J. T. Foster High School Homepage News en-us Thu, 21 Nov 2019 20:13:00 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca Queens Ball The doors open at 8 pm, and the Ball begins at 9 pm sharp, with tickets available for $10 per person or $30 a family. Crowning will occur at midnight. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=3631&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=3631&stream=Homepage News If I Can Presentation JTF alumni Chris Koch is presenting in the afternoon of November 26. All welcome! http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32803&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32803&stream=Homepage News Share Your Opinion We're developing a new Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Core Values that will chart the course for the future of Livingstone Range School Division.  Staff, parents, students, and stakeholders: share your opinion by taking our survey that will come to your email inbox or click the link below. We value your feedback!    CLICK HERE TO START THE SURVEY! https://forms.gle/9sc9C1N83LxfLEnr5                                                   CLICK HERE TO START THE SURVEY! https://forms.gle/9sc9C1N83LxfLEnr5     http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32839&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32839&stream=Homepage News My Kid is Never in School Written by Superintendent Darryl Seguin. Reprinted with permission of The Lethbridge Herald.   Throughout my career the phrase, “my kid is never in school” is one I have heard many times from parents frustrated with the complications of additional childcare arrangements, altered schedules, and concerns that children cannot possibly be receiving a good education with so many days off.  The Education Act stipulates that teachers cannot be scheduled to work more than 200 days in a school year. Teachers in Alberta can only instruct a maximum 907 hours in the classroom and be assigned 1200 hours of work. Instructional time generally includes direct children–teacher interaction; it does not include teacher preparation, parent/teacher meetings, staff meetings or professional development. These types of activities along with recently increased legislative requirements for schools such as occupational health and safety training for employees and first aid training are part of the maximum assignable time of 1200 hours.  Teachers, administrators, and division-based leaders must comply with these parameters as they face increasingly complex classroom conditions. Today, it is common to have a class of students with an incredibly wide range of abilities, foundational knowledge, and life experiences. Most classrooms today are inclusive of students with various medical, physical and psychological needs. Despite these challenges, however, Alberta’s education system consistently ranks among the highest in Canada and around the world according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).  Most school jurisdiction calendars consist of 197 operational days with student days varying anywhere from 180-185 days. Within those 197 operational days most school divisions plan 12 to 16 professional development days during which staff participate in workshops, conferences, team meetings and other methods of learning to increase their professional understanding, knowledge and skills. By the end of this October, many schools in our Division had at least two staff professional development days for the 2019-20 school year.  So what are teachers learning when kids are not in school? Teachers are working on first aid training, health and safety courses and numerous other professional development activities. During a professional development day earlier this month, Livingstone Range School Division teachers chose from 31 professional development sessions including: Understanding Autism & ADHD Supporting Individuals through Valued Attachments (SIVA) Effective Technology in the Elementary Classroom Supporting students with Down Syndrome Speech and Language Strategies Brain Development Indigenous Numeracy Various subject-specific training Leadership Training Mental Health & Wellness Sessions Although it may seem that children have too many days off during the school year, ongoing professional development is a vital component for educators to stay current in their practice and to provide quality education to the next generation of leaders. So, the next time your child is not in school ask yourself; I wonder what staff are learning about today that will help them become better teachers for my child?  http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32813&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32813&stream=Homepage News Boost Your Exam Marks Boost your diploma exam marks with our FREE 3-day study courses. The proven Rock the Diploma study program includes comprehensive review booklets, practice exams, and online support. Courses are delivered by top teachers with extensive diploma exam experience, and include complete concepts review plus time for practice and individual feedback. Transportation to and from your high school to FP Walshe in Fort Macleod and lunch provided. Choose from: Social 30-1 or 30-2 Fri Jan 10 • 5-9:30pm Sat Jan 11 • 10am-4pm Sun Jan 12 • 10am-4pm Math 30-1 or 30-2 Fri Jan 17 • 5-9:30pm Sat Jan 18 • 10am-4pm Sun Jan 19 • 10am-4pm Bio 30 or Chem 30 Fri Jan 24 • 5-9:30pm Sat Jan 25 • 10am-4pm Sun Jan 26• 10am-4pm Register by December 20 to ensure your spot at http://bit.ly/LivingstoneRangeRTD http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32775&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32775&stream=Homepage News Weekdays 'Til 6 Staff wellness is a priority at Livingstone Range School Division. We are taking a bold, new approach to the challenges associated with the increasing number of emails and texts we all face in the evenings and on weekends, and expectations for staff to respond immediately. Beginning November 1, 2019 our staff are encouraged to send work-related emails and texts prior to 6pm on weekdays. And not at all in the evenings and on weekends. We believe after-hours activities should include rest, exercise, time with family and friends, hobbies, volunteering, and other responsibilities, but NOT work emails and texts. The shift is called "Weekdays 'Til 6" and is focused on respecting our staff's after-work hours.  "We believe the Weekdays 'Til 6 initiative will help improve the work/life balance, health, and wellbeing for all Livingstone Range staff," says Superintendent Darryl Seguin. "We also believe it will help our staff be more productive during the workday hours." In fact, experts agree that taking time to unplug from devices, social media, and work-related emails and texts does improve productivity by lowering stress and allowing our minds and bodies to get the rest we need. Other organizations - such as Volkswagen, health-care consulting company Vynamic, and Chinook's Edge School Division in Innisfail - have already implemented no-evening-or-weekend-email policies with great success. Now LRSD is taking a step in prioritizing our staff's wellbeing with the Weekdays 'Til 6 initiative.  We ask all staff to limit emailing or texting one another and parents to weekdays before 6pm. Parents can help us out by not expecting a reply from a teacher until the following school day. A Friday evening message will not be responded to until after the weekend. Some urgent or crisis situations may require discretionary exceptions, and our facilities staff will continue to be available for after-hours emergencies. "Weekdays 'Til 6 can benefit parents and families as well," says Seguin. "We would love to see everyone get onboard and unplug in the evenings and weekends to improve balance in their lives."  Talk to your school's principal for more information on the Weekdays 'Til 6 initiative or visit http://www.lrsd.ca/Weekdays%20Til%206.php. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32399&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32399&stream=Homepage News Online Tool Helps High School Students Livingstone Range School Division high school students now have an incredible online resource to help them learn and succeed. The Enhanced Learning Model (ELM) is an online education portal that enhances learning opportunities for students through breadth and quality of programming. Offering a specially curated hub for videos, demonstrations, notes, assessments, study tips, and more for high school subject areas, ELM is built by Alberta teachers for Alberta schools. Course content provides study support for diploma exams and is available 24/day via a computer with an internet connection, "ELM has been proven to help students learn and improve their marks," says Associate Superintendent Chad Kuzyk. "It's convenient and very accessible, which is important in our rural jurisdiction." Best of all, it's free for LRSD students. Visit http://www.lrsd.ca/Enhanced%20Learning%20Model.php for more information or talk to your school principal to get started today. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32619&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32619&stream=Homepage News Healthy Hunger! Order school lunches weekly, monthly or even for the entire year in advance. Simply go to Healthy Hunger.ca set up an account and select your child's class (JTF selects ABD for the school and JTF is listed as a classroom. A portion of the proceeds from every order goes to the Friends of ABD! Thank you so very much to this group for setting this up! If a student is absent, their lunch will be given to another student. According to Health and Safety regulations, we are not able to keep a lunch overnight. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=28417&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=28417&stream=Homepage News LRSD Students Score Higher than Provincial Average on Diploma Exams Livingstone Range School Division is pleased to report that students writing Diploma Exams and Provincial Achievement Tests in the Division are showing year-over-year improvement in exam scores. In five high school diploma exam courses, LRSD students scored higher than the provincial average. Every year (or term) in Alberta, students in grades 6, 9 and 12 write standardized exams in the areas of mathematics, social studies, sciences and English/language arts. The purpose of provincial achievement testing is to: determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards assist schools, authorities and the province in monitoring and improving student learning LRSD students achieved an average of 96% on English Language Arts 30-1, well above the provincial average of 87%. In English Language Arts 30-2, Mathematics 30-2, and Social Studies 30-1 & 30-2, LRSD students also performed above their fellow students across Alberta. Grade 6 students performed well and improved in English Language Arts 6 and Social Studies 6, while Math 6 students maintained their acceptable standard from last year. Students in Grade 9 Science received a very high standard of excellence achievement. Superintendent Darryl Seguin is pleased with the exam results but is mindful of the need to continue working toward improvement in student achievement. “It’s good to see that LRSD students have achieved stronger performance at the acceptable standard than the provincial averages,” says Seguin. “Going forward, we have work to do in having our students achieve the standard of excellence at higher rates. LRSD divisional staff, school administrators and teachers will use these results to inform their practice throughout the year.” Provincial achievement testing is a general barometer of student learning, and should be balanced alongside other important measures like teacher-assigned grades and reporting of student progress. “As a Board of Trustees we receive and monitor the diploma results and are proud of our students in LRSD,” says Board of Trustee Chair Lori Hodges. “We continue to strive to see more of our students achieve the acceptable standard and higher.”  For more information about provincial assessment or to access specific subject results, contact your local school administration or the Livingstone Range School Division office. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32563&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32563&stream=Homepage News