By Kevin J. Sabo
For the Independent
There was much to discuss at the Jan. 16 Clearview Public Schools trustee meeting.
Items on the agenda included a powerful new tool called “PowerSchool,” the ongoing success of the Clearview Public Schools partnership with Wolf Creek Public Schools, preliminary approval for an out of province trip for students from both Castor’s Gus Wetter School and Stettler’s Wm. E Hay Secondary School, an introduction to a new messenger app for parents known as “Safe Arrival,” and an update on the new kindergarten to grade 4 curriculum.
“There’s lot’s going on and lots to look forward to,” said Clearview Public Schools Superintendent Peter Barron.
Clearview Public Schools will begin transitioning to new student information system, PowerSchool, over the next few months, with a full rollout this fall. PowerSchool is software that other school divisions have moved to over the last few years and is a one-stop solution that allows for easier communication between parents and schools, grade tracking, teacher continuing education, school division payroll, and many other features. It is being phased in as a requirement by the government for school divisions to move to electronic records.
The January “Rock the Diploma” exam prep sessions occurred earlier in January and featured three-weekend study sessions in Lacombe or Coronation. Around 100 students from across Clearview Public Students attended at least one of the sessions that were offered, and nearly 80 Clearview Students attended all three weekends. The weekends are designed as a comprehensive review of four separate high school courses, namely biology, math, chemistry, and social studies.
Students from both Castor’s Gus Wetter School and Stettler’s Wm. E. Hay Secondary have received preliminary approval from the board of trustees to travel to Saskatchewan in April to participate in an archery competition.
“They tend to do very well,” said trustee Kim Smyth, who made the carried motion to allow the students to attend the trip.
Parents will soon have a new tool with which to communicate with their child’s school. The Clearview school messenger App “SafeArrival” will become operational in late Jan. or sometime in Feb. The app will allow parents to notify the school if their child will be late or absent after the fact, or it can notify the school in advance if a child will be absent on a given day.
Finally, the new concept-based kindergarten to Grade 4 curricula has been approved by the province and will be piloted over the 2019 – 20 school year. Full implementation across the province will take effect in the 2020 – 21 school year.
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