Superintendent’s Report to the Halifax Regional School Board 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth, NS., B3B 1X7 902.464.2000 @Elwin_LeRoux @HRSB_Official Providing a high quality education for every student every day IMPORTANT DATES: October 27 Professional Conference Day (no classes) November 13 Remembrance Day Observed (no classes) October 2017 October is Mi’kmaq Heritage Month November 14-30 High School Mid-term Reports Home November 22 Assessment & Evaluation Day Elementary/JH (no classes) November 22 AM: PD Day, PM: Parent/Teacher Interviews High School (no classes) October is a month when we typically pause to give thanks. In addition to the Thanksgiving holiday, both World Teachers’ Day and National Principals’ Month (led by The Learning Partnership) fall in October. These occasions remind us to take the time to celebrate life’s blessings and to also show gratitude to those who are making a difference in the lives of students. I offer my thanks to the exceptional teachers and principals who work in our system. Great schools are built on the foundation of great people – and successful learners are the result! Thanks also to schools and staff throughout the system for adjusting to the many changes introduced this year. I recognize these changes created a number of challenges during the first few weeks of school, and I am thankful for our staff’s ability to problem-solve and adapt to new routines and schedules. In addition, I am thankful for our Governing Board’s leadership in ensuring that our students understand, make connections with and recognize our shared history in Nova Scotia. This month, which also happens to be Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia, all HRSB schools began acknowledging in morning announcements that we are in Mi’kma’ki, which is the traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. What does that sound like in schools? Find out in the video here. On November 1, the Governing Board will hold its Annual General Meeting. At this time, members will elect a Chair and Vice-Chair and also appoint audit committee members. Special thanks to Dave Wright and Cindy Littlefair as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively for their leadership over the past year. I look forward to continuing the great work we’ve started and building upon our recent professional development session, titled Reinventing your Board, Governing Coherently, led by Aspen Group International. Learning more about models of governance is an essential step for improvement. The province’s Education System Administrative Review is now underway. Earlier this month, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) announced that Dr. Avis Glaze will lead the review. They’ve tasked Dr. Glaze to take an objective look at how public schools are administered, including elected school boards and their central office administration, along with the administration at the EECD. HRSB staff, students and members of the public will be asked to share their thoughts, suggestions and ideas in a brief public survey. In addition, a more detailed survey has been developed by Dr. Glaze that is designed to seek input from those with a more experienced perspective about governance. On Thursday, October 26, I have invited all Central Office staff members as well as principals