Departments

Student Services Department

Student Services Department

The staff of the Student Services Department of the Portage la Prairie School Division provides specialized clinical services to students throughout the Division, as well as generalized supports to our administrators, teachers, educational assistants and parents.  Our primary role is to support our students in taking full advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the Portage la Prairie School Division.

Staff

The Student Services Department supports the students, staff, and parents of the Portage la Prairie School Division by providing a variety of specialists.  The Division employs a Director of Student Services, four Psychologists, six Speech-Language Pathologists, a Strategic Initiative Learning Coordinator, an English as an Additional Language Consultant, a Literacy Coach, a School Social Worker/Attendance Officer, an Outreach Facilitator, an Aboriginal Academic Achievement Facilitator, and an Aboriginal Language Teacher.
If you feel that your school-aged child requires the services of one of these professionals, you can consult with the Resource Teacher at your child’s school.

Objectives

The general objectives of the Student Services Department include:

• Providing clinical services to meet the diverse needs of students
• Assisting school teams in guiding and supporting the programming and planning for all students
• Working closely with parents and school personnel to identify, assess and intervene to support students with speech and language difficulties, social/emotional problems and other learning difficulties
• Promoting both an awareness and understanding among teachers and parents of the difficulties experienced by students through the provision of workshops, consultation and special programs
• Working cooperatively with local agencies and community groups to establish effective community-based supports for students
• Promoting prevention programs both within the school and at a community level

Director of Student Services

The Director of Student Services is Rochelle Rands. Her primary responsibility is to organize supports for students throughout the school division, particularly those with special needs. The Director of Student Services is also responsible for coordinating the following programs:
• Aboriginal Academic Achievement
• At-Risk Funding
• Early Behaviour Intervention
• Early Childhood Development Initiative
• Low Incidence Funding
• Unified Referral and Intake System (URIS)

In supporting students across the school division, the Student Services Department works with school principals, school support teams, parents and collateral agencies to identify need and explore solutions.

Rochelle Rands can be contacted at:

Portage la Prairie School Division
535 3rd Street N.W.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 2C4
E: rrands at plpsd dot mb dot ca
T: 204-857-8756
F: 204-239-5998

Strategic Initiative Learning Coordinator

Lisa Shackleton is the Strategic Initiatives Learning Coordinator for the Division. Her role is to provide leadership and direction to all aspects of curriculum development and implementation including instruction, program delivery, student assessment and reporting practices. She supports and works collaboratively with principals and teachers to improve the achievement of all students. The general duties of the coordinator include:

• Assist the Assistant Superintendent with long-range divisional planning in the areas of curriculum implementation and instruction. Assist in the coordination and development of student assessment policies and reporting practices.
• Coordinate and monitor provincial assessment training and collection of divisional data related to the Provincial Assessments and Early Development Inventory.
• Communicate current research regarding a range of effective teaching and assessment practices through: reports at monthly administrative council meetings, resource/student services meetings, various committee meetings, or as requested at staff meetings, or by individual teachers.
• Liaise with Manitoba Education and Advance Learning, in order to readily locate information and resources for administrators and teachers in the areas of curriculum and assessment. Represent the school division on provincial committees in the areas of curriculum and assessment as requested.
• Develop, plan and monitor local and provincial grants: Middle Years Experiential Learning Grant, Basic French, Numeracy Grant, SmARTS and others as assigned.
• Coordinate and/or deliver Professional Learning Opportunities for staff in the assigned grant areas and the Division Strategic Plan as they relate to curriculum and assessment.
• Provide support and direction to resource teachers at monthly meetings in the areas of URIS, differentiated instruction practices, available resources, and assessment and reporting for students with special needs.
• Coordinate training for teachers in URIS and WEVAS.
• Meet with publisher representatives to stay current with curriculum materials and resources. Assist teachers and administrators in material and resource selections as requested.

Lisa Shackleton can be contacted at:

École Arthur Meighen School
201 River Road
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3W2
E: lshackleton at plpsd dot mb dot ca
P: 204-857-3405
F: 204-239-5943

Psychologists

At present there are four psychologists in the school division. The role of the psychologist is to:

• Assess students’ cognitive, behavioural and social-emotional development and identify their strengths and weaknesses
• Determine students’ processing and learning strategies and identify teaching interventions that can improve their learning
• Support and collaborate with school teams to develop and implement effective intervention plans that address behavioural, emotional, social and /or educational needs of students
• Consult with parents, school staff, and other service agencies regarding their concerns about students’ mental health needs and provide information on specific mental health issues
• Conduct risk assessments for students who may be a danger to themselves or others

Psychologist Assignments

Louise Lelievre:  École Arthur Meighen School, École Crescentview School, Oakville School
Karen Cormier: Hutterian Schools, Portage Collegiate Institute, Behaviour Support
Maxine Mutcher: Fort la Reine School, La Verendrye School
Melanie Caister: North Memorial, School Yellowquill School

Speech Language Pathologists

At present there are six Speech-Language Pathologist in the school division serving city, rural and Hutterian schools. The role of the Speech-Language Pathologist includes:

• Direct assessment of student’s speech and language disorders in order to develop in-school programs
• Training and supervision of speech/language assistants who carry out the programs at each school
• Training, modelling and establishment of communication systems/programming in regular and/or special classrooms (Learning Assistance Classes, Lifeskills)
• Organization of timetables and groupings for the speech/language assistants
• Presentation of in-service sessions for staff and parents related to speech/language and literacy issues
• Direct language enrichment with small groups of students through the Aboriginal Academic Achievement program
• Development of screening processes to assist with the early identification of children with speech/language difficulties
• Collaborating with school teams, parents and collateral agencies to support students across the Division
• Early years intervention (Welcome to Kindergarten planning, Preschool party)

Assignments for the Speech-Language Pathologists are selected to balance caseloads as much as possible.

Speech-Language Clinician Assignments

Hema Harrysingh, Communication Specialist, Fort la Reine School
Brenda Curle: Portage Collegiate Institute, Hutterian Schools, École Crescentview School
Alana Jack: Yellowquill School, École Arthur Meighen School, Oakville School
Rhonda Lyle: La Verendrye School
Marlaine Willborn: École Crescentview School
Britney Morrish: North Memorial School, Tupper Street Resource Centre, Portage Aboriginal Head Start, Preschool Wellness Fairs, BSSAP at North Memorial School

Aboriginal Academic Achievement Facilitator

The Portage la Prairie School Division employs Jill Fast for 100% of her time as the facilitator for the Aboriginal Academic Achievement program to work with the Director of Student Services in this area. The facilitator provides an important leadership role in looking after the on-going support to resource teachers and classroom teachers regarding effective learning strategies for aboriginal learners. The facilitator assists in identifying professional development needs and tries to match those with in-service opportunities. The facilitator also assists with school and Division planning, and coordinates the annual Division report on Aboriginal Academic Achievement.

Jill Fast can be contacted at:

Portage Collegiate Institute
65 3rd Street S.W.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 2B6
T: 204-857-6843 ext 1071
E: jillfast at plpsd dot mb dot ca

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Lori Carlson-Judson is the EAL Consultant for the Division for 75% of her time.
She supports students whose first language is one other than English. There are many types of EAL students; those who are newcomers to Canada, or born in Canada to parents who speak their first language in the home, or children born in Canada whose first language is not English.

The support to new families includes:
• Facilitate school registrations and intake meetings - arrange for interpreters when needed
• Provide information about the new school community to the family
• Describe support programs/services available from the School Division
• Explain important school norms and rules, such as those outlined in the Code of Conduct
• Explain schedules and procedures
• Explain the School Division’s assessment process and reporting methods
• Offer support to students and families when needed 

Also, if you have pre-school aged children, please contact her for information on preparing your child for school.

Lori Carlson-Judson can be contacted at:
E: lcarlson-judson  at plpsd dot mb dot ca
T: 204-857-7861 extension 232

Literacy Coach

Sandi Shaw-Lyons is the K-3 Literacy Coach for the division. She supports and works collaboratively with principals and teachers to improve the literacy achievement of all students.

The support and collaboration may include:
• Demonstrations, one-on-one coaching, professional learning groups, or grade groups
• Providing content knowledge and resources about learning and teaching literacy including teaching strategies, assessment techniques, assessment of reading skills, interpretation of assessment results, and classroom routines and practices that promote literacy
• To work with teachers to improve their evaluation measures of students' achievement
• Research and prepare materials and information regarding a range of effective and innovative literacy practices through various activities including professional development workshops
• Developing monitoring and evaluating school literacy plans and initiatives

Sandi Shaw-Lyons can be contacted at:
Fort la Reine School
36 13th Street N.W.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 2T5
E: sshawlyons  at plpsd dot mb dot ca
T: 204-857-7687
F: 204-239-5740

Numeracy Coach

Patti Lawrence is the Numeracy Coach for the division. She supports and works collaboratively with principals and teachers to improve the numeracy achievement of all students.

The support and collaboration may include:
• Demonstrations, on-on-one coaching, professional learning groups, or grade groups
• Providing content knowledge and resources about learning and teaching numeracy including teaching strategies, assessment techniques, assessment of numeracy skills, interpretation of assessment results, and classroom routines and practices that promote numeracy
• To work with teachers to improve their evaluation measures of students' achievement
• Research and prepare materials and information regarding a range of effective and innovative numeracy practices through various activities including professional development workshops
• Developing monitoring and evaluating school numeracy plans and initiatives

Patti Lawrence can be contacted at:
École Arthur Meighen School
201 River Road
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3W2
E: plawrence  at plpsd dot mb dot ca
T: 204-857-3405
F: 204-239-5943

School Social Worker/Attendance Officer

June Murray is the School Social Worker and Attendance Officer for the Division. She provides services to all schools within the Portage la Prairie School Division upon request from school administrators, parents, or referring social agencies. The School Social Worker Attendance Office services include:

School Social Worker Services

• Consultation with school administrators, teachers and parents to assist students who are experiencing social/emotional/behavioural difficulties in home/school community
• Individual counselling and support to students
• Family counselling and support to parents
• Group counselling for students
• Parent education

Attendance Officer Services

• Follows up on reports of school-aged children who are truant
• Works with school staff, parents and the child in identifying and resolving issues that will see the child attending school regularly as soon as possible
• Accesses alternative learning programs for students
• Advocates for student’s rights to attend school
• Investigates circumstances which are impacting school performance or attendance

June Murray can be contacted at:

Student Services Department
32 5th Street  N.E.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 1J2
T: 204-857-7861 ext 231
F: 204-239-5994
E: jmurray  at plpsd dot mb dot ca

Outreach Facilitators

Cori Asham and Scott Thorsteinson are the Outreach Facilitators for the Portage la Prairie School Division. They supports students, families and schools throughout the Division. The Outreach Facilitators' services include:

• Helps to maintain a connection between home and school
• Supports families in order to improve attendance concerns of students in the early years
• Helps to establish a workable plan to reconnect students with the school
• Work with school teams to support the programming and planning of students

Cori Asham can be contacted at:

North Memorial School
410 6th Avenue N.E.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0B4
E: cori dot asham at plpsd dot mb dot ca
T: 204-857-4564
F: 204-239-5964

Scott Thorsteinson can be contacted at:

Yellowquill School
3000 Crescent Rd. W.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3C4
E: sthorsteinson at plpsd dot mb dot ca
T: 204-857-8714
F: 204-239-5906

 

Resource Teachers

Assist school teams and parents in accessing supports for students.

École Arthur Meighen School – Angela Mills
École Crescentview School – Traci Turko
Fort la Reine School – Tanis Mauws
Hutterian Schools – Diane Wing, Tannis Andrich
La Verendrye School – Pam Frank, Jennifer Borgfjord
North Memorial School – Faye Maly
Oakville School – Darren Reichert
Portage Collegiate Institute:
Darren Reichert - Grade 9
Shannon Mulvey – Grade 10
Charlotte Mason – Grade 11
Marie Bertholet – Grade 12, Pre Employment Program
Lori Carlson-Judson – Senior Lifeskills Transition Planning
Yellowquill School – Joanne Sponarski-Mynott, Jennifer Adamson

Guidance Counsellors

Guidance Counsellors are assigned to all Portage la Prairie School Division schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The Portage School Counsellors’ Association also includes: Division Psychologists, Social Worker and Addiction Foundation of Manitoba Counsellors. Together, we organize programs with the Division to help foster the growth of all children.

Guidance Counsellors

École Arthur Meighen School – Paulette Rheault
École Crescentview School – Paula Neill
Fort la Reine School – Claudia Sanderson
La Verendrye School – Sheryl Ross, Kirstin Blight
North Memorial School – Robin McCartney
Oakville School – Greg Burnett
Portage Collegiate Institute:
Kellee Clifford-Bousquet – Grade 9
Dana Pruden – Grade 10, Senior Lifeskills
Kim Tooth – Grade 11, Long Plains
Marie Bertholet – Grade 12 and Pre-Employment Program (PEP)
Carol Stewart (Career Counsellor and Mature Students)
Yellowquill School – Charmaine Rodgers

Addiction Foundation of Manitoba Counsellor

Brenda Miller-Adams   
Portage Collegiate Institute  
65 3rd Street S.W.
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 2B6  
T: 204-857-6843 ext 11607

Barry Rud
Prevention-Education Consultant/Counselor
Portage Middle Years School Based Services
9 Saskatchewan Avenue W.
PO Box 1160
Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3J9
T: 204-857-8383
F: 204-239-4860

Student Services Policies

IFD:  Programs for Students with Special Needs

IFF:  Individual Education Plans

IHA:  Early Identification

Student Services Documents

Appropriate Educational Programming in Manitoba:  Standards for Student Services (2006)


Online Support

www.rainbows.ca(largest international non profit organization committed to helping children and teens grow and grieve after loss)
www.kidshelpphone.ca
www.manitobatriplep.ca (Positive Parenting resources)
www.tsfrc.com (Tupper Street Family Resource Centre)
www.ruralsupport.ca (telephone and online counselling for farmers, rural and northern Manitobans)
mac.mb.ca (Friendship Centres)
www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/ (MB Public Health)
www.klinic.mb.ca/counsel-crisis.htm (Crisis line numbers)
www.areyouok.ca (Central Region Suicide Hotline)
www.southernhealth.ca/service.php?id=76 (Regional Health Authority Mental Health)
www.anxietybc.com (Anxiety Information Website)
www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/ (Child & Family Services)
www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/for_sake_of_children.html (For the Sake of the Children)
www.abuseprevention.ca/services/ (Family Abuse Prevention Centre)
www.rootsofempathy.org (Roots of Empathy)
www.childfind.ca
reasontolive.ca (Manitoba Suicide)
afm.mb.ca/resources/fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-fasd

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Operations / Transportation

Portage la Prairie School Division
Transportation Department
3000 Crescent Rd. W.
(behind Yellowquill School)
Portage la Prairie, MB
T: 204-857-5841
F: 204-239-7275

Tom Henry - Supervisor of Operations  ( thenry  at  plpsd dot mb dot ca )
Marilyn Bachalo - Assistant Supervisor - Transportation  ( mbachalo  at  plpsd dot mb dot ca )

MSDS Form - Enter WellNet MSDS Site

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