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School High­lights - TLC & Ful­ham School

Stu­art Gra­ham, prin­ci­pal of The Learn­ing Con­nec­tion Cen­tres (TLC), spoke to the board about a new sys­tem for stu­dents to in­de­pen­dently reg­is­ter on­line for courses. He also dis­cussed a pos­si­ble new teen par­ent pro­gram that is in the plan­ning stages for Hinton. Mr. Gra­ham was also joined by Barb Schmidt from the Pal­isades Stew­ard­ship Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in Jasper Na­tional Park. Ms. Schmidt shared the many ex­cit­ing ses­sions of­fered at the Cen­tre in part­ner­ship with TLC in­clud­ing a new ‘Rock and Pop’ pro­gram of­fered dur­ing the sum­mer of 2016 where 18 stu­dents earned 7 cred­its over 10 days.

Four stu­dents from Ful­ham School joined to­day’s Pub­lic Board Meet­ing by video con­fer­ence to share what they think is great about Ful­ham School such as their great teach­ers, break­fast pro­gram, Pan­cake Day‘as who doesn’t love pan­cakes!’ and their en­joy­ment us­ing their play­ground and in­door gym equip­ment.

Cap­i­tal Projects Up­date

Fa­cil­ity Ser­vices pro­vided their reg­u­lar up­dates to the Board on two cur­rent cap­i­tal projects in the divi­sion: the mod­ern­iza­tion project for Grande Cache Com­mu­nity High School (GCCHS) and the re­place­ment school in Ed­son.

GCCHS: Ma­sonry and struc­tural steel is con­tin­u­ing and should be com­pleted in Novem­ber. The mez­za­nine slab has been poured al­low­ing for the in­stal­la­tion of the me-chan­i­cal units.The roof and other build­ing en­ve­lope ac-tiv­i­ties have started with the goal of all roof work be­ing com­pleted in De­cem­ber.

Ed­son: In­stal­la­tion of the grade beams has been com-pleted and the un­der­ground ser­vices are fin­ished, in-clud­ing town util­ity con­nec­tions. Ma­sonry block work will start in Novem­ber on the gym­na­sium and steel work should be­gin in early De­cem­ber.

Other News in Brief

Trus­tees ap­proved the 2016-19 Three Year Ed­u­ca­tion Plan and the 2015-2016 An­nual Ed­u­ca­tion Re­sults Re­port. The re­port guides the divi­sion in de­vel­op­ing strate­gies and goals for the up­com­ing three years as well as re­ports on the re­sults from last year’s Ac­count-abil­ity Pil­lar Sur­veys. The doc­u­ment will be posted on the GYPSD web­site as of Novem­ber 30, 2016.

An amended agree­ment with Xerox Canada will pro-vide the divi­sion with new tech­nol­ogy to re­place ex-ist­ing de­vices at schools to en­hance the print and doc­u­ment man­age­ment tech­nol­ogy. Ad­di­tion­ally the ven­dor will im­ple­ment soft­ware so­lu­tions for the trans-por­ta­tion depart­ment to au­to­mate the fuel ex­pense man­age­ment process with the po­ten­tial of pro­vid­ing other soft­ware so­lu­tions to other ar­eas in the divi­sion. The amended agree­ment, ex­pir­ing Au­gust 31, 2021, will also cu­mu­late cost sav­ings for the divi­sion.

Each fall the board re­ceives an up­date on the cur-rent bud­get for the divi­sion which is ad­justed to re­flect changes in en­rol­ments, and re­sult­ing changes in the dis­tri­bu­tion of re­sources. To­tal en­rol­ments for kin­der-garten and Grades 1-12 are lower than an­tic­i­pated due to the over­all eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion and fam­i­lies mov­ing out of the divi­sion’s op­er­at­ing re­gion, es­pe­cially re-gard­ing Grande Cache.

Stu­art Gra­ham, prin­ci­pal of The Learn­ing Con­nec­tion, gave a pre­sen­ta­tion to trus­tees on their suc­cess­ful sum­mer school pro­gram­ming which has been of­fered to stu­dents over the last sev­eral years to as­sist stu-dents in high school com­ple­tion. Over 300 stu­dents reg­is­tered for sum­mer courses rang­ing from math to work ex­pe­ri­ence op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Take Your Kids to Work Day was on Novem­ber 2, 2016 and Grande Yel­low­head stu­dents have par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram for the past 22 years. Take Our Kids to Work is an an­nual, na­tional pro­gram in which Grade 9 stu­dents are hosted by par­ents, rel­a­tives and vol­un­teers at work­places across the coun­try. Al­most 300 stu­dents across the divi­sion took part this year with many pos­i­tive com­ments re-ceived from the par­ents, the many busi­nesses in­volved and from the stu­dents them­selves in­clud­ing one com­ment“I never knew my dad worked so hard!”

The board re­ceived a re­port re­gard­ing an up­date on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Regional Col­lab­o­ra­tive Ser­vice De­liv­ery Mod­els (RCSD) for the divi­sion. GYPSD be­longs to 3 dif­fer­ent RCSD re­gions: Aspen Col­lab­o­ra­tive Ser­vices RCSD en­com­passes the ar­eas of Hinton, Jasper and Ed­son and it cov­ers schools from Fox Creek to Athabasca; Grande Cache schools be­long to the Peace Col­lab­o­ra­tive Ser-vices RCSD and cov­ers schools from Grande Cache to Peace River; and Wild­wood and Evans­burg schools fall within the Park­land Ev­er­green and Area RCSD which in­cludes schools from Wild­wood to Spruce Grove. A change to the Aspen Col­lab­o­ra­tive boundary to in­clude schools in Wild­wood and Evans­burg is cur­rently be­ing queried. For the 2016-2017 school year, each RCSD zone in GYPSD will be fo­cused on max­i­miz­ing re­sources and en­hanc­ing ser­vices through col­lab­o­ra­tion. Each zone will con­tinue to work with school staff, fam­i­lies and ser­vice providers to en­sure stu­dents can be suc­cess-ful. Each zone uses a school linked team frame­work, fo­cused on the pro­fes­sional ser­vices of speech lan­guage pathol­o­gists, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists and men­tal health within a stu­dent cen­tered, flex­i­ble ap­proach. Each team of­fers di­rect, con­sul­ta­tive and col­lab­o­ra­tive ser­vices.

Dur­ing the 2015-2016 school year, GYPSD hosted five in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in Jasper Ju­nior/Se­nior High School from Ger­many and Spain, and four in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in Harry Collinge High School (Hinton) from Spain and Mex­ico. In­ter­na­tional stu­dents at­tend from one se­mes­ter to full­time as well as par­tic­i­pate in short term pro­grams from 4 to 12 weeks.

Trus­tees re­ceived an up­date on staffing po­si­tions across the divi­sion for the 2016-17 school year.

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