On Tuesday, November 12, the Chinook Board of Education received the annual Premier’s Board of Education Award for Innovation and Excellence at the Saskatchewan School Boards Association’s Fall General Assembly.
The Honourable Don Morgan, Minister of Education, presented the award on behalf of Premier Brad Wall to Chinook Board Chair Randy Beler for the division’s “Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Program”.
“The board feels that the LLI Program at Chinook truly exemplifies the innovative nature of the award. Our teachers use research-based reading improvement strategies that greatly improve learning at the classroom and individual student level, and we have seen the positive impact LLI has had on both teachers and students,” said Chinook Board of Education Chair Randy Beler. “We are very proud of the results and have seen incredible success. In the first four years, 291 students who were struggling with reading before entering the program were at or above grade level upon completion.”
The $3,000 award is sponsored by Xerox Canada and the award recipient is recommended by a panel that includes representation from the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Education, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, and the League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents. This year there were eight submissions.
“The Premier’s Award is a great way to shine a spotlight on the great work being done by boards of education throughout Saskatchewan to support student achievement,” said SSBA President Janet Foord. “Although there is only one recipient of the award, each submission is worthy of recognition. Boards of education and their staffs develop partnerships, engage in innovative educational pursuits and other are involved in a number of other initiatives that advance the goal we all work to achieve, which is improved outcomes for students in Saskatchewan.”
Over 130 workers and tradespeople are on site at Warman Community Middle School (WCMS) each day leading up to the first day of school this fall. Warman’s new school will welcome students on Tuesday, September 3.
The coordinated effort to get the school ready for students was recognized and acknowledged at a recent meeting of officials from Prairie Spirit School Division, Wright Construction, AODBT Architects and the City of Warman.
The core areas of the school – classrooms, library and administrative offices – will be ready for students in September. Other areas of the school, including the Practical and Applied Arts area and the school’s theatre, will be completed after the school is open. Workers will continue to be on site when teachers return to their classrooms at the end of August and will work after school hours once school begins. “We will ensure the building is safe for staff and students,” said Sam Dyck, Prairie Spirit School Division Trustee.
In addition to the school building itself, extensive work is being done to the school grounds, including paved pathways, a paved games area and new playground structures.
“This is a very exciting project. We know students and parents are looking forward to seeing the school for the first time in September,” said Greg Tebay, WCMS Principal. Tebay said the school is planning a BBQ for parents and students on Thursday, September 5, with tours of the school available that evening. Planning is also in place for emergency drills and other safety considerations.
The $23.1 million school project was announced by the Premier in March, 2010, and is part of a joint-use project with the City of Warman’s Legends Complex in the community’s north end. Trustee Sam Dyck confirmed that the project remains within budget.
Parents are encouraged to visit the WCMS blog at blogs.spiritsd.ca/wcms for more information to support a smooth first day of school.
For more information, please contact:
Larry Pavloff, Chair Prairie Spirit Board of Education – firstname.lastname@example.org - 933-0964
John Kuzbik, Director Prairie Spirit School Division – email@example.com – 683-2800
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Mrs. Wilson will be acclaimed at the upcoming Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
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“Outstanding support for the students, schools and athletic programs, as well as a commitment to the philosophy of student athletics are areas deemed critical if one is to be recognized by the South East District Athletic Association. In fact, the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association and the South East District lauded the tremendous contribution of the Board of Education of the South East Cornerstone Public School Division during their Annual General Meeting last week.”
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