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April Administrative Message

Administrative Message

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, “How Do Principals Influence Student Achievement?” by the UChicago Consortium of School Research.  Below is a visual that speaks to our work as a collective.  If School Principals create Strong Learning Climates, supported by Teacher Leadership then school-wide goals will improve.  Simple, but yet a very powerful focus.  

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In staffing news, we would like to formally welcome Mrs. Josephine Cesario as our new Administrative E Secretary.  Josie joins the Hillhurst team with a variety of career experiences both in the public and private sector.  She is very enthusiastic and excited about her new role.  Please be sure to take a moment to introduce yourself and give her a warm Hillhurst welcome! 

This school year, we have had a number of Celebration of Learning events in the evening.  Many families have had an opportunity to celebrate in their child’s learning.  We wanted to take a moment and share some feed-back we have received from families in from the Celebration of Learning evening events:

Great! So fun! Best part is seeing the enthusiasm in XXX about her work.

I’m so impressed by the variety of learning experiences.  I especially liked the Anne Frank biography and the Mt. St. Helen’s Volcano. 

Really enjoyed it, kids have worked super hard!

Love the crime scenes project!

Robotics – look at all the coding!

French – so personalized! Really helps to engage the students.

Music – Wow! My son has no musical background and he played a piece and sang it!

Thank you for all your hard work!

A group gathering with families and students will give students more confidence.

The math strategy game was very good.  We enjoyed the robotics and it was cool to see her creativity.

On behalf of the staff, thank you for attending the Celebration of Learnings, thus far and we look forward to the remaining ones for the year.

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 Alberta 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 8

Grade 6 ELA Part B – May 13

Grade 6 Math Part A – June 14

Grade 6 Math Part B – June 12

Grade 6 Social Studies – June 11

Grade 6 Science – June 17

As we head into Spring Break, we hope that you will enjoy your time with family and friends and that you and your child (ren) will have time to enjoy some fresh spring air!

 

Regards,

Prem Randhawa, Principal

Adam Topp, Assistant Principal

January 31
February Administrative Message

Students are the reason for professionals to engage in learning and success in developing better engagement, learning and well-being is the mark of success of any intervention or innovation” (Timperely, 2011).

In the month of January, staff and students at Hillhurst School continued our School Development Focus in Mathematics by enhancing a positive culture that supports communication, connections, problem-solving, reasoning and visualization.  In professional learning communities, teachers are continuing to come together to analyze student evidence and design the next best steps for their students.  Alongside Mathematics, our School Development Plan also focused on Writing and how student achievement in organizing and expressing written information can improve.

Recently, we had our Grade 3/4 Celebration of Learning hosted by students in Mr. David Kooperberg’s and Ms. Wong’s class on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.  The Celebration of Learning is an opportunity for students to share their learning with families and for conversations about questions connected to the Program of Studies.  We would like to share some feed-back with you from parents who attended this celebration:

“Such a great display of knowledge!”

“A group gathering with families and students gives students more confidence.”

“The math strategy game was very good.  We enjoyed the robotics and it was cool to see her creativity.”

Thank you to all our students and families who participated as this was a true celebration of our students and showed their sense of pride in their learning!

In Staffing news, we would like to share that Denise Dickson, Special Education Assistant will be taking a leave to take care of herself prior to the arrival of her baby in March 2019.  Denise’s last day with us will be on Thursday, January 31, 2019.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Denise for her work with our students and staff.  Denise has made significant impacts on academic and social/emotional development of our students and we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that.  We are currently in the process of hiring a replacement and are working with Human Resources on this. 

On a final note, we would like to thank our “Cheque Writing Campaign” co-ordinator Darcy Tuer and finance tracker Nadine Dyrgas for their tremendous efforts in raising funds to enhance the learning experience for our students.   We are very fortunate at Hillhurst School to have the dedication and support of our parents as our students are completely worth it! A deep thank you to everyone who donated and contributed to the “Cheque Writing Campaign” for the benefit of all our students.   

We are happy to announce that we wrote a grant for Alberta Transportation, Government of Alberta and we were successful! We are the proud recipients of a $2200.00 grant for our “Hug and Go Zone” which is coming very soon to Hillhurst School.  Please see the important details and map below:

Thank you to all parents who expressed concerns for the safety of students being dropped off at the start and end of each school day. We heard you!

We were recently approved by the City of Calgary to implement a Hug and Go zone in the front of our school on 7th Ave.  The Hug and Go is a zone is designed for parents to pick up and drop up of their children in a safe manner. The Hug and Go Zone will be in effect from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and then again from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm during school days. During the Hug and Go times, vehicles are not able to park as this is a loading zone. As safety of students is a top priority we will have designated staff that will help parents unload and load their children. We are expecting the Hug and Go Zone to start in February or March. We will be sending home more information about the Hug and Go Zone in the next few weeks.


Regards,

Prem Randhawa, Principal Hillhurst School

Adam Topp, Assistant Principal Hillhurst School 

November 30
December Administrative Message

Thank you to all our Hillhurst families and guests who attended Wednesday’s Stockton Performance.  We are so proud of the work our students and staff have engaged in with our residency.  Jeff worked passionately with our school to build a love for oral story-telling and his impact was meaningful.

We would like to thank the Hillhurst Cheque Writing Campaign as half of the funding for this residency has come from these generous donations.  “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow” (Beattie, 2017).  We are very fortunate to have the support of our parents and we would like to acknowledge your efforts in working with us to make Hillhurst School a vibrant place of learning.  As well, we would like to show our thanks to Jeff Stockton, as his oral story-telling residency brought us together as a school in a meaningful way. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to show our thanks to the School Council Executive who under the leadership of Pat Hanlon and Ellen Parker have made valuable contributions to our common goal of student success.  Our School Council and Parent Association members have worked passionately the past three months to support our students in funding enriching opportunities for learning.  Please accept our deepest gratitude as we say thank-you to each and every one of you!

In the month of December we are having Learning Conferences on December 20 & 21.  A letter will be going home and shared via school messenger the upcoming week. The conferences will be booked through an on-line system starting Thursday, December 13 at 8:00amThis can be booked through MY CBE/PowerSchool Account at:  https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/Learning Conferences will be taking place the following dates and times:  December 20 4:00-8:00pm & December 21 8:00-12:00pm (No school for students on this day).  Please note that students will return from Winter Break on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. 

On the Hillhurst School website you will soon find some important documents: School Development Plan, School Results and School Fees Report.  Please go to our website to see the details of each report:  http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Hillhurst/Pages/default.aspx

Thank you for supporting your children and our school over the past three months.  As our year closes and we approach our winter 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 winter air and appreciate the joy and peace of this season.

Regards,

Prem Randhawa, Principal & Adam Topp, Assistant Principal

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November 01
November 2018

As School Leaders we are continuously reflecting on our practices and impact on the school community.  Helen Timperely (2011) states that leadership is more like patterns of influence that are distributed across many players. Leadership effectiveness depends on how this influence promotes leader and teacher learning in ways that improve the engagement, learning and well-being of all students.  As an Administrative Team, we continuously work with our staff to build their capacity with a focus on professional and intellectual engagement.  In this process, we have shared standards of practice, engaged in job-embedded professional learning and used research-informed practices.  We are fortunate to be working with staff that is dedicated and committed to our common goal of student success. 

On Friday, October 26 during the Non-Instructional Day, teachers engaged in professional learning focused on Mathematics.  We looked at the Alberta Education expectations in regards to Number Facts.  Teachers focused conversations around the body of evidence they gather around number fact fluency.  The Mathematics program of studies expects students to master number facts.  Mastery of number facts occurs when students understand and recall facts.  This allows students to apply their knowledge to different and more complex computations and to be flexible in their thinking.  Please check out the link below for further information:

  https://education.alberta.ca/media/3115249/fs_clarif_expect_number_facts.pdf

With the support of our resident Jeff Stockton, staff and students have worked thoughtfully on oral story telling.  Kindergarten students have been looking at the magic of imagination and a recipe for a great story.  Our Kindergarten students are doing a little brainstorming about things they would love to create a story about.  In grades 1-6, Jeff spent some time with the tools of the storyteller, and sketched in the frame for a simple bullseye rubric.  Jeff also talked and played a little with the experience of ‘the Whoosh’ - that feeling that hits us all when we stand in front of an audience.  Please stay tuned for further information and details about our Jeff Stockton Performance Evening on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00pm.  

Again this year, we welcome Students Teachers from the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.  These Pre-Service teachers are working towards completing their Bachelor of Education program.  Please join us in welcoming the following Practicum Teachers from the University of Calgary.  They will start their pre-service experience at Hillhurst on Monday, November 5. 

Ms. Jesse Hamilton will be hosting Claire Howard.

Mr. David Kooperberg will be hosting Lauren Ewaskye.

Ms. Leslie Halper will be hosting Elizabeth Howard.

Mrs. Larraine Ryan will be hosting James Walsh. 

Our Character Development Committee led by a group of dedicated teachers, have meaningfully involved our staff and students in creating a personalized Character Development approach that meets the needs of our schools.  Over the last several weeks, students have been brainstorming and contributing ideas around what the letters of “Hibou” represent.  Teachers then led students into voting for the ones they felt best fit our school.  On Monday, October 29th we had a kick-off assembly to share these virtues.  Here they are below:

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We would like to thank all our wonderful parents for our recent Staff Appreciation Luncheon.  Hillhurst Staff very much enjoyed the wonderful lunch.  We are very fortunate to have such thoughtful parents and a sincere thank you to everyone!

Please check the attached calendar for November School Events.    Also check us out on Twitter Follow our new school on Twitter at @HillhurstSchool. 

Sincerely,

Prem Randhawa, Principal

Adam Topp, Assistant Principal

October 01
October 2018

We would like to start by reflecting on a quote from Margaret Wheatley. “Determination, energy, and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context” (Wheatley, 2005).  As we reflect on the month of September, our staff and students have shown their courage as they started a new school year.  Students are working with staff and parents to establish goals for the 2018-2019 school year and what strategies they will strengthen or develop as they move forward in their growth as individuals.  Thank you to all our parents who attended the Learning Conferences on September 20 and 21.  It was wonderful to meet and re-connect with many of our families.  We also appreciate the focused and open conversations around the success of students for this school year. 

The month of September has also been filled with many rich learning experiences to build success for all students at Hillhurst School.  The school wide inquiry question of “Change” has been embedded into our planning, instruction and assessment.  Each grade group team delved into their Alberta Program of Studies and created the following over-arching statement:

Kindergarten – We are learning and changing.

Grade 1/2 – When we change the way we think, the world changes with us. ​

Grade 3/4 – How can we make a positive change in the world around us?​

Grade 4/5 Gate – What is change and how do we navigate through it?

Grade 4/5, 5/6, 6 (Gate): Change – How do we make a difference?

This school year we are continuing with “Celebration of Learning” events. This is an opportunity for our students to share and celebrate their learning with you.  The format will vary, but the focus will remain on students communicating current learning with parents, as connected to the Alberta Program of Studies.  Below is a tentative schedule for these celebrations.  You will get a confirmed date and time from your child’s classroom teacher in their “Weekly Update” closer to the date.  “Celebration of Learning” events will be held at Hillhurst School from 6:00-7:00pm. 

Kindergarten, Grade 1/2 – April 17​

Grade 3/4 – January 23​

Grade 4/5, 5/6 - February 27​

Gate 4/5/6 - May 15

At each School Council Meeting, grade teams join to present and share some of the current learning in their classrooms.  The “Teacher Presentation” takes place at the start of the School Council Meeting.  Please see the schedule below for grade team presentations: 

October 10 – Ms. Torstensen, Ms. Watkins, Mr. Scott ​

January 16 – Ms. Housley, Ms. Underdahl, Ms. Yee, Ms. AuYeung​

February 13 – Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Hamilton​

March 13 – Mr. Kooperberg, Ms. Wong ​

April 10 – Ms. Klassen, Mr. Law, Ms. Hamir​

May 8 – Ms. Halper, Ms. Grainger, Ms. Ryan, Ms. Hamir ​

As a school this year, our School Development Plan will continue with a focus on Mathematics and extend into Writing. Further, we will be having a Story-telling Residency with Jeff Stockton.  Jeff Stockton worked with our staff and students for 2 days the previous school year and made a great lasting impression.  We are welcoming Jeff back for a 20 day residency and will be working towards a November performance that welcomes all parents/guardians into our school.  Please mark your calendars as the evening performance will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6:00pm.

http://www.jeffstockton.ca/

We will continue to share updates with you in our monthly newsletter, at school council meetings and through weekly updates with the classroom teacher. 

Further, we will be updating our school website on a regular basis on with school events, pictures and student voice.  Please check the website below:

http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Hillhurst/Pages/default.aspx

Please check the attached calendar for October School Events.    

Sincerely,

Prem Randhawa, Principal

Adam Topp, Assistant Principal

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September 07
September 2018 - Welcome to the New School Year

​On behalf of all the staff, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the new and returning students and families of Hillhurst School. The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for staff, students and parents filled with anticipation and hope. We are happy to share that Hillhurst students have settled into their classrooms and have transitioned into the start of a new school year!

The staff at Hillhurst School is dedicated to building a safe, compassionate community of life-long learners, who are inspired to become respectful, responsible, co-operative, innovative and productive citizens. Our school building, system and province share a common focus for the quality education we provide for every student. We will continue to strengthen our partnerships with parents as we know that helping your child succeed is a responsibility we share with you, the parents. Our home-school partnership is one of the best ways to help your child succeed.

We are excited to share with you the Hillhurst Staff for the 2018-2019 school year (attached at the end of the message).  You will be receiving an email sometime today from your child’s teacher. In this email your child’s teacher will provide you with important information about classroom routines and processes.  As a school we will be continue using a consistent approach to communicating the learning in your child’s classroom with you.  Every Friday you will receive a “Weekly Update” from your child’s teacher and School Specialists (French, Music, and Physical Education) that will share the following: Week-At-Glance, Ask me about, Helping at home and Upcoming Events and Special Days. This “Weekly Update” will be emailed to you via School Messenger. Please be sure that the school has your updated email and contact the school to make any changes.

School information packages will be sent home on the first day of school with each child. This includes important information on student demographics, medical information, volunteer opportunities and etc. Please complete the forms and return with your child.

As a school this year our School Development Plan will focus continue our focus on Mathematics and extend into Writing. Further, we will be having a Story-telling Residency with Jeff Stockton. Jeff Stockton worked with our staff and students for 2 days the previous school year and made a great lasting impression. We are welcoming Jeff back for a 20 day residency and will be working towards a November performance that welcomes all parents/guardians into our school. Please mark your calendars as the evening performance will be on Wed. Nov. 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

As an Administration Team, we value the role that parents and families play in education. To this end, communication is important and valuable. We welcome communication via email, telephone or in person. Our approach and philosophy includes making connections with students on a daily basis. The staff and Hillhurst School are committed to providing all of our students with academic knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. We are looking forward to continuing our collective work at Hillhurst School to support student success.

Learning Conferences will be taking place on September 20 (4:00 - 8:00 PM) and September 21 (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM). The September Learning Conference is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and share information about your child. This face-to-face meeting with your child’s teacher will focus on establishing goals for academic and social success. This conference will allow both teachers and parents to share information and develop strategies to support student success.  We encourage parents to bring their child to be part of this conversation. Additional communication will be coming soon about the logistics of booking these conferences.

Also please check the calendar for important upcoming school events. We look forward to the school year ahead and please let us know if you have any questions.

Best Regards,
Prem Randhawa, Principal
Adam Topp, Assistant Principal

June 01
June 2018

On behalf of the Hillhurst staff we would like to start by thanking the parent community for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon on May 1. This was an opportunity to come together and enjoy a meal so graciously prepared by our parent community. Our deepest thanks to everyone involved in planning the luncheon as there is a tremendous amount of work that takes place behind the scene to bring this together.

At the School Council Meeting on Wednesday, May 9, we shared an update with parents on School Projections and Organization for the 2018-2019 school year. Currently we are looking at the following classroom configurations for the community program: 1 AM (morning) Kindergarten class, 2 Grade 1/2 classes, 2 Grade 3/4 classes, 1 Grade 4/5 class and 2 Grade 5/6 classes. In the Gate Program we are looking at: 3 Grade 4/5 classes and 2 Grade 6 classes. In this scenario, we are continuing with multi-age classroom configurations. The staff at Hillhurst School value teaming and team-teaching opportunities and we are cre-ating opportunities for this to be continued. As Sharon Friesen (2009) states in her research from What Did You Do In School Today? working in the company of our peers is important as we build our individual and collective capacity. Further research by McKinsey & Company (2007) demonstrates that learning improves when teacher learning happens in the classroom, when teacher leader-ship receives consistent support, and when teachers have opportunities to learn from one another. We are looking forward to strengthening our teaming oppor-tunities and multi-age classroom configurations to support the success of every student at Hillhurst School.

In the month of May, we also hosted two orientations. On Thursday, May 3rd we hosted a Gate Orientation and welcomed new families to our Hillhurst Community. Our current Gate students in Grade 5 led our new students on a school tour and after this they had an opportunity to engage in a classroom challenge. Meanwhile parents had an opportunity to learn about our school and the Gate program in the gym. Once again we would like to welcome all our new Gate families to Hillhurst School and are looking forward to supporting your child is this transition.

In another orientation, we welcomed our new Kindergarten families to Hillhurst School. On Wednesday, May 9 we hosted a Kindergarten Orientation. Mrs. Rachel Housley shared information with parents about the Kindergarten Program. There will be two Kindergarten Open House times for students to experience time in the classroom on June 1 and June 8. The early years are a time of significant development in a child’s life and we look forward to supporting our students as they bring their own talents and gifts to their learning experiences.

On behalf of our students, staff and community members we would also like to thank our volunteers who have supported us this school year. Edgar Allen says that “Your life and mine should be valued not by what we take... but by what we give.” On Friday, May 25th we celebrated our volunteers with an Appreciation Tea and thanked them for their dedication and commitment to our common goal of student success. If you were not able to attend, we want to take this opportunity to thank you. Your volunteerism has truly had an impact and for that we are grateful.

As we head into the final month of the school year, we are continuing to focus on providing students with rich learning opportunities to support their success. We are looking forward to celebrating the learning in our school with you. Please read all the emails and reminders about upcoming June events.

Sincerely,

Prem Randhawa, Principal
Adam Topp, Assistant Principal

May 02
May 2018

Viviane Robinson tells us “When clear goals are in place, leaders can be strate-gic about allocating and organizing money, time and staffing in ways that in-crease the change of success.” The month of April has been busy for us as we reconciled our 2018-2019 school budget. Please go to the following link for further and detailed information on “Budget and Financial Information”

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/about-us/budget-and-finance/Pages/default.aspx

Every year schools make staffing adjustments for a variety of reasons, including enrollment changes, retirements, staff returning from leaves and where we predict resources will have the greatest impact on students. We are not able to confirm staffing until August 2018 and work with the information we have to ensure the best plan for our students.

In staffing news, we would like to welcome back Joan Little, ELL (English Lan-guage Learning) Assistant at Hillhurst School. Joan was on a leave and is re-turning back on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. We would like to thank Sanaa Hatoum for her work with our staff and students during Joan’s absence. In another staffing update, Jenna Anheliger, a teacher on a maternity leave who was scheduled to return to Hillhurst in September 2018, has been successful in a teacher exchange at Captain Nichola Goddard School. We would like to thank Jenna for her work at Hillhurst School and wish her the best. We would like to welcome Nora Grainger, who currently teaches grades 4, 6 & 7 at Captain Nich-ola Goddard School. Nora will be joining the Hillhurst Team at the end of Au-gust 2018.

We have had the opportunity to work with five students teachers from the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. These pre-service teachers are work-ing towards completing their Bachelor of Education program. Carrie, Mackenzie, Elaine, Vickey and Heather have worked under the leadership of Mentor teachers at Hillhurt School this past school year. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge their work and dedication to our learning community. Their last day with us was on Friday, April 20 and we wish them the best in their careers as educators. We are looking at continuing our partnership opportunities with pre-service teachers for the 2018-2019 school year as this is a valuable way to ensure continued excellence in the pro-fession, but it also serves as an excellent leadership and professional development op-portunity for mentor teachers.

Hillhurst School students and staff would like to invite you to a Math Learning Celebration on Wednesday, May 23 from 6:00-7:00pm. This school year our school has focused on how students model, represent and communicate their mathematical ideas. With the support of our Math Resident Expert, Geri Lorway we have been on a yearlong journey focusing on strengthening and enhancing a positive mathematics culture in our school. Students would like to share and celebrate their Mathematical learning with you. Students will be engaging in different math tasks with their parents/guardian. This is an opportunity for students to share and take pride in their learning. Please plan for 30-40 minutes of math engagement with your child as they take you to various centres throughout the school and in their classroom. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating with your child!

Lastly, thank you to our Career Day Parent Co-ordinators Joan Fanstone and Leslie Street who worked with Hillhurst Staff (Adam Topp, Sondra Torstensen, Rachel Housley and Leigh Underdahl) to organize a very successful morning for students. We had a number of presenters who came into our school and shared their passions. Students had an opportunity to listen and ask many questions about careers that interested them.

As we head into the last two months of school, we encourage you to read all emails and stay updated with all school events!

Regards,

Prem Randhawa, Principal
Adam Topp, Assistant Principal

March 23
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:

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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!

Regards,

Prem Randhawa, Principal   Adam Topp, Assistant Principal

 

 

March 02
March Update

Excerpted from our March Newsletter​.

In the month of February, Hillhurst students and staff engaged in a school-wide “Writing Residency” with Cathy Beveridge focused on “Empowering Students through Writing.” Cathy Beveridge met with Hillhurst Teachers in late-November to begin some pre-planning for the February Writing Residency. The whole-school residency focused on the power of creative language, use of a sensory word bank, precise words and key writing strategies. We would like to thank Cathy Beveridge for her work at Hillhurst School. Cathy has supported students in building their writing skills and staff in their capacity. We would like to thank our Parent Association for making this residency possible for our school.

In Staffing news, we would like to welcome Mrs. Kerri Lindner as our New Library Assistant. Kerri was previously at William D. Pratt School. Kerri comes to us with many experiences and has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Education in Second-ary Education. Please join me in welcoming her to our vibrant school and community.

The Character Committee of teachers at Hillhurst School designed a school-wide task focus-ing on empathy. The school-wide task focused on the book, The Invisible Boy by Trudy Lud-wig. In this focus, a connection was made to our school wide question of "Who Are We?" The students engaged in classroom conversations about What does empathy have to do with us as individuals and as a community? What does empathy have to do with our identity (individually and collectively)? 

Students brainstormed words, phrases, or very short sentenc-es that captured what empathy means to them, where it is seen and experienced in life, and what they can do to demonstrate empathy towards others. These thoughts and ideas were recorded on a life-size visible boy throughout the hallways at Hillhurst School. Our common goal was to continue school conversations about about empathy, connect it to what is hap-pening in the classrooms, and then to have a visual reminder for all students while they move throughout our school.

We are welcoming back five Students Teachers from the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. These Pre-Service teachers are working towards completing their Bachelor of Education program. They will be with us until April.

  • Ms. Jesse Hamilton is hosting Carrie Leung.
  • Mr. David Kooperberg is hosting Mackenzie Brush.
  • Ms. Leslie Halper is hosting Elaine Velletta.
  • Ms. Andrea Watkins is hosting Vickey Wong.
  • Mrs. Larraine Ryan is hosting Heather Million.

You will be receiving information soon about the upcoming March Learning Conferences. The March Conference is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss his/her progress and achievement in relation to the learner outcomes from the Programs of Study. These Learning Conferences are focused on evidence of individual student learning (examples of student work, student reflections, etc). Learning Conferences focus on the student’s strengths, areas of growth, learning strategies and next steps for improvement in relation to learning outcomes and success criteria.

Regards,

Prem Randhawa, Principal at Hillhurst School
Adam Topp, Assistant Principal at Hillhurst School

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Today is the last day of the school year for teachers and school staff. Thank your for another amazing year. Enjoy your well-deserved summer break! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/IlEIqQUkXj

Today was the last official day of classes for the 2018-19 school year! Congratulations to all of our students on your many accomplishments and successes this year. Have an awesome summer! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/NJWHSGxs9c

RT @cityofcalgary: School/playground zone safety is everyone's responsibility. A friendly reminder that the maximum speed in playground zones is 30 km/h and is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week, year round. https://t.co/z67wIsesnP https://t.co/k1jLA9Sxv0

RT @YourAlberta: As the school year winds down, hats off to all our students for a successful year and congratulations to Alberta's class of 2019! 🎓 🎉 #abed https://t.co/KJw6wNa3Lo