Principal's Message

Welcome to A.L. Horton!

On behalf of all the staff at A. L. Horton Elementary, I would like to welcome all of our school families to the 2019/2020 school year! We hope that you and your family will enjoy your educational experience here!

I would like to introduce myself to all of you as the new principal at A.L. Horton. I feel very blessed and privileged to serve the students and their families in this role. I am looking forward to learning and leading with you as we fulfill our mission in modelling for our students the ALH way!

As I anticipated the new school year during the summer, I was excited for my role at A.L. Horton for a couple of reasons. First, I am excited to be part of a school community that has a strong commitment to excellence in both academics and character. I believe both of these are foundational pieces in creating the best education for our students. In addition to this, I was also looking forward to continuing my professional career in rural Alberta. My previous administrative roles have included time in both Ryley and Roundhill and I am looking forward to the strong network that all stakeholders in the Vegreville community bring to A.L. Horton and the Ukrainian Bilingual Program.

Our staff work diligently to provide high quality programs for all of our students. With the support of the A.L. Horton School Council and Friends of A. L. Horton School Society, we have completed a kitchen renovation project and added a new sound system to our gym. Our future plans include the enhancement of our fine arts and physical education programs.

Extracurricular activities are a very important aspect of school life at A. L. Horton. Our Energy Club led by our Gr. 6 students organize school spirit activities every month. Our intramural program provides lunch hour sports activities for students from Gr. 4-6 from October to March. We have instrumental band and handchime programs for students in Gr. 4-6. All of our Music programs are free. We have Journal games running teams which practice and compete during the months of February and March. Our football teams play during the months of May and June. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Geography Challenge, Speaking in Class, and the Wendy Brook Music Festival. Our Ukrainian bilingual program provides students not only with the opportunity to learn about a second language but also to gain a greater understanding of their culture and heritage. This year, we have added AMA School Patrols. This group of volunteer students work conscientiously to help children cross safely at the crosswalks.

As always, please drop by the office or give us a call if you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions. We look forward to your support for a successful school year.

Matthew Spronk

A. L. Horton Elementary School
Vegreville, Alberta