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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 so many of our kids. I also want to thank our families and communities for their help and support. This was an exciting event for our province to host, and the opportunity to involve our students in this way came about thanks in large part to the generosity of our Heritage Classic Advisory Board (HCAB), on which I have been proud to represent Horizon School Division.  

Last Monday, I attended one of the final meetings of our HCAB in Regina. I also attended a flag-raising ceremony at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building to kick-off Hockey Week in Saskatchewan. Seeing our province come together to support and celebrate this event was truly inspiring. Although we never know if an opportunity like this one will come to our province again any time soon, we can be proud of the job we did and proud of Horizon’s involvement.

I had the honour of joining a retirement celebration for Sheila Lissel at LeRoy School Monday evening. LeRoy School and Horizon School Division were very fortunate to have Sheila as part of the Horizon team for 32 years. While she retired over the summer, LeRoy held a celebration of her and her career during their book fair and open house on Monday evening. I was proud to be there and help thank her for her incredible career serving students, families, and colleagues.

I spent much of the remainder of Education Week visiting Horizon’s schools and meeting with staff and students. On Tuesday morning, I travelled to Englefeld School, where I met with staff and delivered tickets to our students for the Prairie Classic. I then made my way to Kelvington High School, Rose Valley School, Quill Lake School, Archerwill School, Wadena Composite, and Quill Lake School. Before I hit the road for the tour and to meet with principals, I had the opportunity to share some discussion in my office with Kim Megyesi, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Humboldt, and her staff. They are working on developing their strategic goals as an organization and reaching out to key stakeholders for feedback. I was happy to provide feedback for their planning process, as their organization does incredible work for the young people in our area.

On Wednesday, I travelled to Schell School, Imperial School, and Winston High, speaking with principals and providing them with necessary materials for the weekend. I began my day on Thursday in a meeting with Principal John Casavant at St. Brieux School. I then travelled back to Horizon before continuing my school meetings with principals travelling to Nokomis School and Raymore School. It was great to see so many of our buildings this week, especially as it was Education Week and was witness to some of the activities and events taking place to commemorate education in schools.  

Along with the athleticism on display at the Heritage Classic and Prairie Classic this weekend, we also had our Horizon students taking part in Soccer provincials. We were represented by teams from Three Lakes School, St. Briuex, and Humboldt Collegiate and I want to congratulate all athletes, coaches, and volunteers for an excellent season as Horizon continues to do well on the medal front and, most importantly, the sportsmanship front. Regardless, it is incredible to know how well our students have done whether they made it to provincials or were just learning the sport. All that said, we took home a number of medals and the results for the weekend are here [results].

Have a great week, everyone. I appreciate the work we continue to do with each other to remain #HorizonStrong.

- Kevin

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