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Thank you

The students and staff of Jasper Place High School would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our community partners for their generous donations toward our Breakfast Club in the STAR Room. 

The Breakfast Club runs each weekday morning from 8:00-8:45.  Students can help themselves to cereal, toast, granola bars, fruit, yogurt and juice. 

The breakfast supplies are provided by a grant from PC Breakfast for Learning and the generous donations of food and gift cards by two of our local churches. The bread provided by BonTon Bakery is accessible to students throughout the day, so students who may not have a lunch, for example, can make toast and sandwiches to get them through the day. We all recognize the importance of nutrition and how it improves the ability to focus and learn in school. These donations are invaluable to many students who appreciate our breakfast selection and “toast station” to help sustain them through their school day. 

Further to providing sustenance, the STAR Room at breakfast and lunch has developed into a community of support and acceptance; a safe and comfortable place for our students to begin their day on a positive note.  Students have developed friendships with their peers.

In addition to peer relationships, our STAR staff is always here, building relationships with students and widening their circle of support.

The Breakfast Club and lunch supplies would not be possible without the generous donations of these community partners:

BonTon Bakery
Hosanna Church
PC Breakfast for Learning
St. Herman’s Church
A parishioner of St. Herman’s who makes a monthly donation of food or bus tickets

We are sincerely grateful for the donations from these partners.

 

Goals of the STAR Program

  • Offer wrap-around services with a team of specialists who work together, on site, so it's easier for students and their families to access services they need
  • Promote positive mental health through speakers, presentations, and fairs
  • Reduce stigma so youth and families are not afraid to access mental health supports
  • Develop innovative and creative programming to meet the individual needs of the school, such as Boys Group, Mindfulness Group and Leading Spirits
  • Promote a healthy view of education and facilitate success in school
  • Increased cultural connections for Aboriginal students
  • Successful transition to high school 

 

Our Mission

To promote mental and physical health in students by increasing the coping behaviors, knowledge and skills for youth to enable them to make better choices and adopt behaviors to protect their mental and physical health. Ultimately, we want to build relationships between students, educators and support agencies and be proactive in our approach to assisting students in developing life long skills.

The STAR Program is one of 37 projects in a province-wide Mental Health Capacity building in Schools Initiative. The initiative is led by AHS-Addiction and Mental Health in partnership with Alberta Education and other partners with funding from Alberta Health and Wellness.

 

Success Coaches 

  • Act as mentors, supporters and advocates for students
  • Build strong relationships so students feel comfortable approaching an adult about their mental health concerns
  • Help students to feel connected to the schoolSupport youth with transitioning into a new grade and/or school
  • Support youth to develop a sense of identity and cultural awareness
  • Engage families to participate in their child’s learning
  • Regular check-ins with students in order to maintain a connection, while trying to cause the least amount of disruption to their in-class instruction
  • Connect youth and families to outside supports/service

 

Our Staff

                                                  

Nancy Metcalfe                                               Lyle Tootoosis                                                                                             

Department Head, STAR Program                  Aboriginal Liaison                                      

Nancy.Metcalfe@epsb.ca                              Lyle.Tootoosis@epsb.ca           

               

                      

Nikki Houde                                                      Melissa Turcsanyi

Success Coach                                                  Success Coach

nikki.houde@partner.epsb.ca                         melissa.turcsanyi@partner.epsb.ca

 

Phil Eidick

Success Coach

 

Roots & Wings: Oscar Sanchez & Querida Quarshie

Mental Health Therapist: Erin Newman

Addictions Counsellor: Lisa Kimmerly