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CMSD82 2024-2025 Budget & Planning Survey

As a requirement of the School Act, Boards of Educationtext are required to prepare and submit annual budgets to the Minister of Education and Child Care.  The budget funds all the activities within our school district and is prepared to support the strategic priorities and commitment to students.  The Strategic Plan 2022-2027 ‘Engage, Ignite, Empower’ provided feedback on investing in:

  1. Improving learning outcomes,
  2. Honouring and respecting culture, diversity and inclusion,
  3. Creating a culture of care through providing safe and welcoming spaces.

The Ministry of Education and Child Care funds our budget through a fixed amount per student.  Annual funding is dependent on enrollment across the District plus other factors such as special needs and geographical factors.

Coast Mountains Board of Education is seeking input into the 2024-2025 annual budget priorities.  Please complete the following survey by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2024.

 2024-2025 Budget & Planning Survey
(click on link to complete survey)

For more information, please access Coast Mountains School District’s Strategic Plan 2022-2027 ‘Engage, Ignite, Empower’ at:

 https://cmsd.bc.ca/strategic-plan
(click on link to open)

Thank you for taking the time to complete this budget survey.  The feedback received will play an important role in the development of the 2024-2025 Budget.

2023-2024 Student Learning Survey

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Help us plan for the future – tell us about your education experience.  Students in Grades 4, 7, 10 and 12, their parents/caregivers and all staff in B.C. public schools are invited to participate in the 2023-2024 Student Learning Survey, an annual online satisfaction survey about their school experience.  This year’s survey is now open to May 3, 2024.

The survey covers a range of topics, providing a comprehensive picture of the educational experience in B.C. public schools. Questions were developed with input from partner groups, teachers and experts in educational measurement and special education.  If a school district or school has added questions, it may take longer.  The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete.

All responses are anonymous and confidential.  Student and staff surveys are available in English and French. Parent surveys are available in 18 additional languages.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Education and Child Care’s website at 2023-2024 Student Learning Survey or contact your School Principal.

To take the survey access the following link: 

Student Learning Survey 2023-2024

The results of the parent/caregiver Student Learning Survey will be available through the Ministry of Education and Child Care website in summer 2024.

Welcome Back to School!

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Ama Sah / Good Day,

On behalf of Coast Mountains School District, I’d like to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year!

The start of a new school year is an exciting time for everyone involved in our education system, but in particular, for our learners. Heading back to school in September allows children and youth to reconnect with friends they may not have seen over the summer, as well as begin to forge relationships with both classmates and caring adults who may be new in their lives. In many cases, these relationships become the cornerstone for authentic and meaningful learning experiences over the course of the school year.

As a school district, Coast Mountains will continue to focus this year on the priorities identified in the Board’s Strategic Plan – Engage, Ignite, Empower. With overarching goals related to learning, organizational wellness and cultural diversity, district-wide actions in 2023-2024 will serve to improve outcomes for students as measured through multiple indicators including graduation rates, provincial assessment results and classroom evidence of learning. To be sure, staff members across the entire district will strive to create learning spaces that are safe, welcoming and inclusive so that all students feel a sense of belonging and experience success. To learn more about our school district’s Strategic Plan, visit our website at https://cmsd.bc.ca/strategic-plan.

Please take a moment to review the rest of this important communication which includes school start-up and bussing information for Hazelton, Kitwanga, Kitimat, Kitamaat Village, Stewart, Terrace, Thornhill and surrounding communities. Should you have any questions or require further clarification, do not hesitate to contact your child’s school.

Again, welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! We all look forward to seeing you in September.

Sincerely,
Aaron Callaghan
Superintendent of Schools
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Pre-Registration & Opening Day Information

Pre-registration for all schools will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 29 and 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Students not pre-registered should register on these dates.

District Schools will open on Tuesday, September 5 for all students (except Kindergarten):

  • Kindergarten students are requested to begin attending on the date arranged by the school.
  • Buses will make their morning runs at the usual time and their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours EXCEPT for students enrolled at Hazelton Secondary, Kitwanga Elementary, Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary, Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary and New Hazelton Elementary Schools who will attend at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5.
  • The alternate bus times for the afternoon of September 5 only for Kitwanga/Hazelton Schools and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School as well as the 2023-2024 Bus Schedule/Routes effective September 5 and 6 respectively are available at https://cmsd.bc.ca/bus-routes-and-schedules.

Regular school hours and bus runs will begin on Wednesday, September 6. Access the following links to view the 2023-2024 Return to School Messages and Bus Routes including school contacts:

2023-24 Hazelton-Kitwanga Return to School Message & Bus Schedules

2023-24 Kitimat & Kitamaat Village Return to School Message & Bus Schedules

2023-24 Stewart Return to School Message

2023-24 Terrace-Thornhill Return to School Message & Bus Schedules

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.