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School Operation Details – 2019-20 – Letter to Parents


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Sooke School District Reporting Pilot- Communicating Student Learning
Parent Survey

June 4, 2019

Dear Parents / Guardians,

As shared with you earlier in the school year, our district was selected as part of the Ministry of Education’s Student Reporting Policy Pilot.  In Sooke School District, our schools have implemented the reporting pilot in a variety of ways in many of our Kindergarten to Grade 8 classes.  During this pilot year you may have seen several formats used by educators across our district to communicate student learning to you.  Some of these formats include:

  • Standard report card for students in Kindergarten-Grade 8 (status quo);
  • Use of the new proficiency scale on a standard-looking reporting, using the new language: emerging; developing; proficient; and extending;
  • Paper-based Points of Progress that have been sent home at intervals throughout the year and use the new proficiency scale language;
  • Digital portfolios, such as FreshGrade;
  • Paper-based portfolios with written feedback.

As part of our involvement in the reporting pilot, we will continue to provide feedback to the Ministry of Education.  Please take a couple minutes to complete this short anonymous survey related to student learning in Sooke School District. Please click below or type this into your browser: https://forms.gle/23TYoq7wUB47fv9ZA

Take the survey now

 The survey will close at midnight on Sunday, June 16.

In Sooke School District, and across the province, we are working hard to shift instruction that focuses on competencies such as critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and personal and social responsibility.  Assessment practices also are shifting to align with this redesigned curriculum.

The changes you may have seen are consistent with the British Columbia curriculum and assessment practices, as detailed in the BC Curriculum https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/.

The input you provide will support both the Ministry of Education and our district shift towards providing communication on your child’s learning that  is meaningful, timely and follows the principles of quality assessment (https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/assessment-info).

As with all learning, open communication between all partners is critical for success.  We welcome your thoughts as we work together. Please connect with your principal or teacher if you would like to share your ideas.



Paul Block
Associate Superintendent







Bus Registration Opens April 12

School bus registration for the 2019/20 school year opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 12!
(This is for school bussing starting in September)

Many of our buses and routes fill quickly. Please register close to opening so that you get a spot!

As in previous years, we will be using the School Cash Online system for school bus registration. Registration is of course, free for families.

Register here

Please note:

  • Registration will open on time
  • Parents will not be able to select bus routes.
  • Experienced Transportation staff will place your child(ren) on the best routes as per your home address and school.
  • If you register by June 1, you will be notified as to which bus routes your child(ren) will be on before the end of the school year.
  • Bus passes will be handed out to middle and secondary students prior to or during the first week of school in September
  • Bus passes only apply to middle and secondary school students. Attendance will be taken in the elementary grades.
  • Drivers will begin enforcing passes during the first week of school in September.

Questions? Please check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions near the bottom of the Transportation page or contact the Transportation Department via email or call (250) 474-9845. Due to volume of inquiries, please allow 3-4 business days to receive a response.