Dec 01
Principal's Message

​Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,   

Our staff enjoyed a wonderful day of professional learning on Friday. The collaboration within subject teams and across the larger staff was so rich. Our focus was on supporting students who are not yet finding success in their courses, through sharing high impact instructional strategies.

We also know that students are working hard to be successful in this second half of the semester and we remind students to take in the before school tutorials, and after school Math and Science help.

Thank you to all of the parents/ guardians who were able to attend our School Council presentation from CCASA this week. Our next school council meeting will be Monday, December 19 at 6:30 pm and our school guest speaker will be Barb McKay, our Learning Leader in Math.

A reminder to parents/guardians to please update your school demographic information if you have not already done so. We are well on our way but would love 100% accuracy!

This week as the calendar turns to December, we are beginning our 12 Days of December. Please find below the scheduled activities.

Come on out to see The Wonders of Wise Wood a variety show that showcases the many talents of the students of Wise Wood. A night filled with singing, dancing and beautiful music. The show is playing next week, December 6th, 7th and 8th. Showtime starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 at the Drama room door for students and staff and $10 for adults. If you have any questions, contact Mr. McDonald at mamcdonald@cbe.ab.ca.  

Stay cozy out there,​

Aileen Smyth

Principal


Nov 25
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,

We are looking forward to the startup of our Winter Sports including our Basketball tipoff tournament at home starting at 5:30 this Thursday with our Senior Girls followed by our Senior Boys team. There is no gate fee, come on out and cheer on our Warriors!  

A huge note of appreciation to our Parent/Guardian community for the November 9 and 10 Casino Fundraiser and to our Parent and Alumni Fundraising Association for hosting this event. We are so grateful for the support and the impact of these funds in extended learning opportunities for students. Thank you for your dedication of time and care, you are incredible partners with us at the school.  A special thank-you to our casino coordinators Cinnamon, Harjinder, and Mini for all of their hard work.

We are also looking forward to a Professional Learning Day on Friday. Our focus will be on supporting Student Learning. We will be engaging our collaborative response team meetings to support students in the 'yellow' zone of achievement in the range of 40-60%, or with emerging attendance or wellbeing needs. Our goal is for our classroom interventions to support students to move from the 'yellow' zone into the 'green' zone of success. 

We will also be focusing on our assessment practices and working in subject areas to consider how we ensure equitable, fair and transparent assessment, and a variety of opportunities for students to demonstrate learning. These Non-Instructional Days are critical in our development as a staff in supporting student learning. 

We are also linking here our January final exam schedule. Teachers will also be sharing this with students.

And one final note, thank you for your feedback on 'Get It Done Day'. We will be making some adjustments and holding one more 'Get It Done Day' on April 6 before the end of Term 3. More information will be shared closer to that time. 

With appreciation, enjoy the lovely winter weather,

Aileen Smyth 

Principal 


Nov 17
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,

We trust everyone has been enjoying a good week. On Monday, we had an excellent Post-Secondary and Community Resource Fair, along with our first Warrior Voice Café. Lunchtime has held dodgeball intramurals and today we had a hilarious students versus staff game, the staff took the best of three! 

As we move into Term 2, one of the challenges teachers have identified is students leaving class without a confirmed parent/guardian call to the office to sign them out. Please notify the office directly if you are signing your student out during the day and we will let the teacher know.  

Additionally, we appreciate all the support in continued health protocols. To help minimize the spread of any respiratory illness, there are simple tools we can all use: 

- Regular handwashing routines 

- Masks are available for students and staff who choose to wear them 

- Staying home when ill 

A reminder of our first lockdown practice, on Thursday, November 17 beginning around 11am. We do two practices year, with the support of CPS.   

And finally, a big THANK YOU to all of our Fall sports Coaches and teams, it has been a tremendous season, with banners this week in Jr. and Sr. Boys Div 3 volleyball and Jr Football Div 2 Cities. 

With Appreciation,

Aileen Smyth 

Principal 



Nov 10
Principal's Message

This season of the year brings with it a season of Remembrance. At Henry Wise Wood this week, we acknowledging Indigenous Veteran's Day and Remembrance Day.  

This is such a powerful time to honour all of our veterans past and present and to remember their sacrifice as they fought for the freedom of our nation. I feel personally connected to this day because my grandfathers were World War I and World War II veterans. Their legacy and that of their generations lives on in all of the freedoms in our daily lives and how we express gratitude and show care to one another as a Warrior community.

We thank each of our students in advance for their thoughtful engagement in our Remembrance Day Assembly tomorrow, whether as a grade 11 or 12 in the gym or as a grade 10 in a classroom. 

All the best to our families for Remembrance Day on Friday. 

With appreciation, 

Aileen Smyth 

Principal


Nov 04
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,   

Thank you to our Leadership students for leading the fun on Halloween with a hallway parade and costume prizes! Thanks to all of those students who took part and to all those who cheered us on in the parade. 

Thank you to the parents/guardians who were able to join us for our parent teacher virtual interviews last week. Term 1 is now complete. PowerSchool will be blacked out for November 1 – November 7 with report card marks visible on November 10, 2022. 

Tomorrow is our Get It Done Day. This is our first attempt, and we would value feedback. Linked here is a short 5 question anonymous survey to gather your input, please do consider completing it.  The survey will be open tomorrow until Monday for your feedback.

‘Tis the Season to start planning for Graduation! A reminder that Graduation Photos are underway November 4-17. Please see below for details.  

Next week we will honour Indigenous Veteran’s Day on November 8 and Remembrance Day on November 10. Grade 11s and 12s will have a live Assembly and Grade 10s will take part via Livestream in their period 1 classes. Here is the modified schedule for the day: 

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Period 2                         8:57 –  9:47 (50 min)

Period 1                         9:51 – 10:41 (50 min)

Assembly                       10:45 – until lunch*

(*Assembly gr 11 & 12 in King Gym, gr 10 remain in period 1 classrooms and join virtually)

Lunch                          11:43 – 12:20 (37 min)

Period 4 & WT           12:24 – 2:08 (104 min)

Period 3                         2:12 – 3:33 (81 min)

We appreciate you joining us in this season of remembrance. Trusting that our Warriors and families stay warm out there as the snow falls. We appreciate you very much, 

 

Aileen Smyth  Principal 


Oct 30
Principal's Message

We trust all of our families are staying safe in the snow and when on the road. The beauty of the snow is remarkable but an abrupt change. 

 Happy Diwali, Festival of Lights, to those families who celebrated this week! 

 Thank you to all of the parents/guardians who joined us for our School Council AGM this week. Updates, minutes and the names of our new School Council are all available on the School Council website page. 

 A reminder of our Parent Teacher Virtual Interviews Thursday and Friday. Please sign up for your interview time; the sign up closes Thursday October 27 at 9:00am. Please do not use a cell phone for booking times, instead please use a personal computer or tablet.

 We are looking forward to our first “Get It Done Day" on November 3. Please see attached for the details, also shared via School Messenger this past Monday. We are excited about the potential for positive impact on student learning from this new undertaking. 

Monday we will have some Halloween fun at Wise Wood with a costume parade at 11:45am. Students in costume who would like to take part are asked to meet in the Cafeteria at 11:30am.  The Admin team will also be in costume for some fun that day. 

And finally, congratulations to all of our volleyball and football teams who are heading into Playoffs. We are proud of their progress as individuals and as teams. Go, Warriors! 

We are grateful for your partnership with us in supporting your students for success. 

 

Aileen Smyth 


Oct 24
Principal's Message

On the October 7th Professional Learning Day, we were honoured to have a CBE keynote address from Dr. James Makokis. Dr. Makokis taught about Truth and Reconciliation, about the role for each us in listening to truth, in individual and collective acts of reconciliation, and the importance of acknowledging Indigenous voices in reclamation of heritage. 

As a Warrior staff, we explored sit spots and a walking reflection, as we considered the application is in our classrooms and how we as educators can ensure all self- identifying Indigenous students feel represented, seen and heard in our Wise Wood classrooms. 

As we continue our season of remembrance, today we held our 15th Annual Veteran's Tea wherein twenty-five Veterans came to share their stories with our students. One WWII Veteran, age 101, had about one hundred students gathered around him listening with deep care and attention. This was a powerful experience for our students. We also had several displays for students to take part in including the Veterans' Association Food Bank, Quilts of Valour and the War in Pieces display.  

Two upcoming events to note:

Parent Teacher Virtual Interviews are coming up Oct 27 and 28 so please sign up at the links below. These will be in 10 minute intervals. We look forward to connecting with you as important partners in our triangle of support for our students.

Our School Council Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, October 24 at 6:30pm. Come on out to help re-form our Council for this year ahead, a by-law review and update will also take place. This will be a hybrid meeting format with an in-person or online option. Link for the online meeting is here - Click here to join the meeting

We are looking forward to connecting with you.

With gratitude, 

Your Warriors


Oct 08
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,

As we enjoy the glorious Fall colours, we continue to acknowledge the land around us. We appreciated the opportunity to observe our National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, as part of our ongoing commitment to our Calls to Action. This week we also honoured Sisters in Spirit Day, to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+.

Our Professional Learning Day on Friday will be dedicated to continuing to explore Indigenous Pedagogies, with a virtual keynote from Dr. James Makokis for all CBE Staff.

We also want to acknowledge Yom Kippur which is being observed this week by some of our Warrior Families.

This week will also see the completion of Cross Country and the beginning of Swim/ Dive. Our volleyball, soccer and football teams continue in their season. We are so proud of all of our athletes. 

Our next Wednesday Warrior will be October 19. Please note the following upcoming events.

On October 19 we are preparing for Remembrance Day by honouring our Veterans and our two fallen alumni by hosting our annual Veterans' Tea. This will be an in- person opportunity for students to speak with Veterans and to view exhibits from the Military Museum, War in Pieces Exhibit, and a Quilts of Valour Display. An emphasis will be on our Social Studies classrooms and programs of study connections.  

Parent Teacher Interviews save the dates! All interviews will be virtual from October 27, 4:30 – 8:00pm and October 28, 9:00am -12:00pm.  

Beginning on October 20th, through myCBE accounts, the mySchool Conference will open at 9:00am to allow our families to book an interview with their student's teacher(s). Interviews are 10 minutes in length. If you are not able to attend these virtual interviews, please connect with your student's teacher by email or phone. Students are invited to join their parent/guardian in these interviews.

Have a lovely long weekend, and Thanksgiving. We are grateful for each of our incredible students, staff and families. 

 

Aileen Smyth 

Principal 


Sep 29
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members, 

It has been an important week as we honour and commemorate residential school survivors, their families and loved ones and our Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. We will wear our Orange Shirts tomorrow and, on Friday, we encourage all of our students and families to join one of the many events to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Please see Kathleen Well's message below for links and event information. 

We have received an update from Alberta Education that Diploma Exams will be weighted at 20% for this school year. Please see the exam section below for details.

This year, International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Canada held its first national Walk a Child to School Day in 1998 with participants from five provinces. We encourage our students and families to find creative ways to get active and walk to school.

Thank you to all of our families who were able to attend our Meet the Teacher evening last week. It was wonderful to welcome parents/guardians to our building. Many parents expressed their newfound appreciation for all the stairs students climb in a day! 

And finally, our best to all of our families who have celebrated Rosh Hashanah this past week. Wishing you the very best of the New Year. 

 

With appreciation, 

 

Aileen Smyth 

Principal 


Sep 22
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members,

Our Terry Fox Day was a great success as students honoured this iconic Canadian in their Warrior Connect classes and had the opportunity to get outside as a community.  

We are delighted to welcome our parents/guardians to our Meet the Teacher on Thursday from 6-8pm. We will start with an assembly in the King Gym and then follow a FRIDAY schedule. Please note the update from last week's information, we have now included a Warrior Connect block. Coffee will be available in the courtyard and leadership/ LINK students on hand to guide your way. Please see the updated information attached. 

After listening to the voices of our youth, Henry Wise Wood has created a series of events to honour Truth and Reconciliation week and our Calls to Action, that allow space for reconciliation alongside elevating strong Indigenous voices. Please see the information below from Ms. Wells.

And finally, an invite to attend our Hybrid School Council meeting on Monday, September 26 at 6:30pm in the School Courtyard or online. Come to the school in person or Join on your computer or mobile app.  Click​ here to join the meeting

 

Have a wonderful Fall week, 

 

Aileen Smyth

Principal


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