Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas Photo Album

Mark Thiessen, Harj Manhas, Brandy Nasuszny (Education Division Secretary), and Shannon Rerie (Columneetza teacher) pose with Claudine Kadonga (Salvation Army Captain) at the Food Bank in Williams Lake after a donation of over $5500 from Columneetza, Williams Lake Secondary, Glendale, Nesika, and the School Board Office

Mark Thiessen, Harj Manhas, Brandy Nasuszny (Education Division Secretary), and Shannon Rerie (Columneetza teacher) pose with Claudine Kadonga (Salvation Army Captain) at the Food Bank in Williams Lake after a donation of over $5500 from Columneetza, Williams Lake Secondary, Glendale, Nesika, and the School Board Office

100 Mile Elementary

100 Mile Elementary students excited to have their picture taken. Teacher Lisa Davidson is in the background.

Principal Craig Munroe dines with his students at the annual Marie Sharpe Elementary turkey dinner

Principal Craig Munroe dines with his students at the annual Marie Sharpe Elementary turkey dinner

PSO students during YES week this fall

Peter Skene Ogden Secondary students during YES week this fall

Mr. Thiessen helps out at the Nesika Elementary lunch program.  The program is run by a teacher, and intermediate students help out everyday.

Mr. Thiessen helps out at the Nesika Elementary lunch program. The program is run by a teacher, and intermediate students help out everyday.

Staff representatives from Williams Lake Secondary, Columneetza, Horsefly & the Board Office pose for their "Movember Before" photo

Staff representatives from Williams Lake Secondary, Columneetza, Horsefly & the Board Office pose for their “Movember – Before” photo

Movember - After

Movember – After

Glendale Elementary's Christmas program dress rehearsal

Glendale Elementary’s Christmas program dress rehearsal

Three members of Mountview Elementary's cross-country running team

Three members of Mountview Elementary’s cross-country running team

At 100 Mile Jr. Secondary, students from teacher Donna Wilde's art class gave the windows a festive touch!

At 100 Mile Jr. Secondary, students from teacher Donna Wilde’s art class gave the windows a festive touch!

Mile 108 Elementary Christmas Concert

Mile 108 Elementary Christmas Concert

Big Lake Elementary's Christmas Concert

Big Lake Elementary’s Christmas Concert

Tatla Lake School was the winner of the junior division of the recnt rural volleyball tournament after a close match against Alexis Creek.  They are pictured here with Principal Jacqueline Brown, teacher Frances McCoubrey, and parent volunteers.

Tatla Lake School was the winner of the junior division of the recnt rural volleyball tournament after a close match against Alexis Creek. They are pictured here with Principal Jacqueline Brown, teacher Frances McCoubrey, and parent volunteers.

The winner of the senior division at the rural volleyball tournament  was Alexis Creek 1 after splitting games with Horsefly Yellow and eventually winning the tie breaking game.

The winner of the senior division at the rural volleyball tournament was Alexis Creek 1 after splitting games with Horsefly Yellow and eventually winning the tie breaking game.

mr. Manhas and Mr. Thiessen sneak into a photo with all of the participants at the Horsefly rural volleyball tournament.  Both district administrators managed to ref a couple of the games.

Mr. Manhas and Mr. Thiessen sneak into a photo with all of the participants at the recent Horsefly rural volleyball tournament. Both district administrators managed to ref a couple of the games. Also pictured are Horsefly School Principal Calvin Dubray and Alexis Creek School Principal Kevin McLennan.

Williams Lake Secondary's 3rd annual Hockey Classic had the girls soundly defeating the staff 5-0.  In spite of the drubbing, a fun time was had by all.

Williams Lake Secondary’s 3rd annual Hockey Classic had the girls soundly defeating the staff 5-0. In spite of the drubbing, a fun time was had by all.

Likely Elementary's recent gift exchange.  Pictured with the students are Principal Sari Small, teacher Christine Schiller, itnerant learning support teacher Michelle Bebault, and custodian Carol Hadden.

Likely Elementary’s recent gift exchange. Pictured with the students are Principal Sari Small, teacher Christine Schiller, itnerant learning support teacher Michelle Bebault, and custodian Carol Hadden.

Alexis Creek School's gingerbread man oven in their recent Christmas performance

Alexis Creek School’s gingerbread man oven in their recent Christmas performance

Tatla Lake School's Hallowe'en photo.  I wonder if they'll be using this for their school photo for 2012-13?  Pictured with the students are Principal Jacquline Brown and teacher France Mccoubrey.

Tatla Lake School’s Hallowe’en photo. I wonder if they’ll be using this for their school photo for 2012-13? Pictured with the students are Principal Jacqueline Brown and teacher France McCoubrey.

Cataline students enjoy the school ice rink.

Cataline Elementary students enjoy the school ice rink.

A Forest Grove Elementary student zooms down the school sledding hill.

A Forest Grove Elementary student zooms down the school sledding hill.

Principal Steve Carpenter as The Grinch for the Lac La Hache Elementary Christmas Concert

Principal Steve Carpenter as The Grinch for the Lac La Hache Elementary Christmas Concert

Teacher Marie Matwick's K-1 class at Horse Lake Elementary have a visit with Santa.

Teacher Marie Matwick’s K-1 class at Horse Lake Elementary have a visit with Santa.

Lac La Hache Elementary students clean up after their Christmas sleepover at the school.

Lac La Hache Elementary students clean up after their Christmas sleepover at the school.

Cataline Elementary Principal Mike Grace literally bends the ear of Mr. Thiessen as three students from Cataline who suffer from diabetes work on a close haircut after a successful fundraiser.  In behind, teacher Chris Armstrong gets his head shaved due to funds raised for the Terry Fox Run.

Cataline Elementary Principal Mike Grace literally bends the ear of Mr. Thiessen as three students from Cataline who suffer from diabetes work on a close haircut after a successful fundraiser. In behind, teacher Chris Armstrong gets his head shaved due to funds raised for the Terry Fox Run.

Teacher Leslie Dickson leads Buffalo Creek Elementary's handbell choir at the Cariboo Mall in 100 Mile House.

Teacher Leslie Dickson leads Buffalo Creek Elementary’s handbell choir at the Cariboo Mall in 100 Mile House.

District staff enjoy the annual Christmas potluck at the Williams Lake Bus Garage.  Pictured left to right are Connee Newberry (Executive Assistant), Richard des Ormeaux, (Assistant Manager of Facilities & Transportation), Alex Telford (Manager of Facilities & Transportation), Norm Leslie (school bus driver) & "Poncho" Forseille (grounds)

District staff members enjoy the annual Christmas potluck at the Williams Lake Bus Garage. Pictured left to right are Connee Newberry (Executive Assistant), Richard des Ormeaux, (Assistant Manager of Facilities & Transportation), Alex Telford (Manager of Facilities & Transportation), Norm Leslie (school bus driver) & “Poncho” Forseille (grounds).

School bus driver Kim Kulyk draws for the next prize as electrician Brandy Links makes sure she doesn't peek during the Christmas potluck for Maintenance & Transportation at the Williams Lake Bus Garage.

School bus driver Kim Kulyk draws for the next prize as electrician Brandy Links makes sure she doesn’t peek during the Christmas potluck for Maintenance & Transportation staff at the Williams Lake Bus Garage.

Bridge Lake Elementary students decorate gingerbread houses.

Bridge Lake Elementary students decorate gingerbread houses.

Santa arrives via helicopter at Glendale Elementary on the last day of school before Christmas break.

Santa arrives via helicopter at Glendale Elementary on the last day of school before Christmas break.

This Chilcotin Road Elementary student stood a little too close to the Christmas tree during decorating.

This Chilcotin Road Elementary student stood a little too close to the Christmas tree during decorating.

Four Chilcotin Road Elementary friends brave the cold and stay warm huddled up together.

Four Chilcotin Road Elementary friends brave the cold and stay warm huddled up together.

How exciting to see all of the wonderful things happening around our district.  Thanks to all those who contributed photos to my digital Christmas photo album.  I hope all of you have a wonderful, safe, and restful Christmas break!    – Mark Thiessen

I invite feedback and comments to any of my blog entries.  As the administrator of the blog, I approve all comments before they hit the public domain.  While I do not mind comments that disagree with my point of view, I will not post comments that I deem to be inappropriate, those which are personal attacks, or those which refer to specific personnel.  I also will not post comments from anonymous or nicknamed sources.  While one of my goals for this blog is to open a dialogue, it needs to be a safe environment for everyone involved.  Thanks for considering this before making a comment. – Mark

 

 

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Supporting our Schools

As my wife and I drove to Vancouver this past Friday evening, we were inundated with radio coverage of the very tragic events at a Connecticut school.  Like all of you, I have been emotionally impacted by this event over the weekend.  As a district administrator and parent of four children, I have watched and heard much more coverage throughout the weekend, alternating between tears, anger, and a great deal of thought about school and district reactions to these types of events.

We know that there may understandably be some anxiety around this incident, and staff, students and their families may have some level of emotional impact from the news.   As educators, we want to listen and create a school environment that acknowledges all feelings.  When children have questions or raise relevant issues, it is important for parents and educators to choose what information is to be shared based on the child’s age and an assessment of the child’s need to know.

If discussions do take place within our classrooms, we have recommended they be limited to a brief sharing of facts.  For parents, we also advise that you limit media exposure for younger children, and for older children, let them know that the media may be too upsetting for them to watch.

For many of our schools, there may be very little emotional impact from the events in Connecticut.  It is indeed the Christmas season, and there are many positive distractions going on in our schools.  Still, we want to be cognizant of those in our communities who may be more emotionally susceptible when it comes to events such as these based on their own personal circumstances.   

At all of our schools and other district worksites, we have excellent emergency response plans in place.  These plans are reviewed annually, and drills are practiced on a regular basis to be prepared in the extremely small chance that we may someday need to put these plans into action.  District policies also set guidelines in place which district personnel follow when creating these school plans.

Three short weeks ago, our district hosted Ministry of Education ERASE (Expect Respect and A Safe Education) sessions related to school safety.  Elementary staff teams participated in workshops related to preventing bullying and creating safe school cultures.  Secondary staff teams participated in workshops related to school-based violence prevention and threat/risk assessment.  Both of these workshops were extremely informative and thought-provoking, and we are continuing to look at ways as to how we can continue to improve in these areas in School District No. 27.

In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye on those around you.  Open up your ears and hearts when someone does want to talk or ask some pertinent questions. 

Most importantly, hug your children a few more times today.

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