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...
June 25, 2018
Students can now register for the August Provincial Rewrites. Click here
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
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...
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...
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...
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
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
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...
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)
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
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.
January 28, 2019
Enrollment applications for September 2019 can be submitted on February 4, 2019 at 7:00 am.
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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.
January 24, 2020
Please note that all ELFF/Ready, Set, Learn events have been postponed.
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: ...
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...
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...
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...
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 -...
October 09, 2020
Lend your voice to our community consultation on our Long Term Facilities Plan. Read more here: LTFP Kick Off News Release
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
January 08, 2021
Please read this letter to families for more information about FSA in 2021: Letter to Families
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!
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...
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...
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...
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...
July 14, 2021
Trustee Wayne Broughton was sworn in with a ceremony at the Board of Education office on Wednesday, July 13.
January 10, 2022
Please read the steps and timeline for what happens when schools must temporarily close to in-person learning: Closing to In-Person Learning Timelines.pdf
Families must be ready for notifications and have alternate plans for childcare.
February 08, 2022
February is Human Rights Month in Central Okanagan Public Schools. Throughout the month we celebrate Inclusive Education Month, Black History Month, Harmony Day, and more. Please click here to see a list of important dates
March 10, 2022
"Expected to take effect in the 2023-24 school year, this requirement will ensure all secondary students complete Indigenous-focused coursework before they graduate from B.C.’s K-12 education system." Please click here to read the full news release.
May 13, 2022
Dual Credit programs give secondary students opportunities to learn a trade well before they graduate. Check out this great video from KelownaNow and read more here
May 13, 2022
We need host families for international students this Fall and compensation will increase to $1000 per student per month. Your family gets an awesome experience and you can be the best part of the students' Canadian experience. Click here to learn more and apply today!
September 06, 2022
This year, we focus on the many ways we create caring communities to help each other along. These include learning communities, school communities, neighbourhood communities, and even our relationship to the global community. Thank you for being part of our caring community!
Local Elders from Westbank First Nation helped us understand...
September 27, 2022
The Central Okanagan Parent Advisory Council (COPAC) in cooperation with the District Student Council (DSC) held a School Board Trustee Candidates Forum on October 3 rd at 7:30pm via Zoom. This forum aimed to support local voters in learning about SD23 School Board Trustee candidates in the 2022 municipal election, and provide an opportunity to hear their...
October 17, 2022
The Board of Education declared this week (Oct. 17-21) School Bus Safety Week in Central Okanagan Public Schools. Here are some tips for both riders and drivers:
School Bus Safety Tips for Students Get there early. Be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled...
October 20, 2022
Trustees will be sworn in at a ceremony and Inaugural Board Meeting at 6 P.M. on Nov. 9, 2022. The ceremony and inaugural board meeting is also available to be viewed on Zoom: https://sd23.zoom.us/j/8341176781
Central Okanagan Municipal Election results are now official and the following trustees were elected to our Board...
January 04, 2023
Online registration for kindergarten and new students opens at 7 A.M. on Monday, January 30, 2023. Click here to learn more.
January 05, 2023
Learn the essential information about the upcoming Indigenous-Focused Graduation Requirement with the attached info sheet: IFCGRequirement Poster.pdf
There are resources for students, parents, and schools on the Province of BC website: Click here.
You can also learn more details in this video from the Ministry of Education and Child Care and...
January 18, 2023
It is that time of year for students to start thinking about their next school year. With course selection approaching, keep in mind that Central Okanagan Public Schools provides opportunities for high school students to explore various trades/tech related career opportunities in partnership with Okanagan College.
Please see the attachment for more information...
January 27, 2023
Every week, get to know the people who create the Caring Communities that help our learners thrive!
Name: Erin Williams
What I do: PAC President at Helen Gorman Elementary School by night, Registered Nurse by day
Why I love public education: I love the community network that public...
January 31, 2023
The public presentation on how the District's budget is established will take place at the Central Okanagan Parent Advisory Council (COPAC) Zoom meeting on Monday, February 6, 2023 at 7:00 P.M. To listen to the presentation, please request the Zoom link from firstname.lastname@example.org If you want to learn...
February 01, 2023
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February 07, 2023
Inclusive Communities are Caring Communities! In celebration of National Inclusive Education Month, check out the growing list of Stories of Inclusion! Click here to read more.
February 22, 2023
The 2023-24 Budget Survey is now open to the SD23 community - please visit https://bit.ly/SD23BudgetSurvey2324
to share your thoughts on the 2023/2024 preliminary budget process . The due date for the survey is March 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
May 04, 2023
The School Bus Transportation Application for the 2023-2024 school year is now open!
Although school bus transportation applications are accepted throughout the school year, priority seating for the 2023–2024 school year is given to those applicants who have applied before the end of day on May 31, 2023....
September 11, 2023
Drivers must stop for the school bus when the red alternating lights are flashing.
Failure to stop for a bus carries a $368 fine with escalating penalties Safety is everyone's responsibility
Listen to PSA audio clips:
September 25, 2023
Reconciliation starts with education. As this week leads up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30
, students throughout the Central Okanagan will learn about the truth of residential schools and what reconciliation means for all of us.
Last year, students from Mount Boucherie Secondary had the honour to...