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April, 2011 Newsletter

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Education in the News (May 2/2011)
View the latest education related news stories from around the Province.

The Horizon School Division TreatySmarts Collaborative Art Project (April 25/2011)
An innovative Treaty Education project is currently underway in Horizon School Division. The project focuses on providing students with an opportunity to learn about the arts and culture while also giving them an opportunity to explore their understanding of Saskatchewan treaties. The project involves a total of nine Horizon School Division Schools and approximately three hundred students, in grades two to eleven. Readlink0.jpg

Election Day at PECS (April 25/2011)
The students in Grade 4 to 8 took part in the Student Vote Day today.  Some Grade 7 and 8 students became returning officers, poll clerks and scrutineers.  The school library was transformed into a polling station during the morning and the ballots were counted in the afternoon.  Voting results will be made available after the May 3rd election.

A Message To Grads From The Minister Of Education (April 25/2011)

Administrative Professionals Week (April 25/2011)
Dear Administrative Professionals:
The work that you perform, day in and day out, is critically important to the success of Horizon School Division as a community of learning and achieving.  Thank you for all that you do in support of the children and youth we serve!

Marc Danylchuk
Director of Education
Horizon School Division No. 205 - A Community of Learning and Achieving
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2011 HCAA Recognition Award Recipients (April 25/2011)
The following individuals were recognized at the Horizon Central Athletic Association spring meeting on April 18, 2011 for their outstanding contributions to school athletics programs.
In the photo (L-R):  Trevor Otsig, Nevin Halyk, Jordann Casler, Terry Gaudet   Missing:  Kellie Maslin, Rob McGregor, Steve Armstrong, Desi Zimmerman

Hoop Dancer Dazzles William Derby School (April 21/2011)
On March 29, Teddy Anderson visited William Derby School to dazzle the audience with his Hoop Dance for students in Grades 1-12.  Students, staff and parents from Bulyea and Drake Schools joined us for the performance, as well as other members of the community of Strasbourg.  Teddy was one of the spring concert series performers offered through OSAC.

Pink Shirt Day at WDS (April 19/2011)
In support of Anti-bullying week, WDS staff and students were encouraged to dress in pink.  This was to celebrate April 13 as the Red Cross official Pink Shirt Day pink cupcakes were sold at $1.00 each as a fundraiser for the Red Cross.  Judy from the Red Cross visited our school for the morning to attend various classroom activities geared toward the anti-bullying campaign. The day was enjoyed by all our students and staff.
To see more pictures click the following link - WDS Pink Shirt Day 2011

Horizon School Division Wins Premier's Board of Education Award (April 19/2011)
The Premier's Board of Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in Education in Saskatchewan was awarded to the Board of Education for Horizon School Division on November 29, 2010. The award was presented by Minister of Education, Donna Harpauer and Lori Griffith, Xerox’s Business Development Manager for Saskatchewan at the Saskatchewan School Boards Association’s Fall General Assembly.

The award presented by the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, in conjunction with the sponsor The Document Company – Xerox provides a $3,000 award, which is to be reinvested in the program. This award recognizes educational innovations and improvements focused on student achievement that have been advanced or directed by boards of education.

This year’s winning program is the ‘Punnichy Career Transitions Program’. The program is reflected in the Operating Partnership Agreement which was signed by Daystar, George Gordon and Muskowekwan First Nations, and the Horizon School Division. The mission of the agreement is for all partners to work collaboratively to ensure every student has the same opportunity to succeed.

Eldon Van Den Bossche, Trustee for the Horizon Board of Education, accepted the award on behalf of the board at the November presentation stated the following.
“By accepting this award, our board is very pleased with the recognition this program has recieved.” said Van Den Bossche. “The Punnichy Career Transitions program’s basic premise is equitable opportunity for all students. While the board provides the vision and support for this initiative, it is the staff and the students who make it a success.”

On Monday April 18, 2011, Lori Grffith, representing Xerox Canada presented the cheque for $3,000 dollars to the Horizon School Division Board of Education at the Lanigan Central Office.
Click on the picture above to meet the Horizon School Division Board of Education
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A Leader of Tomorrow (April 12/2011)
Michelle Joa (Gr. 11) from Imperial School was awarded the Provincial "Leader of Tomorrow" Award from the Canadian Cancer Society for the Relay For Life and cancer awareness event leadership.
Michelle’s willingness to commit to and excel in her volunteer roles has led her to be a skillful, successful and valuable event leader. Her dedicated service and enthusiasm for event management is commendable.
The Volunteer Leader of Tomorrow Award Recognizes individuals under 25 who have made a contribution to the Society and served as role models through their work to further the Society’s mission and goals.
This was the only award given out by the Saskatoon Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society for the year 2010, and only the third award given to youth since the award was created back in 2004.
Michelle has also been nominated for the National Award.


New Childcare Centre Opens In Lake Lenore (April 12/2011)
It started as a seemingly unattainable dream for one mom. Now it's a reality.
The Lake Lenore Childcare Centre, located in the Lake Lenore School, held its grand opening on April 2, after opening for business on February 7.
"It's a very exciting day," said Kim Moorman, president of the centre's board of directors, as little voices from the childcare centre echoed out into the hallway where the opening ceremonies were being held.
Batoche MLA Delbert Kirsch on behalf of Education Minister Donna Harpauer will join parents, community members and representatives from Horizon School Division to celebrate the opening of a 15 space licensed child care centre at Lake Lenore School. Readlink0.jpg
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Watson Teen Given A Chance To Live A Full Life (April 12/2011)
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Shared Governance And Partnerships Are Making It Possible To Achieve Our Goals (April 11/2011)
“Whenever and wherever we take the opportunity to work together, there is a significant 'breaking down of barriers' and positive bonding between people and their cultures. We develop an understand of one another's history, ideas and practices. We get to know each other as fellow board members, acquaintances and indeed as friends. The more we get to know one another, the greater our understanding, our empathy, forgiveness, trust, respect, and admiration for each other's reality. Bridges get built at the personal level and everyone wins. We discover we have the same hope and dreams for our children and we all grow. Our lives are enriched because we are working together and that's the essence and spirit of our Treaties. We are, after all, all Treaty people! That's the key benefit of working together on our school boards – working together for all of the students in our schools. The color of skin completely disappears and students, staff, and parents alike, become equal in dignity as persons. We all become color-blind when we get to know and care for one another.”
Denis Bergerman
Horizon School Division Board of Education
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Premier Brad Wall Visits HCI (April 7/2011)
Premier Brad Wall, Minister of Education Donna Harpauer and Humboldt Mayor Malcolm Eaton paid a short visit to Humboldt Collegiate Institute (HCI) on Friday April 1, 2011. Their hosts, Principal Keith Thompson and SRC representatives Jessica Hassman and Jesse Larson, provided the visitors with an opportunity to tour the entire school and interact with the students during class.
Students Jessica Hassman and Jesse Larson stated, "It was exciting to see the Premier take interest in the lives of high school students. He didn't just do a quick walk through of the school, he stopped to talk to the social studies class, checked out projects in the industrial arts shop and hung out in the gym with a group of kids playing dodge ball. His visit was encouraging to the students as they were able to see that they are important too!"
Principal Keith Thompson. Thank-you to the Premier and the Minister for making our day! They definitely created a positive buzz amongst the students at HCI”.
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Parkland Regional Science Fair 2011 Results (April 7/2011)
To view the results from the 2011 Parkland Regional Science Fair held on April 1, 2011 Click Here

Building Supports For SCC’s (April 5/2011)
On Monday April 5, approximately 50 School Community Council members from several Horizon schools gathered at the Humboldt Public School for an annual workshop entitled “Building Supports For School Community Councils.” Along with local Board of Education members the SCC representatives were provided valuable information that focused on the roles and responsibilities of School Community Councils and how to achieve success in these roles.
Facilitated by Superintendent Linda Mattock the attendees were also introduced to a newly formed focus group that consists of SCC members from Quill Lake, Drake, Kelvington, LeRoy, Muenster, Lake Lenore, Wakaw and Strasbourg Schools. School Community Councils play a very important role and this new focus group will take on the task of helping all SCC’s develop and grow in their roles within Horizon schools.
A second meeting for schools in the eastern half of Horizon School Division is planned for 7:00 PM Wednesday April 6, at the Quill Lake School.
For SCC resources and to learn more about School Community Councils please click the following link. Clicklink.jpg

Makes It All Worth While! (April 4/2011)
"When things get a bit stressed, overwhelming and frustrating, it's moments like this that bring smiles to our faces and just make everything O.K. These smiles just make me glad I am doing what I do! Keep up the great job you do and enjoy your own "brings tears to your eyes" moments!!!" Principal Sheila Kinequon, PCES
The photos below are some special moments captured as students from Punnichy Community Elementary School enjoy a presentation by Kevin McKenzie. http://www.storiesbykevin.com/

WCHS Drama Club holds production of Football Romeo (April 4/2011)
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Students let out their inner scientist at fair (April 4/2011)
Students from eight schools found their inner scientists for the Carlton Trail Regional Science Fair on March 22 at St. Peter’s College in Muenster.
Students from Bruno, Englefeld, Ituna, LeRoy, Middle Lake, Muenster, Strasbourg and Wakaw showcased their science projects during the all day event.....
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2011 - 2012 School Year Calendars Are Now Available (March 31/2011)

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Ken Sogge
Communications Manager
Horizon School Division No. 205


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