SD83 Updates

SD83 Updates

ribbon cuttingKindy orientation at South Canoe

Twenty of the children slated to start kindergarten in the Outdoor Learning Program at South Canoe in September took part in an orientation on Tuesday at South Canoe School.

The future students took part in learning stations, games, a tour of the school and refreshments. There was also a mini ribbon cutting to celebrate!

The Open House for all of the Outdoor Learning Program students and families is coming up on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Staffing changes

As planning continues for the 2018-19 school year Superintendent/CEO Peter Jory would like to announce the following changes and congratulate all on their new roles and challenges:

•  District Principal of Indigenous Education Irene LaBoucane has been chosen the new Superintendent of Schools for Prince Rupert School District. Her position will be filled in the near future.

•  Director of Instruction Dianne Ballance has resigned from her current position and, as of August, will be the SD83 District Principal of Student Learning. The SD83 Director of Instruction (Student Learning) position is now being advertised.

• Current District Principal of Student Learning Christine Love will be leaving the district at the end of the school year to take on her new role as Director of Student Services for SD22.

Out in the schools there are also some transfers and additions to the SD83 principal and vice-principal team. Long time Bastion Elementary principal, Isabelle Gervais, will be the new principal at South Canoe with Joel Menzies moving from Ranchero to be the new principal at Bastion Elementary.

Doug Cumming will be moving from M.V. Beattie to Ranchero Elementary with Gene Doray moving to M.V. Beattie from A.L. Fortune.

Scott Anderson will be the new principal at A.L. Fortune with Denise Brown moving from Armstrong Elementary to Len Wood Middle.

Corinne Langston will be the new principal at Armstrong Elementary with newcomers David Wellingham as the new vice-principal at Carlin Elementary Middle and Chris Matheson as the new vice-principal at Shuswap Middle School.

Also, Highland Park Elementary School principal Jodi van der Meer has accepted a position with SD22 as principal of Okanagan Landing Elementary.  Rob Ellis will be moving to Highland Park from North Shuswap Elementary.

Paul Rosman will be moving from the vice-principalship at Shuswap Middle School to the principalship at North Shuswap.

Prospective Trustee Information Session

Tuesday, June 19 at 6 p.m. at the DESC – Board of Education Meeting followed at 7 p.m. by a Prospective Trustee Information Session. With the election of a new board taking place in October, this session is aimed at giving those interested in running a look at the roles and responsibilities of being a school board trustee.

Earlier this year it was announced by the Minister of Education that School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) will be represented by a five member board.

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Final Approved Trustee Variation - 5 Trustees

Do you have a child starting kindergarten in September? Welcome!

Before starting Kindergarten in the fall, parents/caregivers and their children are invited to attend a Kindergarten Orientation event at their neighbourhood school. Families meet school principals, kindergarten teachers, and school resource personnel and participate in a number of play-based learning activities.

Here is a few photos from the session at M.V. Beattie as well as the schedule for the remaining sessions. – Kindergarten Orientation Schedule Final (revised3) 2018IMG_3914IMG_3917.JPGIMG_3918.JPG

Inviting applications for Director of Instruction Student Learning

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District invites applications from individuals who are seeking a challenging and rewarding educational leadership opportunity in a vibrant and beautiful environment.

Complete details available here – Director of Instruction- Student Learning 2018



Want to catch up on what happened at the latest Board of Education meeting? Here’s a synopsis of the decisions and the discussion at the May 22, 2018 meeting!


Green thumbs, mosaics, graduation and a mobile museum are just some of the interesting school activities featured in this month’s SD83 Newsline.



DACproperty for sale

Lift Maintenance Service

The Board of Education of School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) is requesting Quotations for Lift Maintenance Services.

Quotation Process

1. Quotation must be prepared in compliance with provisions of this RFQ (Request for Quotation). Failure to comply with all provisions of this RFQ may result in disqualification of the Quotation.

2. Quotations must be received by 12:00 PM local time on June 22nd, 2018. Electronic versions of Quotations are encouraged and can be emailed to Quotation Package must include the following:
• Signature Sheet (Attachment #1)
• Quotation (Attachment #2)
• Lift / Elevator List (Attachment #3)
• References (Attachment #4)
• Certificate(s) of Insurance
• Criminal Record Check

Complete quotation package – Lift Maintenance Service RFQ June 2018

Approval received to re-open South Canoe Elementary

May 16, 2018 – School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap  received the much anticipated approval from the Agricultural Land Commission for South Canoe to be opened as a school site for September 2018.

South Canoe, which will be home to the school district’s Outdoor Learning Program, has an active website ( which will be updated regularly with new information.

Soon a principal will be announced and then the staffing process will begin. Director of  Instruction Carl Cooper thanks parents who have signed their children up for the program for their patience while the district awaited final approval.  “We look forward to a truly unique and excellent educational opportunity for your children.”

“I would also like to thank the many great people that have worked hard to make this a reality on our district, district staff, parents, community members, South Canoe community and many more.  In particular, I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of the Outdoor Learning Committee who started work on this project two years ago, and have put in countless hours of hard work.  Outdoor Learning Committee members are:  Amanda Bowlby, Ceren Caner, Emily Styles, Adam Barraball, Chris Stromgren, Susan Brown, Kira Limber, Stacy Morrison, Irene LaBoucane, Glen Overgaard and Isabelle Gervais.”

“Finally a thank you to our Superintendent, Peter Jory and Trustee, Mike McKay for supporting this initiative.  Looking forward to welcoming the first students ever to the Outdoor Learning Program at South Canoe in September.”

Information session for those interested in being a trustee

A Trustee Information Session was held on Monday, May 7 at the District Education Support Centre (DESC) with approximately 15 people in attendance. With the election of a new board taking place in October, this session was aimed at giving those interested in running a look at the roles and responsibilities of being a school board trustee.

Official Trustee Mike McKay presented information and then answered questions from those in attendance. The complete presentation is available here – TRUSTEE CANDIDATE INFORMATION SESSION – May 7 2018

 Public Consultation about DAC

Approximately 65 people attended the School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) an Information & Feedback Session on the Downtown Activity Centre (DAC) on May 2.

Official Trustee Mike McKay presented information about the reasons why the school district is considering selling the DAC and answered questions from those in attendance. The presentation made by the district is available here: PUBLIC CONSULTATION – DAC – May 2018

In October 2015, the board received approval by the Minister of Education to initiate proceedings for the sale of the DAC. At that time, the board decided not to sell the property (this building was closed as an elementary school in 2003). Currently, much of the building is leased, as well as, being home to the Salmon Arm Storefront program. While it is fully utilized, it is no longer justifiable for the school district to continue using operating funds to keep the building operating.
In 2013 Clause 12.05 in the final 5 year lease agreement with SAPCLA (the tenant which the district leases the building to for $1 a year) states that: “The Tenant shall ensure that all sub-lessees associated with this lease are advised as the terms of this lease, and specifically the term of the lease, the non renewal of the lease, and the need to have completely vacated the property prior to the end date of the lease.”
This was recently extended until December 31, 2018.
The district’s draft plan includes:
  • proving information, gathering and reviewing feedback from the meeting and preparing the documents necessary if the sale process is to proceed
  • repurposing part of the main floor at DESC to facilitate Storefront School students and staff
  • taking the steps required to make a capital program request to the Ministry for a new elementary school in downtown Salmon Arm. Funds from current property sales would contribute to such a project. The district owns an appropriate site for an elementary school on the field directly behind the DESC. (Please note to renovate the DAC, and bring it to current building standards so it could be used as a school, are estimated at more than $8 million.)


darah, val & adiStudents really do go to Math Club! Check out the story about Salmon Arm West’s Math Club in the North Okanagan-Shuswap Newsline by clicking on this link:  2018-04-18 April Newsline. Also you can check out what happened at the April 17 board meeting by clicking here: 2018-04-17 April Synopsis

20180413_120627%5b1%5d.jpgSAS Interact Club helping others

Members of SAS Interact club are sponsoring 16 year old Veronicah Muema to attend high school in Kenya. The local students raised funds by running a coat check at the Rotary Wine Festival in September.
Seen in the photo (from left) are Rhys Middleton, Belgian exchange student Marylou Perrier d’Hauterive, a photo of Veronicah Muema, Julia Brown, and Indian exchange student Shiv Mehta
Besides sponsoring Veronicah, the group is raising funds to buy a microwave for student use at Sullivan and to put together care packages for the homeless in the community.
Their next fundraising project is Give Me a Break on Friday, April 27. They will provide childcare for 5-10 year olds from 9 a.m. until noon at Sullivan Campus. Parents are asked to pre-register their children at by Wed. April 25. Interact will entertain kids with crafts, games, and activities. Please provide a snack.
Interact is a service organization for teens, affiliated with Rotary. Shuswap Rotary Club is still looking for 20 sponsors for Kenyan students. Contact Kathy Dunfield at if you or your group are interested in changing the world!


Service trip to Nicaragua

If you are in Grade 9 through 12 (in the 2018-2019 school year) you are invited to be part of this fascinating service learning tour to Nicaragua. More information is available on the poster or by contacting Lisa Coombs at or 250-546-8723 or Wendy Woodhurst at or 250-832-6031.

trip to nicaragua

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The latest edition of the North North Okanagan-Shuswap Newsline is now available! Please click on the link to check out stories about our elementary chess tournament, art fair, trustee variance and more! 2018-03-14 March Newsline

Also, reports made at the March Board of Education meeting (on items including the district calendar, policy updates, healthy schools update and the sale of some property) can be read here: 2018-03-13 March Synopsis

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website!

We hope you like the fresh new look to the website and the improved navigation that will allow you to find the information you need more quickly and easily. New features include the blogs Message from the Superintendent Peter Jory and Learning First by Director of Instruction Carl Cooper, which we hope you will find informative.

The SD83 News section will contain posts about activities & news in the district which we hope parents and the community will find interesting. We are continuing to work on our site and school sites to provide you with useful information, so please check back frequently to see how things evolve.

Please also let us know if you cannot find something or would like to make any suggestions for new information or topics. Many thanks for your ongoing support and we look forward to hearing from you.

Art Fair workshops popular


Trustee variance decision from Ministry

When elections for a new School District No. 83 Board of Education are held in October, the North Okanagan-Shuswap area will be electing five trustees.

Minister of Education Rob Fleming notified the district on Thursday that he had signed a Ministerial Order changing the composition of the board to five trustees from the former nine.  The decision is in keeping with Official Trustee Mike McKay’s recommendations. The order also outlines each of the areas that trustees will represent:

• North Shuswap/Sorrento/Carlin – one trustee

  Salmon Arm – two trustees

• Sicamous/Malakwa/Enderby/Grindrod – one trustee

• Armstrong/Spallumcheen/Falkland/Silver Creek/Ranchero – one trustee

“I’m pleased with the Minister’s decision. The school district’s communities now know what the structure of the board will be, and individuals interested in standing for office can begin planning and moving forward,” stated McKay.

McKay added he has directed district staff to develop sessions for people considering running for trustee.  Information will be shared through the website and media when details are finalized.

“With the work that has been done to meet the recommendations of the Watson Report, I am confident that the district will be in a good place for the incoming board to take on its governance role.”

To arrive at his original recommendation, McKay held discussions with local area government agencies, First Nations Band representatives, and considered options at the Partner Group Table through a Working Group sub-committee. Face-to-face meetings were held and feedback was also invited from the general community on-line.

“Throughout the feedback process, it became clear that there wasn’t a single option that was universally supported,” said McKay. “But after much consideration, I felt this option would best serve the communities of our district.”

Indigenous Learning and Winter Wellness

 A day of Indigenous Learning and Winter Wellness took place at Shuswap Middle School in February.

download.jpgOrganizers Tara Willard and Sherelle Anderson report one of highlights was in the  keynote address, Laura Grizzly Paws. “She connected with students and staff in a powerful way, by sharing her educational journey and the obstacles that can be in the way; especially for Indigenous learners. Laura stood before the group and demonstrated how the empathy of one teacher made a difference and turned her life around. When culture and identity are woven together it brings balance to our inner medicine wheel,” reports Willard.

 “Laura Grizzly Paws is one of the most inspiring speakers I have seen in my 30 year career,” added SMS principal Wendy Woodhurst.

Another major highlight was the Storytelling station with Kenthen Thomas. “He brought oral traditions alive in a beautiful way, by drawing on his personal experiences and stories. By reclaiming his cultural ways and teachings through traditional storytelling, he has been able to make sense of the racism that followed him throughout life. His example of intergenerational healing and witnessing his son embrace his cultural identity, was definitely a highlight moment,” commented Willard.

There were also two physical activity stations. One was hosted by ISPARC’s, Michelle Webster, where participants went through a series of fun workouts while testing their stamina and endurance. The second station was hosted by local, Indigenous Education Workers, who had four different stations set up which included Inuit High Kick, traditional fishing game, hunting skills game and an intro to double/knobby ball. Through this event the participants were able to get a hands on understanding of Indigenous culture as well as gaining physical activity knowledge.

Students were also treated to a delicious meal that was cooked by Diane Jewel (a former Indigenous Education Worker at SMS and urban rep for First Nations Education Steering Committee). Participants enjoyed venison stew, vegetarian chili and bannock, with fresh, filtered, delicious sewllkwe (water).

Organizers thank the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) for the grant to offer the learning day.