Monthly Archives: February 2012

COTLA is organizing a week-long author visit

This year Central Okanagan Teacher-librarians’ Association( COTLA)  is organizing a week-long visit (March 5-9, 2012) from the award winning and Canadian author Eric Walters. He will read and present to almost 4000 grade 5 & 7 students at the Kelowna Community Theatre, and on site at some of our high schools.  COTLA has hosted an Author Week for years now with authors such as Paul Yee, Kenneth Oppel, Roch Carrier, Karen Levine, David Bouchard, and Deborah Ellis advocating literacy through storytelling.

Mr. Walters will also present a free evening session for all ages at the
Kelowna Community Theatre on Thursday, March 8, 2012 / 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Walters started his writing career while teaching grade 5. It was his way of encouraging his reluctant readers and writers to become more involved in literature. Since 1993 he has written more than 70 novels for young adults. Some deal with contemporary historical fiction—Run (Terry Fox), Safe as Houses (Hurricane Hazel); while others deal with topics related to social activism—Shattered (soup kitchens and war), Rebound (being wheelchair bound). His books have won numerous awards. Walters now devotes most of his time to writing, speaking, and social issues. In a typical year he presents to over 120,000 students! His presentations are a blend of drama, storytelling, audience participation and interaction. Walters is a wonderful role model for young people. For example, he donated all of his royalties from Run to cancer research, and more recently founded The Creation of Hope, an organization that is dedicated to providing care for 400+ orphans in the Mbooni district of Kenya. For more information on the author, his books and book trailers, visit:

Walters follows a long line of prestigious Canadian writers for young people whom COTLA has brought to Kelowna for Education Week visits.  Previous presenters have included Roch Carrier (The Hockey Sweater), Paul Yee (Ghost Train), Karen Levine (Hana’s Suitcase), David Bouchard (If You’re not from the Prairies), Kenneth Oppel (Sunwing and Airborn trilogies), and Deborah Ellis (Breadwinner trilogy).

Walters now devotes most of his time to writing, speaking, and social issues.  In a typical year he presents to over 120,000 students!  His presentations are a blend of drama, storytelling, audience participation and interaction.  Walters is a wonderful role model for young people.  For example, he donated all of his royalties from Run to cancer research, and more recently founded The Creation of Hope, an organization that is dedicated to providing care for 400+ orphans in the Mbooni district of Kenya.  For more information on Eric Walters you cn visit his website at

Author events are a way for COTLA to highlight the importance of three interconnected literacy building blocks:  school libraries, teacher-librarians, and reading.  There is no charge for admission.  You are encouraged to attend the Thursday evening presentation and to bring family, friends and colleagues.  Special thanks go out to Capri Insurance and Harmony Honda for helping to make this event possible.

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StatsCan bulletin Feb2012

This bulletin highlights the latest free information and teaching materials available on Statistics Canada’s Learning resources website.

In this issue:


Census at School lesson—Are you a “modal” student?New version for grades 4 and 5

A picture is worth a thousand words; well maybe it is worth a thousand numbers, too. Students will choose a few survey questions, find the mode of their results and then describe the typical or “modal” student in your class using words and drawings. Have fun!

Watch the Facebook or TeacherTube video tutorials which give step-by step instructions on how to register and prepare your class for the survey. You can link to these videos from the Teachers page of the Census at School website.

Who is attending postsecondary education and when?

Between the ages of 18 to 20, about 55% of young adults enroll in some form of postsecondary education, with this share increasing to 81% by age 26 to 28. While many factors influence a student’s continuation with schooling, parental education is the single most important determinant.

Find out more in two recently published articles:

  1. Length of Time between High School Graduation and Enrolling in Postsecondary Education: Who Delays and Who Does Not?
  2. Postsecondary Education Participation among Underrepresented and Minority Groups

Go to Career Education: Key resources, and see “Education matters: bi-monthly periodical”.

Health updates: Cancer rates

The five year prevalence rate of all cancers combined rose 2.1% per year from 1997 to 2008, and the five year survival rate rose 3% from 1998 to 2003.

Read more in the new study: Trends in the prevalence of cancer and in recent cancer survival statistics.

On the Health and Physical Education: Key resources page, under Articles, find Health and scroll down to The Daily: Diseases and health conditions


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Virtual Field Trips planned at KSs Library

The KSS Library will is collaborating with SD23 Central School faculty on a Virtual Field trip for your students at KSS .  Possible themes: Pearl Harbour.  Mark Hauk uses our LIFEsize interactive webcam technologies to delvier remote content.  Check out the links on our website for a wide variety of content:

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Oscar season and the again

It’s Oscar season and our Canadian arts creators are alive and well again.  Many of these talents started their journey in high school programs.

Sunday by NFB

Wild Life



On a grey Sunday, a young boy resorts to placing coins on a nearby train track to entertain himself. Picking the coins up after the train has run them over, he discovers that an amazing transformation has taken place. Presented from a child’s vantage point, this cartoon is a nod to childhood and to the things kids do to escape boredom on Sunday afternoons.


In 1909, a dapper young remittance man is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching. However, badminton, bird watching and liquor get in the way of cattle wrangling, and many misadventures ensue. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context

The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won more than 5,000 awards at festivals, including 12 Oscars. With more Academy Award nominations than any production company or organization outside of Hollywood, the NFB continues to be a pioneer in Canadian cinema.

The NFB garnered its 71st and 72nd Oscar-nominated film with Sunday by Patrick Doyon, and Wild Life, by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. This marks the 8th time in the NFB’s history that the institution gets a double nomination in the same category.

In Canada, Wild Life and Sunday are available for free streaming on the NFB’s Youtube channel. Not in Canada? Sunday and Wild Life are available for download in our Digital Boutique and on the Animation Express 2 DVD compilation.( NFB)

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KSS Music Encore2 and Robert Fine

KSS Music presents ENCORE

Encore is a 2 night music extravaganza starring the students of the Kelowna Secondary School Music program, hosted at the beautiful Kelowna Community Theatre. Each evening of entertainment is complete with a celebrity Master of Ceremonies, a special guest artist and the Night Owl Orchestra.

The Encore 2012 committee is delighted to announce Robert Fine as our special guest performer.

If you have a student in the program, you won’t want to miss it. If you don’t have a student in the program, come on out, support music development in Kelowna and be amazed by the talent that’s growing here!

Invite your whole family and music-loving friends for a night of fun and entertainment.


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Aikido offered for 2012

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art derived from centuries old tactics developed by Samurai warriors.  As purely a defensive martial art Aikido students learn to evade and redirect the power of the attack.  There are no tournaments or competitions.  Practice is conducted in a spirit of mutual respect and co-operation.  Students, both male and female, have the option to be graded by the Canadian Aikido Federation which has Aikido clubs at all major universities including UVic, UBC, SFU and UBCO.

See Mr. Sookochoff for details  Guide Page 10


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@amichetti, 2/8/12 6:14 PM

meJuly2_normal.jpgAdrienne Michetti (@amichetti)
2/8/12 6:14 PM
Wow! Look at this awesome continuum of skills for integrated ICT. From Australian Curric. via @MonicaMayer… cc @mscofino

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KSS LC kicks off new semester with a rush

The 2nd semester has kicked into gear with a bang and the KSS Library is already experiencing strong patronage.  With Gr 10 orientations and a variety of class projects and the wave of students working independently or in small groups, the demand on space and teacher-librarian service is high.  Please check the bookings calendar and preview the Bulletin TV for seating.


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