This past weekend, student
athletes from across Saskatchewan gathered in Prince Albert for the
Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association (SHSAA) Provincial Track &
Field Championships. The performances of our Horizon Central Athletics
Association (HCAA) athletes continues to make Horizon School Division very
proud. We are proud of both their athleticism and their sportsmanship, as these
young adults are excellent representatives of our system in both regards.
Congratulations to our students and thank you to our coaches, caregivers, and
volunteers for another great track & field season.
Improvement Plan (LIP) review meetings continued last week. As usual, I
travelled with Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, and
Superintendent of Learning Services, Crandall Hrynkiw, for meetings with
administrators at a number of our schools. On Monday, we visited Bulyea School,
Nokomis School, and Drake School. On Tuesday, Schell School, Imperial School,
Winston High, and Watrous Elementary. We travelled to Sask Central, Punnichy
Elementary, George Gordon Education Centre, and Raymore School on Wednesday.
And on Thursday, we visited Wadena Elementary, Wadena Composite, Lakeside
Colony, Quill Lake School, and Watson School. These meetings always lead to
very engaging conversations and I thank each principal and each staff for the work
they do to develop and prepare their LIPs.
Wednesday afternoon, Deputy Director, Randy MacLEAN, Trustee, Lori-Anne
Proznick, and I conducted interviews for the principal position at Wynyard
Elementary. Following this and the interviews we held last week, I am pleased
to announce that several excellent educators have accepted the vacant principal
positions for the following Horizon schools. At Englefeld School, we have
announced that accomplished educator, Ms. Cori (Corinne) Harcourt is the new
principal. Cori replaces Ms. Patsy Knafelc after six years as Englefeld
principal. Corinne will help lead Englefeld School in their first year in
Horizon next fall. At Kelvington High School, Mr. Rob Lissinna will be assuming
the principal role in place of Mr. Dale Hrytzak. Rob is active with both the
Horizon Teachers’ Association and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, and
will provide strong leadership for the students and staff at Kelvington High.
At Wynyard Elementary, Mr. Joe Filson will serve as principal beginning the
2018-19 school year. Joe is currently the principal at Nokomis School, so he is
well acquainted with the job of administrator and will be a great fit for the
community of Wynyard. Congratulations to each of our new principals. I look
forward to the work we will do in support of students and staff, and also look
forward to your contributions to the Director’s Leadership Team (DLT) in the
Thursday evening, I sat down for a meeting with Gerard Frison, teacher at
William Derby School and President of the Horizon Teachers’ Association (HTA).
Horizon and the HTA have a fantastic working relationship, and I always value
the time I get to spend discussing with Gerard.
Friday, we began our day with a meeting of the DLT, held via Skype. This
meeting of our school administrators and central office staff was an
opportunity to share updates and information regarding a number of important
items for our system. As we enter the final month of this school year, there is
much to discuss relating to the end of the year and preparations for the summer
months. Following our DLT, members of my Senior Leadership Team and I were
joined by the Deputy Minister of Education, Rob Currie, and members of his
staff for a discussion around the services Horizon provides and the ways we can
work together and support one another in this work. We spent a great deal of
time discussing our goals and the work our schools and our system are doing in
support of the Board’s goals. We also took some time to discuss the coordinated
recovery efforts mobilized following the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. I can not
say enough how much we appreciate the Ministry’s support since the tragedy,
along with countless other agencies, partners, organizations, and school
divisions who have provided their support for all of us.
Friday evening, graduation ceremonies were held for students at Punnichy
Community High School and Viscount School. Congratulations to these students,
their families, their teachers, and everyone else who has had a part of helping
them reach this important milestone.
families and community members from Horizon communities including Humboldt,
enjoyed a visit from the Saskatchewan Roughriders. As many are aware, Craig
Reynolds, Riders President and CEO is a former Horizon graduate, hailing from
Foam Lake. Craig and his entire staff, including football operations, travelled
to Humboldt to support the healing that so many in our school division require.
The Riders brass flipped burgers while the team held a practice on Glenn Hall
field. Roy Bennett, author of The Light in the Heart, said, “A random act of
kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else's
life.” It is no doubt that the kindness extended by our beloved Riders has had
a significant impact on all those who have been impacted by the tragedy of
April 6 and is a true demonstration of why Rider Pride is alive and well in
a great week, everyone. Stay “Horizon Strong”.- Kevin
Kevin C. Garinger B.Ed., M.A.Ed.
Director of Education/CEO
Horizon School DivisionNo. 205Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org