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Thursday, November 25th, 2021

An Open Letter to Ethan (and his Classmates)

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

On the heels of our decision to open some of our schools last week, several high school students wrote a version of this letter below to me:

Dear Dr. Godden,

On behalf...

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Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

Distinguishing the Weather from the Work

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

As a way of keeping our focus on the teaching and learning in our schools, I have drawn a distinction between the “work”, our primary focus on providing for the educational needs of our students,...

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Friday, October 15th, 2021

Outside & Online

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

As we navigate the fourth wave of the pandemic, with an eye to post-pandemic teaching and learning, it has dawned on me that two of the lessons learned from the pandemic might be at odds with each...

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

This will be a year to remember. I think all of us are happy to put 2020-21 in the rearview mirror. While we did a truly heroic job of navigating the pandemic last year, I think it’s fair to say...

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

A Profound Gratitude

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

With the recent Ministry announcement that our schools will be returning to Stage 1 (“near normal”) operations for the coming year, I cannot help but reflect on the enormity of what we have...

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Friday, May 28th, 2021

Embedding SEL into the Classroom

Social-emotional learning (SEL) has become increasingly important in educating youth and even adults around positive mental health. As we navigate through CoVid, the need for intentional SEL in...

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Thursday, March 11th, 2021

This Time Last Year

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

A member of our District's Pandemic Response Team recently congratulated us on our "one year anniversary" of the weekly meetings we have been hosting since COVID-19 took its place in our...

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Monday, February 1st, 2021

February is Black History Month

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

February is Black History Month, a time to honour and celebrate the contributions of people of African heritage. Black History Month was first celebrated in the United States, and it is now...

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

A September to Remember

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

I happened to be in a grocery store recently, and a high school student recognized me and bundled up his courage to ask me about secondary school for the coming year. After I responded to his...

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Friday, June 26th, 2020

Toti:ltcha - Our Future Learning Plan

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

What a spring! As parents, students and staff in the district now breathe a sigh of relief that the 2019-20 school year has come to a close, I would like to start by expressing my sincere...

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