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Prairie Spirit School Division Computer Technology in the Gr. 4-8 Classroom Parent Expo

posted May 29, 2017, 9:52 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster

Prairie Spirit hosted a Parent Expo night Apr. 17 to show parents the use of Google technology in the division.  The evening featured Chromebooks and Google Classroom, allowing parents to experience a lesson using technology students use on a daily basis.  There were lively discussions and conversations throughout the evening and a greater understanding of how technology has changed the classroom experience.  We hope to have more Expos to help parents see the changes technology has brought to education.

Literacy Lead Teachers

posted May 26, 2017, 9:40 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster

A regular part of teaching and learning is assessing how students are doing with a variety of reading and writing skills.  Teachers set goals, work with students in the classroom, assess where the students are at, and repeat the cycle.  We are fortunate to have two literacy lead teachers who are available to help teachers with this teaching cycle.  Being able to interpret data with a colleague, see techniques modeled in the classroom, and be introduced to new resources is a benefit to our staff.  Brenda Atkinson (K-8 Literacy Lead) and Brett Dow (7-12 Literacy Lead) will be balancing their time between their classrooms and acting as literacy leads this fall.

New ELA Curriculum

posted May 26, 2017, 9:25 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster

Our existing curricula are updated every few years to reflect new research on how students learn best.  A new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students is being released this fall.  Two Prairie Spirit (PSSD) pilot schools (Glenboro School and Nellie McClung Collegiate in Manitou) will be involved in a three-year pilot of this curriculum.  School teams will meet regularly with schools from seven other school divisions to learn about new techniques, try them out in the classroom, and report back.  This pilot is being facilitated by the Manitoba Education ELA consultant.  The rest of our PSSD schools will also be introduced to facets of the curriculum over the next few years.  Curriculum implementation has evolved from the one-day inservice where we used to get a new document and a few hours of instruction.  Now we work with that material over a period of time and with the help of our colleagues to ensure that we can provide a variety of new experiences for our students.  Work has begun to rewrite the Grade 9 to Grade 12 ELA Curriculum.

Numeracy Evening for K-8 Parents - May 4th

posted Apr 20, 2017, 1:09 PM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster

Prairie Spirit School Division - Kindergarten Registration

posted Jan 24, 2017, 11:08 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster

Kindergarten registration will take place February 6th - February 17th, 2017.


Parents/guardians are asked to register their child by calling the appropriate school during the hours of 9:00 A.M - 12:00 Noon.  Please have the child’s Birth Certificate with you.


  • Baldur School - 204-535-2314
  • Cartwright School - 204-529-2357
  • Crystal City Early Years School - 204-873-2476
  • Glenboro School - 204-827-2593
  • Manitou Elementary School  - 204-242-2844
  • Holland School - 204-526-2179
  • Treherne Elementary School - 204-723-2737         
  • Ste. Marie School (Bruxelles) - 204-526-2185
  • Prairie Mountain Elementary-Swan Lake - 204-836-2855 (50/50 French Immersion Program)
  • St. Claude School Complex - 204-379-2441 (50/50 Bilingual Francais/English Program)


To be eligible to enter the Kindergarten Program in the fall, children must meet the following requirement:

  • Have attained the age of five years by December 31st, 2017.  (Born in 2012)

If you are unaware of your designated school and are eligible for transportation please contact Darryl Mason at the school division office, 204-836-2147.


Importance of a healthy balance between work and personal time.

posted Nov 25, 2016, 8:10 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster   [ updated Nov 25, 2016, 8:10 AM ]

The Board of Trustees of Prairie Spirit School Division recognizes the importance of a healthy balance between work and personal time.

In order to help support and encourage a positive balance we support our staff in waiting until the next school day in responding to communications after 3:30 pm (the end of the school day). Likewise, we do not expect our staff to respond to communications during the weekends.

In the case of urgent matters, staff may respond before the next school day.

Communications includes but is not limited to emails, SMS messaging and phone calls.


Keith Murray, Superintendent                          

Please join us in welcoming Jill Mangin to our Senior Administration team.

posted Sep 30, 2016, 6:33 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster

The Board of Trustees of Prairie Spirit School Division are pleased to announce that Jill Mangin will be joining our Senior Administration team. Jill will serve as Assistant Secretary Treasurer for the months of November and December, 2016; returning in July of 2017 as Secretary Treasurer. She is a graduate of St. Claude School, holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, and is a Certified Management Accountant as well as a Chartered Professional Accountant. We look forward to having Jill as part of our team and invite you to join us in welcoming Jill to Prairie Spirit School Division.

Notice: Orientation Day and First Day of School

posted Aug 8, 2016, 9:14 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster   [ updated Aug 8, 2016, 9:53 AM ]

Prairie Spirit School Division Fall Term commences September 7th, 2016 for Students. 
All schools are open on September 6th for Orientation Day.  Students are welcome to visit their classroom and bring their school supplies to school.  Bus service will commence September 7th.
Please visit your school's webpage for specific start-up schedule information.

Reading Apprenticeship

posted Jun 16, 2016, 12:12 PM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster   [ updated Jun 16, 2016, 12:13 PM ]

Reading Apprenticeship is an intensive reading program that has been introduced through Manitoba Education for middle-years and senior-years classrooms. Select schools are part of a three-year pilot program. A common language and reading strategies have been developed among three Prairie Spirit schools, in order to facilitate a successful transition for students between schools and content-area classrooms. The purpose of this program is to teach students specific skills used to read and comprehend a variety of challenging texts.

Students have benefited from using strategies across subject areas, such as: examining roadblocks, questioning, making connections, summarizing, predicting, collecting evidence, inferring, and collaborating ideas in order to increase comprehension. Teachers have seen students’ comfort levels increase while using specific skills. Critical thinking and improved literary engagement has been evident. The Reading Apprenticeship program will continue to grow within Prairie Spirit School Division and will give students the tools to become literate adults.

Assessing Reading Ability of Grade 7-9 Students

posted Jun 15, 2016, 8:08 AM by Prairie Spirit Webmaster   [ updated Jun 17, 2016, 8:32 AM ]

In Prairie Spirit we want our students to choose to read and to read for understanding. We need to determine how well they comprehend what they read. In order to create a common language across the division at all grade levels, we felt a common reading assessment tool would be beneficial. Teachers from various Grade 7 – 9 subject areas administered the RAD (Reading Assessment District) twice during the 2015-2016 school year. The RAD assesses how well students read for understanding in all their subjects.

We have gained a great deal of valuable data from the administration of the RAD throughout the school year. Areas of strengths and challenges of students have been identified. There appears to be a need for direct instruction of graphic organizers, identifying main ideas, and the supporting details for those main ideas. We also found students need to be taught how to question their comprehension, what strategies they have to attack various pieces of text, and how to apply those strategies to assist their comprehension. Teachers have used this information to inform instruction in the classroom. Many teachers identified that they have to have consistency when asking questions in all content areas, in order to build a common language for their students. Teaching the use of various graphic organizers has also proven useful, in addition to teaching a variety of reading strategies at all grade levels. 

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