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Author: Graham Arts Created: 9/15/2011 7:27 AM
This blog is specifically designed to allow for the posting of information to our school community on emerging events for our district. As such, it is not necessarily used for regular postings on a predictable schedule.
By Graham Arts on 11/18/2014 2:00 PM

As you may have heard, Belmont Secondary School was in lockout today from approximately 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  RCMP and the school received information at approximately 11:00 a.m. that a fight was planned on or close to Belmont grounds.  A post on social media reported that a number of non-Belmont youth were planning on a fight which may have involved weapons.

 

School staff and RCMP took the threat seriously and the school went immediately into lockout.  Staff and students remained in classrooms while RCMP, district staff and school administrators patrolled the exterior of the school.  RCMP located the individuals involved, at which point the lockout was ended.  The students are currently on lunch break and will finish their last block of the day with a regular dismissal time.

 

Principal Ray Miller has sent a message to all Belmont parents informing them of the information mentioned above.  The staff, students and RCMP worked very co-operatively and there were no incidents during the lockout.

 

Jim Cambridge

Superintendent

of Schools

By Graham Arts on 11/15/2014 9:25 PM
The 2014 Trustee Election results will posted as soon as possible after the polls close on November 15, 2014 at the CivicInfoBC website
 
These will be preliminary results which won’t be made official until later in the week.
By Graham Arts on 10/29/2014 8:06 AM
SPEAC has organized all candidates meetings for the upcoming Trustee elections. The meeting for the Belmont Zone will be held at Spencer Middle School (on November 4th, 2014), while that for the Milne's Landing Zone will be held at Edward Milne Community School (on November 6th, 2014). We have posted .pdf copies of the flyers announcing these meetings. They can be accessed below:
By Graham Arts on 10/22/2014 12:35 PM
Superintendent Jim Cambridge has written a letter to the district's parents and families regarding today's tragic events in Ottawa. This letter refers parents to links where other information can be found to help speaking with children for events such as these. This letter is being distributed by the schools, but is also being posted here for the benefit of our community.

Update: 5:00 PM - October 22nd, 2014 - The Crisis Management institute has also published some thoughts for parents and teachers in response to today's attack on Parliament. Please follow this link to read this additional information.
By Graham Arts on 9/15/2014 9:04 AM

This message is for students who were in Grades 10, 11 and 12 in the 2013/2014 school year. Students in these grades who would like to access exam marks and final grades for the 2013-2014 school year can do so from the BC Ministry of Education’s EdAccess Student Secure Web site. Registration is needed in order to use this site. Students registering for access must know their Personal Education Number (PEN) before they attempt to create an account. A student’s PEN can be found on a copy of a previous report card, or it can be requested from the student’s school. Please note that PENs cannot be sent via email.

 

Once registered on the EdAccess site, students can view their:

  • school percentages

  • provincial exam percentages

  • final course percentages and grades

By Graham Arts on 9/8/2014 7:41 PM

Special Needs Students and Families connected with Supported Child Development and/or Nursing Support Services

 

MCFD will be providing Supported Child Development (SCD) and Nursing Support Services to children and youth and their families at the same level that they received through the summer.  Families should be in contact directly with the agencies that provide those services to confirm.  For aboriginal students SCD services are coordinated by the Victoria native Friendship Centre. For non-aboriginal students SCD services are coordinated by Queen Alexandra.

 

Special Needs Students and Families connected with Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN)Social Workers

 

CYSN is able to provide additional supports to mirror summer supports that were provided to some families over the summer (through relief, funded summer camps etc.) Families can call their CYSN Social Worker to request.

 

Special Needs Students and Families Other than Above

Many special needs students and their families may not meet the criteria detailed above. In the effort to help such  families identify and connect with community agencies that may provide programming and resources for students with special needs the school district will be compiling a list of service providers that families may wish to explore.

 

The following is a list of service providers in the community that may be of assistance:

 

Lifetime Networks    Lifetime Networks Strike Camps 

CRD Parks and Recreation Centers

Please check back as we will add to this list as other options are identified.

By Graham Arts on 9/2/2014 8:52 AM
Schools have been approached by parents and primary caregivers who are requesting to know a student's Personal Education Number (PEN). This number is assigned to a student when they begin their schooling in BC, and remains unchanged after that. There are a number of ways that a parent or primary caregiver can find a student's PEN:
  • The PEN is often included on a student's report card. This is the fastest and easiest way to find a PEN.
  • Contacting the student's school. Please note that in the case of a student recently-transferred to the district, the records might still be at a student's previous school.
By Graham Arts on 8/29/2014 1:38 PM

BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) are working with mediator Vince Ready today in Richmond.  Although these are promising signs, it is still possible that on Tuesday, September 2, schools may not be open for instruction

Mediator Vince Ready may set the date for students return to school as part of a settlement agreement.  When settlement has been reached, we will endeavour to open schools as soon as possible.  The process and timing for school opening will likely be part of the final conversations with both parties and the mediator. 

At this time, it is still uncertain that the first day of school will occur on Tuesday, September 2nd.  This website will be updated as soon as further information is available.   Please monitor the media for up to date information.

By Graham Arts on 6/27/2014 8:24 AM
On June 26th, 2014, the Board of Education addressed a letter to the BCPSEA and BCTF. In it, trustees express their unanimous desire to see a negotiated settlement to end the current labour dispute. Please follow this link to read the full text of the letter.
By Graham Arts on 6/25/2014 8:50 AM
At the Board of Education meeting on June 24th, trustees directed that two letters be made available to the public on our district's website. The letters are respectively from the Board of Education and from the BC School Trustees' Association. The full text of the letters is available in the .pdf documents below:

iwebs - MushroomLTE

10,000 Tonight Dec. 3rd 2014
By Jim Cambridge on November 26, 2014
International Walk to School Day
By Celine Comeau on October 08, 2014
SD62 Welcomes Tour de Rock Cyclists
By Celine Comeau on October 06, 2014
Back to School Speed Zones
By Celine Comeau on September 22, 2014
First Day Back to School
By Celine Comeau on September 19, 2014

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