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Superintendents REPORT to the Halifax Regional School Board 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth NS. B3B 1X7 902.464.2000Join the conversation on Twitter Elwin_LeRoux HRSB_Official Providing high quality education for every student every day. Theyre Ready for Us... Are We Ready for Them This is a question I asked every HRSB administrator in the days leading up to the opening of schools for the 2015-16 year. This video of local preschoolers sharing their hopes and dreams for their upcoming education with us in contrast with recent grads reflecting on their time with HRSB set the tone for critical conversation about what we need to do to provide a high quality education for every student every day. This September we welcomed 48000 students into our schools and we were ready While classes may begin during the first week of September the preparation to receive our students begins months in advance. Our School Administration and Human Resources departments began the staffing processes in early spring and this continues until positions are filled. Program staff members are continuously developing and delivering cutting-edge professional development around curriculum culturally responsive teaching and technology. Specialists in the areas of program planning assistive technology autism and behaviour work with school communities to ensure families have the support they need to be ready for the year. Principals and teachers spend a great deal of time and energy planning and preparing to get to know their learners by setting up school and classroom environments that support and enhance student learning. Finance ensures that we are working within our budget and Operations staff members maintain our schools and offices. After a hot and abnormally humid summer break we faced some challenges with mould at seven of our schools two of which were delayed in opening. Operations staff along with outside contractors worked day and night to get the schools cleaned and ready for students and staff and we opened as soon as it was safe to do so. Opening 136 schools is truly a team effort. My first monthly report of the year will demonstrate some of the ways in which principals vice principals teachers and support staff prepared to provide the best possible education for each and every one of those 48000 learners. This fall there are many new and exciting changes in education. As part of Nova Scotias Action Plan we are rolling out a streamlined continued page 2 Important Dates October is Mikmaq History Month October 12 Thanksgiving Day no classes October 23 Provincial Conference Day no classes November 11 Remembrance Day no classes November 13 End of First Term for Elementary Junior High Assessment Evaluation Day no classes November 16-19 Report Cards Home P-12 September 2015