The 2021-2022 School Year continued to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding in support of learning as we navigated the many challenges. Throughout the year our students, staff and families adapted and learning moved forward. Some of the highlights from this year include students participating in extra-curricular athletic programs (Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton, Track and Field); the Band program; noon hour clubs and athletics; and, field trips (Telus Spark, the Weaslehead, the Calgary Zoo, Minecraft Challenge, Roots 2 Stem, etc.). It has been wonderful to re-connect with families in person at interviews and the band concert.
This year, following Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, Dr. Gordon Higgins School committed to reconciliation through education. In collaboration with Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, we committed to honouring Indigenous Peoples through school wide interdisciplinary work that builds capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. Blackfoot dancer, Shirley Hill worked with staff and students on developing cultural understanding, hoop dancing with grade 7s and 8s. Cree – Metis storyteller, Chantal Chagnon met with staff and grew our understanding of the Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework. She also met with students during a full school assembly to share stories, drumming and song. Next school year we will continue to work on reconciliation through exploring land-based learning with our new outdoor learning space.
Next year Higgins will be home to grade 6, 7, 8 and 9 students from the community of Skyview. Staff and students from Prairie Sky School will join Higgins as construction continues.
I have been blessed to lead the Higgins community for over 14 years as Assistant Principal and then Principal. I would like to thank you for the many positive relationships that have developed and for your support of learning. Dr. Gordon Higgins School is a special community that I will dearly miss as I move onto a new role supporting schools as the Area 1 System Principal. I welcome Mr. Colin McCracken as your new principal.
On behalf of all staff at Dr. Gordon Higgins, we wish the best to our grade 9 students moving on to high School and to families moving away from our designated communities. We look forward to seeing all grade 7, PLP and students new to Dr. Gordon Higgins School on September 1st, 2022. Current students moving into grade 8 and 9 will begin classes on September 2nd, 2022.
Maureen Hurst, Principal
What a school year this has been! I would like to express my gratitude to students, families and staff of Dr. Gordon Higgins School who all worked together to support learning. This year you were required to adapt to in-person learning, Hub learning, on-line learning, isolation and an array of personal or family challenges. With so much change, you remained committed to learning and you persevered. Through COVID you have all grown in different ways and positively impacted the Higgins' community as a whole. Thank you.
At this time we would like to say Goodbye to Mr. McNaughton, Ms. Mahal, Ms. Pak and the many guest teachers who have supported our students this year. You have all had an important impact on our learning community and will be missed.
I would like to thank our Dr. Gordon Higgins School Council who worked tirelessly in the background to help many learning opportunities take place. They supported virtual field trips, entry fees for students to participate in contests or workshops, SMART boards for learning, clay for art, dance for PE, and they have committed to pay music instrument rental fees for our grade 7 students next year. Thank you parents for so generously supporting our students.
Together, we say good-bye to our Grade 9 students and all students leaving our community. We wish you all the best in the next phase of your learning journey.
For those remaining at Dr. Gordon Higgins School, the staff will be eager to welcome you back. Wednesday, September 1 will be a day for students entering Grade 7, Grade 8 and 9 students new to Dr. Gordon Higgins and students in the PLP program. All students will be in attendance on Thursday, September 2. For further information on returning to school, please see our website.
As we enter school next year, I encourage you to find opportunities that challenge yourself and engage you face to face with others. Consider joining a school-based club, a sports team or a youth organization in your community. Success and growth will be found in such places.
On behalf of staff at Dr. Gordon Higgins, we wish you and your family a wonderful summer.
We look forward to seeing you in the fall,
Hello Higgins' Families
Welcome to the new school year. We are so excited to begin meeting you next week. We will see Grade 7 and PLP students on Tuesday; Grade 8, PLP and ELL Program students on Wednesday; Grade 9 & PLP students on Thursday. This will allow for us to have time with each grade to welcome you and learn new protocols and routines that will make school as safe as possible for everyone.
Families who registered for Hub on-line learning will have recieved a message indicating acceptance or decline. More information will follow.
Please look at our Back to School Page for information about the school. On the right side of the page above the "Back to School" symbol, you will find a thorough Re-Entry Plan 20-21. We hope this document shows the kind of care and attention we are giving to help you and your student feel safe about the return to in-person classes. While on this page, please ensure that you sign up for "Power School" AND "Subscribe to Stay informed". These formats are the major ways through which we communicate with families.
Staff is excited to meet our new and returning students. We look forward to a great year of learning ahead.
Maureen Hurst, B.Ed., M.A.
Hello Students and Families. Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. We are excited to have you join us for many learning adventures.
Please look at our Back
to School page for information that will help to prepare you for the new school year. For our incoming Grade 7 students and all students new to Dr. Gordon Higgins, we will meet you on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 8:00 am in the gymnasium. We
will be together until 12:00 noon, helping you to become familiar with Dr. Gordon Higgins School. Buses will be operating so be sure to find your bus stop and ride the bus to school. If you don’t ride to school, make sure you plan to take the bus home so
that you know the route. For returning students, we will see you at 8:00 am on Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the gymnasium. All students will be in classes for the full day starting September 4.
Please plan to join us on Thursday, September 12 at 6:00 pm for our Welcome Night. We look forward to meeting with students and families.
I would like to take this opportunity to say farewell to Ms. Allard. After enjoying a long career and great relationships with students and families, we wish her a wonderful retirement. We wish the following
staff all the best in their new adventures: Mr. Pettit moved to McKenzie Highlands School; Ms. Jenoure is embarking on a new teaching opportunity; Ms. Siemens accepted a learning leader position at Tom Bains School and, Ms. Pierre has
become a system specialist. Ms. Martin and Ms. Evangelista are moving on to new opportunities. Thank
you all for your dedication, service and impact on our students and their learning over the years, you
will be missed.
We are pleased to have our team mostly set for the upcoming school year. We welcome Ms. Scharfe as our Indigenous Learning Leader, Ms. Niemi in the Paced Learning Program, Mr. Faunt in the
Music program, Ms. Keelan in the Humanities and PE department and, Ms. Trautman in our Math/Science department. I, along with our Assistant Principal, Mr. Papp will continue to lead the amazing team of educators here at Dr. Gordon Higgins
School. Our grade level learning leaders are Mr. Anderson – Grade 7, Ms. Leslie – Grade 8 and Ms. Inkster – Grade 9. Mr. McNeely will oversee the Humanities department, Ms. Mahal the Math/Science deparment, and Ms. Buchan
ELL programming. If you would like to talk about your child and thier learning, we ask that you first talk to their homeroom teacher. If you then need to talk to an administrator, please reach out to the grade level learning leader listed above. We all look
forward to working with you throughout the 2019 – 2020 school year.
Welcome to Higgins! It's a great place to learn.
Maureen Hurst, BEd, MA
Hello Everyone and welcome to the 2018-19 school year. We are excited to have you join us for the adventures that await.
Please have a look at our Back to School page for information to prepare you for the new year. For our Grade 7 students and students new to Dr. Gordon Higgins, we will meet you on Sept. 4 at 8:00 am in the gymnasium. For returning students, we will meet you on Sept. 5.
I would like to take this opportunity to say farewell to Ms. Cross. She will be teaching at Nose Creek School after serving the Higgins community for 23 years. Also farewell to Ms. Adshade who is leaving to teach at Tom Bains School and to Ms. Warne who will be returning to Simon Fraser School following her maternity leave. These educators have each had a strong positive impact on students and staff at Higgins. Thank you for your dedication and service over the years. You will be missed. We extend our thanks to Ms. Cowan, Ms. Dumba and Ms. Palmer who all held temporary positions this year at Dr. Gordon Higgins School. We were fortunate to have you join our community. We wish each of you the best as you move on to new adventures.
We are pleased to welcome several new teachers for the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. Justine Tratechaud is returning to our administration team as the P.E. and Lifeskills Learning Leader following her maternity leave. The Math/Science department will welcome Ms. Suzie Pierre as their new Math Coach, Ms. Jan Leslie teaching Grades 7 and 9 and; Mr. Justin Seitz teaching Grade 8. The Humanities department will welcome Mr. Kelsy Norman teaching Grade 9 and Mx. Son Edworthy learners.
Welcome to you all. We look forward to working with you and discovering the unique gifts and talents that you will bring to our community.
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