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The following appear as an opinion piece in The Guardian on April 15, 2015.

The right education must be offered to every student

Parents, guardians, teachers, administrators and staff from schools across Prince Edward Island gathered in Charlottetown last week for the 62nd annual general meeting of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation.

The meeting included the discussion of and voting on policy resolutions brought forward by local associations, the collaborative development of questions for a Leaders Debate on Education, and workshops on a variety of topics.

The common themes that tied together all of our activities were equity and communication.

The 2015 PISA Tests

This spring, randomly selected 15 year old students in Prince Edward Island schools will be writing PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests.

PISA testing is administered independently in Canada by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and it is CMEC that selects which students at which schools will be writing the test. PISA testing is overseen internationally by the OECD, and there's an FAQ on its website that explains the basics of the testing.

Jaime Cole, 2015 Extra Mile Award Winner at Kinkora Regional High School

The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased to present three Extra Mile Awards during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  This award is given to a Island school teacher or staff person who demonstrates going “above and beyond the call of duty” making significant contribution to the lives of Island students in a positive and caring way.

In 2015 the Federation awarded three Extra Mile Awards, and due to weather the presentation of the final award was delayed to March 5, 2015 when it was presented to Jaime Cole, Principal at Kinkora Regional High School

Here are comments from people in the KRHS  community:

Provincial Lunch Program Resolution Updated

The resolution from Montague Consolidated School Home and School Association and Montague Regional High School Parent Council calling for the establishment of a Provincial Lunch Program has been updated following from a meeting with the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance and some additional research spurred by the meeting. The resolution has been broadened to include all children, and the “whereas” clauses have been supplemented with additional references.

The resolution is now titled Establish a Provincial School Lunch Program for All Island Children and this revised version is the one that should be discussed and voted on at your local meetings, and that will be brought forward at our Annual General Meeting on April 11, 2015.

Barbie MacQuarrie, 2015 Extra Mile Award Winner at Spring Park Elementary

The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased to present three Extra Mile Awards during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  This award is given to a Island school teacher or staff person who demonstrates going “above and beyond the call of duty” making significant contribution to the lives of Island students in a positive and caring way.

In 2015 the Federation awarded three Extra Mile Awards, and the second honouree was Barbie MacQuarrie, Administrative Assistant at Spring Park Elementary School.

Here are comments from people in the Spring Park Elementary community:

Kate MacSwain, 2015 Extra Mile Award Winner at Souris Regional School

The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased to present three Extra Mile Awards during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week.  This award is given to a Island school teacher or staff person who demonstrates going “above and beyond the call of duty” making significant contribution to the lives of Island students in a positive and caring way.

In 2015 the Federation awarded three Extra Mile Awards, and the first honouree was Kate MacSwain, Behaviour Resource Specialist at Souris Regional School.

Here are comments from people in the Souris Regional School community:

"Our objective is to meet the needs of every pupil in accordance with his particular abilities, aptitudes, interests and personality"

In June of 1968, PEI Minister of Education Gordon Bennett sent a letter to Kenneth MacLean, President of the Rural Development Council, inviting his group's participation in a “Consultative Committee” on education. The mandate of the committee was broad and the approach consultative:

The Department of Education and its co-partners - the teachers, trustees and parents - have done much over the past ten years to up date and up grade the quality and content of education, in spite of insurmountable financial problems. For the first time, given an adequate budget, the Department of Education, with the assistance and cooperation of all sectors of the province will be able to develop a total plan to meet the educational needs of our time.

PEIHSF Television Commercial

Here's a television commercial that will be airing on the CBC in Prince Edward Island in the days and weeks to come:

The commercial has its roots in a parent leadership project of the Bluefield Family of Schools: parent and educator members of the local associations in that family of schools wanted to encourage engagement by parents and guardians in their child's education, both directly and through home and school. The commercial serves as a reminder of both.

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