Division News

Alberta Health Updates Daily Checklist

October 30th, 2020

On November 2nd, Alberta’s parents will begin using an updated Daily Checklist to determine if their children should go to school. Deputy Education Minister Andre Corbould notified school authorities of the change on October 29th, saying: “These evidence-based changes are needed to lessen the number of students who are required to isolate without sufficient cause […]

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Update: COVID-19 cases in schools

October 26th, 2020

Over the last week, some of our schools have been informed of confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Collaboration with Alberta Health Services (AHS) Division leaders and school administrators have been working with Alberta Health Services to identify close contacts. Given the volume of cases in Alberta, AHS resources are stretched thin and there […]

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Dan Thompson — Maintaining excellence with a smile

October 20th, 2020

Dan has worked for the facilities department as a plumber for 29 years. Nominated by staff at École Westlock Elementary, he is quick to respond to calls and always with a smile and a friendly hello.  Everyone appreciates Dan’s dedication to his job. Whether he’s dealing with leaks or odors—including the discovery of the missing […]

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Steps to reduce the impact of ADLC closure

October 19th, 2020

Pembina Hills is preparing to close Alberta Distance Learning Centre (ADLC) after the end of the 2020-2021 school year. While ADLC continues to provide student instruction and teacher support services to Alberta this year, the scheduled termination of the Service Agreement with the province is expected to impact 24% of the Pembina Hills teaching staff […]

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October 14, 2020 Board Meeting News

October 15th, 2020

Regional Office – Student enrolment update As of September 30th, enrolment in our community schools is down 368 students — 10% lower than projected. Of those students, 202 have chosen distance learning through the division’s online school, Vista Virtual School. Including Vista Virtual School’s current registrations, the division’s total Kindergarten to Grade 12 enrolment is […]

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Updating assessment and reporting terminology

October 14th, 2020

At the October 14, 2020 regular board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Mark Thiesen presented changes to division-wide procedures on Student Assessment Evaluation and Reporting (AP 60-10). The changes focus on specific words that describe student progress. The goal is to change the words to imply a growth mindset – defined by author Carol Dweck as “when […]

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