Thank you to our caring and dedicated educational community in Mission. This has been a year of sharing and learning together and we look forward to our continued journey next year.
Please find some exciting highlights below that reflect some our of work together this year.
Siwal Si’wes Official Press Release:
June 21, 2017
Mission School District Unveils its Locally Developed Residential School Curriculum Website on National Aboriginal Day at Xa:ytem B.C.
Survivors, Elders, Educators, RCMP, Mission Mayor and Council, Local First Nation Council members, Community members and students celebrated Nation Aboriginal Day at Xa:ytem on June 21st. All were there to honour and acknowledge the contributions that Residential School Survivors, Elders and Mission Public School staff made towards a locally developed Residential School Curriculum Website for students and teachers from Kindergarten through to grade 12.
This website entitled, “Stories of Truth”, is the result of a 2 year process of consultation and commitment by the groups mentioned above. The website holds several powerful locally developed video, audio and print resources produced by Siwal Si’wes and Bear Image Productions, and can be found at https://greatspirithand.com
The event began with a traditional feast, followed by an honouring ceremony, speeches and elementary students singing “Leave the World a Little bit Better”, while 3 eagles flew overhead at this Historic BC landmark.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada presented its 94 Calls to Action in December 2015. Call to Action #63 (i) included: Developing and Implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve Curriculum and learning resources on Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of Residential Schools. This website is a direct result of this call to action.
The goal of this effort is to build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. Please visit https://greatspirithand.com and continue your journey towards Reconciliation Today!
Teacher Librarians: Please click on the image below to see a slideshow that demonstrates how each school library embraced elements of the redesigned curriculum this year, including Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives, Applied Design Skills and Technology, and more….
Mental Math Carousel Day at Deroche Elementary School:
We are pleased to announce that in September 2017, Rebekaah Stenner (Math educator and current Outreach Manager and Teacher Support for JUMP Math) will join our MPSD curriculum team as a K-12 Math Mentor Teacher.
She has been working this spring at Deroche Elementary School and helped them coordinate and “Mental Math Carousel Day” this June.
- The community coming together to share and learn math.
- The students were enthusiastic and excited to participate.
- Principal Mike Abercrombie’s homemade hundred’s chart and how much the students enjoyed interacting with it.
- The families who volunteered! They were open to learning and leading the math stations.
- Students who don’t normally engage were engaged.
- The money game was a relevant to students and they practiced the names/values of coins.
- This has created a culture of thinking about math as something fun and interesting!
See @SD75Curriculum for more success stories shared by schools and educators in our school district. Follow us for updates throughout the summer!
2017/2018 Learning Opportunities: Save the Date!
Our curriculum team are already planning professional learning opportunities for the fall. Here’s what is planned so far, stay tuned for more opportunities to be shared in the fall:
- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training:
- Tuesday, August 29th (Principals and Management)
- Wednesday, August 30th (All Staff Refresher, 8:00-1:00) (Click here for details.)
- Early Learning Day , Friday, September 8th at Fraserview Learning Centre: Kindergarten teachers and Strong Start facilitators, Literacy and Mental Math focus.
- School Goals Day, Friday, September 22nd:
- JUMP Math for K-6 (as well as Educational Assistants and interested middle school teachers)
- Middle Schools: TBA
- Mission Secondary School: QBQ Presentation
Computational Thinking and Coding Workshops:
- Wednesday, October 4th, 3:30-5:00
- Wednesday, November 15th, 3:30-5:00
- Provincial Professional Development Day, Friday, October 20th: Mission Public School District has partnered with local community groups to offer the Pulling Together one-day conference at Heritage Park Middle School. Registration is now open with an early bird rate until September 22nd.
Click on the image below to register!
- Mission Public School District Curriculum Day, Monday, October 23rd: TBA in September, but watch for math assessment learning opportunities, Innovative Career Education tools and more!