Welcome back to all of our families and especially to those who will have their first opportunity to be a part of the GSACRD Community for 2018 - 2019. The beginning of every school year is so exciting, but this one is especially so since it speaks to several firsts.
We are opening our first school in close to 20 years in the Jensen Lakes area of St. Albert – the K – 9 Sister Alphonse Academy. We are now two time winners of the Gallup Great Workplace Award, earning back to back recognition in this area thanks to the dedication and engagement of our employees. We are embarking on a first-year teacher mentorship program, with joint participation and sponsorship coming from our Alberta Teachers’ Association Local, and our school district. We are expanding our service areas to multiple new rural communities which includes Namao, Carbondale, and Bon Accord. Our faith theme is evolving into a second year as we come to know Jesus as both “servant” and “steward.” For each of our schools, we have made our Safe and Caring Schools agenda readily available to all students through a visible public awareness campaign. Our pursuit in improving learning for all will be enhanced through a newly adopted set of practice progressions that will be brought to life in our classrooms in unique ways by our teaching staff.
All these firsts are dedicated entirely to one benefactor – our students. Without a path to support a vision for a better future, all dreams become grounded in optimism. But when we envision a better future than ever before, and we experience a path that will make things so, hope takes flight and real progress takes place. Because of the initiatives previously mentioned, I am hopeful for an outstanding school year. Thank you to all families for being part of this exciting journey.
David Keohane, Superintendent