School will be closed from Monday, March 18 to Friday, March 29.

School will reopen Monday, April 1st at 8:52 am.

 

On behalf of the staff, we wish you all a safe and enjoyable Spring Break!

Parent, Student and Teacher Conferences will be taking place next Wednesday, March 13th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and by appointment only on Thursday, March 14th. Students will be dismissed early on both of these days at 1:50 pm.

 

Scholastic Book Fair is taking place March 13th, 9—6, and 14th, 9-3. Come in and check it out. Pick up some new reading material for your child to read during spring break.

 

Technology demonstrations will be taking place in the gym on March 13th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please come and check out what the students have been learning with respect to coding and using a variety of apps to create and share about traditional stories, and their learning. There will be virtual reality equipment to try out. Come and venture to far away places. We will be accepting donations to put towards more technology for the school.

 

Report card envelopes and next year’s bus registration forms need to be returned to the school as soon as possible after you receive and sign them on Monday. Please ensure this is done before Spring Break. We all know how things can go missing and get forgotten about.

 

Luv2Groove encore performance taking place Friday, March 15th at 1:15 pm. For those who were unable to attend due to the storm  we had on the day the buses were cancelled (Feb. 8), now’s your chance to see what good dancers we have. It has been over a month since they practiced and the performance may not be perfect but it will be fun.

 

On behalf of the staff at NHE, we wish all our families a safe and fun break. See you back on April 1st at 8:47 am.

 

 

CMSD82 Board of Education Open Letter – March 12, 2019

 

In light of the recent renewal signing of the BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District 82 wishes to publicly declare its commitment to ongoing collaboration with communities in the school district to close the education outcome gaps between First Nations and non-First Nations students.

The renewed BC Tripartite Education Agreement is the result of an extensive engagement process between BC’s First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), Canada’s Ministry of Indigenous Services and BC’s Ministry of Education. The agreement benefits First Nations students across the province, recognizing that First Nations people have the right to make educational decisions that affect their students, within their education institutions, consistent with their unique needs, experiences, beliefs and values.

The Board of Education further recognizes the importance of breaking down barriers and ensuring all students are provided skills and opportunities to achieve success. The school district continues its focus on Indigenous cultural and traditional learnings including enhancing Indigenous languages for our learners. Currently Indigenous language learning in Coast Mountains School District includes mentorship and collaboration with Dr. Lorna Williams, University of Victoria Professor Emerita of Indigenous Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and recipient of the Indspire Award that represents the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people.

Coast Mountains School District 82 is located in the northwest of British Columbia and includes the main communities of the Hazeltons, Kitimat, Kitwanga, Stewart, Terrace and Thornhill serving a student population of approximately 4,300 students. The school district is located on the traditional territories of three Indigenous Nations: the Gitksan, the Haisla, and the Tsimshian. The Gitksan‐Wet’suwet’en Nation of the Hazelton area is made up of seven First Nations communities consisting of Gitanmaax, Gitanyow, Gitsegukla, Gitwangak, Glen Vowell, Hagwilget and Kispiox located through the Hazelton communities and the Kispiox Valley. The Haisla Nation is centered in the Kitamaat Village and the Tsimshian Nation has two distinct First Nations communities, the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum, in the Terrace and Thornhill areas.

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District recognizes Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution which defines the rights of Indigenous peoples of Canada.

The Board of Education reinforces its commitment to work in partnership with Indigenous communities in support of the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Report. It further commits to working in partnership with the First Nations to affirm Indigenous voice in decision making in accordance to the implementation of the BC Tripartite Education Agreement: Supporting First Nation Student Success.

Further, the Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to ensure ongoing public dialogue and actions to support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

As a public institution, the Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District recognizes the responsibility of all its employees and Canadian citizens to work with Indigenous peoples to ensure we achieve reconciliation by honouring the truth of Indigenous peoples’ historical and current experiences in Canada.

The Board of Education is committed to learning from all First Nations it serves to continue enhancing the curriculum in our schools with local Indigenous history, language and culture. The importance of our partnerships is greatly valued and the ongoing collaborative work to elevate success levels for Indigenous learners in our schools.

Respectfully yours,

Shar McCrory
Chairperson, Board of Education

 

Open Letter distribution:

  • Chief Councillors & Education Coordinators: Gitanmaax, Gitanyow, Gitsegukla, Gitwangak, Glen Vowell, Hagwilget, Haisla, Kispiox, Kitselas & Kitsumkalum First Nations
  • Calvin Albright, Executive Director, Kermode Friendship Society
  • Sid Peltier, Interim President, Northwest BC Metis Association
  • Regional Chief Terry Teegee, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations
  • National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
  • Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Federal Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Honourable Rob Fleming, BC Minister of Education
  • Tyrone McNeil, President, First Nations Education Steering Committee
  • Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley
  • Ellis Ross, MLA for Skeena
  • Cindy Lindley, Executive Director, Indian Residential School Survivors Society
  • Gordon Swan, President, BC School Trustees Association
  • Tina Last, President, North West Branch, BC School Trustees Association
  • Mayor Carol Leclerc, City of Terrace
  • Mayor Philip Germuth, District of Kitimat
  • Mayor Gail Lowry, District of New Hazelton
  • Mayor Gina McKay, District of Stewart
  • Mayor Dennis Sterritt, Village of Hazelton
  • Board Chair Philip Germuth, Regional District Kitimat-Stikine
  • Glen Hansman, President, British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
  • Michael Wen & Kim Meyer, Co-Presidents, Coast Mountain Teachers’ Federation
  • Monica Brady, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2052
  • Krystal Miller, Chairperson, Coast Mountains District Parent Advisory Council
  • Local and Regional Media Outlets

Coast Mountains Board of Education School District 82:

  • Board of Education School Trustees
  • Katherine McIntosh, Superintendent of Schools
  • Raymond McDonald, Secretary Treasurer
  • All Employees

We at school do our best to provide an exceptional standard of care for all our children. There are 157 students attending NHE and although we model, teach and remind students to dress appropriately for the weather, to sneeze in their sleeve, to wash their hands, to play safely and respectfully and to not share clothing, children will be children and do not always listen or remember the rules or the advice given. Children get sick from time to time, play rough on occasion, get lice sometimes – all of which can not be avoided.

Please help us by reminding your children to dress appropriately for the weather, to sneeze in their sleeve, to wash their hands, to play safely and respectfully and to not share clothing. It takes a village to raise a child!

FRIENDLY REMINDER: CHILDREN ONLY STAY IN IF THE WEATHER INCLUDING THE WIND CHILL IS BELOW –20C – PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD COMES TO SCHOOL DRESSED FOR OUTSIDE WEATHER!
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Upcoming Events

Mar. 13: Early Dismissal – 1:50 pm

Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews 2:00-4:00 or by appointment

Technology demonstrations in the gym from 2:00-4:00; Come test out the new virtual reality googles and go to exotic places.

Mar 13 & 14: Book Fair

Mar. 14: Early Dismissal – 1:50 pm

Mar. 15: Last day of school

Mar. 18 – Mar. 29: Spring Break

Apr. 1: School re-opens

Apr. 11: Fun Night, hosted by PAC

Apr. 12: Professional Development Day – NO SCHOOL

Apr. 19: Good Friday – No School

Apr. 22: Easter Monday – No School