Performance, health and adequate sleep

Published on December 16, 2015

With visions of sugarplums dancing in heads, getting enough sleep can be tricky for young people at this time of year.

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Good ideas tend to spread

Published on November 25, 2015

Whether ideas inspire excitement, positive change, laughter or tears, good ideas have always been sticky. In West Vancouver Schools, we often see or hear about things happening in the district that make us marvel at how quickly great ideas flourish in our schools.

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Strong reputation, more choice sparks increased enrolment

Published on October 22, 2015

By October, students are mainly settled in their classes and comfortable with any new routines, faces and schedules. Within the district, we are now getting a good snapshot of how engaged our families are with the work that we do in the classroom every day.

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‘Real world’ education

Published on September 24, 2015

Today’s world is less about how much you know, and more about the application of what you know. This is not a novel observation, yet the more I examine the issue,

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Welcome back to school!

Published on September 8, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Our schools were open last week, preparing classes, planning activities and taking some time to reflect on the past and the future of education. We enjoyed welcoming all our new and returning families,

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The Value of Entrepreneurial Education

Published on June 8, 2015

As I reflect on the school year, I am deeply grateful for the support our district receives from staff, parents, Trustees and students. Much of the credit for our continued success is due to the creativity,

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School success much more than a number

Published on May 11, 2015

Some readers may have seen a recent front page article in the North Shore News about the annual Fraser Institute Elementary Report Card School Rankings,

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There’s more than one strategy in challenging times

Published on April 11, 2015

In last month’s edition, I discussed some of the concerns around funding, following a recent Ministry of Education directive to School Boards to find $29 million in additional administrative savings. As I outlined,

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Challenging times for education funding: West Vancouver is prepared

Published on March 11, 2015

As we return from spring break, a lot of our energies are focussed on implementing plans for the final term, and planning ahead for next year. This look ahead includes developing a preliminary budget for the Board to approve in May.

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Working for the grade

Published on February 11, 2015

There is a debate in education around the relationship between grading and learning. Many of our teachers and schools have shifted the ways that they give students feedback – focussing more on constructive comments for improvement and less on grades.

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