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To provide a positive and safe learning environment that encourages continuous growth.
Tradition of Excellence
Bruce students have helped maintain the "Tradition of Excellence" whether it be in academics, athletics, special achievements, citizenship or one of the many co-curricular and enrichment activities. The success we celebrate is the result of the teamwork and support of the staff, parents and community, and for this we thank you all!
Bruce students have helped maintain the "Tradition of Excellence" whether it be in academics, athletics, special achievements. citizenship or one of the many co-curricular and enrichment activities. The success we celebrate is the result of the teamwork and support of the staff, parents and community, and for this we thank you all. Have a safe and wonderful summer.
Opening Day Triad Conferences
Student – Parent – Teacher
September 3rd & 4th
Bruce Middle School is once again offering parents and students an opportunity to meet with teachers on September 3rd & 4th before fall classes begin. The purpose of these meetings is to promote open and ongoing communication between home and school.
Beginning Monday, June 16th at 8:30 AM to Tuesday, September 2nd 4:00 PM, an interview can be booked on line using the Bruce Middle School Conference Manager. This application allows you, as a parent, to use the Internet to check our teachers’ conference schedules and book appointments quickly and easily. Please book an appointment with your child’s B.L.A.S.T. teacher only.
The ﬁrst time you use the Bruce Middle School Conference Manager you will be required to register and create a parent account, which only takes a minute or two. You can continue to use this same account for the duration of the time you have children in this school, so please record your password where you can reference it later. Please note that although parents can register at any time, the booking of conferences can only begin at or after 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 16th 2014
Letters have been sent home indicating student’s B.L.A.S.T. group.
Interview Schedule and Procedures for September 3rd and September 4th 2014
The interviews will take place on the following dates and times:
September 3rd 2014 September 4th 2014
• 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Steps to registering and booking conferences:
1.Click on this link to Triad Conference registration.
2.Register for a parent account. To register, click the REGISTER NOW button and complete the registration page. Once registered you will be able to log in to the Conference Manager right away. An email will also be sent to the address you speciﬁed. This email restates your user name and password and is a good email to retain, as you will use the same email and password when booking future rounds of Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you forget your password you can reset it using the FORGOT PASSWORD link under the login button. Once registered you can log in to the Conference Manager any time
3.Click the BOOK NOW button. Select conference date in the date drop-down that appears and then select the teacher(s) you wish to meet with and click the NEXT button. To coordinate bookings involving multiple teachers, select all the teachers applicable to your child(ren) with whom you wish to meet.
4.Click on an available time slot for each teacher you selected and complete the booking form that appears. You should see the booking appear in the summary list on the right hand side of the screen. A conﬁrmation email is sent for each booking you make or subsequently cancel. You will also receive a reminder and conference itinerary by email.
5.Conﬁrm your appointments have been booked by looking at the “CURRENTLY BOOKED CONFERENCES” box on the right of the screen or click on the MY CONFERENCES tab. Only appointments that appear in the CURRENTLY BOOKED CONFERENCES box or on the MY CONFERENCES page are conﬁrmed bookings.
6.When ﬁnished booking, click the log off button located at the top right of the browser window. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the use of the Conference Manager to the school administration through a user survey before completely exiting. We appreciate you completing the survey as this helps guide our decision-making regarding how conferences are booked in the future.
Important Information for Parents of Grade 8 Students
This year has been a very exciting year for our middle years students with the implementation of the iPad initiative in Grades 6-8. This project is one part of the St. James-Assiniboia School Division's commitment to enhancing learning environments by promoting digital workspaces for students K-12. As your son/daughter transitions to Grade 9 in 2014-2015 students will continue to be given the opportunity to utilize technology during their school day. Although the division will not be providing one iPad for every Grade 9 student, students are welcome to bring their own device to school. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a Division initiative in SJASD designed to embrace the mobile devices that students have available and bring to school daily. Allowing students to use their own devices in class will enable them to be more productive at
school by allowing them to take notes, access digital resources and information whenever and wherever they need it. Participation in this initiative is completely voluntary and is a choice made by families. Please be advised that teachers will allow the use of these devices in their classrooms and at school as long as they are used to support learning. For students entering Grade 9, BYOD is the continuation of the digital learning environment in which they were immersed in Grade 8.
The following is general information about the Grade 9-12 BYOD Learning Environment. If you have any other questions please contact your school principal.
What devices will be supported?
Students are welcome to use iOS or Android tablets or Smartphones as well as Mac or Windows based laptops. Given the form factor, a tablet or laptop will better meet the needs of the students learning experiences.
When can students bring their devices?
Students will be invited to bring their device after they have signed exhibit IJNDC-E-2 Student Acceptable Use Agreement and completed any required forms that the IT Department may require to allow their device to access the Division’s wireless network.
Where can students use their devices?
Students will be allowed to use their devices in the classroom and throughout the school to support their learning. There will be guidelines governing acceptable, appropriate and safe use of these devices. Although students are using their personal devices, they are expected at all times to adhere to the Acceptable Student Use of Digital Technologies and Electronic Communication policy (IJNDC, IJNDC-R). Infractions of the policy will result in suspension of all wireless access to the Division network.
What happens if my child loses or damages their device at school?
Students are responsible for their device at all times. The Division cannot accept responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen devices.
Will they be able to charge their Device at school during the day?
Due to the number of students we expect will want to participate in the BYOD initiative, we cannot reasonably expect to provide charging facilities in school for student owned devices. Students will need to ensure that their devices are fully charged when they arrive at school.
Tell me more about the Acceptable Use Agreement.
The Acceptable Student Use of Digital Technologies and Electronic Communication policy (IJNDC, IJNDC-R) clearly stipulates acceptable and prohibited uses of the Division network infrastructure. The intent of the BYOD initiative is to support learning, not to allow students to text their friends during class. Providing students the opportunity to use their devices in school also comes with the expectation that students will do so in a responsible manner. Although the device belongs to the student, by choosing to use the device on the Division network, students also agree to abide by Division policy. While we will not confiscate personal devices belonging to students in cases of infractions, we will disable all network access to student devices in these situations.
My child doesn’t have a device to bring to school. Are there plans in place for these students?
Yes. Each High School will be provided with a limited pool of devices that will be available to teachers to use in their classes with students who may not have a personal device.
What if my child needs support using their device or getting it connected?
If necessary, IT Department staff will assist students in getting connected to the school WiFi network. Beyond establishing a connection to the network, all other technical issues related to the device will be the student’s responsibility to troubleshoot.
If you have any further questions please contact your child’s school principal.
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NEW at Bruce Middle School
In an effort to improve communication between the school and home we have adopted two new tools. Instead of sending home a monthly newsletter, we will be posting all news items to a newsblog. Please click here to see what has been going on at Bruce!
Also, students and staff at Bruce are using Edmodo to keep track of their assignments, communicate with teachers and hand-in assignments. Each student account also comes with an attached parent account. To access the parent account, ask your son or daughter to login to Edmodo and you will see your parent code located in the sidebar.