Superintendent’s Update

Posted On Friday May 13, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

Thank you to students, parents, staff, and community partners for seeking opportunities to learn together and to highlight the gifts and talents of those in our district community.

Westsyde Secondary School

Principal Preymak, Board Chair Grieve, and I learned from Ms. McVittie’s grade 9 English students who shared slam poetry, Ms. Hallstrom’s math class who engaged in collaborative problem solving, Ms. Richards’ students who designed and painted skateboards, Mr. Sawka’s drama students who were sword fighting, and Ms. Kachel’s and Ms. Piccini’s library resources that drew from student choice and inspired student engagement. We visited many more classrooms that inspired each of us as well as stopping at the Westsyde Hall of Fame where alumni are celebrated for their many gifts and talents in sports, medicine, and education, to name a few.

David Thompson Elementary School

It was Track and Field Day at David Thompson Elementary, and Principal Linfitt, Board Chair Grieve, and I marvelled at Mrs. McCauley’s long jumpers.   We enjoyed Ms. Morrison’s literacy block, Mrs. Bentz’s skipping challenge, Mrs. Jorgeson’s Kindergarten class studying animals that lay eggs, and Mr. Marchese’s high jumpers. Principal Linfitt explained that “Connecting and getting together to do regular track and field activities and eat hot dog lunches has lifted the spirits of students, staff, and parents.”

Young Authors’ Conference, May 5-6, 2022

With literacy a key priority,  intermediate and secondary students engaged in the annual Young Authors’ Conference held at TRU in collaboration with SD73 staff, students, and parents. Read more

Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT), May 11, 2022

Forty-six grades 6 to 9 female students from across our district participated in this event hosted by TRU School of Trades and Technology. These students gained hands-on experiences in a variety of trades led by TRU Red Seal instructors and supported by SD73 senior female students who are involved in trades-related programs. The TRU Women in Trades Program participants also provided mentorship during the day. Female industry leaders shared stories of their journeys to shed light on the opportunities available to young women.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, May 17, 2022

Tuesday, May 17th is the 20th year of recognizing the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Students and staff are encouraged to wear their SD73 pride gear to show support and acceptance for all students and staff. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of LGBTQ2S+ equality and engage in constructive and positive public dialogue to counter homophobia and transphobic behaviour.

Communicable Disease Prevention Plan

We practice daily health awareness strategies– staying home when sick, practicing good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and making choices about wearing masks–see our District’s Communicable Disease Prevention Plan  for more information.

Thank you for all that you do in working, learning, and enjoying time together in SD73.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD


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