North Vancouver School District #44

Notes from the desk of John Lewis, Superintendent of Schools

North Vancouver School District #44

Changing Results for Young Readers

The first two Family of Schools teams are about to complete this year’s inservice: Changing Results for Young Readers. Over four morning sessions, primary teachers, learning assistance teachers, teacher librarians, literacy support staff, and administrators are enhancing their understanding of effective literacy instruction with the focus on improving reading results for struggling K-3 readers.

Feedback from participants has been very positive and I’d like to thank Joanne Robertson, Learning Services and the CR4YR Team for making these sessions possible.  For more information about this inservice, please visit:

Changing Results

Ilona Wardas (Blueridge teacher) presents CR4YR strategies to her colleagues


Family Literacy Week

I was delighted to be invited as a guest reader by Teacher-Librarian Ieke Giese of Upper Lynn on January 27th as part of Family Literacy Week.  Three Primary classes were able to join together in the library as part of the kick-off to this special week.


Every year I look forward to the opportunity to read to students. This year’s reading selections were How to Teach a Slug to Read, by Susan Pearson and The Snatchabook, by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty.  Both of these selections were fun to read to the children. Both stories highlighted the importance of learning to read and to share the joy of reading with others.  My girls are quite grown up now, so I don’t get the chance to read children’s literature as much as I did in the past!




The Family Literacy Week initiative highlights the importance of reading and literacy skill development. North Vancouver School District educators are currently taking part in Changing Results for Young Readers (CR4YR), a provincial initiative to encourage reading amongst primary aged students. I will be posting an update soon on our CR4YR inservice sessions.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Info Night

On Tuesday, January 27th parents and guardians and grade 10 students attended the second of two International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) information sessions. This was another opportunity to learn about IB education and the process for applying to this programme, offered at Carson Graham Secondary School.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is one of the North Vancouver School District enhanced program options and is accepting applications from all grade 10 students who are interested.

Students considering the IB Diploma Programme have a unique opportunity to spend a day at Carson Graham, participating in the DP classrooms and experiencing a day in the life as an IBO learner. To register for “DP for a Day” please visit:


Late French Immersion Program Information Meeting – Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Post provided by Joanne Robertson, Director of Instruction, Learning Services

It was standing room only at the Late French Immersion (LFI) Program Information meeting on January 21st. Over 160 parents and Grade 5 students attended the information session, which was designed and facilitated by Late French Immersion teachers Susan Owens and Laura Hall (École Boundary Elementary), Nelly Callow and Francis Baldonado (École Braemar Elementary), and a panel of enthusiastic Grade 6 and 7 Late French Immersion students.  The presentation included an overview of the Late French Immersion program provided by Susan Owens and District French Immersion Facilitator Stéphanie Weller, a welcome from Canadian Parents for French Representative Serge Daoust, and information about the registration process from District Administrator Greg Milner.

The Late French Immersion program is an enhanced program offered by the North Vancouver School District to Grade 6 students who wish to develop functional bilingualism. Late French Immersion students, who join their Early Immersion peers in Grade 8 for the secondary French Immersion program, develop strong communications skills in both French and English.

Late FI Info

Windsor Students Compete at Junior Business Competition

These Windsor Dukes are off to the 2nd annual business competition Junior Achievement BC Innovation Jam at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. We wish Chris, Yenah, Erik, Josh, Anton and Taylor the best of luck.



The Windsor team will join other students from across BC to learn about developing and pitching a new business idea. Guest business experts will work with these young entrepreneurs who will be presenting their ideas in front of a panel of judges.

7/8 Transitions and Enhanced Programming Night – January 15, 2015

Our annual 7/8 Transitions and Enhanced Programming Night was held at Sutherland Secondary School on Thursday, January 15, 2015 and was attended by over 1,000 students and parents interested in learning more about transitioning to secondary school and the enhanced programs offered in North Vancouver School District. The evening began with information about registration, course selection, and the Grade 8 experience. Students and parents learned about the supports available to them during the 7/8 transition and what to expect at secondary school.

Participants moved through the various info booths and heard first-hand from staff and fellow students about our sports and arts academies as well as our academic programs. This was a great opportunity for our enhanced programs to be showcased and I’d like to thank all of our organizers for making the evening another success.

This event is part of the Towards the Future for Schools Board Standing Committee Meetings and is always well received. To learn more about the North Vancouver School District Enhanced Programs and Programs of Choice, please visit:


Curriculum Implementation Day – January 9, 2015

The theme for this year’s Curriculum Implementation Day was Transforming Curriculum: Understanding the New Core Competencies.

Staff across our school district worked in their Family of Schools teams and learned about BC’s Curriculum Transformation planned for implementation in September 2016. Activities and discussion involved working through the new learning standards and core competencies.

I’d like to thank Learning Services and the Joint Education and Program Implementation Committee for organizing the materials and shape of the day, and staff for their participation.


To learn more about BC’s new curriculum, go to:

Watch this blog for information about our Re-Designs Series 2015, starting January 27th.

New Year’s greetings from the Chair and the Superintendent

January 8, 2015

Welcome to 2015! By now we hope students, staff and families are settling into school routines after an enjoyable holiday season. The months between January and June are always a busy combination of hard work, perseverance and the rewards that come from seeing progress realized and goals achieved.

A major, annual event that parents and guardians of Grade 7 students won’t want to miss takes place next week. On January 15, our Grade 7-8 Transition to Secondary School Enhanced Programs Information Meeting will bring together hundreds of students, parents, staff and student representatives to learn more about personalized learning in our secondary schools.

While space is limited to families preparing for this transition, the evening highlights the dramatic progress we have made in recent years to develop enriched programs for both elementary and secondary students. To learn more about our enhanced programs, please visit our website.

Through the Changing Results for Young Readers initiative, our primary teachers now have new resources and approaches to improve literacy instruction for students that recognizes diverse learning styles. As well, after more than a year of preparation, the process of introducing MyEducationBC in our school district is now underway. The province-wide initiative is an intensive one, requiring considerable staff training and collaboration, and we appreciate everyone’s efforts to integrate this new student information service into our operations.

Elected in November, the North Vancouver Board of Education is committed to providing the best possible learning environments and outcomes for all students. Securing project approval for the replacement of Argyle Secondary remains a priority for the Board, and we continue to work with the Ministry of Education to this end.

Our Annual Community Report will be published in March with information on the successes and challenges we face as we continue to implement our Strategic Plan. We look forward to working with you, and our partners in the community, and we welcome your feedback and input along the way.



John Lewis
Superintendent of Schools


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School Choirs perform at the Education Services Centre

The sounds of Christmas filled the Education Services Centre last week as we had visits from both the Ross Road Choir, led by teacher Suzanne Morgan, and the Blueridge Choir, led by teacher Michele Denny.

Both concerts were greatly appreciated by staff, who took a break from their work to enjoy this gift of song.

A big thank you to Suzanne and Michele for recruiting and preparing these eager and dedicated students whose enthusiasm really shined during the performances. We are extremely fortunate for their thoughtfulness in spreading joy to us at the ESC during the holiday season.


Ross Road Choir led by Suzanne Morgan


Blueridge Choir led by Michele Denny

Aboriginal Success Story

Brad Baker was recently featured in the North Shore News:

In this article, Brad speaks about his experiences as our District’s first Aboriginal teacher, working with Aboriginal youth, and the way Aboriginal culture is being honoured today.  Brad also speaks candidly about his family and how they have had an impact on his career choices and aspirations.

In November, Brad was awarded the Indigenous Educator Award in Leadership in Toronto:

Furthering Brad’s work in promoting success with our First Nations students, the Aboriginal Education Team will be showcasing students of Aboriginal ancestry in our District in an initiative of the North Vancouver School District in conjunction with the BC Ministry of Education Aboriginal Education. I thank Brad and the Aboriginal Education Team for providing these experiences and opportunities for our First Nation students.