May 20 Letter to Families

As summer approaches, schools will be organizing ways for students and families to retrieve belongings and return items (textbooks, band instruments, computers, etc) beginning the week of June 8. Further information will be sent out to families as we get closer to this date. Please click HERE to see Dr. Boulter’s letter around this.

NSTU Staffing Timelines

Round #1: Teacher Initiated Transfers (Permanent Teachers Only).

Post: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Close: Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:59PM.

Round #2: Teacher Initiated Transfers (Permanent positions only)
o Open to term teachers (A, B, C and D Status).
o Open to external candidates

Post: Thursday, May 28, 2020
Close: Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:59PM.

Open Round #3:
o Open to term teachers (A, B, C and D Status).
o Open to external candidates
o Permanent teachers may only apply for permanent vacancies

Post: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Close: Monday, June 15, 2020 at 11:59PM.

Maple Grove to Welcome Grade 6 Students

May 14, 2020,

Our school system is growing and we are experiencing growth in our Pre-Primary and elementary school grades. To support this growth, effective September 2020, we are expanding Maple Grove to become a Grade 6 to 8 school, in line with most middle schools in the province. This change will benefit Grade 6 students with additional social, learning, and extra-curricular activities.

The Tri-County Regional Centre for Education (TCRCE) is reorganizing the grade levels at Carleton, Meadowfields, Plymouth, Port Maitland, and Yarmouth Elementary, as well as at Maple Grove. The grade configurations will become:

School Current Configuration Reconfiguration September 2020
Carleton Consolidated School PP (pre-primary)-6 PP-5
Meadowfields Community School PP-6 PP-5
Plymouth Consolidated School PP-6 PP-5
Port Maitland Consolidated School PP-6 PP-5
Yarmouth Elementary School PP-6 PP-5
Maple Grove Education Centre 7-8 6-8

*Please note PP stands for Pre-Primary.

The reorganization has several benefits for our students. It will allow for Pre-Primary students to stay at their home elementary schools and for those Pre-Primary spaces to be used for their intended purpose.  Pre-Primary students will not experience increased transportation times that would occur if the school remained P-6 and Pre-Primary was moved. Maple Grove will become a grades 6-8 school, which is a very common grade configuration for a Middle School in Nova Scotia. This will assist MGEC in networking with other grades 6-8 schools across the province. It will also provide grade 6 students the opportunity to be in a Middle School environment, which increases opportunities for co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Most importantly, it will allow all grade 6s in the MGEC feeder schools to be a cohort, which will assist in building social cohesion and belonging.

Between now and the end of the school year, staff from TCRCE will work with our School Advisory Councils and school communities to plan for a smooth transition as we consider important questions such as the leaving celebrations for grade 6 and grade 5 students. A transition committee is being formed to receive input on matters related to transitioning students to middle school.

Please look forward to regular communication from the transition committee. We will also share information on both the TCRCE and school websites, and on our social media channels.

If you have questions or concerns around this, please either call the main TCRCE line at (902) 749-5696 or email us at feedback@tcrce.ca .

Best regards,

 

Dr. Chris Boulter
Regional Executive Director, TCRCE

RED Letter to Families

Please click HERE to view the April 30th letter to families from our Regional Education Director, Dr. Boulter.

 

COVID-19 School Closure Update

Please note: following the recommendation of Dr. Strang, all public schools will remain closed until at least Tuesday, May 19, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These closures will be reassessed as that date approaches.

Grade Primary Registration for 2020-2021

GRADE PRIMARY REGISTRATION:

Registration for Grade Primary Program is ongoing for the 2020-2021 school year in the Tri-County Regional Centre for Education. If your child is not currently enrolled in a Pre-Primary Program, and you haven’t already registered with you community school, please phone 902-749-5696 or 1-800-915-0113 by Friday, April 17th 2020 to submit their name on the registration list.

Late Immersion Registration

If you are interested in registering your child for grade 7 Late French Immersion at SRHS, BMHS or MGEC for September 2020, please call 902-749-5696 or 1-800-915-0113 by Friday, April 17th 2020 to submit their name on the registration list.

April 3 2020 Letter to TCRCE Students & Families

Dear Students and Families,

We know these have been exceptional times, and we thank you for doing your part for the health of Nova Scotians.

Earlier this week, the province announced plans to support students and learning at home while school buildings remain closed until at least May 1st. For a guide to Nova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan, visit https://www.ednet.ns.ca/learning_continuity .

In addition to supports offered by your teacher, beginning April 8th, the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will begin to distribute grade P- 9 learning materials through store flyer packages every other week. These are delivered to most homes in Nova Scotia unless you have opted out of this service.

If you do not currently receive weekly flyers and want to activate delivery, please contact the Saltwire network:

Teachers will stay in touch with grade 10-12 students to support their learning and are working on plans to offer support in various ways, including options for students without access to technology at home. We know that each family has unique needs and circumstances, and teachers will work with you to find an arrangement that is best for your family.

We also know that grade 12 students have questions about courses, graduation, and support for post-secondary applications. We have shared a document for Grade 12 students on our www.tcrce.ca website, which may help provide some answers. Staff connecting with students who do not have internet access will share this information with these students and families.

Please continue to stay in touch with teachers and administrators at your school. You can find school contact information on our website at www.tcrce.ca. Teachers and school administrators are checking in with families, and are here to help you as we work together to support students and learning at home.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Chris Boulter

Regional Executive Director of Education

 

 

 

Grade 12 Q&A

Grade 12 Student Q & A
Questions Answers
How will my learning continue while schools in Nova Scotia are closed? What will the learning look like? Nova Scotia has created a Learning Continuity Plan to engage students during the school closures related to COVID-19. Within this plan, a priority is placed on assisting students who are scheduled to graduate this year to meet their minimum graduation requirements. Students who have internet access will engage in online learning with their subject teacher. Grade 12 students who needed technology have been loaned technology from their school.  If you do not have internet access at home, you should work with your teacher on feasible ways to share work.   Students will engage in approximately 3 hours of work per course each week.
Who will communicate with me about continuing my learning and how will I know when it starts? Teachers or school administrators will be in contact with students in all grades regarding the Learning Plan. All students will begin by April 8, 2020 but before that time you will be asked to review, practice and reflect on work that you were doing prior to March Break.
Will I need resources to continue my learning (e.g. textbooks)? Learning opportunities and any resources required will be provided online. Textbooks are not required.
What if I am not in grade 12? Where can I find information? We are planning for learning for students in all grades. For more information about learning at home, go to https://curriculum.novascotia.ca . Information about Nova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan is also available at  https://www.ednet.ns.ca/learning_continuity .
Will there be assessments and final exams for my courses? Although there will be no final exams for courses, teachers will continue to assess student learning in a variety of ways. Assessments could include submissions through e-mail or GNSPES accounts, or through phone conversations.  Teachers will determine appropriate strategies as they communicate with students. The Department is meeting regularly with Colleges and Universities.  The decision to cancel exams will not negatively impact grade 12 students.
 What about IB or DELF exams These exams have been cancelled.
Will I still graduate on time? Students who are on track to graduate in June 2020 will graduate. Learning will continue so that teachers can provide June grades.
How will my credits to graduate be impacted? For any courses that are started, schools will work with students to complete them to the best of their ability. A final percentage grade will be awarded for grade 12 students.

 

Will there still be a Graduation Ceremony and other year-end celebration events at my school? It is still too early to know how long the current situation will last. Any plans for graduation and proms being considered will have to follow the direction from Dr. Strang, our Chief Medical Officer of Health, at that time.  Plans may be delayed until next school year.  Nothing will be cancelled at this time until more is known.  At this time, school buildings are closed until at least May 1.
How will I access the supports that have helped me to be successful so far (e.g.  School Counsellor, SchoolsPlus, teacher, administrator, support worker)? Staff, including student support services, will continue to work to address students’ needs. Schools will provide contact information to students, but students can also reach out to their administration and/or teachers for more information and to request support.
Can I access eLearning if I am an International Student who is going home early? Yes, International students who were registered at a Nova Scotia high school for semester two courses will remain eligible to engage in eLearning opportunities to complete their current courses like students within the province.
How will my teachers determine my final grade? Will it be Pass/Fail? At this time, grade 12 students can expect to receive a final percentage grade in each course.
Will year-end scholarships and bursaries still be awarded from my school and if so, how will I get information about applying? Yes, schools are still planning to award year-end scholarships and bursaries. Schools will communicate information to Grade 12 students and this may be done in a variety of ways (e.g. Google classroom, GNSPES emails, school website, etc.). Please direct specific questions to your school administration or school counsellor.
How will I receive support from my teacher when I need help in my course? Teachers will be reaching out to students. Teachers are expected to set up regular time during the day for office hours.  Students can request additional support directly from teachers as required.
How will courses continue that mostly focus on hands-on learning experiences? (e.g. Physical Education Leadership 12) Learning opportunities for specialized courses, or programs, that have barriers for distance learning will be supported as best as possible. Your teachers have access to an e-learning site that supports teaching and learning in new ways.  This will look different, but students will continue to be provided with relevant learning opportunities to achieve the requirements of the course.
 

Am I still able to receive a credit for my Co-op?

Yes.  Students who are enrolled in a Co-op course will have completed the in-school instruction and some may have even started at workplaces prior to March break. Students will not be going on placements at work sites while school buildings are closed.  Teachers were able to gather evidence of learning and complete assessments prior to the students beginning their placements. To complete work site placement requirements, students will be provided with alternative opportunities to continue to develop career readiness skills, investigate careers and post-secondary options, complete workplace certifications, and further develop their portfolio. Your Co-op teacher will assist you in meeting the requirements of this course.
How will I make up my apprenticeship hours? Students who are registered in Skilled Trades courses that are taught by certified tradespeople will upon successful completion of their course(s) continue to receive recognition for apprenticeship hours.

 

Like other experiential learning courses, teachers will provide students with new ways to learn about the subject area and to track their learning.

 

How will my Individualized Program Plan (IPP) outcomes for my graduation requirements be met? Teachers will work collaboratively with other staff as required in order to support each student’s individual learning.
Will the Nova Scotia Virtual School courses I am enrolled in continue? Nova Scotia Virtual School (NSVS) courses will continue and where needed, teachers will plan other learning opportunities for students who may have technology access issues.
How will I access transcripts required for post-secondary school? Schools can access transcripts electronically, and they will communicate to students the contact person for transcript requests. Schools can send transcripts directly to students or the post-secondary institution as a PDF version. Students wanting the transcript sent directly to a post-secondary institution should include the e-mail address of the post-secondary institution in their e-mail request. Should a paper copy of an in-progress transcript be required students may make a request. Contact your school’s Principal or School Counsellor for further information.
Homework hub

 

The Homework hub for students taking a math course offers free online resources and free live tutoring.  This is accessible Sunday to Thursday evenings from your GNSPES account.  Extended afternoon hours will be introduced later in April.
What if I need some support for how I am feeling about the current situation with COVID19? There is lots of help available to you.  Your teacher, school counsellor, administrator and others at the school are there for you.  You can also get support through SchoolsPlus and other helpful Nova Scotia resources at the following link: https://novascotia.ca/dhw/mental-health/children-and-youth.asp  Please also remember that physical activity is good for your mental health too.  Stay active while you are at home!
Where can I get reliable information on COVID19? For up-to-date public health information and advice that you can trust, visit the public health coronavirus website at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
Who do I contact for more information? Contact your teacher or principal. If they can’t answer your question, call TCRCE at 902-749-5696.

 

Learning at Home

Links to information and resources for students, families and teachers

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