We recognize that early adolescence years can be both challenging and full of opportunity for the students in our care. During their years with us, our students will face significant life choices and will benefit from the support of school, family and community in making wise and healthy decisions.

It is our belief that, if we listen to our students’ voices, while respecting and honouring their concerns and engaging them in relevant, challenging, integrative and exploratory educational experiences, our students will be better prepared for the promise their futures hold.

In order to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally in a democratic learning environment, trust and respect, and active involvement with family and community needs to be integral to their experience.

We believe that each student has the capacity to learn, grow, and develop into a knowledgeable, reflective, caring, ethical, and contributing citizen. In order to achieve this, they must have access to the very best programs and practices our school can offer. As educators, we embrace the opportunity to work with this age group and are committed to our own lifelong learning and professional development and growth, in support of learning for every student in our midst.

All students at Samuel W. Shaw are supported to achieve their potential. They are encouraged to believe in themselves and their learning community. Students are challenged to actively engage in their learning. They are encouraged to demonstrate their learning creatively and with innovation.

Our middle school is an exemplar of inclusive public education and learning in the 21st Century. Active engagement of students in inquiry based learning and meeting the needs of all students. The foundation of the school is that learning has to be relevant, challenging, integrative and exploratory. The school promote meaningful relationships and learning within the entire middle school community. The goal is being an outstanding middle school that meets the needs of adolescents for today and in the future.

We recognize that learning is best supported when:

  • Students feel safe and supported
  • The learner-teacher relationship is central to the learning experience
  • Students feel listened to
  • Students feel respected and cared about by peers, teachers, parents and administration
  • Strengths are reinforced and needs addressed
  • Students have ownership of and involvement (voice and choice) of the learning environment and process
  • Lessons encourage diverse thinking skills and exchanges of ideas
  • Learning is a celebration of diversity, understanding and achievement
  • Teachers and peers model effective behaviour and strategies
  • Students, teachers, parents and community are partners in student success
  • The school climate and environment is focused on effective learning and caring
  • Students take responsibility for and have commitment to their own learning
  • All students are valued for themselves
  • Creativity and innovation are valued in students, teachers and classes
  • There is a shared ownership by parents, students, staff and the community to build positive relationships as the foundation for success

Students are expected to actively engage in learning to the best of their ability and positively contribute to the learning of others in the school. Positive citizenship is expected of all students and staff. All students are expected to act in a manner that will show care and respect:

  • for themselves
  • for others
  • for their environment

Students must be given the opportunity to accept responsibility for their actions.

Program, Focus & Approach

We recognize that early adolescence years can be both challenging and full of opportunity for the students in our care. During their years with us, our students will face significant life choices and will benefit from the support of school, family and community in making wise and healthy decisions.

It is our belief that, if we listen to our students’ voices, while respecting and honouring their concerns and engaging them in relevant, challenging, integrative and exploratory educational experiences, our students will be better prepared for the promise their futures hold.

In order to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally in a democratic learning environment, trust and respect, and active involvement with family and community needs to be integral to their experience.

We believe that each student has the capacity to learn, grow, and develop into a knowledgeable, reflective, caring, ethical, and contributing citizen. In order to achieve this, they must have access to the very best programs and practices our school can offer. As educators, we embrace the opportunity to work with this age group and are committed to our own lifelong learning and professional development and growth, in support of learning for every student in our midst.

All students at Samuel W. Shaw are supported to achieve their potential. They are encouraged to believe in themselves and their learning community. Students are challenged to actively engage in their learning. They are encouraged to demonstrate their learning creatively and with innovation.

Our middle school is an exemplar of inclusive public education and learning in the 21st Century. Active engagement of students in inquiry based learning and meeting the needs of all students. The foundation of the school is that learning has to be relevant, challenging, integrative and exploratory. The school promote meaningful relationships and learning within the entire middle school community. The goal is being an outstanding middle school that meets the needs of adolescents for today and in the future.

We recognize that learning is best supported when:

  • Students feel safe and supported
  • The learner-teacher relationship is central to the learning experience
  • Students feel listened to
  • Students feel respected and cared about by peers, teachers, parents and administration
  • Strengths are reinforced and needs addressed
  • Students have ownership of and involvement (voice and choice) of the learning environment and process
  • Lessons encourage diverse thinking skills and exchanges of ideas
  • Learning is a celebration of diversity, understanding and achievement
  • Teachers and peers model effective behaviour and strategies
  • Students, teachers, parents and community are partners in student success
  • The school climate and environment is focused on effective learning and caring
  • Students take responsibility for and have commitment to their own learning
  • All students are valued for themselves
  • Creativity and innovation are valued in students, teachers and classes
  • There is a shared ownership by parents, students, staff and the community to build positive relationships as the foundation for success

Students are expected to actively engage in learning to the best of their ability and positively contribute to the learning of others in the school. Positive citizenship is expected of all students and staff. All students are expected to act in a manner that will show care and respect:

  • for themselves
  • for others
  • for their environment

Students must be given the opportunity to accept responsibility for their actions.

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​Middle Years at the CBE

Middle years learning refers to education offered to students between the ages of 10-15. These years are critical in keeping our students on the path to high school completion and their career futures. Keys for student success include: participating in hands-on, purposeful and relevant learning; creating positive relationships with peers, teachers and other adults; and being actively involved in the community and feeling supported by family, businesses and other organizations that surround them.

Learn more about our students in their middle years, including how their learning will change and how you can support your child, visit the CBE website.​

​Regular Program at the CBE

Even though most of our schools offer a regular program, no two are quite the same. All schools teach according to Alberta Education’s mandated curriculum, however a school’s focus, optional courses and school activities are as unique as every school.​​​

​Exploring Career Choices

For Grades 5 to 9 at the CBE, we offer Career & Technology Foundations (CTF). This is an inquiry-based, hands-on program that focuses on essential skills common to occupational areas, and our students personalize their learning based on their interests and passions.​​​

Today we were at the kick-off event for the Mayor’s 31st Annual Christmas Food Drive, proudly supporting @CalgaryFoodBank! We’re thankful for their work to #FeedYYC & for making a positive impact in the lives of many of our students & their families. #WeAreCBE #MayorsFoodDrive https://t.co/IDNNdguReI

The Board of Trustees will reconvene on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Watch for a report on the 2019-20 Budget Assumptions that will be available by noon tomorrow https://t.co/epdOfxurs1 #WeAreCBE #yycbe https://t.co/v7sYBMneRL

RT @CitadelParkCBE: Supporting the Calgary Veterans Association Food Bank @vafbyyc and feeling grateful for the wonderful contributions from the Calgary Police Pipe Band - https://t.co/FyK99enflW @CPSPipeBand during our Remembrance Day Assembly last week! #veteransday2019 https://t.co/aUmhHdk5V7

RT @JSMelementary: JSM students acknowledge National Métis Week starting with The Giving Tree by Leah Dorion. Learning about Métis core values and beliefs: strength, kindness, courage, tolerance, honesty, respect, love, sharing, caring, balance, & patience #NationalMétisWeek #@wearecbe https://t.co/3xAba4Dmww

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 https://t.co/XiOHoUdY0U