​​​Support for Students at the CBE

Our students’ success is our top priority and we understand that our students live complex lives and that many factors both in school and outside of school can affect their ability to learn. The CBE offers a variety of services (such as Culture and Linguistic Support, Exceptional and Special Needs, and Psychological Services) to support students, their families and our school, so students can be successful learners. Visit the CBE website to learn more.​​​​

Student Services

Resource Team 

We strive to provide a safe, welcoming, and caring school for all students. We remain particularly committed to providing a quality education for students with exceptional learning needs. The second round of IPPs will be handed to students on Friday, December 6th for your review and signature. Please return the signed copy to the main office. 

In May of this year, Science Daily published an article from King's College London about the great Leonardo da Vinci, suggesting that if he were alive today he would be diagnosed with ADHD. For the full article, please see: Science Daily

If a student is struggling with inattention, we invite them to talk to their teachers about it, or to come seek help with strategies in the Resource Room (203). A pediatrician or family doctor is often a helpful resource as well. 

Happy Holidays to All! Karie Evans, LL Inclusive Education

Student Services - Guidance

We continue to have the privilege of serving and supporting your students with their academic and wellness needs. We are supported by more than 30 outside agencies that partner with us to assist students and their families. While student attendance and achievement is available for parents to access via MyCBE /  PowerSchool, we are happy to meet with you and your student to discuss academic pathways and course planning in person.

  • A-F: Jeremy Rosvold ext. 2369
  • G-M: Evelyn Hickey (LL Guidance) ext. 2363
  • N-Z: Carolyn Huisman ext. 2368
  • Wellness/Special Programs, ELL - Kara Boehnert ext. 2364
  • Off Campus, Work Experience, RAP, Unique Opportunities Jeremiah Shirley ext. 2361

The Counsellors are here to:

  • Assist in resolving any personal , school or family issues
  • Provides support to families
  • We can provide you with outside agency supports or referrals
  • Help you to choose a career path, select the right courses to get you there.
  • Support  you through the process of choosing courses that match your goals and ensure graduation completion
  • Assist in providing access to academic supports (tutoring, outside agency assistance, etc.)
  • Provide post-secondary information and entrance requirements
  • Assist with scholarship, bursary, and loan requirements for post-secondary education

Our school is well linked to many useful resources and outside agencies, who are available to provide support to our students and families. For further information, please contact us.

We are available from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Friday.  If you are unable to see us in office hours, make an appointment with a staff member. 

Forest Lawn High School is committed to supporting you as you begin your journey through to graduation.  In Students Services you have access to many helping professionals including, Guidance Counsellors, International and English Language Learner Counsellor, and an All in For Youth Success Coach. Their goal is to help you plan for learning, investigate possible career opportunities, and organize for a healthy transition into life beyond high school. You also have access to other professionals such as an Aboriginal Grad Coach, Literacy Strategist, and Resource Teachers who are eager to help personalize your learning, provide accommodations and build strategies that enable you to find academic success.

Other services to support you in your school life, home life or personal life ca be accessed through the  Success Center. For a complete list of services, please see Student Services.  

  • Alberta Health Services-Youth Addiction
  • Alberta Mentor Foundation for Youth
  • Alex Health Bus
  • CHR-Public Health Nurse
  • Calgary Distress Centre
  • Calgary Family Services
  • Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
  • Calgary Sexual Health Centre
  • Centre for Newcomers
  • City of Calgary Youth Probation
  • Discovery House
  • Forest Lawn Boys and Girls Club
  • Girls Culture Club
  • Hull Child and Family Services
  • Immigrant Youth Outreach Project-CCIS
  • John Howard Society
  • McMann Youth, Family, Community Services
  • Metis Calgary Family Services
  • Non-Abusive Futures
  • Red Cross
  • School Nurse
  • Youth Fair Gains-Momentum


All coded ELL students will have an Alberta Benchmark Level on their upcoming report card. This year, students will receive an overall benchmark level. Next year, students will receive a benchmark for each of the four strands: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking as well as an overall benchmark. The purpose of the benchmark evaluations is to assess
language acquisition and progression to support student learning. More information regarding the Alberta Benchmarks can be found at http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/eslapb/

If you have any questions about your student’s ELL benchmark assessment or language acquisition, please contact your student’s ELL teacher.

  • LEAD: Cheryl Demchuk and Amber Dromey
  • Level 2: Jolene Robinson
  • Level 2-4: Karen Kadatz-Vogel (Learning Leader)
  • ELL Social: Jeff Homeniuk

ELL Department Members

Richard Alame (sub for Amber Dromey) – LEAD Teacher
Cheryl Demchuk - LEAD Teacher
Ryan Celletti (sub for Jeff Homenuik) - Canadian Studies 15 Teacher
Jolene Robinson - Language Level 3 / 4 Teacher
Michelle Belsek - Multi-Level, ELL ELA 10 Language Teacher
Kara Boehnert - ELL Guidance
Karen Vogel - Language Level 1 & 2, ELL Science 15, ELL Learning Leader


Our fall has continued to be busy with many activities happening in our English Language Learning classrooms. We have continued to welcome new students into all program classes – a reflection that immigration to Calgary occurs on a continuous basis throughout the school year.

LEAD Program and Tim Horton Camp

The LEAD class – students and teachers – had a wonderful camp experience at the beginning of October in the Kananaskis. New experiences, new friends and improved confidence and language skills were highlights!

ELL Parent-Teacher Conferences

On October 24 and 25, we welcomed many parents, students and interpreters to participate in parent-teacher interviews. The teachers are appreciative of these kinds of opportunities to talk to parents in person about their children’s progress. It is always a meaningful experience. If you were not able to attend these sessions, please know that you can contact the school to arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher.

ELL Grade 12 Information Night

On October 29, we were able to present information related to school finishing and opportunities that ELL Grade 12 students can pursue once they leave FLHS. We had an excellent turn-out of almost 60 attendees (parents and students). We also had interpreters, representatives from various campuses (BVC, Columbia College, ABES) as well as some our regular family support workers from Calgary Bridge Foundation and CCIS.

The feedback from all attendees was very positive. It seemed that having all stake-holder groups together helped to make students and their families feel both safe and optimistic about making plans for the future. Making plans for life ‘after high school’ can be both exciting and a little scary, too. However, we are helping to make sure that our ELL families know that there is support and information available at Forest Lawn and many community learning centers to help them make the best decisions possible.

ELL Programs and Clubs

Students have been learning about various clubs and programs that are available to them on a weekly basis:
Mondays and Tuesdays: Next Gen Homework Club 3:30-5:45 Learning Commons
Thursdays: Girls Culture Club Lunchtime Room 389
Thursdays: Mentorship 3:30-5:00 Room 390
Karen Kadatz-Vogel, LL - ELL, LEAD, International Students


FLHS provides a teacher during designated blocks to help you complete courses online. Please see a counsellor in the Student Services to enroll or inquire about this option.

Student Services is the hub of the school. We connect students with courses, resources and offer academic, emotional and social support. Although you need to check in at the main office first we are located at the top of the ramp. Follow the ramp all the way up to the top of the school.  Our office door is the first door on the right in the hallway. 

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