Clearview school year wraps up

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Staff will be back working at their schools starting June 22 through June 30.

Teachers will use this critical time to share information with next year grade teachers with respect to any learning gaps caused by on-line learning.

Each school will develop strategies to address these learning gaps including potential shifts in typical timetabling to provide more time for core subjects in the fall.

The Minister of Education expects to “have normal school with health measures in the fall” although a final decision will not be made until the beginning of August.

Clearview Award of Merit winner

The Clearview Award of Merit is presented to former students or employees of the school division who have achieved excellence in a particular field for which they are recognized provincially, nationally or internationally.

Judith Birdsell, PhD, was selected as the 2020 recipient of the Clearview Award of Merit for her outstanding career in supporting the health and wellness of Albertans and Canadians both locally and internationally.

Birdsell grew up on her grandfather’s homestead southwest of Stettler.

She graduated from Wm. E. Hay Composite High School in 1968.

Her career began with nursing positions in aboriginal settings in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Birdsell then spent 15 years organizing and developing policy in health care, health care research and the voluntary sector across Canada.

In volunteer roles, she has held over 20 leadership positions in health and research organizations.

For the past 10 years, she has been a board member of the Health Quality Council of Alberta, actively involved as a member of Patient for Patient Safety Canada, and is one of the founders and now chair of the Board of IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health; a society created by a group of citizens who work to support Albertans to take a more active role in shaping the future of healthcare in the province.

“In my current volunteer role in supporting citizen engagement in shaping the future of health care, it is so important that I still have very strong connections to non-urban Alberta,” said Birdsell. “The pandemic has reinforced how very important the work for which I have been recognized truly is.”

Farewell to Superintendent

Superintendent Peter Barron shared his pleasure to serve the communities of Clearview and how very proud he was of Clearview’s accomplishments during his term in learning, achievement, literacy, data and research-informed practice.

Barron has accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools for the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools starting August 1.

Daram Van Oers named Deputy Superintendent

Daram Van Oers will be assuming the role of Deputy Superintendent starting August 17.

He has been with Clearview since 1993, and has served in the roles of school principal and teacher.

He has been the principal of Gus Wetter School since 2003.

In his new leadership role, Van Oers is responsible to foster high standards of instruction and profession improvement, professional development, annual analysis of student success, make recommendations for enhanced student achievement, develop action plans to address areas of need, develop and implement curriculum, and liaise with Alberta Education.


Brenda Schimke

ECA Review

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