Premier Alison Redford tours Strathcona School

On Monday, Premier Alison Redford toured the nearly-completed renovations at Strathcona School with the Minister of Infrastructure Wayne Drysdale, Board Chair Sarah Hoffman, Trustee Michael Janz and Superintendent Darrel Robertson. Leading the tour were Principal Hans Van Ginhoven, Facilities Services’ Managing Director John Nicoll and Senior Project Co-ordinator Al (Eelco) DeGroot. The school is nearing the end of a major modernization project which includes a refurbished gymnasium and arts wing, a renovated library and cafeteria and upgrades to electrical and plumbing systems.

Here are a few pictures from the tour:

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Principal Hans Van Ginhoven describes the renovations to Premier Alison Redford, Minister of Infrastructure Wayne Drysdale (in background), Board Chair Sarah Hoffman and Senior Project Co-ordinator Al DeGroot.

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Premier Alison Redford looks over the school’s renovation plans with Senior Project Co-ordinator Al DeGroot and Board Chair Sarah Hoffman.

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Principal Hans Van Ginhoven presents Premier Alison Redford with a Strathcona Lords scarf and hoodie.

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Premier Alison Redford fields questions from the media. Also pictured: Minister of Infrastructure Wayne Drysdale, Board Chair Sarah Hoffman, Trustee Michael Janz and Superintendent Darrel Robertson.

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Managing Director of Facilities Services John Nicoll, Trustee Michael Janz, Board Chair Sarah Hoffman and Superintendent Darrel Robertson.

Edmonton Public Schools… In the News

Students find value in keeping a full plate of extracurriculars
The Globe and Mail, January 4, 2012

For high school students, the imposition of Bill 115 by the Ontario government Thursday means the rest of the school year is shaping up to be as dreary as its beginning. Read more.

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Caernarvon School teacher receives Golden Apple Award
Breakfast Television, January 4, 2013

What could bring us to Caernarvon Elementary School in Castledowns? BT’s beloved Golden Apple Award! We have come to this school to honour the finest in the city. She has no idea we are coming in for her. The principal and the entire staff are waiting inside now. They are excited that Mrs. Belinda Metcalfe is the winner of this month’s Golden Apple.

Edmonton Public Schools… In the News

Christmas dinner at Edmonton school a special tradition for nearly 40 years 
CTV News, December 20, 2012

Hundreds of students at a south Edmonton school were treated to a special Christmas dinner on Thursday. About 450 students at L.Y. Cairns School feasted on 25 turkeys, 24 kg of corn, 42 kg of dressing, 35 kg of potatoes, 20 litres of gravy, 40 kg of mandarin oranges and 500 ice cream cups, during the school’s annual Christmas dinner sponsored entirely by school staff. 

Click here to read more and to see video of the Christmas dinner at L.Y.Cairns School.

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Schools pack hampers for needy families
CTV News, December 20, 2012

The spirit of giving is alive and well in Edmonton – as dozens of schools spent the day packing hampers for families in need. Watch the short video here.

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Harlem Globetrotters visited Windsor Park School
Global News, December 19, 2012
 

Watch the video here.

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Globetrotter talks bullying
24 Hours Edmonton, December 19, 2012

Handles Franklin stopped by Windsor Park school to show off his world-class basketball tricks and teach kids tactics to stop and prevent bullying. “I’m passionate about speaking to kids. I really, positively believe in the message,” Franklin said after playing a friendly game with thrilled students in the school gymnasium. Kids hung on his every word and enthusiastically shouted back his anti-bullying mantra. “A lot of times people are mesmerized by you being on television, or mesmerized by the basketball tricks,” he said. “So if you can take those tricks and take that quoteunquote fame and use it for a positive message for kids, what better job is there than this?” Franklin was on tour as part of the Globetrotters’ new community outreach program, the ABCs of Bullying Prevention, which touts action, bravery and compassion. The program, aimed at kids aged six to 12, is a co-ordinated effort with the National Campaign to Stop Violence.

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CTV-Edmonton, December 18, 2012

Some less fortunate students at Norwood Elementary School got a special gift yesterday. The kids received presents from the Kinette Club of Edmonton. Packages included everything from pyjamas and toys to snacks and toiletries.

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CTV-Edmonton, December 18, 2012

Elementary school students in Edmonton bring the joy of Christmas to the city’s less fortunate. Students at George H. Luck School stopped by the Boyle Street Community Services yesterday to deliver gifts and spread a little holiday cheer at the same time. Linda Inglis, principal was interviewed.

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News Hour (CITV-TV), December 18, 2012

A look at the Athlete of the Week, the most valuable player for basketball at the Totem Hoop Classic at Ross Sheppard high school. Darian Smigorwosky, athlete of the week was interviewed. Matt Burrows, Jasper Place head coach was also interviewed.

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Edmonton Public Schools… In the News

High school students could soon earn credits taking yoga class
The Edmonton Journal, December 11, 2012 

Students enrolled in Kim Hertlein’s holistic health class at Ross Sheppard High School sample yoga in a wide-ranging course that focuses on healthy living and alternative healing. As early as next semester, however, high school students in Edmonton could earn credit for taking a Yoga 15 or Yoga 25 course, after public school trustees voted last week to import a yoga curriculum developed in Calgary. “I’m very excited. I would be thrilled to teach a yoga class,” said Hertlein, a certified hatha yoga instructor who teaches social studies at Ross Sheppard, as well as the holistic health option, nicknamed “H2O.” Read more.

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Jasper Place Rebels conquer Totem Hoop Classic
Edmonton Journal, December 9, 2012 

When Tyler Wilde hung on the rim and slapped a Jasper Place sticker on the backboard during Friday’s slam dunk contest, the message couldn’t have been clearer: For the first time in the 20-year history of the Totem Hoop Classic, the Rebels were ready to put their mark on the high school basketball tournament. Read more.

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Edmonton Public Schools… In the News

RAP helps teens build careers
The Edmonton Journal, December 6, 2012

Christina Strawberry thought the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) would be a good way to learn something new. The program allows high school students in Alberta to accumulate hours toward their first year apprenticeship while earning money (at least minimum wage) and high school credits. More than 1,200 students in 242 Alberta high schools participated in the program last year. Strawberry, a Grade 12 student at Edmonton’s Queen Elizabeth High School, is apprenticing in carpentry. “I wanted to challenge myself,” said the 17-year-old. Read more.

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CBC Radio Active, December 6, 2012
Alberta: Interview with Stephen Wright, a Supervisor of Projects and Research at Edmonton Public Schools. The curriculum at some Edmonton Public schools is about to become more flexible.  Yoga may be a credit course in the new year.

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DEC. 4, 1953: Coronation, Talmud Torah and St. Joseph schools open doors
The Edmonton Journal, December 4, 2012

Three new schools — Coronation, Talmud Torah and St. Joseph — officially opened in Edmonton. Pledging that he and his staff would make every child’s school life a profitable and pleasurable one, principal L. Nicholls opened the $219,000 Coronation Elementary School at 139th Street and 109A Avenue. A few blocks away, Chicago author and prominent Jewish educationist Ben Aronin was in Edmonton to participate in the dedication ceremonies for the new location of Talmud Torah School at 133rd Street and 106th Avenue. The new site reflected the population shift of the Jewish community from downtown to the west end. Read more.

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Check, mate — young Edmonton chess master shows off his skills
The Edmonton Journal, December 1, 2012

In the same way music fans might say “Mozart played this piano,” chess fans are already saying “I beat Richard Wang — when he was eight.”  Vlad Rekhson, executive director of the Alberta Chess Association and a pretty good chess player himself, can boast that he beat Richard, an Old Scona student — when the young player was about 11. Read more.

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CTV-Edmonton, November 30, 2012
The Tiger Spirit Bike-a-thon Fundraiser has just wrapped up. About 450 students bicycled for 24 hours at McNally High School. All money raised will go to the Kids with Cancer Society and the Firefighters Burn Treatment Society.

Edmonton Public Schools… In the News

Edmonton full-day kindergarten students celebrate community’s contribution
Metro Edmonton, November 29, 2012

Full-day kindergarten gives the province’s littlest learners a leg up, say teachers and parents who’ve seen the benefits first hand. On Thursday, the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation and its board of governors showcased the impact full-day kindergarten has had on students with a teddy bear picnic themed assembly at Tipaskan School. Read more.

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EARLY NEWS (CITV-TV), November 29, 2012

The McNally High School Tiger Spirit Bike-a-thon kicked off.  52 teams are taking part in the event.  Student Harman Khinda was interviewed.

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News (CHQT-AM), November 28, 2012

It is better to give than to receive is the message the GEOMEER Society of Edmonton is giving to students in high school and junior high school s around the city (Edmonton Public Schools), as they team up to collect donations for families in need. Jenna Hiron from GEOMEER was interviewed.

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CBC NEWS(CBXT-TV), November 27, 2012
Students at the Victoria School of the Arts are perfecting their version of the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street.”

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News Hour (CITV-TV), November 27, 2012
City Hall was home to a fashion show today in support of Edmonton’s less fortunate. It is part of the United Way’s Coats for Kids and Families Campaign. Local retailers donated warm clothing which was then modelled by students from Ross Sheppard high school. The event highlights the fact that thousands of Edmontonians do not have the means to purchase the proper winter gear and donations are badly needed.

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CTV-Edmonton, November 26, 2012
The competition is stiff in a national challenge sponsored by Under Armour Apparel. The clothing company is offering $100,000 to the high school that can prove it’s tops in high school spirit. That was the scene at Jasper Place High School today as the Rebels completed yet another challenge. It’s kind of like a cyber scavenger hunt. Amie Richard, J.P. fitness centre trainer was interviewed.

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Noon News Hour (CITV-TV), November 26, 2012
Family and friends gathered on the weekend to remember the life of a teen who was murdered six years ago at his own birthday party. A soccer game was held as a fundraiser for an anti-bullying campaign (Olweus Bullying Prevention Program) at Edmonton Public Schools. Rick Young, parent support group was interviewed.

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Evening News (CITV-TV), November 24, 2012
It is National Addictions Awareness week. To mark the event, Edmontonians gathered at Ross Sheppard school.  Alar Aksberg, NAAW Committee Chair, talked about the event.

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Edmonton Public Schools… In the News

Apprenticeship program fast-tracks Alberta high-school students to a ticket & paycheque
Edmonton Journal, November 8, 2012

 Michael Hughes is 16 years old and well on his way to a successful career. The Grade 11 student at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton is enrolled in the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), a provincial government initiative that allows young people to learn a trade while working toward their high-school diploma. Read more.

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GO! Edmonton, Shaw TV, November 22, 2012

A look at an Edmonton program for international students.  Interviewed were: Ramya Kandala, international student; Lubna Ahmad, Advisor at U of A International Centre; Sandra Kahn, teacher at Malmo School.

 

Edmonton Public Schools… In the News

Edmonton animator brings Ralph to life in Disney movie
Edmonton Journal, November 6, 2012

Disney’s animation studio in Burbank, Calif., is a world away from John Wong’s Capilano neighbourhood, where growing up he pondered the magic of being able to bring dinosaurs back from extinction. It was Jurassic Park that proved to be the spark that lit the flame for Wong, when his parents took him to see the movie in downtown Edmonton at what was then Eaton Centre. Read more.

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Edmonton Public Schools… In the News

 
CTV-Edmonton News at 6, November 1, 2012

Students from Greenfield Elementary held an event at their school today to educate their grandparents in fall prevention. Grade 6 student, Emily Beresnak and grandmother Bonnie Berg were interviewed.

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Prime Minister’s Wife Visits Crawford Plains School

Mrs. Laureen Harper was at Crawford Plains School on October 26, visiting the Interactions classroom. She was accompanied by MP Mike Lake.

Global TV and CTV covered the visit.  

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CBC News: Edmonton, October 26, 2012

Kindergarten students at Greenview School walked to raise money for Type 1 Diabetes research. The whole school, 450 students in all, went out on a walk today.

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Edmonton Public Schools… In the News

Eight Edmonton teachers recognized for innovation in the classroom
The Edmonton Journal, October 25, 2012

A high school teacher who sometimes lets students play video games in class is among eight Edmonton educators recognized this month with a national award for outstanding work. Computer science teacher Scott Couprie, 41, is eager to experiment with new projects at McNally High School. McNally currently has one of the best-developed computer science programs in the city. ” Read more.

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Radio Active 2 (CBX-AM), October 23, 2012

Earlier today, we visited Lauderdale School in north central Edmonton.  This year, Lauderdale is home to the Edmonton branch of the TD Kids Book Club.  The Book Club connects young readers across the country with the books that are nominated for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.  That award will be handed out in Toronto in November.  One of the five books nominated is Deborah Ellis novel, “No Ordinary Day.” Today, she sat down with some Grade 5 and 6 students at Lauderdale to talk about the book.

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