Greystone Centennial Middle School Homepage News en-us Thu, 19 Jul 2018 19:11:58 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca Get a Head Start on the New School Year! July 19, 2018 - Summer is here! To help you enjoy your holiday and put your mind at ease, we’ve posted important information about the supplies your child will need for the coming school year. You can get a head start on purchasing supplies for fall by visiting our Fees, Supply Lists & BYOD page, and then enjoy your summer with the knowledge that you have everything you need. Happy shopping, and see you in September! http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16925&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16925&stream=Homepage News Registration/Data Verification Deadline Today June 29, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s student registration process is changing, and these changes will affect both new and returning students. For the 2018-2019 school year, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations will be conducted online through the Power Registration portal. All parents will be required to complete this new online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students will be receiving correspondence with further instructions prior to April 1, 2018. This replaces the old process where individual schools would send home printed data verification forms at the end of the school year (usually with report cards). Kindergarten families will be the first to use the new online registration system beginning February 1, 2018. Click here to register for Kindergarten in 2018 - 2019. All other students from Grade 1-12 will be able to either register (new students) or verify their existing data (returning students) online, beginning April 1, 2018. Data Verification/Bus Registration is Easy (Returning Students) Make sure you have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account. Check your inbox beginning for an email sent on April 1, 2018 from "PowerSchool Registration Support" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> and follow the instructions. (Note: you will receive one email for every student you have enrolled in a Parkland School Division school.) Bus Registration Deadline In order for your child to have his/her bus pass for the first day of school (Tuesday, September 4, 2018), bus pass applications must be received no later than 4:30pm, June 29, 2018 to be included in the routing process. Payment arrangements must be received through PSD’s online payment system (Acorn) or in the Division Office on or before August 10, 2018 to be eligible to ride the bus the first day of school.   Any applications received after the application deadline may not be processed in time for the first day of school. If your child does not have a valid bus pass for the 2018-2019 school year, he/she will not be able to ride the bus. Late Registrations  It's very easy for a child to hop onto a bus in the morning and get to a transfer station. Staff can then direct children without a pass to the right bus to head to their correct school. The reverse is not the same. Staff won't know which bus to put a child on once they get to the respective transfer sites during the afternoon runs, if they DO NOT have a pass that indicates which route goes back to their neighbourhood and which stop to get off including alternate stops for daycares, day homes, split custody or other guardianship arrangements for care after school.  In order to avoid children without passes riding an unknown bus and being stranded at the wrong transfer station parents of children who do not have a pass will have to make arrangements to pick up their children at school at the end of the day until passes have been processed. The current PDF registration form that can be found on our Registration page is ONLY to be used by students registering for the balance of the current 2017-2018 school year. Paper registration forms WILL NOT be accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Kindergarten Registration (Opening February 1, 2018) A child entering Kindergarten must be five years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2018 needs to be five years old by February 28, 2019. A child entering Grade 1 must be six years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2018 needs to be six years old by February 28, 2019. Please Note: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as Grades 1 through 12. Parkland School Division is pleased to offer a number of program choices for Kindergarten students, including French Immersion, the Maranatha Christian Program and Nature-Based Kindergarten. More information can be found on our Programs page. Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Links for online Kindergarten Registration will open February 1, 2018. Parkland School Division Students Parkland School Division sent you a message on April 1, 2018 to the email address we have on file. If you do not have an email address on file, you should have received a letter via Canada Post with your live link. (Note: there will be a unique live link for every student registered in your household.) Please check your Spam or Junk mail folders and look for an email:  From: "PowerSchool Registration Support" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> If you check and confirm this original correspondence has not been received, contact Parkland School Division's Centre for Education at 780-963-4010. Staff will confirm your contact information and re-send the email or letter with your live link. Non-Parkland School Division Students Parkland School Division sent you a message on April 1, 2018 to the email address we have on file. If you do not have an email address on file, a letter has been sent home via Canada Post with your Snapcode. (Note: there will be a unique Snapcode for every student registered in your household.) Please check your Spam or Junk mail folders and look for an email:  From: "PowerSchool Registration Support" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> If we did not have your email address on file, you should have received a letter via regular mail that includes your unique Snapcode. Click on the following link and enter that Snapcode when you login. If you check and confirm this original correspondence has not been received, contact Transportation Services: Phone: 780-963-8452 More Information For more information about the new online registration process, please visit the Registration page on our website.   http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News Summer School at Connections For Learning UPDATE: Registration for Summer School 2018 is now CLOSED. Parkland School Division is now offering Summer School for current and incoming high school students at Connections For Learning. Summer School is not only a convenient way to better a bad grade - it’s also a great opportunity to get a head start on the new school year, freeing up your future schedule for courses you didn’t think you’d have time to take, or other important pursuits. Registration for Summer School opens Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - right after Spring Break. Please register early to reserve your spot. Summer School courses are offered based on student interest: popular courses are known to fill up quickly, while courses without enough registered students will be cancelled. Get your name on the list soon for the best chance of participating in your preferred course. For full details, including a list of courses on offer, please see the CFL Summer School Brochure and Registration Form. Course Delivery Methods Summer school courses will be taught using two unique delivery methods - choose the one that best suits your learning style. Classroom Learning Learn from a teacher in a traditional classroom setting. Choose from a selection of core courses for 5 credits, Physical Education 10 and CALM for 3 credits, or a variety of CTS courses for 1 credit. Dates: July 2-13 (3-credit courses) OR July 2-20 (5-credit courses), 2018 Times: 8am-12pm, Monday to Friday Location: Connections For Learning (4300-43 Street, Stony Plain - across the street from École Meridian Heights School) Assisted Independent Study Learn on your own schedule and visit CFL to get help from a teacher when you need it. Independent study is intended for students repeating a course to improve a grade. A selection of courses are also available to Grade 9 students who will be entering Grade 10 in the fall. Dates: July 2-20, 2018 (Exams written on July 20 or upon completion of course work) Teachers Available: 8:30am-3pm, Monday to Friday; 8:30am-Noon Saturdays Location: Connections For Learning (4300-43 Street, Stony Plain - across the street from École Meridian Heights School) Registration & Fees To register for Summer School, please complete a Registration Form and submit it to Connections For Learning. For Physical Education 10, a $50 registration fee payable to Parkland School Division is required at the time of registration. For all courses, one $50 deposit cheque payable to Parkland School Division is required at the time of registration. This cheque will be held and returned to the student when they hand in their Summer School textbooks or novels. Important to Note: Every day of Summer School instruction is the equivalent to one week of a high school semester program. Full attendance is required for classroom courses and no provisions will be made for late starts or early releases. Students must be in attendance on the final day of class to write their final exam. No 30-Level Courses will be offered at CFL Summer School for 2018. Students interested in 30-Level courses are advised to check out Alberta Distance Learning Courses or Edmonton Public School Summer School 2018.   For more information contact: James Coghill Assistant Principal, Connections For Learning Phone: 780-963-0507 Email: jcoghill@psd70.ab.ca http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15115&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15115&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - June 12, 2018 June 12, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the Quarterly Financial Report for the period ending May 31, 2018. As of May 31st, 2018, 76.12% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 76.91% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1,584,706. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Education Plan. 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 received as information the Accountability Pillar Results Report. The Accountability Pillar surveys are administered annually during the months of January to March to: Students in grades four, seven and ten; Students in grades four through twelve (for small schools); Parents of students in grades four, seven and ten; and, Teachers. The Board received as information the Draft Board Meeting Dates for 2018 - 2019. The Board received as information the Wellness Initiative Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Facilities Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Financial Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Technology Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Benefits Committee Report. The Board took the opportunity to express sincere thanks and congratulations to Executive Secretary Brenda Scott who was attending her last regular board meeting after serving staff and students of Parkland School Division for the past 20 years including ten years in her current role at the Centre for Education. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16851&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16851&stream=Homepage News Volunteer Celebration - June 6 Thank you so much to all of those people who have volunteered their time, energy and talent at Greystone Centennial Middle School this year. You make GCMS a great place to learn, and we appreciate all that you do.  Come out to the GCMS Libray Learning Commons on June 6th at 1:00 for a small celebration of you!  Interested in volunteering next year? Just let us know! http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16633&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16633&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board took the opportunity to express sincere thanks and congratulations to Superintendent of Schools, Tim Monds, who attended his last regular board meeting before his official retirement date of May 31, 2018. Monds served students and staff of Parkland School Division for 10 years including the first two as Deputy Superintendent and the last eight as Superintendent. Tim Monds has been an educational leader for over 37 years. His journey through four Alberta school divisions includes time as a K-12 teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. In 2016-2017, Tim received the provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership from the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS). The award is granted to outstanding educators who exhibit exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced the profession of school system administration throughout their career. The Board appointed Shauna Boyce as Acting Superintendent effective June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 or to the start date of the new Superintendent, pursuant to Section 113 of the School Act. As there is a superintendent compensation review under way at the Ministry of Education, the appointment of the next Superintendent of Schools for Parkland School Division is awaiting Ministerial Approval. The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending April 30, 2018. As of April 30th, 2018, 68.02% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 67.824% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $405,418. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget as presented by Director, Financial Services Jason Krefting. As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then update the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments in the spring. Parkland School Division has a total budget of $133.1 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 11,200 students. Parkland School Division is projecting an increased enrolment of 148 students over the previous year. Total budget revenues for 2018-19 will increase by 0.10% over 2017-18. The 2018 - 2019 budget accommodates a provision for an increase in general student enrolment. No new grants have been included in the budget this year. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reduction Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees and remain the same as the prior year. The School Nutrition Grant introduced in 2017-18 has increased by $53K to $194K. The ECS Program Unit grant is 12.5% lower than budgeted in the prior year as the enrollments were lower than projected last year. Transportation funding is lower than the previous year’s budget as it has been forecast similar to actual funding received in 2017-2018. All other grant allocations remain at 2017-2018 levels. Base Funding represents 56% of the division’s provincial funding and is determined by the number of students enrolled as of September 30th of each school year. The Classroom Improvement Fund has been included in this budget and increased by 2.11% over the prior year to $1,295,800. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $99.5 million dollars on human resources, which is about 75% of the division's budget. Total salaries and benefits for the division increased by 0.95% over 2017-2018.  The division will employ over 605 full-time equivalent teachers and approximately 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2018-19.  The Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) which provides funds for school renovation and facility upgrading projects, has decreased by $366 thousand over 2017-2018 amounts. The division is expecting Accumulated Operating Reserves before School Generated Funds of of $4.3 million as at August 31, 2018. In the 2018-2019 budget, a deficit of $327 thousand is anticipated and $343K is budgeted for the VOIP phone project. The balance at the end of August 31, 2019 for Operating Reserves before School Generated Funds is estimated to be $3.6 million. The cost of running the regional transportation system is not fully supported through transportation grants and transportation user fees. The Division is anticipating a deficit of $425K in the transportation program. The regional transportation system provides service to Evergreen Catholic, Wild Rose, Black Gold, Grande Yellowhead, Star Catholic,  St. Thomas Aquinas and two area private schools. The Board approved the Attendance Area Boundaries changes that affect some residents who currently attend Tomahawk School and Duffield School. The area is south of Secondary Highway 627 from a half mile west of Range Road 45 to Range Road 35 to optimize travel time of students within the area to their designated school. The Board received as information the draft of the 2018-2019 Education Plan. The final version will be brought to the Board at the June 12, 2018 Regular Board Meeting for approval. 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 received as information the 2017 - 2018 Parkland School Division Priorities Report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dianne McConnell. The document serves as a progress report for the Division towards realizing the outcomes stated in the 2016-2019 Three-Year Education Plan especially in the areas of early learning, wellness and building inclusive environments. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16585&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16585&stream=Homepage News "Around the World" Yo-Yo Presentation This afternoon we are excited to present the "Around the World Yo-Yo" presentation! We will have yo yo's for sale in the office for the next week for those students who want to practice their own yo-yo skills! There is one available for $10, one for $15 and one for $20. http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16457&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16457&stream=Homepage News GCMS Inferno Track and Field What a great Track and Field day yesterday! Everyone had a great time, a few records were broken and we're sending some terrific athletes on to the next level.  Thanks to our great students, to our volunteers and our parents and a bit thank you to all of our staff organizers and supervisors, especially Mr. Granley! http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16417&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16417&stream=Homepage News Track and Field Day - Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Don't forget that Wednesday is Track and Field Day!  (The rainout day is Thursday, but hopefully, we won't need it!)  Students will need to come dressed for an active day outside - complete with appropriate clothing, running shoes, sunscreen, lots of water and bug spray. Lunches and snacks are a must, and there will also be a small cash canteen.  This is going to be a great day for all of our GCMS students! http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16343&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16343&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 1, 2018 May 1, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation of students from High Park School who presented on a trip earlier this year to a Gay Straight Alliance Conference in Calgary. The GSA Conference was a safe event that students from all over Alberta could attend. The students acknowledged that the conference provided useful resources and knowledge that was very helpful in running the High Park GSA - Youth Alliance.  The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending March 31, 2018. As of March 31st, 2018, 60.43% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 59.04% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $1,229,458. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget Assumptions. The Board established an operating reserve in the amount of $900,900 to support expenditures for the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Phone System. The Board approved the 2019-2020 School Calendar in principle. The Board approved the request for Minsterial Approval to appoint the position of Superintendent of Schools. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&stream=Homepage News http://greystone.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&stream=Homepage News