Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
______________Friday, Auguil 1972 THf IETHBRIDGE HERALD Many special services available for students A wide range of special services will he available to students in Hie Lethbridge public school system in 1072-73. The various programs are organ- ized and co-ordinated through the public school board's special ser- vices department, headed by Bob (Jail. Between GO and 70 students are expected to he enrolled in classes at the Dorothy School this year, the third year of public school district operation for the fa- cility. It is designed to meet the unique needs of the mentally re- tarded ami the handicapped. About half the students attending Dorothy Gooder come from the city of I.elhbridge, while others come from (he County of Leth- bridge, Cardslon, Taber, Medicine Mat, the County of Newell, Warner, Willow Creek, Oowsnost P a s s, Picture Unite and the various In- dian reserves in southern Alberta. This year, counselling and diag- nostic services will he extended and special emphasis will he placed Complete counselling servce A complete counselling service will be in operation in five public schools this year two high schools and one elementary school for coverage from Grade 1 to Grade 12. The schools involved are Win- ston Churchill High .School, the L c t h bridge Collegiate Institute, Hamilton Junior High School, Wil- son Junior High School and Gilbert Palerson momentary School. The counselling programs in the junior and senior high schools are designed to assist students in a number of areas such as vocational guidance, academic planning and liason with educational institutions. Most counsellors are also trained and experienced in both individual and group work. These skills are used to help sludcnts sort out prob- lems which interfere with success in Iheir school work. Students experiencing common problems may take part in group counselling sessions which bring I hem together in an effort to solve everyone's problem. The counsellors arc also involved in co-ordinating and consulting. The co-ordinating function involves con- tacts with other teachers and school administrators. For example, they help the prin- cipal to set a time-table Mini will meet the needs of each sludenl. In their consulting role, the coun- sellors are called upon by other teachers for advice on the special psychological and learning prob- lems of individual .students. Most counsellors serve in a full- time capacity and are staffed in the secondary schools on the basis of 400 students per counsellor. The counsellors can be contacted at their schools by calling the fol- lowing numbers: Wilson Palerson Churchill (328- Hamilton LCI on getting the parents more involv- ed in the school's programs. This will include an increase in the num- ber of parent teacher meetings and a special training pro g r a m which will focus on parent-child interaction. It is hoped this program will im- prove parent understanding of their children's special problems and needs. Children attending Dorothy Good- er also can become involved in the special "work-study" once they reach Hi years of age. This unique program allows the stu- denls to spend part of the day in school and part in the community doing some type of job. Thi.s not only allows the students to gain practical job training ex- perience but they also gain invalu- able experience in how to function in a work situation how to re- late to other people and how to ac- cept the daily responsibility of holding a job. When students reach this stage, they may also start part-day pro- grams at the Sunrise Ranch in Coaldalc, a special training facility operated by the Lethbridgc Asso- ciation for the Mentally Retarded. Another class for special people will be expanded this year, which has necessitated its move to larger premises. 'Hie class for children experienc- ing emotional difficulties will move from the Allan Watson School to the Gilbert Paterson School to en- able a wider age range of students to participate in the program. The newly expanded class will offer instruction to students in Grades 1 to D while only grades 4 to 7 were accommodated at Watson school. The maximum enrolment in this class is nine students. All the chil- dren are experiencing learning dif- ficulties resulting from emotional and behavioral problems. The amount of time each child spends in the class varies be- cause the aim of the program is to have the child return to a regu- lar classroom as soon as possible. Six special classes for slow-learn- ing children will also be in opera- tion at schools throughout the city. Class enrolments range from six to 1C students, which enables the teacher to provide the critical component of individual attention. The classes are located at Flcet- wfocl Bawd en, George McKil- lop, (two Westminster, Hamilton and Lethbridge Collegi- ate Institute. It would be possible for a .student to complete his entire school career in these special education classes. Students in the senior classes at LCI can lake advantage for the en- tire technical vocational program available at the school. Th'jrc is also a special work study program which sees the students spend a half day in class and a liulf day in a job situation. The students also receive expos- ure to a revised acadmeic program, the vocational program, which in- cludes home economics, beauty cul- ture and shop, and a fine arts pro- gram involving art, drama and music. JOHN BORAS Chairman Separate School Board CARL JOHNSON Chairman Public School Board Dr. Bob Gall discusses Lethbridge wifh visiting Hong Kong family. Public is part of school goals Lelhhridge will have the opportunity to aid public school of- ficials in determining I he goals of education. A special committee has embark- ed on a two-year program to deter- mine what the educational priori- ties of city schools should be. The committee has been working since Januaiy on preparing a suit- able questionnaire to be used for gathering information for a report to the school board. The question- naire will be administered to a sample of city residents in Oc- tober. After the public's response has been a series of meet- ings will he held to allow various groups and individuals to express their views on what they think the schools should be doing. The committee sees public in- volvement in determining the goals as vital because it is a time of financial weight-watching for edu- cation and since the taxpayer ia footing the bill, they should be get- ting what they want for their money. The program is directed by Dr. George Bevan, director of curricu- lum for the public school hoard. Dr. Robert Anderson of the Uni- versity of Lclbbridge is acting as a consultant for the study.