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The scope of historical discovery in the West Kootenay is learned best through hands-on experiences. Imagine learning the stories directly from the history writers and following the trails of the past. Waterfalls, waterways, hot springs, valleys, and villages were all on show as the Seven Summits Centre for Learning students traveled the West Kootenay Historic Loop during a recent Social Studies field trip. “Learning alongside these incredible young people, through their experiences and connections to our home, is always the best part of this three-day history road trip,” said Mr. Jonny...

Imagine starting the 2021-2022 school year with an experience in the great outdoors. Following a tradition since 2016, the students of Seven Summits Centre for Learning began the school year with a retreat that promoted adventure and eliminated the electronics, hectic schedules, and conventional outlooks one typically associates with the first week of school. 

The Centre staff designed the camping trip to build inclusion, self-confidence, and self-efficacy.

By removing the usual academic, athletic, and social competition that shapes a teen’s life, the staff facilitated individual and group...

The more youth who learn this game- the better! This motto sums up the philosophy at Redstone Golf Resort. The legendary Les Furber Signature Course, located in Rossland, B.C., offers 18 inspiring holes with smooth tee boxes, winding fairways with ultimate undulations, culminating on challenging greens.  An interesting fact about Redstone Golf Resort is the front nine holes of the course are comprised of a combination of three par 3s, three par 4s, and three par 5s: an usual mix for most courses.  

The students from Seven Summits Centre for Learning are fortunate to benefit from Rossland’s...

Student leadership is one of the greatest predictors for academic and future success. It is a skill that is taught through modelling and ongoing practise in the home, school, and/or community. 

Cooper Legler, a grade twelve student at the Seven Summits Centre for Learning, is an active volunteer, group motivator, and leader. 

Cooper first garnered attention last September when he repaired a timing hut at Black Jack Ski Club to complete his Eagle Scout rank with Scouts of America. In attaining his Eagle Scout rank, Cooper accomplished a goal that less than eight percent of all Scouts achieve...

At Seven Summits Centre for Learning, the grade eight and nine students complete a year-long “Rite of Passage Experience” project (R.O.P.E). This project introduces the students to new areas of study and skill practice as they work with community mentors. A project of special interest this year was Maddi Hampton’s dog training project where she learned how to teach dogs to become certified assistance animals for the Leash of Hope Assistance Dogs program. 

Maddi admits she may not have been inspired to do this if not for the R.O.P.E project. Now Maddi is working diligently with her second dog...

At Seven Summits Centre for Learning, our students are the architects of their own destinies. One of the Centre’s current students whose perseverance has been paying off is Noah Ketel. He is a 15-year-old motocross racer who is steadily climbing the ranks with his ultimate goal to be the BC Provincial Champion in Motocross.

Noah started motocross at six years old and progressed to racing by nine years of age. He races on a KTM125cc, when most of the competitors race on 250cc. Nonetheless, he is so fast he placed 4th out of 35 competitors in the BC 250cc Junior class race and 6th out of...

The downhill mountain bike racer from Rossland who was too young to compete as a junior was only seconds off the winning time of the pro-elite men. As BC Provincial Champion, Bodhi Kuhn is blowing away the downhill mountain bike race results. 

Bodhi Kuhn, a 16-year-old student at Seven Summits Centre for Learning, is successfully captivating the attention of followers of the downhill racing scene. He has been given the title of fastest Canadian junior by Terry McKall of cyclist magazine (https://cyclingmagazine.ca/mtb/meet-bodhi-kuhn-the-16-year-old-dh-racer-pushing-elite-pace/ ). 

But there is...

Gold Fever Follies historic musical comedy show, a screenplay based on Rossland’s Gold Rush days, is once again filled with exciting characters. What would it be like to step back in time to the era of the 1890s? Just ask a Seven Summits Centre for Learning Alumni Michaela Mclean as she dances through her first year with the iconic musical show. 

Michaela is a performing arts student at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, B.C. where she studies singing, dancing, and acting.  She explains, “As a competitive Nordic skier, I went to high school at 7S where I was surrounded by...

Rémi Drolet has tremendous potential to represent Canada as a Nordic skier in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Rémi has been involved in Canada’s Nordic junior developmental programs since he made his first entrance onto the racing scene at the 2017 Junior World Championships. Since then, he has competed in the last three Junior World Championships when in 2020 he led the relay team to Canada’s first-ever team to take home a medal. Since that time he has also raced in one Senior World Championship race.

Homegrown in Rossland, B.C, Rémi has a keen appreciation for the outdoors and all the sports...

After a drought of live events, classical music enthusiasts are set to enjoy a free 'Bachyard' concert in Rossland hosted by accomplished local musician Carolyn Cameron, with some tasty treats provided by Hooper’s Bakery. The two, one-hour long sessions for Bach Aficionados will take place at 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, 11 July in Upper Rossland and donations to St Andrew’s United Church Rehab Project are welcomed, but not compulsory. 

Carolyn, who isn’t entirely new to the outdoor fundraising concert scene, will transform her patio and elevated yard into a ‘staged’ performance for her celebration...

Our Learning Community is celebrating the success of 2016 7S High School Grad Sage Robine after she was chosen as ‘The most Outstanding Biological Sciences Undergraduate of the Year’ by The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

We've taken the art of collaboration to heart in our latest campaign to invest in bright local talent to build beautiful partnerships.  By commissioning Trail based, mixed media artist Kimberley Cutler to weave Rossland’s mountain mindscapes into our every day-to-day, we hope to enhance collective identity, strengthen community spirit and support the struggling creative sector.

‘Out of the Cellar’ in downtown Rossland has become the first local business to get behind the drive to raise money to get a huge community resource, St Andrew’s United Church, habitable and future fit. The boutique shop which specialises in high quality gifts, homeware and mountain lifestyle fashion is donating 50% of the sales from its Rossland themed pottery range in May to the fundraising drive.

Trail entrepreneur and artist, Hailey Revolone, has successfully launched her own business at the age of 21 with the help of 7S!  We became Mystic Design’s first official client, harnessing Hailey’s creative eye and helping her design her own future.
 
As a 7S Grad, Hailey has applied her unique insight to her new venture’s first project, producing a raft of marketing materials which the innovative educator can express itself through.  These include new van decals, sticker designs, banners, fundraising merchandise and a poster advertising campaign.  Taking control of her career in the same way she...

There are lots of ways you can assess your impact on the planet and help address the balance by following this link.  Photo Cred: 7S student Sam King.

 

Harbouring a sense of community in Rossland

 

"Kind, professional and polite young men! Thanks for arranging this!"  Genevieve Fortin.

Great Workers!  We had 3 students arrive to help us move a huge amount of wood from our downed White pine out in Happy Valley.  They were fantastic workers, moving pieces of wood that must have weighed much more than they did.  They were unfailingly polite and cheerful and we feel we have made new friends,"  Margo Williams.

 

Our student volunteers have been out in the community helping local residents with their Spring Yard Clean Up!  We have...

Student life at Seven Summits Centre for Learning has been relatively unaffected by the major developments which have been taking place within our iconic building but when they're completed our whole community will benefit from the new space!  Help St Andrew's United Church get over this last financial hurdle and secure its future for the next hundred years!


Spring into a Learning Adventure!  Grab the opportunity to arrange a virtual or in-person meeting during April and May, tailored to your family, at a time that suits.  An opportunity that is as flexible as our Learning Centre! Just register your interest here.

 

 

 

Our alumni continue to make the history books!  Last year it was Remi Drolet who achieved a BC-best 4th place in the Men's 30K.  This year, and also from Black Jack Ski Club, Jasmine Drolet’s 18th place finish in the 15k at the World Junior Champs in Finland is the best-ever result for a female athlete from BC!  
The previous best was 23rd, achieved by Jasmine a few days ago in the 5k - a tie with Elizabeth Elliott’s result from last year in the sprint event.  
7S alumni Molly Miller (Black Jack Ski Club) finished in 30th, making her the 2nd fastest female ever from BC in a distance event at World...

Every year, our high school students learn how to stay safe in the backcountry, for free, thanks to Keith Robine from Kootenay Avalanche Courses and the generous folks from Big Red Cats. who enable them to practice what they've learnt in their tenure.

Nordiq Canada has announced the athletes who will be competing on the World Cup and World Championship teams next year.  Three of them attended 7S - Way to Go Remi, Jasmine and Molly!  We are very proud.

Have a safe, happy holiday! 

The last day of school before the Christmas holiday break was spent crafting, sledding in pajamas, wearing crazy festive head pieces, watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation movie and enjoying hot chocolate as well as popcorn together. 

It was a great way to end the year!  CLICK THIS VIDEO TO SEE THE FESTIVITIES INSIDE AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM: :  File christmas_is_coming_3.mp4

The festive fabric trees pictured were made in our Textiles class by students in Grades 8 & 9.  They're led by our multi talented Operations Manager Robin, who is a dab hand at anything that...

Fundraising Update:  Thank you to everyone who helped us raise $521 for Dressember 2020!  We hope to make it even bigger and better next  December to help bring an end to modern day slavery and human trafficking.  

 

 As part of our Strategic Planning Review, please complete a short survey by Sunday, 29th November for your chance to WIN a $50 gift card, just in time for Christmas spending! Whatever your connection to us, your input will help us capture the vision of the entire community we serve and enable us to evolve in line with its needs, over the next three years.

2020 Strategic Planning Review: Please complete the survey that is most relevant to your connection with our learning centre:

General Rossland/Community Survey Link: CLICK HERE for our Community Survey OR CLICK HERE if you are a Current 7S...

Malia Johnston has received the first ever Jeff Stewart Memorial Award for radiating originality, having a unique spark, spirit, and presence:  “Thanks!  It was unexpected but I’m flattered! “It’s good to know that standing out pays off!  ‘Being me’ is not going to stop any time soon!” 

Students and staff always make such a wonderful effort to celebrate Halloween when they come into school in their costumes and the classrooms were filled with an eclectic mix of outfits this year with a beekeeper (Robin) and a folk singer (Tanis) among them!  To see how creative our learning family got, take a peek at our Halloween pictures!

Pumpkin carving at seven summits centre for learning in Rossland

Fun Fact!  Did you know that Pumpkins are a fruit!?  In the run up to Halloween our students got creative with their pumpkin lanterns and carved up designs that were horrifying and spooktacular!  See what they got up to in our photo gallery below!

Our first monthly board meeting of the new academic year has been held in 'blended' form, with attendees joining it remotely as well as in person, via Zoom.  We are grateful for the support that so many of our advocates and parents (current and past) continue to provide by becoming board members and members at large.  The 2020/21 Board Members who will captain, navigate and steer our Learning Centre forwards during the year ahead are listed below. 

Still Recruiting Board Members!

We are still recruiting for a Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator.  If you would like to have a say in how Seven...

Trail & District Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2020 New Not for Profit and Charity Category

What a badge! We're proud to have been nominated in the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce's NEW 'Not-for-profit/Charity' Business Excellence Award Category and to stand among such outstanding organizations. They're all so different but all work incredibly hard to make our community as strong and as rich as it is. Don't forget to vote by October 23rd! It only takes a moment! 

VOTE HERE:  https://trailtimes.secondstreetapp.com/Business-Excellence-Awards-2020-2...

Zwift Rider Louise Leidl, U23 Canyon Development Team, Canyon Esports

Way to go Louisa!  7S alumni Louisa Leidl is from Austria and joined us in Grade 11 (2019) as one of our international students so that she could ski race with Red Mountain Racers.  Proving herself an elite indoor cyclist she has just won a spot on the new U23 Canyon Development Team and will be competing at the highest level of racing on Zwift with Canyon Esports - the world's first professional eRacing team.  She was one of these 20 young, talented riders to join the team and win a contract:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0Mibnxn5W0&feature=youtu.be

Find out more here:  

The Timing Hut project at Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland

Our learning family, past and present, is full of Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club members.  7S student Cooper Legler, together with friends Abbey & Matt as well as a bevy of local supporters, have given their club's Timing Hut in Rossland a new lease of life. The restoration project, financed by Cooper's GoFundMe page, has already raised over $2000 and will have a positive impact on our local skiing community.   As Project Foreman, it also puts Cooper on track to become the third generation in his family to successfully complete the Eagle Scout badge - the highest rank in scouting.  Way to...

We can confirm that there have been NO Covid cases, NO suspected Covid cases, and NO linked cases of COVID-19 within Seven Summits Centre for Learning. We are grateful that the robust efforts of our students, staff and learning family will continue to keep our community safe.  Erroneous reporting on local radio has created understandable concerns which the station is currently addressing on air.

We warmly welcome founding board member and past president, Robin Hethey to our team!  As operations manager, Robin Hethey replaces Ann Quarterman who has joined the BC Wildfire Services in Castlegar after seven years of working with “wonderful people” and enjoying “great experiences” during her time at our learning centre.

Save the Date!

 

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be taking place on Thursday, 24th September at 7.30pm at the Learning Centre (2110 First Avenue, Rossland).  We hope that current and prospective parents, who may be interested in finding out more about us or who wish to get more involved in our learning community, will attend in person or via Zoom.  (N.B. As expected, we will be respecting and observing all physical distancing and safety protocols so please ensure you bring a mask and sanitise your hands on arrival.  Thank you!)

Parent Meetings

We will also be holding...

We need your help!  Please purchase Ferraro Foods Gift Cards through the centre!

The selling of Ferraro Foods gift cards is our main fundraiser and the reason why we don't need to ask our parents to sell cookie dough or Poinsettias!   

It's never been so easy to convert your grocery shopping into student benefits!   Buying them on a gift card bought through the centre helps fund a wide range of educational experiences throughout the year, from special activities and trips to our annual turkey dinner.

No extra Costs involved! 

You buy $500 and you get $500 - Ferraro Foods kicks in the 5% we now...

The day gave us the chance to find out the many reasons why new students chose to join us.  Among them were course selection, 7S providing a 'better fit', our reputation for excellence, a Covid friendly learning enviornment and the opportunity to balance learning with life for the figure skaters, dancers, cross country skiers, bikers and Red Mountain Racers who have embraced our unique blended style because it works best for them and puts them in control.  WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE TEAM BUILDING DAY HERE!

Have concerns about returning to the classroom this September? Don't worry. We have your back! We give you SEVEN reasons why you should consider SEVEN Summits Centre for Learning so that you can enjoy an exceptional high school education, safely, this Fall and beyond!

Whatshan Lake camping trip 2019

New registrations are still open and it will be business as usual for our cohort when the new academic year starts in September!  As our whole centre is considered a learning group, our small size and blended learning approach makes us more than ready for whatever the future holds!  Our teachers and support staff are looking forward to welcoming all our students back into the classroom, for consistent in person learning after our annual teambuilding 'camp'.  If conditions should change, our courses are actually designed to be 100% online so it's a win-win for those who need certainty, routine, structure, academic rigour as well as reassurances for stringent enforcement of safety and hygiene measures.

According to the Ministry of Education's restart plans, we have moved into Stage 2.   Great news for us: As a Learning Group of less than 120 people, our students will have access to regular, in-class instruction at the Centre and our schedule will be the normal Monday to Thursday 8am-4pm (seminars from 9-3) as per last year. For more important September dates click the news link above.

Rossland Covid Jingle, Trail & District Arts Council, Charles Bailey Theatre

As part of a think local campaign launched by the Trail and District Arts Council, Sly Violet conveys all the information you need about a high school education at Seven Summits Centre for Learning in a Covid jingle  set to Billie Eilish's "When the Party's Over".

Tanis Shippy becomes new administrator for Seven Summits Centre for Learning

With the snow globe of the world shaken up and normality breached, the pandemic has become a catalyst for generative change and social resolution. Among those hitting the reset button to find the right fit and a better work/life balance are Joyce Oostindie, who has been our Administrator for the last two years and Tanis Shippy, who will be replacing her for the start of the next academic year.

RED mountain ski resort hosted an extra special Covid friendly graduation ceremony for Seven Summits Centre for Learning this year so that its local grads wouldn't miss out on a fabulous rite of passage.  A ski lift processional, spectacular shots on the summit of RED for the memory banks and celebrations back down on the deck at base made it a magical experience for all involved.

Unique ski lift graduation at RED Mountain Ski Resort in Rossland BC

Rossland’s RED Mountain Ski Resort and Red Mountain Academy (RMA) are making sure our students style it on their home hill for graduation.

As online schooling becomes the new norm and students learn to navigate a new type of classroom, Rossland’s Seven Summits Centre for Learning is thriving as local parents and high school students look for a future proof solution designed to meet their current and longer term educational needs.

St Andrew’s United Church is selling dozens of its pews from the 1950s ahead of its $344,000 renovation project and Seven Summits Centre for Learning has become the first in line to reserve a pair of in order to retain a little piece of local history within its walls.

Our Centre may be closed while students work 100% online from home but we've opened up our commercial kitchen so that volunteers can use it to tackle local food poverty.

Remi Drolet is one of Canada's new generation of elite cross country skiers and attended 7S so that he could balance learning with life. He now studies Physics at Harvard University and recently anchored an historic silver medal finish by Canada's 4 x 5 km relay team. 

Tayne Steven Kiteboarding Olympics World's first kiteboarding academy Rossland BC Canada

Tayne Steven is a super motivated grade 11 student at 7S, the site of the world’s first Kitefoiling academy, who is celebrating a neat sponsorship deal with CORE Kites Canada.

BC Debating Championships

"We are happy to support youth in their efforts to develop the important skills of logic, reasoning and advocacy,” says lawyer Danielle Daroux, whose firm along with School District 71 funded 7S so that its debaters could attend the recent Law Foundation Cup 2020 in Vancouver, organised by Debate BC. 

We’re currently in consultation with parents to determine the future for smartphones within our learning centre. The aim is to give students back their time and freedom rather than taking their devices away and ‘banning’ cell phones.

We wanted to thank all the local businesses and individuals who donated silent auction prizes to our fundraising fiesta, all the people who bid on them, all the volunteers who made it such a success, and all those who came to party. Together we raised our biggest total to date and we look forward to spending all the monies raised on our student activities.

Our Fundraising Fiesta will kick off with Mexican-themed appies courtesy of Cahoots Kitchen and a silent auction.  Rossland Beer Company will sponsor our cash bar and to get everyone up on the dance floor to bust their moves, live music will be provided by ‘Shredded Cheese’, led by local musician David Stubbs.

Nico Burton's youngest team rider

Neko joined 7S last Summer so that he could continue to balance his love of snowboarding with school work.  Our flexible, blended style of learning enables athletes like him to pursue their personal passions without compromising their high school education.

Free Fridays:  7S is beefing up the perks for staff and students by modifying its week into four longer days.  The innovative pioneer in cutting-edge high school education is breaking the mould to establish a smarter way of working for its fully qualified B.C. teachers and high achieving grade 8-12 students.

Students have been shovelling and getting their dig on to prep the land in Sour Dough Alley ahead of tomorrow's Golden City Days event. Make sure you bring your mini gold diggers along to our stand from 12.30 and STAKE YOUR CLAIM.

Every academic year at 7S starts off with a three day camping trip where friendships are made and solidified.  As this teambuilding game demonstated, sometimes you need creativity and the help of others to get to where you need to go. Students had to get from one end of the log to the other, in silence and without touching the ground.