Palliser News Flash, September 13, 2017

Palliser News Flash, September 13, 2017 is now available online.

Palliser News Flash, September 13, 2017  

This is your update of links to new content on Palliser's website, as well information from other sources that may be of interest to our stakeholders.

Be sure to click on "View Entire Message" at the bottom to see all of this week's news items.

Just a reminder, this is an election year for school boards across Alberta. For information on becoming a candidate, please visit Nomination Day is Monday, Sept. 18.


Palliser announces new Superintendent

An educator with 27 years of teaching and leadership experience in southern Alberta will bring a focus on teamwork and relationship building to his new role as superintendent of Palliser Regional Schools. Dave Driscoll will take the reins of Palliser on Oct. 1.

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PBHS students' work now on display

The two Picture Butte High School media students landed the job through their showing at the Southwest Regional Skills Canada Competition.Watch their video here.

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First day, big day for teachers

IRON SPRINGS - The first day of a new school year brings with it a mixture of feelings and in that regard, Ashley Malcomson was no different than her students at Huntsville School. She was excited to begin her teaching career and see how all the work she put into her classroom went over with her students.


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Community celebrated on opening day

CALGARY - It was billed as a playground dedication and ribbon cutting, but the Back2School event at Heritage Christian Academy was much bigger than that. The opening day of the new school year was a celebration of community. The day brought together students, staff, family and various community partners to celebrate the fruition of two years of planning, fundraising and physical labour.

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Horizon Elementary School marks a first, first day

It's not every day you get to welcome students to a new program for the first time. Principal Shabana Rahman shared photos and a message on her school's historic first day Sept. 5.

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Tragedy of distracted driving hits close to home

Nearly two years ago, a minivan travelling at highway speed hit the rear, driver-side corner of a Palliser Regional School bus as it stopped to let off a student. The collision was more jarring emotionally than it was physically for Palliser Regional Schools bus driver Amanda Otway.

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Partners boost bus safety campaign

David Shaw, Palliser Regional Schools Transportation Services Supervisor, calls them "friends" without batting an eye. It's safe to say not all of his bus drivers would have shared those same, warm feelings for Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers, even a half-dozen years ago.

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Revisit highlights of Palliser's Opening Day Celebration

View a photo gallery of staff awards, long service recognition and the Wall of Fame induction ceremony. 

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Videos of Wall of Fame speeches are online

Visit our online Wall of Fame to review past inductees and see videos of some of the inspiring speeches from the past three induction ceremonies. You'll also find a nomination form should you wish to nominate a former student for this award.

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Unsafe passing of Palliser school buses on the rise

Bus drivers in Palliser Regional Schools had motorists pass them unsafely and illegally 74 times in the 2016-2017 school year. That marks a significant increase from a year earlier, when 62 red light fly-bys were reported.

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Conference in November focuses on ag education

The Calgary Regional Consortium is offering a one-day conference for K-12 teachers on agriculture. The event is Nov. 24 in Cochrane. Details at the CRC website.

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Common questions about whooping cough

Whooping cough is caused by bacteria that infects the lungs and airways. Whooping cough is spread easily through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Children can also be infected by rubbing their eyes or mouth after they touch toys or objects handled by a person infected with whooping cough.


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Palliser’s DiscoverU Student Leadership Conference: Students found themselves, more often than not, free to explore the realm of self-directed learning. While the idea of students learning without formal direction may startle some, Alison’s approach works wonders for students looking to motivate themselves and get more out of each opportunity to learn.

Andrew, 12

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