SD57 Vision Statements
School District 57 is committed to supporting the journey of physical literacy in our students. As a journey rather than a destination, Physical Literacy development is owned by School District and its many partner stakeholders. With the goal of providing our students the tools to be active for life through concerted cultivation of Physical Literacy (P/L) and Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS), we embed a culture of movement and wellness into our classrooms, gymnasiums, hallways, and grounds.
In embedding a culture of movement, School District 57 Physical Literacy aligns with The BC Physical Literacy Activation Plan “Educators have the competence, confidence and commitment to include physical literacy content in their physical activities for children and to champion physical literacy in the school systems, identifying its importance in healthy living as well as learning and development.” (BC PL Activation Plan, 2017)
The Physical Literacy Curriculum Hub page will host professional development, in-service school programs/projects, and collaboration with local and provincial partners.
SD57 is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and positive
environment for all students, families and employees, including those who self-identify
as LGBTQ+, including, but not limited to, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,
asexual, intersex, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit or queer, or who are questioning
their sexual orientation or gender identity. SD57 also recognizes that students and
other school community members of all sexual orientations and gender identities face
challenges within our schools and communities. It is with this rationale in mind and with
an understanding that each member of the school and district community bears the
responsibility for creating a safe, welcoming, inclusive and affirming environment for all
individuals that this policy is adopted.
SD57 is working collaboratively to support all our students through SOGI education. At the District level we have a SOGI District Lead, who supports curriculum and SOGI education in classrooms. The District Lead chairs the SOGI Advisory Committee, a group of representatives from across the district and community. They work together to bring forward initiatives and voices for all of our students in SD57. This includes designing inclusivity t-shirts for Pink Shirt Day in April, pushing for waste receptacles in every bathroom stall district-wide and ensuring every district building has access to a gender neutral washroom. The SOGI Advisory committee also helped to design a SOGI Engagement Kit for every school in the district to support our SOGI School Leads. Our School Leads help support all of our students, through SAFE/GSA/QSA clubs, school initiatives and events.
Fine Arts Education
SD57 believes that a strong Arts education benefits all students, communities, and societies by contributing to the development of well-rounded, educated citizens. The Arts connect students with history, heritage, culture, and community, fostering an understanding of the diverse values and perspectives of global, Indigenous, and Canadian societies. Arts education also stimulates students’ imaginations, innovation, creativity, and a sense of well-being while developing competencies useful to students’ education and careers.
SD57 has shown a commitment to the Arts:
full time Fine Arts Resource Teacher in the district to ensure that there is support for professional growth and assessment of the Arts
support of many district-wide Fine Arts opportunities such as;
District Choral Fests (Christmas Nights of Music and Singfest)
District Band Fest
District Visual Arts speed painting competitions (Art Battle)
PGSS Performing Arts Program (Polar Performing Arts Focus) which is a cross secondary program open to all district high schools for students who demonstrate commitment in any of the Fine Arts areas
Cultural Committee works hard to find quality Arts performances to bring in to the schools or present at a district venue in order to enrich experiences students may otherwise not receive
School-level support for the Arts has also been highlighted through:
Family of Schools Fine Arts nights, which invites feeder schools and high schools to join together and share their passion for the Arts
Secondary band programs, small group ensembles, drama productions, dance programs, and visual arts opportunities
Individual elementary schools hold musicals, school wide concerts, and variety shows and as well as integrating the Arts into other subject areas
Collaboration with other district partners such as our Indigenous Education department:
bringing Indigenous artists and musicians in to the schools to teach drumming, singing, carving and other Art work
Ts'udelhti (We Honor the Journey) Indigenous Graduation Ceremony
Provincial collaboration with ASSAI (After School Sport & Arts Initiative) which involves students in after school programming in the arts and sports in order to increase engagement and connection within their school and community.
The district has also welcomed many community partners to assist in creating a global Arts environment. Some of the partners involved currently are: Two Rivers Art Gallery, Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Theater Northwest, Northern FanCon, Art Battle Canada, and Cold Snap Music Festival.
SD57 is committed to providing quality Early Learning experiences and opportunities for young children and their families. Schools, families and communities can work alongside children to provide rich learning experiences. SD No. 57 acknowledges children as strong, capable and full of potential and active participants in their own learning journey.
SD57 has 15 StrongStart locations. StrongStart is a free school-based early learning program for children ages 0-5 and their parents/caregivers.
The Core Competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social and emotional proficiencies that all students need in order to engage in deep, lifelong learning. Along with literacy and numeracy foundations, they are central to British Columbia’s K-12 curriculum and assessment system and directly support students in their growth as educated citizens.
The Core Competencies are often interconnected and are foundational to all learning. Although they are universal, the Core Competencies manifest themselves uniquely in each area of learning; for example, communicating looks different if it is oral storytelling, artistic, mathematical, or scientific. SD57 Students develop the Core Competencies when they are engaged in “doing” the skills, or Curricular Competencies, within a subject or learning area.
Professional development opportunities in the district help staff explore the Core Competencies within the Curricular Competencies and as they relate to the First Peoples Principles of Learning.
The SD57 District Learning Commons has created Core Competency Kits that include themed books, samples of resources for teachers, and sample activities for the students. Teachers can sign these kits out and bring them to their classroom.
Development of Core Competencies begins at home, even before students enter schools, and continues throughout their lives. Competency development does not end with school graduation but continues in personal, social, educational, and workplace contexts. SD57 is supporting our students with this growth.
The purpose of assessment is to improve learning by informing students of their progress and informing their teachers about their understanding.
The schools we envision recognize every child’s right to grow up literate as a member of a dynamic learning community that values the richness of linguistic, ethnic, and cultural diversity.
Fountas, I.C., & Pinnell, G.S. (2018). The literacy quick guide: A reference tool for responsive literacy teaching. Heinemann.