Career routes open to students
School District 53 hopes to see many parents and students at the October 9 learning forum at SOSS.
The 7 pm forum will feature new career routes open to students for graduation. The evening will include presentations and discussions on work experience, apprenticeships, dual credit programs, and Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training.
SOSS to be featured in magazine
The architecture and design of Southern Okanagan Secondary School will be featured in the December edition of Award Magazine.
Superintendent of Schools Bev Young said the magazine profiles significant building projects across Canada, and this article will showcase the school.
Hub is alive and well
Assistant superintendent of schools Jim Insley reported that the Oliver family hub is doing well. He noted that 18 community service providers showed up for a meeting to discuss the hub’s future.
There is no hub facilitator, but Oliver Elementary School principal Barton Tumlinson is leading the initiative.
Ancestry enrolment numbers up
The board reports that the district’s aboriginal ancestry enrolment numbers are up by 30 students. As a result, the board is considering small additions to staff in a few schools.
Students do without hot springs
Geography 12 students from Osoyoos Secondary School usually go to Radium Hot Springs for their field trip, but it was cancelled.
Instead, teacher John Seminoff is planning a one-day field trip to study local land forms, erosion and structures.
Students study water
Four students from Similkameen Elementary Secondary School recently returned from an Ontario field trip, where they learned about water.
They were involved in many water study activities related to the Atlantic watershed. They also studied First Nations water issues.
Enrolment numbers decrease
Preliminary numbers indicate that total student enrolment in the district is 2,337, which is an overall decrease from September 2012 of 25.
Elementary schools have increased more than 20 students, while secondary schools have decreased by 34. YouLearn has decreased by 12.
Grand opening planned
School District 53 has marked December 14 as the grand opening of Oliver’s new high school.
Superintendent of schools Bev Young said the entire project should be 98 per cent complete by then.
A grand opening for the new auditorium is scheduled for April 2014.
Board endorses child care plan
School District 53 has endorsed the $10 a Day Child Care Plan, and is the 19th school district in BC to support the initiative.
The plan, to reduce fees for child care to $10 a day, is being promoted by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and the Early Childhood Educators of BC.
IH has no objection
Using reclaimed water on Osoyoos Secondary School fields does not overly concern Interior Health.
The authority indicated no objection to this as long as certain conditions are met.
The topic will be discussed at the next Finance and Facilities Committee.
Yukon students welcomed
Eight students from the Yukon have registered in School District 53.
Chair Marieze Tarr said the international student program had been discontinued because it was difficult to find host families for these pupils.
Trustee Myrna Coates said the program does not bring a lot of money into the district.