April 21st, 2021
 | 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

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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.

 

ROCKY VIEW SCHOOLS TRUSTEE UPDATE

JUDI HUNTER, WARD 5
 

 

APRIL NEWSLETTER, TRUSTEE HUNTER WARD 5


A year of COVID and we care cautiously optimistic about reopening. This is good news for families who are eagerly awaiting youth activities to return to normal. At least the promise of spring brings hope and sunshine as we look forward to the return of outdoor activities. I would like to acknowledge the many volunteers on School Councils who work tirelessly on behalf of students volunteering in many ways to advance learning, raising fund to purchase needed resources, assisting in organizing adventures for students, and providing school administration with community feedback. School Councils welcome individuals who are willing to contribute their time and talent for the benefit of our youth. This link takes you to a nation-wide coding challenge – kids need no prior experience. https://mindfuel.ca/2021/01/14/cv-crack-the-code/

 

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT NEWS
The provincial government has announced 14 new school builds and 140 million dollars of funding for portables. Unfortunately, Rocky View School District was not among the recipients. Rocky View Trustees authorized Chair to meet with the Ministers of Education and Infrastructure to plead for new schools. Bill 55 when passed will allow Superintendents to become a self-regulating governing body. Bill 52 when passed will allow for recall of a Trustee. The Alberta government has identified the dollars Boards will receive for the 2021-2022 School year. Boards were not penalized for lower enrolments during this COVID year. As a result, Boards will not be negatively affected by the 3-year rolling average enrolment calculations.


BOARD UPDATES
The Board was privileged to listen to a wonderful presentation by High School Students who lead the Division Student Leadership initiative training students in Leadership. The students focused on an adaptive approach in COVID thinking not what I can’t do, but what can I do. Students introduced their mentees to a number of new online tools for communicating, brainstorming, problem-solving and brainstorming. More than 300 students in our division are impacted by this division-wide initiative.


The Board has setup an ad-hoc committee to meet with Rocky View County to develop a new joint-use agreement since Rocky View County cancelled the last one. Nominations are now open for all candidates in the upcoming municipal elections including Trustee.

Wondering what Rocky View schools are doing to support student mental health?


Rocky View Schools have been addressing student mental health for some years. Currently, Rock View Schools use Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework as best practice to support students with mental health challenges. Interventions are culturally responsive to the student, school and community. The PBIS framework is designed to create emotionally responsible and predictable environments. It is strength-based, intentional social-emotional learning woven through the school culture. The practice is responsive to the needs of all kinds of learners.


The Board has a partnership with Stepping Stones for Mental Health which includes MindUP. The Stepping Stones program uses a universal approach with classroom, school and community. 

Administrators have been receiving Traumatic Events Systems (TES) training. This initiative is having an impact on the understanding of mental health and well-being of students dealing with trauma. The Working Mind was made available to all staff including support staff. 

A recent legal webinar identified the current trends in legal issues for schools. These include the increasing number of court cases arising from human rights challenges. COVID issues have also affected schools as some divorced parents argue schooling options during the pandemic. 

Students enrolled in the Building Futures Program in Airdire, used their skills to upgrade the animal shelter in Airdrie. 

Two Calgary schools will be piloting COVID rapid testing; the pilot will study the applicability of wide-spread rapid-testing use. 

The Board of Trustees voted to begin school closure proceedings as Sage properties has served notice on the Board of lease termination on Prince of Pease school. Final decisions are expected on May 13.


EVENTS
There will be a joint board/school council meeting Thursday March 25, 5:30 pm by ZOOM


The Alberta School Council Association holds its annual convention by ZOOM April 23/24
Tickets online https://www.albertaschoolcouncils.ca/about/annual-conference
Springbank Resident Kodette LaBarbera will be speaking for Inclusion Alberta April 1.
Tickets online https://inclusionalberta.org

 

 

PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

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:    Darrell Lonsberry  
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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:    Mary McGee
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 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 2E8
Phone:               403-242-1117                                                                                           
Grades:              K-4
Population:       615
Contacts:          Principal -  Brendon Trinca, Vice Principal - Alanna Berger

                              
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Website:           http://evalley.rockview.ab.ca

 

PRIVATE SCHOOLS 

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

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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/