Open Letter from the Board of Education of Coast Mountains School District 82

 

CMSD82 Board of Education Open Letter – March 12, 2019

 

In light of the recent renewal signing of the BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 wishes to publicly declare its commitment to ongoing collaboration with communities in the school district to close the education outcome gaps between First Nations and non-First Nations students.

The renewed BC Tripartite Education Agreement is the result of an extensive engagement process between BC’s First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), Canada’s Ministry of Indigenous Services and BC’s Ministry of Education. The agreement benefits First Nations students across the province, recognizing that First Nations people have the right to make educational decisions that affect their students, within their education institutions, consistent with their unique needs, experiences, beliefs and values.

The Board of Education further recognizes the importance of breaking down barriers and ensuring all students are provided skills and opportunities to achieve success. The school district continues its focus on Indigenous cultural and traditional learnings including enhancing Indigenous languages for our learners. Currently Indigenous language learning in Coast Mountains School District includes mentorship and collaboration with Dr. Lorna Williams, University of Victoria Professor Emerita of Indigenous Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and recipient of the Indspire Award that represents the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people.

Coast Mountains School District 82 is located in the northwest of British Columbia and includes the main communities of the Hazeltons, Kitimat, Kitwanga, Stewart, Terrace and Thornhill serving a student population of approximately 4,300 students. The school district is located on the traditional territories of three Indigenous Nations: the Gitksan, the Haisla, and the Tsimshian. The Gitksan‐Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Hazelton area is made up of seven First Nations communities consisting of Gitanmaax, Gitanyow, Gitsegukla, Gitwangak, Glen Vowell, Hagwilget and Kispiox located through the Hazelton communities and the Kispiox Valley. The Haisla Nation is centered in the Kitamaat Village and the Tsimshian Nation has two distinct First Nations communities, the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum, in the Terrace and Thornhill areas.

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District recognizes Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution which defines the rights of Indigenous peoples of Canada.

The Board of Education reinforces its commitment to work in partnership with Indigenous communities in support of the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Report. It further commits to working in partnership with the First Nations to affirm Indigenous voice in decision making in accordance to the implementation of the BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success.

Further, the Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to ensure ongoing public dialogue and actions to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

As a public institution, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District recognizes the responsibility of all its employees and Canadian citizens to work with Indigenous peoples to ensure we achieve reconciliation by honouring the truth of Indigenous peoples’ historical and current experiences in Canada.

The Board of Education is committed to learning from all First Nations it serves to continue enhancing the curriculum in our schools with local Indigenous history, language and culture. The importance of our partnerships is greatly valued and the ongoing collaborative work to elevate success levels for Indigenous learners in our schools.

Respectfully yours,

Shar McCrory
Chairperson, Board of Education

 

Open Letter distribution:

  • Chief Councillors & Education Coordinators: Gitanmaax, Gitanyow, Gitsegukla, Gitwangak, Glen Vowell, Hagwilget, Haisla, Kispiox, Kitselas & Kitsumkalum First Nations
  • Calvin Albright, Executive Director, Kermode Friendship Society
  • Sid Peltier, Interim President, Northwest BC Metis Association
  • Regional Chief Terry Teegee, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations
  • National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
  • Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Honourable Rob Fleming, BC Minister of Education
  • Tyrone McNeil, President, First Nations Education Steering Committee
  • Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley
  • Ellis Ross, MLA for Skeena
  • Cindy Lindley, Executive Director, Indian Residential School Survivors Society
  • Gordon Swan, President, BC School Trustees Association
  • Tina Last, President, North West Branch, BC School Trustees Association
  • Mayor Carol Leclerc, City of Terrace
  • Mayor Philip Germuth, District of Kitimat
  • Mayor Gail Lowry, District of New Hazelton
  • Mayor Gina McKay, District of Stewart
  • Mayor Dennis Sterritt, Village of Hazelton
  • Board Chair Philip Germuth, Regional District Kitimat-Stikine
  • Glen Hansman, President, British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
  • Michael Wen & Kim Meyer, Co-Presidents, Coast Mountain Teachers’ Federation
  • Monica Brady, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2052
  • Krystal Miller, Chairperson, Coast Mountains District Parent Advisory Council
  • Local and Regional Media Outlets

Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82:

  • Board of Education School Trustees
  • Katherine McIntosh, Superintendent of Schools
  • Raymond McDonald, Secretary Treasurer
  • All Employees

Lest We Forget …

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Coast Mountains’ schools and the Board of Education Office will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Remembrance Day, and will re-open as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, November 13.

Remembrance Day assemblies will be held throughout our school district on Friday, November 9.

On this Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to those past and present who served our country with courage and compassion.  Lest we forget …

 

 

CMSD82 Innovates Quarterly Bulletin

 

For your reading enjoyment, please find the second issue of the CMSD82 Innovates quarterly bulletin which shares innovative initiatives and projects within Coast Mountains School District 82.  To view the bulletin, please click on the link below:

CMSD82 Innovates Bulletin – June 6, 2018

This second issue features original and creative programs from schools across our district that strive to make a difference in the lives of our students.  We hope you will be inspired by these innovative and student-centered learning programs.

We encourage you to share the CMSD82 Innovates quarterly bulletin with students, families and friends.

The next quarterly bulletin of CMSD82 Innovates will be issued in September 2018.

Sincerely,

Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools

Important Information for CMSD82 Employees re: SmartFindExpress Changes

 

Dear CMSD82 Employee,

On March 23, 2018 SmartFindExpress performed an update which has led to some on-call employees receiving calls but being unable to connect to the system.

Included in the update is the following new feature as shared by SmartFindExpress:

  • We have a new option that is not turned on for your district.  The option will need the sub to only enter their pin, and there is a playback to verify what was entered.  This new option has helped reduce many invalid entry phone issues for the subs.
  • You will want to notify the subs that when the system calls they will just need to enter in their pin only.  The system will play back the digits received and then they can confirm or re-enter.

SmartFindExpress believes that turning on this feature will resolve the issues of on-call employees being unable to connect.

Important Notations:

  • Effective April 6, 2018 after morning call-out we will activate this feature.
  • Beginning the evening call-out on April 8 onward you will only need to enter your PIN and * to log in to SmartFindExpress

Should you experience any issues, please include as much information as possible (date, time, job number, nature of the issue) and email hr@cmsd.bc.ca. 

If you have questions or you require immediate assistance, please contact Richard Anderson, Automated Dispatch Help Desk Clerk at 250-638-4439 or 1-855-635-4931, Local 4439 between the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Sincerely,

Kyla Magnusson
Human Resources Officer

 

 

Curriculum Implementation Day – Friday, April 13

 

Dear CMSD82 Employee,

The second of two Curriculum Implementation Days for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Friday, April 13.  These days are specifically dedicated to BC’s redesigned K-12 curriculum.

The following Curriculum Implementation Day sessions have been planned in Hazelton, Kitimat, Terrace and Thornhill on Friday, April 13 … to view the program or “shape of the day” for these venues, please click on the links below:

Hazelton-Kitwanga K-12 Teachers – Hazelton Secondary School

Kitimat K-12 Teachers – Nechako Elementary School

Terrace-Thornhill-Stewart K-6 Teachers – NTETC

Terrace-Stewart Grades 7-12 TeachersCaledonia Secondary School

Should you have further questions or require additional information, please contact your School Principal for assistance.

A friendly reminder that all teaching staff are expected to be in attendance in one of the full-day sessions.  Sign-in sheets will be on-site to document attendance.  Individuals not present at a session will not be paid for the day. 

Not unlike any other non-instructional day, part-time employees will be expected to attend the day at a rate consistent with that of their employment (if you are a .6 FTE employee, you are expected to attend for 60% of the day).  Individuals are more than welcome to attend a greater portion of the day on a voluntary basis if they so desire.  Teachers Teaching-on-Call are also welcome on a voluntary basis as desired.

CUPE members are welcome at the sessions, however, CUPE staff are responsible to their School Principal for activities of the day.

We also share the following link to the Student Learning Module package as pre-reading for the Computational Thinking presentations offered during the Terrace, Thornhill and Stewart sessions:

Student Learning Module Package – Computational Thinking

In addition, we share a link to the School-Based Collaboration Form for completion by teaching staff attending the Terrace, Thornhill and Stewart sessions for return to their School Principal during the session on April 13 prior to the lunch break:

School-Based Collaboration Form – April 13, 2018 CI Day

A special thanks is extended to the Curriculum Implementation Committee for their efforts and organization for this significant and important work for Coast Mountains’ learners.

We look forward to inspiring and engaging with you on April 13!

Sincerely,

 

Janet Meyer
Director of Instruction, School Support