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Phone: 306-882-2677 / 1-866-375-2677(Toll-Free)
Fax: 306-882-3366
Email: info@sunwestsd.ca

June  23, 2017

Websites to View:

  1. Canadian Armed Forces Teacher Recruitment


Documents to View:

  1. iKids Camp in Kindersley
  2. 2017 Teachers’ Forestry Tour
  3. Adrienne Gear’s Writing Workshop for Teachers


For Your Information:

1. Terry Fox Foundation Run 2017

September is coming up, and that means we are getting ready for our annual Terry Fox Run! The goal is to raise money to go towards cancer research in the hopes of one day fulfilling Terry’s dream; to have a world without cancer. We hope you will join us in our mission by registering for our Terry Fox School Run; this year it is on Thursday, September 28th (though feel free to have it on a different day if that doesn’t work for you!) To register for the run, or for more information on how you can participate, please contact Allison Doan at 306-757-1670, or at allison.doan@terryfoxrun.org


June 9, 2017

Websites to View:
a. Sun West School Division PeBL Website Launched

Documents to View:
a. Heartland Health Region Fluoride Mouthrinse Supplies for 2017-18
b.
Saskatchewan Understands Math Conference 2017
 

For Your Information:

1.Treaty Catalyst Training Opportunity
(Submitted by: Superintendent of Education, Shari Martin)

In support of our ESSP’s First Nation and Metis Education plan, Sun West is sponsoring a division initiated professional development opportunity for the training of ten additional treaty catalyst teachers.  Training to take place at the STF Eamer auditorium on July 31 –August 4, 2017.

Day 1 – History of Treaty Making  - Monday, July 31, 2017 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm 

Day 2 – Teaching Treaties in the Classroom.  Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Day 3 and 4 - Treaty Catalyst Training - Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
To apply for this opportunity, please complete a PD form (division-initiated) and send to Shari Martin as soon as possible.  Successful applicants will be notified so they can make registration, travel and accommodation arrangements.

 

June 3, 2017

Websites to View:
a. Sci-Fi Workshops – University of Saskatchewan

Documents to View:
a. Backpack Weight Resource for Parents from The Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan
b. Teacher PD Opportunity – Summit 19 - Early Literacy Leaders: Scholars and Practitioners Working Together  

For Your Information:

1.Treaty Catalyst Training Opportunity
(Submitted by: Superintendent of Education, Shari Martin)

In support of our ESSP’s First Nation and Metis Education plan, Sun West is sponsoring a division initiated professional development opportunity for the training of ten additional treaty catalyst teachers.  Training to take place at the STF Eamer auditorium on July 31 –August 4, 2017.

Day 1 – History of Treaty Making  - Monday, July 31, 2017 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm 

Day 2 – Teaching Treaties in the Classroom.  Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Day 3 and 4 - Treaty Catalyst Training - Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
To apply for this opportunity, please complete a PD form (division-initiated) and send to Shari Martin as soon as possible.  Successful applicants will be notified so they can make registration, travel and accommodation arrangements.


2.Supporting Reconciliation in Saskatchewan Schools 
(Submitted by: Superintendent of Education, Shari Martin)

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, an online new resource to support educators in learning and teaching about the legacy of residential schools and reconciliation called “Supporting Reconciliation in Saskatchewan Schools” has been developed. The site was developed using feedback from Elders, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and other educational stakeholders and will evolve over time through ongoing collaboration with these partners.

The purpose of this website is to:

• coordinate existing public resources into one easy-to-use location for teachers;
• promote online and in-person professional development opportunities;
• offer tools and learning resources that will help facilitate truth and reconciliation conversations among school staff, parents and students;
• provide a collaborative platform for educational professionals to engage in province-wide discussions and to work on joint-initiatives that support reconciliation; and,
• highlight Saskatchewan-made resources and projects to inspire others to act.

This website can be accessed through the link on the Saskatchewan curriculum website or directly at www.reconciliation.edonline.sk.ca.

3.2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award (Saskatchewan)
(Submitted by: Superintendent of Education, Shari Martin)

The Ministry of Education is now accepting nominations from Saskatchewan residents for the 2017 Canada’s Premiers’ Council of the Federation Literacy Award (COFLA).  The award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy in each of Canada’s provinces and territories. This year’s nomination deadline is June 16, 2017.
This year’s award will honour an outstanding family literacy practitioner, early childhood worker, teacher, librarian or community educator who has contributed to the advancement of literacy in Saskatchewan through public awareness, program innovation and development, program delivery, research or innovation, or combination of these factors, directed at supporting literacy development of families and communities.

For information on how to nominate someone for this award, go to: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2017/may/08/cof-literacy-awards.

4.Alternative Education Programs
(Submitted by: Superintendent of Education, Shari Martin)

The Ministry of Education would like to announce that the Policy, Guidelines and Procedures for Alternative Education Programs:  Alternative Grade 10, 11 and 12, 2016 document is available on the Government of Saskatchewan website in the Publications Centre at the following location: http://www.publications.gov.sk.ca/deplist.cfm?d=11&c=2435 
The Alternative Education Programs Portal is also available on Blackboard at the following location: https://www.edonline.sk.ca/webapps/moe-alt_ed-BBLEARN/

5.Dual Credit Mark Submission for ELA B30
(Submitted by: Superintendent of Education, Shari Martin)

School administrators are responsible for the submission of the dual credit final mark records to the Ministry of Education using the same process as other mark submissions.  This typically means the dual credit courses are tied to the principal.  When the principal is not accredited in English Language Arts, the mark will need to be submitted to Student and Educators Services via a Secondary Level Mark Correction Form 8.  If there is more than one student, please attach a list of student names, learning IDs and final marks.

Contact: Michelle Burant Epp, 306-787-1024, michelle.burantepp@gov.sk.ca; or Shelley Lowes, 306-787-6039, Shelley.lowes@gov.sk.ca.

Dual Credit Policy

Secondary Level Mark Correction Form 8

6New classroom resources from the Parliament of Canada
The Library is pleased to announce the launch of two new educational resources in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Foundations: A History of Canada and Its Parliament is a new publication for students in grades 7 to CEGEP. Featuring colour photos and text, it provides an overview of some of the key events that have shaped Canada and its Parliament, from prehistory to the present day. Order classroom copies online or by contacting info@parl.gc.ca or 1-866-599-4999.
For more detailed information on Confederation, our video The Words That Shaped Canada: The British North America Act is now available on YouTube. It explains how Canada and its Constitution were created in the 1860s. The video is aimed at grades 7 and 8, but could also be used with students at a more senior level.
We hope these new resources will help your students explore and understand this milestone year in Canadian history. To discover our other classroom resources, visit our new website at www.parl.ca, including the redesigned Learn About Parliament section. 

 

May 26, 2017

Websites to View:
a. Saskatchewan Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy Professional Development Opportunity

For Your Information:

1. Microsoft Summer School Program Overview

Microsoft Summer School is a 5-week online professional development program, designed to help you learn more about using free Microsoft tools in your classroom. Summer School is free to join and allows you to learn at your own pace. This year we’ve introduced two learning paths on the Microsoft Educator Community, beginner and intermediate, so there’s something new to learn for all skill levels. Once registered, you’ll receive an update via e-mail with your online lesson and free resources for that week. At the end of the program, you’ll graduate as a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator AND receive the exclusive Microsoft Summer School badge for your Microsoft Education Community profile… plus gain a whole new set of skills to prepare you for the 2017 school year!

Here’s what you’ll learn:

July 3rd – The power of a shared classroom notebook
July 10th –  Anywhere, Anytime Learning
July 17th – Exploring classroom management tools
July 24th – Modernize student projects
July 31st – Going beyond the walls of the classroom
Enroll in Summer School today! microsoft.ca/SummerSchool

May 19, 2017

Websites to View:

  1. Canadian School Presenters
  2. Encounters With Canada


For Your Information
The Following items were submitted by: Shari Martin, Superintendent of Education

  1. Apprenticeship Credit Policy Update

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the retention period for student Apprenticeship Proposals will increase from two years to five years.
Contact: Student and Educator Services, student.records@gov.sk.ca, 306-787-6012; Curriculum Unit, curriculum@gov.sk.ca.

  1. Item Development for Grade 12 Math Departmental Examinations

Accredited 30-level mathematics teachers are invited to apply to develop items for Grade 12 Departmental Examinations for Pre-calculus 30, Foundations of Mathematics 30 and/or Workplace and Apprenticeship Mathematics 30. Three teachers will be selected for each course and contracted to develop a total of 45 multiple-choice items. Working with ministry personnel, each selected developer will establish a submission timeline, where items are completed and periodically submitted over a span of five months between early July and early December, 2017. As this development work is to be completed on teachers’ time outside of school hours, no release time is required.
Selected applicants must be accredited in math, have taught the course for which they are applying, and be available to attend an item development workshop in Regina on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Teachers selected to participate will be paid $250 (plus travel expenses) to attend the workshop and $1,900 for their item development work.
Interested teachers can apply by completing and submitting an online application by May 24, 2017 (See link below). Successful applicants will be notified by the Ministry of Education by June 5, 2017. To ensure broad provincial representation, participants will be selected from as many school divisions as possible. http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/instruction/2017-mathematics-item-development/
Contact: Keith Muir, 306-787-2362, keith.muir@gov.sk.ca.

  1. Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture is sending two Saskatchewan students and their teachers, all expenses paid, to represent the province at the Global Youth Institute from October 13-15, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa!  Selected students will interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with international experts. Saskatchewan students currently in grades 8 to 11, with a keen interest in agriculture and food security, are eligible to apply.  Saskatchewan’s agriculture and agri-food industry is full of opportunities, and it is our responsibility to ensure our youth are provided with these valuable experiences.  Please assist us by forwarding this information to your staff and encouraging students to apply.  We have attached a poster that can be printed and displayed in your school.

Application deadline is May 20, 2017. Full contest details can be found here.   Contact: Jalaine Thibault, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, 306-787-0756.

  1. Council of the Federation Literacy Award (COFLA) 2017 Call for Nominations

The Ministry of Education is now accepting nominations from Saskatchewan residents for the 2017 Canada’s Premiers’ Council of the Federation Literacy Award. The Council of the Federation Literacy Award (COFLA) recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy in each of Canada’s provinces and territories. To see the 2017 COFLA nomination guidelines, criteria, form and a list of previous award recipients, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/government/heritage-honours-and-awards/council-of-the-federation-literacy-award For more information about the Council of the Federation, visit http://canadaspremiers.ca.
Contact: Donna Woloshyn, 306 787-2513, Donna.Woloshyn@gov.sk.ca.

  1. Formative Assessment of the Implementation of Saskatchewan Reads

Research on the Formative Assessment of the Implementation of Saskatchewan Reads was recently conducted by Dr. Jim Jutras. The purpose of the appreciative research study was to:

  • determine progress in the implementation of Saskatchewan Reads;
  • identify the challenges of implementation;
  • identify exemplary classroom and leadership practices;
  • determine the value and impact of Saskatchewan Reads; and,
  • make recommendations for next steps in implementing Saskatchewan Reads.

Rubrics were developed to determine key classroom and leadership practices. These rubrics are for teachers and leaders who wish to use them for reflection and for the self-assessment of their classroom and leadership practices.
Two versions of the research (an Executive Summary, an Extended Version including the rubrics) can be found on the Saskatchewan Reads and Saskatchewan Reads for Administrators website. Please note that the research is available in English only.

Attachments:

  1. Sask Reads Implementation Rubrics
  2. Formative Assessment of the Implementation of Saskatchewan Reads
  3. Formative Assessment of the Implementation of Saskatchewan Reads Final Report Extended Version
     
  1. myBlueprint Training Sessions – Fall 2017 – Note: May 26, 2017 deadline

To support school divisions and First Nations education authorities with developing a graduation and post-graduation plan strategy, the Ministry of Education is coordinating registrations for regional, in-person and online webinar training sessions on the provincially licensed myBlueprint Education Planner for fall 2017. These sessions will be facilitated by myBlueprint. Training will focus on how to use myBlueprint to support graduation and post-graduation plans and on establishing a process and continuum to support students from grades 9 to 12. 
We encourage participation from career consultants/coordinators, school administrators, and school teams working with the implementation of the graduation and post-graduation plan expectations. Please complete the online registration to indicate your division’s interest in participating in these training sessions by May 26, 2017Contact: Gerry Craswell, 306-787-6053, gerry.craswell@gov.sk.ca.

7. 2017 Historical Thinking Summer Institute: “Thinking Historically about Canada 150”
(Submitted by: Jade Ballek, Principal, DLC) 
Date: July 17-22, 2017

Since 2007, the Historical Thinking Project has partnered with different museums and history organizations across Canada to offer an annual Historical Thinking Summer Institute (HTSI) for teachers, curriculum developers, professional development leaders, historians, and museum educators and curators who want to enhance their expertise in designing exhibits, courses, units, lessons, projects, programs, or educational resources that focus explicitly on historical thinking.  Beginning with the 2016 HTSI at the Museum of Vancouver, the Historical Thinking Project partnered with Canada’s History to organize future summer institutes in different cities across Canada in conjunction with a national, provincial, or local museum.
The 2017 Historical Thinking Summer Institute promises to be one of the best yet as it is being hosted at two of Canada’s finest national museums, the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum; the HTSI takes place in Ottawa during celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation; and we have a tremendous program of presentations, workshops, guest speakers, field trips, group discussions, and group work that utilize the exhibitions and archives at the two museums.

This year’s HTSI includes the following guest speakers: Canadian War Museum historian Dr. Tim Cook, historian and antiracist educator Dr. Tim Stanley, Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching recipients Rachel Collishaw and Sylvia Smith, Aboriginal veteran, PhD candidate, and descendant of three generations of residential school survivors John Moses, historian and curator of British North America at the Canadian Museum of History Dr. Tim Foran, and Director of Research at the Canadian War Museum Dr. Peter MacLeodThroughout the five and a half days of the HTSI participants will explore six historical thinking concepts that comprise the model of Historical Thinking conceptualized by Dr. Peter Seixas: evidence, significance, continuity & change, cause & consequence, perspective-taking, and the ethical dimension of history. These concepts will be used to shape our exploration of the substantive theme of this year’s institute “Thinking Historically about Canada 150.”

Registration is filling up quickly so register before it is too late. We hope to see you in Ottawa in July! For more information about the 2017 Historical Thinking Summer Institute and how to register go to http://www.canadashistory.ca/Education/Historical-Thinking-Summer-Institute
For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about the 2017 HTSI go to http://www.canadashistory.ca/Education/Historical-Thinking-Summer-Institute/Frequently-Asked-Questions

 

May 12, 2017

Websites to View:

a.Global Youth Institute Opportunity for Students with the Ministry of Agriculture
b. Careers in the Cattle Sector – Bursary for Students
c. Solestice Classic Youth Track and Field in Kindersley May 29th/2017
d. Royal Saskatchewan Museum – T.rex Discovery Centre School Programs
e. Mental Health Academy Conference – July 20-21, 2017 Halifax
f. Mackenzie Art Gallery School Tours

Documents to View:
a. Recess Guardians

For Your Information:

1. Prisoners of Prejudice:  Canada's First National Internment Operations 1914-1920  (magazine and teaching kit) was sent to all high schools in Sun west through Division mail.  (Attachment)

2. Windscript -a magazine of High School Writing was sent to all high schools in Sun West through Division mail.  This will be of interest to all Middle level and Sr. ELA teachers.  
Please see the attached information about submitting student writing for consideration of publication for the 2017-18 school year.

3. Teaching Elementary School Mathematics Certificate Program at U of R
The Faculty of Education at the University of Regina is pleased to announce a new Certificate Program: Teaching Elementary School Mathematics.

This program is designed for teachers and pre-service teachers (who have completed their pre-internship) who are involved and interested in the mathematics education of K-8 students. The program provides experiences to deepen one's understanding of mathematics concepts, with courses in number sense, spatial reasoning, and modeling and representation, as well as courses in culturally responsive pedagogy, inclusive education, and research in the field of mathematics education.  
The first two courses for this program are being held as a Summer Institute from July 4 - 25, 2017 -- EMTH 327: Modeling and Representation for the Elementary School Mathematics Teacher, and EMTH 425: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in the Mathematics Classroom.

More information about this program can be found at https://www.uregina.ca/education/programs/certificates.html#ctesm.

Or contact gale.russell@uregina.ca; 306-585-4510) or Kathy Nolan kathy.nolan@uregina.ca; 306-585-4516

 

April 28, 2017

Websites to View:

  1. Saskatchewan Down Syndrome Society Events


Documents to View:

a. Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services conference – Deadline May 1, 2017

b.The Conservation Learning Centre’s School Program Tours

c. Continuing Care Assistant Dual Credit Course through DLC Online Information Session May 4, 2017

 

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