Sep 03
Welcome Back!

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03 September 2020


Dear William Roper Hull School Families and Caregivers,

Welcome back!  On behalf of the entire staff team at William Roper Hull, I want to express how thrilled we are to be able to once again work and learn with our students face to face.  Our school is once again bustling with energy.

We are well into our first week back now, and the incredible maturity, flexibility, and understanding being exhibited by all of our students is truly inspirational.  Our students are adhering to our re-entry protocols cooperatively.  Masks are worn by all when entering and exiting our school, and while in hallways or at times when physical distancing is not possible.  Students are respecting distancing and enhanced cleaning/sanitizing measures, and are showing genuine care and concern for the wellbeing of all those around them.  Once again, the students of William Roper Hull School are rising to the occasion.  We are immensely proud of them.

Still, with change and uncertainty will always come a degree of anxiety.  Returning to school during a pandemic, in a time none of us could ever have predicted ​only a few short months ago, is a complex and challenging undertaking.  I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep our school and those in it safe, while also developing healthy relationships and fostering a therapeutic learning environment.

Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.  We are happy to chat with parents, guardians, and caregivers at any time.​

Take care, and be safe.


Yours Sincerely,


Joe Sturgeon

Principal

William Roper Hull School

jisturgeon@cbe.ab.ca

403.251.8022

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Jun 29
End of School Year

 

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

Well, that was strangest school year that I can recall.  Today would have marked the final day of in-school classes, as we all prepared for Summer Break and said our farewells.  Things unfolded differently this year, but our students made it through.  We are so very proud of them all.

Congratulations to our Class of 2020

It is a tremendous achievement for anybody to successfully complete Grade 12.  Years of growth, determination, effort and sacrifice go into high school completion.  This year we have several students to celebrate – both at our satellite program at Central Memorial High School and at our main campus school.  These young people have faced challenges and hurdles in their lives, but they stayed the course.  They refused to quit on themselves or their education.  They persevered.  We want to wish each and every member of our Class of 2020 every success in the future.  You did it!  Please continue to look after yourselves and strive for a life of happiness.  You have all earned it.

New School Calendar

Please remember that for the 2020/21 school year, William Roper Hull School (like all schools in the Calgary Board of Education) will follow the Traditional School Calendar.  As such, students are scheduled to return to school on Tuesday, September 1.  Please note that our Calendar is available on our school website.

August 1 Updates

As you are likely aware, on August 1 the government of Alberta is planning to update all of us regarding the plan of action for a return to school in the Fall.  The Calgary Board of Education will follow up any announcements by putting into action their plans for a return to school, and will communicate these plans to students and their families once they are confirmed.

Thank You

The staff of William Roper Hull School has worked tirelessly to assure the continuation of educational, social and emotional support for our students and their families during these unprecedented times.  We want to thank these incredible people for their dedication and heart, and for continuing to put our students first.  We also want to thank the families, caregivers, and programs that support the wonderful young people that we serve together.  Without this support it is unlikely that we would have had the remarkable levels of student engagement and success that we have achieved over the past few months.  And last but most certainly not least, we want to extend our most sincere thanks to the students of William Roper Hull.  We are immensely proud of all of you.  We can’t wait to see you again.


Enjoy your summer everyone.

 

Yours sincerely,


Joe Sturgeon

Principal

William Roper Hull School

 

May 13
May 15 Non-Instructional Day and May Break

 

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers

 

We hope this finds you safe and well.  We are thinking of all of our students, and their families and caregivers, as all of us continue to go through this unprecedented time.  Please remember that we are here for you.  Do not hesitate to contact the school if you need anything at all.

 

As a school staff, we continue to be exceptionally proud of our students and how well so many of them have adjusted to this time of remote learning.  The learning opportunities provided by staff teams are constantly evolving, and students and staff alike have created many imaginative and exciting ways to embrace this new form of teaching and learning.  Having said that, we sure look forward to seeing our students back at school, in person, when we are able to re-open.  There is no substitute for the joy and energy that our students bring to our wonderful school.  We miss it.

 

Please note that this Friday, May 15 is a non-instructional day.  Staff will be unavailable as a result.  Next week (May 18-22) is our May Break.  There will be no new remote learning offered or staff availability next week.  However, starting May 25, we will have staff in the school able to respond to parents or caregivers who have questions or need support.  Again, please do not hesitate to reach out.

 

Wishing you a safe and sunny May Break.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Joe Sturgeon

Principal

William Roper Hull School

  

Mar 19
Message From Administration

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Dear William Roper Hull School Families and Caregivers,

 

As we all know by now, the past few weeks have seen unprecedented events ​effect our daily lives to an extent never before seen in our lifetimes. The closure of classes to students was a major decision made by the provincial government to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we know that this has and will continue to have a major impact for all of the students and families we serve.

We want you to know that the teaching and counselling staff at William Roper Hull School miss the kids dearly. We want you as caregivers to know that as a school we will do everything we are able to do to support your children going forward.

When staff returns from Spring Break, we will hit the ground running and be in touch as soon as possible with plans, strategies and next steps.

You are sure to have many questions, as do we all. The situation worldwide, and certainly in our city, is changing rapidly. Please have a look at the resources attached to this message, which will hopefully provide some ideas for speaking with your children and managing anxiety during these uncertain times.

Our thoughts are with all of you. Please take good care, stay safe, and continue to support one another.


Sincerely,


Joe Sturgeon, Principal

Denise Manderson, Program Director 

Leanne Murphy, Assistant Principal

 


Nov 19
William Roper Hull School – A Message from the Principal
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We are now well into the school year and already have many things to celebrate.  To that end, 
please join us at William Roper Hull School on Thursday, November 21 from 4:30 – 7:30pm for our Annual Celebration of Learning.  All students, families, and caregivers are encouraged to attend. Dinner for guests will be available at 5:00pm.  Please come by and see what your children have been up to thus far this school year.  The learning and growth has been rich, and our students are eager to share.

The Celebration of Learning will also mark the culmination of our Annual Book Fair, which runs 
Monday, November 18 through to the end of the event on Thursday, November 21.  Proceeds from all purchases benefit our school.

October was a busy month at our school, with the tremendous gifts of our students from Grades 1 through 12 on full display at our first Talent Show of the year.  We also continued our commitment to Indigenous learning and reconciliation.  In addition to thoughtful teaching and learning in this regard, students and staff engaged in our first Walk for Wenjack event on the Hull Campus.  Academically, our school has dedicated extensive focus on the development of Literacy amongst students in all of our classrooms.  And, as always, social-emotional learning and development remains at the core of all we do at William Roper Hull.

Our Twitter account is up and gaining followers regularly.  Please follow us on Twitter to see some of the great things happening at this wonderful place of learning.  You can follow us at 
https://twitter.com/HullSchool or through the link on our school website.

We look forward to seeing you on November 21, and in the meantime (and always), please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or feedback that you may for us.

Sincerely,

Joe Sturgeon

Principal, William Roper Hull School 

403.251.8022

Oct 03
A Message from the Principal

03 October 2019

It is amazing how quickly time can pass.  Students began at William Roper Hull School on August 15 this year, and we have now been in session for over six weeks.  In this time students and staff have become acquainted and re-acquainted with one another, and our school continues to bustle with learning, energy, and growth.

Our students have enjoyed cultivating (quite literally) the fruits of their springtime labour, as our one-of-a-kind school greenhouse and garden are yielding incredible amounts of kale, broccoli, and a multitude of other vegetables of every shape and size.  Included in the bounty are pumpkins – many, many pumpkins – that we are sure will come in handy as the Halloween season approaches.  The greenhouse, horticulture, and Outdoor Education programs, alongside our terrific automotive and wood shops, exemplify the exceptional applied, practical learning opportunities that our students enjoy each and every day. 

Another highlight early in our school year is our groundbreaking skateboarding program.  We are grateful at WRHS to have access to (and permission to use) Hull Services very own Matt Banister Memorial Skatepark, and all the therapeutic and learning opportunities that come with it.  The park is seeing significant student use, through an options program that is highly popular amongst students.  There is significant evidence that identifies skateboarding as an activity that promotes healing and self-regulation in people of all ages, in addition to being an excellent source of exercise. 

All of our outdoor pursuits are equalled by the vitality, energy, and passion for learning that is taking place under the roof of WRHS, as well as in our satellite classrooms at Acadia Elementary, Sherwood Middle, and Central Memorial High Schools.  We are engaging in new Literacy initiatives in the classroom, continuing to focus on functional Mathematics, and enjoying rich debate and discussion with our students about any number of current events.  Our Fine and Performing Arts programs continue to provide a creative outlet and inspiration for our students, and our Learning Commons remains the hub of the school and a venue for literary exploration, chess contests, or just a break from the typical busy-ness of the school.

The Annual Terry Fox Run fundraiser at WRHS was a terrific success.  We are all very thankful that we enjoyed gorgeous Fall weather for the event.  Students and staff of all ages jogged, walked and interacted, carrying on the vitally important and inspirational legacy of one of Canada’s iconic heroes.  And, though recent weather turned snowy, our students are excited as they realize that with snow comes the imminent return of our hockey program, where students hit the ice each Friday to enjoy Canada’s game.

As we head further into Fall, I would like to pass on a few updates and reminders for parents, guardians, and caregivers:

  •          We have joined the “Twitterverse” and now have a Twitter account.  Please follow us at https://twitter.com/HullSchool or keep up to date with the Twitter feed that will be up on our school website soon.
  •          Our first Talent Show of the school year will take place in the school gymnasium on Thursday, October 10 at 10:30am.  As always, we encourage loved ones to join us to enjoy the always high-energy performances that our students will share with us all.
  •          We do not have school at WRHS on Friday, October 11 (Non-Instructional Day), nor during the week of October 14 – 18 (October Break).  This is due to our school being on the Modified School Calendar.  Classes resume Monday, October 21.  This does not apply to our satellite classrooms, as the host schools follow the Traditional School Calendar.   
  •          Our annual Celebration of Learning is upcoming.  Please set aside the evening of Thursday, November 21 to visit our school and see what your child has been up to during the early parts of this school year.  The evening events will run from 4:30 – 7:30pm, with dinner provided for students and their guests beginning around 5:00pm.  We hope to see you there!

It is an honour and a privilege to work alongside the resilient, passionate, dedicated young people who make up the William Roper Hull School student population.  It is an equal honour to serve as a member of the tremendous staff team that supports, teaches, counsels and guides our students through this phase of their journeys.  William Roper Hull School is an environment that brims with kindness, goodness, respect, and care.  Thank you for entrusting your child to us.  Please call or email me directly with any feedback, questions or concerns that you may have.  We welcome parent and guardian engagement always.

Sincerely,

Joe Sturgeon

Principal, William Roper Hull School

jisturgeon@cbe.ab.ca

403.251.8022

 

Jan 30
Welcome!

Welcome to William Roper Hull School, a dynamic school community that is always on the lookout for ways to engage and motivate our students, staff and caregivers. We are honoured and excited to join the outstanding team at William Roper Hull.  As a school, our collective goal is to continue to foster a school community where students are provided opportunities and inspiration to achieve their highest potential.

The staff work hard to develop rich, personalized learning opportunities for all students. Each staff member brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and passion to their work.  Foundational to all learning at William Roper Hull School is the incredible capacity and expertise of all staff in developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with each and every child that we serve.

At William Roper Hull School, the education of our students takes the form of a partnership. We believe that input from all stakeholders is essential to the successful operation of the school and personal success of each child. Our parents, guardians and caregivers are valued and appreciated members of this partnership, and are encouraged to communicate regularly and openly with school staff.

Please feel free to contact the office, or either of us directly, with any questions that you may have regarding this vibrant learning community.​

Joe Sturgeon, Principal

Leanne Murphy, Assistant Principal

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RT @KristaSeip: Our students @HullSchool walked for Chanie this morning. We continue to be moved to taking #reconciliACTION learning history and listening to stories. #walkforwenjack #secretpathweek #cbeIndigenousEd @hullcalgary

RT @KristaSeip: Some students @HullSchool learned the beautiful tradition of beading from Amy @MoonstoneCree. These beaded poppies acknowledge the special contributions of our Indigenous veterans and honour all who have sacrificed and served. 🇨🇦 #CBEIndigenousEd https://t.co/9B4KGaZa06

RT @KristaSeip: @downiewenjack Our students at @HullSchool have been learning about Chanie’s story and applying their writing skills. https://t.co/fPm4eH8unb