Telemiracle 42 taking place this weekend, I want to thank our staff and
students for their fundraising efforts to support this very worthwhile cause. I
also want to acknowledge everyone from our Horizon communities who took part in
the telethon. Telemiracle is an event that shows the true spirit of Saskatchewan,
supporting those in need and being there for one another in our province. I am
extremely proud that students, staff, and families across Horizon show their
generosity and support for this event each year. As author JF Anstead so
eloquently put it, “Helping others is the oxygen of paradise”.
Improvement Plan (LIP) review meetings continued this past week. I joined
Superintendent of Learning Services, Crandall Hrynkiw, and Superintendent of
Student Services, Darrell Paproski, in visiting schools and meeting with
administrators to discuss the development and progress of their LIPs. The main
focus of discussion was to review mid-year running records and to discuss
graduation rates in high schools.
past Wednesday, students, staff and others in organizations across Saskatchewan
recognized Red Cross Pink Day. It is a day for us to wear pink as a visual
reminder of our ongoing dedication to anti-bullying initiatives and programs.
It is also an opportunity for our schools to make their commitment to this work
known to students and communities through activities and events. I always enjoy
seeing people across our system showing their support for this day, wearing
pink and standing up to bullying. As a reminder for our staff, it is important
to share that there are resources in place to help students if they are
experiencing bullying. It is imperative to remind them that they can and should
reach out to a staff member in their school or speak to another trusted adult
for support. The I Am Stronger
program is also a great resource for
students, linking to the Report Bullying SK Student Online
available if they prefer to report a case of bullying anonymously. Finally, it
is also important to teach our children that they need to be “upstanders”,
rather than bystanders. As the famed human rights activist Desmond Tutu stated,
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the
oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that
you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality”.
was also the day of our Review of School Effectiveness (ROSE) event at Humboldt
Public School. I want to begin by thanking Humboldt Public School Principal,
Clayton Parobec, and his staff. Their work to prepare for our visit is much
appreciated. I would also like to thank our ROSE team of Crandall Hrynkiw,
Darrell Paproski, Superintendent of Human Resources, Todd Gjevre, Supervisor of
Student Services, Jason Neville, Supervisor of Literacy & Early Learning,
Katherine Oviatt and Coordinator of Learning Services, Jan Paproski. Although
Jan was unable to join us for the event, she was very involved in the planning
and organization, as always. Thank you also goes out to the administrators
visiting from other schools: Principals Miles Johnson, John Casavant, Jeff
Stroeder, Michele Presber, Janice Fansher, and Vice Principal David Millette.
Lastly, thanks to the staff, students, families, and community members for
their invaluable feedback. The data gathered through this event will be a great
benefit to Horizon and to HPS staff, aiding us on our journey from good to
reviews continued on Thursday morning. On Thursday afternoon, I met with
members of the Following Their Voices (FTV) Priority Action Team, for a meeting
at central office. Randy Fox, retired Director of Education with Living Sky
School Division, and Following Their Voices Facilitators, Crissy Sutherland and
Pauline McKay travelled to Horizon to meet with us and discuss Horizon’s
involvement in this critical program. We were joined in this meeting by
Crandall Hrynkiw, Coordinator of First Nations & Métis Education, Lester
Gardiner, and Communication Services Officer, Lance Hiltz. Teacher and
Following Their Voices Facilitator in Raymore School, Dustin Hubick,
joined us via Skype. This is the third year of FTV in Raymore School, and our
meeting was an opportunity to discuss the program, how it will move forward and
how we may be able to utilize the resources of FTV in other schools.
Brier is going on in our province and I am aware of the opportunity that
aspiring student athletes will have to attend this event. Of course, Horizon’s
own Muyres’ brothers and their father (Lyle is their coach) are once again
representing Saskatchewan. We certainly wish Dallan and Kirk all the best in
their pursuit of a Canadian championship.
this week, I am happy to inform you that we are once again congratulating
Horizon’s Coordinator of Student Activities, Brian Grest, on his well-deserved
recognition. Mr. Grest was recently named Citizen of the Year for his
invaluable contributions to the community of Humboldt. You will recall Mr.
Grest also recently received the Canada 150 Medal for his years of
community-minded work. Congratulations, Brian.
a great week, everyone.- Kevin
Kevin C. Garinger B.Ed., M.A.Ed.
Director of Education/CEO
Horizon School Division No. 205