Back to school in SD5

Superintendent prepares for 2012/13 school year. Classes resume Sept. 4.

It’s that time of year, when students across the district start to grudgingly prepare for back to school.

For newly minted School District 5 superintendent Bendina Miller, it’s an exciting and busy time.

“The focus of course continues to be on improved learning outcomes for out students,” she said.

Miller plans to spend the first few weeks of the school year touring each school in the district in an effort to get to know the administration and staff at each facility. That tour will begin this week an continue through September 12.

This year, Miller said there is a great opportunity for staff to improve their skills with a number of training activities planned. It will be great year in a district that saw 12 administration moves over the summer. Miller has already met with the leaders of each facility last week, and was happy to meet her team.

“There’s very positive energy and very strong commitment to going back to school,” she said.

Miller also got a chance to meet with the District Parent Advisory Council and said the district has a great team of parents behind it.

“I think this is a great district where there is a very high expectation of student achievment,” she said.

Registration began in the district on Monday, August 27. Miller is urging new families to the area or any that have young children entering kindergarten for the first time to get to their school this week and sign up.

“We’d really hope that the families could get into the schools this week to register,” she said.

Information on registration is available online at www.sd5.bc.ca.

For all students in Cranbrook, the first day of classes will be September 4, but the time varies between elementary, middle school and high school. All elementary students will start classes from 9 a.m. Tuesday morning to 11 a.m.

At Laurie Middle School and Parkland Middle School, Grade 7 students will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for orientation. Grade 8 and 9 students will start at 9 a.m. for an hour.

At Mount Baker Secondary School, students will be in session from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Classes will begin as usual the following day.

At Laurie, students can expect a great week of fun. Grade 9 students will head to Rock Lake for an overnight teambuilding exercise on Wednesday. Grade 8 students will head to Wycliffe for a fun day as well, leaving the school to the Grade 7s as they get used to the middle school environment.

 

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