Volume 02 | March 11, 2019
Hello, and welcome to the Superintendent's Report! This overview of the news and events in our district highlights the excellent work we are doing to connect students with their future, every day. You will see this report in your in-box and posted on our website each month. If you have information to share in a future report, please email me at superintendent@sd73.bc.ca .

Thanks, Alison
Our People
Helping Transform Education in SD73
School District 73 is bringing innovation to the district by working with two iconic B.C. educators. Dr. Linda Kaser and Dr. Judy Halbert wrote the book on transforming education experiences. Lisa Carson, SD73 Director of Learning, is helping educators across the district to participate in this effort. Read more...
Employee Policy Advisory Committee
Responding to the recommendations set out in the Employee Engagement Report released on Feb. 8, the Employee Policy Advisory Committee (EPAC) has been formed and is already providing input on administrative procedures.  Read more
News
KSA student Rotary Speech winner
Mandisa Volo, a grade 7 student from Kamloops School of the Arts, won the 2019 Rotary Grade 6/7 Speech contest in Kamloops. Read more...
Students' voices, ancient wisdom
Chase Secondary Secwepmctsin teacher Ivy Chelsea and her students are building B.C.'s first Story Trail at Tsutswecw Park. This is a multi-partner pilot project led by BC Parks Foundation.
SKSS Titans Win 2019 AA Title

Congratulations to South Kamloops Titans' girls AA basketball team, who are Provincial champions for the fourth time in eight years. Read more...
WSS Whundas Win 2019 Curling

Congratulations to the WSS Whundas' curling team for winning the Provincial championship, undefeated in the round robin, 7-0. Read more...
Carving new pathways to Learning

For 19 students at Brock Mddle School, carving a Cottonwood tree into a dugout canoe is opening new pathways to learning. Read more...
New Graduation Requirements

If you or someone you know is in Grade 9, 10, 11 or 12, then you need to know how graduation requirements are changing in British Columbia. SD73 is implementing graduation program changes under the direction of the B.C. Ministry of Education. Read more...
Participation in Pursuit of Hypothesis
It's Science Fair season. Jora Singh Nahal, in grade 4, is one of many students from grade 4 to grade 12 who are presenting findings and honing theories in anticipation of the Cariboo Main Line Regional Science Fair at TRU in April.

Scholarship Applications Open
If you or someone you know is graduating this year, now is the time to be thinking about scholarships and bursaries. Thousands of dollars are available. All you have to do is try.
Surprise pancakes at WSS

Westsyde Secondary School helped students beat the February blahs with a surprise pancake breakfast Feb. 15. This is part of a WSS staff-led effort to focus on pride and student recognition. Read more...
Cardboard Box Race

SD73 elementary students built cardboard boats and then raced them at Tournament Capital Centre Feb. 22. It's part of Skills Canada's Junior Skills competition. Read more...
KSA Students rock with Foreigner

25 Kamloops School of the Arts students performed with '80s band Foreigner at the Sandman Centre Feb. 24. Read more...
Pink Shirt Day in SD73
Pink Shirt Day began in B.C. in 2007 and it has grown into a movement supporting youth anti-bullying programs across Western Canada. Students and staff in 20 SD73 schools participated in Pink Shirt Day activities throughout the month of February.
Gangs: The Power of Choice
SD73 is taking steps with RCMP and the Ministry of Education to address the issue of gang recruitment in Kamloops. Information sessions were held at two schools for students and at the Henry Grube Education Centre for parents on Mar. 5. Read more...
Safety in Our Schools

Nothing is more important than keeping our students and schools safe, and I understand some parents may be feeling a little uneasy after hearing about a recent event involving threats to a school. Read more...
Sagebrush Theatre closed for repairs

School District 73, the City of Kamloops and Western Canada Theatre regretfully announce the closure of the Sagebrush Theatre for urgently needed building repairs. A serious structural issue is being addressed.
Events
The show, and the festival, must go on
The 86th annual Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts is now underway. Due to a sudden closing of the Sagebrush Theatre for repairs, the adjudication and performances are spread over three different venues. Read more...
Cannabis, Vaping and Youth
Speaker - Dr. Krank - UBC Okanagan
Mar. 12

Learn about the two emerging substance use issues facing youth today: vaping and cannabis legislation. More youth are using nicotine than at any time in the past few decades. At the Henry Grube Centre, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Cottonwood planting on Earth Day
Apr. 22

Chase Secondary students will be planting cuttings of Cottonwood trees at Tsutswecw Park on Earth Day, Apr. 22. Read more...
SD73 App now available
SD73 app now available

You can now connect with SD73 information on your mobile. Subscribe to receive updates, alerts and notifications about incidents in your school and events. Read more