Tuesday, August 31, 2010  
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Quote of the Week
“It’s been a long
time coming.”
- Sean Michalski  
- on the official opening of   
the new wading pool   
Local schools prepared for new academic year
With students scheduled to start their first day of the new school year on Monday, August 30, teachers and staff were in full swing during the week before, preparing to brighten the minds of a new crop of students in 2010 and 2011.
At Horace Allen School, Elaine Garner has now been officially named Principal, dropping the "Acting" portion of her title. She will be aided by a new Assistant Principal, Myrna Dembicki, who comes to the Pass from the Palliser School Division in Lethbridge.
In addition to her principal duties, Mrs. Garner will be teaching music this year along with Mrs. Becky Pichurski.
The school will continue its focus on literature, working with the Crowsnest Pass Literacy Foundation throughout the year. In September they will read Recess Queen, a book with lessons about bullying.
Later this year, Horace Allen will host a puppetry residency thanks to a grant from the Alberta Foundation of Arts. A puppeteer will stay at the school and work with students, while puppetry will be integrated into numerous curriculum areas.
At Isabelle Sellon School, new Principal Paul Pichurski will be joined by new Assistant Principal Marnie Davidson on the administrative team. Two new teachers are also joining the regular staff –– LaDawn Funk as a Grade Four teacher and Jonina Mills as the French and Art teacher.
Pichurski says that the school will continue with its plans and goals, such as infusing technology into its classrooms and getting the kids to interact with the technology rather than simply watching the teacher use technology.
One example of this focus on technology is that students can access their school work from home. Using the internet, students can access their school hard drive where they can open saved schoolwork to either work on at home or share with their parents.
"We're excited for the kids to come back," says Pichurski. "We look forward to it every year."
The Crowsnest Consolidated High School is also welcoming new teachers this year. Eliza Grose will teach physical education, and Michael Aggedus will be a construction teacher this year. Sue-Ann Uphill will teach high school math to fill in for another teacher.
Principal Wes Wescott says that sports teams will be starting up soon, and that the school is happy to welcome a new group of Grade Seven students. The Grade Seven orientation day was held on August 26.
"We're very excited about opening next week," he says, noting that the school was too quiet during the week before opening, and needs the noise of the students to feel full again.
School busses this year will all gather at CCHS after classes each day, where students from all schools will be transferred onto different busses and taken home. Students from Horace Allen and Isabelle Sellon will be taken to CCHS, and then students of all ages will be taken from CCHS to different areas of the Pass.
Wescott says that all of the schools have been planning together to coordinate this new system. The seven busses will use the loop behind the school to keep the busses out of the front parking lot traffic, and Wescott says that there will be lots of supervision, with teachers from multiple schools, to ensure everything goes smoothly.
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