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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuwdiy, April 9, 1974 WCH students will study at own pace to meet 3-year deadline By Jim Grant Herald Staff Writer A learning environment that allows students to study at their own pace must still include deadlines or it wouldn't be preparing students for the outside world. That was one of many statements the principal of Winston Churchill High School made Monday in response to questions fired at him for more than an hour by a large group of parents who were attempting to gain a better understanding of the new learning environment planned for the school this fall. Prior to the question period, the parents viewed an audio-visual presentation of the new method of high school instruction that principal Jim Anderson says will guarantee parents their children have mastered certain educational skills. Starting next fall, students will not pass a course at WCHS unless they have mastered 100 per cent of the material offered, the parents were told. Some students will simlply take a longer period of time to accomplish the basic core of courses. However, the school still intends to graduate students in three years. Some students, Mr. Anderson explains, won't be able to take certain specialized courses that they don't have the intellectual ability to master, as is the case in the conventional high schools today. But, all students must acquire certain skills in the core courses such as mathematics and English. The students will be allowed to choose certain courses designed to test their intellectual strengths and interests. In the new learning environment, "time will not Mr. Anderson informed the parents. Students will be able to begin and end courses at anytime during the year. As an example, he said, a student could begin a new course in May and end it in the following school year. "We can work a time table out for a student at any time of the year and there will be no course we teach that a student won't be able to get during the school Mr Anderson said in response to a question from parents. When students first enter the school, they may have to take some courses before others if they are weak in certain basic educational skills. In explanation, Mr. Anderson said a student who is weak in basic mathematics must take courses to sharpen his mathematics before being allowed to take science courses that require basic mathematical knowledge. In other cases, the student's confidence in his or her own ability to master certain courses may have to be fostered through a process of studying just a few subjects when first entering high school and then gradually expanding the work load so that all necessary courses are acquired by the end of the third year. One parent expressed concern about some students taking advantage of the new learning environment by only studying the courses they like. Mr. Anderson reminded the parent that certain educational skills must be obtained in the core courses whether the student likes them or not and each student will have a teacher-adviser who is responsible for the supervision of the student's progress. The school will have about 15 teacher- advisers who will each be responsible for the progress of about 26 students for the three years they're in the high school. The teacher-adviser may not be doing the actual classroom teaching but will be responsible for supervising the student's progress and attendance in all courses. Mr. Anderson explained the freedom offered students at WCHS does not mean there won't be any discipline in the school. However, he said discipline is a problem that involves only about 10 per cent of the school population. And any students, he said, who can't cope with the freedom to do independent study will be taught how to cope with it when they first enter the school. Province asked to have 6Cow Camp' kept open Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Fred Mandeville Valley) wants the province to save a youth rehabilitation centre established near Brooks last June Limited Time Offer 1847 Rogers 40 pee. Silverplate Set Pattern 'Esperanto" Regular vKU Special Mw 7 Pee. Serving Set "Esperanto" consisting of 1 Gravy Ladle 1 Cold Meat Pork 2 Serving Spoons 1 Pierced Spoon 1 Sugar Shell 1 Butler Knile Regular 01195 I I Specfal B Call China at 327-5767 DOWNTOWN The private venture is intended to help youths with drug problems. It trains them in outdoor living and survival techniques. By virtue of its isolated location, it is also impossible for students to obtain drugs. Mr. Mandeville was unsuccessful in getting any commitment in the legislature Monday from Neil Crawford, minister of health and social development, to support the centre. Mr. Mandeville said the instructor and 17 students are in Canada from the United States on a six-month visa, now expired. He says the federal department of immigration has delayed deporting the group to see if Alberta will support, or at least, sanction the continued operation of the centre. Located on the V Bar V Ranch 65 miles northeast of Brooks, the centre is called the Cow Camp and is modelled on a similar centre in Maine. Ccrtlftod Mtclwnlc CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLW. LOWW PHONE 127-2122 The Unready Most regrelably, in the field of Funeral Service we often find trag- edy compounded by unprepared- ness Within the family, there may be a complete lack of knowledge about the ex'Stence or whereabouts of insurance policies, whether or not a deed to grave space exists or is viable, and the location of other necessary documents The re- sults unnecessary expenditures, re- criminations, regrets that may endure for years it does not have to be mat way Why not do something about SALMON 327 lOiS STREET SOUTH. PHONE 327-2802 ttStablished 1927 FUNERALHOME LTD. .LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA It charges a month per student. "The reason I've taken it up is that I have had some interest expressed in my constituency. I've discussed it with the instructor, Jeff Smith, and I think he's doing a worthwhile Mr. Mandeville said outside the house. He said the government should encourage the expansion of similar ventures in rehabilitation. Mr. Mandeville says if the province will grant a "letter of The Cow Camp can stay. Mr. Smith has said the province does not want to sanction a non-Canadian school with non-Canadian students. But Mr. Mandeville says the school wants to admit Canadian students, and will consider their ability to pay in setting tutition fees. The health and social development minister told Mr. Mandeville he sees no reason why the province should get involved in federal immigration activities. It was up to the school to clear itself with the federal authorities, then the province would consider granting it a licence. Police lost, found had big one The lost and found department of the city police had a big one this morning worth half a million dollars. Two Vancouver truckers came in and reported a trailer they had parked overnight near Gait Gardens was missing. The trailer carried three refrigeration units which were to be unloaded at Empress Foods this morning. The search for the trailer was called off when it was learned that another trucker from the same company had picked up the trailer and delivered it for his buddies. "I'm gonna punch him growled one of the truckers. North Plaza Florist Easter Specials Posy Bouquet Easier Plants FTD Happy Nest The finest freshest flowers beautifully arranged Hydrangeas Azaleas Pot Mums Begonias Lilies coo from W A basket full of flowers for Easter 50 12 NORTH PLAZA FLORIST 618-13th SlrMt North Phont 327-1212 Tipsy trailer This trailer ended up a little tipsy when one of its pads sank into the pavement at the 16th Avenue Safeway store. The driver had uncoupled the trailer and gone to pick up another. Little damage resulted. Aldermen approve stadium contract The Henderson Lake stadium, destroyed by fire last summer, will be rebuilt by Kenwood Engineering at a cost of but not in time for most of the baseball season. City council Monday approved the low bid by Kenwood on the project. Other bids were received from Poole Construction at and Bird Construction at Community services director Bob Bartlett told council the Lethbridge Lakers baseball team will have portable stands along the first and third baselines, but the grandstand will be blocked off for the majority of the season. The city's industrial land is being gobbled up at a fast clip and Monday council discussed proposals to make more available. City Manager Allister Findlay recommended purchase and immediate servicing of 55 acres in the north side industrial park at a total cost of There's no money available to allocate to the project, but he says industrial developments contemplated are such that the city should be able to sell all the land by the end of the year, financing the project through sales. Council agreed to the move but referred it back to the city manager for a recommendation on sale price. Aldermen later went into a closed session to discuss further acquisition of industrial acreage. A bid to present the Lethbridge Housing Association's Parade of Homes show in West Lethbridge this year got council's seal of approval Monday. However, the agreement, which will allow the builders to put up the show homes on city lots and not pay for them until the houses are sold, was attacked by Aid. Vera Ferguson. The builders should have to buy the lots outright and the city should have nothing to do with it, she said. Rent subsidies for 18 senior citizens displaced by downtown redevelopment were extended for two months by city council Monday. Negotiations between the federal and provincial ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Bldg 222 5th St S Phone 328-4095 governments on a program which would enable the province to take over the rent subsidies have still not been finalized, council was told. Council originally approved the subsidy, which costs a total of a month, only until April 1. R. W. Williams, a city lawyer, was appointed Monday by city council to fill a vacancy on the board of the Lethbridge General and Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home District No. 65. Council approval Monday was given for sale of the old Lincoln Hotel, at 408-3rd Ave. S. to Robar Equities Ltd. of Calgary for The firm wants to restore the building and convert it into a restaurant. Lapidary course Courses for the public in lapidary, sewing with knits and do-it-yourself brick work are being offered this month by the School of Continuing Education at Lethbridge Community College. Lapidary, the cutting, polishing and engraving of stones, begins April 9. The sewing class, which will deal with clothes for men and boys, begins April 10. Both are five- week courses. The brick work course begins April 30 and will consist of four three hour courses. Uncle Ben's brew probably won't ease city thirst for beer By MURDOCH MacLEOD Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge beer drinkers will probably not experience much relief from a proposal by Ben Ginter, owner of Uncle Ben's Brewery, to supply the province during a strike by Alberta Liquor Control Board employees. A news report from Calgary said Mr. Ginter would approach ALCB officials for permission to import draft and bottled beer from his breweries in Prince George, B.C. and Winnipeg. The Prince Geroge brewery could supply Northern Alberta, the Winnipeg brewery Southern Alberta, and his brewery in Red Deer the central portion, he said. He said high transport costs might reduce his profits, but the plan might allow his product a chance to gain a foothold in the province. Imports, coupled with increased production at the Red Deer brewery, would allow him to ease the threatening province wide beer drought. But an Edmonton ALCB official told The Herald Monday in a telephone interview the required approval had not been given. The official said Uncle Ben's was told out of province beer was not needed at present. He said the board's lawyers had applied for an injunction to end the strike, and the application would be heard today at a.m. Uncle Ben's distribution system is separate from its three competitors, Labatt's, Molson's and Canadian Breweries. The other brewers' distribution agency, Alberta Brewers' Agents Ltd., has been tied up since last week when warehousemen and drivers decided not to cross picket lines around ABA depots. The lines were set up by the Civil Service Association, the ALCB employees' union. Mr. Ginter said he has private, Teamster unionized trucking firms carrying his product to the taverns. Bush Williams, manager of Owen Distributing, Uncle Ben's Lethbridge distributor, told The Herald Monday no beer was moving. Any order would have to be approved by ALCB personnel. He said Owen Distributing had not been picketed, but "at the first intimation of picketing all the beer is going back in a truck to Red Deer." He did not want to fight with anyone, he said. Ray Berglund, assistant manager of the south side liquor store, said the store had not ordered any beer from Uncle Ben's. Its last beer was sold Saturday. A quick Herald survey of taverns found none that had ordered any Uncle Ben's beer. Greg Royer, manager of the Park Plaza Motor Hotel, said he had enough beer for Monday night, as did bartender Kathy Davies at the Holiday Inn. Ron Scherloski, manager of the York Hotel, said he had about one hour's supply of beer when contacted Monday. At the Marquis Hotel, bartender Norm Hirst had sold his last bottle of beer about 15 minutes before. Bill Holowatiuk, a CSA membership services officer working in Lethbridge during the strike, said members could only oppose delivery of Uncle Ben's beer at liquor stores and warehouses, not at taverns. But at a liquor store or warehouse, "somebody would have to have a tire mark across his back" first. He said Medicine Hat's only liquor store had been added to those picketed in Southern Alberta, which include those in Taber, Coaldale, both Lethbridge stores and the beer warehouse. Parking policy for handicapped being reviewed City council beat a hasty retreat Monday from its parking fee for handicapped drivers, voting unanimously to throw out the bylaw which would have initiated it. However, council didn't vacate the field entirely, referring the question to the city engineering department while asking Disabled on the Move, a local organization, to please be free with its advice on the subject. Thus ended an innocently- begun attempt by Aid. Fifteen to attend ATA assembly About 480 teachers representing the 74 locals of the Alberta Teachers Association, including 15 from the Lethbridge district, will be gathering in Edmonton April 15 for the 57th annual ATA assembly. Delegates to the three-day assembly will be considering more than 100 resolutions. Special LCI program eyed for slow students Vaughan Hembroff to help out a few friends who are handicapped downtown workers, and who happened to express a desire to be able to park all day at a meter in front of their places of business. His efforts produced a storm of protest from handicapped residents who thought they would lose the small measure of special parking privileges they have now unless they forked over In the process it was revealed that parking permits issued in the past to handicapped residents have been given out on an ad-hoc basis for which there was no legislative authority. The stickers were apparently intended to prevent handicapped drivers from receiving a parking ticket or allow them to have the ticket invalidated if they were not able to return to their vehicle in time, although permit-holders were still supposed to pay the meter the same as anyone else. According to Frank Merkl, president of Disabled on the Move, there was a great deal of confusion about use of the sticker, with some people believing the sticker enabled them to park free at meters. Council asked that the entire situation be reviewed and a report brought back. A proposal for a special program for high school students who are unable to function in academic school work at the level ,of their intellectual potential will be presented today to the Lethbridge public school board for approval. The Lethbridge Collegiate Institute believes its students who have been identified as having learning disabilities could be rehabilitated to study at the level of their potential if they were placed together with special resource teachers. One of the objectives of the proposed program is to ensure that the disability students at least 10 per cent of the LCI school population will be able to enroll in a vocational school or be prepared for employment. The LCI program proposal would remain flexible to allow the disability student to transfer to a regular program at any time if achievement justifies the action. The students selected to participate in the proposed program would have a minimum intelligence quotient (I.Q.) rating of 80, be at an achievement level one or more years below the normal average in reading, sentence structure and computation and have demonstrated a negative attitude toward school. If the school board approves the proposed program, the school will then apply for a special education teaching grant from the department of education. The department provides one teaching position grant for every six full-time students identified as being learning disabled and who are enrolled in a special instruction program. The LCI program proposal calls for the hiring of four special education teachers. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-aHS E. S. P. FOX, C.O.M. FOX LETHBRIME DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDQ. BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN Open ThurMtay Evening till p.m. PHONE 32S-0372 12th Avr S. FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WORK POWER HUMIDIFIERS AIR CONDITIONING and Alcon Refrigeration 2214-43rd St. S. 327-5816 ;