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Chinook's Edge welcomes 32 new teachers

The annual New Teacher Orientation has been underway this week, signifying the start to another year of learning and growing in Chinook’s Edge. Thirty-two teachers who are either new to the profession or new to the division are taking part in what is considered to be one of the most extensive mentorship programs i...

Board Highlights, June 21

Budget 2017-2018: The Chinook's Edge Board of Education approved a $129 million balanced budget for the 2017/2018 school year, with uncomfortably low operating reserves expected to increase by $115,000 and capital reserves by $660,000. This budget is based on predictions that student enrolment will grow by about 0.6%....

Innisfail High chosen to host prestigious national science and innovation exhibit

Innisfail High will be transformed on May 31st, as it becomes one of only four locations in the province to host the nationwide Innovation150 exhibit that is traveling to select sites across the country. Innovation150 is a national partnership designed to provide inspiring experiences in science, technology and inno...

Board Highlights, May 24

Budget Update: The Board reviewed certain department budgets in preparation for the overall division budget, which will be on the agenda for approval at the June 21st Board Meeting. Trustees discussed the efforts being made in the Facilities and Maintenance department in particular, which establishes a detailed mainte...

Edwin Parr Award nominee begins teaching career in two Chinook's Edge schools

Shelby Duncan, the Chinook’s Edge nomination for this year’s Edwin Parr Award, has the unusual experience of launching her teaching career in two different schools. Shelby began with the division last year by covering for a maternity leave in Grade 2 at Spruce View School, which is where she first caught the eye...

Board Highlights, May 10

Updated Board of Education Policy Manual: The Board approved an updated policy manual that provides details that guide ‘behind the scenes’ work in schools and departments. Trustees reviewed and updated each policy during the two-year process, and the updated manual will take effect on August 1st to be in place for...

H.J. Cody School shares success strategies on provincial High School Redesign web series

School-wide efforts underway at H.J. Cody have set the Sylvan Lake school at the forefront of high school redesign and has resulted in a special invitation to share their strategies with educators across the province. Schools in Chinook’s Edge are well underway with work on high school redesign. At its core is the...

Divisions advocate against funding cuts for vulnerable students with special needs

School Divisions in the central region are faced with service cuts to the region’s most vulnerable students, due to nearly $1 million in budget reductions to Central Alberta’s Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD). “RCSD provides funding for specialized services to about 51,000 students in Central Alb...

Board Highlights, April 12

Concern over funding cuts for vulnerable students with special needs: The Board passed a motion directing the Board Chair to send a letter to the Minister of Education, with copies to several learning and political organizations, expressing concerns regarding the significant funding cuts to the region’s Regional Col...

Artwork from Innisfail Middle School becomes part of Anne Frank House collection

An art series created by a Grade 8 student at École Innisfail Middle School has reached the attention of staff at the world-renowned museum in Amsterdam. Ashley Arthur was inspired to create the five designs in artist’s pencil and Prismacolor pencils, after her Language Arts class studied ‘The Diary of Anne Fra...

Delburne students take lead in Healthy Active Schools projects

Students at Delburne Centralized School took part in the Healthy Active Schools Symposium last fall and have hit the ground running with new ideas ever since. Healthy Active Schools is a broad approach to comprehensive school health, bringing together students and experts to strengthen school communities, empower ed...

Board Highlights, March 8

Capital Plan 2016-2021: The Board approved an updated Capital Plan, which represents the highest capital priorities in the division. An extensive study was undertaken by the Facilities Committee, to ensure objective guidelines are used to determine the updated report. The report will be filed with the Alberta Governme...

Board Highlights, February 1

Jessie Duncan Relocatable Classrooms: Alberta Education has approved modular classrooms that will provide additional learning spaces at Jessie Duncan School. Rapid growth in the Town of Penhold has resulted in capacity and utilization challenges at all three Chinook’s Edge schools in that community, and the addition...

Long-serving Chinook's Edge teacher honoured for dedication to family literacy

Karen Tubb, who taught at River Valley School in Sundre for over 30 years, has received the Lois Hole Memorial Community Leadership Award from the Centre for Family Literacy. Karen spent her entire 35 year teaching career in Chinook’s Edge, in Sundre and Didsbury. It was when River Valley School received a grant f...

Bowden Grandview students assist author in writing his next bestseller

Students are learning all about the impact and intricacies of creating a story through a unique, yearlong writer-in-residence program underway at Bowden Grandview School. Sigmund Brouwer, award-winning author of nearly 30 novels, launched the program last fall through a high-spirited Rock & Roll writers presentation...