"In order to facilitate these 21st century learning skills, we need to rethink how learning space is organized and utilized." Click here to read more of Superintendent Ken Sommerfeldt's recent article published in the Lethbridge Herald.
The next meeting of the Westwind School Division Board of Trustees will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7 at the Division Office in Cardston. This meeting is open to the public. The agenda for this meeting is available HERE.
Last week four students from Magrath High School competed in a CANstruction competition at Centre Village Mall in Lethbridge. CANstruction® is a unique food charity event where teams of Architects, Engineers, Designers, Contractors, and Students mentored by theses professionals compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from cans of food.
Waiting for the MHS students when they arrived were 1,512 cans of Arizona Green Tea generously donated by Lance Miller at Surex Insurance Brokers. The student's goal was the construction of a 9 foot tall replica of one of the grain elevators near the entrance to Magrath. After 7 hours of carefully placing cans, and one large collapse, the build was finally completed. Sam Jackson, Blake Chan, Dedrick Becker and Brittan Hatch put forth an amazing amount of work that will stay on display in the mall for the entire Month of March.
MHS competed against junior teams from three other schools; Winston Churchill High School, Lomond School, and Calvin Christian School in Coalhurst. Other competing teams include Save-On-Foods, Associated Engineering, Goss Architectural Design Group, Lethbridge College, and Centre Village Mall.
The final structures will be judged as part of an international competition and all the food used in the competition will be donated to the Lethbridge Food Bank.
The Westwind Board of Trustees would like to share the following information.
In September 2017 the previous Westwind Board of Trustees passed
Motion 2017-115. This motion initiated an investigation as a result
of concerns raised under Westwind Policy 296.0 - Public Interest
Disclosure: Whistleblower Protection.
When the current Board of Trustees was elected on October 16, 2017
they assumed carriage for this matter. An investigative process was
undertaken further to the complaint over the past four months to
examine the complaint and information stemming from that review.
Board Chair Jim Ralph confirms that the investigation has now reached
its conclusion and the Board has received the final report from legal
counsel. This report includes recommendations that will be addressed
by the Board and Administration in coming months. Due to the nature of
the matter, the specific details will remain confidential as per
Policy 296.0 and the FOIPP Act.
“Westwind School Division takes matters of this nature very seriously,
and have followed all relevant and applicable policies, protocols, and
procedures with regular advice from legal council,” explained Mr.
Ralph. “The board remains fully committed to building safe and caring
learning environments that are inclusive of all our students and staff
On another note, following a consultation and discussion with the
Superintendent and members of the Board trustees are pleased to
announce the decision to extend Superintendent Ken Sommerfeldt’s
contract until August 31, 2019. The Board’s motion will be sent to
the Minister of Education for final approval.
Board Chair Jim Ralph expressed the Board’s confidence in Mr.
Sommerfeldt. “The board recognizes Mr. Sommerfeldt as an experienced
leader and we look forward to working with him as Westwind strives for
“Westwind continues to be an excellent school division with a
committed and passionate staff at all levels.” Mr Sommerfeldt said. “I
have been privileged to work with excellent people, past and present,
in this great jurisdiction. Westwind remains committed to our focus on
excellence in student learning and supporting our outstanding staff,
as we chart the path forward. I am very optimistic about the future
Tax season is right around the corner! We wanted to remind you that the Government of Canada has eliminated the Children's Fitness and Arts Tax Credits for 2017 income tax returns. As a result Westwind will no longer be providing tax receipts for school programs that previously qualified for these credits. Remember to file your personal taxes before April 30, 2018!
Have you ever wondered how technology is really impacting your child's brain? The Westwind Early Coalition Group is pleased to present the following information sessions in Raymond, Magrath and Cardston. Please phone the numbers listed or for more information.
Westwind schools are open today! Please remember:
- Parents always have the right to choose whether or not to send their children to school and need to make decisions about attendance based on their individual circumstances.
- Bus operators have the authority to decide if they will run... If they are unable to do so, they will let our transportation department know and call their route families. This information will be posted on our website.
- Dress warm, slow down, drive safe! See you at school!
The Board of Trustees is revisiting Westwind’s current mission and vision, and they want your opinion! http://bit.ly/2C8uuqF
Schools will be open in Westwind today...please dress appropriately and drive safe!
A few additional notes:
Westwind respects that parents have the first and primary role to decide if their children will attend school.
Bus Operators have the authority to decide if they are able to run their routes... If they are unable to run, they are to call the families on their route and notify Westwind Transportation.
We are aware of the winter conditions and advisories from environment Canada and transportation.
Snow fall across Westwind began about 4:15 AM this morning and remains light at this time.
From everything we can interpret, we are going to experience a snow fall event, rather than blizzard conditions today.
We will be monitoring the conditions continuously to inform decision making for tomorrow.
Winter snowfall warnings are issued when accumulations are expected to reach 10 cm or more... and the forecasted wind speeds remain moderate.
The decision to have schools open is based on significant information received from a variety of sources including Transportation, Environment Canada, Highway cameras, and personal conversations in each of the communities in Westwind.
Stay warm, everyone!
Westwind School Division has been working with Administrators, Trustees, Principals and School Councils to develop a draft of the 2018-2019 WWSD School Calendar. It is important for Westwind to gather input from our students, staff and parents on the calendar to best meet the needs of our school communities. There are 2 versions of the calendar that are currently being considered and links to each can be found below.
KEY DATES ON PROPOSED CALENDARS
- September 4, 2018 - First day for students
- December 21, 2018 – Last day for students before Christmas
- December 24-January 6 - Christmas break
- January 7, 2019 - First day of classes after Christmas
- February 18-22, 2019 - Family Day/Teachers Convention Week
- April 19-26, 2019 Easter Break
- June 21, 2019 – Last day for students grades 1-9
- June 27, 2019 – Last day for high school students
HAVE YOUR SAY
Please send your feedback via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or regular mail:
Westwind School Division
PO Box 10
All input will be reviewed and considered before the 2018-2019 School Calendar is approved. Please provide any feedback you have by February 27, 2018.
Thank you in advance for your input, it is important the school calendar represent the needs of our communities. The Board of Trustees will consider a final draft of the calendar for adoption at the March 7, 2018 regular board meeting.
Westwind schools are open today! Here is some additional information from our Superintendent:
1. Parents always have the right to choose whether or not to send their children to school and need to make those decisions based on their individual circumstances.
2. Snow accumulations in the Eastern half of the division are approaching a foot. There is a fair bit less in the West.
3. I have conferred with Westwind transportation, and some busses have indicated that they will not be running today. Please check our website for bus updates.
4. Bus operators have the authority to decide if they can run... If they are unable to do so, they are to call their route families and let transportation know and that information will be posted on our website.
5. Dress warm, slow down, drive safe!
Looks like the Groundhog was right. Winter will be here a little bit longer. Stay warm, everyone!