I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a healthy, relaxing summer. This break affords our students, parents and staff an opportunity to recharge and prepare for the upcoming year. I encourage you to continue to read to your children, and have them read to maintain their literacy skills.
Time To Say Goodbye.
May and June are months that combine both sadness and joy. Organizing farewells and graduations are top on the job list for many staff, and both events evoke feelings of pride and nostalgia. Grade 9’s are preparing for high school, and grade 12’s are venturing into the unknown as their future unfolds in front of them. I want to thank all the staff who work very hard to ensure these students are honoured and celebrated during this important transition. Many thanks as well to parents for their support of our schools and staff.
In the month of June, we also celebrated staff who have served Clearview’s communities faithfully for many years. We also paid tribute and bid farewell to staff who are retiring. In sharp contrast to those at the end of their careers, we also acknowledged our Edwin Parr Nominee, Aimee Roste, who is in her first year of teaching at Stettler Elementary. Finally, we recognized the effort and dedication of students and employees, past and present, who have achieved excellence at a national and/or international level with the Clearview Award of Merit. This year’s recipient, Hugh Gillard, an author who attended Coronation School from Grade 2 to 11. . Congratulations to everyone!
Looking in the Rearview Mirror.
Each passing year seems to go faster than the one before, so I think it’s important to reflect on each year and ponder its highlights. It was a year of learning for everyone, that’s for sure. We introduced the Collaborative Response Model and Star Reading. In addition, many schools took advantage of the wellness grant, and incorporated some healthy strategies into their schools. Almost all schools introduced a new elementary report card. Many schools initiated FNMI initiatives such as the “blanket exercise” to raise awareness of Aboriginal history. We worked hard to keep our schools safe with “Hour Zero”.
Looking Through the Windshield.
Next year we will continue to focus on initiatives begun this year: the collaborative response model and a strong focus on literacy and numeracy.