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Phone: 306-882-2677 / 1-866-375-2677(Toll-Free)
Fax: 306-882-3366

February 17, 2017

Documents to View:
a. Holodomor Education Conference–HEC 2017
 Educating Youth in Engineering  and Science Workshops 2017 

Websites to View:
a. STEAM 2017 Registration Opens

For Your Information:

1. Sun West Student Leadership Conference March 24 - 25th, 2017 at Elrose Composite School
Team Sun West has been hard a work planning for this fantastic event coming up soon. Visit this link for a poster with "Save the Date" information. Further information will be coming soon.  


February 10, 2017
Sun West School Division celebrates the work that is done by our Teachers and Staff to support our students every day!  February 12- 18th is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week - “Great teachers/staff = Engaged Students” Thank you for all the work you do!

Websites to view

  1. Mosiac Extreme School Makeover Challenge 

Documents to View:

  1. Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day in Biggar

For Your Information:

  1. The Technology page on the website, including all resources has been moved under the Staff tab. Also the DLC Open Access link under Technology has been updated.
  2. SPDU Free Workshop

SPDU’s upcoming workshops. If there are others who you think would like this information, please consider forwarding this email to them. Educators can access more information or register on our website at 

Social justice, inclusion and equity is a primary focus for the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and as a result this workshop is being offered to STF members free of charge. Please register early as the seating is limited. 

Aboriginal Awareness  April 6th (Saskatoon)

  • Facilitator: Cort Dogniez
  • This one-day workshop is designed to support educators who wish to deepen their understanding of Aboriginal knowledge and culture, and the implications of their work in the classroom. Participants will expand their world view by understanding how we are all treaty people and what is meant by that, examining the history of Aboriginal education and learning the protocols of working with Elders.
  • Registration fees: Complimentary for STF Members; Non-Members registration fees are $110 until March 22nd; $150 after March 23rd.
  • Audience: All Teachers, Administrators and Central Office leaders.

Workshop cancellations are based on registration numbers two weeks prior to a workshop date. If you are interested in attending, please register prior to this date so that your registration counts towards our minimum numbers!

In addition to our current contact lists, we are attempting to begin contact lists in the areas of Physical EducationArts Education and French Language. If you would like to join any of our existing or new contact lists, please go to the SPDU Contact List Google Form and fill in your information. Everyone who is on our contact lists will have access to each list that they join to encourage and enhance communication within the education sector. If you are interested in hosting a contracted service or a provincial workshop in your community, please contact our unit at to find out more information

February 3, 2017

Websites to View:

a. Think Indigenous Conference 2017 

b. Light Source Student Experience 

c. Homewood Health February Newsletter 

d. Recess Guardians 

Documents to View:
a.STEAM 2017 Information

For Your Information:

1. Sun West School Division website and School Websites are mobile Friendly
We are pleased to inform you that all Sun West School websites are now mobile friendly.


2. Senior Science Updates (Submitted by: Superintendent of Education, Shari Martin)

Please see information from the Ministry regarding recent science curricula developments

Computer Science 20/30
 The final CS 20 and CS 30 curriculum documents will be available late in the school year for implementation beginning in the fall of 2017.

 Physical Science 21 (2017)

o   At present, there are not enough teachers on the Physical Science 21 working group for the ministry to support this project in the coming semester. We are in need of 2-3 additional teachers. Meetings will be in Regina on Feb 13-14 and Saskatoon on Apr 3-4 and Jun 2 if the project goes ahead.

Environmental Science 21 (2017)

o  Information about applying to use Environmental Science 21 (2017) will be shared in May so that schools can begin to use the course in the fall of 2017.

Health Science 21 (2016)

o   Health Science 21 (2016) is complete and has been approved for use in Sun West School Division. There are approximately 500 pages of teacher-developed activities and supports that teachers could readily adapt for use in a regular HS 20 classroom.  Please request this from Shari Martin If you are wishing to teach this

Science 11 (2016) ATTACHMENT

o   The Science 11 (2016) course and resource package that has been available for schools since the start of the current school year has outcomes that are not different from the Science 10 outcomes, contrary to the expectations for modified courses. To address this issue, the Ministry have worked with Prairie South SD to develop a revised set of outcomes and indicators for Science 11. These are attached to this email. Please share with all teachers who are using or will be using the Science 11 (2016) course.

 Science 21

o   All currently approved Science 21 courses will expire in the summer of 2017. Schools wishing to offer a modified science course at Grade 11 will need to apply to use one of the new 20-level modified courses listed above.

 Science 31

o   All currently approved Science 31 courses will expire in the summer of 2018.

 Robotics Locally-Developed Courses

o   All currently approved locally-developed robotics courses will expire in the summer of 2018.

o   A working group representing approximately 10 school divisions met at the Prairie Valley School Division board office in October to begin work on new locally-developed robotics courses. Their current plan is to create Robotics 10L / 20L / 30L in one curriculum document, structured in modules similar to many PAA courses. The group will continue to meet face-to-face and virtually throughout the rest of the 2016/17 school year and into the 2017/18 school year. 

 Secondary Science Implementation Support Blackboard site

o   Implementation support teams have now developed a few hundred materials to support each of the secondary science courses. These materials are accessible via Blackboard following the steps below.

  •         Once logged in, click on My Place and type “secondary science implementation” in the Organization Search window.
  •         Click on the link to secondary_science_implementation_suppor_dean_elliottt.
  •         Users will be taken to a page with an Enroll button with a green cross. 
  •         Click on the Enroll button.
  •         Click on Submit.
  •         Click on OK.
  •         Restart your browser and log back in to Blackboard.
  •         Secondary Science Implementation Support will now be listed under My Organizations.

3. StudyForge (Submitted by: Technology Coach, Doug Klassen) 

There is a new StudyForge Tutorial Moodle page with information on topics such as:  Adding Time in StudyForge (students timeout after 365 days),  Starting with StudyForge, Student Report Tutorials, and group report tutorials.  It also discusses the new place to clone the StudyForge Teacher Packages from, dropbox is no longer the preferred method. To join this page please open Moodle, click on courses, you will see the StudyForge Teacher Resource Packages area, click on it, the tutorial page is the first one on the list.  To join that course or any of the other StudyForge courses you may sign in with Teacher access using the enrollment key of: studyforge

4. SPTRB Communication

Webinar Series
The SPTRB will be running a series of four webinars this spring.  The topics will be:  1.) An overview of the SPTRB; 2.)  Teacher Certification; 3.)  Teacher Registration; 4.)  The Disciplinary Process.  Dates and times will be communicated to you in February.

Registration for 2017 – 2018
This year’s registration period will begin a month earlier than last year.  The registration window will be May 1 through August 31 with the intent to have the majority of teachers registered prior to the end of June.

General Certification Process (Saskatchewan Spring Graduates)
A new process was implemented last year to speed up the certification process for Saskatchewan B.Ed. graduates.  The overall process for these graduates remains the same this year.  Applicants can begin submitting applications by February 1 of the year in which they will convocate with their B.Ed. (as their first degree).  Applications are reviewed once all required documents are received and approved in advance of receiving confirmation from the University that the applicant has qualified to convocate.  Once the convocation letter is received in April/May, the certificate is issued within one business day, an email is sent to the teacher and the hard copy of the certificate is sent in the mail.

NEW THIS YEAR - SK Pre-B.Ed. Assessment Option
As always, applicants with an approved undergraduate degree and at least 48 semester hours of pre-service teacher education coursework (must include a completed practicum and specific courses required for certification) may apply for assessment for certification prior to completing their B.Ed. program.   At the time of application, teacher candidates may request the SK Pre-B.Ed. Assessment Option by indicating such on the application and paying the associated fee.  Applicants requesting the SK Pre-B.Ed. Assessment Option and who meet requirements for certification will be issued a permanent Professional “A” teacher’s certificate.  Applicants who do not meet requirements for certification will have their application held until proof of completion of a B.Ed. is received (i.e. convocation letter); at which time a permanent Professional “A” teacher’s certificate will be issued.  Applicants are strongly (and repeatedly) advised that they need to be familiar with the certifications requirements prior to submitting their application as the SK Pre-B.Ed. fee is non-refundable.

Criminal Record Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS)
We require a current CRC and VSS as part of the certification process.  Current is defined as within three (3) months of the date of certification (not application submission).  For spring graduates this means a CRC/VSS completed after February 1.  We also require the CRC/VSS to be for employment purposes.  Many police agencies offer a discounted or free CRC/VSS for volunteer purposes.  We do not accept these for certification purposes to avoid pressuring and jeopardizing the volunteer sector discounts.

For individuals whose first province of certification is Saskatchewan (i.e. SK graduates), we require transcripts for any and all post-secondary education, including transcripts for coursework which is indicated as transfer credit on their U of R or U of S transcript, prior to certification.  This is to ensure that the applicant’s academic file is complete at the time of certification.

Confirmation of Employment
This form and information can be supplied by school divisions to prioritize a certification application.  Because of the process of advanced review and approval, this information is NOT necessary for Saskatchewan spring graduates.  Confirmation of employment will not speed up the process for Saskatchewan spring graduates since these certificates are issued within one business day of the date the convocation letter is received.  It is the responsibility of the spring graduates to complete their application prior to the SPTRB receiving a convocation letter to ensure their certificate is issued expediently.

Tracking Application Status
Applicants can check the status of their application online by logging in to their SPTRB educator portal.  They can see what documents have been received or are outstanding and what stage their application is at in the review process.

Registration upon Certification
When issued a teacher’s certificate, teachers are automatically registered with the SPTRB.  Persons granted a Saskatchewan teacher’s certificate between September 1 and May 31 will be registered with the SPTRB for the remainder of the current school year.  Persons granted their Saskatchewan teacher’s certificate during the registration period of June 1 through August 31 will be registered with the SPTRB for the remaining school year as well as for the upcoming school year.  Registered teachers appear on the Public Registry of the SPTRB website.

Provisional Certificates
Within the past year we have made a change to the end dates of provisional certificates.  We are transitioning the end dates for all provisional certificates to be June 30th.  The intent of this standard end date is to allow better communication with the applicants as to their requirement for renewal and to allow time for them to develop and have their employer sign off on their required education plan.  Requiring employers to sign the education plan is intended to help keep employers informed about the progress, or lack thereof, provisional certificate holders are making toward meeting the conditions under which their provisional certificate was granted.  This will also ease the process for school divisions in ensuring all their teachers who hold provisional certificates are renewed prior to the start of the school year.  Please remember that within the Employer’s Portal, there is a Provisional Certificate Report that will identify teachers associated with your school division who have provisional certificates.

The Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
The labour mobility chapter of the AIT requires a teacher certified in one Canadian jurisdiction be certified with a comparable certificate in another.  In practice, this means that teachers certified in other Canadian jurisdictions will also be certified in Saskatchewan once a complete application, including confirmation of certification from all other jurisdictions in which they are certified, is received.  Generally, these individuals will be granted a permanent Professional “A” teacher’s certificate.  However, individuals may be granted a provisional Professional “A” teacher’s certificate depending on the type of certificate held in the other jurisdiction.

Communication Regarding Teacher’s Certificates
With the exception of Temporary Teaching Permits, we rely upon the teacher to inform school divisions and anyone else of their certification status.  This includes their certificate number, provisional status and conditions, if any.  Employer Portal reports can provide some of this information if the teacher has indicated the particular school division as an employer and as always, the Public Registry will indicate if the individual holds a certificate and is registered.

(Submitted by Vanessa Lewis, Career Development Consultant)

The 2017 edition of Relevance Magazine:  Career Options for Your Future! is now ready for circulation.  This year’s edition focuses on “transitions” in order to help students navigate their life/career journey.  Relevance Magazine is produced by the Saskatoon Industry-Education Council and, through partnerships, is distributed to our schools free of charge.  This is a fantastic resource for use with Middle Level Career Education courses, CWEX classes, and in career-related conversations with high school students.  Electronic versions of this and previous editions of this magazine can be accessed online at under “Discover Career Paths”.  Copies are being delivered to schools to the attention of our Career Development LEAD Teachers.  There should be enough paper copies for Grade 9 through 12 students, but feel free to distribute as you see fit.    

6. 2017 Summer Professional Growth Opportunities  

Each year the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation offers a variety of professional growth opportunities during a four- to five-week period in the summer months. These summer workshops are facilitated by teachers for teachers. As we begin our planning process for the 2017 summer program, we are seeking assistance from educational leaders in determining the needs of teachers so they may be considered in the development of our program. The online needs assessment can be accessed at We appreciate any recommendations you can provide and look forward to hearing from you.  If you are aware of someone who may be interested in sharing their expertise by facilitating a course in our program, please encourage them to complete the online application form which can be found at

7. SPDU Upcoming Workshops

The following is an outline of one of SPDU’s upcoming workshops. If there are others who you think would like this information, please consider forwarding this email to them. Educators can access more information or register on our website at

Literacy Series: Structures and Environments for Literacy Success – March 17th (Saskatoon)

  • Facilitator: Lindsay Charabin
  • This interactive day will focus on the classroom environments and structures that support building independent readers. It will look at the connections between curriculum, effective programming and engaging environments. Through the Gradual Release of Responsibility framework, participants will explore structures such as guided, shared and modelled reading and Daily 5. Routines will be identified that allow participants to be responsive to student needs.
  • Registration fees: $110 until March 2nd; $150 after March 3rd
  • Audience: Grades 1 to 5 teachers

Workshop cancellations are based on registration numbers two weeks prior to a workshop date. If you are interested in attending, please register prior to this date so that your registration counts towards our minimum numbers!
If you would like to see all of our literacy workshops, please download our Literacy Flyer.  In addition to our current contact lists, we are attempting to begin contact lists in the areas of Physical Education, Arts Education and French Language. If you would like to join any of our existing or new contact lists, please go to the SPDU Contact List Google Form and fill in your information. Everyone who is on our contact lists will have access to each list that they join to encourage and enhance communication within the education sector. If you are interested in hosting a contracted service or a provincial workshop in your community, please contact our unit at to find out more information.

8. SK Sustainable Schools Green Map – Is your school on the map?
(Submitted by: Teacher, Paul Stinson)

Thank you to all schools and staff who have added or updated their school profile on this new Green Map. SWSD schools along with a handful of other schools are piloting this resource.Additional map pins, photos, and other information can be added to share what your school is doing to make it more sustainable. Anyone can suggest a site, but you can also request to join the Map Team from the link provided to facilitate uploading of new content. Besides making it searchable by adding tags like “vermicomposting” or “indoor gardening” to find initiatives you are interested in, students can be involved in adding sites or content. Contact Paul Stinson for more information 306-252-1000


January 20, 2016

Websites to View:
a. Canadian Association of Principals Conference Saskatoon May 23-26, 2017 
b.Kids Write 4 Kids Annual Writing Challenge 
c. Environment Education Workshops at Western Development Museums 
d. Canada Games Activity Challenge Registration Deadline January 27, 2017 

For Your Information:

1. CMEC Copyright Materials (Attachment)

There are a bundle of updated Copyright Materials that have been updated and are in your school mailboxes at the Division Office ready for pickup. 

2. Sun West Student Leadership Conference March 24 - 25th, 2017 at Elrose Composite School
Team Sun West has been hard a work planning for this fantastic event coming up soon. Visit this link for a poster with "Save the Date" information. Further information will be coming soon.  

January 13, 2016

Documents to View:
a. RCMP Depot Youth Camp
b. Trial of Louis Riel
c. Saskatchewan Mining Association Education Outreach Resources for Teachers
d. Ag in the Classroom Invitation

Websites To View:
a. Staples Superpower You School Contest
b. Canada Day Challenge
c. Agriculture Literacy Month

For Your Information:

1.Canada Games Activity Challenge

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games, the Canada Games Council is offering an Activity Challenge to elementary schools across Canada. The Activity Challenge is a free online program that provides fun activities to encourage students to participate in physical activity and develop healthy habits. Activity Challenge resources include physical literacy skill-building activities and an online activity tracker to collect experience points. Rewards and incentives are provided to keep students interested and motivated. Family activity suggestions and articles are also available for parents. Teachers can sign up and add students until January 27, 2017. Activities start on February 13, 2017. For more information and to register, please visit

2. 2016-17 Student First Anti-Bullying Forum
The Ministry of Education will launch the fourth Student First Anti-Bullying Forum on Monday, February 6, 2017. The theme of this year’s forum, Our School Includes Everyone, focuses on positive and supportive school climates and student mental well-being. The forum is open to students in grades 6 and up. Resources are geared towards students in grades 6 to 9.

Three 10-minute keynote speaker videos will be available in the resource package:

  • Kelvin and Tunchai Redvers, co-founders of the We Matter Campaign ( will provide the English keynote presentations; and,
  • Jennifer O’Bomsawin, co-chair of the Assembly of First Nations Youth Council, will provide the French keynote presentation.

This year, the forum resources have been designed to give teacher’s flexibility and choice in how and when they participate. Engagement and discussion activities may be used with the whole class or small groups and presented at different times to fit class schedules. Online resources and activities will be available from February 6, 2017 until the end of the school year. Teachers and group facilitators are encouraged to schedule activities between February 6 and 17, 2017 to lead up to Red Cross Pink Day.

There will be two teacher training webinar sessions to go through the resources and activities:

  • English session – Jan. 31, 2017, 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • French session – Feb. 1, 2017, 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

For more information about the 2016-17 Student First Anti-Bullying Forum and to register for the webinars, please visit

3. Learning Opportunity: Introduction to Major Dailies (Canadian Newsstand)
Canadian Major Dailies provides access to more than 20 of Canada’s national and regional newspapers. This database provides students and researchers with timely coverage of national and regional events. Canadian Major Dailies is part of the Multitype Database Licensing Program (MDLP) and is available to all K-12 schools and public libraries in Saskatchewan. The webinar will be presented by Michelle Giese, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian, at the Saskatchewan Legislative Library. Michelle will share searching tips, will discuss how and why teachers and students might use this database, and will explain the differences between this and the other newspaper database in the MDLP collection, PressReader. Connect with Michelle over Adobe Connect on January 26, 2017 from 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Please register for this event at

For more information contact: Regan Gunningham, 306-787-3953,

4. Odyssey Program 2017-18
Each year language assistants from the Odyssey Program are assigned to schools across the province. Some are assigned to French Immersion schools to help French-as-a-Second-Language teachers encourage students to interact in the French language and to raise their awareness of francophone culture. Others are assigned to francophone schools and help teachers develop students’ knowledge of their French language and build their cultural identity and sense of belonging to the francophone world. If you are interested in acquiring the services of a language assistant for your school division, please complete the attached “Application for Language Assistants” form which can also be found on the Odyssey program website and return it to the Programs Branch before March 15, 2017. Language assistants will be assigned to school divisions by mid-June 2017.

Brigitte Périllat, 306-787-6048,

5. Official Languages Programs
The Programs Branch is pleased to provide details of the Official Languages Programs: Destination ClicExplore and Odyssey. Brochures and posters for the above programs may be found attached. Please share the information with those interested in promoting the programs before the February 15 (Explore), February 28 (Odyssey) and March 31 (Destination Clic) deadlines. Should you need more information, please contact Brigitte Périllat or visit us online at the following websites: and
Contact: Brigitte Périllat, 306-787-6048,

6. Official Languages French Teacher Summer Bursary
The Programs Branch would like to invite interested French language teachers to apply for the Official Languages Bursary Program for French teachers. Teachers must be teaching French this school year and must be under contract to teach French in the 2017-18 school year. The focus of the bursary program is to improve teachers’ French language skills. Applications must be approved and signed by the Director/Supervisor of Education and forwarded to the Programs Branch by March 31, 2017. A maximum of eight bursaries of up to $2000 each will be awarded to the pre-determined recipients. For more information, please visit us online.
Brigitte Périllat, 306-787-6048,

7. Investigation of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Fact Sheet for School and School Division Personnel
The ministries of Education and Justice, with input from the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, developed a fact sheet about the roles that police and child protection services play in investigating child abuse.

Investigation of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Fact Sheet for School and School Division Personnel

Sharon Markesteyn, 306-787-9535,


January 6, 2017

Documents to View:
a. Homewood Health  January Newsletter Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Websites to View:
a. January 27, 2017 is Family Literacy Day (Website Resources)

For Your Information:
1. The Saskatchewan Association for Community Living (SACL) has partnered with People First of Canada (PFC) to offer a newly created educational presentation about “Inclusive Language”. 

During the presentation, an individual with an intellectual disability will provide first hand experiences about times when hurtful words and stereotypes have affected them.  The presentation touches on the history of the “R” word and offers insight into why this terminology is outdated.  It provides students alternative language to use when talking about disability. This one hour presentation is targeted towards grades 5-8.  The presentation is ideally provided in individual classrooms.  This smaller group encourages questions and input from the audience.  The presentation is free for interested teachers and classrooms.  If you are interested in booking the “Inclusive Language” presentation please contact Nicole at or 306-955-3344.

2.  Resonate For Teachers – April 4th, 2017, at Beaver Creek Salvation Army Camp

Professional development for educators.  Join professional musicians as they present sessions on:  drumming, boomwhackers, jamming, hip hop, song writing, recording, instrument building, guitar, and classroom resources.  Resonate 2017 is pleased to have special guest Larry Livingston from Conn-Selmer, Indiana as a featured artist in 2017.  You do not want to miss out on the broad musical background that Larry brings to Resonate 2017.  To learn more about Larry go to:

 2017 Registration Information: Teachers & Post-secondary students last day to register is March 6th, 2017 **Early bird deadline is January 31st, 2017 To register and stay up to date as plans emerge go to:

Resonate Student Music Conference – April 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2017, at Beaver Creek Salvation Army Camp (Poster attached).  Limited space available for non-PSSD students.
Join professional musicians to make music and learn about drumming, hip hop, composing, digital recording, jamming, instrument building, guitar, vocals, wind ensemble, and more.  Open to students in grades 7-12.  Students may attend ONE of the days listed.  Non-PSSD schools can register up to 5 students while spaces are available.
2017 Registration information: Last day to register is March 6th, 2017
To register contact to request registration forms.  Stay up to date as plans come together at:


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