March 30th, 2020
 | 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.

 

February 2020 Report

Trustee Newsletter. Ward 5 Judi Hunter February 2020



One of the websites I access frequently is greatschools.org.  I love the range of articles that are sent to me.

 

Recently I looked at an article called Decision Fatigue.  The article caught my eye because I have suffered from it.  Sometimes, we have had to make so many decisions in a short period of time, our brains literally shut down.  This happens to children as well. Sometimes we ask them to make so many little decisions that they are exhausted by the time they need to make a decision that counts.

 

Social psychologist Roy F. Bameister says that by establishing routines with our children such as porridge for breakfast, bed at 8pm, homework 4-5, brush your teeth before bed, you save your child the decision-making for important matters such as how to finish my social assignment due tomorrow.  Mr. Bameister also suggest that when kids are tired of decision making it is important to feed their brains – preferably a high-protein snack.

 

Recently, I read the book “Boys – what it means to become a man” by Rachel Giese.  It is classified aa a globe 100 book of the year. I found the book to be all over the map with issues.  However, I did find some nuggets.

 

“The thinking is that inclusion decreases stigma and isolation, and helps non-disabled students learn to be more tolerant.  Yet in practice, integration often happens without proper resources or teacher training, and with zero education for classmates about disabilities.” P 90. She then goes on to describe some of the behaviors she has witnessed and is frustrated by the school’s response.   I believe she is correct on this front, in that many of our high needs’ students are best served in settings that address their learning needs.

 

She did speak to the need for cultural role models in our schools and on that count, she is right on.

 

She also speaks positively about the use of technology saying that it provides boys with a venue to express their visibility though media She cites a young Jay Versace, a black, queer boy from New York who began making Vine videos when he was 16. He developed over 3 million followers on social media.

 

She speaks positively about the WISEGUYZ program operated by the Sexual health Centre in Calgary.  It is running at Springbank Hgh School and has received positive feedback. It teaches young men about sexuality, respect for women and social responsibility.

 

Trustee Judi Hunter, Ward 5 March Newsletter


Dr. Devra Davis sounds the alarm regarding Cell Phone Radiation
Link. youube.com/watch?v=BwyDCHf5iCY


This link is to the lecture given by Dr. Devra Davis regarding the health effects of mobile phones and wireless radiation. Although the video is long, the information presented is valuable.


In this lecture, epidemiologist and electromagnetic radiation expert, Dr Devra Davis, outlines the evolution of the mobile phone and smartphone, and provides a background to the current 19-year-old radiation-safety standards (SAR), policy developments and international legislation. She presents new global studies on the health consequences of mobile/wireless radiation including children’s exposure and risks.


Risks related to sperm production and mobility are well documented.3D images of children using a cell phone shows the radiation covering the child’s face. In 2011 the World Health Organization gave a warning that cell phone radiation exposure is carcinogenic.

  • Cell phones are kept away from the body, ipads are not used on laps and that headsets are used. She warns parent to safeguard their children by ensuring that Cell phones are not kept in your pocket or on your person.
  • Ipads are not used on laps
  • Devices are kept on airplane mode when not in use to reduce the pulsing impact which generates the greatest radiation.
  • Devices are kept out of the bedroom
  • Use ear phones
  • Limit the length and number of calls
  • Use phones in areas of good reception
  • Educate your children about the risks

Rocky View Schools has been approved for 2 new portables (27 were asked for) and 7 moves of existing portables.

The Alberta government has released the budget and set out the following parameters for K-12 funding.


The following is an excerpt from Education Minister LaGrange’s budget speech:


“We are introducing a new way to fund Alberta’s education system that will drive more dollars to the classroom, where they can enable school authorities to deliver the best outcomes for our students. The new model will deliver more efficient and sustainable funding to the Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system to ensure all schools in Alberta have adequate
resources to deliver programs in an equitable way. This new model reduces red tape and administrative costs by reducing the number of funding envelopes, while maintaining the
overall funding level and giving school authorities more autonomy and flexibility to invest in classrooms based on their students’ needs. A predictable funding model will also allow school
authorities to do better long-term planning by making more informed budget decisions well ahead of the start of a school year.
 
For the first time ever, school authorities will be provided with funding commitment letters in spring 2020 for the upcoming school year to support effective planning of service delivery to
our students.”

 

Rockyview administration and Trustees are presently reviewing the budget information received:

  • Given the provincial budget flows dollars to school boards through a new funding model with a different grant structure, it will take time for our administration to determine the
    impact of the budget on Rocky View Schools.
  • As one of the fastest growing boards in the province, our Board is concerned that the new weighted moving average methodology is not favorable to boards with
    increasing student enrolments.
  • As promised, we remain committed to keeping our communities informed and will outline our direction forward in coming weeks. We remind parents and staff that the
    results of our Phase 1 budget priority survey will be released on March 10 with a Phase 2 survey to be launched shortly thereafter.
  • For full details of our 2020 Budget Consultation, please see our publicwebsite at: https://www.rockyview.ab.ca/2020-budget-consultation
     

January 27 was Literacy Day; I have attached a poster indicating some information for families around literacy.

 

 

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:    Jeff Chalmers  
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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:    Darrell Lonsberry  
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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

                              
Email:                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.             
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

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/