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Beginning in September 2016, schools in the Miles Macdonell Collegiate catchment area will be reconfigured as early (K-5), middle (6-8) and senior years (9-12) schools as part of a plan called "Making the Move." 

This move is the final phase of a long-standing initiative by RETSD to make grade groupings uniform across the division. We reconfigured schools in the Kildonan East Collegiate catchment area in 2006 and in 2014 we did the same at River East Collegiate. Schools in Transcona were already in early, middle and senior years groupings at the time of the amalgamation of Transcona-Springfield School Division and River East School Division in 2002.

"Making the Move" will create these new grade groupings in schools within the Miles Macdonell Collegiate catchment area:

Early Years (K-5) at Angus McKay School, Lord Wolseley Elementary School, Neil Campbell School, Polson School, Prince Edward School

Middle Years (6-8) at John Henderson Junior High School, Munroe Junior High School

Senior Years (9-12) at Miles Macdonell Collegiate

This area of our website is intended to be a place for information concerning "Making the Move." Keep checking back; we'll be posting additional information as it becomes available.



  • What's going to happen?

    We are making the following moves, effective September 2016:

    Grade 9 is:

    Moving out of John Henderson Junior High School and Munroe Junior High School

    Moving into Miles Macdonell Collegiate

    Grade 6 is:

    Moving out of Angus McKay School, Lord Wolseley Elementary School, Neil Campbell School

    Moving out of the French Immersion program at Salisbury Morse Place School

    Moving into John Henderson Junior High School

    Moving out of Polson School and Prince Edward School

    Moving into Munroe Junior High School

    Note: Students will move to John Henderson, Munroe or Miles Macdonell if that is their designated school    

  • When is it going to happen?
    The changes will be in place for September 2016. That means students now in Grade 5 and Grade 8 will be making this move.
  • What do you mean when you talk about early, middle and senior years schools?

    The early, middle and senior years grouping is a philosophy embraced by educators throughout North America. Each group has its own unique characteristics.

    Early, middle and senior years schools create environments that match their students' social, emotional, and developmental stages. Meangingful, relevant and engaging educational opportunities are presented in a more defined early, middle or senior years context.

    To read more about the early, middle and senior years philosophies, check these publications:

    Early Years

    Middle Years

    Senior Years

  • Why are you doing this?
    One reason is because many schools in Manitoba group their grades this way: early years (KK--5), middle years (6-8) and senior years (9-12). This move will complete our initiative to make all schools in RETSD fit this model. The only schools that don’t fit this model are our French milieu schools in Transcona, which are grouped as K-4, 5-8, 9-12.

    As well, by moving Grade 6 students to a middle years setting, we will be freeing up space in our early years schools, which will make it easier to meet the requirements of Manitoba Education’s 20K3 initiative. That initiative requires us to cap kindergarten to Grade 3 classrooms at 20 students by 2017. (Divisions will be allowed to have 10 per cent of its K-3 classrooms at a maximum of 23 students.)
  • What preparations will be made to transition students to middle and senior years schools?
    Students in the rest of our schools have already transitioned to middle and seniors settings, so this is not new for us. We understand that the most important thing is to make students—and their parents—feel as safe and comfortable as possible about the move. 

    While details still need to be finalized, transition plans will include activities for students such as class presentations and tours of their new school. For parents, there will be information meetings and opportunities to speak with their new school principal. 
  • What happens to the Late Entry French Immersion program at Munroe?
    Currently, the Late Entry French Immersion program begins in Grade 7 at Munroe. For the 2016-17 school year, the program will have two entry points: Grade 6 and Grade 7. The Grade 8 students will have only two years of French Immersion study when they graduate from Munroe in June 2016 and 2017; however experience has shown they still are able to successfully transition into the Grade 9 program. Teachers will also be ready to give extra attention to any student who needs it. Beginning in September 2017, the Late Entry French Immersion program at Munroe will have one entry point: Grade 6. 
  • What about busing?
    The busing policy is not scheduled to change as a result of this plan. Grade 6 students who meet the criteria of the busing policy will be bused to their middle school. As per the policy, busing is only provided to students up to Grade 6 who live over 1.6 kilometres from their designated school. Students in Grade 7 and up are only bused if they have a special need or live in the rural part of the division.
  • Could Grade 6 students be bused to their new middle school from an existing before and after school program or babysitter?

    Policy EEA - Student Transportation says kindergarten to Grade 6 students may be bused to and from a babysitter/daycare provided that both the student's residence address and the babysitter/daycare address are more than 1.6 kilometres walking distance from the designated school and it does not alter existing bus routes. This means that if the transportation policy criteria are met, a Grade 6 student may be bused between their babysitter/daycare and their new middle school.

  • Will before and after school programs be available for Grade 6 students in their middle years schools?
    Munroe and John Henderson do not currently have before and after school programs. New before and after school care programs are established by the parents who express a need for them and are operated independently of the school division.
  • Will the Grade 6 students get the same course options (e.g., music, applied arts) as the Grade 7 and 8 students?
    Yes, the Grade 6 students will get all the same course options as the Grade 7 and 8 students in their school.
  • I thought Miles Macdonell Collegiate was at capacity and didn’t have room for Grade 9?
    The student population at Miles Mac continues to decrease and as a result, the school is now under capacity. Enrolment projections show that even with the addition of Grade 9 students, the school will stay at, or slightly above, capacity. In the past decade, Miles Mac was well over capacity but continued to operate smoothly. 
  • Can a student go to a school other than their catchment school?
    All students involved in the Making the Move initiative are expected to transition to the catchment school attached to the address of their residence. Our School Locator will show you your designated middle and senior year school. Requesting a school other than your catchment school will require you to apply for acceptance using the Schools of Choice process under Policy JFBA – Schools of Choice.
  • Will the Grade 9 students at Miles Macdonell Collegiate be physically separated from the students in grades 10 through 12?
    It is the practice at our Grade 9-12 schools to fully integrate the Grade 9 students with the rest of the student body. Very often, the older students become mentors to the younger students.
  • What impact will Making the Move have on course offerings at Miles Macdonell Collegiate?
    Appropriate courses will be available for the Grade 9 students to meet their curricular needs.
  • When and how will we learn more about all of this?
    Keep checking back to this area of the website. We'll post pertinent news and announcements as information becomes available. When necessary, we'll also send letters home with students. You can also speak to your student's principal and you can forward questions and concerns to the division through our Contact Us page.