welcome to bring your students down to the MPR so that they can check out local post-secondary opportunities. 

P1 and 2 (or all of your classes) to see what is offered by visiting the MPR during the lunch break. Thank you Career Centre

 KSS Opportunity Fair Thursday May 28, 2015

10:30am to 1:30pm MPR Day One P1,2,3,4

New Sci Amer mag articles now available

Check out these fascinating articles from Scientific America and SA Mind magazine.  access our print edition being circulated or read online anytime.

Access digital > https://my23.sd23.bc.ca/school/kss/staffroom/new/shareddocs/Pages/default.aspx

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In 1961 a child psychologist proposed a radical idea to the American Psychological Association: What if dogs could help therapists connect to troubled patients? Perhaps the animals would help soothe anxiety and help people open up. When Boris Levinson of Yeshiva University presented this idea, many of his colleagues thought it was laughable. Yet the idea that humans might derive therapeutic effects from animals would go on to capture the attention of many future researchers.
In recent years scientists have started investigating our attachment to creatures great and small. Although various types of pets and non-Western cultural dynamics remain largely unexplored, research has begun to examine how the animals that surround us affect our mood and mental states. New work has, for example, revealed how just thinking of a beloved pet may help us stay calm under pressure.(Sci Am. Mind)




The “teen brain” is often ridiculed as an oxymoron—an example of biology gone wrong. Neuroscientists have explained the risky, aggressive or just plain baffling behavior of teenagers as the product of a brain that is somehow compromised. Groundbreaking research in the past 10 years, however, shows that this view is wrong. The teen brain is not defective. It is not a half-baked adult brain, either. It has been forged by evolution to function differently from that of a child or an adult.(Gield)



“Scientific American MIND Explores the Psychology Behind Keeping Pets.” Scientific American Global RSS. N.p., 15 May 2015. Web. 19 May 2015. <http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientific-american-mind-explores-the-psychology-behind-keeping-pets/&gt;.

Gield, Jay. “Risky Teen Behavior Is Driven by an Imbalance in Brain Development.” Scientific American Global RSS. N.p., 15 May 2015. Web. 19 May 2015. <http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/risky-teen-behavior-is-driven-by-an-imbalance-in-brain-development/&gt;.

Annual KSS dance show, entitled “Flow” – collaboration with GESS

Hello Friends!
Please accept our cordial invitation to the annual KSS dance show, entitled “Flow”. We are collaborating with George Elliot; performing at the Creekside Theatre, Thursday May 21st.  16 numbers, a variety of dance styles!!
Tickets are only $5 for students/seniors, and $7 for adults. Seating is limited

Kss Cancer Campaign 

Hi Everyone, 

The Leadership students and the B.C Cancer Foundation have developed a website to make it easier for student that are shaving their heads to collect money.

If students are asking or you hear that a student is interested in shaving their head to raise money please point them in the direction of the website below.


Also check out various activities created by student leadership for this traditional KSS service event. 

Thank you for your help



AVIDreaders Club- long list vote

It’s that season again. The KSS AVIDReaders book club. It’s not too late to join.
The club is a volunteer, recreational reading group that runs until June. We meet for group luncheon monthly. You only need to read one title per month and your degree of discourse, reviews, speaking, is up to each student. The more group sharing or even debating makes the experience fun. You can contribute anytime through this blog with the tag- #avidreaders , Tweet #avidreaders , or FB/Ksslibrary

Download/Read/vote …


Attached to your members’ email is a PDF file of a power point that I created that gives you the cover, the author information, tone, subjects, etc. I have not included reviews or detailed story lines. It is up to you to vote for your top 10. You can only vote once for each book.

You need to send your 10 choices back to me in 48 hours–….I need your name and your choices. Try to vote for one in each category-but do not vote for all dystopic novels. Try to pick one non fiction (could be a memoir or biography or something that is based on the truth). Ultimately, we want varied themes and levels of reading.

Look at summaries, reviews, Novelist–anything that gives you enough background information (if you have not already read the book) to help you make those difficult decisions. It is not too late to suggest another title for the next round of reading. – Ms Bede, Teacher-Librarian

National Writing medalist- ‘Changes’


arts_storiesSarina’s short story, ‘Changes‘, submitted in the

This short story was partially inspired by Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics and his novel, American Gods. Overall, it turned out much better than I expected it to. Sen’klip is the Okanagan word for Coyote, and Xuuya is Haida for Raven. Thanks to Leslie Fabriz for help with language and editing.(Bouvier) http://goo.gl/v0rOJ8


“…“No, that’s not true at all. There are all kinds of interesting things in this world, and different things aren’t any less valuable than familiar things. ‘Respect’ doesn’t mean anything if there’s nothing there to make it something.” (Bouvier)



Bouvier, Sarina. “Changes.” Aboriginal Arts & Stories –. N.p., May-June 2014. Web. 28 May 2014. < http://www.our-story.ca/winners/writing/4843:changes#story >

Reminder: library hours

During the Government Lockout phase, we must close the doors Knot-simple-memory-reminder-1during lunch. We will open 45 minutes before school and 45 minutes after school until further notice.  We may assist you as you are accustomed  during class time periods. We regret the inconvenience and appreciate the understanding and support so many of you have displayed.
-Al Smith, Teacher-librarian

Amnesty- Write Rights… Teenage girl awakens spark of justice

Dec 10 is International Human Rights Day!
We should all be aware and more proactive about helping others, acting as agents fighting injustice home and abroad. But we don’t. We sleep.

20131204-231538.jpgWe get busy. We get complacent and egocentric. We get myopic about our world view and too often tune out or deselect any action because of guilt, laziness or media fatigue… Etc. students at KSS reawakened me! Woke me up from my sleep about Amnesty International’s programs and I’m a media focused adult. It took one of our intelligent, concerned activist youth to focus my lens again. It took a girl to wake me up.

It doesn’t need to be Ghandi. It can be you and me. Write for Rights is just on example. The simple act of physical letter writing- an action, however quaint in our smart phone age, can collectively represent a step toward justice. A handwritten note could touch another soul locked behind bars, isolated unfairly from his Christmas traditions. The ‘power of the pen’ , the quill, once produced a US Constitution, Magna Carta, or the abolition of slavery in the USA. Sadly, even with these democratic signposts, black market human trafficking and unlawful confinement of citizens by nation states, who should act better than trade thugs, continue to flourish. In our blessed free part of the world, we can forget that justice needs to be defended. My uncle gave his life fighting against political bullies in Italy during WWII. He died halfway around the world in a foreign country for the liberty of strangers! Surely I can write a letter for a few guys behind bars? We can all light a flame of hope with that simple gesture. It’s just takes us to be more mindful and less entitled.

Next time one hears stories of those ‘no good lazy, spoiled teenagers’ please be reminded- not in my neck of the woods! In my neighbourhood many many teens are incredibly sensitive, educated, and doing something to better the planet. It’s my generation who messed it up! So student activism is alive and well, even if in a renewal phase. So fellas, brothers in arms, young and old, join our sister, who woke me up and take action. Man up! And write a letter. Please.:-) peace. -Al Smith, Teacher-librarian

Amnesty International invites you to join us on International Human Rights Day for the world’s largest letter-writing event
Every year on December 10th, activists in more than 80 countries gather on their own or in large and small events to press governments to respond to a human rights concern on selected high-priority cases. We also write letters of hope and solidarity directly to prisoners or people experiencing human rights violations.(amnesty.ca)




Pledge to write>>> http://goo.gl/k0wj0d

Ways to Reduce your Risk of Sexual Assault | RAINN network, USA info

15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.3

29% are age 12-17.
44% are under age 18.3
80% are under age 30.3
12-34 are the highest risk years.
Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.(RAINN)

Victims of sexual assault are:8

3 times more likely to suffer from depression.
6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol.
26 times more likely to abuse drugs.
4 times more likely to contemplate suicide.

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ghostery – Frequently Asked Questions

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New: Your Canada Constitution

NEW Resource:

lawnowCDNconstitThis issue covers the constitutional history of Canada in a big way.  Would be of major interest to Social Studies types.  I have attached the pdf of the issue. There is coverage of the latest court cases, including two judges who plagiarized their findings.  The Court observed, tartly, the “it is clear that judges…are not mere scribes, collators of evidence, collage artists, or way stations on the road to justice.”  Seems that even the high courts have issues copying –one copied 321 paragraphs out of 368 paragraphs from written submissions by one of the applicants.  Unfortunately, the 4 million dollar award given to a brain damaged infant was overturned because of the “crime” of copying.


Sharon Bede
Teacher librarian
Kelowna Secondary School

Reading library ebooks is an option

We’ve added online borrowing of ebooks to the KSS Library as a trial.  With an old LMS this is a challenge but now students have a few options as needed to acquire for favourite novel. Print, Kindle, Kobo , iPod and/or iPad have selected titles and now online ebooks.  A small collection of titles can be enjoyed by library patrons with a login.  Log on, checkout an ebook to read on a computer or download to your personal iPad or Android tablet.

Visit to start> KSS Library >  eResources tab>