Jun 29
Fall Principal's Message

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,

Oki, Tansi, Tawnshi and Danit'ada,

Welcome to both our returning staff and students and those staff, students and families new to Henry Wise Wood, home of Artists, Scholars and Champions. We are so proud of our school, and of our students, and we are eager to welcome you to the 2022-2023 School Year. We hold important the values of inclusiveness, belonging, and our welcome, safe, caring and respectful learning environment.

Students, there are many exciting opportunities awaiting you this year, and ways to share your voice and get connected, including the start-up of Fall sports. Please take time to work through the School Start Up information. Parents and Guardians, please consider getting involved with our School Council, and important partner with us in supporting our learners.

Together, as we enter the 2022- 2023 school year, we are grateful for our strong Warrior community and partnership with our families, Tsuu T'ina Nation, and community agencies to support our students’ wellbeing, achievement and equity.

We look forward to an outstanding year together. With gratitude,

Aileen Smyth,


Jun 15
Final Wednesday Warrior


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

- Dr. Seuss.

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community, 

In this final Wednesday Warrior, we want to share how proud of our Warriors we have been this year. Never was this more evident than on our final day of regular schedule last Friday. Students kept it fun, positive and safe. And, they ate many, many waffles...​

As we move into our exam session, please find attached the updated information for the upcoming weeks. Today and tomorrow are modified afternoons, attendance will be taken, with Credit Recovery to follow in the days ahead. If your student is not yet in a position to earn credits, and still has learning to demonstrate, please remind them to take advantage of this opportunity. Our non-diploma exams are worth 10% and no-jeopardy. As per Alberta Education, our diploma exams are for jeopardy and also weighted 10%.  Exam Schedule

We will be honouring our renewed TRC Commitments as a school on June 21 National Indigenous Peoples' Day. Thank you to all of our students and staff and community who continued to build forward in this work. We are excited about the possibilities of our Medicine Garden project which will continue next year.

Mark Appeals, for any errors in mark calculation, will be held on June 29 from 8-12. Please call the school with any questions.

Wishing everyone a safe, informed, and connected summer. We thank you for being part of this Warrior family. Wishing each of our Grade 12s all success, and looking forward to welcoming in our new Warriors in the Fall. Our summer newsletter is currently under construction…..we hope to have it to you for July 15, 2022 – Stay tuned.

With gratitude, 

Aileen Smyth 

Principal ​

Jun 08
Preparing For Year End


“Success is no accident.  It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." 
-Jack Welch (Chair & CEO or General Electric 1981-2001)​

ear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community, 

What a week of celebration it has been! We are certainly a school of Champions. This year in Athletics, we have won 7 City Championships and 1 Provincial Banner, 3 silver medals in a City Final, and a number of individual medalists in Cross Country, Badminton and Track and Field in City and Provincial events.

Our school Pep Rally was a lot of fun and a great success! Students were very supportive of the student talent portion and cheered on our Clubs and Teams with gusto. A special shout-out to Mr. McDonald who did an acapella version of “Sweet Caroline" which brought the crowd to its feet. 

Our final Consent Lunch and Learn for the year was well received. We will continue this work with staff, student and parent/guardian sessions in the Fall. Thank you to all of the students who attended the Warrior Voice Cafés to bring forward the importance of this topic and to create these educational opportunities. An invitation has been shared with students interested in applying to join a new initiative, our Warrior Voice Council, in the Fall. More information is shared in the student Homeroom D2L shell.

A special Thank You to our incredible School Council for their work and support this year. As parents/guardians, you are the third part of our triangle of support for students and we are grateful for your wisdom, enthusiasm and encouragement. Students have worked so hard this year, we are very proud. On that note, we value your support in talking with your student regarding this Friday, June 10. It is the last day of our regular timetable. We are attaching the June schedule here as a reminder. Students are aware that there will be waffles and turkey sausages being grilled by the PE team starting at 8am, games on the field for those folks with a spare, and regular classes as scheduled. Staff will provide additional supervision and we will be asking students to stay out of the parking lot during the day, there will be no re-entry privileges. We will also be checking bags coming into the school to ensure we maintain a learning atmosphere for all students and staff.

With gratitude, 

Aileen Smyth 

Principal ​

Jun 01
Happy June!

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community, 

It is hard to believe that June is here! We enjoyed a wonderful celebration at Graduation and feel so proud of the Class of 2022; the students did a beautiful job crossing the stage and each of the speakers was excellent. We were moved by Elder Bruce Starlight's thoughtful reminder that “Education is the new Buffalo", our School Trustee Nancy Close's vision for the success of our grad class, and Noah Segal's comments, “Breathe and take your time, everyone gets good ideas." We are so excited for the next steps in the journey for this remarkable group of students. 

But for now, let's finish strong! The exam schedule is re-attached here just as a refresher. A big reminder to students that now is the time to connect with teachers about assignments that can yet be completed and to make a plan for credit recovery time.  

Our Athletes are wrapping up their season...What a season for our Warriors!

  • Our Senior Boys Rugby Team won GOLD medals in the City Finals and are now heading to Provincials in Edmonton next weekend. We wish you well as you travel to Edmonton on Thursday to compete against teams across Alberta!
  • Our Junior Boys Rugby Team took home SILVER medals in the City Finals.
  • Our Girls Rugby Team finished up in semi-finals; what a great season was enjoyed.
  • Our Junior Boys Soccer Team took home SILVER medals in the City Finals.
  • We have 6 Athletes heading to Provincials, with 10 on the Podium at City Finals.

Congratulations to all teacher coaches, along with their wonderful volunteer coaches, and our amazing Athletic Director Ms Cheney, who have supported our Athletics program this Spring season. 

​This week we are looking forward to Friday's pep rally.

Pep Rally Bell Times

  • P1   8:57 – 9:52
  • P2   9:56 – 10:51
  • P3   10:55 – 11:50
  • P4   11:54 – 12:49
  • Pep-Rally   12:53 – 2:01
  • Food Trucks 2:01 – 2:30

Also upcoming is our Spring Band Concert, June 2nd, 7:00 pm, HWW School Gym. Seating will open at 6:30. It is first come first served and tickets are not required. We will be setting up chairs in addition to the bleachers for available seating.

Concert Admission – we are requesting guests bring a donation, monetary or non-perishable for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank Below is a list of non-perishable desired items:

    • canned meat– tuna, turkey & chicken – preferably with pop-tops
    • canned tomatoes
    • canned beans
    • baby formula
    • diapers
    • gluten free items – pasta, cereal, crackers

And lastly, I will highlight June 3 Bike to School day! – We encourage all of our Warriors to consider riding to school. Youth En Route will be providing prizes and giveaways from HLC Bike and B&P Cycle. 

Please take photos and share on social media, tagging @youthenroute.

It is lovely to see Spring unfolding around us, welcome June!

Aileen  Smyth


May 25
A Week to Celebrate!

Graduation Photo

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

​          ​—Mark Twain

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community, 

We are so very proud of each of our Class of 2022 Graduands! We had an excellent rehearsal and look forward to a wonderful day on Friday. Grade 12 Parents/ Guardians, please review the attached graduation newsletter for information updates, also posted in your student's grad D2L shell. We are livestreaming the Ceremony starting at 9:30am, so please tune in if you are watching remotely. 

In other news, our IB exams are complete! Congratulations to the participating students for their hard work, and to Ms. McKay and the team of staff who created such a calm and secure exam environment.  Please hand in your textbooks to the Learning Commons if you do not require the books further.

Many of our school teams continue in Playoffs this week, we are so proud of our Warriors!  Please see below under Athletics for detailed information from our Athletic Director.  ​

Additionally, on May 30 and June 6, students will have the opportunity to attend two lunch and learn presentations provided by CCASA. These presentations are optional and a pizza lunch will be provided. Students need to sign up in advance. This session has been organized by the Warrior Voice Café students as a response to growing concerns around issues that are facing many of our students. This presentation covers more sensitive matters and addresses the many questions students have shared around the topics of sexual violence, consent, reporting, and supports. Guidance counsellors will be on hand to provide support. 

We look forward to our Spirit Week next week culminating in our June 3 Pep Rally and food trucks.  More information to come.

And finally, as students' thoughts turn to final exams, please remind students of all the wonderful supports available to them through Tutorials, after school help and conversations with teachers. The Guidance team is also standing by to provide support. 

Thank you for your partnership with us, Warrior families,

Aileen Smyth 


May 19

Graduation Photo

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.  

– Dr. Seuss

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community, 

It's been another glorious week of Athletics success, a wonderful school Musical, and incredibly hard- working students and staff. Please come out and support our teams as many move into the playoff round from regular season. Go, Warriors!

Our classes have been taking advantage of the lovely weather to get out on field trips locally, included a trip to the Calgary Public Library for our LEAD students, and to admire the downtown architecture through a camera lens for Graphic Design and Photography, as well as going farther afield to Banff and Kananaskis for PE hiking and Science adventuring. We are beginning to look ahead to possible international opportunities in the upcoming school years.

This Friday's Professional Learning Day, we will be travelling as a staff through an ATA special initiatives grant to Blackfoot Crossing. We will spend time learning on the land and renewing our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and the Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework as a staff. 

Top of mind for us this week is the upcoming Graduation Ceremony and Banquet on May 27. All information has been shared through the Grad Newsletter and in today's Grad rehearsal. Please remind your student to check the Grad D2L shell for details and review the posted Graduation list. 

A reminder of the upcoming full school virtual Assembly on May 19 and follow up lunch and learn sessions on May 30 & June 6 with guest speaker Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse. These sessions will be focussed on the topic of Consent, as part of our work to continue to develop our welcome, safe, caring and respectful school learning environment. Please see last week's school messenger for details for parents/guardians or contact Ms Smyth or Ms Delion in the office to speak further about this. Students are asked to sign up on their homeroom D2L shell.

As students prepare for the final push, we are looking forward to Fuel Your Brain as provided by our School Council, providing healthy snacks to support students being at their best for exams! 

  • Parent Volunteers Needed: HELP FUEL YOUR BRAIN!

  • Want to help Henry Wise Wood students reach their full potential during exam break? We know having a good breakfast decreases stress, helps to think more clearly, and improves test scores.

  • Volunteers are needed to hand out healthy breakfast snacks for an hour each morning (8-9 AM) before exams from Monday, June 13 to Tuesday, June 28.

  • Sign up is available online at volunteersignup.org/9JWPE

 For more information, please contact Aly Lefebvre, Guidance Counsellor at allefebvre@cbe.ab.ca

And finally, let's take action together as Artists, Scholars, Champions to help those in need. We are taking part in the “Do What You Can" Warrior Food Drive in support of the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank until May 26. Donation bins are in the foyer. When we all do what we can, change happens! 

Enjoy the sunshine and the long weekend,

Aileen Smyth 


May 11
School Culture and Community at Wise Wood

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“You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits."

Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,

Today I would like to draw your particular attention to our upcoming May 19 full school virtual assembly and follow up May 30 and June 6 lunch hour sessions around the issues of consent, sexual assault, reporting and available supports.. This is in response to the two student walkouts this year, during which the students raised concerns and questions about these matters. Our students have gathered in Warrior Voice Cafes to build a supportive response plan. Please see the attached letter for further details. Thank you for your support of our Warrior community and our continued creation of our welcome, safe, caring and respectful learning environment. 

In other news, we are so pleased to share of the many successes of our spring Athletics teams,  

Field Hockey 

The girls competed in the Dino's Tournament and won 2 of their 3 games, placing third overall. They are having a dynamite season with a 3-1-1 record. Their last regular season game is Monday May 16 at the Soccer Centre @ 4pm. Good luck girls! 


Congratulations to our senior boys who won gold, senior girls who won silver, and junior boys who won bronze at the Clearwater Cup on Friday. Our teams are having extremely successful seasons and we look forward to watching them in play-offs. 

Track and Field

Our athletes competed in the Dino's meet on Saturday and we had a number of top 5 finishes. We have a number of athletes competing again this evening at Foothills. Our Divisional Meet is next Wednesday May 18. Those who place in the top 6 in their event will qualify for City Finals on May 28. Go Warriors!


Both soccer teams are moving along. Good luck to our seniors in their final 2 games. Our juniors had a big win last night and are currently second in their division. Keep up the momentum!


What a season! Our team won the Division 2 City Championship! Congratulations to all of our athletes and to Darshini and Angelina who placed 3 overall in the Province!

Model UN

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We are so proud of our Model UN delegates! Congratulations to the Henry Wise Wood Model UN team for their amazing work at the Model UN conference at Western Canada High School on April 29 and 30.  Our delegation won three awards including “Most Outstanding Delegate" (Aaryan Y), “Most Improved Delegate" (Anthony M), and “The Delegate with the Most Potential" (David T). ​

Legally Blonde is a must see play.  Remember to get your tickets for Legally Blonde: The Musical running until this Friday May 13. Please contact Mr. McDonald for tickets. Information under the Drama section below.

We are grateful for the green grass and the beauty of nature unfolding around us. This is Spring in Calgary!  Pic 3.jpg

Aileen Smyth 


May 04
May the forth be with you!

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​​​​“So many people have touched my heart and made an impact on my world. I’m thankful for every lesson and learning experience.” – Bindi Irwin

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,
May 2-6​ is Staff Appreciation Week as we thank our awesome staff and all they do to support our Warriors. Please thank a staff member today!

This is also Mental Health Awareness week. Our students have taken the lead in sharing out community resources on Instagram in our ongoing commitment to providing support and resources to one another.  

On May 5, we honour the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. For more information, please read the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/. As part of our TRC Commitment, truth then reconciliation needs to continue, especially in relation to violence against women, girls and two spirited individuals.

Our first draft Grad list has been posted this week outside the front office by student ID number. Please remind your Grade 12 student to verify whether they are on the list and to speak with their Guidance counsellor if they have questions.

As Spring arrives, so does spring cleanup! We will be hosting a school yard clean up and hot dog BBQ on Friday, May 13 after school. All Warriors are invited to attend. Gloves and bags will be provided. 

Our ‘Do What You Can’ Warrior Food Drive is May 6- 26. All grades will be invited to compete for which grade brings in the most donations. All donations will go to the Calgary Interfaith food bank to support those in need in our Calgary community. 

Congratulations to our Badminton team who brought home the Division 2 Banner this year! We are so proud of all players and coaches.  Our spring sports are in full swing, come on out and enjoy a game.

To close, Happy Mother’s Day to all those celebrating this weekend. And, with gratitude to my own,

Aileen Smyth 

Apr 27
Look Ahead to Exams

Tell me and I forget. 

Teach me and I remember. 

Involve me and I learn.

~Benjamin Franklin

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,

Thank you to all of the parents/ guardians who were able to attend the School Council this past Monday. The conversation was rich as always and included a School Development Plan in Action update from our Math Learning Leader.  Our final meeting of the year is May 16, online at 6:30-8:00pm. Please Save the Date for this important meeting, with updates from our English Language Arts and Social Studies Learning Leaders and establishing of the School Council positions for the Fall.

IB Exams begin this week.  Good luck to all of our participants. 

  • IB exams take place from April 28 – May 20. Schedule.
  • Exams will be held in the school cafeteria. Students should make sure to get to school by 8:30 for a 9:00 exam, and 12:30 for a 1:00 exam.
  • Students writing exams will be excused from classes on the days of the exams.
  • Students can be excused from classes the day before an exam if they have handed in the IB exam excused absence form they have been given in their IB folder.

June Exam Schedule

Please be sure to check the website for the exam rules, guidelines and exam schedule.  Please remember that cell phones, IPods, apple watches or any other electronic devices are not allowed in the exam rooms.  Photo ID is required to write an exam.  Passports and Drivers Licenses are acceptable if you do not have your HWW student ID.

​Please note the following: 

  • Last day of regular classes June 16 
  • Last day of specialized classes June 24 
  • Please note the On Demand and the Credit Recovery opportunities. Definitions are provided at the bottom of the schedule
  • All diplomas are weighted at 10% by Alberta Education 
  • All non-diplomas are weighted 10% and no jeopardy 
Please contact Ms. Delion, exam coordinator with any questions. 

Have a lovely Spring week, 

Aileen Smyth 


Apr 22
Legally Blonde...and more!

Pink.jpgYou can do anything if you set your mind to it.  Look out for kids, help them dream and be inspired.  We teach calculus in schools, but I believe the most important formula is courage plus dreams equals success.

                                                Marlee Matlin

Dear Henry Wise Wood Students, Parent/Guardians, and Community,​

We trust that students and families enjoyed a lovely long weekend! 

Staff enjoyed an excellent day of professional learning on Monday, as we continue our School Development work and system-wide focus on Indigenous Education Holistic Lifelong Learning, Literacy, Mathematics and Well-being.

The School Council virtual meeting is this upcoming Monday April 25 at 6:30pm. Our Math Learning Leader and a student will be attending to share about Math at Wise Wood. We will also provide an update on our Warrior Voice Cafes. Please plan to join us! We will share out the link on Monday. 

For our Grade 12 Parents/Guardians, please keep in the loop with your student as 'all things grad' roll out. We are looking forward to celebrating on May 27. The first round of banquet ticket sales is now complete. There are still a few tickets available. Students are asked to see Ms. McKay in room 304 (AM) or 218B (PM) by Friday if you would like to order tickets (first come, first served).

The Henry Wise Wood Theatre Department presents Legally Blonde the Musical on May 10 – 13. The story follows Elle Woods as she attempts to get her boyfriend back by enrolling at Harvard Law School. It is a touching tale of surpassing all expectations and breaking down stereotypes. Tickets are $15 and you can pay in Cash or Cheque made out to the school. To reserve tickets in advance please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/TciqUywr66tZp8v78. Please note that this show has a PG-13 rating and it is not recommended for young children. If you have any questions or concerns, Director Mr. McDonald invites you to reach him at mamcdonald@cbe.ab.ca

Stay cozy, and we will look forward to Spring re-emerging (hopefully) soon! 

Aileen Smyth 


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