Early Dismissal 2014-2015
Monday, September 29th is the first early dismissal for the 2014-2015 school year!
Starting today, school will dismiss one hour early every second or third Monday. This pattern will continue until the end of June. The early dismissals allow our teachers to work together in teams to address student learning. These teams are referred to as Learning Improvement Teams (LITs) and will be a key part of school goals this year. An abundance of research shows that when teachers work collaboratively, student learning improves as the specific needs of students at our school are addressed.
Should you have any questions or concerns about the LITs, please do not hesitate to contact your local school. We look forward to an exciting year of learning together!
Early Dismissal Days:
December 1, 15
January 12, 26
March 2, 23
April 13, 27
May 11, 25
Making Connections - Education Sector Strategic Planning at Prairie South
Prairie South Trustees were joined by School Administrators and Division staff for an afternoon of Learning Together. The group spent time examining the Provincial Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP), making connections to the already great work that is happening in our schools and finding ways we can continue to support student learning!
2014 By-Election Advance Poll and Poll Announcement
Subdivision #2 Trustee - Avonlea, Caronport, Lindale and Rouleau.
Advance Poll - Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Click here for details.
Election Day - Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Click here for details.
Lindale School launches new website
We are excited to share with you that Lindale School is the first Prairie South School to go live with their new website! Check it out at https://schools.prairiesouth.ca/lindale.
The new format, which all schools will be moving to throughout the year, will ensure that our school sites are a go-to resource for parents and the community. Keep an eye out for your schools new website to be launching soon!
A special LEAN visit
Prairie South Facilities department played host to members of the Saskatchewan Government last week, as Deputy Minister Dan Florizone and Minster Don McMorris paid a visit to the Moose Jaw offices.
As one of only 11 school divisions to be selected for a LEAN project in 2012, Prairie South School Division was proud to show the Minister the progress made so far. The Facilities department has streamlined their preventative maintenance system, allowing for more cost efficient and timely repairs and upgrades to the Divisions 40 schools.
Facilities Manager Darren Baiton said the visit was an excellent way to show the positive effects of the LEAN process. "Although not without it's challenges" he says, "going through the LEAN process has allowed my team to be more proactive in delivering a better end product in a more organized and efficient manner to the end user." In this case, the end users are the teachers and students, and Prairie South is always striving to put students first.
Baiton is particularly proud of the way his team is utilizing technology to help span the geographical distance across Prairie South. "We use iPads and FaceTime in the field, allowing for more accurate assessments and data collection."
Prairie South thanks the Minister and his team for coming out to see LEAN in action!