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June 2, 2018 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 04, 2018

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.

Learning 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.

On 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 coming months.

On 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.

On 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.

Last 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.

Finally, 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 Rider Nation.  

Have a great week, everyone. Stay “Horizon Strong”.

- Kevin

Kevin C. Garinger  B.Ed., M.A.Ed.
Director of Education/CEO
Horizon School DivisionNo. 205