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Rutland Senior Secondary
Home of the Voodoos!
Principal's Message
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Welcome to our learning community, Rutland Senior Secondary School.  RSS is an exceptional place for our diverse student population and caring staff.  The many unique course offerings are part of what make RSS a special place for our staff and students to learn together. 
 
RSS students are provided agency through 'voice and choice' and encouraged to choose their learning via the many curricular and extra-curricular activities.  Our students are able to pursue Academic programs such as Advanced Placement and core Academic subjects.  Others excel in our extensive Applied Skills, Languages and Fine Arts programs.  The athletic teams are called the Voodoos (named after the Fighter Planes that used to refuel in the Okanagan) and have a rich history of excellence.  Everyday at RSS one can see students engaged and active in their learning.  

We are guided by the OECD's 7 Principles of Learning in the work that we do, which recognizes:
- the importance of putting learners are at the centre of their learning,
- the social nature of learning
- that emotions are integral to learning
- individual differences
- the importance of stretching all students
- assessment FOR learning
- the value of building horizontal connections.

Recently we have put an emphasis on building community through outreach into the other schools in Rutland and within our district.  Examples of this include: Our ASL classes visiting other schools and classes in our district of Deaf or Hard of Hearing students to teach sign language to their classmates, English classes visiting Middle and Elementary schools teaching lessons, our Physics students teaching middle school science lessons, our Earth Science students designing and teaching lessons to grade 3 classes on Earthquakes and Volcanos, our French classes teaching French to Elementary students.  Our Drama department invites elementray classes in to watch our Fall Production which always has a young learner theme.

Our Grad Council (Elected executive of the Grad class) raises funds as part of their Annual Legacy Project.  Each year they choose one of the Rutland Elementary Schools to connect with and provide additional support for the students who will one day be students in our school.  In 2017 they purchased books from the Adrienne Gear recommended book list, and went to the elementary school and read with the young students.  
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The staff is very proud to work in a learning environment where we continually strive to foster success for each student.  Many of our staff members attended RSS as students and feel such a strong connection to the community that they have chosen to return in order to continue to give back to our community.  Our teachers are constantly exploring new ways to teach students and help meet their needs.  Although we have formal parent teacher conferences throughout the year, teachers are available to meet or connect with parents to address any concerns.

Our Aboriginal students are provided support in academics with Teacher tutors, with social/emotional needs via Aboriginal Advocates, a support worker and an Aboriginal Edler in Residence.  This staff also provides support in Professional Development sessions for the rest of our staff in sessions after school and at staff meetings.
 
The diversity and variety of RSS course offerings is arguably the best in British Columbia. Some of these offerings include: Forestry, Emergency Medical Responder, Firefighter, BCIT Dual Credit programs (Heavy Machinery, Electrical), Okanagan College Dual Credit programs (Trades Sampler) , Residential Construction, Aboriginal Outdoor Education, Traditional Outdoor Education, Cafeteria -- Culinary Arts, Cutter’s Edge Program, Advanced Placement, a Preschool Program, ​ Pre-AP Courses, Leadership both Climate & Culture, as well as Social Justice and Sports Academies (Hockey, Soccer and Baseball​) which is no doubt why RSS is a school of choice in our district.  In partnership with Kelowna United Soccer, we have an indoor soccer dome on our property we have use of during the school day.  We also are the only school in BC that attends the Vancouver Opera, two to three times per year.  

Our focus starts with our Three Pillars of Academics, Athletics and Leadership. From there, in partnership with our Staff and PAC, we have identified our main goal to be continuing to work on having 95% of our Grade 12 students graduate on time. At RSS we embrace our mission statement of creating  “A CARING COMMUNITY CHALLENGING STUDENTS TO PURSUE EXCELLENCE IN LIFELONG ENDEAVORS”

Our hope is that this website will provide you with more information about all of the wonderful and creative learning opportunities at Rutland Senior Secondary.

I am honoured and proud to serve as the Principal of this caring learning community where students have a staff dedicated to supporting our students in a wide range of learning communities.

Hugh Alexander

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