Hello Trojans and Bowness Families!
I hope this communication finds you enjoying a relaxing summer and that you are resting up for the start-up of school. The staff at Bowness is certainly looking forward to meeting you if you are a new student or welcoming you back home if you are returning. I think 2019-20 is going to be a great one for us all! Along with welcoming new students, we will also be welcoming new staff to Bowness. I am excited to have you meet them, as they are passionate teachers who wanted to come be a part of our Bowness community.
One change at Bowness for next year is the addition of a System class, CSSI (Communication, Sensory, and Social Integration). The CSSI is a partnership between the Calgary Board of Education and the Society for the Treatment of Autism. It is based on a multidisciplinary team approach, to address the regulation and stabilization of behaviors within a supportive environment. The team will establish short-term and long-term goals that will foster inclusive opportunities in a school/community setting, as appropriate for each individual student. We are excited to welcome these learners to Bowness High School!
If you are an incoming grade 10 student, don’t be nervous. We are planning activities to help get you settled in, including connecting you with a key teacher to help you navigate high school and to build strategies for success. Our grade 11s and 12s will be there to support you along with the teachers, support staff and administration. Grade 11s and 12s, you will also be connected to a key teacher who will provide you guidance and support specific to your grade level. High school is a time of change and transition; you will meet new people and have opportunities for new experiences. My advice to all of you is to get involved! Join a sports team, be involved in student leadership or participate in a club or one of our fine arts programs. You will get out of high school what you put into it. Look forward to the opportunities coming your way!
You will find in high school that you will need strong organizational and time management skills. You will have homework most days. You will need to study for exams. You will need to find a system of keeping track of deadlines and due-dates. These skills are essential throughout life so find what works for you and stay on top of your work. Remember that your teachers are there to help you. If you need support, be open to asking for it, as you are your best advocate.
If you are a returning student, welcome back! A new year is a fresh start. Take what you learned last year and build on it. Take positive risks. Get more involved in your school. Push yourself to succeed. If you are part of the Grad Class of 2020, congratulations! This will be a year filled with memory making. I look forward to shaking your hand as you cross the stage in a few short months!
So rest up, Trojans. Get outside. Go to the dollar store and stock up on fun green and gold accessories! Read a book. Spend time with loved ones. J Enjoy your summer and I very much look forward to seeing you in the fall!
Principal, Bowness High School