IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MEETINGS FOR NEXT YEAR

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 92 (NISGA’A) BOARD OFFICE

PO Box 240, Phone: 250-633-2228
New A i yansh, BC Fax: 250-633-2401
VOJ lAO

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION MEETINGS School District No. 92 (Nisga’a) Board of Education
2018-2019 School Calendar

School District 92 (Nisga’a) Board of Education will be having Community Consultation
Meetings in regards to the 2018-2019 School Calendar at the following locations:

Date: Time: Community: Location:

Thursday, April 12
6:00pm
Gitlaxt’aamiks
NESS Gym

Thursday, April 19
6:00pm
La2ffialts’ap
Alvin A. McKay Elementary School

Monday, April 23
6:00pm
Gingolx
Nathan Barton Elementary School

Tuesday, April 24
6:00pm
Gitwinksihlkw
Gitwinksihlkw Elementary School

A light lunch will be provided at each session

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From the oftice of the Superintendent of Schools
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 92 (NISGA’A)

Boa rd Off ice
PO Box 240
New Ai yansh, BC
VOJ l AO

Pho ne: 250-633-2228
Fax: 250-633-2401

February 22, 2018

Dear Parents, Students and Staff

For the last 10 years our students have not been successfully graduating at a rate that we can be proud of. We have tried a number of interventions that have proved unsuccessful, and so we need to keep trying. Finding ways that engage students in meaningful opportunities so that they want to attend school regularly and be successful is the challenge of any school district, and certainly for us.

To that end, the Board of Trustees is looking at changes for the next school year. These include changes to grade configuration at each school, and a change to the school calendar for some students.

The Board wishes to hear your feedback on the following ideas

1. Elementary schools move to a Kindergarten to Grade 8 configuration

This could allow the following ideas to be developed: Longer focus on literary/Numeracy skills
Middle years exploratory electives to be offered
Increase enrolment of small schools (two schools have less than 50 students) Reduce travel for Grade 8 students from Gingolx, Laxgalts’ap, and Gitwinksihlkw Middle years instructional time would increase for grade 6-8 students
We can consider adding Strong starts to Elementary schools to connect students
and families earlier

2. Secondary students (Grades 9-12) move to a longer six-hour day, but a four-day school week, with day five being optional if they need extra support:

4 Days a week when it would naturally be a five-day week. If a statutory holiday or
Pro-d day, students still go to school for four days that week not 3
h day optional attendance for academic support
Implement a self-paced model of learning at Grade 10-12 for students whose attendance is getting in the way of success
Longer periods support developing an inquiry/project based or place-based approach to learning
Many Fridays could be open at NESS for grades 6-8 Exploratories, Distance
Learning support, Athletic travel, Adult learning Reduce student residence time for Gingolx students Requires a longer day to meet instructional time
Work Experience Opportunities for students could potentially grow

Possible opportunities with Northwest Community College or Wilp Wil o’oskwhl
Nisga’a Institute could be created (e.g. Early Childhood Education)
Community opportunities cultural and otherwise could be created for secondary students
All day field trips can be developed without loss of other instructional time-in fact entire courses could be offered on Fridays-Saturdays

We need to find ways to improve attendance. Our secondary students miss on average 30 percent of their classes. Increasing the importance of each day, and creating more interesting classroom environments may help. Ultimately though it is up to families and their students to encourage attendance.

Attached are the possible school calendars for next year for elementary and secondary students. Please provide your feedback to the Board by March 23rd 2018.
Feedback can be sent to Sharlene Grandison sgrandison@nisgaa.bc.ca. Respectfully,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees

Joe Rhodes
Superintendent