News: March 23, 2015
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Province announces 30% weighting for diploma exams
by Adrienne Tait
Alberta Education Minister Gordon Dirks announced, in a release on Monday, that as of September 1, 2015 diploma exam weighting will shift from a 50/50 to a 70/30 weighting with the school-awarded grades worth 70 per cent.
“We want students to benefit from classroom assessments that reflect their abilities over a longer period of time, rather than relying so heavily on one assessment lasting only a few hours,” said Minister Dirks.
Press had been applied to the Alberta Education department by the Alberta School Boards Association and was in line with the Alberta Teacher’s Association (ATA) Evergreen local’s policy which has been in place since 1990.
The change in diploma exam weighting is designed to provide “a more accurate reflection of student performance” by placing greater emphasis on teacher assessments rather than the single exam mark.
The new weighting system for diploma exams for the grade 12 core courses of language arts, social studies, mathematics, and sciences will be applied as of November 2015.
Kelly Smith, local ATA president and teacher at Ecole Mountain View School in Hinton said, “We are extremely happy with Minister Dirks announcement of the weighting of the diploma exams.”
Kevin Zahara, press secretary for West Yellowhead MLA and Minister of Finance Robin Campbell confirmed that Campbell’s office had received messages from teachers from within the constituency in support of the change.
News: March 16, 2015
Youth-focused Arts Alive returns to Edson
The Arts Alive Festival returns to Edson and area April 25 to May
Youth participants under 18 years old can register to participate in creative writing, photography, and visual art.
Adjudication times will be announced on the festival website and workshops, including a songwriter’s circle, will be offered.
Arts Alive Edson provides an opportunity for young artists to showcase their work, meet other artists, and receive professional feedback.
Everyone is invited to view the Arts Alive Edson entries. From April 28 to May 20, photography will be on display at Galloway Station Museum and visual art at Red Brick
A creative writing showcase will take place at the end of April with adjudicator Natasha Deen in attendance.
On Saturday, April 25 there will be a special concert by JUBILOSO and the Bells of Concordia University will ring in the second year of the festival.
It will take place in the Sacred Heart Church hall at 7 p.m. Tickets will soon be available at the Red Brick and Vanier Community Catholic School.
The festival registration deadline is Wednesday, March 25th. Online registration can be completed at www.artsaliveedson.com or forms can be picked up at Edson Public Library, Galloway Station Museum, and Red Brick Arts Centre.
If you would like more information check out www.artsaliveedson.com and the Arts Alive Edson Facebook page.
News: March 9, 2015
Edson Wildcats rise from ashes to victory
by Adrienne Tait
The Edson Wildcats, the PeeWee C team, are this year’s Edson Cinderella story.
Coming off of last season where the Wildcats lost every game, they have turned it around to a 14-1 and 1 record and sealed sole possession of first place with 29 points as they headed into the playoffs.
The 11-13 year olds won Saturday’s game with home ice advantage against the Athabasca Thunder Hawks with a score of two to one. Marek Knutson, assisted by Devon LeBlue, and Kane Davis scored the only two points of the game.
Sunday saw the Wildcats travel to Athabasca for the second round where the team once again emerged victorious. According to team manager Debbie Roy, “Opening up the scoring was #2 Devon LeBlue unassisted with 6:20 left in the first period then with 4:32 left in the first #27 Jaxsen Lozinski scored, assisted by # 19 Tristan Peterson. In the second period, one goal was scored at 15:19 by #10 Nikolas McLarty, assisted by #12 Marek Knutson. Things got crazy in the third period at 16:12 when #15 Kane Davis scored, assisted by #10 Nikolas McLarty then with 7:25 left in the third, #3 Brooke Grycak scored, assisted by #10 Nikolas McLarty.”
The team will now advance to the finals against Whitecourt where the will play for the division banner.
Coaches Bryan Grycak and Dan McLarty, along with assistant coaches Darryl LeBlue and Troy Claridge, have worked with the team all season to develop their skills and play as a cohesive team.
“The coaches worked hard teaching the team fun and skilled drills to challenge them to be the best that they can be out on the ice. The team really clicked this year. We have six first year and six second year players, in which the second years took the role of leaders to the first year players. We started the season off with some challenges. We had some players dropping off the roster just after the season started, leaving our team short players. Our bench consists of two goalies and ten skaters while other teams had 15 plus kids on their benches. This made our Wildcats have to play hard, work hard, and think ahead of the play,” said Roy.
Despite the roster challenges the team has found a system that works.
Debbie said, “Our Wildcats this year proved that hard work, great sportsmanship, dedication, and teamwork proves you can be winners! Congratulations Wildcats and Coaches on an excellent season.”
News: March 2, 2015
Family of seven loses home to fire
by Adrienne Tait
Edson fire crews responded to an early morning house fire on Monday.
The 911 call came in at 1:08 a.m. after which fire crews were paged and the first truck and firefighters left the fire hall by 1:17 a.m.
Upon arriving at the scene fire crews discovered a house with the basement fully engulfed and the Banuelos family with five children ranging in age from three and a half to twelve safely out of the house, saved by their father Tiberio.
Deputy fire chief Tyler Robinson said, “That man is a hero. He went in through the windows and got the kids out. He sustained some injuries in order to save them.”
The fire burned quickly due in part to the engineered flooring which has a tendency to collapse more quickly that traditional flooring.
Edson fire crews were holding the fire inside when a flash over occurred which resulted in the kitchen, living room, and dining room collapsing into the downstairs.
Fire crews were on scene until 7:30 a.m. to ensure the fire was completely extinguished.
Robinson said, “We had a really good response and top notch crew.” Over all 15 volunteers, two engine units, and two command vehicles responded to the blaze.
Since news of the fire broke a collection site has been set up at the Baptist church at 4717-9 Ave from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for anyone wishing to donate electronics, household items, linens, etcetera to the family.
While Edson residents responded with clothing donations quite quickly, the family could use donations of gift cards for groceries, toiletries, kitchen items, and school lunch items.
A trust fund has been established at the Edson Alberta Treasury Branch for anyone wishing to make a cash donation.
News: February 23, 2015
County reviews increased support for community organizations
by Adrienne Tait
Yellowhead County council discussed what changes in recreation services, grant funding, and community organization supports they wish to see for their residents.
Council has indicated they would like to initiate an increased level of support for community organizations.
Councillor Fred Priestley-Wright told council he felt there was a “disconnect” in communication between the county and the community groups. He said the county is willing to help but the community groups are often unable to communicate their needs effectively.
CAO Jack Ramme urged council to look closely at their policies and said they may wish to “reinvent the wheel” in this case. “What is our purpose? We have two standards, it doesn’t seem equitable. A county bathroom has a problem and we fix it. If a community group has a problem they have to go get quotes, raise money, and it may end up getting fixed with duct tape because they can’t afford to fix it properly.”
Mayor Soroka said that he agreed more support is needed but felt “community buy-in” was essential to ensuring a fully functioning group.
Council is also reviewing ways to ensure that community groups understand potential financial grants and aids available and will review programming funding versus capital funding criteria.
County administration plans to take an inventory of community groups within its boundaries over the course of the next month in order to have the information for the next committee of the whole meeting.