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Mission, Vision and Value Statements
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PD Continuum Plan
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Government of Saskatchewan Revised Child Abuse Protocol (
News Release - Notwithstanding Clause Statement October 2017 (
October 15-21 Proclaimed Saskatchewan Library Week (
GSSD Invites Tenders for Snow Removal (
Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth Stops in Yorkton (
October 15-21 Education Week (
2017 Sea Star Awards Criteria & Nomination Form (
Sept. 29th Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters (
Save the date! Navigating the System - A Disability resource fair (
From The Board Report (
2017-18 Strategic Plan (
Ministry of Education's Annual Report (
Provincial Students' Day (
Premier Brad Wall Makes Cabinet Changes (
Welcome Back to School! (
YRHS Asbestos Abatement Update (
Feedback Needed on Individualized Funding Program for Autism Spectrum Disorder (
Schools Out for Summer! (
Letter Regarding "The Blue Whale Challenge" (
Yorkton Family Resource Centre - Summer Camps (
SCC Meetings (
GSSD Students Bring Home National Medals (
Anne Portnuff Theatre Revitalization Project Receives Large Donation from Local Business (
The Main Street Mobile is Coming to a Location Near You! (
The First Five Years Last a Lifetime (
Saskatchewan Signs on to Federal Early Learning & Child Care Framework (
Federal Funding Expanding Following Their Voices (
STF Highlights Macdonald School (
11th Annual Walk & Roll (
Read & Win with the Summer Reading Promotion! (
Sturgis Elementary Transition to Sturgis Composite School Update (
Fort Livingstone School Closure Transition Planning Guide (
CPS Ag Project (
Government to Appeal School Funding Ruling (
Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge Winners Announced (
GSSD Senior Band Trip (
Changes to Bill 63 Address Some Concerns of School Boards (
Saskatchewan Celebrates Early Childhood Education Month and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day (
GIANT Book Sale! (
Happy Professional Assistant Day! (
Skills Canada Competition (
Kamsack Comprehensive Institute Drama (
P.J. GILLEN’S “PAWSITIVE” PBIS JOURNEY (
April "In Focus" Now Available (
SSBA Statements to Media - Education Funding Cuts and Bill 63 (
Government Introduces Legislation In Response to Education Advisory Panel (
"From the Board" (
April Student Services Updates (
Inside Out for Autism Event (
Innovation150’s Power of Ideas Tour is coming to Yorkton! (
Three Schools + Two Divisions = A positive learning day! (
Students take part in fun outdoor activities! (
March 21st World Down Syndrome Day! (
Governance Review Panel Presentations (
Following Their Voices (
It's time to register for Prekindergarten & Kindergarten! (
Saskatchewan Environmental Society Awards Esterhazy High School! (
IMPACT - Early Years Celebration Events 2017! (
Aboriginal Story Telling Month (
Purchase of School Buses (
One Hundred Rainbows at MCS! (
March "In Focus" Now Available (
Province Acknowledges Contributions of Teachers and School Staff (
New Anti-Bullying Resources Launch Across Saskatchewan (
GSTA Scholarship Opportunity (
A Tour of GSSD (
Fountas & Pinnell Reading Data (
January Strategic Plan Report (
Family Literacy Day - January 27! (
Local Voice on Division Restructuring (
Smiles 4 Canada (
Wishing you a Merry Christmas (
Math Team 2016 Regional Champions (
YRHS Robotics Team Competes Among the Best in Europe (
Invermay/Sturgis Sr. Girls Volleyball team takes home Provincial Silver Medal (
November Strategic Plan Report Now Available (
Yorkton & Area Community Threat Assessment and Support Protocol Resigning (
Community Voice Essential to Sask Education System (
Holodomor Memorial Week (
Anne Portnuff Theatre Revitalization Project (
Esterhazy High School takes home prestigious award (
School Boards Association Elects New Provincial Executive (
Ministry of Education Announces Dan Perrins Will Lead Governance Review (
Bullying Awareness Week 2017 (
Scholarships & Bursaries 2017/2018 (
Grade 3 Reading Levels Continue to Rise in Saskatchewan (
Influenza Immunization Clinics (
SHSAA Provincial Golf Championship (
32nd Annual Autumn Summit at Saltcoats School (
Saskatchewan Library Week Oct. 16-22nd, 2016 (
Education Week - Celebrating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow (
Today is Bus Driver Appreciation Day! (
Good Spirit School Division chooses New Director of Education (
10th Annual Sea Star Award Winners (
World Teacher Day: Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada Gives Thanks (
Oct. 16 to 22, 2016 Education Week (
Graduation Rates (
Report Bullying SK (
Welcome New Teachers! (
Improved Reading Results (
Sea Star Employee Recognition Awards (
School Board Elections (
Sept. 30th - Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters (
International Literacy Day, September 8th, 2016 (
Keep Our Children Safe! (
Langenburg Central School (
Welcome Back!!!! (
Notice of Call for Nominations (
Library Learning Coach Appointed to Multi-type Library Board (
KCI - Inclusion School of the Year (
CJE Student Success (
MCS - Golden at Skills Canada (
Churchbridge Dirty (
GSSD in the News (
Invermay School Skills Canada (
NASP Archery (
Skills Canada - YRH (
Skills Canada - MCS (
Let's Get Ready to Rumble!!! (
Celebrating 10 Years of GSSD (
Calder Gr. 7 & 8's Vying for "Canada's Coolest School Trip!" (
3rd Annual Educational Extravaganza (
Early Learning Registration (
GSSD Reaches 10 Years! (
Draft Calendar and Survey (
Staff Appreciation Week!!! (
2014-2015 AGM Held (
Celebrating Family Literacy Day (
Our Heartfelt Thank You for Helping Put Students First (
Welcome to 2016 (
Seasons Greetings (
Career Explorations 2015 (
Disability Awareness Fair (
Congratulations Churchbridge Public School! (
Student First Anti-Bullying Youth Forum (
Schools Closed Nov 11, 12 and 13 (
Public Education in Saskatchewan (
SK Education Week (
SCC Fall Elections (
YRHS Robotics at STEM (
Langenburg Community School Farm Tour (
Track Stars Converge on Saltcoats (
Career Explorations 2015-Friday, November 20 (
Did You Know .... (
Bus Route Information (
Students First Day Tues, September 1st (
Registration Information (
Grant Donation for PJ Gillen School (
The End of Another School Year (
GSTA Retirement Banquet (
YRHS Robotics Team Skills Canada National Winners (
Saskatchewan Reads Supports Provincial Reading Initiatives (
R is For Retirement Party (
2015-2016 School Year Calendar (
Proud to Announce a New School (
2015 Career Explorations Scholarship (
Easter Break (
Congratulations Cougars! (
Board of Education Announces Director of Education (
2015-2016 Budget Review (
Family Day Weekend (
Staff Appreciation Week (
It's Kindergarten Registration Time! (
2015 GSTA Scholarship Application (
NEW - Bus Cancellations Online (
2013-2014 Annual General Meeting (
Partnerships = Success (
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Government of Saskatchewan Revised Child Abuse Protocol
A revised copy of the Saskatchewan Child Abuse Protocol (CAP) by the Government of Saskatchewan was released in late October, updating and simplifying the previous version released in 2014. The CAP encourages a coordinated and integrated response to suspected cases of child abuse. It is supported by multiple ministries, including the Ministry of Education and by all provincial police forces. A short online course is being provided to learn more about the duty to report. Everyone is encouraged to take this 10 minute easy and informative online course. More information about the new protocol and the link to the online course is available here.
News Release - Notwithstanding Clause Statement October 2017
The organization representing Public Schools of Saskatchewan has released an annoucement regarding the legislation to invoke the notwithstanding clause to block the enactment of the decision of the Court of Queen's Bench preventing the government from funding non-Catholic Students to attend Catholic separate schools.
Read the full release here
October 15-21 Proclaimed Saskatchewan Library Week
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed October 15-21 as Saskatchewan Library Week to recognize the role libraries play in fostering creativity and life-long learning. Under the theme Libraries Matter, the goal of this year’s library week is to encourage literacy, bring communities together and promote cultural awareness in Saskatchewan. To read the full Ministry of Education's Press Release - Click here
For more information about Saskatchewan Library Week related programs and events, visit Sask Library Assocation Website
GSSD Invites Tenders for Snow Removal
Click on the link for information regarding GSSD's Snow Removal Tender 2017
Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth Stops in Yorkton
Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth, Corey O'Soup stopped in Yorkton recently. Speaking on the role of the Child Advocate and the revised priorities of his office, O'Soup emphasized the value of education as being the key for First Nation and Metis students to break the cycle that affect some of the families and communities.
O'Soup ended his visit with a story on the positive impact of youth as change makers when we empower them and give them a voice. The picture includes Corey O'Soup- Child Advocate, Kris Gendall - Dreambuilders High School Principal, followed by counsellors from both Good Spirit School Division and Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division. Left to right they are Jessica Ronn, Kerrie Shearer, Shelly Westberg, Tammy Plews, Evan Wasylyniuk, and Bob...
October 15-21 Education Week
Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students and the dedication of our education professionals. This year's theme, Building our Future by Learning Together , is about recognizing student achievement and teaching excellence that occur each day in our Saskatchewan schools while continuing to prepare our students for a brighter future before and after graduation.
2017 Sea Star Awards Criteria & Nomination Form
S parkling E xamples of A ccomplished S killful T alented And R adiant S taff! The Good Spirit School Division Board of Education is proud to continue the tradition of recognizing employees and their dedication to student success. The Board of Education recognizes the amazing work employees are doing on a daily basis and acknowledges it is the acts of kindness and the extra special personal touch for students that make our division extraordinary. All Good Spirit School Division employees are eligible to be presented this very special award. The Sea Stars employee recognition awards program is based on the starfish story "Making a Difference":
" An old man walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying...
Sept. 29th Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters
Show your support and Wear Orange on Sept. 29 th to school, work or daycare for the Orange Shirt Campaign – Every Child Matters. The day falls on a non school day this year, so we are encouraging everyone to wear orange on September 29th. Orange Shirt day remembers the experiences of former students of Indian Residential Schools and is a commitment to ongoing reconciliation in Canada. Originating in British Columbia, the date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.
Save the date! Navigating the System - A Disability resource fair
Navigating the system - A disability resource fair is taking place in Yorkton on Saturday October 21st from 1pm to 4pm at the Tillman Quality of Life Centre (162 Ball Road). This event will provide families and individuals the opportunity to learn about the disability supports available in the Yorkton and surrounding area. Breakout sessions will provide information about navigating the systems through the various life stages. To register for this free event please click here
From The Board Report
To review the highlights from the August 31, 2017, Board of Education meeting click here.
2017-18 Strategic Plan
GSSD has launched the 2017-18 Strategic Plan. For more information, you may review Board Policy 1 - Foundational Statements and the Strategic Plan Overview on the Division website.
Ministry of Education's Annual Report
The Ministry of Education's Annual Report for 2016-17 has been tabled by the Minister of Education and posted on the Ministry of Finance website . You may also view the report in the Good Spirit School Division Media Room .
Provincial Students' Day
As we welcome our students to school, the Government of Saskatchewan declared September 5, 2017 Provincial Student's Day. Read More
Premier Brad Wall Makes Cabinet Changes
Premier Brad Wall announced a Cabinet shuffle, as a result of this, we are pleased to welcome our new Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre. She previously served as Minister of Advanced Education. Minister Eyre represents Saskatoon Stoneridge-Dakota. Minister Eyre previously served as a Saskatoon Public School Board trustee and is a former radio broadcaster and columnist with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and the Calgary Herald. We would like to thank Minister Don Morgan for his leadership of the Education, Early Years and Libraries portfolio over the past four years. For more information regarding this announcement, please see the news release here.
Welcome Back to School!
We hope you had a fun, relaxing summer! Going back to school is a reason for celebration because it means a new step towards a wonderful future! The Ministry of Education, school divisions, and education professionals, including teachers, support staff and bus drivers, are also preparing to ensure a safe school environment for Saskatchewan’s more than 179,000 students in the 2017-18 school year. We look forward to seeing you back in the classroom on Tuesday September 5th. Read the full news release from the Ministry of Education here .
YRHS Asbestos Abatement Update
Good Spirit School Division applied for emergency funding through the Ministry of Education for an asbestos abatement to take place in a classroom, teaching theatre, cosmetology room, and change room at the Yorkton Regional High School. As of August 10, 2017, all of the areas targeted for the emergency asbestos abatement have been completed on time and within budget. The YRHS staff have permission to return to the spaces that were closed. While the asbestos abatement in the areas specified has been complete, there are areas that require ceiling tile due to the acoustical spray removal. The enhancement of these spaces will occur by the facilities team during the 2017-18 year. For Division records, an additional baseline air quality test will be conducted before...
Feedback Needed on Individualized Funding Program for Autism Spectrum Disorder
In 2016, the Government of Saskatchewan committed to implementing an Individualized Funding Program for parents and/or caregivers of children living with ASD. This individualized funding will be provided to families outside of existing resources such as Supports for Learning funding that divisions receive from the ministry. An Autism Stakeholder Working Group has been created to assist government in developing a new funding model. The working group has created an online survey for parents/caregivers of children with ASD, as well as service providers and other stakeholders. If you know of any parents/caregivers or service providers who would be interested in participating, we would appreciate your help in letting them know that the survey is available now until July 26, 2017 at saskatchewan.ca/ASD-Survey . To...
Schools Out for Summer!
Thank you to our staff & students for a great 2016/2017 school year. We hope you have a fun, safe, and enjoyable summer! Summer is the perfect time for children to discover that learning is fun and can happen anywhere. We look forward to seeing you back in the classroom September 5th! *Grade 1 students from P.J. Gillen celebrate the last day of school*
Letter Regarding "The Blue Whale Challenge"
“The Blue Whale Challenge” has been brought to our attention and we felt it was important to share the information with families in our Division. The attached letter was sent to schools and will be distributed to each family. Letter to GSSD families regardingThe Blue Whale Challenge
Yorkton Family Resource Centre - Summer Camps
The Yorkton Family Resource Centre has daily activities to keep your child/children busy these summer months. Click on the attached calendars to view all of the activities available. July Calendar August Calendar
Members of GSSD Sr. Administration are holding meetings with School Community Councils. The south cluster met at Macdonald School last night. Coming up tonight, Sr. Administration will meet with the central cluster of school SCCs at Dr. Brass School and on June 22nd with the north cluster of SCCs in Norquay.
GSSD Students Bring Home National Medals
Five Good Spirit School Division students came home with national medals at the Skills Canada Competition. The competition was held in Winnipeg from May 31- June 3. Yorkton Regional students, Luc Gendreau came home with a bronze in Automotive service, and Cassie Jones a silver in Photography. Melville Comprehensive students, Tyler Kraushaar earned silver in welding, and Darrian Desjarlais and Morgan Fleury earned a bronze in Video Production. Congratulations to all competitors!
Anne Portnuff Theatre Revitalization Project Receives Large Donation from Local Business
The Anne Portnuff Theatre Revitalization Project is a 2017 Co-op Community Spaces recipient.
The Revitalization Project has received a $100,000 donation through Co-op Community Spaces, a funding program supporting recreation, environmental conservation, and urban agriculture projects.
The funds will help replace the existing seats in the theatre, which are now 50 years old.
The renovation will allow the theatre — Yorkton’s largest cultural venue — to better accommodate the many events it hosts, which includes community performances, events, and school functions. To see the full list of 2017 recipients visit Community Spaces
The Main Street Mobile is Coming to a Location Near You!
Summer is here – and with Summer, Regional Kids First will be hitting the trails once again with the MAIN Street Mobile. This is a free event and all families are welcome! Come and enjoy some quality time with your Children ages 0-5 years. Visit our fun, interactive, parent led stations and learn about early childhood development! Below is the most current list of Locations and Times. June 21 – Kamsack – 9 am -2 pm June 22 – Grayson – 9 am -12:30 pm June 23 – Canora – 9 am -2pm June 24 – Sturgis – 11 am -4:30 pm June 30 – Foam Lake – 10 am – 3pm July 1 – Ituna – 9 am -3 pm July 3...
The First Five Years Last a Lifetime
Regional KidsFirst created a video on the importance of early childhood development. Every child should be healthy, happy, learning and growing wrapped in the love of adults they trust to protect their rights. Watch the video here
Saskatchewan Signs on to Federal Early Learning & Child Care Framework
Monday, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan joined his federal, provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa to announce that Saskatchewan will be working together on an Early Learning and Child Care Framework agreement. This sets the groundwork to provide a multi-year federal investment to continue improving access and affordability to early learning programs and child care for children and families in Saskatchewan. To read the full press release from the Ministry of Education click here .
Federal Funding Expanding Following Their Voices
Following Their Voices , the made-in-Saskatchewan initiative to improve educational achievement and graduation rates of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, is expanding to 11 new schools in 2017-18 as a result of a new federal investment of $3 million over three years. There will be 27 schools, up from 16 schools, implementing Following Their Voices in September 2017, with approximately 440 teachers directly involved. Kamsack Comprehensive Institute is currently a Following Their Voices School and has been experiencing incredible success. To read the full news release, click here Following Their Voices - Backgrounder
STF Highlights Macdonald School
Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation highlights Melissa Johanson & Macdonald School for their outdoor learning spaces. "Melissa's love of nature inspired the creation of outdoor learning spaces for her students at Macdonald School. Students are grateful for the opportunity to explore and for the physical and mental health benefits that come with being outdoors." To watch the video click here
11th Annual Walk & Roll
The Good Spirit School Division invites all staff and students to participate in the 11th Annual Walk and Roll on Wednesday June 7th. All staff and students are to choose active transportation as their means of getting to work and school. GSSD will be giving away 2 student bikes and 1 staff bike as sponsored by Comprehensive School Community Health.
Read & Win with the Summer Reading Promotion!
Starting July 1st through September 1, 2017, students of Good Spirit School Division who read this summer are eligible to enter their name for a prize draw at a local public library branch. Each book, eBook or audiobook borrowed gives you a chance to win! Summer Slide Parent Letter Summer Reading Promotion Package Yorkton This Week Article Happy Reading! PARTICIPATING PARKLAND REGIONAL LIBRARY BRANCHES Enter at these locations for the prize draws: Bredenbury Public Library Buchanan Public Library Calder Public Library Canora Public Library Churchbridge Public Library Esterhazy Public Library Invermay Public Library Kamsack Public Library Langenburg Public Library MacNutt Public Library Melville Public Library Norquay Public Library Pelly Public Library Preeceville Public Library Saltcoats Public Library Springside Public Library Spy Hill Public Library Stockholm Public...
Sturgis Elementary Transition to Sturgis Composite School Update
To read the school closure transition guide for Sturgis Elementary School to Sturgis Composite School please click here .
Fort Livingstone School Closure Transition Planning Guide
The transition of closing Fort Livingstone School has been going smoothly. To read the School Closure Transition Planning Guide - please click here
CPS Ag Project
The Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation featured the excellent work of CPS staff and the positve outcomes for our students. Click here to view the video.
Government to Appeal School Funding Ruling
The Government of Saskatchewan will appeal last month’s Court of Queen’s Bench ruling on separate school funding. To read the full news release: Media Room
Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge Winners Announced
Miller School is one the recipients of the 2017 Mosaic Extreme School Makeover Challenge. They will receive a cheque for $10,000 to enhance nutrition education at their school. Miller School staff and a group of parents wanted to improve the way they were providing nutritious food and bring it in-line with self-sustaining, organic, and green methodologies and practices. The school community decided to create a large space outside which will eventually become an outdoor classroom. This undertaking will involve landscaping, gazebo construction, shed construction, flower bed and garden bed construction, and the creation of the educational components of the space. Along with their First Nations Metis Consultant, they created an amazing design. The garden/classroom will be based around a circle in the land....
GSSD Senior Band Trip
The Good Spirit School Division Parkland Senior Band composed of 5 schools from the division - Preeceville, Sturgis, Norquay, Canora and Kamsack travelled to Edmonton from May 10-12th to take part in a concert series. 33 students from grades 7-12 attended the event. The trip was a great experience for everyone. Pictured is the GSSD Senior Band at the CBC Radio Station in Edmonton, Alberta.
Changes to Bill 63 Address Some Concerns of School Boards
Please see the Media Release from the SSBA regarding Bill 63. Media Release -- Bill 63 Update
Saskatchewan Celebrates Early Childhood Education Month and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day
The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed May as Early Childhood Education Month and May 15 as Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. Read the full release here: Early Childhood Education Month Press Release Thank you early childhood educators!!
GIANT Book Sale!
This giant book sale takes place at M.C. Knoll on Wednesday, May 3rd from 8AM-6PM and then again on Thursday, May 4th from 8AM-noon. See you there!
Happy Professional Assistant Day!
Skills Canada Competition
Babichuk, a Grade 12 student, at Invermay School , took his second provincial gold at the Skills Canada Competition held at Saskatoon on Friday, April 7 th . He took the provincial title after placing first in all categories of outdoor power and recreation equipment. Categories include a written test, parts identification and assessment, engine tear down, measurement test, and a compression and ignition test. Orrie did extremely well in all categories; earning over 90% in each one. Orrie advances to nationals in Winnipeg in June. Pictured: Mr. Cecil Machnee & Orrie Babichuk Chloe Irvine, a Grade 11 student at Kamsack Comprehensive Institute , placed bronze in the Skills Canada sewing competition.
Kamsack Comprehensive Institute Drama
The Kamsack Comprehensive Institute Senior Drama Club won Best Overall Production and runner-up for Best Visual Production at the Region 4 Drama Festival in Esterhazy in April. Congratulations to Bre Bland for winning the Cheer Award, and the Certificate of Merit award; Shae Matwijeczko for winning the Technical Award of Merit; Alli Thomsen for winning the Acting Award of Merit; Alanna Finnie for winning runner-up for the Mary Ellen Burgess Performance Award. The club will be performing "Moving", directed by Krystal Deveau, at the Provincial Drama Festival in Regina on May 4, 5, and 6. The picture from left to right, standing is: Kelly Brophy (Backstage Adjudicator) , Krystal Deveau (Director), Breanna Bland (actor) , Lemay Bear (set & costumes) , Alanna Finnie (actor)...
P.J. GILLEN’S “PAWSITIVE” PBIS JOURNEY
PJ Gillen School in Esterhazy has committed to becoming a more "Pawsitive" school and began their Positive Behaviour Intervention Support (PBIS) journey this past Fall. A PBIS Committee was formed that includes Administration, Teachers, the School Counsellor, and the Behavior Coach. PJ Gillen staff took some time in the Fall to construct a Behavior Matrix to outline their expectations in the school. They quickly came to realize that these expectations needed to be explicitly taught to their students and practiced by everyone in their building. They are continuing to build and add to their behavior matrix as they are confident in an area of focus. A first step at PJ Gillen was to develop "PAWS." PAWS is displayed throughout the classrooms, and hallways, to...
April "In Focus" Now Available
In Focus is our monthly communications highlighting the areas of our strategic plan, which are Student and Family Focus, Internal Processes, People Capacity and Financial Stewardship. 2017 04 13 In Focus
SSBA Statements to Media - Education Funding Cuts and Bill 63
Click on media release to read statements from Saskatchewan School Board President Dr. Shawn Davidson regarding education cuts and Bill 63 (amendment to Ed Act).
Government Introduces Legislation In Response to Education Advisory Panel
Released on April 5, 2017
"Today, Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan introduced Bill No.63, The Education Amendment Act, 2017 for first reading in the Saskatchewan Legislature. The amendments are in response to findings from the Advisory Panel on Education Governance Renewal.
These amendments are a result of public and education sector feedback received during the review consultations. The panel met with more than 45 stakeholders groups and heard from residents through more than 3,800 online submissions.
“We heard strong support for maintaining elected trustees and we listened,” Morgan said. “We also heard a clear need to ensure school divisions are being as efficient and effective as possible with the resources that...
"From the Board"
Highlights of the GSSD Board of Education monthly meeting. Board Highlights
April Student Services Updates
Our monthly Student Services update is now available. These updates are full of great information and pictures of students engaged in various programming. Student Services Updates April 2017
Inside Out for Autism Event
All you need to do is wear your shirt, top or sweater inside out for the day. You can also choose to make a donation -funds raised stay in Saskatchewan and go towards programs and supports that will improve the lives of those in the community living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Show your support: 1. Learn more about autism by visiting www.saskfeat.com 2. Post your "Inside Out Shirt" photos @saskfeat 3. Join our Canada-wide event with provincial and territorial member organizations called # InsideOut4Autism .
Innovation150’s Power of Ideas Tour is coming to Yorkton!
WHEN : Tuesday, April 11, 2017
6:30pm to 9:30pm WHERE : Yorkton Regional High School, 150 Gladstone Ave N., Yorkton This event is free to the public. EVENT INCLUDES: Power of Ideas Exhibition — An inspiring exhibition from Perimeter Institute with hands-on, mind-expanding activities that span a whole gymnasium. Hundreds of youth and their families will explore the cosmic speed limit, the mysteries of dark matter, black holes – and even more importantly, the power of ideas, big and small. Innovation Presentation - An inspirational talk that draws on stories from Canada's past and present to explore the tools and traits you need to turn ideas into reality. Actua Maker Mobile — A moving maker space packed with exciting, cutting-edge technology that encourages youth to experiment and...
Three Schools + Two Divisions = A positive learning day!
Grayson School hosted North Valley Elementary School and Miller School for a Learning Day on Thursday, March 9. Four groups rotated through a variety of different sessions. Literacy Session, hosted by Mrs. Charlotte Raine, GSSD Literacy Coordinator
Mrs. Raine taught the students about the benefits of having a library card with Parkland Regional Library. Students had the opportunity to explore the library website and learn how to access the literature available on the website. First Nations Session, hosted by Mr. James Chartrand, First Nations presenter and Mr. Mark Forsythe, GSSD Superintendent of Education
Students had the opportunity to make a beaded headdress. Mr. Chartrand also spent time with students storytelling, singing and drumming. Badminton Skills Session, hosted by Mr. Troy Frick, North...
Students take part in fun outdoor activities!
GSSD is proud to support student opportunities outside the classroom. This year twenty-two schools within the Division took student groups to Duck Mountain, Asessippi or Thunder Mountain. Grayson School leverages the ‘power of small’, and has held annual ski trips for the past 15 years. The entire student population attends and students and families look forward to the yearly activity. Most of the younger students start on the tubing hill, then advance to skis and snowboards in successive years. All staff and many parents take part in making this a perfect opportunity to get to know students and their families outside of the school environment.
March 21st World Down Syndrome Day!
Observed annually on March 21st, the day raises awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. Together with the rest of the world we celebrate and bring awareness to those individuales in our life with Down syndrome. For more information on how you can get involved visit SK Down Syndrome
Governance Review Panel Presentations
On January 25th, 2017, Board Members, Administrators, Teachers and President of the CUPE Local 4784 spoke to the Governance Review Panel in Regina. In front of the Governance Review Panel, individuals highlighted the strengths and achievements from our school division. Good Spirit School Division would like to thank all participants who represented our division before the Review Panel. To watch the presentations and read the stories please visit our Parent/Public Page
Following Their Voices
In 2015-16, GSSD embarked on a journey with support from the Ministry of Education to implement the Following Their Voices Program (FTV). This program is a Ministry driven initiative that has 17 schools in the province both provincially and federally participating. Read More Here: Following Their Voices and then visit the Following Their Voices Website here.
It's time to register for Prekindergarten & Kindergarten!
Laugh, learn, play and collaborate! Registration is now open for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at the Good Spirit School Division.
Register by April 30th for Kindergarten and May 31st for PreK. To print off a registration form click here. For more information visit our Early Learning Page For a printable poster: Kindergarten - large poster
Saskatchewan Environmental Society Awards Esterhazy High School!
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society would like to congratulate the winner of this month's random draw, Esterhazy High School! "25 Acts of Energy Conservation" is a K to 12, province-wide energy conservation campaign. Schools take action to be entered to win up to $1000. This year's 25 Acts of Energy Conservation campaign has motivated 11 different schools across the province to conserve energy, water and reduce waste. "We conserve energy while washing our hands!"
-Esterhazy High School For more information or to get involved, visit 25 Acts of Energy Conservation
IMPACT - Early Years Celebration Events 2017!
Calling all children born in 2012 / 2013… IMPACT is coming! IMPACT is a 3-4 year old school readiness program that KidsFirst holds in as many communities as possible. IMPACT is a fun event for the whole family! This year's theme ~ Under the Sea ~ is sure to appeal to both girls and boys! Parents and children circulate through ten different stations, in whichever order they choose, at their own pace. Each station offers a fun activity geared to enhance a specific area of your child's development. Families can do the activity together and then receive an item to continue the learning at home. By the time they circulate through all the stations, children will leave with a bag full of educational activities to continue the...
Aboriginal Story Telling Month
Winter is a traditional time for Aboriginal people to share the gift and time-honored custom of storytelling and February has been designated as Aboriginal Story Telling Month. For Aboriginal people, storytelling is both a gift and an old custom and tradition utilized by the people to teach, entertain and remember. Throughout February, First Nation and Metis storytelling events and activities are being held in libraries, communities and schools all over Saskatchewan. A number of GSSD schools are planning events for students from PreK to grade 12. Events include storytelling, visual arts, and interactive displays portraying First Nation and Metis symbols through culturally based narratives. Other activities to coincide with the storytelling are the makings of Dream Catchers, traditional music, Metis dancing and Book in...
Purchase of School Buses
GSSD has committed to a fleet replacement plan of 10 new school buses per year. This commitment ensures that the overall fleet age and health can adequately provide safe reliable service to the students of the division. The health and dependability of our bus fleet is currently under pressure due to a specific make and model year of bus. A recent analysis of the 15 - 2012 International Company (IC) buses at the Melville Bus garage showed that only five were considered to be "OK" and reliable for use. The remaining 10 IC buses had issues ranging from engine knocks to antifreeze leaking into the oil. The cost to replace an engine could be as high as $28,000 and the historical cost to remedy...
One Hundred Rainbows at MCS!
Melville Comprehensive School is taking part in a jointly sponsored activity to connect their students to the environment. The school is collaborating with the Saskatchewan Wildlife and Melville Fish and Game League through the Fort Qu'Appelle Fish Culture Station to hatch rainbow trout eggs. Rainbow trout do not naturally spawn in the province of Saskatchewan because the water conditions are not tolerable. All populations of rainbow trout in Saskatchewan lakes come from the Fish Culture Center. Melville Fish and Game provided the school with approximately $1500 of start-up equipment. The Fish Culture Station provided 100 rainbow trout eggs. Students enrolled in Biology 30 and Wildlife Management 20/30 courses are coordinating the hatchery project. In the future, the school plans to include Science 10 students. ...
March "In Focus" Now Available
Our strategic plan report has been renamed! In Focus is our monthly communications highlighting the areas of our strategic plan, which are Student and Family Focus, Internal Processes, People Capacity and Financial Stewardship. In Focus for March is now available. Read it here In Focus
Province Acknowledges Contributions of Teachers and School Staff
Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Don Morgan has proclaimed February 12-18, 2017 as Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. --Read More--
New Anti-Bullying Resources Launch Across Saskatchewan
A number of new anti-bullying resources are being provided to Saskatchewan schools today to assist students and teachers as they work to end bullying and create more caring and inclusive schools. The resources include several videos that have been developed as a package called the Student First Anti-Bullying Forum. -- Read More --
GSTA Scholarship Opportunity
The Good Spirit Teachers’ Association wishes to encourage and assist young men and women to enter the field of Education. Six scholarships of $750 each will be awarded. Email or mail your completed application by April 20th, 2018. 2018 GSTA Scholarship Application
Be sure to check out our career development page for over a thousand scholarships and bursaries. Career Development Page
A Tour of GSSD
Good Spirit School Division is a vast division full of opportunity. Take a ride on the GSSD Energy Bus and find out what makes Good Spirit School Division a remarkable place to teach, learn and grow. Click on the link for A Tour of GSSD
Fountas & Pinnell Reading Data
The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (F&P BAS) was administered to 2,149 grade 2-6 students from September 19 th to November 10 th . The information gathered from this assessment has provided school teams with a “snapshot” of students’ current reading behaviours so that appropriate instruction and intervention could be implemented. The data collected indicates that 68% of grade 2-6 students are reading at or above grade level according to Fall targets. There are currently 61 Levelled Literacy Intervention groups operating within the school division providing 11% of grade 2-6 students with targeted reading intervention. The Winter assessment interval, which is optional for grades 2-6, begins January 9 th and on January 16 th for all grade 1 students. ...
January Strategic Plan Report
This report is our monthly communications highlighting the areas of our strategic plan, which are Student and Family Focus, Internal Processes, People Capacity and Financial Stewardship. The Strategic Plan Report for January 2017 is now available. Strategic Plan Report
Family Literacy Day - January 27!
Family Literacy Day is January 27, 2018 Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada and held annually on January 27th to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in literacy-related activities. Check out the ABC Life Literacy page for more information, family activities and special events!
Local Voice on Division Restructuring
Education Belongs to Community is a campaign to share information and thoughts on the importance of local and community voice in education. Let the Government of Saskatchewan know that while they are considering changes in education, we need to keep our school boards democratically elected and keep decisions closer to our communities, for the benefit of all students. Add Your Voice:
Read the SSBA Submission to the Education Governance Review Panel
Help us share this important message by taking our quick survey
Like us on Facebook and YouTube
Share your support using #EducationBelongstoCommunity and #SaskSchoolBoardsMatter
Send a message to your MLA with our sample letter and this contact info Media Releases:...
Smiles 4 Canada
The Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Orthodontics, had launched a new program called Smiles4Canada. Their goal is simple - to put a smile, both figuratively and literally, on a young person with a significant orthodontic need and whose family does not have the financial resources to pay for the procedure. Candidates may submit a thorough application form to the CFAO prior to their 14th birthday. For more information on the program visit Smiles 4 Canada Website To read the full press release - Smiles 4 Canada Press Release
Wishing you a Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas from all of us at Good Spirit School Division. Our central office will be closed from Monday December 26th - Monday January 2nd. We will reopen on Tuesday January 3rd, students return to the classroom Wednesday January 4th. Have a holly jolly season!
Math Team 2016 Regional Champions
The Esterhazy High School Grade 6 Math team has walked away from the 2015-2016 National Math Contest as Regional winners. The contest was held in February, but the plaque arrived on Tuesday Dec. 13th. Congratulations Mathletes, we are proud of you! "A farmer counted 196 cows in the field. But when he rounded them up, he had 200."
YRHS Robotics Team Competes Among the Best in Europe
The Yorkton Regional High School Robotics Team is back from Euroskills 2016, with a wealth of knowledge and memories. From December 1st-3rd, Europe's largest vocational skills competition took place in Gothenburg, Sweden. Over 500 youth from over 28 countries competed for the title "Best of Europe." The YHRS Robotics team placed 4th out of 11 teams with a mark of 71. Even though they did not qualify for a medal, they are still in the mix amongst the best of Europe and we could not be more proud! Congratulations Kevin Chiasson and team!
Invermay/Sturgis Sr. Girls Volleyball team takes home Provincial Silver Medal
The Invermay/Sturgis Sr. Girls won a 2A Provincial Silver Medal on the weekend of November 18/19. Muenster defeated Invermay for the gold medal, 26-24, 10-25, 15-10. Congratulations to both teams on a great match! Special Congratulations to our Invermay/Sturgis team! We are very proud to call you our own.
November Strategic Plan Report Now Available
The 3rd Edition of the 2016/17 Strategic Plan Report is now available. GSSD believes that we are all accountable. Board members, students, staff, families and community members have a responsibility, both individually and as part of the learning team, to participate and to contribute positively to public schools. Long-term Goals: By June 2020, GSSD will implement division wide approaches to find efficiencies and increase value-add in order for the division to be responsive to the challenges of student and staff needs. The report highlights financial stewardship, student & family, people capacity and internal processes. Please visit our Media Page to view the report.
Yorkton & Area Community Threat Assessment and Support Protocol Resigning
The Good Spirit School Division and Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division along with returning and new community partners, re-signed the Community Threat Assessment and Support Protocol on November 24 th , 2016 in Yorkton. This protocol supports collaborative and proactive planning among community partners in assessing and reducing the risk of violence to keep our schools and communities safe. It fosters timely sharing of information and the development of supportive and preventive plans. CTASP reflects the work of J. Kevin Cameron, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response, the Yukon Threat Assessment Program and, the Alberta Children and Youth Initiative. The original Community Threat Assessment and Support Protocol was signed in September 2013. *Pictured below: From Left to...
Community Voice Essential to Sask Education System
School boards are concerned about the effects of the changes the Government of Saskatchewan is considering in education, including further forced amalgamations of school divisions and the elimination of democratically and locally elected school boards. “In education, decisions are best made at the grassroots level and school boards provide a connection and accountability with the community,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, president of the SSBA. “Loss of local voice through the reduction of locally elected boards of education will not be good for students, communities or the education system. Communities and school boards that already have experienced forced amalgamations in our province know that it is very disruptive for schools and students. Huge changes like that take significant time and resources and they don’t save...
Holodomor Memorial Week
The Holodomor Ukrainian genocide ranks as one of the most horrific modern crimes against humanity. This man-made famine instituted by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin devastated Ukraine in the early 1930s, claiming an estimated seven to 10 million lives. Saskatchewan was the first jurisdiction in North America to recognize this genocide when our Legislative Assembly passed The Ukrainian Famine and Genocide Memorial Day Act in 2008. For more information: Holodomor Genocide Early30s
Anne Portnuff Theatre Revitalization Project
The Anne Portnuff Theatre, named in honour of a longtime school board member whose dedication to the arts led to the inclusion of a theatre when the Yorkton Regional High School was built in 1967, has been a major contributor to the cultural, educational and artistic growth of our community.
Over the past 50 years, the seats of the theatre have been filled with people taking part in and enjoying school and community musicals, plays, band concerts, dance recitals and competitions, film presentations, graduations, professional artistic events, rallies, and much more.
These are still the original seats installed in the theatre in 1967. It is time to replace them.
The Anne Portnuff Theatre Revitalization Committee needs your help to raise funds to maintain this vital community...
Esterhazy High School takes home prestigious award
The Esterhazy High School Yearbook Committee has received the National Yearbook Award of Excellence for 2016! Jostens created The National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award to recognize those who excel in the creation and distribution of their yearbook, and meet the following criteria: A Meaningful Book for All Students
A Book in Every Student's Hands
Effective Project Management Jostens publishes about 25,000 yearbooks annually in North America. In 2016, only 13 Canadian schools received this award, and EHS was one of them! Congratulations EHS for all of your hard work on making the 2016 yearbook a national winner!
School Boards Association Elects New Provincial Executive
The 28 member boards of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) have chosen a new Provincial Executive to lead the organization.
The new Executive was selected during the SSBA’s Annual General Meeting this week and its members are as follows:
President: Dr. Shawn Davidson, Prairie South Board of Education
Vice - President: Aleana Young, Regina Public Board of Education
Aboriginal Constituency: Duane Favel, Ile a la Crosse Board of Education
Catholic Constituency: Jerome Niezgoda, Christ the Teacher Catholic Board of Education
Central Constituency: Jaimie Smith-Windsor, Saskatchewan Rivers Board of Education
CSF Constituency: Martin Prince, Conseil scolaire fransaskois
Northern Constituency: Joe Daigneault, Northern Lights Board of Education
Southern Constituency: Janet Kotylak, Prairie Valley Board of Education
Ministry of Education Announces Dan Perrins Will Lead Governance Review
Deputy Premier and Education Minister Don Morgan announced the appointment of Dan Perrins to lead the work on a Kindergarten to Grade 12 educational governance review that will begin immediately. Perrins is a long-time public servant with nearly 40 years of experience in the health, education and social services sector. Over the past 18 months, Perrins has been meeting regularly with members of the Saskatchewan K-12 education community to recommend a more equitable funding model. Read the full press release Here
Bullying Awareness Week 2017
The province has proclaimed November 12 – 18, 2017 as Bullying Awareness Week in Saskatchewan. This year's theme is "Stand Up! (to bullying)" The Ministry of Education and SaskTel continue to work together through I Am Stronger on bullying and cyberbullying prevention. On the program’s website: I am Stronger , students will find information on how they can get help. I Am Stronger offers mulitple resources for kids, teens, students, parents and educators:
Access to the student online reporting tool
Information to help youth apply for an I Am Stronger grant; and,
A list of ways that youth can reach out for help. Together we can end bullying. Government of Saskatchewan Anti-Bullying Website Government of Saskatchewan Bullying Awareness Week ...
Scholarships & Bursaries 2017/2018
Attention students and parents! Starting post secondary school can cause financial burdens, stress and a feeling of uncertainty.. but don't worry! With GSSD's Career Development page we'll help make the transition easier. View our Scholarship and Bursaries document that is loaded with awards for all walks of life. The documents will be updated frequently so check often. Career Development Page
Grade 3 Reading Levels Continue to Rise in Saskatchewan
The number of Grade 3 students reading at grade level continues to rise, thanks to the collaborative work between the education sector and the Ministry of Education. School division data from 2016 shows that 74 per cent of students are reading at grade level compared to 65 per cent in 2013. The percentage of Grade 3 Students reading at or above grade level at Good Spirit School Division is 80%. Read the full press release from the Ministry of Education Here .
Influenza Immunization Clinics
Influenza Immunization Clinics begin October 31, 2016. A total of 98 clinics in 36 communities are available in Sunrise Health Region from October to December. Residents of all ages, including children over the age of 6 months, can get the injectable vaccine. The vaccine is provided free of charge. When attending the clinics, people are encouraged to wear a short sleeved shirt and will need their Saskatchewan Health Card For more information visit the Sunrise Health Region
SHSAA Provincial Golf Championship
The SHSAA 2016 Provincial Golf Tournament was held September 23 & 24, 2016 at Madge Lake Golf Resort in Duck Mountain Provincial Park. Seventy boys and 34 girls made up 14 boys' teams and 6 girls' teams. Congratulations to all competitors! Results TEAMS BOYS TEAM BOYS INDIVIDUAL GILRS TEAM GIRLS INDIVIDUAL GOLD Estevan Connor Tate (Kindersley) Esterhazy Ray-Lyn Schmidt (Moose Jaw Central) SILVER Yorkton Regional & PA Carlton (tie) Taden Wallin (Humboldt Collegiate) Cut Knife Hannah Macneil (Shaunavon) BRONZE Jayden Dudas (Estevan) Fort Qu'Appelle Bert Fox Hallie Burke (Rocanville)
32nd Annual Autumn Summit at Saltcoats School
On September 30, Saltcoats School hosted their 32nd Annual Autumn Summit. The Autumn Summit is the largest Cross Country event in Saskatchewan and western Manitoba and is held each year on the last Friday of September. An estimated 1400 people were at the Saltcoats Regional Park as volunteers, spectators, or participants. For the second year in a row, over 1000 participants ran in the event. Over 40 schools participate annually including schools from GSSD, Christ the Teacher School Division and as far away as Roblin, MB, Tisdale, Wadena, Wynyard, Foam Lake, Whitewood, Rocanville and Maryfield.
Saskatchewan Library Week Oct. 16-22nd, 2016
Saskatchewan Library Week is a province-wide, annual event, which promotes the wonderful resources and services that libraries have to offer. Saskatchewan Library Week is celebrated throughout Saskatchewan in all types of libraries, in both urban and rural communities and by all age groups. The Saskatchewan Library Association marks the 40th anniversary of SLW in 2016. The theme this year is “Explore and Discover Saskatchewan Libraries”.
Education Week - Celebrating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow
Good Spirit School Division celebrates Education Week. This year's theme - "Celebrating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow" - describe the dedication and hard work of staff and students in our schools. Read the official Ministry of Education Release here .
Today is Bus Driver Appreciation Day!
Thank you to all our Good Spirit School Division Bus Drivers for ensuring the safety of our students everyday! We appreciate you and thank you for going the extra mile. Did you know that GSSD Bus Drivers cover more than 20,000 kms everyday! Read the Ministry of Education's press release for Bus Driver Appreciation Day here .
Good Spirit School Division chooses New Director of Education
The Good Spirit School Division Board of Education announced the appointment of Mr. Quintin Robertson to the position of Director of Education, effective October 1, 2016. Mr. Robertson currently serves as the Acting Director of Education for Good Spirit. "We are pleased and congratulate Mr. Robertson on behalf of the Board," said Mrs. Lois Smandych, Board Chairperson. "Quintin brings with him a deep passion for students and the desire to ensure all students are provided with the tools required to create their own bright futures." Mr. Robertson first brought his expertise to Good Spirit in August 2010 as the Superintendent of Student Services. Following three successful years in this role, he advanced to the position of Deputy Director and, in addition to his responsibilities...
10th Annual Sea Star Award Winners
Hard-working! Dedicated! Exceptional! Just a few of the words that describe our 2016 Sea Star Award Winners. These individuals and teams will be honored at our 10th Annual Staff Appreciation and Awards Banquet!
Sea Star Award Winners List
World Teacher Day: Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada Gives Thanks
Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada has highlighted seven teachers it works with who contribute to a sustainable future by bringing soil science, food production, and agriculture into their classrooms. Melissa Johanson from Macdonald School was one of the teachers recognized. "Recognizing the need to introduce authentic, experiential learning at a young age, Melissa uses the learning garden partnered with her traditional curriculum to further demonstrate the science behind plant nutrients and soil science. Whether students are learning how their food goes from farm to fork or how to preserve produce, Melissa introduces each crucial step of the food production system to her students. Many of her colleagues and community members also participate in the garden, ensuring the town of Stockholm is involved as well. However, the...
Oct. 16 to 22, 2016 Education Week
Celebrating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow. Click here for the Education Week 2016 Poster
The Good Spirit School Division is pleased to report that our graduation rates are nearing our 2020 target of 85%. 2014/15 data saw our graduation rates bip below the 80% range for the first time in many years. Fortunately, through the hard work and dedication of our students and staff GSSD is now graduating 82% of our students on-time. We are also extremely pleased to see significant improvements in the graduations rates of our self-declared FNMI students. GSSD is graduating 12% more FNMI students than the provincial average.
Report Bullying SK
Good Spirit School Division is committed to providing a safe environment for all students. Report Bullying SK is an anonymous and confidential online reporting tool to report any received or witnessed acts of bullying. On-line Bullying Reporting Letter
Welcome New Teachers!
On August 26, 2016, teachers new to GSSD were invited to the Fairview Education Centre for an orientation to our division. The morning began with an overview of strategic planning and GSSD priorities. Teachers then rotated through a series of informative sessions: Introductions to UbD planning; Outcome-based Reporting; Administrative Procedures; Academic and Behavioural Supports; GSSD Technology. In the early afternoon, teams completed a scavenger hunt activity to learn about the various departments at FEC. Welcome to Good Spirit School Division!
Improved Reading Results
The Ministry of Education has released the latest Reading Results for School Divisions. GSSD ranks higher than the province with 80% of grade 3 students reading at grade level. Looking a bit deeper we have 85% of grade three students within one instructional level of reading at grade level. As well, 63% of FNMI grade three students are reading at grade level. The percentage increases to 71% of FNMI student are within one instructional level of reading at grade level. Congratulations to our staff and students!
Sea Star Employee Recognition Awards
The Board of Education recognizes it is the acts of kindness and the extra special personal touch for students that make our division extraordinary. Peer and community recognition of staff accomplishments is the basis for this program. All GSSD employees are eligible for this very special award. Nomination deadline is Friday, September 30 . Click here for the Sea Star Awards Nomination Criteria and Form
School Board Elections
Check out our Elections Section for the latest information and updates during the elections process.
Sept. 30th - Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters
Show your support and Wear Orange on Sept. 30th! The Orange Shirt Campaign – Every Child Matters, remembers the experiences of former students of Indian Residential Schools and is a commitment to ongoing reconciliation in Canada. Originating in British Columbia. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools. Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Orange Shirt Day Website
International Literacy Day, September 8th, 2016
Don Morgan, Minister of Education in the province of Saskatchewan has designated September 8 "Literacy Day" in Saskatchewan. "International Literacy Day" was created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 50 years ago. International Literacy Day aims to highlight the importance of literacy to all individuals, communities and societies. Millions of people around the world lack minimum literacy skills.
Consider taking 10 minutes for a school wide "Drop everything and read"
Be a reading role model
Continue to read aloud-and often
Let children choose their books "The more you read the more things you know, the more that you learn the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss ...
Keep Our Children Safe!
School is now in session. Please slow down in school zones and stop when school bus stop lights are flashing.
Langenburg Central School
New to the Good Spirit School Division family, Langenburg Central School opened to students September 1, 2016.
2016-2017 is now in session!!!
Notice of Call for Nominations
Click here to visit our Elections site to download nomination forms and a copy for the elections package.
Library Learning Coach Appointed to Multi-type Library Board
Charlotte Raine, Library Learning Coach for Good Spirit School Division has been appointed to the Multi-type Library Board. The Multitype Board has members from all library sectors, post-secondary education library, public libraries, school libraries, special libraries and archives. The Board works together to maximize co-operation in all sectors to share services and resources. This is the group who licenses the online resources such as Britannica Encylopedia which we use in schools. Congratulations Charlotte!
KCI - Inclusion School of the Year
Saskatchewan Association for Community Living - Inclusion School of the Year
"This honour recognizes schools that have successfully developed and implemented school-wide inclusion strategies. Award winners will have demonstrated leadership in modeling inclusion best practices in all aspects of the community life of the school."
CJE Student Success
This year our School Community Council applied for the GSSD Comprehensive School Community Health and other grants to help meet the Student Well Being, Nutrition and Literacy Goals on the CJE Learning Improvement Plan. During the course of the school year money was raised, items were purchased and with a team effort between the GSSD office, GSSD maintenance, CJE Staff, The CJE SCC, many construction worker donations, our Board member and his mini backhoe, etc. The garden is now up and each class of students were given an area and an item to plant. Students have been enjoying this new outdoor experience and have been writing about it, talking about it and drawing about it and more. The community has been involved to...
MCS - Golden at Skills Canada
Small Town, Huge Success
Here is a story that really tends to standout…
Considering our small student population, not only locally, but also our overall student population in Saskatchewan as compared to other Provinces like Ontario or Quebec, this is an achievement we, as a school and a Division, should be proud of. Dallas Schutz, a Welding student at the Melville Comprehensive School (MCS) beat the odds. He not only brought home a Gold medal at the Skills Canada Provincial Welding competition in Regina, but also moved on to represent Saskatchewan at the Skills Canada National Welding Competition in Moncton, New Brunswick in June. Dallas again brought home the Gold, earning him the title of Top Secondary Welder in Canada. This goes...
On June 11th, the PE 20/30 class at CPS successfully hosted the second annual Dirty 20/30 Mud Run. As well as facilitating the event, building the obstacles, and creating training programs for the participants, the phys-ed students also designed the course, which consisted of a 5 km and 3 km loop. Even though the student’s main objective was to encourage as many people as possible to become physically active, the class also chose to use the run as a fundraiser for the Churchbridge Sport Court Committee. A big thanks to all of those that supported the CPS Dirty 20/30!
GSSD in the News
Scroll down to our video section and check out Macdonald School's newest classroom featured on CTV Regina News at Noon!
Invermay School Skills Canada
Invermay School celebrates Orrie Babichuk's golden perfomance in the provincial Skills Canada competition. Orrie and Mr. Machnee are off to the National Skills Competition in June.
This past weekend, students participated in the Provincial Archery Southern Tourney. Our Elementary team and Middle-Years' teams, won first place at the Southern Tourney placing second overall in Saskatchewan. We had 2 individual Provincial winners - Teagan Bolton-Zerebeski in Elementary and Jessica Farquharson in Middle Years. As well, Mya Laurer also had a Middle Years Provincial silver medal placing. Many other Saltcoats students were medallists at the Southern Tourney. Coaches: Dale Sidoryk and Steve Farquharson
Skills Canada - YRH
Skills Competition The YRHS arrived in Regina with high expectations and did not disappoint. The team of 22 competitors came home with 15 medals. Bronze medalists include Jed Stachura (Precision Machining), Mya Desmarais (Public Speaking) and the Robotics team consisting of Shane Toma, Christian Hansen & Dakota Haberman. The lone silver medalist was Briana Wosminity (Creative Braiding). And yes, the rest were gold! The following students are PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS: Carter Park (Electrical Wiring), Aaron Leegwater (Auto Service), Karysma Schneider (Aesthetics), Cassie Jones (Photography), Briana Wosminity (Bridal Hairstyling), and the Robotics team consisting of Brock Chiasson, Brett Guenther, James Theissen & Sean Furber. This is likely the best achievement that YRHS has ever had. The high achievement is a reflection of the expertise, hard work and time of the teachers involved (Carmella, Don, Eugene, Terry, Chad, Sarah "The Rookie", and Kevin). Medalists and non-medalists all represented the Land of Orange well in and out of competition. Good luck in training to the following people who...
Skills Canada - MCS
SKILLS COMPETITION Congratulations to all of our Skills Canada Provincial Competitors for representing Melville Comprehensive School (MCS) so well at the skills competition April 21-22, in Regina. MCS was well represented by seven (7) students in five (5) categories, returning home with three (3) medals. Competitors and results were as follows: WELDING: Dallas Schutz (GOLD) OUTDOOR POWER & EQUIPMENT: Jenner Tangjerd (SILVER) & Kevin Campbell (BRONZE) CABINET MAKING: Kalyb Boychuk (Top 10 Finish – actual results not yet available) CARPENTRY: Tyler Kraushaar (Top 10 Finish – actual results not yet available) PHOTOGRAPHY: Madison Schick (6 th ) and Morgan Schick (5 th ) The teachers were impressed by the level of discipline and dedication of the students and their many extra...
Let's Get Ready to Rumble!!!
MyRobotRumble was held at the SaskPolytechnic in Saskatoon. This year had 120 teams from approximately 50 schools around the province participating. The YRHS Robotics Team took 5 teams of two students. 4 placed in the semi-final round with one team making the final four who wound up winning the event. Congratulations to 1st Place winners Matthew Breitkreuz, Blake Chiasson and robot "Blew!"
Celebrating 10 Years of GSSD
Join our staff and students as we celebrate our 10th year of operation.
Calder Gr. 7 & 8's Vying for "Canada's Coolest School Trip!"
Grade 7 & 8 Students at Calder School have made a 1 minute video hoping for the chance to go to Jasper Alberta for the coolest school trip ever. The students are asking the public to VOTE every day until March 18th at www.myparkspass.ca (search BestBetts) There are 68 classes from across Canada that have entered this contest and only six of the videos are from Saskatchewan. If they win, they'll be able to go white water rafting, visit the hot springs, walk on glaciers, and ride the SkyTram. Winning the contest would mean an unforgettable learning experience for the students as they would learn about the historical and natural importance of Jasper National Park.
3rd Annual Educational Extravaganza
Students from Grayson School visited North Valley Elementary School. They participated in four one hour sessions that included Art, Science, Physical Education and First Nations Education.
Early Learning Registration
Registration is now open for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Please click here to visit our Early Learning Webpage for more information.
GSSD Reaches 10 Years!
GSSD is 10 years old and MLA Greg Ottenbreit was on hand to help us celebrate.
Draft Calendar and Survey
Voice your opinion on the proposed draft calendar. Click Here
Staff Appreciation Week!!!
February 8th - Febraury 12th, 2016
2014-2015 AGM Held
Thank you to all who were in attendance and a special shout out to our Dr. Brass Pow Wow Bear Dance Group who demonstrated two dance styles for us! Just a reminder that if you are looking for our 2014-2015 Annual Report, you can download right here.
Celebrating Family Literacy Day
The Government of Sasktachewan has proclaimed January 27, Family Literacy Day. This special day is celebrated across Canada to encourage families to strengthen their literacy skills together. For further details, read the Government press release on Family Literacy Day .
Our Heartfelt Thank You for Helping Put Students First
We want to take this special time of year to recognize the ongoing work of the Soup Haven in providing daily lunches to a number of our students in Yorkton. Along with the lunch program, during the Christmas season, the Soup Haven and Salvation Army provide many families with wonderful Christmas Food hampers. The hampers are truly appreciated and provide a sense of care and support in our community. Thank you!
Welcome to 2016
The winter break is officially over for another year. First full day of classes for 2016 is Monday, January 4th. A warm welcome to the new year is extended to all staff and students. A break is wonderful but now it's back to learning everyone!
It is a wonderful, exciting time looking forward to a season dedicated to time with family. On behalf of the Board of Education and staff, we wish everyone a safe, relaxing Christmas season. Enjoy the break from routine and time to rest and rejuvenate in anticipation of a 2016 full of learning and achievement for students! Rhae-Ann Holoien, Director of Education
Career Explorations 2015
Friday, November 20 saw over 2,200 students attend the Career Explorations fair at the Gallagher Centre. Over 80 booths of information to visit including post secondary and employers available for students and community. Congratulations to Josie Munroe from Kamsack Comprehensive that won the major door prize of the IBM Lenovo tablet. See you next year!
Disability Awareness Fair
Good Spirit SD, Christ the Teacher Catholic SD and Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Yorkton Branch, partnered to host a Disability Awareness Resource Fair on Thursday, December 3. This event was a way to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities to offer students and community members an opportunity to communicate the services and supports available through agencies in our area. Students are pictured taking part in Special Olympics activities. This was a day to celebrate our vision of "Learning Without Limits...Achievement For All".
Congratulations Churchbridge Public School!
We are proud to share a story with you on the amazing staff and student accomplishment in Churchbridge. They were named the 2015 Inclusion School Award winner through the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living. This is definitely a community achievement and one which is seeing positive inclusive results every day both in and out of the school environment. Click here to view the article in the Dialect Fall 2015 magazine (page 9).
Student First Anti-Bullying Youth Forum
More than 8,600 Saskatchewan students in Grades 6 to 12 will be participating in the province's largest ever Student First Anti-Bullying Youth Forum. In GSSD, we have 187 students signed up to "attend" from Invermay School, Kamsack Comprehensive Institute, Esterhazy High School, Churchbridge Public School and Melville Comprehensive School. The theme is Stand-Up to Bullying: Activating the Bystander . The event is designed to foster responsible online behaviour and encourage young people to engage in positive, collaborative activities to build safe, caring, inclusive and accepting communities, both in school and online. The forum will be held Tues, Nov 17 @ 9:30am with a live broadcast from Regina's Campbell Collegiate to schools across the province where students will watch in real time. Throughout the remainder...
Schools Closed Nov 11, 12 and 13
It's a short week for GSSD students and school staff. Classes are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday only; schools are closed Thurday and Friday for school holidays. All facilities are closed Wednesday, November 11 all to observe Remembrance Day. We remember.
Public Education in Saskatchewan
Beginning November 9, a trial is set for Court of Queen's Bench in Yorkton seeking direction on constitutional matters. Information pieces have been developed to provide an overview; click here to view a letter from Board Chair Lois Smandych and here for an open letter from the Public Section of SSBA.
SK Education Week
October 18 - 24 we join with others across the province in Education Week and the theme of "Celebrating Each Student". This week provides the opportunity to celebrate student success and recognize the dedication and commitment of education professionals. Visit studentfirstsk.com to view a highlight of amazing provincial stories.
SCC Fall Elections
It's election season and that includes School Community Councils division-wide. Click here to find out more on SCCs; call your local school for the specific SCC AGM date.
YRHS Robotics at STEM
YRHS Robotics students presented at the 2nd International STEM conference in Saskatoon on Sept 28 & 29. Both current and former YRHS national Gold medal robotics teams members presented at 8 sessions in 2 days with groups of 500 to 1,000 students from around the province seeing their work. Kudos students on representing yourselves, Yorkton Regional High School and GSSD - we are very proud! Click here to view a letter of congratulations from Skills Saskatchewan.
Langenburg Community School Farm Tour
A partnership between Sharpe's Soil Services and other local agricultural industry participants, including the Mitschke farm, will see plot proceeds go to the new Langenburg School fundraising intiative. Sharpe's developed a learning program for PreK to Grade 12 students, teaching about the value of agriculture in our lives. Students watched seeding and now returned in fall to watch harvest. Strong community effort!
Track Stars Converge on Saltcoats
Saltcoats School hosted the 31st Autumn Summit which was no small "feet"; they had 1,032 runners! Kudos to Merle, Dale and the rest of the volunteers on another amazing experience for our students.
Career Explorations 2015-Friday, November 20
Join us for the largest education and career fair encompassing East-Central Saskatchewan! Discover post-secondary options and meet potential employers all under one roof 9:30am to 3:00pm at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information; click CE2015 Passport which provides a listing of exhibitors and the presentation schedule.
Did You Know ....
"Missing just 2 days a month means a child misses 10% of the school year." September is Attendance Awareness month-help us get the message out how important being in school is!
Bus Route Information
In the Cities of Yorkton and Melville, bus transportation, when attending a school within your specified attendance area, is provided free of charge. Check out the Bus and Attendance Information pages for more detailed information. Ride safe!
Students First Day Tues, September 1st
Welcome back or, if you are new, welcome to GSSD! On Aug 28, Tom Hierck presented to over 400 teachers on how to make our school environments a place where the highest level of learning can happen for each and every student. The picture tells the story for all of us...make every day an awesome day to learn and grow!
Students new to GSSD are welcome to go directly to your local school to register. ID is required to register - please bring your birth certificate, passport or certificate of permanent residence card for verification purposes. You may download the necessary documents to complete, review and submit: Pre-Kindergarten Registration : Prekindergarten Application Form ; Kindergarten - Grade 12 Registration : GSSD Kindergarten-Grade 12 Student Registration Form ; AP140 Acceptable Technology Use ; AP554 Student Transportation Code of Conduct ; RURAL School Bus Student Registration Form ; URBAN School Bus Student Registration Form If you have any questions, please contact Heather Taylor, Executive Assistant, by phoning (306)786-5529 or email the address provided above. Questions? Call your local school or the Administration Office...
Grant Donation for PJ Gillen School
The Board of Education is happy to announce it has received a grant from The Mosaic Company to support infrastructure improvements at PJ Gillen School in Esterhazy. Click here to view the media release dated July 9th. Amazing news!
The End of Another School Year
Another school year has come and gone ... where does the time go? We are honoured many of you have allowed us the opportunity this past year to learn and grow with your children. As a community that values belonging, respect, responsibility, learning and nurturing, we are all stronger working together to see students flourish to reach their highest potential. Enjoy a wonderful, safe summer break!
GSTA Retirement Banquet
Huge congratulations to our teachers (and Director!) that celebrated their retirement with Good Spirit Teachers' Association colleagues on June 10th. What a fine looking group!
YRHS Robotics Team Skills Canada National Winners
Lightning can strike 3 times when you have genuinely multi-talented students. The YRHS Robotics Team has proven themselves the foursome to be beat again this year at Skills Canada National Competition where, for the 3rd time in 4 years, a team from the Yorkton Regional High School has won a gold medal. Read more about their accomplishments here or view here a media interview that was done at time of competition. Way to go...so proud!
Saskatchewan Reads Supports Provincial Reading Initiatives
On May 29, 2015, the Ministry of Education provided information on a provincial framework to support student success in reading. This provincial work will support all school divisions to reach literacy targets as identified in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth and the Education Sector Strategic Plan. Click here to view the media release. Within GSSD, contact Quintin Robertson at email@example.com for details.
R is For Retirement Party
Please join us in celebrating the career of Dwayne Reeve, our retiring Director of Education. The Board of Education is hosting a Come & Go Social Tuesday, May 26th 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Gallagher Centre BMO Lounge. Details available here . RSVP by Fri, May 15th if able to join us; call 306-786-5501 for further information.
2015-2016 School Year Calendar
The school year calendar for this fall was approved at the April 23, 2015 board meeting. Click 2015-2016 School Year Calendar for a pdf copy. And, back by popular demand, a magnet version of the calendar will be available for all staff and students this fall.
Proud to Announce a New School
The Good Spirit School Division Board of Education is excited to announce that a new school will be joining our school family with first day of classes set for Monday, April 27th ... Bear Stream School. This is our first Hutterian school as part of the Clarion Colony near Kamsack. Click First Day of Classes Bear Stream School.pdf to view the media release. Welcome!
2015 Career Explorations Scholarship
Six scholarships of $500 each will be awarded to students graduating high school or Adult Basic Education programs who are entering post-secondary studies in the 2015-2016 academic year. Click 2015 Career Explorations Scholarship Application.pdf for further info...and good luck!
The Easter bunny is making his annual visit and we want to remind everyone of our holiday schedule: Schools closed Fri, April 3 to Fri, April 10; Administration Office closed Fri, April 3 and Mon, April 6; open remainder of the week. Don't eat too much chocolate!
As always, provincial basketball Hoopla tournament a blast for all senior students attending. Congratulations to our own Canora Composite Cougars Boys' Senior basketball team on their bronze medal win ... so proud!
Board of Education Announces Director of Education
On Friday, March 27, the Board of Education is happy to share the news that a new Director of Education has been appointed for the fall. Click 2015 03 27 Director of Education Announcement.pdf to view. Welcome Rhae-Ann!
2015-2016 Budget Review
The Board of Education discussed provincial budget implications for our upcoming year of operations. Click here to view the details as provided in a media release on March 20th.
Family Day Weekend
Whether you are headed away on a holiday or simply staying at home for the extra long weekend, enjoy spending it with those near and dear to your heart. From our families to yours, we sincerely hope you have some fun and relaxation built into your weekend plans!
Staff Appreciation Week
February 9 to 15 is a very special week where we take time to notice all that our staff do to make learning environments the best they can be for our students. EVERYONE does their part and it shows!
It's Kindergarten Registration Time!
Children born in 2010 are ready for school this fall! Call your local school directly to register and/or further information; click here to find the school closest to you. Check out our Kindergarten/Early Learning webpage or call the Administration Office at 306-786-5500 if you have questions. What an exciting time!
2015 GSTA Scholarship Application
The Good Spirit Teachers' Association encourages and assists young men and women to enter the field of Education. Six scholarships of $750 each are awarded annually. For details and the application form, click 2015 GSTA Scholarship Application .
NEW - Bus Cancellations Online
To expand our current telephone messaging and radio announcements, we will now be posting bus cancellations on our website. If/when there are cancellations, they will be listed in the yellow ribbon at the top of this page. Questions? Call our Transportation Dept at 306-786-5505 .
2013-2014 Annual General Meeting
The AGM is Tuesday, February 10 with supper @ 6:00pm and meeting @ 7:00pm including short presentations on instructional programs, the annual financial statement as well as assessment and reporting. Call Donna for supper tickets @ $5 each; 306-786-5500 .
Partnerships = Success
The Sask Knights of Columbus are working to keep kids warm this winter! They donated 85 coats to Yorkton and area students which are being stored and distributed at Yorkdale Central School. Any school/youth group knowing of a child needing a winter coat can contact the school.
2015-2016 Draft School Year Calendar
The draft version of next year's calendar has been developed and we are looking for your feedback. For details, click on the Division Information page and Draft Calendar tab.
At the December 18, 2014 Board meeting, a motion was passed accepting the recommendation of the Fort Livingstone School SCC to discontinue the school review process. This sees the Gr 9-12 students headed to Norquay School this fall. View the media release at FLS School Review Update .
Director of Education/CEO Search
Do you have what it takes to lead our division into a vibrant future? The Board of Education is searching for the right candidate to lead us in our mission of "Building Strong Foundations to Create Bright Futures". Click here for info or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Last full day of classes for students is Fri, Dec 19th with classes resuming Mon, Jan 5th. What a wonderful 2 full weeks to spend time with friends and family enjoying the holiday season. From our families to yours...may the spirit and warmth of Christmas bring you peace, hope and love.
Langenburg Sod Turning
On Dec 5th, over 300 students, staff and community members in Langenburg gathered for the official new school sod turning ceremony. MLA Bjornerud announced the provincial investment; click here to view the media release. Site prep begins the week of Dec 8th turning the dream into a reality!
Welcome to our new Webpage
We are SO excited to unveil our newly revamped website. Take a look around and find out all of the latest and greatest of what GSSD is doing on a daily basis to ensure the best education for our students. Quick contact info: Call (306)786-5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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