October 8, 2014
Life and learning at Mattie McCullough: With new elementary boundaries implemented this fall, Mattie McCullough has been ‘right-sized’ allowing the school to look at new opportunities to support literacy, equity and completion. The staff believes ‘every child deserves a positive challenge’ where looking for the potential in every child is driving teaching and professional growth. With more room in the school, alternate spaces in classrooms and the library have created comfortable learning spaces to support literacy and inclusion. The school’s Learning Assistance and Instructional Design Teams are responding to the learning needs of students and supporting teacher planning. Staff have also established cross-graded groups that are developing cross-curricular competencies in students. Now in it’s second year, the ‘One Book, Three Schools’ project is supporting family literacy. The school has close connections with the community, helping to bring important life lessons to students. The school’s Youth Worker provides valued and needed supports to the school community. School admin also shared some of the challenges they face including parking and student drop off zones, keeping up to date with technology, and changing schools demographics and responding to the needs in their community
Elementary boundaries up for review: With planning underway for building our newest school in Inglewood, the district will review elementary attendance boundaries. The Board approved the establishment of an Accommodations Committee who will consult with the community, develop scenarios for consideration and bring recommendations for changes to boundaries to the Board of Trustees for approval.
North School site up for sale: The Board approved a process to consider the sale of the former North School site located at 60thStreet and 58th Avenue. The school is currently leased to Koininia Christian School who have expressed interest in purchasing the site. Disposition of school sites is regulated by the province to ensure an open and transparent process where the district realizes fair value for the property. Prior to moving forward with any sale, the District would subdivide and retain the historic North Cottage School.
Government announces more schools and modernization: Earlier in the afternoon, the government announced 55 new schools and 20 modernization projects across the province. Red Deer Public will receive support for the modernization of Westpark Middle School.
- Senior Admin commented on some excellent school visits connected to the Admin Growth Project. These monthly conversations have resulted in some powerful conversations on school improvement planning.
- Today saw the grand and official opening of École Barrie Wilson School in the Timberlands neighbourhood. The English and French Immersion school serves 405 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 5. It also is home to the Timberlands Branch of Red Deer Public Library
- The move is on as the students and staff of Annie L Gaetz move to temporary quarters at Annie L Gaetz “West” for the rest of the year. Central Campus will be their new home while the school undergoes a $5.2 million modernization
- City Wide School Council is up and running for another year. Representatives from school councils across the district discussed our Resiliency program focused on mental health and reviewed the Equity priority. There were also lots of questions, good ideas and suggestions on a variety of other topics of interest. Lisa Mace was elected chair and. Jaelene Tweedle was elected Vice Chair
- Chair Bev Manning attended the Feed the Children conference organized by the Alberta Women of the United Church of Canada. The forum included excellent discussions and action plans to alleviate hunger for children and families in local communities through a universal approach and the need for support from the provincial government.
- Congratulations to our own Red Deer Rebels who will host the 2016 Memorial Cup