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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 16 2017, 10:27 AM
  

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: Oct 12 2017, 11:38 AM
  

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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: Oct 12 2017, 11:34 AM
  

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: Oct 11 2017, 2:04 PM
  

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: Oct 11 2017, 1:45 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
  


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: Oct 10 2017, 3:19 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
  

The first day of classes for most students in Anglophone West School District is Tuesday, September 5. Please note the following exceptions:  

Kindergarten Students may have a staggered entry beginning on September 5, 2017. Contact your local school if you have not been given the specific details of when your child begins school.

 

Middle School Students

Schools

September 5

Grade 6 students only

(No school for Gr. 7-8 students)

 

September 6

Bliss Carman Middle

Devon Middle

George Street Middle

Harold Peterson Middle Nashwaaksis Middle

Ridgeview Middle

Perth-Andover Middle 

Full Day

 

Grades 6-8 students attend
Full Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                         

 

 High School Students

 

Schools

September 5

Grade 9 students only

(No school for Gr. 10-12 students)

 

September 6

Carleton North High

Full Day

Grades 9-12 students attend  
Full Day

Leo Hayes High

Full Day

Grades 10-12 students attend
Full Day

(No school for Grade 9 students)

Oromocto High

Full Day

Grades 10-12 students attend
Full Day

(No school for Grade 9 students)

Woodstock High

Full Day

Grades 9-12 students attend
Full Day

 
Fredericton High School Students

September 6

Grade 9 & newcomer students only attend 

Full Day 

(No school for Gr. 10-12 students)

September 7

Grades 10-12 students attend
Full Day

(No school for Grade 9
 & newcomer students)

Last Printed: 8/31/2017 5:00 PM
Posted: Sep 26 2017, 10:31 AM
  

Montgomery Street Elementary School had a visit from the minister of Education and Early Childhood Development on August 31. 

Minister Brian Kenny announced that 15 French immersion leads and a refreshed curriculum have been added to the Anglophone school system to support the return of Grade 1 French immersion in September.

French immersion leads are teachers with expertise who will work in the classroom with teachers and students to enhance French learning.

The Grade 1 curriculum aims to foster a stronger focus on literacy. The emphasis on oral language, reading and writing will be integrated into subjects such as science, health and social studies. To familiarize themselves with the curriculum, teachers took part in professional learning this summer.

“Ensuring the proper resources are in place and available plays an important role in the success of any program. This support will be particularly important this year with the introduction of refreshed curriculum for French immersion,” said Nikki Bélanger-Turcotte, French immersion lead, Anglophone West School District. “This announcement is a step in the right direction of providing teachers with the resources and tools needed to help students succeed.”

In addition, a two-year French-language pilot project will begin this school year at one school in each of the four Anglophone districts. The pilot project will allow students to learn to speak, read and write in French in the areas of literacy, numeracy, art, music and culture for a minimum of 15 minutes per day. Doaktown Elementary School is
the school in Anglophone West School District. 

In total, 68 schools will have early French immersion beginning in September, including Keswick Ridge School, Minto Elementary/Middle School and Montgomery Street Elementary School from Anglophone West School District that will offer the program for the first time.​

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From left: Kurt Stiles, principal, Montgomery Street Elementary School;
Nikki Bélanger-Turcotte, French immersion lead, Anglophone West School District;
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny; and Neena
Smith, teacher, Grade 1 French immersion, Montgomery Street Elementary School.


 


 

Last Printed: 9/1/2017 2:00 PM
Posted: Sep 26 2017, 10:28 AM
  

Every year, long before classes begin, there is the task of getting school supplies.

Schools in Anglophone West School District have prepared their classroom supply lists for the 2017-18 academic year. 


If there is no link for your school’s supply list, please contact the school directly.


Most high schools do not have a formal supply list for students. Teachers will provide students with course requirements during the first week of school. 


The first day of school for Anglophone West School District is Tuesday, September 5.

Last Printed: 8/1/2017 1:00 PM
Posted: Sep 22 2017, 9:33 AM
  

​The Anglophone West School District 2017-2018 school calendar is available. It includes school holidays, early dismissal days and professional development days.

The Winter Break is between December 25, 2017 and January 5, 2018. School resumes January 8, 2018.  


March Break is from March 5, 2018 to March 9, 2018.

The last day of school for students is June 22, 2018.​

Last Printed: 6/20/2017 4:00 PM
Posted: Sep 22 2017, 9:32 AM
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