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  • Important changes for students living in Douglasdale, Douglasglen (including Quarry Park), McKenzie Lake and McKenzie Towne

  • Remembrance Day Assembly

  • Riverwatch Rescheduled until Spring

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Principal's Message

September 2019

​Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!
McKenzie Highlands continues to grow! Today, as we enter our fourth year, we sit with a student population of approximately 790 students in grades 4 through 9 and 38 teachers. Absolutely every classroom is now in use!
I’m thrilled to welcome all of our students, parents, and staff to the home of the Legends! I extend a special welcome to two of our newest staff members: Sue Nixon, teaching Grade 6 Math and Science, and Michael Smith, teaching Grade 5.
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 our students.
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 a half hour to one hour of homework per night. Students and parents should bear in mind 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 All students are currently in the midst of building their individual SLP.
Our first round of Parent/Teacher/Student conferences is scheduled for this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The intent of these conferences is for teachers to get a better sense of students as learners and provide an opportunity to build strategies between school and home in support of students.
Over the course of this year, students will have enormous opportunity to access a number of exciting extra-curricular opportunities. On September 26, we will hold our annual club fair, giving students an opportunity to see all that is offered.  Some of these offerings include:  Band, Music Club, Drama, 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. Last year we offered over 20 extra-curricular clubs.
On the athletic front, cross-country, soccer, and volleyball are quickly getting under way. It’s terrific to see the outstanding level of student interest in all of these activities. Basketball, badminton, and track will round out our athletic program over the course of the year. 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.
Thank you, in advance, to parents for helping support our school’s cell phone policy. Students are 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 in grades 7 – 9 will be allowed to have access to their phones during lunch hour. Grades 4 to 6 students will be allowed to access their cell phones during the second half of lunch after having eaten. If there are instances where students are in chronic violation of the cell phone policy, their phones may be confiscated for the remainder of the day and stored securely in the office.
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 out regular principal’s messages. As well, teachers will, when necessary, email important information. Over the course of this year we will continue to build our website to help include you more in our learning community. This will include important school rules and expectations, events, and 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!
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.
Looking forward to meeting many of you over the course of the year!
Kel Connelly

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RT @Egbert_Elks: Finger weaving in Fashions class today in recognition of Métis Week. Thank you Ms. Marshall for teaching the students the importance of finger weaving, the Métis Sash, and the colours represented in the sash that help tell an important story of the Métis people #CBEIndigenousEd

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McKenzie Highlands School

25 McKenzie Towne Dr. SE Calgary, AB, T2Z 4B7
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Mr Kel Connelly
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Miss Tania Brown
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Mr Michael Nelson
Michael Bradshaw

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