Sep 24
Every Child Matters

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We have had strong week of learning and of celebrating our accomplishments. It is heart-warming to see the efforts of staff and students in their adjustment to the new requirements and to do so with utter integrity.

Grade 10 Information Session - We look forward to meeting our Grade 10 parents virtually this Thursday, September 24 from 6:30 – 7:15.  We hope that our parents watched our gr. 9 transition video, prior to coming into the meeting. The video will answer many questions and is a fabulous resource. As well, for COVID related questions, we would also ask that parents review the School Council minutes from our September meeting.

​The purpose of the meeting will be to review the:

  • 3-year learning plan
  • scope and sequence of courses
  • roles of school staff and supports
  • questions that parents may have!

     Please use the following link to join the meeting:  Join Skype Meeting

     In Lieu of Meet the Teacher Evening -

    By the end of this week, parents will be receiving an email from each teacher who will share the course outline, learning plan, how to access D2L/GoogleMeet resources online, learning supports and assessment information. We would like to ensure that communication remains open, even when we are not meeting face to face!

Orange Shirt Day is on September 30 annually. We will be sharing some information with students but thought it would be helpful for parents to also discuss this at home. It began in 2013 when residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad shared how her orange shirt was taken away on her first day at residential school. This story is an opportunity for students and staff to reflect on history, legacy and implications, to discuss stories of survival and strength and to share ways we can work together toward truth and reconciliation. It is also an opportunity to commit to commemorating the children who attended residential schools, recognizing their experiences, honoring them and sharing a collective commitment to ensure that every child matters and that each student is welcome, safe, respected and cared for in their learning community every day. ​​

Notification of In-Class Recordings of Instruction

In order to facilitate instruction when students are not able to be at school, teachers may be recording instruction to post to D2L shells. Please see attached for information related to the purpose of the recordings.

​Michelle Howell

Principal


Sep 17
Welcome to the first Wednesday Warrior

September, in Tsuut'ina, is DZAZI TUWA NITA CH'AT'AA or “When the Elk Roll in the water before mating"!

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Welcome to the first Wednesday Warrior of the school year! We would like to thank our parents and students for the support and patience, as we have begun a school year like no other school year we've had in the past. Communication is always important, but this year it has become integral to ensure that we are answering questions in a timely manner and hearing feedback directly. We began the year with small-group assemblies with grade 10s, and last Friday, we had a Skype session with our gr. 11 and 12s to answer any questions related to our safety protocols, learning supports and general inquiries. Last Monday, we invited parents to attend our School Council meeting to share updates and answer questions related to our school. As a result of these conversations, we feel very appreciative to have clarified any misunderstandings or wonderings from our community. Let's keep up the open conversations as we move forward.

This year, we have postponed our Meet the Teacher evening. We would encourage parents to reach out to teachers for any questions. Please note, teachers will be connecting with you through School Messenger to share information regarding course outlines and learning plan supports.

On Thursday, Sept 24 from 6:30-7:15pm, we are still planning on having a virtual Grade 10 Information session. The purpose will be answer any questions related to school that you may have. We will ask that parents watch our gr. 9 transition video, prior to coming to the meeting. We will send out a link prior to the meeting to invite parents.

Henry Wise Wood Hub Learners:

We would like to reassure our HUB Online students and their families that you continue to be part of our Henry Wise Wood family.  Guidance Counsellors, IPP Coordinators and Administration will continue to support you as always, even if your HUB teacher does not work at HWW. Important to note that our System updated us today that Hub courses will be ready to start on Monday, Sept. 21.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.  We are also happy to schedule phone calls or skype meetings as requested. 

The following team will be able to help hub learners with questions:



 
Guidance Counsellors
Assistant Principals
A - G    + Indigenous
Beverly Delion
Tony Barile
H - O 
Christine Little
Cathy Crichton
P - Z 
Josy Renaud               
Rory Stabler

​Finally, during the upcoming Link Block on Friday, homeroom teachers will be collecting toonies for the Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research. We will take part in a virtual assembly reflecting on what Terry Fox started, a marathon of hope. We will also take a moment to honour the memory of our own Warrior, Ian Watmough, who we recently lost to cancer. To donate online go to http://www.terryfox.ca/HenryWiseWoodHigh 

Have a good week!

Michelle Howell, Principal


Sep 09
COVID-19 Outbreak at Henry Wise Wood

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We have  a second positive COVID-19 result from a member of Henry Wise Wood. In addition to the letter from AHS, we would also like to highlight a few of our requirements that are in place to ensure the safety of our community. We would ask that you please follow this link to the full message:

COVID-19 Outbreak Message

Thank you and once again, we appreciate your support.​

Sincerely,

Michelle Howell, Principal


Sep 08
HWW Positive COVID Case

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

Please see attached for information of a COVID-19 positive case from Henry Wise Wood. Impacted students and staff will be contacted by AHS, this letter is for your information.

Thank you for your continued support. All students directed to stay at home can access their class content through D2L. As well, students can email their teachers directly.

​Michelle Howell

Principal


Aug 28
NEW | Staggered Entry

Greeting Parents/Guardians and Students,

We hope that everyone has had a relaxing summer and we are looking forward to welcoming our students back next week! We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to plan for a safe re-entry to Henry Wise Wood High School. Please view the following updates and also be aware that we will send a follow-up email tomorrow.

Staggered Entry:

  • Please note, we have revisited our school opening plan and have managed to create a staggered entry. We feel this will ease students in their transition back to school. Please review the emailed document with your child.

Welcome Phone Calls:

  • Also, homeroom teachers (by grade) will be calling their homeroom students next Monday and Tuesday to welcome them,to answer their questions and to discuss any concerns. To ensure our contact information is accurate, please have your child login to D2L (brightspace) –Homeroom 2020 2021 between Friday evening and Sunday evening to complete the questionnaire.  If your child has never used D2L, please click the following link for further instructions. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/support/Pages/Support-Brightspace-D2L.aspx

Re-entry Plan

  • Our detailed re-entry plan will be sent out Friday August 28. Please take time to review this document with your child. The safety and well-being of our staff and students is critical.

It is important that members of our learning community work together to support the health and safety of it's members and to remember,  learning is our central purpose!

See you soon!

Michelle Howell

Principal, Henry Wise Wood High School​


Aug 19
Welcome Warriors

​​I am very pleased to welcome our new and returning students and their families to the 2020–2021 year at Henry Wise Wood High School. We are proud of the opportunities that are available to our students both in and out of the classroom. I encourage all our students to take full advantage of these opportunities and make the most of their time in high school. The Summer Newsletter​ package contains important information about the 2020-2021 school year at Henry Wise Wood High School. Please take a few moments to work through this newsletter and the accompanying documents​.

Jun 17
Awards

Hello Parents/Guardians and Warriors,

We are pleased to be able to share that as the year draws to a close, that we will be able to honour our Award recipients during our Academic, Athletic and Creative Arts/CTS events. Each event will look a little different based on the need to follow the AHS Guidelines. Please note, that families of students who will be receiving awards will be receiving an email/phone call to confirm the process. We look forward to celebrating with you!​






Have a great week :)

Michelle Howell

Principal​

May 27
Congratulations Grad Class of 2020

Happy Wednesday!

Today would have been our graduation ceremony - how life has changed in such a short time! In honour of this day, grade 12 students will not be given any formal work/lesson to be completed on May 27. Instead, we are challenging all grade 12 students and families to focus on creating unique celebrations and to share it with our graduation committee. We are continuing to receive many amazing videos of our students and their memories of their school experience, and these will be included in our grad video.

 

Please review the following for ideas and submit your videos to wisewoodgradvideo@gmail.com:

 

Here is what we need from our students....parents, please help us out :)


Our graduation event timeline is posted on the Graduation page of our website - linked here.


Congratulations Graduates! 

Michelle Howell

Principal​

May 19
Diploma Exam Opportunity

Happy Tuesday!

We hope everyone had a great long weekend. A general email message was sent to parents and independent students from the system today at 3:00 pm. Please read below for information regarding students who are eligible to write Diploma Exams. There is a tight turnaround, so be aware of the timeline. Let us know if you have any questions. Questions can be directed to Assistant Principal, Cathy Crichton, cjcrichton@cbe.ab.ca. Thank you!

​Communication to Students | June Diploma Exams 2020

Alberta Education is permitting schools to provide students who need to write June 2020 diploma exams the opportunity to do so. Please read "Students who qualify". Students currently registered in diploma courses have been exempt.  The opportunity to write is based on the condition that social distancing requirements set out by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health are adhered to and the situation in June still permits school jurisdictions to safely provide this opportunity.

Students who qualify:

Students must have one of the reasons below in order to write in June. Student who:

1. Has a course mark from January 2019-20 or earlier who has never written the diploma exam for the course. Student must register through myPass for the June sitting at CBe-Learn [S.1064]. Student must also email  schoolimprovementdata@cbe.ab.ca the following information:

Legal name
CBE ID and ASN

Alberta Student Number

 Diploma Exam Name

 Student will receive an email reply, stating whether they qualify or not (some will not understand that they do not qualify so will email), along with next steps.

 

2.  Wants to rewrite to increase their mark to pass the course and meet Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of High School Completion criteria. 

 

3. wants to rewrite to increase their mark to meet post-secondary entrance requirements. 

Students needing to write must communicate this to Mrs​. Crichton (cjcrichton@cbe.ab.ca) via email no later than May 21 at noon.  Insert "June Diploma Exam 2020" in the email subject line. Please provide the following information in your email:

Name Legal Name

CBE ID and ASN 
Diploma Exam(s) Name(s)
Reason Number (1, 2, 3 from above)

The number of students who will be able to rewrite in June will be limited due to public health guidelines and our ability to ensure health protocols are manageable while adhering to Alberta Education exam supervision expectations. Things will look different to students writing a diploma exam in June.  There will be strict protocols in place to ensure adherence to health requirements.  For example, students will be required to wear a non-medical mask for the entire time they are in the school. The exam writing location will be determined based on numbers and the exam protocols will be shared. 

Accomodations

Students will have double time and may write the Part A portion of the English Language Arts, and Social Studies exams on a computer. Students who have, throughout the course, listened to a recording of the test while writing will be accommodated (teachers will confirm who needs this accommodation).  No other accommodations can be made during June Diploma Exams.  Students who need a reader, scribe, speech-to text, frequent breaks, sign language interpreter, etc. will have to wait until social distancing rules are removed before writing a diploma examination. 

Have a great week :)

Michelle Howell

Principal​

May 11
May 11, 2020

Hello families!

Assessment Update

We wanted to share an update on marks, as we have been receiving inquiries about weightings.  As you recall, due to the extraordinary circumstances this semester, a pre-COVID mark was entered into PowerSchool on April 22. The marks were based on achievement as of March 13. Students continuing to engage in their course can only improve their grade. For cancelled courses this mark is their final mark.

Moving forward, for core subjects (Math, Science, Social, English and PE) the weighting of the pre-COVID mark will be the same as the weighting of the post-COVID mark, 50% each. There will be consistency within departments and courses relative to post-COVID weightings.  Assessment in Creative Arts and CTS courses will continue as presented in the January course outline (i.e. as usual). The higher grade will be reported-April 22 or final June mark.

In keeping with the theme of assessment and reporting, this Friday, which is a non -instructional day, time will be provided for teachers to develop consistent feedback comments and considerations to communicate student progress and achievement.

Providing the continuity of educational opportunities for all our students could not be done without your support! And we thank you for your perseverance, dedication and commitment to our Warriors. In speaking with our teachers, they have discovered students enjoy the routine and consistency of a daily schedule. Many teachers are providing live virtual lessons, live tutorial time and recorded lessons on a weekly basis.  So, there are a few approaches to learning. Some students may be struggling to meet the academic demands without the usual fact to face support, so motivation may be dwindling. Please encourage your child to remain in contact with his/her teacher, administration or counsellor. Seeking proactive assistance and encouraging open communication may result in greater success.

We are looking forward to our virtual School Council Meeting this evening. Please read the following  to access the meeting:

 The meeting will be held on Monday, May 11, 7:15-8:15pm. We will be meeting online using the platform Cisco Webex. This is a free app.

Please download the app to your computer or phone prior to the meeting to enable a hassle free experience on May 11.

Our meeting number is 622 000 761.  The meeting password is "Wisewood”.

Participants are encouraged to join the meeting soon after it opens at 7pm so we may start the meeting promptly at 7:15pm.

Have a great week :)

Michelle Howell

Principal​

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