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Principal

Rachelle Duffus

Hello Buckhorn Bears,

My thanks to Christina Marris for Buckhorn’s mascot, the bear.  When I think of bears, my favorite is Baloo from Walt Disney’s the Jungle Book.  Baloo has a large heart and shares the happiness he has been fortunate enough to experience.  What a better name for our newsletter than Baloo’s theme song, The Bare (we will use Bear) Necessities, where monthly I will share the joy and accomplishments of students and staff.I am very excited to be a part of the Buckhorn family.  September stands for new starts, embracing old acquaintances and creating goals; everything is possible.

In my time with KPR I have been lucky to have worked with the communities of Burnham, Harold Longworth and Chemong Public Schools.  Prior to that, I was with Toronto District School Board as a K-8 teacher and then central Special Education support for grades K-12.  My roots are in Bobcaygeon and I currently reside just outside of Peterborough.

My career started over 20 years ago in the former Scarborough Board of Education which amalgamated into the Toronto District School Board.  I was a teacher, then a Behaviour Specialist who coordinated with a Child and Youth Worker and Psychologist across all the schools the east side of Toronto.  There I was given the opportunity to learn Restorative Practices in the Kapapamahchakwew (Wandring Spirit) School of Toronto and teach them to staff across the board.  I also supported staff to make culturally, academically and social emotionally appropriate programs to meet the needs of students and families. 

In 2014 I came home to the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board as a vice principal at Harold Longworth and Chemong before being promoted to principal at Burnham and Queen Elizabeth.  I am looking forward to our time together at Buckhorn.

A lot has affected each of our lives in the last few years; we each have a story.  As I move to Buckhorn, I want to listen to each of your stories and collaborate on the priorities we establish, the new norms in our school, as well as continue to honour the traditions in our community. 

Questions?  Going directly to the staff that can answer your question is always the best first step, however my door will always be open to support so email, call or drop by.  Together I trust we can find ways to support every student, and this, our community. 

I look to continue the good work started by our wonderful staff, volunteers and families.

In partnership,

Rachelle Duffus

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  phone     705-657-8803

1783 Lakehurst Rd.

Buckhorn, ON  K0L 1J0

  fax     705-657-8324
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2021-09-03

2021-09-03 21:11:30

Welcome Back Buckhorn Bears,

My thanks to Christina Marris for Buckhorn’s mascot, the bear. When I think of bears, my favorite is Baloo from Walt Disney’s the Jungle ...

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2021-09-06

2021-09-06 21:38:20

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2021-08-03

2021-08-03 20:55:30

Back to School Update: Provincial Announcement

August 3, 2021 To All KPR Families, Happy Summer! I hope you are feeling rejuvenated by the sunshine. It has been wonderful to get outside ...

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2021-08-09

2021-08-09 18:15:36

Virtual Learning Portal Now Open

August 9, 2021 To All KPR Families, This update focuses on two important matters: the opportunity for families interested in online ...

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2021-08-17

2021-08-17 21:45:54

New COVID safety requirements for staff

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 To All KPR Families, As you may have heard, the provincial government today made an important announcement about ...

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2021-08-19

2021-08-19 18:58:10

KPR 2021-22 Return to School Plan

Thursday, August 19, 2021 To All KPR Families, It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the end of summer! With thoughts of the return to ...

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2021-09-03

2021-09-03 21:01:58

Welcome to A New School Year!

Friday, September 3, 2021 To All KPR Families, We’re almost there! School starts this Tuesday, September 7. We are excited to be able to ...

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2021-09-10

2021-09-10 19:07:36

It's Great to Be Back!

Friday, September 10, 2021 To All KPR Families, It is wonderful to be reunited with students and staff, as we share in the excitement of a ...

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