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Innovate-ED 2018

June 16, 2018
​ The Innovate-ED Ed Tech Conference  is coming to Kelowna this October! Last year, 5 districts from across the Thompson-Okanagan (including SD23) came together to launch a first of its kind Ed Tech conference, for BC educators, by BC educators. To give you everything those other ed tech conferences have, but in our...

August Provincial Exams

June 25, 2018
Students can now register for the August Provincial Rewrites.  Click here​ to register.

Central Okanagan Family Hub

July 11, 2018
​The Central Okanagan Family Hub is open during the summer to provide support services to  all parents of students attending Central Okanagan Public Schools.  Click Here for the COFH Summer Schedule

Trustee Elections 2018

July 13, 2018

The next general local elections will be held on Saturday, October 20th, 2018.   Also at this time will be the election of the Boards of Education within the Province.  The Central Okanagan Public Schools Board of Education consists of 7 elected trustees: 4 Trustees from the City of Kelowna; 1...

StrongStart Centres

August 24, 2018

Central Okanagan StrongStart Centres will be opening to families on Monday, September 17th.  StrongStart Centres are school-based early learning programs for children birth to 5 years (or prior to Kindergarten entry) accompanied by a family member of caregiver.  This is a free drop in program.  Please see the attached brochure...

Trustee Candidate Information Meeting 2018

August 29, 2018
On Thursday, September 6, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Hollywood Road Education Services - Room 2, a Trustee Candidate Information Meeting will be held for anyone interested in running in the upcoming election for School Trustee.
News Release - Trustee Candidate Information Meeting.pdf

Name the New Middle School

September 10, 2018

Central Okanagan Public Schools is seeking suggestions from the community to name a new middle school in the Lake Country area.   The new middle school is set to open in 2021 with 600 new spaces for students in grades 6 to 8.  Click here to submit a name for this new...

Foundation Skills Assessment

September 18, 2018

The Foundation Skills Assessment is an annual province-wide assessment of all B.C. students' academic skills in grades 4 and 7.  For further information visit:  Ministry of Education
Attached please find a letter dated September 17, 2018 to parents/guardians from the Superintendent of Schools/CEO Kevin Kaardal.
Letter to Parents...

Central Kelowna Family of Schools Community Forum

October 09, 2018

The central zone family of schools will be sharing their amazing work and their Learning Plans with the community on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:00 pm at Kelowna Secondary School.  See attached for further information.
Central Kelowna Family of Schools Community Forum.pdf

Mission Schools Learning Forum

October 29, 2018

The Mission zone family of schools will be sharing Classrooms of Today....Preparing Citizens for Tomorrow  with the community on Thursday, November 8,  2018, 6:00 pm at Okanagan Mission Secondary School.  See attached for further information.
Mission Zone Family of Schools Learning Forum.pdf

Proposal - Urban Aboriginal Head Start Preschool

October 31, 2018
​ The Board of Education is currently considering a proposal from the Metis Community Services of BC to establish an Urban Aboriginal Head Start Preschool in the Rutland area.
Parents can learn more by clicking Aboriginal Headstart Proposal Information
The Board of Education is also inviting members of the public to provide their feedback through an...

COPAC Parent Conference

November 04, 2018
​ On Saturday, November 24 at Hollywood Road Education Services, the Central Okanagan Parent Advisory Council (COPAC) will be hosting a Parent Conference which will include a full day of great speakers and information that will help parents create their best year ever in their school community.  Free breakfast, lunch and...

2018-2022 Board of Education

November 09, 2018
The 2018-2022 Board of Education was officially inducted at a Swearing In Ceremony held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.  The Central Okanagan Board of Education includes Moyra Baxter (Chairperson), Norah Bowman, Rolli Cacchioni (Vice-Chairperson term 2), Chantelle Desrosiers, Julia Fraser (Vice-Chairperson term 1), Amy Geistlinger and Lee-Ann Tiede)

Dual Credit Information Night

November 23, 2018

Students and parents are invited to hear about exciting student Dual Credit Programs offered in the Central Okanagan Public Schools that allow access to post-secondary training while ​still in high school.  See attachment for further information. Dual Credit Information Night - November 29, 2018.pdf

French Immersion Community Forum

January 18, 2019

Parents interested in receiving further information on the French Immersion Program on the Westside are invited to attend a French Immersion Community Forum being held on Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Glenrosa Middle School.

Westside French Immersion Program Options

January 23, 2019

Please see the attached on the options for French Immersion on the Westside.   Please call the schools for more information and/or click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about French Immersion.

Enrollment for September 2019

January 28, 2019

Enrollment  applications for September 2019 can be submitted  on February  4, 2019 at 7:00 am.

Budget Presentation - February 4, 2019

January 29, 2019

The public presentation explaining how the District's budget is established took place in conjunction with the Central Okanagan Parent Advisory Council (COPAC) meeting on Monday, February 4, 2019 .    Attached is the Budget Planning Presentation made at the meeting.
2019-2020 Budget Planning Presentation.pdf

Early Learning For Families (ELFF)

January 30, 2019

Please see the attached for information on the Early Learning For Families (ELFF) program, as well as the schedule of dates for school events.

Input for School Calendar 2019-2020

February 04, 2019
​ The community is invited to review the proposed calendar for the 2019-2020 school year (attached) and to provide input to the proposal by completing a very brief survey. Click Here for Survey.  The deadline date is Thursday, February 28, 2019. 
Calendar Proposal Letter to Parents 2019.pdf

Budget Input

February 04, 2019

As we  begin to develop and project the preliminary 2019-2020 budget, Central Okanagan Public Schools would like to gather feedback from partner groups and the community regarding the upcoming school year. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. This input is important to help make recommendations to the Board...

Presentation - H.S. Grenda Middle

February 11, 2019

You are invited to a community presentation of the new H.S. Grenda Middle School on Tuesday, March 5th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, at George Elliot Secondary School.

2019-2020 Budget Input

February 26, 2019

Central Okanagan Public Schools would like to gather input from partner groups and the community on the 2019/2020 budget.   We would ask that you complete a  survey which will help make recommendations to the Board of Education to finalize the School District budget for 2019-2020.


School bus registration open

March 12, 2019

​School bus registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. Please see the attached instructions for registration.


School Calendar for 2019-2020

March 14, 2019

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the Board of Education approved the School Calendar for the 2019/2020 School Year.  Click here for the Local School Calendar.

H.S. Grenda Fly-through

April 01, 2019
​Take a virtual tour of the new H.S. Grenda Middle School in Lake Country: H.S. Grenda Fly-through

Board Approved Budget Recommendations

April 25, 2019

Attached please find the Superintendent of Schools/CEO 2019/2020 Budget Recommendations which were approved by the Board of Education at their Public Board Meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Parent Gang Information Sessions

May 08, 2019
There will be a parent information session on May 22nd to help parents understand how they can help prevent their child from getting involved in gang activity.  The session will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Road Education Centre (1040 Hollywood Road South).
Gang Reduction through Informed Practice (GRIP) aims...

Letter to Parents re Vaping

May 14, 2019

Attached please find a letter from the Superintendent of Schools/CEO to all Parents/Guardians in the Central Okanagan Public Schools regarding vaping.
Letter to Parents - Vaping.pdf


May 14, 2019

Letter to parents of graduating students regarding the safety of your child at non-sanctioned graduation activities.
Grad Activities Letter to Parents - May 2019.pdf

Information Night - Female Trades Sampler Program

May 23, 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Trades Building (T) - Okanagan College (free parking on campus - see attached map)
Central Okanagan Public Schools and Okanagan College are partnering together to deliver a trades exploration program to assist students in their career exploration while learning valuable construction and...

Innovate-ED Conference

May 31, 2019
The Innovate-ED Conference is coming to Penticton!

Last year, we once again partnered with four other Thompson-Okanagan School Districts to host the second annual Innovate-ED Conference at Mount Boucherie Secondary School. Over 600 educators from across the Okanagan and beyond attended, and we continue to hear incredible feedback on the...

Provincial Exams on August 8-9

June 10, 2019
All exams are electronic and to be written at Hollywood Educational Services, 1040 Hollywood Road South
Please note students must pre-register with the required information: Current email address Ministry of Education Number (PEN) Pre-register here:
On the day of the examination, students must come in 30 minutes prior to the examination with photo...

Reconcili-ACTION in Early Learning: August 26

June 25, 2019

Registration deadline: August 20, 2019. Have you ever asked yourself what does Truth & Reconciliation mean to me...and the families I work with? How can I show up in culturally safe and supportive ways for children and their families? Please join us for this participatory event with Kelly Terbasket and...

Attention: Kindergarten Parents

July 15, 2019

Attached is a transition document prepared for parents of Kindergarten students - "I'm Ready! Kindergarten Here I Come".

I'm Ready! Kindergarten Here I Come.pdf

Transportation - Parent Info

August 29, 2019
​ Attached please find two information items presented at the September 11, 2019 Public Board Meeting regarding Transportation. Information Item - Transportation Services Department Update.pdf Information Item - Transportation Update - Communication and Status.pdf

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2019

Open the discussion on suicide prevention and good mental health:  NR_WorldSuicidePreventionDay.pdf

Global Climate Strike

September 24, 2019

Attached please find a letter dated September 19th  from the Superintendent of Schools/CEO to Parents/Guardians of middle and secondary students re Global Climate Strikes.
Letter to Parents - Global Climate Strike 2019.pdf

Central Family Learning Forum

October 22, 2019

The Central Family of Schools will be hosting their Community Forum on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, at Ecole Dr. Knox Middle School.  Please see the attached for further information.
Central Family of Schools Learning Forum

BC Gov Anti-Vaping Restrictions

November 15, 2019
​ Our District is pleased to see the BC Government take these measures to help curb vaping among our youth. Our Board took a motion to last year's BC School Trustees Association AGM recommending government action, and we appreciate that the Province continues to work with us on this pressing matter that...

French Immersion Open Houses

December 13, 2019

Parents interested in the French Immersion Program for Kindergarten 2020-2021 are invited to attend any of the Open Houses listed on the attached.
French Immersion Information Open Houses for Kindergarten 2020-2021.pdf

French Immersion Open House

December 23, 2019

Parents interested in the Grade 6, late entry French Immersion Program, are invited to attend an open house on January 28th at Glenrosa Middle School from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.​

Second Survey Results

January 10, 2020

The results of our second Transportation Review survey are now ready for review. 
To view the results on the Transportation Review website, please click here: Survey Two Results
To read a summary in the news release, please click here:
Transportation Survey Two Release


Together We Learn - Winter Edition

January 22, 2020

Read a host of student perspectives along with information on the many ways we look after our social emotional wellness so we're ready to learn!​ Click here to read the January 2020 Edition


ELFF/Ready, Set, Learn

January 24, 2020

Please note that all ELFF/Ready, Set, Learn events have been postponed.

Transportation Recommendations

January 28, 2020

As you may be aware, Central Okanagan Public Schools has been consulting with its community to make changes to the District's transportation system.  The final Transportation Task Force Steering Committee recommendations were provided through School Messenger to all parents on January 31, 2020 . The news release is available here: ...

Budget Input

February 19, 2020

As we  begin to develop and project the preliminary 2020-2021 budget, Central Okanagan Public Schools would like to gather feedback from partner groups and the community regarding the upcoming school year. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. This input is important to help make recommendations to the Board of Education...

Inclusive Education Month

February 25, 2020

The Board of Education declared that February is Inclusive Education Month in Central Okanagan Public Schools. Throughout our district, staff work to ensure that each student has opportunities to succeed. In a month where we also celebrate Harmony Day and Pink Shirt Day, we celebrate the spirit of inclusion...

Busing Registration Info

February 28, 2020

The following guidelines for busing registration were sent to parents today: 
Feb 2020 Registration information.pdf

Westside French Immersion Options

March 04, 2020

Please see below for the French Immersion Program Options on the Westside for September 2020:

K- Grade 1 Entry École George Pringle (250-870-5103) Grade 4 Entry École Hudson Road (250-870-5141) Grade 6 Entry École Glenrosa Middle (250-870-5176)
Please call the schools for more information and/or click here...

DSC Has 23 Daily Challenges For You!

March 20, 2020

District Student Council wants you to stay connected to your school community! Show your school spirit by posting your participation to social media with #SD23challenge and tag three others you'd like to see participate!  Follow @districtstudentcouncil23 on Instagram for regular updates on the daily challenges: 
Day 1 -...

Make Some Noise for the Class of 2020

June 19, 2020
​   Click here to read the full news release .

2020 School Opening Report

September 22, 2020
At the September 16, 2020 Board of Education Meeting, the Superintendent of Schools/CEO provided the 2020 School Opening Report - Part 1.   2020-2021 School Opening Report - Part 1 Updated.pdf

Community Consultation for LTFP Opens

October 09, 2020
​Lend your voice to our community consultation on our Long Term Facilities Plan. Read more here: LTFP Kick Off News Release

Communication Process: Positive COVID-19 Cases

October 26, 2020
​ The statement and flow chart below will help you understand how we work with Interior Health in the event that someone in our community tests positive for COVID-19.
Statement on Communication Process for Positive COVID-19 Case
Communication Process for Positive COVID-19 Case: Flow Chart

Strategic Plan Review

November 25, 2020
​We've resumed the review of our Strategic Plan and we want to hear from you!
Click here to visit the review website. 
Click here to
participate in the survey.

Watch the video below to learn more:


FSA: Letter to the Editor

December 01, 2020
​Click here to read a message from the Board of Education about the FSA and ranking schools.
FSA - Letter to the Editor - Nov. 27, 2020


French Immersion Virtual Open Houses

January 05, 2021
​Families interested in our French Immersion Program for Kindergarten learners are invited to attend one of our upcoming virtual open houses. Please check the schedule for how to register: 
FIMM Virtual Open House Information 2021.pdf


FSA: Feb. 15 - Mar. 12

January 08, 2021
​Please read this letter to families for more information about FSA in 2021: Letter to Families

Community/Parent/Staff Input to Calendar Proposal

January 22, 2021
​Please click here to read a parent letter and draft of the proposed 2021-2022 school calendar.   
The letter outlines a proposed school calendar and asks for parent input by Friday, February 19, 2021 .  The resulting input will be forwarded to the Board of Education for consideration in the decision of...

LTFP Plan Townhall Meetings

January 22, 2021
Please attend the virtual townhall meeting relevant to you to discuss and learn more about the ​ Long Term Facilities Plan Considerations. Visit the Long Term Facilities Plan Review Website to learn more.
Rutland Family of Schools – February 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm via Zoom: Central Family of...

Inclusive Education Month

February 23, 2021
​February is National Inclusive Education Month. 
Here is a story about how Central Okanagan Public Schools classrooms include everyone:

Inclusive Education Month
What is National Inclusive Education Month? Click here to learn more.
Central Okanagan Public Schools is committed to inclusive education.  Partners for Inclusive Education...

Rolli Cacchioni 1941 to 2021

March 05, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that the Central Okanagan Public Schools announces the passing of Trustee Rolli Cacchioni on March 4, 2021.  Please see the attached for further information.

News Release - Passing of Trustee Rolli Cacchioni.pdf

Dreaming Forward

March 08, 2021

Join art teacher and lesson coordinator Jim Elwood for a guided tour of the exhibition Dreaming Forward: Indigenous First Nations' Teachings through Visual Art. We are grateful to the Westbank First Nation elders and knowledge keepers who helped develop these lessons, and the Kelowna Art Gallery for supporting this vital...


April 15, 2021
​Our new advocacy campaign #TogetherWeBuild is underway! Please visit our Board Advocacy page to learn more about the urgent capital projects and how you can help!

2021 Trustee By-Election

April 21, 2021
​ Here is a School Trustee Candidate Guide:   Trustee Candidate Information 2021 By-election.pdf ​ Timelines for the upcoming by-election have been set as follows: Candidate nomination packages available – April 16,   2021 Nomination packages   can be picked up at the Office of the City Clerk (2...

Your Input Needed on Strategic Plan

April 28, 2021
We invite you to contribute to the future direction of Central Okanagan Public Schools in its Strategic Plan Consultation. The Strategic Plan sets the direction and priorities for the District and guides important decisions such as where to allocate dollars and staffing.
You can view the draft Strategic Plan that was created...

Bright New World

May 05, 2021
Don't miss this year's Art in Action exhibition of student art at the Kelowna Art Gallery. You can view the Digital Catalogue here:  

Draft Long Term Facilities Plan Survey Open

May 06, 2021
The draft Long Term Facilities Plan was developed from a community consultation that started in Fall 2020 and included three surveys and three public townhalls. The draft LTFP provides a detailed analysis of the School District's present situation, forecasted growth, current and projected facility constraints and a comprehensive action plan to address those...

New Childcare Spaces Approved

May 25, 2021
​The Provincial government announced funding for six childcare centres on Central Okanagan Public Schools lands: The Clubhouse at Ellison Elementary School: $3 million for 71 licensed childcare spaces Okanagan Boys and Girls Club – North Glenmore Elementary School: $3 million for 92 licensed childcare spaces Okanagan YMCA – Okanagan Mission Secondary...

New Trustee Sworn In

July 14, 2021
​Trustee Wayne Broughton was sworn in with a ceremony at the Board of Education office on Wednesday, July 13. 

BC to have new day of commemoration

August 13, 2021
​Please see this news release from the Provincial Government:  B.C. to mark Sept. 30 as day of commemoration

School Zones in Effect

September 07, 2021
​Slow down and watch for students headed back to class. Read more:

OKM and Westside Consultations

September 16, 2021
Public consultations for catchment reviews of the Okanagan Mission and Westside families of schools are underway.  Read the full news release here: Catchment Consultation News Release

UPDATE News Releases Oct. 7, 2021
OKM Update NR
Westside Update NR

Consultation Websites:
Okanagan Mission Consultation Website

Westside Consultation Website


Board to Review Vaccine Mandate Implications

October 14, 2021
Click here to read the full news release .