Sept. 26th – Sept. 30th

whyThe Riders won…..the Jays won…Team Canada won….what a great weekend to be a sports fan! It also looks like we are turning the corner on that cool, wet weather and hopefully there will be some sunny skies to help our farmers finish getting their crops into the bins. We had a wonderful weekend at home, my daughter had her “kids” party on Saturday as she had 15 girls over to celebrate her 6th birthday….needless to say I was a bit frazzled after they all left.

Last week Chris and I were lucky enough to get to partake in two great days of professional learning with our fellow administrators. The focus of the two day seminar was on our school goals and adult learning. Our first day was facilitated by Michelle Prytula (@MichellePrytula) who is the dean of the College of Education. She challenged us to envision where we want the school to be at the end of the year, think about where we are today, and then work backwards to fill in the steps and time frame. I thought about student engagement, and where I’d love to see the school by June 2017. I indicated that success from my point of view would be if each student from grade 9 – 12 would have a clear understanding of why they are coming to school each day and how it will have a positive impact on their lives after they graduate. Our second day focused on adult learning and we talked about the similarities and difference between how students learn and how adults learn. This was a great reminder for Chris and I as we work with you to develop learning opportunities at our staff meetings learning meetings.

From all the discussions, the one thing that really stood out was the importance of understanding the critical why. Why do we come to school everyday? What is our purpose? As we continue to work together this year hopefully you can develop or refine what you define as your critical why. The learning links I’m sharing today are a couple of videos that I really enjoy. The first, from Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) is all about determining the why. Have a look, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Click here for the video.

The second video talks about the anxiety we feel when we think about changes. I know all too well these feelings, and know they will ramp up the closer we get to the date that Chris officially moves into his new role. Maybe you are feeling anxious about the changes you feel you need to make in your room or in your instruction. As you watch this video, think about all the other times you’ve made change. I hope you enjoy it.

Here’s what lies ahead this week:


  • Chris, Bruce, Brenda, Tom, Trace, Marla/Krisinda┬ámeeting 8:15 am


  • Chris away all day
  • Lockdown 10:05


  • Hold & Secure drill 10:05


  • Staff Meeting 8:00 am
  • Jeffery Ness’s college supervisor here (pm)
  • Terry Fox walk (pm)


  • Business as usual

Create a great week!


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