September 24, 2014
Busy summer for Facility Services: Summer 2014 was among the busiest ever for our Facility Services team. In addition to moves associated with the relocation of two schools and the opening of a new school, a number of projects were undertaken ranging from security system upgrades to structural roof analysis. In addition to this, an architectural consultant was hired for the new Inglewood elementary school project. We appreciate the great work our Facility Services staff does to keep our schools in tip-top shape—they play a vital role in the success of the district.
Top results from top students: Students in our Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs continue to do exceptionally well on international exams. At Hunting Hills High School 97 students wrote 159 Advanced Placement exams earning an average of 3.69 out of five which compares to the global average of 2.89. In total 88.7 percent of students received passing marks with 57% achieving marks that most universities grant credit for courses.
At Lindsay Thurber, 63 students wrote and passed all 136 exams earning an average of 5.27 out of seven. The worldwide average for the subject was 4.67.
Commendations were extended to the students and staff responsible for such impressive results.
Advanced Physics course approved: The Board approved Physics (AP) 35 as a locally developed course to be offered at Hunting Hills.
Student voices valued: Recognizing that our students have important input to provide the Board of Trustees, the district has been considering more effective ways to connect with them to gather their perspectives on education in the district. Following discussions with students, it was clear that students want students of influence and diverse perspectives be included and that agendas include discussions on important issues with authentic input through genuine conversations.
Two models were put before the Board of Trustees for consideration. One option was the establishment of a Student Advisory Council to discuss items of mutual interest similar to how the City Wide School Council operates. Another alternative was meeting with representative student groups individually at their schools from time to time to seek input on specific priorities. Trustees liked the general principle of the first option with some variations to support student engagement.
- Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools: Invitation to the Grand Opening of Father Henry Voisin School on Tuesday, October 28.
- Smile Cookie Campaign –thanks were extended for the tremendous support for the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign. Proceeds will support the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools’ Bright Start program for prekindergarten children.
- The Board had a very positive meeting with the colleagues at Red Deer Catholic Schools.
- International students at Hunting Hills had a potluck dinner to create a sense of community.
- The Board attended and were delighted with Premier Jim Prentice’s announcement to keep Michener Centre open!
- The Board remembered and honoured Carl Malefant, a valued and much loved teacher in the district who passed away.
- The parent meeting to discuss accommodation options at Annie L Gaetz during its modernization process was very well received. Another meeting takes place September 25.
- Thanks to 360 Fitness whose Gala event will see proceeds directed to support our Comprehensive School Health initiative.
- A team of Australian school administrators visited the district to hear about our Admin Growth Plan as a best practice.