The second annual Williams Lake Indian Band Parent/Teacher Night was held in Sugar Cane recently

Night promotes sense of belonging

The second annual Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) Parent/Teacher Night helps to build positive relations with school system.

In an effort to build positive relationships, the second annual Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) Parent/Teacher Night was held in the community of Sugar Cane at the Elizabeth Grouse Memorial Gymnasium recently.

The event was well attended by faculty from both the Williams Lake Secondary and Columneetza campuses of Lake City Secondary, and was hosted in an effort to build and strengthen relationships between WLIB parents and school district staff, and to initiate discussion on a number of topics of importance to parents and students.

The theme for the evening was “Everything you want to know about high school,” with the goal to provide information that could assist students and parents with the transition from elementary to high school.

Participants gathered in a traditional circle and parents were given the opportunity to engage district faculty on a variety of subjects including questions about electives, the Go To Team, how students with special needs are addressed and how a teacher determines a student’s learning style and enhances it.

Guests included the School District 27 superintendent Mark Thiessen and his son, various school district support staff, as well as the principal, vice principal and numerous teachers and counsellors from Lake City Secondary.

Also present as special guests were several members of the Williams Lake RCMP detachment.

The event was co-organized by the WLIB Education Department and Mike Levitt, secondary transitions counsellor and severe behavior consultant for School District 27.

As in the previous year, the event also included a pizza dinner followed by a friendly game of ball hockey. The WLIB students teamed with the Williams Lake RCMP detachment and challenged the faculty of Lake City Secondary.

“On behalf of WLIB’s education department I would like to thank all our students, their parents and our honoured guests for attending our parent/teacher night,” said Heather McKenzie, WLIB councillor and education manager. “The event was a great success, and we look forward to continuing the tradition in the future.”


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