Greentree School is back in class and there are many new faces among the students and the staff.
Back to school for Greentree was Tuesday, September 5. In a new twist, the school held an open house during the first half hour of school to welcome the students and get the year started off on the right foot.
“We are really excited about it,” said Principal Erin Bentley-Campbell.
While they are never sure of their school population until classes are in full swing, Bentley-Campbell says registration has been brisk.
“The number of registrations we have had over the last week has been phenomenal. So we are excited about that,” said Campbell.
The school is welcoming a number of new faculty members including Associate Principal Sarah Richardson. She began her teaching career in Golden Hills in 2007. Last year she worked as an instructional coach at the Golden Hills Division office.
She worked with teachers in areas of planning, instruction, assessment, critical thinking and classroom management.
She will be teaching physical education.
More new staff includes Rachel Evans who will be teaching Grade 6. She is a new University of Lethbridge graduate and is filling a maternity leave.
In Grade 3, Brittany Anderson is also coming on as a maternity leave. She is a new graduate from the University of Alberta.
The school also welcomes Ashline Mathias. She came on staff late last year to teach Grade 6, and now will be teaching Grade 2.
In Grade 1 Melissa Phillips is joining the faculty.
In Kindergarten, Melissa Flieger is joining the staff to cover a maternity leave.
The school community has been working hard on their new playground. During the first recess on Tuesday, September 5, they held a grand opening of the new accessible playground.
In the classroom, Greentree School will continue to work on critical thinking and powerful learning.
“We find these are really beneficial for all of us, not only our students but our staff as well,” said Bentley Campbell.
She said they are exploring the Leader In Me program and Seven Habits of Highly Successful people.
“These are huge programs, so we are looking at how we can implement and dabble in that. And along with that comes the leadership aspect,” said Bentley-Campbell.
(mailphoto by Terri Huxley)