week and weekend have undoubtedly been exciting in Horizon School Division. It
was another short week for school-based staff and families who enjoyed a
five-day weekend, including this Monday. The November break has always been
appreciated by staff as we look to develop the calendar. We will check on its
value again this year as we prepare for the 2022-23 calendar.
had our fair share of accomplishments in our system, including our Board winning
the prestigious Premier's Award. We also had seven girls' volleyball teams from
Raymore, Watrous, Lanigan, Humboldt, LeRoy, Annaheim, and Rose Valley attend
provincial championships this weekend. We also three boys' teams attended
regional playoffs. All three of our teams are headed to provincials this
upcoming weekend. Congratulations to all teams for a successful year! We are so
proud of everyone for representing our system at every level of play so very
well. Finally, congratulations to Rose Valley, who won the 1A Girls provincials
for the 5th time in a row, and Annaheim, who won bronze. Extended congratulations
also go out to Watrous and Humboldt Collegiate on winning bronze at their respective
2021 Premier's Board of Education Award for Innovation and
Excellence in Education
We are thrilled about our Board receiving the Premier's Award for
the George Gordon Mîkiwahp (Tipi) Project. We are grateful to the Board for
their support of this important project and their vision for providing us with the
direction for the project.
To the students, families, and caregivers of George Gordon
Education Centre – thank you for opening your community to us. Thank you to the
Elders and Knowledge Keepers for sharing your wisdom with us. Thank you to
Principal Tammy McNab and all the staff at George Gordon for your support and welcoming
us. Thank you to Katherine Oviatt, Superintendent of Learning, who was
instrumental in leading this important work. I also want to thank Bryan McNabb,
Superintendent of Indigenous Education; Amanda Moosemay, Instructional Coach;
Lana Steiner, Math Coach; and Heidi Linford, Literary Coach, for your
leadership and work to this point and into the future.
If you haven't already seen it, the video is at this
Saskatchewan School Boards Association Fall General Assembly
Sunday, November 14 to Tuesday, November 16, the Board and I engaged in the SSBA
Fall General Assembly. As always, the Assembly was an informative event and an
excellent way to connect with our education colleagues. I loved seeing the Ile
a la Crosse Grade 7 jigging video – what a talented group of dancers! We also
took in presentations on creating home and school connections, the
transformative power of relationships and an excellent talk by Dr Debbie Pushor
of the University of Saskatchewan. Finally, Jim Hack attended the SSBA's Board
Chairs Council on Tuesday afternoon and following his recent election as Board Chair
and the 2nd vice-chair of the Public Section. Congratulations Jim!
It's that time of year again! Our Christmas
Hamper program is in full swing, and cash donations, personal hygiene items,
blankets and winter clothing (toques, mitts, scarves and socks) are graciously
accepted. The Horizon School Division Board of Education will match all cash
donations up to $5,000, and tax receipts will be issued.
the past seven years, gifts and grocery store cards have been purchased for 802
families and 2,063 children throughout Horizon School Division. When the
project began in 2014, 46 families and 98 children were supported. The need has
increased every year, and in 2020, 174 families and 440 children were sponsored.
If you are interested in donating, either as an individual or a school, don't
hesitate to contact Manager of Payroll Corinne Thoms or Executive Assistant Marni
Sogge. Because of your selflessness, we can do amazing things for those less
SaskTel Information and Collaboration Session
hosted a session for Directors of Education from Horizon, Sun West, Saskatoon
Public, Saskatoon Catholic, and Prairie Spirit School Divisions. We discussed
our goals, strategic directions, and things getting in the way of our work. The
session was very informative, and we dug into some major topics like distance
education, network infrastructure, safety, and much more. SaskTel is a major
partner in education and they are always seeking ways to try and enhance the
support they provide our school division. I look forward to follow-up
conversations and the continued dialogue that is supportive of moving our
LEADS Executive Board Meeting
spent much of Thursday in an Executive Board Meeting with my counterparts from other
school divisions from across the province and our executive director, Ben Grebinski.
As President Quintin Robertson, Director from Good Spirit, could not attend, I
chaired the meeting as the President-Elect. LEADS is a professional organization
for all supervisors, superintendents, Directors, and Deputy Directors in the
province who hold a teaching certificate and who are out of the scope of the
STF. It was a valuable meeting, and I look forward to our next opportunity to
engage in the important work of the League.
School Board/Public Health Meeting
I was in the LEADS meeting, Katherine and Darrell joined moderator Dr Maurice
Hennick from the Saskatchewan Health Authority for a public health update. Meeting
with our Medical Health Officers is a necessary practice that we continue to be
extremely grateful for, and I thank Katherine and Darrell for taking on this
important responsibility throughout the last year and a half.
LEADS/EdCan - Workplace Wellbeing
On Friday I joined Gwen Keith, Director of
Education from Holy Family School Division and Max Cooke from EdCan for a
meeting to discuss mental wellness. The Well at Work program supports educators
from across Canada in developing and implementing system-wide strategies to
improve K-12 workplace wellbeing for the long term.[JG1] I look forward to sharing more about this initiative
in the upcoming weeks.
a wonderful week, and stay safe, Horizon!