E-Bulletin, October 8, 2013

1.   GVC Presentation

  • Principal Scott Jantzen shared a vision of Twenty-first century learning for GVC where students care about their learning in an atmosphere that is engaging and relevant, and where learning continues outside the classroom.
  • As part of twenty-first century learning, students utilize new technology tools as investigators and producers of knowledge and they utilize technology to present their findings, often to a larger audience outside of their classroom.

2.   Youth Health Survey Report

  • Trustees reviewed a report from the Youth Health Survey that grade 7-12 students completed in fall of 2012.
  • Just over 1400 students completed the survey, which represents approximately 72% of our grade 7-12 student population.
  • Of particular note was the fact that the vast majority of students (over 90%) responded they felt safe in their homes, the community and their schools.

3.   NPC Crosswalk Concern

  • Trustees discussed numerous options regarding improving student safety at the NPC crosswalk.
  • A meeting will be scheduled with the City of Winkler and the department of highways as soon as possible to discuss options and plan for improvements.
  • Additionally, the school division will be reviewing all school sites for pedestrian and bus safety.

4.   NPC Grand Opening

  • In light of the recent tragedy at NPC and after consulting with the school administration, Trustees passed a motion to postpone the NPC Grand Opening, which was originally scheduled for October 24.
  • The new date for the Grand Opening is Thursday, November 7 @ 1:30 pm.





  1. Literacy Initiative
  • Trustees reviewed some preliminary results from the September literacy assessments.
  • Two key trends were noted: 1) Overall, more students in grades 1 to 3 are starting their respective grade already reading at or above grade level, which is a celebration; and 2) a percentage of students experience regression in their literacy skills over the summer break.
  • Next steps involve the literacy steering committee reviewing the assessment results in greater detail, reviewing the literacy action plan for 2013-2014 in light of the assessment results, and school teams reviewing their individual school results.