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Student Report Cards - How Things Have Changed!


Grade 2 – Mrs. Clague, 1946-47The Onoway Museum was honored recently to receive an amazing gift from Carol Ertman who grew up in the Heatherdown area, took her early schooling at Pine Ridge School, then moved on to Beaupré School in Onoway. She went on to become a teacher and, over the course of her career, moved numerous times across Canada.

 

Among the documents now in the museum archives are some of Carol's report cards. Her earliest "report card" is simply a page her teacher Mrs. Clague clipped from a scribbler.


The next year Mr. Aldridge used the official report card as did her other teachers at Pine Ridge in following years.

 

Carol went to Beaupré School for grade 7 and on through grade 12. The report cards changed. Was the school budget that tight or was this an art class assignment? Carol's grade 11 report card was created by her – the list of subjects on the inside shows meticulous handwriting! When she got to grade 12 in 1956, Beaupré High School now printed (mimeographed) its own report cards.

 

What do report cards look like today?!

 

Grade
                                      3 – Mr. Aldridge, 1947-48
Grade
                                      8 – Mr. Shinkaruk, 1952-53
Grade 11 –
                                      1955 – 56
Grade 12 –
                                      Mr. Johnson, 1956 - 57

Grade 3 – Mr. Aldridge, 1947-48

Grade 8 – Mr. Shinkaruk, 1952-53

Grade 11 – 1955 – 56

Grade 12 – Mr. Johnson, 1956 - 57


But how amazing that Carol considered these documents important enough to carefully preserve and carry them around with her from place to place through her many moves, then generously send them back home! (Think about your important papers – where are they cached?)

 

Another fascinating document in the Ertman donation is an A.T.A. Magazine (Alberta Teachers Association) dated June 1920 – another world completely. One page shows the grid of teachers' salaries at Edmonton Public School Board. First year teachers earned $1,200 annually. There were separate categories for "Male Assistants" and "Female Vice Principals". Worth a look!


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Last updated: June 30, 2019