Chemainus Secondary School Room 201 on the top left of the second floor, above, won’t be occupied by teacher Janet Ruest for the first time since 1994. Left, Crofton Elementary School principal Jen Calverley.  (Photos by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Secondary School Room 201 on the top left of the second floor, above, won’t be occupied by teacher Janet Ruest for the first time since 1994. Left, Crofton Elementary School principal Jen Calverley. (Photos by Don Bodger)

Students return to classes Tuesday

Back to school means a few noticeable changes for some

Back to school Tuesday, Sept. 4 brings both the familiar and some significant changes for students.

The biggest change in the region follows the closure of St. Joseph’s Elementary School. Those students have been dispersed to Chemainus Elementary School, Queen of Angels in Duncan and other schools of families’ choosing.

The extra students plus an already-increasing population has created the necessity for two portables to be added at Chemainus Elementary. But that won’t happen until December so the students will be accommodated as best as possible until that time.

“It’s always a busy place,” said principal Brenda Stevenson. “It’s an exciting year. It’s going to be fabulous.

“I have a fabulous staff who have all worked together to come up with a solution that’s going to work for our students. It’s great.”

School is in from 8:48 a.m.-12:48 p.m. Tuesday, a two-hour early dismissal. The regular schedule commences Wednesday, Sept. 5 with classes running from 8:48 a.m.-2:48 p.m.

At Crofton Elementary, school is in session Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.-12:13 p.m., with a two-hour early dismissal. Wednesday, Sept. 5-Friday, Sept. 7 school is in session 8:30 a.m.-2:13 p.m.

As in past years, students will spend the majority of the first week with their last year’s teacher while enrolment is reviewed and classes are organized.

“We are very excited to welcome back all our new and returning students and to see what this year brings as each year brings many new activities and experiences,” noted principal Jen Calverley.

The office at the school is open Thursday, Aug. 30 and Friday, Aug. 31 from 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. for registration and inquiries. School supply kits are available at the school for $25 each.

Chemainus Secondary Grade 8s and new students report on Tuesday, Sept. 4. All students will be in attendance starting Wednesday, Sept. 5.

“I look forward to continuing to work with an incredible group of youth and a dedicated staff committed to creating authentic and meaningful learning experiences,” noted Lori Hryniuk, who’s beginning her second year as principal at the school.

“This year we are excited to have our Grade 8 students in podded cohorts with two main academic teachers who will remain with their students for the entire school year. The goal is to provide enhanced learning opportunities and give our newest students more time and support to adjust to their new school.”

Longtime teacher Janet Ruest has retired (see story Page 1). Several other veteran staff members are returning, along with recent additions Graeme Arkell (Social Studies), Kyle Peruniak (Athletic Director), Kelsey Bell (Humanities) and Kim Magnan (Dance and French).

Jennifer Ylagan joins the teaching staff (English, Learning Assistance).