École Nicholas Sheran School name to be made official next school year

Nicholas Sheran Community School will become École Nicholas Sheran School for the 2018/2019 school year.

The change, approved by the Lethbridge School District No. 51 Board of Trustees, will help complete the school’s transition into a dual-track elementary school, offering English and French Immersion Programs.

Principal Deborah Constable and vice-principal Kathy Mundell made a presentation during January’s Board meeting to request the name change.

Constable added the school culture is now very different, due to the addition of the French Immersion component at the school. That has included a significant shift in the staff and student population at Nicholas Sheran.

“The official change, in the eyes of Alberta Education, will take effect in the new 2018/2019 school year,” said Constable. “Unofficially, we are breaking in the new name now.”

Constable added the name change has been in the works even before the 2017/2018 school year officially kicked off.

“The new Nicholas Sheran staff had the opportunity to get together and begin our journey as a new staff community last year during our final school-based professional learning day and at start up this year,” she said. “Connections and excitement began at that time and has carried through to this year’s visioning.”

This year, staff at Nicholas Sheran consists of 11 veteran Nicholas Sheran teachers, 10 new French Immersion teachers and six new English teachers. The staff is well on its way to defining the new school community, according to the principal, who added the community has also reacted positively to the change.

“Merci and thank you to our parents and community for embracing, supporting and nurturing our new school,” said Constable, who also gave a little background into the school’s new logo. “In re-visioning our school community, we took our mascot, the gopher, and re-branded the design and had a local artist add some magic.”

Date posted: Feb. 9, 2018