- Lethbridge Collegiate Institute
Infobox Education in Canada
name=Lethbridge Collegiate Institute
motto=Pro Scola et Pro PatriaCref|a
motto_translation=For School and For Country
streetaddress=1701 5 Avenue SouthCref|b
Lethbridge School District No. 51
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staff=122 (2006)cite web |url= http://lci.lethsd.ab.ca/images/stories/Policies/Student%20Parent%20Handbook.pdf|title= Student-Parent Handbook|publisher=Lethbridge Collegiate Institute|accessdate=2007-02-27 |format= PDF]
Suburban, 11 acres (0.04 km², 4.5 hectares)
teamname=Collapsible list |title=4Cref|c |"Male:" |Rams |Colts |"Female:" |Clippers |Schooners
enrollment=1,506 (2007) [ [http://education.alberta.ca/ei/reports/pdf_files/eis1004_2007/eis1004_2007.pdf Student Population by Grade, School and Authority, Alberta] (PDF). Alberta Education. Retrieved December 20, 2007.]
feeders=Collapsible list |title=3Cref|d |Gilbert Paterson Middle School | G.S. Lakie Middle School | Wilson Middle School
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Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI) is the largest school operated by
Lethbridge School District No. 51. The school is one of two public secondary schools in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, that serve grades nine, ten, eleven, and twelve. Entry into LCI is loosely based on resident location in either south or west Lethbridge. [ [http://ednet.edc.gov.ab.ca/ei/reports/pdf_files/eis1003p/eis1003pbody.pdf Alberta Learning Authorities and Schools] (PDF) Alberta Education. Retrieved February 23, 2007] LCI was the first school in Lethbridge designated only for secondary students. It opened at its current location in 1950, but was founded in a smaller, adjacent building in 1928. Since its 1950 opening, several additions and layout changes have been made at the school. LCI has increased student capacity to 1,600, a number the enrollment is expected to reach in 2009. After the opening of a new high school in west Lethbridge in the fall of that year, LCI is expected to be relieved of approximately 500 students. Those that enter grade 11 in 2009 at LCI will be permitted to also complete their graduating year, but west Lethbridge students of the following year will attend the new high school, which is being built in conjunction with a western campus of Catholic Central High School, recreational facilities, [cite press release
title =New Lethbridge parks, gym up for debate at city council
publisher = CBC News
accessdate =2007-12-13] and a public library. [cite press release
title = Construction Of West Lethbridge Centre Schools And Library Goes To Tender June 25, 2007
publisher = City of
accessdate =2007-12-15] [cite press release
title = Employment Opportunities
publisher = Chinook Arch Regional Libraries
date = 2007
A relatively extensive academic program is offered, including automotives, construction and communication technology,
fashionstudies, and four language studies programs. An Advanced Placement Programis offered in several key subject areas, including mathematics, language arts, and the sciences. Respected instrumental music, choir, and dance programs have helped LCI become well known in Southern Albertafor offering balanced opportunities to students in both academicsand extracurricular activities. Athletic teams from LCI carry the names Rams, Clippers, Colts, and Schooners, although the latter two have fallen into disuse.Cref|c
In the early 1900s, two schools near
downtown Lethbridgewere named with reference to their location. Built in 1891, fifteen years prior to the incorporation of the City of Lethbridge, the first was Central School.cite book
last = Johnston
first = Alex
coauthors = Barry R. Peat
title = Lethbridge Place Names
publisher = Graphcom Printers Limited
date = 1987
pages = pp. 43] The small school was the only one that served secondary students in the Lethbridge area.cite web |url= http://www.lethbridge.ca/NR/rdonlyres/C366CD13-F866-4558-B4CB-C362C3D86D3D/7455/HighSchools.pdf|title= High School Had a Rocky Start in Lethbridge|publisher= City of Lethbridge|accessdate=2007-03-15 |format= PDF] In 1909, Central School closed and secondary education classes moved into a vacated building on 5 Avenue. The school became too crowded in the mid-1920s, and a struggle began between the school board and the city to have a new school constructed.In February 1928, work began on Lethbridge Collegiate Institute at the corner of 4 Avenue and 15 Street South. The school would become the city's first combined junior high and high school. The site had previously been used for aviation activities in the city, [cite web |url= http://www.county.lethbridge.ab.ca/municipal/lethbridge/lethbridge-website.nsf/AllDoc/6306E92BD12E423987256F56007D2128?OpenDocument|title= Airport History|publisher= Lethbridge County Airport|accessdate=2007-03-16] until the opening of Kenyon Field south of Six-Mile Coulee in the summer of 1939. [Johnston pp. 11] Construction of the school at the site finished in October 1928, but a fire in the spring of 1929 ravaged the new building. Classes had to be moved to other local schools until later that year.
When LCI became too small for the city's growing population in 1950, a new building was constructed on the same block just east of the old one. Due to southern Alberta's booming population, twenty-one schools were constructed in Lethbridge between 1946 and 1965. Grades 10–12 were moved to the new building while grades 7-9 remained at their present location. The new junior high was renamed Lethbridge Junior High School, but kept the name for less than a year.Johnston pp. 44] In the latter part of 1950, the junior high adopted its new name, Hamilton Junior High School (named after a former teacher, principal, and superintendent, William Alfred Hamilton). The school kept the name for over half a century until its relocation to the rapidly expanding area of
West Lethbridgeas G.S. Lakie Middle School in 2003.
Next door, classes commenced on November 22, 1950 at the new LCI. With increases in student population, new sections of the building were added in 1955, 1957, 1970, and 1986. [cite web |url= http://www.infratrans.gov.ab.ca/INFTRA_Content/docType354/production/Microsoft-Word---3-sum-lci.pdf|title= School Facility Evaluation Project|publisher=Alberta Infrastructure, School Facilities Branch|accessdate=2007-02-23 |format= PDF] cite web |url= http://www.infratrans.gov.ab.ca/INFTRA_Content/docType354/production/LethbridgCol.pdf|title= RECAPP Facility Evaluation Report|publisher= Lethbridge School District No. 51|accessdate=2007-02-23 |format= PDF] Today, a section of Hamilton's old building houses Allan Watson High School. [ [http://www.infratrans.gov.ab.ca/INFTRA_Content/docType354/production/AlanWatson.pdf RECAPP Facility Evaluation Report] (PDF) Lethbridge School District No. 51. Retrieved on March 10, 2007.] While the high school is not operated by district 51, the building is also being renovated to house the headquarters of Lethbridge School District 51.
A new grade
In accordance with a grade reconfiguration in many public schools across Alberta, Grade 9 students began attending the school in the fall of 2003. Teachers, textbooks, and other classroom materials were brought in from local middle schools. The changes introduced a new term to the area: "
middle school". With the middle school enrolling students for grades 6-8, the term "high school" was redefined to include grades 9-12. The changes created minor inconveniences for staff and other areas of the school. At LCI, it brought more students into a building already near capacity.
Community members believed the restructuring by the government was targeted specifically at the City of Lethbridge, a move made to force the province to build an additional Lethbridge high school. Such a project had been anticipated for at least a decade. As expected, the announcement for the new school came in 2005. Enrollment at LCI exceeded 1,600 students. In an effort to reduce numbers, students living on the City's north side who attend LCI must be enrolled in a course not offered at Winston Churchill High School.
LCI's enrollment peaked in 2005. The population of the city has steadily increased. [City of Lethbridge (May 25, 2006) [http://www.lethbridge.ca/home/City+Hall/City+Council/Census/2006+Census/Census+complete.htm "City population up 1.96% per cent since 2005"] Press release. Retrieved on February 23, 2007.] The graduating class of 2007 was the first to complete all four years of learning at the school since its founding. The
convocationin May, with the day's ceremonies at the ENMAX Centre, was centred around the a theme noting the historical fact that it was the first class to spend all four years of their secondary education at LCl.
December 2007 shooting scare
On December 13, 2007, a note was found handwritten in a washroom stall. [Cite press release
title=Threat tightens security at Lethbridge school
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
accessdate =2007-12-18] Citation
2007-12-15] Its exact words were undisclosed, but school officials described it as "a student's intention to shoot others, as well as possibly taking their own life, on December 20." A district official responded, "at this point in time we're not planning to install metal detectors. We feel that we're taking the precautions by having a police presence." Extra staff members and local police officers patrolled the school's hallways for the week of December 17-21. Only days earlier, the words "December 18, 2007 " were found in a washroom at Paul Kane High School in St. Albert, Alberta. Officials at that school said "extraordinary security measures" were to be taken, but it was believed to be a hoax. It is unknown if the LCI incident was simply a copycat of the Paul Kane incident, but school officials in both cities requested that the perpetrators step forward; neither has done so. Both schools also made counseling staff available for any students who felt apprehensive about their safety. [Citation
title=Threatening message on St. Albert school wall a hoax: RCMP
2007-12-12] Though attendance was down significantly at Paul Kane on December 18 and only 300 students attended LCI on December 20, regular classes proceeded without incident.Citation
title=LCI taking numerous precautions today
title=Attendance sparse at high school
2007-12-21] [Cite press release
title=Students stay away from Lethbridge school after threat
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
On December 20, a similar note was found in a bathrom at
W. R. Myers High Schoolin nearby Taber, Alberta, indicating a student's intent to do harm on December 21. With a student attendance of roughly 20%, classes proceeded without incident. [Citation
title=W.R. Myers latest to receive threat
2007-12-22] In 1999, a student opened fire at W. R. Myers, killing one student and seriously wounding another. In 2000, LCI was locked down after two youths were arrested and two firearms were seized. [Cite press release
title=Gun scare at Lethbridge high school
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
The school building is land-locked and bounded by surrounding buildings. Allan Watson High School resides to the west of LCI. Businesses are to the north of the school. A church and residential homes are across the street to the south of the LCI building. The Catholic Central High School is across the street to the east.
The current layout has the campus divided into sections, seven of which are in the main building. The "A" wing, with the cafeteria and a small, secondary
gymnasium, is the western most portion of the building. The "B" wing, a newer component of the building, contains mostly the English and Mathematicsdepartments. The bottom floor of the large, southern "C" wing holds the libraryand two lecturetheatres. The upper floors contain computer, biology, chemistry, and physicslaboratories as well as several classrooms. The main "D" wing contains administrator offices, science, and social studiesclassrooms. The main gym and counselling department technically make up the "E" wing, though it is hardly referred to by that name. Construction technology, automotives, and the LCI Performing Arts Centre north of the main gym are the "F" wing, while a small, third floor section containing home economics is the "H" wing. Underneath the home economics area is a fitness centre housing various exercise equipment. The single-storey, peripheral "G" wing, a linear building separated by a 15 metre lane from the main building, houses a communication technology lab, electronic equipment, autobody, and an artroom. The total floor area at LCI exceeds that of all the other schools in the district combined.
A concession booth close to the main gymnasium provides various snacks that can be purchased during the day and at evening sporting events. The cafeteria at the west end of the building sells food for lunch. Students are also free to leave the campus for lunch as several
fast food restaurants are within walking distance. In another effort to reduce congestion, LCI lunch period is almost entirely offset from that of nearby Catholic Central High School. The school also has problems with internal overcrowding. Hundreds of students are bussed from the city's west side daily.A lane north of the school is restricted to busses only. Students traverse the staff parking lot in the morning and afternoon to reach 13 busses, the majority of which carry students to and from West Lethbridge. Although a parking lot for staff with over 100 parking spaces is provided, no parking is officially designated for students. Competing with students from the other two area high schools also trying to park their vehicles, Lethbridge students must park their vehicles on 5 Avenue, or south on 17 Street or 18 Street.
Since 2009, the school follows a schedule to alleviate congestion with the other public high school in West Lethbridge. [cite press release
title =Parents raise issues about westside's new high school
publisher =Alberta Teacher's Association
accessdate =2007-12-13] [cite press release
title =West Lethbridge Centre Project Underway
publisher = City of
accessdate =2007-12-13] Packed on two
city blocks with five other schools, the surrounding narrow streets are difficult to navigate for parents and students with cars during the morning and afternoon rush. [ [http://www.lethbridge.ca/NR/rdonlyres/266B9DF3-A62A-4399-8140-66A657B0FEF7/0/Schools.pdf Schools] (PDF) City of Lethbridge. Retrieved on March 9, 2007.]
From Monday to Thursday, the school operates from 7:55 in the morning to 2:56 in the afternoon with five 69 minute classes. Grade ten, eleven and twelve students have four different modules with one doubled on each day of the week (e.g. module 3 is doubled on Wednesday). On Fridays, classes begin slightly later, running from 8:00 to 12:31 with four 62 minute classes and no lunch period. From Monday to Thursday, the lunch period begins at 11:47. The peculiar times are partly due to the district's school busses, which are also needed for elementary and middle schools which have later start and end times.
In preparation for Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs) at the end of the year, grade nine students operate on a similar system to that of the local middle schools.Cref|e All courses run from September until June with the exception of option courses which are semestered. This is contrary to grades ten through twelve, where nearly all classes are semester long and students receive 5 credits per course. 100 credits are needed to graduate, per Alberta Learning requirements. [http://www.education.gov.ab.ca/educationguide/PDF_files/GuidetoEd.pdf Guide to Education] (PDF) Alberta Education. Retrieved on February 21, 2007.] Each credit signifies approximately 125 hours of classroom instruction. Of their final sixteen high school modules (4 in grade eleven and 4 in grade twelve), students are permitted to take three spare modules with a general restriction of one per year in grade eleven and one per semester in grade twelve.
The main gymnasium has a large "Wall of Champions" along the east and south wall, timelining provincial athletic victories since the move to the new building. Several hallways are lined with framed photographs of past LCI athletic teams, choirs, and councils that date back to the early 1980s. The "L.C.I. Wall of Distinction" profiles dozens of notable graduates. Two or three members are inducted each year in a prominent school assembly, usually with the inductees, as well as the city's mayor, in attendance.
LCI has an active
Canadian footballprogram that regularly produces future Canadian Football Leagueas well as Division I players in the United States. The latest is Jon Gott, a 2004 graduate who went on to Boise State University. [cite web
title = Jon Gott #76
Boise State University
date = 2006
accessdate = 2007-12-17 ] [ [http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?module=roster&func=display&ros_id=651 Jeff Parrett #24] Canadian Football League (CFL). Retrieved on February 23, 2007.] Numerous standout athletes in the last two years confirm LCI's reputation as a top football program. [cite press release
title = UofC/Football Alberta ID Camp this weekend
publisher = University of Calgary Dinos
accessdate =2007-03-06] In 2008, the LCI football team did an exchange with Crestwood High School in
Peterborough, Ontario. [cite press release
title = Mustangs garner gridiron lessons from Alberta trip
publisher = Peterborough Examiner
With several members winning various awards at provincial competitions, the 2006-07 year was promising for the LCI wrestling team. [cite press release
title = 2007 University of Alberta Golden Bear Invitational - Male Results
publisher = Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association
accessdate =2007-02-23] Elsewhere, a former LCI student and
rugby unionplayer, Ashley Patzer, was named CIS player of the year for 2006. [cite press release
title = Lethbridge's Patzer named CIS player of the year
publisher = Canadian Interuniversity Sport
accessdate =2007-03-29] She was also later named the University of Lethbridge Female Athlete of the Year. [cite press release
title = Blue, gold and gilded
publisher = Lethbridge Herald
accessdate =2007-04-07] As of 2007, track and field,
baseball, basketball, badminton, curling, golf, softball, volleyball, and girls slowpitchare also played at LCI.
The song is no longer used or promoted at school athletic events, mostly because of the elimination of
cheerleadingseveral years ago. Nonetheless, the song is as follows (sung to the tune of Anchors Aweigh):
"To our dear LCI
"We will be true
"We'll hold our colours high
"Cause LCI we're all for you.
"We will fight all the way
"To spread your fame
"Our banners will not sway
"Cause Green and Gold
"Will put the rest to shame.
"FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
The choral program at LCI is prominent, and is arguably the school's most successful extracurricular program. Choir is provided as an optional course at all grades. Auditions are held annually for the school's three representative choirs:
* The Chamber Choir is the program's feature and most well-known group, directed by Frank Gnandt. The majority of their music is spiritual, but they are also known for adding music from various international languages. Near the end of every school year, the choir, through various fundraising efforts over the course of the year, takes an international trip. At the 2006 MusicFest Canada competition in
Ottawa, Ontario, the Chamber and Jazz choirs received gold awards in the choral/vocal jazz division. [ [http://www.musicfest.ca/results_2006_e.shtml 2006 Festival Results] MusicFest Canada. Retrieved on March 25, 2007.] Past trips include visits to Japan, New York Cityand Hawaii. As they do every few years, the choir travelled overseas in April 2007, touring and performing in Western Europe. [http://new.lethsd.ab.ca/external/documents/Minutes%20-%20January%2023,%202007.pdf Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Lethbridge School District No. 51] (PDF) Lethbridge School District No. 51. Retrieved on March 27, 2007.]
* The "LCI Singers" consist of girls from grades 9-12, led by Karen Hudson. They perform primarily at school functions such as
Remembrance Dayand charity venues such as Compassion Canada to help raise money to aid new mothers in Africa. In May 2005, the group traveled to Edmontonand performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. [ [http://premier.alberta.ca/royalvisit/index_the_visit.cfm Royal Visit 2005] Government of Alberta. Retrieved on February 23, 2007.] LCI Singers usually take one major trip each year, using several concerts throughout the school year as fundraisers. In April 2007 they traveled to England and Waleson a performing tour. In May 2008 they placed first in the Provincial competition for their class.
JazzChoir, also led by Gnandt, consists of 13 students, all of whom are members of the Chamber Choir. They are an A cappellagroup, but also use a rhythm section with a piano, bass guitar, and drums. Their songs range from ballads to almost rock-style jazz. The choir also performs at the aforementioned Christmas and spring concerts.
The school has provisions for over 30 clubs, less than a third of which are currently active due to lack of student interest. The most prominent of those that are active are 'Students Alive', 'Peer Support', and 'Travel Club'; the latter of which will travel to
Costa Ricain 2007. After a brief revival in 2005-06, the ' ChessClub' was again put to rest at the beginning of the current school year. Also notable is a group called the Association to Kill Apathy (AKA), which does community as well as environmental work. On Remembrance Dayof 2006, the group dedicated "peace poles", in association with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, garnering local media attention. [cite press release
title = Peace poles deliver message
publisher = Lethbridge Herald
accessdate =2007-12-18] The "Collegian Column" is a weekly school bulletin produced by faculty, which appeals primarily to older students interested in scholarship information. The "LCI Journal", the school newspaper, has not been active for a number of years. Concerning defunct clubs and media, the school leaves it to faculty to decide if a project is to be revived, pending student interest.
LCI has its own small theatre, which had previously been a metal shop. The room has a sound system and some theatrical lighting; it also seats nearly 100 people. There is a fall theatrical production performed entirely by students at the
Genevieve E. Yates Memorial Centre, located a few blocks to the west of the school. LCI has won several competitions in the local spring high school one act competition.
LCI is well known for its student exchange programs. The most advertised is the exchange Japan; LCI regularly exchanges students with
SapporoCommercial High School, [ [http://www.hokkai-t-u.ac.jp/c34-2.html International Exchange Programs] Hokkai-Gakuen. Retrieved on February 23, 2007.] an institution which has also been informally twinned with LCI in a program implemented by Alberta Education. [ [http://education.alberta.ca/students/internationaleducation/schooltwinnings.aspx International Education - School Twinnings] Alberta Education. Retrieved on December 20, 2007.] LCI students made the trip to Japan in early July 2007. In the 2006/07 year, the school also took part in an exchange program with a high school in Spain; several Spanish students arrived in the fall of 2006, and several LCI students departed for Spain in the spring of 2007.
danceprogram is rapidly expanding and features numerous styles, including jazz, modern, and hip hop. All programs are under the direction of Betty Poulsen. Usually, sometimes several times a semester, professional dancers and choreographers from Calgaryare offered residency to work at the school for as long as three weeks. The program's feature event, "Summerdance", is held in the spring at the Yates Memorial Centre.
In early April 2007, a group of LCI students travelled to Vimy Ridge with students from Winston Churchill and more than 3,600 students from across Canada. All of the students participate in events dedicated to the ninetieth anniversary of Canadian military victory during
World War I. [cite press release
title = Students visit Vimy
publisher = CBC News
accessdate =2007-04-07] [cite press release
title = Vimy reality hits home for Canadian students
Christopher Donaldson, screenwriter Fact|date=April 2008
Kari Matchett, who played Dr. Mariel Underlay on the ABC series "Invasion" Fact|date=April 2008
Gavin Crawford, comedian and actor, best known for his role on the CBC comedy show, This Hour Has 22 Minutes[Citation
title=Gemini-winning actor, former teacher honoured at LCI
* [http://lsdweb.lethsd.ab.ca/lci/ L.C.I. Home Page]
* [http://www.education.gov.ab.ca/ Alberta Education]
* [http://new.lethsd.ab.ca/public/frameset.cfm Lethbridge School District No. 51]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cgjCKDue2o "LCI Jazz Choir Acapella Medley" on YouTube]
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