Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8Superintendent’s REPORT to the Halifax Regional School Board 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth, N.S., B3B 1X7 902.464.2000 @Elwin_LeRoux @HRSB_Official Providing high quality education for every student every day IMPORTANT DATES: February is African Heritage Month February is Registration Month February 6-10 Report Cards (High School) February 16 Curriculum Night (High School) January 2017 February 20 Mi’kmaq Heritage Day (no classes) March 13-17 March Break (no classes) March 22 Assessment & Evaluation Day Elementary/Jr High (no classes) March 27-31 Report Cards (Elementary/Jr High) Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a restful holiday break. It’s hard to believe we are already approaching the month of February. It is important to acknowledge where we find ourselves at the beginning of 2017. After 26 school days under job action by the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union (NSTU), a tentative deal has been reached with the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD). Effective Monday, January 23, the Provincial Executive of the NSTU suspended strike action and ended its Work-to-Rule (WTR) campaign. A ratification vote is scheduled for February 8 and I remain optimistic that the NSTU membership will accept the Executive’s recommendation. There is no question that our system has been operating differently since December 5. While the NSTU’s job action directives have prevented members from doing many extras, I know that our schools have been safe and that teaching and learning has continued to happen every day in our classrooms. It is deeply important to me to celebrate and showcase our stories of teaching and learning with parents, guardians and the community in this report, on Twitter and elsewhere. In fact, it’s one of my personal strategies to continue building public support and confidence in our system. It’s also one of HRSB’s four Business Plan goals. Demonstrating our staff expertise, dedication and commitment to students and their education is vital in achieving that goal. Since December 5, I have taken a pause in sharing those stories with respect for the NSTU job action. As we move forward, it will be a priority. I recognize that it has been a challenging few months for all. I sincerely thank everyone – our teachers, administrators, caretakers, administrative assistants, EPAs, Student Support Workers, Library Support Specialists, and other support staff, as well as parents/guardians and community partners – for continuing to do what you do best during times of uncertainty: and that’s providing support to our students. Again, I thank you. The world experienced significant changes over the past year – changes that have impacted our country, our province and even our schools. At this time one year ago, HRSB was starting to welcome the first of 500 children from Syria who would become new students in our system. Welcoming newcomers is nothing new for our board; each year new students arrive in our schools from various parts of the globe. The year 2016, however, was remarkably different, as the number of newcomers from a specific area, in a short period of time presented many unknowns.