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Email: info@sunwestsd.ca

Sun West School Division School Community Councils (SCC)

Over 200 parents, community members, teachers and school-based administrators are members of School Community Councils (SCC) in 24 Sun West Schools.  The function of School Community Councils is, through an advisory and practical manner, to assist the administration of the school and the Board in:

  • Developing shared responsibility for the learning success and well-being of all children and youth;
  • Encouraging and facilitating  parent, community and youth engagement in school planning and improvement processes;
  • Delivering educational and extra-curricular programs; and
  • Providing the school and division with a critical link to facilitate understanding of the community. (Sun West Board Policy 17).

The duties of School Community Councils vary as needs change in particular schools, but members of these important groups are always involved in:

  • School learning improvement planning (Helping with the school A3);
  • Review of school finance and activities;
  • Family and Community Engagement; and
  • School Community Council development.


SCCs play an important role in school improvement and enhancing student learning:

Student benefits:

  • Improved marks and graduation rates
  • Increased involvement in classroom activities and a more positive attitude towards homework.
  • Higher attendance rates and greater enrollment in post-secondary education.

Parent benefits:

  • Enhanced communication between parents, administrators and teachers.
  • More opportunities for learning activities in the home.
  • Better understanding of how schools operate.

Community benefits:

  • Increased cost-effectiveness due to the pooling of time, money and effort.
  • Strengthened community pride through involvement in the school’s achievements.


Increasing Student Achievement
School Community Councils in Sun West and throughout the province are working with school staffs to help improve achievement and wellness. In Sun West, all schools set an improvement goal based on data and perceived needs.  Areas for improvement could include achievement in the literacies of reading, math and writing, increased student engagement, and increased positive mental health.

The process for improvement is a simple one – students, teachers, and parents realize that there is an area where student achievement is not as good as it should be, we put our heads together to think of what sort of things we can do to helps students achieve at a higher level, we put our plans into action, and we check to see how much students have grown.

In Sun West, School Community Councils play a critical role in helping schools with improvement planning. Each fall, SCC members are invited to join the staff in the development of the School A3 (the school’s plan for improvement) and contribute a parent and community perspective into areas for improvement. This planning results in actions that the staff takes with students and parents, actions that the SCC takes with students and parents, and actions where the staff and SCC working together.

Work in school learning improvement is a critical part of the 2006 changes from the Local Board of Trustees model to the School Community Council model in Saskatchewan. When schools and SCCs work together to increase student achievement and well-being, good things happen for our kids!

Invitation
Want to join us in helping our students achieve our vision of “Success for All”? Talk to your school principal about how you can get involved with your local School Community Council.  The partnership among families, school and communities creates the best opportunities for students to reach their potential as students and people. We welcome you.  

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