Earlier this fall, the school board discussed revising the criteria for the division Student Citizenship Award, including eliminating the academic requirement. To help guide their decision, the board used an online platform called Thoughtexchange to ask parents, school councils, students, principals, staff and community members this question:
As we re-examine our Division Citizenship Awards, what are the most important considerations for the School Board to keep in mind?
The exchange was open for 15 days — from October 30th to November 12th. 161 people participated in the exchange, submitting and rating 164 unique thoughts. We are pleased to share the results of this exchange in a public website.
“Thank you to all of our students, families, staff and community members for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Your voice has confirmed that we should continue to recognize Student Citizenship. We also heard you say that academics should not be a criteria for nomination, and more emphasis should be placed on community service, volunteering and other characteristics such as kindness and respect. We appreciate hearing your thoughts – it will help guide us in our decisions.”
Board of Trustees, Pembina Hills Public Schools