So Ends Another Chapter...
June 26, 2018

This week, we close the chapter that was the 2017-2018 school year.

To the Class of 2018, congratulations! Well done!  You’ve made it through your 13-chapter K to 12 book of school experiences.

No doubt, many of you are thinking of the support of parents, or of your most recent mentors, or your dedicated, engaging high school teachers who helped steer you towards your next book in life. I also encourage you to reflect on the contribution of your primary, elementary, and junior high teachers who helped to support and guide you through life and learning over the years.

You may not even realize it immediately, but there were also school secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, and other administrative and support staff in the various District offices who you may have never met, but who performed their roles with care and commitment unseen, to ensure your success. There are an amazing number of individuals who work within our province’s education system who are dedicated to ensuring our students are set up to be successful and strive every day to see that happen. Do take the opportunity to thank any or all teachers or supporting staff when you encounter them out in the community; I know it will make their day. I sincerely wish all the graduates from 2018 every success in your future endeavours. Good luck with your next book in life - trust me when I tell you what awaits you is certainly more than a chapter!

To those students returning for the 2018-2019 school year to begin your next installment in your education this September, take the time to enjoy the summer break! I hope you’ve achieved many of your goals this past year and I hope you use the down-time to enjoy time with friends and your new-found knowledge. Maybe you will look at the softball diamond this year and understand the angle the ball bounced off the bat. Or maybe you will know to explain to your family members exactly what that bee is doing when he flies from flower to flower.  While I hope you get the opportunity this summer to enjoy all the new information in your head in a relaxed atmosphere, you may use some time over the next few months to formulate new aims and objectives for the next school year.

To everyone connected to our education system, and I truly cannot emphasize this enough, please be safe! We all want you to enjoy what summer has to offer, but please think before engaging in an activity which could cause you serious harm or worse. Please think about that when it comes to ATVs and jet-skis, camping, swimming holes, cars, gatherings and parties, and potentially harmful substances. It may be natural to think of yourselves as invincible (unless you are an old guy like me) but unfortunately there are far too many summer tragedies that occur. Even one incident is too many and it is particularly tragic when it could have been preventable. Please, protect yourselves and look out for each other. If you see someone engaging in a dangerous activity or find yourself questioning a friend’s safety before they head off to an event or activity, speak up and share your concerns. Let’s all do what we can to ensure everyone has a thoroughly enjoyable, but safe summer.

We will see you back in the classrooms in September.


Tony Stack
CEO/Director of Education

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