I had a great response to my September 5th blog from people around the school so here are a few more moments from 1989, the year our school opened its doors for the first time:
- Nintendo released the Game Boy portable video game system in North America
- Mme. Smith was changing diapers of her one year old daughter, Samantha.
- Ms. Murphy graduated from high school in Halifax.
- Thousands of Chinese students occupied Tiananmen Square in China
- Mme. Lacroix met her future husband, Tom (who then waited nine years to ask her to marry him).
- In a meeting off the coast of Malta, U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev released statements indicating that the Cold War between their nations may be coming to an end.
- Mr. Kim got his Driver’s license.
- First McDonald’s restaurant in USSR began construction in Moscow
- Ms. Biljetina went to French camp
- The first unofficial text message was sent in 1989
- Mrs. Morgan was obsessed by Michael Jackson (she even had the zippered jacket).
- Rain Man won the Oscar for Best Picture
- Mr. Stoyles was in grade 5 in Newfoundland
- In Alaska’s Prince William Sound the Exxon Valdez spilled 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil after running aground
- Ms. Davis was training to be a cashier (she was in high school)
- Calgary Flames won the Stanley Cup
- Mme. Klimenko was getting ready to graduate high school in Moscow.
- Microsoft Office was first released and the 486 series of microprocessor introduced by Intel
- Mr. Hayes was a provincial champion swimmer.
- The song Don’t Worry Be Happy was released by Bobby McFerrin
- Mme. Robins bought her first car with the money she saved up from working part time jobs: a silver Toyota Corolla. It should have been yellow as it was a lemon.
Head of School
On September 5, 1989, KCS opened its doors to 50 students from grades 1-5. Seven staff members and a host of volunteers worked tirelessly to make our school a reality back then. From such modest beginnings, we have grown to a school of 411 students from PK-8 and with a faculty and staff of 61. Over the past 25 years, we added on to our facility four times:
- September 1995: our library, a couple of classrooms and some change rooms
- March 2003: six classrooms
- December 2009: eight classrooms, a new science lab, two music rooms, a small gym and some office space
- June 2013: renovated and upgraded former SGNS space as a result of an amalgamation that was announced in Fall 2012
And now we are preparing to build a high school by September 2016. Given all that has been accomplished so far in KCS history, I am confident that next 25 years will bring many more successes and memories. But before we look forward let’s take a look back to 1989 and what some of our KCS people were up to 25 years ago…
- The song Walk Like An Egyptian topped the Billboard Charts
- Mrs. Hoggarth, our teacher-librarian, got engaged.
- The Soviet Union pulled out of Afghanistan and The Berlin Wall began to be dismantled
- Mr. Kolozetti went to his first RUSH concert…he’s been to 15+ RUSH concerts since then
- The World Wide Web was first conceived of in Switzerland by Tim Berners-Lee, which would be opened to the public for free use in 1993
- Meghan DeCaria, one of our teachers, was born
- The television show Seinfeld premiered
- Mrs. Borg had a French poodle named Pierre
- An earthquake in San Francisco disrupted the World Series
- Anatoli Guelfgat, our Facilities Manager, was living in Leningrad, Soviet Union (emigrated to Canada in November 1990)
- First episodes of The Simpsons shown
- Ms. Gaudet won a grade 9 basketball championship in Nova Scotia
- Price of gold was approximately $381 (U.S.)
- Ms. Dulmage was going to CFNY concerts at the Etobicoke Olympium
- Brian Mulroney was Canada’s Prime Minister; David Peterson was Ontario’s Premier; Art Eggleton was Toronto’s mayor
- Mr. Sawyer started his undergraduate degree.
- The SkyDome (now known as the Rogers Centre) opened
- Madame Barchuk was in two musicals: Annie and HMS Pinafore.
- Toyota launched Lexus
- Mrs. Freeman was pregnant with her daughter, Rebecca
- The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System is placed into orbit
It’s always fun to look back. We’ll do this again in another blog later this month.
Head of School