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Garth Worthington Pre-enrolment 'Virtual' Open House
2022-2023 School Year
About Our School
This new school in Chappelle East is named after Garth Worthington. He was a lifelong musician and singer who shared his love of music both in and outside the classroom. During his 33-year career with Edmonton Public Schools, he served as a Teacher, assistant supervisor of music, consultant and music curriculum coordinator. He mentored many students and advocated for music programming and performance opportunities throughout the Division and city. He was one of the creators of 'Night of Music', an annual showcase of students from Edmonton Public Schools. For over 20 years, Worthington also worked with the Edmonton Centennial Singers, a choir of students from across the city.
The Board of Trustees approved this school name, along with the names of two more new schools, at a public board meeting on May 14, 2019. Read his full biography or watch the Garth Worthington video to learn more about his contributions and achievements.
If your child is new to Edmonton Public Schools, you can register for school online. Visit the Division website to learn how to register for school.
We believe it is very beneficial for students to go home for lunch to have a break from the school routine. We appreciate this is not always possible, and therefore we offer a lunch hour service that is paid for by people using the program. Students supply their own lunches and the school hires lunchroom supervisors to supervise the children staying for lunch.
It is district policy that the lunchroom program is to be provided at no-cost to schools or the school board, therefore it is the fee's paid by attendees that supports this program.
The monthly lunchroom program cost will be determined based on the number of students who use the Lunch Program (fees will be communicated on SchoolZone in September, 2021).
Students who stay occasionally are charged $2.00 per day. The lunchroom fee is payable to Garth Worthington School at the beginning of each month. Receipts will be issued when monthly fees are paid. Please keep your receipts for Tax purposes. Only one receipt will be issued. The Lunch Program Fee can be paid monthly or yearly (based on a ten month school year). Payments can be made online via SchoolZone with VISA and MasterCard or directly in person with cash.
During the COVID-19 Re-entry Plan 2020-21, the Lunch program Fee is based on the Quarterly System, this is recalculated each Quarter. Once we know the Division COVID-19 Re-entry Plan, we will update our information here and on SchoolZone.
For 2021-22, the Lunch program Schedule will be determined and shared as part of our School Handbook and School Re-entry Plan.
If your child will be staying for lunch, please let the office know when your child will be absent from the lunch program. (For example dental or doctor's appointments).
All students who stay at school during lunch are not allowed to leave school property, unless they have a written note from parents authorizing them to do so.
Please click the appropriate Grade list below for your child and you will be redirected to the online ordering for staples. School supplies are delivered to your home.
If you would prefer to purchase elsewhere or in-store, please click the appropriate link below and you will see the required school supplies for each grade.
If you have any questions, please contact our school office.
Alberta Education curriculum links
All other parent resources are linked through SchoolZone.
Garth Worthington (March 5, 1939–February 15, 2014)
Garth Worthington was an Edmonton Public Schools music teacher who conducted thousands of Edmonton students in school bands and choirs during his 30-year career.
Born in Edmonton, Worthington was a talented musician and singer in his own right. He sang baritone and played piano, guitar, clarinet and sousaphone. He studied education at the University of Alberta and sang in its male chorus.
Worthington started teaching music at Eastglen High School and Highlands Junior High School in the early ’60s. He worked as an assistant supervisor of music with Edmonton Public Schools before teaching at Jasper Place High School in the ’70s. He retired from teaching in 1994.
He was one of the creators of 'Night of Music', an annual showcase of students from Edmonton Public Schools, now in its 55th year. For over 20 years, Worthington also worked with the Edmonton Centennial Singers, a choir of students from across the city.
Worthington’s former students share the profound influence he had as an educator and mentor who impacted their lives in ways that reached beyond the classroom.
The F. Garth Worthington Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to support vocal or choral music students attending District high schools.
Musical Notation - Did you know?:
The seemingly random pattern of window placement in the main and second story elevations of Garth Wiorthington School is, in fact, a homage to the school’s namesake, Garth Worthington. The facade is the foundation of transposed sheet music wherein the windows represent notes from the Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi”. The song figured in a former student’s memories of Worthington, a music teacher, who spoke of his connections to Mitchell and early exposure to the song before it became a hit. Hints of the lyrics are created via uniquely coloured frames (yellow, pink and green) which align with particular phrases (yellow taxi, pink hotel, tree museum). Horizontal trim in a contrasting color within the metal siding indicates the staff lines of music. The school entry is further articulated with black and white vertical metal that emulates piano keys. The subtlety of the treatment allows the story to be revealed to students and visitors as an educational component which might be incorporated within pedagogy or a guided visitor experience.
Currently, due to our COVID-19 Division Reentry Plan, volunteering opportunities are not allowed.
We encourage all parents to take an active role as partners in their children’s learning. If you would like to volunteer in your child’s classroom, please contact your child’s teacher. All volunteers are required to complete a volunteer registration form, which is available from the school office.
At this time, any person entering the building must have proof of vaccination, or a negative covid test notorized from an approved vendor.
There are a number of ways that parents can become active and contributing members of our school community. As you can well imagine, the possibilities are endless!
Information about volunteer opportunities will made available on SchoolZone and through classroom newsletters throughout the year or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank all parents who are able to make time in their busy schedule to assist in their child's learning! Your help and support are greatly appreciated.
Welcome to Garth Worthington School! I’m honored to be the Principal of our 21st Century school! I am looking forward to an exciting and challenging year of learning for our students.
We are proud to offer a variety of programs and activities that encourage our students to explore their curiosities, and strengthen their skills in math and literacy. As we begin our journey of what learning in a 21st century learning environment will be, develop a love of learning that will last beyond these school years, and prepare them for working in a 21st Century society.
To help our students achieve their full potential, we depend on the co-operative efforts of staff, parents, and the community to provide a learning environment that:
I encourage you to be an active participant in your child’s learning and the daily life of our school. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I welcome your questions, feedback and suggestions.
Dennis Kuchta, Principal
Garth Worthington School