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Capital Projects Progressing Well In Red Deer Public School District

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  • Good progress is being made with two capital projects currently underway in the Red Deer Public Schools District. The board learned on October 12th that the Don Campbell Elementary school project in Inglewood is on budget and ahead of schedule by six weeks, while the Design of the new Westpark Middle School remains on schedule and on budget.

    At Don Campbell elementary, the school will be completely enclosed in the next two weeks, with exterior masonry on the north and east walls to be finished in that time and the mezzanine and gym roofs to be done in the coming weeks as well. Delivery of modular classrooms is slated for November 1st with construction of the school to be finished in June of 2017, prior to it’s official opening three months later in September.

    District spokesperson Della Ruston says the school will encompass many fun elements such as a music room in the round, rainbow themes, high windows that will let in lots of light, window sills big enough for students to sit and read in, outdoor classrooms, community space and an enhanced kitchen.

    Meantime, the elevations and 3-D renderings of the new Westpark Middle School have now been completed with the final meeting of the Design Committee to be held October 17th. Next steps include plans to apply for a Development Permit from the City next week and the project going to tender in February of 2017. If all goes well, construction would start in the spring of next year.

    That project will see the new school have a smaller footprint but still accommodate more space for students than the old school. It will also include many environmental elements such as green roofs, outdoor classrooms, outdoor washrooms and baseball diamonds for Red Deer Minor Baseball which will also have an office at the school.  The new Westpark Middle School is slated to open in January of 2019.

    The Red Deer Public School District now has a student population of 10,700, up 100 students from last year.

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    Camille Lerouge Athletic Director honoured for year round dedication

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  • From Red Deer Catholic Schools

    We would like to congratulate Dan Cormier, Athletic Director at École Camille J. Lerouge School on winning a Commendation Award through the Health and Physical Council (HPEC).

    This award is given to teachers’ who have outstanding contributions to health and/or physical education.

    Cormier is very involved in the school community. He coaches a variety of different sports, including badminton, basketball and track/field. Also, Cormier is the lead organizer of the ski club in the winter, cross country running in the spring and the school-wide aquathon in the fall.

    “Dan Cormier is constantly thinking of new ways to keep our students active and have them find success in school and in life. We are so blessed to have him be part of our school community,” said Principal, Dorice de Champlain, at École Camille J. Lerouge School.

    For more information, please visit http://www.hpec.ab.ca/hpec-certificates-of-commendation-awards17

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    St. Joseph Grad Service Project week for Family Services of Central Alberta

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  • From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

     It’s Grad Service project week for Grade 12 students at St. Joseph High School. This year, students have chosen to support Family Services of Central Alberta through their Grad Service project, because of what the organization stands for, specifically with youth anxiety and seniors with dementia.

    “We are so excited to be raising awareness and support for Family Services of Central Alberta as their organization coincided with not only the issues-of-interest our students identified and also aligned with our school’s faith journey. Helping those most vulnerable in our community (the young and elderly) is something our students are very passionate about,” said Grad Service Project Coordinator, Ashley Visscher at St. Joseph High School.
    During this week, students are participating in activities that raise awareness and support for Family Services of Central Alberta, which includes:
    • Monday, April 29 – Grad Fundraising Kick-Off Barbeque, where students can purchase a hot dog and pop for lunch.
    • Tuesday, April 30 – Restaurant Takeover at State and Main with local celebrity servers and a silent auction.
    • Wednesday, May 1 – Dessert Day, where students can purchase ice cream sundaes.
    • Thursday, May 2 – Movie Day, where all students can pay to watch Spiderman in the gymnasium.
    • Friday, May 3 – Paint Day, where Father Henri Voisin School students partner with high school students to learn about regulating emotions through artwork.
    St. Joseph High School serves over 690 Grade 10 to 12 students in Red Deer. As a learning institution, the St. Joseph High School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.
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