A new school year begins right after the Labour Day weekend for students in Kimberley and across School District No. 6. Teachers are back in the classroom this week for professional development days.
Superintendent Paul Carriere and Board staff will be visiting teachers this week, Wednesday in Kimberley, Thursday in Golden and Friday in Invermere, to welcome them back and talk about the coming year.
“Last year we started the process of developing “District Directions 2018” which are the “stretch goals” for the District set by the Board of Education, with input from District partners,” Carriere said. “We are using “Thoughtstream” to gather input on three key questions, which were developed by the team:
1. What do you feel are some examples of things we are doing well in our schools and in supporting learning?
2. What do you feel are some challenges in our schools and in supporting learning?
3. What are some creative suggestions for new ways we can support schools and support learning?
“These questions have been sent out to staff, parents, secondary students, and community members. It is a two-step process consisting of gathering information and then having the participants prioritize the best thoughts and ideas. The Board and partner reps will be completing this process this fall, setting the stage for the next five years of learning here in Rocky Mountain.”
“We remain focused on our big picture achievement goals, which are improving literacy, increasing graduation rates and closing the achievement gap for aboriginal learners. We will continue our participation in the “Changing Results for Young Readers” (CR4YR) initiative, which involves a number of primary teachers from across the District, we will continue to support the goals of schools in their “School Plans for Student Success”, we will continue to implement the Provincial ERASE Bullying strategy with additional training this year, and we will continue to run one of the best International Student Programs in the Province.”
Tuesday, September 3 will be a half day for Kimberley students with regular classes beginning on Wednesday, September 4.
Selkirk students, grades 8 through 11 are asked to arrive at school at 8:45 a.m. for an assembly in the gym to run through timetables. The assembly will wind up at 11:50. Grade 12 students will meet in the gym at 11:15. All morning buses will run at the regular times but return students home three hours earlier. If you are a new student at Selkirk you can register at the office this week.
Kimberley Alternate School students are to meet at the school at 9 a.m. with dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
At McKim, grades 4 to 7, students will meet at 8:45 a.m. for class assignments. They will be dismissed at 11:50.
Lindsay Park students will arrive at school at 8:40 a.m. and be dismissed at noon; Marysville students at 8:20 a.m with dismissal at 11:20.