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January 26, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 29, 2018

We began this past week with a staff meeting at central office, discussing our administrative building currently under construction. I would like to thank Superintendent of Operational Services, Justin Arendt, Manager of Facility Services, Kam Kiland and Stacy Anthony, admin assistant, for leading this meeting. The Board’s project is on schedule and is to be completed and ready for staff to move in by December of this year.

On Monday afternoon, I met with Tina Edwards and Lori Bartko, teachers from Winston High School. Winston will be hosting the Student Leadership Conference in September 2019. Our meeting was an opportunity to discuss how Horizon will be supporting this important conference and the work of our Winston High staff. The conference will bring approximately 1000 students to Watrous for the three-day event and is a tremendous opportunity for the school, school division, and community. I am very appreciative of our staff at Winston High for the work that has already begun to bring this conference together.

The Englefeld Protestant Separate School Division Board of Education held their January meeting on Tuesday evening. Among other items, we discussed enrolment projections, the 2018-19 school year calendar, and the upcoming amalgamation between EPSSD and Horizon.

On Wednesday, I joined students, staff and administrators at Nokomis School for the first Review of School Effectiveness (ROSE) event for 2018. I would like to thank each of the organizers of this ROSE event, including Principal Joe Filson 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 visiting administrators for the event: Deb Lawrysyn, Vice-Principal of Punnichy Elementary School, Travis Flahr, Vice-Principal of Raymore School, Donna Von Hagen, Principal of Sask Central Colony, and Marla Kelln, Vice-Principal at William Derby School. Finally, I want to take the opportunity to thank the students, staff, and community member participants for their feedback and input through this process. The data will help our staff at Nokomis School on their journey from good to great.

To begin the day on Thursday, I met with Larry Mikulcik, Horizon’s Curriculum Coach, to discuss the work he does in support of Horizon students and staff. The Governance Committee of Horizon’s Board of Education also met on Thursday to continue their review of the Board Policy Handbook and other governance items. Along with Marilyn Flaman, CFO and yours truly, the committee is made-up of Trustees, Jennifer Lemky (Committee Chair), Linda Mattock, Lori-Anne Proznick, and Nathan Bitternose. Lori-Anne was unable to join us as she was away with professional responsibilities. The committee completed their review of a number of policies and will make recommendations to Board for their acceptance of the policies at their next regular meeting.

I joined our Board Chair, Jim Hack, and Vice Chair, Wil Lengyel, via phone on Friday morning for a meeting to set the agenda for the upcoming February Board meeting. A great deal is being planned for our meeting which happens to be the first of 2018, as the Board did not hold a January meeting.

Of course, departmental exams began on Thursday and Friday of this past week and will continue until Tuesday, January 30. I want to first thank our teaching staff for their dedication to students in helping them prepare for these exams. I also want to thank students for their effort, dedication, and studies. Good luck to all students with your remaining exams. As famed artisan, Leonardo Da Vinci said, “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

Finally, the Horizon calendar survey is due Monday, January 29, 2018 at 5pm. If you haven’t done so, please be sure to access the link to the survey I sent out to all staff on Friday, January 12, 2018. We are well over 600 submissions so I am grateful that staff have really committed to completing this final stage for the Board’s review and final decision on the 2018-19 school year calendar.

Have a great week, everyone.

- Kevin

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