Superintendent’s Update

Posted On Friday November 04, 2022

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

As we begin November, we are sharing stories that show how we live our mission of supporting learning opportunities and environments that inspire students to thrive. Specifically, we will focus on the Grandfather Teaching of Love and the value commitment of sustainability.

Grandfather Teaching of Love and the Value of Sustainability

In our 2022-2027 District Strategic Plan, Eagle (spel?qwéqs) represents Love (xwexwi7úystem). He is our messenger. Eagle is the one who is closest to tqeltkúkwpi7 and sends positive thoughts and good medicine to the Creator. He will also guide those who pass to the next part of their journey. In our schools, district departments, and district-supported events, we seek to create and sustain positive environments where each person feels valued, cared for, and loved.

Lest We Forget – National Aboriginal Veterans Day (Nov. 8) and Remembrance Day (Nov. 11) 

On November 11, 2022, we remember and honour more than 118,000 Canadians who have died in military service over 200 years. We have a long-established tradition that on November 10th, each year, our Kamloops-Thompson community of students, staff, parents, community members, and trustees participates in activities and assemblies to remember Canadian veterans. This year, every school in our district has planned to honour and acknowledge veterans and those who lost loved ones in the World Wars or other battles on this day in schools and district departments. We will begin this week of remembering lives lost on November 8, 2022, National Aboriginal Veterans Day and lower flags to half-mast on both November 8 and 10. It is our goal that veterans and their families and friends feel valued, cared for, and loved.  Read more.

Take Our Kid to Work Day- An Opportunity for Mentorship

On “Take Our Kids to Word Day”, grade 9 students learned beside adults in our school district who showed them what they do, how they do it, and how they enjoy their work. Adults serve in many roles (e.g., teachers, support staff, administrators, and exempt staff in departments such as facilities, technology and infrastructure, and human resources, to name a few). Take Our Kids to Work 2022 continues in partnership with the Students Commission of Canada (SCC) to ensure that young people are mentored by their parents or caregivers in their workplaces. Such mentorship enables students to consider these career pathways as possibilities for themselves. Read More.

Valleyview Ribbon-cutting- Celebrating the East Wing

The Kamloops-Thompson Board of Education hosted the grand opening of the Valleyview Secondary Expansion project on November 1, 2022. This was a touching day to celebrate the incredibly positive impact that this $34.8 million addition (20 new classroom spaces and expanded common areas) has had on students, staff, and the community. Read more.

Thank you for your dedication, kindness, and care for each other every day. As winter approaches, be safe as you travel. Enjoy your weekend with family and friends.


Rhonda Nixon, PhD


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