News Stories


Lenora Trenaman Re-elected Board Chair and Dawn Lang Elected Vice-Chair

The School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education elected their new chair and vice-chair at the inaugural board meeting held November 8 in Nelson. Lenora Trenaman has been relected chair, a title she has held consecutively since 2005 except for one year in 2014. Dawn Lang is serving her first term as vice-chair and has served as an SD8 trustee since 2008. Trustees elect a board chair and vice-chair annually, and school trustees are elected every four years.


Blewett Receives $500 Grant for Accessible Softball!

Congratulations to Blewett School for receiving a $500 grant to support Blewett’s Accessible Softball Tournament!!  The grant is a collaboration between Blewett Principal Tim Mushumanski and Inclusive Education staff Occupational Therapist Rachelle Vogel and Physiotherapist Robyn Kinrade. The tournament highlights accessibility through a variety of equipment and flexible rules that will provide an inclusive experience for all students.  Way to Go!!


Spring Sports

Blewett Elementary is busy this May and June trying out different sports as part of Spring Activities.  Our two youngest groups of learners get to learn some soccer skills from a certified Whitecaps soccer coach.  Our two middle groups of learners visited the Nelson Tennis Club for expert tennis lessons.  Our two oldest groups of learners spent some time at Granite Pointe Golf Course with the general manager Reg Clarkson and his team learner some golf basics.  It is so nice being out in the community!


School Bus Drivers Wanted - Make A Difference in Your Community

When James Beaudoin goes to work each morning in Nelson to pick up his school bus, he knows that he is directly supporting a child’s education, social and physical well being.

“Being a bus driver is an important job, and the feeling of being needed and helping my community is very fulfilling. In some cases, we are the first smile that a child will see at the start of their day. Without our support, many kids would have a lot of roadblocks in the way to get to school.”


SD8 Vaccine Mandate Paused Until Further Notice

At a meeting on March 28, the School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education directed Superintendent Trish Smillie to pause the Proof of Vaccination Regarding COVID-19 Administrative Procedure pending further changes to public health orders and further information from BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA).