National Day of Mourning – April 28, 2017

National Day of Mourning

 

The National Day of Mourning is observed annually in Canada on April 28 to honour those who have lost their lives while working on the job. The purpose of the National Day of Mourning is two-fold … to remember and honour those lives lost or injured and to renew the commitment to improving health and safety in the workplace … to prevent further deaths, injuries and diseases from work.

Every year workers, families, employers, and others come together at ceremonies held around the province and the country to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease, and to renew their commitment to creating safe workplaces. Since its inception, the observance has spread to over 80 countries around the world, but is known in most other countries as the Workers’ Memorial Day.

The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill is typically flown at half-mast on April 28, and workers and employees observe this day in various ways including observing moments of silence.

To mark our school district’s commitment in observance of the National Day of Mourning, Coast Mountains School District flags will be lowered to half-mast before the start of school on Friday, April 28 and raised at the end of the school day on April 28.

For more information, please visit the BC Day of Mourning website at dayofmourning.bc.ca.

 

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Happy Easter Long Weekend!

 

A reminder that all schools within Coast Mountains School District 82 and the Board of Education Office will be closed for Good Friday, April 14 and Easter Monday, April 17.

All schools will be back in session on Tuesday, April 18 as regularly scheduled.

 

Wishing all of our students and staff a safe and happy Easter long weekend!

 

 

 

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Fire Incident at Hazelton Secondary School – April 12, 2017

 

CMSD82 News Release – Hazelton Secondary School Fire Incident – April 12, 2017  (PDF Format)

 

A fire occurred at our Hazelton Secondary School this morning, April 12. The fire originated in the washroom area located in the A wing section of the school. Students and staff were quickly evacuated from the school. The fire was contained immediately with no injuries sustained to students or staff.

The Hazelton Fire Department attended to the fire and the Fire Marshall cordoned off the A wing section of the school for the completion of an investigation and related fire remediation. Fire damage was limited to the washroom area where the fire occurred. The impact to the air quality of the school will be assessed this afternoon to ensure safety prior to the return of students and staff.

Hazelton Secondary School students are being dismissed from school for today. Parents/guardians have been contacted to pick up their children at the school where students are waiting in the non-cordoned area of the school. Bussing arrangements are in place to transport students home.

Hazelton Secondary School’s principal and vice principal will be connecting with students, parents/guardians and staff via their school email distribution list and the school’s Facebook page noting that students should expect to be in attendance at school tomorrow, April 13. Some areas of the school may remain closed, but we expect the majority of the classroom areas will be open.

Our appreciation is extended to the Hazelton Secondary School staff for their quick and efficient response in handling this incident.

 

Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools

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Sad News … Passing of CMSD82 Employee, Evangeline Maitland

 

CMSD82 News Release – Evangeline Maitland Passing, CMSD82 Employee  (PDF Format)

 

It is with heartfelt sadness that we share the passing of school district employee, Evangeline (Evie) Maitland on March 13, 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer.

A long-term employee, Evie held a teaching position at New Hazelton Elementary School at her passing, a position she assumed in September 2013.

Evie joined the school district in September 1997 assuming a teaching position at South Hazelton Elementary School. Her first assignment was teaching a Grade 1-2 Class. Throughout her years with Coast Mountains School District, Evie held various teaching positions at our schools in the Hazeltons including Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary, New Hazelton Elementary and Hazelton Secondary Schools.

Evie was much loved by her students and school faculties. Her leadership, inspiration, motivation and generous personal efforts contributed significantly to student achievement and success in the Hazeltons.

Our deepest condolences and prayers are extended to Evie’s family. Their sadness and loss is shared by her many friends and colleagues within the Hazelton communities and the school district family.

We also share a touching farewell celebrating Evie’s life written by Dr. Jane Smith, a Teacher at our Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School … to view, please access the following link:

Evangeline Maitland Farewell – March 13, 2017

Evie will be dearly missed by all, especially by those people who had the privilege to know her personally.

 

 

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New Ministry Website Tool for Students and Parents will Track Achievements in Education

BC’s Ministry of Education announced a new smartphone and tablet-friendly website will provide interactive information about student outcomes to make it easier for parents and students, as well as school districts, to understand and use information that will enhance education for students.

By this fall, information about individual schools will be available to give parents a better understanding about how their child’s school is doing across the district.  Right now, access to measures of student success, such as grade to grade transitions, completion rates, foundation skills assessment results and other outcomes, in all districts is available to compare the data with the latest trends and provincial averages.

On the website, school district by school district reports are now available in easy-to-read and interactive formats, giving parents a better understanding of their school district’s strengths and areas for continuous improvements, as well as B.C.’s education system as a whole. Information contained in these reports also includes community and student demographics, post-secondary and career preparation, as well as student satisfaction.

The website works on smartphones, tablets and computers of all kinds and is easily accessible at:

www.bced.gov.bc.ca/reporting/systemperformance

For more information, please reference the following Ministry of Education’s announcement:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017EDUC0091-001075

Additional information will be forthcoming to school districts from the Ministry of Education regarding this exciting and helpful initiative for students and parents.

 

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