Staff News (Archived)
Sarah Comerford Named 2017 Builder Among NL Music Educators
MacDonald Drive Junior High
Posted: Wed Nov 01 00:00:00 NDT 2017

In co-operation with its Provincial and Territorial Affiliates, the Canadian Music Educators’ Association seeks to recognize those who advance music education in any Canadian province, through building community or establishing significant collaborative efforts, with the CMEA/Acme Builders Award.

The NLTA Music Special Interest Council is pleased to present the 2017 Builders Award for Newfoundland & Labrador to Sarah Comerford.

Sarah Comerford currently teaches instrumental music and social studies at Macdonald Drive Junior High in St. John’s. She has received undergraduate degrees in music and music education and holds a masters degree in instrumental conducting from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  Active in the music community, Sarah has served on various music festival committees, is Past- President of the NLTA Music Special Interest Council, and performs with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Lady Cove Women’s Choir.

The CMEA/Acme Builders Award is presented annually to a music educator who brings honour to the profession by demonstrating one or more of the following:

  • Building a more unified community of music educators;
  • Raising the profile of the value of music education in Canada;
  • Making a significant contribution to inter-provincial or national initiatives in music education;
  • Establishing sustainable collaborative initiatives in music education; and,
  • Developing mentorship initiatives for newer and/or pre-service music educators.

Throughout her career thus far, Sarah has worked extremely hard to develop and build the music program not only for her school but for our province. She regularly acts as a cooperating teacher for interns from Memorial University, works tirelessly to find innovative ways to engage students, is a successful grant applicant for building the instrument inventory at her school and regularly presents professional development sessions to teachers across the province.

Elizabeth Ares, principal of Leary’s Brook Junior high writes “Sarah is the epitome of what it means to be a 'builder.' She is innovative, creative, collaborative, socially-just, flexible, hard working and dedicated. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious and inspirational.”

Congratulations Ms. Comerford!

View Full Story
CAP Winter Journal Submission
Posted: Tue Oct 31 00:00:00 NDT 2017

Please find attached details on submitting to the next addition of the CAP Journal. Deadline is December 15, 2017.

View Full Story View Attachment
Media Smarts Digital Workshop Available for New Teachers
Posted: Fri Oct 20 00:00:00 NDT 2017

In their first visit to the province, Media Smarts, Canada's Center for Digital and Media Literacy, is offering a Digial Workshop in St. John's.

This session will focus on preparing new teachers to assist students in successfully and ethically navigating the digital world.

Information on the location and time of the presentation is available on the attached poster.

View Full Story
Registration for TESIC BGM and Education Sessions Open
Posted: Thu Oct 19 00:00:00 NDT 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 Biennial General Meeting of the Technology Education Special Interest Council (TESIC) of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association. Meetings and education sessions are scheduled to take place starting November 17, 2017 at the Holiday Inn, 180 Portugal Cove Road in St. John's.

Information on education sessions available, as well as a direct link to register is accessible through the attached document. 

For more information, follow TESIC on Twitter - @nltatesic


View Full Story View Attachment
Memorial Highlights Alumni
Carbonear Collegiate
Posted: Thu Sep 14 00:00:00 NDT 2017

The District is always pleased when our staff members throughout the province are honoured with special recognition for their efforts. Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador highlights deserving alumni each month by showcasing their achievements and providing some further details on what makes the individual unique and inspiring. For September, 2017, that alumnus is Carbonear Collegiate's Edward Jarvis, who marks his 27th year teaching this year.

To read the article and learn more about Mr. Jarvis background as well as details on Memorial's Alumnus of the Month program, visit the article here.



View Full Story
Helping School and Students Make Health Choices
Posted: Thu Sep 14 00:00:00 NDT 2017

There are lots of people who work behind the scenes to make sure our administrators and teachers have access to the tools and services they need to provide a happy, healthy educational experience for our young learners.

In partnership with the regional health authorities, the District has a number of school health promotion liaison consultants throughout the province to promote health within the regions.

Recently, Eastern Health profiled Krista Manning and Peggy Orbasali, two of the consultants in the Avalon region to highlight how health and education go hand in hand and are being supported by staff members throughout the education system.

Click here to read more from the Storyline article.

To find the school health promotion liaison in your area, click here.

View Full Story
Fentanyl Fact Sheet
Posted: Tue Sep 05 00:00:00 NDT 2017

As school gets underway for the 2017-18 school year, the District is once again making an important health-related fact available for school communities.

Please find attached a fact sheet prepared by the Department of Health and Community Services about the dangerous drug fentanyl.

Should you have questions or concerns, please discuss them with your school or a medical practitioner.

View Full Story View Attachment
NL Teachers Receive Prime Minister's Award
Posted: Mon Jun 12 00:00:00 NDT 2017


Two educators within District schools in Newfoundland and Labrador have each received one of the country's highest honours for the 2016-17 school year - the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. Waterford Valley High School (St. John's) educator John Walsh and Belanger Memorial School (Doyles) teacher Kristy Boland have each been named to this year's list of recipients based on their dedication to education and approach to engaeding their students to encourage a deep understanding of core subjects like Math, Chemistry, Physics, and technology.

Information on John Walsh's nomination and Certificate of Achievement can be VIEWED HERE.

Information on Kristy Boland's nomination and Certificate of Achievement can be VIEWED HERE.

Congratulations from your colleagues and co-workers throughout the District.

View Full Story
SKHS Teacher Recognized for Young Worker Safety
St. Kevin's High School
Posted: Mon Jun 12 00:00:00 NDT 2017
St. Kevin's High School teacher John Goldsworthy receives the Health and Safety Educator of the Year Award for 2016/2017 from WorkplaceNL Executive Director Brian Delaney.

A St. Kevin's High School educator has been named WorkplaceNL's Health and Safety Educator of the Year for 2016/17. Mr. John Goldsworthy, who teachers Occupational Health and Safety 3203 and Career Development as well as mentors the Workplace Safety students competing with Skills Canada, has been recognized for his efforts to promote and advance young worker safety in the province.

Goldsworthy was recognized for his efforts at a special assembly at St. Kevin's High in early June. More information on the award and the WorkplaceNL initiative can be found HERE.

View Full Story
Sharing the Love of Reading in Black Tickle
Posted: Tue May 23 00:00:00 NDT 2017
Corner Brook's Krista Conway works as a teacher in Black Tickle, Labrador (Photo credit: CBC News)

A west coast woman who now teaches in Labrador has been overwhelmed by the response received following an appeal for book donations for new books for her small school. Krista Conway is originally from Corner Brook, but now teaches at St. Peter's School in Black Tickle. Having exceeded her goal of being able to purchase a new book for each of student, the school has decided to pay it forward and send the additional books along to other schools along the coast, so they too can enjoy the experience the students of Black Tickle have had recently.

CBC News in Labrador spoke with Conway recently about the appeal and the support received.

CBC News NL (May 22, 2017) - View news story HERE.

View Full Story
Labrador Teacher Wins Title at National Convention
Posted: Mon May 15 00:00:00 NDT 2017
Introducing the new game of 'gaga ball', Shane Morgan has the respect of his students. (Photo credit: CBC News NL)

A Labrador physical education teacher has received high praise for his efforts to motivate and inspire his students. Shane Morgan teaches and coaches at Lake Melville School in North West River and recently received the title of Physical Educator of the Year at the 2017 Physical and Health Education Canada Conference held earlier this month in St. John's.

CBC Labrador recently profiled Morgan and his students to find out how his approach attracts students to his classes and what makes him such a great educator.

CBC News NL (May 15, 2017) - View news story HERE.

View Full Story
Doodle 4 Google Honours Canada's 150 Anniversary
Posted: Thu Mar 16 00:00:00 NDT 2017

As users and supporters of Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and G-Suite products and programs, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is pleased to partner with Google Canada to encourage participation in an exciting initiative in celebration of Canada's 150 anniversary. The 'Doodle for Google' initiative offers teachers the opportunity to encorporate the contest into your classroom for students and schools to be eligible for some great prizes. Please see the message from Google below:

"At Google, we think about what's next. We are committed to investing in Canada's future, by building new technologies and investing in initiatives that give our youth a platform to voice their creativity.

We truly believe that the best way to invest in Canada's next 150 years is to invest in our youth. That’s why we’re launching Doodle 4 Google, a national contest inviting students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for the homepage for a day.*

This year, with Doodle 4 Google, we're asking kids to imagine what Canada's future will look like and explore the exciting possibilities and cultural changes that technology, science, and innovation will bring through art. In other words, we’re asking that this year’s doodles explain “What I see for Canada’s future is…”

One talented student’s winning artwork will appear on the homepage. The winner will also receive a $10,000 university scholarship and a $10,000 technology award for their school.

There are also prizes for our finalists, including Google tech. The schools of the finalists will also win technology awards.

Go to for more information and the entry form. Now, let’s get doodling!

The Doodle 4 Google Canada Team"

Entries will be accepted until May 2, 2017. Resources are available through the website above and lesson plans for specific grade levels are available here.

View Full Story
Sharing Our Cultures Going Virtual
Posted: Mon Mar 13 00:00:00 NDT 2017

Grade 6 Teachers - you are invited to participate in Sharing Our Cultures/À la découverte de nos cultures 2017!

This year we will be offering this event virtually to all Grade 6 students in the District who are not able to attend in person, which will allow you and your students to participate from your classroom. The theme for this year’s event is: A moment in our history/Un moment de notre histoire. Teachers who are interested in participating in the virtual event are asked to complete this linked Google form.

Passports related to this event are attached below.

Sharing Our Cultures events are held in recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Multiculturalism Week. This year’s theme is in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

For further information, please visit the Sharing Our Cultures website or contact Lloydetta Quaicoe by email

View Full Story View Attachment
PD Available on the Canadian Parliamentary System
Posted: Tue Mar 07 00:00:00 NST 2017

The Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy is an intensive professional development opportunity that brings together outstanding educators from across Canada for an insider’s view of our Canadian Parliamentary system. Participants travel to Ottawa to attend sessions with political, procedural and pedagogical experts and to engage in a process of critical inquiry into key issues around citizenship and parliamentary democracy.

The institute also provides the opportunity for teachers from across the country to work collaboratively in developing new strategies for teaching and learning.
The 2017 fall institute will be held in Ottawa from November 5th – 10th.  For more details about the program, visit this link to the Parliament of Canada’s website.

Completed applications must be submitted online and supporting documentation must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2017.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact

View Full Story
Using Google Classroom and Chrome Books in Grade 5
Elizabeth Park Elementary
Posted: Mon Feb 20 00:00:00 NST 2017

A video of Google Classroom and Chrome Books in action for reading and collaboration in Ms. Lee's Grade 5 class at Elizabeth Park Elementary, Paradise.


View Full Story
MI Encouraging ROV Competition Participation
Posted: Mon Jan 30 00:00:00 NST 2017

The Marine Instutute, School of Ocean Technology is encouraging educators and schools to consider participation in remotely operated vehicles (ROV) program to teach science, technology, engineering and math, as well as help prepare students for technical careers.

The 2017 competition manuals have arrived and the 2017 MATE international ROV competition is scheduled to take place June 2017 at Long Beach City College in Long Beach California, USA.

For details on incorporating an ROV program at your school or for more information, please visit MI's information page HERE.

View Full Story
Attention Beginning Teachers: 'The Journey Begins' Conference in December
Posted: Mon Nov 14 00:00:00 NST 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, along with the NLTA, CSFP and Memorial University are offering a conference for teachers who started teaching as of September 2015 or later and are still in a continuing contract. The dates are as follows: Thursday afternoon, December 8 & all day Friday Dec 9, at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, St. John’s Airport location.

The deadline for applications is extended until Friday, November 18. Space is limited: a number of seats are reserved for participants from Labrador. For more information, please see the contacts on the associated poster.

View Full Story
Applications for 2017-18 Education Leave Available
Posted: Tue Oct 18 00:00:00 NDT 2016

Education Leave Application forms are now available for the 2017-18 school year.

Forms are available from the link below and through the Staff Resouces menu above (under Other Resources).

Please note, only electronic submissions will be accepted and the deadline for applications is midnight, Friday, January 13, 2017.

View Full Story View Attachment
Go Live day for GAFE is Monday, August 8th for staff!
Posted: Wed Jul 27 00:00:00 NDT 2016

What does this mean for you?

On August 8th, the District will send email to your Google Mailboxes instead of to your FirstClass Mailboxes. There may be short outages that weekend during this process.  Once your account is transitioned you will login to your Google Apps account using your address instead of address. This transition will start that Sunday.

Student Google users will have new login information distributed by their schools in September. In the meantime, students will continue to use their exisiting account.

For more information on Google Apps for Education (GAFE), previous notices, and helpful tips for using our new communication platform, please visit our online Staffroom here:

View Full Story GAFE
School Year 2015-16 Winds Down
Posted: Wed Jun 22 00:00:00 NDT 2016

As schools celebrate the end to another successful year and students get excited to spend a summer with their friends and families, Director Darrin Pike takes the opportunity to share a special message with employees within the education community.

Please view attachement for more information.

View Full Story View Attachment
GAFE Coming This Summer
Posted: Mon Jun 20 00:00:00 NDT 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has announced we will be making the move to Google Apps for Education (GAFE) for email and classroom correspondence over the summer.

More information, including tips on using Google Mail and other Frequently Asked Questions can be found by CLICKING HERE or through the GAFE banner in the Staff Room section of our website.

View Full Story GAFE
Social Media Awareness for Educators
Posted: Tue May 31 00:00:00 NDT 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association have worked together to create a social media awareness video for educators.  Please click HERE to view.

View Full Story Social Media Video
Teacher Positions Available
Posted: Mon May 30 00:00:00 NDT 2016

Teacher Positions Available - Update your Personnel Package today! 

All NLESD teachers and substitutes require an up-to-date online profile for all job competitions. Please go to Applicant Services and update/create your teaching profile as soon as possible.

View Full Story Applicant Services
NLESD Staff Room Website Tutorial
Posted: Fri May 13 00:00:00 NDT 2016

For those who are new to the Staff Room section of our website, please check this short video tutorial to walk you through some of the new features and resources available to you. Another tutorial is available for the main NLESD website here.

View Full Story Staff Room Web Tutorial
The Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy - Application deadline extended to April 30, 2016
Posted: Fri Apr 22 00:00:00 NDT 2016

This extraordinary professional learning program brings together educators from across the country to learn about our parliamentary system.  Teachers are exposed to unparalleled access to our nation’s great institutions and have dialogue with many of the nation’s political, diplomatic and civic leaders.  The fall institute will be held in Ottawa from October 30th to November 4th, 2016.  K-12 teachers who are committed to student learning and to their own professional learning about the broad issues related to citizenship and democracy are encouraged to consider applying.  This bilingual program is also of great relevance and benefit to second language and francophone teachers. 

For further information, visit .

View Full Story Professional Learning Program
Ex-Holy Redeemer coach Jackie Rideout made her mark in Spaniard's Bay
Holy Redeemer Elem. (Span Bay)
Posted: Sun Mar 27 00:00:00 NDT 2016

Jacqueline Rideout is far removed from her days as the male basketball team’s coach at Holy Redeemer Elementary in Spaniard’s Bay.

Speaking from her desk at the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District head office at Atlantic Place in St. John’s, where she serves as a French program specialist for grades 7-12, Rideout has fond memories of her time at the school.

“I loved my time at Holy Redeemer,” said Rideout. “It was home to me.”

She taught there from 1992 until 2003, winning a number of championships along the way. Then, Rideout moved to Manuels and Villanova Junior High where she patrolled the sidelines for the intermediate girls and Grade 7 boys teams.

She doesn’t coach anymore. Her job at the department means her schedule is busier than it was as a teacher.

Despite not coaching, Rideout is still a fan of the game. A huge New York Knicks fan, she holds a disdain for Indiana Pacers’ legend Reggie Miller.

She’s not sold on the Knicks’ star rookie Kristaps Porzingis yet, but she desperately wants to see New York become a winner again. That fandom for one of basketball’s most famous franchises seeped to her players as well.

“I’m still a New York fan to this day because of (Jacqueline Rideout),” said former player Patrick Whalen. “I even like college ball better. That’s what I like to watch.”

Building a program

Basketball wasn’t high on the agenda when Rideout first started teaching at the school in the early ’90s. There were no lines painted on the floor in the gymnasium located at the front of the school and the basketballs in the equipement room were deflated.

She set to work on fixing all of that. It was necessary if she wanted to build a solid program.

“Getting the glass backboards was a big deal,” said Rideout.

Rideout wanted to teach the game and the children of Spaniard’s Bay wanted to learn. The players showed an intense dedication to getting better.

They showed up for recess-time shooting during the day, took step aerobic classes and made sure to learn the ins-and-outs of the game.

“Everyone was so into it,” said Rideout. “It was the best years for me, coaching-wise.”

Basketball soon became a part of the culture at Holy Redeemer and in the community at large.

“It was a culture in the school,” said Rideout. “There was plenty of community sport. During tournaments, families were bringing me food.”

That’s not all. Rideout routinely had former players come back to help out. They officiated games when she needed them.

Hoops started popping up all over the town.

“It’s a process game,” said Rideout on basketball. “It’s a thinking game. We preached fundamentals. They were fantastic, excellent kids.”

Click on the external link icon to read full story below.

View Full Story Compass Story
District to Adopt DELF Certification for French Teachers
Posted: Mon Feb 29 00:00:00 NST 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, in cooperation with the Faculty of Education at Memorial University, has adopted the Diplome d'etudes en langue francaise (DELF) certification, as an objective measure of teachers' French language proficiency. DELF certification is replacing the oral and written Proficiency assessment formerly administered by the District.

DELF certification will be required for French Immersion, Intensive Core French and Core French teaching positions commencing in September of 2016. All teachers, both permanent and term, who have previously been assessed by the District, and approved for French immersion and ICF positions, are not required to provide DELF certification. Written notification of status will be issued to these teachers.

The preferred standard for French teachers is an average of 70% on the DELF B2 with at least 60% on each of the four components of the DELF B2.

Candidates who have not met the preferred standard may still apply and be considered for French teaching positions on the criterion of proficiency and in accordance with Article 6.03 of the Provincial Collective Agreement.

For more information on DELF examination sessions, including schedules and sites, candidates should e-mail: or telephone (709)864-2494. The DELF Centre is located in the Department of French and Spanish, Memorial University, St. John's campus, in room SN4027.

View Full Story

95 Elizabeth Avenue
St. John's, NL · A1B 1R6
Tel: (709) 758-2372 · Fax: (709) 758-2706
95 Elizabeth Avenue
St. John's, NL · Canada · A1B 1R6
Tel: (709) 758-2372 · Fax: (709) 758-2706

Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Feedback

© 2018 Newfoundland & Labrador English School District
All Rights Reserved.

LEGEND: View Story Attatchment External Link Other Doc Form Presentation