Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing summer. I had a very nice summer spending time visiting family in southern Ontario and doing plenty of house painting.

The first week of school is now behind us and I thought I’d send you a short message welcoming you to Niverville Collegiate Institute or back for another school year.

Here at NCI, it’s all about Our Kids and their learning. We focus not just on the curriculum, sports and the arts but also on the characteristics and qualities that we would like to see in our students once they have successfully completed their schooling here at NCI. Through various collaborative opportunities involving all school stakeholders, the following have been identified as attributes we want to see develop in our students as they progress from grades 5 through 12 and beyond:

Values:   Respect, Integrity, Responsibility

Skills: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Self-Management

Dispositions:   Empathy, Teachability, Self Confidence

Knowledge: Literacy, Numeracy, Health & Wellness

In Hanover School Division it is also all about Our Kids and their learning. The goal of HSD and NCI is to achieve Deeper Learning through dynamic learning environments, collaborative learning partnerships, current pedagogical practices, and leveraging digital technology. As a school in HSD, we are excited to learn more and see how we continue to move forward into both Deeper Learning and Inquiry.

This year our school plan will focus in on the areas career exploration, literacy and numeracy. Teachers and their students will use technology, pencil & paper, and a variety of other resources to grow in all of these areas.

Within our NCI culture, it is our hope that students continue to develop and grow according to four core beliefs:

C – Contribute to a positive and safe learning community

A – Act responsibly

R – Respect yourself, others and your environment

E – Enjoy the journey – Dream big!

NCI CAREs promotes an atmosphere of self-reflection and accountability as well as an environment conducive to academic and social growth.

Education is a life-long process. We want to stimulate an avid interest in learning for the sake of personal development for all of our students. We highly encourage parents/guardians and their children to sit down and discuss the educational goals that each student wishes to accomplish for this school year. Studies have shown that students who participate in setting their own learning goals in the classroom are consistently more motivated and self-directed. Students take learning more seriously, in part because they recognize the personal benefits of their efforts.

I would encourage you to stay connected to NCI throughout the year by checking out our twitter feed @NCIHanover or our website ( as it includes the Parent/Student handbook, school calendar, images of what happens at our school and a wealth of other important information. We trust the Parent/Student handbook will cover most questions or issues that may arise. It is to be realized, however, that all situations cannot be predicted and that two-way communication between the home and school is desirable for extraordinary situations, which may arise. Parents should feel free to contact the teachers or administration about any problem or question that may arise.

I think it’s important to mention that everyone, at some point, will make a mistake. It is important that we all respond in a positive manner.

I am looking forward to a great school year.


Michael Koester


in: General