Our School

Welcome to Henry Wise Wood

Welcome, Warriors!

We are delighted to welcome our new and returning students and their families to the 2023 - 2024 year at Henry Wise Wood High School, Home of Artists, Scholars and Champions. We are proud of the many opportunities that are available to our students both in and out of the classroom. We encourage all our students to make the most of your time in high school through getting connected, sharing your voice, and demonstrating your learning in multiple ways. This webpage will be updated regularly with important information during the year. Please take a few moments to work through the resources listed on the side of this page including our School Development Plan, Digital Citizenship Plan and School Improvement Results Report. Looking forward to an excellent year!

Aileen Smyth 

Who Was Henry Wise Wood?

The school is named after Henry Wise Wood, an Alberta pioneer, who was born in 1860 in Missouri, USA. Henry Wise Wood moved to Alberta in 1905 and became a Canadian citizen in 1909. He was instrumental in forming the Alberta Wheat Pool and the United Farmers of Alberta. Henry Wise Wood is regarded as one of the most influential individuals in Canadian agricultural and farming history.

Core Purpose

Henry Wise Wood High School is a diverse learning community where all members will respect, encourage and recognize each other as we strive towards our personal best.

As members of Henry Wise Wood High School we will:

1. Understand, appreciate and honour uniqueness within our learning community e.g. ability, race, culture, faiths, age, gender, and economics.

  • Value and listen to student voice

2. Understand and appreciate the different ways in which we learn and provide multiple ways to demonstrate and access learning through a variety of teaching and learning practices; Define our immediate community as including all past and present students, parents/guardians and staff.

  • Define our extended community as others who may have a vested interest or connection to the school e.g.: neighbours, feeder communities, local businesses and business partners.

3. Work to create a sense of pride, belonging and connection amongst all students, parents/guardians and staff.

  • Communicate effectively with members of our immediate and extended communities in order to build understanding and support for the school and its initiatives.
  • Provide opportunities to foster relationships between members of the immediate and extended communities.
  • Cultivate trusting relationships based upon mutual respect.
  • Treat each other with dignity and courtesy.

4. Treat Henry Wise Wood School as an important place of learning and a welcome, safe, caring and respectful school environment.

  • Motivate and support each other in our endeavours.
  • Emphasize the development of positive, "can do" attitudes.
  • Help individuals identify and utilize their strengths.

5. Provide opportunities to honour the talents, abilities and achievements of our learning community.

  • Include members of the extended community in the acknowledgement whenever possible and appropriate.
  • Realize that learning is a process that never ends.
  • Recognize that each individual has an infinite capacity for growth.
  • Promote the development of citizenship.
  • Commit ourselves to the pursuit of individual excellence.
  • Build and cultivate our School Development Plan Goals.
  • Help students demonstrate personal growth.
  • Embed character development into student learning to impact the culture of the school.
  • Provide access to quality program supports that are responsive to student needs, shifting student and community demographics and community choice.

School Development Plan

Each year, our school prepares a development plan with input from teachers, school staff, students and parents. We review many sources of data, including report cards, provincial achievement test results and school surveys. Based on this information, we create our plan identifying targeted areas for growth. Our school development plan is not meant to represent all of the work that takes place in our school, but rather it focuses on specific areas for improvement.



School Results Report

Our school also prepares a results plan, which looks at our previous school year. It shows our students’ achievement and progress in meeting the goals and outcomes as set out by the CBE and Alberta Education, outlines some of the highlights of our school development plan and gives an overview of our school. You can look on the CBE website for system-wide results.


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​​Our School's Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

We are committed to acknowledging and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action specific to education. Our school, along with all CBE schools, made a TRC Commitment to Action. On June 21, we renewed our commitment, which can be found under Resources.​​

Acknowledging the Land

We would like to acknowledg​​e the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani and the Kainai. We also acknowledge the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.​