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O.S. Geiger School

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e | osgeiger@cbe.ab.ca
t | 403-777-6950
f | 403-777-6953

Grades and Programs: K-6

School Hours: AM: 8:35 ~ 12:00 PM:12:56 ~ 3:25

School Location

100 Castlebrook Drive NE
Calgary AB
T3J 2J4

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The school is located in Castleridge, a community with a rich spectrum of cultural diversity. All of our students live in Castleridge and most walk to school - we have no busing. Our multi-ethnic profile includes 20-30% English speaking families and a majority of 70-80% families speaking languages other than English in the home. Within our ESL population the largest cultural group are East Indian who speak Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi. We have smaller but increasing percentages coming from countries in the Middle East, the Pacific Rim, South America and Africa as well as First Nations families. Our families speak over 20 different home languages. A majority of our students are learning English as a Second Language. We are close enough to use Prairie Winds Park as an activity site for outdoor activities throughout the year. Our small but supportive School Council supports regular artist-in-residency programs and off site field trips to enhance our school program. Our diversity constitutes both a challenge and a cultural learning opportunity for all our students. Students and parents work together to maintain a positive, safe and caring learning environment, with an emphasis on respect, responsibility and citizenship.

About the School

The school was built in 1983 and is situated on 12.0 acres. It has 14 permanent classrooms, 9 re-locatable classrooms and additional instructional spaces in the library and on the stage. With approx. 520 students we are at capacity. Our class sizes are 1:20 in K-2 and 25:1 in gr. 3-6. We have a wonderful library with a brand new book collection and 12 on-line library research stations. We also have a music room and a large double gymnasium with a stage. O.S. Geiger is a technology rich school. Technology infusion is supported through a server-based environment, 83 web-enabled PC computers, 18 interactive SMART Boards, multiple software packages including text-speech along with two class sets of laptops, digital cameras and LCD projectors. Multimedia workstations are organized into pods within each classroom. We want our students to be physically active so we make daily use of our two creative playgrounds, three large soccer fields and baseball diamond.

About School Name

O.S. Geiger School was named in honour of Alberta educator O.S. (Pelk) Geiger (1906-1987). Mr. Geiger served as teacher, principal, supervisor, and superintendent of elementary schools within the Calgary Board of Education for 42 years. He had the rare ability of gathering around him enlightened educators in whom he placed trust and confidence, which created a climate of excitement and growth in the sixties and seventies. His constant question, "Is it good for kids?" served as an excellent guide in an exciting period of education. Many fine programs that exist in our schools today can be linked directly to the time of Mr. Geiger's leadership. His influence impacted the lives of thousands of students in Calgary, and his mark on education continues through others who have the same dedication and commitment to the educational growth of young people.

School Mission

Students who come to O.S. Geiger find a safe, tolerant and supportive learning community, which attends to academic and social growth and encourages students to set and achieve challenging personal goals. Our diversity is seen as an advantage as we seek the development of capable, self-reliant and responsible citizens for a global community.

School Motto

T.E.A.M. Together Everyone Achieves More.

Unique Points

  • Operates on a modified calendar from mid-August to June. All students live within walking distance in Castleridge. No busing.
  • Supports include a strong literacy program, a Library Designate, and an extensive ESL program in K-6. A full time Resource Teacher facilitates a Learning Team of specialists and assistants to support students on modified programs.
  • French as a Second Language program in Gr. 4,5, and 6.
  • An enhanced music program K-6 with a Music specialist. Orff Musical Instruments for K-6, choir, hand-bells and regular assemblies.
  • Daily Physical Activity program with a PE Specialist. Grade 6 Outdoor School, K-2 swim lessons
  • Active, authentic learning experiences including artist in residence and field trips supported by School Council
  • Emphasis on citizenship and character development. A positive approach to discipline through an effective behaviour support program and conflict resolution.
  • Extracurricular programs for students include: Fine arts performance in drama and music along with intramurals and student leadership (ex. Patrols, Comprehensive School Health, Green Club, Library Club, and Student Council).
  • Community Partnerships provide on-site programs i.e. Calgary Rotary Club, TD Canada Trust, Calgary Immigrant Aid Society Mosaic pre-school/ parent programs, YMCA Strong Kids & Leadership and ESL English Language tutoring for grade 6 students.
  • Has been designated a Green School and continues to promote an environmental action focus.
  • School Priorities for 2012 2013 are to continue our focus on improved student achievement in reading and writing and math for all students in regular, ESL and special education programs. To use the Professional Learning Community structure within our AISI project, to enhance professional development in classroom assessment and instructional practices. Continue programs and services that enhance our school climate through citizenship and student resiliency.


Student Enrolment (September 2014 )
Total Enrolment: 418


KindergartenGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6
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Principal:
Kevin Bauer
School Board Trustee: Pamela King
CBE Ward: Ward 5
Chief Superintendent: David Stevenson
Area: Area III
Director (Area): Dr. Dianne Yee
Notes for Substitute: Early Dismissal: Friday 12:00; Modified Calendar

 

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