REGINA – Prairie Spirit School Division has received the 2018 Premier’s Board of Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in Education, for its submission of “innovative music programming” in the division.
The Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) co-ordinates the Premier’s Award each year. The award was presented on behalf of Premier Scott Moe during the SSBA Annual General Assembly on Friday night.
“I want to congratulate Prairie Spirit School Division for winning this year’s award,” Todd Goudy, MLA for Melfort, said on behalf of Premier Moe. “This award honours the great work in Prairie Spirit schools, which includes expanding opportunities through an innovative music program that brings quality music education to rural schools.”
In its application for the award, Prairie Spirit School Division said a new approach to music programming called “Resonate” (www.resonatelive.ca) was initiated in the division in 2015. Resonate is designed to be an inclusive approach to music programming in the division and involves a number of channels and outlets, including a student music conference, teacher professional development, performances and other events.
“We measure success for our school board by whether students and teachers are successful,” said Prairie Spirit Board Chair Sam Dyck. “Resonate gives us feedback that tells us the subject matter is relevant and that parents are engaged in the students’ learning – two of the factors we use as key ingredients to achieve student success.”
The $3,000 award is sponsored by Xerox Canada. The award recipient is recommended by a panel that includes representation from education sector partners.
“For 20 years, Xerox Canada has been investing in the education of our future leaders and proud to continue supporting the development of youth and students in our community,” said Xerox Regional Manager Bal Badh.
Developed in 1999, the Premier’s Award recognizes educational innovations and improvements focused on student achievement that have been advanced or directed by boards of education. The prize is to be used to support or extend the innovation or project.
“The Premier’s Award highlights the great work being done by school boards throughout the province,” said SSBA President Dr. Shawn Davidson. “While there is only one recipient of the award each year, every submission is worthy of recognition for promoting efforts to help ensure success for all students.”
Two life members of the SSBA were also recognized during the assembly – Connie Bailey, former trustee for Sun West School Division, and Élizabeth Perreault, former trustee of the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises. Both served for many years through their efforts as trustees and on the Provincial Executive of the SSBA.
The Association also presents its Award of Distinction in recognition of outstanding service and significant contribution to enhancing education in Saskatchewan. Three Award of Distinction recipients were recognized this year – Larry Caswell (Chinook), Bert de Gooijer (Prairie Valley) and Ray Morrison (Saskatoon Public).
The first-ever Local Government Week has been proclaimed in the province at the joint request of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA).
Saskatchewan’s Government Relations Minister Warren Kaeding officially proclaimed the Week, which runs from November 12 to 16.
“Mayors, reeves, chairs, councillors, trustees, and administrative officials all contribute to shaping the quality of life delivered to our province’s citizens and their families. They all play key roles in working with their neighbouring communities and other government partners. On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, it’s a pleasure to have this week recognize their valuable contributions and insights that help keep this great province strong,” said Kaeding.
“SARM understands the important role reeves and councillors play in governing RMs,” said SARM President Ray Orb. “We are committed to building capacity at the local level and are pleased to recognize Local Government Week.”
“Local governments are responsible for the services and infrastructure that many residents rely on daily,” said SUMA President Gordon Barnhart. “Local Government Week provides a formal opportunity to highlight this work and more.”
The call to recognize Local Government Week with an official proclamation from the province emerged through discussions between the partner organizations as an excellent opportunity to increase awareness and engagement in the province’s systems of local democracy.
“Locally-elected governments are the voice of the people and provide connection and accountability to communities,” said SSBA President Dr. Shawn Davidson. “Decisions are best made at the grassroots level and local governments have credibility and relationships with their communities.”
For more information: https://saskschoolboards.ca/advocacy/local-government-week/
Teachers and the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee today signed a new collective agreement.
On Sept. 7, 2018, an arbitration board handed down a decision, outlining a new collective agreement for teachers in the province’s schools.
The agreement, signed today in Regina, is based on language outlined in that arbitration ruling. The agreement covers the period from Sept. 1, 2017, to Aug. 31, 2019.
The parties would like to thank the members of the arbitration board for their work.
- Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement – Effective September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2019
- Interpretive Bulletin for the 2017-2019 Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement
REGINA – The Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) is encouraging everyone to wear orange and to think about residential schools as “Orange Shirt Day” is officially proclaimed in the province.
“There is an opportunity around Orange Shirt Day for reflection to occur regarding residential schools,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, SSBA president. “We need to keep building understanding about this shared history.”
Orange Shirt Day is recognized on Sept. 30 each year and is part of a larger movement in the country to provide opportunity for First Nations, governments, schools and communities to unite in a spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
“Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity to honour the residential school students and acknowledge their experiences,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “We want to ensure that all Saskatchewan people take the time to understand the impact of residential schools.”
The Orange Shirt Day movement is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, B.C., in 2013. It grew out of the account of a young girl having her new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the mission.
Orange Shirt Day was first proclaimed in Saskatchewan in 2016, in response to a resolution passed by the province’s trustees at the SSBA Spring General Assembly.
FORT QU’APPELLE – Efforts of Saskatchewan schools to improve student nutrition and create healthier environments are being celebrated today with the Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge’s Walk to Breakfast.
Since 2006, The Mosaic Company and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association have hosted the Challenge to encourage grassroots initiatives. Ten schools each received $10,000 earlier this year as winners of the 2018 Challenge. Among the winners was Prairie Valley School Division’s Bert Fox High School in Fort Qu’Appelle, where today’s Walk to Breakfast event was held.
“We’ve worked with the SSBA on the Mosaic Challenge for over 10 years – one of our longest community partnerships to date – and we still get excited each year to participate in the Walk to Breakfast, where we can have a one-on-one visit with a winning school,” said Sarah Fedorchuk, Vice President of Government Relations & Public Affairs at Mosaic.
“We’re glad to be at Bert Fox High School to hear about their efforts to make nutrition a daily part of student lives with the funding Mosaic provides,” Fedorchuk continued. “Congratulations to all of the Mosaic Challenge winners and to all schools across the province who are focusing efforts on the health and nutrition of our children.”
Bert Fox High School’s winning project highlights include implementing a universal snack program, training and skills development and purchasing kitchen equipment.
“Healthy nutrition for all students plays a significant role in their ability to learn, and Bert Fox’s winning project is a great example of how a school can focus on student success through healthy eating,” Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Gordon Wyant said. “Congratulations to Bert Fox and all the other recipients for their dedication to making student nutrition an important part of every student’s life.”
A record 70 schools submitted projects in 2018’s Challenge, to compete for a total of $100,000 in prizes, provided by Mosaic. Schools receiving grants this year are part of the Holy Trinity, Horizon, Ile a la Crosse, Northern Lights, Prairie Valley, Regina Catholic, Regina Public and Saskatoon Public school divisions and Muskoday First Nation.
“The SSBA is proud to recognize Bert Fox and the other recipients this year and we are very grateful to The Mosaic Company for the ongoing commitment to help ensuring the health and nutrition needs of students in our province are met,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, SSBA President.
Backgrounder: Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge 2018 Winners
REGINA – The Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) is reminding everyone to focus on student safety as students across the province return to classrooms for the new school year.
Today has been officially proclaimed as “Provincial Students’ Day” in Saskatchewan to help ensure safety is the primary consideration for students, families and communities, and especially for motorists who will be driving in and around school zones.
“Recognizing students through this day contributes to helping alert all drivers that children and youth are back in school and extra care for their safety should be considered,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, SSBA President.
The Government of Saskatchewan officially proclaims Provincial Students’ Day each year at the SSBA’s request, with the intent of reinforcing the message of care and concern for students going back to school.
“As a parent who has experienced the back to school rush, I know it is a busy and exciting time for children, parents and teachers,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “It is important to recognize the efforts of teachers and staff members who work tirelessly to make the transition back to school as safe and easy as possible for our students.”
Provincial Students’ Day was first proclaimed in 2010, in response to a resolution passed by the province’s trustees at the SSBA 2009 Annual General Meeting.
BATOCHE FESTIVAL GROUNDS – The Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN-S) and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on “strengthening our commitment for success of Saskatchewan Métis Students”.
The MOU recognizes that the advancement of Métis culture, traditions and ways of knowing can be the vehicle to overcome obstacles that affect Métis student success and their educational aspirations. A positive Métis identity is the foundation of student success and integrating Métis cultural content and perspectives into the classroom assists Métis students to form positive identities and educates non-Métis students about the history and contributions of the Métis peoples.
Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Minister responsible for Education Dr. Earl Cook stated: “Part of our role as the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan is to build positive relationships with all residents of Saskatchewan and share our stories and experiences in our own voice. Signing this MOU means to do just that.”
Effective relationships between Métis and school boards in the province are vital in advancing the reconciliation of Métis rights, interests and aspirations and embody the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. Through the MOU, in the spirit of collaboration and renewed partnership, the MN-S and SSBA commit to working together, where the Métis participate fully in all aspects of the education system as students, teachers, elders, board members and decision makers.
“Partnerships like this are crucial in addressing shared responsibilities and interests in our education systems,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, president of the SSBA. “Coming together to sign this MOU is about our commitment to work together in support of all Saskatchewan students.”