News from Boissevain School

May 12, 2013

Update – May 12 – 2013

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What’s Up at Boissevain School


Upcoming Dates:

May 17 & 18 – Bronco Girls Fastball Tournament

May 28 – Middle School Track Meet

May 29 – Spring Band Concert

May 30 – Student Led Conferences (K to 12) – 5 pm to 7 pm

June 4 – MS TMSD Track Meet

June 4 – Cafeteria Closes

June 5 – AAA Spirit Day

June 7 – 4 – H Rally Day

June 11 – CTS Luncheon – North Gym

June 24 – Boissevain School Graduation


Reminders:  Please mark on your calendars!

Staff Mtgs: 

Primary – May 14  – 3:30    MS – May 15  – 8 am    HS  – May 13 – 3:30

(please submit items on the staff wiki or let me know – Meetings are in Meeting Room)




√ The Grade 10’s are going to Winnipeg on Wednesday – they participate in the skills workshop as part of career development in HS


√ The Bronco Girls are hosting their Fastball tournament this Friday and Saturday – 8 teams in attendance – hope the weather is a little warmer than this past weekend in Winkler – the wind and cold was nasty!


√ HS Student Government has their annual Bucky Awards to present and it is arranged for May 22 at 2:50 (end of advisory)  for Gr. 9 to 12 students – please bring your advisory group to the North Gym.





√ High School – Advisory


May 15 – No Advisory

May 22 – Advisory – Bucky Awards (2:50)

May 29 – Advisory





√√  check this site out –  research on the 7 best ways to improve students achievement






April 21, 2013

Update – April 21 – 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. White @ 5:13 pm

 What’s Up at Boissevain School

Upcoming Dates:

April 25 – Val Caldwell – Social Media – Gr. 11 & 12 – 12:30 pm – North Gym

April 25 – Social Media – Val Caldwell – Parent Session – North – Band Room – 7 pm

May 28 – Middle School Track Meet

June 4 – MS TMSD Track Meet

June 4 – Cafeteria Closes

June 5 – AAA Spirit Day


Reminders:  Please mark on your calendars!

Staff Mtgs: 

Primary – May 14  – 3:30    MS – May 15  – 8 am    HS  – May 13 – 3:30

(please submit items on the staff wiki or let me know – Meetings are in Meeting Room)


√ High School – Advisory

April 14 Regular  Advisory

May 1 – No Advisory


√√ Corey had read through this article/link –  it’s from the techie world and Couros.


5 Ways to Overcome Resistance to Change


Guest Post by Phil Buckley

Most people would agree that change isn’t easy. Many people, however, seem surprised when people don’t embrace it. We are creatures of habit, so it seems natural that most people will have difficulty giving up things they are comfortable with for the unknown.

A leader once told me that he had let his team know that resistance to a new structure would not be tolerated. After speaking with his team members, I confirmed that he had successfully driven challenges underground along with advice on how to make the change more successful. Unfortunately, he had also lost the trust, support and engagement of the people who were tasked with making the change. It didn’t go well.

When people question a change, they are demonstrating an interest in the business and their role in it. They may not understand the reason for the change and the benefits it will provide, or may have a different perspective based on facts and experiences that are unknown to the leader. Either way, resistance is the beginning of a conversation about what is best for the business. It also is an opportunity to energize people about a new and exciting future.

Here are five ways to overcome resistance to change:

  • Ban “resistance” from your vocabulary. Language is a powerful tool that can bias your thoughts and behaviors. It is your role to help people “climb the rope” to the future versus pulling it in the wrong direction. Using positive language is an important starting point. Phrases such as “addressing concerns” and “discussing changes to routines” help position discussions in a positive light that will reduce tensions people may be experiencing.
  • Ask for concerns when describing the vision behind the change. It is better to know what the areas of concern are versus making assumptions about what they may be. People know best what is on their minds and demonstrating that you value their views is the first step to influencing them.
  • Identify “early adopters” who support the change. These people are advocates for the new ways of working. They are also peers who speak the same language as their team mates. Ensure they participate in forums about the change so their voices can be heard.
  • Build in as much certainty as you can—what is going to happen and when, what aspects will change and what will stay the same? People are more likely to feel stressed when they don’t feel in control of their environment. When people don’t know the details they often assume the worst possible outcome. You can reduce stress levels and fear by reducing the unknown. Share details freely and ask for input on the ones that aren’t yet defined.
  • Share how you will prepare people to take on new ways of working. People usually react positively to a well thought out plan to transition to new routines. They also react negatively to little or no support. Make sure there is sufficient help available, that managers have all the tools they need to assist their team members and people know the investment being made to help them.

Socrates said that “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” The leader’s role is to help people take on new ways of working that will create a better future.  When people’s concerns are positively addressed, most will do their part in making it come to life.

About the Author:  Phil Buckley


With 20-plus years of experience developing and executing change strategies for global businesses, Phil Buckley has managed 28 large-scale change projects — including the $19.6 billion Kraft Foods acquisition of Cadbury. Having the confidence to tackle any change project is a quality every leader should possess. In his new book, Change with Confidence: Answers to the 50 Biggest Questions that Keep Change Leaders Up at Night (Jossey-Bass), Phil Buckley — senior change management professional — highlights the 50 most pressing questions that keep leaders up at night.





February 15, 2013

Update – Feb. 3

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What’s Up at Boissevain School


Upcoming Dates:


Feb. 11 – HS – Master portfolio midterm marks are due to the office

Feb. 20 – Rachel Ashley – Bullying Presentation – Gr. 5 to 12 – 2pm to 3pm

Feb. 26 – PD Day in Souris

Mar. 6 – Magical Mystery Munsch Show – K to Gr. 6  – 9:15 am

March 12 – K – 8 Reports go home

March 14 – K to 8 Interviews

March 19 – Band Concert

April 3  – Live Differently – Gr. 7 to 12 – 2 pm

April 5 – MADD – Gr. 9 to 12 – 9 am

April 16 – HS reports go home

April 18 – HS Interviews




Reminders:  Please mark on your calendars!

Staff Mtgs:  Primary – FEB. 20  – 3:30    MS – FEB. 19  – 8 am    HS  – FEB. 25 – 3:30

(as always, submit items on the staff wiki or let me know – Meetings are in Meeting Room)


√ I have heard some real positive remarks about some Respect activities in classrooms and advisory groups – I think I have picked up more pieces of paper off the hallway floor then ever before.

√ I found the bus sign up sheet for the Rick Wormli Workshop in Souris on Feb. 26 – it is now on the counter in the office – if you would like to travel by bus please sign your name to the list – there is a date to sign up by to see if enough people will be taking the bus

√ Corey applied for another AED machine like we have in the staff room as there is a program to get more of them in public buildings – it is an expensive item and his application was approved – good stuff – it will be placed in a spot between the two gyms so that it available at all times as required.

√ Al and I are in Winnipeg on Thursday and Friday at COSL – Keith is acting admin on Thursday and Travis is on Friday

√ THE BIG LEAGUE – please be sure to talk to your clases (K to 7) and give me the details so that I can send it to MTYP – I have Connie’s and Donna Jeans – thank you

√ Grade 5 to 12 – just a reminder from the email that I had sent out last week – please go into your Gradebook of Maplewood and create a new category for Final Exam which means all your categories will add up to 100% – if you do not have a final exam then don’t worry about this


√ HS – please make sure you submit your course outlines for Term 2 by Feb. 11 so that I can prepare the mark breakdown for Maplewood – you can submit a paper copy or electronically


√ High School

Next Advisory is:

Feb. 13 – Regular Advisory

Feb. 20 – No Advisory – Rachel Ashley – 2 pm to 3 pm

Feb. 27 – Regular Advisory


√Leisa H.  was the first to say that she would take Sindy from Columbia in her Advisory Group


√√√√ Please be prepared to report on PD that you have attended since the last staff meeting – use the 3 – 2 – 1 process as described to you earlier

√√√√ I read an article in the Free Press about the MB Teaching Society naming rights  for a room in the New  Canadian Museum of Human Rights  – it might be worth your while to be better informed – check this site out



√√√√  I have mentioned that I read a blog written by George Couros and he is a Keynote speaker at the COSL conference in Winnipeg that Al and I are attending Thursday and Friday.  His most recent post is as follows.


Does the “Traditionalist” have a fixed mindset?

On February 8, 2013, in Leading a Learning Community, by George
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by USAG-Humphreys

The cursive handwriting debate is one that is beyond interesting and it has made me really think of what happens when educators debate ideas. What happens when we disagree?  How does that impact our students?  If the grade one teacher totally disagrees with the grade two teacher on certain aspects of education, what happens to the kids?  I think debate is fantastic as long as it is focused on what is best for kids, but I also wonder what happens in schools when we agree to disagree?  How does that impact our kids long term?

The other thing that I have thought about during some of these conversations is the teacher that proclaims, “I am a traditionalist!”  What does that mean?  To me,  I think that I am very traditional in my values as an educator (relationships, working with kids to be respectful and considerate, etc.), but I hope progressive on the way I teach.  Yet when I hear, “I am a very traditional teacher”, it usually is during conversations regarding how we teach.  What I hear in my head is, “I teach the way I was taught”, which automatically goes to Carol Dweck’s thoughts on mindset, especially the notion of a fixed mindset.  If you have not read the book, here is the Wikipedia summary on a fixed mindset:

Those with a fixed mindset believe their talents and abilities cannot be improved through any means. They feel that they are born with a certain amount of talent and typically do not wish to challenge their abilities due to the possibility of failure. Individuals with a fixed mindset frequently guard themselves against situations in which they feel they need to prove their personal worth. Challenges are frequently viewed negatively, instead of as an opportunity for personal growth.

Now I would not say that I think the “traditionalist” doesn’t believe that they can improve, but it seems that if they refer to the way things were in school as almost being utopian, do they not have a fixed mindset on what school could be?  I will tell you that I actually enjoyed school quite a bit (in most cases) but I am also jealous of the opportunities kids have now in school that I didn’t.  I also think that we need to continue to explore to make school better.

I am not saying things were bad when I was in school, but that was a different time and a much different world.  Shouldn’t teaching and learning progress alongside society at least, and maybe in some cases lead the way?  I believe that there are some things in school that still work for kids, but I would never say I am a traditionalist.

What do you think?


June 15, 2011

Track and Field

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The TMSD Track Meet was held on Monday, June 13th.  The Meet involved Gr. 5 to 8 students from Boissevain, Killarney and Minto and was held in Boissevain on a wet field.  Some notes from the day:

1.  Students were very attentive to the instructions given by Mr. Billaney to start the day.

2. The athletes were very cooperative, competitive and patient with the entire day as the track was quite wet.

3. One student returned home to say that he had a Great Day and everyone was so nice, got along and treated each other as equals!

What a great comment to hear! Doesn’t that just make your day! It does mine!

Track is as popular today as it was when Mr. Cameron ran the event at the Peace Garden.



April 22, 2011

Declaration of Education

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. White @ 10:28 pm

May 10th is:

A day to remind ourselves and our students that citizenship means asking questions, finding answers and standing up for what you believe in… and that education must mean that too. The plan is to collect all the answers we can and then tag them on twitter which will include the responses with those around the world.  Please give it a try?

Declaration of Education.

1. When and where do I learn best?

2. What does an ideal learning environment look like?

3. How closely do our current places of learning resemble our ideal learning environment?

4. What barriers to learning/growth exist within our current learning environments?

5. What will we do to make our current learning environments more perfect places to work and learn?

April 17, 2011

School Homepage

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I was told the other day that some people had overheard some parents saying they didn’t know the school had a HOMEPAGE ( which makes me wonder what information those parents have been missing.  I did hear that the most important page for some parents is the Cafeteria Menu. I received a phone call about an event not listed on the google calendar displayed on the the school website so I know that for that person the calendar is important.   As well, we were commended on having a goolgle calendar for the gym schedule.  I would like to know how the is used.

My Questions for you:

1. How do you use the school website?

2. What are most important on a school website?

April 6, 2011

What is New!

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As one returns from Spring Break we see a change  in a variety of things.  Extracurricular activities are changing with Baseball, Fastball and Track getting into full swing.  Many families have been away on holidays and the number of absent days for  holidays has really increased this year compared to previous years.   I read an interesting blog entry by someone I follow (George Couros).  He provided a question that is worthy of discussion with your child’s teacher.

1. How can we provide opportunities for our students to develop their learning while away without doing the traditional “worksheet packages” that have been sent in the past?

Someone asked how were the first few days upon returning from Spring Break.  Looking back to the two days “Variety” is the best word to describe them. From welcoming two new students from Columbia, course selections for next year, staffing, crosswalk responsibilities, an ailing classroom pet needing expert care, wet boots and socks, student issues, staff not feeling well, evaluations, practices, meetings, new haircuts, technology not working  to a few other things.

I would like to thank all our staff for their enthusiasm and compassion. By the way, we have great kids from K to 12 which means parents are doing some great things at their end. Thank You!

March 20, 2011

Saying and Doing Something Nice!

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When I do announcements I like to remind students to “Do something nice or Say something nice for someone that day!”  It is one of those messages that you hope is acted on throughout the student’s day.  Some students will be more confident in saying something nice or doing something nice for someone, others will find it challenging to move out of their comfort zone.

I was thrilled the other day as I passed through the Lobby.  Two High School students told me that they had taken the message of “Doing something nice” downtown and noticed an older lady trying to get her electric mobility buggy to move down the sidewalk.  These two gentlemen quickly went over and helped the lady through the snowbank.  What a great gesture.

The next day as I was standing in the hallway at the end of recess, I could see a group of Grade 4 boys coming quickly towards me.  It was obvious that they were excited about something.  One of the boys began to tell me how their whole group had found the opportunity to “Do something nice for Someone”.  I was impressed as I was told about how they had found a mouse (Vole, Shrew) and had moved it over to an area where it would be more safe.  They were confident that it would be okay until they checked on it the next recess.  Sure enough as I asked them if the “mouse” was still where they had left it and they replied that it was.  However, next recess,  the mouse had moved on as it wasn’t where they had provided it a safe haven.  What was important for me was they were recognizing how they felt by doing something nice for “Something!” It felt good!

March 13, 2011

Social Media

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List 3 ways that schools should use Social Media.  My 3 are: 1. Texting 2. Blogs 3. Podcasts

March 6, 2011

What are your thoughts?

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1. When have you felt successful in school?

2. When have you been the most proud of learning something?

3. What is the easiest part of school?What is the hardest?

5. What do you like about math/ELA/Science/Soc.St (pick one)?

6. When is math/ELA/Science/Soc.St (pick one) easy or fun for you?

7. When is math/ELA/Science/Soc.St (pick one) difficult for you?

8. What three things can I as the teacher do to help you become more successful as a student in this class?
9. What three things can you do as a student to help yourself be more successful this year?









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