Bear Valley School 
Box 218 824 Main Street, Stewart B.C. V0T 1W0
Phone: 250-636-2238 

If your Child is going to be absent please notify the school.
Late arrivals require a note from the office prior to going to class.

Independent Consultant’s Report to the CMSD82 Board of Education

 

In June 2019, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 initiated a review to address concerns that were raised by students, parents, partner groups and communities. In order to ensure the process was objective and thorough, the Board of Education contracted Independent Consultant, Dianne Turner.

Ms. Turner was tasked to gather relevant information and provide recommendations for future actions to the Board of Education. The intent of this process was to address concerns raised within the school district and to identify processes moving forward, with the priority being placed on the well-being and learning of students in the district.

The Board of Education received Ms. Turner’s report and recommendations on November 27, 2019. The report is provided by accessing the following link:

Independent Consultant’s Report to the Board of Education – Nov. 27, 2019

On behalf of the Board of Education, we extend our appreciation to those who brought forward concerns and who were willing to be interviewed.

The next steps are to share the report and conduct a series of consultations.  A public consultation forum will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre (formerly the Thornhill Junior/Secondary School) located at 3120 Highway 16 East in Terrace. If you are unable to attend the public consultation forum, or you prefer to submit your thoughts electronically, please email to feedback@cmsd.bc.ca.

The Board of Education invites all interested parties to attend the public consultation forum to provide input into this dialogue and share their views on action planning.

Public participation is encouraged. Input and feedback is welcomed and valued by the Board of Education.

Should you require further assistance, please feel free to contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant to the Board of Education at (250) 638-4401.

Sincerely,

Shar McCrory
Chairperson, Board of Education

 

 

 

Lest We Forget …

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Coast Mountains’ schools and the Board of Education Office will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Remembrance Day, and will re-open as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, November 12.

Remembrance Day assemblies will be held throughout our school district on Friday, November 8.

On this Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to those past and present who served our country with courage and compassion.  Lest we forget …

 

 

School Opening, Wednesday, September 4 … Welcome Back!

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I would like to welcome the school community to the 2019-2020 School Year!   We are looking forward to working with all of you this year on behalf of Coast Mountains learners, and continue to make progress towards our School District goals.

Shared Vision …“Coast Mountains School District: creating opportunities for learning, opportunities for life.”

District Goals … Raise literacy and numeracy levels for all of our learners.  Graduation for every learner; crossing the stage with dignity, purpose and options.  Enhance learner engagement, opportunities and choice through personalized learning.

I look forward to working together to ensure that our focus on student learning is maintained while at the same time develop and foster a positive School District culture.  It is only through, working together, that we can have the greatest effect on kids and learning.

School Opening … the first day of school will be Wednesday, September 4.  We have well established routines and we will follow our normal opening day routines with a shortened first day.  Buses will make their morning runs at the usual time on September 4 with their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours.  Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School students please reference below for September 4 start times.  As you will know, these first days allow us to greet students, set preliminary enrolment and then prepare in earnest for the coming school days.  Our first full day of school will be Thursday, September 5 with regular school hours and bus runs in effect.  Bus routes and school start times are provided below.

If you require information on which school your child should attend, please call (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Local 4401.

We look forward to welcoming your children in our schools on September 4.

Sincerely,

Janet Meyer
Acting Superintendent of Schools

 

back%20to%20schoolPRE-REGISTRATION FOR ALL SCHOOLS
(WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE
NORTHWEST TRADES & EMPLOYMENT
TRAINING CENTRE)
WILL BE HELD ON
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY,
AUGUST 27 & 28, 2019
FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.

Kindergarten pupils are requested to begin attending
on the date arranged by the school.  Pupils not pre-registered should register on the
above-mentioned dates.

 

SCHOOL OPENING – SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 FOR ALL STUDENTS
(EXCEPT KINDERGARTEN)
at the times as listed in the following 2019-2020 CMSD82 Return to School Messages
which will run in local newspapers in preparation for the new school year.

CMSD82 2019-2020 Hazelton & Kitwanga Return to School Message

CMSD82 2019-2020 Kitimat Return to School Message

CMSD82 2019-2020 Terrace & Thornhill Return to School Message

CMSD82 2019-2020 Stewart Return to School Message

Note:

  • On September 4 only, buses for all schools will make their morning runs at the usual time and their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours
  • On September 4, Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School, Grades 7 and 8, report to the large gym at 9:00 a.m.; Grades 9 to 12, report to their home room at 12:30 p.m.  A second bus run for Mount Elizabeth Secondary will begin at 11:40 a.m. on September 4.

REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS AND BUS RUNS WILL COMMENCE
ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
.

SCHOOL DISTRICT 2019-2020 BUS SCHEDULES/ROUTES

2019-2020 Hazelton-Kitwanga Bus Schedules-Routes – Effective Sept. 5, 2019
2019-2020 Kitimat Bus Schedules-Routes – Effective Sept. 5, 2019
2019-2020 Terrace-Thornhill Bus Schedules-Routes – Effective Sept. 5, 2019

(the above links provide one PDF file for each respective area with all bus routes/stops)


Terrace
:  School buses will only be provided to students living outside the city boundaries.  Those students living within city boundaries should consult the Terrace Regional Transit System for scheduling information and rates at 250-635-2666.

Should you have questions or concerns regarding bus routing and scheduling the following steps are suggested:

1)   Contact your child’s/children’s School Principal.

2)  Contact the Operations Manager at Diversified Transportation bus lines at 250-635-7042 or 1-855-538-5287 for out of town.

 

Welcome Back

 

 

2019-2020 School Supplies Lists

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In preparation for the 2019-2020 School Year, please find the School Supplies Lists as provided by Coast Mountains School District schools:

 

 

 

Please Note:

  • Cassie Hall Elementary School, Suwilaawks Community School and Thornhill Primary School provide classroom supplies to students for a fee.  Parents/Guardians will be provided information during the first week of school.
  • Caledonia Secondary School, Hazelton Secondary School (Grades 10-12), Parkside Secondary School, Kitimat City High School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School (Grades 9-12) provide information relating to classroom supplies to students during the first week of school.

Should you require further information, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.

We look forward to Coast Mountains’ students return to school on September 4, 2019.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

 

August 2019 Summer Provincial Exams Information & Schedule

 

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If you are a student who is required to take a Provincial Exam this summer, please read the information below. Additional information can be found on the Ministry of Education website.

Since all exams are electronic, you can locate the sample exams through the Ministry website link shared above.  If you have never attempted an electronic exam, it is suggested that you take the time to practice with the ‘past exams’.

Electronic Exams:
All Grade 12 required Provincial Exams will be administered electronically.

Exam Centre Location:
Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre (NTETC), 3120 Highway 16 East, Terrace – (Google map directions https://binged.it/2tMHVdz)

Important Notation:
For complete information about the New Graduation Program, please visit https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca.

August Exam Schedule:
August 8 and 9 – access the following link for information regarding the August 2019 Provincial Exams Information.

Please email Mr. Geoff McKay, District Technical Skills Administrator at the Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre (geoffery.mckay@cmsd.bc.ca), to inform him you wish to write an exam.  Include the following information in the email:

  • Full Name
  • Home phone number
  • PEN (Personal Education Number provided by the Ministry of Education)
  • School currently attending (school of record)
  • Exam intending to write (course name)

Students must show up one half-hour (30 minutes) ahead of the scheduled exam time with:

  • Photo ID
  • Your PEN (Personal Education Number provided by the Ministry of Education)

For further information, please contact Mr. McKay at 250-635-7944, ext. 8467 or toll free at 1-800-663-3865, ext. 8467.

 

 

Voices of Young British Columbians Needed for LG Youth Advisory Council

 

Are you interested in supporting the work of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia?

The Honourable Janet Austin is launching the LG Youth Advisory Council – a guiding body to advise Her Honour on relevant issues impacting young people and identify ways to engage the next generation of British Columbians.

The LG Youth Advisory Council will meet 3-5 times a year, via teleconference, with at least one in-person meeting.  Initiatives and activities will be determined by the Council and the Lieutenant Governor.

Application and Eligibility Criteria:

  • Between the ages of 17 and 24.
  • Resident of British Columbia.
  • Applications must be submitted on or before August 6, 2019.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Lieutenant Governor’s website at:

https://ltgov.bc.ca/blog/democracy/lg-youth-advisory-council-application/

 

 

 

2019 District-Wide School Summer Closure

 

For your information … kindly note the 2019 District-Wide School Summer Closure is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 12 through to 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 12 inclusive to accommodate maintenance activities during that time.

Unless authorized by the our Facilities Department, the scheduling of summer extra-curricular events or activities held in school facilities must be coordinated outside of the 2019 District-Wide School Summer Closure period.  User groups will require special permission from the Facilities Department for access during the summer closure period.

Please note … FOB access for teaching staff will be turned off at 4:30 p.m. on July 12 through to 8:30 a.m., Monday, August 12.  Staff that may require access during the 2019 District-Wide School Summer Closure, should contact their School Principal for assistance.  School Principals will continue to have FOB access during the summer closure period.

Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact your School Principal for assistance.

For external inquiries, please contact our Director of Facility Services, Travis Elwood at (250) 638-4405.

 

 

Bear Valley School Principal Appointment

 

CMSD82 News Release – Jocelynn Drew, Bear Valley School Principal Appointment  (PDF Format)

 

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District is pleased to announce the leadership staffing appointment of Jocelynn Drew to the permanent position of Principal at Bear Valley School.

Currently the Teacher in Charge at Bear Valley School, Jocelynn will assume the permanent principalship position effective May 6, 2019.

A long-term employee, Jocelynn is an experienced and knowledgeable educator who has taught at both the elementary and secondary levels during her tenure with the school district in the community of Stewart. She is a team player and a strong advocate for the success of all learners.

Jocelynn is highly regarded by her colleagues as a dynamic and innovative teacher, and her work has always been characterized by an emphasis on putting students first, teamwork and building positive relationships with students, parents, staff and the community.

Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s University, a BC Professional Teaching Certification and a Bachelor of Education degree from Simon Fraser University.  Jocelynn is currently working towards her Master of Education degree through Thompson Rivers University.

Bear Valley School is a much beloved and integral part of the community of Stewart and Coast Mountains Schools District is most fortunate to have an educator of Jocelynn’s caliber assume the leadership role at this great school.

We congratulate Jocelynn on her appointment and we extend our best wishes for every success in her new position.

 

Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Happy Easter Long Weekend!

 

A reminder that all schools within Coast Mountains School District 82 and the Board of Education Office will be closed on Good Friday, April 19 and Easter Monday, April 22.

All schools will be back in session on Tuesday, April 23 as regularly scheduled.

 

Wishing all our students and staff a safe and happy Easter long weekend!

 

 

 

Open Letter from the Board of Education of Coast Mountains School District 82

 

CMSD82 Board of Education Open Letter – March 12, 2019

 

In light of the recent renewal signing of the BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 wishes to publicly declare its commitment to ongoing collaboration with communities in the school district to close the education outcome gaps between First Nations and non-First Nations students.

The renewed BC Tripartite Education Agreement is the result of an extensive engagement process between BC’s First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), Canada’s Ministry of Indigenous Services and BC’s Ministry of Education. The agreement benefits First Nations students across the province, recognizing that First Nations people have the right to make educational decisions that affect their students, within their education institutions, consistent with their unique needs, experiences, beliefs and values.

The Board of Education further recognizes the importance of breaking down barriers and ensuring all students are provided skills and opportunities to achieve success. The school district continues its focus on Indigenous cultural and traditional learnings including enhancing Indigenous languages for our learners. Currently Indigenous language learning in Coast Mountains School District includes mentorship and collaboration with Dr. Lorna Williams, University of Victoria Professor Emerita of Indigenous Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and recipient of the Indspire Award that represents the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people.

Coast Mountains School District 82 is located in the northwest of British Columbia and includes the main communities of the Hazeltons, Kitimat, Kitwanga, Stewart, Terrace and Thornhill serving a student population of approximately 4,300 students. The school district is located on the traditional territories of three Indigenous Nations: the Gitksan, the Haisla, and the Tsimshian. The Gitksan‐Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Hazelton area is made up of seven First Nations communities consisting of Gitanmaax, Gitanyow, Gitsegukla, Gitwangak, Glen Vowell, Hagwilget and Kispiox located through the Hazelton communities and the Kispiox Valley. The Haisla Nation is centered in the Kitamaat Village and the Tsimshian Nation has two distinct First Nations communities, the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum, in the Terrace and Thornhill areas.

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District recognizes Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution which defines the rights of Indigenous peoples of Canada.

The Board of Education reinforces its commitment to work in partnership with Indigenous communities in support of the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Report. It further commits to working in partnership with the First Nations to affirm Indigenous voice in decision making in accordance to the implementation of the BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success.

Further, the Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to ensure ongoing public dialogue and actions to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

As a public institution, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District recognizes the responsibility of all its employees and Canadian citizens to work with Indigenous peoples to ensure we achieve reconciliation by honouring the truth of Indigenous peoples’ historical and current experiences in Canada.

The Board of Education is committed to learning from all First Nations it serves to continue enhancing the curriculum in our schools with local Indigenous history, language and culture. The importance of our partnerships is greatly valued and the ongoing collaborative work to elevate success levels for Indigenous learners in our schools.

Respectfully yours,

Shar McCrory
Chairperson, Board of Education

 

Open Letter distribution:

  • Chief Councillors & Education Coordinators: Gitanmaax, Gitanyow, Gitsegukla, Gitwangak, Glen Vowell, Hagwilget, Haisla, Kispiox, Kitselas & Kitsumkalum First Nations
  • Calvin Albright, Executive Director, Kermode Friendship Society
  • Sid Peltier, Interim President, Northwest BC Metis Association
  • Regional Chief Terry Teegee, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations
  • National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
  • Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Honourable Rob Fleming, BC Minister of Education
  • Tyrone McNeil, President, First Nations Education Steering Committee
  • Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley
  • Ellis Ross, MLA for Skeena
  • Cindy Lindley, Executive Director, Indian Residential School Survivors Society
  • Gordon Swan, President, BC School Trustees Association
  • Tina Last, President, North West Branch, BC School Trustees Association
  • Mayor Carol Leclerc, City of Terrace
  • Mayor Philip Germuth, District of Kitimat
  • Mayor Gail Lowry, District of New Hazelton
  • Mayor Gina McKay, District of Stewart
  • Mayor Dennis Sterritt, Village of Hazelton
  • Board Chair Philip Germuth, Regional District Kitimat-Stikine
  • Glen Hansman, President, British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
  • Michael Wen & Kim Meyer, Co-Presidents, Coast Mountain Teachers’ Federation
  • Monica Brady, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2052
  • Krystal Miller, Chairperson, Coast Mountains District Parent Advisory Council
  • Local and Regional Media Outlets

Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82:

  • Board of Education School Trustees
  • Katherine McIntosh, Superintendent of Schools
  • Raymond McDonald, Secretary Treasurer
  • All Employees