April 23rd, 2018
 | Calgary, Alberta

School Division & Schools

Rockyview School Division

Education Centre
2651 Chinook Winds Drive S.W.
Airdrie, Alberta T4B 0B4
Main Switchboard: (403) 945-4000
Main Fax: (403) 945-4001
Transportation Dept: (403) 945-4100

Website: www.rockyview.ab.ca


Ward 5 - Judi Hunter


Judi Hunter, Trustee for Ward 5, is serving her first term as trustee. Ward 5 represents schools in Springbank, Bearspaw, Bragg Creek, Westbrook and rural Cochrane. Civic duty and community contribution are important to Judi, and she sees herself as an advocate for public education. She has been active in the Springbank community for several years, most recently coaching soccer. Previously, she was also active in politics, coached debate clubs and involved in public speaking for youth. She completed a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education and was a former principal with the Calgary Board of Education. Judi has been married for 50 years and has eight grandchildren attending schools in Rocky View. Her interests lie with sports, her family, travel and learning – nothing gives her more pleasure than to see someone learning.

Update Report


Here are some highlights from the Rocky View Schools.

The following Springbank High School students received 100% in the Provincial Achievement Exams in June:

  • Noreen Abdelwahab Physics 30
  • Tyler Keeling Chemistry 30
  • Richard Rose Chemistry 30
  • Robert Toh Chemistry 30
  • Harper Van der Voot Biology 30
  • Mark Wallace Biology 30
  • Julia Zonneveld Physics 30

Rocky View Schools has released its Annual Education Results Report. It is available at: http://www.rockyview.ab.ca/publications/2016-2017- annual-education- results-report/2016-2017-aerr

At the recent Alberta School Boards we heard a presentation from Yong Zhao an educational futurist. He challenges some of the practices in today’s schools and speaks to what he believes are future careers for students. You can look him up on youtube.

The following is information from the RVS Media Release November 16, 2017
RE: RVS to upgrade aging facilities

In recognition that several of its older schools require modernization, Rocky View Schools plans to remove four projects from its capital plan and fund them through its Infrastructure
Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) portfolio or its Cash-in Lieu Reserve held for schools serving students living in Rocky View County. “The unprecedented student growth in our jurisdiction over the last decade continues to place new schools at the top of our capital plan, pushing down modernization projects to our older schools,” said Associate Superintendent Business and Operations Darrell Couture. “Given this trend will likely continue into the foreseeable future, we are going to fund modernization projects at George McDougall, Elbow Valley, and Indus through IMR monies and rebuild Westbrook School via Cash-in- Lieu. Couture explained that each year the jurisdiction receives approximately six million dollars from the provincial government for maintenance projects under its IMR grant. Using three million carried over from 2016/17 and IMR monies received across the 2017/18 and 2018/19 school years, RVS plans to begin the design and construction of: • a modernization of George McDougall’s Career and Technology Studies wing, up to $300K in 2017/18 for project design and initial construction; • a modernization to Elbow Valley, totaling $500K in 2017/18 for its administration suite and front entrance. Within three to five years, IMR monies will be allocated for its roofing, electrical, and mechanical system; and, • a major modernization of Indus’ core building, valued at $6 million. “Indus School, which was built in the 1950s, requires the most significant upgrades,” said Couture. “Our plan is to house students in portables for the 2018/19 school year, while we strip the school to its studs and re-build.” Two of the three projects - Elbow Valley and Indus - have been approved by the Board of Trustees, while George McDougall’s CTS modernization will be considered by the Board, December 7, 2017. In relation to Westbrook School, Couture said RVS will access $6 million from its cash in-lieu to build a new school to the north of the current facility. Approved by the Board, Nov. 16, construction will likely begin this summer. Todd Brand, Board Chair said “trustees are very excited to be able to provide enhanced facilities for these school communities. We also applaud our administration for finding creative solutions to address our aging facilities.” Projects approved by the Board for Indus and Westbrook remain subject to ministerial support and approval. -30- For more information, contact: Angela Spanier, Director of Communications (403) 945-4012 Alberta Education as passed Bill 24, the controversial bill regarding Gay Straight Alliances.

It is in the process of enacting bill 28 an media excerpt which follows

Thursday, November 16, 2017  
Posted by: Susan Lang
The School Amendment Act would pave the way for new professional standards for principals and superintendents, which would ensure that they are equipped to lead modern, inclusive schools that are carefully administered and able to prepare every student for success.

Additional proposed amendments to the School Act include:

  • Authorizing the minister to establish standards for education service agreements between
    First Nations and school boards to help close the achievement gap for Indigenous students.
  • Specifying that students must be five years of age by Dec. 31 of the school year to join
    kindergarten so students entering school are ready to succeed.
  • Revising the process for establishing a separate school district, reducing confusion and
    building more support for the school district within communities.
  • Ensuring the government can provide clear and updated transportation eligibility criteria
    before the 2018-19 school year.

Other amendments, which are largely technical or administrative, are also included in this bill. These proposed amendments would update the School Act to reflect current practice or align with other legislation.

If passed, the majority of amendments would come into force immediately, while some amendments would be implemented later. For example, the common age of entry into kindergarten would be implemented in Sept. 2020 and the certification processes for aspiring superintendents and principals would take effect in 2019, with a grandfathered approach in place for existing leaders.

Excerpt from Alberta Government Media Release



Springbank Community High School (9-12 English & FI)

School:              Springbank Community High School
Address:           32226 Springbank Road
Community:     Springbank
City:                   Calgary 
Postal Code:     T3Z-2L9 
Phone:               403-246-4771                                               
Grades:              High School
Population:       750
Contacts:          Title:       Principal
                            Name:    Jeff Chalmers  
                            Email:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website:           www.springhs.rockyview.ab.ca

Springbank Middle School (5-8 English & FI)

School:              Springbank Middle School
Address:           244235 Range Road 33
Community:     Springbank
City:                   Calgary 
Postal Code:     T3Z-2E8 
Phone:               403-242-4456                                               
Grades:              Middle School
Population:       552
Contacts:          Title:       Principal
                            Name:    Darrell Lonsberry  
                            Email:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Website:         http://springmd.rockyview.ab.ca

École Elbow Valley Elementary (K-4 English & FI)

School:               École Elbow Valley Elementary
Address:           244209 Range Road 33
Community:     Springbank
City:                   Calgary 
Postal Code:     T3Z-2E9 
Phone:               403-242-1117                                               
Fax:                    403-247-7666                                               
Grades:              K-4
Population:       615
Contacts:          Title:       Principal
                            Name:    Lindsay Adams

Email:                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.             
Website:           http://evalley.rockview.ab.ca



Edge School 

School:              Edge School
Address:           33055 Township Road 250
Community:     Springbank
City:                   Calgary 
Postal Code:     T3Z 1L4
Phone:               403-246-6432                                               
Fax:                    403-217-8463 
Grades:             5-12
Contacts:         Title:       Principal/CEO
                           Name:    Cam Hodgson

                           Title:       Assistant Principal
                           Name:    Keith Taylor

Email:               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Website:          http://www.edgeschool.com

Springbank Playschool Association 

School:              Springbank Playschool
Address:           C32224 Springbank Road
                           (2nd floor of the Springbank Park for all Seasons)
Community:     Springbank
City:                   Calgary 
Postal Code:     T3Z-2L9 
Phone:               403-240-9248                                               
Grades:              3 & 4 year olds

 Website:         http://www.springbankplayschool.ca/