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Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

McKenzie Highlands continues to grow! Two years ago, our school opened with a student population of 278 students, 15 teachers, and a grade configuration of 5 through 8.  Today, we have a student population of approximately 680 students, 34 teachers, and house Grades 4 through 9!
I’m thrilled to welcome all of our students, parents, and staff to the home of the Legends! New to our staff this year are the following teachers: Lisa Meville, Andrea Robinson, Christine Perkin, Gail Gilowski, Sophie Still, Jacqueline Thornhill, Erik Burden, Michael Harris, and Blake Irvine.
The start of this school year has been, for the most part, very smooth! A special thank you goes out to our administrative assistant, Kathy Van Heurn, for the enormous amount of time she invested into ensuring that all the technical aspects of our opening were attended to with great diligence! Teachers have been commenting very positively on the preparedness, effort, attitude, and behaviour of our students. We thank you, parents, for your on-going support!
Ours is a school community built upon the pillars of academics, athletics, artistry, and citizenship.  Our staff is committed to attending to all of the developmental needs of our kids - academically, physically, socially, emotionally, and ethically. This commitment permeates throughout the classroom and extends beyond the walls of classrooms to the rich host of extra-curricular opportunities afforded to our students.
So very early in the year, both students and parents are preparing to settle into the routine that makes a school year! Cross-Country, soccer, volleyball, and a host of other extracurricular activities are quickly getting under way. It’s terrific to see the outstanding level of student interest in all of these activities. As per the Calgary Middle Level Schools Amateur Athletics (CMLSAA) constitution, students in grades 6 through 9 are allowed to try out for and play on school athletic teams. In addition to this opportunity, we provide developmental athletic clubs for our younger students along with a formalized intramural program at lunchtime.
Over the course of this year, students will have enormous opportunity to access a number of exciting extra-curricular opportunities such as: Band, Music Club, Drama, basketball, badminton, track, Principal’s Advisory Group, Patrols, Newspaper Club, Science Olympics, Eco Club, Robotics Club, culinary club, “Me to We" Club, Lego Club, Book Club, sewing, craft, and crochet. Moreover, students will have an opportunity to showcase their unique skills and passions in a talent show planned later for the year!
It is extremely important, early in the school year, for students to quickly settle into a study routine. It is reasonable to expect students in grades 6 through 9 to have at least one hour of homework per night. Students and parents should bear in mind that there will be times where the workload is considerably more at all grade levels. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities outside of formal class time to receive additional teacher support.
I invite you to be involved in supporting your child’s learning through regularly monitoring their academic progress on D2L and through reviewing their self - developed Student Learning Plans (SLPs) contained in Iris. With SLPs, students identify ways they learn best and set forth some of their own learning goals. Additionally, students will be posting artifacts of their work in Iris. Both D2L and Iris can be accessed through visiting our website at http://www.cbe.ab.ca/mckenziehighlands. Grades 4 and 5 students will begin the process of constructing their SLP’s toward the end of September.
For this school year we have made a change to our cell phone policy, given the number of concerns we had last year with students using their phones inappropriately during class time and disrupting the learning environment. This year, students will be allowed to bring their cell phones to school but will be expected to leave their cell phones secured in their lockers during class time. Students will be allowed to have access to their phones during the second half of lunch. There may be times where teachers will allow students to have access to phones during class time provided it is for a clearly defined educational purpose. Students in violation of this expectation will have their phone confiscated and it will be delivered to the main office and securely stored until the end of the day, at which time the student may come to the office to retrieve it. A student who has had their phone confiscated three times will require their parent/guardian to come to the office and retrieve the phone. Parents will be able to contact their child if necessary by calling the school’s main line and we will ensure that messages are relayed in a most timely fashion.
We do not produce a monthly newsletter. Every Friday, we email a message highlighting past events of the week and offer a sneak preview of what’s around the corner. Additionally, I will send a monthly principal’s message that will address the month that has been and the month to come. As well, teachers will, on occasion, email important information out. Over the course of this year we will continue to build our website to help include you even more in our learning community. Our website will endeavour to provide  important information around school rules and expectations, events, and offer resources to help support you in our work with your child. It will also provide an opportunity for you to come to better know your child’s teachers! Stay tuned!
Looking forward to meeting parents on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 for our Meet the Teacher evening. As well, I invite parents to our first School Council and Parents’ Association meeting of the year on Monday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Please feel free to email, call, or drop in for a visit should you have any questions or concerns, or just want to learn a little more about our school community.
Kel Connelly, Principal

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McKenzie Highlands School

25 McKenzie Towne Dr. SE Calgary, AB, T2Z 4B7
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School Contacts

Principal
Mr Kel Connelly
Assistant Principal
Miss Tania Brown
Area Director
Mrs Sylvie Monfette
Trustee
Michael Bradshaw

School Information

Grades
04-09
Enrolment
664
Programs
Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
8:30 AM
Dismissal
3:17 PM
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