Grade 12 students Jessica Semenoff and Megan Heximer were among the former Rossland Secondary School students who  settled into their new school during move-in day at J. L. Crowe Secondary School.

Grade 12 students Jessica Semenoff and Megan Heximer were among the former Rossland Secondary School students who settled into their new school during move-in day at J. L. Crowe Secondary School.

Top stories of 2013: Rossland students move into Crowe

The Trail Times is reviewing some of the top stories of 2013 as it closes the book on a busy year.

The sound of protest was heard this year from Rossland parents who were against the closure of their secondary school and sending grades 10-12 students down to Trail for education.

School District 20 (SD20) made the difficult decision of closing MacLean Elementary School, selling it to the Rossland French school for $1 million, and moving K-9 students into the former Rossland Secondary School (RSS) to save an estimated $265,000 on a dwindling budget based on enrolment that followed suit.

Fearful chatter was silenced when about 120 of Rossland’s senior students transitioned into their new school, commute and larger social circle with ease.

Like most of her peers, Grade 12 student Megan Heximer was disappointed that she had to spend her final year in a new school that wasn’t in her community and was no longer a walk from home.

“I mostly tried not to think about having to move there,” she admitted.

“Many Rossland kids weren’t looking forward to the move and I knew that a lot of the Crowe kids weren’t looking forward to having us down there so I wasn’t sure how well the transition would be for everyone.”

Heximer was also worried about what the teachers would be like. She was comfortable with the Rossland teachers she had grown to know over the years and didn’t know what to expect. But it didn’t take long to see that the teachers were dedicated, welcoming and accommodating, much like the other students.

“I don’t think I have changed,” she added. “I still wish I could be graduating in RSS, but the change was easier than I expected.”

Welcoming Rossland students was done with care, according to principal David DeRosa.

The Trail high school invited its new secondary students into the facility early, as it has always done with its new Grade 8s, to get a feel for the building prior to the start of the school year.

“A lot of reflection and planning went into the process and that’s always a positive,” added DeRosa.

By expanding on the same protocols followed to move Grade 8s in, the new students adjusted quickly.

Not to say that the new road ahead came without a few bumps,  admitted superintendent of schools Greg Luterbach.

“The first few weeks were challenging as buses traversed through two major construction zones and we fine-tuned the route schedules,” he said. “We continue to monitor the routes, our service, number of riders and adjust as required.”

As the teens settled so did the chorus of upset parents.

The sound of music was back at Crowe with the return of its band class, which was revived with the addition of Rossland kids keen on music.

The Crowe Interact Club is combining its resources with the Rossland club, which is now closer than ever with senior students under the same roof, and is planning a trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to renovate a school and teach English to kids. This opportunity would not have shown itself without the combined efforts of the two groups.

The high school now looks to include some Rossland traditions and teachers, parents and students are working diligently to ensure this.

“We will continue to be sensitive and conscious of past traditions and the opportunity for new ones as we prepare for events like graduation,” said DeRosa. “I am hopeful that the initial anxiety that many Rossland students and parents were feeling prior to the transition has diminished and our collective energies are now focused on learning and the fun and excitement that go with it.”

Just Posted

Forty sled dogs were seized by the BC SPCA from a Salmo kennel in February. A recent ruling has decided the dogs won’t be returned. Photo: Gounsil/Flickr
BC Farm Industry Review Board rules against Salmo kennel after 40 sled dogs seized

Spirit of the North Kennels was also ordered to pay BC SPCA $64,000

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

SD20 now has an electric bus. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay-Columbia School District 20 adds electric bus to fleet

Bus will be incorporated into Castlegar route for next school year

Painting by Dave Davies from Shaver’s Bench facing Teck Trail.
Happy 120th Birthday to the City of Trail!

The town of Trail Creek- or Trail Creek Landing - was incorporated as a city on June 14, 1901.

Cropped photo: Silver Screen Drive-in will be in the upper parking lot of Waneta Plaza.
Summer drive-in returns to Trail unveiling blockbuster movies

PHOTOS: Scroll to bottom for a trip down memory lane to the Auto Vue Drive-In

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Most Read