January 28, 2015
Report from École Oriole Park School
Administration from Oriole Park shared the life and learning of their school. The school is dual track offering English and French Immersion to 428 students from pre-kindergarten to grade five.
The school shared its school plan and results report and are very pleased with the success they are achieving supporting literacy, equity and completion.
- Learning Assistance Teachers work in providing universal, targetted and specialized supports for students while the Instructional Design Teacher supports teachers in addressing curricular and instructional prioriteis of the school and district.
- The school also includes the satellite campus of Escuela Pines School, the district’s new Spanish Bilingual program that is serving 100 students from kindergarten to grades two and will continue growing a grade each year.
- A key focus of the school is its 4R’s: Respect Yourself, Respect Others, Respect Learning, and Respect Property which frames their positive behaviour supports program.
- Oriole Park offers a variety of academic and cultural supports for their First Nations, Métis and Inuit students.
- The school is currently reviewing its vision, mission and values.
- Teachers and educational assistants are engaged in the Growth Plan Project to support their professional growth.
- The school is also supporting curriculum redesign and focusing on developing student competencies.
- Student leadership, active living and the Young Writer’s Conference are significant initiatives contributing to the school’s success
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Research has indicated that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) are a vulnerable population and often times have negative school experiences. Sexual and gender minority youth often encounter multiple risk factors and have fewer protective factors.
While Board Policy 5.06.07 – Discrimination, Harassment and Violence, ensures students and staff have a right to learn and work in a safe environment and treated with equality, dignity and respect, the Superintendent reported that these may not adequately address the needs of LGBTQ students and staff. Further it was recommended that a specific Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity policy and procedures would provide teachers and administrators with the necessary knowledge, strategies and resources to support these individuals.
The Board of Trustees directed the Superintendent to develop a comprehensive policy addressing the needs to sexual orientation and gender minorities.
Reappointment of Superintendent of Schools
The Board of Trustees wishes to reappoint Piet Langstraat as Superintendent and will seek approval from the Minister of Education as required in the current Education Act
- Deputy Minister – Alberta Education: indicating approval of two modular classrooms for Westpark Middle School
- Central Alberta Diversity Association: encouraging the Board to support policy and procedures so support for students and families with sexual Orientation and gender identity issues
- Cathy Gukert, principal of École Mountview Elementary School was recognized as one of the Top 40 Outstanding Canadian Principals by the Learning Partnership.
- Trustees had their first meeting with members of the City Wide Student Advisory Council. The meeting focused on Gay Straight Alliances in schools and trustees sincerely appreciated and were impacted by student perspectives.
- Six teachers have been recommended as the district's nominee for the Edwin Parr Award recognizing excellence among beginning teachers.
- City Wide School Council meeting included good discussions with a presentation on creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ students. The session included a presentation by teacher Everett Tetz a member of the provincial ATA Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Committee.
- Former Superintendent of Red Deer Public Schools Ken Jesse passed away recently. Jesse served as Superintendent from 1982 to 1990.