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Year: 2000 – Province: Alberta
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
School: Jessie Duncan School
Penhold, Alberta T0M 1R0
Principal: Karen Norton
School Telephone: 403-886-2233
School Fax: 403-886-2589
School Website: www.chinooksedge.ab.ca/penhold
Grades/Subjects Taught: Grades two and three split, all subjects, plus music program for whole school
- Everyone has something they are good at, and we can all learn from each other if we listen.
- Keep your focus in teaching child centred.
Enriches classroom teaching with musical adaptations of curriculum, theme-based learning and colourful, interesting resources for all learning styles:
- for example, revised phonics program includes catchy, snappy taped songs and printed text that children enjoy using
- students receive high scores on provincial exams: 48 per cent achieved excellence status in language arts and 52 per cent in mathematics, which is double the provincial average and a major achievement for a school with many at-risk and special needs students.
Created hand bell curriculum for her grade two students and went on to develop a popular hand bell choir that performs at many community functions around the province.
Spearheaded integration of technology into the school by setting up computers, training fellow teachers and reviewing software. Use of new technology in the school has tripled in the past five years. Ms. Lutz also uses a variety of educational software in her classroom, and her students all have email pen pals from across Canada.
Initiated animal care program to teach socially and behaviourally challenged children valuable life lessons. Children learn compassion and responsibility by caring for the animals. They develop self-confidence when handling small mammals, reptiles and birds, and gain knowledge about their charges - what they eat, where they originate and how they reproduce.
"Your class was great and writing was fun. Music was awesome and hand bells were cool. I loved doing animal care; it was wonderful. I always have loved your class. I loved your class from grade two. And I will for the rest of my life." Student
"Thank you for providing our boy with a loving environment to grow and learn in." Parent
Alberta: Certificate of Achievement Recipient