We had a very special student in school today.
Almost every student had a smile on their face when this new guy came by, and he was petted by numerous students!
Meet Ollie, Master of Calm Energy!

Ollie is a therapy dog and has been in schools since he was 5 months old! Ollie is very smart, he is certified Saint John Ambulance Therapy Dog and certified for the Paws 4 Stories Children’s Program.

This is what our student Gavin has to say about Ollie:
“Ollie is a very important dog. He is a five year old Golden Retriever. He’s a therapy dog, his job is to be with kids who are feeling frustrated, anxious or sad. He does what dogs do best: being very lovable. He loves it when you scratch him behind his ear and when you play fetch.
Ollie can read your emotions, just by looking and seeing how you act, for example if you are excited and talking loud, he can tell you are excited, and then he gets excited. When you see Ollie be sure that you’re calm, and ask his handler if you may pet him.
When you walk him be sure to keep his leash short, because if there is food in the hallways on the floor, he’ll try and get it. You know how dogs are…
Me personally, my favorite thing to do with Ollie is to be around him and hang out with him, play fetch, but to be honest just seeing a dog will always put a smile on my face.”

We couldn’t agree more, Gavin!

For now Ollie will be at Hazelton Secondary on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the next few months, and maybe even longer…
For more information on Ollie, please click on the link below.
School District K9 Role Model NHH
And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

I would like to extend my special thanks to our student Gavin, not only for writing about Ollie, but also for taking the great pictures of him. Gavin will be assisting me to take pictures of school activities, when I am not at school.
Happy to have you on board, Gavin!

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Bussing Concerns

Please read below message from Travis Elwood, Director of Facility Services, regarding the Bussing issues we’re facing at the beginning of the new school year.

Make sure to hand in 2017-2018 Bus Registration Forms as soon as possible, to ensure that we know how many students need a seat on the bus!

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Welcome Back!

The second week of school is well underway…students are settling in, getting accustomed to the rhythm of school again. We are happy to welcome our grade 8’s and new students to our school as well as the students we know from previous years.
Also a warm welcome to all our amazing teachers and support staff. We are happy to have you with us.
And lets not forget our custodians, who make sure the school is ready for learning every day.

And last but not least: welcome to all our parents, grandparents and guardians.
Thank you for allowing us to each your children.
We invite you and all community members to drop by for a Greet & Meet at our Open House on September 28th, from 5:00 – 7:00.

A new school year is always full of promise and new opportunities, and this year is no different. We are looking forward to all the new challenges and opportunities that will come our way and we will keep you up to date on this website and with newsletters.

Also: we encourage you to get in touch with us at any time, Monday to Friday, while school is in session, to discuss your child’s progress or to address any concerns you might have. We can be reached at: (250) 842-5214

It takes a village to raise a child!

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Curriculum Implementation Day – Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Dear CMSD82 Employee,

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year!  The first of two Curriculum Implementation Days for the upcoming school year will be held on Tuesday, September 5.  The second Curriculum Implementation Day is planned on Friday, April 13.  These days are specifically dedicated to BC’s redesigned K-12 curriculum.

As previously shared, the following Curriculum Implementation Day sessions have been planned in Hazelton, Kitimat, Terrace and Stewart on Tuesday, September 5 … to view the program or “shape of the day” for these venues, please click on the links below:

Hazelton-Kitwanga K-12 Teachers – Hazelton Secondary School
Kitimat K-12 Teachers – Nechako Elementary School
Terrace-Thornhill K-9 – Skeena Middle School
Terrace-Thornhill Grades 10-12 Teachers – Caledonia Secondary School
Stewart K-12 Teachers – Bear Valley School

Should you have further questions or require additional information, please contact your School Principal for assistance.

A friendly reminder that all teaching staff are expected to be in attendance in one of the full-day sessions.  Sign-in sheets will be on-site to document attendance. Individuals not present at a session will not be paid for the day.

Not unlike any other non-instructional day, part-time employees will be expected to attend the day at a rate consistent with that of their employment (if you are a .6 FTE employee, you are expected to attend for 60% of the day).  Individuals are more than welcome to attend a greater portion of the day on a voluntary basis if they so desire. Teachers Teaching-on-Call are also welcome on a voluntary basis as desired.

CUPE members are welcome at the sessions, however, CUPE staff are responsible to their School Principal for activities of the day.

We also share the following link to the Student Learning Module package as pre-reading for the Computational Thinking presentations offered during the Kitimat and Hazelton/Kitwanga sessions:

Student Learning Module Package – Computational Thinking

In addition, we share a link to the School-Based Collaboration Form for completion by teaching staff attending the Kitimat and Hazelton/Kitwanga sessions for return to their School Principal at the session prior to the lunch break:

School-Based Collaboration Form – Sept. 5, 2017 CI Day

A special thanks is extended to the Curriculum Implementation Committee for their efforts and organization for this significant and important work for Coast Mountains’ learners.

We look forward to inspiring and engaging with you on September 5 as we begin a new school year!


Janet Meyer
Director of Instruction, School Support



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