Happy 2016 to all of you!
We just passed that time of year when I usually publish my annual Christmas photo album. While I won’t be sharing photos from all of our schools this year, I do have a different photo album of sorts to share with all of you.
On Tuesday, December 8th, School District No. 27 was fortunate to welcome Minister of Education Mike Bernier and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett to our district. It was a whirlwind of a day, and the Minster and MLA Barnett visited and toured as many schools and programs as we could. Our goal was to share many positive aspects of our district while still finding ways to also share with the Minister our challenges.
The day began with a visit to Scout Island where students from Teacher Kim Zalay’s Lake City Secondary Grade 7 Outdoor Education Academy shared their learning with the Minister on a mini-tour of the island.
At Marie Sharpe Elementary, the Minister’s visit began by listening to the school’s fiddle group, led by Ingrid Johnston. The volunteer narrator was Principal Calvin Dubray.
A Marie Sharpe student gave Minister Bernier a drum as a gift as Mary Harry drummed with Teacher Lorene Fennell’s students.
Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett joined in the drumming action.
Reading Strategies Teacher Leader Lori Kelly and her Reading Recovery Continuing Contact teachers welcomed the Minister as they observed and discussed Teacher Rae Perry’s lesson with a student behind the two-way glass.
At Lake City Secondary’s Columneetza Campus, Teacher Tim Westwick displayed the school’s CNC Plasma cutter to Minister Bernier, MLA Barnett, and Board of Education Chair Tanya Guenther.
LCSS Teacher Nick MacDonald and a student demonstrate the 3D printer in the Tech Ed class.
SD27 Coordinator of Career Programs, Dave Corbett, joins in on the discussion.
The Minister capped off his visit to Williams Lake schools by visiting Cataline teacher Steve Dickens and his students who participate in a year-long intergenerational program at the Williams Lake Seniors Village. Trustees Guenther and Christine Dyment look on in the background as the Minister asks some questions about the crib game taking place.
The Minister met with the SD27 Board of Education for a lunch meeting about the district’s successes and challenges.
PSO Secondary teacher Chris Leflufy and five of his auto mechanics students shared their recent projects with the Minister. This was also a chance to tour the Minster through our new auto shop at PSO.
The Minister even had a chance to show off his ball hockey skills during a quick impromptu visit to PSO teacher Sean Glanville’s PE class in the newly renovated gymnasium.
100 Mile Elementary teacher Tammi Varney’s Kindergarten students were working on shaping play dough snowmen and decorating them with accessories they found outside.
Teacher Lacey Venner’s Grade 4/5 French Immersion students from 100 Mile Elementary were working in their guided math groups as Trustee Chris Pettman joined the Minister for the 100 Mile portion of the tour.
At the last stop of the day, 100 Mile Elementary teacher Sally Morgan’s Grade 6/7 French Immersion class asked the Minister some questions about his job and some educational issues they are facing. Like all of the other administrators involved in the day, Principal Donna Rodger (centre) was a very gracious host.
Our thanks to Minister Bernier for making it a top priority to visit every school district in B.C. It was a great opportunity for us to be able to host him and MLA Barnett for an entire school day. Thanks also to Secretary Treasurer Kevin Futcher and Trustees Guenther, Dyment, and Pettman who joined us for different portions of the school and program tours. I am grateful to all of the principals, vice principals, teachers and community members who helped to make the day so successful. Special thanks go to all of the students who did School District No. 27 proud all day.
Have a wonderful start to the new calendar year!
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