What's happening at Foothills
Nov. 19, 2019
Advocating for Designated Special Needs Private Schools
Although choice is openly promoted by the UCP, we should be sure to remind the government that Designated Special Education Private Schools (DSEPS) such as Foothills Academy are more than choice, they are a need. DSEPS serve a need beyond other independent schools. Other private schools serve a great purpose and offer Albertan parents the right to a range of choices in education, but we firmly believe that a DSEPS like Foothills is a need and must be guaranteed stable and predictable funding so that the future of our vulnerable population is not jeopardized.
Oct. 10, 2019
Learning Disabilities Awareness Month 2019
I am trying to convince myself that winter is not arriving just yet, hoping that there is still a little bit of Fall warmth left to enjoy before the roads are buried under snow and ice. I would like to be able to appreciate October a little longer, and not just for meteorological reasons. October is also Learning Disability Awareness Month, where we should reflect upon the successes and achievements made by individuals living with Learning Disabilities. Learning Disability Awareness Month provides us with more opportunities to advocate for individuals with Learning Disabilities. Such advocacy is in full force at Foothills, as this month Foothills Academy will be hosting the Honorable Adrianna LaGrange, Minister of Education. We will be sharing the great work happening at Foothills, highlighting the achievements and accomplishments of our students, whilst promoting the ongoing need to support individuals with Learning Disabilities in schools, universities and the workplace.
Sept. 23, 2019
Foothills Academy - The Early Days
Foothills Academy is here because of the passion and determination of two parents who wanted the best for their child. Bill and Beth Mackasey had a child, Patrick, who was bright but was 2 -3 years behind academically. In 1979, there were no school programs specifically for students with Learning Disabilities in Calgary. The only academic option for children with severe Learning Disabilities was to be sent to a school called Denver Academy in Colorado. Thirty-four percent of that school’s students were from Calgary. Not willing to send their son away, the Mackaseys convinced Tom Aylesworth and Gordon Bullivant, both working at the Children’s Hospital at the time, that there was a need for a school for LD students in Calgary.
Sept. 22, 2019
FAPA Car Raffle 2019 - Global TV Gil Tucker
On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, Global Calgary reporter Gil Tucker came to Foothills Academy to report on the FAPA car raffle. He interviewed FAPA president, Kathy Laycock and Foothills Academy students.
Sept. 3, 2019
Welcome Back 2019! Some Thoughts to Start the Year Off Right
On behalf of everyone at Foothills, I warmly welcome you to the start of the 2019-2020 school year. I am sure that in many households this weekend there were the annual Labour Day anxieties; and not in relation to whether the Stamps would keep the Eskimos at bay again. Despite back-to-school anxieties experienced by some students, Foothills is set up to alleviate such worries. And it is not only students who become anxious before school. As parents, we worry greatly about the welfare of our children, and there is much we can do at home to help.
June 10, 2019
Valedictorian Speech 2019
Our 2019 Valedictorian Dani S. shares her thoughts with the graduating class and their families at our Graduation Banquet on May 24, 2019.
April 30, 2019
Welcome to the first blog post on our new website. Given that many staff invested blood, sweat and tears into this revamped website (thank you to all concerned), it is fitting to begin this blog series focusing upon the role of technology in education. Our dependence upon technology in society is becoming ever greater, and the impacts of this are seen throughout the educational world. This is currently a hot topic in Ontario where Premier Doug Ford has issued a ban on cell phones in the classroom, citing that phones are a distraction which hampers learning.
March 8, 2019
Literacy Month 2019
Every year in the month of February, we encourage our students to "fall in love with reading"! We feel it is important to make literacy more visible and to communicate its high priority. For many of our students, reading at school is the only time they read. We want all of our students to see themselves as readers, and to know that all of their teachers, assistants and support staff along with parents welcome them into our reading community to discuss, recommend, and share books.
Feb. 6, 2019
Donation for C-Pen Readers Increases Student Independence
On Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, Rotary Club of Calgary South presented Karen MacMillan and Simon Williams with a cheque. Their generous donation will be used to purchase 10 C-Pen Readers for our students. Because of their support, our students will be able to be more independent with their learning.
Feb. 6, 2019
Recognizing Bell Let's Talk Day
Foothills Academy participated in the Bell Let's Talk 2019 campaign. All students were asked to write down ways that they support their own and others mental health.