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March 30
Parent Update

Good afternoon,

Thank you parents, guardians and students for your patience, teachers have been working closely to prepare for our new learning environment.

For our HWW families, our process going forward will be as follows:

  1. Your student will be contacted via survey or phone by your Link Homeroom teacher no later than the end of the day on Tuesday, March 31. This point of conversation is to connect and touch base to find out how your student is doing and to ask pertinent questions around technology access. 
  2. We feel that it is important that students have a daily routine and schedule.
  3. We have created an online timetable that is going to be used going forward. Posted on our website here​. Note: Classes will begin on Wednesday, April 1.
  4. Teachers will be using D2L Brightspace as their primary teaching and communication platform. If students have concerns or issues related to D2L, CBE student email, Google docs or passwords, help information is available here:  https://cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/Google-Apps-Gmail.aspx#q2. Also, a video to find your D2L email: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7qnLmE4-wQ&feature=youtu.be
  5. If your student requires further assistance / support outside of the online classroom aspect, please reach out to the designated Counsellor, Assistant Principal, or Resource support persons listed below:

As a reminder, we would encourage families to reach out directly to teachers, guidance or administration, should they have any concerns or need support. Their email addresses can be found on our contact page​.

We recognize that not all students will have access to follow the suggested timetable due to many factors. Please know, that teachers will be flexible, available and will provide the content and instruction to meet your students’ needs. We have asked teachers to ensure the following:

  • There will be 2 instructional blocks per class each week that will allot the 3 hour requirement of instruction from Alberta Education.
  • In addition, teachers will be available for 3 blocks per week for informal contact, tutorials and support.
  • We have also asked that any virtual classroom lesson be archived for asynchronous access.
  • For students/families struggling with access to technology, let the teacher know and print resources will be provided.

We hope that your families are all healthy and doing well during this time. Please know that we are here to support you.


Michelle Howell

Principal

March 16
HWW Update

Hello HWW Students,

We hope you all are well. We want you to know that our teachers will be working to support you and your learning from home (online). More information will come to you in the coming days through email, D2L and PowerSchool.

 We know that some of you need to get in to the school to get items that you need for your learning (textbooks, notebooks, calculators, band instruments, art supplies, etc.).

 Please follow the specific schedule below. All traffic in and out of the building must be through the front doors. All other doors will be locked.

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Students:

•             Please do not come to school if you are ill with respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, and/or muscle aches). Have someone who is feeling well come for you instead.

•             Please be sure that you are following the personal hygiene recommendations from Alberta Health Services regarding handwashing, personal space, etc.

•             Enter the school and proceed directly to your locker and/or locker room to get textbooks and materials needed for your school work. Please do not approach teachers or come to the office.

•             Teachers are not giving instruction face to face. This will be done online, so students will not be able to speak directly with teachers.

•             Have your ride wait for you in the parking lot.

•             Once you have your materials and belongings, please leave the school.

 

We are trying to mitigate any large gatherings, so please follow the specific schedule that is laid out for you above. You are not to remain in the building any longer than required to pick up your belongings.

As this situation evolves, families and students will be updated by email. Please check your email regularly for further information. Please note that, while following guidelines from AHS, all school events have been cancelled for the remaining period of the school year, including the graduation ceremony. For families who are looking for additional supports, we would encourage you to connect with the community resources listed on our website.

Look after yourselves and your families.

 

HWW Staff​

March 11
Champions!!!

I am so proud to announce that our Junior Girls won GOLD on Friday night against Churchill in the city final game! They remain undefeated for a second year in a row! A big thank you to Ms. Levson who has been an incredible teacher sponsor, and to Scott and Ellen who have been outstanding volunteer coaches!

Our junior boys took home SILVER on Friday night against Bowness! Thank you to Mr. Pilley and his good friend JT for coaching another successful season!

Finally, our Men’s Curling Team won GOLD at Provincials! Thank you to Mr. McDonald and Mr. Rajan for spending their weekend in Lethbridge coaching our student athletes, and for continuing to build our curling program!

Thank you to all of the teachers who came out to support our teams, and to our amazing admin team who drove around the city to be at all of our play-off games!


Healthy Hunger Lunches - Remember the good old days of school fun lunches?

No cafeteria provider, no problem! We will be providing special lunches once a week every Wednesday. Please be sure to sign up!

Healthy Hunger is a simple to use online ordering system. Accessible by for everyone and free to sign up!

Healthy Hunger Lunches - Students can do this on their phone!

1.    Go to www.healthyhunger.ca 

2.    Click the green Register your student button.

3.    Scroll down and complete the information – our students and staff can set up their account for themselves.

4.    Add a student – so yes that is you again.

 

Michelle Howell

Principal​

March 04
"Spring Day" is coming!

We would like to thank Chief Superintendent of Schools, Chris Usih and Area Director, Ms. Darlene Unruh for joining us on Friday, February 21, 2020. We enjoyed having them spend time with staff at meetings and in the classrooms with students as well.

A special reminder that Parent-Teacher Interviews will soon be upon us! Please note that interviews will be on March 12 from 12:00pm-7:00pm. Please be reminded that in order to allow teachers to prepare, there will be NO SCHOOL in the morning. Please remember to book your interviews through School Conferences starting on March 06 @ 6:00am. We have included the manual for anyone who may need assistance. School Conference Parent Guide. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled interview.

 

For students that have IPP's, they will be available for pickup prior to parent teacher conferences on March 12 in the Main Office.

 

Interact Club - Tickets will be on sale every day at lunch for The Interact Club’s annual benefit Concert. The event is called A Spring Day and will take place on Thursday March 19th and will feature the musical talents of many of your fellow warriors. All proceeds will go towards the Ronald McDonald house in their support of families with sick children. Tickets are 5 dollars, so bring friends or a date, hear some music and support an important cause! Students, family members and guests are welcome!

 

Finally, a reminder that our next School Council Meeting will be on Monday, March 9 at 6:30pm in the Courtyard. There will be a special presentation from guidance cousellor, Ms. Christine Little, who will discuss how to program plan most effectively for high school.

 

Michelle Howell Principal​

February 26
Hurry Hard!

CurlingJust an update on what happened today in city semi-finals and finals for curling. The men’s team includes Jacob P, Aidan S, Jake E, Brennan T, and Charles R took home GOLD and will represent Henry Wise Wood at Curling provincials in Lethbridge in early March.  The Women's Team includes Alena R, Aly K, Ella T, Sophia M took home a SILVER medal, losing a hard fight battle in the gold medal game.  The Mixed Team includes Ryan T, Moira M, Michael K, Gabby B took home a BRONZE medal, just barely losing the semi-final, but bouncing back to take home the bronze.  Finally, the open team includes Annie Z, Frank J, Stella W, Madyson L, Daniel S finished 4th out of the 9 teams entered in the open division. Losing two extremely close games. 

We would like to congratulate them on an incredible season and wish our men's team luck at provincials!

Basketball - As well, a huge congratulations to our basketball teams! Our Senior Girls and Boys won 1st and 2nd place in the Romel Raffin Tournament this weekend and our Junior Boys prepared themselves for our upcoming playoffs in the Okotoks tournament. Al teams represented Henry Wise Wood proudly – well done!

Michelle Howell

Principal​

February 19
Game On!

We have many amazing athletic events coming up and would encourage all of our fans to come and cheer on our athletes! On Friday, February 21 we are hosting our annual senior boys and girls basketball tournament in the King Gym.  The girls play against Forest Lawn at 9am, and the boys are playing against St. Timothy at 10:45am.   As well, we are happy to report that all of our curling teams have made to the semi-finals and finals that will also take place on Friday, February 21. Finally, playoffs are quickly coming our way. Beginning on March 2, basketball playoff games will commence. Please look at our calendar for details.

Almost Last Chance: Grade 10 Wise Wood Parents Your Voice is needed!

Attention Grade 10 Henry Wise Wood Parents: The Alberta Education Accountability pillar survey was sent to you in the mail directly from Alberta Education and is available to complete online or as a paper copy. We have also emailed you information regarding this survey.

Just a couple of notes regarding the survey:

·         A response of “don’t know” is counted as a “strongly disagree”

o   If you have a question that you don’t know please feel free to do either of the following:

§  Contact the school for clarification if required

§  Parents have every right to leave a question blank if they do not feel comfortable answering the question

·         The survey is anonymous

o   In the mail out from Alberta Education you were given a Random Access Code to ensure your anonymity

·         The survey opened on January 13, 2020, and closes on February 28, 2020.

 

Michelle Howell

Principal​

February 11
Courtyard Open

What an exciting week! We would like to thank everyone who attended our Courtyard Opening on Monday evening. It was a wonderful opportunity to appreciate all of those who were integral in the project becoming a success. We have linked a few pictures here for you; please feel free to review some of the photos throughout the process. It has been SUCH a pleasure to see our staff and students enjoying the space – we have received very positive feedback from the students.

As well, we would like to especially thank our parents who have contributed the last 2 casino donations to this project. Without the contribution and volunteering from our parents, we would never have been able to make this happen. We are incredibly proud of this learning space and look forward to our community to take full advantage.

As well, we were fortunate to invite our Trustee, Julie Hrdlicka, to our School Council meeting on Monday evening. Trustee Hrdlicka provided a most informative presentation on the roles of our Trustees and the challenges regarding the upcoming budget. We would encourage parents to view the PowerPoint Presentation​ and contact Trustee Hrdlicka with any questions.

Enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to seeing our students back next week!

Michelle Howell

Principal​

February 05
Courtyard Grand Opening

We hope that you have heard about our new Courtyard that has been officially opened. If parents are available and would like to see the space, we are planning on having an Open House next Monday. Please join us for this open house if you can make it.

As well, we will be having our School Council meeting following the opening. Trustee Julie Hrdlicka will be joining us to discuss some of the upcoming budget implications and would appreciate hearing any feedback from our families. Please see below under School Council for more information.

Please note the change in our Office Hours. We will be open from 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday – Thursday and 8:30am – 2:30pm on Fridays.

Attendance – As a result of the changes to the office hours, we ask that our families please make calls regarding any absences to our attendance line no later than 1:30pm, in order for us to process the calls for that day.  Should we receive calls after 1:30pm we will be happy to update the file the following day.


Michelle Howell

Principal​

January 30
Semester 2 Begins

Just a quick reminder that there will not be a homeroom on Monday February 3, 2020.  This is a regular day.

 

Textbook Return

At this time all textbooks need to be returned by Thursday January 30, 2020.  We would appreciate if parents/guardians could confirm with students that textbooks have been returned.

Students must return the same book they checked out. There is no credit for returning another student’s textbook.  

We are trying to avoid any financial charges to families. Books that have been lost, stolen, or damaged will not be cleared from a student’s account until the book has been returned, or replacement costs have been paid.

Textbook Sign Out for Semester 2

In order to sign out textbooks for Semester 2, all students will be asked to provide their HWW Student ID card.  Timetables will not be allowed during semester 2.  If your student does not have or know where their HWW Student ID card is, they will be able to retain a replacement card for $5.00 on Monday February 3, 2020. 

Report Cards and 2nd Semester Timetables - Semester 2 begins February 3rd.  Student will need to refer to PowerSchool on-line for their 1st semester report cards and 2nd semester timetables.  If they do not have a phone, they can come to the office for a hard copy on Monday morning.

 

Michelle Howell

Principal​

January 08
Welcome Back!

We hope everyone had restful break; we would like to thank everyone for their support when we returned. It has been an emotional week for us, but our community was extremely grateful for all the kind words that we received.  In relation to our 2019 Christmas Hamper Drive, we sincerely want to thank everyone for generously donating towards the purchase of Christmas gifts for our adopted families. Your donation helped make Christmas a lot merrier for our adopted families. 

January Schedule

Please be sure to check the website for the exam rules, guidelines and exam schedule.  Please remember that cell phones, IPods, apple watches or any other electronic devices are not allowed in the exam rooms.  Photo ID is required to write an exam.  Passports and Drivers Licenses are acceptable if you do not have your HWW student ID. 

Just a quick note that there will be regular classes that are mandatory for ALL students on January 15/16. The remainder of the month will be on a Flex Schedule.  This means that teachers are available to work with students all month on exam preparation and remaining assignments.  A tutorial schedule will be forthcoming in a separate message.

Textbooks

We ask to ensure that students return ALL library books and textbooks as soon as possible.  There will be a locker clean up on Thursday January 16 during WiseTime to allow students the time to return books in advance.  Each morning and afternoon of every exam, there will also be a kiosk in the main foyer to sign your textbooks in.​

Michelle Howell, Principal

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