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Skills Canada Regional Competition - February 14, 2020

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Students from around the Peace Region will be competing in the Skills Canada Regional Competition on Friday, February 14, 2020.  The regional competition brings together a network of educators, labour, industry and provincial partners to promote careers in trades, technology, apprenticeship and other career opportunities.  The competition celebrates and awards students for excellence in their selected trade, technology or competition event.  Students are competing to attend the Skills Canada BC Competition held in Abbotsford, BC in April and the top winners from there are invited to the National Competition which will be held in Vancouver, BC in May. 

The Skills Canada Regional Competition is being hosted in the Trades Training Centre at Northern Lights College Campus in Dawson Creek on February 14th, 2020.  Spectators are welcome to attend.  Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:00 am and the award presentation will be at 4:00 pm. 

School District No.59 (PRS) Grade 9 students are attending the event to participate in career exploration activities.  Students will be exposed to post-secondary programs in Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences, Trades and Technologies.  Grade 9 students will also participate in industry tours of Triple J Pipelines, Encana and Louisiana Pacific work sites. 

Skills Canada Regional and Provincial competitions are organized by a team of committed volunteers and hosted by secondary and post-secondary institutions.  Thank-you to the many volunteers and partners to make this possible. 

Forensics and a Murder Mystery in the Classroom at Crescent Park Elementary

CPE Murder Mystery
CPE Murder Mystery
CPE Murder Mystery

Intermediate students at Crescent Park are participating in a Forensics unit, focused on a murder mystery. Principal Cynthia Percy put her artistic talent to work by creating a series of scenes, which are acted out in the school. 

There are 13 other scenes involving characters, whose parts are played by staff members.  The students will study the evidence from fingerprints, blood spatter, foot prints, mysterious powder experiments and from the scenes and testimonies from the witnesses to write descriptive paragraphs and reports about their suspects.  When the top suspects are determined students will be able to ask three questions in order to determine motive and opportunity.  Students will have to cite their evidence and responses from suspects to write up the solution to the mystery.

This event is also helping to build community between intermediate students and other teachers in the school.

SD59 Board Of Education Addresses The Need For An Online Teacher Training Program

The Board of Education of School District No.59 (PRS) was successful in submitting a motion at the BC Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) annual general meeting to encourage the development of an online teacher training program in BC.  BCPSEA is the employers' association representing British Columbia's 60 public boards of education.  The Board submitted the following motion which passed without debate at the recent AGM: "THAT,  the BCPSEA Board of Directors write a letter to the Minister of Advanced Education, the Deans of Education for BC Universities and the BC Teachers' Council to encourage the development of an online teacher training program in BC."

The Board submitted the motion to address the teacher shortage in BC, which is known to be a greater problem in rural, remote and Northern school districts.  The Board believes by having access to online teacher training programs it would increase the opportunity for individuals interested in becoming teachers specifically in rural, remote and Northern districts.

Winter is Here

Winter Bus StudentsSD # 59 Transportation Department asks for your assistance with the following:

For the safety of all students riding on SD # 59 school buses in the winter months, Students must have appropriate winter clothing when they ride the school buses. This will include but not limited to: Winter coats, Winter footwear, Head wear and Hand protection.  This is to ensure the safety of all school bus passengers if there were to be any delays while the bus is performing its route. Ie: mechanical challenges, road conditions or other delays

Thank you for your assistance.
School District # 59 (Peace River South)
Transportation Department

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