Volume 10 | May 27, 2019
Highlights for May 27, 2019 at Chase Secondary School
The community engagement portion of the regular Public Board Meeting included a community dinner prepared by Fran Connet . Chase Secondary students and staff held an Open House for Trustees and District Staff demonstrating their learning in biology, natural resource science, chemistry, art, culinary arts, music and more. More photos

Fran Connet and Trustee Diane Jules

Core Competencies
Chase Secondary Principal Dave McDonald and Vice-principal Scott Simpson introduced coordinators Telisa Johnston and Mike Faisthuber, who presented the work staff have done to establish a reporting framework for students and staff to use when recording student progress on the core competencies taught in BC’s revised curriculum. Students Titus Le Juene , Kylie Danyluk , Brianna Narcisse and Kylen Adamson addressed the Board, highlighting what they were most proud of in their learning. Read More
Chase Outdoor School
The Chase Outdoor School Committee presented their proposal for a K-6 school of choice, where 80 per cent or more of the day is spent outdoors. With strong parent and community support, suitable diverse eco-systems close to the community, and the ability to draw students from a wide area, the group suggests that Chase is an ideal location for an outdoor school. The Board of Education referred the proposal to staff for review prior to discussing at a future Public Board Meeting.

Student Reporting Update
During 2018-2019, SD73 was one of 13 districts in the Province to participate in the Communicating Student Learning Pilot for K-9 Schools. The pilot will continue in 2019-2020 but will be limited to schools with entire staffs who are interested in participating. Currently seven schools are committed to the reporting pilot for the coming school year, with more expected to join by the end of June 2019. 
Safe Grad 2019
Each year the BC Liquor Distribution Branch fundraises on behalf of the safe grad activities in their community. This year $13,877.84 will be distributed to the 10 Safe Grad events throughout the district. Events planned include rafting on the Kumsheen, dances and carnivals. All Safe Grad events are sponsored by independent parent committees.
Board Authority/Authorized Courses

School districts or independent schools develop Board/Authority Authorized (BAA) courses to help meet local community needs while providing choice and flexibility for students. After review by the Education Committee of the Whole, the following courses were approved by the Board:

  • Rugby Skills 11
  • Rugby Skills 12

Hockey Skills 10-12, Psychology 11, and Human Performance 12 were sent back to staff for a review of teacher qualifications prior to Board Approval. Once approved by the   Ministry , the course outlines will be posted to the SD73 website.

OECD Conference Held in Conjunction with BC Ed
Chair Karpuk and Superintendent Sidow were among 400 delegates from around the world attending the Organization for Education and Community Development Conference (OECD) in conjunction with the BC Ed Conference, May 22-24. Dallas Elementary second-year teacher Cecilia Brar presented an ignite session on classroom pedagogy, showcasing education in the province of BC.
During a meeting with the BC contingent on the second day, the focus was on moving the BC education system forward. Educational leaders participated in 27 conversations that were synthesized into three main themes for future consideration: diversity and equity, an evidenced-informed system, and preparing for the impact of artificial intelligence on society. Superintendent Sidow noted that during the conference the OECD Launched their Vision for Learning 2030 which focussed on well-being for students, the community and the planet. Read more
 From Trustee Sim
The Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department commissioned mugs from Clearwater Secondary School (CSS) to mark 50 years of community service. CSS then gave the proceeds to a developing country. CSS earned a berth in the Provincial Girls Single A Soccer Finals. Within a week the community raised the $7,500 needed for the team to travel to the tournament, with some funds coming from the BC Games Legacy Fund. This is the first time, CSS has made it to the Provincials. Way to go, girls! 
From Trustee Kershaw
Barriere Secondary kicked off the SD73 grad season on Friday, May 17 with 25 graduates crossing the stage. Community scholarships totalled $76,000 which is a remarkable sum of money to be distributed to students seeking post-secondary studies. Valedictorians Emma Hamblin and Samantha Jones were among those who said the success of the graduating class of 2019 is because of the many options available to them. Students valued participating in programs such as RCMP Academy, Junior Wildfire Boot Camp, and Heavy Metal Rocks.   Read more
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Board Notes are from the regular meeting of the Board of Education for School District No.73 (Kamloops-Thompson) on May 27, 2019. Expect your next issue of Board Notes after the next regular meeting to be held at 7 pm , Monday, June 17, 2019  at 1383 9th Avenue, Kamloops, BC