Oct 21
Weather...Survey Time!
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

​Thank you for joining us during our first virtual parent-teacher interviews last Thursday it was a huge success.  Lets keep it going!

We hope that everyone is having a good week. As we move towards the end of October and the Halloween season, we would like to share a friendly reminder about some costume considerations. Families who are new to HWW, we have a wonderful Halloween “parade" on October 29 and encourage lots of spirit and creative costumes from staff and students! This year, we are following COVID regulations and have asked students to sign up for the costume “parade" in advance to allow us to take videos in small groups.​

Halloween Costumes

A reminder to parents to review the following with their student regarding costumes:

  • No Halloween masks- we need to see our students faces...but regular masks to cover mouths are perfect!
  • No weapons of any kind – guns, swords, etc.
  • Costumes that are offensive
    • Inappropriate slogans, symbols etc.
    • Unsuitable Clothing – please follow the dress code.​

Final Exams in January 2021

Good news, the exam schedule is now posted on our website. Please note, that we ask families to ensure that all students are present to complete the final assessments for the semester. For students in 30 level classes, it important to understand that the Alberta Education Diploma examinations cannot be rescheduled. Additional information is posted on our website.

Reminder that all International students and students rewriting exams must pay for exams on myPass and submit receipts to the Main Office. Without providing this receipt, students will not be able to write exams in January. This is an Alberta Education regulation.

Once again, please view Henry Wise Wood's new website for further information regarding the exam schedule, tips and concerns for our exams in January.

https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/henrywisewood/teaching-learning/exams-graduation/pages/default.aspx

​Dress for the Weather

To promote movement and fresh air, students are taking PE classes outdoors rain or shine or snow.  Students are also outside for 20 minutes during the first half of lunch if they choose.  Students are expected to stay in the class previous to the lunch hour to eat, if they do not want to go outside.  We expect there to be heavy snow cover during the upcoming week, so please encourage your child to wear appropriate clothing.  The Open Class Rooms Schedule can be found on D2L and the Instagram sites.

*New this year: OurSCHOOL Well Being Survey

Beginning next week and until November 19th Henry Wise Wood will be conducting the CBE OurSCHOOL survey. This survey will be run during class time for all of our grades (10-12). ​

About the OurSCHOOL Student Survey:

  1. Allows students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at school, school environment, and school improvement programs. 
  2. Based on their feedback, students have the opportunity to be involved in action plans fostering increased student engagement
  3. Participation in the survey is voluntary, however, all students are encouraged to participate.
  4. The time required to complete the survey may vary, but it is designed to be completed in approximately 35-40 minutes.

    Survey measures include such topics as behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being and physical health. For more information about the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please visit The Learning Bar's website: www.thelearningbar.com.

    If you have questions or would like to request more information about HWW's upcoming implementation of the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please contact Rory Stabler rdstabler@cbe.ab.ca

Have a good week!

Michelle Howell

Principal​


Oct 14
Parent Teacher Interview Links

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Parent Teacher Interview Links

Below is a list of teacher links for our virtual Parent Teacher Interviews on Thursday October 15 from 12:00-7:00pm.  Please be reminded to note your scheduled time and click on the link to wait in the virtual lobby for your interview. 

Should you have any technology issues, please be aware that teachers will contact you by phone as soon as possible.  If you were not able to reserve an interview, please contact the teacher and they will schedule a time to speak with you.

Parent Teacher Interview Teacher Links

Please be reminded that we have a School Council AGM meeting on Monday, October 19 at 6:30pm. Here is the link to attend: ​

HWW School Council is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting    Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 585 334 8379
Passcode: K1znDc

Please see below for the list of nominations.

Have a good week!

Michelle Howell

Principal


Sep 30
Warrior Wear

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

​We hope everyone has had a great week and have been enjoying the warm weather! Thank you to all of our students for participating in Orange shirt day, it was heartwarming to see the array of orange shirts in our school! Please view the following for this week's updates.

​Warrior Wear SALE…all stock must go!

Speaking of shirts...great news – we will be having a FLASH SALE of Warrior Wear on Thursday and Friday this week. Clothing will be displayed outside, at the front of the school during lunch 11:30 am – 12:30 pm on Thursday and also from 11:30-12:00 pm on Friday. Get your Warrior Wear at great discounted prices. T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Ball Caps, Athletic Jackets and Hoodies, Lanyards, Masks and more. See website for prices. Debit/Credit paid at the business office – NO CASH.

Fees - School Fees

Course fees will be added to your online account as of October 1, 2020. Fees will be available to be paid online through your PowerSchool/MyCBE Account. Please note, for students participating in sport practice cohorts, there may be a fee attached for equipment usage or clothing.

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

Save the Date – This year, we look forward to seeing all our parents virtually at our upcoming Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences on Oct. 15 from 12:00-7:00pm. 

On Monday, we will be sending a separate email with details about the format. In the interim, please note that parents will book an appointment on the MySchool Conference on October 9 @ 6:00am. Please use the following link (also on the homepage of the Henry Wise Wood website)   MyCBE/Powerschool

Have a good week!​

Michelle Howell

Principal


Sep 24
Every Child Matters

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We have had strong week of learning and of celebrating our accomplishments. It is heart-warming to see the efforts of staff and students in their adjustment to the new requirements and to do so with utter integrity.

Grade 10 Information Session - We look forward to meeting our Grade 10 parents virtually this Thursday, September 24 from 6:30 – 7:15.  We hope that our parents watched our gr. 9 transition video, prior to coming into the meeting. The video will answer many questions and is a fabulous resource. As well, for COVID related questions, we would also ask that parents review the School Council minutes from our September meeting.

​The purpose of the meeting will be to review the:

  • 3-year learning plan
  • scope and sequence of courses
  • roles of school staff and supports
  • questions that parents may have!

     Please use the following link to join the meeting:  Join Skype Meeting

     In Lieu of Meet the Teacher Evening -

    By the end of this week, parents will be receiving an email from each teacher who will share the course outline, learning plan, how to access D2L/GoogleMeet resources online, learning supports and assessment information. We would like to ensure that communication remains open, even when we are not meeting face to face!

Orange Shirt Day is on September 30 annually. We will be sharing some information with students but thought it would be helpful for parents to also discuss this at home. It began in 2013 when residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad shared how her orange shirt was taken away on her first day at residential school. This story is an opportunity for students and staff to reflect on history, legacy and implications, to discuss stories of survival and strength and to share ways we can work together toward truth and reconciliation. It is also an opportunity to commit to commemorating the children who attended residential schools, recognizing their experiences, honoring them and sharing a collective commitment to ensure that every child matters and that each student is welcome, safe, respected and cared for in their learning community every day. ​​

Notification of In-Class Recordings of Instruction

In order to facilitate instruction when students are not able to be at school, teachers may be recording instruction to post to D2L shells. Please see attached for information related to the purpose of the recordings.

​Michelle Howell

Principal


Sep 17
Welcome to the first Wednesday Warrior

September, in Tsuut'ina, is DZAZI TUWA NITA CH'AT'AA or “When the Elk Roll in the water before mating"!

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Welcome to the first Wednesday Warrior of the school year! We would like to thank our parents and students for the support and patience, as we have begun a school year like no other school year we've had in the past. Communication is always important, but this year it has become integral to ensure that we are answering questions in a timely manner and hearing feedback directly. We began the year with small-group assemblies with grade 10s, and last Friday, we had a Skype session with our gr. 11 and 12s to answer any questions related to our safety protocols, learning supports and general inquiries. Last Monday, we invited parents to attend our School Council meeting to share updates and answer questions related to our school. As a result of these conversations, we feel very appreciative to have clarified any misunderstandings or wonderings from our community. Let's keep up the open conversations as we move forward.

This year, we have postponed our Meet the Teacher evening. We would encourage parents to reach out to teachers for any questions. Please note, teachers will be connecting with you through School Messenger to share information regarding course outlines and learning plan supports.

On Thursday, Sept 24 from 6:30-7:15pm, we are still planning on having a virtual Grade 10 Information session. The purpose will be answer any questions related to school that you may have. We will ask that parents watch our gr. 9 transition video, prior to coming to the meeting. We will send out a link prior to the meeting to invite parents.

Henry Wise Wood Hub Learners:

We would like to reassure our HUB Online students and their families that you continue to be part of our Henry Wise Wood family.  Guidance Counsellors, IPP Coordinators and Administration will continue to support you as always, even if your HUB teacher does not work at HWW. Important to note that our System updated us today that Hub courses will be ready to start on Monday, Sept. 21.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.  We are also happy to schedule phone calls or skype meetings as requested. 

The following team will be able to help hub learners with questions:



 
Guidance Counsellors
Assistant Principals
A - G    + Indigenous
Beverly Delion
Tony Barile
H - O 
Christine Little
Cathy Crichton
P - Z 
Josy Renaud               
Rory Stabler

​Finally, during the upcoming Link Block on Friday, homeroom teachers will be collecting toonies for the Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research. We will take part in a virtual assembly reflecting on what Terry Fox started, a marathon of hope. We will also take a moment to honour the memory of our own Warrior, Ian Watmough, who we recently lost to cancer. To donate online go to http://www.terryfox.ca/HenryWiseWoodHigh 

Have a good week!

Michelle Howell, Principal


Sep 09
COVID-19 Outbreak at Henry Wise Wood

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We have  a second positive COVID-19 result from a member of Henry Wise Wood. In addition to the letter from AHS, we would also like to highlight a few of our requirements that are in place to ensure the safety of our community. We would ask that you please follow this link to the full message:

COVID-19 Outbreak Message

Thank you and once again, we appreciate your support.​

Sincerely,

Michelle Howell, Principal


Sep 08
HWW Positive COVID Case

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Please see attached for information of a COVID-19 positive case from Henry Wise Wood. Impacted students and staff will be contacted by AHS, this letter is for your information.

Thank you for your continued support. All students directed to stay at home can access their class content through D2L. As well, students can email their teachers directly.

​Michelle Howell

Principal


Aug 28
NEW | Staggered Entry

Greeting Parents/Guardians and Students,

We hope that everyone has had a relaxing summer and we are looking forward to welcoming our students back next week! We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to plan for a safe re-entry to Henry Wise Wood High School. Please view the following updates and also be aware that we will send a follow-up email tomorrow.

Staggered Entry:

  • Please note, we have revisited our school opening plan and have managed to create a staggered entry. We feel this will ease students in their transition back to school. Please review the emailed document with your child.

Welcome Phone Calls:

  • Also, homeroom teachers (by grade) will be calling their homeroom students next Monday and Tuesday to welcome them,to answer their questions and to discuss any concerns. To ensure our contact information is accurate, please have your child login to D2L (brightspace) –Homeroom 2020 2021 between Friday evening and Sunday evening to complete the questionnaire.  If your child has never used D2L, please click the following link for further instructions. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/Support-Brightspace-D2L.aspx

Re-entry Plan

  • Our detailed re-entry plan will be sent out Friday August 28. Please take time to review this document with your child. The safety and well-being of our staff and students is critical.

It is important that members of our learning community work together to support the health and safety of it's members and to remember,  learning is our central purpose!

See you soon!

Michelle Howell

Principal, Henry Wise Wood High School​


Aug 19
Welcome Warriors

​​I am very pleased to welcome our new and returning students and their families to the 2020–2021 year at Henry Wise Wood High School. We are proud of the opportunities that are available to our students both in and out of the classroom. I encourage all our students to take full advantage of these opportunities and make the most of their time in high school. The Summer Newsletter​ package contains important information about the 2020-2021 school year at Henry Wise Wood High School. Please take a few moments to work through this newsletter and the accompanying documents​.

Jun 17
Awards

Hello Parents/Guardians and Warriors,

We are pleased to be able to share that as the year draws to a close, that we will be able to honour our Award recipients during our Academic, Athletic and Creative Arts/CTS events. Each event will look a little different based on the need to follow the AHS Guidelines. Please note, that families of students who will be receiving awards will be receiving an email/phone call to confirm the process. We look forward to celebrating with you!​






Have a great week :)

Michelle Howell

Principal​

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