June 11, 2018
Horizon School Division completed our switch to Google Mail for all
students and staff this past week. Horizon’s Teacher Efficacy and Workload
Intensification Committee – comprised of teachers, division staff, and members
of Horizon’s Board of Education – recommend this direction for Horizon’s email,
contacts, and calendars. This decision was...
June 04, 2018
This past weekend, student
athletes from across Saskatchewan gathered in Prince Albert for the
Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association (SHSAA) Provincial Track &
Field Championships. The performances of our Horizon Central Athletics
Association (HCAA) athletes continues to make Horizon School Division very
proud. We are proud of both their athleticism...
May 28, 2018
I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend. I
took some time to get away as I travelled to the National Volleyball
championships in Edmonton. Many of our students are involved in athletics or
the arts and I was able to see some of them and their parents involved in these...
May 22, 2018
I trust everyone enjoyed the long weekend, taking advantage of the beautiful weather, relaxing, spending time with loved ones and enjoying a good book. As self-help author Alan Cohen once said, "There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither."
On Friday, our entire...
May 14, 2018
I want to begin this week by
sharing a heartfelt “Happy Mother’s Day” to all the moms across Horizon School
Division, and beyond. Thank you for your constant inspiration, teaching,
motivation, leadership, and love. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “All that I
have or hope to be, I owe to...
May 08, 2018
We soldiered on this week, trying to come to
grips with the new normal that is the reality for so many of our students,
staff, families, and communities. And just when some of us, including me, found
it most difficult to navigate toward that normal…up stepped our kids to remind...
April 30, 2018
Where to begin. I suppose, first
to apologize. Over the past three weeks, I have sat down on numerous occasions
to begin the process of communicating a message I could share with each of you.
In each case, I have been halted by my own feelings of loss or by...
March 26, 2018
I want to begin this week by congratulating athletes from across Saskatchewan schools who were competing in this year's Hoopla Basketball Provincials in Prince Albert. Specifically, I want to congratulate our very own teams from Lake Lenore School (1A Boys Silver Medalist), Three Lakes School (1A Girls & 1A Boys...
March 19, 2018
I began this past week in a meeting with our Board's Audit Committee. This Committee is chaired by Trustee, Jolene Koopman, and includes Trustees, Mark Fedak, David Holinaty, and Paul Crow-Buffalo. The committee reviewed our financial report for the past six months, ending February 28 and took a close look...
March 12, 2018
Last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, I was in Saskatoon along with my fellow League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents (LEADS) members for the LEADS Annual Policy Conference. This past year, Horizon's own Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski, served as the President of our professional organization. The Annual Policy...
March 05, 2018
Telemiracle 42 taking place this weekend, I want to thank our staff and
students for their fundraising efforts to support this very worthwhile cause. I
also want to acknowledge everyone from our Horizon communities who took part in
the telethon. Telemiracle is an event that shows the true spirit...
February 26, 2018
I want to begin This Week in Horizon with the hope that everyone
had a relaxing February break. As we were travelling from school to school the
last week before the holiday, I heard a number of staff members discussing an
impending “trip down south” and a much needed break...
February 12, 2018
This upcoming week (February 11-17) marks Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week 2018. The theme this year is "Inspiration through Learning". I cannot say enough about the incredible people we have working within our Horizon family. Each of you makes an indelible mark on the lives of Horizon children, inspiring them with the...
February 05, 2018
I would like to begin this week by extending a welcome to our new
Education Minister, the Honourable Gordon Wyant. In addition to serving as
Education Minister, Minister Wyant will also be serving as Deputy Premier. I
look forward to continuing our work with the Ministry, supporting learning and
January 29, 2018
We began this past week with a staff meeting at central office,
discussing our administrative building currently under construction. I would
like to thank Superintendent of Operational Services, Justin Arendt, Manager of
Facility Services, Kam Kiland and Stacy Anthony, admin assistant, for leading
this meeting. The Board’s project is on...
January 22, 2018
To begin "This Week", I led a meeting Monday morning with my Director's Leadership Team (DLT) via Skype. The DLT consists of all Principals, Vice-Principals, Coordinators, Supervisors, Superintendents, and Deputy Director. This was our first meeting of 2018 and we had an opportunity to discuss important opportunities in our system...
January 15, 2018
I want to begin my first This Week in Horizon for 2018 by wishing each of you a Happy New Year. I trust, as I mentioned in a recent email, that this first week back with students has been even more positive than you hoped. I am excited for what...
December 27, 2017
As 2017 draws to a close, I would like to begin this week by reflecting on a few of the highlights from the past 12 months in Horizon. It seems like yesterday that we began addressing an annual provincial budget that would provide Horizon with significantly less money to operate....
December 18, 2017
I want to begin this week with some exciting news from Lanigan Central High School. Keely-Shay Maki, a grade 12 student, was recently recognized with a significant award. Out of approximately 400 students competing for the title last fall and this past November, Keely-Shay was successful in correctly answering 295...
December 13, 2017
want to begin this week by sending out one final reminder regarding the
Christmas Hamper project and the ability for school staff to contribute to the
efforts to support 144 families and well over 300 children across Horizon
during this holiday season. As I mentioned last week, staff are...
December 04, 2017
As we end this week with the first day of December, I am drawn
immediately into the holiday season, recognizing it as the time of the year for
giving back to those less fortunate. I know our Board and our staff will be
very involved this way, as is the...
November 27, 2017
This past weekend saw the Boys Volleyball season wrapping up with the 2017 Provincial Championships. Our teams from Three Lakes School in Middle Lake and Annaheim School travelled to the 1A Boys competition in Roleau, while the Humboldt Collegiate Institute Boys hosted the 4A Championships in Humboldt. In a storybook...
November 20, 2017
For members of Horizon's Board, our CFO, Marilyn Flaman, and myself, this past week began Sunday late afternoon in Regina for the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) Fall General Assembly. The Board began the three-day event by engaging in a professional development session conducted by SSBA Lawyer, Geraldine Knudsen and...
November 14, 2017
Remembrance Day for me, is an opportunity to reflect on how fortunate I am to be a citizen of a free and peaceful country. I have been fortunate to get to know a Syrian family who is living in one of our Horizon communities. In listening to their experiences while...
November 06, 2017
hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween. It is hard to believe that we’ve
reached that time of year already. With Halloween falling on a Tuesday this
year, I was inspired by the numerous costumes and spirit prevalent in our
schools. I know how important school spirit is...
October 30, 2017
SHSAA Provincial Soccer championships took place this past
weekend. In 1A Boys Soccer, both Lake Lenore and Three Lakes advanced to the
championship game, where Three Lakes School came out as provincial champions
and Lake Lenore claimed silver. Thanks to students, staff and volunteers in
Middle Lake and Three Lakes...
October 23, 2017
This past week was Education Week in Saskatchewan. Education Week provides an opportunity to celebrate student success and recognize our dedicated professionals across the province. This year's theme, Building our Future by Learning Together, is about recognizing student achievement and teaching excellence that occurs each day in our Saskatchewan schools,...
October 16, 2017
I began this past week at Raymore, joining students and staff in
grieving the loss of Phoenix Purdue, grade 10 student at Raymore School. Phoenix
was an outstanding young person with amazing talents in many areas, including art
and music. She was an extremely gifted violinist, yet somehow learned to...
October 10, 2017
With the heaviest of hearts, I need to share that one of our
Horizon students at Raymore School passed away suddenly on Friday afternoon. Our
student experienced a significant health incident toward the end of the school
day, prompting school staff to immediately contact caregivers and emergency
medical services. STARS...
October 03, 2017
am honored to be able to tell my story so that others may benefit and
understand, and maybe other survivors will feel comfortable enough to share
their stories.” This quotation by Phyliss (Jack) Webstad, not only speaks to
her experience in a residential school, it also speaks to...
September 25, 2017
This past week, a Graduation Rates Symposium took place in Moose Jaw on Monday and Tuesday. The provincial symposium was held regarding the Education Sector Strategic Plan
(ESSP)'s goal for Saskatchewan's three-year graduation rate. The symposium brought together educators and members of the education sector from across Saskatchewan to discuss...
September 19, 2017
This past week was extremely
challenging for so many of us. When we lose someone close to us, the hurt elicits
feelings related to grief and, for some, feelings related to trauma. Although
Ricky Block’s funeral on Thursday may bring a level of closure, it will never
change the fact...
September 11, 2017
I am beginning this week, like so many across our system, with an
extremely heavy heart. I am deeply
saddened to share with you that Ricky Block, teacher at Annaheim School, passed
away suddenly on Saturday afternoon while doing what he loved most...supporting
his students. Mr. Block was in Cudworth...
September 05, 2017
“Let us make our
future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality.” – Malala Yousafzai
everyone! It is so hard to believe summer is over and tomorrow our children and
students return to our classrooms. As I have shared over and over, this is my
June 30, 2017
As this is my final "This Week in Horizon" for 2016-17, I find myself reflecting on the efforts of everyone in our system over the past 10 months. Unbelievably, we find ourselves at the end of another school year and there are so many celebrations from the work of our...
June 26, 2017
We began this past week with my annual Director evaluation
followed by the Board’s evaluation. The process for my evaluation began in the
morning of the 19th and stretched well into the evening, moving to
the Board’s evaluation, which concluded the afternoon of the 20th. Seven of our 14 Horizon...
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
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 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 29, 2017
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 23, 2017
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 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 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...
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 24, 2017
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 18, 2017
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...
April 03, 2017
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 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 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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 28, 2016
November 21 – 27,
2016, was a week dedicated to the memory of millions of victims of the
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 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 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 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 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 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
“Celebrating Today, Preparing
for Tomorrow”. It was also Saskatchewan Library...
October 17, 2016
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 11, 2016
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...
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 26, 2016
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 19, 2016
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 12, 2016
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 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,...
August 08, 2016
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...
August 08, 2016
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...
August 08, 2016
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...
August 08, 2016
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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....
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....
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....
August 08, 2016
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...
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...
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 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,...
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 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...