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Caring, Inclusive - and Athletic - Learners at KRSS

This past February had a lot going on, with students participating in events that brought us together as a school community.

Black History Month saw a great student-created installation of art, information, and video that students and staff could visit to learn more, all throughout the month.

KRSS Senior boys came first place in the Zones tournament that was held at KRSS on February 23rd and 24th, qualifying the team to play in the upcoming provincials. Congratulations!

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Check Out the Awesome: KRSS

Kootenay River Secondary has been busy for the first half of the year. We have a large population of Indigenous students that have gathered for various educational and cultural activities. Some highlights for the fall were our walk for Truth and Reconciliation, Aboriginal Education Program assembly where Taeley did the Old School Fancy dance, poppy beading with Trina Williams for Indigenous Veterans Day, smudging with Angie Louie, Christmas Party, and teaching traditional dances to classes.

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Superintendent's Report - February 2024

We are nearing the 100th day of school and in primary grades, this is an important day of learning! All of our students are about halfway through the year, many have begun second semester, and everyone is in full learning mode in their classrooms, outdoors and in their communities. They are connecting with one another, sharing knowledge and experiences, embracing the world around them and working with educators to develop the skills they need to become lifelong learners.

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Superintendent's Report - Midwinter Edition

Midwinter is upon us - a time when SD8 students and educators look forward to sharing and showing what children have learned and the talents they have developed in the first half of the school year. It's a time when family and community are invited into our schools to watch - and in many cases participate in - holiday concerts and events. 

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Superintendent's Report - November 2023

This month, I want to share my gratitude for some unexpected gifts we have received in our district and in our schools through the month of October. 

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Superintendent's Report - October 2023

Welcome to the fall. You’ll notice that like the leaves on the trees in late-September and early October, this issue of the Superintendent’s Report looks a bit different than it did a few months ago. The stories in this report are now organized under our five strategic learning priorities from our Strategic Plan 2024-2029. These priorities are lifelong learners, connected learners, a caring and inclusive learning culture, culture and identity development and career development.

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Superintendent's Report - September 2023

A warm welcome to September and to the 2023-2024 school year. I am pleased to welcome every one of our more than 4700 students and each family whose child or children have embarked on what may be a first or a next chapter of their educational journey within School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake).

This is an incredibly exciting month for students who may be entering a classroom for the very first time, or entering a new grade, a new program or a new school. “New” is a key word for so much that happens throughout September across our district.  

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Superintendent's Report - June 2023

Another school year is coming to completion - June is one of the most exciting months of the year for everyone in SD8.

In June, we see students showcase their efforts and accomplishments throughout the school year - in capstone projects, in school theatre productions, in school-wide projects to protect the oceans or mark the Seven Sacred Teachings or in outdoor sports during and after school, including in the annual wuqanqankimik run/walk/wheel for Reconciliation.

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Superintendent's Report - May 2023

May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit Peoples (MMIWG2S). It is also known as Red Dress Day. May 1 to 7 is the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mental Health Week. May is also Mental Health Awareness Month across North America. This report includes articles related to each of these events.

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Check out the Awesome: KRSS

Mental health is described as one’s emotional, physiological, and social well being. At Kootenay River Secondary we are beginning to take the mental health of the student and staff body incredibly seriously. To create awareness, the Aboriginal Education Program has taken steps towards mending students' mental state and overall well being; we have noticed the staff and especially the students struggling.