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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 be teachers, protectors, caregivers, and friends. No two people are the same, and there are many ways to be a father. Today, we celebrate each of you and we say “thank you”. I am also mindful that no two families are the same. For everyone struggling today due to a loss or a strained relationship, you are in our thoughts as well. 

Our annual Board self-appraisal process took place last Monday and Tuesday. I want to thank our Trustees for their remarkable work and commitment to our students, staff, communities, and system. As much as they are intense days, the appraisal process is a great time for conversations that stem directly from and have an impact on the results that are in our classrooms.  

On Tuesday evening, we held our annual golf and supper with our Board and central office staff. This is always a great time, and I want to thank our Board for hosting this opportunity to spend time together outside the office and celebrate as another school year draws to an end. I want to thank this year’s planners, including my executive assistant, Marni Sogge and admin assistant, Kim Loose. We appreciate the time and planning that goes into such an event.

Horizon’s Board held their regular meeting on Wednesday. Among our discussion items were conversations around planning for the next year of meetings, accountability reports from Learning Services and Student Services, and a discussion of upcoming National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations. We also heard a report from St. Brieux School principal, John Casavant, who joined us via video conference to share about his school’s work utilizing data gathered during a Review of School Effectiveness (ROSE) event. Our meeting was very productive, and although several Board committees have meetings left in June, this was the final regular Board meeting of the school year. I want to thank our Board for their exceptional work this year, and look forward to having our Trustees all together again for our August meeting.

Learning Improvement Plan (LIP) meetings continued at Wakaw School, Cudworth School, Bruno School, and Viscount School on Thursday. As always, Superintendent of Student Services Darrell Paproski and Superintendent of Learning Services Crandall Hrynkiw joined me in my travels for our meetings with school principals and vice principals.

The Joint Operations Committee (JOC) met on Thursday night. The JOC includes Horizon Trustees, Linda Mattock (Vice Chair) and David Holinaty, as well as Trustees from Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and senior leadership from both divisions. This committee oversees the Humboldt Collegiate Institute (HCI) in a unique partnership to operate the school. I want to thank the JOC for another year of learning and student success at HCI.  

The Horizon Teacher’s Association (HTA) held their Superannuation banquet in Watrous on Thursday evening. While I could not attend the entire function due to other commitments, Deputy Director, Randy MacLEAN represented my office and shared my congratulatory message with this year’s superannuates. I want to thank Trustee Mark Fedak who shared greetings and congratulations on behalf of the Board. I also want to congratulate this year’s retirees on remarkable careers and a new chapter in their lives. Our teachers have such a special impact on the lives of our young people and truly create a better world, one student at a time. Thank you, HTA superannuates and all the best in your well-deserved retirement. Finally, thank you to Watrous Elementary staff for their work in organizing this year’s event.

On Friday, Crandall, Darrell, and I travelled to Sask Central Hutterian School, George Gordon Education Centre and William Derby School to continue our LIP meetings. We continue to hear about the passion that exudes from our staff for supporting student growth. I am incredibly proud and humbled to be part of Horizon School Division.

The League of Educational Administrators, Directors, and Superintendents (LEADS) held a conference call on Friday and I joined as a member of the LEADS executive. Our discussions focused on strategic planning and a number of other issues critical to our work as senior educational leaders in the education sector.

This was the busiest week of Horizon’s grad season for the year, as 8 schools celebrated their graduation ceremonies last Friday. Congratulations to students at Englefeld School, St. Brieux School, LeRoy School, Raymore School, Wakaw School, Wadena Composite, Wynyard Composite, and Rose Valley School on all your achievements. We could not be prouder of everything our students have achieved, and wish them all the best as they head out to make their mark on the world beyond our classrooms.

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