June – September 2014
There was the students Art in Action and now the masters! :-)
Kenzie Morgan is a photography student in the Class of 2014. We should remember Ms. Morgan, not just because she is a scholar and fine artist but Kenzie will be contributing vibrant thoughtful images for years to come. Check out her Self Portrait Series below.
The purpose of this digital photography project was to take twenty-four self-portraits, not necessarily all head shots, and to choose six of them, edit these, and add quotes that coincide with the photos to help demonstrate an aspect of the photographer, be it a hobby, personality trait, lifestyle, etc. For example, of the photos I’ve attached, the Akubra hat photo demonstrates my Australian heritage, the books my love of reading, the eyes my continuous efforts to keep a good perspective, the beaker photo my perfectionism, and the blossoms how I change each year (the blossoms represent not only the changing of seasons but me, seeing as they tend to bloom on my birthday).This project not only helped us (my Photography classmates and me) in continuing to improve in digital photography, but to become increasingly comfortable with photo editing programs…-Kenzie Morgan
Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky team to co-direct Watermark, an environmentally conscious documentary that examines the relationship between mankind and water.
Director:Jennifer Baichwal,Edward Burtynsky
I think we all should hear about some positive school news because there isn’t to much lately.
BC Cancer Foundation (@bccancer) 2014-06-03, 3:02 PM @kelowna_owls have raised $300,000 for cancer research since 2001! So proud to have you as our partners in discovery! pic.twitter.com/CNIlOPSBoR From Al Smith – @kssreads
I usually reserve this blog for library and learning concepts or issues but heck what is more important than building the sense of community service in students and social commitment than cancer campaigns and science research?
At KSS we lived it with cancer victims in our student body. We still live it with cancer survivors on our faculty. Students, fit wives of PE teachers, Fine Arts teachers- librarians; no one is untouched. At KSS, our Rec Leadership Program includes several classes of teens led by teachers Fane Triggs and Tony Sodaro. In addition to the instruction pieces they volunteer loads of energy and hundreds of extra hours each year to package projects like the KSS CANCER WEEK event. Not just one activity but a comprehensive multi-event/multi-day campaign. It’s not just a letter home. It’s a full scale real world exercise in community service and fundraising. Car washes, breakfasts, HEADSHAVING , Golf tournaments, rallies, …more.., The school has supported the event over the years, as they do so many other large KSS projects because we strive to provide our students with opportunities and experiential learning that includes people skills and learning by doing and sharing the experience as a team. These mostly extracurricular events cannot be easily run in small schools and they cannot be a success without many teachers ( and admin support) working voluntarily in the evenings and during weekends. Big projects mean many extra teachers need to be away from their own children in order to dedicate themselves to KSS students. They don’t do these talks for any extra money. They don’t do it for promotions. They don’t do it for for any other reason than a sense of professionalism and a bond to Owl culture and tradition.
The Cancer Week campaign is now part of our school culture. It’s part of our yearly planning and conversations. I’ve come to be proud of how so many teachers annually dedicate time and energy on various extracurricular projects at KSS that drive community partnerships. We’ve seen how our school can plan and execute large events with notable excellence. Teachers have worked with well with administration, district staff, patents, students and the wide community to build a school project like four decades of Western Canada Basketball, or the notable Encore Music or hosting Debate or BC Provincial tournaments or Student Leadership Conferences… Etc.
These events take heart. They take teachers with skills and volunteerism that very few people understand- especially the Government. Wondrous events like the KSS CANCER WEEK campaign that endure and built hope beyond the classroom walls exist because teachers like Triggs and Sodaro chose to be as resilient as any survivor and don’t lose hope.
Think of the positive impact to thousands students over a dozen years? Who may become future Foundation chairpersons?
Think of a school project that averages a donation of $25000 EACH year?
Share this with those who think ‘those who can’t -teach’ . Those of our community who may be the most gifted and dedicated to people and certainly children- are teachers. That’s worth something!
“It’s not about technology, nor is it about events. It is about how we build relationships in our schools,” he says in a presentation titled Moving Beyond the Newsletter.(Wejr)
As new tools have provided opportunities to broaden and deepen forms of classroom communication and instructional design so can the degree of communication with parents. It’s not just options it’s a whole new landscape of interaction and feedback. I also think things like blogging can provide frequent articulate perspectives for parents that go far beyond the newsletter fact sheet and calendar. I also think it need not mean huge more work for admin or faculty but rather a new form of sharing and writing content.
From Al Smith – @kssreads
Reminder. Mark your calendars.
Monday, October 27th will be the 8th annual Drop Everything and Read event.
Watch for announcements and printable posters soon.
Details will be available at http://dropeverythingandreadbc.com
Originally posted on Evolving Teaching:
Dear Spring 2014 Humanities Co-op:
As of tomorrow, I will no longer be legally allowed to send emails to you on the weekends so this is your last Sunday email from me. I know that some of you will be very happy about that since it will mean that I can’t bug you about your overdue work! And yes, I know I still owe you a pizza party for violating the rule you imposed on me about no emails after 6pm!
Speaking of eating, I’m very sorry to tell you this but those of you who regularly stay in class to eat your lunch are going to have to find another place to eat starting this week. You will also have to bring lunches that don’t require a microwave. I have been ordered to not be in my classroom during lunch which means you can’t be there too to heat…
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