September 5th, 2018 ~ Vol. 89 No. 36
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CCHS hosts Divisional Day
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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(Left to right) Trustees of the Livingstone Range School Division (LRSD) Greg Long, Lacey Poytress and Jim Burdett, and LRSD superintendant Darryl Seguin attended the Professional Development Divisional Day at Crowsnest Consolidated High School on Aug. 30.
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
Over 400 teachers and staff attended the annual Professional Development Divisional Day at Crowsnest Consolidated High School on Aug. 30.

“The purpose is for learning and celebrating, for our staff to get together to start the year and for making teaching and learning connection,” says Lesley Margetak, a teacher at Horace Allen School (HAS) and a co-chair on the Professional Development Committee which organizes the event.

Tanya Law, a teacher at the Little Bow Colony School, and Donnie Roberts, the assistant superintendent for the Livingstone Range School Division (LRSD), were the other two co-chairs in the planning committee.

Teachers and administrative and support staff in the LRSD participated in a variety of sessions and lectures centered around this year’s theme of “Learning from Land, Place and Story”, which included activities focused around our local history, nature, outdoor connections, environment and traditional stories.
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Seminars were led by teachers and professional staff within the division, as well as experts outside LRSD like the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre and Ever Active Schools.

Dr. Dwayne Donald, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, was invited as keynote speaker. Dr. Donald’s primary focus of research is on the difficulties that Canadian educators face in connection with the provincial government’s recent decision to introduce Aboriginal concerns and priorities into the school curriculum.
Local vendors set up booths in the atrium of the school to sell local products that also reflect this year's theme.

“It’s great to have local artists showcase their talents and enhance our community recognition,” says Margetak.

The day concluded with long-term service awards to recognize employees with 25 or more years of service with LRSD.
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Each Divisional Day supports a local charity and this year, donations will be provided to the Crowsnest Pass Food Bank.

The opportunity for Crowsnest Pass to host a Divisional Day comes once every five years, as the host location rotates between Nanton, Claresholm, Fort Macleod, Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass.

The Livingstone Range School Division serves a population of approximately 25,000, covering Fort Macleod to Crowsnest Pass and Nanton to Waterton.

This was the first time that the event was held the week that staff returns from summer holidays, having taken place in November in prior years.
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