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2015 CBC Massey Lecturer will be Margaret MacMillan -CBC

MacMillan is an expert on World War I and frequently lectures on the subject in conferences around the world.(CBC)

CBC is proud to announce that the 2015 CBC Massey Lecturer will be Margaret MacMillan, historian and renowned author of the international bestsellers The War that Ended Peace, Nixon in China, and Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Samuel Johnson Prize.

Massey Lectures

Massey Lectures

MacMillan’s lectures will be about the roles individual men and women have played in history. She says, “I want to make a highly personal selection of those historical figures, women and men, who stand out for me and explain why; how they fit in their times and how they reflected prevailing values and attitudes, and where, like Luther or Marx, they challenged and changed them. I’m interested in personality traits and emotions, and among other things I’ll be looking at such things as curiosity, daring, ambition, vision, stubbornness and integrity. I’m interested in great rulers, elected leaders and generals, whose personalities and decisions made a difference in history, and in writers, explorers and thinkers whose voices also speak to us across the centuries.’


“Margaret MacMillan 2015 CBC Massey.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 4 Aug. 2014. Web. 21 Nov. 2014. <;.

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KSS Theatre presents…

Kelowna Secondary School’s Night Owl Theatre is proud to present three evenings of side splits and heart ache with two one act plays; Check Please, and It’s Not You It’s Me.

Think you have have had the most awkward first date, or the hardest time breaking up with something, well you haven’t seen anything yet!
Check Please is the hilarious journey of two characters, a guy and a girl, as they go through first date after first date just trying to find a normal date. It’s Not You It’s Me parallels by following two other characters and their magnetism for being broken up with.

Kelowna Secondary School’s

Night Owl Theatre

presents :

Check Please by Jonathan Rand

Directed by Anne-Marie Holmwood

It’s not you, it’s me by Don Zolidis

directed by Bella Thomson

November 27, 28, 29 at 7:00 pm

Kelowna Secondary School Theatre

1079 Raymer Avenue

$12     Adults

$8        Students

Tickets are available at the door or contact

NightOwl Theatre at Kelowna Secondary School

NightOwl Theatre at Kelowna Secondary School

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The Programmer’s Price- the new job shortage

Why our school community doesn’t encourage and expand Computer Science enrolment still astounds me. The day of male geek realm is long over. We over enrol the standard sciences and miss valuable opportunities for smart thinkers- our current students.

The world is being rebuilt in code. Hiring computer engineers used to be the province of tech companies, but, these days, every business—from fashion to finance—is a tech company. City governments have apps … All of these enterprises need programmers. The venture capitalist Marc Andreessen told New York recently, “Our companies are dying for talent. They’re like lying on the beach gasping because they can’t get enough talented people in for these


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World War 2… video from Access Learning

World War 2… Canada’s Role. -video from Access Learning

Road to War
Declares War
Early War

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Gold Picks -reading showcase

Browse our reading selections in the commons. Teacher-librarians’ Gold Picks and Library TAs have showcased some recommended titles and authors. Visit new additions arranged by call numbers.


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The New Librarian: Leaders in the Digital Age

Originally posted on LiterateOwl:

…These cuts can impact both students and teachers. Libraries may remain open, but they lack trained educators to support students. This despite a technological landscape that makes information literacy more important than ever. ..


Al Smith

“The New Librarian”. Digital Promise. 10-18-2014.

Smith, Al. Image. Kelowna, BC.09-13-2015

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Tweet … Malala Nobel Prize..

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2014-10-10, 5:04 PM
Malala Yousafzai, Nobel winner, coming to Canada Oct. 22 so articulate!…

From Al Smith twoloons @literateowl

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College ready? (@JudyArzt)

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2014-10-03, 5:00 PM
Education Reformers Don’t Know What “College Ready” Means @insidehighered #ccss #edreform

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20 rules for writers- Stephen King

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.” “But there’s one thing” he’s sure about: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” King’s discussion of opening lines is compelling because of his dual focus as an avid reader and a prodigious writer of fiction—he doesn’t lose sight of either perspective:

We’ve talked so much about the reader, but you can’t forget that the opening line is important to the writer, too. To the person who’s actually boots-on-the-ground. Because it’s not just the reader’s way in, it’s the writer’s way in also, and you’ve got to find a doorway that fits us both.
This is excellent advice. As you orient your reader, so you orient yourself, pointing your work in the direction it needs to go. Now King admits that he doesn’t think much about the opening line as he writes, in a first draft, at least. That perfectly crafted and inviting opening sentence is something that emerges in revision, which can be where the bulk of a writer’s work happens.

Revision in the second draft, “one of them, anyway,” may “necessitate some big changes” says King in his 2000 memoir slash writing guide On Writing. And yet, it is an essential process, and one that “hardly ever fails.” Below, we bring you King’s top twenty rules from On Writing. About half of these relate directly to revision. The other half cover the intangibles—attitude, discipline, work habits. A number of these suggestions reliably pop up in every writer’s guide. But quite a few of them were born of Stephen King’s many decades of trial and error and—writes the Barnes & Noble book blog—“over 350 million copies” sold, “like them or loathe them.”

1. First write for yourself, and then worry about the audience. “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.”

2. Don’t use passive voice. “Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe.”

3. Avoid adverbs. “The adverb is not your friend.”

4. Avoid adverbs, especially after “he said” and “she said.”

5. But don’t obsess over perfect grammar. “The object of fiction isn’t grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.”

6. The magic is in you. “I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

7. Read, read, read. ”If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”

8. Don’t worry about making other people happy. “If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered, anyway.”

9. Turn off the TV. “TV—while working out or anywhere else—really is about the last thing an aspiring writer needs.”

10. You have three months. “The first draft of a book—even a long one—should take no more than three months, the length of a season.”

11. There are two secrets to success. “I stayed physical healthy, and I stayed married.”

12. Write one word at a time. “Whether it’s a vignette of a single page or an epic trilogy like ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ the work is always accomplished one word at a time.”

13. Eliminate distraction. “There’s should be no telephone in your writing room, certainly no TV or videogames for you to fool around with.”

14. Stick to your own style. “One cannot imitate a writer’s approach to a particular genre, no matter how simple what that writer is doing may seem.”

15. Dig. “Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. The writer’s job is to use the tools in his or her toolbox to get as much of each one out of the ground intact as possible.”

16. Take a break. “You’ll find reading your book over after a six-week layoff to be a strange, often exhilarating experience.”

17. Leave out the boring parts and kill your darlings. “(kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.)”

18. The research shouldn’t overshadow the story. “Remember that word back. That’s where the research belongs: as far in the background and the back story as you can get it.”

19. You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

20. Writing is about getting happy. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.”

[via open culture]

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