hope everyone had a fantastic Victoria Day long weekend and had a chance to
enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having. For many, this weekend
represents an unofficial start of the summer season, with activities like
fishing, camping, hiking and barbeques. I hope each of you had a relaxing few
days with friends and loved ones.
I get into the business of this past week, I would like to share two
celebration items from St. Brieux School. Earlier this month, students from St.
Brieux attended the Youth Business Excellence Awards (YBEX) in Tisdale, Sask.,
and students came away with 14 awards for their business proposals. These
students, including Lerence Baba, Jaymark Cortez, Ellaine Malaban, Alfrenz
Vicente, Maicaella Mendoza, Bobbi Bedard, Paige Daubenfeld, Jonalen Redita,
Genka Susanoo, Tessa Thomas, Marin Schaab and Aquielle Thorlakson, should all
be extremely proud, as I know each of us are, of their accomplishments. You can
read more about these outstanding achievements here
would also like to congratulate St. Brieux student, Jude Derla, whose black and
white Remembrance Day poster received first in the Zone, District and
Provincial levels. The Royal Canadian Legion submitted Jude's poster into the
National “Never Such Innocence” art competition, where he won 2nd
place. Jude will receive 100 pounds sterling, publication in the 2016/17
winners booklet and in the Children's Centenary Legacy Book, a personalized
certificate of commendation and an invitation to the prestigious awards
ceremony taking place at the Guard's Chapel in Wellington, London, England.
central office was joined by internal auditors from Meyers Norris Penny (MNP),
who were conducting the interim audit for Horizon School Division on Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. I would like to thank them and my staff for
helping to ensure that this process has run smoothly for another year.
staff, parents/caregivers and community members joined Horizon’s Review of
School Effectiveness (ROSE) Team at Wadena Elementary School on Monday, May 15,
to take part in that school’s ROSE event. We were also joined by George Gordon
Education Centre Principal, Jocelyne Armbruster, Three Lakes School Principal,
Trevor Otsig, Watrous Elementary School Vice Principal, Rhonda Hardy, Wynyard
Elementary School Principal, Jeff Fisher and Lanigan Elementary School Vice
Principal, Brad Knudsen. I would like to thank each of the organizers of this
ROSE event, including Wadena Elementary Principal, Miles Johnson, and his
staff, Horizon’s Superintendent of Learning Services, Crandall Hrynkiw,
Coordinator of Learning Services, Jan Paproski and Supervisor of Student
Services, Jason Neville. I would also like to thank our participants within the
school and community for sharing their feedback. This data will help us make
the incredible school environment at Wadena Elementary even better in the
Tuesday, Superintendent of Finance Services/CFO, Marilyn Flaman and I met with
Kenda Thimms of MNP to discuss this year’s audit. Our meeting was an
opportunity to go over the finer details of the audit and ensure they
(auditors) had everything they needed for the upcoming audit in the early fall.
Wednesday and Thursday of last week, my direct reports took part in my annual
evaluation, lead by facilitator, Dr. Leroy Sloan. I would like to thank them
for taking time to give their feedback, and once again, thanks to Dr. Sloan for
conducting this evaluation.
Educational Governance Review “Organizational Staffing and Design” team met via
teleconference on Wednesday. Our work continues to establish the processes that
will see a contracted resource review compensation of managers and senior staff
as well as to continue a review of Board member compensation.
on Wednesday, my Director’s Leadership Team (DLT) of school administrators came
together in Humboldt for a day of professional development. The day began with
Cory Popoff, Principal at Humboldt Collegiate Institute, sharing about our work
around assessment. Cory has been working with teachers from across Horizon on
the number strand from grades 1-9 and together, they have developed and vetted
common assessments that will be used by all teachers beginning the 2017-18
school year. We then completed our book study of Jim Collins’ “Good to Great”
which I had been leading our administrators through. I have appreciated the
dialogue that has stemmed form the in-depth look at Collins’ work and the
introspective and retrospective result of this study. Five of our DLT members
shared passionately about their own school’s “Good to Great” journeys,
including Janice Fansher, Principal of Lanigan Elementary School, Miles
Johnson, Principal of Wadena Elementary, Lianne Borstmayer, Principal of Bruno
School and Terry Leibel, Principal of Wynyard Composite High School (Ryan
Pederson, Vice Principal of Wynyard joined Terry). We finished the day with
group discussions and debriefs relative to the budget and provincial landscape.
It was a great day of learning and sharing and I would like to thank everyone
for their engagement.
the DLT PD sessions, I travelled to Englefeld for the Englefeld Protestant
Separate School Division (EPSSD) Board meeting. As always, I was joined in this
meeting by our Superintendent of Finance Services/CFO, Marilyn Flaman and
Superintendent of Operational Services/COO, Justin Arendt. We had the
opportunity to discuss a number of items, including a staffing update, the work
of the Educational Governance Review teams, and the 2017-18 budget.
latest Celebration Day Lunch took place at Wynyard Elementary School on
Thursday. I had the pleasure of joining this lunch, along with our Board Chair,
Jim Hack and Trustees, Paul Crow-Buffalo, Jolene Koopman and our newest
trustee, Lori-Anne Proznick. This was the first Board function that Ms.
Proznick has been a part of since her by-election earlier this month, and it
was a great way to begin her term as Trustee for Subdivision 5. Thank you to
principal, Jeff Fisher and the students and staff of Wynyard Elementary for
making this lunch a fantastic experience for all of us.
lunch in Wynyard, I joined a teleconference with the Ministry of Education to
discuss the 3.5% reduction target that the government has set for public sector
employees. Joining us on the call was Deputy Premier and Education Minister,
Don Morgan, Finance Minister, Kevin Doherty, and the Deputy Minister of
Education’s office. As you may have heard, our Deputy Minister, Ms. Julie
MacRae, will be retiring at the end of this month. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank Julie for her outstanding career in support of students
and the education sector, and wish her all the best for a happy retirement.
Following the meeting, I travelled to Foam Lake to meet with principal, Nevin
Halyk and vice-principal, Graham Ferrell before heading back to Humboldt.
Friday was a Day in Lieu for Horizon schools, our students and school staff had
an early start to the long weekend. I spent the day in both the north and south
office, preparing documentation for our upcoming Board budget meeting and our
senior leadership team evaluations.
evening, I had the opportunity to travel to Regina and officiate Canadian U15
Open Volleyball Championships on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I am always
grateful for the opportunity to give back to athletes, coaches and volleyball,
in general. While there, I saw Mr. Dave Holinaty, trustee for Horizon, who was
watching his grand daughter play in the championship. It was great to see Dave
and so many of the other parents, students and staff members from Horizon who
attended or competed.
a great week, everyone.- KevinKevin C.
Garinger, B.Ed, M.A.EdDirector of
Division No. 205Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org