On behalf of the staff at Robert Service School, I would like to welcome everyone to the 2017-2018 school year! What an exciting year we have ahead of us!
It is an honour to be the principal of Robert Service School and to work with such a professional and dedicated staff. Before the students arrived at school, staff were busy developing their skills in the area of curriculum redesign and completing certification in Cultural Awareness 101 courtesy of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.
The current changes to curriculum are based on research and practices happening across Canada and all over the world. These changes involve taking a student-centered approach to learning and focusing on skill development. Curriculum is being redesigned in order to better meet the diverse needs of all learners and foster development of the essential skills and competencies they need for life in and beyond school. The objective is to engage students in their learning by providing a wider range of choices at school, on the land, and in the community. promotes and embeds an understanding of and appreciation for Yukon First Nations cultures, perspectives and reconciliation.
We will continue to build a positive school community and support our students in order to nurture their academic and social-emotional growth. This includes strengthening positive working relationships with the RSS school community and continuing to build a stronger and more positive learning environment to maximize success for all of our students. This will be our second year 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.
The very best I dare to hope. Hontl’ä̀t łä̂ wë̀täzul ghà dayjëshëdhit.
We have a very busy year ahead of us! I look forward to working with staff, students, parents, Elders, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, School Council, educational partners, and members of the Dawson community as we implement the changes to curriculum to deepen the learning experiences for our students.
If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to contact me.