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1 Welcome To Alexander Ferguson School where were Making a World of Difference!

2 The Building We turned 50 years old on October 24, With this special year, the following renovations and additions were done to continue making this great school a school of choice:We turned 50 years old on October 24, With this special year, the following renovations and additions were done to continue making this great school a school of choice: –The roof replacement was completed –Ceilings painted where necessary –Three sets of windows in the administration area were replaced –Grade 5/6 coat hooks were raised and the area painted –The front ramp walkway was repaired and painted –School was rekeyed –New office curtains were purchased –New fire, alarm and electrical systems were installed and tested –The curtain dividing our library from room 6 was installed ($ ) –Whiteboards in four rooms were installed as well as in the staffroom retrofitting this area as an efficient and pleasant part time classroom –Installation of the 50 th Anniversary Mosaic mural, commemorative tiles and hanging Gully Day Natural art piece was completed –Picture frames for student artwork were purchased for the library –Two grants of a total of $ were received to begin installing the Naturalization Area (www.raingarden.ca). This included removal of the blue bucketball nets.www.raingarden.ca –Two classrooms were painted (Rm. 7 and 8) –A portable green house was purchased for Rm.8 –Beautiful visual displays changed frequently throughout the year –Motivational pictures hung in the bathrooms –Feng shuied classrooms – on-going work

3 The People: Adults We were at capacity for due to positive marketing and reputation – outstanding staff, program and community. This has allowed us to have Dan Dornan, our new assistant principal. LTTA has been a great success with a true team of Fine Artists backing us up. We have a half time Resource Teacher and an 8/10 Class Size Initiative teacher. Teachers have participated in over $5000 in workshops/ courses/visitations Additional workshops by Karen Shaw ESL consultant, Student Services, GLAR team and Elementary Language Arts consultant, Julie Bain We have mentored a full cadre of student teachers again this year (9) and 4 Mount Royal S. T. We have run an extremely successful Before and After School Care program and a lunchroom servicing 160 students We have hosted two International Bureau visitations – 8 teachers from England and 2 from Japan. Both groups honored us with extremely positive comments We have hosted numerous Kindergarten workshops and small group visitations Our kindergarten teacher, Lana Kostiuk, was featured in 7 national newspapers Our mural artist, Doug Driedeger, has displayed his work during the Ferguson Festival – a Celebration of Visual Learning, and is again coming to teach our students on Activity Day We continue to have more volunteers generously donate their time to the school Enough parents returned the Gr. 4 Accountability Pillar Survey so their responses could be analyzed All support staff are returning and there was increased support staff time this year Full time help again from Cheryl Beatty, literacy support

4 People: The Students Our population has increased from 169 in 2004 to 225 (capacity) Students have participated in numerous acts of Generosity such as the Give Meaning Program, Childrens Cottage (Mitten Tree); Food Bank; Foster parents, Alberta Cancer Foundation, YWCA Sheriff King Home and the Naturalization project. School Patrols won First Place trophy in their Division. Scholastic Book Fairs annual Kids Are Authors competition recognized our Gr. 1 /2 entry A Northern Alphabet are one of 9 finalists out of 202 entries across Canada. Excellent participation in continuing Division I Leadership Core and high participation in Division II Leadership Core, particularly in the Phys Ed Monitors. Alberta Learnings Accountability Pillar Survey of 2007 shows students increased feelings of safety and engagement. Overall continued improvement and Ratings of Excellence were received from students, parents and teachers.

5 Student Activities Over 2 / 3 the younger students are in Division I Leadership Core Intramurals, Games Club, Drumming Club, Choir, Computer tutors, West African Dance, Games Club Presenting musical composers on the PA system Halloween dress up and dance Division II Leadership Core including Special Projects, Office Helpers and Phys Ed Helpers Dress Your Best Day and Winter Dance Grade 5/6 Painting Club Childrens Festival Flag Contribution Two Writers Clubs Dress as a Famous Person Day and Dance Crazy Hair Day Activity Day Farewell Assembly Talent show

6 The Programs Music instead of the bells at school Two Book Fairs Monthly sharing assemblies Pizza lunches Half Pints Presentation on Bully Proofing 50th Anniversary Celebration including Dress in your Decade, the Mosaic Mural, the Commemorative Tiles, Canadian Folk Songs and planting Alberta Wood Lilies School Evacuation and Emergency Phone Fan out practice 3 day Outdoor School at Rocky Mountain YMCA Alien In-Line Skating Every student has had one or two field trips this year. In addition, several guest speakers and presenters have visited our classrooms. Decembers Light and the Sharing of Song Honens Scholarship provided Gr. 6 with a chance to compose music with a professional from U of C 3 Day Circle of Courage Student Radio Broadcast on 106.1FM Author Dan Bar-el presented to both Divisions Presentations by Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Dr. Robert Thursk Swim Program 6 String Nation Presentation Ferguson Festival – a Celebration of Visual Learning Naturalization Project installation To maintain a link with our successful graduates, volunteer opportunities have been made available. We had 9 students return and give service this year. ½ Day with City architects on LRT proposal Bottle Rocket Challenge

7 The Resources A new copier has been purchased. New staffroom flooring was purchased. New shelving for the library has been purchased and will be installed as part of a successful $ Grant to Energize the library. Wall to wall murals will be painted by professional artists, and we will have a solar panel operating a moveable device. Our grant enables us to have students and/or interact with Energy Sources and experts, in order to work with musicians to develop a CD on Albertas Energy sources/resources. New Grade 3 /4 Social studies materials purchased. New Gr. 5 /6 Literacy Collection purchased. JUMP Math purchased again for Gr. 3-6, due to positive feedback. Printing Without Tears program purchased for Gr. 1 – 2. $2500 of new books were placed in our library. We have significantly upgraded our Music program to include new computer programs, new percussion instruments, a karaoke machine and CDs, and two synthesizers. We began using our Wireless Internet service. Phys Ed equipment has been updated and maintained by the Division II Leadership Core. Two carts of wireless mobile computers have been used effectively and daily in the classrooms. The laptops were significantly increased in number. We purchased a new Server as well and then we were reimbursed because of the grant for technology that we received. Volunteer and staff name tags were created 8 palm pilots and mini-keyboards were received from Area 4 for teacher use

8 Media Coverage October: City TV – Coverage of 50th anniversary, focus on dress from a decade, music from different eras. November: Calgary Journal – Applied School Hits Milestone – Coverage of 50th anniversary, LTTA, Innovative Teaching Coverage of the November fire on City TV which emphasized students orderly behavior during the fire and evacuation. December : Calgary Herald, Regina, Winnipeg (7 National newspapers) Articles focus on Alexander Ferguson Teacher Lana Kostiuk and her Reggio centered Kindergarten program. February: CTV – Coverage of student interviews with Calgary Stampeders –City TV – Coverage of Circle of Courage Radio Broadcast –Shaw Cable – –Global TV – –Calgary Herald – –Calgary Sun – Coverage of student interviews with Astronaut Dr. Thursk

9 Thank you!!! Thank you to everyone! You are what makes a world of difference! We cant do it without our TEAM: TogetherT – Together EveryoneE – Everyone AchievesA – Achieves More!M – More! Heres to our ongoing Naturalization Area installation and our new library Transformation.


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