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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 make us all proud. There are two quotes I want to share…one that I know will relate to the adults across Horizon who have done so much and the other that will relate to the efforts of our children. First, I have found the same to be true as Audrey Hepburn stated, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping oneself, the other for helping others”. But the truth is, you don’t have to be a big person to make a difference. So many of our youth are exhibiting incredible efforts in support of Telemiracle. They truly are the epitome of the quotation by Betty Reese, who said, “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito”.  

We continued our Learning Improvement Plan (LIP) review meetings with school principals and vice principals last week. On Monday, Superintendent of Learning Services, Crandall Hrynkiw, Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, and I traveled to Kelvington High School, Robert Melrose Elementary School, Wadena Elementary School, Lakeside Colony School, and Sask Central Hutterian School. On Tuesday, Darrell and Crandall travelled to Muenster School, Englefeld School, Quill Lake School, and Annaheim School while I joined via phone. I was and still am fighting a nasty cold and did not want to spread my germs to others. I do want to thank the principals and school staff for the work which ultimately guides continuous improvement in our schools.

As you know, Wednesday was Red Cross Pink Day. It was great to see so many people wearing pink across our system, symbolizing our support for anti-bullying initiatives and a belief in the end of bullying behaviour. Thank you to our staff who participated and organized events for students to mark the day.

I spent the last three days of the week feeling under the weather but also competing at the Senior Men’s Provincial Curling Championships in Melville. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I won’t be going on to the national championships as our team did not win the province. That said, it was a tremendous experience and the people of Melville were incredibly wonderful hosts.

While I was away, Englefeld School and the community of Englefeld and area came together to celebrate Tia Zimmerman as she makes her way to Abu Dhabi next week for the Special Olympics. Horizon Trustee Mark Fedak was there to represent the Board and share their congratulations and best wishes. While I was unable to attend, Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski represented my office in my place. I want to thank Englefeld School staff and students for organizing this celebration. Tia will be swimming as a member of Team Canada and all of Horizon School Division will be cheering her on! You can see photos of the event on Horizon’s website, here – or on facebook.com/HorizonSD.

Our latest Celebration Day Lunch took place last Friday at LeRoy School, and members of our Board and central office staff treated school staff to a lunch and helped with student supervision over the noon hour to show our appreciation for LeRoy School. Each fall, we draw several school to receive a Celebration Day Lunch throughout the year.

Finally, in the month of March, the Saskatchewan Library Association is celebrating “One Book, One Province” with the short story collection Just Pretending by Lisa Bird-Wilson. I know more information is already in our schools but feel free to visit the website to learn more about this literacy initiative.

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