Staff Professional Development
Since January, the teachers and most support staff at SCCS have been busy learning a few new strategies that can be used directly with the students in the classrooms.
In January, time was spent developing confidence with iPad apps for students requiring additional resource support and an appreciation of yoga as a mental health support. The apps that Laura Roy (who is related to a SCCS alumni) and Andrea Maginot, Consultants for Student Services Dept. of Manitoba Education introduced us to included:
In February, the entire staff joined with the staff of all Catholic schools in Manitoba to celebrate Catholic Schools Day. The keynote was provided by Ken Yasinski, “What is the Purpose of my Life?”
And most recently, in March, teachers have been deepening their understanding of the “Power Teacher” program and focusing on data collection and analysis of data related to the Annual School Goals for 2014-2015.
BASC students visit the Canadian Mint for March in-service day.
On Friday, March 13th, the students boarded a bus and made the long trek to the East side of the city where they were scheduled for a tour of the Canadian Mint. The first thing they saw in the lobby was a REAL gold brick. It was 23 pounds, worth 1/4 million and had a guard with it at all times!
Then, the students went into the factory/production area. They were excited to see how coins were made and even saw a special new quarter with a red flag on it, being made that day!
The students loved the interpretive displays. There was a large 2012 (the year they discontinued making the cent coin) penny with a cut-out that was a great photo opp.
Another fun display was the one where they could lift bricks of the same size, but different weights. The students took turns pulling the bars.
They were quite surprised at how light the concrete and wood bricks were in comparison to the heavy gold.
At the end of the tour, each student received a souvenir , a special commemorative toonie.