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Andrea Penner has been named the new vice-principal of MEI Elementary School.

New vice-principal named for MEI Elementary in Abbotsford

Andrea Penner has been teacher at the school since 1995

  • Feb 8, 2020
Andrea Penner has been named the new vice-principal of MEI Elementary School.
Shannon Thiesen using a SkyDrive to help paint the upper portion of the mural. (Patrick Penner photo)

Abbotsford school soon to be home of city’s largest mural

Project of one teacher helped by students, parents, teachers and community

Shannon Thiesen using a SkyDrive to help paint the upper portion of the mural. (Patrick Penner photo)
Heidi Smit Vinois, an advocate with BCEdAccess, spoke to the Abbotsford Schoool District board of education in May on a report detailing issues surrounding exclusion from school for children and youths with special needs.                                 Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford advocate says special needs inclusivity still lacks in schools

Suspensions declining in schools, but Heidi Smit Vinois says that’s just the tip of the iceberg

  • Jul 6, 2019
Heidi Smit Vinois, an advocate with BCEdAccess, spoke to the Abbotsford Schoool District board of education in May on a report detailing issues surrounding exclusion from school for children and youths with special needs.                                 Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
This map shows the proposed location for the upcoming Eagle Mountain elementary school. The district is now considering how to fund site acquisition for further future schools. (Abbotsford School District)

Abbotsford considering raising education fee on new developments

Fee, which funds property acquisition for new schools, hasn’t budged since 2007

  • Jun 16, 2019
This map shows the proposed location for the upcoming Eagle Mountain elementary school. The district is now considering how to fund site acquisition for further future schools. (Abbotsford School District)
Superintendent Kevin Godden with the Abbotsford School District says he believes the non-mandatory cost of school supplies do not put some students in potentially uncomfortable situations by declaring they are unable to afford those supplies. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News)

No student left behind by prohibitive fees, Abbotsford officials say

Approved 2019/20 fees include non-mandatory cost of school supplies

  • Jun 15, 2019
Superintendent Kevin Godden with the Abbotsford School District says he believes the non-mandatory cost of school supplies do not put some students in potentially uncomfortable situations by declaring they are unable to afford those supplies. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News)
Superintendent Kevin Godden with the Abbotsford School District brought a Rick Hansen Secondary School pitch for the Human Performance Academy to the school board, which approved the sports training school for next school year. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News)

Rick Hansen Secondary gets Abbotsford’s first multi-sport school

Human Performance Academy given nod by school board to kick off next school year

  • Jun 13, 2019
Superintendent Kevin Godden with the Abbotsford School District brought a Rick Hansen Secondary School pitch for the Human Performance Academy to the school board, which approved the sports training school for next school year. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News)
Trustee Freddy Latham with the Abbotsford school board sits on the committee that is digging deep into data on students who did not complete high school within the benchmark six-year timeline. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford School District digs deep into data to improve grad rates

Committee looks at where district can improve experience for students who struggle

  • Jun 9, 2019
Trustee Freddy Latham with the Abbotsford school board sits on the committee that is digging deep into data on students who did not complete high school within the benchmark six-year timeline. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford schools 2nd-lowest emitter among B.C. districts

Abbotsford schools 2nd-lowest emitter among B.C. districts

Emissions reduced by 19% from 2010 to 2017; goal for 2020 to reduce by 33%

  • Jun 6, 2019
Abbotsford schools 2nd-lowest emitter among B.C. districts
Parents and students from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School filled the Abbotsford School District board room Tuesday evening to call on the district to keep students at ATSS during seismic work. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Traditional parents happy with new direction on seismic work

School district’s options would keep students on campus during work

  • Jun 5, 2019
Parents and students from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School filled the Abbotsford School District board room Tuesday evening to call on the district to keep students at ATSS during seismic work. (Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News)
The Abbotsford School District has reached an education agreement with the Matsqui First Nation. File photo

Abbotsford schools sign education agreement with Matsqui First Nation

It’s the first agreement between the district and First Nation since the last one expired in 2005

The Abbotsford School District has reached an education agreement with the Matsqui First Nation. File photo
Superintendent Kevin Godden says the Abbotsford School District has hired more French immersion staff amid a shortage, lifting a freeze on new enrolments in the program.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford schools boost French immersion teaching staff

New hires come amid province-wide teacher shortage, lifts freeze on new enrolments

Superintendent Kevin Godden says the Abbotsford School District has hired more French immersion staff amid a shortage, lifting a freeze on new enrolments in the program.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
This painting of Dunach Elementary School in its early days, commissioned in the 1990s, was recovered from the now-closed school and sent to The Reach Gallery Museum archives.

Art recovered from Abbotsford’s now-closed Dunach Elementary

Art being stored in archives of The Reach after advocacy from former PAC president

This painting of Dunach Elementary School in its early days, commissioned in the 1990s, was recovered from the now-closed school and sent to The Reach Gallery Museum archives.
Last month, Abbotsford Middle School students Jenna Kim (left) and Jennifer Guthrie presented the findings of their research on the Bevan Avenue and Ware Street intersection, urging action on increasing safety by extending a school zone to the area.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford Middle students to be heard in city hall on traffic issue

Jennifer Guthrie and Jenna Kim studied crashes at intersection outside school, urge action on safety

Last month, Abbotsford Middle School students Jenna Kim (left) and Jennifer Guthrie presented the findings of their research on the Bevan Avenue and Ware Street intersection, urging action on increasing safety by extending a school zone to the area.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Parents and students from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School filled the Abbotsford School District board room Tuesday evening to call on the district to keep students at ATSS during seismic work.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Admin seeks ways to keep students at Abbotsford school during seismic work

Admin looking for ways to avoid using portables during construction on traditional campus

Parents and students from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School filled the Abbotsford School District board room Tuesday evening to call on the district to keep students at ATSS during seismic work.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Jennifer Brooks, recently re-elected as Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association president, presents at a public school board meeting.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Little change to Abbotsford teachers’ union executive

Jennifer Brooks, Doug Smuland keep president, labour relations seats; Liane Loeppky voted in as VP

Jennifer Brooks, recently re-elected as Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association president, presents at a public school board meeting.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Abbotsford School District Superintendent Kevin Godden hears questions and comments from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School parent Carelle McKellan at a public information session on seismic upgrades and further necessary maintenance work for the school in March.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford School District has enough portables to house ATSS students

Spokesperson says there are more considerations before committing free portables to traditional school

Abbotsford School District Superintendent Kevin Godden hears questions and comments from Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School parent Carelle McKellan at a public information session on seismic upgrades and further necessary maintenance work for the school in March.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News file photo
Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security.                                Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford School District surplus could drop to 1/3 of target range

District targets surplus of $3.8M to $5.8M, but that could drain to $1.3M by summer 2020

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security.                                Abbotsford News file photo
Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security. Abbotsford News file photo

Abbotsford School District expects extra $4.5M from ministry next year

Increase comes mostly from increases in funding rates and enrolment for ‘unique student needs’

Secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk addresses a crowd assembled for a forum on school security. Abbotsford News file photo
Rapper Duane “D.O.” Gibson is stopping in Abbotsford on Thursday at Clayburn Middle School to perform and speak to students.Submitted photo

Rapper D.O. Gibson coming to Abbotsford’s Clayburn Middle School

Gibson to perform, speak to students, using hip hop to convey a positive message

Rapper Duane “D.O.” Gibson is stopping in Abbotsford on Thursday at Clayburn Middle School to perform and speak to students.Submitted photo
Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association president Jennifer Brooks presents at a public school board meeting.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Abbotsford teachers enter collective bargaining with district

Seven meetings scheduled between district and union, running April 30 to June 27

Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association president Jennifer Brooks presents at a public school board meeting.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News