J. T. Foster High School Homepage News en-us Sun, 24 Jun 2018 14:36:44 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca 2018 Lloyd Cavers Scholarship recipients Livingstone Range School Division is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Dr. Lloyd Cavers Scholarship, awarded to high school students demonstrating exceptional leadership.  Finalists from each school receive $200.00, with an overall winner designated to receive $1,000.00. Representing each high school in the Division, the recipients are: Avery Sheldon – J.T. Foster School, Nanton (overall winner) Spencer Van Dellen – Willow Creek Composite High School, Claresholm Marissa Medema – F.P. Walshe School, Fort Macleod Jillanna Hammond – Matthew Halton High School, Pincher Creek Elisha Lowry – Livingstone School Cameron Hildebrandt – Crowsnest Consolidated High School   About each student: Avery Sheldon – Avery is an exceptionally well-rounded student who excels in academics, athletics and numerous aspects of leadership and volunteerism. Her contributions to her school and community include involvement in the J.T. Foster Student Leadership group, the Regional Student Council and volunteer work for at the Silver Willow Lodge and Kids Korner. Avery has also helped to organize events for Relay for Life and fundraisers for the JTF’s sister school in Malawi. Avery has received the Most Sportsmanlike Player award on her volleyball team, and is currently helping to establish a “zen room” at the school to help students manage stress and anxiety. She plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Calgary with the goal of becoming a speech pathologist. Spencer Van Dellen – Spencer is a dedicated and artistically gifted student with a passion for volunteering. He is an award-winning vocalist and actor who lends his talents to numerous musical and theatrical initiatives, volunteering tirelessly at different events and coaching/mentoring younger performers. Spencer is a youth member of the Claresholm Arts Society and sings the national anthem at school and sporting events. Spencer’s teachers characterize him as conscientious, hardworking, creative and cooperative, with a keen intellect and positive attitude. Marissa Medema – Marissa is an honour student and award-winning athlete with a “quiet leadership” ability respected by staff and students alike. She shows great perseverance in striving to achieve personal goals, and successfully completed a Green Certificate and the FACES summer outdoor program.  Marissa has contributed to the betterment of her community through the 4-H highway cleanup and the Remembrance Day poppy program. She is characterized as having a strong belief in the dignity and value of all people. Jillanna Hammond – Jillanna has distinguished herself in both her school and local community through numerous volunteer projects and her involvement in local and global initiatives. She is a multi-year honour student and athlete, and has given many hours of volunteer time to the Heritage Acres Farm Museum, Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo, Vista Village Seniors Centre, Christmas Food Hampers program and the annual highway cleanup. She is also a member of MHHS’ Students Inspiring Change initiative, helping to increase awareness of the challenges faced by people in developing countries. Her determination and perseverance are matched by her friendliness, kindness and courage. Elisha Lowry – Elisha is a bright and diligent honours student who is able to balance the demands of academic pursuits with a commitment to excellence in sport. He consistently demonstrates integrity, positivity and humility, and has an ability to develop friendships with people of all ages. Elisha plans to attend university to pursue a career in engineering. Cameron Hildebrandt – Cameron has distinguished himself at CCHS through his involvement in activities such as the Student Leadership Symposium, for which he was an organizer and presenter, and the Regional Student Council. He has become the “voice of CCHS”, writing and delivering announcements and encouraging other students to be involved in school and community events. Cameron is a bright student who completed grades 9 and 10 in one year, with honours. He was selected to be the valedictorian for the 2018 CCHS graduating class. The Dr. Lloyd Cavers Scholarship recognizes the contributions made by a student leader in grade 12 in a LRSD school. The recipient’s leadership abilities will have had a positive impact at school and in the community in the areas of community service/volunteerism, citizenship, academics, extra-curricular, activities, athletic and cultural activities, personal character, and leadership. This scholarship is awarded annually by the Livingstone Range School Division Board of Trustees to a recipient nominated by his or her school and selected by a committee consisting of two Trustees and one Central Office Administrator. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=27607&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=27607&stream=Homepage News June Exams Posted! The June Assessment week dates are posted on our calendar!   http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=27137&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=27137&stream=Homepage News Nanton students talk to CTV about Farm Safety Day Students from AB Daley and JT Foster schools in Nanton had the opportunity to attend Farm Safety Day in Calgary on Wednesday, May 9, and got to speak with CTV Calgary reporters about their experience. JT Foster seventh grader Keelyn Armstrong responded to reporter Kevin Fleming about what she was learning at the event. "To be safe when you're around big machinery, and around horses and cattle and any animal," said Keelyn. According to AB Daley Principal Audrey Kluin the event, sponsored by the Calgary Stampede, welcomes grade 6 to 9 classes to a free day of learning aimed at enhancing students’ awareness and understanding of rural and farm safety.  "Students, teachers, and parent chaperones have access to interactive activities and information stations on a variety of topics including equipment safety, working with electricity, first aid and more," says Kluin. Many students in the Nanton area come from farms and ranches where they may be involved in activities that bring them into contact with machinery and livestock, and so will particularly benefit from the safety messages and demonstrations shared at Farm Safety Day. Cole Blades, another JT Foster seventh grader from a ranching family, told the reporter "In the city, kids can't really work and have jobs, whereas on a ranch you're kind of born working!" Students living in towns and cities also learn important safety information and have fun at the event.  "This year’s Farm Safety Day [is] full of many new and impactful stations for students, including the CASA BeGrainSafe trailer, a rollover simulator, ATV safety and livestock handling," says Principal Kluin. "Even if you’ve been here in the past, we promise to have new and exciting learnings for [the] students!" Knowledge gained from the day fulfills a number of Alberta school curriculum outcomes in health, agriculture studies and other areas. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=27109&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=27109&stream=Homepage News NEW Assistant Principals for Nanton and Fort Macleod Livingstone Range School Division is pleased to announce the selection of assistant principals for two Division schools for the 2018-2019 school year. Mr. Roger Doucet will move into the role of Assistant Principal, J.T. Foster School, beginning in September 2018. Doucet has been a teacher at J.T. Foster since 2008, instructing classes in Social Studies, English Language Arts, Humanities and courses within the Career and Technology Studies stream. Prior to joining Livingstone Range School Division, Doucet taught at other schools in Alberta and Manitoba, including Francophone and French as a Second Language curriculum, and he is fluent in French. In addition to his teaching duties, Doucet has been involved in numerous events and initiatives including High School Redesign, LRSD Divisional Day, and the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement. He has mentored school staff on the use of new digital tools such as Pinnacle, PowerSchool and school and teacher websites. Doucet is a self-professed computer geek and politics aficionado who believes strongly in lifelong learning. “I am excited to continue in my new role as assistant principal for J.T. Foster School,” says Doucet. “I am very privileged to be working in this great community. The opportunity of helping build strong relationships between the community and the school is an exciting venture.” Doucet earned a B.Ed. at the University of Alberta and a M.Ed. at the University of Lethbridge, focusing on Educational Leadership. Leanne Feller is another teacher moving into an administrative role, becoming the new Assistant Principal at W.A. Day School in Fort Macleod this September. Feller has been with Livingstone Range since 1996, when she taught first grade at W.A. Day.  She also taught grades 4, 5 and 6 at G.R. Davis School between 1997 and 2014, returning to W.A. Day in 2014 as a learning support teacher. She has been Acting Assistant Principal at the school since fall of 2017. Activities and initiatives Feller has participated in, additional to her teaching and administrative duties, include School Based Literacy, Curriculum Redesign, School Based Nutrition and the Student Leadership Team. She is an Alberta Education Excellence in Teaching Award nominee and was nominated for the Pan Canadian Excellence in Teaching Award for three consecutive years. Feller is honoured to be able to continue on in the role of Assistant Principal at W.A. Day. “I am passionate about continuing the leadership and learning opportunities for our students, and dedicated to ensuring the success of our school, our students, the staff and the community as a whole, Feller says.  “I look forward to continuing on our leadership journey together in our pursuit of excellence.” Feller was an honours graduate at F.P. Walshe High School and earned a combined B.A./B.Ed. degree, with distinction, at the University of Lethbridge. She is preparing to enroll in a master’s program through the University of New Brunswick in the 2018-2019 year.  Deputy Superintendent Ken Sampson is pleased to welcome Roger Doucet and Leanne Feller to their new positions on behalf of the Division. "We are confident that both Leanne and Roger will bring enthusiasm and passion for educating our students to their individual positions, moving their respective schools even further ahead," says Sampson. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=27009&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=27009&stream=Homepage News NEW Principals at 3 LRSD Schools Livingstone Range School Division is pleased to announce the confirmation of three principals commencing or resuming leadership positions for the 2018-2019 school year.       Dave Fender, who has been in the role of Acting Principal at W.A. Day School in Fort Macleod, has accepted the permanent principalship of the school, effective September 2018. Fender, who was previously principal at Canyon Elementary School, moved into the temporary   position in September 2017, and is happy to be continuing his work with the Fort Macleod students and community.  “I am humbled to be the principal of a school in a school district whose community members share such a fundamental and common   interest – the success of our students,” says Fender. “In particular, I am so honoured to be a part of the wonderfully diverse community of   Fort Macleod and, more specifically, W.A. Day School.”  Fender brings over 20 years of administrative experience to W.A. Day, having served as principal in five schools before coming to Fort   Macleod. He is a recipient of several awards, including the provincial Educational Leadership Award from the Council on School   Administration, and the Betty Grigg Inclusive Education award. Fender is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge (B.A. and B. Ed.) and is currently completing a master of education degree at Athabasca University. J.T. Foster School in Nanton will also see new leadership. Audrey Kluin, who has been Principal at Nanton’s A.B. Daley Elementary School since 2014, will take over the helm at JTF this fall.   “After four years of working with amazing staff, students and parents at A.B. Daley School, I am honoured to be selected for the principalship at J.T. Foster School,” says Kluin. “I will work hard to collaborate with all stakeholders and strive to provide quality education for the students of Nanton.” Kluin is skilled at incorporating technology into learning and has taken the lead on numerous technology initiatives, including school website design. She is passionate about establishing strong community partnerships and creating an environment where staff and students can thrive. Kluin is a graduate of both the University of Alberta (B.Sc. and B. Ed.) and the University of New Brunswick (M.Ed.). She is currently working on a certificate in human resources at the University of Calgary. “I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to the many new partnerships and endeavours that will follow this journey,” says Kluin. Leanne Watson, current Assistant Principal at J.T. Foster School, will be making the move this September to become Principal of Stavely School, where she started her teaching career. Both Leanne’s daughters attended the school and she has also volunteered there whenever possible. “I am so excited to be working in Stavely again, and I find it especially fitting that my first principalship is also in Stavely,” says Watson. “I’m also looking forward to the change from secondary to elementary school.” Watson has a master’s degree in curriculum and assessment and is passionate about professional development. She is active in the community and in coaching and will bring a keen sense of local community to her new role. Positions vacated as a result of the above placements will be advertised soon. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=26689&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=26689&stream=Homepage News