Welcome back to school! I am delighted to begin another year at DSS! We have been preparing for our first day, and know that students are excited to be returning to their classrooms. I continue to look forward to working with the community through our Parent Advisory Council, parent community, local bands, and other supportive organizations.
Our school action plan for learning will be developed over the month of September, and will be available at the school office once approved by the School District. The objective stated "A sense of belonging and, thus, student engagement will increase through the use of cross-grade reading and writing projects at each grade level", is our guide for all our activities in education and social responsibility upon startup. The Ministry of Education requires the implementation of the new curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12. It is the first year with full implementation, with both Literacy and Numeracy Assessments taking place in Grade 10. Further details are available on the Ministry of Education website, or you may come in to the school.
We encourage parents and caregivers to connect with the school through the PAC, during our Open House and Learning Conversation opportunities, share skills with the school through volunteering, following the newsletter and website updates, celebrate student successes with us, and other related opportunities as they arise. School communications can be found through school newsletters, community newspapers, project fairs to highlight the work of the students, presentations, bulletin board displays in the school, our website, David Stoddart Facebook page, and of course word of mouth.
I would like to wish our families all the best for the coming year, and encourage our students to put their best efforts towards a strong education filled with rewarding moments.