Sep 16
Terry Fox

Dear HWW Students and Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already into Week 3 of this school year!

During the upcoming Link Block on Friday, September 17, homeroom teachers will be collecting toonies for the Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research. We will host a virtual assembly reflecting on what Terry Fox started, a Marathon of Hope. Students will have the opportunity to share who they are honouring on this day and take part in a virtual Walk/Run over the course of the following week.

A reminder that our first School Council Virtual Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 21, at 6:30pm. All interested Wise Wood Parents/Guardians are invited to join this Council.

 

On Thursday, Sept 23, we will be holding a virtual Meet the Teacher from 5-6pm followed by a virtual Grade 10 Information Meeting from 6-7pm.

For Meet the Teacher, teachers will be contacting their students' parents/guardians by School Messenger this week with a course outline and a meeting link. If you do not receive the link, please reach out to your child's teacher. 

The schedule is the following:

5:00 – 5:15 P1

5:15 – 5:30 P2

5:30 – 5:45 P3

5:45 – 6:00 P4

For the Grade 10 Information Session, the purpose will be to answer questions you may have and share an overview the grade 10 experience.   Click here to join the meeting

With appreciation, have a great week!

Aileen Smyth

Principal

Dreams are made possible if you try. ~ Terry Fox

Sep 08
Happy September!

Hello Students and Families,

Happy September! Our 2021-2022 school year is now underway; it has been a delight to welcome all of our students back to school. September is a time of new beginnings, of possibility, as students begin to (re)connect, create belonging, engage in their studies and extracurricular pursuits, and demonstrate their learning in multiple ways.

Our Fall sports teams are up and running and we are so excited for these opportunities for students to engage. Students, stay tuned for more information on our Clubs.

We are pleased to announce that our first School Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 21, at 6:30pm. The virtual link will be shared. All interested Wise Wood Parents/Guardians are invited to join this Council.

We are delighted to introduce you to Ms. Kathleen Wells, our Indigenous Strategist. Please see a message below from Ms. Wells as we begin our year.

With appreciation,

​Aileen Smyth

Principal

 

Indigenous Strategist:

Oki, Tansi, Tawnshi and Danit'ada,

As we begin the new school year journey, I am reminded of the sacred circle teachings I have had the honor of learning through Elders and Knowledge Keepers. In spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we strive to help our students balance their wellbeing through mind, body, spirit and heart. We begin our journey in the east, springtime and in Blackfoot Motoyi, and as a school community we strive for academic and community renewal and growth. I have learned that the sacred medicine of the east is tobacco and this medicine opens the door to allow communication and relationship to flourish. As September moves along, we will continue to develop the foundation of spirit with students and build a community steeped in belonging, cultural understanding and reconciliation. The CBE's Indigenous Education Team has created the Holistic Life-long Learning Framework in collaboration with an Elder counsel and based on sacred circle teachings.

Siyissgas,

Kathleen Wells 


Sep 03
Welcome & Welcome Back Warriors!

​​We are very pleased to welcome our new and returning students, families, and Staff, to the 2021–2022 school year at Henry Wise Wood High School. I am delighted to be joining the Warrior family; thank you for such a warm welcome.

There are many exciting opportunities awaiting you this year, including the start up of Fall sports.  Please take time to work through the Wednesday Warrior , our weekly publication and the Fall newsletter, including information about August 25 & 26 Passport to Success and September 1 First Day of School.  Any additional updates and health protocols will be shared next week.

As we enter another school year together, we are grateful for our strong Warrior community and partnership with our families, Tsuu T'ina Nation, and community agencies to support our student wellbeing, achievement and equity.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you." ― B.B. King

We look forward to an outstanding year together,

Aileen Smyth, 

Principal


Aug 21
Welcome, Warriors!

​We are very pleased to welcome our new and returning students, families, and Staff, to the 2021–2022 school year at Henry Wise Wood High School. I am delighted to be joining the Warrior family; thank you for such a warm welcome.

There are many exciting opportunities awaiting you this year, including the start up of Fall sports.  Please take time to work through the Wednesday Warrior​, our weekly publication and the Fall newsletter, including information about August 25 & 26 Passport to Success and September 1 First Day of School.  Any additional updates and health protocols will be shared next week.

As we enter another school year together, we are grateful for our strong Warrior community and partnership with our families, Tsuu T'ina Nation, and community agencies to support our student wellbeing, achievement and equity.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you." ― B.B. King

We look forward to an outstanding year together,

Aileen Smyth, 

Principal


Jun 17
Exam Time

Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

Regular classes are now over and we move into our June exam and tutorial schedule. Gr.12 Diploma exams continue to be optional as they were in January. Although non-diploma exams are no-jeopardy, it is an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning and to engage in the exam writing process that continues throughout high school. Again, thank you to our entire school community for your support. A special thank you to our Parent Council who organized a Covid friendly staff lunch this Friday.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

​Tony Barile

Acting Principal​


Jun 09
Wrapping Up the Year

Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

As we move into the last 5 days of regular classes, I am so grateful for our students, parents and staff. This has been a year of adjustment, stress, anxiety and also of learning, smiles, laughter and community spirit. Staff have worked hard all year to provide rigorous meaningful programs in light of dealing with a worldwide pandemic. A reminder to parents to connect with staff regarding their child's progress and to ensure they are attending school during the tutorial days. The schedule is posted on the website.

Congratulations to 3 HWW students for receiving medals competing in the Alberta Skills Competitions.

  • Josey H- Gold- Baking
  • David C- Silver-2D Animation
  • Miri K- Bronze- Graphic Design

We are so proud of these Warriors!!

Stay safe and stay healthy.

​Tony Barile

Acting Principal


Jun 02
Preparing for Year End

Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Henry Wise Wood community for their support of our 2021

Closing Ceremonies for our Gr.12 students. The day went without a hitch and we are so proud of our graduates. Thank you to all staff, parents, and the Grad committees who contributed to our day to make it special for students. We hope your future is bright and as always; we love you.

I am very pleased to announce that Beverly Delion is our newest Assistant Principal at Henry Wise Wood High School.  Beverly's 13 years' experience in high school settings working with complex learners and specialized programs, along with a graduate degree in counselling has prepared her for this position.  Beverly started at Henry Wise Wood High School in the fall of 2016 as Learning Leader of Student Services, and then transitioned into the role of Acting Assistant Principal in November 2020.  Beverly has played an important role in our leadership team for the past 5 years, and the strong relationships that she has built with staff, students and parents will be an asset to her in this new role.  Congratulations Beverly.

Modified Schedule

June 16-18 students may be invited by their classroom teacher for additional learning opportunities.  Examples  may include: credit recovery, targeted support or intervention, targeted assistance with assignment completion for specific outcomes.  Please sign in with your teacher. 

Tutorials

June 21-25 students writing diplomas may receive pre-arranged  tutorial support from teachers. Please sign in with your teacher.

Diplomas and Final Exams

All students should have reviewed the final exam and school schedule for the month of June posted on our website. All students must bring photo ID (HWW Student ID, Driver's License, Passport) and the appropriate supplies to their exams. All examination protocols and rules should be reviewed by the students. These are posted on our website

Students are required to wear a mask and utilize proper cleaning and hand sanitizing procedures. Students are encouraged NOT to bring any valuables to their exams. 

Diploma Exams

  • Writing the diploma exam is optional
  • Students must bring photo ID to their exam
  • Students should know their Alberta Student Number (myPass, or use the ASN lookup link)
  • Diploma Exams Part A |English and Social Studies
    • Quest A+ is the online assessment platform that will be used for the written response portion (part A) for 30 level English and 30 level Social Studies diploma exams. Our computer technician has prepared the computers in the Learning Commons. The use of Quest A+ has been requested by the CBE to prevent the spread of COVID. The link below will help student practice logging in, and navigating the website. Practice exams are also available. 
  • Students should have practiced using Quest A+  prior to their exam
  • All other exams are in the main gym

Non-diploma Exams

  • Non-diploma exams are no jeopardy (ie. cannot lower the student's mark)
  • Students are required to bring photo ID
  • Students will be writing in their assigned classroom, main gym or lab space (for Social Studies)

Lunch Areas

  • We encourage students to leave the building when finished their exams. However, the cafeteria will be open for those who need to stay for tutorial time.

Textbooks

  • Students are required to return their textbooks ASAP

Stay safe and stay healthy.​

Tony Barile

Acting Principal


May 27
GRADUATION

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Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

It has been amazing having students back in the building. We know many are excited to be back and many are cautious. We continue to follow strict covid guidelines in our building. We understand the trepidation of returning to school, however we take our guidance from AHS, CBE and Alberta Education. Teachers and students are working hard to finish off the remaining weeks of the year as positively as possible. We appreciate the voices of student over the past few weeks and acknowledge their concerns.  We are an amazing community, and we thank you for your support. Often, some decisions are out of our hands, and we do the best we can to continue in person teaching, supporting D2L and working with departments on assessments. Please check the website regarding the June exam schedule. Once again, diplomas are optional, and exams are no jeopardy. Details are listed on the schedule.

Graduation is still a go for the 28 of May. Please make sure you are checking the D2L Gr.12 Grad shell for information you need to know. A rehearsal video has been posted as well.

We understand the desire to move the Grad date to June. However, after careful consideration and meetings with the Student Grad Committee, teacher sponsors, and our Area Director, it was decided to keep the original date.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Tony Barile

Acting Principal


May 19
Graduation is Approaching

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Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

Upon the release of this week's Warrior, we are awaiting a decision to determine if students are back in classes on the 25. Again, regardless of the decision, we want to thank you for your continued support and communication regarding your child's progress.

Thank you again to parents who attended the School Development Plan presentation at the Parent Council meeting held on Monday. Please remember to complete the survey that was shared.

Graduation is still a go for the 28 of May. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we are able to hold a ceremony for our students.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Tony Barile

Acting Principal


May 12
Checking in with Updates

Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

As we continue with online learning, please reach out to staff and admin if you have any questions. We know for some students they were isolated before we went to online learning. Remember to have your child take breaks and plan their day to include some “me" time. We keep our fingers crossed each day, so that we are back on the 25.

School Council

Our annual review of the School Development Plan will be presented at Parent Council on May17 @ 6:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for parents / guardians to hear from our department Learning Leaders on the progress and review of the work completed and our goals for next year.

Please find the link the Agendas: Meeting Agenda  Parent and Alumni Agenda  School Council Meeting Link

 

All Books: any students that are not planning to write exams, please return all textbooks and Library books as soon as possible.

It is critical that we get all outstanding books back so we can prepare to sign them out to next years students.

To return books, either go to the Main Office window, bring them into the Main Office or to the Library/Learning Common.

Graduation is still a go for the 28 of May. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we are able to hold a ceremony for our students. More information is below in School Updates.

Yearbook reminders for students:

  • Last day to purchase a yearbook is May 19. Books are printed to order so please remind your classes to purchase their copy before this date.
  • Grad fashion: Kids can send us their photos of grad dresses/suits/etc to hwwyearbook@gmail.com to be featured in the grad section of our book.

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Stay safe and stay healthy.

Tony Barile

Acting Principal


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