E-Bulletin, October 10, 2017

1.    Superintendent Retiring
• Superintendent Vern Reimer announced that he will be retiring effective July 31, 2018.
• The Board will immediately begin the process of recruiting a replacement.
• Board Chair Laurie Dyck offered thanks on behalf of the board for the many years of exemplary service provided by Mr. Reimer to GVSD, as well as congratulations and best wishes on his pending retirement.
2. Northlands Parkway Collegiate Presentation
• Principal Tammy Macdonald and Vice Principal Jeff Osinski shared progress on the following goal – “recognizing that literacy is the cornerstone to academic success, by June 2018, 85% of grade 9 students will achieve 70% or higher in their grade 9 courses”.
• As part of gathering baseline information, the school conducted an engagement survey with all students to gather feedback on key measures of student engagement.
• Additionally, through the work of the Professional Learning Communities in the school, staff have identified areas where students are struggling and developed goals to meet those challenges.
3. Student Enrolment 17-18
• GVSD projected a student enrolment of 4466 for 2017-2018.  September 30th enrolment numbers show a total of 4563 students, an increase of 97 students above projections.
• To accommodate the growth, additional staffing has been added to Emerado Centennial School, Winkler Elementary School, and Plum Coulee Elementary School. 
4. Name the New School Contest
• Garden Valley School Division invites students and public to participate in “Name Our New K-8 School” contest.
• $250.00 total cash prize will be awarded to the winning entry (divided equally if more than one person submits winning entry).
• The new school will be built on Roblin Blvd. West in Winkler.  The anticipated opening of the new school is September 2019.
• Entries may be submitted by:
o Mail – Box 1330, 750 Triple E Blvd, Winkler MB, R6W 4B3
o Email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Subject: Name the New School Contest
o Fax - (204) 325-4132
o Drop off at the GVSD Division Offices at 750 Triple E Blvd during business hours of 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
• All entries must include the following information:
Your name –
Address / Phone Number –
New School Name –
Rationale –
• Contest Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
• Selection Committee will notify winner(s) by telephone.
• The Board will announce the official name at the December 12, 2017 Board meeting.