School board to salute local partnerships

In its monthly “Recognition of Excellence,” the Rainy River District School Board will salute the partnerships between Crossroads School and local First Nations organizations during its regular meeting tonight.
“At Crossroads School, the partnerships we have with Naicatchewenin First Nation, Seven Generations [Education Institute], Weechi-it-te-win Family Services, and the Rainy River District School Board facilitate over 17 support staff, who work co-operatively and collaboratively as an active paraprofessional team,” the board wrote in its report.
Education support staff work in areas such as early literacy, later literacy, speech and language, the Living and Learning program, supporting special education students, as well as in the library and regular classrooms.
“Without the sustained partnerships that have developed through trusting relationships with a variety of organizations, this integral network of support staff whose important responsibilities are the support of students, would not have the opportunity to have influence in student achievement,” the report reads.
Also at tonight’s meeting, trustees will hear an update on the board’s literacy and numeracy plans from literacy program co-ordinator Maureen Ricard and the math, science, social studies, and native studies co-ordinator Kathy Smeeth.
The board has had a literacy and numeracy plan for the last six years.
“Each year, the plans are revisited by the Curriculum Advisory Committee and revised based on feedback from principals and teachers,” the board noted in a report.
Meanwhile, principals and vice-principals will be recognized in the board’s monthly “REACH” (Recognizing Excellence and Consistent High Quality) program.
Also tonight, trustees are expected to pass a resolution approving the school year calendar for 2006-07, with all elementary and secondary students beginning school on Aug. 20, 2006 and ending on June 21, 2007 (with the exception of Atikokan High School).
Tonight’s meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at Robert Moore School.