Hopefully you have had an opportunity to review
your child’s report card that was made available to you through PowerSchool on
January 30. The purpose of this report card is to provide you with a summary
of assessment data in relation to how your child is achieving in each of the
major curricular outcomes associated with their subjects. Teacher comments are
intended to give insight as to your child’s current achievement and identify areas
for continual growth. There will be one more report card at the end of June. Please bear in mind that should you ever have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged
to contact teachers throughout the course of the school year.
Our final round of Parent/Teacher/Student
Conferences are scheduled for February 11 and 12. These conferences are by appointment only and
scheduled through Conference Manager. Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences are an excellent
means to helping teachers and parents to better support students as “action
plans” can be developed between school and home to help further set conditions
for 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 further success. Should you
experience any difficulty booking appointments, please contact the school’s
In addition to report cards, students and
parents are encouraged to regularly visit D2L to monitor student progress and
to also be aware of homework, assignments, and test dates. There is a direct
link to D2L contained on our website at www.cbe.ab.ca/mckenziehighlands.
Additionally, I encourage
you to visit Iris, which can also be accessed by visiting our website. In Iris, you will find your child’s
self-authored Student Learning Plan, in which they have set forth specific
learning goals for themselves and developed strategies to realize those goals.
You will also find artefacts of their work.
Over the last few weeks, parents/guardians of
grades 4 and 7 students should have received a
survey in the mail from Alberta Education. The Accountability Pillar serves as
an “annual check-up” on the province’s education system. 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.
As always there
is no shortage of activity beyond the walls of classrooms! This coming weekend
is our junior basketball tournament – Hoopfest! Go Legends go! Grades 4, 5 and 6 students will
get to participate in an activity day on February 21 that will feature such
activities as swimming, mini golf, bowling, “InjaNation,” and skiing at
Nakiska. Grade 6 students will further
their understanding of aerospace and aerodynamics by visiting the Hanger Flight
Museum later this month. Next month, grade
4 students will be visiting the Leighton Centre and grade 9 students will attend
SAIT to explore different career opportunities in the trades. Grades 4, 6, and
7 students will also be attending the National Geographic Presents series. Also,
in early March, our senior basketball teams will take to the court in our
tournament – the “Legendary Showdown.” Thank you to those staff members who
have been involved in organizing these opportunities for our students. We also wish our basketball teams best of luck
as they continue to build on their strong starts to the season! Thank you to our
coaches – Ms. Birss, Mr. D’Aloisio, Mr.
McFarlane, Mr. Harris, Mr. Rieger, and Mr. Irvine.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns,
please don’t hesitate to call me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org