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Extended Gradual Entry to Kindergarten Proves Successful

Young children starting school for the first time are easing into their new lifestyle as a student thanks to a pilot program designed to make the transition far easier for toddlers and parents.

The Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) Gradual Entry program provides a seamless transition for kindergarten families as they enter the school and kindergarten classroom at the start of the school year. Read how it worked for Ecole Robb Road.
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A Pathway of Hope Comes to District Schools

Students will soon have a clearer, easier-to-understand path to mental health and substance use services. These new initiatives were announced by B.C. Ministers Judy Darcy and Rob Fleming September 12 at G.P. Vanier Secondary.
Comox Valley Schools becomes the second in the province among five selected to receive the program and funding.
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Staff Cast: A New Way to Tell the District Story

Comox Valley Schools has joined the podcast generation and created a channel for the community to tune in and hear stories from the inside.
The school district podcast, titled Staff Cast, is a series of episodes of 3 to 5-minute duration featuring an employee share a story about their role in the district, an accomplishment or initiative or, simply, why they enjoy their job so much.
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Starting the School Year Off Strong

With an increase in student registration coupled with a new Strategic Priorities Plan, the school district is starting the 2019/20 school year off on a strong footing.
The school district will see an increase in enrollment at the elementary and secondary level. As projected and consistent with the population growth in the Valley, student enrollment continues to grow with approximately 600 students registered for kindergarten and close to 8500 students district-wide.
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UPDATE - Grade 12 Transcripts Announcement

The Ministry of Education recently identified an anomaly in the tabulation of the Grade 12 June 2019 exam results. The Ministry has resolved the issue and the revised transcripts will be posted as of July 31st. Student grades from the June 2019 exams will be accurately reflected on their transcripts. Read the update from the Ministry of Education regarding graduation results.
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Multi District Outdoor Camp on Hornby Island Inspires Youth to Lead Environmental Change

Thirty-five young women from across BC came to Hornby Island 14 July for an environmental stewardship journey and left five days later with a wealth of knowledge, new insights and an abundance of inspiration that will help them implement action for a cleaner future.
Their educational experience is part of a multi-school district Ocean Literacy and Leadership Camp (OLLC), a course designed to teach secondary students ages 15 to 18 about climate issues, ocean conservation and advocacy options.
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Indigenous Student Completion Rates Continue to Trend Higher than Province

On June 18, the Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia released a progress audit on the Ministry of Education’s changes since the office’s 2015 report on the education of Indigenous students in the B.C. public school system. The report shows that Indigenous students in the Comox Valley are graduating at a rate higher than the provincial average.
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Lake Trail Middle Earns Recognition as a Model School for Inclusiveness

Lake Trail Middle School was recently selected to be one of six schools in British Columbia to pilot a new project to develop and model inclusive practices.
The pilot project is a SET-BC Inclusive Schools Initiative developed to support schools who are seeking to pursue the development of skills and strategies to be as inclusive as possible for all learners.
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A Valley Educator Teaches her Students to Honour Indigenous Language and Culture through Art

Indigenous students from Puntledge Park Elementary have transformed the First Nation’s words of a recently commissioned song for Comox Valley Schools into a colourful picture book. A song that celebrates the Kwakʼwala culture, and speaks of the unique landscape of mountains, ocean, and rivers of our region can now be enjoyed in a children's book of beautiful illustrations.
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Field Trip commuting made easier thanks to a new partnership

A new partnership program with Comox Valley Regional District is now in place, making it much simpler and more environmentally friendly to commute on field trips. The School Group Transit Pass Program provides educators a solution to take their students out into the community or the purpose of traveling to and from field trips and experience the local transit system, all at a reduced rate.
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