Oct. 12 Community: forestry photo contest, B.C. seeks parent input on student feedback

From Oct. 5 to Dec. 9, the Council of Forest Industries and Canadian Forest Industries magazine will accept photo entries of B.C. forestry

Forestry photography contest

From Oct. 5 to Dec. 9, the Council of Forest Industries and Canadian Forest Industries magazine will accept photo entries that capture the essence of the forest industry in British Columbia through the lenses of the people who live, work and play there.

Photos can be submitted in a variety of thematic areas:

§  Innovation: bring us images that capture the modern forest industry in action – technology and machinery, research and development, and the finished wood products that bring warmth and beauty to our everyday lives.

§  People: show us the diverse face of today’s forest industry – the people who work to make this industry great, whether in the mills, in the bush, in trucks, machinery, consoles and at the lab benches and computers.

§  Community: take us on a tour through your town, your neighbourhood, your coffee shop, your parks and playgrounds, trails and waterways, and show the world the places you call home.

§  Environment: frame the natural world around you – the B.C. forest industry is the most sustainable in the world; show us the beauty of the world in which you live, work and play, and the interconnectedness with the flora, fauna and people who inhabit it.

The grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of CFI magazine, and will receive an Olympus TG-870 all-weather camera courtesy of London Drugs. Photos from each thematic area will also be selected to have their photos published in CFI magazine. Winners in each category will receive a 12×12 coffee table photo book and a $100 gift card to London Drugs.

For contest rules and to enter, got to: http://www.woodbusiness.ca/photo-contest


Seeking parent input on student feedback

VICTORIA – Parents around the province can share their thoughts on how they want to keep track of their child’s progress from kindergarten to Grade 9.

With the introduction of the new curriculum, other parts of the education system will also be updated.

Student progress is reported in many different ways, including report cards, parent-teacher meetings and regular student/parent/teacher check-ins. Government is asking parents to share their thoughts on report cards and all types of progress reporting by visiting: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress before Feb. 28, 2017.

The input received from parents will help shape the information they receive and how they receive it starting in the 2017-18 school year. Additionally, the Ministry of Education is hosting 10 community meetings throughout the province so parents can offer their input in-person and ask questions about how reporting could work.

All feedback will be considered as a provincial student reporting approach is finalized, giving families a deeper understanding of their child’s progress through timely and comprehensive information. A summary report on what was heard during the engagement will be produced and posted online in June 2017. There will be opportunities for parents to give input on progress reporting in grades 10-12 in the future.