Volume 04,| May 6, 2019
The Power of Language as Identity
Ivy Chelsea teaches the Secwepemctsin language at both Haldane Elementary and Chase Secondary. In our first SD73 Employee Profile, she shares her thoughts about the power of language as identity, especially when it is connected to the land. Read more
Kudos to Starfish Backpack Program
Sally Zryd and Beth Dye , members of the Kamloops-Thompson Principals and Vice-Principals Association, are delighted to report that the Kamloops Food Bank was awarded the 2019 BC Principals' & Vice-Principals' Association Partnership Award for the work that has been done through the Starfish Backpack program .
NAOSH Week: How Safety is Evolving
Traditional safety management is evolving in the workplace with a new international movement called 'Safety Differently', or 'Safety 11'. To mark NAOSH Week 2019, take a look at three examples of our ongoing efforts, and participate in the SD73 Health and Safety Quiz NAOSH Week Contest.
Connecting School Families
with Learning Plans
Improving student learning will be the focus for school leaders among the seven school families in the school district, as they revise their annual School Learning Plans for the 2019-2020 school year. Principals present their School Learning Plans to Trustees each May. Full School Learning Plans are available on school websites. They are updated each fall. Read more...
Banner Year for SD73 Student Voice
The Kamloops chapter of the BC Student Voice has had an exceptional year, according to its district advisor Domenic Comita , Sa-Hali Secondary Vice-Principal. He said the district is doing very well, with strong student leadership. Read more...
Powerful Stories for Young Authors
The Young Authors' Conference for aspiring young writers in the district was a great success again this year. Fun writing and character-creation exercises engaged 250 students who participated in workshops with authors, illustrators and editors . Read more...
Battle of the Books
The last round of the annual Battle of the Books competition pitted Juniper Ridge against Westmount in a nail-biting final that went from tiebreaker to sudden death. After an intense few minutes, Juniper’s Lily Eckerman , Chloe Conat , and Jack Wallin were declared the winners in the grade 6/7 category. Read more...
Secwepemculecw Robotics Challenge
Two robotics events challenged students with a unique landscape this year. Students learned Secwepemculecw history and geography, and they had the opportunity to hear and read Secwepemctsin language. Read more...
2019 Robotics Events a Success
Students from across SD73 engaged in three very different robotics challenges in April. Through three days of events, over 200 students competed in these challenges. Read more...

VSS Student Wins $25,000 Award
Jonah Saemerow tapped into a difficult problem, suggested a solution, and has been awarded a $25,000 STEAM Horizon scholarship. He is one of five 2019 recipients from across Canada, and the only recipient from Western Canada. Read more...
A Different Kind of Art Conference
Secondary arts students from across SD73 explored a different style of artwork when they were given an opportunity to work with a local urban and graffiti artist. Read more...
First Junior Wildfire Workshop
They set up pumps and hoses, dug fire guards, and responded to simulated lightning strike wildfires. For 17 grade 12 students from across SD73, this was part of their experience in the first Junior Wildfire Workshop. Read more...

Heritage Fair
Presentations by students about Canadian History, at the Henry Grube Education Centre.

Kindergarten Transition Night
For parents of children with diverse needs, at the Henry Grube Education Centre
SD73 app now available

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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 each month. If you have information to share in a future report, please email me at superintendent@sd73.bc.ca .

Thanks, Alison