TobiqueEducation ~ Kehkiketuwakon
** Important Information regarding Re-opening of Schools in September 2020 **
Mah-SOS School is working very hard to ensure the safety of your children and readying the classrooms and school to implement the Return to School Operational Plan for 2020-21. The changes, as well as uncertainty over the number of students returning to Mah-Sos, has prompted an additional week of preparation and we will welcome all students back on September 14th.
We are using what is typically the first week of school to schedule and meet one-on-one with all parents and students. The home room teacher for your child will contact you to set up a time next week so that you can see the changes in the school, meet the teacher and hear our safety as well as learning plan for the year.
Note: it is extremely important that you confirm your child’s registration at Mah-Sos this year so that we can plan for the appropriate ratios of student/teacher. We are counting on your cooperation and if your student is (a) not returning (b) switching schools (c) new to Mah-Sos; please let Cassondra Daigle know as soon as possible.
Please feel free to reach out to Darrah Beaver or Cathy Riddell directly if you have questions or concerns.
We’ve included the re-opening dates for PAMS and SVHS as well for our transitioning students.
Darrah Beaver, Director of Education
Phone: (506) 273-5535
Fax: (506) 273-5534
A proud member of Tobique First Nation, Darrah (Pine) Beaver, MA, BA (Hon), BA, brings 20 years of experience working nationally, regionally and locally on Indigenous issues both for the public and private sector. A fiscally responsible administrator with a proven track record in project management, community engagement, policy development and a passion for education.
The following information is a list of lifelong learning supports currently offered to Wolastoqiyik members of Tobique First Nation.
Manager: Misty Paul
Phone: (506) 273-5408
The Tobique First Nation Head Start Centre provides a warm and safe environment to nurture the developmental needs of children between the ages of 2 years old to 4 years old.
Through a learner lead approach, children will show the Early Childhood Educators and their parents/guardians their interests and needs through educational play. The New Brunswick Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, teaching strategies and the six core components of Aboriginal Head Start Programs will be implemented to support the child’s learning.
The Head Start Program partners with the parents/guardians of the children to identify the needs of the child, while supporting each family in a way that respects the children, their family cultures and beliefs.
The Head Start Team is made up of a manager, five trained Early Childhood Educator’s and one support staff. Tobique First Nation Head Start is under the mandate and direction of Tobique First Nation Child & Family Services.
Principal: Cathy Riddell, BA, B.Ed., NB Principal’s Certificate
Phone: (506) 273-5407
Mah-Sos School is a community, a community of learning, a community of committed students, caring teachers, teacher assistants, administrators and support staff.
Mah-Sos School has been operating in Tobique First Nation for over 40 years. The original Mah- Sos School was built in 1975 in the shape of a fiddlehead. In 2012, Tobique First Nation opened the doors to a brand new Mah-Sos School. The 2,490 m2 Kindergarten to Grade 5 school has 10 classrooms and includes a technology room, a gymnasium, a music room, a library, a kitchen and a cafeteria, as well as administrative space.
Mah-Sos School currently offers K-4 to Grade 5 . While offering New Brunswick provincially based curriculum for all grade levels, Mah-Sos School also offers culturally based curriculum incorporating Wolastoq/Maliseet culture, history, language, music, physical education and computer class.
Beginning in 2018, Mah-Sos School will proudly partner with the Martin Family Initiative (https://www.themfi.ca/about-mfi) Model Schools Literacy Project to focus on literacy enhancement for Grades K, 1, 2 and 3. Like the Martin Family Initiative, Tobique Education recognizes that improving literacy skills in the first years of a child’s schooling dramatically increases the likelihood that he or she will complete high school and move on to pursue higher education.
Mah-Sos School – where we grow leaders!
Grades K to 12
Director: Darrah Beaver
Phone: (506) 273-5535
Tobique First Nation Education works in partnership with the Province of New Brunswick through the Anglophone West School District to ensure the delivery of educational services for all on-Reserve members of Tobique First Nation enrolled in Andover Elementary (Grades K to 5), Perth-Andover Middle School (Grades 6 to 8) and Southern Victoria High School (Grades 9 to 12).
Tobique First Nation Education encourages all community members with school age children between the K-4 to Grade 5 to attend Mah-Sos School but we also recognize and respect the parental right to choose.
Tobique First Nation learners attending the Perth-Andover Middle School and Southern Victoria High School are offered additional academic and culturally based support through the Enhanced First Nation Education Programs and Services Agreement.
Tobique First Nation Education will ensure that all eligible students (4-21 years of age) ordinarily resident on-Reserve and within the Province of New Brunswick, are provided with student support services (books, supplies, guidance, fee’s).
Manager: Susan Howard
Phone: (506) 273-5599
The Tobique Adult Learning Centre is located on the lower level of the Tobique Employment and Training Centre Building.
The Tobique First Nation GED Program provides academic upgrading and GED preparation for community members 18 years and older, however, one must be 19 years of age or older to write the GED tests. The program runs from September to May every year. The training is free and includes a common assessment of learners and small class sizes. Learners will start at their own skill level and work at their own pace. Flexible schedules allow adults to attend either full or part time. This program provides a maximum of 30 classroom hours per week. If life or work schedules do not allow attendance in the classroom, some learners might benefit from the GED Online courses. The online courses are designed for those adults who have upgraded their skills and are now preparing for the GED test. Certain prerequisite skills are required to take the GED Online course, but learners have this option available to them.
The Tobique Community Adult Learning Program represents a three way funding and delivery partnership between government, the private sector and communities. Our programs are designed to meet adult learners’ particular needs and those of the community. Learners may qualify for financial assistance if they are on Social Assistance or Unemployment Benefits.
GED tests are administered at different times throughout each session. There are a number of testing sites in the province, with Woodstock and Fredericton being the closest. There are five tests to pass in order to receive the GED diploma and these tests are written over a two day period. The GED tests are: Language Arts Writing, Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Essay, Social Studies, Science and Math. There is no fee for the first time writing the GED tests. Any section that is not passed is eligible for a rewrite. All GED tests, except for the Essay, are multiple choice in nature.
Post Secondary Education
Manager: Richie Bernard
Phone: (506) 273-5543
Fax: (506) 273-5547
Tobique First Nation has developed a Post Secondary Education Local Operating Guideline consistent with the national guidelines set by the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (DISC):
Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP)
The program objective is to improve the employability of First Nation and eligible Inuit students by providing them with funding to access education and skills development opportunities at the post-secondary level.
University and College Entrance Preparation Program (UCEPP)
The program objective is to provide financial support to eligible First Nation and Inuit students who are enrolled in university and college entrance preparation programs offered in Canadian post-secondary institutions, to enable them to attain the academic level required for entrance into degree and diploma credit programs.