners”. In this project, students were challenged to effectively communicate their poetry theme using a chosen media to engage their audience. The Board extended formal congratulations to Grade 2 student Allyson Parnall from Forest Green School for receiving an honourable mention for The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards. The awards are intended to recognize First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.  The Board accepted the recommendation from administration to maintain its focus on transporting PSD students and reducing PSD's transportation operating deficit, and therefore refrain from reconsidering a cooperative busing agreement with Wild Rose School Division. The Board accepted and ratified the Local 955 International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Memorandum of Agreement on May 9, 2019. On May 9, 2019 IUOE Local 955 voted 84% in favor of ratification of the new collective agreement term September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2023. It was agreed that for 2018 and 2019 there will be no wage increase and in 2020 no increase with a $150 total added to health spending. In 2021 there will be a 1% wage increase and in 2022 a 2% wage increase. The Board approved Board Policy 1: Divisional Foundational Statements which include a new Vision, Mission and Values statements for the Division. Vision: Our students possess the confidence, resilience, insight and skills required to thrive in and positively impact the world. Mission: We assure supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships that create opportunities to develop resilience, to gain diversity in perspectives and to achieve enduring success. Foundational Statements: Our Ultimate Goal is Student Succes and Well-being. We therefore value: Learning opportunities that are: purposeful, essential, relevant, authentic, and responsive; Excellence in achievement; Trustworthy, respectful relationships; and Resilience with self-awareness. We attend to these Priorities: Inspired Exploration Connected Community Confident Resilience Meaningful Engagement Wellness Culture Resource Stewardship The Board approved the Trustee Travel to Japan - Shikaoi Delegation. The Board received as information the Engagement Summary Report. The Board received as information the 2019-2020 Education Plan Draft. The Board received as information the Technology Services Department Report as presented by Director of Technology Services Mark Karaki. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21165&stream=Homepage News https://sgchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=21165&stream=Homepage News