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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, August Gilbert Paterson School Pioneer effort stays The high schools of the two Lethbndge school stems are entering the second vear of officially sanctioned local evaluation of matriculation subjects Under provisions of an agreement with the depart- ment of education teachers of the Lethondge Collegiate Institute Catholic Central and Winston Churchill High Schools will determine without reference to departmental ex- aminations the tinal standings of their students This scheme which was pioneered in Lethbndge has been extended to all school jurisdictions in the province for 1973-74 Each of the three schools functions independently in establishing evaluation procedures and in prepar- ing final examinations In each case the school principal is responsible to the superintendent for the maintenance of 'fair and School struggles in Slocan Valley from page A school spokesman admits the free school teachers are amply qualified, but worries about any next step "Let's concede that the people involved in the free school are qualified to provide an education for their he said "But the problem is, what happens if the Freedomites or some of the other residents of the valley, for that matter, decide they'll set up their own school "Let's face it They're just not going to be able to teach their children "Most of them can't read or write with any kind of facility Their own education was rudimentary at best "Sure, they can teach their children something about farming, or logging, or working the bush, but what happens to the child who wants education, who doesn't see his goal in life as a job in the bush cutting down trees or working in the sawmill9 So the free school is continuing, while the school board pomders its dilemma "We've set up a non-profit society and as far as we're concerned, we've conformed to the provincial education department's guidelines for setting up a private Mr Drake said "The free school will definitely continue just evaluation practices Departmental regulations require that a prescribed program of studies be ad- hered to in all accredited high schools In this manner the rights ot students to continued entry to post-secondary educational institutions are safeguarded and at the same time the expec- tations of these institutions regarding student knowledge are met The granting of local autonomy in evaluating matriculation students applies to the following subjects English 30, social studies 30 matnematics 30 and 31 French 30 and 31, German 30. physics 30 and 30X chemistry 30 and 30X, and biology 30 Since teachers have always had the respon- sibility for assessing stu- dent progress in all other high school courses the department s action means that local boards now have complete control over the awarding of marks and credits in all subjects at all grade levels Full protection of students against errors in recording marks or against inaccurate marking are built in to the policies of both local boards Students have the right to appeal any mark they receive and to have a fair hearing of their appeal The reaction of teachers and administrators to the first year s operation has been generally favorable With minor variations the current set of guidelines for local accreditation is expected to continue in existence for the coming year AT GILBERT PATERSON New program for hearing handicapped Children with hearing impairments represent a significant portion of the Alberta school population In the City of Lethbndge, with a school population of about children the number of hearing im- paired students is not great but it is significant In the past, these students have been placed in regular classes within the local school system or, in some cases, enrolled in special classes for the hard of hearing in Calgary public schools In many cases neither of these alternatives have proved to be particularly satisfactory Either the educational needs of the child are not adequately met or placement outside the family setting is not in the best interest of the child As a result of these problems, Lethbndge public trustees (School District No in con- junction with the Alberta School for the Deaf, Ed- monton conducted a sur- vey of Lethbndge and dis- trict in the fall of 1971 and spring of 1972 It showed 15 students ranging in educational level from Grades 1 to 7 were in need of special educational facilities due to their hearing im- pairment Due to the small number of children involved and the great diversity of ages and educational levels, a special class was not con- sidered feasible Because the hearing im- paired represent an in- tegral part of the popula tion as a whole, it was decided to investigate the establishment of a 'resource room" with an existing school program in order to meet the needs of this group of children Trustees gave their approval for such a program in March 1973 with the facility to begin operation at the beginning of this year The resource room con- cept is simply what the name implies It is merely a classroom in an existing school in Lethbndge, Gilbert Paterson School which contains Grades 1 to 9 The room is an ordinary classroom which has been reconstructed to contain an electronic system which will provide amplified sound for the students The teacher in such an area is a qualified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, a person with specialized training in teaching hearing impaired children Students will attend regular classes in Gilbert Paterson School and with- draw to the resource room for instruction in those educational areas where they are handicapped in a regular class setting by their hearing impairment The function of the teacher is to provide the specialized instruction these children need, as well as to maintain a liaison with other teaching staff and with parents so full comprehensive educational programs can be carried out for each student The needs of each of these children is in- dividual A great deal of flexibility in planning and teaching strategies is re quired For some students a large portion of their time will be spent with their regular classmates and participating in the regular school program For others a greater percentage of their time will be spent with the special teacher It is the aim pf the program to allow the students as full participa- tion as possible within the regular school program so they will not become isolated from their own age group and regular classmates Five teachers are promoted Five local teachers have been named to senior positions at three Lethbndge public schools, beginning with the 1973-74 term At Fleetwood-Bawden School 44-year-old Lloyd Flaig succeeds retiring educator Joe Lakie as prin- cipal Mr Flaig holds degrees from the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbndge Second-in-command at Fleetwood-Bawden will be assistant principal Allan Layton 33 Mr Layton, who has taught in the Lethbndge public system since 1966, received his bachelor of education degree in 1969 from the University of Calgary A two-year appointment as principal has been con- firmed for Dale Morden, 29, at Allan Watson School Mr Morden, who has been teaching since 1964, fills a vacancy caused by the appointment of former principal Erwm Fellner to the department of national defence, overseas Another University of Lethbndge graduate, Bill Olesky, 46, becomes assis- tant principal at Allan Wat- son At George McKillop School Bessie Annand has been named assistant prin- cipal Mrs Annand, a graduate of the University of Alber- ta, joins principal Gordon Lowe at McKillop ;