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St. Francis students build 21st century gingerbread houses


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In the spirit of the Christmas season, Grade 9 Design Thinking students for the past few weeks have been working on creating unconventional gingerbread houses that are not only unique but use basic electricity concepts and coding technology for sound.

“Design thinking allows me to express my creativity and it also allowed me to work with other people to put our creativity together and make something innovative and new. Creating a prototype and gathering feedback allowed us to broaden our knowledge and showcase the best possible design,” said Victoria Fleming, student at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School.

Students started the project by constructing what they had envisioned using cardboard. After their ideas were solidified, students made gingerbread and used it to create their houses. Using Chromebooks, students coded sounds to play that correspond to the theme of their house. Then students integrated electrical conductors in their houses so that when someone touches the tinfoil squares, the sounds will play.

“This has been a wonderful project. It’s great to see how students’ ideas can flourish. Design studies is a middle school option class that focuses on inspiring student creativity through composition and technology,” said Amber Lansing, teacher at St. Francis of Assisi Middle School.

“The Design Thinking structure that Mrs. Lansing implements in her class challenges students to look at problems differently and use prototyping to create solutions while integrating increasingly important skills, such as coding and collaboration,” said Director of Inclusive Learning, Rob Melenchuk at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

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RDC’s Donald School of Business leaving downtown to return to main campus

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RDC announces changes to its downtown campus as it looks to the future

New opportunities will support students and businesses

As RDC plans for the future and grows learning opportunities for all students, the Donald School of Business will move from its current downtown location in the Millennium Centre back to RDC’s main campus. This move will take place in January 2021.

In 2011, Red Deer College’s downtown campus in the Millennium Centre first opened. RDC has achieved great success there, with faculty creating unique learning experiences for our students and valuable connections with our local business community. These same successes will continue to thrive as we move the Donald School of Business back to main campus. RDC’s Donald School of Business is expecting almost 900 students to attend classes in the School’s nine programs during the upcoming 2020/2021 academic year.

“The reputation we’ve grown, and the core principles we’ve created within the Donald School of Business are embedded in our everyday fabric as a post-secondary institution. As we consider our future as Red Deer University, we are excited to provide all our students with increasing opportunities to engage with our local business community and prepare for successful careers. We anticipate this will be one of the areas that we’ll continue to grow in creating a signature RDU student experience,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President.

The relationships that the College has built through its downtown campus with business leaders and organizations, and the entrepreneurial spirit at the core of RDC’s Donald School of Business, will open doors to new experiences for all RDC students. The College’s main campus is uniquely situated in our city and region to serve its students, and to allow the ability to grow connections with members of the business community, wherever they are housed, whether it be downtown, industrial parks, or in surrounding communities.

Through practicum and work integrated learning opportunities, guest speakers, seminars and workshops, and other mentorship opportunities, these are meaningful learning experiences that will grow on RDC’s main campus for all students. Synergy between students, instructors and the business community will continue to grow in unique teaching and learning spaces such as RDC’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing and Alternative Energy Lab, achieving practical solutions to real-world problems that will positively impact our communities.

Red Deer College’s connection with, and support of, the heart of this city will remain strong. At our downtown campus, the College will leverage and grow the strong relationships we’ve already built as we continue our commitment to meet the needs of our diverse group of learners with an equally diverse range of programs and services.

Examples of serving these varied opportunities include providing customized corporate and executive training solutions and seminars, guest speakers, professional development opportunities, and more, for adult learners and businesses through RDC’s School of Continuing Education. Many of these individuals also provide meaningful mentorship and real-world experiences for students in the College’s other programs.

As another opportunity, RDC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, offered through the School of Continuing Education, will now be centrally located close to organizations such as Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) and Catholic Social Services, to better meet the needs of ESL learners as they access learning and essential community resources.

Housing these types of lifelong learning opportunities at a downtown campus is something that is often seen within the post-secondary sector, and so the College believes this will fit well as the institution continues to serve all central Albertans.

Students in all RDC programs will always be welcome at the downtown campus, using this space for seminars, mentorship engagement and other possibilities yet to be imagined, continuing to create robust connections between students and with community members.

“Through the shifts we are making in where our programming is housed now, we are building for an exciting future as a polytechnic university. We will continue to instill an entrepreneurial spirit within all of our students, create meaningful connections with our business community, and innovate to serve our region with practical solutions in a variety of sectors that contribute to the economic well-being of our region,” says Dr. Nunoda.

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You can propose the name for a new Catholic Middle School to be built in Kentwood

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

New middle school will be located in Kentwood

This past fall, the provincial government announced that Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools (RDCRS) would be receiving a new middle school (Grade 6-9) with design funding.

We were grateful for this announcement, as our school division is in desperate need for this school. Currently, our middle schools in Red Deer are over capacity, with St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School being the highest at 137% utilization rate.

The division is seeing continued growth each school year. As of October 2019, the school division grew to over 10,480 students. This is an increase of 162 students, which equates to 1.7% growth.

The Board of Trustees and Senior Administration have been working with the City of Red Deer to determine a school site in Kentwood. The school will be located in Kingsgate (just north of Kingstone Drive).

“​We are pleased to have secured a site for this new middle school and look forward to quickly moving into the design process, once the government has informed us of that budget. It is important to finalize the name of the school, as that will help inform the design work,” said Board Chair, Anne Marie Watson at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

RDCRS is now looking for feedback from students, parents and the community for a school name. You can submit your name at ​

When naming, we are asking individuals to please follow these guidelines:

● The name should be a role model for staff

●  Canonized saints are acceptable

●  Use of Christ’s mysteries is acceptable (eg. “Our Lady of..”)

●  Angels are acceptable

●  A historical faith-focused person is acceptable if a significant time period has elapsed since they have passed away.

The Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the name for the new middle school based on feedback. The deadline for submission is Thursday, April 30.


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