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News Release: FMPSD Tech Department Wins Coveted ASBA School Board Innovation and Excellence Award

L-R: Trustee Jonathan Lambert, Angela Adams, Vice Chair, Linda Mywaart, Chair, Trustees Tim O'Hara, Dan Rizutto, and Superintendent Doug Nicholls at the ASBA Awards in Edmonton L-R: Trustee Jonathan Lambert, Angela Adams, Vice Chair, Linda Mywaart, Chair, Trustees Tim O'Hara, Dan Rizutto, and Superintendent Doug Nicholls at the ASBA Awards in Edmonton

(Fort McMurray, AB - November 20, 2017) Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) proudly announces our Technology Department’s Technology and Trades Academy has won the coveted Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) 2017 School Board Innovation and Excellence Award. The announcement was made last night at ASBA’s Awards Evening in Edmonton. The award is given in recognition of a school board’s unique contributions to improving students’ learning experiences. 

Home to over 550 students from districts across the region, the free afterschool academy was launched in 2015 at Dr. K. A. Clark Elementary Public School  and Walter and Gladys Hill Public School with only 120 students. The program, which has grown exponentially to 10 schools is geared at grades 4-9 and consists of two strands: Digital Media and Pre-Engineering. It is run by volunteer Tech department staff, and teachers. A high school version is already in place at Fort McMurray Composite High School.

The Pre-Engineering strand provides students opportunities related to the growing fields of coding, engineering design/construction, and Robotics. The Digital Media strand focuses on photography, image manipulation, audio/video editing and movie production.

Linda Mywaart, FMPSD Board Chair, Angela Adams, Vice Chair, trustees Tim O'Hara, Jonathan Lambert and Dan Rizutto, as well as Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, were on hand for the awards.

"FMPSD is honoured and delighted to receive this award for the Technology and Trades Academy. The Board thanks Ali Syed, Director, FMPSD Tech for his vision and his conviction to lead the District in technology and trades, and we thank all staff and community members who brought that vision to life. It's another fine example in FMPSD of Doing What's Best for Kids,” said Chair Mywaart.

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMPSD, dubbed the academy an “incredible addition to our District's programming.”

“It has been the catalyst for large numbers of students to become involved in coding, Robotics, and other related areas of interest. Ali Syed and his team have developed a model that encompasses students' passion and community partnerships which is always a recipe for success.”

Ali Syed, Director of Technology, FMPSD, was delighted with the news.

“Fort McMurray Public School District's Technology Department is proud of the successful Technology and Trade Academy. The program is designed to act as enhancement to the already exciting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning in our schools,” explained Syed.

“The objective of the Academy is to empower students with 21st century skills, which they can leverage in their existing classes and to enhance and inspire them to continue looking at future careers that will focus on STEAM. The success of this program is directly related to the unbelievable support from school staff who volunteer their time and to the administration of these schools for their continued leadership through support of quality educational programming available to all students in the area. Additionally, the program would not be possible without our community donors, and sponsors, who truly believe in giving back to our youth. Thank you everyone,” Syed added.

Congratulations FMPSD Technology Department!

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Coordinator

Fort McMurray Public School District

Cell: 780-880-7666

Kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca