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WATCH: Grade 12 Hunting Hills High School Student is 2019 Young Citizen of the Year!

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His name is Praveen Gladstone and he’s one outstanding young citizen! Praveen has only lived in Red Deer for four years, but in that time he has become one of the super young leaders at his high school making a positive difference every where they go.

Praveen was a shy new high schooler just a few years ago. Then he started becoming involved in leadership initiatives, and he turned into the type of student who goes out of his way to make sure everyone else is feeling welcome.

He’s also taken on several volunteer and fundraising roles at Hunting Hills where he’s a fixture at events such as the annual bike-a-thon and Veteran’s Dinner.

Congratulations to Praveen Gladstone, Red Deer’s 2019 Young Citizen of the Year!

CLICK to read about Red Deer Citizen of the Year John Donald.

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High school students to unveil their sea-can house next week

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The Design Studies, Building Opportunities and Landscape Design classes have been working together to design and construct a 40 foot sea-can house. On Tuesday, June 11 from 12:45 – 2:00 p.m. École Secondaire Notre Dame High School will host an open house in the learning commons to showcase the Design Studies 20/30 student work of the semester.

Working with professionals in the industry, the Design Studies students have been drafting layouts and building models of the sea-can house, while learning the requirements of residential construction. The Building Opportunities students had and continue to receive hands-on training working on the construction of the sea-can house, alongside a ticketed tradesman. The Landscape Design students are working with professionals in the areas of architecture, skills and project management to create a living roof for the sea-can house.

This project is in its second year. The project will continue for another school year until completion. 
The sea-can conversion brings an innovative project-based learning opportunity. It facilitates cross-curricular and inquiry-based learning by encouraging students in the pursuit of design and trade skills. 

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Lacombe Teacher Receives Prime Minister’s Award

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Government of Canada News Release

Steven Schultz, a Grades 10 – 12 Mechatronics-Robotics teacher at École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Award, Certificate of Excellence.

Mr. Schultz will be celebrated at an awards ceremony with the Prime Minister on May 28 in Ottawa.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines. Recipients are recognized for their leadership and exemplary teaching practices as well as for their commitment to help the next generation of Canadians gain the knowledge and skills they need for future success in a world inspired by ideas and driven by innovation.

From robotics to beekeeping, Mr. Schultz shares his wide-ranging passions with students and engages them through hands-on projects and activities that have inspired a surge of interest in STEM fields in central Alberta.

The Prime Minister’s Awards, offered at the Certificate of Excellence (national) and Certificate of Achievement (regional) levels, carry cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000 respectively. Each recipient receives a letter and a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

Steven David Schultz

Certificate of Excellence Recipient

General Science, Chemistry, Electro-Technology, Agriculture, Green Certificate
Beekeeping, Mechatronics-Robotics, grades 10–12
École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School, Lacombe, Alberta

“Steve is helping to shape Lacombe one child at a time. His energy and drive are matched only by his sincere commitment to helping his students.”
— President, community environmental association

Steven Schultz started a robotics program 15 years ago, that has since involved hundreds of students at 10 schools. He shares his project-based approach, and STEM and robotics activities, with teachers and students in schools and orphanages around the world.

Teaching approach

A great listener, Steven finds the positive in any situation, encouraging students, regardless of ability, race or gender, to pursue their passions and strengths. Inspired by multiple intelligences theory, he uses project-based learning strategies to help students gain confidence and improve performance.

In the classroom

  • Goes beyond the curriculum with EcoVision environmental projects—building a tropical greenhouse, establishing a two-acre garden and launching a composting program—that allow students to develop leadership, communication and innovation skills not possible in the classroom.
  • Pioneered a robotics team for young people to learn programming, design, mechanics and electronics skills; has led to considerable interest in STEM subjects in central Alberta.
  • Integrates technology to enhance teaching and learning: computer-assisted instruction supplements classroom time in electro-technology and robotics course; Netflix and YouTube videos sustain beekeeping course over the winter, when students can’t access the hives.
  • Leads international trips to extend learning: students learned about recycling, biodiversity and Indigenous culture in Costa Rica, and developed lesson plans in Kenya.

Outstanding achievements

  • Secured partnerships with a college leading to mechatronics and robotics program for high school students, and another college to develop the first-of-its-kind high school Green Certificate beekeeping program; students then launched the urban beekeeping program with municipality.
  • Has been part of Science 30 curriculum development team for Alberta Education for 25 years, developing and testing innovative diploma exam questions, and reviewing and marking exams.
  • Classes are continually above provincial averages; less than one percent of students have failed his courses over 25 years, including diploma-level courses in chemistry and science.
  • School named Canada’s Greenest School in 2018 (tied for first); robotics team regularly earns spot in world championships; Steven named 2018 Citizen of the Year by local chamber of commerce.
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