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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Sylvan Lake District Curriculum

The district develops “essential standards” based on what the Alberta Programs of Study say students should be able to know and do. This process involves teachers and administrators designing instruction and common assessments, determining which students are struggling with the outcomes, responding to the student interventions, and creating categories for reporting the outcomes. Teachers also need to prepare the essential outcomes by determining the evidence that will demonstrate student mastery.

The essential outcomes help teachers better understand students’ strengths and weaknesses, help communication with students and parents be more focused, and ensure there is an alignment between outcomes - instruction - assessment - interventions. Criteria for essential outcomes are that the knowledge students are gaining is important for the long-term, that it is applicable to multiple content areas, that it be prerequisite knowledge for the next level of learning, and that it be relevant to the characteristics of a successful learner.

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Sylvan Lake District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs

Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73 is home to 10,800 students in 43 schools. The district serves 15 communities, including Sylvan Lake. Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73 uses the Alberta Programs of Study curriculum, which establishes standards organized by grade bands in the following content areas: Aboriginal Studies, Career Studies, English as a Second Language, English Language Arts, Environmental & Outdoor Education, Ethics, Fine Arts, Francophone Education, French as a Second Language, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Information and Communication Technology, International Languages, Knowledge and Employability, and Locally Developed Courses.

We currently cover the following Sylvan Lake-area school district: Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73.

Keeping Informed: Recent Sylvan Lake Educational News

  • Fox Run’s Lunch Leaders Aim to Make a Difference Globally - Fox Run School’s Lunch Leaders is a group of about 50 students who meet a few times a week to discuss ways in which they can make a difference at a local and international level. One of the group’s latest initiatives is Moneys for Mommas for which they sell popcorn and cotton candy and use the proceeds to support mothers in Tanzania by giving them access to education. In the past, the group has also hosted We Scare for Hunger—admission funds for entrance into a haunted house were donated to the food bank—and raised funds for classrooms in Uganda.
  • Fox Run Students Help Bake Couple’s Famous Cinnamon Rolls - Students an an eighth grade class—mostly consisting of boys—received a visit from a couple, Diane and Garritt Pikkert, who own a local bakery and have long been known for their cinnamon rolls. The lesson was very hands-on, as students worked right alongside the couple. They learned how the bread rises, how to roll and spread the dough, etc. The students—many of whom would like to become chefs or bakers when they get older—asked many questions, such as how the dough is made, why they put the dough into a poofer, how long the couple has been baking.
  • Students Learn from Former National Lacrosse Player in Gym Class - Students at several schools in the Sylvan Lake area received a lesson from former national lacrosse player Andrew McBride during their physical education classes. He taught students basic lacrosse skills, asked them what they are learning in other classes, and explained the historical significance of his sport. McBride, who recently retired from professional lacrosse and is now introducing his own children to the sport, pointed out that lacrosse is great for kids first starting out in athletics and is an affordable option.

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Meet Our Tutors

Each of them is highly-qualified K-12 and university educators

My name is Michelle O. and I am a certified Calculus Tutor from Bloomington,

My name is Davis H. and I am a certified English Tutor from Greenville, South Carolina.

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My name is Kevin L. and I am a certified Social Studies Tutor from Guelph, Ontario.

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Chalk Talk: The Long ‘O’ Sound

The long ‘O’ sound is one of the vowel sounds students are introduced to at the primary grade levels. Students can distinguish this from the short ‘O’ by learning that the long ‘O’ sounds exactly like how they would say the name of the letter “O” (“oh”). Words such as mote, phone, and choke contain this sound. As is evident from these examples, words that follow a CVCV (consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel) pattern and end with an ‘E’ usually make a long ‘O’ sound. The long ‘O’ sound is often formed by a combination of two vowels together. Words with “oa,” such as boat and soap, make this sound. In some cases, “ow” makes this sound, too—e.g.: snow and own. When an ‘O’ occurs at the end of a word, such as in no and bingo, it is generally a long vowel.


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