LPSD focusing on literacy and grad rates

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June 25, 2015 8:15 AM

The Lloydminster Public School Division (LPSD) is touting another strong year of numerous accolades to go along with impressive academic standings.

“Our achievement results for students continue to climb higher and higher and continue to surpass some of the targets that are set provincially,” said LPSD director of education Todd Robinson.

Among those results, Robinson says that the LPSD’s high schools, Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS) and Avery Outreach School, continue to graduate students above the 80 per cent target set by Alberta.

While it’s too early to declare this year’s outcome, Robinson says the school division fully expects the graduation rate to fall between the 80 and 85 per cent mark, where it has sat for the last five-plus years.

Going forward, Robinson says the LPSD will continue to focus heavily on graduation rates as well as literacy, although strong literacy, he says, is rooted more in the primary grades. Adds Robinson, the division is working towards other goals, too.

“We’re doing other work around outcomes for First Nations students, we’re doing some work around at-grade level for things like reading and writing and math. But again, two really clear priorities I would say for this coming year.”

Aside from the academic success, the LPSD has celebrated several accomplishments this year, including continual strong showings at the Skills Canada competition.

“From a provincial perspective and a national perspective, the Comp continues to be one of the top schools in Canada and certainly the top school in Alberta with regards to total medals and the quality of those medals,” Robinson said.

At Skills Canada Alberta, LCHS took home a whopping 15 medals, four of which were gold.

Robinson also shone a spotlight on staff achievements over the course of this year, including LCHS educational assistant Ellen Birch being named the Inclusion Educator of the Year by the Saskatchewan Association of Community Living. Also, LCHS teacher Don Yusep is coaching a former student in preparation of the WorldSkills competition in Brazil later this summer.

“And those are just some of the things that happened,” said Robinson. “I just can’t say enough about the staff that we have, the parents that are part of our school community and the children that attend our schools. Lloyd Public is an amazing place to call home.”

As the LPSD begins preparations for the 2015-16 school year, the division will welcome Dr. Michael Ungar, a professor at Dalhousie University and a “world renowned expert” in resiliency.

Robinson says that over the next three years, Ungar will work with teachers and others in the education system across the division to help build resiliency in students.

It’s part of the LPSD’s student wellness initiative, Robinson says, which focuses on mental health and resiliency as well as athletics and physical activity.

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