Superintendent’s Report to the Halifax Regional School Board @Elwin_LeRoux @HRSB_Official Providing a high quality education for every student every day March 5 African Heritage Month Quiz Finals Central Library March 6 Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) African Heritage Month Challenge Awards March 8 International Women’s Day March 9 Assessment & Evaluation Day (No classes for Elem/JH only) March 12-16 March Break (no classes) March 19 Elem/JH Report Cards Home March 21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination This year’s African Heritage Month theme is Educate, Unite, Celebrate Community. For the past 28 days, schools throughout the HRSB have been marking African Heritage Month in a variety of ways. If you pay any attention to Twitter, you will have noticed that many of our schools are sharing those celebrations publicly. This is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate what, and how, our students are learning about African heritage. Over the years, schools have invited a variety of guest speakers and artists to share African culture with students. This year, however, I’m noticing something a little different. Those celebrations are still happening (as they should), but there seems to be an increase in the types of opportunities for deeper learning about our rich and storied African Nova Scotian history. From morning announcements, to the infusion of African culture into math and even science classes, African heritage is making its way into the everyday in many schools. Scrolling through my Twitter feed, I notice that many teachers are bringing this history alive for students by helping them make connections to local landmarks and members of the community. Students aren’t just reading about Africville in class; they’re visiting the site, exploring the church and hearing first-hand stories from former residents. In addition, they’re demonstrating their learning in a number of ways. These are the types of connections that resonate with students of all ages. Have you seen the QR codes students used to capture their learning? Look for these and a number of examples of tweets that demonstrate community-based learning throughout this report. Also, find a video montage of African Heritage Month celebrations and learning experiences under Goal 2. The Delmore ‘Buddy’ Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) also plays a critical role in educating, uniting and celebrating community through its annual African Nova Scotian History Challenge. Students are invited to submit an entry, as a class or as individuals, which celebrates the contributions that African Nova Scotians have made to the history, heritage and culture of our province and our country. I thank the many HRSB teachers who have embraced this opportunity to engage students in deeper learning around African heritage. I also thank those who continue to share the learning-in- progress as students work on their submissions. It is awe-inspiring! The award celebration takes place at Chebucto Heights Elementary School on the afternoon of March 6. I look forward to showcasing the highlights from this important event in next month’s report. Our #HRSBPartners are vital in enriching the learning experiences for students. Each February, Halifax Public Libraries offers a unique opportunity to students who February is African Heritage Month! 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth, NS., B3B 1X7 902.464.2000 February 2018