Thank you to Principal Watson, and the staff and students of SBS for hosting me the morning of November 10th.  I appreciate the opportunity to meet with individual staff members, students, tour facilities and participate in events.  Considering how busy the school is with 670 engaged students, it was truly a privilege to be hosted for 3 hours.

The visit began with a warm welcome from Sharon at reception and Principal Watson asking me to join her morning welcome to students at the front entrance.  I was impressed with how polite and friendly the students were (with a few sleepy ones too!).  Next I had a chance to meet the morning announcements team along with program initiator Mark Johnson. I observed a great blend of teamwork, leadership, and communication and technical skills development.

Next I had the opportunity to meet with math teacher Emily McDaniel who leads enterprise learning through “Creating Your Own Business” to help equip students with planning, design, and presentation of business concepts.  Emily brings retail management experience to her teaching fostering authentic learning for students.

After that, I had a chance to tour the Career and Technology labs with teachers Bunny Chan and Mark Johnson to see SBS’ unique blended CTS approach.  I enquired of Mark how might the construction industry (my full time employer) get involved with the SBS construction lab and look forward to following up.

After the tour I met with work experience coordinator Lyndsey Adrian and two students Tommy and Megan.  SBS is quite unusual in offering over 60 Grade 9 students course credits for work experience.  Megan works at a local daycare and Tommy at a local McDonalds; both students very mature, poised, and enthusiastic supporters of the program!

Finally, I was invited to join in the Remembrance Day Service led by student announcers.  All the school participated in a quiet, respectful, and solemn manner befitting this important event.  Sergeant Robitaille was able to share his overseas experiences with the assembly and shared with me how impressed he was with the students and his appreciation that similar assemblies are held throughout Edmonton Public schools.

The staff of SBS exemplify creating a warm, caring, and engaging environment. The students truly are becoming the leaders of tomorrow.  The visit reinforced my pride at being part of Edmonton Public Schools. A great day!