Principal's Message - August
August 2017 Principal’s Message
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back from summer holidays. Hopefully, everyone had a fun, enjoyable and relaxing vacation.
As mentioned in our last newsletter, we said that we were not going to be mailing out student timetables this year, nor will we be doing a formal August school mail out as in previous years. However, we had some computer program conversion issues with our Student Information System (Maplewood) when we were working on student timetables. Therefore, timetables were printed out and mailed home during the second week of August. Students will be issued new Maplewood passwords form their Teacher Advisors during the first few days of school that will enable them to continue to use Maplewood. You will need to make sure that you have your Maplewood Username and Password login information to access the information on-line. Our usual school fridge magnet with important school dates will be handed out to students on the first two days of school when students return to school. Our Clearview School Division Learning Calendar may be accessed from the division’s website at www.clearview.ab.ca. Student picture forms and information on our “KEV” system (Cash payment on-line), information on parent passwords for our Student Information System (Maplewood), as well as your child’s report card if it was not picked up at the end of June will also be distributed on the first few days as we return to school. You will also be able to find all of this information and other important information about our school, including information on school pictures our school timetable for the year on our school’s website at www.wmehay.clearview.ab.ca. Our school timetable has remained the same as last year. Our school day starts at 9:00 A.M. and classes will end at 3:15 P.M. from Monday to Friday. Again this year there will be no early PD Mondays or Early Dismissal Fridays.
Last year was our fourth year of being involved as a high school with the Provincial Initiative of “Moving Forward With High School Re-Design, which was an off shoot of the “High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project” that we piloted in our school for 4 years prior to that. This means that all of the great and new programs that we introduced in our high school over the last eight years will be continuing. As a school, our priority will be to continue to offer innovative programming to push our students and school to the forefront of education in the province.
The staff of Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus is committed to a Teacher Advisor (TA) System as one of the foundations of our Educational Re-Design efforts and school philosophies as well as one of the fundamental educational principles of our school. The primary goal of our Teacher Advisors is to provide each student at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus a small group environment in which to explore topics relevant to success not only in a secondary school environment but also after graduating from high school. Each high school student is a member of a TA group consisting of approximately 16-18 students from grade 10-12. The TA’s role is one of mentoring and advocating for the student. In addition, the TA will be responsible for monitoring the student’s progress in all subject areas, their attendance, assisting the students in their daily organization and helping them set realistic goals leading to the completion of course work and the attainment of their high school diploma. Our Teacher Advisor (TA) classes (grades 10-12) are multi-graded and students are looped. This means that your student will have the same TA for their entire high school education at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus. Junior High students TA groups are not looped or multi-graded, they will remain as single graded TA groupings for their entire year. If parents or students have a concern with their TA, please make an appointment with our Student Services department to discuss your concern. Also, please remember that we would like to have you contact your students’ TA as a first point of contact if there are any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of their education.
Our TA’s should be contacting the parents of the students in their TA classes early in the school year. If you have not heard from your child’s TA before the mid point of semester one, please feel free to contact them.
The Teacher Advisor Program at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus has been and is a very successful program. Our students can all benefit from the skills and attributes learned during these TA classes. This program does take time and energy, but the benefits to our students are enough to make it very valuable and worthwhile.
TA classes are a regular part of the school day for all of our students; therefore attendance is required and will be taken. There will no longer be “Flex” blocks in our school day but our grade 11 and 12 students will have the opportunity to still access extra help from their teachers during TA classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays if needed. Grade 10 students will remain in their TA classroom and will be monitored by their TA’s to ensure that they are staying caught up on their school work.
The Leader In Me program and health related topics will be a part of the Teacher Advisor Program as we transition between our Junior High and Senior High School at Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus. Grade 7-9 students will be in single graded TA’s for the year. The students TA will be the same person for the year. The TA’s role will be one of mentoring and advocating for the student. In addition, the TA will be responsible for monitoring the student’s progress in all subject areas, their attendance, assisting the students in their daily organization and helping them set realistic goals leading to the completion of course work and the achievement of grade promotion. Our TA should be contacting the parents of the students in their TA classes early in the school year. If you have not heard from your child’s TA before the mid point of November, please feel free to contact them.
Parental involvement is an important aspect of student achievement. Parents will be encouraged to maintain frequent contact with their student’s Teacher Advisor and teachers in a partnership, which has as its major focus, the progress and well being of each individual student. Students need to be in attendance at school and we would like to work with you to be sure that your student is making attendance a priority in order to give them the optimal chance to be successful.
All students will be issued I.D. cards at the start of the school year and again this year students will need to have their I.D. cards on them at all times during the school day. Grade 7-9 students will be issued gold colored I.D. cards and grade 10-12 students will be issued green colored I.D. cards. Students will need their I.D. cards to access all services and activities provided by the school. These services and activities will include, the Learning Commons (library), Student Services, school dances and our student exam-writing centre. Students not possessing an I.D. card when asked to do so may be denied these services. If students lose their I.D. cards, they will need to see Mr. Morris or Mrs. Lavalee to get it replaced and they will be charged $5.00 for their new one.
Student timetables are individualized and it is very unlikely that any two student’s timetables will look exactly alike. When you view your timetable that was mailed out, I would ask that you take a few moments to examine your students’ individual class timetable. It may have a course that they did not select on their April registration form, or it might have a blank space (Grade 7-11’s should not have any blank spaces). This could be due to conflicts in our master timetable between courses that they have selected or it could be because they have missed a prerequisite course. If your students’ timetable is completely blank or if they require a change, our Administration and Student Services team will be available on August 29th and 31st from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. to make these changes. If they are unable to come during these two days, they will need to see one of our Student Services personnel or Administrators on their first day back at school after the general student assembly in the PAC.
If your student is planning to drive to school this year, they will need to register their vehicle with Cst. McNickle, our School Resource Officer (SRO). There will be no parking fee for the year, all that we ask is for students to register their vehicle and that you help to keep our parking lot free of litter and garbage. Reserved staff parking is on the West side along Memorial Park and the East side along the Catholic Church. Students parking in the reserved staff area will be warned and kept track of by our SRO. Students that continue to park in the reserved staff area may be towed. More information regarding parking at school will be available on our first student orientation day.
School will start with an orientation on Tuesday, September 5th for Grade 10,11 and 12 students and Wednesday September 6th for Grade 7, 8 and 9 students. On these days, students will gather in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) starting at 8:55 A.M. to meet their Teacher Advisor (TA) and to complete the orientation and registration process. If you are new to our school, you should find out who your TA is before entering the PAC. You will find lists posted in the hallway outside of the main office, which is located at the North end of the school adjacent to the PAC. Should you have any problems, please feel free to ask any teacher for help or go to the main office. All students will be in school together starting on Thursday, September 7th for the start of regular classes. Picture Day for all students will also be on Thursday September 7th.
As a school, we do not provide a ‘list’ of school supplies for our grade 10-12 students for you to purchase because of the variety of optional programs that a student could be enrolled in. On the first day, students in high school will need a binder, some paper and a pen. As your student goes to classes, their teachers will give them course outlines as well as any unique supplies pertinent to that class. Otherwise, they will only need the basic materials that they would normally use in school.
Grade 7-9 students were supplied with a list of school supplies at the end of June when their report cards were picked up. These lists are also available on our schools’ website www.wmehay.clearview.ab.ca. Junior High students will also be receiving course outlines on the first day of school and students should have basic school supplies with them on the first day.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime throughout the school year by phoning (403) 742-3466 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you on the first day of school.