Information and Updates
What Do Your Kids See and Do Online?

A session designed to help you understand the digital demands on your child's life and develop your own digital parent strategy

Thursday, October 15
6:30pm @ the DESC (District Education Support Centre)
341 Shuswap Street SW
Salmon Arm, BC

Orange Shirt Day - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

This day is designed to acknowledge the 150,000 school aged First Nations, Inuit and Metis children who were forcibly removed from their families and land in order for them to attend residential schools from 1830 – 1990.  

These schools were established by the Canadian government and designed to control and transform Aboriginal people.  In these schools, Aboriginal children’s Indigenous culture and language was replaced with Euro-Canadian culture and language.  Many people who attended these schools have said their experience was a positive one.  Unfortunately, far too many have come forward with stories of how they were isolated from their families for years, taught they were inferior and abused in various ways.  In addition, tragically, we now know that over 4000 children and counting died while attending these schools.  

It is in response to these findings that September 30 has been designated as the day we remember all of those children and families who were affected by this dark chapter in Canada’s history.  You may be wondering “How do we move forward from here?”  “How do we restore friendly relations between Aboriginal people and Canada?”  We can begin by acknowledging the harms of the past and embark upon a new relationship between Canada and Aboriginal people that embodies mutual care and respect.  You may also be wondering “Why is it important to learn about these Residential Schools created by Canada for its Indigenous people?”  In the words of Mary Kosta of Ontario, it is important for us all to learn and understand our shared history so we can become healthier by respecting each other and eliminating racism and discrimination.

More information:
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:  http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=3
Connect Parent Group

The Shuswap Family Resource Centre will be offering a 10 week Connect Parent Group on Thursdays, starting October 8th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
‘Connect Parent Group' is an attachment based program to support parents and caregivers of pre-teens and teens. Each session provides parents with a new perspective on parent-teen relationships and adolescent development. Parents watch role-plays, do exercises and discuss new ways of responding to challenging behavior and problems. Rather than teach only one way of parenting, we help parents see choices that support healthy relationships, while setting limits and helping their teen to move forward.’

Parents can register at Shuswap Family Resource Centre reception, in person or by calling 250-832-2170. They can also call Susie Steves directly on her cell for any further information, 250-833-6406 (Susie). 
Ministry of Education - Renewed Curriculum

The Ministry of Education has announced changes to the BC education curriculum, along with a timeline for implementation.  


School Administration
Sullivan Campus
Principal: Mr. R. MacAulay
Vice Principal: Mrs. P. Chudiak

Jackson Campus
Principal: Mr. R. Findlay
Vice Principal: Mr. R. Cadden
School Growth Plan
Purpose Statement: We seek to develop thoughtful, articulate, creative, healthy, and responsible individuals by engaging all learners in the pursuit of their potential.

Goal 1
To Improve the Efficiency of Operations at Salmon Arm Secondary.

Goal 2
To Enhance our Sense of Belonging, Pride and Attachment.

Goal 3
To have Students Engage in Excellent Learning Opportunities.
Download the Growth Plan
PAC Meeting Dates
PAC meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, including December, March and June.

Thursday, Oct. 8th - 7pm SAS Sullivan Library
More information here
Satisfaction Surveys
BC Ministry of Education

An annual province-wide survey of students in grades 4, 7, 10 and 12, their parents and school staff administered since 2002 in British Columbia public schools
Access to the survey