School Bus Safety Week - October 20th - October 24th
Attention: Parents, Guardians and Community Members
The South Shore Regional School Board and Autism Nova Scotia, South Shore Chapter are pleased to announce a presentation regarding a new program that the SSRSB is introducing at the Secondary Level called PEERS.
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, and Dr. Fred Frankel in 2005 and has expanded to locations across the United States and the world. PEERS is a manualized, social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. It has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, but is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.
We would like to invite you to an evening presentation on Thursday, October 30th, with Doctor Elizabeth Laugeson author of the PEERS Program from UCLA, California.
Read more for registration information and to learn more about Dr. Laugeson.
The SSRSB Transporation Department adopted recent enhancements in ArcGIS technology to considerably reduce inbound call volumes and accelerate the process by which school boundaries and bus routes are assessed and generated.
Last year, Gilbert Jackson, Transporation Analyst, invented a way to reduce the high call volume by using ArcGIS web mapping tools to increase the flow of information to residents. He created an SSRSB catchment area map that allows users to enter a home address to find the associated school district and information related to schools.
After its launch, the Transporation Department experienced a 90% drop in calls from parents, real estate agents and school board staff enquiring about school catchment areas.
"The less time I spend fielding calls, the more time I can focus on reorganizing bus routes and making things as efficient as possible for our school board and taxpayers," said Mr. Jackson.
With the catchment area map success, the Transporation Department has been working on improving SSRSB school bus routes. Each year, the SSRSB needs to re-evaluate the 330 routes that the Board's 86 school buses travel to transport approximately 6,200 students to and from school. Mr. Jackson plans to launch the SSRSB's bus route web map on the SSRSB website in 2015 to further reduce the volume of inbound calls regarding bus routes.
The full story of the SSRSB's recent enhancements can be found in the Fall 2014 publication of ARC North News.
The South Shore Regional School Board is pleased to announce the launch of the SSRSB ROTATING ART SHOW. The main purpose of the art show is to celebrate art created in our school art programs. The SSRSB is committed to showing art made by Grade Primary to 12 students in the board offices. It is our belief that the community at large will benefit from the rotating art shows. Our guests and employees will be able to reflect upon and to admire the ideas, insights and emotions of our young people. Displays will change at Christmas break, March break and over the summer. Currently, we are displaying art work from New Germany Rural High School.