October 24, 2018 Board Meeting News

October 25th, 2018

Regional Office – Barrhead

Provincial test results will help drive improvement
Superintendent David Garbutt presented the 2017-18 Provincial Achievement Test results for Grades 6 and 9, as well as the Grade 12 Diploma Examination results. Teachers and principals use these results to make decisions about instruction and support student progress. The division will work with schools to make plans where improvement is needed. These results also reinforce our Education Plan priorities of student diversity, student-teacher relationships, numeracy and literacy.

Student enrolment continues to decline
In the 2018-19 school year, PHPS will serve 3,816 students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 at eleven community schools, two hutterite colonies, and two outreach centres. Similar to past years, grade 1-12 enrolment is down 40 students or 1%.

The division also operates an online school, Vista Virtual School, which serves over 10,000 students across the province, and the Alberta Distance Learning Centre, which serves jurisdictions and their schools across Alberta.

Live, from New York—it’s BCHS!
The school board approved a field trip request for twelve photography students from Barrhead Composite High School to go to New York City in May 2019. The students will have an opportunity to work with photographer Ben Norman and students from NYC SALT, a not-for-profit organization that equips teenagers from immigrant communities in New York City with the tools they need to reach their full potential.

School board looks for input on division citizenship awards
As the school board re-examines Student Citizenship Awards, they are looking for input from parents, staff, students and community members. This input will help shape the way the school board recognizes student citizenship going forward.

Participation will be open from October 29 to November 12, 2018. Subscribe to PHPS news for more details, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Check out the board meeting agenda and minutes here.

The next school board meeting
is on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the PHPS Regional Office in Barrhead. Members of the public are welcome to attend.