A new school year is underway at Similkameen Elementary Secondary School, and last Thursday, September 13 the school held a “Meet the Teachers” barbeque to kick off the school year.
The school has a number of new staff this year, including Alyssa Heit, who will be teaching band, Laurie Hudson, (French), and Tom Reid, who will teach Math and Shop classes.
SESS is offering a new course this year – the first school in the district – called First Nations 12. The B.C. history course covers the province’s history from a First Nations perspective.
“The course acknowledges the fact that First Nations people were here first,” said SESS Vice Principal Barton Tumlinson, “we are proud to be offering it for the first time.”
Language courses in the Okanagan language will continue at the elementary and secondary levels.
Attendance at SESS is up by 10, to 386 students this year. Construction work on the new playground has been delayed by a month, and is not expected to begin until October.
There was a huge turnout to the introductory barbeque on September 13. The student-run event provided food and entertainment as teachers, parents and students mingled.