Meridian Heights School Homepage News en-us Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:55:19 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 5, 2019 November 5, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board received as information the 2019 - 2020 Budget Scenarios now that administration has had a chance to review impacts the recently announced Provincial Budget will have on Parkland School Division. Alberta Education funding in 2018-2019 was $127,138,363 and the expected funding for the current 2019-2020 fiscal year is $122,867,935.  That’s a decrease of just over $4.2 million dollars or -3.35% although enrolment increased by 293 students or +2.6%. Once you factor overall expenses with overall revenue for 2019-2020, the budget shortfall is $3.7 million. The Board approved Scenario 2 which includes an $800,000 reduction in expenses and the remainder of the shortfall to be covered by operating expenses. The Board directed administration to explore alternative insurance providers and take appropriate action to procure viable coverage for Parkland School Division. The division also experienced an unexpected and significant increase to its insurance. As a member of Alberta School Boards Insurance Exchange (ASBIE), the division will be hit with a 274% increase in property insurance and an overall annual insurance increase of 150% or just over $1.3 million. The Board approved the Modular Plan recommendation that will be submitted to Alberta Education. The modular requests for consideration are: Millgrove School - 10 new replacement modulars École Meridian Heights School - 4 replacement modulars Prescott Learning Centre - 4 new modulars (includes 1 washroom unit) The Board approved postponing the completion and presentation of the school viability study for Seba Beach School until the Regular Meeting on December 17, 2019. The Board approved the revised Board Policy 10: Policy Formation and Review, as amended. The Board approved the appointing of Eric Cameron as the new Trustee representative for the Central Alberta Association of Municipal and School Employees (CAAMSE) Labour Relations Committee. The Board received as information the 2018-2019 Provincial Achievement Tests and Grade 12 Diploma Exam Results summary report. The Board received as information, a briefing report on bus ride times in the Division. The Board received as information, a briefing report on the logistics of the possibility to include Education Assistants to accompany students on specialized transport buses. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education News News Provincial Budget Impacts on Parkland School Division November 5, 2019 - The Provincial budget was released October 24, almost two months into the Board’s fiscal year, making any adjustments difficult. Analysis from administration shows government funding to Parkland School Division (PSD) was reduced, contrary to suggestions from the government that the budget would be status quo. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, PSD received from Alberta Education just over $4.2 million dollars less than was received in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. That equates to a decrease of 3.35%, despite the enrolment increase of 293 students, or 2.6%.   The Division also experienced an unexpected and considerable increase to insurance premiums. As a member of Alberta School Boards Insurance Exchange (ASBIE), the Division will be impacted by a 274% increase in property insurance premiums, and an overall annual insurance premium increase of 150%, or just over an $1.3 million increase annually. Once you factor overall expenses with overall revenue for 2019-2020, the budget shortfall is $3.7 million. “It is not possible for Parkland School Division to absorb this decrease in funding without impacting schools” stated Board Chair Lorraine Stewart. “There will be ongoing challenges dealing with the existing deficit considering that education funding is projected to remain flat for the foreseeable future.” “Thankfully, our division is in a position to address some of our cuts this year by drawing on our existing Operating Reserves.  Our intention is to minimize the impact on schools and classrooms.  We will still provide supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and assure healthy relationships, thanks to a dedicated and professional staff. We just ask for patience from staff, students and parents as we find our way forward.” In order to address the expected shortfall, the Division re-examined current year expenditures and are in the process of decreasing expenditures by approximately $800,000. This may include a reduction of staffing levels this school year.  At the regular Board meeting of November 5, Trustees approved the remaining shortfall of $2.9 million for the 2019-2020 fiscal year to be offset by transferring funds from operating reserves.  This transfer would decrease operating reserves to only 1.71% of the total operating budget.  The remaining ongoing deficit will need to be addressed next fiscal year as there will not be sufficient operating reserves to use that same strategy for future budgets. As the province has not budgeted for an increase in educational funding for the next four years while the enrolment in the Division continues to increase, Parkland School Division will prepare for increased class sizes and declines in service levels moving forward. Tough decisions are on the horizon and the Board and its administration will not make those lightly and will minimize the impact on our students as much as possible.  For further information, contact: Shauna Boyce Superintendent of Schools Email: Phone: 780-963-4010 News News Strong Families: Anxiety Workshop UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, the first of these sessions has been moved from November 19 to November 26. We apologize for any inconvenience. October 24, 2019 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information series for local families. Evening 1: Anxiety in Children and Teens This session will summarize the difference between anxiety and stress, how anxiety works, what anxiety can look like in children and adolescents and types of anxiety problems. Evening 2: Strategies to Support Your Anxious Child/Teen This session will be a practical and interactive discussion of strategies for self-regulation, self-talk, healthy habits and being brave when supporting your child or adolescent through struggles with anxiety. Dates: Tuesday, November 26 and December 3, 2019 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre for Education (4603-48 Street, Stony Plain) Presenter: Jennifer Harris (Registered Psychologist) Information and topics discussed will build on each other, so participants are asked to attend all dates, if possible. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot. To register, please contact: Vicky Mamczasz Family Supports Facilitator Phone: 780-963-8472 Email: News News School Bus Safety Week October 23, 2019 - School Bus Safety Week runs from October 21-25 this year. Parkland School Division would like to take the opportunity to thank all our drivers and contractors who safely transport over 8,000 registered bus riders 15,000 km twice daily.  Pop Quiz Check out the video produced by the Student Transportation Association of Alberta. There are some great reminders for bus riders and anyone who shares the road with our fleet of over 150 contracted buses. Poster Contest The Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council (ASTAC) is sponsoring a provincial poster contest to promote School Bus Safety Week. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 can participate by submitting an entry that illustrates positive school bus safety behaviour.  What: ASTAC School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest Theme: Ready to Ride Prizes: Each winner from K - 6 will receive a $25 gift card, a framed original of their poster, $100 for their classroom, and an engraved plaque. Honourable mentions will receive a $25 gift card. Specifications: 11"x17" on heavy paper suitable for framing. The poster must contain the theme Ready to Ride. Submit to:  Black Gold Regional Schools ASTAC, c/o Sue Timmermans 3rd Floor, 1101-5th Street, Nisku, Alberta T9E 7N3   Note: The back of the poster must contain: Grade, Student Name, School, School Division. All entries will become the property of the Alberta Student Transportation Advisory Council and may be reproduced, displayed or auctioned at the Annual School Bus Convention. Prizes (plaque for the winning contestant, $25 gift card, $100 cash to the class of the winner to be used for a school field trip and framed print of the winning poster to the respective school) will be awarded for each grade category. Judging will be done in December and school division transportation managers will be contacted to pass along the great news to the winners. Posters sent to the ASTAC Contest cannot be returned. If teachers are submitting for a class, please separate posters by grades. Safety In Parkland School Division, we are committed to providing safe and caring environments for all students to learn, and that starts the moment a child boards a bus in the morning. For more on this topic, check out the Bus Safety section of our website. Parents are also encouraged to review the information contained in the School Bus Operations Parent Handbook.    For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News Occasional Alternate Bus Service Since the majority of our buses are running at or close to capacity, it is more important than ever for parents and guardians to give Transportation Services 24-hour notice when their child wants to catch a ride home on the bus with a friend. If your child wants to ride a different school bus (i.e. to go home with a friend), or wants to bring a friend home on the bus, please remember to do the following: Contact Transportation Services at with your request at least 24 hours in advance. Include: The date and time (i.e. AM or PM) the child(ren) wish to ride the alternate bus The names of the child(ren) involved The number(s) of the affected bus route(s) Transportation Services will contact the requested bus and determine if the needed space is available for the date requested. Approval will be based on space and availability.   Check your email for confirmation from Transportation Services that alternate transportation is available and your request has been approved. We understand that emergency situations may arise where a student needs to ride an alternate bus without notice, and Transportation Services will coordinate with school administrators to assist in these rare circumstances. Outside of these situations, please be aware that students will not be permitted to ride an alternate bus without prior permission from Transportation Services.  Families are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Student Transportation Guide for Parents & Guardians.   For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News 2019-2020 Busing Update August 27, 2019 - Transportation Services is experiencing a high volume of calls and change requests as we approach the 2019-2020 school year. We ask for your continued patience and note that you can expect a response within 2 business days. Many parents should have already received their confirmation of bus service and bus pass in the mail. If you have previously registered and received email confirmation that you are to receive bus service this upcoming year but you have yet to receive your bus pass in the mail, please contact Transportation Services at  Requests for bus service for students who are applying for cross attendance school placements, those who are ineligible for provincial grant funding and those who have requested alternate seat transportation (alternate locations other than one’s primary address) are also being processed and subject to availability. E-Link: Information including your specific bus stop and approximate times are available via a new easy online tool. E-Link login information and instructions have been sent in a separate email.  NEW for 2019-2020: Bus passes will be delivered via Canada Post to the primary mailing address in July. Any late registrants whose passes are processed must pick up their bus pass in person at Parkland School Division's Centre for Education at 4603-48 Street. Office hours have been extended in the Transportation Services office to accommodate parents' work schedules. The Transportation Services office is open from 7am-7pm between Monday August 26 and Friday, August 30.   As many are aware, necessary changes to the regional transportation system are being implemented to eliminate the $1 million dollar annual operating deficit within transportation.  Increases in direct busing of students to their schools and double running buses means changes to bus arrival and departure times at schools. Many schools experience no change, but six schools will experience bigger shifts this fall. To assist families in planning for those six schools with the biggest changes in advance of the specific bus stop information being shared and the launch of E-Link, the following are estimated times for the potential earliest and latest pick-up and drop-off times for bus service at affected schools: Bus times change will change throughout the year as students enter, leave or move within the Division.  Fees & Payment Arrangements All outstanding fees for the current or past school years are due by July 8, 2019 or transportation requests for the 2019-2020 school year will be canceled.  Payments can be made using Parkland School Division’s online payment system through PowerSchool parent portal account or in person at the Transportation Department at Parkland School Division’s Centre for Education 4603-48 Street, Stony Plain, AB, T7Z 2A8. Payment plan options are also available for the 2019-2020 school year. Parents or guardians must pay in full or make payment arrangements by July 8, 2019 in order to ensure bus service for the 2019-20 school year. For more information contact: Transportation Services Phone: 780-963-8452 Email: News News Special Board Meeting Highlights - June 25, 2019 June 25, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Special Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Special Board meeting. Update: The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Lorraine Stewart was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Eric Cameron was elected Vice Chair by acclamation. All the new positions posted below as the result of the Organization meeting will be effective September 1, 2019. The Board Chair and Vice Chair will be sworn in at the Regular Board Meeting September 3, 2019. "I am humbled by the vote of confidence from fellow trustees and am honoured and excited to serve as Board Chair for the 2019-2020 school year," stated Trustee Stewart. "I have been mentored for the past two years by Eric Cameron, who has provided integrity and admirable leadership to the Board. I am proud to collaborate with my colleagues who clearly emphasize student success and well-being in all their decisions. We really are a future-focused and innovative organization." "I am honored to serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for PSD." stated Trustee Cameron.  "It has been my privilege to serve as Board Chair for all these years. Our dynamic team of Governors and Executive leadership keep the desire to serve students alive. It's an exciting time to be in education and I look forward to living out our new vision and mission daily." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chairperson (Anne Montgomery) Student Advisory Committee Chairperson (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Lorraine Stewart) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Eric Cameron, Ron Heinrichs, Lorraine Stewart) Audit Committee (Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann, Anne Montgomery) Advocacy Committee Chairperson (Paul McCann) Alberta School Boards Association, Zone II (Eric Cameron,Darlene Clarke) Public School Boards' Association (Ron Heinrichs,Sally Kucher-Johnson) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Anne Montgomery) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Ron Heinrichs, Sally Kucher-Johnson) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Paul McCann) Council of School Councils (Paul McCann, Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Eric Cameron) Rural Caucus of Alberta School Boards (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the Quarterly Financial Report for the period ending May 31, 2019. As of May 31st, 2019, revenues year to date were $102.1M and expenditures year to date were $104.0M resulting in a deficit of $1.9M. A deficit of $677K is forecast for year ended August 31, 2019. The Board approved the 2019-2020 Education Plan. The plan guides the strategic plans for the Division and Schools for the following year. The Education Plan for 2019-2020 and beyond are featured primarily as web-based in order to facilitate community access. The Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves: Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs; Promoting meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; and, Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement. The Board approved the Preliminary Budget for 2019-20 which has to be submitted to Alberta Education by June 30th. The preliminary budget indicates an operating deficit of $416,042 offset by the use of operating reserves. The total revenue is $132,806,272 with expenses of $133,222,314. The Board of Trustees approved the Fees and Allowances, as amended, for 2019-2020.  In the March 5, 2019 Fee Schedule, a fee of $3750 ($375 per month) is charged for participation in the Nature Kindergarten Program. This fee is collected to offset the staffing and operational costs as AB Education funds Kindergarten students at a .5 FTE rate. In 2019-2020, a pilot Full Day, Everyday French Immersion program is planned for École Broxton Park School. It is the intent to charge the fee of $3750 ($375 per month) to cover the unfunded portion of the staffing and operational costs. The previous Fee Allowances for 2019-2020 did not include a Fee for Adult Students. In some situations, it would be beneficial to charge an Adult Student Fee to allow students to finish their programs. This would be typically done through an Outreach or Alternative Education setting. Based on a comparison to other school jurisdictions, the new fee will be $100 per credit. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6pm, Centre for Education News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - June 11, 2019 June 11, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation of Grade 7 students from Stony Plain Central School led by Principal Colleen Woloshyn and teachers Kyla Moore and Stephanie Mitchell. Austin Banks, Mason Chase, Serenity Foley, Tyler Harder, Jordyn Hill, Megan Kits, Isaac O’Neill and Nadifa Warsame presented: “Moving from Engaged to Empowered Learners”. In this project, students were challenged to effectively communicate their poetry theme using a chosen media to engage their audience. The Board extended formal congratulations to Grade 2 student Allyson Parnall from Forest Green School for receiving an honourable mention for The Honouring Spirit: Indigenous Student Awards. The awards are intended to recognize First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who model strength and commitment in the pursuit of their personal education path and embrace their own gifts, strengths and potential while celebrating the ways of their people.  The Board accepted the recommendation from administration to maintain its focus on transporting PSD students and reducing PSD's transportation operating deficit, and therefore refrain from reconsidering a cooperative busing agreement with Wild Rose School Division. The Board accepted and ratified the Local 955 International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Memorandum of Agreement on May 9, 2019. On May 9, 2019 IUOE Local 955 voted 84% in favor of ratification of the new collective agreement term September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2023. It was agreed that for 2018 and 2019 there will be no wage increase and in 2020 no increase with a $150 total added to health spending. In 2021 there will be a 1% wage increase and in 2022 a 2% wage increase. The Board approved Board Policy 1: Divisional Foundational Statements which include a new Vision, Mission and Values statements for the Division. Vision: Our students possess the confidence, resilience, insight and skills required to thrive in and positively impact the world. Mission: We assure supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships that create opportunities to develop resilience, to gain diversity in perspectives and to achieve enduring success. Foundational Statements: Our Ultimate Goal is Student Succes and Well-being. We therefore value: Learning opportunities that are: purposeful, essential, relevant, authentic, and responsive; Excellence in achievement; Trustworthy, respectful relationships; and Resilience with self-awareness. We attend to these Priorities: Inspired Exploration Connected Community Confident Resilience Meaningful Engagement Wellness Culture Resource Stewardship The Board approved the Trustee Travel to Japan - Shikaoi Delegation. The Board received as information the Engagement Summary Report. The Board received as information the 2019-2020 Education Plan Draft. The Board received as information the Technology Services Department Report as presented by Director of Technology Services Mark Karaki. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education News News New Vision & Mission June 11, 2019 - At the June 11, 2019 Regular Board Meeting, the Parkland School Division Board of Trustees approved the new Vision and Mission with the amendment and approval of Board Policy 1: Division Foundational Statements. The revisions come after months of engagement with stakeholders including staff, school administrators, a Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Team, a Students Advisory Committee, parents and the general public.  Based on the significant feedback received through various engagements, Parkland School Division Trustees and administration drafted updated vision, mission, and values statements that reflect core stakeholder input. Stakeholders support a strong focus on confidence and resilience. They expressed their support for healthy relationships, as this builds resilience which is important for motivating students beyond academics. The Ultimate Goal of Parkland School Division remains the same: Student Success & Well-being. The final version of these statements reflects the positive and passionate future of Parkland School Division and offers a strong foundation as the Board provides governance and leadership in the years to come. Our Vision Our students possess the confidence, resilience, insight and skills required to thrive in and positively impact the world. Our Mission We assure supportive learning environments, meaningful experiences and healthy relationships that create opportunities to develop resilience, to gain diversity in perspectives and to achieve enduring success. Foundational Statements Our Ultimate Goal is Student Success and Well-Being. We therefore value:  Learning opportunities that are: Purposeful Essential Relevant Authentic Responsive Excellence in achievement Trustworthy, respectful relationships Resilience with self-awareness We attend to these Priorities: Inspired Exploration Connected Community Confident Resilience Meaningful Engagement Wellness Culture Resource Stewardship For more information contact: The Division Office Phone: 780-963-4010 Email: News News Additional Administrative Appointments for 2019-2020 May 17, 2019 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2019-2020 school year effective August, 2019.  Two new Principals will be in place for Tomahawk School and Seba Beach School while three current administrators move to new assignments. Four current Parkland School Division teachers will be transitioning to administrator roles and the Division welcomes another successful applicant from outside the province. “Parkland School Division’s administrative pool is deep”, stated Superintendent Boyce. “We are so excited for these additions to an already exceptional Leadership Team throughout the Division. Each successful candidate presents a unique skill set and body of experience but all are ready to serve our students by building positive relationships and will be strong members of their respective learning communities.”   Leanne Gruending,  Principal Seba Beach School (K-9) Leanne Gruending began her teaching career in 2009 and has spent most of her professional career with Bjorkdale School in Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan. She's been a Differentiated Instruction Facilitator, has taught English Language Arts & Creative Writing as well as Math and Art in the Middle Years and High School setting. She became an administrator as Principal in Bjorkdale in 2011 and has been a Principal at Lord Asquith School just west of Saskatoon in the Prairie Spirit School Division since August of 2013. Ms. Gruending earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and a Masters of Educational Administration from the U of S in 2015. "I am incredibly excited to be a part of the community of learners and leaders in Parkland School Division. I hope to bring with me my energy, experience, enthusiasm and my passion for the Heart Work we do everyday as educators."   Fran Bell, Principal Tomahawk School (K-9)  Fran Bell’s teaching experience began abroad as a Middle Years Math, Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in Kalispell, Montana in 2004.. She first joined Parkland School in 2006 at Ecole Broxton Park School when she spent ten years in various classrooms from Grade 5 through 9. She moved to Woodhaven Middle School for the 2016-17 school year and then worked two years as a Collaborative Teaching Partner serving students in Parkland School Division’s west end schools. Fran’s most recent role has been as a Behavioural Coach on secondment to serve partners in Alberta Education's Regional Collaborative Service Delivery. "I am excited to continue the excellent work already established at Tomahawk School. I look forward to supporting staff, students, and families as we work together to build a positive learning community." Current Principal, Christa Nicholson, is returning to a full-time teaching position as a Collaborative Teaching Partner with a focus on numeracy, mental health and nature-based programming.  “We’d like to first thank Christa for her leadership and contributions to Parkland School Division’s Lead Team these past few years and for all she’s done in her hometown community," stated Superintendent Boyce.   Heather Brownlee, Assistant Principal Muir Lake School (K-9) Heather Brownlee has enjoyed various roles in Parkland School Division since 1994. She's been a classroom teacher at Queen Street Elementary and Muir Lake School covering Kindergarten and Grades 3 through 5. She has been the Literacy Lead at Muir Lake School since 2012, an Inclusive Education Lead and Acting Principal. Heather earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1993. She has since added a Diploma in Inclusive Education from the U of A and has completed the requirements for a Masters of Education: Education Research, Specialization in Leadership from the University of Calgary as a member of the Parkland School Division cohort. "I am honoured to continue to serve the Muir Lake community as we welcome our new principal as we set our sights on continued excellence." Marc Dickner, Assistant Principal École Broxton Park School Marc Dickner has been teaching since 2008 with various roles in Edmonton Public Schools, Living Waters Catholic School Division, and Parkland School Division. His introduction to Parkland School Division came as a brief stint as a Phys. Ed teacher at Spruce Grove Composite High School. Since then, Marc has had teaching roles at French Immersion schools primarily in Early and Middle Years settings. He has a background in physical education and has been a member of the Division’s Tech Focus and Lead Learning & Technology Policy Framework groups. Marc earned his combined Bachelor of Physical Education/Education for Secondary at the University of Alberta in 2009. He completed the University transfer program with a Diploma in Kinesiology from Red Deer College. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Educational Studies & Work as well as Organization & Leadership through Athabasca University. "I am very grateful and honored to have worked, learned and professionally grown with the students, colleagues and families from École Meridian Heights School. I am very excited to begin working with the FUSION team at École Broxton Park School, particularly in building new relationships, promoting wellness through movement and the 'joie de vivre' for French Immersion."   Marsie Fisk, Assistant Principal Memorial Composite High School (Gr. 10-12) Marsie has had many wonderful opportunities as a teacher in Northern Gateway Public Schools and Parkland School Division. She began her teaching career in 1995 with job postings in Valleyview and Whitecourt. During her 10 years in Parkland School Division, she has held various roles including Math Teacher, Inclusive Education Lead, Learning Coach, and Assistant Principal at Connections for Learning, École Broxton Park School and École Meridian Heights School. Marsie earned her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta, with a major focus in French As A Second Language. She recently completed a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Vancouver Island University. “I feel so grateful to have worked alongside so many students and staff at Memorial Composite High School, École Broxton Park, Connections for Learning, and most recently at École Meridian Heights School. I feel as though I am coming full circle; returning to the high school fills my heart.  I look forward to supporting all the amazing things that are available to our youth at Memorial.”   Heather Huisman, Assistant Principal École Meridian Heights School (K-9) Heather’s educational journey began overseas in Japan teaching English as a second language to high school students in Tsuwano as part of Japanese Exchange Teaching Program. She travelled abroad from 1999 to 2001 before returning to the Edmonton area to begin her 17-year career with Parkland School Division. She’s provided modified programming for students with diverse needs in Grades 1 through 6, has been an Early Education teacher, a Collaborative Teaching Partner with Early Childhood Services and an Early Childhood Facilitator working with a multi-disciplinary team supporting school teams, children, and families throughout the division in Early Ed and Kindergarten. She has been a Collaborative Teaching Partner at Millgrove School since January, 2019. Heather earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 1999 as well as a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland in 2012. “I am excited to join the École Meridian Heights team and look forward to getting to know the staff, children and families within the community. I will miss the PSD ECS team, however, I am looking forward to sharing all that I have learned from this strong team and continue my learning and collaboration.” “We’d like to extend a big thank you to outgoing Assistant Principal Berenice MacKenzie for all she’s done for Parkland School Division students over the years. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours as she and her family pursue new opportunities in British Columbia.” stated Superintendent Boyce. Nicole Marcinkevics, Assistant Principal Graminia School (K-9) Nicole began her teaching career with Parkland School Division at Stony Plain Central School after earning her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 2008. In her decade in education, she has taught at Stony Plain Central School, Brookwood School, and Prescott Learning Centre, along with one year in Northern Lights School Division. Her most recent role in Parkland has been as a Collaborative Teaching Partner at Prescott, Graminia, and Parkland Village Schools working with Kindergarten to Grade 9 students and teachers in the area of literacy. Along with her teaching and team-teaching experience in Early Years classrooms, Nicole has taught Grade 7 band and developed a Career & Technology Foundations course for Prescott students interested in textiles and design. Nicole completed her Master’s of Education with a focus on Early Learning and Literacy from the University of Alberta in 2013. In 2016, she began a Master’s of Business Administration, with a focus on Leadership and Strategic Management at the University of Alberta School of Business. “I am honoured to continue working alongside Graminia staff and students in my new role and am excited to continue contributing to the great work already underway.”   Linnaea Nielsen, Assistant Principal Spruce Grove Composite High School (Gr. 10-12) Linnaea started her teaching career with Regina Public Schools teaching Grade 7/8 French Immersion.  She began joined Parkland School Division teaching in both the Maranatha Christian program and French Immersion programs in 2010, teaching Grades 5 through 9.  Linnaea began her administrative career when she took on her most recent post as Assistant Principal of Ecole Broxton Park School beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. Linnaea completed a Baccalauréat-en-Éducation from the University of Regina in 2008, which included 1 year at Laval University in Quebec City. She recently obtained a Master of Education degree, with a specialization in Leadership, through the University of Calgary.  "My time at École Broxton Park School has been extremely rewarding and I am grateful for the strong relationships I have built. I will miss the Fusion spirit. I look forward to building new relationships and it will be a privilege to work with the amazing staff, students and community of Spruce Grove Composite High School.”    Donna Miners, Assistant Principal Duffield School (K-9) Donna began her teaching career in 1991 with Wildrose School Division in Drayton Valley where she taught primarily Grade One and Grade Three. Her first stop with Parkland School Division was actually Duffield School in 2006 where she spent a total of eleven school years. Ms. Miners also had teaching posts with Grande Yellowhead School Division in that span. She has previously served in an Acting Administration role at Duffield. She’s held roles as Collaborative Teaching Partner and Acting Assistant Principal at Duffield School. Donna earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary in 1991 and is currently in the Masters of Educational Studies program at the University of Alberta. “I am honoured and excited to continue working with everyone at Duffield School. The dedicated staff, inspired students and invested community make this school a wonderful place to work!” Roni Pirot, Assistant Principal École Meridian Heights School (K-9) Roni Pirot has built a 16-year educational career working in various French Immersion and dual-track schools within the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg. She has taken on roles such as: Classroom Teacher, in assignments from Grade 2 through 6, Learning Support Teacher and Acting Principal. Roni was selected to participate in the Provincial Committee for the Implementation of the New ELA Curriculum and the Consulting Committee during the renewal of the French Immersion curriculum. She's been involved in her Division's Aboriginal Education Planning Committee and has recently completed Treaty Education Training.  Roni has completed a Post Baccalauréat en administration scolaire et en litératie from the Université de Saint-Boniface. She is currently working towards a Master in Education in Curriculum Teaching and Learning from the University of Manitoba.  "I am honoured and grateful for the opportunity to become part of and collaborate with the staff, the students and the parents of the PSD community."   For more information contact: Mark Francis Deputy Superintendent  Parkland School Division No.70 Phone: 780-963-8417 News News