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Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the new school year!  It is with optimism and gratitude that I welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year.  I am optimistic that our school year will be safe, caring, and engaging.  I am grateful as we will see most learners in schools and engaged in learning.

On August 24, Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside and Dr. Bonnie Henry announced B.C. K-12 students will return to school for full time, in person instruction in September. Updated COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools were released from the Ministry of Education, as guided by the Ministry of Health.  Masks will also continue to be required in all indoor spaces for all K-12 staff, visitors and students in grades 4 to 12 in schools and on school buses. 

There will be continued emphasis on health measures such as: daily health checks, staying home when sick, hand washing, daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols.  Our plans and guidelines will be updated and communicated to parents, students, and staff next week.

We understand that there may be individuals (students, parents, guardians, employees) who are anxious at the thought of returning to school in September.  This is to be expected during a global pandemic.  Whether or not your child attended school last year in Coast Mountains School District 82, you can rest assured that students will be welcomed and accepted at their schools regardless of where they might be at in their learning.  We welcome children to school and will facilitate their growth along the continuum of learning.  We will meet your child where they are at in their learning.

Please visit our school district’s website for helpful “return-to-school after COVID” tips for parents and guardians.

Parents can expect that schools will be focussing on individual students realizing their potential in an environment that is safe, culturally aware, and respectful and welcoming of diversity.

If you have questions or you require further information, please email covid@cmsd.bc.ca or call (250) 638-4401 or 1-855-635-4931, Local 4401.

We look forward to welcoming your children back to our schools on September 7.

Sincerely,
Janet Meyer, Superintendent of Schools


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Pre-registration for all schools (with the exception of the Northwest Trades & Employment Training Centre) will be by appointment only on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 31 and September 1, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please contact the school to arrange an appointment time.  Students not pre-registered should register on the above-mentioned dates.

District Schools will open on Tuesday, September 7 for all students (except Kindergarten).
Kindergarten students are requested to begin attending on the date arranged by the school.  Buses will make their morning runs at the usual time and their return runs after students have been in attendance for approximately two hours except for Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School students who will attend at 1:00 p.m. (bus times will be posted to the school district website by the end of this week).

Regular school hours and bus runs will begin on Wednesday, September 8.

Access the following links to view the 2021-2022 Return to School Messages and Bus Routes including school contacts:

CMSD82 2021-22 Hazelton-Kitwanga Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2021-22 Kitimat Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2021-22 Terrace-Thornhill Return to School Message & Bus Routes
CMSD82 2021-2022 Stewart Return to School Message

Terrace:  School buses will only be provided to students living outside the city boundaries.  Those students living within city boundaries should consult the Terrace Regional Transit System for scheduling information and rates at 250-635-2666.

Should you have questions or concerns regarding bus routing and scheduling the following steps are suggested:

1)   Contact your child’s/children’s School Principal.
2)  Contact the Operations Manager at Diversified Transportation bus lines at 250-635-7042 or 1-855-538-5287 for out of town.

 

2021-2022 School Supply Lists

 

 

In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, please find links to the School Supply Lists as provided by Coast Mountains School District schools.  Please reference the additional notations detailed below.

 

Please Note:

  • Cassie Hall Elementary School and Suwilaawks Community School provide classroom supplies to students at a fee of $40 that can be paid for after August 30.    This fee will cover the supplies required for the year.  Students are asked to bring: a clearly labelled water bottle, a backpack and indoor shoes suitable for all day wear and gym/sport activities.
  •  Thornhill Primary School provide classroom supplies to students for a fee.  Parents/Guardians will be provided information during the first week of school.
  • Caledonia Secondary School (Grades 10-12), Hazelton Secondary School (Grades 9-12), Kitimat City High School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School (Grades 9-12) provide information relating to classroom supplies to students during the first week of school.

Should you require further information during the summer months, please contact Carole Gagnon, Executive Assistant at the Board of Education Office at (250) 638-4401 or via email at carole.gagnon@cmsd.bc.ca.  Alternatively, please contact your school during the last week of August 2021 for assistance.

We look forward to Coast Mountains’ students return to school on September 7, 2021.

Have a wonderful summer!

 

 

MEMSS Vice Principal Appointment – August 1, 2021

CMSD82 News Release – Stacey Rodrigues, MEMSS Vice Principal Appointment – Aug. 1, 2021  (PDF Format)

The Board of Education for Coast Mountains School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Stacey Rodrigues to the position of Vice Principal at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School effective August 1, 2021.

Stacey, who was born and raised in Kitimat, attended local schools and is a graduate of Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School.  She returned to her home community and joined the school district in April 2015 as a Teacher Teaching-On-Call.  Stacey held various temporary teaching assignments before assuming a full-time Classroom Teacher position at Kildala Elementary School for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.  In September 2019, Stacey assumed the full-time position of Grade 7 Teacher at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School teaching in all subject areas.  She continued in this position for the 2020-2021 school year and took on the duties of Grade 7 Department Head and Middle School Team Leader with the goal of creating a cohort that could share in learning experiences and adventures together.  Stacey previously worked in the Peace River School District as a Primary Classroom Teacher and in various short-term teaching assignments.

Stacey holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Victoria as well as a Master of Education Degree from Thompson Rivers University with a focus on mental health strategies, creating care and authentic learning experiences in schools.  She also holds a Certificate in Special Education from Queen’s University.

A passionate advocate for the success of all learners, Stacey has a reputation for bringing an energetic, team-focused approach to everything she does.  Her knowledge of the community, students and families, and her reputation as a dedicated educator with deep commitment to the success of young people, will serve Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School well.

We welcome Stacey to her new role as Vice Principal at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School and extend to her every success as she pursues this exciting career change.

Janet Meyer
Superintendent of Schools