New Westminster School Board Committee Meeting (Tuesday, December 5)

At our upcoming Committee meeting.

In our usual Operations update,

Budget update

• we have the Business Company in the process of final dissolution

• we have a capital project report that includes the McBride seismic upgrade project and a request from the Ministry Education for up to date enrolment projects.

• the District is starting to renew its Long range facility plan.

We have the results coming back from our May Day consultation process that will now be forwarded, along with the Staff consultattive process we did earlier, to a further public consultation process hoepfully invloving the City and the School Board jointly. I have posted the main statistical table here,

Screen Shot 2017-12-03 at 6.29.05 PM.pngthe full report is in our agenda package.

We have the continued development of the Value Statements that accompany our new Mission Statement (To enable each student to learn in a safe, engaging and inclusive environment.) and Vision Statement (A place where students love to learn.). The draft Value statements are,

Draft Value Statements

Curiosity – Inquisitive thinking, exploration, and investigation are integral to learning. We strive to have our students graduate from grade 12 as curious as when they first began kindergarten.

Collaboration– We strive to develop purposeful relationships where we choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared goals and consider each other in our decisions and actions. Genuine collaboration encourages introspection of behavior and communication.

Engagement – Learning should be meaningful, purposeful, and relevant to each student. We strive to have students and teachers who are attracted to their work, persist despite challenges and obstacles, and take visible delight in accomplishing their work.

Equity – We believe in the principles of equity – all decisions shall be fair, impartial and free from bias or favoritism.

Inclusion – We value, respect and support the needs of every individual and strive to ensure the conditions are in place for each student to exceed their full potential.

Innovation – We value the intellectual habits of mind, such as openness, levels of ideation, autonomy, exploratory behavior, and convergent and divergent thinking. We celebrate the implementation of innovative and creative ideas.

Integrity – We value honesty and truthfulness as demonstrated not only by our words but also by our behaviours and our conduct.

We have a SOGI update. SOGI stands for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. I am very proud that the The New Westminster School Board was one of the first school districts to develop a policy around Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. The SOGI Policy is meant to include and protect all people in our district regardless of how they identify their gender identity.

Author: Michael Ewen

Husband, Parent, Grandparent, Dog Owner, Public School Teacher, Public School Trustee

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