District School Council Meeting
January 30, 2012
In Attendance: David Green Gary Bartlett Dayna Tilleman
Randi Malmo Paul Sparrow Clarke
Linda Spaller Tara Yagos Shellie Kienzle
Allison Pike Julie Nolan Sue Oguchi
Keith Fowler Brooke Culley Barry Litun
Brenda Stendebach Corinne Steele Karri Stewart
Jodie Knott Sahil Paul Lisa McMullin
John Loree Neil Langevin
1. Meeting was called to order at 6:33 by Chair Shellie Kienzle. Introductions
2. The agenda was approved as presented.
3. Minutes – noted on point 4 that the December 5 Minister’s forum was the
meeting that was open to the public.
4. John Loree and Neil Langevin presented on the development of the
District proposal for AISI ( Alberta Initiative for School Improvement) Cycle
5 which will run from 2012/13 – 2014/15
DSC members were asked to provide their opinions about:
a) What characteristics of effective classrooms would you like to see
teachers at your school utilize?
b) As we begin to plan our Cycle 5 project, do you have any
suggestions/ideas about the school improvement project?
Three groups were then formed for small group discussion.
Request that Joanne send out the form Neil used to all school council
chairs for discussion and input at the individual school council
meetings. Reply to email@example.com. The form is attached
to this email.
5. Barry Litun asked that the DSC representatives discuss the possibility of
moving DSC date to the first Monday of November, December, February,
March, April, May and June for the 2012-2013 school year with their
respective school councils.
This will be discussed at the February DSC meeting.
6. Shellie Kienzle reminded representatives of the provincial ASCA
conference April 20-22 in Edmonton.
Keith Fowler noted that the District supports registration and costs (up to
$200.00) for a school council to send a delegate to the provincial
Shellie pointed out the ASCA Award of Recognition program. Information
has been distributed.
7. Barry Litun outlined the process for the February 6 Town Hall meeting.
8. Mich Forster provided the Trustee’s Report:
a. Tripartite discussions
b. Trustee Wickham’s decision to resign was supported by the Board.
c. The Board has decided to continue for the balance of this term with
d. Question: How often should a trustee attend school council
meetings? Response: Encourage school council chairs to contact
their trustee liaisons if the trustees can provide comment on
agenda topics scheduled.
9. Barry outlined the preliminary 2012-2013 school year calendar.
10. The DSC will host the Minister’s teleconference on February 8 at 7:30
p.m. in the Board Room. Parents for all school councils are invited to
attend. RSVP is not necessary.
11. Round Table Reports:
a. Fleetwood Bawden School: January focus on culture. Arts: two
full day origami workshop. Book exchange scheduled for February
2 and is open to the community.
b. Galbraith School: Snow shoes arrived but there is no snow. One
School, One Book – “Featherbrain”. Dr. Robin Bright presentation.
In March Chris Gonsalvez will host a presentation on Internet
safety. 2013 is the school’s centennial celebration.
c. Ecole Agnes Davidson: Carnival will run throughout February.
Staff will attend healthy schools symposium. The Heritage Fair will
be held in March.
d. Lakeview School: Met their fundraising goals. There are many
activities – after school skating. Campbell soup labels are donated
to the school as a fundraiser.
e. Gilbert Paterson Middle School: Basketball City finals are on
February 16. “Annie” performances run February 13-15. Bands
and choirs are registered for the Kiwanis Festival. The school
council has formed a society.
f. LCI: Exams are finished. Term 2 starts January 31. Improved
lighting in the staff room was discussed. There was a staff
appreciation event – food and snacks during parent-teacher
interviews. Seven people attending Town Hall meeting. LCI added
some staff for semester 2. Summer school will be offered through
Victoria Park High School. The University of Lethbridge offers
French testing programs for Immersion students.
g. Chinook High School: The Laramie Project is scheduled for March.
A leisure centre will be built adjacent to Chinook High School. The
grad theme has been chosen. Many fundraisers were very well
supported. The staff attended a Learning Video Conference with
Dr. Ken O’Connor. Fundraising for a piano and a bus.
h. GS Lakie Middle School: Was awarded $75,000 Aviva Grant to
build a technology booth. There will be a dance on February 15.
Teachers Glee Club did not make the last cut. There will be a
dance show at the Yates on February 9.
i. Lethbridge Christian School: Applied for the Community Spirit
Grant. Grades 3-5 sang with the symphony just prior to Christmas.
Within three days the caretaker and a student passed away. The
school community is very appreciative of the support they received.
There will be student led conferences in March.
j. Nicholas Sheran Community School: They held a Christmas
Dance for the first time. There was an opportunity for family
pictures. One School, One Book – “Miraculous Journey of Edward
Tulane”. Random acts of kindness. The council has formed a
k. Dr. Probe School: The council has formed a society. Steve
Harmer – magic and character education presentation later in
February (appeared 20 years ago). One School, One Book –
identified as a North American Model School. Grade 4 Bingo.
Grade 5 Social day with other Westside elementary schools.
Preschool registration opens February 1. Tours to the Galt
l. Mike Mountain Horse School: Society/School Council roles have
been defined. Developing a recognition policy; hoping to be done
within the next month, willing to share with other school councils.
The school has started a breakfast program.
m. Winston Churchill High School: Exam week has been completed.
Student council is very busy: Valentine’s Dance is scheduled. They
are fundraising for a school in Ghana. The Blood drive is starting.
Badminton has begun. Four parents to attend the Town Hall.
Gary Bartlett reminded the group that the Lethbridge Community Foundation is
accepting applications until February 15. You can Google search “Lethbridge
Community Association for more information.
Link to Association: http://www.lethbridgecommunityfoundation.org/G.applying_for_grants.html
12. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.