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February 03
Welcome to Semester 2

​  Dear Abe,

As we begin Semester 2, I would like to congratulate you on your successful completion of the first semester! Grade 10s, you have now experienced how quickly a semester goes by and how to better manage your time to balance the demands of high school. Grade 11s, you started the year feeling confident that you “know the ropes” and could hit the ground running but the pressure of gaining early admission to a coveted post-secondary is very real. Grade 12s, you’re writing your Common App essays and have just finished your first round of stressful diploma exams. No matter which grade you are in, the pressure to achieve success can be overwhelming.

Perhaps the greatest challenge this past semester has not been learning how to solve a quadratic equation or how to write a compelling essay or defensible lab report. For many, the greatest challenge has been achieving some semblance of balance and this is the most important lesson of all – both in school and in life. Many believe that those who are most determined, work the hardest, and persevere through life’s challenges are the ones who succeed. Recent research in the field of resiliency actually refutes this thinking. When it comes to resiliency – the ability to bounce back in the face of challenges or adversity – the support we get matters as much, or more, than our individual ability to “tough it out.”

Dr. Michael Ungar of Dalhousie University’s School of Social Work and head of the Resilience Research Centre says, “The person who relies on them self only succeeds if they have very few challenges. When the odds are stacked against us, the people who do best are those with the most supports.” In his book, Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, Dr. Ungar explains why “self-help” or “pulling oneself up by the bootstraps” often fails and the research behind what really works.

Dr. Ungar’s research indicates that “those who thrive do so largely because of their environment and the resources they have been able to access” and that “resourced individuals tend to do far better than rugged individuals.” In other words, personal characteristics such as grit, determination and perseverance can only take us so far. Dr. Ungar emphasizes that the “environment around us and the resources we’ve been given play a huge role in whether or not we’re successful. Grit and individual motivation is one thing, but it’s not usually enough to create change. You need an environment that makes it possible for you to change and grow.” In other words, “resilience depends more on what we receive than what we have.” We should never feel uncomfortable or ashamed to seek help from others or to access available resources.

At Abe, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is supportive of your individual needs and we don’t just want our students to survive but to thrive! The science of resilience emphasizes the importance of “external factors and opportunities that spark change, not some kind of internal fortitude.” There are many supports available to you at Abe – a.m. tutorials, flex block, Friday school, counseling, wellness supports (check out our new Zen Dens), caring and responsive adults and mentors, QSA, engaging clubs and extracurricular activities. I encourage you to access these resources and use them to your advantage. However, if there is something missing, I challenge you to let us know what you need.

Rather than trying to find the inner strength to endure the challenges you experience, Dr. Ungar says to “alter the world around you so it is more supportive of your needs.” I believe that when students and adults work together to create a supportive learning community, we will shift our school culture in a way that 

 drastically improves the quality of life and well-being of both students and  staff. 
 How great would it be if everyone were to take ownership of making our school  community a more supportive place where everyone can access the resources they need to thrive?

Friday, February 7 is our first “OrAnge Time” in Semester 2. At that time, you will have the opportunity to take an anonymous survey where you may indicate what else you need to thrive at Abe. If you have a “spare” during Period 4, you may take the survey in the Learning Commons. I also invite you to share your ideas through conversation. You are always welcome to drop by the office to see me and let me know how we can strengthen the services and supports you need to succeed.

Wishing you a well and successful semester! 

Ms. A-J   Principal

 

Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success is available from Sutherland House Press at sutherlandhousebooks.com

References taken from DalMagazine, Fall 2019. You Can’t Make it Alone. Dr. Michael Ungar on the surprising truth about resilience by Dawn Morrison with files from Colleen MacDonald and Sutherland House.​

July 22
Welcome Back

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year and to the “House of OrAnge!”  One of the most frequently asked questions from new Abe students is, “Why Orange?  Are we a colour or a fruit?” 

OrAnge is an attitude – a state of mind! 

 

The blend of red and yellow, orange is a mixture of the energy associated with red and the happiness associated with yellow.  Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, fun, enjoyment, balance, freedom, expression, and fascination.  Orange promotes a sense of general wellness and emotional energy that should be shared.  Colour theory studies show the colour orange can create physical effects such as increased hunger, heightened sense of activity, increased oxygen supply to the brain, increased contentment, and enhanced assurance.  Orange is also said to help aid decision making, and enhances happiness, confidence, and understanding. 

Abe students embody all these positive characteristics of the colour and what it represents.  We are OrAnge!   Whether it is Academics, Athletics, the Advocate, DebAte Club, the Fine & Performing Arts, GSA, or the many social Action initiatives our students embrace, the OrAnge spirit is reflected in all we do and there is something for everyone at Abe!  As we commence a new school year, I encourage you to find your niche and get involved.  Believe it or not, three years go by in the blink of an eye and your high school experience is, in large part, what you make of it!  If you don’t find your place of belonging right away, please talk to us.  We’d love to help you make connections with like minded peers through clubs, committees or sport and if you’re interested in starting something new, we’d love to hear that too! 

I look forward to meeting you or reconnecting and am excited about the year ahead.  It’s going to be Abe Awesome! 

Together, we put the “heart” in Aberhart!  

Ms. Annis-Johnson                                                                          heart.jpg

September 05
December 2018

As we wind down the last week of classes before the Winter Break, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you & your families a peaceful and joyous holiday!  We look forward to coming together as a school community on Friday, December 21st, to celebrate a long standing Abe tradition . . . Turkey Fest!  Classes will end at noon and staff and participating students will enjoy a turkey dinner, catered by the Culinary Arts students at James Fowler High School.  One of our entrepreneurial students, Sedrica Doerksen, will also be selling homemade sweets at the event so bring some pocket change if you have a sweet tooth!

Students are encouraged to take a healthy brain break over the holidays. When we return from Winter Break, there is a week of classes from Monday, January 7th to Friday, January 11th followed by the exam period (January 14th – 30th).   There are no exams on January 17th and 18th.  These are optional “flex days” where students have the opportunity to plan how they will use their time in the most constructive way to meet their individualized learning needs.  To allow students to make informed choices, each discipline will provide a schedule of learning opportunities such as tutorials, review sessions and study skills workshops which will be posted to the web site and in the school.  Students Report cards will be available in PowerSchool on Thursday, January 31st and will only be printed if requested.  The January report card will provide a summative grade for each course completed in Semester 1. 

Once again, I wish you a wonderful holiday & look forward to welcoming the students back in 2019!​

Sincerely,

Tamie Annis-Johnson


July 12
Welcome!

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