Annual Education Results Report
In the spring of 2015, Grade 6 students will write the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) as they have done in the past. This past fall, Grade 3 students wrote Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) instead of PATs. The Grade 3 SLAs are being extended to a 2-year pilot, and Grade 3 students will once again write pilot SLA exams in the fall of 2015. It is expected that Grade 6 students will write the Grade 6 SLAs in the fall of 2016. In the meantime, both Grade 6 and 9 PATs will continue to provide valuable information on how well students are meeting provincial standards. To see the letter that went out to parents and guardians of Grade 6 students, click here.
Trustees and representatives of St. Paul Education recently attended the Rural Education Symposium in Canmore, Alberta. This was an excellent opportunity to share best practices, discuss partnerships, dialogue, and celebrate the diversity of education in rural Alberta. St. Paul Education also presented a number of sessions at this symposium. Pictured below is Terra-Lee Gratton of St. Paul Elementary who shared engaging ways students can connect and collaborate with other students both in the Division and on a global scale.
The week of March 9-13 is Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week. Although their role may be different from regular teachers, substitute teachers are an important part of our students' education. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our substitute teachers for everything they do. We could not do without them!
As spring holidays approach, many families are planning vacations both within and outside of Canada. In a recent communication, Alberta Health Services provides the following reminder:
Travelling increases your family's risk of exposure to many different diseases, including measles. Measles is a very real threat in many parts of the world. . . It is always important to ensure all your immunizations are up to date before you travel.
To read the letter issued by Alberta Health Services, click here.