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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE Thursday, Augusl 19, 1971 Registration is easy for new and used students Registration of students for the new school year sometimes seems hectic, but is really quite simple if certain rulss are followed. For returning students, matters are even easier, but for new stu- dents including those transferring from other cities and for new Grade 1 students, there should still be few problems. All separate school students are to report to the school in their at- tendance district (or to Catholic Central High School for all Grade 8 to 12 students) at 9 a m. Tuesday, Aug. 24. At the schools tlic-y will be ad- vised of exact starting times for all following school days. Hours vary slightly from school to school. Public school students are also to report to the school in their at- tendance district at 9 a rri. Aug. 24, and will be told when to start on all following days. For students of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, however, the following schedule i.s in effect: Aug. 23: 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.. all part time students register for Grade 12 classes; 9 a.m. to p.m., all full lime Grade 12 students register Centre is busy The Letnb'-'dge school district's new centre, opened last year 'j a well- used facility. It's design was :n provid- ing the district with a combination of regular admini-iraii'.e office space, storage space, school board and other group meeting areas, minimal food facilities, and as a general everything tluir is re- quired of it building It provides space for a budding media centre, concentrating mostly on books now, but able to expand into other educational supplies cat- aloging. It has also been use-il by the dis- trict's teachers as n facility for special workshops and training ac- tivities, holding up to 60 people. The building is located at 6th Ave. S. and 18 St. as follows. Surnames A to I, 9 to a.m.: surnames .1 to R. to 2 p.m.: surnames S to Z, 2 to p.m. School district leaders DR. O. P. LARSON Public Schools Suoerin'endent BOB KIMMITT Separate Schools Superintendent Aug. 2-1: 8 a.m. to p.m., all Grade 11 students, as follows. Sur- names A to I. 8 to a.m., surnames .1 to R, to 1 p.m.. surname's S to Z, 1 to p.m. From to p.m.. all Grade 11 or 12 students previously un- registered may rcgisler. Grade 10 students must obtain their registration slips and sched- ules at the school on Friday, Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. to p.m. All other high school and elemen- tary school students may regis- ter Aug. 24 at their own schools. New students to the system may register at junior or senior high schools this week, and clerical per- sonnel will he available to assist. New students transferring from other cities should have with them all materials needed for complcta registration. Grade 1 students can register at their elementary schools Aug. 24 with their older classmates. Further information or clarifica- tion is available from either the public or separate school districts by telephoning the numbers on the front page of this supplement. Divided school year will continue here Tin- divided school year enters iis third year in Lethbridge public and separate schools this fall, and has been a resounding success. Studies taken of students', teach- ers' parents' reactions to the spe- cial system have been overwhelm- ingly in favor of keeping the divid- ed year, which provides two equal semesters per school year. The fall semester starts late in Augu.-t. providing about two week- oT school prior to Labor Day I'nc traditional Alberta start of the school year. A Christmas vacation starts Dec. 23 and ends about Jan. each year, and the spring semes- ter continues to June 9. The Lethbridge system was unique in Alberta until this year, and was permitted by the depart- ment of education only after as- surances were given by Alberta's three universities, two technical institutes and five community col- leges that marks granted Grade 12 students would be acceptable to them. The main concern was for uni- versity entrance, since all Leth- bridge Grade 12 final examina- tions have been developed and graded by city teachers. School trustees are approachable LethbnJ ;x public and separate school trustees, elected every three years to formulate educational pol- icies and establish financial guide- lines, are approachable. The trustees invite their consti- tuents to telephone them at any reasonable hour to discuss matters pertaining to education. For handy reference, here arc home telephone numbers: PUBLIC SCHOOL TRUSTEES Or. W. E. Deckel.....328-5705 M. Brown.......... 328-3B70 Card............ Carl Johnson.......... 327-2085 Dr. D. F. McT'hcrson 327-5414 Alastair Mont.......... 327-8946 Mrs. Gladys Red Tern 327-5845 (Mr. Brown is chairman of the board.) SEPARATE SCHOOL TRUSTEES R. D. Gruenwald.....327-2360 Paul Matisz Dr. M. T. Mclling ......328-6815 John Boras...........328-27G2 Eric Schill...........328-6112 (Mr. Boras is chairman of the board.) K Under usual circumstances, the department sets its own exams, written at the end of June by all students in the province. Lcth- bridgc, however, wanted its stu- dents to write exams at the begin- ning of June so school could end earlier, and start earlier in the fall. For the past two years the de- partment has accepted the agrccd- upon system, as have all univer- sities. Marks issued by city schools have been recorded on student transcripts in identical fashion with marks won by students writ- ing department-set exams. This year, however, the Univer- sity of Alberta has become some- what concerned since many other Alberta school districts have ask- ed to have the same arrangements made. The Lethbridge divided school year model was popular with the other school districts, but the uni- versity was leary of opening its entrance requirements to too many schools before the Lethbridge sys- tem proved itself. Under increasing pressure from other cities, the department of edu- cation decided this spring to be- gin offering a separate set of exams earlier in June and also late in December. (In the past, the fall "semester" in Alberta schools ended in mid- January, following a two-week break for Christmas. Students then wrote provincial Grade 12 exams in January under the handicap of information forgotten over Christ- mas.) The department's advance- cxams, unfortunately have been scheduled for June 12 to 17 more than a week after school is to be dismissed in Lethbridge. The Lethbridge public and sep- arate school districts are now ne- gotiating with the department for other arrangements, although the department insists that "the need to prepare local examinations because of a unique school year has disappeared." Lethbridge school officials do not believe the need has really dis- appeared, because the dates for the provincial exams, designed for other school districts, arc not com- patible Lclhbridgc needs. ;