Botha and Erskine schools looking for new principals

Clearview School Board is currently advertising for two principalships: Botha School and Erskine School.

PowerSchool implementation is going well, and we have explored some short term opportunities for creating Clearview standards, such as absence codes and classroom attendance protocols.

We are on track to have the system go live in July with additional training opportunities for staff in August.

SafeArrival, which is a SchoolMessenger add-on which will allow parents to inform the school of excused absences using an automated phone line or the SchoolMessenger App on their phone, is ready.

Training is scheduled for August and we will be doing communications with parents at that time on the new tool.

Stettler Elementary School is experiencing some space issues, and in cooperation with Wm. E. Hay Secondary School, we will be moving four classrooms currently in Wm. E. Hay for Stettler Elementary School use in 2019-2020.

CARS program

Mental Health Program Coordinator Penny Warford provided the Board with the annual update report for the CARS (Children and Adolescents being Resilient and Self Regulating) Program.

Like Clearview, CARS makes student’s emotional well-being a priority, recognizing that skills for dealing with stress and improved well-being contribute to improved academic skills and success upon graduation.

Approximately 100 students from across Clearview (and guests from Wetaskiwin and area schools) attended our first ever Headstrong Young Mental Health Summit.

Student and school representatives from Stettler, Big Valley, Erskine, Donalda, Gus Wetter, Brownfield, Coronation, Byemoor and Stettler Outreach attended the day-long conference at the Stettler Recreation Centre HUB.

HEADSTRONG is an evidence-based anti-stigma initiative created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC).

It inspires youth ages 12-18 to Be Brave, Reach Out and Speak Up about mental health.

Now a national initiative, HEADSTRONG teaches students how to reduce stigma and become mental health champions in their schools.

At the Summit, students heard stories of hope and recovery from speakers that lived the experience and participated in stigma-busting activities.

They also designed action plans to use when they returned to their school.

Many students returned to their schools and took on mental health projects, such as Wellness Symposiums, introduction to mindfulness, and anti-stigma campaigns.

Current classroom technology

Clearview is replacing 500 Chromebook devices from their current inventory.

These devices are scheduled to replace part of the inventory of 1,300 Chromebooks purchased in August 2015.

Also, Clearview will be proceeding with the renewal of all network switches.

This equipment which was purchased approximately eight years ago is now at end of life.

Projected spring budget for 2019-20

In preparation for the June 30 deadline, senior leadership have been engaged in budget conversations with division leaders, school leaders, and trustees since February to review opportunities and strategic initiatives for the 2019-20 school year that will best support student success.

To move forward with the planning for 2019-20, the Board would like to increase support for students through increased Family School Liaison Workers supports, increase inclusive supports allocations to schools, support schools and school leaders through establishing a division principal position and increase support for professional learning that will support all staff.

Also to provide a fund for staff wellness, continuing a focus to ensure Clearview is a first-choice employer, increase central supports for Aboriginal learners and ensure supports are in place for transportation services and facility services.

 

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