By Chris Dittmann
The Calgary Science School is a public charter school (Grades 4 to 9) occupying the former Clem Gardner Elementary school building here in Lakeview. One of the pillars of the school’s philosophy and learning model is the desire to create an authentic learning environment that connects students to the “real world”.
It was with this goal in mind that the Calgary Science School entered into partnership with the Lakeview Community Association to establish the community garden project that was launched last year in June. The school is eager to continue the project this spring and several teachers will be using the garden as an outdoor classroom to engage students in different subjects and topics.
Grade 4 science teachers Deirdre Bailey and Amy Park will be growing tomatoes as students delve into the science curriculum focusing on plant growth. Students will be growing plants both inside the school and in the community garden and testing variables such as soil, temperature, water, and light.
Grade 7 science teachers Lisa Nelson and John Cadman will be focusing on plants for food and fiber, exploring the areas of food sustainability, nutrition, and traditional Aboriginal uses of plants. Grade 6 teacher Candice Shaw will be
partnering with plot holder and Lakeview resident Allie Tulick as part of Ms. Shaw’s lifelong learning elective.
This course focuses on developing skills that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. In addition to learning hands-on gardening skills, students will work with Ms. Tulick in learning how to plan and plant a garden plot.
(Chris Dittmann is a teacher at the Calgary Science School)
For more information or to become
involved in the community garden,
please send an email message to
or call Judy Osinski at 403-264-4066.
To work with the teachers and stu
dents of the Calgary Science School
specifically through the garden,
please send an email message to Ivy
Waite at email@example.com
or call 403-282-2890.