SESS October Newsletter


Principal's Message

Dear SESS families,

Sometimes there are no adequate words to describe tragedies that can impact our families, our school, and our communities. We have faced such an event in the past few weeks. It reminds us of how important we are to one another, and brings into perspective those things we hold most dear.

Throughout this difficult time we have witnessed tremendous empathy and support from the community as well the courage of those most affected by the accident. We are also sincerely humbled by the care and concern shown for our school.

In response to your many thoughtful words and actions, our staff here at SESS would like to thank all of you and to also reassure you that we will continue to strive to make this a school that is always a caring, safe, and supportive place for our students.


Naryn Searcy

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent teacher interviews are this Wednesday October 17th from 1-5 pm.

Students will be dismissed at 12:00 and bus schedules will be adjusted to pick students up shortly afterwards.

Secondary teachers will have tables set up in the secondary gymnasium and will see parents on a drop in basis.

Elementary teachers will schedule interview times and meet parents in their classrooms.

Please note that Thursday, October 18th is also an early dismissal day and students will be dismissed at 12:00.

On The Sports Front

A word from Coach Brown

On the sports front, volleyball is in full swing and all teams have started off well. Field hockey has had a great start with some good results in many of their games, and the aquatics club is still getting prepared for Regionals in Penticton. In Sr. boys soccer, the team is going undefeated into the Valley Championships in Kelowna on October 18 and 19th. For more sports news, head to the SESS Athletics website, Good Luck Teams!

Whats going on?

Oct. 15 & 16 - SS 11 & Bio 11 - Vancouver Aquarium and Museum of Anthropology

Oct. 17 - Early Dismissal - 12:00

Oct 17 - Parent-Teacher Interviews 1 - 5pm

Oct 18 - Early Dismissal - 12:00

Oct 19 - NO SCHOOL Professional Development Day

Oct. 23 - Photo re-takes

Oct 31 - Early Dismissal - 12:00

Nov. 4 - OK College (Kelowna Campus) Career Fair 10am - 3pm

You can also check out our events calendar.

SS 11/Bio 11 Trip to En'owkin Centre

On Thursday September 27th, students from SESS visited the En’owkin Centre in Penticton. Students in the cross-curricular Biology 11 and Socials 11 class attended as well as students in the elementary science elective.

At the En’owkin Centre, students learned about local First Nations stewardship of the land and information about local species of plants and animals. Students collected the seeds from rose hips. Rose hips are a prickly shrub that endangered birds use for their habitat. These seeds will be stored over the winter and grown in the spring to help to repopulate the rose hip supply.

Students also learned how to use the bark of a plant to make strong fibres that could be used for rope and clothing. Students also learned how to read maps that showed the changes to the geography of the area from before European contact to the present time.

Our staff and students really enjoyed this opportunity to learn about the local species of plants and animals and to learn from local Indigenous knowledge keepers about the plants and animals of this area. Thank you to all the students and staff who attended.

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Science World "On The Road" Tour Visits SESS

This month students in Grades 5-7 were treated to the "Earth, Wind, and Fire" presentation by the On the Road program from the team at Science World. Students learned about weather events that occur in our atmosphere and enjoyed demonstrations such as the electrifying Van de Graaff Generator, the amazing cloud in a bottle and a mini fire tornado. A good (and educational) time was had by all!

October PAC Meeting

This month's PAC meeting is October 17th at 6:30 pm in the library. All parents and guardians of SESS students are welcome.

SESS Remembrance Day Observance

On November 9th at 10:45 we will hold a full school observance to recognize the past and current service of members of Canadian Armed Forces. We invite members of the public to join us. Please park in our north lot and enter at the community entrance (around the back). Please email us if you plan to attend so we can reserve seating.

Career Preparation

One of the most important goals for our students is a successful transition into future employment after high school. At SESS our career education teaching team would like to thank the local business who are hosting several of our seniors. Our students are learning valuable lessons in the community that help them make informed choices about their life goals. Thanks to Fixem Auto, Similkameen Recreation Centre, Cawston Primary School, and KG Industries. If you know of or are a business that could host a student please send an email to our vice principal, Tom Eccleston.

Additionally, do you know of a trades journeyman (with Red Seal Certification) that could take an apprentice? Please contact us. We’d love to work with you.

Reporting 2018-19

Many schools across the province and our district are now using a 4-point proficiency scale to replace letter grades from kindergarten to grade 9. This new reporting order will be mandated for all schools for the 2019-20 school year. In order to prepare for this shift, teachers at SESS will spend this year familiarizing themselves and their students with the new proficiency scale and starting to use elements of it in their classrooms. The use of a proficiency scale instead of a letter grade is intended to allow us to better communicate a clearer picture of student understanding and performance. If parents have any questions about the new proficiency scale please contact Ms. Searcy or Mr. Eccleston
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October Cafeteria Menu

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Fall Practice Schedule

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SESS Social Media

Did you know that SESS has a new school website as well as a Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram account? Check us out on social media!