to believe that we are almost at the Winter Break! Teachers, students, and parents have been
incredibly busy since the start of the school year!
was terrific to see the number of parents and students who attended our recent
Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences towards the end of November. These conferences are an excellent means to
helping teachers and parents to better support students as “action plans” are
developed between school and home to set conditions for further success. Also, through these conversations, students
come to better understand what is expected of them and the support that is
available to help them to realize success.
next round of Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences is scheduled for February 11
and 12, following first semester report cards going home on January 30.
communicate students’ achievement in relation to the outcomes of the Programs
of Study and/or IPPs at a particular point in time. Students will receive a numerical indicator,
ranging from 1 (not meeting grade level achievement expectations) to 4
(excellent achievement of grade level expectations) for each outcome associated
with a subject. Teachers will include
comments indicating where a student shows strength and can continue to grow in
relation to specific curricular outcomes.
In addition to
the official report card, student progress can be regularly monitored by
visiting D2L, for which a link is contained on our website. This web-based application provides students
and parents the opportunity to go on-line to review progress and also find out
what homework, assignments, projects, and tests are scheduled. Parents are reminded that logging into D2L
via the student side will provide much more thorough information. Additionally, parents are encouraged to visit
Iris, for which a link is contained on our website. In Iris, you will find your child’s self-developed
Student Learning Plan and artifacts for work from their various subjects.
Grades 6 – 9
students and parents are reminded that complementary courses for students will
change at the end of January, as students in grades 7-9 take two new option classes
and Grade 6 students begin their third complementary module. Also, early in the new year, Grade 9 students
will begin the process of registering for high school. Thank you to our
Students Services Learning Leader, Mr. Rieger, for facilitating this process.
Over the course
of these past three years, we have identified literacy and numeracy as priority
instructional areas for our school community.
These priorities are captured in our School Development Plan (SDP) and
guide the daily work of our teachers across our school. Our SDP is posted to our school website at https://www.cbe.ab.ca/mckenziehighlands.
In the realm of literacy, our focus is
on increasing students’ reading comprehension across all core subject areas –
Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science, and providing targeted
literacy intervention where appropriate. Essential to increasing student literacy is
getting students reading more. Daily
reading is a part of every Language Arts class.
In addition, 30 minutes of school-wide reading occurs every Friday
morning. Parents, I would ask that you
please support us in this work by encouraging your child to regularly read at
home. Additionally, we have also added
writing as a focus of our SDP work this year. In Math, we are placing a particular emphasis
on working with students to improve their computation strategies and
problem-solving ability. Also new to our
SDP this year is a goal related to supporting the mental well-being of our
Over the course
of the next few weeks parents of grades 4 and 7 students can expect to receive
a survey in the mail from Alberta Education.
The Accountability Pillar Survey serves as an “annual check-up” on the
province’s education system. All surveys
are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with your child’s
school. Your participation in the survey
helps provide information about the quality of education your child is
receiving. Survey results will be
available to school authorities in May and will be reported publicly as part of
the CBE Three – Year Education Plan and Annual Education Results Report. From a school perspective, this survey
provides very valuable information to support our school planning processes.
Our fall athletic
season is behind us and a successful season it was! Congratulations to our volleyball teams for
outstanding seasons! Our senior boys volleyball team complemented
their very strong season by also winning the Rally Pointe tournament! Thank you to all our volleyball coaches –
Ms. Birss, Mr. Tyler, Mr. Burden, Mr. Cooper, Ms. Hur, Mr. Harris, Mr. D’Aloisio,
Mr. Stehr. It was very exciting to
watch the extent to which all our players developed. Additionally, our soccer teams and
cross-country team enjoyed stellar seasons!
Thank you to our soccer coaches – Ms. Perkin, Mr. McFarlane, and Mr.
Irvine. Congratulations to our girls’ soccer team for
capturing our school’s first soccer pennant!
As well, thank you to our cross-country coaches – Ms. Rose and Mr.
Harris. The basketball season is poised
to take court in January. Good luck to
all our basketball players!
would like to take this opportunity to invite our families to come celebrate
our school community on Thursday,
February 20 at 6:30 p.m. Our “Open House” and Celebration of Learning
provides an opportunity to see the types of learning experiences and
extra-curricular opportunities afforded our students. Student work
will be on display, along with teachers being available to
share information and answer any
questions you may have about our “Legendary”
Thank you to
all those families who came to celebrate the Holidays at our annual Winter Concerts
held earlier this month. They were
treated to awesome performances by our Grades 7 through 9 Bands, Grades 4 and 5
music classes, and the McKenzie Highlands Music Club. Also
on display were some very delightful art projects! Thank you to Mr. Cooper, Ms. Porterfield, and
Ms. Rose for their time and effort spent in preparing our students for what
proved to be an excellent evening.
to be a busy month with semester 1 drawing to a close and students ensuring
that they have completed all required work for their core classes and
complementary classes. As a bit of a treat
for the long winter months of January and February, Ms. Birss has organized school-wide
“Activity Days” on January 24 for grades 7-9 students and on February 21 for
grades 4-6 students. Students
will have an opportunity to experience such activities as swimming, bowling,
mini golf, skiing, beach volleyball, and Inja Nation.
students, parents, and staff a most restful and rejuvenating Winter Break and
looking forward to seeing everyone back on January 6!