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Elwin_LeRouxHRSB_OcialMarch2015SuperintendentstotheHalifaxRegionalSchoolBoardProvidingahighqualityeducationforeverystudenteverydayGoodFridaynoclassesEasterMondaynoclassesP-9ReportCardsGoHomeSchool-BasedPDDaya.m.ParentTeacherInterviewsp.m.noclasseswww.hrsb.ca33SpectacleLakeDriveDartmouthNSB3B1X7902.464.2000ViewtheHRSBcalendaronlineApril32015April62015April9-132015April222015ImportantDatesGiveapersonashtheylleatforaday.Teachapersontoshtheylleatforalifetime.MarchisNutritionMonthamonthwhereschoolstraditionallyfocusonteachingstudentsabouthealthyfoodshealthyeatinghabitsandgoodnutrition.Inthepasteducationaboutfoodandnutritioninschoolswasmostlycontainedtoahealthclassorafamilystudiesclass.DuringmyvisitstoschoolsIseemanyinnovativeexamplesofhowteachersareincorporatingfoodliteracyintovarioussubjectareas.InotherwordstheyreusinghealthyfoodasameanstoteachmathliteracytechnologyskillsandevenartSowhatexactlyisfoodliteracyCheckoutthisshortvideofromNourishNovaScotia.Foodliteracyistheunderstandingofhowourfoodchoicesimpactourhealththeenvironmentthecommunityandtheeconomy.Foodliteracyisaboutlearningtocookandpreparenutritiousmeals.Foodliteracyistheunderstandingthatbuyinglocally-sourcedproduceisthebetterchoicenotonlybecauseithasnttraveledfromafarbutbecauseitsupportsthecommunityfarmerandthelocaleconomy.Likelearningtoreadorsolvemathproblemsfoodliteracyisaskillthatneedstobetaughtfromayoungage.Childrenandyouthwhoarefoodliteratearemorelikelytogoontobehealthieradultsbecausetheyhavetheknowledgehabitsandessentiallifeskillsthatwillenablethemtomakehealthyfoodchoicesthroughouttheirlives.Foodismorethanjustfeedingkids.Itsaboutfuelingtheirminds.Thinkofitthiswaystudentswhoarefoodliterateknowhowtoshastheoldsayinggoes.AgreatexampleoffoodliteracyprogrammingintheHalifaxRegionalSchoolBoardistheedibleschoolgardenprogram.Ourschoolnutritionistsupportsgardenprogramswithgrantsprofessionaldevelopmentandcurriculumresourcesforelementaryjuniorandseniorhighschools.Currentlytherearemorethan25ediblegardensatHRSBschoolswithmoreexpectedthisyear.Eachgardenisuniqueandreectsthediversityoftheschoolcommunity.TherearefruitandvegetablegardenssunowergardenssalsagardensherbgardenssoupgardenspumpkinpatchesandmoreOutdoorschoolgardensgivestudentsthehands-onopportunitytoplantseedsandwatchthemgrowintofruitandvegetablesthattheycaneatandenjoy.Manyschoolsuseharvesttimetocreateaschool-widemealtocelebratethesuccessoftheirgardenaswellastheirgrowingknowledgeoflocalfood.Schoolgardensalignwithandenrichcurriculumoutcomesformathlanguageartssciencesocialstudiesphysicaleducationfamilystudieshealthylivingandart.AtthesametimestudentsaremorelikelytoexpandtheirpalatesandtrythefruitsandvegetablesoftheirlabourResearchalsoindicatesthatschoolfoodgardenscontributetoincreasedstudentachievementengagementandself-condence.Thereissomethingtobesaidforallowingachildtocareforandnurturethegrowthofaplant.Weknowthathealthnutritionandlearningarelinked.HealthynourishedstudentswhofeelsafeatschoolarebetterabletolearnperformacademicallyandattendschoolmoreregularlyaccordingtotheCanadianInstituteforHealthInformation.Thatswhyasasocietyrightdowntotheschoolsettingitsimportanttomakethehealthychoicetheeasychoice.InthisreportyouwillseeexamplesofhowschoolsareincorporatingfoodliteracyintotheircurriculumtoteachotheroutcomesnotjustduringNutritionMonthbutallyearround.TolearnmoreaboutfoodliteracyandotherhealthinitiativesinHRSBfollowHRSBhealthpromoonTwitter.Letstalkabout...FoodLiteracy ManyschoolsacrosstheHRSBareusingfoodandnutritionasameanstoimprovestudentlearningandpersonalsuccessandnotjustduringnutritionmonthIfyouwalkintoSackvilleHighSchoolslobbyanymorningoftheweekyouwontmissthelargecartpiledhighwithitemslikefreshfruitjuicehomemademunsminiquicheandgrilledcheesesandwiches.Itsagrab-and-goset-upwhichmeansthatstudentscanhelpthemselvestoahealthymealastheygetreadytobeginadayoflearning.ButSackvilleHighSchoolsbreakfastprogramisfeedingmorethanjusthungrybellieseachdayitsteachingthestudentswhooperateitsomeessentialskillsthattheywillcarrywiththemthroughlife.Thatsbecauseitsentirelyrunbystudentsintheschoolslearningcentre.Thisisastoryabouthowlearningtofeedothersisfuelingthelearningcentrestudentspersonalsuccess.ForstudentsatAtlanticViewSchoolinLawrencetownlearningtoeathealthyisallinadayswork.AspartofAtlanticViewsContinuousSchoolImprovementCSIplanstacreatedaschool-widegoalfocusingonhealthyeatinganddailyphysicalactivity.Overthepastfewyearstheschoolhasworkedtoeliminateallprocessedfoodsfromitsbreakfastprogramandsnackkiosk.Italsostartedaschoolgardenandfromtheharveststudentscreatedhomemadestonesouptocelebrateeatinglocally-grownvegetablesandtofeedoneanotherthroughouttheyear.Whatsmostimportantisthatstudentsarelearningwhychoosinghealthyfoodsandincreasingtheirphysicalactivityisimportant.Thiswintertheschoollaunchedahealthychallengesothatstudentscouldpaycloseattentiontotheireatinghabitstheirphysicalactivitytheirsleepinghabitstheirwaterintakeandtheirscreentime.Theyenlistedthehelpofanonlinetrackingprogramtostayfocused.AccordingtoAtlanticViewPrincipalJimKingthereisanimprovementinoverallstudentachievementandengagement.FindthisreportontheSuperintendentspageonwww.hrsb.caWhatdomathliteracyandtechnologyoutcomeslooklikeinGradePrimaryInCindyNg-IvanosclassatBasinviewDriveCommunitySchooltheylookdeliciousThatsbecausesheregularlyusesnutritiousage-appropriatefoodpreparationtoengageprimarystudentsintheirlearning.Ms.Ng-Ivanounderstandstheimportanceofteachingchildrenabouthealthyfoodsatayoungage.Recentlyshetaughtstudentshowtomakehomemadegranolaandayogurtparfait.Thehands-onproject-basedlessontouchedonvariousoutcomesstudentsfollowedthestepsofarecipemeasuredingredientslearnednewvocabularyengagedthevesensesanddiscussedtheirlearningwithoneanother.Theycreatedrecipecardstotakehome.TheyalsousediPadstocapturetheirexperienceandmakeahow-tovideotosharetheirprojectwithfellowstudentsintheschooltheirparentsguardiansfamiliesandgrandparents.TalkaboutmakingaconnectionbetweenhomeandschoolToimprovestudentachievementandpersonalsuccess.Tomaximizeexemplaryteachingpracticestosupporthighqualityinstruction.ClickabovetohearmoreaboutMs.Ng-Ivanosapproachtoengagingstudentsthroughfoodpreparation.ClickabovetowatchtheYoungChefsofBasinviewCommunitySchoolvideo.2 3Toachieveequitablelearningopportunitiesforallstudents.TobuildengagementsupportandcondenceinHRSB.HRSBsSchoolNutritionistJillWhiteRDisnurturingstrongrelationshipswithmanyofourpartnersthroughherinvolvementinNourishNovaScotia.Nourishisaregisteredcharitythatsupportsnourishmentandfoodliteracyprogramsinschoolcommunitiesacrosstheprovince.NourishisalsothelargestfunderofbreakfastprogramsintheHRSBproviding239140forthe2014-2015schoolyear.TheBoardofDirectorsatNourishismadeupofrepresentativesfromtheDepartmentofEducationandEarlyChildhoodDevelop-menttheDepartmentofHealthandWellnessregistereddietitiansfromschoolboardsettingsacrosstheprovinceandthecommu-nity.AsanorganizationNourishisrootedinprinciplesofsharedleadershipandcollaborationeveryonehasavoice.Nourishpartnersmeetmonthlytosupportthegoodfoodmovementnutritionprogramspoliciesandinitiativesthatsupportthehealthandlearningofchildrenandyouth.Jillprovidesperspectivefromthefront-linesofHRSBschools.ThisinsighthelpstoinformanddirectNourishsdecision-makingwhichinturnsupportsHRSBsuniqueneeds.AsanexampleNourishisworkingtodevelopitsnextprogramediblegardens.ThiswasidentiedasaneedinpartasaresultofthepopularityoftheediblegardenprogramatHRSB.JillisworkingcollaborativelywithNourishtoprovideinsightintowhatschoolsneedtointegratelearningopportunitieswithschoolgardensintothecurriculum.Nourishinturnworksinpartnershiptodeveloptheseresourcesforschoolsthroughouttheprovince.NourishisalsoworkingonapilotforschoolsforahealthylocalfoodfundraiserinwhichafewHRSBschoolswillbeinvitedtoparticipate.NourishisaresourceforHRSBschoolsonmanylevels.Notonlydoesitprovidenancialsupporttobreakfastprogramsitalsoregularlyprovidesvaluableinformationforschoolstosharewiththeirschoolcommunities.Nourishprovidesmonthlynewslettertipsforschoolsthattheycaneasilyaddtotheirschoolnewsletters.Thesepiecescanrangefromhealthylunchideastoexpertadviceongettingkidstotrynewfoodstothelinksbetweengoodnutritionandlearning.NourishalsopartnerswithHRSBtodeliverprofessionaldevelopmentonfoodliteracyandbreakfastprogramstoteachersandvolunteersfromtheHRSBschoolcommunity.ThepartnershipbetweenNourishNSandHRSBisatruesynergy.NourishprovidesthenancestoHRSBtodeliverthenutritionprograms.InturnNourishreliesonandtrustsHRSBfortheknowledgeandfeedbackfromtheprogramlevel.NourishandHRSBpositivelycollaboratetodevelopfurtherresourcestosupportnutritionprogrammingattheschoollevel.Thisrelation-shipeasestheburdenonschoolssothattheycanfocusonprovidingstudentswithgreatqualitynutritionprograms.YoucanlearnmorebyfollowingNourishonTwitterNourishNS.WhatcouldmakejuniorhighschoolstudentswanttodoschoolworkonasnowdayAsFiveBridgesJuniorHighSchoolPrincipalRamonaJosephlearnedrst-handinFebruaryitsGoogleAppsforEducationGAFEEightypercentofourGrade9sparticipatedinreal-timediscussionwiththeirteachersandcollaboratedwiththeirclassmatesthroughGoogleDocsonadaywhenschoolwasactuallyclosed.GAFEisacollectionoftoolsthatincludesGmailCalendarDriveDocsSheetsSlidesSitesandmore.Theseappsallowstudentsandteacherstoaccesslesfromcloud-basedstoragefromanydevicewithInternetconnection.Theyallowforlivecollaborationonanylesimultaneouslyfromanywhere.Collaboratorscanseeoneanothersworkontheirscreentheycanreviewtheentirerevisionhistoryandsavinghappensautomatically.NovaScotiasDepartmentofEarlyEducationandChildhoodDevelopmentisintroducingtheGAFEsuiteoftoolsasameanstosupportNovaScotiasActionPlanforEducation2015.Morethan20ofthe137schoolsintheHalifaxRegionalSchoolBoardHRSBhavebegunusingGoogleAppsforEducation.Justeightweeksinthereviewsfromstudentsteachersandadministratorsareoverwhelminglypositive.TeachersareusingGAFEtosupportstudentsandworkwiththemasifthestudentweresittingnexttothemsaidJoseph.IamalsoabletobepartofProfessionalLearningCommunityPLCmeetingsandnotevenbeintheroombyusingGAFE.ItsnotchangingourworkitschangingthewayweworksaidJoseph.HRSBsTechnologyIntegrationLeadTeamTILTisprovidingtheprofessionaldevelopmentforGAFE.AlexanderMacDougallandMarioEleftheroshaveneverseenademandfortechnology-relatedPDasgreatandasenthusiasticasitisforGAFE.GoogleAppsisthebiggestsingletechnology-relatedgamechangerforourschoolssincecomputerswererstintroducedsaidMacDougall.Itenablesteacherstomoreeasilyreachbeyondtheclassroomandprovidesasmoothandvirtuallyseamlessplatformonwhicheveryonecanshareideasandinformationbecreativeandgetorganized.MacDougallbelievesthatHRSBwillseeGAFEchangethewaystudentsworkcollaborativelyandindependentlybothinandoutoftheclassroom.IttakeslearningsharingandcollaboratingtoawholenewlevelsaidEleftheros.Itistruecollaborationusingtoolsthatareaccessibletoeveryone.ItsexcitingtoseehowGoogleAppsforEducationwillenhancethewayweworkattheboardlevelthewayweteachandthewaystudentsengageintheirlearninginschoolorathomeontheirowntimeevenonasnowdayItishoweverimportantthatwedontlosesightthatnotechnologycanbesuccessfulwithoutateacherwhoisusingitinmeaningfulwaystosupportthelearningofallstudents. Lightso.GreenonEnergyProjectUpdateTheLightso.Greenonenergysavingsprojectwillreachthehalfwaypointofthefour-yearcampaignattheendofMarch.Weareseeingdramaticreductionsinwaterusageinschoolswhereplumbingupgradeshavebeenmade.SpringvaleElementaryandTallahasseeCommunitySchoolbothreceivedplumbingupgradesinMarch2014.Generallytheworkconsistedofreplacingtoiletsfaucetaeratorsandurinalushvalvesifpresentwithnewmoreecientlow-owxtures.Urinalushtankcontrollerswerealsoadded.Traditionallyurinaltanksoperatebyconstantlyllinganelevatedtankandoncethattankisfullitushes.Thisprocessrepeats24hoursaday7daysaweek365daysayear.Withcontrollersthetanksonlyushonoccupancyorataminimumdenedinterval.Ofalltheplumbingupgradesthesecontrollerssavethegreatestamountofwater.Theseupgradessavedatotalof1140permonthatSpringvaleElementaryand767permonthatTallahasseeCommunitySchool.DidyouknowItcostsapproximately1adaytofeedachildahealthybreakfast.NourishNovaScotiaisthelargestfunderofHRSBbreakfastprograms.Findouthowyoucanhelp.Accordingtothe2013-14GettingtoGreatsurvey52-62ofHRSBstudentswouldliketohavemorehealthyfoodchoicesavailableattheirschool.Ittakesmorethan1000volunteerstorunbreakfastprogramsintheHalifaxRegionalSchoolBoardStudentsadministratorsstaparentsguardiansgrandparentscommunitygroupsandreligiousorganizationsareresponsibleforservingupmorethan1.2millionbreakfastmealsatour98andgrowingbreakfastprogramseachschoolyear.Herearejustafewoftheseamazingvolunteers.ThankyouforallthatyoudoCongratulationsto22aspiringleaderswhocompletedtheLeadershipDevelopmentProgramLDPthisspringFindthisreportontheSuperintendentspageonwww.hrsb.ca4FacesofHRSB