On behalf of the staff at Robert Service School, I would like to welcome everyone to the 2016-2017 school year!
It is with great respect and pride that I approach my role as principal, and I look forward to welcoming the students, staff and community to the beginning of the new school year at Robert Service School. This year will bring us closer together as we continue to build on creating a stronger school community that reaches out to our students and families and supports our students’ learning needs.
As a staff, we will do our best to support our students in any way that we can to nurture their academic and social-emotional growth. This includes strengthening positive working relationships with the RSS school community and building a stronger and more positive learning environment to maximize success for all of our students. This year we are implementing Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support (PBIS) to bring clear and consistent school-wide expectations for our students and staff. PBIS is a proactive approach to modeling behaviour that promotes positive behaviour and focuses on prevention, not punishment. Through teaching and practice, students learn about appropriate behaviour and how to become better citizens.
Becoming a PBIS school does not happen overnight and is at least a 5-year commitment. We are prepared to make this commitment, and as we move forward, we will continue to stay current with sound educational practices that strengthen the academic and social-emotional skills of our students. I look forward to fostering positive working relationships with staff, students, parents, Elders, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, School Council, educational partners, and members of the Dawson community. Further, RSS will strive to provide a welcoming, fun, safe, nurturing and culturally relevant learning environment where students are excited about coming to school.
If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to contact me.