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Self Portrait Series by Kenzie

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 
by Kenzie Morgan 2014

by Kenzie Morgan 2014






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Heritage Fair- Fête du patrimoine

Fête du patrimoine- today a PBL event was sponsored by teacher, Mademoiselle Bonnette.  This morning students defended their ‘innovations and inventions’ project.
Fête du patrimoine, aujourd’hui un événement PBL a été parrainé par l’enseignant, Mademoiselle Bonnette. Ce matin, les étudiants ont défendu leursinnovations et inventions’ projet.


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Culham Mashup- banned books project based learning

IMG_0006culhamMs. Culham English class project -collaboration with the KSS Library- a trailer mashup during Freedom to Read Week Canada. annotated posters of banned books read during project. displays. book talks….

-Project:    Research your book .You are looking to find 3 challenges for your book. Combine the title of your book with “censorship,” “banned,” “controversy,” “challenge” etc. Try to find challenges that have taken place in Canada. If you cannot find a sufficient number of challenges, you may need to switch books. Write down the date and location of the challenge, and a brief 3-4 sentence summary of the reasons and the results.

Read or skim through your book and find 3 direct quotations that could make your book controversial. Record the quote and page number.  Summarize your book in 5-7 sentences. Do not copy the summary on the back or inside cover of the novel, write your own.  Write a 6-7 sentence paragraph convincing me and your classmates why this book should or should not be censored or banned. Be prepared to discuss this in an informal setting.   Create a poster that displays a likeness of the cover of your book, or illustrates the theme and characters of the book. You will not necessarily have read the book, but through research and skimming you should know enough about it to envision related illustrations. The poster will be on large printer paper (provided), coloured with felt pens or pencil crayons. A poster that only contains computer pictures, internet pictures or clip art will not be acceptable. Artistic ability is not necessary, but creativity and effort are.

Banned Books annotated posters mashup…

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KSS Music Dept presents- Encore 2013

Music is good for your brain, your soul and your stress level.  This concert is guaranteed to raise your spirits and your endorphin levels .  Our bands play at a professional level.  I had the pleasure of listening to some of our students play with the Okanagan Symphony orchestra on Friday…they are that good!  Our choirs have also performed with the professionals and been recognized for their talent.  Take the time to support the bands and choirs and let music bring you to a better place.  See poster below for details. Tickets available in multipurpose room.

FEB  5, 6 th   7:00pm  KCT


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KSS Debates – tourney hosts Feb 2

This group of high school students are an amazing tribute to our teen population.  Not only are they bright and enthusiastic, they display the skills and output made possible by a strong public school education system. We so often hear the noise of sadness, disruption, bullying, evil even; however,  this noise is just that- media noise. Our kids are terrific and we, Canadians, should be proud of the many students who not only manage each and every day to work hard and learn but excel like these debate kids all over BC. I speak up for the silent majority who admire and dedicate support to these young men and women. Without out support, their hope and effort would be diminished. We should be grateful for teachers like Ms.Taylor and the hundreds of others around BC who work toward similar goals. Volunteer if you can and enjoy the intellectual expression of teens that debate offers! – Al Smith, KSS

On Saturday, February 2nd, from 9:00 – 4:00, the KSS Debate Team will be hosting the Southern Interior Regional Debate Tournament.

There will be teams from Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops attending.
This tournament is a qualifier for the Law Foundation Cup (Provincials) held March 1-2, in Trail.
For students needing volunteer hours, we are always looking for timekeepers and chairpersons.  We are also looking for judges if any teachers would like to volunteer (lunch and snacks provided).  we will be using the rooms in the math/English hall, MPR, and the theater.   Feel free to stop by and watch some very talented KSS students debate.  Debates are open to the public.
Any questions, please send them my way.
Joanne Taylor
Kelowna Secondary School
Communications 11 & 12, English 11, English 10 & Debate

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Debating Owls excel – again

The Owls Debate Team just got home from the Penticton tournament. Here is the rundown.
2nd Place Team:
Katie & Zoe
3rd Place Team:
Sam & Teaghan
3rd Place Individuals:

1st Place Team Seniors:
Travis & Aislinn
1st Place Individuals Seniors:
2nd Place Individuals Seniors:
3rd Place Individuals:

Coach: Joanne Taylor


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KSS Debaters climb to the top in Rossland

Terrific effort and achievement everyone! The resolution, That government bailouts are


Well, we are back from the Debate Tournament hosted in Rossland.

The kids were AMAZING and we had AMAZING results!!!

We swept  the senior division.

Individuals – Senior (Grade 11/12)

First Place: Travis

Second Place: Aislinn

Third Place: Kyle


First Place: Travis  & Aislinn

Second Place: Kyle & Daniel

Third Place: Hanna & Kevin J

First Place to Tenth Place we took in the senior division (individuals).

Junior: Grade 10  Shaun  & Jeffrey  placed 4th with my next 3 junior teams placing 5th, 6th and 7th.  Only Shaun  had debated before.  The other 7 debaters – this was their very first tournament.

-J. Taylor



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Me 2 We

Frequent patrons to our Learning Commons were off to the Me2We event at the coast. Ms. Culham, one of the sponsor teachers wrote a brief below:


Hello Everyone!

We returned from our field trip to Vancouver late Thursday night, and I wanted to tell you all about it!
We left for Vancouver Wednesday afternoon, and arrived at Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam, the school that hosts SD23 teachers and students every year. Approximately 700 students from grades 6-12, and probably 60 teachers gathered to get to know each other as well as possible, and listen to some terrific student speakers. Our own Abby Jones was one of 6 students who led the events for the evening, getting kids pumped for social change, globally and locally. This is especially cool because there are representatives for social justice from all of the schools in our district, and they have a chance to hear each other’s ideas. There was a great presentation from Aboriginal students from Kelowna and West Kelowna, who sang and drummed, and announced that they will have a 24 hour drum-athon in the spring to raise awareness for bullying. In the end the individual school groups got together to plan for the rest of the year, and we at KSS have goals to finish our fundraiser for our school in Ecuador, but to do as much as we possibly can for our school, and our local community.
The next morning we headed to Rogers Arena, where we listened to some amazing speakers and entertainers. Along with the message of improving the living situations for those in need, there was also a big focus on bullying. A lot of the presenters spoke about what they faced in their youth, and stressed the notion that we can all change the climate in our schools, and in our lives.
(Don’t read any further if you are waiting for the TV Broadcast Sunday night).
The first presenter was Magic Johnson, who explained what it was like facing teams who didn’t want to play against him after it came out that he was HIV Positive, and encouraged the audience to love others without prejudice, and treat everyone with dignity, no matter what. We also heard from Christie Clark, Mark and Craig Kielburger, the founders of Free the Children and Me to We. We heard from Justice Sinclair, the first Aboriginal Judge in Manitoba, and the second in Canada. He talked about the mistreatment of Aboriginal people throughout Canada’s history, and particularly the after-effects of the treatment of Aboriginal children in Residential schools, and how that has caused irreparable damage for the families of those children. He will be working to bring to light these issues, and keep them from being shoved into the dark recesses of our collective conscience.
We had performances from One Republic, Shawn Desman, My Name is Kay, and an absolutely inspiring speech and performance from Demi Lovato, for whom the crowd went absolutely wild. There was a surprise performance from Cody Simpson (who I was not familiar with 😀 but i’ve heard the Family Channel), who talked about the bullying he faced when he began sharing his passion for music and dancing with his peers.
At the beginning of the event, each member of the audience was given a necklace with a plastic raindrop, and we were given instructions to activate it at a certain time. We were surprised by a solo Cirque du Soleil performance called One Drop, part of Free the Children’s Water Initiative, and in the middle all 20,000 + water drop necklaces lit up, and then the illumination revolved in a wave throughout the audience, It was absolutely awesome.
We heard from Spencer West, a Free the Children Ambassador who had both legs removed when he was five years old, and who was told by his Doctors that he would “never be a productive member of society,” but has been proving them wrong for decades, and who has just climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro on his hands in an effort to raise money to bring clean water to communities in Africa who are without.
The highlight for me was an interview between Craig Kielburger and the Nobel Peace Laureate and social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is most widely known for his efforts in ending apartheid in South Africa. He is an amazing character, with a lovely sense of humour and a passion for peace and acceptance. I recorded his interview with my iPhone from the third tier of seats, and I apologize for the poor quality and shakiness, but it is worth it to hear him speak. Around the middle of the second video, you can see the water drop necklaces light up again.
Part 1- 10 Minutes:
Part 2- 6 Minutes:
If you have any students who went on this trip, please ask them about it!
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Dayna Culham

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Dancing on the Ceiling May 9/10 KSS Dance

Dancing on the Ceiling

KSS Dance Dept. May 9 5pm May 10 5/7:30pm

in the KSS Theatre. contact

Tix MPR May 7,8,9 Adults $8 Students $5

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No dream-NightOwl theatre students and director fab Midsummer Night

Another spring production by  NightOwl Theatre.  After the fall production of Laremy Project, this Neal Facey rendition of Midsummer Night’s Dream illustrates the diverse skills and attributes of a great education program! – Al Smith

For anyone who wants to take in a great show, check out Night Owl Theatre’s  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” playing in our school theatre this week. Neal’s students impress again with this tidy rendition of one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies.

All of the students give strong performances but Isabella and Brett  absolutely shine as Puck and Nick Bottom, respectively. Jamie  also stands out with her fresh and hilarious version of Helena.The costumes, choreography and props are perfectly suited and the 80’s soundtrack will have you reach for a poofie hairdo or don a blouse with cardboard shoulders. (At the very least, you will go home and hunt for the music of Wham and give them another listen)

“Bottom” Line: this is a strong cast doing a fab rendition of a Shakespearian classic.

Surprisingly, Facey’s crew achieves the virtually impossible: taking an unnecessarily convoluted, improbable and sometimes confusing script and making it perfectly accessible to an audience of all ages. Very well done!

The play is on this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm.

Of course you are too busy to attend, but this is the kind of event that makes you proud to be involved in the education field. And let’s face it –in this current political climate, who could not benefit from such a reminder?  – Mr. M

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