Posted: January 17, 2017
Posted: January 15, 2017
A new year is upon us! The start of a new year is always a time for positive thoughts and intentions. I am hopeful that you took the time to recharge your batteries in preparation for the work that will need to be done as we work our way to June. I know that the two weeks off allowed me some think time to envision the direction we need to go as a team and what we might do to get there.
As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that all employees understand the core values that we believe are an important part of Anglophone North School District’s culture, we are dedicating a month to each of our six core values. January is BUILDING CAPACITY Month.
Our core value for building capacity says that: “we commit to building the capacity of all employees, empowering them to support continuous improvement with respect to the District’s vision.”
As we continue to work on district improvement, building capacity is a key value that we want to promote and demonstrate. This means that we all need to self-reflect on the skills and competencies that we need for our work and identify where we need to improve. Continuous improvement is very important as it allows us to be more effective.
We will continue to work on building capacity by:
· Interpreting and using the data we have available to us
· Using the data to build employees knowledge and skills
· Providing professional learning, coaching, mentoring, leadership development activities and consulting support for all staff
· Providing appropriate feedback for growth and sustainability
Each of you will be receiving a sticker in the next week or so that explains the building capacity core value. This can be placed in a prominent place so that you remember the importance of building capacity in your own day to day work. We will also be providing schools with some reflection activities on the topic of building capacity that you can use throughout the month to strengthen your understanding of this core value. We look forward to hearing from you about any ideas you have that might improve our efforts to build capacity in Anglophone North School District.
Have a great month!
Posted: November 1, 2016
October saw many things happening that deserve a cheer:
- Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Bryan Kenny, paid a visit to the Office of the Superintendent and Chatham Daycare in October. He took the time to listen to good news as well as concerns.
- Jennifer Sullivan, principal at Harkins Middle School and Denis Boudreau, teacher at Lord Beaverbrook School, were named the winners of the Minister's Excellence in Education Award .
- Lynn Carney received the Garth Wade Career Award and Mike Soucey received the ASDN Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award from the New Brunswick Physical Education Society.
- Harkins Middle School's "Wave Goodbye to Harkins" was a huge success with many former students and staff attending and enjoying a variety of activities. Congratulations to the students and staff for making this such a fun event for many.
- Principals in ASDN participated in the Blanket Exercise, an interactive activity, that explains the history of First Nations people from the lense of First Nations perspective. Thanks to our First Nation team for organizing this great learning opportunity.
- Parkwood Heights Elementary School held their annual Family Breakfast with many families, former staff and community members attending and enjoying a delicious breakfast.
- Our Curriculum Team, in partnership with UNB and Ann Sherman, hosted Peter Johnston, author of Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, with over 50 teachers attending and learning.
- Provincial Ed Group, which consists of Superintendents, Directors and EECD Personnel, met in the Miramichi at James M. Hill. Lunch was provided by Deb McDonnell's Cul Tech class to rave reviews. JMH students also wowed the group with songs from the upcoming Lion King production.
- Our Curriculum Team continue to provide professional learning and support with the new K-8 report cards.
- The wonderful work done by the Powerschool Champions in each school as we work through the implementation of Powerschool is much appreciated.
- The roll out of the Integrated Service Delivery Model is seeing good results and ESS Teams are seeing the benefits of having many stakeholders sitting at the same table.
- Principals and Vice Principals continue to build their leadership skills through work with Frank Gallant, a leadership consultant hired by the district, who has been meeting and supporting schools for the last couple of years. Many met last week with Frank to review their Leadership Style Inventory and discuss ways to best use their strengths to support their schools.
- Ian Baillie Primary held a Joyce Potter day to celebrate Joyce's retirement. Joyce has been a long-time custodian at Ian Baillie School.
- Kari Waye, Krista Hamilton and Ashley Hallihan traveled to New York for the World Makerfair, a technology conference that highlights great technology innovations and projects.
Remember in these busy times to breathe and take time for yourself. You are an important part of ASD-N and we need our staffs healthy and fit.
Posted: November 1, 2016
As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that all employees understand the core values that we believe are an important part of Anglophone North School District’s culture, we are dedicating a month to each of our six core values. November is TRUST Month.
Our core value for trust says that “We commit to working with integrity, respect, transparency and honesty, building trust among team members.”
Organizations need to be built on a foundation of trust, and trust is established through actions and words. Through making a commitment to the district’s goals, working competently with the goals in mind and communicating consistently, we can ensure that trust is fostered. In our spheres of influence we must be able to make suggestions, make observations, voice concerns and raise questions even if we don’t agree or can’t accede to every suggestion. As employees of ASD-N we must promote an atmosphere where everyone feels safe, respected, valued, understood and informed.
As we work on building trust in the workplace, our goal is to discover and mitigate the various barriers to trusting relationships. We look forward to hearing from you any ideas you have that might improve trust in Anglophone North School District.
Posted: October 6, 2016
Let's celebrate some of the great things and great people who made ASD-N great in September!
- Excellent work done by our Curriculum and Instruction team to organize Professional Learning Days for our opening days, traveling to four areas of the district. Great personalized service. Well done!
- Presentation on wellness by Lori Murdock and Darlene McDonald during our opening days. Bring It On!
- Welcome by students and staff at MVHS to visitors from Germany who were interested in seeing inclusion in action.
- Great start to the school year by school staff who are working to ensure students are successful.
- Terrific effort by our Power School team to support schools in rolling out Power Schools and working through the kinks.
- Informational staff meetings for all staff working in the Ed Center and Office of the Superintendent organized by Craig Caldwell and Kim Cripps.
- Great participation by school across the district for Orange Shirt Day, informing students and staff about residential schools and their effect on First Nation communities. Wow!
- Great participation by schools across the district who continue to support the Terry Fox Walk.
Posted: October 5, 2016
As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that all employees understand the core values that we believe are an important part of Anglophone School District North’s culture, we are dedicating a month to each of our six core values. October is Communication Month.
Our core value for communication states “We commit to having open, respectful, honest and timely communication”.
The importance of effective communication cannot be understated and is a building block of a successful organization. It promotes motivation by informing and clarifying expectations for employees, it is a source of information for the decision-making process, it plays a crucial role in helping to mould employee’s attitudes by providing them with the information that they need, it ensures we remain connected across the district, and it allows employees to better understand how the district functions.
Each of you will be receiving a sticker in the next week or so that explains the communication core value. This can be placed in a prominent place so that you remember the importance of communication in your day to day work.
As we work on our own communication strategies, our goal is to discover and mitigate the various barriers to communication, both in receiving and delivering messages. We look forward to hearing from you any ideas you have that might improve communication in Anglophone North School District.
Posted: October 4, 2016
I was able to reach, and in fact, exceed my goal of visiting schools (combination of pop-ins and longer visits) for the month of September. Visiting schools and talking with administrators, staff and students keeps me grounded in what is happening in classrooms. This is the grassroots of the education system and what happens in classrooms and schools is key to the success of our students. I look forward to continuing to visit schools to see the great work that is happening.
I also hope that staff members are taking the time to share their own growth goals with colleagues. We must strive to always improve ourselves and find ways to grow. Learning doesn't stop once you finish school and it is important that we make this visible to our students. This keeps us accountable and on track.
See you in October!
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