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Invermere BC V0A1K0
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Selkirk Graduation


Pictured here is the Selkirk Secondary School class of 2017. The site of the photo is Kimberley Alpine Resort, on June 23.

Congratulations GSS Grads!


The Class of 2017 at Golden Secondary held their ceremony on June 29 at the Golden Arena.

DTSS Graduates Celebrate


The Graduating Class of David Thompson Secondary gathered at Kinsmen Beach on June 28 for photographs, before attending their banquet at the new Community Centre. The Ceremony was held on June 29th.

JA Laird Environmental Education Fair


On June 14 the Gym at JAL was completely overtaken with incredible student displays on various topics concerning the protection of the environment. Pictured here are Grade 5 students Owen Christy and Mariah Todd showing their "Save the Bees" display.

Celebrations of Student Success


Each Spring, all schools in the District do a presentation outlining the achievements of students in connection with School Success Plans. Pictured here is the team from Lady Grey Elementary!

Leadership Day at NES


The Student Lighthouse Team at Nicholson Elementary hosted their own classmates as well as students from Lady Grey on Thursday, June 1 for the first NES Leadership Day.

GSS Students in Guangzhou


These students from GSS get ready for class at the Overseas Foreign Language School in Guangzhou, China!

RMSD6 Students Visit China


18 students representing our District as well as Golden, David Thompson and Selkirk Secondary Schools are currently in Guangzhou, China. The students are part of the first ever visit of students sponsored by the Yuexiu Education Bureau.

Pink Shirt Day - February 22, 2017


Schools across Rocky Mountain District Celebrated "Pink Shirt" day on February 22 in support of a learning environment that is inclusive of everyone. Pictured here are students from Lindsay Park Elementary in Kimberley.

Take Me Outside Day Winter Edition


While many SD6 schools celebrated the Winter "Take Me Outside Day" in a variety of ways, Mr. Dainard's class at JA Laird in Invermere had a whole TMO week! Students learned many skills and even shoveled a neighbor's driveway.

Visits Celebrate Music, Story Telling and Culture


Walter MacDonald White Bear is a Cree singer-songwriter originally from the First Nation of Moose Factory, Ontario. He is a celebrated motivational speaker, musician, singer and story teller; he performed at Edgewater and Windermere on February 8.

Sphero Learning at Lady Grey


Students at LGES in Ms. Putney's class have been learning computer coding skills using an app called "Tickle" that operates a robotic device called a sphero. Pictured here are Matthew Courtier and Seth Rondeau.

Applied Design at Selkirk Secondary


Grade 8s at SSS are doing creative design work in Mr. Bates' Tech class, part of the new Applied Design Skills & Technology Curriculum. This is Eric Jiang, Emery Hoko and Chase Hohmann beside their Great Paper Roller Coaster Challenge project.

Murals Enhance Lindsay Park


Several new murals are now displayed on the exterior walls of LPES. The entire school was involved in a project in 2015-16 to create these designs, with the help of local artist Mary Kwasney.

Take Me Outside Day 2016


In Rocky Mountain School District our students experience outdoor, environmental and community-based learning. Many of our classes took to the great outdoors for at least an hour on Take Me Outside Day on October 26.

Communicating Student Learning Regional Session


A team from the Ministry of Education held a community meeting on report cards on November 7 at McKim School. Ministry staff held an informational open house followed by an interactive session to hear the ideas of SD 6 and SD 5 parents,

Windermere Elementary Students Honoured


Two Windermere Elementary students, Ella Smith (Grade 3) and Marguerite Blanchard (Grade 5) had their art selected for inclusion in the Kootenay Savings Calendar celebrating Canada's 150th. There were nearly 1300 entries in the contest!

Windermere Elementary Students Honoured


Two Windermere Elementary students, Ella Smith (Grade 3) and Marguerite Blanchard (Grade 5) had their art selected for inclusion in the Kootenay Savings Calendar celebrating Canada's 150th. There were nearly 1300 entries in the contest!

Mountain Child Care Ribbon Cutting


On September 19th, Mountain Child Early Learning and Care Centre celebrated its success with a ribbon cutting, a barbecue by the Rotary Club of Golden, face painting, and music by the Parson Jazz Cooperative. Congratulations to all involved!

SD6 Draft Long Term Facility Plan


The Board of Education has approved a draft Long Term Facility Plan for the District. Community Meetings about the plan will be held in October. The information is found on this website under "Parents" and "Notices".

Rocky Mountain Teacher Honoured


Natasha Burgess was awarded the Canadian Environmental Education Teacher Award of Excellence for 2016 at the National Environmental Education Conference at the International Peace Garden in Manitoba. Natasha is a teacher at Marysville Elementary.

New School Year starts with District Day


All SD6 staff gathered for a day of professional learning held at David Thompson Secondary on August 31. Staff are pictured here enjoying a lunch prepared by the local Rotary Club.

AQG China Summer International Student Program


Over 60 students from Guangzhou, China visited Kimberley for a week, from July 20-26, 2016. This summer English program inaugurated the newly-signed MOU between School District No. 6 and Yuexui Education Bureau. It was a huge success!

DTSS Class of 2016


Pictured here are the Graduates of David Thompson Secondary, who were recognized for their accomplishments in a ceremony held on June 29.

Selkirk Graduation


On June 25, Selkirk Grads crossed the stage at the Kimberley Civic Centre. Congratulations, class of 2016!

GSS Grads Celebrate


Congratulations to the Graduates of GSS, who were honoured at their commencement ceremony held at the Golden and District Arena on June 29, 2016.

Geodomes Visit Marysville


McKim Students and their Teacher Mr. Loftsgard brought their Geodomes project to Marysville School during the last week of school. Excited students took turns touring this series of structures which are kept inflated by two electric fans.

MOU Signed with Yuexiu Education Bureau


Superintendent Paul Carriere met with officials of Guangdong Province, the City of Guongzhou and the Yuexiu Distict to sign an historic International Education Cooperation Agreement.

Lt. Governor Hon. Judith Guichon visits Golden


BC's Lieutenant Governor, Hon. Judith Guichon visited Golden for the first time on May 4. She toured the newly opened Mountain Child Care Centre attached to Alexander Park Elementary and is pictured here with Trustees, SD6 and Centre Staff.

2016 Environmental Education Leadership Clinic


April 23-26, Cheryl Lenardon, Asst. Superintendent, & Teachers Sandra Beckett, Natasha Burgess and Hannah Garvie gathered at Nipika Lodge with teams from all the Kootenay-Boundary School Districts to participate in the CBEEN leadership Clinic.

Band Directors Celebrate 24 Year History


Greg Constable, DTSS Band Director and Rick Dickenson, Director of the Kellogg Idaho High School Band celebrate a 24 year musical association at a combined concert at the DTSS Theatre on April 21.

Minister of Education Visit


Minister Mike Bernier (2nd from right) visited on April 19. He met with the Board/Senior Staff & toured Selkirk and McKim. He is pictured with Trustees Sandra Smaill, Betty-Lou Barrett, Rosemary Oaks, Jane Fearing, Mac Campbell and Amber Byklum.

2016 Census Information


Links to information concerning the 2016 Census are on the website. Click on "notices" under "parents" or "employees" for information.

New Curriculum Day


Staff worked together to "unpack" the new curriculum on February 22. The next day dedicated to this work is May 24. For more information see https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/.

Aboriginal Perspectives


School-based and District Staff gathered at DTSS on February 9 for a fantastic day of learning. The topic was Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives and guests included Maureen Dockendorf, Jan Unwin Ted Cadwallader from the Ministry.

JAL's Winter Magic


Laird school in Invermere put on a great variety show to bring in the Christmas season this year. Pictured here is the Ukelele group under the direction of Ms. O'Sullivan. This was the warm up and the closing act!

GSS Winter Concert


The GSS Bands and Choirs shared the music they have been working on this Fall in a well-attended concert on December 16. Special guests included the "Saxidentals" which is a Saxophone ensemble led by former music teacher Doug Orr.

2015-16 Calendar Amended for Curriculum Change


The Ministry of Education and partners have established a framework to support the implementation of the new K-9 and 10-12 curriculum. In our District, Non Instructional Days are added on Feb 22 and May 24 to help move this work forward.

Santa's Workshop at MES


The entire school of MES was involved in their Christmas production, and it was standing room only in the School gym for this entertaining production. Pictured here are the actors in the story, which was enhanced by musical presentations from each class. Thanks to all the staff and especially Ms. Hammond who coordinated the production.

DTSS Music Dept. Delivers


Mr. Constable and the DTSS students once again put on a fantastic show for the community on December 10. The three concert bands as well as the Stage Band performed a variety of music including seasonal favourites. There were a large number of accomplished soloists as well. Great job DTSS!

Enhancement Agreement Signed


The Rocky Mountain School District signed its first Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement on June 17, 2015, in a special ceremony held at Copper Point Resort in Invermere, on the Traditional Territory of the Ktunaxa and Shuswap people. The agreement affirms the commitment of all partners to work together to support educational success for all students of aboriginal ancestry in the School District. Formal partners who signed the agreement are pictured here: Amber Byklum - SD6 Chairperson, Barb Cote, Chief - Shuswap Indian Band, Lorne Shovar, Chief - Akisqnuk First Nation, Marilyn Taylor, Regional Director - Metis Nation BC, and Ted Cadwallader, Director, Aboriginal Education - Ministry of Education. The celebration included dancing, an honour song, moving testimony from students about the importance of aboriginal programs in schools, and a slideshow presentation showing the amazing array of activities and events taking place all over the District.

Rocky Mountain at IPC World Championships


Students from all the Windermere Zone Elementary Schools visited Panorama Mountain Village this week to cheer on the Paralympic Athletes from 25 countries who were competing in the Alpine Ski Racing Championships. Shown here are students from EMP, MMES and EES who were meeting Josh Dueck before hiking up the hill to watch the morning event. Josh is from Kimberley BC, and is the first sit skier to perform a back flip off a jump. Our thanks go to Alpine Canada and Panorama Mountain Village for putting on a great event!

Aboriginal Perspectives


Teachers, school based exempt and support staff, Principals and Vice Principals and District Staff gathered at DTSS on February 9 for a fantastic day of learning. The topic was Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives and staff were joined by special guests from the Ministry of Education, Maureen Dockendorf and Jan Unwin who both contributed a great deal to the development of the new draft curricula, and Ted Cadwallader, who is the Director of Aboriginal Education. There were a number of other guest presenters who rounded out the program of the day. Our thanks to everyone for contributing to this professional development opportunity!

DTSS Plays to packed house


On December 11 the DTSS Bands gave an excellent performance. It was clear that all the ensembles had worked hard to prepare, including the Grade 8 band members who have only played their instruments for a few months. Pictured here is the Stage Band.

GSS Ensembles Perform


The GSS Junior and Senior Bands as well as the Choir performed for the community on December 17. Congratulations to teachers Matt Fellows and Gloria Lowe. A special thanks also goes to retired teacher Mr. Orr, who continues to volunteer to work with music students including the Sax Quintet, the "Saxidentals" pictured here.

Santa reads at Mountainview


Santa was a special visitor at Mountainview Centre in Golden. Mrs. Beckett's Kindergarten class attends at the Centre every Wednesday afternoon, and a Christmas lunch is held each year with the residents and children. Santa read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and then met with each child. Christmas Carols were led by Kurt Thorne.

Martin Morigeau entertains parents


Martin Morigeau students put on a wonderful show on December 16. It included songs, stories and poems (in English and French!) as well as the great guitar playing of Mr. Orr. The whole school sang Jingle Bells as a Grand Finale!

Lady Grey Project Adorns School Entrance


Check out the amazing project that has been ongoing at LGES since October. Local artist and parent Janis Dyck worked with all students in the medium of drywall mud and glaze to create this incredible "Tree of Gifts". Every student custom designed their own "square" on a nature theme and Janis placed them all in the branches of a tree she sketched out on the wall and finished with a beautiful texture. Thanks to Janis and everyone at LGES for this amazing work and to VP Ms. MacDougall for applying for the ArtStarts grant that made it all possible!

Lindsay Park tells Rudolph Story


This year's LPES Christmas Production was the entire Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer story. It had all the great lines of the original "claymation" picture we all remember from TV when we were kids! It was a packed house - - great job LPES!

Kootenay Boundary Branch AGM - Grand Forks


Trustees Byklum, Oaks, Campbell and Smaill attended the KBB AGM September 19-21 hosted by School District 51. Guest presenters included former Minister of Education George Abbott, and Jan Unwin and Larry Espe from the Ministry of Education (Superintendents of Graduation/Transitions and Skills and Trades). Trustees from across the Kootenay Boundary Region had the opportunity to engage in discussions about their roles as Trustees and about educational change reflected in the BC Education Plan as well as conducting the business meeting of their Association.



The agreement between BCPSEA and BCTF has now been ratified and the strike is now officially over. This means that school will start for students on Monday, September 22. This will be a partial day for students, and regular schedules will start on Tuesday September 23. Please see the information on the "School Opening Information" link on the District website and call your neighborhood school if you have any questions about opening day. SD6 extends its appreciation to the provincial parties who were responsible for negotiating the agreement, offers thanks to our parents and students for their patience as the dispute was being settled, and we welcome our teachers back enthusiastically for the 2014-15 school year!

School Opening 2014-15


We are awaiting the results of ratification votes. If the agreement is ratified, schools will open Monday for students. Please see the "School Opening Information" link on the top of the main page for information.



We are pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached in bargaining between BCPSEA and the BCTF. The respective parties will be reviewing details of the agreement and will be considering ratification of the agreement over the next 2 days. We are unsure of details regarding the start of school, but will communicate that information to you as soon as it is available. Please check the "School Opening Information" link on the welcome page of the SD6 website. Our thanks go to the respective bargaining teams on their successful negotiation!

SD6 Recognized by ITA


The Industry Training Authority has recognized our School District for investing in BC's skilled labour force by supporting the education and training of apprentices. Most recently SD6 has helped employees complete appenticeships in both gasfitting and carpentry. Congratulations to these employees and also to our Operations Dept for this achievement.



We are very pleased to share "District Directions 2018" with our staff, students and communities. In 2012 we started the process of setting the "big picture" goals of the Board by having a facilitated session with representation of all the partners of our District; Trustees, Senior Staff, Principals, Teachers, Support Staff, Parents and the Aboriginal community. Rob Goodall from the BC School Trustees association led us through an Appreciative Inquiry process to form some key questions to ask our employees and communities. In the Spring and Fall of 2013 we used "Thoughtstream" to gather an amazing amount of prioritized input, which we analyzed and presented to the same district partners in the late fall of 2013. We were able to form the new "Directions" with this information. We have launched them with our Principals and Vice Principals and Senior Staff is currently planning next steps. Here are the DIRECTIONS that will guide our work for the next 5 years:

In Rocky Mountain School District.....

1. Our students and staff feel safe, connected and valued
2. Our students experience environmental, outdoor and community based learning
3. Our learning community is research based and collaborative
4. Our learning is empowered by technology
5. Our communication results in common understanding

We are very pleased to share this with you and encourage everyone connected with our District to reflect on how we can sustain all the great things that are happening that fulfill these directions now, and ask what we can do to bring them to life in everything we do.

Edgewater in the News


This year, Edgewater Elementary put on two great productions before the Christmas break. The format was two CBC reporters describing all the activities at the school. The whole school was involved in performances that were interspersed with commentary by the news people. It was a huge success. Thanks to all the students and staff but especially to staff member Debra Murray who was the "producer" of the show...she was even interviewed about it on CBC radio on that morning of the first performance!

Christmas at CGV


Barb Gagatek's Grade 1's from EMP, Barb Carriere's Grade 3's and Tara Whittick's and Bridget Anakin's Grade 6's and 7's from WES all gathered at Columbia Garden Village on December 20 to perform for the residents. It was a wonderful show, clearly appreciated by everyone, and followed by a nice reception with drinks and snacks. The children were proud of their performance and it was a great way to end school before the holidays and also lift everyone's spirits. Great job!

Internet Safety and Personal Information Privacy


Workshops for parents will be held at Golden, David Thompson, and Selkirk Secondary Schools on this important topic. Beth and Darren Laur will deliver their award winning presentation designed to provide students and their parents with pro-active on-line "critical thinking" and "decision making" strategies that they can immediately put to good use. The presentation provides the knowledge, information and empowerment, based upon academically peer reviewed research, that tweens, teens and young adults need to know to stay safer and become more digitally literate, savvy and resilient while participating in the on-line world.
GSS Parent Evening: December 3, 6:30-8:30 pm
DTSS Parent Evening: December 4, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm
SSS Parent Evening:December 5, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm
*all schools will deliver presentations to students during the day

Staff Across District talk QTL


Tables of educators from across SD6 connected via the Video Conference system on October 16 to discuss the results of the Quality Teaching and Learning Thoughtstream that we participated in during the 2012-13 school year and to have an extended conversation about it. Our District did one of 6 projects funded by the Ministry of Education; led by DTSS teacher Heather Brown, GSS VP Angela Stott and Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Lenardon, the project is about surfacing opinions and beliefs about learning, considering current practice, considering research, and then looking for the intersection of these things to see what the implications are for future planning and learning. The conversation on the 16th centered around "emerging and enduring" practice; and each school developed a plan for helpng to broaden this conversation in the District.

Senior Foods at Selkirk Hosts Board Dinner


The Senior Foods class at SSS hosted a gourmet meal for Trustees, Senior Staff, Selkirk Administration and Guest Presenters. Their teacher Jill Deeney introduced the students to the group and the students earned a well deserved round of applause! At the Board Meeting, teachers Ryan Treber, Cory Scott and Grant Smith gave an excellent overview of the Practical Skills program at the school.

Rock Solid at Selkirk


Grade 8 Boys and Girls at all three of our Secondary Schools did the Rock Solid program this year. Pictured here are Selkirk Secondary's Grade 8 girls who were preparing at this point to engage in a activity where volunteers were suspended on a line being supported by all the other participants in a circle. The activities of the day really encouraged students to think about the interconnectedness of social systems and to think through the impacts of their behaviours on others. It was also about learning who they can go to when they are struggling with some of the common issues our kids face growing up. Rock Solid is a non-profit society based out of Victoria that promotes safe school cultures, and uses the WITS strategies: Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out and Seek Help. Big thanks to our school staffs for organizing these activities and to the EKASS volunteers who led the activities for the students.

Lt. Governor of BC Visits Rocky Mountain!


Her Honour, Judith Guichon, Lt. Governor of our Province is a visitor to the East Kootenay Region during the week of September 3-6. She visited Edgewater Elementary and JA Laird Elementary on the first day of School, and she will visit McKim Middle School in Kimberley on Thursday, September 5. During each visit, the Lt. Governor speaks about her own background as a rancher in the Nicola Valley, and her experiences being the Queen's Representative for our Province. Students learrned about her important role and asked excellent questions. Thatnks to the staff of these three schools and the Village of Radium, District of Invermere and City of Kimberley for hosting her Honour for this part of her tour. Pictured here are Invermere Mayor Gerry Taft, JAL Principal Jill Jensen, Her Honour Judith Guichon, and Inspector Nathan Davies, HADC. Also accompanying the Lt Governor were Col. James Hammond, Private Secretary and Executive Director of Government House, and Mr. John Mager, Piper/Driver/Photographer.

Welcome to 2013-14!


On behalf of the Board of Education and our administration staff, I extend a warm welcome to everyone as we begin a new school year. We trust that you had an enjoyable summer and that you were able to enjoy time with family and friends, and hopefully you were also able to enjoy the outdoors in this beautiful part of the Province, or wherever your travels took you.

To our new staff, students and parents, you have certainly come to the right place! Rocky Mountain extends from Field Elementary in the Yoho National Park, through Golden, Invermere, and Kimberley (and all points in between!) and we are connected by our shared “Quest for Quality” and our commitment to “act wisely, care deeply and find joy in each day”. We do our very best for our students and we believe that they deserve nothing less. Please review our draft 2013-14 Achievement Contract for more information about how our “big picture” achievement goals connect to school plans and to every learner we serve.

We are excited to welcome new staff members in District positions this year. In Golden, we welcome Lois Ehman as the new Principal at Nicholson Elementary. In Windermere Zone we welcome Darryl Turner as the new Principal of Edgewater Elementary, and in District Office we welcome Jennifer Turner as Assistant Superintendent responsible for Student Services, Curriculum and Early Learning, as well as Lee Erikson who is our new Administrative Assistant. Just before the summer we also welcomed our new Operations Supervisor for the Windermere Zone, Brian Nickurak. Congratulations to all of you and we wish you all the best in your new roles.

We have been in the process for the past year of setting our “big picture” goals for the next 5 years, which we call our “District Directions 2018”. The Board has engaged our staff and communities in a “Thoughtstream” to give everyone an opportunity for input on the key priorities of our Rocky Mountain team. We plan to have this work completed by the end of the 2013 calendar year, and we will be communicating with our communities and partners about these priorities. The focus areas through to the end of 2013 remain:

-Our Culture: Build and maintain a culture of shared values and understanding consistent with our Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles.
-Our Students: Be an innovative and responsive educational leader embraced by students and parents.
-Our Staff: Be the employer of choice.
-Environmental Stewardship: Practice environmental stewardship.
-Healthy Living: Expand initiatives to support students, staff and our partners to maintain healthy life-styles.
-Community Involvement and Engagement: Work with community partners to develop mutually beneficial educational opportunities.

Thank you for your commitment to working together in the best interests of all our students. We are privileged to work, learn and live in our outstanding communities.

On behalf of the Rocky Mountain Board and administration, have a great year!
Jim Jenkinson, Board Chairperson
Paul Carriere, Superintendent

Reach! DTSS Art Exhibit


This cover is "Bulldog" by Ashley Hecher, a Grade 12 student at DTSS. The Gallery opening of this year's DTSS exhibit at Pynelogs will be held June 14 from 6-9:30 pm. Come out, see the displays and meet the artists! If you cannot attend opening night, the gallery will be open to the public June 11-23 from 11-4 and on Wednesday evenings.

Japan Trip 2013


Ten students from McKim Middle School and Selkirk Secodary School in Kimberley, BC are en route to Japan for an amazing ten-day trip that includes stops in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima with a special visit to Kimberley's sister city of Annaka in Gunma prefecture as well.

Art from the Heart an Amazing Success


Our District is very fortunate to have so many talented students, inspiring teachers, committed volunteers and generous sponsors. The 8th Art from the Heart just wrapped up at Pynelogs Centre in Invermere. It was a fantastic display of work created by every elementary student in the Windermere Zone. The show ran from April 9-28. Our thanks to Pynelogs, Fairmont Resort, Mercer and Co, and especially Ann Jardine and Natalie Ruby for all your organizational work.

Smart Learning at GSS


On April 22-23, eleven teachers at Golden Secondary participated in a unique Professional Development opportunity to learn more about the SMART Learning framework for teaching. SMART Learning encompasses research-based, brain-based teaching practices that take learners through four main steps: connecting, processing information, transforming learning and reflecting on learning. The two day session began with the facilitator meeting with teachers to go over the SMART Learning framework and prepare for the upcoming demonstration lessons in classrooms at GSS. Teachers observed the facilitator teaching a lesson sequence in four different classes at GSS. Following each lesson, there was a de-briefing session to discuss what was observed. In the afternoon of the second day, teachers spent time planning a teaching sequence that they could use in their classes. All of the participants felt that it was a very worthwhile two days.

Youth Metis Conference a Success


Students from all three zones of our District participated in a conference totally focused on learning about Metis culture and history. Food, entertainment, arts and crafts and history lessons were all featured in this event, which was held at St Eugene Mission from February 27-March 1 and involved School Districts 5 and 6 . It was organized by Amy Cross and workers from both Districts, and supported by a grant from the Metis Nation. The picture features a workshop on the Red RIver Jig, which was given by the Asham Stompers, a Winnipeg based dance group whose mission is to "help re-capture and preserve the history of the Métis people through the traditional dancing of the Red River jig and to have FUN and enjoy the richness of the Métis tradition through the River Jig combined with square dancing - aptly named the Red River Dance."

The Red River Jig was developed in the late 1700's by the first Métis colony which was at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers (now known as the forks in the city of Winnipeg) to attract fur traders into the colony to trade fur.

DTSS Students Headed to Monaco


DTSS students, Leigh Thompson, Sarah Zehnder, Gracie Oaks and Emily Zehnder, have won the annual National Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) Research Competition. Several weeks ago the team wrote and submitted a research proposal to study culinary tourism in the Columbia Valley. This honour has given them the opportunity to represent Canada in November at an International Conference in Monaco. There they will meet students from other GTTP-member countries and present their findings to a large audience.
In their proposal, the team oriented the committee to the nature of our community and highlighted the opportunities to further develop a cohesive culinary tourism model. Their study will include interviews with community members, a thorough assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to culinary tourism and other related research.
You can support these girls by sharing with them your valuable insights about culinary tourism in the valley; they will be contacting community members soon, but please feel free to contact DTSS if you feel you have something to add (contacts: heather.brown@sd6.bc.ca or Alison.bell@sd6.bc.ca).
We wish them well with the hard work of carrying out their research plan and with their presentation to an international audience in November at Monaco! Congratulations!

Selkirk Students Entertain


Selkirk Band & Choir performed their Christmas concert at McKim Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 20 in front of about 200 Selkirk and McKim students and a number of family members. Thanks to Mr. Heyde for organizing a great concert!

Alexander Park Connects with Mountainview


Sandra Beckett's Kindergarten class from APES in Golden is our District's newest Intergenerational Project. Mrs. Beckett has been taking her class to Mountainview Assisted Living Centre every Wednesday afternoon and it is amazing to see how it feels like home, both for the children and the residents. At the recent Christmas celebration, everyone shared a delicious lunch prepared by the staff, Trustee Jane Fearing led Christmas Carols and there was even a visit by Santa himself, who patiently had his picture taken with every child. The picture on the left is resident Bill McBride, who sang a beautiful rendition of "Danny Boy", and Aziza Rubenstein from the K class.
Thanks to Sandra for developing this connection and to Principal Vicci Nelson for her support. Sincere thanks also to Tricia Bowness and the staff at Mountainview for your support for this project! Merry Christmas!

Selkirk Final 2012 Assembly


Selkirk held a great final assembly to close out the year. As a fund raiser, tickets were sold for the best seat in the house, there was a very entertaining staff skit and a visit by Santa.

The school presented a large donation cheque of $6040.15 to the Kimberley Food Bank. Congratulations Selkirk for both your school and your community spirit!

"A Christmas Carol" - JA Laird Style


The 2012 Laird Christmas concert was an adaptation of the original story and involves 3 teenagers hanging out in a mall on Christmas Eve being visited by 3 ghosts who help them regain their lost Christmas spirit. Along the way, the stories of the past, present and future which include a traditional native dance, a soldier returning from war, a visit from Elvis, an old family movie and workers at a charity Christmas meal influence the kids who see that they have been selfish and are moved to make things different.

This production was a combined effort of drama, music, dance, visual arts, textiles and tech arts. Each student at the school chose 2 out of the 6 arts options and worked from September to December to create the production. All of the music for each scene and dance was performed by the music class, the costumes were put together by the textiles class, the set was designed by the visual arts class, and the lighting and slide shows were created in the tech arts class. Teacher Leisa O’Sullivan wrote the play. Congratulations and a big thank you to Laird students and staff.

Marysville Elementary - Just One Goal!


On Dec.18th Marysville Elementary School presented their Winter Play titiled JUST ONE GOAL! Josie Hammond wrote and the directed the play which was an adaptation of the Robert Munsch children’s story. All classes participated to a full house at both the afternoon and evening performances!

GSS Choir and Band performs!


The Golden Secondary Beginner and Advanced Bands and the Choir performed a total of 17 musical selections for a large crowd on Tuesday, December 11th. The Beginner Band, with a total of 13 students, has improved dramatically since September, when they first began playing their instruments. They are developing a very nice sound! the Advanced Band, with 16 students, played as a Concert Band, then reconfigured into a Jazz Band and entertained the crowd.
The Choir, with 20 students, sang some lovely pieces, including a couple of numbers that featured soloists. Three songs were conducted by students - Shelby Klassen, Owen Campeau and Dallas Rebidoux.
It was a wonderful evening showcasing the talents of GSS students, under the direction of Mr. Doug Orr and Ms. Gloria Lowe.

Lady Grey Celebrates Christmas


Pictured here are some of Mrs. Klassen's students performing their play on December 19.

DTSS Chemis-tree


Putting a scientific spin on the holidays, pictured here is the DTSS Chemis-tree. This was a creation of the Senior Chemistry Class, led by teacher Heather Brown.

Edgewater Musical - Dear Santa


EES put on a musical play this year about getting all caught up in Technology instead of remembering what Christmas is actually all about. The whole school is pictured here doing one of the massed numbers. Great Job EES!

KAS Christmas Lunch


On December 18, students, staff and invited guests sat down to a Christmas lunch celebration. Everyone enjoyed Turkey with all the trimmings and good conversation. It also was an opportunity for guests to spend some time looking at the great student work displayed, as well as all the certificates of course completions. Congratulations to our KAS students!

Board Elections at December 11 Meeting


At the regular meeting of December 11, 2012, the Board of Education elected Jim Jenkinson as Board Chairperson. Jim is a long serving Windermere Zone Trustee and a former Teacher. Also elected were Sandra Smaill, Vice Chair Kimberley Zone, and Shannon Hood, Vice Chair Golden Zone. Kimberley Trustee Mac Campbell was elected as Representative to the BC Public School Employers Association, and Jim Jenkinson was elected as Representative to the BC School Trustees Association. The alternates to these reps are Sandra Smaill, and Amber Byklum, respectively. Congratulations to these Board members!

EMP Children Perform at Columbia Garden Village


On December 14 the Kindergarten and K-1 classes from EMP sang and recited poetry for the residents of CGV. These children all attend school one day per week at the centre and the Seniors join them for their learning activities and Arts and Crafts.

Smart Learning Rounds in SD6


Bev Krieger, pictured here, was one of the facilitators for the Smart Learning Rounds which took place on November 6 and 7 in the Windermere Zone. 50 teachers from across the District participated in this job-embedded, incredible professional development. Our thanks go to Susan Close, the founder of Smart Learning who also facilitated, as well as teachers Barb Gagatek, Barb Carriere, Christine Sherk and Heather Brown who hosted the activities in their classrooms.

Edgewater Student Wins Contest!


Ryann Devlin of Edgewater created this beautiful art work which was entered into the 2013 calendar contest for Kootenay Savings Credit Union. Ryann's piece was selected for the front cover of the calendar, and was chosen for that spot from over 1500 student entries. Congratulations Ryann!

Board of Education 2011-2014


Congratulations to our new Board of Education! Board members took their oaths of office at 7:00 p.m. on December 6. At the Inaugural meeting which followed, Sandra Smaill (Kimberley) was elected Chairperson, and Jim Jenkinson (Windermere) and Shannon Hood (Golden) were elected Vice Chairs. Trustees (back to front, left to right) are: Shannon Hood (Golden), Mac Campbell (Kimberley), Rosemary Oaks (Windermere), Amber Byklum (Windermere), Betty-Lou Barrett (Kimberley), Sandra Smaill (Kimberley), Jim Jenkinson (Windermere), Rhonda Smith (Golden), and Jane Fearing (Golden).

FIELD Field Trip!


On September 22, our seven K-3 students at Field Elementary had an exciting Field Trip with their Teacher Sue Larose and Superintendent Paul Carriere, along with all their parents and a skilled guide from Athabasca Icewalks, Peter Lemieux. Peter had the group strap on their crampons and hike up the Columbia Icefields. All of us learned firsthand about how the Glacier is changing over time, and how it changes the landscape. It was an entertaining way to learn about this great heritage and also about how important it is to adapt to rapid weather changes at high elevations! Way to go Field students; you were outstanding explorers for a day. Also a big thanks to your teacher, Mrs. Larose, for providing this unique opportunity.

School District No. 6 Recognized


The Southern Interior Construction Association has presented to SD6 an Owner/Consultant Award.

The award is given "in recognition for promoting fairness and equity in the construction industry".

Congratulations to our Operations Department Staff under the leadership of Steve Jackson, for this honour.

Student Artists Recognized


Congratulations to three outstanding Rocky Mountain artists! These three students were recently recognized at school awards ceremonies for their incredible talents. Each student’s art will be proudly displayed as part of the Rocky Mountain Gallery collection in the zone office of the student’s community. The Board of Education has made a financial contribution to the art program of each student’s school and each student has received a commemorative certificate of their achievement.

The three students are Hanako Nagao (GSS), Cassidy Hanke (DTSS) and Holly Gale (LPES). Well done students.

The artwork shown here is "Mechanical Octopus" by Cassidy Hanke, on display at the District Administration Office in Invermere.

EES Green Schools Grant


Congratulations to the staff and students of Edgewater Elementary, who have been recognized as the Western Regional Winner of the “Green Schools Green Futures” award, sponsored by Fed Ex and Tree Canada. The school held an assembly on June 22 where a BIG cheque was presented to Principal Sharlene Scofield by Ken Ralph (Fed Ex) and Christian Walli (Tree Canada). Students sang the school song and another song called “We’re Going Green!”. A proud day for Edgewater!

SD6 Educational Powwow


DTSS hosted the first ever Educational Powwow in SD6. Kristine Jack, Education Coordinator at Akisqnuk Band, spearheaded the event and DTSS staff and students were rewarded with a rich Aboriginal cultural experience. The Gymnasium was packed with over 500 people with Elders, leaders of the local communities, DTSS staff and students and many out of town visitors. Indian tacos were served at lunch from our cafeteria with all the proceeds going to the Aboriginal program at DTSS. Bannock was sold for $2.00 with all the proceeds going to Dry Grad. The drumming and singing was provided by two local drum groups from the Akisqnuk nation which helped make the powwow a truly memorable experience. Students from DTSS, Eileen Madson Primary, Laird and Edgewater schools were dressed in their most beautiful regalia, and danced the Traditional dance and the Fancy dance. The students were very proud to share their heritage with the school community. Photo credit: Akisqnuknik Development Corporation/Robert Ede photo.

BCSTA's 107th Annual General Meeting


A major highlight of BCSTA's 107th annual general meeting, April 14-17 in Vancouver, was the Saturday night celebration honouring long-serving trustees. SD6 Trustee Rhonda Smith is shown here receiving a certificate from BCSTA President Michael McEvoy for 21 years of service as a Trustee.

Congratulations, Rhonda!

Also recognized were Trustees Greg Anderson (12 Years), Roberta Hall (9 years), Dan Soles (9 years), Betty-Lou Barrett (9 years) and Jim Jenkinson (6 years).

Our whole Rocky Mountain Community is grateful for the time and quality of service SD6 Trustees provide. Thanks to you all!

Parson Ready, Set, Learn


Rocky Mountain Distributed Learning Program hosted their Ready, Set, Learn event at on May 4, 2011. The theme for the event was "Ready, Set, Play Clay!" as the participants were involved with early literacy games, crafts using clay, and story telling using literature from Robert Munsch. Ready, Set, Learn is an early learning initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Health. It is intended to facilitate partnerships between schools and local community agencies and early childhood service providers. All Rocky Mountain District schools that have a Kindergarten program provide an annual Ready, Set, Learn event aimed at 3 year olds, as well as younger siblings.

Golden Zone French Language Programming: 2011-12


School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain)
French Language Programming in 2011-12 … and beyond

The Rocky Mountain District is implementing changes to French Programs beginning in 2011-12. These changes follow the recommendations of the consultant’s report received and approved by the Board at its September, 2010 meeting. School teams and a Zone working group have discussed the recommendations and have helped shape how we will move forward with a view to strengthening both the Core French and Immersion programs in the coming years.

1.We are pleased to announce that Krista Fouillard, currently an Immersion teacher at Alexander Park, has been appointed to the position of French Language Specialist Teacher for the Golden Zone. Krista will work with all Grade K-3 classes and teachers in the zone to implement an “Introduction to French” program. The objective of the program will be to provide some basic fluency in French and a positive orientation towards second language learning for all students.
2.Also beginning in 2011-12, the Core French program which currently begins in Grade 5 will be moved to a Grade 4 start, providing one more year of French Language experience before students enter Secondary School. The French Language Specialist Teacher will team teach the Core French program with regular classroom teachers.
3.The Kindergarten start to the Immersion program will be phased out beginning next year. Immersion will continue for Grades 1 and up next year, 2 and up the year after and so on. When the current year’s Kindergarten Immersion students enter Grade 5, a new cohort of Grade 4 beginning immersion students will begin. This middle immersion program (Grades 4-12) will be available to 30 children per year, beginning in 2015-16.
4.The Staff at Golden Secondary is currently exploring expanding choice to Immersion students and greater integration of the Core French and Immersion programs, aimed at enhancing the language abilities of all our students. More information on changes at GSS will be provided as program decisions are made for the coming year.

Your Board of Education is committed to a high quality educational experience for all students. If you have any questions about these changes, please feel free to contact your school Principal, or the Superintendent of Schools, Paul Carriere.

Science World “energizes” SD6


Science World made a big impact on SD6 in the week of January 31. We had very entertaining science presentations and demonstrations, and the week culminated in a Science Fair at DTSS on Saturday Feb 5. This was a partnership between Science World, KRIC (Kootenay Research Innovation Council) and SD6.

Missoula Children's Theatre


The Parent Advisory Council of Martin Morigeau School hosted the Missoula Children's Theatre workshop from November 15 to November 20. Two actor/directors, Charity Gardner and Samantha Parrish arrived at the school in a pick-up truck full of costumes and props, on Monday the 15th, after school, for the auditions and assignment of roles. The play and characters were described and the practicing initiated! Forty of our eighty students, from kindergarten to grade seven, were involved as characters in this musical drama.

Each day after school the characters rehearsed and honed their craft. Some worked from three o'clock until five, and some from three o'clock until 7:00. Some students spent their recesses walking the playground in pairs reading from their scripts and practising with each other. Friday, the costumes appeared and the scenery was erected. Saturday morning the first full dress rehearsal took place. The performances on Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM were marvellous, with students exceeding all expectations.

The music was played live by Mrs. Tanya DuBois on the piano and many parents helped with meals and popcorn sales, admissions and clean up. Mrs. Amber Byklum managed the arrangements for the Missoula Theatre actors. Home stay was provided for the actors by Clive and Judy Palmer, a couple in Canal Flats who do not even have students here.

It was a great dramatic event, enjoyed by all; an outstanding opportunity for our students to be a part of a major production. (Samatha Parrish, from Texas, was able to have first-hand experience with snow.)

District Partners for SET BC


District Partners for SET BC met in Nelson November 17th and 18th to attend the annual Regional Meeting. The two days were filled with short demonstrations for using technology with students. A student from Nelson who experiences vision challenges gave a demonstration of how the Booksense supports her learning and allows her to access novels. On November 19th,approximately 20 people attended a workshop to introduce and review technology supports for students with physical access challenges. It is amazing what technology can do to promote access for students with additional needs.

Annaka students in Kimberley


The Rocky Mountain International Student Program welcomed 20 students from Annaka, Japan to Kimberley on Monday, August 16. Annaka is Kimberley’s sister city and the one-week ESL and Canadian culture program the students participated in is an annual event. During their stay in Kimberley the students rode the Kimberley Underground Mining Railway, hiked up the ski hill, swam at Fairmont Hot Springs, visited Fort Steele, and rafted down the St. Mary’s River. Special thanks to the 20 local families who opened their homes to these kids for the week and to Mayor Jim Ogilvie for officially welcoming them to Kimberley at City Hall.

Rocky Mountain International Student Program


The Rocky Mountain International Student Program gathered together for a BBQ party at Lake Windermere on Friday, June 11. Nearly 30 international and Canadian students from Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley, DTSS in Invermere, and GSS in Golden gathered together to celebrate a fantastic year of international education and exchange. Fifty-five students from 9 countries participated in the School District No. 6 program this year. Next year that number will rise to nearly 100 students from 10 or more countries. Host families are still needed for September. Please visit www.sd6international.ca for more information.

Rocky Mountain Gallery


Mrs. Miller, Superintendent of Schools congratulates Petra Blanchard and Lauren Russell from Alexander Park Elementary School in Golden, whose Scenery has been selected as the 2009-2010 piece for the Rocky Mountain Gallery permanent collection. Petra, Lauren and their school will be receiving $100 to be spent on something related to art. Congratulations to Petra and Lauren.

JALES at Winderberry Nursery/Edible Acres


These pictures were all taken at Winderberry Nursery/Edible Acres Farm in Windermere. Our grade 5 classes went on two trips to learn how the nursery and farm operate and to learn more about gardening.

DPAC leadership recognised


On June 8 the Board of Education recognized Lori Tedrick, District Parent Advisory Council Chair and Brenda VanDelft DPAC Treasurer for their dedication and leadership. Since her sons will both have graduated by June 30, 2010 Brenda VanDelft will be leaving DPAC at the end of this school year. Lori Tedrick will remain as a parent mentor for one more year. The Board and administration of SD6 extends sincere thanks to Brenda and Lori for their thoughtful leadership as members of DPAC for over 10 years.

Grizzly Bear Refuge


Students Leo McKnight and Madison Crandall from Alexander Park School visited the Grizzly Bear Refuge at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden that was sponsored by Wild Voices For Kids

Mt. Nelson Athletic Park


Students from Eileen Madson Primary School participated in the Grand Opening of the newly installed fitness circuit at Mt. Nelson Athletic Park. Mt. Nelson Athletic Park is a partnership involving the School District, the District of Invermere and business in Invermere. The addition of the fitness circuit and trails enhances the already well developed community facility which includes soccer fields, ball diamonds and a skate park.

SETBC Celebrates Student Reporters


On Friday, May 7, Special Education Technology BC (SETBC) celebrated the achievements of three student reporters who attended the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics. The students, who have been working towards this goal for over 3 years, each gave a wonderful presentation of their once in a lifetime experience. Kate Gibbs, from DTSS, is shown here with SETBC’s provincial coordinator, Elaine Ferguson.

Art from the Heart


The 6th annual Windermere Zone kindergarten to grade 7 art show, Art from the Heart, is scheduled for April 6 – 25, 2010 with the Grand Opening held on April 14. Each year a young artist has their art selected to be reproduced as the show poster. This year Jordan Geiger was recognized for his incredible depiction of a woodpecker which he created in Mrs. Milligen’s grade 4 class at JA Laird Elementary School. Thanks to the generosity of Mercer and Company, Jordan was presented with a framed poster along with the framed original of his woodpecker at the Grand Opening.

Congratulations Jordan!

Paralympic reporting!


Kate Gibbs, grade 9 student at Invermere’s DTSS, met Paralympic skier Luke Donovan at the Cranbrook airport when each returned home from their travels in January. Luke was back from European training, and Kate from a visit to Vancouver where she trained to become a Paralympic reporter. Kate has received her official press pass, and will return to Vancouver with her family in March to attend and report on Paralympic skiing. She has been busy for months preparing for the event; fundraising, corresponding with Luke, and working with Special Education Technology BC to make this dream come true. Go to www.vvvillage.org to read about Kate and fellow reporter Grace Brulotte (scroll down the 3rd story “Grace and Kate’s Next Adventure”), and get the latest news on Kate’s blog at http://katers95.blogspot.com

We’re so proud of you, Kate!

Rocky Mountain Gallery


Lindsay Park student, Heidi Howe, was selected as the artist to have her work added to the Kimberley Zone Rocky Mountain Gallery. Heidi’s incredible painting of daisies was created as an art project in Mrs. Taggart’s class in 2008-2009. Heidi, accompanied by her mother, was honoured in a presentation at Lindsay Park Elementary School. A special thanks to Mrs. Taggart for her instruction and inspiration. Congratulations Heidi!

National Child’s Day celebrations


Region 4 SETBC students, Kate Gibbs of David Thompson Secondary School and Grace Brulotte from School District No.5, were invited by CanAssist to participate in National Child’s Day celebrations in Ottawa November 23. The girls made short speeches and showed off their technology to an audience of 300 students in the nation’s senate.

Windermere Elementary School Open House


When parents attended the recent Windermere Elementary School Open House and arrived at the entrance to the grade seven Enhanced French class they were welcomed into an ancient Greek museum. Parents were greeted and shown around by Greek-clad students including Jade Bowen (photo). They saw wonderful projects that students took time and effort in making. There were swords, a water clock, broaches, a Trojan horse (mini version) and many other replicas of Greek artifacts. Many parents and teachers gave positive comments about the quality of the projects. Students learned a lot about the artifacts and demonstrated their knowledge to their parents. It was a step back in time...(a huge step back!!!)

Michaela Mauthner, Grade 7 Enhanced French student.

LGES win Hoops Leadership Award


Congratulations to the Lady Grey Elementary School team for the outstanding recognition in receiving the top B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation prize, the province-wide Hoops Leadership Award 2009. This is the first time this award has come to the Kootenay / Okanagan region which is an incredible accomplishment for the Lady Grey leadership students and their teachers Brenda Soujah and Marilyn Kelly-McArthur. The Esteem Team will be visiting Lady Grey students in recognition of their commitment and contributions. The Rocky Mountain School District is honoured to join the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation in congratulating the Lady Grey students and staff for their dedication to making a difference in the lives of individuals in this province.

Rocky Mountain Gallery


In 2007 the Rocky Mountain Gallery was created whereby one piece of student art is selected by Trustees from each of the Golden, Kimberley and Windermere zones to become part of the Rocky Mountain Gallery permanent collection of student art. These outstanding works are hung in the Invermere Board Office and the Kimberley and Golden Zone Offices, in celebration of the importance of Fine Art as a key component of a strong, well-rounded education. In 2008-2009 Cassidy Hanke a grade 10 student from David Thompson Secondary School had her art selected for the Rocky Mountain Gallery collection in the Windermere Zone. Cassidy, her mother, art teacher Robyn Oliver, and superintendent Bendina Miller are pictured at the assembly honouring Cassidy.

Lady Grey Centennial Mosaic


The Lady Grey Centennial Mosaic was unveiled on Sept. 18, 2009. It features the work of artists Pierrette Robinson and Donna Williams along with individual green border tiles created by the students and staff of Lady Grey Elementary School.

SD6 Welcomes new International Students


Welcome to the Rocky Mountain International Student Program in School District No. 6! This year, over 35 new and returning students from Germany, Taiwan, Holland, Japan, India, Korea and Mexico participated in a variety of activities and presentations to welcome them to the program and prepare them for life in Canada.

More photos at http://www.sd6international.ca

Hoops for Heart


Three School District #6 schools were awarded significant recognition for the participation in the Heart and Stroke Foundation heart health programs, Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart. McKim Middle School was awarded the Hoops for Heart Outstanding Achievement Gold Level for the Inland Region - the area from the lower mainland to and including the Yukon. This placed McKim first in the Inland Region and all of BC. McKim also placed second in the Inland Region and third in BC in the Big Heart category for per capital fundraising. Lady Grey School achieved the Bronze Level in Outstanding Achievement, placing them third in the Inland Region and forth in all of BC. Lady Grey School was also awared the Leadership Award for BC in recognition of high student involvement in the planning and implementation of their Hoops event and for helping Alexander Park Elementary with their Jump Rope for Heart event. As a result they will receive a visit from an Olympic athlete from the Esteem Team. Last but not least the small but mighty Field Elementary won a Jump Rope for Heart Big Heart Award, placing them third in the Inland Region and all of the BC for raising $140.72 per student.

Congratulations to the inspirational teachers - Sophia Rauch and Lorraine Anderson (McKim), Brenda Soujah and Marilyn Kelly-McArthur (Lady Grey), Sanne van der Ross (Field) and the educational teams that instill the principles of community service in these fine young heart health heros.

An additional word about Lorraine Anderson, this year will be her 17th year ornaginizing Hoops for Heart events. At one time she ran Hoops events at three other schools at the time as McKim. A truly amazing leader!

Sharon Gardner
Schools Programs Coordinator, Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon.

21 Years of Service


Trustee Sandra Smaill was presented with a certificate from the B.C. School Trustees’ Association honouring her 21 years of service as a School Trustee by Board Chair Roberta Hall. Sandra was honoured on April 25 at the B.C. School Trustees’ Association Annual General Meeting in Kelowna.

Special Education Technology BC Student Reporters Celebrate


On Friday, May 29, six student reporters and their supporters gathered at the SETBC Kimberley office to celebrate the end of another successful year in journalism. The students, who ranged from grades five to twelve, were: Kate Gibbs from Invermere, Matthew Grace from Golden, Grace Brulotte from Fernie, Frank Robertson from Cranbrook, and Frances Collison and Daria Roy from Creston. Over 25 people enjoyed lunch, then viewed the student’s presentations, which will be added to the SETBC website in the future.

Using video and photos taken with their new CanAssist equipment, Kate and Grace created autobiographical ppts, describing some of the rewards and challenges of living with disabilities. Frank’s presentation featured a grueling hike to Cliff Lake in the magnificent Rockies, and Daria’s presentation was about “Focus on Youth, a Creston community event, entered in the latest Virtual Voices Village contest. Daria also worked with two other Creston students, Frances Collison and Samantha Sorenson, to produce a video on Physical Activity in Creston. Finally, Matthew Grace from Golden presented a ppt show on Technology, which he narrated while advancing the slides with his chin-mounted switch.

Families and educators who attended the event were extremely proud of the students!

Edgewater School Garden


We kicked off the Edgewater Elementary School Garden with a Family Workbee Evening last Thursday, May 21st. Many families and staff came to pull weeds, prepare the soil, and measure and hill the vegetable rows. This week each class with their teacher will be taking a trip to our garden (a 15 minute walk from the school) to plant 3-4 different vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Our garden also has a strawberry patch and raspberries. In the next month parent volunteers will put up a 10ft deer fence around the garden's perimeter. In the remaining month, classes will continue to care for the garden and chart the garden's progress in various ways. Over the summer, families will sign up for a week at a time in which they will water, weed, and harvest the garden. In September, we are hoping to harvest the remaining vegetables, dry herbs etc. and to then have a harvest dinner or lunch at the school. If you have any more questions, please ask! See the photos I took at our Family Gardening Evening.

Tara Smith

McKim Hoops for Heart


McKim Middle School’s ‘Hoops for Heart’ campaign wrapped up on Thursday, April.23 with the Basketball Jamboree, a full day of basketball skill-building and games involving school-wide participation. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of students and staff, McKim raised $9,600 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Special thanks to Sophia Rauch and Lorraine Anderson along with many other dedicated staff members and a group of Selkirk students for all their hard work in organizing yet another successful event. McKim students are well known in the province for their active participation and fundraising efforts for this event. McKim is currently the #1 fundraising school in the PROVINCE for Hoops for Heart, raising over $100,000 in the 15 years that we have been participating. A big thank you to the community for their continued support!

Eileen Madson choir wins award


A group of students at Eileen Madson Primary School have been bestowed a huge honour after a phenomenal choir performance last Friday. Music teacher Leisa O’Sullivan was notified on Sunday evening that the school choir, consisting of 54 students, was awarded the best vocal performance at the East Kootenay Performing Arts Festival in Cranbrook.

“It was really exciting,” said Mrs. O’Sullivan, who started the choir last year. “I didn’t expect it.”

The choir, composed of children aged seven to nine, erupted in cheers on Tuesday at their regular noon rehearsal when Mrs. O’Sullivan broke the news.

“It was really exciting – everyone was screaming,” said Grade 3 student Geneve Miller. The choir performed two songs at the festival: Ching-a-Ring-Chaw and a Japanese number entitled Hamabe No Uta (Song of the Beach).

(With thanks to the Columbia Valley Pioneer, photo by Cayla Gabruck)

Edgewater Elementary fundraiser


For several weeks this year our Leadership Club organized a fundraiser for Britney Taylor. Britney is a highschool student trying to raise ten thousand dollars by the end of the school year to donate to cancer. If Britney succeeds she will cut her hair and donate her hair to cancer. Each class put loose change in an old water jug. The Grade 6/7 had the tallest amount of change in their jug and won a movie and popcorn prize. Altogether our school raised $648.34!!!!

Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.

Monica Nittel, Grade 7
Edgewater Elementary

Art from the Heart


The Art From the Heart K-7 art exhibition has been hosted for the past 5 years at Pynelogs Cultural Centre in Invermere. The student whose art was selected for this year's poster is Alexa Hallgren from Eileen Madson Primary School, congratulations Alexa!

More about Art from the Heart:

The Rocky Mountain School District, Columbia Valley Arts Council with the support and sponsorship of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and Mercer & Company is holding Art From the Heart from April 7 - 25. For the 5th year Columbia Valley students in kindergarten to grade 7 have been recognized as artists with their work displayed in the Pynelogs Cultural Centre. Proud parents, grandparents and community members shared in the delight of this show at the Grand Opening on April 15. Alexa Hallgren, Eileen Madson Primary student, was congratulated as the artist whose work was selected for the event poster.

This show is the fifth annual art exhibit and each year we see more families visiting Pynelogs Cultural Centre to view their children’s art. This is the second year that children have volunteered their art for the Silent Auction. Thanks to Mercer & Company for framing these pieces again this year. This is also the second year that Fairmont Hot Springs Resort has been a major sponsor for this show, a community minded business that continues to believe in the importance of arts and culture…thank you Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

The teachers and staff of School District #6 have been the main foundation to this event. Their vision for honouring the ‘work of art’ of our children of the Columbia Valley has been obvious in the longevity of this outstanding exhibit.

Thanks to Anne Jardine, the Show Coordinator who has put in countless hours of coordinating and hanging this exhibit…and it shows in the quality and attention to detail.

THE BIGGEST THANKS IS TO THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES…for their creativity, imagination and enthusiasm to share their ‘ART’ for the community to enjoy.

Region 4 (Kootenays) celebrates SETBC 20th Anniversary on February 16, 09


Monday February 16 was packed with events at the Kootenay regional office in Kimberley, when SETBC celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the unveiling of a student-written accessible book.
The morning began with the visit of Darcy Lane, CanAssist engineer from Victoria, who brought new Sony videocameras and custom wheelchair mounting systems for SETBC student reporters Kate Gibbs and Grace Brulotte. CanAssist had rigged their new cameras for accessibility, operable from a console with large red buttons, and complete with snappy bright umbrellas to protect the gear – and the young reporters – from the elements.
Around 1:00 pm, the other guests began to arrive, including the SETBC host school district’s superintendent and both assistant superintendents, and 21 lively grade 2/3 students from Lindsay Park Elementary School in Kimberley.
To make things even more exciting, everyone except for 14 year old Kate, from Invermere, and 12 year old Grace from Fernie, knew that they were also there to celebrate the unveiling of an accessible book the girls had written and illustrated the spring before.
It was only after the Happy Birthday singing and cake-cutting was done, that regional consultant Kathy McCauley announced that they were also there to celebrate the new accessible book. A dramatic “unveiling,” accompanied by a drum roll followed, and the authors saw their new book for the first time.
The book, “A Hare-Raising Adventure,” was viewed on the big screen, then the girls, who had regained their composure, answered questions with humour and insight. Besides enjoying the new book, the grade 2/3 students learned about technology and disabilities, and were totally charmed by Kate and Grace. The feeling was mutual!
The event was covered by reporters from Shaw Cable and the Kimberley Daily Bulletin.

Ian Wallace visits SD6


Author and illustrator Ian Wallace was the DRC sponsored visit this year for the elementary schools in November.

AGM of SD6 Business Company


The Annual General Meeting of School District No. 6 Business Company will take place on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: The meeting will be via teleconference including three sites: Golden zone office, Kimberley zone office and Windermere Board office.

District Day: 27th Aug, 9:00AM, DTSS Gym


Please join together with Staff and Parents from across our district in welcoming the 2008-2009 School year and engaging in a full day of Staff Development activities.

This year's district day is the 27th of August and will start at the following times at DTSS:
8:30 – Refreshments/visiting for Windermere Zone.
9:00 – District Day Starts in Gym (Everyone).


PRIMARY LEVEL STAFF (Attached Registration Form must be returned)
Session 1: Kristi Crowe: “Making Connections (Grades 1,2,3)
(Full day session with a choice of 2 different break-outs in the afternoon – see attached)
Session 2: Brenda Managh: Hoola Hoops, Hand Towels and Happy Words (K,1)
(Full Day Session – see attached for description)

Damian Cooper: Talk About Assessment; Strategies and Tools to Improve Learning
This session will provide teachers, principals, and support staff an opportunity to be
together for a presentation on practical and cross-curricular examples of the 8 Big Ideas
that help simplify and clarify the challenging task of classroom assessment.
(Damian Cooper, Education Consultant and author of “Talk About Assessment; Strategies and Tools to
Improve Learning”. Damian is a former secondary educator, special education teacher and assessment
coordinator (K-12). He also taught in and coordinated activities at a demonstration school for at-risk

Choice of: Primary Sessions, Damian Cooper, or David Levine
BCeSIS with David Levine: This session is provided for those who wish a refresher on
the new Student Services Module working with student Eligibilities and IEP’s. This is
also a necessary session for any teaching staff new to Student Services.

10:15-12:00 BCeSIS: Secondary Secretaries with Becky Rousseau
This session is provided for Secondary Secretaries reviewing the school
start-up processes: Admit, Cross-enrolling, Staff Maintenance,
1701/TRAX, Credit Details/Standardized Tests & more.
10:15-12:00 Elementary Secretaries with Cameron Dow & Accounting/Payroll Staff
An interactive session addressing accounting and payroll topics including
eFunds, absence tracking, purchasing, and other related matters.
1:00-3:00 Secondary Secretaries with Cameron Dow & Accounting/Payroll Staff
1:00-3:00 BCeSIS: Elementary Secretaries with Becky Rousseau

OPERATIONS STAFF: Program information will be provided by Operations Department

Important news for TOCs


School District No. 6 is going green!

Effective July 1, 2008 correspondence from School District No. 6 will be provided to all Teachers on Call by e-mail.

You will no longer be receiving mailed copies of teacher postings – we’ll e-mail them to you, as well as other important information that we may need to send to you from time to time. In order to ensure consistency in this communication, we are providing you with a school district e-mail address.

Your school district e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@sd6.bc.ca ex: (cindy.wilkins@sd6.bc.ca)

Your password is: sd6user (you will then have to change your password)

If you already have a School District 6 e-mail address, your new address will automatically be changed to this new format.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure your email address is working, by sending an email to cindy.wilkins@sd6.bc.ca as soon as possible. If you are having trouble please contact Human Resources – you do not want to miss out on any teacher postings that could be mailed out at the end of August.

Thank you.

DTSS at the 30th Annual Physics Olympics


March 8, 60 schools from BC competed in the 30th Annual Physics Olympics at UBC.

Erich Kohlweg, Claudiu Geamanu, and J.R. Bootsma (pictured left to right), competed in the 30th Annual Physics Olympics held this Spring at UBC.

The three David Thompson Secondary School students finished 14th of 60 schools represented. Erich, Claudiu and J.R. were able to plan for some of the events, but their best results were in events that they did not have any advance information and had to use their critical thinking skills to reason through an answer.

Congratulations to the boys and their Physics teacher, Heather Brown.

Special News Team for Winter Games


Five SETBC (Special Education Technology BC) students were invited to join a special news team to report on the 2008 Winter Games in Kimberley and Cranbrook. The project, initiated and coordinated by SETBC (Region 4 Kootenays )and supported by families and schools, is part of the Virtual Voices Village project created by SETBC Vancouver, and funded by 2010 Legacies Now. School District 6 students, Thomas Eastabrook of David Thompson Secondary and Kate Gibbs of JA Laird, were among the five.

In December the students were outfitted and trained to use a variety of media equipment, including still and video cameras, editing software, audio recorders and tripods. Students and their teams received information and training via teleconference and email, and practiced with their equipment over January and February. When the Games weekend arrived, the students and their families met in Kimberley for the first time to socialize and strategize, before going off to their chosen sports venues. Thomas covered girls’ hockey and judo, and Kate covered wheelchair basketball. SETBC provided hotel accommodation for families who lived more than one hour away, ongoing technical and moral support, and accompanied the students to the events.

When the Games ended, the students returned to their communities to complete their photo or video presentations by early April. See their work posted at www.vvvillage.org under Student Journalism, or go to the Virtual Voices Village link from the SETBC website at www.setbc.org.

Virtual Voices Village is a website for students with disabilities in British Columbia, initiated and developed by SETBC.

School District #6: a Focus on Planning


With SD#6's "5 year stretch goals" (referred to as our District Directions 2008) maturing the Board of Education has begun planning of our District Directions 2013. On March 5th and 6th - 40 people representing all employee groups, parents and the Aboriginal community, along with Trustees and senior staff, participated in a process to consider the School District's future focus and essential ongoing commitments for the next 5 years.

Further input will be sought through community forums, meetings with students and other processes to enable all staff and parents to provide input prior to the adoption of our new "District Directions 2013".

David Thompson Secondary Featured at “Learning In Action Showcase!”


DTSS Teachers Alison Bell and Joanne Bragg, and Principal Darren Danyluk, accompanied by Assistant Superintendent Barb Morris and Trustee Jim Jenkinson showcased outstanding “Healthy Schools” initiatives at the education expo over the December 7 weekend.

The DTSS Meal program gets kids preparing and consuming wholesome foods which can help instill better eating habits they will carry into their adult years. The greenhouse project in partnership with the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens and Centre for Sustainable Living, as well as water coolers in all the classrooms are more examples of how DTSS is out of the gate early in the area of “Healthy Schools” planning.

This was the 2nd annual education exhibition where school districts from around the Province shared examples of best practice. In total, 44 school districts brought a visual presentation to the event.

Education Minister Shirley Bond says the annual program acts as a way to demonstrate new concepts and initiatives in education. “We’re pleased that district teams are coming together to share their projects, teaching methods and strategies to improve student achievement throughout the province,” said Bond. Trustee Jim Jenkinson said he was impressed with the Invermere school’s offerings to the session. “Alison and Joanne were pursuing healthy school initiatives at DTSS at least 10 years ago, long before it became a provincial focus,” said Jenkinson. The DTSS presentation included an interactive electronic health quiz, which drew a lot of attention.

Minister Bond spent several minutes at the SD6 booth taking part in the quiz and discussing the cook training program, the greenhouse project, and other projects at DTSS with the staff members.

Currently, Healthy Living Performance Standards are being developed by BC’s Education Ministry.

New energy efficient lab at Lindsay Park


A new computer lab was opened today at Lindsay Park Elementary School, Kimberley. The lab has been donated in a joint venture between Blue Curl, HP, nComputing, Teck-Cominco and the Seeds Foundation. The aim of the venture is to provide a Carbon Neutral lab; Any carbon produced in powering the lab will be absorbed by new trees planted on the school grounds. Mini labs have also been provided for the library and Leaning Resource Centre.

The technology involved is highly efficient using one normal home computer to drive up to seven workstations. In this way a lab of twenty eight workstations needs only four computers to operate, with a screen, keyboard, mouse and nComputing device for each station. The lab now uses 80% less power, generates less heat so requires less A/C, creates less noise and less electromagnetic emissions. Not only is this better for the environment but it's also better for the students - providing a cooler, quieter lab.

Lindsay Park Elementary has now achieved Earth School status, having completed 1000 environmentally friendly projects.

Martin Morigeau unveils


On May 11, 2012, MMES in Canal Flats celebrated the unveiling of their unique project, which coincided with "Wings over the Rockies". Students, Staff and Parents collaborated, with parent volunteers cutting out birds of every description which were then hand painted by the students with guidance from staff. The amazing "flock" now adorns the fence between the parking lot and the playground. Thanks to the donors who made this possible and congratulations to everyone at the school!

Martin Morigeau unveils project


On May 11, 2012, MMES in Canal Flats celebrated the unveiling of their unique project, which coincided with "Wings over the Rockies". Students, Staff and Parents collaborated, with parent volunteers cutting out birds of every description which were then hand painted by the students with guidance from staff. The amazing "flock" now adorns the fence between the parking lot and the playground. Thanks to the donors who made this possible and congratulations to everyone at the school!

Suzuki visits Community Greenhouse at DTSS


Groundswell was pleased to host Dr. David Suzuki at the Community Greenhouse when he visited Invermere in June. Thanks to Ally Candy and all the volunteers including DTSS staff and Chef Training program students.