Trafalgar Thunder News

Terry Fox Run

The annual Terry Fox School Run is coming up on Sept. 27th. This year our school has a goal of raising $2,000.00 or $5 a student. The Terry Fox Foundation has a great reputation, with $.79 cents of every dollar raised going directly to cancer research. Donate online at or by simply giving your student $5 to bring before Run Day. For more information, visit

Remember – Mr. Bendig will shave his mullet if we raise $1,000!!

Corn Roast 2019!

What an excellent day! Thank you to all those who helped make it a success.

Principal’s Message

Welcome back to another fantastic year at Trafalgar Middle School! We are very excited about the year ahead and are off to a great start. This year, we are continuing the theme of “we are here to build each other up” which proved to be an encouraging and energizing force last year. Students and staff are already contributing to a positive learning environment by being helpful, kind, and cooperative throughout the school. We will continue to host various events under this theme, the first of which will be the annual Corn Roast on September 13!

We had such a great response to the change in communication last year that our homeroom teachers will continue to regularly send emails to inform parents about school and class news. Just a reminder, your child’s homeroom teacher is the first port of call for information about events, progress, or class items.

The first bell rings at 8:35 am and all students are required to be in their homeroom classes by 8:40 am for attendance. Any students that arrive after this time need to sign in at the office and get a late slip. If your child will be absent, it is important to email as well as the homeroom teacher with this information before 8:30 am. The parent portal on the MyEd site will be opening this fall for Trafalgar Middle School, where you will be able to check on your child’s attendance among other things. Stay tuned for more information!

A few exciting changes have taken place for this school year. First, Mr. Luck and Ms. Strachan have moved their office space to “the Centre” with Ms. Helena, the counselor. The Centre is a therapeutic place for students to come to when they need help, support, a calm place, or if they want to share their learning with us! As we develop this space more we will keep you updated.

The second change this year is that our enrollment has increased by over 50 students! As a result, we will be offering a brand new outdoor and environmental education leadership program! This program will be a grade 6-7-8 mixed homeroom class where students will have the opportunity to experience in-depth learning through outdoor experiences and leadership opportunities. This full-year enriched educational program will have regular academic classes and will include excursions into nature, including day trips and overnight ad-ventures. These excursions will offer students the opportunity to fulfill the curricular objectives in a different way; for example, journaling from a canoe while using the five senses or estimating and graphing invasive species while working with BC Fisheries. The program will develop leadership skills, environmental and ecological understanding, community engagement, and resilience. This is a great program for students who have an interest in the world around them, who want to make a difference, while at the same time providing an opportunity to discover new personal limits. The program will include:

 Team Building
 Hiking
 Trip Planning
 First Aid  Canoeing
 Orienteering
 Weather interpretation  Cross country skiing
 Avalanche assessment  Snow shoeing
 Risk management  Mountain biking
 Shelter building  Fishing
 Plant identification  Outdoor cooking
 Wildlife tracking
 Community engagement
 Environmental stewardship

Another change is our Catering program. Due to the success of Ms. Proctor’s program last year, we are rolling out a catering class as part of the grade 8 options. This class will get their Food Safe certificates and do the hot lunch program, Monday through Thursdays for Trafalgar! The hot lunch program will be up and running in the next few weeks and students will bring their own eating dishes and utensils to help us go green. Details about how to order and what is available will be sent out soon.

We are beyond delighted to welcome some new and returning staff: Mr. Ratzburg, Ms. Rozee, Ms. Jackson, Ms. Bloom, Ms. Bernice, and Mr. Tim. Trafalgar now has the largest middle school band program in B.C. and, under the direction of Mr. Ratzburg, will continue to develop and produce amazing music. All grade 6 students will be taking band at no cost. We recognize the important role music education plays in both social and academic development and are thrilled to be able to offer and support this opportunity!

Trafalgar values the participation of parents and we are holding our first Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting of the year on September 10 at 5:30 pm in the library at Trafalgar. Please come out and take part.

Finally, we would like to say thank you for being part of our Trafalgar community.

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Welcome Back!

The new grade 6 orientation for students and parents will be on August 29th at 2pm in the Fine Arts Centre, located on the third floor of Trafalgar. Please use the Hall Street catwalk entrance by the gym. At this meeting, the grade 6 team will be introduced and all students will be taken to their new classroom with their new teacher. This is a great opportunity for parents to meet the teacher, and for students to be introduced to their new learning environment. We are very excited that your child will be starting with us in the fall and we look forward to seeing you in August!

Lakeside Fun Day 2019

Thank you for a great year! We hope you have a wonderful summer!

Trafalgar’s Got Talent!

Amazing performance! Thank you to all the participants and Ms. Comrie for your hard work. Please click on the link below to see the show!

Congrats Band Students!

Trafalgar’s 7/8 Band won Gold at the Sun Peaks Music Festival and our 7/8 Jazz Band won Silver!

Trafalgar Market Day!

Please find the Nelson Daily news article here:

Makerspace 2018/2019!

EdCow Event Tuesday May 14th

Students, parents, and teachers presented last week to the Education Committee of the Whole which includes directors and board members for SD8.

Check out the amazing cake replica of Trafalgar below! 3 Trafalgar catering students helped make the delicious chocolate cake!

Kokanee Trip May 2019

Lauren Wilkinson (Olympian) Visit

Lauren Wilkinson, the rowing Olympian, came to speak to the grade 6s and the Rowing LLE participants yesterday. Students got to try a sprint together on the rowing machine in teams of 15 and they passed around her silver medal from the London Olympics. Afterwards students from the Rowing LLE got to hang out with her while trying their hand at rowing for the first time on the water. A photographer from the Nelson Star was there to document this special event. The Nelson Rowing Club is having an open house at their boathouse at Lakeside this Saturday (May 4th) from 10-2pm for anyone who would like to try it out!

Congrats to our Trafalgar Thunder Girls Basketball Team!

They are team of the week!

Huge Welcome to our Chinese Students!

Sunshine, fun and games at Lakeside during the welcome BBQ on Wednesday April 10th.

Grade 6 Flash Mob Performance

Science Fair 2019

Congratulations to all the participants! The projects were well done.

Carnaval was Awesome!

Thank you to all the students and staff who helped organize the amazing and delicious day!

Bonhomme was there!

Cottonwood Lake Adventures with 6-1 and 6-2

Spheros and Design Challenges in Grade 7

Design challenge in Grade 7: design instruments that can both pick up and crack open chestnuts!
Spheros in 7-1: Learning how to code!
Spheros in 7-1
What a beautiful January morning!

Resiliency: Helping Your Student Cope with Anxiety

Stacie-Rae Pereversoff, Child Youth Mental Health Clinician, will be holding 5 parent sessions on anxiety and coping strategies. These sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings at Trafalgar from 7-8 PM beginning on January 29th. Student sessions are also available. Please contact Ms. Hobden for more information.

Parent Sessions (Tuesdays 7-8 PM): January 29th, February 5th, February 12th, February 19th & February 26th.

Coldest Night of the Year

On February 23rd, Team Trafalgar is participating in the Coldest Night of the Year, a winter walk fundraiser that supports the hungry, homeless, and hurting in Nelson and area. So, will you join us?

Team Trafalgar is just getting geared up, and we are inviting any and all students, parents and families to join us on the walk (2, 5 and 10km options)!  Learn more and join us by following this link:

Winter Activity Program

Winter adventures await! Trafalgar is offering skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing for the winter session.

Gr.6 Dates – Thursdays and Fridays: January 10, January 18, January 25, and January 31

Gr.7 Dates – Mondays: January 14, January 21, January 28, and February 4

Gr.8 Dates (including split 7/8 classes) – Fridays and one Monday: February 1, February 8, February 11, and February 22

Just a reminder: Unlike this snowman, ALL students must wear a ski helmet at Whitewater!

Thank you Kurt Sorge and Ed Natyshak!

Kurt Sorge and Ed Natyshak presented to Trafalgar on Thursday December 13, 2018. They spoke about resiliency, mountain biking, and dealing with a spinal cord injury. Thank you for sharing your stories!

Happy holidays from the staff and students of Trafalgar!

Our annual Holiday Hampers are ready to go! A huge thank you to everyone who donated and helped put together this amazing effort for six of our Trafalgar families. Special thanks to Save-On-Foods, Dan Collins from Ripping Giraffe, Jennifer Cowan, Brenda Hornby, Sandy Leonard, Shannon Lythqoe, and the Nelson Star staff!

Candy Grams were delivered on Monday!

We raised $76.00 for the SPCA!

Holiday cards from 7-1 for their Haiti pen pals!

Happy Holidays from 6-2!


Humans help horse have holiday home!

8-1 architects in training build shelter for Austin the Horse at Ci Ci Life Animal Sanctuary

What a Friday!

Friday November 30th was Pajama Day and Staff vs. Students volleyball!

West Kootenay Volleyball Champions!

Congratulations Gr.8 girls! The team defeated JL Crowe 2 straight in the final. Way to go Thunder! The team is Mallard’s Team of the Week.

Metis Flag Raising Ceremony

Many of our students attended the ceremony on Friday November 16th in honour of Louis Riel.

Trafalgar News

Please find Trafalgar’s November newsletter here: November 2018 Newsletter.

SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance) Update

Happy Friday!

Trafalgar’s SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance) group will be meeting Fridays at lunch in the counselling area. The next meeting is Friday November 30. All students with an interest in this topic are welcome! Teacher sponsors are Ms. Hobden and Ms. Inkpen. Mandy Root (Freedom Quest) is a community sponsor.

We will be fundraising in the lead up to the winter holiday. Stay tuned for more information!

Please contact Ms. Hobden if you have any questions.

Trafalgar Band Department Fall Update!

With Christmas just around the corner, there are a couple of important dates coming up for students in the band program.

Wednesday, November 28th – 7pm     

The Playmor Junction Big Band in Concert with Trafalgar

The Playmor Junction Big Band is doing a series of music outreach performances in the Nelson, Slocan and Kaslo communities to support the arts in these communities. Band 7/8, and Jazz Band 7/8 will open for the big band, so please put this event on your calendar. It would be great to see a packed gym!

Tuesday, December 18th – 7pm           

The Trafalgar Bands Christmas Concert

This is our seasonal performance for all three Trafalgar Bands. Order of performance will be Band 6, Jazz Band 7/8, closing with Band 7/8.

Both performances will be held in the Trafalgar Gym and admission is by donation. Please spread the word!

Halloween for Hunger Food Drive

Thanks to all who participated! Here is the link to the Nelson Star article.

Happy Halloween!

It was spook-tacular!

School Appointments – Parent Instructions

  1. Go to
  2. Register for an account by clicking the “REGISTER” menu tab and filling in the on-line form. Choose a user id and password for yourself and then click the “Register Now” button.
  3. Add your children into the system by clicking the “Add a Student” button. Click “Insert New” button to add more children.
  4. Click the “date” icon beside each child’s name to schedule appointments. Select the staff you wish to book appointments with and the “View Calendars” button.  Use the “Ctrl” or “Command” key to select multiple staff to view at the same time.
  5. Click on available time slots to book your appointments to make your bookings.

Halloween Costume Guidelines – What Not to Wear

School District 8 – Kootenay Lake reminds students to keep it fun, not offensive

Halloween is just around the corner and this week many schools throughout the District will be hosting activities, costume parades and extra-curricular events.

It is also an opportune time to remind parents and students about inappropriate costume wear and that sometimes, even with good intent, or without even fully realizing it, people wear costumes that can make others feel upset, insulted or humiliated.

While the District does not have an official policy regarding Halloween costumes, we ask that everyone be respectful and that costumes should not cross the line that might promote sexism, racism, or appropriating culture.

Here are some guidelines to consider when selecting costumes that will be worn at school:

  • Students need to be identifiable and visible to ensure safety. Masks, coverings or make-up that results in staff being unable to identify students should not be worn.
  • Costumes that are provocative, revealing, sexual in nature or employ questionable props will not be permitted on school grounds.
  • Costumes that depict violence, alcohol or drugs are not appropriate. Fake weapons should not be brought to school.
  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.

Another important reminder for older students that attend schools with younger grades, it is everyone’s responsibility to create a safe environment for all students and to set a good example and think about how costume choice may impact others in the building.

With so many creative minds at work, there are a limitless number of costumes that don’t offend, so why not pick one of those this year!

Happy Halloween and safe trick-or-treating.

For more information:

Dr. Christine Perkins, Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer


Trafalgar vs. St. Joseph!

Debate Club Poster


AbEd Autumn Newsletter

AB ED Newsletter – October 2018-compressed

What a SUNNY and FUN Monday!

The Grade 8’s enjoyed a trip to Ainsworth Hot Springs and the Grade 7’s went to the NDCC pool for an afternoon of fun as part of our PE program.

Gr.6s will go swimming on Monday Oct.29th.

Trafalgar Thunder Volleyball is Team of the Week!

The Nelson Daily News has featured our team in their paper this week. Go Thunder!

Student Vote is happening on Thursday October 18th.

Shout-out to our cross country runners!

Congratulations 7/8 Girls Volleyball!

Congratulations to the 7/8 girls volleyball team who travelled to Oliver, BC this weekend and won first place in the tournament! They played teams from Penticton, Keremeos, Osoyoos and Oliver.

Sarah Robertson, Daisy McBeath, Hannah McClure, Abby Ens, Noa Bokser Wishlow, Ella Taylor, Atlyn Proctor, Shelbi Van Hellemond, Ally Nicholson, Ava Anast, and Jocelyn Mushumanski (Below)


Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

We have one of the best views in Nelson. What a gorgeous fall morning!


Hello Trafalgar Parents!

Thank you for your patience in our hot lunch start up this year. Many of you have been asking and we have been working hard to set up the system.

Hot lunches this year will occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The menus for these days will be:

Tuesdays – Pizza

Wednesdays – Subway

Thursday – Sushi

We have set up an online ordering system that will make the process smooth and easy for you through Munch-a-Lunch hot lunch program. You will have to register your children with the website, and then choose the lunches you would like to order. Payment will be accepted through cheque or cash in our main office.

Please click this link to go to the Munch-a-Lunch page.

Ordering for the October session will be open until October 12. We will open up ordering for November during the last week of October.

Again, thank you for your patience and  quick response as we get this program running for the new school year.

Viser haut ! Reach for the stars!

La classe de Mme Davina et de Mme Hobden (7-1) vise haut ! 7-1 has been busy goal setting this week.

Snack Attack!

Thank you Finley’s Bar and Grill for the “snack attack” on Tuesday. It was delicious!



“Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. Orange Shirt Day is … an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.” 

Orange Shirt Day website


Sept. 26, 2018

Good morning parents and guardians,

The school year is off to a great start at Trafalgar.  There has been a lot excitement and positive energy among students and staff.  Our school theme this year is “we are here to build each other up” and there have been a number of activities around the school in support of this including a school wide corn roast last Thursday. I would like to thank PAC for paying for the lunch and the parents that showed up to help.  If you would like to get a “feel” for the event, please check out the school website to see some photos that are posted there.  Our next event is a meet the teacher ice cream social on October 1 from 4:00 – 5:30.  Ice cream cones will be served in either the cafeteria or just outside the school.  The first 100 students will get an ice cream drumstick as our salute to the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.

There have been a few changes in school/parent communication at Trafalgar for this year.  You have already noticed that classroom teachers are emailing weekly or twice weekly newsletters giving you information about what is going on in your son’s/daughter’s class and around the school.  The school website is being revitalized and is the place to find out about what is going on school- wide, including announcements.  We will be discontinuing the mailing of school-wide announcements.  We are creating the opportunity for more personalized and direct communication with parents.

We are also changing attendance procedures for Trafalgar.  Last year we were experiencing difficulty with the interface of Safe Arrival and our school attendance system through MyEdBC.  This year if your child is going to be away we would ask that you email and leave that information with us prior 8:30am.  If all parents could inform the school of an absence in this way it would save our secretaries a lot of work and help provide a better level of service to all students in the school.  Thanks in advance for your help.

Our hot lunch program will be starting up after Thanksgiving on October 9. We will be offering Thor’s Pizza, Sushi from CC’s Sushi, and Subway sandwiches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This year, we will be offering monthly online ordering for our parents through Munch-a-lunch. All orders can be made online, and payment will be accepted via credit card through them as well. Cheques and cash can be brought to the school. We anticipate this will be a very successful program.



All parents are invited to join us for the upcoming Drum Stick Social, Monday Oct. 1 from 4-5:30pm. Come on out to have a drum stick or an ice cream cone in honour of the new school year and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Parents will have an opportunity to visit their child’s classrooms, meet the teachers, and get to know other students and staff.

We look forward to seeing you all there!


The sun was out and the finish line milk, cookies, and fruit were delicious!



Students and staff returned to school on Sept. 7, 2018. It has been a successful start and classrooms have been busy with learning activities and building community.

To start off the year, we are hosting our Second Annual Corn Roast on Sept. 20, 2018 at Kokanee Creek Park. There will be many games and relays followed by a BBQ with lots of corn! In the afternoon, teams of students will build cardboard boats concluding with a race to see who wins!

Students should bring the following:

  1. Small snack for the morning (lunch will be provided)
  2. Full water bottle
  3. Appropriate clothing
  4. Swimsuit and towel (if they choose to swim)
  5. A change of clothes in case they get wet

We are also hoping many parents will join us for this fun event! Please let us know if you can make it.



The staff and students participated in an assembly to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) last week. The entire school joined as part of a shared circle to participate in song, drum, and story led by both indigenous and non indigenous students sitting around the school’s Mother Drum (the circle within the circle). The ceremony was led by school elder, Donna Wright, and Gail Higginbottom and Danica Weager from the District Aboriginal Education Program. Photo courtesy of Jeff Yasinchuk.


For the second year in a row, Trafalgar’s Got Talent showcase rocked the house. With so much amazing student talent, we had run it another year! Many thanks to Ms. Comrie, and Drama 8 and Drama LLE students for their hard work to building a beautifully orchestrated school event! Please contact the office to purchase your DVD copy of the show ($15 each). Photo courtesy of Katie Comrie.


Grade 7 students, Molly Thomson and Solana Lam raised nearly $1000 for the Brave the Shave campaign to raise funds for cancer research. With tremendous courage in front of their peers, the two students braved the shave! We are so proud of these two! Their act of courage even attracted the local press! Photos and video courtesy of Jeff Yasinchuk.


For the third year in a row, Trafalgar hosted the annual Indigenous youth conference again earlier this month. With over 150 students in Grades 6-9 from around SD8 participating, the conference featured 14 different workshops, an elk stew lunch courtesy of Alligator Pie Catering, and a concert by Indigenous hip-hop group, Mob Bounce, from Calgary. Thank you to the staff and students at Trafalgar for their support as the conference bring a great deal of disruption to the school. Until next year… Photos courtesy of Tom Weager.


Congratulations to Grade 8 student, Che Steffler, who recently had his poem ‘The Great River’ published in the Young Writers of Canada anthology, Catch the Whispers! Che originally wrote the poem in Grade 6 but took time to polish it before submitting it to this national youth writing contest. Way to go, Che!


The entire Grade 7 class spent the day at Lakeside Park sharing a celebration of the end of their year. Paddling activities were at the top of the agenda. Photos courtesy of Christophe Valls.


Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27 are student portfolio presentation days. Parents/Guardians can book a portfolio presentation time by clicking HERE. If you do not already have an account, please follow the directions to do so. It is quick and easy. Please contact the school should you have trouble booking your appointment. NOTE: Trafalgar school staff will be unable to book appointments.


After nearly six weeks in Nelson, the contingent of twenty-six Chinese students and their three chaperones are leaving our community. We hope that they enjoyed their time in Nelson and wish them safe travels! Photo courtesy of Christophe Valls.


Earlier this month, four members of the boys mentorship group spent a whirlwind two days visiting the University of British Columbia and having dinner with the President of UBC, Dr. Santa J. Ono. Grade 8 students Caiden Thompson, Elwyn Langford, Che Steffler, and Grady Reise were accompanied by Mr. Luck for the trip. The dinner was held at the private residence of Ono, a mentor and supported of the Vancouver Boys Club Network. Trafalgar has started a chapter of the Boys Club Network as it expands its boys mentorship program. For more information on the program see the recent article in the Nelson Star. Photos courtesy of Paul Luck and Elwyn Langford.


Traditional Lakota hoop dancer, Teddy Anderson, spent the day at Trafalgar sharing his passion for indigenous learning. Teddy provided a school-wide performance that was simply amazing! Anderson used story, teachings, two dance exhibitions, and a group lesson that included students and teachers to share his understanding of our place in the world: we are all connected. Several classes also received a private workshop with Teddy to learn a bit of the art of hoop dancing. Photos and video courtesy of Christophe Valls.



Congratulations to Grade 7 French Immersion student, Tasia Arteaga Radonich, who is one of four students selected to participate as a term member of the editorial board for the soon-to-be-launched CBC Kids News, an online news portal for…kids. The role of the editorial board will be to provide feedback, insights, and ideas for the development and ongoing production of the website’s content. After completing a lengthy online questionnaire, and then a grueling forty-five minute phone interview (which included questions like “What skills would you bring to the team?“), Tasia was notified in late-April of her selection. And she is VERY excited. Her first assignment? Review the beta version of the new CBC Kids News website and offer feedback. The position runs until September 26th. Trafalgar is very proud of Tasia and can’t wait to read her contributions!

Grade 7 French Immersion student, Tasia Arteaga-Radonich, is CBCs newest employee!


Trafalgar Middle School would like to thank the President’s Choice Children’s Charity (PCCC) for its contribution to our student meal program which includes a three day a week breakfast program and subsidies for students to participate in our lunch program for the remainder of the year. The charity provided a cheque for $1591.50 to be spent before the end of June 2018! Thank you!


Congratulations to the Grade 8 band students on a very successful event at Sun Peaks in Kamloops at the ConBrio Festival this past weekend. The collective of musicians earned a THIRD place finish in the Concert Band adjudication and the Jazz Band grabbed a SECOND place finish. Photos will be forthcoming!


Several classes spent the day in Creston at the annual sturgeon release day as part of the Upper Columbia Sturgeon Release Program. This event was part of the a program that involved an in-class presentation Photo courtesy of Tim Wooldridge.

7/8 was one of several classes that attended the juvenile sturgeon release program in Creston.


Mr. Tim’s love of capoeira has caught on and once again capoeira master, Julio Montiero, spent a week working with all students to develop their skills. Julio may be returning in May for an encore…stay tuned! Photos and video courtesy of Tim Wooldridge.


After a morning of community clean up, a hot dog lunch, the students and staff spent some time having fun at the annual indoor track meet. Huge thanks to Mrs. Lakeman, Mr. Hergott, Mr. Piro, Ms. Debiasio, Mr. Anast, and Mrs. Proctor for their behind the scenes efforts to make feeding 400 people and ensuring fun was had by everyone that participated. The winning team colour is…TBA. Photos courtesy of Christophe Valls.


This week Trafalgar students and staff spent the morning engaged in their annual Community Clean Up. Classes were spread throughout the City of Nelson to tidy up public spaces. The school collected over 700 pounds of garbage including a picnic table top, a door, and an abandoned small engine! Special thanks to Mme. Davina for her organizational prowess and getting this school-wide event successfully off the ground. Photo courtesy of Christophe Valls.




All Grade 7 students and their parents may access the BC Ministry of Education Satisfaction Survey by clicking HERE.


Last week, several Trafalgar students participated in the annual West Kootenay Regional Science Fair hosted by the Selkirk College GLOWS Program. And boy was the group successful! Here’s list of the winners:


Nathan Jackman
Veronica Naul
Mia Jury
Sequoia Lauritzen
Molly Thomson
Aryah Gower & Moriya Hoodicoff
Nora Janssen & Iris Emery
Jack O’Donnell
Cole Jolly

Several students also won cash prizes including AJ Barrett, Veronica Naul, Jack O’Donnell, Aryah Gower and Mriya Hoodicoff, Cole Jolly, and Nora Janssen and Iris Emery. Congratulations to all students! The school is extremely proud of your passion and commitment to your projects! Photos will be posted when available.


Several Trafalgar classes spent time with Kamloops-based author, Lorna Carleton, learning about writing, following your passion, and the do-it-yourself ethic. Lorna, an L.V. Rogers graduate (Class of 1978), shared the story that brought her to writing including her efforts to self-publish her first book (which has sold over 3000 copies in Canada since July 2017). The Library has two copies of the first book of the planned seven books series, The Dragons of Nibiru. A HUGE THANKS to Lorna for sharing her time and passion with the students!


The Library hosted students from Blewett, South Nelson, Rosemont, and Redfish Elementary schools as part of Trafalgar’s Grade 5 orientation and transition process. The students and their teachers spent the morning in the makerspace program learning about design thinking and electronics while completing design challenges and tinkering with the MakeyMakeys. Huge thanks to all of the teachers for bringing their gangs!


Local Metis elder and president of the Nelson and Area Metis Society, Don Courson, shared his knowledge and stories with aboriginal students keen to learn more about their family. Don shared how he learned about his Metis heritage and how students can begin to ask questions and learn their heritage. Thanks to Don for sharing his wisdom!


Environmentalist Sheila Street from the BC Ministry of Environment presented to Ms. Comrie’s 8-5 students on hydrofluorocarbons and the consequences of oil spills on our environment. Students had the opportunity to use a variety of materials to experiment with soaking up a simulated oil spill. What did they find? PLASTIC works the best! Why? Plastics are made from oil and its adheres well to…oil. Huge thanks to Ms. Street for sharing her time and expertise with the class! Photos courtesy of Katie Comrie.


February is Black History Month and Trafalgar students and staff received a terrific lesson on black history by Canadian actor, Omari Newton. Joined by his sister, Akilah, Omari spoke to the school about the history of athletics and black activism from Willie O’Ree (first black player in the NHL) to Muhammed Ali, and Kurt Flood (credited with bringing free agency to professional sports). The students asked terrifically insightful questions and offered equally observant comments. Thanks to Omari and Akilah for spending the morning with us! Photos courtesy of Christophe Valls.


Mr. Tim.s 7/8 class spent a beautiful Kootenay winter day snowshoeing and learning some natural history at Nancy Greene Provincial Park.


The Grade 8 students spent a day at the 10th Street and Silverking campuses of Selkirk College late last week. The main reason for the annual Discover Your Passions is to expose our students possible future career options in the trades and the required post-secondary training. Each student actively participated in two selected workshops that included everything from making a book stand in the carpentry program, cutting out their initials in the welding program, making sushi in the professional cook program, learning about the music recording process in the music program, and designing a rocket in the digital arts and new media program. After a morning of learning and a hearty lunch, the students (and staff) participated in a fun-filled Selkirk School Spirit Award Olympics. A huge thanks to Selkirk College for opening their doors to our school. And a grateful round of applause for the Industry Trades Authority for, once again, offering the necessary grant funding to make this event possible. Photos courtesy of Bob Hall. More photos to come!


We are continuously working to improve our processes around communicating your child’s progress to you. In an effort to reduce the amount of paper we are using, as well as to ensure reports are received by parents, we have moved to an electronic format. The appearance of our report card has changed slightly. However,  the information that is communicated to you about your child’s progress remains the same (big ideas, evidence of learning, what your child should know/do/understand) in a letter grade free format.

If you have a child who took part in one of our short seven week LLE classes this term (Photography, Outdoor Recreation, MakerSpace & Robotics, Hands On Science, Stitch ‘n Craft) you will be receiving a one page summary of their progress for this class. This brief report will be EMAILED to you on Monday, February 19. If your child is taking any of the other LLE classes, they are still in progress and you will receive a report on Thursday, March 15.

A full report of your child’s progress in all subject areas will be EMAILED to you on Thursday, March 15. If you have changed your email address within the past four months, please let our office know as soon as possible to ensure that we have the most current one in our records.


A group of students spent some time at JuiceFM radio station to cut a PSA (public service announcement) for the annual Pink Shirt Day! Getting the word out about bullying and spreading the love. Way to go, team! Photo courtesy Carol-Ann Leidloff.

Maeghan, Sam, Hannah, and Emily getting ready to cut the PSA at JuiceFM.


It’s official! We are a middle school (Grades 6-8). Huge THANKS to SD8 Maintenance for refreshing of our building signage! It is awesome! Photo courtesy of Lisa Hobden.


Congrats to Grade 8 student, Che Steffler! His poem, The Great River, will be published this spring as part of the Young Writers of Canada Contest! Che’s poem is one of hundred poems selected from over 6000 submissions from all over Canada. Look for the anthology Catch The Whispers in a local book store or our library in May 2018. Way to go Che!

Grade 8 student, Che Steffler, poses with his official publication certificate for his poem, The Great River.


Trafalgar Middle School is pleased to announce that our Principal, Mrs. Leidloff, was selected as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2018. This prestigious award is in recognition of her outstanding leadership at a provincial and district level and especially her six years as Principal of Trafalgar Middle School. On behalf of the Trafalgar students, parents and staff we would like to congratulate Mrs. Leidloff on her extraordinary achievement!

Mrs. Leidloff celebrates her recognition award with superintendent, Dr. Christine Perkins.


Mme. Machado’s Grade 6 FI class spent time with learning about and making pemmican last week. An indigenous energy bar of sorts, pemmican is a very high caloric snack consumed by many aboriginal groups while hunting, checking trap lines or on very long treks. In lieu of ripe chokeberries, the pemmican was sweetened with dried currants. Some students also took the salty-sweet substance home to air dry before consuming. Hmmm-hmmm!

Students from Mme. Machado’s class mix the ground bison meat with ghee butter (substitute for tallow), and top it off with adding dried currants for sweetening.


The outdoor recreation group spent time at the climbing gym at Selkirk College. Here are some students caught in the action. Photos courtesy of Staci Proctor.


Just before the holidays, Mr. Stainer’s 6/7 class spent the afternoon in the foods room making fruit clafoutis, french dessert that is a cross between a fruit pie and cake (or so we are told…). Apparently, they tasted as good as they looked! Photo courtesy of Brian Stainer.


The Outdoor Recreation LLE class spent the afternoon at Apex Cross Country Area. Fun in the snow! Photo courtesy of Staci Proctor.


Last week, Vaz’zy was in the school! The duo, hailing from Grand Forks, worked with all of the French Immersion classes sharing, writing, and performing songs that celebrate French Canadian culture and tradition. The week of intense workshops culminated in a school-wide performance by the FI classes. Photos by Christophe Valls.


Ms. Comrie’s Grade 8 Drama Class performed their Remembrance Day offering to classes earlier this week. It was a powerful performance and sought to address the question: What is the relevance of continuing to recognize Remembrance Day anyway?


Going into the holidays after Rainbow Day here’s the Trafalgar House Points Standings:


Ms. Kennedy’s class (6-3) recently dropped off a cheque to the Nelson SPCA for $261 through various baked goods sales earlier this spring.


The girls volleyball teams competed a 1-2 sweep of the West Kootenay Girls Volleyball Finals this weekend at Mount Sentinel. The two squads played each other for the championship placing first and second ahead of ten other schools. Congratulations to all players for another terrifically successful season! Photo courtesy of Staci Proctor.


Mme. Dexter’s class has been busy this fall with involvement in many community endeavours and deep learning opportunities. Check out all of the action on her classroom blog!

It has been a busy fall term for Mme. Dexter’s class!


Grade 6 students are getting an opportunity to learn about indigenous musical instruments from around the world courtesy of knowledge-keeper, Liam Fitzpatrick. Liam’s extensive travels to Africa and South American has resulted in a terrific collection of indigenous musical instruments that he shared with Grade 6 students this week!


Ms. Comrie has been using the medicine wheel in her Grade 8 class to help students to focus on goals for the year.


Door decorating, pumpkin carving, and the annual costume contest are highlighted a day of spooktacular fun as students and staff got into the Halloween spirit! Photo courtesy of Christophe Valls.


Transgender and gender variant advocate, Christopher Moore, returned to Trafalgar to begin his workshops of gender awareness and support with Grade 6 classes. He recently visited with Mme. Machado’s class. As part of his work with students, Christopher facilitates a brainstorming session for ideas to support transgender and gender variant awareness and diversity in our school and community. Below is some of the ideas generated by the students. Christopher will be in the school working with each of the classes this year. For more information on Christopher’s work please visit Kootenay Transgender Connect website. Photo courtesy of Wanda Machado.


For the third year in a row, the entire student body and staff flooded the third floor hallway, gymnasium, and fine arts centre to do something beautiful: read together for 30 minutes! DEAR is part of the school’s larger goal to increase literacy, promote the importance of reading, and to celebrate the simple pleasure of indulging in a great book. Photo courtesy of Jeff Yasinchuk.


As the BC Curriculum changes, Trafalgar shifted its assessment practices of and for student learning. The school has moved from a letter grade system to a rubric-based process, which includes more ongoing, continuous sharing of learning using the digital portfolio platform, FreshGrade. Download a one page FreshGrade Parent Guide to explain how it works to empower parents (and students) in the learning process. For more details on how FreshGrade will help our students, parents, and teachers to support their learning please see Parent Letter.


On Friday afternoon, Trafalgar students and staff were entertained by The Inferiors a rock band from Kimberly, BC with members who are students at David Thompson Secondary. The four-piece rock band has been playing together for three years and it showed! With a set of covers and three original tunes, the ban’s impressive musicianship and camaraderie was evidence to those in attendance. You can find The Inferiors on Instagram (@theinferiors) and on Facebook. Thanks to the band for a great time!


All students and staff attended a school-wide gathering to acknowledge and support national Orange Shirt Day held every year on September 30th. Orange Shirt Day recognizes all of the aboriginal children that attended residential schools in Canada. The event included words and support from Metis elder, Donna Wright, superintendent Christine Perkins, and SD8 Principal of Aboriginal Education, Gail Higginbottom. Wright opened and closed the gathering with a drum song and offered students a teaching about respect for all including the earth itself. Students then engaged in a closing activity to decorate tipi models throughout the school. Orange shirt cut outs were provided and students were asked to respond to the challenge: “What is one thing that you can do to make someone feel like they matter?” The shirts/thoughts were then wrapped around several model tipis throughout the school as reminders to all of us that ‘every child matters’. Students displayed immense respect and support for the duration of the gathering. For more information about Orange Shirt Day visit Photo courtesy of Christine Perkins.


In July 2016, the School District #8 (Kootenay Lake) Board of Education passed a by-law* to close Trafalgar Middle School. Please see below for answers to many of the questions you may have regarding what this means for your child:

  • While the Board motion indicates that the school could close as early as the end of this school year, this possibility is extremely unlikely because renovations must occur at Blewett Elementary School and Central Education Center (CEC) in order to accommodate our students. Funding for these renovations is dependent on our District receiving a Capital Grant from the Ministry of Education.
  • We anticipate the school will likely close at the end of the 2017-18 school year at the earliest, although the Board motion provides an additional year (2018-19) for the renovations to Blewett and CEC to be completed before the anticipated closure of Trafalgar Middle School will occur.
  • Yes, this is possible – if the renovations to Blewett and CEC do not occur. The District, however, is committed to following through on the by-law passed by the Board and will make every effort to do so within the anticipated time-frame.
  • If the renovations to Blewett and CEC have been completed, Grade 5 students will remain at their elementary schools for Grade 6 and 7. Students in Grades 7 and 8 currently in attendance at Trafalgar will transition to L.V. Rogers Secondary School (which will become a Grades 8-12 school).
  • The French Immersion Program is a District program that is currently ‘housed’ at Trafalgar Middle School. If/when the school closes, the French Immersion Program will be moved to the CEC.
  • While the District always encourages students to attend their neighborhood/catchment area school, we recognize that families may choose to send their children to other schools for a variety of reasons. If Trafalgar Middle School is your catchment area school, then yes, please enroll your child. School closure (if it happens) is still a couple of years away.
  • Our school was built in 1921, and as a result requires a great deal of regular maintenance. The building has reached the point where it requires significant renovation and ‘deferred’ maintenance in order to continue to meet the needs of our students. The cost of these renovations and upgrades outweighs the benefits, particularly when the Facilities Review process has shown that our other schools could accommodate Trafalgar’s students. This move would more fully utilize the number of ‘seats’ filled in each of the other district buildings. In other words, it is more cost effective to close Trafalgar than it is to renovate and/or rebuild the building.

* School District #8 School Closure By-law (re: Nelson Family of Schools):

  • BE IT RESOLVED that the Facilities Plan reflect the Board’s desire to continue to work with schools and communities to strengthen the Family of Schools model.
  • Whereas the Board needs to build capital reserves while making a case for capital renewal for the addition to Blewett and the renovation to Central [Education Centre], there is time between the finalization of the plan and the implementation of the plan to monitor enrollment projections; be it resolved the Board agrees further fine-tuning of the scenarios should be carried out in the interim, reflecting changes in enrollment projections, school capacities, and programming space.
  • Given that the final facilities plan is dependent on capital funding for 2 additions, 1 renovation and 1 new build, that the following priority be given to the capital projects on future capital plan submissions–Salmo Secondary Addition–Blewett Elementary Addition and Central Renovation–South Nelson Elementary Rebuild on Trafalgar property.
  • Be it resolved the board commit to supporting the cultural and physical preparations of all receiving schools.
  • The Board direct staff to semi-annually report back to the Board on the status of the Facilities Plan implementation including enrollment projections, property disposal status, capacity utilization, facility condition index (FCI), programming and transition update and capital planning status.
  • The Board have an annual meeting in each family of schools to talk about the Facilities Plan.
  • The School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) Facilities Plan, as amended, BE APPROVED.
Need more details? We encourage you to visit the District’s facilities review webpage.