Staff News: September 2015

August 31, 2015

New School Year, New Look!

Over the last few months the District has been working towards launching a new website structure for the District homepage and school sites. You will notice the strong blue, green, and orange colour scheme dominating each page, clearly communicating the district brand across the site. The colours also accent the modern design that emphasizes the District’s commitment to providing an “innovative, inspiring and unified learning community.” While the visual elements are crisp and pleasing to the eye, the streamlined navigation allows new users to quickly familiarize themselves with the layout and organization. This will certainly be a refreshing experience for the entire district and sets the foundation for further developments currently in the pipeline.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the new website is the mobile-friendly capability. The website will automatically adapt depending on the size of your screen. If you’re reading this on a computer web browser you can test the mobile functionality by re-sizing your browser window or try viewing the website on your phone. All pages will resize to properly display on any screen/window size. This is particularly important as mobile friendly websites are becoming increasingly necessary.

During transition between websites staff information and resources have been organized in a similar fashion to the old website. The most relevant changes for staff are in the ‘Staff’ pages of the new website. All information for staff, including important notices and links to online systems, are posted in this section. Staff are encouraged to explore all staff pages but special note should be given to the ‘StaffNet’ page.

The ‘StaffNet’ page is a compilation of all documents, forms, and links that were previously posted on the old website and are organized according to the layout of the old website. Resources such as the Staff Administration System (for logging absences, etc), Outlook e-mail (OWA), 35eSiS On-line and iWorx can be found in the ‘StaffNet’ page under the ‘All Staff’ accordion heading. All the documents, links, and forms for each heading can be viewed by clicking the plus (+) icon or the heading text itself. Other pages in the staff section of the new website contain forms, documents and links but if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for then check out the ‘StaffNet’ page or use the search tool.

Administrator Appointments & Moves

There are a number of administrators who have changed schools or roles. Please wish them all the best!

  • James Ribeyre – Newly appointed VP assigned to Shortreed
  • Rhonda Krisko – Newly appointed VP assigned to Richard Bulpitt
  • Iha Hayer – Newly appointed VP assigned to HD Stafford Middle
  • Kurt Reynaud – Newly appointed VP assigned to Vanguard
  • Shawn Davids – HD Stafford Middle Principal (from VP to P)
  • Susan Macdonald moving from Richard Bulpitt VP to become Uplands’ Principal
  • Michelle Guillou moving from Uplands to James Kennedy
  • Greig McArthur moving from James Kennedy to SBO and becoming HR District Principal
  • Lynda Reeve moving from Director of HR at the SBO to become Langley Fundamental’s Principal
  • Mal Gill moving from HR District Principal to HR Director

Keep Up-to-date with the News

Staff News will be updated the first week of every month, so be sure to watch for the notification email and check back around that time for the latest edition. There are also ‘District News‘ and ‘Board News‘ sections of the website that will highlight events happening around the district that may be of interest to staff and the latest items to come out of the Board meetings. Board Meeting dates are posted on the calendar and you are invited to check for the latest Board News following the meetings, usually posted the by the next afternoon.

Welcome Message from Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman