On Monday, September 17, 2012, the Board of Education of School District No. 91 (Nechako Lakes) held its board meeting at the school board office in Vanderhoof.
A presentation was given regarding the Beijing International Student Summer camp.
Students Payden Weaver and William Erikson, from Nechako Valley Secondary School, and teachers Sue Carberry (NVSS) and Kathy Chmelyk (FLESS), reported to the Board about their summer trip to the Beijing International Summer Camp.
The students made friendships with students from around the globe, enjoyed learning about China and its people, and are grateful for the support the board gives in providing these opportunities.
School Start-up and Priorities
Superintendent of Schools Charlene Seguin, indicated that since school started she has visited 13 schools and plans to visit the remaining schools prior to the end of September.
“The goal of district staff this year is to be much more visible and get to our schools on a more regular basis.”
Seguin reported that it has been a positive start to the school year.
Seguin discussed the enrollment picture for the district and indicated that “we are where we thought we would be when we made predictions in the spring.”
The directors of instruction, Manu Madhok and Eugene Marks, reviewed each school’s enrolment numbers with the board.
The board was reminded that these are early numbers and that we have until the end of September to finalize enrolment.
Seguin reviewed her priorities for the district. District staff members will be reviewing these priorities with school principals on a regular basis.
Building strong relationships, systemic interventions, collaboration for student learning, inquiry learning, literacy and early literacy, safe schools, and community engagement are the priorities.
Local Teacher Receives Recognition From the Governor General of Canada
Travis James, a teacher at Fort St. James Secondary School, will be receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony in Toronto on October 13.
This award will be given to James by the Governor General, David Johnston, because of “an individual commitment to excellence in education with a focus on experiential learning.”
Seguin indicated that James thanks the board for “the support he has received in leading and organizing student tour.
Seguin also said, “This is truly an honour to have a District No. 91 teacher recognized in this way.”
Superintendent Participates in a Provincial Advisory on International Education
Seguin is one of three superintendents in the province who will sit on an advisory board to help provide direction for the Ministry of Education’s work in international education.
Board chair Rosalie Nichiporuk, congratulated Seguin on her appointment.