Board News: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
March 11, 2015
ACE-IT at Aldergrove
Teacher Andy Gaumont of the ACE-IT carpentry program housed at ACSS presented an overview of the program to the Board and introduced two students – one current and one former. Current student Brad said he was a ‘hands on learner’ and that ‘…academics are not really easy for me…’ and that he would recommend the program to others. Former student Derek is currently working and indicated that he appreciated the coursework and the mentorship of Mr Gaumont. The carpentry program includes community projects like building new benches for WGSS, upgrades to the courtyard at ACSS and building a functional community garden. The program is five months long and has a good success rate for Langley students.
Langley School District Foundation Annual Report
Executive Director of the Langley School District Foundation Susan Cairns updated the Board on the various efforts of the Foundation. The work of the Foundation is tied to its mandate, “making learning unforgettable for every Langley student” and by raising funds and dispersing them to support many initiatives in Langley Schools, they are helping to do that every day.
Recognition of Service
After completing her presentation to the Board, Ms Cairns presented Trustee Rod Ross a plaque thanking him for his service to the Foundation Board of Directors. Directors may only serve a limited term on the Board and Trustee Ross had completed his maximum term.
WGSS Production “Mary Poppins”
WGSS Principal introduced teacher Chad Hendricks and a large group of talented students to the Board to provide a sneak peek of Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical based on the popular story by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. The performance was much enjoyed by those in attendance and it looks like WGSS has a hit in the making! The show runs April 9-11 and April 16-18. For more information and tickets, visit www.wgss.ca.
Superintendent’s Achievement Report: Transitions
Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman reviewed the transitions goal in the District Achievement Contract which is “for all students to be academically, socially adn emotionally prepared and supported to successfully transition from grade to grade, to complete and to transition to an appropriate post-secondary institution for work program”. The District is currently aligning resources and exploring actions and implementation timelines to pursue this goal.
Professional Services Report
The Professional Services is responsible for providing the staff development in the Langley District. This includes (but is not limited to!) the annual Kindergaten Conference that attracts over 500 early childhood educators from around the Province, the Odyssey event that hosts over 1200 staff and, this year for the first time, a TEDx event.