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November 12, 2019 - a message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 12, 2019

“We have the duty of memory, encore et toujours (still and always).”
-   Governor General Julie Payette

On Remembrance Day, we take time as a nation to reflect on, honour and remember the sacrifice of the men and women who serve our country. In our schools,...

November 4, 2019 - a message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 05, 2019


I know I am not alone when I say that I can’t believe it’s November. How quickly time seems to go by. I sometimes think that I don’t take enough time to stop and really enjoy the moments that exist between before and after, between yesterday and tomorrow. The...

October 28, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 28, 2019
​ This past weekend, many of our Horizon students had the opportunity to attend the Prairie Classic, which saw the Regina Pats face off against the Calgary Hitmen in an open-air game at Mosaic Stadium. I want to thank our Horizon staff for their coordination to make this trip possible for...

October 21, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 21, 2019
​ This upcoming week, we celebrate Education Week in Saskatchewan (October 20-26). The theme this year of “Working and Learning Together” recognizes the importance of collaboration among our students, staff, communities, and partners. The week is also  Saskatchewan Library Week , with the theme of “Libraries: Building the Future”. Please take...

October 15, 2019 - a message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 15, 2019
​ I hope each of you has had a restful long weekend and a happy and healthy Thanksgiving spent with loved ones. As I think about the things I’m grateful for, I’m reminded of these words from Helen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen...

October 7, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 07, 2019
​ “Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the Earth.” – Helen Caldicott

We can never say enough about the contributions our teachers make, and the value of their work in our communities. They offer inspiration,...

September 30, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 30, 2019
​ Monday, September 30 is  Orange Shirt Day , a day to commemorate the victims of residential schools in Canada’s recent past and to honour the work of Truth and Reconciliation. As part of moving forward on our journey of healing, people across our country will wear orange to show the...

September 23, 2019 A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 23, 2019
​ I want to begin this week with a thought and an apology. First my thought. When things go well, we should blame leadership. And when things don’t go well, we should also blame leadership. I remember eating at a Boston Pizza in Calgary. It was obvious the waitress was new...

September 16, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 16, 2019
​ As a parent, my worst nightmare would be realized upon the sudden loss of one of my own. I know this feeling from the loss experienced these past years. This has happened far too often to Horizon families and the passing of Jack Weber was another reminder of how fragile...

September 9, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 09, 2019
​ I hope each of you had as great a first week of school as is possible. Welcoming our children back is the epitome of my school year. We have our entire Horizon family together for purposes of learning and growing and there can be no better journey than that. I...

September 3, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 03, 2019
​ Welcome back, everyone! It is exciting to have our students return to classrooms and get the new school year started. The bells, the chatter in our hallways, the young ones and staff eager for new opportunities and knowledge…it truly is one of the best times of the year. This year,...

June 24-28, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 28, 2019
​ Welcome to the holidays, everyone. As I ready to share my last message of the 2018-19 school year (I know…hard to believe), I want to start by sharing a few words from Horizon’s Board Chair, Jim Hack.

“On behalf of Horizon School Division’s Board of Education, thank you....

June 14, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 17, 2019
​ “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
 – Jim Valvano

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and surrogate dads in our lives. Fathers hold a very special place in our lives and in our hearts. They can...

June 7, 2019 - a message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 10, 2019
​ This was another busy week in Horizon, with many reasons to celebrate our students and staff. Track & Field Provincials took place in Moose Jaw on June 7 and 8, and I want to congratulate our HCAA athletes on a fantastic showing. You make our division proud with your talent...

May 31, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 04, 2019
​ With only four weeks remaining in the 2018-2019 year, our schools are buzzing with activity these days. Sports, graduations, field trips, award ceremonies, and enjoying the outdoors – there’s so much going on, and I want to thank our staff for providing these opportunities for our students. As Dr Seuss...

May 24, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 27, 2019
​ I trust everyone had a great long weekend. Students had an extra-long break which was certainly beneficial as we begin the sprint to the finish line that is the 2018-19 school year. It is hard to believe this year is nearly behind us. Each year seems to speed up on...

May 17, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 22, 2019
​ I hope everyone had a great long weekend spent with friends and family. I’m sure we’re all thankful for the weather we’ve enjoyed the last few days. It’s always good to take time to recharge our batteries, especially as we head into the busy final weeks of the school year....

May 10, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 13, 2019
​ I want to begin this week by wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and surrogate moms among us. As Emily Dickinson wrote, “Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” For so many of us, our moms are a source of strength, wisdom,...

May 3, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 06, 2019
​ Welcome back to This Week in Horizon, everyone. I hope you had a great Easter Break and first week back. As you might know, May is Early Childhood Education Month. May 8 is also Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. The first years of a child’s life are so critical for establishing...

A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education - April 12, 2019

April 15, 2019
​ One year ago, our world was changed forever. In the aftermath of unthinkable tragedy, children, families, and staff in Horizon School Division were in need of tremendous support. Our staff, themselves in the midst of deep grief and sorrow, gave so much support to our children and each other. With...

March 29, 2018 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

April 03, 2019
​ April is  World Autism Awareness Month . A number of events are planned throughout the next few weeks, including “Inside Out for Autism”, where people are encouraged to wear clothes inside out for the day, and autism awareness walks. According to  autismcanada.org , “Since [World Autism Awareness Month’s] inception, autism...

March 22, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 25, 2019
​ March 21st was both  the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  and  World Down Syndrome Day . While it can feel like there are things in society today working to highlight those aspects that can divide us, I feel it is necessary to focus on these types of...

March 15, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 18, 2019
​ “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” ― Charles Dickens,  Great Expectations

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Horizon! As with many other days on our calendar throughout...

March 8, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 11, 2019
​ Spring is in the air…finally! I think we all agree that this cold snap, that seemed to last far too long, will be a thing of the past. It is hard to believe we are well into March, however. I know I get to this place and I start to...

March 1, 2019 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 04, 2019
​ With Telemiracle taking place this March weekend, I want to thank our schools and our communities for their support of this very worthy cause. Whether it was through fundraising, answering phones, or contributing talents to the telecast performances, Horizon School Division was well-represented at Telemiracle. This participation and generosity should...

February 15, 2019 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 15, 2019
​ During this February break, I hope each of you will get some well-deserved relaxation, catch up on a good book, and spend time with loved ones. I know many of you are heading somewhere warmer and I simply ask you to be safe wherever your travels take you. For me,...

February 8, 2019 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 11, 2019
​ February 10-16, 2019 is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, and this year’s theme is “Creating a Vibrant Education Together”. When I think about the gratitude I feel for Horizon’s incredible staff, it is certainly more than I can express in a single paragraph, a single TWIH, or even a single week. Every...

February 1, 2019 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 04, 2019
​ Welcome to February, everyone. It appears it will be the coldest month of the year as the extended forecast is not promising if you're looking for relatively warm temperatures. I'm sure the travel agencies phones will be ringing as staff across Horizon start considering options around southern travel. This past...

January 25, 2019 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 28, 2019
​ January 27 was Family Literacy Day. In the words of Marilyn Jager Adams, renowned scholar and cognitive-developmental psychologist, “Reading aloud to children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” As one of Horizon’s foundational...

January 18, 2019 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 21, 2019


The past week began with a meeting of the Director’s Leadership Team (DLT) via Skype on Monday morning. This was our first meeting in the new boardroom, and an excellent opportunity to use some of the audio-visual technology available to us in the new space. I want to thank the DLT...

January 11, 2019 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 14, 2019
​ Welcome back, everyone! What an exciting week the first week of school has been for Horizon School Division. We were happy to welcome students and staff back to our classrooms this past Monday, and glad to see them refreshed and ready to learn after a well-deserved break. We shared our...

This Year in Horizon - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education, and Jim Hack, Board Chair

December 21, 2018
​ I suppose in many ways, I will breathe a sigh of relief when 2018 is behind us. The year has been marked by tragedy, loss, and grief for so many of us in Horizon School Division. And yet, upon reflection, one of the things that stands out the most about...

December 14, 2018 - A message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 17, 2018
​ Now that we are into the last days of school for 2018, I cannot anticipate more, the opportunities the New Year will bring for our students, staff, and families. As we wrapped up holiday activities and Christmas concerts in our schools this week and next, I wish to thank everyone...

December 7, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 10, 2018
​ Our first round of Learning Improvement Plan (LIP) review meetings for this school year wrapped up last week. These meetings include school administrators, Superintendent of Learning Services, Crandall Hrynkiw, Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, and myself discussing the important work that drives and continually develops our school goals. Last...

November 30, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 03, 2018
​ I don’t know about you, but the incredible hoarfrost that has covered much of our province these past few days has certainly gotten me into the holiday spirit. As we enter this season of fellowship and generosity, I want to share a reminder about Horizon’s annual Christmas Hamper project. For...

November 23, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 26, 2018
​ Learning Improvement Plan (LIP) documents at each of Horizon’s schools help staff and administrators establish strategies to achieve local goals aligned with Horizon’s strategic plan and the provincial Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP). Each year, I visit each school along with Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, and Superintendent of...

November 16, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 19, 2018
​ With the colder days we’ve seen this past week, I want to share the following quote from Aristotle where he stated, “To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold”. To me, this quote says that nothing worth doing is without its challenges....

November 9, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 13, 2018
​ How fortunate we are to live in such a country as our Canada, where freedoms are guaranteed and differences are celebrated. Our great country where past wrongs are acknowledged and we work to make them right. Our best efforts bring people together and our greatest virtues guide us into a...

November 2, 2018 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger

November 05, 2018
​ I saw so many great photos of our students in their costumes last week, enjoying school and community activities that were focused on celebrating Halloween. I love to see the creativity on display. As Albert Einstein once said, "creativity is intelligence having fun". Horizon's students were certainly having fun last...

October 26, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 29, 2018
​ As we head into the final week of October, I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween. I want to thank our students for being respectful while they are trick-or-treating this upcoming Wednesday. I am also ever grateful that our community members are so mindful of our students...

October 19, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 22, 2018
​ Last week, as part of Education Week, Horizon took the opportunity to share a token of appreciation with our bus drivers, librarians, and educational assistants. While we deeply value the work of all our staff every day of the year, Education Week is a great time to demonstrate our appreciation...

October 12, 2018 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 16, 2018
​ October 14-20 is Education Week in Saskatchewan. This year’s theme, “A world of learning for every student”, recognizes the multiple pathways to learning being made available to our students, and also highlights the tremendous impact of educators in broadening the horizons and enriching the lives of Saskatchewan students. Education Week...

October 5, 2018 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 09, 2018
​ When I think about all we have to be thankful for this time of year, I think about Horizon’s students and staff, and the amazing families and communities we have across our division. The collaboration that exists at all levels of our system helps students achieve great things every day....

September 28, 2018 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 01, 2018
​ This past week, my Director’s Leadership Team (DLT) of principals, vice principals, and senior leadership met in Humboldt on Tuesday for a day of professional development. We had a number of important discussions centered around the “why” of our work as educators in Horizon School Division. I am proud of...

September 21, 2018 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 24, 2018
​ As we head into the last week of September, I want to take this opportunity to remind you about the upcoming Orange Shirt Day. This is a day to commemorate victims and survivors of the residential school system, in the spirit of reconciliation. The day is an opportunity for critical...

September 14, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 17, 2018
​ Horizon’s Wall of Fame includes so many impressive individuals who have done or continue to do great things for our communities. Inducted in 2016, Henry Kloppenburg is one such Horizon Wall of Fame inductee who continues to give back, and Mr. and Ms. Kloppenburg are great supporters of the arts....

September 10, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 10, 2018
​ With the first week of 2018-19 behind us, I want to thank Horizon’s students and staff for a fantastic return to classrooms. So much work has already begun towards realizing Horizon’s goals of Safe and Caring, Literacy, and Assessment. This past Saturday, September 8, was World Literacy Day. As author...

September 4, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 04, 2018
​ " Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom” – George Washington Carver

Welcome back, everyone! I hope you have had a fantastic, relaxing summer and a restful long weekend. As we welcome students back into our classrooms on September 4, I can hardly contain...

June 22, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 25, 2018
​ I want to take this opportunity to celebrate the recent academic success of a few of Horizon’s students. Bruno School Grade 12 student, Kallin Kehrig, has been awarded the following scholarships at the University of Regina: the Circle of Honors scholarship ($20 000, over four years), the Archbishop O'Neill Memorial...

June 15, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 25, 2018
​ I want to begin this week by wishing a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in Horizon and beyond. An unknown author once wrote: “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us...

June 8, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 11, 2018
​ Horizon School Division completed our switch to Google Mail for all students and staff this past week. Horizon’s Teacher Efficacy and Workload Intensification Committee – comprised of teachers, division staff, and members of Horizon’s Board of Education – recommend this direction for Horizon’s email, contacts, and calendars. This decision was...

June 2, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 04, 2018
​ This past weekend, student athletes from across Saskatchewan gathered in Prince Albert for the Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association (SHSAA) Provincial Track & Field Championships. The performances of our Horizon Central Athletics Association (HCAA) athletes continues to make Horizon School Division very proud. We are proud of both their athleticism...

May 25, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 28, 2018
​ I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. I took some time to get away as I travelled to the National Volleyball championships in Edmonton. Many of our students are involved in athletics or the arts and I was able to see some of them and their parents involved in these...

May 18, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 22, 2018
​ I trust everyone enjoyed the long weekend, taking advantage of the beautiful weather, relaxing, spending time with loved ones and enjoying a good book. As self-help author Alan Cohen once said, "There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither."

On Friday, our entire...

May 11, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 14, 2018
​ I want to begin this week by sharing a heartfelt “Happy Mother’s Day” to all the moms across Horizon School Division, and beyond. Thank you for your constant inspiration, teaching, motivation, leadership, and love. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “All that I have or hope to be, I owe to...

A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 08, 2018
​ We soldiered on this week, trying to come to grips with the new normal that is the reality for so many of our students, staff, families, and communities. And just when some of us, including me, found it most difficult to navigate toward that normal…up stepped our kids to remind...

April 30, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

April 30, 2018
​ Where to begin. I suppose, first to apologize. Over the past three weeks, I have sat down on numerous occasions to begin the process of communicating a message I could share with each of you. In each case, I have been halted by my own feelings of loss or by...

March 23, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 26, 2018
​ I want to begin this week by congratulating athletes from across Saskatchewan schools who were competing in this year's Hoopla Basketball Provincials in Prince Albert. Specifically, I want to congratulate our very own teams from Lake Lenore School (1A Boys Silver Medalist), Three Lakes School (1A Girls & 1A Boys...

March 16, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 19, 2018
​ I began this past week in a meeting with our Board's Audit Committee. This Committee is chaired by Trustee, Jolene Koopman, and includes Trustees, Mark Fedak, David Holinaty, and Paul Crow-Buffalo. The committee reviewed our financial report for the past six months, ending February 28 and took a close look...

March 9, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 12, 2018
​ Last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, I was in Saskatoon along with my fellow League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents (LEADS) members for the LEADS Annual Policy Conference. This past year, Horizon's own Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, served as the President of our professional organization. The Annual Policy...

March 2, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 05, 2018
​ With Telemiracle 42 taking place this weekend, I want to thank our staff and students for their fundraising efforts to support this very worthwhile cause. I also want to acknowledge everyone from our Horizon communities who took part in the telethon. Telemiracle is an event that shows the true spirit...

February 23, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 26, 2018
​ I want to begin This Week in Horizon with the hope that everyone had a relaxing February break. As we were travelling from school to school the last week before the holiday, I heard a number of staff members discussing an impending “trip down south” and a much needed break...

February 9, 2018 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 12, 2018
​ This upcoming week (February 11-17) marks Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week 2018. The theme this year is "Inspiration through Learning". I cannot say enough about the incredible people we have working within our Horizon family. Each of you makes an indelible mark on the lives of Horizon children, inspiring them with the...

February 2, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 05, 2018
​ I would like to begin this week by extending a welcome to our new Education Minister, the Honourable Gordon Wyant. In addition to serving as Education Minister, Minister Wyant will also be serving as Deputy Premier. I look forward to continuing our work with the Ministry, supporting learning and success...

January 26, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 29, 2018
​ We began this past week with a staff meeting at central office, discussing our administrative building currently under construction. I would like to thank Superintendent of Operational Services, Justin Arendt, Manager of Facility Services, Kam Kiland and Stacy Anthony, admin assistant, for leading this meeting. The Board’s project is on...

January 19, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 22, 2018
​ To begin "This Week", I led a meeting Monday morning with my Director's Leadership Team (DLT) via Skype. The DLT consists of all Principals, Vice-Principals, Coordinators, Supervisors, Superintendents, and Deputy Director. This was our first meeting of 2018 and we had an opportunity to discuss important opportunities in our system...

January 12, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 15, 2018
​ I want to begin my first This Week in Horizon for 2018 by wishing each of you a Happy New Year. I trust, as I mentioned in a recent email, that this first week back with students has been even more positive than you hoped. I am excited for what...

December 22, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 27, 2017
​ As 2017 draws to a close, I would like to begin this week by reflecting on a few of the highlights from the past 12 months in Horizon. It seems like yesterday that we began addressing an annual provincial budget that would provide Horizon with significantly less money to operate....

December 15, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 18, 2017
​ I want to begin this week with some exciting news from Lanigan Central High School. Keely-Shay Maki, a grade 12 student, was recently recognized with a significant award. Out of approximately 400 students competing for the title last fall and this past November, Keely-Shay was successful in correctly answering 295...

December 8, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 13, 2017
​ I want to begin this week by sending out one final reminder regarding the Christmas Hamper project and the ability for school staff to contribute to the efforts to support 144 families and well over 300 children across Horizon during this holiday season. As I mentioned last week, staff are...

December 1, 2017 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 04, 2017
​ As we end this week with the first day of December, I am drawn immediately into the holiday season, recognizing it as the time of the year for giving back to those less fortunate. I know our Board and our staff will be very involved this way, as is the...

November 24, 2017 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 27, 2017
​ This past weekend saw the Boys Volleyball season wrapping up with the 2017 Provincial Championships. Our teams from Three Lakes School in Middle Lake and Annaheim School travelled to the 1A Boys competition in Roleau, while the Humboldt Collegiate Institute Boys hosted the 4A Championships in Humboldt. In a storybook...

November 17, 2017 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 20, 2017


For members of Horizon's Board, our CFO, Marilyn Flaman, and myself, this past week began Sunday late afternoon in Regina for the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) Fall General Assembly. The Board began the three-day event by engaging in a professional development session conducted by SSBA Lawyer, Geraldine Knudsen and...

November 10, 2017 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 14, 2017
​ Remembrance Day for me, is an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate I am to be a citizen of a free and peaceful country. I have been fortunate to get to know a Syrian family who is living in one of our Horizon communities. In listening to their experiences while...

November 3, 2017 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 06, 2017
​ I hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween. It is hard to believe that we’ve reached that time of year already. With Halloween falling on a Tuesday this year, I was inspired by the numerous costumes and spirit prevalent in our schools. I know how important school spirit is...

October 27, 2017 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 30, 2017
​ SHSAA Provincial Soccer championships took place this past weekend. In 1A Boys Soccer, both Lake Lenore and Three Lakes advanced to the championship game, where Three Lakes School came out as provincial champions and Lake Lenore claimed silver. Thanks to students, staff and volunteers in Middle Lake and Three Lakes...

October 20, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 23, 2017
​ This past week was Education Week in Saskatchewan. Education Week provides an opportunity to celebrate student success and recognize our dedicated professionals across the province. This year's theme, Building our Future by Learning Together, is about recognizing student achievement and teaching excellence that occurs each day in our Saskatchewan schools,...

October 13, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 16, 2017
​ I began this past week at Raymore, joining students and staff in grieving the loss of Phoenix Purdue, grade 10 student at Raymore School. Phoenix was an outstanding young person with amazing talents in many areas, including art and music. She was an extremely gifted violinist, yet somehow learned to...

October 6, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 10, 2017
​ With the heaviest of hearts, I need to share that one of our Horizon students at Raymore School passed away suddenly on Friday afternoon. Our student experienced a significant health incident toward the end of the school day, prompting school staff to immediately contact caregivers and emergency medical services. STARS...

September 29, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 03, 2017


“I am honored to be able to tell my story so that others may benefit and understand, and maybe other survivors will feel comfortable enough to share their stories.” This quotation by Phyliss (Jack) Webstad, not only speaks to her experience in a residential school, it also speaks to...

September 22, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 25, 2017
​ This past week, a Graduation Rates Symposium took place in Moose Jaw on Monday and Tuesday. The provincial symposium was held regarding the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP)'s goal for Saskatchewan's three-year graduation rate. The symposium brought together educators and members of the education sector from across Saskatchewan to discuss...

September 15, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 19, 2017
​ This past week was extremely challenging for so many of us. When we lose someone close to us, the hurt elicits feelings related to grief and, for some, feelings related to trauma. Although Ricky Block’s funeral on Thursday may bring a level of closure, it will never change the fact...

September 8, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 11, 2017
​ I am beginning this week, like so many across our system, with an extremely heavy heart.  I am deeply saddened to share with you that Ricky Block, teacher at Annaheim School, passed away suddenly on Saturday afternoon while doing what he loved most...supporting his students. Mr. Block was in Cudworth...

September 5, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 05, 2017
​ “Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality.” – Malala Yousafzai

Welcome back, everyone! It is so hard to believe summer is over and tomorrow our children and students return to our classrooms. As I have shared over and over, this is my best time...

June 30, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 30, 2017
​ As this is my final "This Week in Horizon" for 2016-17, I find myself reflecting on the efforts of everyone in our system over the past 10 months. Unbelievably, we find ourselves at the end of another school year and there are so many celebrations from the work of our...

June 23, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 26, 2017
​ We began this past week with my annual Director evaluation followed by the Board’s evaluation. The process for my evaluation began in the morning of the 19th and stretched well into the evening, moving to the Board’s evaluation, which concluded the afternoon of the 20th.  Seven of our 14 Horizon...

June 16, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 19, 2017
​ Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and surrogate fathers across Horizon School Division. The importance fathers play in the lives of their children is equaled only by that of mothers. As a father of three boys (I guess men now), I was pleased to be able to spend Sunday...

June 9, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 12, 2017
​ It is with an extremely heavy heart that I begin “This Week in Horizon”. Late Saturday night, one of our former graduates from Lanigan Central High School was accidentally killed while riding a side-by-side. I know my heart, like so many others, screams in agony, shock and pain as I...

June 2, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 05, 2017
​ As I was thinking about This Week, it was easy to focus on the important work we are doing in Horizon in support of our students. Our literacy results continue to improve as a system as our teachers and support staff examine the most effective practices necessary to support individual...

May 26, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 29, 2017
​ The Horizon Central Athletics Association (HCAA) Track & Field District Championships were held on Tuesday, May 23, at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon. Students represented their schools well and I know we are all extremely proud of their athleticism and sportsmanship. I am reminded of the following quote about the power...

May 19, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 23, 2017


I hope everyone had a fantastic Victoria Day long weekend and had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having. For many, this weekend represents an unofficial start of the summer season, with activities like fishing, camping, hiking and barbeques. I hope each of you had a relaxing...

May 12, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 16, 2017
​ I want to begin This Week by recognizing the important contribution to learning mothers play in the lives of children. As Sunday was Mother’s Day, it is fitting to recognize the fact that every mother and surrogate mother in Horizon School Division has and continues to be, in so many...

May 5, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 08, 2017
​ We began This Week, the first week of May, in a budget meeting with Horizon’s Board of Education. Joined by Superintendent of Finance Services/CFO, Marilyn Flaman, Superintendent of Operational Services/COO, Justin Arendt and Deputy Director, Randy MacLEAN, we presented options to the Board to consider in order to meet the...

April 28, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 01, 2017
​ As April 23-29 has been Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week, I would like to begin with a very heartfelt “thank you” to Horizon’s administrative staff. Your work to support our students, families, staff and facilities is critical to the services focus we have in our system. We are deeply grateful for...

April 21, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

April 24, 2017
​ "Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again." --Gustav Mahler

With the Easter Break now behind us, the final months of the school year are fast approaching. I hope you had a relaxing break and found time to spend...

April 13, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

April 18, 2017
​ Happy Easter everyone. I trust the holiday has started out well and you are enjoying some very important time with family and friends. I have had a bit of a hiatus from TWIH, deciding to tie up the last two weeks into “This Week” ending April 13. On Friday, April...

March 31, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

April 03, 2017
​ The 22nd National Congress on Rural Education in Canada was held in Saskatoon from Sunday, March 26 to Tuesday, March 28 with most of our Horizon trustees in attendance. They joined trustee and staff delegates from right across Canada at this worthwhile professional development opportunity. I had the pleasure of...

March 24, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 27, 2017
​ With the release of the provincial budget this past Wednesday, it has been a busy few days for all sectors across our province. In Education, many of us breathed a sigh of relief to learn that the government listened to the concerns and feedback of the public voice across Saskatchewan....

March 17, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 20, 2017


Happy belated St. Patrick's Day everyone! I know St. Patty's day brings out the green clothing, green food and drink and green trinkets for our students and staff. For me, it is an opportunity to say "Happy Birthday" to my oldest son who happened to be the first St. Patty's...

March 10, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 13, 2017
​ I would like to begin "This Week" with a few items that recognize and celebrate the success of our students, staff, schools and communities. Following last year's WE Day, Jadyn Borstmayer, student at Bruno School, was selected for a trip to Kenya after  discovering that PotashCorp was accepting applications from...

March 5, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 06, 2017


This past weekend at TCU Place in Saskatoon, the 41st Telemiracle event took place. In addition to fundraisers and activities happening in schools and communities across Horizon, a number of our schools and students were represented during the broadcast over the weekend. Students from the Humboldt Collegiate Institute SRC...

February 28, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 27, 2017


I want to begin This Week in Horizon by reflecting on the "break" week first. I know we all need time to "recharge" during holidays such as these. I took some time during my break to travel to my hometown of Creighton, SK, spending time visiting, reminiscing and even ice...

February 10, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 13, 2017
​ To begin This Week, I want to acknowledge the passing of a teacher, a friend, a coach, a colleague, a mentor and a leader in sport across Saskatchewan, Mr. Dennis Pomeroy. Dennis passed away suddenly this past week and all who knew him will sorely miss him. Athletes, coaches and...

February 3, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 06, 2017
​ I want to begin TWIH by reminding everyone that February is Aboriginal Storytelling Month in Saskatchewan. This is the 14th year of this initiative, which celebrates and promotes the cultural traditions and oral history of First Nations and Métis people. I recognize that many of our schools will be honoring...

January 27, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 30, 2017
​ To begin “This Week”, I would like to share a reminder that the nominations deadline for Horizon’s 2017 Wall of Fame is on Tuesday, January 31. For more information or to submit a nomination, please click here . As with previous years, we anticipate a great deal of impressive individuals...

January 20, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 23, 2017
​ Sunday, January 22nd marked a very somber anniversary for our province and country as we recognized the one-year anniversary since the La Loche School shooting. During this difficult time, my thoughts are with the students, staff and community of La Loche and the families of everyone directly affected by that...

January 13, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 16, 2017
​ We began “This Week in Horizon” with a staff meeting at central office to discuss the recent report on educational governance and so that I could answer any questions staff had regarding the process. You may have seen a press release from our Board of Education last week, discussing this...

January 6, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 09, 2017
​ Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful break with friends and family. Although I spent a big part of the break trying to recuperate from the bug that seems to be hitting so many across our system, I was fortunate to be able to enjoy a visit from...

December 20, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 21, 2016
​ With a short week to end 2016, I decided I would combine the last 7 days into this final edition of TWIH. It’s hard to believe that my favorite time of the year, and likely yours, has arrived so quickly. We are also so very close to yet another New...

December 9, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 12, 2016
​ "We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need to do that. Whether or not we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact we haven't so far." This quote...

December 2, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 05, 2016
​ It may be hard to believe, but the first few months of the school year have flown by and we now find ourselves with just a few weeks left in 2016. As we make our final preparations for the holiday season, I would like to thank everyone in advance for...

November 25, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 28, 2016
​ November 21 – 27, 2016, was a week dedicated to the memory of millions of victims of the Holodomor, a man-made famine that devastated Ukraine in the 1930s. “Holodomor ” means “extermination by hunger” in Ukrainian and u p to 10 million Ukrainians were killed during the genocide. Crops were confiscated...

November 18, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 21, 2016


This past week was shortened for our staff and students as Monday was a day in lieu of parent/teacher/student conferences. November 13-19 was also "Bullying Awareness Week" in Canada and this year, the theme was "Stand Up! (to bullying)". It is critical that students feel safe in our schools, and...

November 14, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 15, 2016
​ "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them." These words are from a poem called For the Fallen, by Robert Laurence Binyon....

November 4, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 07, 2016
​ I trust that everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. It was certainly a busy few days for many of us in Horizon. I had the privilege of spending the majority of this past week with Horizon’s new Board of Education. In this time of transition, it is great to...

October 28, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 31, 2016
​ With an extremely heavy heart, I want to begin “This Week” by offering my thoughts and prayers to all those who are part of Muskowekwan First Nation, Punnichy Community High School and Horizon School Division on the loss of our family member, our student and our friend, Hyson Dubois. Hyson...

October 21, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 24, 2016
​ This past week was certainly a busy one for our students and staff. October 16-22 was Saskatchewan Education Week, providing an opportunity to celebrate student success and recognize our dedicated professionals and paraprofessionals across the province, with the theme of “Celebrating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow”. It was also Saskatchewan Library...

October 14, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 17, 2016
​ My hope, as we headed into this past week, was that everyone returned well-rested on Tuesday after an extended long weekend for students and a long weekend for staff, courtesy of Thanksgiving. I spent my Tuesday at home with a flu bug I picked up while visiting two of my...

October 7, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 11, 2016
​ Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you had a restful weekend full of good food and great company. As we reflect on the things we are thankful for, I just want to say how extremely grateful I am to be Director of our school division. Of course, effective and authentic relationships...

September 30, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 03, 2016
​ On September 30, people across Canada honoured the Indigenous victims of residential schools by wearing orange as part of Orange Shirt Day. In Horizon, we are diligent in our work to provide Safe & Caring environments for students and staff, and we are very fortunate to have many partners in...

September 23, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 26, 2016
​ As I begin This Week, I can’t help but reflect on the celebration that springs from the work schools and central office staff are doing in supporting the vision of the Board of Education in Horizon School Division. The Board has always made it a strong mandate to have the...

September 16, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 19, 2016
​ It is true that it doesn’t matter how much work we put into effective assessment practice or ensuring our students reach grade level and beyond in literacy if our students don’t feel safe in the environments they spend over 15,000 hours during the course of their lives as students. I...

September 9, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 12, 2016
​ Carl Sagan, the famed astronomer and author, once said: "What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe...

September 2, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 06, 2016
​ Well, our journey has begun! I know it was with great excitement that staff across Horizon School Division welcomed students back to our classrooms and our care on September 1 st . For our Board, our students, our families, our staff and everyone involved in the education of our children,...

June 30, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ Happy Canada Day, everyone. I find it hard to believe that we have reached the end of the 2015-16 school year. Once again, this has been a year marked with a number of innovations, improvements and successes and I want to take a few moments to reflect on just some...

June 24, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ The past few days have been extremely emotional and challenging for many of us in Horizon School Division. When one of our own Horizon children suffers a life-threatening injury, the whole system feels the incredible struggle that comes from feelings of helplessness. Cashtyn Ilchyshen, as a result of running into...

June 17, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ I recently came across a powerful quote from an unknown author, which reads: “A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.” As educators, we certainly know this to be true and in our personal lives, we learn this through our fathers. I would like...

June 10, 2016 - Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ In the words of Mr. Hockey, the late, great Gordie Howe: "You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose." Surely, our staff and...

June 3, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ As I begin to write “this week”, I am reminded of the words of the late Muhammad Ali, who once said, “Don’t count the days; make the days’ count.” Regardless of the time of year, it has been demonstrated time and again that everyone across our system works incredibly hard...

May 27, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ What an enjoyable weekend of weather we have experienced. Summer is right around the corner but the weather has certainly left us believing it’s already here. With graduations taking place on Friday and Saturday, I’m thankful our students, staffs, parents and communities have been blessed with temperatures that serve to...

May 20, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ I trust everyone enjoyed a great May long weekend with family and friends and a well-deserved rest during this busy time of year. As we near the final month of the school year, I know that our students, parents/caregivers and staff are busy studying, planning and participating in a number...

May 13, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016

As I reflect on the last two years, I am excited and humbled by how much we’ve grown as a system. You see, I arrived in Horizon almost exactly 2 years ago and at the time, I felt very much like I was coming home…for the most part, I was....

May 6, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ I am beginning "This Week" writing from a state of concern and disillusionment as our whole world is witnessing one of the greatest disasters in Canadian history unravel before our eyes. Fort McMurray, AB has recently been devastated by wildfires and it is hard to comprehend the level of destruction...

April 29, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ As I’m reflecting on how quickly this year has gone, I recognize that I sometimes forget to stop and enjoy the precious gifts in life. Work is important to me and knowing how hard staff work in Horizon, I know I’m not alone. It sometimes feels that the things that...

April 22, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ As I contemplate the direction we are going in Horizon, I often use the analogy of driving in a car. We look to the future of where we're going through the large windshield that stretches before us and we peer in anticipation for the destination of where we hope to...

April 15, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ As I begin This Week, I reflect on the importance of partnership in our work as a system. As each of you are aware, Horizon School Division has embarked upon a literacy journey to achieve our goal of each and every student reading at or above grade-level. To help us...

April 8, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ I know each of us came back to a busy first week following the Easter break. As the weekend drew near and the air still held a chill, the snowflakes attempted to remind us that winter was not long past. For many of us, spring has seemed a little slow...

April 1, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016

It is simply hard to believe that Spring Break has come and gone and we are preparing for the home stretch of the 2015-16 school year. My hope is that each of you had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday, taking the opportunity to spend time with family and loved ones....

March 18, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016

​ The month of March for our students and staff is only a week away from ending with the Easter break nearly upon us. I know you would agree that this has been as busy a month for our students and staff across Horizon as any month in our calendar....

March 11, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ ​ Tomorrow marks the final collaborative day for teachers for the 2015-16 school year along with the collaborative day for caretaking staff. I continue to find these days inspiring and motivating as educators and support staff share in a collegial fashion, how best to improve the learning environments for students....

March 4, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ ​ Often, we contemplate whether March has “come in like a lion or like a lamb”. I know weather-wise, we certainly can’t complain. After all, as I began writing components of this, the water was running and snow was melting. Lions or lambs, we move forward with the knowledge that...

February 26, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016

I begin "This Week" with a heavy heart as I join with so many in mourning the loss of a true friend of Horizon School Division. Kevin Grieman, Horizon Trustee, passed away on Wednesday, February 24. The Horizon family is even still experiencing the shock of the tremendous loss of...

February 12, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ ​ February Break is now upon us and as we take this opportunity to enjoy time with loved ones and recharge our batteries for the remainder of the school year, I would like to look back and note what a great Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week we’ve had. I enjoyed hearing and...

February 5, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 08, 2016
​ Like many of you, I enjoyed watching the Super Bowl this weekend. While I love watching when I can during the season, there is something about this game, this day, this weekend that is universally understood as it is truly the culminating event. Even if you aren’t a football fan,...
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January 29, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 02, 2016

I want to begin This Week by sharing the incredible service focus I was witness to across Horizon as we all entered a weekend that had to rival, temperature wise, any of us has been used to in January. It was also a weekend that was needed for students,...
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January 22, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 26, 2016
​ Good afternoon, everyone. I first want to extend my apologies for the timing of This Week in Horizon. The tragedy that occurred in La Loche, SK involving the deaths of two young people and two staff members has required my full attention this weekend. Our entire province and indeed our...