Somalian refugee children to enroll at Lucerne

Highlights from the September meeting of the school board and the education partnership committee.

In mid-July, the district was informed the Slocan Valley Refugee Coalition had been matched with a Somalian family who had been living in a Kenyan refugee camp for the last 10 years.

Staff at the school are busy preparing to welcome the five school-aged children. Their English Language Learning (ELL) skills will be assessed when they arrive, and, if required, an ELL teacher will be hired to assist them learn English. The family also has a three-year-old child who will be going to the New Denver Strong Start Centre.

 

SD 10’s Design Thinking Grant approved

Starting in September, the Design Thinking: Making a Difference in the World project celebrates 13 local artists who will be doing residencies in the schools across the district. They will be working with children and youth in genres ranging from pottery to timber frame building.

Thirteen artist, maker, and builder residencies will be scheduled from November to May, with culminating showings of final prototypes and design processes held in the communities of Nakusp, New Denver, and Edgewood on May 18.

 

New SD 10 films launched

Four new films celebrating teaching and learning in the district have been completed, and are available on the SD 10 Arrow Lakes YouTube channel, and the district website.

They are:

1. Garden, Greenhouse, and Sustainability, which focuses on the pre-school, Strong Start, and K-12 programs at Lucerne connected to the school garden, greenhouse, and sustainability initiatives.

2. Taking Care of Community: Collaborative Environmental Stewardship features two Nakusp Elementary teachers sharing their work in co-teaching Grade 5/6 students in inquiry projects focused on taking action in the community

3. Solar Energy Project showcases the hands on and technology learning experiences involved in the installation of solar panels at NES and Lucerne last fall.

4. Technology in the Wild: Primary Students Explore Their Places shares Edgewood Elementary School’s outdoor classroom. K-3 students inquire about animal habitats and needs in the forest using game cameras to record animal presence.

 

New school bus for Eastern Zone route

The 60 passenger bus has arrived and will serve the Hills-New Denver-Silverton route.

The new bus is a replacement for the propane bus, which has had engine problems since its purchase. The Ministry of Education authorized replacement of the vehicle with a new diesel bus.

In addition, $15,000 from the sale of the propane bus has been approved by the ministry to go into SD 10’s restricted capitol surplus fund.

In total, there are now three new buses in the district, one for the Edgewood route, one in Nakusp, and this most recent one for New Denver.

 

Strong Start Review at Lucerne Oct. 6-7

A team of four researchers is coming from the University of Toronto to conduct research interviews and a focus group with Strong Start co-ordinator Charlene Alexander and parents.

Tessa Graham, director of the Office of Early Years, and Maureen Dockendorf, superintendent of Early Learning, will also attend the review.

New Denver Strong start is one of 10 sites chosen for this research across B.C. as a result of its innovative community partnerships and flexible evening/after school hours, amongst other practises.

 

Part time district health coordinator

New Interior Health Authority funding for a part-time, one day per week, has allowed the district to hire Heather French as the new healthy schools co-ordinator.

French has begun working with Lorna Newman, director of learning, on a draft plan to address three identified district health needs: nutrition, substance misuse, and mental health.

She will visit schools and talk to staff as she launches this new health program, which will augment existing healthy schools initiatives.

 

Just Posted

Company granted leave to appeal Lemon Creek charges

Executive Flight Centre won a decision in the BC Court of Appeal

Interior Health study offers take-home drug testing kits to spot fentanyl

Interior Health to evaluate safety of at home drug testing kits aimed at reducing fentanyl overdoses

Nakusp students get CPR, defibrillator training

Advanced Coronary Training program visits high school

Cannabis promoters call for ‘reset’ of federal pot rules

Changes in regulation are causing chaos for small growers, say letter’s authors

Trail firefighters quash a string of suspicious brush fires

Seven brush fires started Friday night; Trail police investigating

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nation

B.C. sends 267 firefighters to help battle Alberta wildfires

Out of control fires have forced evacuations in the province

Most Read