Banner Month for Regina Public Schools

Banner Month for Regina Public Schools

Wow that was fast!

In conversations with many of you in the last few days, It’s often been remarked how quickly the month of September has gone by. And indeed it has!

It’s been another banner month in Regina Public Schools! 

Not only do we have almost 22,000 students settled into their new classrooms, we also have: 

  • welcomed  217 new employees; 
  • hired a new Superintendent of Achievement, (welcome to the Division Office, Lois Herridge!);
  • held two Board meetings; 
  • launched our new Strategic Plan, (read more here);
  • opened Seven Stones Community School (details here);
  • revitalized Martin Collegiate with the introduction of its new Academy (see more here); and
  • finally! moved into the planning and construction phase for the North Central Shared Facility.

We have also:

  • won another architectural design award for Douglas Park School (see more here)
  • had our Campus Regina Public program featured in the Canadian Education Association’s magazine. (see the story here);
  • and honored ten very deserving employees with the Shared Values Recognition Awards,  (story is here). Thank you to those who made nominations and congratulations to the recipients!

    • Judy Campbell
    • Nichole Diewold
    • Glen Fekula,
    • Jennifer Friesen
    • Lois Herridge
    • Louise Knowles
    • John Malcolm
    • Bonnie Rosin
    • Joanne Weber
    • Terry Zacharias

And I haven’t even mentioned the myriad of meetings that are the bane of everyone’s existence!

As we move into October, the pace is not likely to slow down any.  Regina Public Schools has just launched a major online consultation process to seek student, parental, and community input into the future of our High Schools. Building on the recommendations in the High School Strategy Report, the school division is on a mission to improve the equity of access and the range of quality programming available in all of our nine high schools.

The ultimate goal is to ensure all students have access to a full range of high quality electives,  wherever they happen to live in our city. The consultation process will use an interactive software application known as Thoughtexchange. It involves back and forth communication in three phases over the next four-month period, and will culminate in a report to the Board of Education in February. 

Regina Public Schools staff  will receive an email from Thoughtexchange. Parents/guardians and senior elementary and all high school students will receive an email from your school principal. If parents/guardians have not yet received an email from your school principal inviting you to participate, please contact him or her to ensure you have the opportunity to have your voice heard. The Regina community is also invited to participate in this process. If you do not have access to a computer or an email address, your local school principal can still help you participate.  

You can find out more about the Thoughtexchange project here.

For Regina Public Schools staff, the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend will provide a little respite from all this hustle and bustle! As you enjoy some well-deserved quality time with family and friends, please know that your Board of Education and the Division Office senior administration continue to be grateful every day for your ongoing work to support our students by meeting their learning needs now and improving their life prospects later.

Thank you, as well, to parents, community members and,  most of all, students for their continued participation and contributions to the success of public education in Regina.