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Welcome Summer! A Message from the Board Chair and Superintendent


With the 2015-2016 school year nearly complete, we're pleased to look back at the tremendous year it has been for students, staff and families in AVRSB, while we look ahead with excitement to the new school year. We thank everyone for working together to support student success this year, and wish all a safe and happy summer. 


School Bus Information for the 2016-2017 School Year


Whether your child is returning to the same school, starting Primary, or moving to middle or high school in September 2016, click "read more" for important school bus information for families.




Working Together Awards: Going Above and Beyond


Throughout the school year, AVRSB staff are invited to nominate a colleague for a "Working Together Award" to recognize those who go above and beyond expectations in working together for students and supporting coworkers. We're pleased to introduce our last group of nominees for the 2015-2016 school year, and we thank all nominees this year for making a positive difference at schools and work sites.

Congratulations to Mary Hanneman (New Minas Elementary/Port Williams Elementary/Evangeline Middle School), Sue Harvey, Mae Mundy, Denise Peach, Charmaine Salter and Michelle Singer (Hantsport School), Wendy Hudson (Hantsport School), Andrea Leslie (Clark Rutherford Memorial School), Melissa Lockhart (Central Kings Rural High/Cambridge and District Elementary/Somerset and District Elementary School), and Dwayne Poole and Randy Young (Kentville Operations Centre and Middleton Bus Garage).  


Report to the Community 2015-2016


We're pleased to share our annual Report to the Communitywhich highlights programs, partnerships and developments that have helped to support AVRSB's goals and the success of students in the 2015-2016 school year. We invite you to take a look inside to find out what is happening across our region.

View the AVRSB Report to the Community for 2015-2016

All Elementary Music Rooms Receive Drums as part of Treaty Education


As part of treaty education, all elementary music classrooms in AVRSB, and across Nova Scotia, are receiving traditional hand drums thanks to an initiative of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development working with the Millbrook Cultural Centre and Membertou Heritage Park. AVRSB music teachers received drums and professional development on the cultural significance of drumming earlier in June. All elementary students will be learning the Mi'kmaq Honour Song in September 2016.

CES Grade Fours Explore the Annapolis River in Mi'kmaq Culture


Champlain Elementary School’s grade four classes have been working closely with Native Student Advisor Marlene Joudry to learn about the connections between Mi’kmaq culture and the Annapolis River.


"Recorder Ninjas" Spread the Sound of Music at KCA


Anyone who is invited to hear a song on the recorder often expects to hear the simple song, Hot Cross Buns. At Kings County Academy School (KCA), grade 4 and 5 students learning the recorder can offer many more options and with varying degrees of difficulty. Music teachers Donna Rhodenizer and Joanna Simpson are training "Recorder Ninjas" to earn belts as they sharpen their skills, learn new songs and spread the sound of music throughout the school.


AVRSB Students Complete In.Business Program, Earn Awards


Eight AVRSB students have successfully completed the 2015-2016 In.Business program, a national mentorship program in business studies for indigenous youth, coordinated through Cape Breton University. Two participants from AVRSB received special recognition for their contributions to the program. 


Working Together Awards: Staff Supporting Students, Colleagues


Throughout the school year, AVRSB staff can nominate a colleague for a "Working Together Award" to recognize those who go above and beyond expectations in working together for students and supporting coworkers. We're pleased to introduce our latest group of nominees to be recognized for making a positive difference at schools and work sites: 

Congratulations to Elisabeth Brown (Somerset and District Elementary School), Cindy Dickie (Berwick and District School), Bill Doucet (Horton High School), Tammy Ewing-Taylor (Regional Office), David Molnar (Clark Rutherford Memorial School/Annapolis West Education Centre), Brad Pemberton (Coldbrook and District School Satellite Office), Gail Ruggles (Middleton Regional High School), Jeff Starratt (Avon View High School), Whitney VanBlarcom (Cambridge and District Elementary School/Central Kings Rural High School), the Staff of Cambridge and District Elementary School and the Staff of Brooklyn District Elementary School. Click "Read More" to learn about their contributions.  


AVRSB Welcomes Roberta Kubik as New Superintendent


At the June 15, 2016, Regular Board Meeting, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board voted to approve the selection of Roberta Kubik as the new Superintendent of Schools, culminating a process which included a national search. Ms. Kubik will join AVRSB effective August 1, 2016, succeeding current Superintendent of Schools Margo Tait.