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"Seven steps to cold weather safety"
February 06, 2019
​From Environment Canada : Winter weather has arrived in much of the country. Do you know the signs of hypothermia, and what to do if you get frostbite? Read...
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  • Education Week
  • Official Horizon Board of Education Election Results
  • Who will you nominate for Horizon's Wall of Fame?
  • School Community Council Annual Meeting Feb. 7th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Thank you to our Teachers and Staff!
  • Sigmund Brouwer Book Launch at PCHS
  • Teachers at WDS Win National Science Awards
  • Student Day 2017
  • HCAA Recognition Awards 2017
  • "Resc-U 911 Day" at Watson School
  • Reconciliation Flag-Raising Ceremony at Horizon Central Office
  • Congratulations to the Graduating Classes of 2017!
  • New Teacher Induction Workshop
  • Education Week 2017
  • Saskatchewan Library Week
  • SHSAA Fall Championships - November 10 & 11
  • February 11-17 is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!
  • Annual Meeting of Electors - March 14, 2018
  • 6 Medals for HCAA Teams at Hoopla 2018
  • A Message to Horizon Parents/Caregivers regarding the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day 2018
  • 2017-18 Humboldt Broncos Added to Wall of Fame at Horizon Celebration Day
  • School Sport Week 2018
  • Education Week in Saskatchewan
  • Horizon Christmas Hamper Project
  • New Office for Horizon School Division
  • "Seven steps to cold weather safety"
  • 2019 SCC Workshops
  • You're invited to Horizon's Central Office Grand Opening!
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2019 SCC Workshops

Each year, School Community Council (SCC) members from across Horizon School Division are invited for an evening of presentations and discussions on the importance of their work as SCCs, along with Horizon School Division Board of Education Trustees and personnel from Horizon’s central office. 

This year, workshops were held on the evenings of March 6 & 7, at Quill Lake School and Watrous Elementary School. Each workshop enjoyed a good turnout, with approximately 60 people in attendance between the two evenings.

SCC members from the surrounding areas took in presentations from members of Horizon’s senior leadership, including Director of Education, Kevin C. Garinger, Superintendent of Learning Services, Crandall Hrynkiw, Superintendent of Student Services, Darrell Paproski and Supervisor of Literacy & Early Learning, Katherine Oviatt, Superintendent of Operational Services/COO, Justin Arendt and Superintendent of Finance Services/CFO, Marilyn Flaman. SCC members also shared ideas and discussed their work with schools during like-group sessions to close the evenings.

This year’s workshops were coordinated by Horizon’s Deputy Director of Education, Randy MacLEAN, and Administrative Assistant, Nicole Fitzpatrick.

For more information on SCCs and how you can join and make a difference in your community's school, talk to your local Principal, or visit

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(photos courtesy of Randy MacLEAN)

"Seven steps to cold weather safety"

​From Environment Canada:

Winter weather has arrived in much of the country. Do you know the signs of hypothermia, and what to do if you get frostbite? Read on to make sure you're ready for cold weather!

1) Listen to the weather forecast
  • Check the Environment Canada weather forecast before going out.
  • Listen for a wind chill warning. Warnings are based on local climate and are issued when significant wind chills are expected.
  • Visit Environment Canada's new Weather and Meteorology website:
Weather forecasts are available through radio and TV broadcasts, Environment Canada's Weatheradio service, and online at

2) Plan ahead
  • Develop a cold weather safety plan in advance to ensure that safety concerns are addressed when it's very cold, or when the wind chill is significant. For example, schools could hold recess indoors, outside workers could schedule warm-up breaks, and those involved in winter recreation could reduce the amount of time they spend outdoors.
3) Dress warmly
  • Dress in layers, with a wind resistant outer layer.
  • When it is cold, wear a hat, mittens or insulated gloves. Keep your face warm with a scarf, neck tube or facemask.
  • Wear warm and waterproof footwear. When it is very cold, or when the wind chill is significant, cover as much exposed skin as possible. Your body's extremities, such as the ears, nose, fingers and toes lose heat the fastest.
4) Seek shelter
  • When the wind chill is significant, get out of the wind and limit the time you spend outside.
5) Stay dry
  • Wet clothing chills the body rapidly.
  • Remove outer layers of clothing or open your coat if you are sweating.
6) Keep active
  • Walking or running will help warm you by generating body heat.
7) Be aware
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia (see below).
  • Some people are more susceptible to the cold, particularly children, the elderly and those with circulation problems.
  • Check on elderly relatives and neighbours to ensure they are warm enough and have sufficient supplies, particularly when the weather is cold or snowy. They might not feel comfortable going outside to shop and may require food, medications and other supplies.
  • The use of alcohol, tobacco and certain medications will increase your susceptibility to cold.
  • Being cold over a prolonged period of time can cause a drop in body temperature
  • Shivering, confusion and loss of muscular control (e.g., difficulty walking) can occur.
  • It can progress to a life-threatening condition where shivering stops or the person loses consciousness. Cardiac arrest may occur.
What to do:
  • Get medical attention immediately.
  • Lay the person down and avoid rough handling, particularly if the person is unconscious.
  • Get the person indoors.
  • Gently remove wet clothing.
  • Warm the person gradually and slowly, using available sources of heat.
  • A more severe condition, where both the skin and the underlying tissue (fat, muscle, bone) are frozen.
  • Skin appears white and waxy and is hard to the touch.
  • No sensation - the area is numb or tingling.
What to do:
  • Frostbite can be serious, and can result in amputation. Get medical help!
  • Do not rub or massage the area.
  • Do not warm the area until you can ensure it will stay warm.
  • Warm the area gradually; use body heat, or warm water (40°C to 42°C). Avoid direct heat which can burn the skin.
These tips have been brought to you by Environment Canada in collaboration with Public Safety Canada.

To learn more about how to prepare for a range of emergencies, visit or follow us on Twitter @Get_Prepared.


New Office for Horizon School Division

Horizon School Division has completed its move into a new central office facility in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. The project broke ground in October 2017, and construction was completed on-schedule, allowing staff to finish their move over the winter holidays (between December 21 and January 7). The project was completed within the budget of $6.2M from internal reserves.

"Thank you to our staff, especially facility services and information services, for the planning, work, and patience needed to complete this project on time and on budget," said Jim Hack, Board of Education Chair. "We feel very fortunate to have our entire central office staff under one roof for the first time. We will now look forward to hosting a grand opening celebration later in 2019, once the weather warms up and we can enjoy the landscaping around the facility."

The new facility can be found along the south side of Highway 5 in east Humboldt, at 10366 8th Avenue. The 22 780 square foot facility – including main and second floor, maintenance shop, storage and link area/lunch room – sits on four acres of land owned by the Horizon Board, next to what was previously Horizon's south office quonset. Horizon put out a tender for removal of the south office quonset in recent months. The tender has been awarded to Brockman Enterprises of Humboldt. The quonset building will be removed in March 2019, and the site will be paved and used as a parking lot. Horizon's lease for space in the Olymel building, which previously housed Horizon's north office, expires at the end of January. 

"Our contractor, Quorex Construction, and their subcontractors did an outstanding job on this facility, every step of the way," said Kevin C. Garinger, Director of Education. "We are proud to have a new home for Horizon School Division. This move brings many efficiencies to the way we work and the services we provide. We look forward to sharing this facility with the students, staff and families of Horizon School Division."

In April 2015, the Horizon Board of Education passed a motion to issue a request for proposals for this construction project. Approval to move forward with the project was granted by the Ministry on June 2, 2017. Cost savings annually realized by this new facility will be invested back into Horizon classrooms to directly support students' learning needs.

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Horizon Christmas Hamper Project

This year's Horizon Christmas Hampers are ready to be delivered!

We are sharing gifts with 316 children and 122 families in need from communities across Horizon School Division this holiday season.

Board members and central office staff spent the morning of December 14 wrapping, organizing, and packing gifts – books, toys, clothing, grocery gift cards, etc. – to be delivered to a number of Horizon communities over the coming days.

This is the fifth year of the Horizon Christmas Hamper Project. In 2014, Horizon’s central office staff chose to forego their regular holiday gift exchange and instead use that money to give back to Horizon’s communities. Each year since, schools identify families who may be in need over the holidays. Horizon’s Board of Education contributes $5,000 to this project, and the remaining funds are raised by donation from local businesses and individual staff members from across the division. This year was the largest number of gifts prepared since the project began.

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Education Week in Saskatchewan
Education Week (October 14-20, 2018) is an opportunity to celebrate learning, applaud the achievements of our students, and acknowledge the outstanding contributions being made by education professionals throughout our province.​

This year’s theme – A World of Learning for Every Student – recognizes the multiple pathways to learning being made available to our students and also highlights the tremendous impact of educators in broadening the horizons and enriching the lives of Saskatchewan students.

Let’s join together to acknowledge the dedication and success of our students, staff, and families. Share your Education Week celebrations on social media using the hashtag #SKedweek.