Copperhaven School Homepage News en-us Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:18:26 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca/ Spruce Grove Kindergarten Open Houses January 16, 2018 - Kindergarten Open Houses for all schools in the City of Spruce Grove that offer Kindergarten programming will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Students are welcome to attend with their parents. Students are to be registered in their designated schools.    Please note: The attendance areas can be found on our existing Designated School & Attendance Area page.     Kindergarten and Grade 1 Age Requirements A child entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2018 needs to be 5 years old by February 28, 2019. A child entering Grade 1 must be 6 years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2018 needs to be 6 years old by February 28, 2019. How to Register Fill out the the online New Student Registration form once it's available beginning February 1, 2018. For more detailed information on online registration, click here. The student's birth certificate and proof of residence will be required at the school. Paper copies of registration forms will not be accepted. Kindergarten Open House Kindergarten Open House (English) Date: Tuesday, March 13 Time: 6-7pm Location: All Spruce Grove & Area Schools (including Parkland Village School)* *Copperhaven School's Kindergarten Open House will also be on March 13 and will be hosted at École Broxton Park School. *The Kindergarten Open House for students attending the Maranatha Christian Program will be on March 13th at Brookwood School.   Kindergarten Open House (French) Date: Thursday, February 22 Time: 6-7pm Location:École Broxton Park School Location:École Meridian Heights School Need to Knows Everything else you need to know on the topic of registration can be found on our Registration Page. For more information contact: Learning Services  Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: LearningServices@psd70.ab.ca http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=14383&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=14383&stream=Homepage News NEW Online Registration/Data Verification for 2018-2019 January 8, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s student registration process is changing, and these changes will affect both new and returning students. For the 2018-2019 school year, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations will be conducted online through the Power Registration portal. All parents will be required to complete this new online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students must use the Power Registration portal to verify information on file. Family demographic information is no longer assumed to be correct, and will not be rolled over year-to-year. This replaces the old process where individual schools would send home printed data verification forms at the end of the school year (usually with report cards). Kindergarten families will be the first to use the new online registration system beginning February 1, 2018. All other students from Grade 1-12 will be able to either register (new students) or verify their existing data (returning students) online, beginning April 1, 2018. The current PDF registration form that can be found on our Registration page is ONLY to be used by students registering for the balance of the current 2017-2018 school year. Paper registration forms WILL NOT be accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Kindergarten Registration (Opening February 1, 2018) A child entering Kindergarten must be five years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2018 needs to be five years old by February 28, 2019. A child entering Grade 1 must be six years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2018 needs to be six years old by February 28, 2019. Please Note: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as Grades 1 through 12. Parkland School Division is pleased to offer a number of program choices for Kindergarten students, including French Immersion, the Maranatha Christian Program and Nature-Based Kindergarten. More information can be found on our Programs page. Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Links for online Kindergarten Registration will open February 1, 2018. Please watch your designated school’s website for more information about upcoming Kindergarten Registration events and open houses. Busing Registration The bus registration process for the 2018-2019 school year will be integrated into the new 2018-2019 online registration process described above. Families who do not attend Parkland School Division schools will be able to register for Parkland School Division’s Transportation Services using the same link as PSD families beginning April 1, 2018. More Information Detailed step-by-step registration/verification instructions will be shared once available. Check back here or watch school newsletters for more information. For more information about the new online registration process, please contact your school office. http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News We Have a Second Floor! Construction of Copperhaven School continues with a second floor now in place. Each day brings us nearer to opening the doors and welcoming our students! http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=14093&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=14093&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Forest Green/Connections for Learning Principal Travis McNaughton along with Collaborative Teaching Partners Natasha Lang and Kyla Moore. They were demonstrating an Inclusive Learning Session that would be typical in a PSD Kindergarten classroom. These PSD staff members are part of a Masters Cohort with the University of Calgary. They're taking a course on leading inclusion in the classroom and the presentation to the Board was part of their course. The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending October 31, 2017. As of October 31st, 16.3% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 16.4% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $132,394. The Board received as information the draft 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 School Calendars. Trustees further directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback.   Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Homepage News What's important to us? We love books and we want our students to love them, too. Literacy is fundamental to what we do. Our book collection has already begun. Copperhaven School already owns close to 500 books for students of all grades and reading levels. We can't wait for our students to start reading them! http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=14019&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=14019&stream=Homepage News First major purchase for Copperhaven School What would a school be without a piano? We are now the proud new owners of a beautiful Yamaha ebony upright piano. Thank you to John at Giovanni music for his guidance and excellent pricing! I can't wait to hear the sound of music ringing through the halls of Copperhaven School! http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=13671&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=13671&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 7, 2017 November 7, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Eric Cameron was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Ron Heinrichs was elected Vice Chair. "It is an honour and privilege to, again, be serving Parkland School Division as Board Chair, and to be working with a newly elected Board of Trustees." stated Board Chair Cameron.  "With Ron Heinrichs as Board Vice-Chair, I am looking forward to working with some existing Trustees and some new Trustees who all have fresh perspectives and an eagerness to work toward our ultimate goal of Student Success and Well-Being.  We have a committed group of people as Trustees who believe in the importance of of our Vision and Mission with a focus on community engagement." "I couldn't be more thrilled to once again act in the position of Vice-Chair for Parkland School Division. I look forward to supporting  Chair, Trustee Eric Cameron, working to further the direction of the Board and Division, and ensuring we are making the best decisions for our children and students." stated Heinrichs. "I am very excited about the fact that the new trustees will bring their fresh ideas and perspectives to Parkland School Division. I am looking forward to continued  and expanded collaboration with all of our stakeholders so that Parkland School Division realizes its Ultimate Goal: Success and Well-Being for all students." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chair  (Lorraine Stewart) Student Advisory Committee Chair  (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Sally Kucher-Johnson) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Eric Cameron, Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann) Audit Committee (Darlene Clarke,Sally Kucher-Johnson, Lorraine Stewart) Advocacy Committee (Committee of the Whole) Alberta School Boards Association (Darlene Clarke, Paul McCann, Lorraine Stewart) Public School Boards' Association (Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, TBD) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson) Council of School Councils (Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the unaudited Monthly Financial Statement for the period ending August 31, 2017. The auditors are now reviewing the report and the audited report will be presented to the Board at the Regular Board Meeting November 28, 2017. The overall year-to-date surplus is $960,787. The Board approved the 2017-2018 Final Budget Report as presented by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting.  As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then updates the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments.  Parkland School Division has a total budget of $127.5 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 10,968 students.  (+155 from 2016-2017) Total budget revenues for 2017-18 will increase by 4.24% over 2016-17. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) grant increased by $426,000 over last year's levels. As part of the Alberta Teachers Association central bargaining with the province, a $75 million dollar classroom improvement fund has been established. Parkland School Division's allocation of $1.26 million was approved by Alberta Education September 12th and is included in this budget. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reducation Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $98.4 million dollars on human resources, which is about 74% of the division's budget.  The division will employ over 595 full-time equivalent teachers and 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2017-18. Overall the division is budgeting a $607K deficit that will be supported by instructional reserves as a result of prior year carryovers and utilizing administration reserves to support the election and Superintendent search. This results in an estimated Accumulated Surplus from Operations to expense ratio of 3.46%.  The Board received as information the annual Vandalism Report from Facilities Services. The total cost of vandalism for 2016-2017 came in just over $25K dollars which is a 50% decrease compared to the previous year. However, there was a significant increase in vandalism in 2015-2016 so the trend has been flat over several years. The Board received as information the 2016-2017 Provincial Achievement Tests and Grade 12 Diploma Exam Multi-year Results Report as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnson. The multi-year report provides a five-year statistical overview. Additionally: The growth or decline (+/-) is provided to show the percentage increase or decrease from the previous year. The 'gap' from the provincial achievement indicates whether our students achieved at, above, or below the provincial average Diploma examination results equaled or suprassed the provincial results on: 9 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 3 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence Although not representative of the entire Grade 12 cohort of learners, the June 2017 Blended Diploma and Course results equaled or surpassed last year's PSD results on: 7 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 5 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 28, 2017 at the Centre for Education at 6:30pm. http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Homepage News Updated Report Card October 19, 2017 - Parents may notice a few changes when they receive their child's first report card of the 2017 - 2018 school year. Every school with Kindergarten to Grade 9 students in Parkland School Division (PSD) use the same report card format.  In September 2016, a review of stakeholder feedback about the effectiveness of the PSD’s Reporting Student Learning was undertaken. Based on information gathered from surveys, a review of the Guide to Education, and a look at how other jurisdictions in Alberta and across Canada are reporting student progress,  an update of the current report card was begun. Through extensive input meetings, opportunities to provide feedback on the first draft of the updated report card was provided to all teaching staff in K-9 schools, high school principals, Council of School Councils, two student groups, one parent group, the Board of PSD, Senior Executive and Learning Services staff. Modifications were made to the draft based on the extensive feedback received and then the finalized updated report card was presented and is now in use. For full details, visit the PSD Report Card page of this website. Forward comments or suggestions to: Leah Andrews  Director, Learning Services Email: landrews@psd70.ab.ca http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=12905&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=12905&stream=Homepage News Election Day Official Results Thank you to all candidates who put their name forward for public school trustee. Follow the links below to track the unofficial results. Parkland County Results  City of Spruce Grove Results  Town of Stony Plain Results    Board of Trustees (Official) Ward 1 - Ron Heinrichs Ward 2 - Lorraine Stewart Ward 3 - Sally Kucher-Johnson Ward 4 - Paul McCann Ward 5 - Eric Cameron Ward 5 - Darlene Clarke Ward 5 - Anne Montgomery Candidate Forums Parkland School Division hosted a series of three Candidate Forums in advance of the upcoming election. The format included a moderator and three minutes for each candidate to deliver their platform, followed by all candidates answering the same three questions from the moderator. If you were unable to join us for these forums, video recordings of each of them have now been posted to our website and social media pages, so you can use them and the links below to help you make a well-informed decision come Election Day. Trustee Candidate Forum: Wards 3 & 4 - October 2, 2017 Watch the Video >>> Trustee Candidate Forum: Ward 5 - October 3, 2017 Watch the Video >>> Trustee Candidate Forum: Wards 1 & 2 - October 4, 2017 Watch the Video >>> Candidates Click on a candidate's name to visit their provided campaign website or social media page. Ward Area Candidates Ward 1 Seba Beach Wabamun Tomahawk Entwistle Duffield Terry Goldstein Ron Heinrichs Ward 2 Parkland Village Muir Lake Elsie Kinsey Lorraine Stewart Mandy Stierman Ward 3 Blueberry Graminia Sally Kucher-Johnson Kathleen Linder Ward 4 Town of Stony Plain Richard Gilchrist Paul McCann Ward 5 City of Spruce Grove Eric Cameron Darlene Clarke Gary Hanna Darcy Kolodnicki Adam McArthur Anne Montgomery Please note:  Three (3) candidates will be elected as trustees to represent Ward 5; one (1) candidate will be elected in each of the other wards. Links in the above chart were provided by the candidates. If a candidate's name is not linked to their website or social media page, no link was provided. For further information, visit the Election 2017 page of our website. http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=12255&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=12255&stream=Homepage News Superintendent Tim Monds Retirement Announcement October 3, 2017 - It is with a mix of gratitude and regret that Parkland School Division’s Board of Trustees announces the retirement of Tim Monds as Superintendent & CEO of Parkland School Division No. 70, effective May 31, 2018. Since 2010, Tim’s leadership has been a huge asset to the Division positioning PSD as a progressive, innovative and inclusive school jurisdiction that always puts students first. Over the coming months, a Board Committee will be conducting a search to find the new Superintendent and CEO of Parkland School Division. In the meantime, PSD will benefit from and will continue to be lead by Monds and the dynamic executive leadership team of Deputy Superintendent Shauna Boyce along with Associate Superintendent’s Claire Jonsson, Scott Johnston and Dr. Dianne McConnell. “On one hand, we are so very happy for Tim to move on to a new chapter in his life with family and friends. It will be a time for a well-deserved rest, then on to new adventures.” stated Board Chair Eric Cameron. “On the other hand, we are losing a highly committed and visionary leader; one who has lead Parkland School Division to great heights and enviable standing on the provincial, national and international stage. We are very honored to have worked closely with Tim over the years and can safely say that Parkland School Division is in a good place thanks, in large part, to his leadership and guidance. The Board expresses its sincere appreciation and offers a genuine best of luck in all of Tim’s future endeavours as he takes time to enjoy his extended family and friends and pursues his passions for exploration and travel.” “It is with mixed emotion I announce my retirement. I have truly enjoyed my time as Superintendent for Parkland School Division.” said Monds. “PSD truly is a learning organization focused on providing quality educational opportunities for our children in a world that is continuously opening up for our students and staff. It has been a honor to work with such a dedicated team of Trustees, Senior Executive, our Leadership Team of Principals and Assistant Principals, teachers, support staff and ultimately our entire community. In Parkland School Division, children have always remained our focus. I am proud we have all come together to understand that all must be well to succeed. I wish PSD continued success and look forward to having new adventures with my wife Patricia, our family including all the grandchildren and our friends.” Tim Monds has been an educational leader for over 36 years. His journey through four Alberta school divisions included time as a K-12 teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent.  Tim was appointed as Superintendent of Parkland School Division in 2010 and lead a staff of approximately 1,200 serving close to 11 thousand students in both urban and rural communities. Under Tim’s leadership, Parkland School Division created a vision and mission that is fostering classroom settings focused on imagination, creativity and exploration for all learners.  His areas of expertise included Human Resources, policy development, facility planning, leadership development, Occupational Health and Safety, planning and reporting, staff growth and supervision, professional development, and public relations.   In 2016-2017, Tim received the provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership from the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS). The award is granted to outstanding educators who exhibit exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced the profession of school system administration throughout their career. Monds was credited for establishing a culture of learning and trust within Parkland School Division. His focus on relationship building has resulted in Division staff expressing they feel valued and heard. Other accomplishments attributed to Monds included a leadership development program, a wellness program and alignment of wrap-around services to support all students. Under Monds’s leadership, the Division has established numerous partnerships with community organizations, included the YMCA, Human Services and all the municipalities that make up Parkland School Division. He has served on CASS and community executive committees, and has presented locally, provincially, nationally and internationally doing an admirable job representing Parkland School Division while highlighting PSD’s leading-edge initiatives in the areas of technology and innovation, school-community partnerships, and comprehensive school health. For further information, contact: Eric Cameron Board Chair, Parkland School Division Email: ecameron@psd70.ab.ca   http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=12557&stream=Homepage News http://copperhaven.psd70.ab.ca//view.php?action=object&id=12557&stream=Homepage News