May 11
School Culture and Community at Wise Wood

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“You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits."

Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,

Today I would like to draw your particular attention to our upcoming May 19 full school virtual assembly and follow up May 30 and June 6 lunch hour sessions around the issues of consent, sexual assault, reporting and available supports.. This is in response to the two student walkouts this year, during which the students raised concerns and questions about these matters. Our students have gathered in Warrior Voice Cafes to build a supportive response plan. Please see the attached letter for further details. Thank you for your support of our Warrior community and our continued creation of our welcome, safe, caring and respectful learning environment. 

In other news, we are so pleased to share of the many successes of our spring Athletics teams,  

Field Hockey 

The girls competed in the Dino's Tournament and won 2 of their 3 games, placing third overall. They are having a dynamite season with a 3-1-1 record. Their last regular season game is Monday May 16 at the Soccer Centre @ 4pm. Good luck girls! 


Congratulations to our senior boys who won gold, senior girls who won silver, and junior boys who won bronze at the Clearwater Cup on Friday. Our teams are having extremely successful seasons and we look forward to watching them in play-offs. 

Track and Field

Our athletes competed in the Dino's meet on Saturday and we had a number of top 5 finishes. We have a number of athletes competing again this evening at Foothills. Our Divisional Meet is next Wednesday May 18. Those who place in the top 6 in their event will qualify for City Finals on May 28. Go Warriors!


Both soccer teams are moving along. Good luck to our seniors in their final 2 games. Our juniors had a big win last night and are currently second in their division. Keep up the momentum!


What a season! Our team won the Division 2 City Championship! Congratulations to all of our athletes and to Darshini and Angelina who placed 3 overall in the Province!

Model UN

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We are so proud of our Model UN delegates! Congratulations to the Henry Wise Wood Model UN team for their amazing work at the Model UN conference at Western Canada High School on April 29 and 30.  Our delegation won three awards including “Most Outstanding Delegate" (Aaryan Y), “Most Improved Delegate" (Anthony M), and “The Delegate with the Most Potential" (David T). ​

Legally Blonde is a must see play.  Remember to get your tickets for Legally Blonde: The Musical running until this Friday May 13. Please contact Mr. McDonald for tickets. Information under the Drama section below.

We are grateful for the green grass and the beauty of nature unfolding around us. This is Spring in Calgary!  Pic 3.jpg

Aileen Smyth 


May 04
May the forth be with you!

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​​​​“So many people have touched my heart and made an impact on my world. I’m thankful for every lesson and learning experience.” – Bindi Irwin

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,
May 2-6​ is Staff Appreciation Week as we thank our awesome staff and all they do to support our Warriors. Please thank a staff member today!

This is also Mental Health Awareness week. Our students have taken the lead in sharing out community resources on Instagram in our ongoing commitment to providing support and resources to one another.  

On May 5, we honour the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. For more information, please read the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report As part of our TRC Commitment, truth then reconciliation needs to continue, especially in relation to violence against women, girls and two spirited individuals.

Our first draft Grad list has been posted this week outside the front office by student ID number. Please remind your Grade 12 student to verify whether they are on the list and to speak with their Guidance counsellor if they have questions.

As Spring arrives, so does spring cleanup! We will be hosting a school yard clean up and hot dog BBQ on Friday, May 13 after school. All Warriors are invited to attend. Gloves and bags will be provided. 

Our ‘Do What You Can’ Warrior Food Drive is May 6- 26. All grades will be invited to compete for which grade brings in the most donations. All donations will go to the Calgary Interfaith food bank to support those in need in our Calgary community. 

Congratulations to our Badminton team who brought home the Division 2 Banner this year! We are so proud of all players and coaches.  Our spring sports are in full swing, come on out and enjoy a game.

To close, Happy Mother’s Day to all those celebrating this weekend. And, with gratitude to my own,

Aileen Smyth 

Apr 27
Look Ahead to Exams

Tell me and I forget. 

Teach me and I remember. 

Involve me and I learn.

~Benjamin Franklin

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,

Thank you to all of the parents/ guardians who were able to attend the School Council this past Monday. The conversation was rich as always and included a School Development Plan in Action update from our Math Learning Leader.  Our final meeting of the year is May 16, online at 6:30-8:00pm. Please Save the Date for this important meeting, with updates from our English Language Arts and Social Studies Learning Leaders and establishing of the School Council positions for the Fall.

IB Exams begin this week.  Good luck to all of our participants. 

  • IB exams take place from April 28 – May 20. Schedule.
  • Exams will be held in the school cafeteria. Students should make sure to get to school by 8:30 for a 9:00 exam, and 12:30 for a 1:00 exam.
  • Students writing exams will be excused from classes on the days of the exams.
  • Students can be excused from classes the day before an exam if they have handed in the IB exam excused absence form they have been given in their IB folder.

June Exam Schedule

Please be sure to check the website for the exam rules, guidelines and exam schedule.  Please remember that cell phones, IPods, apple watches or any other electronic devices are not allowed in the exam rooms.  Photo ID is required to write an exam.  Passports and Drivers Licenses are acceptable if you do not have your HWW student ID.

​Please note the following: 

  • Last day of regular classes June 16 
  • Last day of specialized classes June 24 
  • Please note the On Demand and the Credit Recovery opportunities. Definitions are provided at the bottom of the schedule
  • All diplomas are weighted at 10% by Alberta Education 
  • All non-diplomas are weighted 10% and no jeopardy 
Please contact Ms. Delion, exam coordinator with any questions. 

Have a lovely Spring week, 

Aileen Smyth 


Apr 22
Legally Blonde...and more!

Pink.jpgYou can do anything if you set your mind to it.  Look out for kids, help them dream and be inspired.  We teach calculus in schools, but I believe the most important formula is courage plus dreams equals success.

                                                Marlee Matlin

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,​

We trust that students and families enjoyed a lovely long weekend! 

Staff enjoyed an excellent day of professional learning on Monday, as we continue our School Development work and system-wide focus on Indigenous Education Holistic Lifelong Learning, Literacy, Mathematics and Well-being.

The School Council virtual meeting is this upcoming Monday April 25 at 6:30pm. Our Math Learning Leader and a student will be attending to share about Math at Wise Wood. We will also provide an update on our Warrior Voice Cafes. Please plan to join us! We will share out the link on Monday. 

For our Grade 12 Parents/Guardians, please keep in the loop with your student as 'all things grad' roll out. We are looking forward to celebrating on May 27. The first round of banquet ticket sales is now complete. There are still a few tickets available. Students are asked to see Ms. McKay in room 304 (AM) or 218B (PM) by Friday if you would like to order tickets (first come, first served).

The Henry Wise Wood Theatre Department presents Legally Blonde the Musical on May 10 – 13. The story follows Elle Woods as she attempts to get her boyfriend back by enrolling at Harvard Law School. It is a touching tale of surpassing all expectations and breaking down stereotypes. Tickets are $15 and you can pay in Cash or Cheque made out to the school. To reserve tickets in advance please fill out the following form: Please note that this show has a PG-13 rating and it is not recommended for young children. If you have any questions or concerns, Director Mr. McDonald invites you to reach him at

Stay cozy, and we will look forward to Spring re-emerging (hopefully) soon! 

Aileen Smyth 


Apr 13
Spring has sprung, reminder to recycle
“The earth has music for
 those who listen.”​

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students,

Parent/Guardians, and Community, 
As we approach the long weekend, we
wish all of our families the best in honouring a variety of cultural and faith celebrations; it is certainly a
significant time for many in our Wise Wood community.
We are pleased to share the outstanding work by our student Environmental Club, as they are
working to improve the organics composting here at Wise Wood. We are looking forward to a
schoolyard clean up later this month, more information to come.
Our Spring Sports continue underway, Calgary weather not withstanding!
Please note the adjusted date for the next virtual School Council. This is moved to Monday, April 25
due to the upcoming long weekend.
A reminder that report cards are live on Tuesday; you will find a snapshot of your student’s learning at
this time. Please reach out to teachers with questions and thank you for continuing to support
students in a strong start to Term 4.
We are going to refresh our approach to the 30 Day Fast. We have re-envisioned it as the “Do What
You Can” Warrior Food Drive in support of the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. Each grade level will be
invited to bring in food donations and to compete for the most successful grade. Staff will also have a
donation bin. Let’s take action together as Artists, Scholars, Champions to help those in need. This
short video captures the beautiful message of the hummingbird- when we all do what we can, change happens!
And finally, a reminder that there are no classes for students on Monday. Staff will be focusing on an
excellent day of professional learning in system-wide in person and virtual sessions, and right here at
Wise Wood in our subject area teams.

With gratitude,

Aileen Smyth

Apr 06
Let's Wear Green!

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“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. ― William Shakespeare

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,

The end of Term 3 is on Friday; Staff are reflecting on the body of evidence for each learner to establish T3 report card marks and comments. Report cards will be “live" on April 19.

We also would like to draw your attention to the upcoming 30 Hour Fast to be held May 5 and 6. This is a drive to collect food and to support those in need in our city. Donations go to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. If your student would like to take part, please review the detailed information later in this newsletter.

Let's Wear Green!

This Thursday April 7, the Leadership 10 class is asking students to support Green Shirt Day in honour of the "Logan Boulet Effect".  Logan was a victim of the Humboldt Broncho's bus crash April 6, 2018 and through his donated organs he was able to save six other lives.  Wearing a green shirt will help spread the awareness of the importance of organ donation registration in Canada.  Register. Tell your family.  Be inspired. 

Returning Grade 12 Applications – Fourth year applications for students wishing to return to Henry Wise Wood for an additional Grade 12 year are available on the website and in the main office. Interested students are asked to complete this application process before April 29, 2022. 

On April 13 we will be holding our third Warrior Voice Café as we plan for a school-wide virtual assembly focused on continuing to build our welcome, safe, caring and respectful school community.

Our spring sports continue, as we hope the weather cooperates. Thank you to all those parents/guardians who are driving students and attending to cheer on our Warriors! 

With appreciation,



Mar 30
Welcome Back!

Back to THe Future.jpg​Your future hasn't been written yet.  No one's has.  Your future is whatever you make it.  So make it a good one.

Doc Brown (Back to the Future)

​Welcome Back!

We trust that all of our students and families had an enjoyable Spring Break. In the next three months, we have many exciting opportunities for students including the many spring sports and activities underway. We are also delighted about the upcoming May 27 Graduation Ceremony and Banquet for the Henry Wise Wood Graduating Class of 2022. Grade 12 parents/guardians and independent students, please watch your inboxes for updates and remind your students to check their D2L grad shell for regular updates.  Just a reminder, there is no school sponsored “after-grad" party.   

In the newsletter below you will find detailed information for Grad 2022. Please continue to check the website under Graduation for all updated information. 

Also of note, Term 3 report cards will go live in PowerSchool on April 19. As we move into this final quarter of the year, students are encouraged to access supports and demonstrate their learning well. We want to support each student in meeting their own learning goals. 

“How we live today determines our tomorrow;

we can't arrive at our best possible future by living half-heartedly today."  

– Don Yaeger, Author 

Thank you to the parents/guardians who were able to attend our School Council virtual meeting this past Monday. For follow up information to our School Planning Engagement process, please click here to learn more. 

With appreciation, 

Aileen Smyth


Mar 16
Spring Break is coming...

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Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community, 

Just a short update as we move into Spring Break. Thanks to the Leadership students for hosting a terrific Spirit Week so far! 

  • Still to come is St. Patty's Day (Thursday) – Wear your Green & Gold, dress in your best Irish, or maybe come as a leprechaun. Kahoot! Trivia in the Courtyard at lunch for PRIZES!  Do you like The Flying Squirrel?!
  • Tacky Tourist Friday – We are all excited to head off into Spring Break. Come dressed as the Tackiest Tourist. Tackiest Tourist will receive a GC. Before you head out on break, swing by the Warrior Shop for a FREE freezie.

Thank you to all who were able to attend our virtual Parent Teacher Interviews last week. You are the third partner in our triangle of student support and we are grateful for the partnership and the interventions for students.   

Our next School Council meeting is the first Monday after Spring Break, held virtually on March 28 at 6:30pm.

Please plan to attend this meeting if you are able. 

Click here to join the meeting 

School Council will be reviewing the Casino funds wish list and planning for next year's School Council, please see more information below.  

Wishing each of our students and staff a restorative Break,

Go, Warriors! 

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Aileen Smyth 


Mar 09
March Madness

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community, 

We are looking forward to our virtual Parent Teacher Interviews taking place Thurs 4:30-8:00 and Friday 9-12. Detailed information under School Updates.

​Next week is SPIRIT WEEK:  March 14-18

Monochrome Monday – Come dressed in your favourite colour. Begin your hunt for the Lucky Leprechauns. There are 7 different coloured leprechauns hidden in the common areas of the school. Take a selfie with each, bring your rainbow to the main foyer checkpoint to collect your pot of gold! The hunt runs until end of Thursday.

GAME DAY Tuesday – Wear your favourite jersey or put on your Warrior Wear and come cheer on the Teacher vs Student Basketball Game in the King Gym at lunch.

Wayback Wednesday – Pick a decade from wayback to dress in style. Just Dance at lunch in the King Gym.

St. Patty's Day (Thursday) – Wear your Green & Gold, dress in your best Irish, or maybe come as a leprechaun. Kahoot! Trivia in the Courtyard at lunch for PRIZES!!! 

Tacky Tourist Friday – We are all excited to head off into Spring Break. Come dressed as the Tackiest Tourist. Tackiest Tourist will receive a GC. Before you head out on break, swing by the Warrior Shop for a FREE freezie.​

If students would like to sign up to receive the Wednesday Warrior, please sign up here by April 1. This will also be posted to the D2l Shell.

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A big congrats to our Warrior basketball teams who are in Playoffs this week! A reminder that we will be welcoming spectators from the two competing schools only. Students are asked to show their ID. There is a gate fee of $2 for students/seniors and $5 for adults.

Go, Warriors!

​Aileen Smyth 


Mar 02
Hello March

March.jpg“To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step.

We will fail when we fail to try." ~Rosa Parks

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,  

Trusting that the warmer weather over the weekend provided each of our community members with opportunities to connect with the land. 

This past week we did our second and final lockdown practice for the year. Students and staff did very well and the feedback from our School Resource Officer was very positive.   

Our Parent Teacher Virtual Interviews are on March 10 and 11. You will receive an invitation this week as bookings will open March 4, 2022 at 6:00am.  Bookings will end March 10, 2022 at 9:00am.  This is an excellent opportunity to connect with your student's teacher about what is going well and what are next steps. This is also a good point in the semester for students to reflect on anything they have missed and how to demonstrate their learning well.   Please see the following attachments for you to reference how to book:

MyCBE | PowerSchool 

MyCBE School Conference References

This week in Athletics our badminton season is well underway as are tryouts for Spring Sports!   We are proud of our female wrestler, Olivia M., who took 4th in the Cities this past week.  

A reminder that Basketball Playoffs begin March 7, at which point there will be a gate entrance fee:

$2 for students/seniors

$5 for adults

Over the weekend, the province announced it would move into Step 2 of a three step approach to lifting additional public health measures. Effective March 1, the indoor masking requirement was  removed. Staff and adult visitors are no longer required to wear a mask; HOWEVER, individuals will be supported if they choose to wear a mask. As we have with each phase, we will take this step by step together, as a community, taking care of ourselves and each other.  We respect every individual's right to make the best decision for their own circumstances. Athletic spectator guidelines will reflect this change.

Please note, we are limiting our spectators to students/parents/ guardians & staff of the two schools who are playing. The daily health checklist remains in place. Students will need show school ID. We will remain a closed gym for any other students from other schools.

​Go, Warriors!

Aileen Smyth 


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