J. T. Foster High School Homepage News en-us Fri, 06 Dec 2019 19:33:32 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca Christmas Band Concert Please come and enjoy at 7 PM in the Gym. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4041&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=4041&stream=Homepage News Boost Your Exam Marks Boost your diploma exam marks with our FREE 3-day study courses. The proven Rock the Diploma study program includes comprehensive review booklets, practice exams, and online support. Courses are delivered by top teachers with extensive diploma exam experience, and include complete concepts review plus time for practice and individual feedback. Transportation to and from your high school to FP Walshe in Fort Macleod and lunch provided. Choose from: Social 30-1 or 30-2 Fri Jan 10 • 5-9:30pm Sat Jan 11 • 10am-4pm Sun Jan 12 • 10am-4pm Math 30-1 or 30-2 Fri Jan 17 • 5-9:30pm Sat Jan 18 • 10am-4pm Sun Jan 19 • 10am-4pm Bio 30 or Chem 30 Fri Jan 24 • 5-9:30pm Sat Jan 25 • 10am-4pm Sun Jan 26• 10am-4pm Register by December 20 to ensure your spot at http://bit.ly/LivingstoneRangeRTD http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32775&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32775&stream=Homepage News Become a Host Family for an International Student Are you interested in learning about a new culture first-hand? Would you like to enrich your family life? Hosting an international student is an amazing way to do both! The Livingstone Range School Division International Program is currently looking for caring host families to open their home to a visiting student from abroad. If you can provide a separate bedroom and meals for the student, along with a clear criminal record check, you are eligible to become a host family. Your family will benefit by expanding your understanding of the world and other cultures, make lifelong friendships, and share the beauty and warmth of Canada. International students who live with Canadian families learn language and Canadian culture in a healthy, caring environment and become valuable future partners in trade and global leadership. Host family opportunities are available for the following terms: February 2020-January 2021: host Grade 10-11 students from Japan April-June 2020: host Grade 10-11 students from France September 2020-June 2021: host Grade 9-12 students from Chile, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey Compensation is provided to host families and time commitments vary. Find out more about being a host family here or email globalstudents@lrsd.ab.ca with specific questions.  If you're ready to become a host family to an international student, complete our Homestay Host Family Application here. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32707&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32707&stream=Homepage News Weekdays 'Til 6 Staff wellness is a priority at Livingstone Range School Division. We are taking a bold, new approach to the challenges associated with the increasing number of emails and texts we all face in the evenings and on weekends, and expectations for staff to respond immediately. Beginning November 1, 2019 our staff are encouraged to send work-related emails and texts prior to 6pm on weekdays. And not at all in the evenings and on weekends. We believe after-hours activities should include rest, exercise, time with family and friends, hobbies, volunteering, and other responsibilities, but NOT work emails and texts. The shift is called "Weekdays 'Til 6" and is focused on respecting our staff's after-work hours.  "We believe the Weekdays 'Til 6 initiative will help improve the work/life balance, health, and wellbeing for all Livingstone Range staff," says Superintendent Darryl Seguin. "We also believe it will help our staff be more productive during the workday hours." In fact, experts agree that taking time to unplug from devices, social media, and work-related emails and texts does improve productivity by lowering stress and allowing our minds and bodies to get the rest we need. Other organizations - such as Volkswagen, health-care consulting company Vynamic, and Chinook's Edge School Division in Innisfail - have already implemented no-evening-or-weekend-email policies with great success. Now LRSD is taking a step in prioritizing our staff's wellbeing with the Weekdays 'Til 6 initiative.  We ask all staff to limit emailing or texting one another and parents to weekdays before 6pm. Parents can help us out by not expecting a reply from a teacher until the following school day. A Friday evening message will not be responded to until after the weekend. Some urgent or crisis situations may require discretionary exceptions, and our facilities staff will continue to be available for after-hours emergencies. "Weekdays 'Til 6 can benefit parents and families as well," says Seguin. "We would love to see everyone get onboard and unplug in the evenings and weekends to improve balance in their lives."  Talk to your school's principal for more information on the Weekdays 'Til 6 initiative or visit http://www.lrsd.ca/Weekdays%20Til%206.php. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32399&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32399&stream=Homepage News Online Tool Helps High School Students Livingstone Range School Division high school students now have an incredible online resource to help them learn and succeed. The Enhanced Learning Model (ELM) is an online education portal that enhances learning opportunities for students through breadth and quality of programming. Offering a specially curated hub for videos, demonstrations, notes, assessments, study tips, and more for high school subject areas, ELM is built by Alberta teachers for Alberta schools. Course content provides study support for diploma exams and is available 24/day via a computer with an internet connection, "ELM has been proven to help students learn and improve their marks," says Associate Superintendent Chad Kuzyk. "It's convenient and very accessible, which is important in our rural jurisdiction." Best of all, it's free for LRSD students. Visit http://www.lrsd.ca/Enhanced%20Learning%20Model.php for more information or talk to your school principal to get started today. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32619&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32619&stream=Homepage News LRSD Students Score Higher than Provincial Average on Diploma Exams Livingstone Range School Division is pleased to report that students writing Diploma Exams and Provincial Achievement Tests in the Division are showing year-over-year improvement in exam scores. In five high school diploma exam courses, LRSD students scored higher than the provincial average. Every year (or term) in Alberta, students in grades 6, 9 and 12 write standardized exams in the areas of mathematics, social studies, sciences and English/language arts. The purpose of provincial achievement testing is to: determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards assist schools, authorities and the province in monitoring and improving student learning LRSD students achieved an average of 96% on English Language Arts 30-1, well above the provincial average of 87%. In English Language Arts 30-2, Mathematics 30-2, and Social Studies 30-1 & 30-2, LRSD students also performed above their fellow students across Alberta. Grade 6 students performed well and improved in English Language Arts 6 and Social Studies 6, while Math 6 students maintained their acceptable standard from last year. Students in Grade 9 Science received a very high standard of excellence achievement. Superintendent Darryl Seguin is pleased with the exam results but is mindful of the need to continue working toward improvement in student achievement. “It’s good to see that LRSD students have achieved stronger performance at the acceptable standard than the provincial averages,” says Seguin. “Going forward, we have work to do in having our students achieve the standard of excellence at higher rates. LRSD divisional staff, school administrators and teachers will use these results to inform their practice throughout the year.” Provincial achievement testing is a general barometer of student learning, and should be balanced alongside other important measures like teacher-assigned grades and reporting of student progress. “As a Board of Trustees we receive and monitor the diploma results and are proud of our students in LRSD,” says Board of Trustee Chair Lori Hodges. “We continue to strive to see more of our students achieve the acceptable standard and higher.”  For more information about provincial assessment or to access specific subject results, contact your local school administration or the Livingstone Range School Division office. http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32563&stream=Homepage News http://www.jtfosterhighschool.ca/view.php?action=object&id=32563&stream=Homepage News