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  • Elementary and Junior High Programs

    Elementary and Junior High Programs

    At Esther Starkman School, we offer all students the full complement of core classes as outlined by the Alberta Provincial Curriculum, as well as French as a second language from grades four to nine.  We are an inclusive learning community that inspires and enables all students to achieve success in learning. Our staff is committed to adapting curriculum to meet the varying needs of students and providing the support necessary for their success.  

    We work as a professional learning community engaging in job embedded professional development on a weekly basis. Our teachers are learners themselves, constantly improving their instructional practices and collaborating to create a diverse and rewarding classroom experience.



    We are very lucky to have strong music teachers at our school and we have had great success at Band Festivals over the last few years.  In addition we have wonderful Christmas concerts that have been held at the Jubilee Auditorium, highlighting the Band and the musical talent of our students..



    Grade 7 - 9 Options Descriptions





    Junior High Art is an exploratory course that involves students in many different art-making opportunities. Students will be exposed to different media each year, and have the opportunity to refine their skills in Drawing and Composition. Students will practice their skills as art critics and patrons, in order to develop a life-long appreciation for the place Art can have in their lives. One unit per semester will be devoted to studying a culture or Master Artist that is important to the history of Art. Students will keep a sketchbook. They will also collect their artwork in a portfolio so that they can keep a record of their progress over the course of time.

    Band (full-year)

    The Esther Starkman Band Program gives Junior High students the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and skills needed for practical music making.

    Through performance in band, students will work as a group towards musical mastery and musical appreciation.
    Students will also have an opportunity to participate in various field trips over the school year such as band camp, music festivals, and band trips.
    *Band is a full year option.

    Building and Construction

    This program at Esther Starkman is exploratory in nature. Students will work on a number of different projects in woods to develop skills and attitudes they need to safely build a quality product. There is a focus on students designing and building their own projects.  Students are invited to take their projects home at the end of the course.



    At the Junior High level, Drama provides the opportunities for students to explore their personal connection to the world through role-playing, co-operative games and practicing performance skills. The course focuses on the skills of communication, concentration and control, within the context of dramatic experiences in Speech, Movement, Improvisation/Acting and Technical Theatre. Students will have many opportunities to apply their skills in a classroom setting with presentations and projects. There is a possibility of a public performance as time and student interest warrant.

    *Drama is a full year option.


    Foods is a hands-on course that will provide an introduction to safety in the kitchen and allow students to begin to explore recipes that are nutritious and delicious.  To begin, our studies in the classroom will focus on obtaining background information about key practices to ensure the safety of yourself and others.  We then move to practical experiences in the Foods lab where we will create healthy snacks and light meals.  As well, throughout the semester we will explore proper nutrition and incorporate quality choices in the foods we prepare.  

    Media Studies (half-year)

    In the Media option, students discover the impact of the media and develop fundamental skills to relay a message effectively using various forms of media; e.g., photography, web and audio or video production.  Students are also introduced to the basics of graphic design and are part of the creation process for the Starkman yearbook.


    In Leadership, students will engage in a variety of activities designed to enhance the culture and community of the school.  Examples include leading celebratory assemblies, seasonal celebrations, organizing extracurricular events, such as dances, intramurals, fund raising events and other similar community service projects.

    Sports Recreation

    In the Sports Recreation program, students will be enriched in a variety of sports and physical wellness activities and experiences. Examples can include, but are not limited to wall climbing, skating, swimming, snowshoeing, fencing, biking. Classes will be a combination of on site and off site experiences. Please note, there will be additional monthly fees for this option.

    Strategy & Design

    This course is an exploratory option designed to introduce students to the world of boardgames (tile laying, hidden role, worker placement, abstract, etc.). There will be a focus on teamwork and fair play as we spend time playing games specifically selected to showcase various themes or strategy mechanics and then students will design a prototype for their own game.  

    Communication Technology

    In Communication Technology, students will investigate, interpret, and practice techniques used in film and other media to communicate ideas.  We will look at how cinematic techniques such as camera angles, framing, and montages contribute to storytelling and characterization in film.  Throughout this option, students will be practicing the techniques they learn by creating their own videos.

    Design Studies

    In Design Studies, students will engage in engineering and design skills by working in teams to compete in a variety of challenges.  Students will work together through the design process; identifying the problem, building prototypes, and testing for results.  Challenges will include creating a chair out of paper, building an unsinkable boat, racing objects along a zip line, and testing how much w

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  • Registration


    For the 2017-2018 year Esther Starkman will have grades K - 9.  For information on pre-enrolment please follow this link:  http://www.epsb.ca/schools/register/
    For Spring 2017 , registration will begin on Feburary 1, 2017. The following process will guide pre-enrolment at Esther Starkman School:

    New Students living in Terwillegar Towne:

    •  Terwillegar Towne is the primary attendance area for Esther Starkman school.

    •  All students who live within the primary attendance area will be accepted regardless of the grade they are entering if they can provide proof of residency. Examples of proof of residency are: Bill of sale for your house, utility bill with name and address, rental agreement with name and address.

    •  New kindergarten registrations will be accepted at Esther Starkman beginning on February 1, 2017. To apply you will need to bring proof of residence and proof of age, please come to the school to fill in the application.

    New Students living in Terwillegar South West:

    •  Esther Starkman School has an optimal enrolment limit of 950 students.

    •  All enrolment decisions regarding students from outside of our primary attendance area will be made with this number in mind.

    •  Space availability will be determined on a grade by grade basis. For example, space may be available in kindergarten but not in grade 5.

    •  South Terwillegar West will be the secondary attendance area for Esther Starkman School.   Students living in this attendance area will be accepted as space permits.

    •  Parents of kindergarten students living in South Terwillegar West can come to Esther Starkman and fill out an application form between February 1st and April 18th, 2017.

    •  Available space will be determined on April 18th after accommodating all kindergarten students from our primary attendance area (Terwillegar Towne).

    •  If more applications from outside our primary attendance area are received than we have space to accommodate, all secondary applications will be sent downtown and a random selection draw will be conducted by the district on April 25th.

    •  Random selection draws will be conducted on a grade by grade basis to fill available space.

    •  Students who are successful in the random selection draw will be enrolled at Esther Starkman. Students who are unsuccessful will have their applications forwarded to Lansdowne School.

    •  Once a student is accepted into Esther Starkman they will be able to attend through grade 9 without having to go through random selection again.

    Please see under the Attendance Area section below the new maps outlining the Esther Starkman attendance area which now includes South Terwillegar West as our secondary area.  
    Would you like to learn more about our school?
    We'd be happy to answer any questions that you may have.  Give us a call.

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  • Athletics


    A number of athletic teams are undertaken at Esther Starkman which are a part of our Extracurricular activities.  Students are encouraged to participate and join in on the fun!  Over the year the school has had teams for Running, Soccer, Volleyball, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket and Cheerleading.


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  • Extracurricular Activities

    Extracurricular Activities

    A variety of extracurricular opportunities will be offered at Esther Starkman School during the noon hour or after school. These opportunities will be cross-graded and run by volunteers. Extracurricular opportunities provide students with enriched educational experiences to enhance learning and to build upon our students’ varying interests.

    Some of the activities may include Drama, Art, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Running Club, Cheerleading, Cricket, Choir and Dance programs.

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Students,

Esther Starkman School is a Kindergarten to Grade 9 school. We will accept registrations from the Primary Attendance Area of Terwillegar Towne and if space is available from the Secondary Attendance area of Terwillegar South West.  Please view the attendance maps under the Parents / Registration tab to ensure you live within our area if you are planning on registering.

It is the mission of Esther Starkman School to “ensure high levels of learning for ALL of our students.” We want our students to think, problem solve and apply the knowledge they learn so that they are exceptionally well prepared to succeed in our ever changing world. To that end, our staff works as a professional learning community engaging in job embedded professional development on a weekly basis. Our teachers are learners themselves, constantly improving their instructional practices and collaborating to create a diverse and rewarding classroom experience.

Esther Starkman is a community school that places great value on creating positive relationships with our parent community. We believe education is a partnership between parents and the school, we therefore strive to provide parents with up to date and relevant information regarding their child’s learning. Daily, through SchoolZone, our parents will receive all the information they require to participate in their child’s school experience.  

On behalf of the staff,  I welcome you to Esther Starkman School.  We hope that your experience at Esther Starkman is rewarding and will cause you to believe as we do, that this truly is a school of “Excellence!”


Greg Kushnir


"Ensuring High levels of learning for all students"


The 3 Big Ideas: 

Focus on Learning

  • something is not taught unless the student has learned it. 

Focus on Collaboration

  • we are not an isolated collection of teachers under one roof, rather we are a team that works interdependently to achieve common goals 

Focus on Results

  • it is the results of our efforts that we are concerned with.  If we are not getting the results in student achievement that we are expecting, then we will change our actions to get different results.

4 Key Questions:

  1. What do we want students to know?

  2. How do we know if students have learned what we want them to?

  3. What do we do when students do not learn what they are supposed to learn?

  4. What do we do when students already know what they are supposed to learn