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Park West School Division Office 
1126 St. Clare Street
Box 68
Birtle, Manitoba
R0M 0C0
Phone: (204) 842-2100
Fax: (204) 842-2110
Toll Free: 1-877-418-5320
Website: www.pwsd.ca
 
Miniota School
Program: Kindergarten to Grade 8
Enrollment: Approximately 50 students
Staff: 5 Teachers, 2 Education Assistants, 2 Secretaries1 Librarian, 1 Custodian
Website: http://fc.pwsd.ca/MESweb/

Motto: Small School, Big Heart, Achieving Excellence!

Our school's mission is to provide a safe, caring environment in which all students can grow academically, emotionally and physically. As part of that mission, we offer many different academic and extra-curricular opportunities for our students.

Our academic program is a Manitoba Education English program which offers all the regular curricular subjects throughout the year.
 
Students are exposed to all the subject areas daily, including at least 30 minutes of Physical Education. Along with that, we have a dedicated K-8 French Language teacher and Art Teacher, as well as K - 8 music and Character Education program.
 
We value technology as a great learning tool and strive to stay current with both hardware and programming to enhance student learning. In addition, Park West School Division provides the services of a psychologist, speech pathologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, aboriginal education coordinator, and a shared services social worker.

We strongly believe extra-curricular activities are an important part of a student's overall education experience. Therefore, we provide many sports opportunities such as golf, cross-country running, volleyball, soccer, curling, badminton, track & field, and both a K - 3 and 4 - 8 intramural program. Students also have opportunities to participate in speech, art & music festivals, Artist in the School, field trips, student council and our Social Justice group.

As part of our community education approach, our building is also home to the Miniota Discoveries Learning Center Daycare and Nursery School. This allows us to work together to create a complete educational experience for all the students in our community.

Birtle Elementary School
Enrolment: approx. 50 students
Website: http://pwsd.ca/BESweb/

Built in 1986, has all the amenities a modern facility has to offer; a well equipped gymnasium, excellent central library, science room/computer lab, and multi-purpose room are just some of the features of this school. The staff consists of 10 classroom teachers, resource teacher, Physical Education teacher and French teacher.

A full-time librarian, Home School Liaison Worker, Secretary and several Educational Assistants make up the support staff. In addition, the school division provides services of a psychologist, speech pathologist and shared services social worker.

The Staff at Birtle Elementary School strive to offer quality education. Developing each child's self-esteem as well as creating a positive school environment are a priority.

The staff works hard at meeting the learning needs of each child. Extra-curricular activities include intramural involving sports such as soccer, floor hockey and volleyball, school-wide home reading program, participation in music and speech festivals, field trips, and Artist In the School program (a government subsidized programs where Manitoba artists spend time in the school working with students in areas of their expertise), and many musicals.

The Elementary School is heated and cooled with Geothermal, the first school in Manitoba to fully utilize this technology.

Birtle Collegiate Institute
Enrollment: approx. 140
Teaching Staff: 12
Including Principal, Resource and Guidance
Website: http://pwsd.ca/BCIweb/

Birtle Collegiate offers a wide variety of courses, including all core subjects, with levels of interest and difficulty designed to meet students’ needs. Regular academic programs are offered alongside a fully equipped and staffed resource and guidance centre. The Collegiate boasts wi fi access and nearly all of the classrooms incorporate the latest educational technology in the form of smart boards. BCI Staff takes pride in its ability to use differentiated instruction in order to pursue success for all learners.

Students have opportunities to excel in sports including: basketball, volleyball, ski club, rugby, track & field, badminton to name a few. Other extra-curricular activities include high school government and after school drama with a major production scheduled for the spring of each year for three evenings. The collegiate dram club has received many accolades over the years for its high quality of productions. The collegiate is also proud to have been recognized in 2008 for its innovative trades program which partners with local businesses to have students build a home each year and sell it. In 2012 the program will again expand.

Construction Technology Program - BCI has been part of a unique partnership with Twin Valley Co-op since 2008. Students in the Construction Technology program are introduced to the carpentry trade through the construction of a ready to move (RTM) house. Materials in this partnership are supplied by Twin Valley Co-op and students provide the labor. In turn students can earn up to four credits per year towards their high school diploma.

The Construction Technology program has been the recipient of numerous awards. These include the Rural Youth Achievement Award and the granted by Manitoba Competitiveness, Training and Trade and the Premier Award for School Board Achievement Showcase granted by the Manitoba association of School Trustees.

In 2012 the Construction Technology Program will embark on a new venture as it becomes affiliated with the vocational education certification of Manitoba Education. Students will still earn credits towards their high school diploma but will also be able to apply their training towards credit with certification in the carpentry trade with Manitoba Apprenticeship.

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