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2023-02-07

Explainer: Speech-Language Pathology Kindergarten Screening

In January of this year, SD8 Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) began their annual kindergarten speech-language screenings.

The screenings give staff an opportunity to meet with each kindergarten student to observe their speech and language skills, listening for developmentally appropriate speech sound acquisition, knowledge of basic concepts, ability to answer questions and describe with details, as well as any issues with voice quality and fluency.

Preschool child dressed in navy blue sweater points at images while a female adult looks on.
A young woman Caucasian women with short blond hair and glasses stands on a deck with glass panels and white rails behind her. She wears a black t-shirt and black pants, holds on to a blue mobility walker and smiles broadly.
2022-12-08

One Student’s Insight into Educators Becoming Allies to Students With Disabilities

How do we, as educational staff, become an ally for our students with disabilities? The answer is simple. We first need to listen to what they have to say. Listening, however, is only part of the allyship process. As important is the process of talking about one’s own disability, which is not an easy feat. To speak openly about a disability takes courage and fortitude.

A young woman Caucasian women with short blond hair and glasses stands on a deck with glass panels and white rails behind her. She wears a black t-shirt and black pants, holds on to a blue mobility walker and smiles broadly.
2022-11-09

Lenora Trenaman Re-elected Board Chair and Dawn Lang Elected Vice-Chair

The School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education elected their new chair and vice-chair at the inaugural board meeting held November 8 in Nelson. Lenora Trenaman has been relected chair, a title she has held consecutively since 2005 except for one year in 2014. Dawn Lang is serving her first term as vice-chair and has served as an SD8 trustee since 2008. Trustees elect a board chair and vice-chair annually, and school trustees are elected every four years.

2022-04-27

School Bus Drivers Wanted - Make A Difference in Your Community

When James Beaudoin goes to work each morning in Nelson to pick up his school bus, he knows that he is directly supporting a child’s education, social and physical well being.

“Being a bus driver is an important job, and the feeling of being needed and helping my community is very fulfilling. In some cases, we are the first smile that a child will see at the start of their day. Without our support, many kids would have a lot of roadblocks in the way to get to school.”

2022-03-29

SD8 Vaccine Mandate Paused Until Further Notice

At a meeting on March 28, the School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education directed Superintendent Trish Smillie to pause the Proof of Vaccination Regarding COVID-19 Administrative Procedure pending further changes to public health orders and further information from BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA).

2022-03-22

SD8 Hires New Secretary-Treasurer

The School District No.8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education has hired Johan Glaudemans as the new secretary-treasurer and chief financial officer for SD8, effective April 12, 2022. He will take over from Interim Secretary-Treasurer Teri Stoneman, who has been in place since previous Secretary-Treasurer Michael McLellan left to work as secretary-treasurer for School District 10 Arrow Lakes in February.