Trustees reported on school activities which they have attended since the last meeting.

Trustee Amanda Krebs reported on several of the events she has taken part in, including the interesting work being done at Shuswap Middle School with its double classes, team teaching and literacy circles.

Trustee Quentin Bruns reported on taking part in the ceremony at Malakwa where the playschool, which has been located in a corner of Malakwa School property for over 20 years, was handed over to the Malakwa Playschool Society for $1. “They were very happy and very complimentary, particularly about working with former secretary-treasurer Bruce Hunt.” He also mentioned that the A.L. Fortune Drumline has been invited to play at the upcoming Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival.

Trustee Tennile Lachmuth said one of her favourite events over the last month was helping the Pleasant Valley Secondary School’s scholarship and bursary committee select students for district dogwood authority awards. “It was really great to see all the success students have had.”

Trustee Marty Gibbons commented that Sorrento’s new swings are now installed and the children are estatic and PAC happy. He mentioned he attended the district’s inquiry session on the professional development day and it was very interesting. He also invited everyone to come to the Carlin Country Carnival where he will be one of the people waiting to be dunked at the dunk tank.

Board Chairperson Marianne VanBuskirk had a very busy month but noted the curriculum sessions were outstanding, that tennis is now being offered as a sport for schools via the Salmon Arm Tennis Club, that she attended the Salmon Arm City Council meeting and the session on hosting international students. She also mentioned all trustees attended the BCSTA conference and it was very interesting. She added another good session was the grad exit interviews at both Salmon Arm Secondary and Storefront School. “Many have overcome huge challenges to get where they are.”

Thanks to a $6,000 donation from the ACT Foundation and a donation of an AED from Pinnacle Renewable Energy in Armstrong, all of our secondary schools now have AEDs. Some staff at each of the schools has also been trained, and will be passing along this training to students. Read more here

Youth in Trades award

School District No. 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) was presented a Youth Work in Trades Performance Award and local youth employer sponsors were recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation at a celebration on, May 2. The dinner and awards, sponsored by the B.C. Industry Training Authority (ITA), celebrated SD83 for achieving the highest enrolment in the Youth Work in Trades program in its region. The award includes $5,000 in additional funding to assist the district to further develop its Youth Work in Trades program. Youth Work in Trades is a dual credit program that allows youth to begin a paid work-based training component of a skilled trades apprenticeship while still in secondary school. Read more here

Skills Canada

Good luck to PVSS student Aidan Eglin who is taking part in the website building competition at Skills Canada in Halifax May 28-29. This is the only national multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in Canada. More than 550 competitors from all regions of Canada come to SCNC to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology competitions. Read more here


There are several good news stories coming from our music department recently. Congrats to the Sullivan Jazz Band and teacher David Izik-Dzurko who competed with the best student bands across Canada last week and won silver! Also, congrats to the A.L. Fortune senior drum line and teacher Michelle Reed who captured top spot at the provincial finals with the junior drum line finishing fifth! Read more here

Cross country run

Over 1,100 students in kindergarten through grade 7 took part in the district’s annual cross country run, the Little Mountain Stomp, at Field of Dreams in Salmon Arm on Thursday, May 9. This is one of the district’s largest annual events. This year the biggest group was the grade 3-4 girls with 209 runners. Thanks to all who help make this major event possible. Read more here