Students learn to code at UBC Okanagan

Highlights from the school board meeting of Jan. 26.

CodeCreate at UBC

Six students, four from Nakusp Secondary School (NSS) and two from Lucerne Elementary Secondary School (LESS) attended the CodeCreate learning event at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna this past weekend.

Michael Myhal, the technology and hands-on learning teacher, supervised the field trip, which involved about 100 students from the interior region. Students got to learn about computer coding with the assistance of mentors from the post-secondary community, and also community volunteers. Global TV filmed the event, which includes footage of local students. A number of teachers in the district have an interest and background in coding, and the school board is looking at ways to further integrate these skills as part of the new K-9 curriculum.

Solar energy challenge

The Grade 7/8/9 class at Lucerne Elementary Secondary School (LESS) is the first to join the district-wide challenge to monitor the graphs and energy savings as a result of the solar panels installed at NES and LESS. The deadline to take part in the challenge is Feb. 4. Culminating presentations to the Education Partnership Committee in June will be made by all classes involved.

Lucerne wiring update

Wiring at Lucerne is almost complete, The next step is the installation of new wired drops in each classroom. There are not yet wireless routers installed in the classrooms. Board protocols around restrictions of use of wireless will be shared.

Grants for Edgewood School’s Innovative Wildlife Observation Project

Primary teacher Erika Momeyer has just won two grants to support her innovative use of game cameras to enhance student learning in the K-3 class at Edgewood School. The grants come from the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and BC Hydro’s Community Champions program. Students use wildlife cameras placed in the forest bordering the school to observe and record wildlife use and patterns in the area. After several weeks of monitoring, students will decide on a community action project to help the wildlife using the forest. This could include community education through brochures, posters, or signs, garbage clean up, bird or bat box building, or another student-run initiative.

Board of Education to meet with Jan Unwin and Maureen Dockendorf- Tuesday, Feb. 23

Parents, staff, and the public are welcome to join the Board of Education at their regular board meeting to hear Jan Unwin, Superintendent of Graduation and Transitions, and Maureen Dockendorf, Superintendent of Early Years, as they discuss the renewed K-9 curriculum, and possible changes in assessment and reporting. The meeting will take place at the Bonnington Arts Centre.

The next Education Partnership Committee meeting is Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

The next School Board meeting is Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Interior Health will not expand Police and Crisis Team

Southeast Division Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli asked IH to expand the program

Hwy 1 flooding causes massive delays on certain Arrow Lakes ferry routes

Motorists have been waiting around three hours to get on ferries

RDCK: spring flooding financial relief available

The provincial funds are for those affected by flooding in May and early June

Nakusp celebrates Canada Day with parade

Around 50 people from various business and organizations participated in parade

QUIZ: Put your knowledge of Canada to the test

How much do you know about our country?

VIDEO: Musqueam Chief captures captivating footage of bald eagle catching meal

‘This is why we have chosen to live here since time immemorial,’ Chief Wayne Sparrow’s nephew says

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Stop enforcing sex work laws during COVID-19, advocates say

There are provisions in Canada’s prostitution laws that make workers immune from prosecution, but not from arrest

Liberal party finished 2019 having spent $43 million, raised $42 million

All political parties had until midnight June 30 to submit their financial reports for last year

B.C. teacher loses licence after sexual relationships with two recently-graduated students

The teacher won’t be allowed to apply for a teaching certificate until 2035

Most Read