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Courtenay Teacher wins Prestigious National Teaching Award

G.P. Vanier's Andrew Young was announced the winner of the 2019 Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy. Among other accomplishments, Young is piloting a new geographical sciences grade 11course with David Benton that focuses on the environmental sciences aspects of geography, as well as the impact of global climate change.
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Drinking Water in Valley Schools Safe

Students, staff and families can rest assured that the drinking water provided in all Comox Valley Schools is safe.
A recent national investigative report on the quality of the tap water of several schools across Canada revealed high concentration of lead. Image credit: Pixabay
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Staff Cast - Episode 3

A former student brings his educational experience back to the school district. Brandon Racine has joined the District payroll team and is one of more than 80 new hires over the past year. Tune in to hear his story and more about staff who are making a difference in public education in the Comox Valley.
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Local Literacy Project Lands in the Hands of Kenyan Students

Carol Walters, a Comox Valley Schools Literacy Support Teacher, belongs to a network of teachers on Vancouver Island who recently took on a literacy project to create books for young learners.
The books are designed to enhance place-based education whereby students are immersed in local sites, animals, and experiences using language and images that engage young readers.
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School District Launches Board Newsletter

We are pleased to announce the release of the first issue of Board Business, a monthly newsletter that captures the Board meeting highlight, District developments, school news stories, and other significant announcements, initiative and events throughout our amazing School District.
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Board of Education Chair Welcome

Janice Caton, Board Chair, shared a welcome message to open the Public Board Meeting Tuesday, September 24, thanking all school district staff for their continued hard work and dedication toward education and student success.
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September is a Time for Safe Driving Reminders Near School Zones

With school back in session, September is a good month for our students to remind motorists throughout the Comox Valley to use extra caution while driving in school zones.

The increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic in school zones creates more congestion on roadways which requires drivers to be more vigilant.
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Collaborative Inquiries

Over the past few years, we have heard from staff regarding the desire to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with their colleagues. As you know, we have a long history of providing opportunities for staff to collaborate. We are pleased to take this opportunity to introduce a redesigned professional partnership/inquiry initiative called Collaborative Inquires which will be available to all staff. We will be allocating an initial budget of $100,000 to this project.

The collaborative Inquiry program focuses on teams of practitioners working together with a focus on student achievement and instructional practices. The purpose of the program is to extend and enhance the capacity of all involved in the project. The funds are intended for release time and resources. A detailed application will be available in the next few days. The deadline for applications is October 31st.

We would encourage all staff to take advantage of this wonderful professional opportunity.

Once again, Thank you for the work you do to support the learning of each and every one of our students.

- Tom Demeo, Superintendent of Schools
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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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