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Assisting with technology is elementary for Tech Team Ninjas from Poplar Ridge

A group of Grade 5 and 6 students from Poplar Ridge School have taken the lead on a number of different technology initiatives at their school, in an effort to build their skills while deflecting simple tasks from busy staff. “Poplar Ridge came to us with this unique learning opportunity for their students and we...

Board Highlights, June 22

Budget 2016-2017 The Chinook’s Edge Board of Education approved a $128 million balanced budget for the 2016-2017 school year, with operating reserves expected to remain stable at below three percent of the total budget. This budget is based on predictions that student enrolment will grow by less than one percent,...

Westglen School celebrates a $25,000 Breakfast for Learning Social Impact Grant

Every student at Westglen School in Didsbury took part in a lively iron chef competition, to celebrate the grand re-opening of their modernized kitchen space. The Grade 5-8 school is one of only four schools chosen in Alberta to receive the $25,000 Breakfast for Learning Social Impact Grant through the President’s...

Innisfail High student writes her way to the top in Government of Canada contest

Fifteen year-old Adele Beaudoin will be standing proud with government officials and other dignitaries on Parliament Hill this Canada Day! The Grade 10 student from École Innisfail High School is the national champion of the Government of Canada’s ‘Write It!’ contest. Her essay, called The Sky, was chosen fro...

Alberta Education presents Excellence in Teaching Award to Olds High teacher

Chinook’s Edge is celebrating an announcement from Alberta Education that Angie Dezall from Olds High School is the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Angie was one of 20 ‘outstanding teachers’ from across the province being recognized through the provincial government program. “These a...

Central Alberta hosts Provincial School Bus "Roadeo"

School bus drivers from across the province will come together to test their skills in Red Deer on June 4, at the 36th annual Alberta Provincial School Bus “Roadeo.” Eighty competitors are expected to participate in the provincial event, after taking the top spots at recent rounds of zone competitions. Along wit...

Olds High student earns gold medal at national science fair

Nicole Green, Grade 10 student at Olds High School, brought home a gold medal from the week-long Canada Wide Science Festival at McGill University in Montreal. Nicole’s ambitious project was titled Gender Imbalance: the Influence of the Stereotype Threat on Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (S...

New 'house structure' at Ecole Innisfail Middle makes students feel right at home

Knowing that a strong sense of belonging is the basis for all learning, the team at École Innisfail Middle School has researched and launched a new ‘house structure’. The approach has been months in the making. It began with a visit to the Ron Clark Academy in South Atlanta where master teachers are transformin...

Cremona School teacher nominated for Edwin Parr Award

Julie Nickel, a Grade 2 teacher at Cremona School, is the Chinook’s Edge nomination for this year’s Alberta School Boards’ Association ‘Edwin Parr Award.’ The annual Award recognizes teachers who are new to the profession who show significant promise in their first year. What was most striking about Julie...

Board Highlights, May 11

Benalto School Closure Plan Members of the Superintendent’s Team presented updates from their specific departments regarding the closure process, and indicated there have been ongoing discussions with Benalto staff and families, and the Benalto Review Committee, regarding next steps. Students and staff are prepari...

Olds High School teacher named 'Excellence in Teaching Awards' semi-finalist

Angie Dezall, who has spent her entire 20-year teaching career at Olds High School, has been named a semi-finalist in the Alberta Education ‘Excellence in Teaching Awards’. Ms. Dezall is a highly-regarded Math teacher, and has held several teaching roles over the years. She has taught Drama, Social Studies and S...

New curriculum connects younger students with career exploration

A new provincial Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) course has been formally approved by Alberta Education, allowing students in Grades 5-9 to explore limitless aspects of the working world. Chinook’s Edge took hold of the pilot program of studies two years ago,  believing that the opportunity to link studen...

Board Highlights, April 6

Benalto School After a lengthy review and deliberation, the Board of Education has made a motion to close Benalto School at the end of this current school year. Benalto School has been involved in a viability and closure review process because of the school’s low student enrolment numbers, which is currently 21 stud...

Board Highlights, March 9

Capital Plan Requests The Board approved the Capital Plan Requests for the period 2017-2020 to include: Olds Koinonia Christian School annual lease support; H.J. Cody School (Sylvan Lake) modernization; Carstairs Elementary School addition; Jessie Duncan Elementary School (Penhold) addition; École Olds Elementary Sch...

Bunnies bring life's lessons into the classroom

Two fluffy bunnies are packing important lessons when they visit Grade 4 classes at École John Wilson Elementary School every week. ‘Ron’ and ‘Potter’ are at the centre of a 10 week program delivered through a local organization called Naturally Nurtured. The huge rabbits visit the school with their owner,...