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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. As educators, parents, and caregivers, we teach our children that they can achieve great things by working hard and committing to their goals. In this season of changing weather and report cards, I hope our students, staff, and families take time to appreciate the many achievements and opportunities for growth we have already seen this year.  

Following the long weekend, I travelled to Regina for a meeting Tuesday with my fellow Directors of Education. We heard from LEADS executive director, Ben Grebinski and also heard from the Dean of Education from the U of R, Jerome Cranston. We wrapped up our time with a presentation on the new First Nation funding process from our partners at Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). The Provincial Leadership Team (PLT), which includes Directors from provincial and First Nation boards, along with Ministry of Education personnel, met on Wednesday at the head office of Prairie Valley School Division for an update on the proposed Cycle 4 work. We also looked at the provincial data indicators for student success in relation to the outcomes, priorities, and targets of the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) for Cycle 3. Seeing this data represented all at once, and discussing the ways in which we can use the data to meet the goals of our ESSP, is a very beneficial process for our sector leaders. I always appreciate the opportunity to view the information in this way and work together to improve educational processes for Saskatchewan students.

On Thursday, I met up with Horizon’s Board of Education in Regina, as Boards from across Saskatchewan gathered for the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) Fall Assembly and Annual General Meeting. On Thursday evening, we heard greetings from the Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Advanced Education. During the assembly, our province’s trustees had an opportunity to engage in conversations and information sessions regarding school board governance. They also had an opportunity to have their voices heard regarding areas such as the SSBA executive, strategic planning, annual SSBA budgeting, bylaw amendments, and resolutions.

The SSBA Fall Assembly wrapped-up on Saturday, November 17, but not before our Board met Saturday morning for a special meeting related to committee establishment. It was a very full week and I want to thank Horizon’s Board of Education for their exemplary work representing the interests of our students, our system, and our communities.

The Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association (SHSAA) Girls Volleyball Provincial Championships took place this past weekend, and Horizon was well-represented by teams from Kelvington High School, Ituna School, Raymore School, Wakaw School, Wynyard Composite, Rose Valley School, and Englefeld School. In the 1A Girls category, Rose Valley School came away with gold, and Englefeld finished with silver, and for the 3A girls group, Wakaw School won gold and Wynyard Composite took the silver. Congratulations to all students and coaches on a fantastic season. Thank you, also, to our families, volunteers, and organizers in the SHSAA and Horizon Central Athletics Association for providing these opportunities for our students.

Finally, I want to congratulate Horizon Trustee, Paul Crow-Buffalo who won a volunteer award from Touchwood Agency. Paul has had a long history of volunteering for his community and across Horizon and the award is certainly well-deserved. He exemplifies the quote by James Durst who said, “Help one another; there's no time like the present and no present like the time”.

Have a great week, everyone. Stay #HorizonStrong.

- Kevin

Kevin C. Garinger, B.Ed, M.A.Ed
Director of Education/CEO
Horizon School Division No. 205