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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.



    2015-2016 Grade 7 - 9 Options

    Art (half-year)

    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.

    Building and Construction (half-year)

    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. 

    Drama (full-year)

    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. 

    Electronics (half-year)

    In the Electronics program at Esther Starkman, students use LEGO NXT robotics kits to explore the basics of computer programming, work in collaborative teams to solve problems, and design robots to perform specific tasks.  Students begin by learning how to use an icon-based language to program their robots to sense and interact with their environment in order to perform tasks.  Once students acquire programming skills, they work in collaborative teams to design and program a robot to compete in challenges such as creating a catapult, racing other robots around a track, and battling another robot in a sumo ring.  These challenges will require students to work collaboratively, actively problem solve, and reflect on and revise their designs and programs.   

    Environmental Outdoor Education (half-year)

    In the Outdoor Education program at Esther Starkman, students need to understand the consequences of human actions on environments. The effects of lifestyles and technology are in many cases not immediately apparent to students, often because they are too difficult to predict, or are removed from students in time or space. In many instances, students may not be aware of the origin, costs and long-term consequences of the resources we use. Through a variety of activities both indoors and outside, students will demonstrate the following: basic knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for safe, comfortable outdoor experiences; understanding, respect and appreciation for self, others and their views; awareness and appreciation of living things and understanding of basic ecological processes; skill, judgment, confidence and sensitivity in a range of environmentally responsible activities in outdoor settings;  develop knowledge and skills by investigating the effects of human lifestyles on environments; and  develop lifestyle strategies that foster contact with the natural world, encourage responsibility for local and global environments and encourage living in harmony with others. Some examples of field trips include wall-climbing, archery, mountain biking, snowshoeing, orienteering, and geo-caching. 

    Foods (half-year)

    Foods 7 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 (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 Esther Starkman yearbook. 

    Leadership (half-year)

    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.


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  • Registration


    For the 2016-2017 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 2016 , 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 2, 2016. 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 2nd and April 15th, 2016.

    •  Available space will be determined on April 15th 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 20th.

    •  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.

    The attached  Letter outlines the attendance boundaries for the new Nellie Carlson School in MaGrath. 
    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,

For the school year 2016 - 2017 Esther Starkman School will be Kindergarten to Grade 9. 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