June 6th, 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.

 

May 2020 Report

Trustee Newsletter. Ward 5 Judi Hunter May 2020

 

Wow, who could believe that we are entering this next decade with a global pandemic that challenges the status quo on so many fronts. I feel we are in the middle of a real-time social
science experiment. No government has the definitive answer as to the best way to respond. We are all just making decisions for the information that is available. What better opportunity for learning history than to be living it. We have already learned some valuable lessons. We have learned to appreciate the gift of time – very seldom in life do we get a pause: time to spend with family, with ourselves. I believe we have become more self-aware. We have learned how to self-motivate; how to deal with conflict, boredom and change; how to keep fit in small spaces. Maybe we have even taken up a new hobby or reconnected with a passion.


But we have also learned some bigger lessons:

  • How governments make decisions
  • The conflict between health and finance
  • The importance of supply chains
  • The impact of science and technology on our lives
  • The value of collective action for the common good
  • The creativity of the human spirit
  • The value of the arts to uplift us

Unfortunately, I think there are going to be some significant learnings yet to come which will have to do with the economic and social impacts of this shutdown.


On the education front, the Province took back funding for the months of May and June, prompting our Board to lay-off a number of support staff. This decision was not taken lightly and
with the expectation that those laid-off will be returning in the fall. Our learning continuity plan for at-home learning is proceeding. Expectations for learning are far from what would be happening in the non-virtual world. The workload given tried to balance the variety of factors that could impact learning given the diversity of circumstances that exists within our communities.


At this time, bussing for next year looks the same. All riders will have a charge which is yet to be determined.


That said, both parents and teachers have risen to the challenges of educating students in today’s reality. The Board is just completing a survey asking parents about the experience for themselves and their children and how our staff might improve this delivery model.


The Board is in the midst of its budget decisions which should be completed by the end of May.


The Board has tried to align its decisions will the recent feedback from parents which is to keep class sizes as low as possible, provide support of inclusion, focus on math and literacy. A further focus for the Board will be wellness. We anticipate a number of social/emotional issues given COVID-19.


The Cochrane accommodation consultations have been completed and parents will have received notification of the re-designation plans for their children. The community consultations proved invaluable in trying to make decisions in the best interests of the children and the communities affected.


Two new communities in Chestermere have also been informed of the designated schools that have been assigned for them.


Congratulations to Minghao Li Samantha Schiesser for achieving 100% on the Physics 30 exam.


Graduating students will be have a virtual ceremony this year and I would like extend a special shoutout to them and the staff at Springbank High School for making this event memorable amidst social distancing.


A number of Principals and Vice Principals have been appointed throughout the division, but none in the Springbank, Bragg Creek area. Alberta Education has instituted a help line and email for parents of students, particularly those with disabilities, during COVID-19 and at-home learning.


 
The line is 780-422-6548 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000, followed by the 10-digit phone number) or via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Re-entry plan engagement


No decisions have been made on school operations for the 2020-21 school year starting in September. The province is working with school authorities and education system
partners on developing a comprehensive re-entry plan that considers three scenarios, which could exist by September. They are:

  • Normal school operations are able to resume.
  • Schools are partially re-opened, with some level of restrictions.
  • Teacher-directed at-home learning continues.

The re-entry plan will prioritize the safety and well-being of our teachers, staff and students. In addition to the feedback gathered from the education system, the plan will honour collective bargaining agreements, and will be informed by Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy and advice provided by Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

 

Rocky View Schools has received approval to build a new middle/high school in Langdon. The school division is delighted with this announcement as it was our number
one priority on our three-year capital plan and its opening in 2023-2024 will alleviate the accommodation pressure in the Chestermere area.

 

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

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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/