E-Bulletin, December 11, 2018

e bulletin 31. Discovery Nature Sanctuary Presentation
• Paul and Val Goossen presented on the Discovery Nature Sanctuary’s vision to continue to develop a variety of outdoor classroom settings providing students and adults with a natural setting for science and other subjects.  Many GVSD classes are taking advantage of this learning opportunity.
• They provided three considerations for GVSD:
o Promote the Discovery Nature Sanctuary with staff and students.
o Encourage teacher training and workshops related to the Discovery Nature Sanctuary.
o Provide transportation for staff and students interested in attending Discovery Nature Sanctuary. 

2.   Gr. 12 Standards Tests Results – Semester 2, 2017-2018
• English Language Arts – The GVSD mean score (65.1%) and the provincial average score (65.6%) were essentially the same while the GVSD pass rate (86.9%) was slightly higher than the province (84.1%).
• Essential Mathematics – The GVSD mean score (58.8%) and pass rate (69.7%) was higher than the provincial average (mean score – 52.9% and pass rate - 57.3%).
• Pre-Calculus Mathematics – The GVSD mean score (62.6%) was lower than the provincial mean score – 67.9% but the GVSD pass rate (80.4%) was higher than the provincial pass rate (78.5%).
• Applied Mathematics – The GVSD mean score (61%) and pass rate (73.2%) was higher than the provincial average (mean score – 58.1% and pass rate – 68.8%).
• Test results are reviewed by high school principals and teachers to adapt instruction where needed.
3.    Local Voices for Local Choices
• In the near future, the school division will add a new page called Local Voices for Local Choices to the website  to provide GVSD community members with information on the work of the school board, the importance of working for our children locally, and to engage our community.
• It is expected the new page will be ready to go early in the new year.
4.  January Board Meeting
• Please take note: Due to the timing of the Christmas break, the January Board meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm.