Jun 30
June 30, 2020

Dear QEHS community

My first year at QEHS has been a very exciting one. Getting to know the students , staff and families has been very rewarding for me. I have seen first hand that QEHS is a vibrant school with lots of opportunities for students. The diverse range of the student population creates unique opportunities for students to be exposed to so many cultures, perspectives and beliefs. The adults in this building truly care for students and push for both academic success and mental health development. Our parents, guardians and caregivers are here to support their children to reach their ultimate potential each year. As  someone who has spent over 20 years with in the CBE I feel privileged to be at such an amazing school and I look forward to the many years in front of me here at QEHS.
Thank you to the many  of you who came to the school to drop off supplies and pick up belongings, refund cheques and graduation packages for our grade twelve students . For those of you who were unable to make it into the school we will holding on to your belongings until September. The facilities team has been working extremely hard preparing our school for hopeful return of students in September. Removal of extra furniture, re-waxing floors, scrubbing lockers, power washing washrooms and routinely cleaning high touch points. On August 1st, Alberta Education is expected to give school boards direction on what school will look like in September. Here at QEHS we have a plan for all three scenarios that will keep staff and students as safe as possible as well as increasing the academic expectation. I do want let families know that our Café will not be open next year due to covid regulations.
Regardless of the scenario that Alberta Education determines we have plans to support student learning.  A focus for next year will including adapting course work to support the gaps that all students will have, this will occur through both adaptations to work in classes as well as support opportunities during Knight’s Block. With these gaps in learning in consideration they will be an increased focus on rigor and students developing the habits of heard work. Knowing that we have many complex students at our school we will continue to support the mental health of students.
In late August I will be send out a video tour of what students and families can expect as classes resume at QEHS. Additionally once we know health guidelines for school reopening we will contact families about specific student entry plans and registration.  Any students who wish to drop off text books or pick belongings left at the school you can contact Michelle Dupont  MADupont@cbe.ab.ca to make an appointment for pick up over the summer.
From the staff at QEHS, we wish you all a safe a relaxing summer.
Mr. J  Arrell
Queen Elizabeth High School


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