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High school transition program highlighted during board of education meeting

March 23, 2017

The Link Crew program at Walter Murray Collegiate was highlighted during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Board of Education meeting held March 14.

Link Crew is a high school transition program that assists Grade 9 students throughout the first year of high school. The program trains students in Grade 11 and 12 to be Link Leader mentors who guide Grade 9 students in discovering what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school. The Link Crew program began at the school in September 2015.

Other highlights of the meeting included:

  • The work of Mount Royal Collegiate in early identification and support of students who struggle to gain high school credits was shared with trustees as an update to Collegiate Renewal, one of the board's strategic priorities. The presentation highlighted significant improvements in the results of students who have traditionally been most vulnerable to delayed graduation. The efforts and initiatives of Mount Royal staff provided an illustration of how these improvements are being achieved.
  • Preparation for the division's four new schools included board approval of a contract for library resources. A list of approximately 7,000 different titles was prepared by the division's teacher librarians to stock the shelves at Colette Bourgonje, Chief Whitecap, Ernest Linder and Sylvia Fedoruk Schools. The division has also posted tenders for junior play structures for each of the schools. Construction of the four joint-use school projects remains on schedule with classes to commence in September.

Reports and information presented at board meetings can be found at The next meeting of the Board of Education is Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.