High school focused on adjusting to new normal

As students come back for another school year at Humboldt Collegiate Institute, the high school is focused on adjusting to a new normal.

“We really look forward to the upcoming year, spending a lot of time with our students and helping them achieve great things,” said Cory Popoff, the school’s principal.

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That will include fine arts, athletics and practical classes.

To help adjust to the new normal, the Saskatchewan Health Authority has assigned Erin Plamondon-Braun as an extra counsellor for the school.

“We don’t know how long we’ll have her for; however, we’re blessed to have some additional counselling time here at HCI,” Popoff said.

The school will also be doing work this year to ensure that it meets the province’s goal of having 80 per cent of students reading, writing and doing math at the appropriate grade level by 2020.

“We definitely do have a plan to ensure that reading, writing and math are improving with our students,” Popoff said.

There’s been no major renovations inside the school, but the principal is excited about a new green space north of the school that was installed this summer.

“That will be used for our curricular and extracurricular programming come spring. We’ve got to wait a little bit for the grass to take, but we look forward to using that space,” Popoff said, adding there hasn’t been a lot of green space near the school to do that.

As for staff changes, Dennis Corcoran will teach math and physics, Glenda Lees band and choir, Chloe Monz visual arts and Shawna Meyers English language arts.

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