Memorial Composite High School Homepage News en-us Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:07:12 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Strong Families Series: How Art Heals Grief November 28, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our upcoming session will help parents better understand the complex physical and emotional effects felt by both children and adults who are grieving, and how expressing themselves through arts and crafts can aid them in the healing process.   Strong Families Series: How Art Heals Grief Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Presented by Jean Tait, Professional Art Therapist (Member of Canadian & American Art Therapy Associations) In this session, parents and guardians are invited to spend the evening with an accredited art therapist to gain an understanding of how adults and elementary school children experience and express grief, and the role arts and crafts can play in helping them improve their self-esteem and self-awareness, build on their emotional resilience and ease their distress, ultimately paving their way to a place of renewal and healing. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available.  Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot.   To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: News News 2017-2018 Yearbooks 2017-2018 Yearbooks are now available and can be picked up at the Main Office. News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 27, 2018 November 27, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board approved the 2017-18 Audited Financial Statement presented by Associate Superintendent Corporate Supports and Services Scott McFadyen and Director of Financial Services, Jason Krefting.  Highlights include: Revenues for the year were $132,134,779. (+3.0%) Operating expenses for the year were $131,814,005. (+3.5%) The cost of educating 11,123 students was $131,814,005. 77.4% ($102,038,891) of total funds (which includes Instruction, School Generated Funds, and System Instruction) was spent directly on students in the classroom.  The single largest classroom expenditure was for staff salaries and benefits. The average teaching cost was $112,471 ($101,010 excluding Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund costs). This accounted for 69.9% of all instructional expenses. Parkland’s annual operating surplus is $320,774 which relates to a surplus from operations of $309,741 and a surplus from School Generated Funds of $11,033. The total accumulated surplus from operations is $6,345,494, which includes $923,565 from School Generated Funds and $943,768 unrestricted. PSD’s capital reserves amount to $3.57 million. Capital projects initiated during 2017-2018 included Copperhaven School, Infrastructure, Maintenance and Renewal projects, Centre for Education renovations, Woodhaven modernization and Duffield modulars. Expenditures to transport students to and from school amounted to 8.4% of expenditures. ($11,041,855)  The cost of maintaining and operating 23 sites amounted to 10.8% of expenditures. ($14,179,434). Independent auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, represented by Jeff Baker, delivered a clean audit opinion that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Parkland School Division No. 70 as at August 31, 2018 and the results of its operations, cash flows, change in net debt and remeasurement gains and losses for the year in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards.   The Board approved the 2018-2019 Final Budget as presented by Associate Superintendent McFadyen and Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting. The final budget indicates an operating deficit of $724,408 offset by the use of operating reserves. Total revenue is $133,324,405 with expenses of $134,048,813. The shortfall is offset with the use of reserves of $724,408. Transportation costs accounted for $576.5K of the overall deficit. It is expected that district reserves will have a budgeted balance of $4,354,175 as of August 31, 2019.    The Board approved Parkland School Division’s 2017-2018 Annual Education Results Report (AERR) as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. The AERR for 2017-2018 addresses the previous year's achievement on each of the Alberta Education goals and its success in improving results using the strategies developed by education stakeholders. The accountability results guide the decisions and focus areas for the current 2018-2019 Education Plan and inform the assurance process by providing quantitative data to qualitative measures.   The Board directed Parkland School Division administration to conduct a demographic and facility utilization review of schools within the City of Spruce Grove, as well as the west end of Parkland School Division, in order to facilitate long-term planning.   The Board directed Parkland School Division administration to determine the impact of four different Funding Scenarios to assist in long-term planning.    The Board received as information the Engaging Students Through School Attendance report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dianne McConnell. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on December 11, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 9:30am. News News Memorial Business Sponsors - Thank You Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support of the Memorial Business Education program: Zephyr Ventures Hawkings Tinney LLP (Chartered Professional Accountants) Birdsell Grant LLP (Barristers and Solicitors) The Mullane Wealth Management Group Community Futures Capital Region Town of Stony Plain Parkland County News News Great Kids Award November 8, 2018 - The nomination period for the Alberta government’s 19th Annual Great Kids Award is now open, providing all Albertans with an opportunity to recognize remarkable young leaders. Since 1999, the Great Kids Award has recognized remarkable children and youth who positively impact their communities. These great kids have made a difference while overcoming challenging circumstances including managing a physical or mental illness, a difficult living situation or standing up against bullying. These great kids deserve recognition because they are examples to all Albertans of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity. Next spring, the Alberta government will recognize 16 young Albertans with a Great Kids Award during a ceremony at Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton. Do you know a great kid in your community? Consider nominating them for a Great Kid Award! Most recently, 7-year old Izabelle Gaskarth from Brookwood School was among the 2018 award recipients. Nominations are open until 4 p.m. on November 30, 2018. Click here for the the nomination form. For more information, visit News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board welcomed a delegation from Stony Plain Central School who have been working with Ever Active Schools promoting Active School Travel. Student leadership groups have taken the lead on identifying safety concerns and coming up with solutions to traffic and safety issues that will ultimately create safer environments for students to safely walk or ride their bikes to school. Their efforts involve encouraging students to walk and wheel to and from school creating less vehicle traffic in the school area. The campaign also encourages parents to drop off their students further away (arena parking lot, north of outdoor pool) so that students can walk to school safely without adding to the traffic in the school area. Ever Active Schools is currently leading Active School Travel programming with École Broxton Park School, Stony Plain Central School and Tomahawk School. Check out Broxton Park's video from last spring. The Board received as information the 2017-2018 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams Report.  Highlights from the report include continued improvement for Parkland School Division students meeting the province's Acceptable Standard in 11 out of 12 Diploma Examinations (up from 9 last year). A construction update is a standing item in the Superintendent's Report. Superintendent Boyce shared that construction has already begun on Copperhaven School's playground with a completion date set for around the Fall Break. Meanwhile, progress has been made on finishing the gymnasium space in the school. Barring any major delays, that could be ready when students return from their Christmas Break. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 27, 2018 at the Centre for Education at 6pm. News News Safety Concern at MCHS Investigated October 31, 2018 - We just wanted to provide our parents and guardians with an update regarding a safety concern that was brought forward and dealt with by the school and authorities on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Parkland School Division’s first priority is the safety, security, and well-being of our students and staff. While we hope our schools are never faced with an emergency situation, we are prepared to respond to an incident if one should occur. We were very thankful for the prompt response from our School Resource Officer and the RCMP when the school was made aware of a potential threat on Tuesday, October 30th. Precautionary measures are always followed under the direction of the RCMP. The safety of our students and staff is our primary concern. Any safety concern is always taken very seriously and the school investigates accordingly. That includes RCMP involvement, when necessary. In some cases, our schools follow a Violent Threat Risk Assessment protocol for students. If anyone would like to learn more, click here.   Parents and guardians can provide valuable assistance to your children and the school through conversation. The VTRA link describes the process and partners involved when addressing any safety concerns. There are also valuable links for additional community resources just a click away. Let your child know that spreading rumours and adding to the gossip on social media never helps and contributes to unnecessary anxiety and an unhealthy learning environment. Assure your child that when the school states an issue has been dealt with, they can have trust and confidence that their safety and well-being is the first and top priority and the issue at hand, has indeed been dealt with. An investigation into this safety concern is ongoing however, it has been determined that all is safe at the school and classes should proceed as usual. Our School Resource Officer and one other member of the RCMP are at the school Wednesday, October 31st. For more information contact: Memorial Composite High School Phone: 780-963-2255 Email: News News Transportation Services Parent/Guardian Hotline Transportation Services regularly experiences a high call volume, which has sometimes made it difficult for parents to contact the department if their child has not arrived at their destination as scheduled. As such, Parkland School Division has established a hotline solely for parents and guardians to use in these scenarios, which will remain open on school days from our scheduled first pick up in the morning to our scheduled final drop off in the afternoon between the hours of 6:30am-5:30pm. To ensure the hotline is used only for its intended purpose, we ask all parents and guardians to consider the following before calling the hotline to check on the status of their bus students.   Checklist: Have you checked the Bus Status page to see if the bus is running late or has been cancelled?   Is your child in an after school program? (e.g. volleyball, running club, etc.)   Do you have Alternate Seat Transportation arrangements and is there a chance your child went to the destination scheduled for an alternate day? (e.g. daycare, dayhome, mom or dad's home (in shared custody situations), etc.)   Has someone else potentially picked them up? (e.g. grandparent, other parent, friend, etc.) If you've checked on all the above possibilities and none of them serve as an explanation for your situation, please contact Transportation Services via the hotline. Parent/Guardian Hotline: 780-591-5567 For all other general transportation-related inquiries, please contact Transportation Services at 780-963-8452 or   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - September 11, 2018 September 11, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the Statement of Revenues and Expenses for the period ending July 31, 2018. As of July 31st, 2018, 92.28% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 93.11% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1,769,057. The Board received as information, a letter dated August 15, 2018 from the Town of Stony Plain outlining an appeal process, should the Board of Trustees wish to appeal the development permit application for location #105, 4600 - 48 Street. The Board received as information, the Facilities Services Summer Work Report, as presented by the Director of Facilities Services, Serge LaBrie. The Board received as information, the Strategic Planning and Communications Services Report, as presented by Director of Strategic Planning and Communications, Jordi Weidman.   The Board will have its Organization Meeting for 2018-2019 on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 5:30pm, Centre for Education Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 6pm, Centre for Education News News Fair Notice - Violence Threat Risk Assessment September 10, 2018 - The goal of Violence/Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process is is that every incident of youth violence in our communities be addressed. VTRA is early intervention – which is quite possibly prevention. The process is initiated and managed by school administrators who have received VTRA training from the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response. Duty to Report There is zero tolerance for not responding. Prevention of youth violence is a community responsibility and it is everybody’s duty to report. Under-reaction is epidemic and a chief factor of escalation from thought to action. What is a Threat? A threat is an expression of intent to do harm or act out violently against someone or something. Threats may be verbal, written, drawn, posted on the internet, or made by gesture. Threats must be taken seriously, investigated, and responded to. In a culture of responsible reporting, students need to believe that they will be believed when they confide; their identity will be kept confidential; their information will be acted upon promptly; and their concern will be investigated thoroughly. Who is on a Threat Assessment Team? Each threat assessment team is multi agency. The team may include school staff, psychologist, police, child protection agencies, community mental health workers, hospitals, probation/parole and other professionals. What is the Main Purpose of a Threat Assessment? To ensure the safety of students, staff, parents, and others. To ensure a full understanding of the context of the threat. To begin to understand the factors that contribute to the threat maker’s behaviour. To view the student as in need of intervention rather than to be disciplined. To be proactive in developing an intervention plan that addresses the emotional and physical safety of the threat maker. It may include disciplinary action but will include appropriate supports to aid the student in developing and using positive strategies. To promote the emotional and physical safety of all. To ensure all school and agency partners are working together with a common understanding and protocol. What happens in a Student Threat Assessment? All threat making behaviour by a student(s) shall be reported to the Principal who will activate the protocol for the initial response. Once the team has been activated, interviews may be held with students, the threat maker(s), parents and staff to determine the level of risk and develop an appropriate response to the incident. Intervention plans will be developed and shared with parents, staff, and students as required and as appropriate. The Partners Education partners are committed to creating and maintain school environments in which students, staff, parents and others feel safe. Parkland School Division, Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional Division, Living Waters Christian Academy, Mother Earth’s Childrens’ Charter School, St. Matthew Lutheran School, and Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes have taken a lead role as there is a direct application to the health and safety of the school environment. Community Supports Aboriginal Parent Link - Native Counselling Services of Alberta Alberta Health Services – Childrens’ Mental Health Alberta Human Services – Children & Family Services Alberta Parenting for the Future Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response City of Spruce Grove Columbus Academy - Bosco Homes Schools Evergreen Catholic Separate Regional School Division No. 2 Family and Community Support Services – Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services – Stony Plain Living Waters Christian Academy Mother Earth Children’s Charter School Parkland County Parkland School Division No. 70 RCMP SML Christian Academy Spruce Grove Fire Department Town of Stony Plain Additional information is available in the VTRA Fair Notice and Practice Information Brochure. For more information contact:  Learning Services   Phone: 780-963-8458  Email: News News