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Staff and Curriculum News

PAT Exam Schedule
Starting in the 2017/2018 school year, grades 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement Tests will be administered to students in an administration window provided by Alberta Education rather than according to pre-set schedules.
Airdrie Public Library November Events
Airdrie Public Library November events for Elementary, Middle and High School level students. Schools are encouraged to share this information to parents in their school newsletters.
Calgary Youth Science Fair
Reminder - registration deadline is Oct. 31, 2017. On April 11-14 the Calgary Youth Science Fair will host approximately 800 students from schools in and around Calgary gather to take part in Canada's largest science fair. The fair is held at the University of Calgary’s Olympic Oval and is open to students in grades 5 through 12.
O365 Training is Here!
Office 365 Training is Here! Beginning October 2, Rocky View Schools will launch an Office 365 (O365) training program for all Education Centre staff. Running Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the Wolf Room, training will focus on building staff skills in the online environment, as this is the platform RVS’ new staff web portal is built on. Training for SharePoint Power Users and for desktop applications, such as Outlook, will be announced in November.
Ingenium - Free Science Curriculum Resources
Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation is pleased to announce this year’s Educational Programs. These Educational Programs allow students to explore a range of amazing programming and digital content on the theme of human ingenuity. Programs link directly to Ontario and Quebec curricula, but can be adapted to reach the science curriculum of most provinces and territories.
ChatterHigh’s Most Informed School Competitions
Middle and High Schools.
Grade 9 - Space Exploration at the Rothney Observatory
October 24th, 2017, Alberta Science Network is offering a unique professional development opportunity for Gr. 9 Science Teachers! Tickets are $50. The workshop will be hosted by Don Hladiuk and RVS' own, Brian Jackson. Together, these presenters are a wealth of knowledge and will help you build confidence in covering key curriculum objectives from this unit. This workshop will take place at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory. Follow the link to learn more and to register.
Airdrie Legion: National Literacy and Poster Contest
Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2017.
Remembrance Day 2017 Speakers
The Airdrie Legion is taking requests for speakers for your Remembrance Day ceremonies. Requests will be on a first come, first serve basis. Email requests should be received no later than Oct. 15
Connecting Airdrie’s Local Government and Grade 6 Students
Airdrie Schools: Tour a Polling Station (book by Oct. 11), Visit City Hall Council Chambers, Bring the Mayor to your Classroom
Supporting High School Completion: A Tool Kit for Success
Shift the lens in your school from ‘What supports are available?’ to ‘How can we leverage the resources we have to remove the barriers preventing successful high school completion for this student?’
Guide to Remembrance Resource
This Guide to Remembrance has been created by the Royal Canadian Legion to assist primary and secondary school teachers to foster the tradition of Remembrance amongst Canada’s youth. ​There are dedicated activities for school including the national literary and poster contests can be found on pages 42 to 49. This is an excellent tool for teachers!
Fall Teaching Sexual Health 101 Online Workshops
October 2- 23 and November 6-27, 2017. One module is released at the start of each week. The 3 modules will take about 12 hours to complete over 3 weeks. Click on the eflyer for details and registration information.
Learning Department Poster
Describing the Learning Specialists and their related services. Schools are encouraged to display and share this poster.
Changes to PAT & Diploma Administration
Alberta Education offers the following question and answer in response to changes made to the administration of provincial achievement test and diploma exams.
Fall 2017: Ambrose University Courses for Credit
Strategizing for Literacy in the Elementary Classroom; Strategizing for Numeracy in the Elementary Classroom; Design Thinking; Leading & Supporting Inclusionary Practices in the Elementary School; Teaching Elementary Music (Summer 2017)
Fish Creek Provincial Park School Programs
Fish Creek Provincial Park School Programs 2017-2018. Early Bird Registration starts June 5 - 21, 2017 Provides the ideal outdoor classroom to inspire your students and bring your curriculum to life through active inquiry, investigation and exploration. Elementary, Junior and Senior High Programs
10 Ways to Create A Calming Classroom
Ideas from the RVS Learning Support Occupational Therapists.
2017-2018 AHS PL Menu
As you are planning your Professional Learning activities for next year, you may want to keep the attached workshops in mind. Alberta Health Services is pleased to offer these engaging and interactive workshops for teachers, administrators and school staff for the upcoming school year. All workshops are facilitated by a Health Promotion Coordinator or Public Health Dietitian dedicated to promoting health and wellness in school communities.
PL eBooks for RVS Teachers
Click here to access over 100 FREE current professional online resources.
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