I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the parents, staff, and students who have already welcomed me as the new principal of Kelowna Secondary School. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you and will continue to work hard to enhance the excellent reputation that has become the trademark of KSS. The work our staff, students, and parents put into the many events that occur at KSS is amazing. I look forward to continuing the focus on academic excellence through varied meaningful and relevant learning experiences, parental and community involvement, and preparation of our students for the 21st century. I encourage you to join me in building on our strengths and addressing all challenges in a positive fashion. The intent of this letter is to communicate to our school community the details of our September opening.
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year. I would like to extend a very special welcome to all our incoming Grade 10's and other new students to KSS. This coming school year promises to be another excellent year at KSS. We will continue to have a strong focus on our academic program with our honours and advancement placement programs. Our support for students is very strong as we maintain our focus on achieving our school goal:
Each student at Kelowna Secondary will graduate with a Dogwood or Evergreen certificate and demonstrate a work ethic that enables them to achieve individual success as a healthy, active 21st century learner.
KSS continues to be the school of choice for students in our catchment area and for many students who do not live in our catchment area. For the 2016-17 school year, our enrolment will be approximately 1820 students. At KSS, the spirit of community is embraced. We strive to provide, in partnership with parents/guardians, educational excellence in a vibrant and respectful environment. Innovative, flexible scheduling, and unique course offerings allow students to maximize personal strengths. We believe that students who are fulfilling personal interests in a school environment will ultimately make a greater connection to school which will in turn result in improved student confidence, self-esteem, and academic achievement.
Our students and staff have worked hard to achieve impressive results in both academics and our non-academic programs. With a focus on student success, we ask that families try not to schedule long holidays during school time. It is extremely challenging to replicate the missed learning environment. In many cases, students fall behind due to the absence and struggle to complete the missed work. Your support with this is appreciated.
I look forward to working with the school community this new school year.
Troy White, Principal