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Charlottetown Family of Schools – Rezoning Decisions re Spring Park Elementary

December 12, 2018

Students from Orchard Hill and Lewis Point Park who are in English programs at Spring Park Elementary will be rezoned to West Royalty Elementary. The transition will begin in September 2019 with K-2 students, and Grades 3-6 students may choose to continue at Spring Park or transfer to West Royalty.

This decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch at a public meeting on December 12, 2018.

The rezoning will address overcrowding at Spring Park and keep both Spring Park and West Royalty within their functional capacity. The number of student transitions will be minimized as some students who were rezoned in the past will not have to move again.

This decision follows a review of Charlottetown schools in the summer of 2018 when three options were presented to the board. The Board deferred its decision on elementary schools to allow for more analysis.

Option 1, which was the decision to move Spring Park students to West Royalty, was chosen by the board for several reasons:

  • It will address overcrowding at Spring Park.
  • It will balance elementary populations by zoning close to 500 students to each school.
  • It can be phased in over time while enabling siblings to remain together and minimizing the number of student transitions.
  • Orchard Hill and Lewis Point are adjacent to West Royalty, making them a natural fit with this school community.
  • The option can be implemented by September 2019.
  • Planning is underway for a new addition to open at West Royalty in 2020.
  • Option 1 was the one that the public preferred during the consultations in all platforms.

This rezoning is one of several recent initiatives undertaken by the Public Schools Branch to address growing and shifting student populations in the Charlottetown area:

  • The rezoning implemented in 2017 effectively balanced the intermediate school populations.
  • Construction began this year on classroom additions at Stratford Elementary and L.M. Montgomery to address overcrowding in elementary schools and provide room for growth.
  • The addition of a new wing at West Royalty Elementary was expedited by one year and will now be ready for students in 2020.
  • Plans have been announced to balance Charlottetown high school populations by constructing a new $38 million high school in Stratford.

Projected Enrolment Numbers for Spring Park Elementary and West Royalty Elementary.

For additional information please visit Charlottetown Family of Schools Review.

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2019 Late French Immersion Information Meeting Dates and Times

Parents and students are reminded that Late French Immersion information meetings are continuing this month at:

Birchwood Intermediate
For grade six students currently enrolled at Stratford and Prince Street Elementary Schools on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. (Storm date: Wednesday, February 23)

Queen Charlotte Intermediate
For grade six students currently enrolled at Spring Park, West Kent, West Royalty and St. Jean Elementary Schools on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. (Storm date: Wednesday, February 20)

Kensington Intermediate Senior High
For grade six students currently enrolled at Kensington and Kinkora Families of Schools on Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Montague Intermediate
For grade six students currently enrolled at Cardigan, Georgetown, Southern Kings, Belfast, Vernon River, and Montague Consolidated Schools on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Elementary feeder schools will receive registration forms to distribute to Grade 6 students. Registration Week is March 4 – March 8 for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week – February 11 to 16

Teacher and Staff appreciation week is the time of the year where students as well as parents thank teachers and other school staff for their hard work and support. The Public Schools Branch also wants to thank our teachers and staff for their incredible efforts.

We thank our teachers and staff for everything they do each and every day to improve the lives of those entrusted in their care. We truly appreciate all the time and energy they devote to young people and their profession. Their efforts make the school experience more enjoyable and pleasant for students.

The work our teachers and staff do creating wonderful learning environments inspires students to be the best they can be.

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2019 Loran Scholarship Award

Congratulations to Kensington Intermediate High School’s Marilyn Sheen on winning the prestigious $100,000 Loran Scholarship Award! This scholarship is awarded on the basis of leadership, service, and character. The entire KISH and PSB educational community are so proud of Marilyn and her success.

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Late French Immersion Registration Information

If you are considering Late French Immersion in September, 2019 you are invited to attend an information meeting to learn about the program. On Prince Edward Island, this is a program offered at the intermediate level, beginning at grade seven.

Grade Seven Late French Immersion program is currently offered in Kensington Intermediate Senior High, East Wiltshire Intermediate, Stonepark Intermediate, Queen Charlotte Intermediate and Birchwood Intermediate.

When: Registration for Late French Immersion will be held March 4 – 8th.

Where: Information sessions with be held at each school. The dates are listed in the document below.

East Wiltshire Intermediate – Thursday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.
Stonepark Intermediate – Thursday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.
Birchwood Intermediate – Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Queen Charlotte Intermediate – Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 p.m.
Kensington Intermediate Senior High – Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.
Montague Intermediate – Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m.

2019 Late French Immersion Dates and Registration Form (151KB)
2019 Late French Immersion Program Information (1MB)

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