The next newsletter will be available on April 1, 2018.
WBE in the News
Welcome to the Wikwemikong Board of Education!
This website features up to date information and resources for students, staff, parents, and guardians. The Wikwemikong Board of Education’s vision statement is “to promote lifelong learning and academic success guided by Anishinabe world views.” A vision statement is vital to any organization because it provides a sense of commonality. Everyone in the school board is united under this one goal, and this clarity provides the focus and energy for learning. A shared vision gives us the common language that binds us together.
From the Office of the Education Director
Aanii Kinaa Goyaa,
The Wikwemikong Board of Education is located in the community of Wikwemikong Unceded Territory and has been in operation since 1985. Just this year, the Wikwemikong High School celebrated its’ 20th Anniversary. This was an exciting event!
The WBE supports the educational needs for children/students from the early years to Post-Secondary. More specifically, the WBE oversees the educational achievements at the Hub Center, Junior School, Pontiac School and the Wikwemikong High School.
Our Hub Center provides early learning education for young learners in the early years program. This program is supported by the Ministry of Education. The children work with qualified Early Childcare Educators. This year, there was a greater focus on special needs and oral language development, with an emphasis on Anishnawbemowin.
The Junior School aims to supports students from Kindergarten to grade 3. Young students in kindergarten are being taught by teachers using play-based inquiry while combining Anishnawbemowin in the classroom. In grades 1-3, teachers are implementing the Daily 5 and CAFÉ. This focuses on the four major components of reaching (comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabulary). Students learn different strategies to become better readers and writers.
The Pontiac School is attended by students from grade 4 to grade 8. This year, we have focused on supporting student behaviour via the SNAP program. We are excited for program facilitation and implementation. Next year (2018-2019), we are looking forward to adding a “Reach Ahead” course for students in grade 8 so that they are entering grade 9 with one high school credit that has already been achieved.
The Wikwemikong High School is for secondary students attending grades 9 to grade 12. This year the Wikwemikong High School won $50,000 that will be going towards building a greenhouse this summer. Students will earn 2 CO-OP credits during the summer months while working to build the green house together. Further to this, we would also like to provide additional learning throughout the summer months for students that need to catch-up or want to work ahead to earn a credit or 2 towards an earlier graduation date. This will be completed through online learning with the provincial board. Further to this, the Wikwemikong High School also boasts of its Robotics Course which offers hands-on learning in an environment that challenges leaners to learn as a team and code. This is great foundation for computer coding and sparks student interest in engineering. We are fortunate to have 2 former FNSSP coaches teach many of our compulsory English, Math and Science courses.
Special Education has been a focus for all three schools as the WBE meets the special needs for students concerning assessments and programming. This year, we have been able to add additional students support that include one-to-one workers and the Elder-Mentorship programming. In addition, more student resources and professional development for our Special Education Resource Teacher have been made to support students that may have needs related to neurological special needs such as autism, FAS/FASE, etc. Our SERTS and Education Assistants will be learning the ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) through Geneva within the next couple months. Further to this, each of our schools will have Sensory Rooms for students to take a break when they need it.
The WBE is adding a new program for ALL students to utilize services for mental health supports. The WBE will be hiring 3 Student Wellness Navigators to mentor or guide students that may be needing support. This program is creative as it offers ways for students to understand and handle stress in their everyday lives. These new roles are needed to help students to feel cared for and appreciated for their unique gifts that they bring to our schools
The WBE runs its own First Nation Student Success Program to support teachers and student achievement in literacy, numeracy and student achievement. We have highly qualified teachers that are available to support principals and classroom teachers on a daily basis to support in the Daily 5, Leveled Literacy Interventions, Literacy, and Numeracy, Educational Technology, etc. The program helps develop and implement School Improvement Plans, supports the collection and analysis of individual and school-wide student data, supports the integration of technology in the classroom, and organizes ongoing job-embedded professional development.
The Wiikwemkoong Anishinaabemowin Kinoomaagewin team runs an excellent program that supports the community and teachers to imbed Anishinawbe language and culture in every day classes. The expertise of language, history and culture of Wikwemikong are located in the community through Elders and fluent speakers that support this initiative. Lots of teacher-made material that are easy to use are located for classroom teacher to access use at the WAK. Our focus is to support all teachers and education staff to speak the Anishnawbe language in the classroom as much as possible whether we are in the beginner or expert level in fluency.
The Wikwemikong Adult Education Program offers independent online learning for high school courses. Students are able to achieve their GED while receiving one-on-one tutoring support. The WAEP will be supporting our entire staff at WBE as we will be enrolling for Workplace, Health and Safety. Our maintenance team will also sign up for WHMIS training. Other courses offered included Food Safety for those that work in the food industry. In addition to this, the WAEP also offers Career Cruising and Job Readiness Supports.
The Post-Secondary Counselling Unit will be going through some changes this year. We will be changing our name to “Post-Secondary Student Support Services” and our student hand book will be revised and updated within the next couple of months. We will also be opening the door for learners to take advantage of not just diploma and programs that offer degrees but also for courses that offer 1 year certificate training through colleges in the new 2018-2019 fall term. At this time, we have almost 200 student enrolled in Post Secondary education endeavors.
Fay Zoccole – Education Director