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Superintendent's Message

Superintendant of Schools
Tracey MacMillan
Email: Tracey.MacMillan@sd87.bc.ca

To: Parents and Guardians; Faculty; Support Staff; Board Members

The 2020 / 21 academic year, for School District 87 (Stikine), will present opportunities for various beginnings – new classes, students, courses, materials and sometimes even a new community.

Newness alone, however, cannot produce transformation. We must be willing to personally and intellectually invest in the growth that is possible with each year. It presents us with the opportunity to make plans, devise instructional strategies, and implement ideas. Whether one’s responsibility is Stakeholder, Supervisor, Teacher, or as a member of the Support Staff, there is always room for improvement and designing collaborative approaches to do a good job even better.

We can be very proud of what we achieve in our schools (Atlin / Lower Post / Telegraph Creek / Dease Lake) and, thereby, in School District 87 (Stikine). It is because our resourceful personnel want to do what is best for the students. We fully embrace our foundational principles. Our objective is to encompass a holistic approach that enhances the learning success, protects and strengthens the unique cultural identity, and supports the wellness of the whole child. Consequently, we will establish flexible structures and processes that:

  • Develop a responsive learning environment that is culturally relevant for children at all stages;
  • Utilize community networks to support the school in meeting the needs of families;
  • Nurture and promote effective communication between family, school and community;
  • Welcome, promote and encourage community engagement and involvement in the education of children;
  • Support the successful transition from high school into career and post-secondary education.

School District 87 (Stikine) is making strides to address education issues and introduce initiatives. This will be achieved with commitment, dedication and leadership on many fronts. We, as a proactive educational community, have a role to play. We have to employ visionary leadership that emphasizes caring, confidence and optimism. As communicators, we have to create opportunities and recognize the true human potential of our students and staff for the good of the educational environment. Consequently, we will regularly promote the positives that take place in our schools.

Students are now experiencing major changes in how they will access education. Therefore, we have to be respectful and reflective of the desired outcomes and expectations of the educational community. We must: encourage a sense of confidence and pride within our children and communities; elevate community engagement and involvement in life-long learning; show evidence of increased education success; use a collaborative approach to early childhood development; increase collaboration between the SD 87 and the 3 Nation service providers; include relevant cultural components for all grades; and set the framework for successful graduation from career and post-secondary education programs.

We wish you well and encourage you to seek paths to enhance the educational experiences of our students in a warm and inclusive environment. We welcome you to a new, positive and professionally rewarding academic year at School District 87 (Stikine).

Tracey MacMillan
Superintendent of Schools
School District No. 87 (Stikine)

We would like to acknowledge that the lands on which we work and learn are the unceded traditional territories of the Tāłtān Kaska and Taku River Tlingit First Nations.

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