Volume 03,| April 12, 2019
$34.45 Million Expansion Announced for Valleyview Secondary!
A sea of red greeted Rob Fleming, Minister of Education when he arrived at Valleyview Secondary to announce the Province spending $32.7 million for a significant expansion to the school by
September 2022.
In Kamloops, Friday, April 12 to make the announcement, Minister Fleming spoke directly to students in grades 8 through 12. The students, gathered in a pep-rally atmosphere, were dressed in their Valleyview Vikes clothing and began the event with cheers and school chants. Read more
Our People
Judging Future Researchers

Superintendent Alison Sidow joined Shelley Joyce of CBC Kamloops, and Mel Rothenburger, TNRD area director and Armchair Mayor, to judge the 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition at TRU. They were impressed by the presentations, which saw Adam Zelmer take first place for his research into the creation of sustainable rock climbing in Banff National Park.
Sharing Employees' Stories
School District No. 73 will soon have a new intranet. This new resource for all employees, called MYSD73, will launch in early July. An important part of this new site will be sharing employees' stories, with two new employee profiles posted every month. If you have an employee story to share, check o ut this form.
Congratulations!
Twin Rivers Education Centre Principal Kent Brewer , and Teacher Amy Hilton , and Sam Gamblin , SD73 Accounting Clerk, each won an extra vacation day in a random draw for supporters of the 2018 United Way Employee Campaign, which raised close to $17,000 towards reducing child hunger in our communities.
News
FDSS Awarded $246,000 Grant

Four Directions Secondary School has been awarded a $246,000 grant by the Vancouver Foundation. It is a Systems Change Grant and beginning in Sept. 2019 it will fund an integrated school program enhancing Four Direction's current commitment to community and family engagement over a three-year period.
SSS Student Going to Ottawa

Sarah Seymour will represent School District No. 73 and the Province of British Columbia at the Canada Youth Summit in Ottawa in May. Sarah is a grade 11 Sa-Hali Secondary student, and she will lend her voice to the development of Canada's National Youth Policy, along with 300 other youth ages 16 - 24.
Putting Faith in Schools
Clearwater's five remaining Sikh families decided to sell the temple that had been a vibrant gathering place for the Sikh community in the North Thompson for over 36 years. Proceeds from the sale resulted in $164,000 being distributed to organizations throughout the North Thompson Valley, including Raft River Elementary and Clearwater Secondary School. 
Heavy Metal Rocks a Sunny Success
Their futures were as clear as the day for the participants in Heavy Metal Rocks 2019. The SD73 Trades and Transitions program gave 26 secondary students an on-the-job experience as they consider career options after high school. The event was held in brilliant sunshine in the T'Kemlups Band Gravel Pit Mar. 27 to 30.
Day of Sucwentwecw 2019
Sucwentwecw, the Secwepemctsin word for acknowledging one another, is an initiative that recognizes and celebrates the Secwepemc people and the other Aboriginal people residing in the Secwepemculecw. It is a day dedicated for each school in School District No. 73 to invite an elder, knowledge keeper or representative from one of the local bands in the Secwepemcul'ewc to be witness and welcomed.
2019 RCMP Youth Academy, With Dogs

Kamloops RCMP put 22 district secondary students through their paces during Spring Break, covering all parts of police work including working with dogs . Read more
SKSS Student's team wins BC event

Congratulations to SKSS grade 12 student Mitchell Kopytko and his Vernon-based team who won the Boys U18 BC Curling Championship title March 17. Read more
Junior Dragons Den Finalists 2019
Organic and technological innovation and making the world a better place was part of the focus for the 2019 Junior Dragons Den finalists.
Ideas presented by the 21 SD73 students who made it to the final round included beeswax chewing gum, a math app and a new design for feeding animals. Read more...
Cardboard Box Day at Haldane
Inspired by Caine’s Arcade and the global movement he generated, Haldane Elementary School students enjoyed a makers’ day to create a range of great designs and games using cardboard. Steve Scott, Vice-Principal at Haldane said he knew the project was a great success as he watched every student in the school fully engaged in their work.  Read more
Events
Arts in the High Country
Over 800 students from 9 schools from across the district are involved in band, drama, dance and classroom music performances.
Cariboo Mainline Regional Science Fair
225 students from four school districts will present top science projects at the TRU gymnasium.
Battle of the Books
SD73 grades 3 - 9 students answer questions about 12 books in a competitive setting at Henry Grube Education Centre.
Young Author's Conference
Creative writing workshops at TRU for about 250 SD73 students.
Young Artist's Conference
Showcasing aspiring student artists with workshops and an exhibition.
Heritage Fair
Presentations by students about Canadian History, at the Henry Grube Education Centre.
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
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