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Sandy Hill Elementary students greet teachers as they pass by in a car parade on Monday.

VIDEO: Abbotsford’s Sandy Hill Elementary hosts car parade for students

Local school lets students know how much they miss them as COVID-19 delays classes

Sandy Hill Elementary students greet teachers as they pass by in a car parade on Monday.
Remote learning will begin on April 6. Black Press file photo.

Learning after spring break: more details from Abbotsford School District’s superintendent

Parents to receive call from teachers next week, asked to conduct survey to tailor learning needs

Remote learning will begin on April 6. Black Press file photo.
Students from Upper Sumas Elementary and Shaughnessy Elementary accepting the World War 2 combat boots as a gift from Veterans Affairs Canada. Photo courtesy of Veterans Affairs Canada.

Abbotsford elementary class celebrated as guests of honour at Veterans Affairs ceremony

Class embraced by veterans, Holocaust survivor for Remembrance Day project

Students from Upper Sumas Elementary and Shaughnessy Elementary accepting the World War 2 combat boots as a gift from Veterans Affairs Canada. Photo courtesy of Veterans Affairs Canada.
Abbotsford’s MEI is set to reveal its plans for a ‘virtual classroom’ in the coming weeks. (File photo)

Abbotsford’s MEI moving forward with ‘virtual classroom’

School set to let students and families know plans on April 2

Abbotsford’s MEI is set to reveal its plans for a ‘virtual classroom’ in the coming weeks. (File photo)
Abbotsford’s school trustees. Abbotsford School District photo taken by Jade West.

Abbotsford school trustees pen letter to community on COVID-19 crisis

Trustees ask for ‘patience, co-operation, and understanding,’ as situation develops

Abbotsford’s school trustees. Abbotsford School District photo taken by Jade West.
Abbotsford School District restricting access to public facilities to curb COVID-19 spread

Abbotsford School District restricting access to public facilities to curb COVID-19 spread

School events, programs, public rentals at district sites cancelled starting March 17

Abbotsford School District restricting access to public facilities to curb COVID-19 spread
Image sourced from Abbotsford School District.

‘Data dashboard’ informing decision making for Abbotsford’s board of education

Accessible student data highlights demographic trends, guides policy

Image sourced from Abbotsford School District.
COVID-19 fears prompt Abbotsford School District to cancel international trips

COVID-19 fears prompt Abbotsford School District to cancel international trips

Email sent to employees states travel to affected regions may require self-quarantine upon return

COVID-19 fears prompt Abbotsford School District to cancel international trips
The Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association offers the Project Safe Relationships for Youth program at four local schools. (Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay)

‘Safe relationships’ the focus of program offered at 4 Abbotsford schools

Abbotsford Restorative Justice partners with school district and University of the Fraser Valley

  • Mar 1, 2020
The Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association offers the Project Safe Relationships for Youth program at four local schools. (Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay)
Black Press file photo.

TOP 5: Most crowded Abbotsford schools

22 of 46 public schools running over capacity, but only five over 50%

Black Press file photo.
Poplar School shortly after construction in 1914. Students lined along and standing on porch railings. Note the boy climbing through the right window. The Reach Gallery Museum archives (Ref: P5593)

PHOTOS: Top 5 oldest schools in Abbotsford

Check out how some schools looked over 100 years ago

Poplar School shortly after construction in 1914. Students lined along and standing on porch railings. Note the boy climbing through the right window. The Reach Gallery Museum archives (Ref: P5593)
A photo taken on June 25, 2018 by a Ministry of Environment inspector shows 93 Land Company’s agricultural waste stored outside their storage facility.

Toxic-smelling company’s non-farm-use permit to face off against Abbotsford School Board

Manure facility across from elementary school allegedly cause of sick kids for three years

A photo taken on June 25, 2018 by a Ministry of Environment inspector shows 93 Land Company’s agricultural waste stored outside their storage facility.
Public’s need for bus service tops list in Abbotsford’s School District’s transportation review

Public’s need for bus service tops list in Abbotsford’s School District’s transportation review

Demand comes amidst budget challenges for transportation for district

Public’s need for bus service tops list in Abbotsford’s School District’s transportation review
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)