Prescott Learning Centre Homepage News en-us Tue, 21 May 2019 23:51:08 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 Additional Administrative Appointments for 2019-2020 May 17, 2019 - Parkland School Division’s Superintendent of Schools, Shauna Boyce, is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments for the 2019-2020 school year effective August, 2019.  Two new Principals will be in place for Tomahawk School and Seba Beach School while three current administrators move to new assignments. Four current Parkland School Division teachers will be transitioning to administrator roles and the Division welcomes another successful applicant from outside the province. “Parkland School Division’s administrative pool is deep”, stated Superintendent Boyce. “We are so excited for these additions to an already exceptional Leadership Team throughout the Division. Each successful candidate presents a unique skill set and body of experience but all are ready to serve our students by building positive relationships and will be strong members of their respective learning communities.”   Leanne Gruending,  Principal Seba Beach School (K-9) Leanne Gruending began her teaching career in 2009 and has spent most of her professional career with Bjorkdale School in Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan. She's been a Differentiated Instruction Facilitator, has taught English Language Arts & Creative Writing as well as Math and Art in the Middle Years and High School setting. She became an administrator as Principal in Bjorkdale in 2011 and has been a Principal at Lord Asquith School just west of Saskatoon in the Prairie Spirit School Division since August of 2013. Ms. Gruending earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and a Masters of Educational Administration from the U of S in 2015. "I am incredibly excited to be a part of the community of learners and leaders in Parkland School Division. I hope to bring with me my energy, experience, enthusiasm and my passion for the Heart Work we do everyday as educators."   Fran Bell, Principal Tomahawk School (K-9)  Fran Bell’s teaching experience began abroad as a Middle Years Math, Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in Kalispell, Montana in 2004.. She first joined Parkland School in 2006 at Ecole Broxton Park School when she spent ten years in various classrooms from Grade 5 through 9. She moved to Woodhaven Middle School for the 2106-17 school year and then worked two years as a Collaborative Teaching Partner serving students in Parkland School Division’s west end schools. Fran’s most recent role has been as a Behavioural Coach on secondment to serve partners in Alberta Education's Regional Collaborative Service Delivery. "I am excited to continue the excellent work already established at Tomahawk School. I look forward to supporting staff, students, and families as we work together to build a positive learning community." Current Principal, Christa Nicholson, is returning to a full-time teaching position as a Collaborative Teaching Partner with a focus on numeracy, mental health and nature-based programming.  “We’d like to first thank Christa for her leadership and contributions to Parkland School Division’s Lead Team these past few years and for all she’s done in her hometown community," stated Superintendent Boyce.   Heather Brownlee, Assistant Principal Muir Lake School (K-9) Heather Brownlee has enjoyed various roles in Parkland School Division since 1994. She's been a classroom teacher at Queen Street Elementary and Muir Lake School covering Kindergarten and Grades 3 through 5. She has been the Literacy Lead at Muir Lake School since 2012, an Inclusive Education Lead and Acting Principal. Heather earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 1993. She has since added a Diploma in Inclusive Education from the U of A and has completed the requirements for a Masters of Education: Education Research, Specialization in Leadership from the University of Calgary as a member of the Parkland School Division cohort. "I am honoured to continue to serve the Muir Lake community as we welcome our new principal as we set our sights on continued excellence." Marc Dickner, Assistant Principal École Broxton Park School Marc Dickner has been teaching since 2008 with various roles in Edmonton Public Schools, Living Waters Catholic School Division, and Parkland School Division. His introduction to Parkland School Division came as a brief stint as a Phys. Ed teacher at Spruce Grove Composite High School. Since then, Marc has had teaching roles at French Immersion schools primarily in Early and Middle Years settings. He has a background in physical education and has been a member of the Division’s Tech Focus and Lead Learning & Technology Policy Framework groups. Marc earned his combined Bachelor of Physical Education/Education for Secondary at the University of Alberta in 2009. He completed the University transfer program with a Diploma in Kinesiology from Red Deer College. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Educational Studies & Work as well as Organization & Leadership through Athabasca University. "I am very grateful and honored to have worked, learned and professionally grown with the students, colleagues and families from École Meridian Heights School. I am very excited to begin working with the FUSION team at École Broxton Park School, particularly in building new relationships, promoting wellness through movement and the 'joie de vivre' for French Immersion."   Marsie Fisk, Assistant Principal Memorial Composite High School (Gr. 10-12) Marsie has had many wonderful opportunities as a teacher in Northern Gateway Public Schools and Parkland School Division. She began her teaching career in 1995 with job postings in Valleyview and Whitecourt. During her 10 years in Parkland School Division, she has held various roles including Math Teacher, Inclusive Education Lead, Learning Coach, and Assistant Principal at Connections for Learning, École Broxton Park School and École Meridian Heights School. Marsie earned her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Alberta, with a major focus in French As A Second Language. She recently completed a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Vancouver Island University. “I feel so grateful to have worked alongside so many students and staff at Memorial Composite High School, École Broxton Park, Connections for Learning, and most recently at École Meridian Heights School. I feel as though I am coming full circle; returning to the high school fills my heart.  I look forward to supporting all the amazing things that are available to our youth at Memorial.”   Heather Huisman, Assistant Principal École Meridian Heights School (K-9) Heather’s educational journey began overseas in Japan teaching English as a second language to high school students in Tsuwano as part of Japanese Exchange Teaching Program. She travelled abroad from 1999 to 2001 before returning to the Edmonton area to begin her 17-year career with Parkland School Division. She’s provided modified programming for students with diverse needs in Grades 1 through 6, has been an Early Education teacher, a Collaborative Teaching Partner with Early Childhood Services and an Early Childhood Facilitator working with a multi-disciplinary team supporting school teams, children, and families throughout the division in Early Ed and Kindergarten. She has been a Collaborative Teaching Partner at Millgrove School since January, 2019. Heather earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 1999 as well as a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Portland in 2012. “I am excited to join the École Meridian Heights team and look forward to getting to know the staff, children and families within the community. I will miss the PSD ECS team, however, I am looking forward to sharing all that I have learned from this strong team and continue my learning and collaboration.” “We’d like to extend a big thank you to outgoing Assistant Principal Berenice MacKenzie for all she’s done for Parkland School Division students over the years. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours as she and her family pursue new opportunities in British Columbia.” stated Superintendent Boyce. Nicole Marcinkevics, Assistant Principal Graminia School (K-9) Nicole began her teaching career with Parkland School Division at Stony Plain Central School after earning her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in 2008. In her decade in education, she has taught at Stony Plain Central School, Brookwood School, and Prescott Learning Centre, along with one year in Northern Lights School Division. Her most recent role in Parkland has been as a Collaborative Teaching Partner at Prescott, Graminia, and Parkland Village Schools working with Kindergarten to Grade 9 students and teachers in the area of literacy. Along with her teaching and team-teaching experience in Early Years classrooms, Nicole has taught Grade 7 band and developed a Career & Technology Foundations course for Prescott students interested in textiles and design. Nicole completed her Master’s of Education with a focus on Early Learning and Literacy from the University of Alberta in 2013. In 2016, she began a Master’s of Business Administration, with a focus on Leadership and Strategic Management at the University of Alberta School of Business. “I am honoured to continue working alongside Graminia staff and students in my new role and am excited to continue contributing to the great work already underway.”   Linnaea Nielsen, Assistant Principal Spruce Grove Composite High School (Gr. 10-12) Linnaea started her teaching career with Regina Public Schools teaching Grade 7/8 French Immersion.  She began joined Parkland School Division teaching in both the Maranatha Christian program and French Immersion programs in 2010, teaching Grades 5 through 9.  Linnaea began her administrative career when she took on her most recent post as Assistant Principal of Ecole Broxton Park School beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. Linnaea completed a Baccalauréat-en-Éducation from the University of Regina in 2008, which included 1 year at Laval University in Quebec City. She recently obtained a Master of Education degree, with a specialization in Leadership, through the University of Calgary.  "My time at École Broxton Park School has been extremely rewarding and I am grateful for the strong relationships I have built. I will miss the Fusion spirit. I look forward to building new relationships and it will be a privilege to work with the amazing staff, students and community of Spruce Grove Composite High School.”    Donna Miners, Assistant Principal Duffield School (K-9) Donna began her teaching career in 1991 with Wildrose School Division in Drayton Valley where she taught primarily Grade One and Grade Three. Her first stop with Parkland School Division was actually Duffield School in 2006 where she spent a total of eleven school years. Ms. Miners also had teaching posts with Grande Yellowhead School Division in that span. She has previously served in an Acting Administration role at Duffield. She’s held roles as Collaborative Teaching Partner and Acting Assistant Principal at Duffield School. Donna earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary in 1991 and is currently in the Masters of Educational Studies program at the University of Alberta. “I am honoured and excited to continue working with everyone at Duffield School. The dedicated staff, inspired students and invested community make this school a wonderful place to work!” Roni Pirot, Assistant Principal École Meridian Heights School (K-9) Roni Pirot has built a 16-year educational career working in various French Immersion and dual-track schools within the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg. She has taken on roles such as: Classroom Teacher, in assignments from Grade 2 through 6, Learning Support Teacher and Acting Principal. Roni was selected to participate in the Provincial Committee for the Implementation of the New ELA Curriculum and the Consulting Committee during the renewal of the French Immersion curriculum. She's been involved in her Division's Aboriginal Education Planning Committee and has recently completed Treaty Education Training.  Roni has completed a Post Baccalauréat en administration scolaire et en litératie from the Université de Saint-Boniface. She is currently working towards a Master in Education in Curriculum Teaching and Learning from the University of Manitoba.  "I am honoured and grateful for the opportunity to become part of and collaborate with the staff, the students and the parents of the PSD community."   For more information contact: Mark Francis Deputy Superintendent  Parkland School Division No.70 Phone: 780-963-8417 News News Transportation Engagements May 17, 2019 - Necessary changes are being made to Parkland School Division’s Regional Transportation System that will affect some students and families more than others. These adjustments will allow our existing transportation system to better adapt to the current funding model for bus transportation in the province given the addition of the two new schools Parkland School Division so desperately needed in Spruce Grove. The Division is hosting a series of public engagements to better inform our parents on why the changes to bus arrival and departure times needed to be made. Topics include: Provincial Funding model framework;  Double-running buses; Expected and Reasonable Service Levels for a Regional Transportation system; and Appropriate walk distances for students to schools or bus stops. As one of our Division’s Enduring Priorities, Meaningful Engagement is foundational to providing stakeholder assurance that the Division is achieving its Ultimate Goal: Student Success and Well-being. Public Meetings Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Memorial Composite High School (50 Westerra Centre, Stony Plain) Date: Monday, May 27, 2019 Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Duffield School (#1 Main Street, Duffield) Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Spruce Grove Composite High School (1000 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove) For more information contact:  The Division Office 4603-48 Street Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2A8 Phone: 780-963-4010 Toll Free: 1-800-282-3997 (only in Alberta) Email: News News 5th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon May 1, 2019 - Parkland School Division is proud to launch registration for the 5th Annual Try-Me Try-Athlon. Parkland School Division students ages 5-18 who love swimming, bicycling and running, and are willing to try something new - this is for you. Don't delay signing up as this event fills up fast! For further details and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. Date: Friday, June 7th Time: 9:30am Location: TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, 221 Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove, AB The Try-Me Try-Athlon is a Kids of Steel (KOS) triathlon, which will be held on Friday, June 7 at the Tri-Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove. KOS Triathlons are designed to offer youth the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons and change as participants mature. This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2019 using these three skills: swimming, bicycling and running. All children ages 5 and up are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments. All this for a small registration fee. When Registering Your Child Make sure you have: Made arrangements with a classroom teacher to partake in the Try-Me Summer Try-Athlon including plans for missed assignments or work.  Notified the school office of the planned excused absence.  Registration Fees All registration and fees will be handled in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Individual students may register to participate in all three legs of the race for $35 each. Optional Choose a Race Leg - Students can register as part of a 3-person team. Each team member will complete one discipline of the race - either swimming, bicycling or running. Team members can register for the race for $15 each. Please note: Even though a student may be signing up to participate in one sport of the Try-Athlon, a registrant who chooses the $15 individual entry must register as a member of a 3-person team. If you're in the neighbourhood during the race, please note that the southbound lanes of Jennifer Heil Way will be closed for the duration of the race (starting at 9:30am), and traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction. The RCMP will be on hand to direct traffic. Please be prepared for some delays, and plan your morning commute accordingly. Race Kit Equipment You can enter the Try-Athlon with a minimum of equipment. All you need is: A bike (either road or mountain bike) An approved helmet (ANSI or SNELL) Running shoes Swim suit or shorts Goggles (if desired) T-shirt or race singlet for boys A smile and a desire to have fun Race Kit Drop-Off Participants are to drop off their race kits at the Tri-Leisure Centre (north field) on Thursday, June 6 from 4:30-7pm. Transition Area Equipment A race kit is composed of all the items you will need during the race. The following items are to be kept in the transition area during the race: Required Transition Area Equipment: Bike Helmet Shoes Race Number (Boys - with shirt) Recommended Transition Area Equipment: Required equipment, plus Towel Hat Water Bottle To learn more about the Try-Athlon and to register, please visit our Try-Me Try-Athlon page. For more information contact: Miranda Niebergall Collaborative Teaching Partner Parkland School Division Phone: 780-221-4564 Email: 2018 Highlights News News Strong Families Series: Mental Health May 15, 2019 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our upcoming session will help parents and guardians recognize signs that their child or teen is dealing with a mental illness, discover the effects these conditions may have on a student's ability to learn, and review best practices for managing and maintaining good mental health in an education setting.   Strong Families Series: What's All This Talk About Mental Health? Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Presented by Meghan Cox Are you wondering if mental health really matters for your child or teen? What do we know about depression, anxiety, ADHD and addictions? How do these conditions impact student learning?  Please join us for an interesting and interactive session designed to help you better understand mental illnesses and learn ways to support the positive mental health of your child or teen.   A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available.  Space is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot.   To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: News News Summer School @ CFL Parkland School Division is now offering Summer School for current and incoming high school students at Connections For Learning. Summer School is not only a convenient way to better a bad grade - it’s also a great opportunity to get a head start on the new school year, freeing up your future schedule for courses you didn’t think you’d have time to take, or other important pursuits. Registration for Summer School opens Monday, April 8, 2019 - right after Spring Break. Please register early to reserve your spot. Summer School courses are offered based on student interest: popular courses are known to fill up quickly, while courses without enough registered students will be cancelled. Get your name on the list soon for the best chance of participating in your preferred course. For full details, including a list of courses on offer, please see the CFL Summer School Brochure and Registration Form.  Course Delivery Methods Summer school courses will be taught using two unique delivery methods - choose the one that best suits your learning style. Classroom Learning Learn from a teacher in a traditional classroom setting. Choose from a selection of core courses for 5 credits, Physical Education 10 and CALM for 3 credits, or a variety of CTS courses for 1 credit. Dates: July 2-12 (3-credit courses) OR July 2-19 (5-credit courses), 2019 Times: 8:30am-12:45pm, Monday to Friday Physical Education Physical Education classes will be held at separate Stony Plain and Spruce Grove locations. Stony Plain P.E. - July 2-5, 8 & 9 from 8:30am-2:30pm Spruce Grove P.E. - July 2-5 & 8-12 from 8:30-12:45pm Custom Outdoor Experience (COE) Adventure Camp This two-week program offers 11 credits in Physical Education, Career and Life Management (CALM) and Forestry. Students will spend a week in class at Connections for Learning, followed by a week at Custom Outdoor Experience, a retreat west of Rocky Mountain House. The $700 cost of the program covers transportation, meals, lodging, equipment, course materials and instruction on and off campus. Assisted Independent Study Learn on your own schedule and visit CFL to get help from a teacher when you need it. Independent study is intended for students repeating a course to improve a grade. A selection of courses are also available to Grade 9 students who will be entering Grade 10 in the fall. Dates: July 2-19, 2019 (Exams written on July 19 or upon completion of course work) Teachers Available: 8:30am-3pm, Monday to Friday; 8:30am-Noon Saturdays Registration & Fees To register for Summer School, please bring a completed Registration Form, birth certificate, copy of prerequiste (if required) and registration fee or deposit cheque to Connections For Learning. For Physical Education 10, a $75 registration fee payable to Parkland School Division is required at the time of registration. For COE Adventure Camp, a $700 registration fee payable to Parkland School Division is required at the time of registration. For all courses (excluding Physical Education & COE), one $100 deposit cheque payable to Parkland School Division is required at the time of registration. This cheque will be held and returned to the student when they hand in their Summer School textbooks or novels after completing the course. If fees are outstanding in other Parkland School Division programs, the $100 deposit will be applied to those fees. Important to Note: Every day of Summer School instruction is the equivalent to one week of a high school semester program. Full attendance is required for classroom courses and no provisions will be made for late starts or early releases. Students must be in attendance on the final day of class to write their final exam. No 30-Level Courses will be offered at CFL Summer School for 2019. Students interested in 30-Level courses are advised to check out Alberta Distance Learning Courses or Edmonton Public School Summer School. CFL reserves the right to cancel any class for which the minimum enrollment is NOT reached.   For more information contact: James Coghill Assistant Principal, Connections For Learning Phone: 780-963-0507 Email: News News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 7, 2019 May 7, 2019 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the preliminary budget assumptions for 2019-2020 as recommended by the Audit Committee. The Board is required to provide a preliminary 2019-20 budget to Alberta Education by June 30th. These assumptions are used to develop the preliminary budget. These budgets are based on assumption that have been made by management based on the best information available as Alberta Education has not released the funding manual for the 2019-20 school year. The Board reviewed whether to adjust compensation as a result of the elimination of the one third tax exemption in the federal budget at the request of the Audit Committee. Using basic federal and provincial tax rates, compensation would need to be adjusted by 11% in order to offset the removal of the one third tax exemption and maintain the net compensation at the level prior to change in legislation. Furthermore, the Board approved the adjustment of trustee compensation to offset the changes to federal legislation. The Board received as information the 2019 ThoughtExchange - Top 1000 Thoughts Report. It is a review and summary of the ThoughtExchange stakeholder engagement with the division that the Board may use to better understand the review and development of the Board's Education Plan. The Board welcomed a delegation from Memorial Composite High School and Connections for Learning. Students Rayanne Somerville and Alyssa Stingley joined students from the Y(Our) Program at Connections for Learning at a recent week-long learning opportunity to Elevate Aviation at the Edmonton International Airport. For more, watch the video on PSD's YouTube Channel. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education News News Congratulations to our School Council's Co-Chair! We would like to extend our congratulations to our school council co-chair, Brenda Cryer, who received the School Council Parent of Distinction Award from the Alberta School Council Association.  This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates ability to promote parental engagement and involvement in the public education system. Truly exceptional in their dedication and initiative, this individual has dynamic leadership qualities and encourages opportunity to influence student learning success in the school community. Congratulations, Brenda! News News New STEMester Grade 10 Program for 2019-2020 May 1, 2019 - Parkland School Division is partnering with The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) to offer an exciting new opportunity for grade 10 students called STEMester. STEMester is an exciting one semester program which heightens the learning experience of Grade 10 students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This semester-long program will connect students with professional engineers and geoscientists working in their industries. Students will explore a variety of fascinating careers by visiting industry workplaces, maker spaces, and postsecondary institutions. Students will finish the semester by designing a project which helps the greater community. This program is funded through grants and the partnership with APEGA. For more information or to express your interest in this program for the 2019-2020 first semester, visit our STEMester Program page. News News May 2019 Prescott Press View our May 2019 Prescott Press>>> News News Kindergarten Registration and Open Houses January 25, 2019 - Kindergarten Open Houses for all schools in Parkland School Division that offer Kindergarten programming will be held from 6-7pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Students are welcome to attend these events with their parents or guardians at the school at which they have registered. As these open houses will be held after the 2019-2020 registration deadline of 4:30pm on March 22, 2019, they will be designed as information nights, where parents and guardians can visit the school, see the kindergarten classroom, meet the staff and learn more about the kindergarten program and what their child will be doing and learning while they are part of it.   Please note: You can find your designated school on Parkland School Division’s Attendance Areas & Designated Schools page.   How to Register Fill out the the online 2019-2020 New Student Registration Form once it becomes available beginning February 4, 2019. The student's birth certificate and proof of residence will be required as part of the registration process - please submit copies of these documents to the school. Important: Be sure to register using the 2019-2020 New Student Registration Form. The New Student Registration Form link currently live on the Division’s Registration page is only for students registering for the balance of the current 2018-2019 school year. All parents are encouraged to complete the registration process by 4:30pm on March 22, 2019. This deadline allows us to determine the eligibility of bus pass applicants, the routing of buses and data verification before the summer break while schools are still operating. Registrations will continue to be accepted after the deadline for those families who may be moving into the jurisdiction. For more detailed information on the online registration process, visit PSD’s Registration page. Good to Know: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as those for Grades 1 through 12.   A child entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2019 needs to be 5 years old by February 29, 2020. A child entering Grade 1 must be 6 years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2019 needs to be 6 years old by February 29, 2020.   Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Please contact your designated school for more information. Kindergarten Programs of Choice Parkland School Division is proud to offer French Immersion and Maranatha as programs of choice to incoming Kindergarten students. Here’s how you can learn more about them. French Immersion French Immersion Kindergarten programs are offered at École Meridian Heights School (for the Stony Plain and West End area) and École Broxton Park School (for the Spruce Grove area). French Immersion Open Houses will be held at these schools on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 6-7pm. If you're interested in French Immersion, please drop by or contact these schools for more information. Maranatha Christian Program The Maranatha Christian Program (MCP) is available to all families who want their Kindergarten to Grade 9 children taught in a non-denominational, spiritually nurturing, intellectually challenging, and disciplined environment. Those families who are interested in their children entering Kindergarten with this program of choice should contact Brookwood School in Spruce Grove. Still Have Questions? Everything else you need to know on the topic of registration can be found on the PSD Registration page. For further information, please contact your child's future school. News News