Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey department updates

Early Childhood Education

Miranda Bernard has delivered educational, special needs and cultural resources to all the Kindergarten programs in all of our MK Communities. All the K4 programs have cultural resources that include an Indigenous library, book shelf, Seven Sacred Teachings classroom rug, tipi, waltes with blankets,  Ji’kmaqns, drums with drum sticks, headbands and smudge kits. The K4 Educators have a new K4 Curriculum with L’nuk Lesson plans that will be available on MK SIS this coming September.

Assessment

As you may have heard, in the 2021-2022 school year, our grade 7 students will be participating in a pilot of our own culturally-responsive assessment designed to identify each student’s strengths and areas for improvement in the area of literacy. The reading, viewing, writing, listening, and speaking tasks and activities of the assessment, though based on the Outcomes of the English Language Arts 7 Renewed Curriculum, will be in keeping with Mi’kmaw ways of Being and Knowing, and will include Mi’kmaw short stories, poetry, information texts, visual media, and artifacts.

A small, dedicated team of our teachers has been working on the assessment since February – thank you, team! – and, this summer, teams of teachers will be meeting to continue the development of the assessment. Participants will be paid for their work.

If you have any questions about the assessment, or if you would like to participate in one of the teacher teams this summer, please contact Sheldon Googoo at ac.unik@nodlehs or (902) 574-4059.

Wellness

Our Wellness Consultant has offered several wellness challenges this year and 2 were held during our most recent set of stay at home order. The first challenge asked people to share what they are doing to stay well physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually to our social media page. The second challenge was a yoga challenge. We had so many great entries! The winners for the first challenge were chosen through a draw. Congratulations to Darlene Anganis, Candice Paul, and Candice Bernard! The yoga challenge finished June 30th and all 5 participants received awards. Congratulations to Candice Paul, Melanie Paul, Charlene Paul, Cynthia Rose, and Nina Kent!

Elementary Math

Message from our Elementary math Consultant Kyla Bernard:

“It felt so good to step into a school to share resources with EEMS after lock down and online learning.  I am going to personally take these kits to teachers and and have a session about the contents.  I was so excited to come across math literacy kits with some nice art on the wooden counters, plus 25 books from all elementary math strands with accompanying Blackline Masters. Each school in MK from grades primary and one will have this in the classroom!”