Jan 25
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members, 

Trusting that everyone stayed well during the snowy flakes and the upcoming cold snap. We are grateful to have a warm and lovely school to welcome students. 

A big thank you to our School Council and volunteers for the Fuel Your Brain initiative providing healthy snacks and pencils to students before exams. Also, we appreciate all the parents/guardians who were able to attend our January School Council meeting this week with a thoughtful discussion about active transportation structures and resources.  

This Thursday we will welcome over 600 Grade 9 students for a day of tours and an Open House evening from 6-8pm for Grade 9 families. What a joy to share the outstanding program and learning opportunities here at Henry Wise Wood!

It has been a busy week with exams in session, credit recovery and writing report cards. Report cards are “live" on January 30th at 8:00 am.

If you have a question about your student's mark calculation, please reach out during Appeals time on Friday from 8am-12pm by calling the school or contacting your student's teacher directly. We have been so pleased to see so many students taking advantage of the credit recovery opportunities to get things done! 

Of particular note is the first day of Semester 2, beginning on Monday, January 30th.  New courses begin; Warrior Connect homeroom teachers remain the same. We will touch base with our Grade 10's on Monday during Wise Time in a short Assembly in the gym, and Grade 11's during Wise Time in the gym on Tuesday. The Grade 12 Assembly will be held later in February/ early March with a focus on Graduation.

Have a wonderful rest of the week and thank you always for your partnership with us to support student success.


Aileen Smyth


Jan 24
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members, 

It has been a busy week at Wise Wood as we wrap up courses and begin exams and credit recovery. Thank you to all of the students who came in for On Demand time to get caught up on missed assignments.

Please ensure your student has reviewed the final exam schedule closely and is aware of the scheduled Credit Recovery opportunities. These are key opportunities for students, who are not yet demonstrating success or have assignments to make up, to come into the school and work with their teachers. If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher.

A big thank you to our School Council and the Fuel Your Brain parent/ guardian volunteers who have been busy in the Warrior Shop before exams twice a day to provide healthy, free snacks for students and a great start to their exams!

Students are reminded to bring their picture ID and leave their cell phones at home when they come to write exams. Students will hand in textbooks before they enter their exam, at both the parking lot and front entrances.

We are hosting Grade 9 tours on Thursday, January 26 and our Grade 9 Open House for families that evening. We are looking forward to showcasing our school and programs.

Our Semester 2 courses begin on Monday, January 30th. Wishing each of our Warriors a wonderful exam session,


Aileen Smyth


Jan 13
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members, 

Happy New Year to each of our Warrior families. We trust it was a reflective and restorative holiday season.   

Thank you so much for contributing to our Holiday Hampers. With your help, we raised over $3700 and supported 26 families. Our community is so generous.

Thank you also for the beautiful staff breakfast on December 22. It was such a lovely way to wrap up the calendar year. Staff felt very well appreciated! We are particularly grateful for our wonderful School Council, who oversaw the organization of this event.

In December, our student Warrior Voice Council, Social Studies team and school administration presented a Warrior Connect video that reinforced our values and expectations at Henry Wise Wood High School focusing on welcome, safe, caring and respectful schools. The video was shown in the December School Council Meeting and we wanted to share it with our community as well. Thank you for your ongoing partnership with us as we continue to build our school culture and learn more about how to support one another. 


In closing, please ensure your student has reviewed the final exam schedule closely and is aware of their exam times, the On Demand and the Credit Recovery times. These are key opportunities for students who are not yet demonstrating success in their courses, to come into the school and complete missing assignments or re-assessments. If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher. 

Students are reminded to bring their picture ID and leave their cell phones at home during secured exams. Students will hand in textbooks before they enter their exam, at both the parking lot and front entrances. Regular busses will continue throughout the exam period.

Wishing each of our families a joyful and prosperous 2023. 


With appreciation, 

Aileen Smyth 


Dec 16
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members, 

In our final Wednesday Warrior of this calendar year, we want to start with gratitude. Thank you to each of our families for your incredible support and trusting us with your students. We are so proud of our Warriors and we wish each family the best for the Winter Break. We include a number of important updates below to wrap up the year.

This week, we are saying a farewell and all our best to our own Juanita Spielman, our office Admin E team lead. Juanita is moving on to a wonderful new opportunity, leaving a rich legacy with us, and taking a piece of the Warrior family with her. Juanita, thank you for all of your work for the past 6 years at Wise Wood! 

The first Grad newsletter of the year is provided for you in this Wednesday Warrior.

Last year at a number of CBE high schools, students shared their voices to emphasize the need for further education for all school stakeholders in relation to welcome, safe, caring and respectful schools. This included building understanding about the topics of consent, sexual violence reporting, and available supports. As one of our next steps at Henry Wise Wood, we invited Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) to provide a 90 minute parent/guardian session at our November School Council. The session recording is provided here. This topic may be difficult for some and is tailored specifically for parents/guardians. If you are in need of support after viewing the presentation, please reach out to the community resources shared in the presentation or on the Health and Wellness section on Henry Wise Wood website here.

Our School Improvement Results Report and Report on Fees are now posted on our school website here. The School Development Plan will be posted before Winter Break to the same webpage.

As we move through the next two weeks, our focus is to ensure that students are feeling solid in their coursework, remaining assignments and in their exam preparation. Next week, period 1 teachers will be sharing a LINK video full of reminders for students in how to prepare for exams, read the exam schedule, and direct stress in a healthy way.  

Early in November, I communicated in a full school letter about an incident at the school during a Friday lunch break in which a student accessed the gym speakers and played a portion of a song associated with anti-Semitic messaging. As soon as this was reported to school staff, it was stopped and follow up with the involved students was immediately underway. Since then, we have had the opportunity to connect with families, staff and students about the impact of this incident and their concerns. As one of our actions, the Warrior Connect class on Friday will be a virtual assembly led by our Warrior Voice Student Council, Social Studies Learning Leader and myself with a focus on how we continue to create welcome, safe, caring, and respectful schools and act as Upstanders rather than Bystanders when any form of prejudice or discrimination occurs. Students will be invited to reflect, with their Warrior Connect teachers, on the following questions: 

  • Why is it important to be inclusive of all Warriors?
  • What can you do to be an upstander?
  • How do we all continue to create a welcome, safe, caring and respectful Warrior community?

A further discussion will be held in our upcoming School Council meeting on Monday, December 19 at 6:30 pm, either in person or online. We appreciate the support of our community and invite you to follow up with your child on Friday about the virtual Assembly and their own takeaways.

Click here to join the meeting

As we move towards the Winter Break, we send wishes for peace and happiness to each Warrior household.  Thank you for your incredible and ongoing partnership with us to support success for each of our students.

With appreciation, 

Aileen Smyth 


Dec 08
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members, 

We'll be having some fun with the 12 Days of Wise Wood: 

  • Dec 7-Cookie Decoration
  • Dec 8-Holiday Songs (Name that Tune)
  • Dec 9-Door Decorating
  • Dec 12-Gift Inspiration
  • Dec 13-Holiday Kahoot (PJ Day)
  • Dec 14-Movie Night
  • Dec 15-Tree Decorating
  • Dec 16-Ugly Sweater (Candy Canes)

We are looking forward to an excellent season of Creative Arts. Our Drama production, The Wonders of Wise Wood, and next week Wednesday, Dec 14 will be our Winter Band Concert at 7pm, no advance tickets required and no cost to attend. 

In the Athletics world, our basketball teams took part in tournaments in Okotoks and Medicine Hat this weekend, enjoying building connections and gelling as a team. Our Warriors enjoyed the wrestling tournament on the weekend, with a strong showing to represent our school.

Our curling team is up and rolling, we are excited to see the team back on the ice

Our Model UN had 21 delegates at Western Canada this weekend, and received three awards: 

  • Best delegate 
  • Most improved 
  • Honourable mention 
A reminder of our Holiday Hampers for Warrior Families in need. If you would like to contribute, please drop by your gift card donation to the main office. 

And one last update, the CCASA presentation (Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse) is now available online. This was shared with the School Council in November as a result of the issue being brought forth by students last year as important for all of us. The presentation overviews the topics of consent, sexual violence and available resources/ supports. Our final School Council of the year will be Monday, December 19 both in person and online at 6:30pm.

With appreciation, 

Aileen Smyth 


Dec 01
Principal's Message

​Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,   

Our staff enjoyed a wonderful day of professional learning on Friday. The collaboration within subject teams and across the larger staff was so rich. Our focus was on supporting students who are not yet finding success in their courses, through sharing high impact instructional strategies.

We also know that students are working hard to be successful in this second half of the semester and we remind students to take in the before school tutorials, and after school Math and Science help.

Thank you to all of the parents/ guardians who were able to attend our School Council presentation from CCASA this week. Our next school council meeting will be Monday, December 19 at 6:30 pm and our school guest speaker will be Barb McKay, our Learning Leader in Math.

A reminder to parents/guardians to please update your school demographic information if you have not already done so. We are well on our way but would love 100% accuracy!

This week as the calendar turns to December, we are beginning our 12 Days of December. Please find below the scheduled activities.

Come on out to see The Wonders of Wise Wood a variety show that showcases the many talents of the students of Wise Wood. A night filled with singing, dancing and beautiful music. The show is playing next week, December 6th, 7th and 8th. Showtime starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 at the Drama room door for students and staff and $10 for adults. If you have any questions, contact Mr. McDonald at mamcdonald@cbe.ab.ca.  

Stay cozy out there,​

Aileen Smyth


Nov 25
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,

We are looking forward to the startup of our Winter Sports including our Basketball tipoff tournament at home starting at 5:30 this Thursday with our Senior Girls followed by our Senior Boys team. There is no gate fee, come on out and cheer on our Warriors!  

A huge note of appreciation to our Parent/Guardian community for the November 9 and 10 Casino Fundraiser and to our Parent and Alumni Fundraising Association for hosting this event. We are so grateful for the support and the impact of these funds in extended learning opportunities for students. Thank you for your dedication of time and care, you are incredible partners with us at the school.  A special thank-you to our casino coordinators Cinnamon, Harjinder, and Mini for all of their hard work.

We are also looking forward to a Professional Learning Day on Friday. Our focus will be on supporting Student Learning. We will be engaging our collaborative response team meetings to support students in the 'yellow' zone of achievement in the range of 40-60%, or with emerging attendance or wellbeing needs. Our goal is for our classroom interventions to support students to move from the 'yellow' zone into the 'green' zone of success. 

We will also be focusing on our assessment practices and working in subject areas to consider how we ensure equitable, fair and transparent assessment, and a variety of opportunities for students to demonstrate learning. These Non-Instructional Days are critical in our development as a staff in supporting student learning. 

We are also linking here our January final exam schedule. Teachers will also be sharing this with students.

And one final note, thank you for your feedback on 'Get It Done Day'. We will be making some adjustments and holding one more 'Get It Done Day' on April 6 before the end of Term 3. More information will be shared closer to that time. 

With appreciation, enjoy the lovely winter weather,

Aileen Smyth 


Nov 17
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,

We trust everyone has been enjoying a good week. On Monday, we had an excellent Post-Secondary and Community Resource Fair, along with our first Warrior Voice Café. Lunchtime has held dodgeball intramurals and today we had a hilarious students versus staff game, the staff took the best of three! 

As we move into Term 2, one of the challenges teachers have identified is students leaving class without a confirmed parent/guardian call to the office to sign them out. Please notify the office directly if you are signing your student out during the day and we will let the teacher know.  

Additionally, we appreciate all the support in continued health protocols. To help minimize the spread of any respiratory illness, there are simple tools we can all use: 

- Regular handwashing routines 

- Masks are available for students and staff who choose to wear them 

- Staying home when ill 

A reminder of our first lockdown practice, on Thursday, November 17 beginning around 11am. We do two practices year, with the support of CPS.   

And finally, a big THANK YOU to all of our Fall sports Coaches and teams, it has been a tremendous season, with banners this week in Jr. and Sr. Boys Div 3 volleyball and Jr Football Div 2 Cities. 

With Appreciation,

Aileen Smyth 


Nov 10
Principal's Message

This season of the year brings with it a season of Remembrance. At Henry Wise Wood this week, we acknowledging Indigenous Veteran's Day and Remembrance Day.  

This is such a powerful time to honour all of our veterans past and present and to remember their sacrifice as they fought for the freedom of our nation. I feel personally connected to this day because my grandfathers were World War I and World War II veterans. Their legacy and that of their generations lives on in all of the freedoms in our daily lives and how we express gratitude and show care to one another as a Warrior community.

We thank each of our students in advance for their thoughtful engagement in our Remembrance Day Assembly tomorrow, whether as a grade 11 or 12 in the gym or as a grade 10 in a classroom. 

All the best to our families for Remembrance Day on Friday. 

With appreciation, 

Aileen Smyth 


Nov 04
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,   

Thank you to our Leadership students for leading the fun on Halloween with a hallway parade and costume prizes! Thanks to all of those students who took part and to all those who cheered us on in the parade. 

Thank you to the parents/guardians who were able to join us for our parent teacher virtual interviews last week. Term 1 is now complete. PowerSchool will be blacked out for November 1 – November 7 with report card marks visible on November 10, 2022. 

Tomorrow is our Get It Done Day. This is our first attempt, and we would value feedback. Linked here is a short 5 question anonymous survey to gather your input, please do consider completing it.  The survey will be open tomorrow until Monday for your feedback.

‘Tis the Season to start planning for Graduation! A reminder that Graduation Photos are underway November 4-17. Please see below for details.  

Next week we will honour Indigenous Veteran’s Day on November 8 and Remembrance Day on November 10. Grade 11s and 12s will have a live Assembly and Grade 10s will take part via Livestream in their period 1 classes. Here is the modified schedule for the day: 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Period 2                         8:57 –  9:47 (50 min)

Period 1                         9:51 – 10:41 (50 min)

Assembly                       10:45 – until lunch*

(*Assembly gr 11 & 12 in King Gym, gr 10 remain in period 1 classrooms and join virtually)

Lunch                          11:43 – 12:20 (37 min)

Period 4 & WT           12:24 – 2:08 (104 min)

Period 3                         2:12 – 3:33 (81 min)

We appreciate you joining us in this season of remembrance. Trusting that our Warriors and families stay warm out there as the snow falls. We appreciate you very much, 


Aileen Smyth  Principal 

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