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Red Deer Public sets its strategic direction for the next three years

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Red Deer Public Schools has set its strategic direction after the Board of Trustees approved the Three Year Education Plan.

“The highest priority for our Division is the success of every student. Our focus is to ensure there is excellence in teaching and learning in every classroom across Red Deer Public Schools,” said Board Chair Nicole Buchanan. “To ensure every student reaches their full potential, our three priority areas include Literacy and Numeracy, Equity and Student Success and Completion.”

Seven proposed outcomes ensuring that all students reach their full potential will be supported by nine specific strategies. Some of these strategies include implementing and professionally staffing Student Support Rooms in schools to provide additional supportive options for students experiencing issues such as dysregulation and anxiety; implementing a comprehensive bullying intervention plan, which includes initiatives involving the prevention of bullying; the intervention process when bullying occurs; and the collaboration between parents/guardians, staff and students. The plan, which will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, will help Red Deer Public strive to continually improve its approach to addressing bullying in the schools.

“During our Community Engagement earlier this year, we heard from students at various grade levels that bullying is an issue in schools,” said Buchanan. “In response to hearing this, we will take a look at how we can prevent and provide further education about bullying. As we move forward in the upcoming school year, this initiative will involve students, staff and parents in terms of developing strategies of what this will look like.”

Work on the bullying intervention plan will begin in the 2023/2024 school year.

The implementation of Student Support Rooms in most elementary, K – 8 and middle schools for the 2023/2024 school year is also part of the Division’s Three Year Plan.

“These Student Support Rooms will be overseen by a full-time certified teacher, and will meet the needs of hundreds of students across the Division,” said Buchanan. “All students, no matter their age, grade or ability are supported in the Division, not just academically but emotionally, mentally and physically. The Student Support Rooms will be in addition to the various wrap around support services for students.”

In addition, Red Deer Public will research and explore various models to more equitably redistribute educational funding to schools, with implementation to occur during the 2024/2025 school year.

“We have schools with varying needs in our Division, so our goal is to explore a different model in which educational funds may be distributed more equitably depending on each individual schools’ needs,” said Buchanan.

The Three Year Education Plan was approved by the Board of Trustees on May 10.

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GET YOUR 50/50 TICKETSTODAY!!!! Winner could take home up to $25,000!!! 

The Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools supports programs that have a significant impact on the LIFE CHANCES of students across the Division. By purchasing a ticket to support our 50/50 cash lottery you are giving students opportunities to have better life chances.

From giving kids a Bright Start to school to reconnecting with students so they graduate and cross the Finish Line, the Foundation helps students who face challenges in school and makes things better. We motivate struggling students and inspire them to read and write through Reading College. For students who come to school without basic needs, we give them that needed Step Up.

With the support from the Foundations 50/50 Life Chances Raffle, you are providing a student with opportunities that will improve their life. They can’t always control the situations they’re in but with your help students will continue to have these chances.

Don’t miss your chance, CLICK HERE to buy your tickets today – Draw will be held on October 5! Good luck! 

NOTE: This raffle is open to all community members in Alberta and over the age of 18. 

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The Red Deer Polytechnic Alumni Association is inviting you to Palate: A Taste of Local

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Palate: A Taste of Local is an elegant tasting experience, featuring 35 food and beverage vendors from across central Alberta. This award-winning event will take place on October 19. Do you have your tickets yet? Your ticket includes everything you need for a full tasting experience, with no hidden costs. Consider treating your team, your clients, or your friends and family to a night out while supporting our local business community, RDP Alumni Relations and RDP students at this year’s kick-off to Homecoming – Palate: A Taste of Local!

Get your tickets now! Please note, this event is 18+.

This signature event, presented by the Red Deer Polytechnic Alumni Association (RDPAA), provides an elevated tasting experience, with a focus on local food producers, craft breweries and distilleries and restaurateurs. At Palate, we celebrate the amazing vendors and alumni businesses that call Central Alberta home. If you’re interested in seeing your name on this event, sponsorship opportunities are still available, with more information here.

Check out everything happening Homecoming Weekend at RDP

Palate: A Taste of Local

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Cenovus Energy Learning Common | Red Deer Polytechnic

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Palate: A Taste of Local is an elegant tasting event that builds on the well-established reputation of the Fine Wine and Food Tasting Festival. We’ve combined the elegant experience you have enjoyed in the past with new elements we know you are going to love. This redesigned special event recently received national recognition, earning a silver medal in the annual Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education Prix d’Excellence!

Your ticket is all-inclusive, providing access to all of the items available from every vendor attending the Palate. There are no extra costs – the only thing you have to worry about, is how you will be able to sample everything.

Begin your evening with a champagne toast as you enter the event space. Palate vendors will offer a variety of food items, including sweet, savoury and international dishes, as well as small batch spirits, craft beer and soda, hand-crafted cocktails and mocktails, and other beverages.

Guests will immerse themselves in central Alberta’s local food and beverage culture, meeting the makers, owners and mixologists that bring these flavours to life while networking with other alumni and guests.


2023 Vendors

Blindman Brewing

Bo’s Bar & Stage

Caballo Blanco

Café Millennium

The Curvy Bottle

Cilantro & Chive

C Zone Coffee

Dark Woods Brewing and Coffee Roasting

Delidais Estate Winery (DNA Gardens)

Field and Forge Gastro Pub

Hash & Forno

The Hideout

Jumble Eats

May Cakes

Memphis Blues Barbeque House

Moxies

Occam’s Razor

One Eleven Grill

Oodles of Chocolates

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

Pupuseria Cristy

Red Deer Resort and Casino

Red Deer Polytechnic Cook Apprentice Program

Red Hart Brewing

Riverbend Golf & Recreation

Sawback Brewing

Share-a-tea

Silver Devil

Snake Lake Brewing

Solarzano Spa Café & Wine Bar

State & Main

Sunterra

Stems Flowers & Café

Troubled Monk

Wild Brewing


TBD

Showcasing 30+ central Alberta Vendors
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Sponsorship Opportunities
Showcase your business with a cash or gift-in-kind sponsorship, beginning at $500.
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RDP Alumni Association
Our signature fundraising event, Palate, empowers us to make a difference.
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Are you ready? Palate: A Taste of Local is on October 19, 2023. Tickets are on sale now. Your ticket includes a champagne welcome and the opportunity to sample all of the food and beverages offered. Tickets are $75, including taxes and fees. Get yours.

We heard great feedback from guests of Palate last year, and we can’t wait to tell you what’s new for this year! Check out some of our favourite photos from last year’s event to relive the magic!

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Palate: A Taste of Local is the signature event that kicks off Homecoming at Red Deer Polytechnic. Homecoming activities include many ways to connect with your alumni community, local leaders, RDP staff and faculty, and current students.

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Thank you to our Palate: A Taste of Local 2023 Sponsors

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