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Horizon Celebrates New School - HCI Grand Opening
Dignitaries including the Minister of Education, Donna Harpauer, Horizon Board Chair, Jim Hack, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Chair, Diane Boyko, HCI student representative Paige Crozon, Carlton Trail Regional College Board Chair, Glenn Hepp and City of Humboldt Mayor Malcolm Easton, joined staff, students and community members to celebrate the official grand opening of the new Humboldt Collegiate Institute.

A near capacity crowd of approximately 500 attendees including staff and students and community members were entertained by the school choir and band followed by  inspirational words of leadership, partnership and cooperation presented by the speakers.

Horizon School Division Board Chair, Jim Hack stated. "The successful partnerships that we have formed have already produced outstanding results through the years. The new Humboldt Collegiate Institute is proof that strong partnerships produce results. This new shared-use facility will indeed provide opportunities for students and the community, now and into the future."
View the Ministry of Education Media Release - Click Here

(Click the Image below to view the online slide show)

HCI Celebrates 100 Years
In commemeration of HCI's 100th birthday, Principal Keith Thompson presented Horizon School Division, Board Chair Jim Hack and GSCSD Board Chair Diane Boyko with a framed artwork depicting the history of HCI to present day.
The artwork will be on display in the respective school division offices in celebration of the rich history of Humboldt Collegiate Insitute and successful partnerships.

SCC Workshops
Horizon School Division held School Community Council workshops on March 28th in Wadena and March 29th Lanigan. The workshops were held in order to assist the work of School Community Councils through information, involvement and engagement. Approximately 120 people, including students, from SCC's across Horizon School Division attended the workshops to take part in the following sessions.
* Engaging students on the School Community Council
* Role of the student on the School Community Council
* Taking the mystery out of Learning Improvement Plans
* Building a community profile
* Funding for School Community Councils
* Communication in a digital world
* School Community Council 101
* Nutrition in your school
* Grounds and maintenance grants

WDS Supports A Worthy Cause
An excellent presentation by the local paramedic service "Hansen's Ambulance" to the grade 6-12 students at William Derby School Friday March 30 was well received.  The presentation was based on SADS -Sudden Arythmic Death Syndrome.  This condition has affected our community very closely with the loss of a dearly valued Grade 12 student, friend, and family member Joel Thompson in the fall of 2010.  WDS SLC gave a $200.00 donation to SADS.  
William Derby School had an AED (Automatic Electric Defibrillator)  installed in the fall of 2011.

Easter Art
Grade 6 students at William Derby School, under the guidance of Mrs. Wendy Gottselig, were busy being creative and having fun, with shaving cream and color-making decorative Easter eggs in art.


Creativity In Class
Grade 3 students under the leadership of their teacher Ms. Tammy Miller at William Derby School, have fun being creative in class.  Looks like some of them had their hands full--but smiles were still on their faces!

3.9 Billion year old rock!
LeRoy School students have the chance to view a 3,963,000,000 year old Gneiss rock.
"The geological specimen that we get or rocks from contains the mineral zircon, which has been age dated at 3.962 billion years. Each and every piece of this rock came from the site where the world’s oldest known intact crustal rock was discovered, on an island in the Acasta River, Northwest Territories, Canada.To make a long story short, when you hold a piece of this rock in your hand you are holding 3,962,000,000 years of history and the oldest know thing on the planet, from the planet."
(From the website http://rockofagesnwt.com/about)

Bulyea Students Learning on IPads
Mr. Joe Krahn, Learning Technologist for Horizon School Division, has been in our school showing the students educational apps that are on Ipads that the Division has purchased for school use.  The 1 -3 computer class created "All About Me" stories using Scribble Press and the   4 - 6  computer class created two stories using Story Patch.
The Grade 5 - 6 classroom has been using them in all subject areas on a daily basis.  They are working on Stop Motion Movies using Pix Stop to recreate Native American stories that the students are studying in Social.

Treaty Education Video Supported By U of S
Horizon School Division has recently been notified that the Treaty Education Video produced by students in 2010 has been adopted by the U of S to educate all the faculty and staff at the University.  When the University conducted their usability testing, there was very positive feedback on the video and it was in fact a highligh.   
"Well done, and thank you so much for sharing it with us!"

Horizon School Division #205 Holds Annual Meeting
Horizon School Division held their annual meeting in Lanigan on March 20, 2012.  The Annual Report reviews the successes achieved in the previous school year based on the School Division Strategic Plan. This plan focuses on the key student results that the Division expects to achieve and engages all functions of the organization in order to accomplish the following goals.
1 - Focus on Learning
  • Student Success
  • Effective Instruction and Administration
  • Supportive Professional Climate
2 - Engage Parents, Staff, and Communities
3 - Fiscal Accountability and Sustainability

To view the official media release Click Here
To view the 2010-2011 Summary Booklet Click Here
To view the complete 2010-2011 Annual Report Click Here

Legion Award Winners
On Tuesday, March 27th, Mrs. Linda Glass, local Legion member, was at Bulyea School to recognize the following students' achievements at both the District and Zone levels.
Congratulations Students!

  3rd in Zone -  PrimaryColour                 3rd in Zone - Junior Colour

    1st in Zone - Primary Black and White       1st in Zone 3rd in District - Black and White

Treatysmarts at Foam Lake Elementary
“I find that the real key is letting kids have the ownership in putting things together,” said aboriginal artist Ray Keighley who has been at the Foam Lake Elementary School working with the students.
To view the entire article click this link - Foam Lake Review Article - March12, 2012.pdf
(Thank you to the Foam Lake Review)

Horizon Board Approves Nutrition Policy
The Board of Education, at their regular meeting, approved the Nutrition Policy and Nutrition Procedures. I would like to thank Brian Grest for his work on this. Also, thank you to the Horizon Administrators Group and the Horizon School Division staff for your continued cooperation and support.
The Board Policy (1 135 Nutrition Policy) can be accessed by Clicking Here
The Nutrition Procedure 01-1351 can be accessed by Clicking Here

2012-2013 School Year Calendar Approved
The Board of Education has approved the 2012-2013 Horizon School Division #205 School Year Calendar.
The calendar is now available on the Horizon School Division website. Click Here

Making Music At Nokomis School
The students and staff of Nokomis School had the opportunity to be part of a great and unique experience when Jolene Higgins of the band Little Miss Higgins, came to the school on Thursday, March 15th to record their new song! Setting up a home-made recording studio in a classroom, and along with Nokomis’ own Lisa Bart as recording engineer, Jolene and her helpers created an environment that was ready for some fantastic singing! The students and staff took part in the singing of the chorus and Lisa says she was able to get a lot of great recorded takes from the session. There were also a number of soloists helping out Little Miss Higgins with the song including Josh Wood, Tyson Hunter, Chase Holbrook, Cylus Zdunich, Daniel Pratchler, Cara Henry, Nina Guan, Daegan McNichol, Hallee McNichol, Rebecka Braun, Mitchell Harding and Principal Mr. Koenig.  A great time was had by everyone in the school and it was exciting for the students to get to see and hear the sneak peek of the new song, as well as allowing them the chance to be part of the recording of a new tune by Little Miss Higgins!

Opportunities For Horizon Students
St. Peter’s College has expanded the Accelerated Scholarship program so that each school in the Horizon school division receives one (1) Accelerated Scholarship.  This scholarship gives a student in grade twelve the chance to take 6 credit units of university coursework.
·         The deadline for application is May 15
·         The student should be recommended by their principal, teacher or guidance counselor
·         The student should apply using the St. Peter’s application online http://www.stpeterscollege.ca/Apply.php 
·         The student application should include: letters of permission from parents (guardians) and principal, top two choices of classes they would like to take. 
·         Email, fax or mail the letters of permission and class choices to mcnabbb@stpeters.sk.ca OR Fax: (306) 682-4402 OR St. Peter's College, Attention: Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries Selection Committee, RPO Box 40, Muenster, SK S0K 2Y0

Please let St. Peter’s know when your award’s day is so that we can give your student an award  certificate
For any further details please contact Rebecca or Val at 682-7886.

Bulyea Students Visit Last Mountain House
On Monday, March 12th Bulyea School students and staff toured the Last Mountain House located on Highway #20 near Craven.  The tour guide did a great job explaining about the purpose of the Hudson Bay Trading Post.  The students were full of questions, which our guide thoroughly answered.  The trip was an amazing opportunity to educate students about the importance the First Nations and Metis people played in the development of our province.  It was a chance to see firsthand how they lived, entertained themselves and survived in a challenging environment.  The students also enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the Qu'Appelle Valley on  a short hike towards Last Mountain Lake.

Legion Contest Winners
On Thursday, March 8th, a special presentation was made in the QLS Gymnasium.  
Representatives of the Royal Canadian Legion, Quill Lake Branch # 37, were on hand to make the presentations.  Legion members included Mr. Bob Govan, Mr. Keith Graham, Mr. Bill Norris, Mr. Robert Walker, and Mrs. Ellie Govan.
Two students received recognition for their entries in the annual Legion contest.  Winning 2nd at the Provincial level for her Junior Essay was Phenyx Harrison-Smith.  Phenyx also won 1st at the District level and 1st at the Zone level.  In total she received a medal, a cheque and 2 certificates for her efforts.
Rayanne Korolchuk also won 1st at the Zone level with her Junior Poem and received a medal.  Congratulations to you both on a job well done!


Quill Lake School Supports Telemiracle
A great big THANK YOU to the community of Quill Lake!!
The Kindergarten, Gr. 1 & 2 class held an Art Auction on Friday, March 2nd and it was a HUGE SUCCESS!!
Each Kg, Grade 1 and 2 student created a piece of artwork to auction off for Telemiracle. The auction drew a large crowd and the sale of 19 art pieces raised $2,235.00.
The QLS Gr. 3/4 class held a Penny Drive for Telemiracle and raised $71.00.
The Grade 10 class held a Telemiracle Floor Hockey Tournament on Feb. 29th. Eight teams were entered teams and the Tournament raised $1,418.00
Along with other donations the Quill Lake School raised a Grand Total of  $3809.00  for Telemiracle!!
Thank you to the parents & community members for their support.
Student Art Sold At Auction


Muenster School Supports Telemiracle
Each year Muenster School hosts a sub sale the last day before Christmas break.  The proceeds from this lunch is donated to Telemiracle.  This year Muenster School donated $325 towards this worthwhile cause.

Raymore Senior Girls Curling Team Wins Silver at Provincials
Kayla Bamford, Courtney Bentz, Alissa Schachtel and Lana Zatylny won silver at the senior girls provincials tournament in Weyburn March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The girls demonstrated skill, stamina and determination in their win. We appreciate the time and commitment that Coach - Blair Bentz, Staff Advisor- Linda Seidler and Staff Assistant - Leanne Shulko made on behalf of the girls. These girls are a fine example of the proud Rebel tradition. This is the first Raymore School curling team to ever play in the gold medal game.

Little Miss Higgins Performs at Nokomis School
Local artists Jolene Higgins and David Mark of the band Little Miss Higgins came to the school on February 10th to share the song that was inspired and partially created by the students from Nokomis School. This came about after Jolene visited the school in December to work with the students from Kg.-12 about song-writing. She spent some time talking to them about her creative process and how her and David (Foy Taylor), write songs. Jolene compiled all of the answers and lyrics from all of the students in the school and took them with her to start her journey of writing this song.
Jolene and David, along with Irv Fines on bass (another talented local musician and member of the band Men Without Shame) and one of Nokomis School’s own grade 11 students Cory Bart on drums, performed the song for the staff and students in the gymnasium. In addition to performing the song,Little Miss Higgins also had the students get involved and we all helped sing the chorus along with her. Her idea is to use some of the beginning process that was filmed on February 10th in the video creation. The students taking the course Communication Media in Nokomis School will be involved in the filming of the video and some of the music recording later on in March. Little Miss Higgins will be returning to work with a few student volunteers in singing and recording portions of the song coming up on Thursday, March 15th.

LeRoy School Supports Telemiracle
LeRoy School raised $6528.28 for Tele-Miracle through a penny drive, silent auction, pancake breakfast, hat days and personal donations. For a school of 72 students I would say this is a huge accomplishment. The best part of this all is that a group of students from LeRoy School (LeRoy School Cowboys and Cowgirls) performed on stage at Telemiracle!! They did an amazing job! Good work!

Lake Lenore School Supports Telemiracle
Lake Lenore School held their Annual Telemiracle Week last week. We started the week off with a Hat Day / Week where students can buy a hat pass for the day or for the entire week. We also help a Candy Jar Guess and a Gift Basket Raffle.  On Tuesday morning we held a Community Pancake Breakfast prepared by our SRC with help from our local Knights of Columbus Council. We wrapped up the week with our annual Intercom Bingo, students play bingo over the intercom last period of the day, always very exciting as students rush to the office to confirm their bingo!  All totaled Lake Lenore School pledged $1100 to Telemiracle this year.

Nokomis School’s Telemiracle Fundraisers
The Nokomis School SRC’s Telemiracle fundraisers were a huge success this year! The SRC hosted their annual Pancake Breakfast on Friday, February 17th and the students and staff had a great time cooking up a storm and serving the school and community for such a charity. Nokomis School raised, in conjunction with classroom penny wars and the selling of Telemiracle helping hands, a grand total of $850 to donate to the Kinsmen and Kinnette’s Telemiracle Foundation! A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended the breakfast and donated to the other activities throughout the week. Without your support, none of this would be possible!

KHS Supports Telemiracle
Congratulations goes out to the Kelvington High School student body who raised over $2200 to donate to Telemiracle.  Thank you to Maxine Scheller, Belinda Gwilliam, Sadie Mennie, Justine Mennie, and Ms. Nicholls who appeared on Telemiracle on Sunday to make the presentation.  Way to go KHS!

Telemiracle Fundraising at WDS
Through a variety of endeavors the staff and students of WDS raised $881.93 for Telemiracle.  Way to go WDS!

Wynyard Elementary Supports Telemiracle
The WES Skate-a-thon for Telemiracle is an event that staff and students at WES enjoy tremendously, but also take very seriously, as it is our major Fundraiser for the school year.  Half of the money raised goes directly to Kinsmen Telemiracle and the other fifty percent goes to WES for various programs and projects.  Last year, a grand total of over $6400.00 was raised.  This year’s event took place on March 2nd.  Again this year, the community of Wynyard and surrounding area showed us, once again, how much it really cares, as a grand total of $7871.20, which translates to over $3900.00 for each cause, was raised.  Thank you so much for your continued support.
Congratulations to one of WES’s students, Tristen Lozinski, for being chosen to perform with the Wynyard School of Dance during the televised event this year.  Way to go Tristen; I’m sure you and the rest of the group will represent your school and your community very well again this year!
Also, a BIG thank you to the students of WES for all of the time they spend collecting pledges for the skate-a-thon, and to Mrs. Chuckry, Ms. Ramler, Mrs. Bender, Mrs. Malinowski, and the rest of the WES staff for coordinating this project this year.  Not only does this help to support the province-wide Telemiracle campaign, but it also goes a long way in supplementing the cost of programs at WES. Well done everyone!

Spelling Bee Finalists
Five Horizon students have successfully qualified to be among the finalists in their region.

Remington Rohel - Annaheim School
Saskatoon Region
Tyler Reaser - Cudworth School
Saskatoon Region
Shelly Neapetung - Kelvington High School
Saskatoon Region
Julia Morelli - Viscount Central School
Saskatoon Region
Kennedy Lewis - Imperial School
Regina Region
For more information click the logo below and select your city.

KHS Telemiracle Fundraiser
On Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012, Kelvington High School held its 5th Annual Coin Roll to raise money for Telemiracle.  Students were asked to bring in loose change.  As the school day began, teachers were ready to begin rolling the loose change.  The deal with the students is that they do not have to go to class as long as their teacher is rolling the money.  The SRC hosted a “Survivor” tournament to entertain the students as the teachers rolled.  After lunch, because the teachers were still rolling coin, the students were treated to a movie on the big screen in the gym.  After a full day of rolling coins, the final total was $2174.50.  This is an amazing total for a school of less than 200 students.  The KHS staff is very proud the tremendous generosity of our students.


100 Days at WDS
The William Derby School grade one class held their annual 100 day celebrations (we have had 100 days of school so far).  Each student made a display of 100 things.  Their projects were displayed in the library on Friday, February 10.  Parents were welcome to come and have a look at the students' work.

Artwork made with 100 chicken feathers
Artwork made with 100 buttons
Artwork made with 100 crayons
Artwork made with 100 foam stickers

WDS Family Literacy Day
On January 26, in order to celebrate Family Literacy Day events, parents were invited to bring favorite blankets, pillows, and books and read with their child at WDS.  For an hour parents and students had a chance to munch on cookies and drink coffee or juice provided by WDS admin team, while cuddling with their K-Gr 6 student in the hallways, gymnasium and classrooms, read and visit.  The afternoon was enjoyed by all, as is shown by the happy faces.


What's New at the PCHS Trades and Skills Center
Construction Worker Preparation Program
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, sixteen high school students received their certificates in Construction Worker Preparation from the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (SIIT).  
Julie Bedel, Career Counselor and Trades & Skills Coordinator, welcomed everyone to the celebration.  Randy Jordan, Instructor of the program, then introduced the students and Deanna Gaetz from Carlton Trail Regional College and Elvis Kambeitz from SIIT presented the certificates.  Larry Bedel, Superintendent of Schools, closed the program with thanks to the partners who support the program, the parents and guests for coming and especially the students for taking the opportunity to learn skills that will last them a lifetime.
Each student was able to earn the following certification during the program:   Construction Worker Prep (SIIT), Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR/AED, Fall Protection, WHMIS, Life Skills and Employability Skills including development of a portfolio.  They will also be able to use the 200 hours they were in the program towards their apprenticeship, should they choose to pursue their journey person status after high school.
Travel & Tourism Program
On Friday, December 16th from 2-4 P.M., the Canadian Academy of Travel and Tourism students at Punnichy Community High School hosted a Christmas Tea.  The goal of the Tea was to get community members into the school so students could demonstrate their event planning skills  The students, who are in Level I of the program, are required to have twenty-five volunteer hours to earn their certificate.   It also gives students the opportunity to hone their food service and preparation skills so they will have a foundation for using the same skills needed when they enter Levels II and Gold of the program, in which they will be participating in a Mock Restaurant.  
The 11 students spent a number of days preparing decorations, sending out invitations, baking, and creating a program.  There were sandwiches, cupcakes, cookies, and cake served at the event, along with a number of beverages.  All who came out to the event had a great time!
The Trades and Skills Centre will start up again March 5, 2012 with the offering of Carpentry (Framing) from SIAST brokered by Carlton Trail Regional College and the Travel & Tourism Program certified by the Canadian Academy of Travel & Tourism.  Both programs will run full time from March 5 – June 29, 2012.  Please call Julie Bedel at 835-2140 or 554-4172 for more information regarding either of these programs.

Please submit your stories for the Celebration Items to:
Ken Sogge
Communications Manager
Horizon School Division No. 205

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