Superintendent’s Update

Posted On Friday May 20, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

As we continue to learn together, May brings with it the joys of barbeques, luncheons, workshops, musicals, and a long weekend.

Arthur Stevenson Elementary School

Principal Steptoe, Board Chair Grieve, and I met staff and students who warmly welcomed us. Kindergarten students used microphones to announce number sentences shown on an abacus while others wrote sentences on a white board in a neighbouring classroom.  Grade two students read their personification poems about Spring and shared “fun facts'' about polygons.  Others wrote about the growth cycles of potatoes and avocados. Students shared problem-solving in Science with EUReKA! (a non-profit, student-run organization based out of Thompson Rivers University), painting in Art, and games in Phys. Ed. Ms. Steptoe commented, “Students develop literacy in all subjects. This is a vibrant learning community.”

@KOOL Kamloops Open Online Learning K-12 Program

As we walked through the Pineview Education Centre, which is one campus in which students work both online and onsite with @KOOL staff, Principal Hembling introduced me to a Math and Science teacher who was holding a Zoom call while also supporting face-to-face instruction with students. “I am excited for the future of blended approaches to learning while also offering students flexibility to learn from multiple spaces.” Thank you to @KOOL staff who presented innovative online learning practices happening in SD73’s @KOOL at the recent National Canadian e-Learning (CANeLearn) Conference in Burnaby.

NorKam Secondary School Indigenous Barbeque

On May 19, 2022, Trustee O’Fee and senior staff enjoyed time with NorKam staff and students who held their first Indigenous Family Barbeque in person in two years. Everyone enjoyed the welcome song and Friendship dance by moving clockwise and bumping knuckles to greet and thank one another. This event reinforced the importance of taking time to laugh, tell stories, and be together.

Wizard of Oz Musical

If you have not yet had the opportunity to see the spectacular production of the Wizard of Oz,  which features many SD73 students, there is still time Read more

Truth and Reconciliation

We thank the elders and knowledge keepers from Adams Lake, Neskonlith, and the Little Shuswap Lake First Nation communities who joined us for a luncheon hosted by Adams Lake Indian Band. Staff from SD73 and SD83 learned from elders about what is most important to them moving forward to continue to develop close working relationships with Aboriginal families. We are grateful for these opportunities to share, listen, and learn together.

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the 215 unmarked graves on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, we join in recognizing this day to honour those lives lost and all of those impacted by the tragic findings. Students and staff are also encouraged to wear orange on Friday, May 27, 2022 in honour of this anniversary.

On Monday, May 23, 2022, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc has invited the public to the Memorial for 215+ Le Estcwicwéy, a cultural event from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Band’s Powwow Arbour. More information is here. We recognize this day to honour lives lost and all of those impacted.

On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, students in grade 4 and 5 will participate in SD73’s first District-wide Powwow that runs from 10 am to 1:30 pm at Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc.

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

Interior Health has advised us to continue to emphasize the practice of daily health awareness strategies– staying home when sick, practicing good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and making choices about wearing masks–see our District’s Communicable Disease Prevention Plan  for more information.

Enjoy the long weekend with family and friends, and take time to do what rejuvenates you.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD

Superintendent

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