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​Spooner appointed as Director of Aboriginal Education

August 22, 2019
Aug. 22, 2019 -- The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Pamela Spooner has been appointed as Director of Aboriginal Education in School District No. 57 (Prince George). Spooner, who holds Masters degrees in Education and First Nations Studies, is moving into the position after serving as Principal of...

2019-2020 School Calendar

August 20, 2019
​   School District No. 57 (Prince George)   2019-2020 Calendar   Sept. 2, 2019 – Labour Day Sept. 3, 2019 – Non-instructional day Sept. 4, 2019 – First day of school: Kindergarten students attend 60 minutes, first full day is Sept. 16; Grades 1-12 students attend 90 minutes; full day...

Registration for 2019-2020 school year starts Aug. 27

August 20, 2019
​ Registration for the 2019-2020 school year begins on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. 2019 - 2020 Kindergarten Registration Children whose fifth birthday falls on or before December 31, 2019 are eligible to enter Kindergarten in September 2019. Please visit your catchment school on or after Tuesday Aug. 27, 2019 to fill out a registration...
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2019-2020 Administrative Transfers

July 26, 2019
​ July 26, 2019 -- Superintendent Rod Allen is pleased to announce that the Board of Education has approved the following administrative transfers for the 2019-2020 school year.  Transfers into Principal positions are as follows: Brenda Anderson (Buckhorn Elementary and Hixon Elementary); Craig Brennan (Ecole College Heights Elementary); Anjula Corbin (Glenview...

Community Evacuation Assembly Point signs going up

July 05, 2019
​July 5, 2019 -- School District No. 57 has begun the installation of signs at select schools throughout Prince George to indicate their designation as official Community Evacuation Assembly Points in the event of an evacuation. Earlier this year, the City of Prince George and the school district signed a memorandum...

Access and parking change at School District No. 57 office

July 04, 2019
​ July 4, 2019 -- Due to a construction project at School District No. 57's Central Administration Office, the main parking lot is closed until Aug. 23. As a result of the construction, the entrance to the site has been relocated. The entrance has been moved closer to the intersection of...

August 2019 Summer Provincial Exams re-write for SD 57 students

June 28, 2019
​This year, School District No. 57 has established an examination centre for SD 57 Grade 12 students who wish to write one of the August Provincial Exams, listed on the following document, and are NOT registered in the Summer School Program for that course.  Please see the following document for more information:...
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Summer School registration deadline extended

June 28, 2019
June 28, 2019 -- The registration deadline for Grade 8-12 Summer School classes has been extended to Sunday, June 30 at 4 p.m. To submit a registration request, go to Featured Links on the School District No. 57 home page and click on the Summer School registration link. Submit a request...

Strengthening Families Program made powerful impact

June 27, 2019
​ June 27, 2019 -- For Rose Haugrud and nine-year-old son Ronin Rei, involvement in the Strengthening Families Program was a positive experience from the first day to the last. "It was awesome," Haugrud said. "We got a chance to connect with other families and make new friends and learn new...

'You saved my life': District celebrates its 2019 retirees

June 25, 2019
June 25, 2019 -- Teachers often do not fully realize the positive impact they have on their students. School District No. 57 retirees were reminded of their capacity to be life-changing influences during a celebratory banquet last week. At the celebration, held Thursday, June 20 at the Coast Inn of the...
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PGSS student the first speed painting district champion

June 24, 2019
​ June 24, 2019 -- Call it talent, call it expertise. It's best tested under pressure. The 13 students who participated in the first-ever SD 57 Spectator Speed-Painting district final can attest to that fact. Last week at Duchess Park, they were presented with blank canvasses and were given 22 minutes...

D.P. Todd project highest priority on five-year capital plan

June 21, 2019
​June 21, 2019 -- With enrollment expected to steadily increase in School District No. 57 (Prince George), the renovation and expansion of D.P. Todd Secondary School is at the top of the district's 2020-21 five-year capital plan. The future of D.P. Todd was a topic of discussion at the Board of...

Retirees being honoured

June 19, 2019
June 19, 2019 -- School District No. 57 (Prince George) will be honouring nearly 50 valued employees at a retirement banquet on the night of June 20. The celebration will be held in downtown Prince George at the Coast Inn of the North. Retirees this year are: Rick Armstrong; Trudy Belyea;...

Elementary Summer Learning program cancelled for 2019

June 19, 2019
June 19, 2019 -- Elementary Summer Learning 2019 (Grades 4-7) has been cancelled due to insufficient registration. Details about Elementary Summer Learning 2020 will be announced during the upcoming school year. For Grade 8-12 students, registration for Summer School 2019 is now open. Courses will be held at Prince George Secondary School,...

Summer closure of schools

June 19, 2019
Elementary schools will be closed for summer effective 3 p.m. on June 28th. Secondary schools will be closed for summer effective 3 p.m. on July 5th. All schools will be closed on July 1 to observe Canada Day. School offices will reopen during the week of August 26th. Have a safe and...

Little Mudder Challenge lives up to name

June 14, 2019
June 14, 2019 -- Teamwork, smiles and tired legs. For participants from Prince George and area schools, these were the defining features of the Aboriginal Education Canadian Tire Little Mudder Challenge, which wrapped up its third and final day on Friday at Otway Nordic Centre. Students had to make their way...

Board of Education inviting more feedback on recommended catchment changes

June 14, 2019
​ June 14, 2019 -- School District No. 57 (Prince George) would like to thank parents and community members who attended the recent information sessions regarding the recommended catchment changes for Edgewood Elementary School and Spruceland Traditional Elementary School. Trustees from the Board of Education appreciate the public feedback and will...
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Polar Performing Arts Gala a true talent showcase

June 12, 2019
​ June 12, 2019 -- In one form or another, students in Polar Performing Arts bring their passions to the stage. They are dancers, they are musicians, they are voice artists, and many have already displayed their talents under the heat of provincial spotlights. On the night of Tuesday, June 18,...
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New sign unveiled at annual PGSS feast

June 10, 2019
​ June 10, 2019 -- The Fruits of the Forest Feast had menu items like roast beef, salmon and bannock. But the centrepiece of the meal – quite fittingly – was a large piece of cedar. The eighth annual lunchtime banquet was held on Friday, June 7 at Prince George Secondary...

Excitement building for Little Mudder Challenge

June 07, 2019
June 7, 2019 -- There is no time clock. The Aboriginal Education Canadian Tire Little Mudder Challenge is exactly what it says it is – a challenge. It's not a race, so there's no need for keeping track of finishing times. "Students love it, staff love it," said John Giannisis, a...

Public invited to information sessions regarding recommended catchment changes for Edgewood and Spruceland Traditional Elementary Schools

June 05, 2019
  June 5, 2019 -- For the 2019-2020 school year, School District No. 57 (Prince George) is considering a change in catchment areas that would affect Edgewood Elementary and Spruceland Traditional Elementary. A report to the district's Education Services Committee, issued by the Catchment and Capacity Review Stakeholder Advisory Committee, recommended...

Report of the Catchment and Capacity Stakeholder Review Advisory Committee

June 04, 2019
​At the regular public meeting held on April 30, 2019, the Board of Education approved a motion to publish the Report from the Catchment and Capacity Stakeholder Review Advisory Committee on the school district's website. Catchment and Capacity Review Stakeholder Advisory Committee Report January 14, 2019 .pdf

Around Our Schools

June 04, 2019
​ June 4, 2019 -- Lheidli T'enneh wants representation on Board of Education Clayton Pountney, recently elected Chief of the Lheidli T'enneh, has called for representation of the First Nation on the School District No. 57 Board of Education. Pountney made his case during the board's regular public meeting on Tuesday,...

First Ts'udelhti a memorable celebration of Aboriginal graduates

May 31, 2019
May 31, 2019 -- Tori Edwards was part of a history-making day, and she was shining with pride. Edwards was one of about 80 Grade 12 students who participated in Ts'udelhti, the first-ever Aboriginal Graduation Ceremony held in School District No. 57. Ts'udelhti, which means We Honour in Dakelh Lheidli dialect,...
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Her Time anti-gang presentations to be held in Prince George

May 31, 2019
​ May 31, 2019 -- A young woman doesn't have to live in Vancouver to fall into a gang lifestyle. She can live in Prince George and be subject to the same risk. Anisha Parhar and Sandy Avelar, two Female Gang Detectives from the Lower Mainland, are acutely aware of this...

Balanced budget provides additional resources in support of student learning

May 30, 2019
​ May 30, 2019 -- The Board of Education for School District No. 57 (Prince George) approved a balanced 2019-2020 annual budget at the Tuesday, May 28 regular public meeting. The budget for the coming school year is $172.7 million. The budget provides a sustainable level of service to students. There...
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Board appoints Allen as Interim Superintendent

May 28, 2019
​ May 28, 2019 -- The Board of Education for School District No. 57 (Prince George) has appointed Rod Allen as Interim Superintendent, effective immediately. "The Board of Education is excited to welcome Rod to the School District 57 team," said Board Chair Tim Bennett. "He brings incredible experience and expertise...
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District holding Aboriginal graduation ceremony

May 24, 2019
May 24, 2019 -- For the first time, Aboriginal students in School District No. 57 (Prince George, McBride, Valemount and Mackenzie) will have the opportunity to attend a high school graduation ceremony that celebrates their journey and achievements in a cultural context. The School District's inaugural Aboriginal Graduation Ceremony – or...

Buckhorn students drum up a fine performance

May 23, 2019
​ May 23, 2019 -- This teaching moment sure made an impact. Numerous impacts, in fact. Kindergarten to Grade 7 students at Buckhorn Elementary School participated in an Indigenous drumming and singing performance in the school gymnasium on Tuesday, May 21. Students started learning in a classroom setting in October about...

School District teams with City on emergency response plan

May 22, 2019
​ May 22, 2019 -- School District No. 57 plays a significant role in the City of Prince George's emergency response plan. In March of 2019, the School District and the City entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that will see 18 schools utilized as Evacuation Muster Points to ensure the...

Supports for Students/Parents/Guardians/Families

May 17, 2019
​ May 17, 2019 -- Please see below, for details regarding available supports and resources for students, parents/guardians, families. Clinical Support.pdf

Statement from Marquis-Forster

May 17, 2019
​ May 17, 2019 -- On May 14, 2019 the Board of Education of School District No. 57 (Prince George) accepted the resignation of Superintendent Marilyn Marquis-Forster. Ms. Marquis-Forster worked for the School District for almost three years. She has chosen to devote more time to the pursuit of other activities...

Changes in operations at Continuing Education and Distributed Learning

May 16, 2019
​ May 16, 2019 -- School District No. 57 (Prince George) has made changes to its Central Interior Distance Education School (CIDES) and Continuing Education Program (COED) schedules. The changes take effect on June 28, 2019. Click on the link below for more details. CLA DLCE program changes.pdf
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Elementary students attending Elders Outdoor Education camp

May 15, 2019
​ May 15, 2019 -- Primary and intermediate students from Van Bien and Westwood elementary schools are getting ready to participate in a field trip that will connect them with knowledge-holders and the wonders of nature. The School District No. 57 students – more than 400 in total – will be...

May 15th Community Event Opportunity - Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention for Youth and their caregivers

May 15, 2019
​ May 15, 2019 -- Please see below for details regarding a Community Event Opportunity on Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention for Youth and their caregivers   community event poster May 15 2019.pdf
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Academic achievement a focus at Nusdeh Yoh

May 15, 2019
  May 15, 2019 -- Nusdeh Yoh, which means House of the Future, became the first Aboriginal Choice school in B.C. when it opened its doors in 2010. The Prince George-based elementary school – part of School District No. 57 – follows a plan for student success that is rooted in...

Marquis-Forster submits resignation

May 15, 2019
 May 15, 2019 -- On May 14, 2019 the Board of Education of School District No. 57 (Prince George) accepted the resignation of Superintendent Marilyn Marquis-Forster. Ms. Marquis-Forster worked for the School District for almost three years. She has chosen to devote more time to the pursuit of other activities and...

Counselling Support Availability

May 13, 2019
​ May 14, 2019 -- Counselling Support Availability - Foundry Prince George. In light of the recent student death that has impacted our community, please be advised that Foundry Prince George will be available to provide ongoing support for our students and their families.  Foundry Prince George is located at 1148...

Heritage students learn valuable lessons through Entrepreneur Fair

May 10, 2019
​ May 10, 2019 -- Heritage Elementary School students got down to business on Friday morning. The school's two Grade 7 classes participated in the Heritage Entrepreneur Fair, which transformed the school gymnasium into a vast and varied marketplace. The students, 60 in total, set up shop and sold their products...
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District 57 Tapestry Singers welcoming audiences into Circle of Friends

May 09, 2019
May 9, 2019 -- The District 57 Tapestry Singers are getting tuned up for their year-end choral concert. "Circle of Friends" will welcome audiences to two shows – at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – on Saturday, June 1 at St. Michael's Anglican Church. The performances will feature the Junior Tapestry...

Westwood Elementary serving up breakfast

May 08, 2019
​ May 8, 2019 -- Breakfast is on, and Westwood Elementary School is sending out a public invitation. On Thursday, May 9, the second annual Westwood Community Breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. in the school gymnasium. Pancakes, fruit and coffee will be served, courtesy of Sinclar...

District makes catchment and capacity recommendations

May 06, 2019
​ May 6, 2019 -- A report to the School District No. 57 (Prince George) Education Services Committee has made district-wide recommendations regarding catchment and capacity for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond. The report was issued by the Catchment and Capacity Review Stakeholder Advisory Committee (Committee) chaired by School District...

Wireless and technology upgrades to be part of budget discussions

May 03, 2019
​ May 3, 2019 – Upgrading wireless internet infrastructure and improving learning outcomes through the addition of appropriate information technology have been identified as priority initiatives being considered by the School District No. 57 board of trustees for the 2019-2020 budget. A third initiative – increasing the ability of elementary schools...
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SD 57 students set for Adventures in Health Care

May 02, 2019
​ May 2, 2019 -- The Yellowhead Rotary Club of Prince George, in partnership with School District No. 57 (Prince George), is hosting Adventures in Health Care , an experiential program that showcases career pathways and opportunities in health sciences. Adventures in Health Care happens May 6-9, 2019 in Prince George....

Pies fly as D.P. Todd students step up for one of their own

May 01, 2019
​ May 1, 2019 -- Bryelle Gallagher had the chance to show support for a friend in need. At the same time, she had a glorious, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to toss cream pies at the helpless visage of math teacher Colin Schulz. For Gallagher, it was a double win and she...
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Heavy Metal Rocks a thundering success

April 29, 2019
​ April 29, 2019 -- Heavy Metal Rocks, held by the Northern Regional Construction Association, wrapped up for another year on Saturday, April 27. In partnership with School District No. 57, the College of New Caledonia and WorkSafeBC, the event gave School District No. 57 students the chance to operate pieces...
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Aboriginal Youth Conference a valuable experience for students

April 29, 2019
April 29, 2019 -- More than 100 students were giving all their attention to the Didoh Ne Drum Group. With a fully-engaged audience in front of him, lead vocalist Francois Prince snuck in a little message about the importance of education. Prince mentioned that when he was a boy, he was taught...

Construction progressing at new Kelly Road Secondary School

April 25, 2019
​   April 25, 2019 -- The new Kelly Road Secondary School continues to take shape. The state-of-the-art facility, scheduled to open its doors in September of 2020, is being built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards. The price tag of the new school is $44.3 million,...

Around Our Schools

April 25, 2019
​     April 25, 2019 --   Breaking out of their shells: These are thrilling times for Theresa Weissenmayer's Grade 3 students at Mackenzie's Morfee Elementary. Every year, Mrs. Weissenmayer brings in eggs from her hens and places them in an incubator inside her classroom. The eggs are now hatching,...
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Heavy Metal Rocks back for 16th year

April 24, 2019
April 24, 2019 --   Heavy Metal Rocks is about to rumble into action. The program, coordinated by the Northern Regional Construction Association, gives high school students practical experience operating pieces of heavy machinery and connects them with potential employers, primarily in the road-building industry. "It's an opportunity for our young...

Aboriginal Youth Conference set for UNBC

April 24, 2019
​  April 24, 2019 --   Close to 120 School District No. 57 (Prince George) Aboriginal students will attend an Aboriginal Youth Conference at the University of Northern British Columbia on Friday, April 26, 2019. The Aboriginal Youth Conference is being held for the first time since 2015. Students from Valemount...

Sun Run trip a valuable experience for Harwin students

April 18, 2019
April 18, 2019 --   Before they arrived at the start line of the Vancouver Sun Run, a group of 21 Harwin Elementary School students had already completed a long journey. Their trip, which started in September, honed their physical fitness and helped them make long strides in their literacy skills....

Around Our Schools

April 17, 2019
​ April 17, 2019 --    Retirements at Morfee: On her last day at Morfee Elementary, teacher MaryAnn Rice did something that came as a surprise to no one at the Mackenzie school – she gave homemade cookies to all the staff members and students. Rice retired from Morfee on March...

More consultation planned regarding future of Mackenzie Elementary

April 17, 2019
April 16, 2019 --    School District No. 57 commits to further consultation with community members following a public meeting regarding the proposed demolition of Mackenzie Elementary School. "I don't have any information as to what that is going to look like yet," Board Chair Tim Bennett told those in attendance....
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Beaverly team triumphs at District Battle of the Books

April 17, 2019
April 17, 2019 --   Adleigh Scheck, Dylan Kennedy and Carmen Aubichon were rewarded for their dedication to reading during the District Battle of the Books. The three Beaverly Elementary School students formed the winning team at Tuesday's Battle of the Books, which challenged participants to correctly answer questions about the...

​District taking step to examine food programs in schools

April 15, 2019
April 15, 2019 --   A motion to form an ad hoc committee to review School District No. 57's food programs as they relate to the provincial government's new poverty reduction strategy received unanimous approval from trustees at last week's Board of Education regular public meeting. The motion was put forward...
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Acclaimed international speaker visits School District

April 11, 2019
​ April 11, 2019 --   Principals, vice principals and administrators from School District No. 57 attended a Thursday information session in Prince George led by globally-recognized speaker Eric Termuende. Termuende, named one of American Express' Top 100 Emerging Innovators Under 35, specializes in empowering organizations to build better teams and...

Blackburn Elementary School hosting District Battle of the Books

April 09, 2019
April 8, 2019 --   A war of words is on the horizon. On April 16 at Blackburn Elementary School, students from School District No. 57 will participate in the District Battle of the Books. The event runs from 9:15 a.m. until noon. Twenty-seven teams, formed by students in Grades 5...

Information about Online Safety

February 28, 2019
​ As you may be aware, there have been recent media reports about a circulating online issue entitled "Momo Challenge".  The North American Centre for Threat Assessment & Trauma Response and Safer Schools Together have provided the following information on this topic, for parents, students, staff, and the broader community: The...
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Student Registration

January 09, 2019

To find out more about Kindergarten registration, the Student Transfer Process and the 7-8 Student Transition process please click ​here Click here to open the Online Kindergarten Registration page ...

Parent Survey Results Spring 2018 - Edgewood Elementary and French Immersion Programming

July 11, 2018
​ Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent consultation process.  Collected feedback will be reviewed over the upcoming weeks.   The Board of Education is committed to keeping the public updated regarding next steps.   Please refer to the below parent survey results: Edgewood Elementary - Parent Survey Results.pdf ...

New Emergency Procedures

September 01, 2017
  School District No. 57 (Prince George) new EMERGENCY PROCEDURES are now in effect. 2017.09.01 New Emergency Procedures.pdf

Air Quality in Schools

June 12, 2017
    Marilyn Marquis-Forster, Superintendent of Schools has provided the following information regarding air quality in school district schools: 2017.09.14 Air Quality in School District Update.pdf June 2017 Air Quality in Schools.pdf  

Strategic Plan and Framework for Enhancing Student Learning

June 07, 2017
  ​At the regular public meeting held on June 19, 2018 the Board of Education approved the operationalized School District No. 57 (Prince George) Strategic Plan 2016-2021, Inspiring Learning Anywhere as revised below and the updated Framework for Enhancing Student Learning 2017-2021:
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Lead Mitigation Updates

July 08, 2016
      The purpose of this communication is to keep you informed regarding the ongoing provision of safe drinking water to our students and staff.  
2018.10.09 - Lead Mitigation Plan Update.pdf   2018.04.24 Lead Mitigation Plan Update.pdf 2018.02.06 Lead Mitigation Plan Update.pdf 2018.01.04...

Digital Citizenship

June 10, 2015
​ With the growing use of technology by students both inside and outside of school, it is important to teach them how to be safe. Learning to be safe online is one thing that can stay constant in an ever changing technological world.   This website provides resources, lessons, websites, and...