Moose Jaw Warriors, from the left, Ian Duval, Ryan Stanton and Travis Hamonic, read to students at St. Agnes School last week. The hockey players were at the school to promote literacy during the schools education week. Colin Dewar photograph
This week is about Supporting and Celebrating Success.
The provincial government proclaimed it education week to highlight the work of teachers, parents, caregivers, leaders and support staff.
“It actually brings to the forefront a very important aspect of our society and that’s our future because the children that are in our schools will be our future citizens,” said Geri Hall, superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment with the Holy Trinity Catholic School Division (HTCSD). “We’re helping to mold the future. So for them to be able to celebrate what they do for five hours a day, every day a week is certainly something that they look forward to.”
To celebrate the week, Hall said some schools started on Sunday by celebrating learning with local parishes. Literacy is also a significant element of the week. Those include read alerts to ask students to stop what they’re doing and read, reading buddy days, literacy nights or favourite book opportunity time.
“Each school is different and distinct, but it’s kind of interesting how they’ve all kind of focused on being thankful for what they have (this week),” said Hall. “It’s just a wonderful time to be in education.”
On Tuesday, St. Mary’s School developed success quilts with successes accomplished through learning that will be on display.
The school will have a collect, select, reflect and project day on Thursday.
“They’re going to help their students prepare for upcoming student-lead conferences,” said Hall. “During student-lead conferences, it is the students that are going to explain how they are learning, what they are learning and what their future learning is going to look like, which fits in so nicely into the theme of this week.”
At St. Agnes School on Wednesday, a student was principal for a day. On Friday, Jeff Cappo will be the guest speaker at Sacred Heart School. St. Michael’s School students are writing thank-you notes to “those people who have been responsible for their success and their education to date,” said Hall.
Also Ecole St. Margaret is having a weeklong project.
“They’re going to create a success tree and the leaves will be colour-coded to the grades and each of them will be designed by a different student,” said Hall. “My understanding is that on each of those leaves the students get to write down what success they have had in learning.”
On Tuesday night, Vanier Collegiate showed the parents how to use the power school portal. A tool that allows “parents to check on students’ achievement anytime, anywhere,” she said. It will also happen again Thursday night.
Prairie South School Division (PSSD) communications co-ordinator Darby Briggs said in an email that the division isn’t doing anything “too over the top for education week.”
On Tuesday Prince Arthur School had a reading celebration and other schools do bake sales and other activities.
She said PSSD tends to celebrate by drawing attention to the staff, which are “the folks who really make it all happen.”
The division will have a bus driver appreciation barbecue on Friday and administrators are in “professional development sessions,” she said.
“These are the important people that make education happen all year round, and make every day special for our students,” said Briggs. “The schools really tend to celebrate education week within their community.”