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02/25/16

La Loche, Sask., residents taking back their school after fatal shootings

Hundreds join Reclaiming Our School walk A voice led the group in song over a tinny-sounding PA system. “Let it shine all over La Loche, Lord. I’m going to let it shine.” Gathered in a common area Wednesday inside the high school in La Loche, Sask., hundreds of people joined in to sing the reworked lyrics to This Little Light of Mine. They were there to take back La Loche Community School. They were there to find relief. On Jan. 22, everything changed... +Read More
Dr. Kristopher Wells left those attending Prairie Valley Institute with much to digest.
10/08/15

Wells gives the straight facts on creating supportive school climate

REGINA – There was an audible collective gasp from many of the 1,300 folks gathered in the room when Dr. Kristopher Wells recounted an email he had received from a father indicating that he would actually have wished his son… +Read More
10/08/15

Balfour students seek alternatives to cancelled graduation banquets

Grade 12 students have 1,500 signatures on online petition In an effort to be involved with Regina Public Schools’ decision to cancel high school graduation banquet ceremonies, two grade 12 students at Balfour Collegiate have started an online petition that they say addresses the reasons behind the cancellation decision. “We as students have come together and actually planned out a lot of solutions to the issues that were brought up during the assembly when they informed us what was going... +Read More
10/05/15

Positive enrollment trends for PA school divisions

Two Prince Albert school divisions are reporting an increase in enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year. The Saskatchewan Rivers School Division’s numbers are higher than projected. Alan Nunn is the superintendent of schools for the division. He said the division was expecting approximately 8,921 students this year, but the actual number was 8,964. “So we’re 43 over projection,” said Nunn. “But we also projected higher than last year. So what this means for us is we’re 122 students higher than where we were... +Read More
09/24/15

National test changed after Saskatoon student notices negative stereotypes about aboriginals

A standardized test that went out to classrooms across the country will be changing after a student in Saskatoon noticed that some of the options in multiple choice questions included negative stereotypes about aboriginal people. The exam recently administered to Saskatoon Public School (SPS) Grade 10 students included two questions “where the available multiple-choice options included two incorrect answers which were negative stereotypes about aboriginal people,” according to SPS spokesman Rod Drabble. The questions alluded to aboriginal people having a... +Read More
09/21/15

Are 4-day school weeks good for students?

Boards turn to compressed school weeks to help cut costs, save schools A recently published report says compressing the school week to four days has little impact on academic performance. And some school boards say the move has saved them money, and helped them keep schools with lower enrolment open. In British Columbia, Boundary School District 51 switched all of its schools to the four-day week during the 2001-2002 school year. Superintendent Kevin Argue says that switch helped ensure schools wouldn’t have to close.... +Read More
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