Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Superintendent’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: March 22 Assessment & Evaluation Day Elementary/Jr High (no classes) March 27-31 Report Cards (Elementary/Jr High) April 6 AM: PD Day, PM: Parent/Teacher Interviews (no classes, Elementary/Jr High only) March 2017 April 14 Good Friday (no classes) April 17 Easter Monday (no classes) April 18-21 High School Mid Term Reports April 27 AM: PD Day, PM: Parent/Teacher Interviews (no classes, High School only) As March Break ended, spring arrived this week with another winter wallop. While I’m sure many students were happy to have the break extended by a day, I am hopeful that Monday’s storm was the last of the season! During the first week of March, many events celebrating African Heritage Month continued throughout the HRSB. I would like to congratulate the students at William King Elementary School (WKES) who wrote, published and launched their book, The ABCs of Viola Desmond! It will soon be distributed to Grade 3 classrooms across the province. For more, see CBC’s news coverage here. Well done, WKES! I had the pleasure of attending the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) African Nova Scotian History Challenges and Awards Ceremony at Chebucto Heights Elementary School. What an awesome celebration of student learning! As always, I was impressed by our students’ depth of knowledge, artistic expression and passion for telling stories about the rich African history in this province. Thanks to the DBDLI for making this important and valuable event possible each year! Here’s a short video that gives a sampling of some of the entries. Yesterday, the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions began three days of meetings. The Council is made up of 14 members, including nine classroom teachers selected by superintendents from across the province. It also includes a student, a parent, and a guidance counsellor appointed by government, along with two co-chairs, one appointed by government and one appointed by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. Nearly 800 teachers applied for the council. Two of the nine classroom teachers selected are from HRSB: Michael Cosgrove (Dartmouth High) and Rachel Ross-Mantley (Central Spryfield Elementary). The guidance counsellor chosen by EECD is Pamela Doyle (Lockview High). I thank all three particpants for agreeing to take on this highly important task. I look forward to hearing the initial recommendations from the council, which are expected no later than April 28. I am excited to share this month’s report with you. Each story touches on some of the work we do to provide a high quality education for every student every day. In Goal 1, you’ll hear about a new approach to French language learning. In Goal 2, you’ll find out about a project in the works that will help families understand the supports available for students with individualized programming that encourage independence and success.