Provincial Student Attendance and Engagement Policy Effective Oct 1

first_img students will be considered absent unless they are attending an activity that directly relates to their learning, or a school activity teachers will not be required to prepare additional materials or release test and exam information ahead of their release to the class Grade 10 to 12 students who miss more than 20 per cent of class time for a given course may lose a credit for that course based upon individual circumstance and the professional judgment of the teacher and principal addressing absenteeism or chronic lateness will vary based on the age, grade and the individual circumstances of the student. Schools across the province now have a new student attendance and engagement policy to address the growing concern of student absenteeism. The policy and a supporting operational plan were shared with the education system today, Sept. 20, and will take effect Oct. 1. “The policy is intended to help improve student attendance through a balance of supports, incentives and consequences, without adding to the workload of teachers,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Any time a student misses class is a missed opportunity to learn. And with one-quarter of students missing 16 days or more of school in a year, we want to work with parents, students, teachers and the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions to get kids to class, so they can fully participate and engage in learning.” The policy is designed to identify and address absenteeism before it becomes a problem for students through early and targeted interventions. “I want to thank the members of the council for their efforts and leadership in developing this policy,” said Liette Doucet, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. “Teachers and administrators have been requesting clearer guidelines around attendance for some time, so I’m pleased this information is being released. We will carefully gauge the reaction from administrators, teachers, students and families as this policy is implemented over the coming weeks.” Under the policy: The policy is based on advice from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. “Attendance is an important issue for teachers. It’s something we value highly,” said Michael Cosgrove, teacher at Dartmouth High School and member of the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. “Education is a debt that we owe the next generation. Our kids are missing too many days. Promoting attendance, putting interventions in place for students who are struggling, and having consequences, are things we can do to help improve student attendance.” The minister also accepts council’s recommendation to create pilot projects where attendance support workers will work with families and students when attendance becomes a concern. Teachers, parents and students are invited to provide feedback on the policy and its implementation throughout the year. The department will review the policy and adjust based on lessons learned and feedback received after the 2017-18 school year. A copy of the policy, operational plan and more information is available at www.ednet.ns.ca/student-attendance-and-engagement-policy.last_img read more

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I want to be seen as a newcomer Tamannaah

first_imgMumbai: Actress Tamannaah Bhatia, a big star in south Indian films, has been trying to find her feet in Bollywood for a while now. She will be seen in the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer “Bole Chudiyan” soon. The actress counts the film as one of her biggest opportunities in Bollywood and wants the audience to consider her a newcomer. Being one of the actresses who made it big in the south with superhits such as “Kandein Kadhalai”, “Ayan”, “Tadakha”, “Dharma Durai” and the “Baahubali” series, Tamannaah has not done any memorable role in Bollywood. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “I know that ‘Baahubali’ was a big deal for me but in this film, I am approaching my character very differently. The world of this film is very different. It is a Hindi film. I want our audience to look at me as a newcomer. I want to focus on the emotion of the character rather than applying my experience from my early films,” said Tamannaah, who replaced popular television actress Mouni Roy as the leading lady opposite Nawazuddin. She is excited to share screen space with Nawazuddin: “I am amazed to see how effortlessly he acts on screen and convincingly portrays every character. I think by the time I finish shooting the film, I will get to know his acting secret!” she quipped. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary So, how did she respond to the offer when she got a call for the film? “Firstly, when I got a call to act opposite an actor like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, I thought someone was playing a prank. So, I cross-checked and then realised it was a genuine offer! I have to say that I am a huge fan of Nawaz sir,” she replied. Set in the Uttar Pradesh, the film is a love story between a bangle seller and a village girl, and is the directorial debut of Shamas Siddiqui, brother of Nawazuddin. “Never have I ever worked on a script like this and that is why the world of this story is very interesting to me. I have done films in the South where stories are set in the rural landscape but in Bollywood showcasing such a beautiful side of northern India is rare,” she said. “I am so excited to be in the same frame with Nawaz sir. As an actor, it is always exciting to do something different and that is why it will be interesting,” added the actress.last_img read more

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Community newspaper chains in BC agree to buy sell six publications

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2013 3:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Community newspaper chains in B.C. agree to buy, sell six publications VANCOUVER – The owners of two community-newspaper chains in British Columbia have agreed to swap six publications that serve more than 190,000 residents of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.Black Press Ltd. announced on Twitter it will buy the Abbotsford-Mission Times and the Chilliwack Times from the Glacier Newspaper Group.Black will also sell to Glacier the North Shore Outlook, the Westender, Bowen Island Undercurrent and the South Delta Leader in a deal that’s expected to close before Dec. 31.Each chain already operates a competing newspaper in the communities effected, except for Bowen Island where the Undercurrent is the only publication.Black Press president and CEO Rick O’Connor wouldn’t reveal how much the deal is worth or if the company would be closing down the competing publications in five of the six communities.But O’Connor says the company operates two papers each in the communities of Cranbrook, B.C., Salmon Arm, and Red Deer, Alta. read more

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