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Elementary schools in Anglophone West School District are still accepting registrations for kindergarten.

Kindergarten registration is compulsory for all children who will be five years old on or before December 31, 2018. Parents may choose to defer entry into kindergarten if:
          - The child is exempt under Section 15 of the Education Act
          - The child is four years old on September 1, 2018
If you are uncertain of which school your child would attend, go to the Transportation Eligibility web page and search your address.
More information about registering for kindergarten is available online.
Last Printed: 11/8/2017 1:00 PM
Posted: Nov 21 2017, 2:22 PM
  

On November 18, three educators from Anglophone West School District each received a Minister’s Excellence inEducation AwardThe awards are presented annually to educators who have shown outstanding commitment, enthusiasm, ingenuity, and leadership with respect to the learning and development of the young people in their care.

Congratulations Jill Isherwood, Valerie Marshall and Sonya O’Donnell.   
Jilll Isherwood.jpgJill Isherwood is currently an education support teacher for resource at Harold Peterson Middle School in Oromocto. Jill is as a teacher with a unique and gentle approach to educating her students. Over the years, and in various roles, Jill has displayed unwavering commitment to her craft and to supporting students.
As a representative of the school-based Professional Learning Committee, Jill ensures to represent staff needs’ when creating plans for continuous learning. She has delivered and facilitated numerous professional learning sessions and consults regularly with other professionals to meet the needs of all students at the school.
Jill is a “pivotal member” of the staff who makes great strides to have students be the best version of themselves as possible. Her willingness to have difficult conversations, as well as the conversations of support and encouragement, has resulted in positive changes and milestones of growth for everyone involved. She regularly demonstrates to parents that she has their child’s best interest at heart. 
Her peers describe Jill as “…making a meaningful difference in the lives of both her students and her fellow teachers.”


Valerie Marshall.jpg
Valerie Marshall is a teacher at Fredericton High School who has been educating students for over 30 years. She is well known and respected by students and staff for her cheerful demeanour, kindness, mastery in the classroom and her dedication to education. Valerie is a voracious reader who strives to remain current with research and best teaching practices. Certainly a model for others as a life-long learner!
In the classroom and within her supplementary position of responsibility, Valerie is a strong advocate for students. She encourages fellow teachers to collaborate, to support critical thinking and to support the many needs of students.

Beyond the classroom, she contributes to the positive culture of Fredericton High School. She is the faculty advisor for numerous extracurricular events such as the Christmas Campaign, Remembrance Day ceremonies and Safe Grad, to name a few.
Valerie has served as chair for the diploma committee at the school’s graduation ceremony for over 20 years. 
Valerie has been described as having a “genuine interest and being in tune with department members and students.”
Val, as referred to by her friends and colleagues, has “a warm smile, an open heart and an open mind.”
 
Sonya O’Donnell.jpgSonya O’Donnell is an early learning and childcare educator at the Tiny Bubbles Day Care in Fredericton. Sonya has a degree in English and Psychology with a minor in Math. As an early learning educator, Sonya demonstrates an infectious love for teaching and is always willing to share ideas with fellow educators. She has supported students as a tutor for numerous years.
Described as being a “child magnet” with a gentle nature, Sonya connects with all young learners in her charge. By establishing such a rapport, she is able to optimize all teachable moments to encourage all learners to think creatively and independently. Parents of the children in her care trust Sonya and are confident that they are well taken care of and supported to thrive. They are “loved, encouraged, challenged and supported.”
Sonya works with a variety of children. She spends time getting to understand their unique abilities, and meets them at their level of learning. She is able to design personalized experiences for children that promote teamwork and success.
Children arrive home each day enthusiastic to share what they have learned whether it be a new song to put their coat on independently, or to be able to say a new French word. When asked where they learned it, the answer is always the same, “Sonya taught me that.”
Last Printed: 11/21/2017 3:00 PM
Posted: Nov 21 2017, 2:21 PM
  


The District Education Council has named Catherine Blaney acting superintendent for Anglophone West School District. 


Blaney was the successful applicant of a p
rovince-wide competition process. She has been the interim superintendent since mid-July in place of David McTimoney who took a leave from the position. 

“The council is pleased to award the position of acting superintendent, effective immediately, to Catherine Blaney,” said chair Kimberley Douglass.  “We’re very happy to have such a qualified administrator able to step into this position.”
  
 
Blaney will be the acting superintendent until August 24, 2018, with the possibility of extension up to August 23, 2019.
 
“It is a pleasure to be asked to serve as acting superintendent for Anglophone West School District,” said Blaney. “I welcome this new opportunity to serve the district and look forward to working with the district education council, school administrators, teachers, parents and community members as we work together in the best interest of students and learning.”
 
Blaney began her teaching career in 1990 in the isolated community of Moosonee, Ontario.  For more than six years, she taught elementary grade levels while in this location.  Upon return to New Brunswick, Blaney held a variety of teaching positions in the Oromocto area, including resource teacher, guidance teacher and literacy mentor.  In January 2009, Blaney became principal of Gagetown School, where she remained for two-and-a-half years.  Blaney was the Learning Specialist for Students Services for the former School District 17, in 2011-12. She became Director of Education Support Services (ESS) for the newly amalgamated Anglophone West School District in July 2012.
 
Blaney graduated with a BA and BEd from St. Thomas University and a MEd from UNB.  She is a certified Level 1 Violent Threat Risk Assessment trainer and has formal training in conflict resolution and mediation. Blaney holds a New Brunswick Principal’s Certificate.
 
In her term as Director of ESS, Blaney provided leadership in crisis response, mental health and culture change in ASD-W.
Last Printed: 10/10/2017 4:00 PM
Posted: Nov 15 2017, 10:42 AM
  

Anglophone West School District will host information meetings for parents of students who wish to learn more about the French Second Language Programs available in the 2018-19 school year.

The program options are:
·         Grade 1 Entry French Immersion Program
·         Grade 3 Entry French Immersion Program
·         Grade 6 Entry Late French Immersion Program
·         Intensive French Program 
The information sessions will be held at:
·         Fredericton High School (theatre) on December 4 at 6:30 p.m.
·         Leo Hayes High School (library) on December 4 at 6:30 p.m.
·         Woodstock Education Centre (Saint John Room) on December 6 at 6:30 p.m.
·         Southern Victoria High School (theatre) on December 6 at 6:30 p.m.
·         Oromocto High School (theatre) on December 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Parents who wish to enrol their children in the Grade 1 entry, Grade 3 entry or Grade 6 entry French Immersion Programs will be required to complete the electronic registration form.
Registrations received by January 30, 2018 will inform planning for formation of classes (as per provincial Policy 309).
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development also has information about French Second Language Programs online, including a brochure and a video.
Please note:  No child can be admitted to a French Immersion Program if that child has attended a French school and/or is already able to function in French.
Last Printed: 11/15/2017 11:00 AM
Posted: Nov 15 2017, 10:38 AM
  

The District Education Council for Anglophone West School District welcomed a new member at its public meeting on September 21.  

Tanya Adams will represent sub-district 1, which covers the area from Perth Andover to Saint-Francois-de Madawaska. Adams’ appointment is to replace Sheila Gallagher who resigned in April.


“The council extends a warm welcome to Tanya Adams to this important community position,” said Kimberley Douglass, chair, District Education Council, Anglophone West School District. “We believe that Tanya has much to contribute, especially with her involvement in PSSC's, and look forward to working with her.”


Adams will serve until June 30, 2020, and will have the option to run in the next election in May 2020. ​ 

Last Printed: 9/22/2017 10:00 AM
Posted: Nov 08 2017, 12:23 PM
  

The internet and technology have become an integral part of our lives. It is imperative that we become digital role models for our children as we teach them to exercise safe and responsible decision making in their use of smartphones and social media.

On October 25, between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Anglophone West School District is hosting an informative presentation for parents about issues facing our children in the digital world. 
Parenting in a Digital World will feature guest speaker Sam Jingfors - a director from an organization called Safer Schools Together who provides training to school safety staff and law enforcement across North America as well as students and parents everywhere in-between. As a speaker, he presents on all things digital, with a strong interest in the privacy and safety challenges our kids face online.
“Your child is rapidly developing their personal identity with smartphone in hand,” said Jingfors. “You need to be prepared to help your child develop a strong digital citizenship foundation while reminding them that their digital footprint is a reflection of their real and online selves, to which, they need to be accountable for moving forward in their life.” 
In this presentation, Sam will outline how parents can make age-appropriate decisions to support, protect, and guide their children to understand the short and long-term implications of the choices that they make in their social media and online lives.
Topics covered will include:
·         Social Media – The latest and greatest (and the secret apps)
·         What you absolutely need to know regarding the current risks they face online
·         How to be the best digital role model, social media can be life-enhancing!
·         Recognizing and responding to cyberbullying and cyber harassment
·         Fake accounts, Meme accounts, Sexting & Sextortion, Catfishing and Snapchat
“Keeping up to date with children’s use of technology is challenging,” said Catherine Blaney, Interim Superintendent, Anglophone West School District. “Knowing how to keep your children safe online is important.  We encourage all parents in our school communities to attend the information session and to be proactive in addressing this issue.” 
An in-person session will take place at Fredericton High School. Live simulcast locations will be at
·         Southern Victoria High School
·         Woodstock High School
·         Carleton North High School
·         John Caldwell School
·         Nackawic Middle School
·         Oromocto High School
·         Minto Memorial High School
·         Harvey High School
·         Central New Brunswick Academy
·         Leo Hayes High School 
In this video, Sam Jinfgors extends a personal invitation to his presentation.  
Last Printed: 10/11/2017 2:00 PM
Posted: Nov 08 2017, 12:22 PM
  

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Kindergarten registration will be happening October 10-13 at elementary schools in Anglophone School District West. If you are uncertain of which school your child would attend, go to the Transportation Eligibility web page and search your address. 
   
“Kindergarten is an important first step for children in both education and socialization,” said Catherine Blaney, Interim Superintendent, Anglophone West School District. “Start your child’s education on the right path by registering them for kindergarten.”
  
 

Kindergarten registration is compulsory for all children who will be five years old on or before December 31, 2018. Parents may choose to defer entry into kindergarten if:

          - The child is exempt under Section 15 of the Education Act
          - The child is four years old on September 1, 2018

Parents of children not born in Canada or were born in Canada but English is not their home language are invited to register for kindergarten at the Newcomer Support Centre during the week of October 10-13 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The Centre is located at 575 George Street (please use the Regent Street entrance of the building).
   

More information about registering for kindergarten is available online.

 


 

 
Last Printed: 10/10/2017 9:00 AM
Posted: Nov 08 2017, 12:20 PM
  

Athletic programs at 30 middle schools in Anglophone West School District received a generous gift on October 11. 

Hatheway Orthodontics announced a five-year, $100,000 sponsorship for the sports of soccer, badminton, softball, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and cross-country.
Athletic directors can access the funding for awards, championship banners, equipment, and the new Just Play program that provides support to children in need so they can participate in a middle school sport.
"Developing a healthy lifestyle and learning the dynamics of teamwork is something I'm very passionate about as a father, a coach, and a member of the community," says Dr. Bob Hatheway. "I want to see more children participating in athletics and remove some of the barriers that prevent kids from getting into the game. To level the playing field."
The Just Play program allows school athletic directors to access funding for 100 per cent of an eligible student's registration fees and personal equipment. Schools can also obtain funds for acquiring new sports equipment, with a 50 per cent matching component.
“Anglophone West School District is pleased to partner with Hatheway Orthodontics to encourage a connection between academics and athletics at the middle school level,” said Dianne Kay, Director of Curriculum & Instruction. “Partnerships of this type encourage students to lead a healthy, active lifestyle both today and for the rest of their lives.”
This sponsorship marks Hatheway Orthodontics’ second $100,000 contribution to middle school sports. The previous investment spanned 10 years and benefitted 4,000 students every year.
           
Last Printed: 10/12/2017 12:00 PM
Posted: Nov 08 2017, 12:19 PM
  

On October 25, Sam Jingfors, a director from an organization called Safer Schools Together, gave a presentation to approximately 285 parents/guardians about issues facing our children in the digital world.

“Knowing how to keep your children safe online is important,” said Catherine Blaney, acting superintendent, Anglophone West School District. “We hope those that attended found the event informative and worthwhile.”
Parenting in a Digital World took place in person at Fredericton High School and was live simulcast to 10 other Anglophone West School District Schools.
Topics covered included:
·         Social Media – The latest and greatest (and the secret apps)
·         What you absolutely need to know regarding the current risks they face online
·         How to be the best digital role model, social media can be life-enhancing!
·         Recognizing and responding to cyberbullying and cyber harassment
·         Fake accounts, Meme accounts, Sexting & Sextortion, Catfishing and Snapchat
Last Printed: 10/30/2017 4:00 PM
Posted: Oct 30 2017, 3:59 PM
  

The week of October 16-20 is being recognized as Safe Schools Week in Anglophone West School District. This week offers an opportunity to focus on the safety and security of our schools, and provides a special opportunity to educate the public about the safety initiatives schools implement to encourage a safe and caring learning environment.

“Keeping our students and staff safe is a top priority,” said Catherine Blaney, acting superintendent, Anglophone West School District. “Safe Schools Week helps students and staff to be aware of the best practices and procedures to maintain a safe environment in our schools.”
 
Safe Schools Week, which occurs annually, consists of five days dedicated to helping students; teachers, parents, and administrators raise awareness of the need to keep our schools safe.
 
Schools district-wide will host a series of activities for students and staff on such topics as emergency preparedness, school bus safety and fire drills.   
Last Printed: 10/16/2017 11:00 AM
Posted: Oct 27 2017, 12:45 PM
  

On World Teachers’ Day, Anglophone West School District would like to acknowledge and appreciate the contribution of its teachers.

World Teachers’ Day is a global initiative occurring annually on October 5 to value teachers and improve their status.

"Our teachers deserve to be recognized for their dedication to the education and development of future generations," said Catherine Blaney, interim superintendent, Anglophone West School District. "Teachers are both educators and role models for our students, and we recognize the impact our teachers have on our student’s lives. On behalf of Anglophone West School District, thank you!"


 

Last Printed: 10/5/2017 7:00 AM
Posted: Oct 10 2017, 3:22 PM
  

Anglophone West School District has a new homepage for its website! Check out our refreshed look. 

Last Printed: 9/29/2017 3:00 PM
Posted: Oct 05 2017, 6:07 AM
  

​​This school year in Anglophone West School District, there are five early dismissal days for students to provide professional learning opportunities for teachers:  

  • Tuesday, September 26
  • Tuesday, October 24
  • Tuesday, February 27
  • Tuesday, April 24
  • Tuesday, May 29 

This new model aligns with best practice and ensures consistency with all school districts in the province.

“As teachers learn and grow, so do their students,” said Catherine Blaney, Interim Superintendent, Anglophone West School District.  “"Professional learning for teachers creates better student learning and is the key component to improving teacher practice.”

On these days, there is early dismissal from school for students who will attend classes in the morning.    

The overall amount of professional learning time in the school calendar remains the same as previous school years.  What has changed is the format and quality of the professional learning, while keeping students in school as much as possible. 

 

Last Printed: 9/22/2017 5:00 PM
Posted: Sep 29 2017, 2:12 PM
  

Anglophone School Districts in New Brunswick are making improvements to professional learning. 

In the Anglophone West School District calendar, there are five partial days for professional learning during the 2017-18 school year.  This model aligns with best practice and ensures consistency with all school districts in the province. There is early dismissal from school for students on these days to provide professional learning opportunities for teachers.  Students will attend school in the morning as usual.

The overall amount of professional learning time in the school calendar remains the same; however, one full day of professional learning for teachers will move outside instructional time to September 1, 2017. What has changed is the format and quality of the professional learning.  

"Professional learning for teachers creates better student learning and is the key component to improving teacher practice," said Superintendent David McTimoney. "We are looking forward to these improvements in the upcoming school year.  As teachers learn and grow, so do their students.​"

Last Printed: 6/21/2017 11:00 AM
Posted: Sep 26 2017, 10:33 AM
  

The District Education Council (DEC) has named an interim superintendent for Anglophone West School District (ASD-W). 


Effective July 17, Catherine Blaney will replace David McTimoney​ who is taking a leave from the position. Blaney’s term will go until December 1, 2017. 

“On behalf of the DEC, I am pleased to announce Catherine Blaney as interim superintendent,” said chair Kimberley Douglass. “The council is very pleased to welcome Catherine to this new position and looks forward to working with her during this period of transition.”        

 

Naming an interim superintendent is in accordance with DEC Policy ASD-W EL1 – Emergency Superintendent Succession.  This allows for the start of the school year to continue without disruption and for the DEC to have an opportunity to secure an acting superintendent through a public, province-wide competition process. The competition will open near the end of August.
 

Blaney began her teaching career in 1990 in the isolated community of Moosonee, Ontario.  For more than six years, she taught elementary grade levels while in this location.  Upon return to New Brunswick, Blaney held a variety of teaching positions in the Oromocto area, including resource teacher, guidance teacher and literacy mentor.  In January 2009, Blaney became principal of Gagetown School, where she remained for two-and-a-half years.  Blaney was the Learning Specialist for Students Services for the former School District 17, in 2011-12. She became Director of Education Support Services (ESS) for the newly amalgamated Anglophone West School District in July 2012.  She has served in this capacity since that time.

Blaney graduated with a BA and BEd from St. Thomas University and a MEd from UNB.  She is a certified Level 1 Violent Threat Risk Assessment trainer and has formal training in conflict resolution and mediation. Blaney holds a New Brunswick Principal’s Certificate.
 
 
 
In her term as Director of ESS, Blaney has been instrumental in leading the movement towards the implementation of the Integrated Services Delivery model, which is set to begin in ASD-W in September 2017.  She has also provided significant leadership in crisis response, mental health and culture change in line with the ASD-W Core Values. 
 
Blaney also serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority.  Very well respected among her colleagues, Blaney contributes provincially to a variety of ESS initiatives.​
Last Printed: 7/14/2017 1:00 PM
Posted: Sep 26 2017, 10:32 AM
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