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Superintendent's Message

Greetings everyone!

As the saying goes, “Cold enough for ya?”.  Indeed it is. But take heart as Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow which indicates an early spring.  Unfortunately, Phil is only right about 40% of the time.

What’s new in Clearview?

  1. Accountability Pillar

    • Each year, Alberta Education canvases parents, students and staff for their opinions on how our education system is working.  If you received this request, thank you for taking the time to complete it. We look carefully at the data collected, and implement plans to address any shortcomings.

  2. The New K-4 Alberta Concept Based Curriculum

    • In December, Education Minister Eggen signed off the new K-4 Alberta Concept Based Curriculum this past December.  

    • What does this mean?  In the fall of 2020, the new curriculum will be implemented in all K-4 classes.  Moving ahead, new curriculum will also be developed for grades 5 - 9, and then grade 10 - 12.  It’s an exciting time to be an educator!

    • The new  “concept based” curriculum will raise the bar for instruction by shifting the focus from covering facts and skills, to using facts and skills to understand concepts. Learning will move from two dimensional, to three.  For many teachers, this shift will align with what is already happening in their classrooms!

  3. New TQS, LQS and SLQS

    • Coming this fall, the new teaching quality standard, leadership quality standard and superintendent quality standard come into effect.  Future principals and superintendents will need to be certified.

  4. PowerSchool

    • Clearview is moving away from its current student information system, Maplewood, to PowerSchool, a tool very common in Alberta.  In the fall, there will be a new system for parents to access their children’s attendance and grades.

  5. Health and Wellness

    • Clearview is concerned about your child’s academic performance, but we are also heavily invested in the physical and mental health.  I was reminded the other day by an online article about the importance and value of physical health and exercise.  I hope you also enjoy reading it, and I hope that you are also making your health a priority.   Each day you support your children who count on you for guidance. Perhaps you have adult children, grandchildren or aging parents who also rely on you.  Sometimes it’s really hard to find either the time or energy to invest in your own health. When that happens, think about the safety instructions the airline gives before take off.  In an emergency, adults are requested to don their own breathing apparatus before assisting children. It’s hard to help others when our own health is compromised.

 

So to warm your heart when it is so cold outside, I’m sharing this fun video of a superintendent in the US cancelling school because of too much snow!  Enjoy!

Wishing you a healthy year.

Best,
Peter Barron, Superintendent
 
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