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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 9, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, January 9, 1975 Tests show separate Grade 7 students behind language arts norm The average Lethbridge separate school Grade 7 stu- dent is slightly behind the typical Canadian Grade 7 stu- dent in certain language arts skills, according to results of a Canadian Test of Basic Skills test The CTBS was administered late last fall to find if a change in teaching language arts has made any difference in students' skills. Language arts teaching has switched from the mechanics of language to creative writing and oral expression. Results of the test were released Wednesday. The test results that show Lethbridge separate school students about two or three months behind the national norm do not provide a valid in- dication of the quality of skills mastered by the local students, according to Superintendent Ralph Himsl. He told the separate school board Wednesday that the test compares local students with the Canadian norm in 1969 so the test is outdated and its results can not be used as an accurate measurement of stu- dent skills. Following the meeting Mr. Himsl said his office wasn't aware that an updated CTBS test was being developed, when they administered the tests in November. The new tests should ex- amine a broader set of skills and provide schools systems with the opportunity to com- pare their results with a current Canadian norm. Director of Curriculum Maurice Landry told the trustees he was not at all dis- appointed by the results of the tests because the separate school students scored almost on par with the Canadian average of 1969. The average local student scored almost as well as the average Canadian despite a change of emphasis in language instruction since 1969. Mr. Landry also pointed out that the Grade language scores were almost identical in relation to the Canadian norm to those obtained by public school students who were given the same test in September. The public school Grade 4 and 6 students scored above the Canadian average in other subject skills that were tested by CTBS. The separate school Grade 7 students did not write the other tests. The mathematics test was Planning body opens to public Meetings of the Municipal Planning Commission will once again be fully open to the public, the commission decid- ed Wednesday. The deliberative part of the meeting, in which the com- Master plan comes late Lethbridge Community College has received a master use plan for college buildings, following a four month delay. The master plan, prepared by Contract Education and Training Services Ltd. of Ed- monton, was commissioned by the department of advanc- ed education almost a year ago. Originally scheduled for completion in September, the report was modified and delayed by policy decisions. LCC governors received and tabled the report at their board meeting Wednesday. In- formation officer Gordon Colledge said today the master plan will probably be made public after LCC gover- nors have had time to wade through the hefty report. See our SPECIAL MARKDOWN COUNTER Great Buys Wide Variety of Miscellaneous items SAVE UP TO 50% Call China 327-5767 mission makes decisions on development applications was closed by a commission resolution in March, 1973. Membership on the com- mission, which meets every Wednesday in city council chambers at p.m., include the directors of three city departments and three aldermen. Aldermen currently on the commission are Vaughan Hembroff, Tony Tobin and Bob Tarleck. In other business Wednesday, the commission tabled an application by Molsons Western Breweries Ltd. to backfill a ravine to the west of Sicks Lethbridge Brewery. Brewery officials said they want the ravine area for future expansion. Boy hurl in street misadventure A nine year old Lethbridge youth received superficial injuries to his hip when he was struck by a car Wednesday at 5th Avenue South and Mayor Magrath Drive. The boy, Jim Kenney, 2710 6th Ave. S., was taken to a Lethbridge hospital following the accident. He was treated and released. Police say the youth was running in a west direction and ran into the intersection at 5th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive where he was struck by a northbound vehi- cle driven by Olga Tilley, 2030 35th St. S. Police have classified the accident, which occurred about 8 a.m., as a misadven- ture. No charges will be laid. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est. 1922 PHONE 327-8565 f. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIME DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. ZETA RADIAL Ironclad Guarantee MILES 75% MORE HAZARD PROTECTION' 20% MORE CAR CONTROL 12% MORE TRACTION' AND YOU ACTUALLY SAVE MONEY ON GAS. And to be extra sure ol safety 1st our Service Department give you a Safety Check on: BRAKES SHOCKS BALANCE ALIGNMENT All work is performed by expcrti to atiurc complete safety and satisfaction. CONVENIENT TERMS AVAILABLE OR USE YOUR CHARGKX KIRK'S TIRE SALES LTD. LETHBRIDGE TABER CALGARY 16213rd AVI. S. 620150th AVI. 1210 45lh Ave. N.E. PlioM 327-5985 PtlOM 223-3441 276-5344 High and Dry The mother of a 2Vz-year-old girl beaten in an Oct. 26 inci- dent in Lethbridge, told a preliminary hearing in provin- cial court Wednesday she beat the girl while under the influence of LSD. Koren Wright, 24, now of Calgary, who is charged with being an accessory in the in- cident, was testifying under the protection of the Canada Evidence Act and the Alberta Evidence Act. Charged with beating Nicole Wright is Elwin Frank Jensen, 44, of Calgary. Mr. Jensen told the court, also un- der the protection' of the federal and provincial evidence acts, he confessed to beating the girl to protect the girl's mother. Provincial Judge A. H. Elford said he would reserve his decision to Jan. 22 on whether or not to commit Mr. Jensen for trial. On that date Mr. Jensen will also answer to a charge of assault causing bodily harm to Natalie Wright, 4, also a daughter of Koren Wright. Mrs. Wright will answer to the charge of being an accessory after the fact on the same date. Mr. Jensen, who had earlier pleaded guilty to the assault on Nicole Wright, testified he changed his plea on the advice of defence counsel Ross Wilde. Mr. Jensen said the after- noon and evening of Oct. 25 he had been drinking in several ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phone 328-4095 downtown taverns and arrived home, at 821 17th St. S., sometime after midnight. "If I hadn't been drinking there wouldn't have been any drugs taken by Mrs. Wright and the child wouldn't have been Mr. Jensen said. Another daughter of Mrs. Wright, Annette, 7, testified at the hearing. She said she didn't see Mr. Jensen beat her sister and she said she didn't know who did it. Lucille McDonald, the head nurse at the Municipal Hospital emergency ward, told the court Mrs. Wright brought the girl to the hospital at a.m. Oct. 26, signed the admittance form as S. Jones, called the girl Nicole Jones and gave her address as 621 7th Ave. S. Police determined later that this was an incorrect address. Dr. Gordon Holt, who ex- amined the girl, said she had an impression or dent in her head, a bruised right ear, a black eye, broken tooth, bruises over most of her body and bare patches on her head. The doctor said Mrs. Wright was present when he examin- ed the girl and when he said he was going to call the police the woman "left im- mediately." City Police Constable Marvin fmeson testified he located Mrs. Wright parked by a telephone booth in front of Stubbs Pharmacy. Mr. the constable said, was standing by the booth and had a bag and suitcase with him. Constable William Plomp told the court he found a bloodstained bedsheet in a bedroom at the home, 82117th St. S. and also some hair on the bedroom floor. "I found the house to be reasonably neat and clean and no evidence of blood or violence other than in the Const. Plomp said. The constable also said when he questioned Mrs. Wright at the police station that she took some hair from her purse and gave it to him. City Scene Games ticket sales start Monday Sale of tickets for the 1975 Canada Winter Games will begin Monday, the Lethbridge Winter Games Society announced today. Tickets for each of the games 16 events will be ordered ac- cording to session numbers and only a limited number of tickets will be available for each session. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. The tickets will go on public sale at the new winter games ticket and information centre at 601 3rd Ave. S., the old public library building, and other locations in Southern Alberta. Mail orders may be made by writing Event Tickets, 1975 Canada Winter Games, P.O. Box 1975, Lethbridge. Event tickets to all sessions will be available at the ticket and information centre and by mail only. Those locations outside Lethbridge which are holding events will also have ticket sales but they will be limited to those events held at the venue site in that community. Youths plead guilty Three youths, jointly charged with break, enter and theft, pleaded guilty in provincial court Wednesday to the charges and were remanded until Jan. 22 for reports. The youths: Steven Triska, 16, 725 7th St. N., Danny Wehount, 18, 1252 St. Catherine Road, and Carey Kiefuik, 16, 2206 6th Ave. N., were charged after a suite occupied by Mary Vander Heide, 13315th Ave. A N., was broken into Friday night and three bottles of liquor taken. Mavis Bullchild, 22, 622 12th St. N., who pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft over was remanded until Feb. 24 for trial. She was charged Dec. 26 after Fred Onofrychuk, 307 12th St. A N., reported theft of some money at the Alec Arms Hotel. COMPUTER ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT LTD. Data Processing Services 201 CANADA TRUST BUILDING TELEPHONE 328-7883 Information service begins Today marks the beginning of a new information service local and district senior citizens applying for the guaranteed in- come supplement. Don Hopkinson, regional director of income security, said the information centre has been established at the Canada Pen- sion Plan office in the Professional Building to assist pensioners in making applications for the supplement and to provide infor- mation. security The supplement is a monthly payment added to old age jrity pensions for Canadians with little or no income. 2716-12th Ave. S, BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS AND CARPET CLEANING Friday III! 9p.m.) -f-i .KJ' w Phoni328-0372 Ctrtlfltd Dtnttl MKhmlc CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLOB. Lowtf Ltvvl PHONE'327-2822 to be administered to the Grade 7 students but school administrators decided to ob- tain the new CTBS tests before continuing their testing of basic skills. All 204 Grade 7 students were given the 1969 CTBS test designed to measure the level of skills they mastered in such language arts subjects as punctuation, word usage, capitalization and spelling. "I am really unsatisfied by the results of the tests not by the score obtained by the students but by the quality of the data" used in the tests, Mr. Himsl told The Herald. Following the computation of the results of the new tests to be administered later this semester, Mr. Himsl said the separate school system "will look at the results more closely" to see if they have any implications for the separate school system. SCHOOLS MAY CHANGE It may mean that the schools will have to change their emphasis in the teaching of certain subjects and the modification of certain programs. However, if the results are close to those obtained by the students who wrote the 1969 CTBS test, few changes are likely. The separate school system chose Grade 7 students to write the test because they are all situated in one school, making the testing process much simpler. Other grades are likely to be tested at a later date, Mr. Himsl has indicated in previous school board meetings. The superintendent was also concerned about the role motivation of students plays in the scores they obtain on the tests. One of the Grade 7 teachers administered the test for the second time after informing the students their results, would be compared with other Grade 7 students across the country, Mr. Himsl advised the trustees. Instead of two or three months behind the Canadian norm, the students scored between six and eight months ahead in the second test. ASSUMPTION QUESTIONED In response to Trustee Steve Vaselenak's concern about the validity of using results from the second application of a test that was administered only a short time before, Mr. Himsl agreed that any assumptions arrived at from the results of the second test may not be valid. However, he felt the sub- stantial difference in the score obtained on the second writing of the test was enough to question the effect motiva- tion has on the results. Mr. Vaselenak was also concerned that the school was so willing to administer an up- dated test now that the students scored below normal on the old test. "If they scored above nor- mal, the principal wouldn't have any idea of giving that test he charged. Nursing enrolment termed 'pleasing' Since ground grip tires aren't standard equip- with a Chinook possible at any time, golfing season way Ores., has tied his to a tree for the winter. But could be only as far away as the next warm spell. Mother tells court she beat girl, friend attempted to take blame Eighteen new students have registered in the January class of the Lethbridge Com- munity College nursing program, nursing chairman Joanne Scholdra said Wednesday. More may register this week since registration has not closed, said Dr. Scholdra. College to sell own excess Lethbridge Community College will advertise ob- solete equipment itself, instead of selling it through Crown asset disposal, the board of governors voted Wednesday. The governors accepted a recommendation from finance director Dean Cooper. It was brought on by a report that some equipment used in Priority Employment Program radio and television training is obsolete. Enrolment statistics show- ed students, compared with last year. Breakers gain nothing Five neighboring businesses and one church on 13th Street North between 1st and 2nd Avenue were broken into overnight but nothing appears to have been stolen, Lethbridge city police say. They were: John's Turbo Service, Alberta Brewers Agents Ltd., Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall, Bird Building Supplies, Southern Monument and Tile Co. Ltd., and Westbridge Construction Limited, 1301 1st Ave. N. The safe at Alberta Brewers' was tampered with but entry was not gained. Win- dows were 'broken or doors were forced. There are 30 places in the January class. "We were hoping we'd get close to she added. The college is not displeased with the response, she said. The January entry was approved in December, so there was little time to adver- tise it. Next year there will be three entries, but no problems are anticipated because of the long lead time, she said. Enrolment will not be affected by tightened re- quirements for first year nursing students, Dr. Scholdra said. The LCC board of governors last month raised the minimum high school average to 60 per cent from 55 per cent for four Grade 12 subjects. The nursing chairman said there is a large enough pool of girls who want to take nursing and have 60 per cent averages. Those with less than 60 per: cent are not cut off. They can take LCC's college- preparatory program for a semester and upgrade their marks, she said. Claresholm care centre head named CLARESHOLM A former business manager of the Claresholm Care Centre was; appointed Wednesday that! facility's executive director1 by Bruce Rawson, chief depu-; ty minister of health. James Cunningham, 51, was business manager of the centre between 1963 and 1967. Since 1967 he has been business manager for the Baker Centre, a Calgary facility for tuberculosis and the handicapped. Mr. Cunningham replaces: the former director Stu Christie who was dismissed in' August following a govern- ment investigation of the! centre's books. "'flRT STUDIO ON FIFTH ART I Y ARTISTIC i PICTURE FRAMING SINCE 1958 S AVE S HEINO DEEKEN Manager saying it all with a kiss and red roses, FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322 6th Street S. 327-2666, 327-5747 ;