Sep 01
Welcome Back, Trojans!

Welcome back, Trojans!  I am so excited to have you back in the building and to get back to face to face learning and teaching. 

I know there are many of you feeling anxious about getting back to school.  Please know that the staff and I have discussed how to support you and how to keep you as safe as possible.  There will be rules in place to do just that – to keep us all safe.  These rules will be shared with you in your homerooms so we can explain to you what is expected of you and why we are doing what we are doing. Things will look and feel different, but we are still Bowness!  Wear your Green and Gold and be proud to be a part of such a caring community of learners.

So, Trojans, set your alarms, pack your lunches, get your masks ready.  School is back in session and we are going to make it a great year, together!

Mrs. Macdonald
Principal, Bowness High School


Jun 30
Thank You and Have a Great Summer!

Hello Trojans and Bowness Families,

How do you tie up a school year like the one we just had?  How do you sum up the impact of being apart for the past 15 weeks?  As we close in on the end of June, I have to remind myself that a large portion of this year was “normal”, that we shared so many wonderful moments together.  With time, I hope we will all choose to remember the positive parts of the 2019-20 school year and that we take the lessons learned through the pandemic forward with us as we look to reconnect in one way or another in the fall. 

I want to thank a few groups of people who stepped up in ways I could never have imagined before the middle of March.  First, and foremost, my teachers and educational assistants/support staff who work directly with students.  You have been on the frontline of the pandemic in education.  You have found a way to remain connected to your students, to encourage them, to support them and to ensure that their access to education was rich and meaningful.  You did this all while learning new online tools, supporting your own families, and worrying about the health of your loved ones and yourselves.  Unprecedented in our lives to be sure.  You amaze me and I am honoured to work with you all.

To our core office staff and caretaking team who have been in the school with me over the past 15 weeks, day in and day out, thank you for your dedication to keeping this machine moving forward.  We did not have the choice to work from home and you came in every day with smiles on your faces, hand sanitizer on your desks, and a “we are in this together” attitude.  I have greatly appreciated your company, your support, your dedication to your work, and the laughs we have had in this big, empty building.  I simply could not have come out of this in a positive mental state without all of you. 

To our students – thank you for your resilience, your patience and your determination.  You were given an extraordinary set of obstacles to surmount.  You stayed connected to your teachers, you spent meaningful time with your family, you pushed your learning forward, and you had to let go of routines and important landmarks, such as graduation, spring sports, spring fine and performing arts events and end of the year celebrations.  You did this with remarkable poise and grit and I have never been more proud of you all.  I miss you – your laughter, your energy – and very much hope to see you soon.  Grade 12s, fingers crossed that we can celebrate all things you in the fall.  Stay tuned.

To our parents and families, I have to say that we really felt your support through these crazy times.  The emails and phone calls were greatly appreciated.  I know that communication was difficult as we were making decisions in a responsive, as opposed to a measured and planned, manner.  Thank you for your patience with us as we navigated these uncharted waters.  Some compared the last few weeks to flying in an airplane that you are building in the air.  I can say that all of this was much easier given the support and trust you gave us.  A sincere thank you.  This is such a wonderful community.

So, on that note, I wish you all a healthy, restful, rejuvenating summer.  I know I will take some time to reflect on these past weeks – what I have learned, what I have missed, what it means for me moving forward.  I truly believe that the pandemic will make us better in the long run.  

Certainly I will appreciate the sounds that I hope to hear in the fall all the more…buses pulling up, excited teenaged voices, bells ringing, hallway chatter, and, of course, the reminder that, “Everywhere we go, people want to know who we are, so we tell them.  We are the Trojans, the mighty, mighty Trojans from Bowness.  Mighty, mighty Bowness.  Bow what?” 

Sincerely,

Jana Macdonald
Proud Principal of Bowness High School

Jul 08
Summer Message

Hello Trojans and Bowness Families!

I hope this communication finds you enjoying a relaxing summer and that you are resting up for the start-up of school.  The staff at Bowness is certainly looking forward to meeting you if you are a new student or welcoming you back home if you are returning.  I think 2019-20 is going to be a great one for us all!  Along with welcoming new students, we will also be welcoming new staff to Bowness.  I am excited to have you meet them, as they are passionate teachers who wanted to come be a part of our Bowness community. 

One change at Bowness for next year is the addition of a System class, CSSI (Communication, Sensory, and Social Integration).  The CSSI is a partnership between the Calgary Board of Education and the Society for the Treatment of Autism. It is based on a multidisciplinary team approach, to address the regulation and stabilization of behaviors within a supportive environment. The team will establish short-term and long-term goals that will foster inclusive opportunities in a school/community setting, as appropriate for each individual student. We are excited to welcome these learners to Bowness High School! 

If you are an incoming grade 10 student, don’t be nervous.  We are planning activities to help get you settled in, including connecting you with a key teacher to help you navigate high school and to build strategies for success.  Our grade 11s and 12s will be there to support you along with the teachers, support staff and administration.  Grade 11s and 12s, you will also be connected to a key teacher who will provide you guidance and support specific to your grade level.  High school is a time of change and transition; you will meet new people and have opportunities for new experiences.  My advice to all of you is to get involved!  Join a sports team, be involved in student leadership or participate in a club or one of our fine arts programs.  You will get out of high school what you put into it.  Look forward to the opportunities coming your way!

You will find in high school that you will need strong organizational and time management skills.  You will have homework most days.  You will need to study for exams.  You will need to find a system of keeping track of deadlines and due-dates.  These skills are essential throughout life so find what works for you and stay on top of your work.  Remember that your teachers are there to help you.  If you need support, be open to asking for it, as you are your best advocate.

If you are a returning student, welcome back!  A new year is a fresh start.  Take what you learned last year and build on it.  Take positive risks.  Get more involved in your school.  Push yourself to succeed.  If you are part of the Grad Class of 2020, congratulations!  This will be a year filled with memory making.  I look forward to shaking your hand as you cross the stage in a few short months!

So rest up, Trojans.  Get outside. Go to the dollar store and stock up on fun green and gold accessories!  Read a book.  Spend time with loved ones. J Enjoy your summer and I very much look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Sincerely,

Jana Macdonald
Principal, Bowness High School

Nov 30
Dec. 2018/Jan. 2019

“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
T.S. Eliot

Hello Bowness!

As the holiday season is upon us, it is a chance to reflect on the past year’s challenges and successes and to look forward to all that is to come in 2019. Is it just me, or do the years seem to be speeding up?!

This has been a very busy fall at Bowness High School. If you have a student in the Fine Arts or Athletics, you can certainly attest to the number of rides your child has been demanding. Thank you for supporting them as they pursue their passions. The Fine Arts Department has been busy preparing several performances and shows including Clue, by our Drama Department, along with the Unbound Art Gala, which just finished their runs yesterday. On the horizon, we have the Dance Show on December 5 and 6th and our Winter Music Concert on December 13. Please check on our website for ticket information. These shows are the culmination of countless hours of practice and rehearsal – please come out and support the Arts at Bowness.

The fall athletic season was beyond successful, with six teams (Jr. Football, Sr. Football, Girls, Soccer, Sr. Girls, Volleyball, Jr. Girls, Volleyball, Jr. Boys, Volleyball) advancing to City Finals in their divisions. Special congratulations to our two junior volleyball teams for capturing the gold! We are so proud of the efforts of all of our student athletes and thank you immensely to our volunteer coaches who give selflessly to support our students. Now on to Swim, Wrestling and Basketball seasons!
Teachers and students are working hard as they move towards the end of the semester.

Diploma Exams start on January 14 and all other exams start on January 18th. While the last day of formal classes is January 16th, the school is open for business throughout the month. Students are welcome to come during regular school hours to meet with teachers (please make an appointment in case the teacher is invigilating an exam or marking Diploma exams in Edmonton), to complete course work in the Learning Centre, or to study for upcoming exams. My suggestion would be to maintain as much routine as possible, including regular bedtimes, through January so that when February is upon us, and semester two begins, students are ready to succeed. If students are finding that they are in need of extra supports to complete a course, I ask that they connect with their teacher as soon as possible so we can be as flexible and supportive as possible. A reminder that the first day of semester 2 is January 31st. We will be running a modified timetable that day with a dismissal of 1:05. February 1st is a day off for all students and teaching staff in the CBE to account for the fact that Remembrance Day fell on a weekend.

Our School Development Plan is now posted on our Bowness website. I invite you to peruse the goals set by each of our core departments as they strive to support your learners. Much time and effort has gone into this work, along with deep professional dialogue. I applaud my staff for their work and their focus on how to improve their practice to better serve their students.

I do wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and all the best in 2019! If you are travelling, be safe and do not forget the sunscreen if you need it (I am jealous). If you are staying in Calgary, enjoy building memories in the warmth of your own home or the snow of the mountains.

Sincerely,

Jana Macdonald
Principal, Bowness High School and hopefully on Santa’s nice list!

Oct 02
Oct./Nov. 2018

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

Hello Trojans and Families!

How can one ascertain that fall has arrived? I would argue that it is not the crisp air or the leaves changing colors. It is not the Halloween costumes in stores or the cozy sweaters coming out of the closet. I know that fall has truly arrived when everything seems to be pumpkin-spiced all of a sudden!

September feels like a bit of a blur. I want to thank everyone for their patience as our System moves to PowerSchool. I know that it caused some stress and anxiety, with our students, their families and with the staff, but I am most thankful that we came together to ensure our students’ needs were priority number one. We have the largest student population at Bowness High School in seven years! We are on the way up, Bowness! This is great news as more students = more staff = more resources for students. Families, thank you, sincerely, for entrusting your children to us.

We had our first School Council meeting in September and had a wonderful turnout. Please know that parents/guardians are all welcome, even if you could not make that first meeting. The next Council meeting is on October 10 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.
I want to make sure you are aware of the layers of support we have at Bowness for your student. We have instituted a Grade 10 Homeroom this year (Bow Time) on Mondays to provide our large Grade 10 class with information, study skills, organizational skills and a strong connection to a teacher in the school. This block is mandatory for all Grade 10 students. Teachers at Bowness are willing to be flexible and will support your student as best they can. Please ensure that any classroom issues are first communicated to the teacher, as this is the best way to solve problems. If the issue persists, please contact either Mr. Koop (Assistant Principal, last names A-K) or Ms. Dalton (Assistant Principal, last names L-Z). Our Student Services team is also here to support your student in post-secondary discussions and applications, scholarship applications, IPP support, career advice, socio-emotional support and community support connections. Mr. Walyuchow is here to help students gain employment with the aim at receiving high school credits for Work Experience. Ms. Greenfield is our Graduation Coach, providing an extra level of support for our Indigenous students. Brooke, from All in for Youth (United Way), is in our Success Centre, offering support to students who are struggling and providing lunch and snacks to students who are hungry. We have a team of professionals here to assist your student with any aspect of their school career. I am proud to work alongside them.

We have a full slate of extracurricular activities started. Please encourage your child to participate in a club, an athletic team, or the fine arts – whatever may help them positively connect to our school culture. Studies show that students who are involved in extracurricular activities in their high schools have better attendance, higher grades and have a more positive experience over their high school careers. If your student is not aware of the extracurricular options offered at Bowness, please have them speak to their homeroom teacher or any staff member. As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to wish you all a wonderful long weekend. I have much to be thankful for and working at Bowness High School is high on that list.

Sincerely,

Jana Macdonald
Proud Principal BH

Jul 12
Welcome to Bowness High School

Welcome to Bowness High School!

On behalf of the staff at Bowness, I wish to extend our best wishes to you for a successful year. Whatever your aim, you will need to be committed, determined, and organized, and we are here to support you along the way. Focus on your studies and get ahead of your homework during Learning Enhancement Time (LET). Join a sports team to meet new people and to get fit. Participate in the fine arts to expand your creative side. Think about joining a club - maybe something you have never tried before - you might just find a passion for something unexpected.

High school is about discovering new things about you; about exploring your interests; and broadening your perspectives. Choose to have an open mind and be ready for the possibilities!

The staff at Bowness High School look forward to workign with you to ensure that your 2018-19 year at Bowness High School is a great one.

Once a Trojan, always a Trojan!

Mrs. Jana Macdonald
Prinicpal

Jul 05
Summer 2018 Message

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing summer and that you are looking forward to the start-up of school. The staff at Bowness is certainly looking forward to meeting you if you are a new student or welcoming you back home if you are returning. I think 2018- 19 is going to be a great one for us all!

If you are an incoming Grade 10 student, don’t be nervous. We are planning activities to help get you settled in, including having a tutorial once a week with a key teacher to help you navigate high school and to build strategies for success. Our grade 11s and 12s will be there to support you along with the teachers, support staff and administration. High school is a time of change and transition; you will meet new people and have opportunities for new experiences. My advice to you is to get involved! Join a sports team, be involved in student leadership or participate in a club or one of our fine arts programs. You will get out of high school what you put into it. Look forward to the opportunities coming your way!

You will find in high school that you will need strong organizational and time management skills. You will have homework most days. You will need to study for exams. You will need to find a system of keeping track of deadlines and due-dates. These are skills that are essential throughout life so find what works for you and stay on top of your work. Remember that your teachers are there to help you. If you need support, be open to asking for it as you are your best advocate.

If you are a returning student, welcome back! A new year is a fresh start. Take what you learned last year and build on it. Take more risks. Get more involved in your school. Push yourself to succeed. If you are part of the Grad Class of 2019, congratulations! This will be a year filled with memory making. I look forward to shaking your hand as you cross the stage in a few short months!

So rest up, Trojans. Get some sun. Watch that Netflix series. Or better yet, read a book.  Enjoy your summer and I very much look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Mrs. Macdonald
Proud Principal of Bowness High School

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