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June 16, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 19, 2017
​ Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and surrogate fathers across Horizon School Division. The importance fathers play in the lives of their children is equaled only by that of mothers. As a father of three boys (I guess men now), I was pleased to be able to spend Sunday...

June 9, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 12, 2017
​ It is with an extremely heavy heart that I begin “This Week in Horizon”. Late Saturday night, one of our former graduates from Lanigan Central High School was accidentally killed while riding a side-by-side. I know my heart, like so many others, screams in agony, shock and pain as I...

June 2, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

June 05, 2017
​ As I was thinking about This Week, it was easy to focus on the important work we are doing in Horizon in support of our students. Our literacy results continue to improve as a system as our teachers and support staff examine the most effective practices necessary to support individual...

May 26, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 29, 2017
​ The Horizon Central Athletics Association (HCAA) Track & Field District Championships were held on Tuesday, May 23, at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon. Students represented their schools well and I know we are all extremely proud of their athleticism and sportsmanship. I am reminded of the following quote about the power...

May 19, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 23, 2017


I hope everyone had a fantastic Victoria Day long weekend and had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having. For many, this weekend represents an unofficial start of the summer season, with activities like fishing, camping, hiking and barbeques. I hope each of you had a relaxing...

May 12, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 16, 2017
​ I want to begin This Week by recognizing the important contribution to learning mothers play in the lives of children. As Sunday was Mother’s Day, it is fitting to recognize the fact that every mother and surrogate mother in Horizon School Division has and continues to be, in so many...

May 5, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 08, 2017
​ We began This Week, the first week of May, in a budget meeting with Horizon’s Board of Education. Joined by Superintendent of Finance Services/CFO, Marilyn Flaman, Superintendent of Operational Services/COO, Justin Arendt and Deputy Director, Randy MacLEAN, we presented options to the Board to consider in order to meet the...

April 28, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

May 01, 2017
​ As April 23-29 has been Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week, I would like to begin with a very heartfelt “thank you” to Horizon’s administrative staff. Your work to support our students, families, staff and facilities is critical to the services focus we have in our system. We are deeply grateful for...

April 21, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

April 24, 2017
​ "Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again." --Gustav Mahler

With the Easter Break now behind us, the final months of the school year are fast approaching. I hope you had a relaxing break and found time to spend...

April 13, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

April 18, 2017
​ Happy Easter everyone. I trust the holiday has started out well and you are enjoying some very important time with family and friends. I have had a bit of a hiatus from TWIH, deciding to tie up the last two weeks into “This Week” ending April 13. On Friday, April...

March 31, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

April 03, 2017
​ The 22nd National Congress on Rural Education in Canada was held in Saskatoon from Sunday, March 26 to Tuesday, March 28 with most of our Horizon trustees in attendance. They joined trustee and staff delegates from right across Canada at this worthwhile professional development opportunity. I had the pleasure of...

March 24, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 27, 2017
​ With the release of the provincial budget this past Wednesday, it has been a busy few days for all sectors across our province. In Education, many of us breathed a sigh of relief to learn that the government listened to the concerns and feedback of the public voice across Saskatchewan....

March 17, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 20, 2017


Happy belated St. Patrick's Day everyone! I know St. Patty's day brings out the green clothing, green food and drink and green trinkets for our students and staff. For me, it is an opportunity to say "Happy Birthday" to my oldest son who happened to be the first St. Patty's...

March 10, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 13, 2017
​ I would like to begin "This Week" with a few items that recognize and celebrate the success of our students, staff, schools and communities. Following last year's WE Day, Jadyn Borstmayer, student at Bruno School, was selected for a trip to Kenya after  discovering that PotashCorp was accepting applications from...

March 5, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

March 06, 2017


This past weekend at TCU Place in Saskatoon, the 41st Telemiracle event took place. In addition to fundraisers and activities happening in schools and communities across Horizon, a number of our schools and students were represented during the broadcast over the weekend. Students from the Humboldt Collegiate Institute SRC...

February 28, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 27, 2017


I want to begin This Week in Horizon by reflecting on the "break" week first. I know we all need time to "recharge" during holidays such as these. I took some time during my break to travel to my hometown of Creighton, SK, spending time visiting, reminiscing and even ice...

February 10, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 13, 2017
​ To begin This Week, I want to acknowledge the passing of a teacher, a friend, a coach, a colleague, a mentor and a leader in sport across Saskatchewan, Mr. Dennis Pomeroy. Dennis passed away suddenly this past week and all who knew him will sorely miss him. Athletes, coaches and...

February 3, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 06, 2017
​ I want to begin TWIH by reminding everyone that February is Aboriginal Storytelling Month in Saskatchewan. This is the 14th year of this initiative, which celebrates and promotes the cultural traditions and oral history of First Nations and Métis people. I recognize that many of our schools will be honoring...

January 27, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 30, 2017
​ To begin “This Week”, I would like to share a reminder that the nominations deadline for Horizon’s 2017 Wall of Fame is on Tuesday, January 31. For more information or to submit a nomination, please click here . As with previous years, we anticipate a great deal of impressive individuals...

January 20, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 23, 2017
​ Sunday, January 22nd marked a very somber anniversary for our province and country as we recognized the one-year anniversary since the La Loche School shooting. During this difficult time, my thoughts are with the students, staff and community of La Loche and the families of everyone directly affected by that...

January 13, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 16, 2017
​ We began “This Week in Horizon” with a staff meeting at central office to discuss the recent report on educational governance and so that I could answer any questions staff had regarding the process. You may have seen a press release from our Board of Education last week, discussing this...

January 6, 2017 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 09, 2017
​ Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful break with friends and family. Although I spent a big part of the break trying to recuperate from the bug that seems to be hitting so many across our system, I was fortunate to be able to enjoy a visit from...

December 20, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 21, 2016
​ With a short week to end 2016, I decided I would combine the last 7 days into this final edition of TWIH. It’s hard to believe that my favorite time of the year, and likely yours, has arrived so quickly. We are also so very close to yet another New...

December 9, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 12, 2016
​ "We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need to do that. Whether or not we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact we haven't so far." This quote...

December 2, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

December 05, 2016
​ It may be hard to believe, but the first few months of the school year have flown by and we now find ourselves with just a few weeks left in 2016. As we make our final preparations for the holiday season, I would like to thank everyone in advance for...

November 25, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 28, 2016
​ November 21 – 27, 2016, was a week dedicated to the memory of millions of victims of the Holodomor, a man-made famine that devastated Ukraine in the 1930s. “Holodomor ” means “extermination by hunger” in Ukrainian and u p to 10 million Ukrainians were killed during the genocide. Crops were confiscated...

November 18, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 21, 2016


This past week was shortened for our staff and students as Monday was a day in lieu of parent/teacher/student conferences. November 13-19 was also "Bullying Awareness Week" in Canada and this year, the theme was "Stand Up! (to bullying)". It is critical that students feel safe in our schools, and...

November 14, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 15, 2016
​ "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them." These words are from a poem called For the Fallen, by Robert Laurence Binyon....

November 4, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

November 07, 2016
​ I trust that everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. It was certainly a busy few days for many of us in Horizon. I had the privilege of spending the majority of this past week with Horizon’s new Board of Education. In this time of transition, it is great to...

October 28, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 31, 2016
​ With an extremely heavy heart, I want to begin “This Week” by offering my thoughts and prayers to all those who are part of Muskowekwan First Nation, Punnichy Community High School and Horizon School Division on the loss of our family member, our student and our friend, Hyson Dubois. Hyson...

October 21, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 24, 2016
​ This past week was certainly a busy one for our students and staff. October 16-22 was Saskatchewan Education Week, providing an opportunity to celebrate student success and recognize our dedicated professionals and paraprofessionals across the province, with the theme of “Celebrating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow”. It was also Saskatchewan Library...

October 14, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 17, 2016
​ My hope, as we headed into this past week, was that everyone returned well-rested on Tuesday after an extended long weekend for students and a long weekend for staff, courtesy of Thanksgiving. I spent my Tuesday at home with a flu bug I picked up while visiting two of my...

October 7, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 11, 2016
​ Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you had a restful weekend full of good food and great company. As we reflect on the things we are thankful for, I just want to say how extremely grateful I am to be Director of our school division. Of course, effective and authentic relationships...

September 30, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

October 03, 2016
​ On September 30, people across Canada honoured the Indigenous victims of residential schools by wearing orange as part of Orange Shirt Day. In Horizon, we are diligent in our work to provide Safe & Caring environments for students and staff, and we are very fortunate to have many partners in...

September 23, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 26, 2016
​ As I begin This Week, I can’t help but reflect on the celebration that springs from the work schools and central office staff are doing in supporting the vision of the Board of Education in Horizon School Division. The Board has always made it a strong mandate to have the...

September 16, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 19, 2016
​ It is true that it doesn’t matter how much work we put into effective assessment practice or ensuring our students reach grade level and beyond in literacy if our students don’t feel safe in the environments they spend over 15,000 hours during the course of their lives as students. I...

September 9, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 12, 2016
​ Carl Sagan, the famed astronomer and author, once said: "What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe...

September 2, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

September 06, 2016
​ Well, our journey has begun! I know it was with great excitement that staff across Horizon School Division welcomed students back to our classrooms and our care on September 1 st . For our Board, our students, our families, our staff and everyone involved in the education of our children,...

June 30, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ Happy Canada Day, everyone. I find it hard to believe that we have reached the end of the 2015-16 school year. Once again, this has been a year marked with a number of innovations, improvements and successes and I want to take a few moments to reflect on just some...

June 24, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ The past few days have been extremely emotional and challenging for many of us in Horizon School Division. When one of our own Horizon children suffers a life-threatening injury, the whole system feels the incredible struggle that comes from feelings of helplessness. Cashtyn Ilchyshen, as a result of running into...

June 17, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ I recently came across a powerful quote from an unknown author, which reads: “A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.” As educators, we certainly know this to be true and in our personal lives, we learn this through our fathers. I would like...

June 10, 2016 - Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ In the words of Mr. Hockey, the late, great Gordie Howe: "You find that you have peace of mind and can enjoy yourself, get more sleep, and rest when you know that it was a one hundred percent effort that you gave – win or lose." Surely, our staff and...

June 3, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ As I begin to write “this week”, I am reminded of the words of the late Muhammad Ali, who once said, “Don’t count the days; make the days’ count.” Regardless of the time of year, it has been demonstrated time and again that everyone across our system works incredibly hard...

May 27, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ What an enjoyable weekend of weather we have experienced. Summer is right around the corner but the weather has certainly left us believing it’s already here. With graduations taking place on Friday and Saturday, I’m thankful our students, staffs, parents and communities have been blessed with temperatures that serve to...

May 20, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ I trust everyone enjoyed a great May long weekend with family and friends and a well-deserved rest during this busy time of year. As we near the final month of the school year, I know that our students, parents/caregivers and staff are busy studying, planning and participating in a number...

May 13, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016

As I reflect on the last two years, I am excited and humbled by how much we’ve grown as a system. You see, I arrived in Horizon almost exactly 2 years ago and at the time, I felt very much like I was coming home…for the most part, I was....

May 6, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ I am beginning "This Week" writing from a state of concern and disillusionment as our whole world is witnessing one of the greatest disasters in Canadian history unravel before our eyes. Fort McMurray, AB has recently been devastated by wildfires and it is hard to comprehend the level of destruction...

April 29, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ As I’m reflecting on how quickly this year has gone, I recognize that I sometimes forget to stop and enjoy the precious gifts in life. Work is important to me and knowing how hard staff work in Horizon, I know I’m not alone. It sometimes feels that the things that...

April 22, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ As I contemplate the direction we are going in Horizon, I often use the analogy of driving in a car. We look to the future of where we're going through the large windshield that stretches before us and we peer in anticipation for the destination of where we hope to...

April 15, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ As I begin This Week, I reflect on the importance of partnership in our work as a system. As each of you are aware, Horizon School Division has embarked upon a literacy journey to achieve our goal of each and every student reading at or above grade-level. To help us...

April 8, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ I know each of us came back to a busy first week following the Easter break. As the weekend drew near and the air still held a chill, the snowflakes attempted to remind us that winter was not long past. For many of us, spring has seemed a little slow...

April 1, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016

It is simply hard to believe that Spring Break has come and gone and we are preparing for the home stretch of the 2015-16 school year. My hope is that each of you had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday, taking the opportunity to spend time with family and loved ones....

March 18, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016

​ The month of March for our students and staff is only a week away from ending with the Easter break nearly upon us. I know you would agree that this has been as busy a month for our students and staff across Horizon as any month in our calendar....

March 11, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ ​ Tomorrow marks the final collaborative day for teachers for the 2015-16 school year along with the collaborative day for caretaking staff. I continue to find these days inspiring and motivating as educators and support staff share in a collegial fashion, how best to improve the learning environments for students....

March 4, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ ​ Often, we contemplate whether March has “come in like a lion or like a lamb”. I know weather-wise, we certainly can’t complain. After all, as I began writing components of this, the water was running and snow was melting. Lions or lambs, we move forward with the knowledge that...

February 26, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016

I begin "This Week" with a heavy heart as I join with so many in mourning the loss of a true friend of Horizon School Division. Kevin Grieman, Horizon Trustee, passed away on Wednesday, February 24. The Horizon family is even still experiencing the shock of the tremendous loss of...

February 12, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

August 08, 2016
​ ​ February Break is now upon us and as we take this opportunity to enjoy time with loved ones and recharge our batteries for the remainder of the school year, I would like to look back and note what a great Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week we’ve had. I enjoyed hearing and...

February 5, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 08, 2016
​ Like many of you, I enjoyed watching the Super Bowl this weekend. While I love watching when I can during the season, there is something about this game, this day, this weekend that is universally understood as it is truly the culminating event. Even if you aren’t a football fan,...

January 29, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

February 02, 2016

I want to begin This Week by sharing the incredible service focus I was witness to across Horizon as we all entered a weekend that had to rival, temperature wise, any of us has been used to in January. It was also a weekend that was needed for students,...

January 22, 2016 - A Message from Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education

January 26, 2016
​ Good afternoon, everyone. I first want to extend my apologies for the timing of This Week in Horizon. The tragedy that occurred in La Loche, SK involving the deaths of two young people and two staff members has required my full attention this weekend. Our entire province and indeed our...