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SD8 School Leadership Changes for Upcoming School Year

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) announced today that the following school principal and vice-principal transfers, appointments and retirements will come into effect August 1, 2023:  


Principal Ken Wiens is leaving Erickson Elementary to take on the role of district principal for SD8’s online learning programs including Elev8 DESK – a Provincial Online Learning School (POLS) - and the hybrid online/in-person program, Homelinks. Principal Wiens will take over from District Principal Rob Simpson who is retiring in 2023.


Board of Education Meeting Highlights - March 14, 2023

An overview of discussion items and major decisions of the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake).

Board of Education Meeting Highlights - February 14

An overview of discussion items and major decisions of the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake). For meeting agendas/minutes and a schedule of upcoming board meetings visit our meetings page.

JVH Drama Production of "OZ"

Follow the yellow brick road...

J.V. Humphries students in the Drama Exploratory class participated a wildly successful production of "OZ" on December 12-14 at the JVH Lighthouse Theatre. All three shows of the JVH Drama Production were sold out! Every student in the Drama Exploratory class was in the cast, production crew or stage crew for the performance. 

Congratulations and many thanks to students and staff!

Students in colourful t-shirts sitting and standing as part of the cast of a school production of "OZ"

Annual Holiday Hamper Fundraiser

This year JVH held a fundraiser from Monday to Friday, December 5th to the 16th. Senior students scheduled themselves for 60-minute shifts outside the Front Street Market. Thirty-eight shifts (!!) of dedicated students volunteered during their busy school day and made up the work they missed from class, raising in excess of $3800!

Great work JVH student volunteers!


J.V.H. Class of 2022 Valedictorians

Introducing our Class  of 2022 Valedictorians (L to R):


The Leaders Among Us

Our Student Parliament and Leadership students organized a Family Carnival with something for everyone! There were over 15 activities, from a dunk tank to face painting, old style events like bowling, bean bag toss, balloon darts and more. Over 250 people joined us for dinner, games, prizes and lots of great community building. 

Each one of our Leadership students has taken on a project over the year -some of which are:


Student leaders at JVH!

Our GSA students enlisted their friends, staff and community members to paint the steps in front of JVH for Pride Month!

Huge thanks to Tatum for leading the way and gratitude to all the painters!  



JVH Student makes promo video!

Our international student Jonathan Heiss, grade 10, made a video using his own drone footage of things he enjoyed while a student at JVH this spring.

It gives a great snapshot of what life in our K-12 school is like, and some of what our community offers.

We will miss Jonathan next year, and are excited to welcome other international students from as far away as Bangladesh and Germany.




Graduation Page Updates

Please note that we have started to add content about Scholarships to our Graduation page at