KCDSB Launches St. Isidore Virtual School

KCDSB Launces St.Isidore Virtual School
Posted on 09/16/2020
Welcome St. Isidore Virtual SchoolThe Kenora Catholic District School Board is excited to welcome a new Saint to the Catholic family of schools – St. Isidore Virtual School. The school was named after Saint Isidore of Seville, who is recognized in the Roman Catholic Church as the patron saint of computers and the internet.

In September, as part of the Ministry of Education’s safe reopening of schools, parents and families had the choice as to whether they wanted their child to attend school in-person or remotely. With 178 students currently enrolled in remote learning, and a host of teachers, and administrators dedicated to the school, Kenora Catholic launched its new St. Isidore Virtual School.

Director Derek Haime explains why the new school identity is essential. “Our new St. Isidore Virtual School is a distinct school community of students and educators. Although the teachers and students are connected closely with their home-based school, this group of students and educators is still a unique community. It is important that this community has its own Catholic identity in the form of a name and logo.”

The daily operation of the school is overseen by secondary Vice Principal Mark Richards and elementary Vice Principal Jared Ralko. The St. Isidore Virtual School is a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 Virtual School that is the newest branch of the Kenora Catholic District School Board family.

“In choosing a school name for our school, we are providing our students with an opportunity to have a Catholic identity,” explains Jared Ralko. “Our students spend time throughout the school year in their home-school learning about their patron Saints; Saint Louis, Saint John, Saint Pope John Paul, Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, and Saint Thomas Aquinas, and now Saint Isidore. We want our students to feel a sense of belonging in their individual virtual classrooms and feel they are part of a greater community of learners, maintaining their great pride in being a Kenora Catholic student.

At the Board Meeting on September 15, the Board of Trustees approved the name, St. Isidore Virtual School. The Trustees also approved three logos for the school community to consult and vote on to reflect the new visual identity of the school. The logos were designed with a strong Catholic identity, elements of technology and innovation and in the school colours of Kenora Catholic’s family of schools.

Students and families registered to Kenora Catholic’s St. Isidore Virtual School are invited to choose their school’s logo, from three choices:

Proposed logos for St. Isidore Virtual School

Click here to help choose the logo for St. Isidore Virtual School

“All three of the logo choices represent the vision and values of our new school, says Mark Richards, Vice Principal. “I feel they are the succinct embodiment of what we are as a school community, a unique school that is made up of students from each of our other Kenora Catholic schools. Our Catholic values are woven together with the colours of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, St. Louis Living Arts School, St. John School, École Ste-Marguerite Bourgoeys and Pope John Paul II School. The logo that is chosen will provide a visual image that will give us our own identity while at the same time cherishing the relationships and connections that are vital with our home-school community.”

The logo consultation for students, teachers and families of the St. Isidore Virtual School starts today, September 16, and runs until Thursday, September 24. An email with instructions will be sent to all students, teachers and families of the St. Isidore Virtual School. The Kenora Catholic District School Board will announce the new logo on Friday, September 25.

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