Classes re­sume at Green­tree School

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Green­tree School is back in class and there are many new faces among the stu­dents and the staff.

Back to school for Green­tree was Tues­day, Septem­ber 5. In a new twist, the school held an open house dur­ing the first half hour of school to wel­come the stu­dents and get the year started off on the right foot.

“We are re­ally ex­cited about it,” said Prin­ci­pal Erin Bent­leyCamp­bell.

While they are never sure of their school pop­u­la­tion un­til classes are in full swing, Bent­ley-Camp­bell says regis­tra­tion has been brisk.

“The num­ber of reg­is­tra­tions we have had over the last week has been phe­nom­e­nal. So we are ex­cited about that,” said Camp­bell.

The school is wel­com­ing a num­ber of new fac­ulty mem­bers in­clud­ing As­so­ci­ate Prin­ci­pal Sarah Richard­son. She be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer in Golden Hills in 2007. Last year she worked as an in­struc­tional coach at the Golden Hills Di- vi­sion of­fice. She worked with teach­ers in ar­eas of plan­ning, in­struc­tion, as­sess­ment, crit­i­cal think­ing and class­room man­age­ment.

She will be teach­ing phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

More new staff in­cludes Rachel Evans who will be teach­ing Grade 6. She is a new Univer­sity of Leth­bridge grad­u­ate and is fill­ing a ma­ter­nity leave.

In Grade 3, Brit­tany An­der­son is also com­ing on as a ma­ter­nity leave. She is a new grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity of Al­berta.

The school also wel­comes Ash­line Mathias. She came on staff late last year to teach Grade 6, and now will be teach­ing Grade 2.

In Grade 1 Melissa Phillips is join­ing the fac­ulty.

In Kin­der­garten, Melissa Flieger is join­ing the staff to cover a ma­ter­nity leave.

The school com­mu­nity has been work­ing hard on their new play­ground. Dur­ing the first re­cess on Tues­day, Septem­ber 5, they held a grand open­ing of the new ac­ces­si­ble play­ground.

In the class­room, Green­tree School will con­tinue to work on crit­i­cal think­ing and pow­er­ful learn­ing.

“We find th­ese are re­ally ben­e­fi­cial for all of us, not only our stu­dents but our staff as well,” said Bent­ley Camp­bell.

She said they are ex­plor­ing the Leader In Me pro­gram and Seven Habits of Highly Suc­cess­ful peo­ple.

“Th­ese are huge pro­grams, so we are look­ing at how we can im­ple­ment and dab­ble in that. And along with that comes the lead­er­ship as­pect,” said Bent­ley-Camp­bell.

Erin Bent­ley-Camp­bell… Green­tree Prin­ci­pal

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