Hi VCE Families,
I hope everyone is having a great week. A reminder to check out our website often for all upcoming events and important information. Attached is our PAC agenda for our October budget meeting that will be held on Monday, October 19th at 6pm in the gym. Please remember to bring a mask, keep your distance and enter through the side gym door.
As the weather is starting to change, please review our school procedures for extreme weather here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jv1gt21gyI0c42Xm9DfqUFJEymet7dnvk0Ip0ERmws0/edit
NEW! As part of our commitment to keep our VCE community informed, every week/month we will share parts of our SD48 Education Plan, curriculum updates, research, interesting articles/resources or reminders to check out.
See below for our Enduring Understandings:
Safe, purposeful, and powerful learning environments require the enduring understandings that inclusion is a basic human right, diversity is a strength that benefits everyone, and personalization is the way forward.
Inclusion is a Right
Each student has the right to meaningful inclusion in a quality educational program. These rights include the freedom of students to learn and share their learning in their own way. Each student is entitled to feel safe, supported, and connected. We accept the moral imperative to intentionally design student learning, learning environments, and restorative practices which foster a sense of belonging, positive personal and cultural identity, and equity.
Diversity is a Strength
Biodiversity in the natural world creates stronger, sustainable, and more resilient ecosystems. Similarly, diversity in human life benefits everyone. All students contribute to deeper learning through their unique gifts, needs, life experiences, identities, values, attitudes, and perspectives. We will design for diversity to create natural extensions and enrichment of learning, binding students in their interconnectedness, while creating new understandings and values, balancing tensions and dilemmas, and collectively taking responsibility for forward action.
Personalization is the Way
Future-ready students develop and exercise agency in their own education and throughout life. Agency is supported by a personalized learning environment focused on empowering students to design their own authentic learning projects and processes. Students and teachers co-develop individual and group learning plans to build on students’ interests, goals, reflections, and learning needs. Personalized learning also encompasses place-based, experiential learning influenced by the local environment, local protocols, and an individual context. We will strategically design for personalized instruction, assessment, and structures to include each student and enhance the benefits that diversity offers everyone.
Upcoming important dates:
PAC Meeting –Monday, October 19th at 6pm
BCTF Professional Development Day –Friday, October 23rd (no school for students)
Have a great weekend!
Principal of Valleycliffe Elementary