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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 10, Wl Pilot project for 1971-72 school year Learning assistance centre sought By JIM WILSON Herald Education Writer A teaming assistance centre could be established in Leth- bridge this fall as a pilot proj- ect, designed to assist children with learning disorders 'o achieve their full educational potential. The centre would be estab- lished in the Allan Watson Ele- mentary School at a total cost of The public school district would pay of the sum with the provincial gov- ernment picking up UK re- mainder, including about 500 from the department of education's innovative projects fund, if the experiment is ap- proved as innovative A recent by Bob Gall, director of special services for the public: district, show- ed that almost nine per cent of public school students about 650 have emotional or other learning disorders which ham- per their educations. Students would be referred to the. learning assistance centre b> teachers, principals or par- ents in consultation with school district psychologists. Diagnostic tut remedial pro- gram services would be pro- vided primarily by University of Lethbridge student teachers Money holds key to local school plan Summer program gains approval LAST WALK IN THE SNOW? Not likely, but the weatherman says spring can be expected to offer more and more frequent sneak previews. The forecast calls for a con- tinuance of the mild weather today and Thursday, with daytime highs in the 45 above range and overnight around 30 above. Typical Chinook are expected to prevail with scattered cloud and west winds, with gusts to 60 m.p.h. Single family dwellings are target of crackdown City council's announced in- tention to crack down on ille- gal basement suites appears to be aimed primarily at rented suites in areas zoned for sin- gle family dwellings. A letter from the city's de- velopment officer explained the situation leading to the Mu- nicipal Planning Commission recommendation approved by council Monday. The letter says violations of the zoning bylaw are occurring in the following manner; ap- plication is made for a single- family residence, approval is given and the permit clearly stamped "approved for single family only." The builder then puts in the necessary facilities that would make it possible to convert the bouse to a two- family unit. He is warned that any suite must not be rented, but in many cases this does happen. Efforts to have such premises vacated have met with littie success. Violations are taking place hi newly constructed houses and older houses that are hav- ing basement suites developed or upgraded, the letter says. Such suites are illegal, ac- cording to the zoning bylaw passed in June, 1968. Suites built before that are allowed to exist as a non-conforming use. Also illegal are nouses that violate national building code or provincial board of health regulations. Health regulation violations often occur in base- If the money is available, Lethbridge public and separate schools will become part of a comprehensive city summer activities program this year. The Lethbridge public school board Tuesday approved in principle a proposal for use of Gilbert Paterson Elementary- Junior High Schoo! and Wilson Junior High School as com- munity centres from June 10 to Aug. 20. The separate school board tonight may discuss another part of the proposal, involving use of Catholic Central High School as the third community centre school. If the separate school board also the project and if both boards have funds available in their 1971 budgets application will be made to the departmen'. of education's in- novative projects committee for financial assistance in the program. The innovative projects fuw would perhaps support of the estimated cost o the 10-week program. two school districts would share a further tx with tie city picking up the rest. The community-centre schoo concept has been developed bj the two school boards in co operation with the city parks This would encourage a long- aoge plan suggested last year Gerry Wilson, Gilbert Pat- rson principal, who said he ants to turn his school into a eighborhood community cen- e on a full-time basis. Application will be made to continue divided year ment size, suites, where window ventilation and heating regulations are not compiled with. Steve Wild new chairman Festival officials resign Dr. Seyward Smith and his wife, Marion, have resigned as chairman manager and ad- ministrative assistant of the Lethbridge and District Kiwan- is Music Festival. The couple, who for some time have wished to be relieved Mayor going to Edmonton Mayor Andy Anderson is scheduled to attend the open- ing of the Alberta legislature in Edmonton Thursday. He will stay over an extra day for a meeting with govern1 ment officials. of their duties, will continue in an advisory committee for the :971 festival, due to run at the Yates Memorial Centre April 23 :o May 1. Dr. Smith joined the festival committee in 1953 and about 10 years ago took over the posi- ion of chairman manager. Mrs. Smith has been on the committee since 1958, was fes- tival secretary and in 1966 be- came administrative assistant. The committee, usually com- prising 15 members, operates the festival under the auspices of the Kiwanis Club of L e t fa- bridge. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. E5TABUSHED 1911 lower Floor 517 4th S. Phon. 327-1541 Steve Wild has been named as the new chairman of the committee. Marge McLaughlin continues as festival secretary. The annual festival is the lar- gest event in the Letbbridge arts calendar. Competitions in 1970 attracted entries "from the city, dis- trict and centres beyond south- west Alberta. Deadline for entries for 1971 is Feb. 27. Cadet news The No. 11 Squadron Air Cadets will parade at to- night in the 20th Battery arm- ories, Kenyon Field. A band practice will be held at The Navy League Corps No 50 will parade tonight at 7 p.m aboard ship 10th Ave. and 17th St. S. All officers and cadets are reminded to be on boan no later than Those wish ing leave must phone the ship at 327-5547 between and Cadets are reminded to bring a new lad to the parade School addition is major item Tie St. Mary's School addi- tion will again be a major agenda item for the Lethbridge separate school board in its regular meeting tonight. The meeting will start at p.m. in the district's edu- cation centre on 6th Ave. and 18th St. S., and is open to the public. Other agenda items include age of Grade 1 beginners, com- munications with the public and a board-teacher advisory committee. and recreation department, th Allied Arts Council, the Albert, department of youth, the Leth bridge cultural developmen department ami other citj groups offering summer pro grains. The school districts hope t be able to make more effectiy use of at least some of tbd schools during the summe months when they normall are empty. A program director an three one fo each school would be emplo; efi, and city teachers wou! also be employed to teach number of possible summe credit and non-credit courses. About has been budge ed for teachers' summer sal aries. Other possibilities indue use of schools as drop-in ce tres, development of enricl ment programs for gifted.sti dents, provision of driver ed cation courses and use of th schools by existing sumro programs organized by tl city, the YM and YWCA an other groups. The preliminary propos submitted to public scho. trustees suggested the pr gram could be expande through the winter months On Valentine's Day with a DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT FOSTER'S JEWELLERY LTD Collegiate request referred ake the three schools ime community centres. full- He said only a fraction of the school's offerings would be for regular school students. Other activities would include an eve- ning drop-in centre for senior citizens or young people; pro- vision of a day-care centre for small children of working par- ents; an adult education cen- tre; a neighborhood meeting facility. Other schools in Lethbridge would benefit from the experi- ence gained by the three pilot project schools, and similar programs could be developed in other communities following the Letbbridge model. Following a 95 per cent en- orsation by city teachen, the public school board Tuesday gave full approval for pplicatlon to the Alberta de- artment of education for con- tinuation of the divided school year experiment for at least the next three or four years. Dr. Doug McPherson, acting board chairman, expressed personal enthusiasm for the To offer oral French At tost six Lethbridge pul'-l which would likely be a one- ...J.AAIP mill litelv nfttir nrfll nilnc tffOlect. jvided school year the kids here are the envy of reir counterparts in other Ai lerta cities." Dr. 0. P. Larson, publi .chools superintendent to.l trustees a number of other icbool districts have applied t lie schools will likely offer oral Drench classes to their Grade or 6 students this fall. The new program results from a request in February, 970'by a group of city parents asking trustees to provide Drench language instruction or their elementary school children. A recent survey undertaken jy the school district showed larents to be "overwhelmingly n support of their children studying public school trustees were told Tues- day. Dr. George Bevan, director of curriculum and instruction ;old trustees federal govern- ment financial backing might available for the program, year pilot project. Schools involved are Fleet- wood-Bawden, Senator Buchan- an, Allan Watson, Lakeview, Galbraith and Gilbert Pater- son. Agnes Davidson teachers were not certain they wanted to become involved, and West- minster teachers said they were definitely not interested. Trustse Dr. Bill Beckel ob- served that Canada had two official languages, and said it would be sensible to offer the oral French programs in ele- mentary school in of bilingualism. recognition To date, French has been of- fered on 'an optional basis only in some junior high schools and as a required subject or option in senior high schools. Pattern being evaluated Public school officials are at- tempting to evaluate the effect of the current organizational pattern of thr General Stewar'. ant" Allan Watson elementary schools. Under the system authorized in 1967, Grade 1 to 3 students from the east central part of Lethbridge have attended Gen- eral Stewart, and Grades 4 to 7 from the same area have at- tended Allan Wateon. The original plan was to pro- vile an experiment in team teaching and continuous non- graded learning, particularly for the Grade 1 to 3 students. The experiment costs about a year in increased school bus costs, and there are no other special expenditures. A recent questionnaire sent to parents or the children in- volved showed a preference for the old system, in which both schools would accept Grades to 6. In a 75 per cent return, 3! per cent said they like the spli' system, 42.5 per cent said thei did not, 17 per cent were neu tra! and the rest were indef inite. Dr. George Sevan, directo1 of curriculum and instruction sriiJ he plans to re-evaluat the questionnaires to find ou which parents those whos children are bused or thos who are not seem to prefer the new plan. Other plans include som sort of special testing and eva uation by junior high schoo teachers receiving the stu daits, to see what educationa benefits derive from the tw school system. people used schools ajcring in education tor e government would pay wo-thirds of this. The public school district bat special class this year for motionally handicapped cbO- ren, but it is limited to about 2 students all one teacher an effectively handle due to Jie special reeds of students ccepted into it. The class does accept hildren with other learning difficulties, and Mr. tudy has shown an and substantial for special faculties to be expand- if students with learning dif- iculties continue in school ?ithout special assistance they usually drop out before they graduate. Most, however, can complete their Grade 12 if jiven special help. Children referred to the cen- tre would be to a stu- dent teacher trained in clinical education and supervised by U of L faculty specialists and the centre's director. or modified years similar he Lethbridge experiment, bu ave been turned down pendin report from a special depart mental committee now study ing the Lethbridge and othe school system programs. The Lethbridge divide chool year is based on prov sion of two equal semester with the division at Christmas and a late August startin date. In order to gain approval for he experiment two years ag he public and separate schoo districts- had to gain approv of all Alberta universities, co eges and technical schools fc ?rade 12 final examination a creditation. This has meai hat city high schools make and mark their own Grade exams instead of using til standard departmentals pro- vided to all other Alberta hig schools. The department of educatio granted a two-year permit f he system. A study last year by D Vern Dravland, a University Lethbridge education profess showed students, teachers aL parents to be overwhelming in favor of the new system. Only four elementary scho teachers, five junior hi school teachers and 12 sen high school teachers vot against continuation of t year. Careful examinations would be individually administered and analyzer, and special edu- cation programs would be de- signed by the student teacher o remedy weak points reveal- ed by the tests. Medical, psychological, emo- tional and educational assess- ments would be made regular- of each child in the centre. The child would attend the centre's programs daily for be- tween an hour and a half day, depending on his individual needs. The remainder of the day would be spent in regular classes, and as soon as pos- sible the child would be returned to regular classes on a full- time basis. About 15 U of L student teachers would be involved, and city teachers would also he provided with opportunities to- in-service seminars to help Item to identify and assist stu- dents with learning problems in their own classrooms. donated The annual charity auction in aid of the Lethbridge Associa- tion for the Mentally Retarded was held recently and a total of was realized from the sale of a variety of articles. As in previous years, the Auction- eers Association of Alberta ar- ranged the sale. The Lethbridge public school board referred back to the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute a request from the school to organize special opening cere- monies for the million LCI addition completed last Sep- tember. The district normally or- ganizes formal openings for new schools, but leaves up to i schools themselves the organi- zation of opening ceremonies for school expansion. The board also heard from Ruth Daw, a teacher at Hamil- ton Junior High School, that "Operation in which about 30 Hamilton Grade 9 stu- dents spent a three day camp- out in th( Cypress Hills Pro- vincial Park was an "unquali- j fied success." Mrs. Daw said the school fs currently planning two more campouts for the spring. About 75 Grade 9 students plan a three-day excursion to Cypress Hills and Fort Walsh, and 75 Grade 8 student1 arc consider- ing a three-day trip to Water- Lakes National Park. Almost people used 15 public and six separate schools in Lethbridge during non-school hours in 1970, under the com- munity use of schools agree- ment between the school dis- tricts and city parks and re- creation department. According to statistics given the Lethbridge public school board Tuesday, children and adults made use of the facilities for a total of hours. By far the most-used school was Hamilton Junior High School, by adults and 1.795 children. One reason for the school's heavy extra-curri- cular use is that city teachers hold their general meetings in its gymnasium. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bltlg. 328-4095 Next-most-used was Assump- tion School, with children and adults; then Agnes David- son Elementary School, used by people; next Galbraith Elementary School, used by people. The community use of schools agreement was drawn up to make more effective use of city schools during their va- cant hours, and to provide in- expensive facilities to non-prof- it groups for their various ac- tivities. Interested groups can book any city school after classes and on weekends through the parks and recreation depart- ment at city hall. In most cases a small custodial fee is charged. 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