Box 700. 501 1st Street West Rosetown, SK S0L 2V0
Phone: 306-882-2677 / 1-866-375-2677(Toll-Free)
Fax: 306-882-3366
Email: info@sunwestsd.ca

March 17, 2017

Websites to View:

  1. Canada 150 – Art Tree Project

For Your Information:

1. Following Their Voices (FTV) Website Launch

Following Their Voices (FTV) has launched a sector-developed website containing information on the Following Their Voices initiative, including: Learn About the Initiative, which includes information on what Following Their Voices is, how it was developed, who is involved and where it is being implemented. This section also includes a description of the FTV logo as developed by a focus group of Following Their Voices Elders; Stories About the Initiative, which includes current news and what participants are saying as Following Their Voices is implemented; Data and Reporting, which includes information on the Year 1 (2015-16) results of Following Their Voices implementation. Statistics on participation, including the number of participants and usage of the professional learning and development tools, is also provided; and Connect with Us, which allows viewers to gain more information on Following Their Voices, how their school/division/First Nation education organization can become involved or obtain additional information.

The Following Their Voices website can be accessed through this link: https://www.followingtheirvoices.ca/cms/#/home

Background: Following Their Voices is a job-embedded teacher professional learning and development initiative designed to improve First Nations, Métis and Inuit student outcomes. The initiative uses a train-the-trainer model.It focuses on enhancing relationships between students and teachers, creating structures and supports for teachers and school administrators to co-construct teaching and learning interactions with students, and creating safe, well-managed learning environments.

2. Learning Opportunity: Literary Sources database webinar

Literary Sources allows researchers, teachers and students to search a wealth of primary and secondary sources. The database, part of the Multitype Database Licensing Program (MDLP) collection, lets users cross-search and locate content from the Literature Resource Center, Twayne's Authors Series and Scribner Writers Online databases.

Researchers can access:

  • in-depth author biographies;
  • full-text critical essays;
  • reviews;
  • interviews; and,
  • author portraits.

This webinar will be presented by Provincial Library and Literacy Office staff over Adobe Connect on March 23, 2017 from 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Please register for this event at http://sils-sk.libsurveys.com/webinar.

3. Marking English Language Arts Departmental Examinations

Interested accredited and non-accredited English Language Arts 30 teachers are invited to submit applications to mark ELA A30 and ELA B30 departmental examinations. Applicants must have been teaching since the beginning of the term either ELA A30 or ELA B30. Marking is scheduled for July 4–7, 2017 in Regina. Please see Marking Departmental Examinations for the application form and remuneration information. Deadline for receipt of applications is May 19, 2017. For more information, contact Maxine Penner at 306-787-2534 or maxine.penner@gov.sk.ca.

4. Math Departmental Examination Item Validation Seminars

The Ministry of Education invites interested teachers to participate in Mathematics 30 departmental examination item validation. Item validation is the process of reviewing and approving departmental examination questions prior to their use on provincial departmental examinations. Participation in a two day seminar constitutes reaccreditation. Teachers do not need to be accredited to participate and are invited to apply in multiple courses. Teachers must have taught the course for which they are applying.

Dates and Location:

Date 

Subject 

Location 

April 20-21, 2017 

Pre-calculus 30 

Regina Centre Crossing
128-1621 Albert ST
REGINA, SK  

April 20-21, 2017 

Foundations of Mathematics 30 

April 20-21, 2017 

Workplace & Apprenticeship Mathematics 30 

The Ministry of Education will reimburse teachers at government rates for mileage, meals and accommodations where applicable. Teachers will also be eligible for an honorarium of $150.00 per day as per table 16, section 84 of The Education Regulations.

Interested teachers must register online prior to March 21, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified by March 28, 2017.

Contact: Kevin Tonita, 306-787-1097, kevin.tonita@gov.sk.ca.

5. Planet Protector Academy for Grades 3-6!
An innovative digital-led program that teaches students about energy and transportation and empowers them to lead change in their families!

Looking to integrate environmental education, collaboration and blended learning into your classroom... and still save on prep time? The Academy is a unique digital-led resource that trains students as ‘apprentice’ Planet Protectors and sends them home on superhero missions to change their families’ energy & transportation habits!

 Fully funded (FREE!) to teachers, the Academy helps you:

  • Save time with 6x1hr pre-planned lessons - no training required
  • Engage diverse learners through a fun arts-based and interdisciplinary approach
  • Meet curriculum outcomes for Grades 3-6 in Arts, Science, Language and Social Studies (curriculum links doc coming next month!)
  • Easily integrate tech into the classroom
  • Inspire students to collaborate and apply their learning to change the world!

Sign up for FREE @ http://planetprotectoracademy.com/in/saskatchewan/
Want to know more? Check out the two minute video for a quick overview!

6. SPDU Workshops
Educators can access more information or register on our website at https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/events-calendar

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.

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.

There are only approximately 15 spaces left. Register early to guarantee your spot!

 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 spdu@stf.sk.ca to find out more information.



March 10, 2017

Documents to View:

a. 2017 Mental Wellness Film Festival

b. Everfi Critical Skills for 21st Century Learners

Websites to View:

a. PotashCorp Childrens Festival

b. What's on the Horizon with Assessment for Learning Conference, U of S Registration 

c. Teachers Institute Professional Development Opportunity 

For Your Information:

1. Sun West Student Leadership Conference March 24 - 25th, 2017 at Elrose Composite School
(Submitted by: Roxan Foursha, Communications Officer)

18 Team Sun West students have been busy preparing for the annual Student Leadership Conference to take place in Elrose March 24 -25th, 2017.  

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 17th, 2017
COST: $40.00 Student


Keynotes Include: Alvin LawBlake Fly and Tala Tootoosis! Breakout sessions will have a TSW/Youth Consult Alumni, A Fitness Session with Ashley Weyer (on Facebook) and Alvin and Blake.  


2. Grade 10 Reading Assessment
(Submitted by: Danielle D. Jamieson, Assessment and Data Consultant
 )

The Grade 10 Reading Assessment will take place Monday, March 20 to Friday April 7th, 2017.  The assessment packages for your school will be ready for pick up from the Division Office- in your school mailbox- Monday, March 13th (Convention Day). The assessments need to be back to the Division Office by April 10th. More details will be sent directly to the Grade 10 ELA teachers.

Scoring days for this will be on April 27th and 28th in Rosetown and I am looking for teachers to help us with this process. If you would like to help with the scoring process please email danielle.jamieson@sunwestsd.ca  


3.The 2017 Global Day of Design will be held on May 2nd!

Go to the GlobalDayOfDesign.com and get access to 20+ FREE design challenges that you can use or tweak/modify. Enter your details into the form at the bottom of this post and receive a Design Challenge for FREE.
You can also fill out this Google Form to include your class/school and students in the official count for The Global Day of Design.

How Do I Share What My Students Are Doing on the Global Day of Design?
This year the Global Day of Design will take place on 5/2/17. We will be sharing students designing, building, making, and tinkering on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #GDD17!
*Note: If your school can't participate on 5/2 pick a date that works for you and still use the hashtag to share out!

What is Design Thinking?

Maybe you've heard the term before or even read some articles on Design Thinking. Here's co-founder John Spencer's description of Design Thinking from a K-12 viewpoint:

The term "design thinking" is often attached to maker spaces and STEM labs. However, design thinking is bigger than STEM. It begins with the premise of tapping into student curiosity and allowing them to create, test and re-create until they eventually ship what they made to a real audience (sometimes global but often local). Design thinking isn't a subject or a topic or a class. It's more of way of solving problems that encourages risk-taking and creativity.

Where did Design Thinking originate?

So, it's debate where design thinking originated. Some claim that it started in the sixties with The Sciences of the ArtificialOthers point to Design Thinkingwhich focussed more on urban planning and architecture. Still, others point to Robert McKim's work in Experiences in Visual ThinkingMy guess is that, like all great ideas, it has been an evolution, influenced by thousands of people. We know that our work around Design Thinking has been influenced by people like Tom and David Kelley, Tim Brown, John Maeda, Peter Rowe (as well as organizations like Stanford d.school and IDEO). Our goal is to continue to read some of these texts in-depth and watch the evolution of the idea.

Other Design Thinking Resources:

Sign up your class and/or school (click here).

4. Library of Parliament Speech Writing Competition

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons have launched a speech writing competition for Canadians aged 12 to 17. This national contest asks, “What does Parliament mean to you?” Young Canadians are invited to participate by submitting a written speech via our contest webpage. Six finalists will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Ottawa in June 2017, where they will be recognized at a reception at Parliament and have an opportunity to meet with the Speakers. The contest closes April 21, 2017.

Visit the contest webpage:

Desktop: www.facebook.com/PARLyouth/app/941345315938094/
Mobile: https://traffik.io/Q4sK

For additional information, please contact the Parliament of Canada Information Service at 
1-866-599-4999 or at info@parl.gc.ca.

 

March 3, 2017

Documents to View:

  1. Sun West School Division Annual General Meeting School Poster
  2. Principles of Health Child Development  PD in Eston


Websites to View:
a. Gottselig Elite Basketball Camp. 
b.Worksafe Student Video contest
c. Encounters With Canada Links
d.Full Circle Language Revitalization Education and Wellness Conference on March 9-10th, 2017 

For Your Information:

1. Sun West Student Leadership Conference March 24 - 25th, 2017 at Elrose Composite School
(Submitted by: Roxan Foursha, Communications Officer)

18 Team Sun West students have been busy preparing for the annual Student Leadership Conference to take place in Elrose March 24 -25th, 2017.  

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 17th, 2017
COST: $40.00 Student


Keynotes Include: Alvin LawBlake Fly and Tala Tootoosis! Breakout sessions will have a TSW/Youth Consult Alumni, A Fitness Session with Ashley Weyer (on Facebook) and Alvin and Blake.  


2. Grade 10 Reading Assessment
(Submitted by: Danielle D. Jamieson, Assessment and Data Consultant
)

The Grade 10 Reading Assessment will take place Monday, March 20 to Friday April 7th, 2017.  The assessment packages for your school will be ready for pick up from the Division Office- in your school mailbox- Monday, March 13th (Convention Day). The assessments need to be back to the Division Office by April 10th. More details will be sent directly to the Grade 10 ELA teachers.

Scoring days for this will be on April 27th and 28th in Rosetown and I am looking for teachers to help us with this process. If you would like to help with the scoring process please email danielle.jamieson@sunwestsd.ca  

3. Canada's Most Informed  Student Competition

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual qualifying round of Canada's Most Informed Student Competition. Last year, 500 grade 11 students participated and $6,000 in scholarships were earned by the top students!

What: ChatterHigh competition to encourage students to explore and keep connected with as much post-secondary, career, labour market, and health/financial literacy information from across Canada. The 10-minute activity provides 10 questions per day and can be done at any hour. Students who answer 275+ quiz questions correctly in the qualifying round will advance to the final round in the fall.

Here is ChatterHigh in 60 Seconds.

When: Qualifying round: April 10 - May 19, Final round: Oct/Nov 2017

Who: Any grade 11 student in Canada (Sec IV in Quebec)

Prizes: $4,000 in ChatterHigh scholarships, broken into 5 prizes for the top 5 finalists. Plus, $5,000 Bishop's University and $1,000 University of Ottawa scholarships offered to the highest placing student attending either university.

 
 

February 17, 2017

Documents to View:
a. Holodomor Education Conference–HEC 2017
b. 
 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 https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/events-calendar 

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 spdu@stf.sk.ca to find out more information
 

 

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