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October 27, 2017 - A Message From Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 30, 2017

SHSAA Provincial Soccer championships took place this past weekend. In 1A Boys Soccer, both Lake Lenore and Three Lakes advanced to the championship game, where Three Lakes School came out as provincial champions and Lake Lenore claimed silver. Thanks to students, staff and volunteers in Middle Lake and Three Lakes School for hosting the event. The 1A Girls Soccer championships took place in Martensville, and the Three Lakes Girls advanced to the championship game, where they lost a close match against Warman. In 2A Boys Soccer, hosted in Yorkton, Humboldt Collegiate was victorious in their championship game, claiming gold over their opponents from North Battleford. I know I can speak for everyone across Horizon School Division when I say that we are extremely proud of the performance and sportsmanship displayed by these athletes and student athletes across Horizon. I am also proud of the many coaches, volunteers, officials, and coordinators we have in our system who provide these opportunities for our young people.

Teamwork was the theme of the day on Monday, as we held the third of Horizon’s annual Collaborative Learning Days in Humboldt. The ability to share and learn is significant to our success as a system and I want to thank our staff for their commitment to this professional development opportunity as well as to thank those who facilitated and led sessions. I also want to thank Horizon’s Human Resource Services Team for the organizational work involved in these opportunities.

On Tuesday morning, Superintendent of Operational Services, Justin Arendt and I met with Director of Education for Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division (GSCS), Greg Chatlain and his CFO, Joel Lloyd to discuss the work being done to prepare the HCI school yard for sod and irrigation. The school has been without a grass school yard for 6 years and, through partnership with the City of Humboldt, we intend to put the final touches on this project by spring.

On Tuesday evening, I travelled to Day Star First Nation with members of Horizon’s Board and central office staff for a Meet, Greet and Eat event. The “Eat, Meet, and Greet” event was an opportunity for my staff from central office and the three schools who support Day Star students (Raymore, Punnichy Elementary, and Punnichy High), to join our Board in meeting with community members and leaders from Day Star to socialize and enjoy a wonderful meal. I want to thank Day Star Chief and Council and Horizon Trustee, Paul Crow-Buffalo for extending the invitation to be part of this great event. As it is every year, it was a real pleasure to spend time in the Day Star community and enjoy some tremendous hospitality.

On Wednesday, I was in Regina for a meeting to discuss the Education Governance Review (EGR) committee work with other members of the working group including some of the Directors of Education, Board members and Ministry Personnel. Wednesday was also the first day of this session of the Legislature and the Honourable Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield delivered this fall’s Throne Speech. Following the Throne Speech, I took part in a conference call with Deputy Director of Education, Rob Currie, to discuss items from the speech pertaining to the Education sector. Curriculum renewal was one of the major focus areas for education and Saskatchewan can expect to see continued review and potential change in courses related to humanities and mathematics.

This past Thursday, I joined students, staff, community members, family members, a number of administrators, and members of Horizon’s senior leadership at Wakaw School for this year’s first Review of School Effectiveness (ROSE) event. I would like to thank each of the organizers of this ROSE event, including Principal Darryl Dickson 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 the staff of Wakaw enhance their journey from good to great.

On Friday, I spent much of the day at central office meeting with staff and taking care of a items in the office. I was grateful for the opportunity to travel to Bruno for a meeting with school secretary and CUPE president, Marie Moore. I am thankful that we have a very trusting, and transparent relationship with our CUPE leadership and our meeting was important for continuing to develop our shared understandings and beliefs. I also had the opportunity to meet with principal, Lianne Borstmayer while at the school.

Finally, I would ask each of you to answer a survey that my office has been preparing related to Celebration Day. In our continued journey from good to great, I would like to find out your thoughts about the day and how we can enhance it to best meet the needs of our system. I look very forward to your response and plan to share it with our Board at the next regular meeting. If you have questions related to it, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. Celebration Day is about recognizing the great work of staff across our system and about ensuring we continue to establish ourselves as a team. As we near the end of the second month of the 2017-18 school year, I find myself reflecting on the great things our staff and students have already accomplished this year. I have been closely monitoring our literacy results and I am humbled by the continued improvements we are making as a system. The successes we realize in classrooms each and every day are the result of a great deal of teamwork and collaboration and deserve to be celebrated. I am reminded of the quote from author and humanitarian, Jim Stovall who said, “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” 

Have a great week, everyone.

- Kevin

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