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Principal's Message

April 2018

As school leaders, we continuously reflect on our leadership practices and our impact. We collect data/evidence, engage in conversations and use research-driven information to inform our actions. Recently, we read an article titled “Good Leaders Make Good Schools” and we would like to share a piece with you:
What do principals do? They build a culture. Researchers from McKinsey studied test scores from half a million students in 72 countries. They found that students’ mindsets were twice as powerful in predicting scores as home environment and demographics were. How do students feel about their schooling? How do they understand motivation? Do they have a growth mind-set to understand their own development?
These attitudes are powerfully and subtly influenced by school culture, by the liturgies of practice that govern the school day: the rituals for welcoming members into the community; the way you decorate walls to display school values; the distribution of power across the community; the celebrations of accomplishment and the quality of trusting relationships. Principals set the culture by their very behavior — the message is the person.
We would like you to continue to provide us feedback and engage in open conversations about our work. Our priority is to maximize our impact as leaders and in order to do so we need to hear from you. We appreciate the emails, phone calls and face-to-face meetings we engage in with our parents as we strive to engage in best-practices for our school community.
In staffing news, we would like to welcome back Ivanna Odegard from her maternity leave. Ivanna returned to Hillhurst School on Monday, March 19, 2018. Rebecca Klassen was the temporary teacher filling in during Ivanna’s leave and Rebecca’s last day will be on Friday, March 23, 2018. During this week, Ivanna and Rebecca have been working together on a transition plan, engaging in conversations and discussing instruction and assessment. On behalf of the staff, students and parents I would like to thank Rebecca for her work as our music teacher and wish her the best on her future career with the Calgary Board of Education.
In May and June of this year, all Grade 6 students throughout the province will write provincial achievement tests in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Results from these tests will provide Al-berta Education, school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and the public with information about what students know and can do in relation to provincial standards at the end of Grade 6.
Grade 6 ELA Part A – May 10 Grade 6 ELA Part B – June 15 Grade 6 Math – June 18 Grade 6 Social Studies – June 19 Grade 6 Science – June 14
Achievement tests are based on what students have been learning throughout the school year. This allows teachers to get an initial look at the performance of the students in their class and will enable teachers to use each child’s achievement test score as an indicator of how well they have learned the Grade 6 Alberta curriculum.
Grade 6 students at Hillhurst School participated in a pilot CBE Student Survey. This is an anonymous online survey developed with the objective of providing our school with relevant, valid and reliable data that we can use for planning. The survey aims to evaluate student outcomes related to Academic Success, Citizenship, Personal Development and Character. We wanted to share and some celebrate some grade 6 results with you as related to our School Development goal of Mathematics:
As we head into Spring Break, we hope that you will enjoy your time with family and friends and that you and your children will have time to enjoy some fresh spring air!
Prem Randhawa, Principal   Adam Topp, Assistant Principal  

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1418 7 Ave NW Calgary, AB, T2N 0Z2
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Mrs Prem Randhawa
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Mr Adam Topp
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Mr Calvin Davies
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