2017 Archery Provincials and Nationals

Archery Provincials and Nationals are completed and we are very proud to announce the incredible results of our Westwind Archery Teams!

Cardston High School placed 1st in the Provincial Tournament among all High School Teams with a total score of 3352, and placed 2nd in the National Tournament among all High School Teams with a total score of 3294!
Mountain View School placed 1st in the Provincial Tournament among all Middle School Teams with a total score of 3204, and placed 3rd in the National Tournament among all Middle School Teams with a total score of 3102!
Cardston Junior High School placed 3rd in the Provincial Tournament among all Middle School Teams with a total score of 2973, and placed 4th in the National Tournament among all Middle School Teams with a total score of 2876

Congratulations to all our exceptional archers on these teams, including 

  • Cameron Beazer, who placed 3rd of all Grade 11 Boys Provincially; placed 2nd of all High School Boys Archers, and 1st of all Grade 11 Boys Archers Nationally. 
  • Wyatt Olsen, who placed 3rd of all Grade 12 Boys Provincially; and placed 2nd of all Grade 12 Boys Nationally.
  • Nathan Doig, who placed second of all High School Boys and 1st of all Grade 12 Boys Prvincially; placed 3rd of all Grade 12 Boys Nationally.
  • Teegan Quinton, who tied for 3rd place of all High School Girls by points, and placed 3rd of all Grade 12 Girls provincially.
  • Tyson Kiemele, who placed 2nd of all Grade 12 Boys Provincially.
  • Turner Hallock, who placed 3rd of all Grade 10 Boys Provincially.
  • Bryson Uibel, who placed 2nd of all Grade 11 Boys Provincially.
  • Mckenna Ringwald, who placed 3rd of all Grade 9 Girls Nationally.
  • James Leishman, who placed 1st of all Middle School Boys and Grade 6 Boys Provincially; and placed 1st out of all Grade 6 Boys Nationally. 
  • Alyssa Bevans, who placed 2nd out of all Grade 7 Girls Nationally.
  • Shaelee Wright, who placed 3rd of all Grade 8 Girls Provincially; and placed 3rd out of all Grade 8 Girls Nationally.
  • Summer Halcock, who placed 3rd of all Middle School Girls and 2nd of all Grade 8 Girls Provincially,
  • Hallee Pilling, who placed 1st out of all Grade 6 Girls Provincially.
  • Claire Primrose who place 3rd of all Grade 7 Girls Provincially.

Magrath Modernization Progress

Work continues to progress on Magrath School Modernization Project. 

This week our Administration team toured the school with the contractor to see how to project is coming along. The Elementary School renovation has been moving at a great pace! Nearly all students will be moved back into the classrooms in the elementary school area so that work can begin on other areas of the school. The move of the students will happen on April 27-28, and there will be no school in the elementary school for those two days to accommodate the move. Mr. Sabey is inviting parents to come for a tour of the finished portions of the building on May 1 at 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

For now, the High School students will be staying where they are, except for the band classroom, which will move into the ice arena so work can start in their room, and other classes will move as work progresses in the coming weeks and months. 

As the project continues to roll forward and we see the building come together, piece by piece, we would like to thank the community and our partners for your support in this project. This will be a world class educational facility that will help Magrath grow and help educate children for decades to come. Your support has been and will continue to be an essential element behind the success of this project. We will provide more updates on the status of this project as the weeks go by and we get closer to reopening the space to students and the public.

End of Basketball

March was a month of intense effort for our basketball teams. We had teams playing at the 1A, 3A, and 4A levels. The performances of our student athletes were incredible. We would like to offer sincere congratulations to all our teams in every sport.

Congratulations to the student athletes. Winning graciously and losing with poise are learned skills. Being able to celebrate excellent performances on your team is easy, being able to equally celebrate excellent performances from your opponent is a difficult task, but is the essence of sportsmanship.

Congratulations to our volunteer coaches. Graciously donating your time to school sports teams is an incredible investment in your community, in your students, and in your love of the sport. None of our coaches are professional sports coaches. More than half our coaches are not teachers at the school, and only 20% of our teachers are involved in coaching. But 100% of our coaches are interested and dedicated community members and parents. We thank all our volunteer coaches for your donated time and for your example of positive community involvement.

Congratulations to our parents and fans. Attending the games, cheering for both teams, and finding clever ways to celebrate excellent performances is a difficult task, but one which many of you have done admirably. It was inspiring to see some displays of sportsmanship and camaraderie in the stands between fans of different teams playing on the court. We know there were some egregious examples of unsportsmanlike conduct from our parents and fans. We hope that we can all learn that those outbursts are harmful to all of us, while examples of sportsmanship build us all up.

We will still get to see excellent performances from student athletes in cheerleading, badminton, track and field, and rugby in this school year. We extend to you our best wishes, and preemptive congratulations.

Kaitlin McMitchell, Edwin Parr Award Nominee

Spring Glen Elementary School is a small school on the northwestern boundary of Westwind School Division. They were very fortunate to have hired an excellent teacher in 2016, who we are nominating for the Edwin Parr Award. Kailin McMitchell is a new teacher in her first year teaching after completing her university degree. She has a major in English language arts and a minor in social studies. During her university career, she received the Jason Lang Scholarship two years in a row, as well as the Simpson-Markinch Award. She graduated with Great Distinction in both her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree paths. 

At Spring Glen Elementary Ms. McMitchell has been teaching Grade 2. She focuses on fostering literacy skills in her students and on having personal interactions with all the students and staff at the school. Principal Kelly Thomas remarked, “She has been able to get very close to all of her students and they know that she is someone they can trust, they feel safe around her and she builds them up all the time.”

Principal Thomas also spoke to the importance of having a new teacher who is dedicated to expanding their skills, “Ms. McMitchell is a great teacher in part because she has developed a large repertoire of instructional strategies she uses throughout the day. She uses mindfulness breaks while instructing to help increase the focus of students.” Mr. Thomas explained that Ms. McMitchell is always trying to understand how each student learns best, and how to empower their potential as learners and as people. 

For these reasons and many others, Westwind School Division is proud to nominate Kaitlin McMitchell for the Edwin Parr Award this year. 

Edwin Parr was a homesteader and school board trustee in the Athabasca School Division in the 1920s. He was involved in selecting new teachers and stressed to the applicants that they must go beyond the duties normally expected of teachers. He was adamant that they make the students feel at home so that they would finish high school and have the opportunity to continue their education. He was especially interested in the performance of first-year teachers and often visited the schools after hours to talk to the principals about the new teachers. With Edwin Parr, children came first and he expected every teacher to feel the same. He wanted teachers to be a positive influence in the community. They were encouraged to visit the children’s homes and attend Home and School Association meetings.

Edwin Parr’s interest in first-year teachers led to his school division instituting an “Annual Teacher Award.” He encouraged the Alberta School Trustees’ Association to consider a similar award at the provincial level but his dream was not realized in his time. In searching for a way to perpetuate the memory of a man who served as the Alberta School Trustees’ Association’s president from 1956 to 1962 and to honour the profession he so deeply respected, the Association established the Edwin Parr Teacher Award. The award is presented each year to a novice teacher who demonstrates initial teaching proficiency.


Over the past two weeks we have seen student athletes and volunteer coaches participating in zone playoffs. As we are entering the basketball provincials season we would like to remind all our student athletes, our coaches, and especially our parents, fans, and community members about some basic things for this season.

School sports are a great way to encourage physical fitness and active lifestyles in participants. Team members learn to work as a group, to strategize collectively, and to follow a plan. All participants learn to deal effectively with both winning and losing graciously. School sports can teach athletes, coaches, and spectators important life lessons, and in our communities they are a prime source of community entertainment, culture, pride, and even identity.

School sports can also have negative impacts on students, schools, and communities when not approached with care and respect. The students, the coaches, and the referees in school sports are not sports professionals. Our students are young people who do their best. Our coaches are mostly not teachers, 80% of our teachers do not coach sports teams, and all are community members like yourself. They volunteer for our students’ benefit. Our referees are not perfect, nor do they have the technological tools, the training, or the extensive experience that referees in professional sports have. Regardless of who they are or their backgrounds, everyone at our sporting events is deserving of your kindness, patience, and respect. 

All our athletes, coaches, and referees have sportsmanship codes that they try to live by. These include treating opposing players and teams with dignity, respect and honour; maintaining self control at all times; being considerate and courteous to everyone, including athletes, coaches, referees, and spectators alike; and recognizing excellence, regardless of the team accomplishing them. We ask parents and spectators to also live by similar codes of honour and sportsmanship.

This year we remind and ask parents and spectators to be extra kind to the people you know at sporting events, and the people you don’t know; to the people you are cheering for and to those you aren’t. Westwind Schools and communities must be welcoming, safe, caring, and respectful places for all to visit and participate in.


Eye on Education: High School and your Community

In the current context of Alberta and across North America, rural communities are struggling to maintain their place in an increasingly urbanized society.  Yet for many, the value of the rural experience is of great importance.  Recently Doug Griffiths, a former Alberta MLA and cabinet minister, reflected on the excellent footing he received from his own background as a youth and a teacher in rural Alberta at the Rural Education Symposium in Edmonton.  In his book, “13 Ways To Kill Your Community,” he identifies the following as some of the ways to grow our communities…  Ensuring that you are attracting business, engaging youth, shopping at home, collaborating with partners, and welcoming our Sr. citizens, are among Griffiths’ key messages.  

In southern Alberta, many of our rural communities are thriving and growing even against some of the struggles that urbanization presents.  Of particular note, engaging youth is a critical piece for rural communities.  I was pleased to attend a number of games in the Southern Alberta 4A Boys and Girls zone basketball tournament this past weekend.  In this event, schools of all sizes in the south were competing for a zone title as well as the right to contend for a provincial crown.  School by school, and game after game, I observed students, parents and communities come out to support their teams.  The student sections at courtside in the University of Lethbridge gym became the scene of significant emotion and energy.  

What a great event!  It is perhaps the finest basketball tournament in the province.  A capacity crowd was on hand on Saturday night to witness the championship game between Raymond and Magrath.  Theses are the two smallest schools in the 4A league, and some disappointed fans had to be turned away… SOLD OUT… If attendance at a high school basketball game is any indication of the strength of a rural community, then it would appear that they are alive and well.  Magrath High School, the smallest school in the tournament emerged victorious. 

Whether a champion, a participant, a runner up, or a fan, these experiences will remain with these young men and women as a part of their identity for the rest of their lives.  We are most fortunate to be part of the greater southern Alberta community and to share in the heritage that is common to us all.

Jentry Salmon Media Release

Westwind School Division is aware that Jentry Salmon, a teacher in Raymond, has been charged with sexual exploitation by the RCMP. In matters of this nature, the safety and well-being of our students are our highest priority. When Westwind first became aware of allegations about Jentry, who has now been charged, the school division enacted its respectful protocol to ensure the safety of students and to conduct an investigation into the matter. The teacher was immediately suspended in October 2016, pending charges being laid and the outcome of any subsequent court case. The teacher has not been at the school or in contact with students since then. When the RCMP initiated a criminal investigation, Westwind School Division suspended our internal investigation in order to preserve the integrity of the RCMP proceedings. The school division has cooperated fully with the RCMP and will continue to do so. As this is a personnel matter and it is also before the courts we can supply no additional information or comments at this time.

Ken Sommerfeldt

Stirling School Modernization Update


Work continues to progress on Stirling School Modernization Project. 

This week our team toured the school with the contractor to see how to project is coming along. The big projects this past while have been installing footings, building interior walls, and prepping the now open area for new roof beams.

As the project continues to roll forward and we see the building come together, piece by piece, we would like to thank the community and our partners for your support in this project. This will be a world class educational facility that will help the community grow and help educate children for decades to come. Your support has been and will continue to be an essential element behind the success of this project. We will provide more updates on the status of this project as the weeks go by and we get closer to reopening the space to students and the public.

Alberta Bill 1 Update

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The Alberta Government will put forward Bill 1. This bill aims to cover the cost of some school fees that parents have had to pay out of pocket. Westwind School Division is very happy that the province is acting to relieve parents of this burden. This bill generally covers non-choice fees that apply to all students, like textbooks, photocopies, and supplies, as well as some bussing fees. Schools and parents can still pay for courses, projects, and items that they feel are important, like CTS projects, choice in some bussing issues, and extra curricular items. This bill, if passed will come into force for the next school year.

The Minister has indicated that there will be more specifics coming out about how this will work. We have some questions about how this will impact Westwind students, parents, and guardians.

The provincial funding that comes with Bill 1 will be distributed between all public school boards to cover these school fees for parents. The Minister of Education has requested that all school boards ensure that there is no reduction to basic programming of students as a result of this change to the fee structure.

Please read Minister Eggen's letter to parents for more details on this program. 

Eye on Education: Communication and Learning Outcomes in Education

Anytime something is very important, there is an elevation to the significance of the information connected to it. Few things are as important to parents as their children, and therefore it is imperative that timely, accurate and effective communication in education is essential. If the average person were to spend a morning in the office of any of our schools, they would be struck with the amount of messages, information, and logistical planning that occurs on the fly each and every day. Each piece of information is significant and important and must be treated as such in order for the complexity of schedules and plans of schools and families to run smoothly. I salute the staffs in the school system for making this very complex matter appear to be a well-oiled machine.

Beyond the day -to- day workings of a school, parents are expecting much more from schools in communication and rightly so. For many decades, student progress was provided 3 times per year as report cards containing information about student performance that was either percent or letter grade based. Today, more and more schools are making the transition to outcomes based reporting. Instead of a letter grade or a percent to represent student performance, teachers establish from the program of studies, the essential outcomes for student learning, and then provide to parents details on student progress toward the attainment of each outcome. Initially, some parents struggle with this new reporting format since it is not common to their own experience in schools. What appears to be happening however, is an increased understanding by parents of the curriculum their children are studying and increased engagement as parents become even more informed about the learning opportunities their children are experiencing.

From the narrative, there is increased clarity on the part of the teacher in terms of student progress, as well as for parents who have specific descriptive feedback about learning outcomes. In a sense, this form of grading and reporting is far more detailed than a number on the report card. Have you ever wondered what it means when a student is said to have achieved 77% in a term in a specific course? … 77% of what? How sure could anyone be from observing and averaging test scores that a student has achieved 77%? Which concepts of the curriculum have they mastered? Which ones do they understand at 77%? Which ones do they have less than a 77% understanding of? These are important questions that educators are wrestling with these days, and those who are providing a narrative that describes student progress toward achieving specific learning outcomes are making a difference in how we report and understand student performance.

Educational Assistant Conference

Educational Assistants in Westwind were hard at work on professional development on Tuesday, January 31. Assistant Superintendent, Rick Gilson, organized an incredible conference for the 170 Educational Assistants in Westwind. The conference featured many terrific presenters. This was an incredibly valuable development for our Educational Assistants in a wide range of areas. The presenters we had at the conference are all experts in their field and deeply understand the southern Alberta context.

  • Conrad Boehme presented on a look at what students who struggle may experience. 
  • Tiffany Weeden presented on how to connect classrooms with nature and the aboriginal culture of southern Alberta, and on using Zen Me and Yoga techniques for the classroom to inspire focus, balance, and relaxation. 
  • Regan Bikman shared strategies from his experience as a Speech Language Pathologist to help students improve their communications. 
  • Jocelyn Roberts, from Alberta Health Services, presented Programmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) books for EAs to use with students with complex communication needs.
  • Erin Stonehocker presented on using reflexes and movement as a stress buffer. She writes, “We all experience different types of stress. Learn how MNRI or reflex exercise can help with stress relief in both adults and children. These simple exercises can help reset the chronic stress cycle and improve overall well being and function.”
  • Kent Hollingsworth provided EAs with tools to support positive grieving in students and how AD[H]D brains handle executive functioning. EAs left this session with strategies and ideas to support students who have these types of challenges.
  • Brandie Andrews explained how EAs can understand and help to manage anxiety in the classroom, and went into detail about attachment disorder and how to support students dealing with this difficulty and foster positive relationships.
  • Michelle McKinnon held activities regarding brain architecture, and how both genetics and environment affect brain development in children. In this session EAs and our Board Chair Patricia Beazer built model brains using straws and pipe cleaners that represented different genetic components. The activity is designed to be difficult to craft a ‘brain’ model that supports itself, but our EAs created a series of brains that isn’t collapse. Said Chair Beazer, “Our EAs are great brain builders!!”
  • Melany Duffin helped EAs focus on how to help younger students develop pencil and scissor skills and how to help students become independent by developing self-help skills like dressing skills, toiling strategies, eating skills, and building skills by chaining activities. 
  • Rick Gilson presented about the evolving world of education assisting in our school division. He shared resources and tips in a range of areas, shared technology tips, and gave EAs an opportunity to give input into areas they would like to see future training or support in. 

We are so glad to have had this opportunity to further learning and growth as a Division. This professional development should impact students in all classrooms throughout the Division

January Professional Development

Teachers in Westwind have been hard at work on professional development for the past two days. Monday was a school-based professional development directed by each school principal. Their focuses were diverse but centred on the needs of the students in their classrooms. You can look for details on what they learned together on each school website.

Tuesday was a divisional professional development day for teachers. They focused on learning a new piece of software called PowerTeacher Pro, and on curriculum redesign and a new digital curriculum platform under development by Alberta Education.

PowerTeacher Pro is a robust classroom management tool that includes advanced features for both standards-based and traditional grading. Teachers use the Gradebook app on their phones to get their work done and to analyze student performance. This new Gradebook application will be rolled out gradually throughout the Westwind School Division with full use in all classrooms beginning in September 2017. Parents can expect to see more and more information being available to them about their student's assignments, study material, and progress through the Powerschool app as we approach the end of this school year. Talk to your teacher to find out when they will be adopting this system for their class!

In the afternoon, teachers went through a presentation about the Alberta Curriculum Redesign Project. The curriculums for different subjects currently in use in Alberta classrooms were created at different times between 1987 and 2009. These curriculums have enabled Alberta students to achieve at world-class levels, but they need to be updated to ensure student success into the future. Previously, curriculums were developed one at a time over different periods so there is no common design to the curriculums. Teachers learned that the new curriculum outcomes will place a greater emphasis on 21st Century Competencies and Literacy and Numeracy across all subjects and grades.

In addition to updating the K-12 curriculum, Alberta Education is developing a powerful digital tool called the Curriculum Development and Management Application (CDMA) that will provide teachers with the opportunity to interact with curriculum in ways that they have never been able to before. This means that curriculum can be updated as needed, within shorter time frames, and teachers have a much easier way to develop unit and lesson plans that align closely with the curriculum’s outcomes for all students. This will help ensure that curriculum remains current and relevant, and is better executed in classrooms.

Westwind is a provincial leader in the use of technology in the classroom and in providing teachers in every school access to appropriate technological tools. We are very excited to be rolling out the PowerTeacher Pro app to teachers throughout this year, and to work with Alberta Education to help in the development of their CDMA, however, we can because we know that both these tools can transform the student experience in all our classrooms.

This professional development should impact students in all classrooms throughout the Division and we would encourage parents to talk with teachers to discover how they will be changing their practice to incorporate what they learned!

Magrath School Modernization Project

Work continues to progress on Magrath School Modernization Project. 

This week our Administration team toured the school with the contractor to see how to project is coming along. The big project over the past weeks has been to get the mechanical area prepared for the new system and to install that system. The size of the system meant that it has to be lowered through the ceiling by a crane! The work is proceeding on schedule so far, and we are excited to see this project continue to come together.

As the project continues to roll forward and we see the building come together, piece by piece, we would like to thank the community and our partners for your support in this project. This will be a world class educational facility that will help Magrath grow and help educate children for decades to come. Your support has been and will continue to be an essential element behind the success of this project. We will provide more updates on the status of this project as the weeks go by and we get closer to reopening the space to students and the public.

Excellence in Communication Recognized in Series of Awards

 A picture of two glass awards for excellence in communications and public engagement.

A picture of two glass awards for excellence in communications and public engagement.

Westwind School Division is proud to announce that in the 2016 Westwind won three major awards for communications and public engagement. The awards are for work done by Mr. Graham Ruttan, Westwind's Communications Officer. We are proud that his work has been recognized as excellent and outstanding at the highest levels of his profession at provincial, national, and international levels. His work provided outstanding service to students, parents, teachers, and our communities. It exemplifies the achievement of excellence that Westwind strives for with all employees in every area of contribution to the education of our students.

We won a Golden Communications Award from the  National School Public Relations Association. We also won a Bravo! Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education. This is the highest award that CACE offers and is a major accomplishment. On November 20, 2016, we won the Public Engagement Award from the Alberta School Boards Association. This award means that Westwind’s public engagement efforts were the best in Alberta during the 2015-2016 school year. 

All three of these awards were for our efforts at community education and engagement from January through April 2016. We sought to address community concerns at Alberta Education's release of the "Guidelines for Best Practice: Creating Learning Environments that Respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender identities, and Gender Expressions". Our communications and engagement efforts included holding small and large public meetings, releasing videos, issuing surveys, writing articles and FAQ's, and releasing draft documents for staff and public feedback. 

At the public meeting held in Magrath, we were able to present many of the educational measures we had prepared and released. We were also able to hear the concerns of parents. We incorporated their voice those into the final policy. Board Chair Ron Fromm also forwarded the comments from the meeting to Education Minister David Eggen. This was an effective two-way communication and engagement process. We were able to provide the public with information and hear and act on their informed feedback.

We are thankful for the recognition we have received for our commitment to excellence in engagement and communications. We hope to continue effective engagement in future endeavours and projects. These awards show the dedication of Westwind's Board of Trustees and Administration to communication and engagement with the public, and the Board’s commitment to excellence in all areas, from teaching to transportation to maintenance to technology to communications. Congratulations to Mr. Ruttan on his achievements and recognition this year. 

Ken Sommerfeldt

Provincial Curriculum Development Survey

In June, the Education Minister David Eggen announced that Alberta Education would be engaging in a curriculum redesign project between 2018 and 2022. The Ministry will be developing new curriculums for English and French, for Arts Education, Language Arts (English, French, and Français), Mathematics, Social Studies, Sciences and Wellness. They provided broad estimated timelines for curriculum development:

  • K—4, December 2018
  • 5—8, December 2019
  • 9—10 (3 subjects), December 2020
  • 9—10 (3 subjects) + 11—12 (3 subjects), December 2021
  • 11—12 (3 subjects), December 2022

In late October Minister Eggen and Premier Rachel Notley announced the launch of an online curriculum survey as part of an effort to hear feedback from Alberta parents. The survey can be accessed at curriculumsurvey.alberta.ca, and will be available for everyone in the province until November 18, 2016.

We encourage students, parents, community members, teachers, and interested parties to participate in the survey since it will help your voice be heard at Alberta Education. The Minister has committed to "use the robust and diverse viewpoints of Albertans to help inform our work." More information on curriculum development can be found on the Alberta Education website.

Magrath Modernization Project

Work progresses on Magrath School Modernization Project, which includes the new public library space featured in the picture. The activities are mostly inside and few people get to see what is happening. We’d like to pull back the curtain and let you know and see the status of the modernization. 
This week Mr. Dennis Baker, our Director of Operations and Maintenance, toured the school with the contractor to see how to project is coming along. This week the work is focusing on removing hazardous materials and interior walls, and roughing in the plumbing, electrical, heat, and data lines.
We will provide more updates on the status of this project as the weeks go by and we get closer to reopening the space to students and the public.

Public Alberta Education Engagement Sessions

Public Alberta Education Engagement Sessions

The Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium is facilitating several free Public Engagement Sessions on Alberta Education's curriculum development. These sessions are open to teachers, school council members, and to the general public. They would like anyone interested to preregister for these free sessions, but people arriving at the door will be able to participate as long as there is room. The three sessions they are holding in Lethbridge are:

Thank You for the Reading Blankets!

In September we handed out reading blankets, lovingly handcrafted by Board Members, Superintendents, and their families to all of our grade one students in all Westwind Schools for International Literacy Day.

The Grade One class at Raymond Elementary School took the time to record a video thanking the Board for making these reading blankets for them! Their short messages of how the use their blankets and what they love about them are so touching and reach the heart of what this project was intended to do. The Board's goal is to get every single child to feel good while reading. We want students to get warm fuzzies when they read, so that they will soar right past their grade reading levels. We want all students to be reading at or above their grade level by the end of grade three. Handing out these blankets has really sparked a love of reading in many of these young minds. 

Not only was International Reading Day a day for reading blankets, but The Mountain View Book Barn was officially opened! The project of building and filling the Book Barn, an outdoor free library in Mountain View, was spearheaded by Sara Salmon, and supported by a grant from the Lethbridge Community Foundation. This was the most remarkable International Literacy Day that Westwind School Division has ever had the pleasure of celebrating!

Literacy is one of the most important life skills that we can teach our kids, and we are serious about making sure that all our students have a solid base from which to approach the rest of the education and life. A big thank you to the principals and teachers at Raymond Elementary School who really made this event something particularly special for their students! 

But how have these projects impacted you and your children? Let us know with the #WestwindReads hashtag and tag us on Facebook and Twitter!

#WeveGotReadingCovered #WestwindReads #Literacy #Reading #ABEd


World Teachers' Day

UNESCO proclaimed October 5th to be World Teachers’ Day in 1994. This day celebrates the impact that outstanding teachers have through their commitment to excellence for students, themselves, and their colleagues.

Westwind School Board and Administration offer our sincere appreciation to our outstanding teachers. 

Post a picture of your great teacher and tell us what they do that makes them a great teacher! Tag them and us on Facebook and Twitter, and use the hashtag #GreatTeachers. 

Happy World Teacher Day!