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In the Age of Disruption

As many of you know January is one of my favorite times of year in schools and throughout our District.  It is now that we really see the routines and structures of the Fall settle in, and learners engage in … Continue reading

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In The Wake of Orlando

Recognizing that I often address the District regarding significant world events, a few people have noticed and mentioned to me an absence of comment regarding the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.  A couple have also expressed their concern about … Continue reading

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The Consequences of Choice

What is the purpose of public education in your mind? This is a significant debate, and one that has embroiled communities, educators and researchers for a very long time. It is also at the center of the choice agenda in … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Graduating Class of 2016, The Graduating Class of 2029 – and All Those In-between

The 2015-2016 school year is about to begin. Even though this is my 47th new school year as a student or an employee, I still get that “new school year feeling.” A sense of renewal is evident as relationships shift, … Continue reading

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Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Bullying…and other things

At the Board Meeting last week, in one order of business the Board of Education approved Policy 215 – Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.  It was serendipitous that this occurred the day before Pink Shirt Day which occurred on February 25.  Along … Continue reading

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Finding Your Inner Escalation Manager

I knew it was time for a holiday, when during a call to a certain telephone service provider I was told that I was being referred to the escalation manager.  My thoughts were something like, “The escalation manager?  Who knew … Continue reading

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2014 Message to Graduates Having met several of our graduating students, I want you to know that I am encouraged and very impressed with the youth of today.  I will focus my comments on gratitude, generosity of spirit, and the … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business

Recently, the journals I kept during my practicum experiences as an emerging teacher surfaced from a dusty box.  As I spent time scanning through the hand-written observations, reflections, lesson plans and stories of successes and failures, I began a journey … Continue reading

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Seasons Greetings from Superintendent Jeff Jones

Seasons Greetings from Superintendent Jeff Jones This year’s Christmas Message will be a little different than the one’s I have shared in the previous three years.  It is about finding joy – rather than assuming it is experienced by all. … Continue reading

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2013 Message to our Grads

It is an honor to represent the Kootenay Lake School District at several of our graduation ceremonies throughout our District.  These special occasions give us opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. At each ceremony I attend, I am … Continue reading

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