Student Bulletin

Wednesday Warrior

September 15, 2021


Principal's Message


Important Dates:

Thursday, Sept 16: Music Parent Open House (Virtual)

Friday, Sept 17: Terry Fox Day (Virtual)

Tuesday, Sept 21- 6:30pm: School Council (Virtual)

Thursday Sept 23: Meet the Teacher (Virtual) & Grade 10 Information Evening (Virtual)

Friday, Sept 24: Non-Instructional Day

Monday, Sept 27- Wednesday, Sept 29: Reconciliation Week

Tuesday, Sept 26 & Wednesday, Sept 27: Community lunchtime cleanup Thursday, Sept 30- Reconciliation Day: No Classes for Students


Reminders

Please help us by reminding your student about the following information:

School Fees

Course fees can be paid online through your PowerSchool/MyCBE Account or come to the Business office to pay by debit or credit.

Parking Passes

Beginning Monday, September 10, parking passes can be purchased for $40 through the Business Office.

Parents Parking

Parents – please do not use our parking lot to drop off or drive through.  Please drop off your students on 75th Ave.  We have special needs buses that require the parking lot.

Parking lot reminders

  • DO NOT JAYWALK.  Particularly from the front sidewalk across to the church. This is so critical for your safety and that of the drivers.
  • Please pick up your garbage. We want to be good stewards of our school and environs.

Courtyard Etiquette Reminders

  • Please do not move the furniture. Much of it is plugged in and is damaged if moved.
  • Please be respectful of the furniture. If you are looking to get more comfortable and want to put your feet up, just take your shoes off.
  • Please maintain 2M distance wherever possible
    • Tables should only have 2 students at them
  • Food and Drink
    • Please keep all food to the cafeteria portion of the Courtyard
      • Simple rule: if there is carpet on the floor you should not have food there!
  • Purpose of the Courtyard is for study If you are looking for a place to hangout please use the blue tables in the Foyer


School Updates

Federal Election

We are a federal election polling station. This will be held in the Auxillary gym, voters will not access the rest of the building. All health protocols will be followed.

Immunization Clinic

Tuesday, September 21 will be the immunization clinic, more information to come. Consent forms can be submitted until Friday, September 17. Program Letter  Consent Form

Our School Survey

Henry Wise Wood will be participating in an online school perception survey for students called the CBE  Student Survey. Please find the details of the survey implementation below.

Who: Grade 10 – 12 Students

When: September 20 – October 22

About the Our SCHOOL Student Survey:

  • Allows students to share their feedback anonymously on their experiences at school, school environment, and school improvement programs. 
  • Based on their feedback, students have the opportunity to be involved in action plans fostering increased student engagement
  • Participation in the survey is voluntary, however, all students are encouraged to participate.
  • The time required to complete the survey may vary, but it is designed to be completed in approximately 35-40 minutes.

Survey measures include such topics as behaviours and attitudes linked to student success, emotional and social well-being and physical health. For more information about the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please visit The Learning Bar’s website: www.thelearningbar.com.

If you have questions or would like to request more information about Henry Wise Wood’s upcoming implementation of the OurSCHOOL Student Survey, please contact Rory Stabler.

Stay at Home: Protocols for those who are ill:

  • If students or staff are ill with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19 like symptoms, they must stay home and either isolate for 10 calendar days following the onset of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. They need to contact 8-1-1 for guidance or complete the Alberta Health Services Self-Assessment to determine if testing is required.
  • Students and employees must stay home until they have been assessed by a healthcare provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases AND their symptoms have resolved.
  • If the student is self-isolating and is well enough to engage in school work, the classroom teacher will continue to provide work and support. If the student is not well enough to continue learning at home with teacher support, accommodations for the child’s learning will take place upon the child’s return to classes. The teacher will assess the expectations for learning and provide the appropriate accommodations

Warrior Wear 

Online Store is Open until Sept. 19 at 11:59pm.  Click Here

Healthy Hunger Lunches

Remember the good old days of school fun lunches?

No cafeteria provider, no problem! We will be providing special lunches once a week every Wednesday, as well as Booster Juice Fridays. Please be sure to sign up!

Healthy Hunger is a simple to use online ordering system. Accessible for everyone and free to sign up here!

Deal Card is Back

Henry Wise Wood School is fundraising with Deal Card! It's a little card with BIG SAVINGS! Each card is $20 and loaded with EXCLUSIVE savings at places like McDonalds, Papa Johns, Mr. Lube + many more! Each offer can be redeemed OVER & OVER until August, 31 2022! UNLIMITED value! Send to family & friends! Click ➡   https://bit.ly/henrywisewoodde... to view & purchase! Send to friends and family! 

2020-2021 Yearbook Distribution

Yearbooks will be distributed after school in the Cafeteria on Sept 13-15 after school from 3:30-5:00. Please bring a form of ID with you for pickup.


Departments

ESL Benchmarking

All students with active ESL codes must arrange a time to complete their benchmarking assessments.  The Speaking and Listening component will be completed with Period 2 teachers, and the Reading Comprehension and Writing assessments will be completed AFTER SCHOOL IN THE TEST CENTRE (Rm. 310). 

Any students with questions can come see Ms. Martin in Room 314 before school or at lunch.

Math

The Math Department is happy to be back in the classroom with our students!! We know that it is a bit of an adjustment for some students after a year full of transitions last year, and a sunny summer, but so far they are enthusiastic and working hard! It is great to see! Again this year, Schoology.com will be our main platform to provide all notes, solutions and videos. This will be a very important resource for students if they are ill or isolating at home. A reminder that our new tutorials this year start at 8:40 AM, Monday through Thursday. Students are welcome to access help from their teachers during this time. The amazing HWW Math teachers are excited to get to know their new students and to help them learn and appreciate the beauty of Mathematics!! Please do not hesitate to email your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns!

Band/Music

Rehearsals have started!  Primary instruments have been handed out and should be coming home for practicing.  Secondary instruments for students who play larger instruments will be handed out next.  Rental fees are $100 for the school year and will be made available to pay online.  Instrument rental forms are on D2L or available in the Band room.  We continue to adhere to CBE guidelines around student spacing and instrument covers.

Rehearsal schedules are on D2L, however, the calendar option does not show if students are using the Pulse app.  Students must log into D2L on the web, select their class, click on the calendar button and choose list/week/month to view the upcoming rehearsals.  There is also a physical copy of the current month’s schedule on the outside of the band room door.

Thursday, Sept 9, after school there will be a quick meeting in the band room for students interested in Jazz band.  If students are not able to make the meeting please have them speak to me in the band room to add their name to the list of interested students.

The first meeting for the Music Parent Society (HWWMPS) will be an online meeting scheduled for Thursday September 16th at 7 PM.  There are many things to discuss regarding the Music Parent Society and upcoming fundraising opportunities.  Information about the organization and the great work that they do to provide a first class music program with many layers of enrichment will be sent home in a separate attachment.


Athletics:

Sports

The health and safety of students, staff, parents and community members is of utmost importance. At this time, our priority in the CBE is ensuring that students have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular sports without the added risks that can be created with spectators indoors. This also aligns with current guidelines for during the school day where we are limiting any large group gatherings indoors including things like whole school assemblies.

Additionally, given the current COVID-19 context in Calgary and the Alberta Health recommendations that Albertans are encouraged to limit in-person contacts.

  • Unvaccinated Albertans are strongly recommended to limit indoor social gatherings to close contacts of only 2 cohort families up to a maximum of 10 people

Combined with schools' inability to both manage or determine if individuals have been vaccinated, across the CBE there will be no spectators in attendance as the first indoor sport, volleyball, commences. We will revisit this decision at the end of September in alignment with further announcements from Alberta Health.

Rugby

Rugby is a team sport that players of all shapes, sizes, and abilities can participate and challenge themselves in, and Wise Wood has one of the best programs in the province (we are the reigning Sr. Boys Tier I ASAA Provincial Champions)!  Though the season won’t start until March 2022 we are asking any students interested in playing to express interest early.  If you intend on joining the Rugby program, or are looking for more information, please email Coach Gough at bpgough@cbe.ab.ca by the end of October.


Clubs

Agents 4 Change

Are you still looking for a School Club to join?  Agents 4 Change is looking for new members!

  • Agents meets every Monday at lunchtime in Ms. Bamford’s Room 122.  All grades are welcome. First meeting will be Monday, September 20.  See our posters in the hallway.
  • We are inspired by this great city of ours and focus on Calgary community concerns.
  • Past events have include the only student-run “YMCA Walk-a-Mile-in-Her-Shoes”, build your own ice cream sundae to raise money for Calgary Animal Shelters and Bingo games to raise awareness of senior citizen isolation.
  • Bring your lunch and help organize Calgary-focused events.  Your participation makes Calgary better (and looks really good on a resume!).

Questions? Email drop by Room 122 or email Ms. Bamford

Yearbook Committee

The yearbook committee will have its first meeting on Wednesday, Sept 8 @ lunch in lab 228. Come and sign up to help with photography, graphic design, and journalism!

GSA:

The GSA meets every Tuesday in Room 218.  LGBTQ+ students and their friends/allies are all welcome.  Mr. Garen (Rm. 218) and Ms. Thompson (Rm. 215) are the staff sponsors for this and students can speak to them whenever necessary, either before school or at lunch,  if they have any questions. 


School Council

School Council Update Sep 15, 2021

Our first School Council and Parent and Alumni Association meetings will be held on Microsoft Teams in virtual format next Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30pm and is expected to finish by 8pm.

All Wise Wood parents/guardians and students are welcome to attend. We will begin with a special presentation from our Indigenous Strategist Kathleen Wells about a new program that the CBE is introducing this year. You will also meet our new principal Aileen Smyth and hear an update on our school happenings. 

You're invited to a Teams meeting!

HWW School Council and Alumni Association Meeting for Sep 21, 2021

Tap on the link or paste it in a browser to join.

We are still searching for interested parents to put their names forward to fill our Chairperson and Treasurer positions for this school year. For a summary of duties for each position look at our school website under “Get Involved”, “School Council”, “Bylaws”. Kindly send us an email to schoolcouncilhww@gmail.com to show your interest. Voting in of our new council will occur at our AGM meeting October 19.



STUDENT SERVICES

AHS Community Education Services Webinars

AHS Community Education Services Webinars

Back to School - Teen Mental Wellness

Wednesday, Sept 21, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Back to school can be an exciting time in your teen’s life and yours. It can also be challenging for teens and their parents, anxiety can increase and self-esteem can decrease. Emotions can change quickly as teens learn to deal with school, their friends, and perhaps a different life of their pre-pandemic life. What is typical at this age and what is troubled? This session will share information on how the teen brain develops, how you can support positive mental health and promote healthy brain development.  Register for this webinar here


Junior Achievement – Company Program – Registration Now Open

Become financially literate and develop leadership skills by creating your own business.  You will have the opportunity to be mentored by established business professionals while working with like-minded peers.  Participate in this free 18-week program virtually or in-person!  Visit Company Program After School or email jjohal@jasouthalberta.org for further information.  See Ms. Belliveau in room 115 if registering for the program.  

Register HERE


Course Changes for the 2021 – 2022 School year

Students are to use the Course Change Request Form only to submit timetable changes.  There are important points and guidelines that you must be aware of:  

  1. Changes will not be made based on switching to a specific teacher (or switching out of a specific teacher's) class.
  2. Teaching assignments often change, the teacher listed on your timetable may not be the teacher when the class begins in September. 
  3. All schedules are subject to change.
  4. Courses cannot be moved to different periods because of other commitments unless these have already been discussed with your counsellor or Assistant Principal. Students are expected to be available for classes during the times they are scheduled and for all periods of the 4 period school day.
  5. This form will ensure that counsellors receive and address every student's request. Only one request is necessary. Once you have submitted you will not be able to change it, or submit again. Be thorough and thoughtful with your explanation of requests. Further emails or phone calls to counsellors may not receive a response in time for start-up.
  6. Counsellors will only contact you if there are questions regarding your schedule. Please be patient and check PowerSchool often for changes to your schedule. If the change you have requested is not made before September it means your counsellor has looked and it is not possible due to your schedule, class capacities, balancing class sizes, etc. Go to the class on your schedule.
  7. If your counsellor needs to see you in person to discuss timetable concerns, a course named "See Counsellor" will be added to your schedule. Only those students will be seen during the first 4 days of school. All other requests will be through this online form.
  8. Please only use this form to communicate change requests. Email course requests will not be responded to. Thank you!

 Click here to access the online change form.


Online Course Requests – Concurrent Registration with CBeLearn

Students may enroll in an online course with CBeLearn while they are a student at Wise Wood.  CBeLearn courses are semestered, just as in person courses.  All CBeLearn courses occur using the D2L learning platform

 

Please complete the online course request form to be enrolled in an online course and note the following:

i) Students should only plan to take one online course per semester.  Only submit your request for semester 1.   ii) An online course does not take the place of a course at Wise Wood so you will not get an extra spare in place of an online course iii) Ensure your request aligns with your plans this semester - make sure you can devote adequate time and effort to your course and do not put yourself in a position where you have too heavy a course load.

Requests received and processed by Monday, Sept 20 will have a start date of Thursday, Sept 23.


Post Secondary Information Opportunities

University of Alberta 101 Session

This session will give students an opportunity to learn more about programs, campus life, admission requirements, and upcoming events for prospective students.

University of Calgary Information Session for Wise Wood Students

Registration for this is a two step process- Register using the link below then check email for the link to access the presentation.

Register in advance HERE

Discover UVic

join us for an online Discover UVic event and learn what it really means to be a UVic student.

U of T Webcasts for Prospective Students

Join online to learn more about the University of Toronto!  These webcasts will feature an overview, our three campuses, program options, opportunities we offer outside the classroom as well as the application and admissions process for high school students

McGill University

Information sessions for students from outside of Quebec.  Join to learn more about McGill’s campus, student life, programs, the application process and living in Montreal.

Waterloo University

Waterloo Wednesday webinars will explain programs, admissions, co-op, and student life.  Once you register, you will receive an email with links to each of the webinars.  To register for any of the webinars below click here.

If you're interested in viewing a previous webinar, please visit our YouTube channel.

ELAA Fall 2021 Virtual Event Schedule – This virtual fair will showcase post secondary schools within Alberta

Dates:

September 21,11:00am-1:00pm

September 23, 5:00pm-7:00pm

September 27, 5:00pm-7:00pm

September 29, 5:00pm-7:00pm.

How to Register

Register for our virtual events HERE. You will require a valid email account. You only need to register once, and then you can come to as many events as you would like!

How to Join

On the date you would like to attend click HERE. Enter your login information from registration to access the event.


Scholarships:

SEPT/OCT 2021 significant scholarship application instructions now posted.

There is a general scholarship tutorial titled Scholarship Presentation Video posted on our HWW YouTube Channel which may be accessed via our school website:   Scholarships

Please continually check the HWW website! Go to Teaching and Learning/Exams and Graduation/Scholarships. Go to ‘Links’ on the right side of the page to check monthly Scholarship Listings or ‘Resources’ such as the Handbook or Video. *Students can also access this information in the Student Services D2L shell.

** There will be a link to a Fall scholarship video/tutorial posted here/bulletin/D2L September 22, 2021. Please watch at your convenience. In addition there will be some scholarship tutorials in a computer lab to answer any student questions, as well as a parent post secondary and scholarship presentation in October. Dates TBA.


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