Mar 23
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members, 

Nowruz Mubarak, best wishes for Ramadan and Happy Spring, Warriors!

Thank you to our Leadership students as we enjoyed an excellent Spirit Week with daily dress up themes. My personal favourite was the Decade Dress (definitely the 60s!).  

I am not sure whether the staff or students are more excited it is Spring Break; it always seems to come just in time! We are proud of our Warriors for all they have accomplished to this point in the year. Students, remember to build in the pause, do things that bring you joy and take a break.

When we return on Monday, April 3, our spring sports get underway– rugby, field hockey, soccer, badminton and track & field. 

The Get  It Done Day is April 6. Your student will have received communication from their teacher requiring their attendance if missing assignments, and students can also choose to attend for extension activities/ tutorial support. Attendance information will be shown as MS (modified schedule) for those students not required to attend, with regular attendance taken for those required. Please reach out to your student's teachers with any questions.

Term 3 report cards dates are as follows: 

April 17- End of Term 3 

April 18- Beginning of Term 4 

April 14-20- PowerSchool Blackout for Mark Entry 

April 24- Report Cards visible in PowerSchool 

Wishing everyone a lovely Spring Break, 

Aileen Smyth 

Principal  ​

Mar 16
Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members, 

Many updates to share today! 

We are looking forward to our upcoming School Council meeting on Monday, March 20 at 6:30pm, both in person and online. Please find the February minutes and agenda on our website and the meeting link here  

Click here to join the meeting

Just a reminder that our School Planning Engagement Survey closes on March 31. If you are interested in providing feedback regarding our School Development Plan and Fees, please find the materials on our website

Also, a reminder that Grade 10 students, teachers and parents have until Friday, Mar. 17, 2023, to complete the Alberta Education Assurance (AEA) Survey from Alberta Education.  Grade 10 parents will have received information in the mail from Alberta Education. This is an important data source for our school, we appreciate all Grade 10 parents/guardians who have been able to take part. 

An early heads up that we will be holding our Semester 2 Get It Done Day on Thursday, April 6. This day is dedicated to students getting caught up on missing assignments, exploring extended learning time, and working 1:1 with their teachers on areas of difficulty. The regular bell schedule and timetable will be in place but no new instruction will take place. Students will receive invitations from teachers to attend based on their own learning progress and can also choose to self select for this day. More information to come. 

It is busy outside the school during pickup and drop-off. We have had some close calls in the parking lot and in front of the school. We join you in caring about the safety of our school and students. Because of this, our School Resource Officer is going to start re-enforcing the no parking signs, which could include tickets being issued.  

At this time in the year, we want to ensure that everyone is aware of the Student Code of Conduct policy as we support welcome, safe, caring and respectful schools across the CBE. We will also review this with students in Warrior Connect.  

Graduation season is soon upon us! Please see updates on our website. Just a reminder that there are only 2 school-sponsored events- the May 26, 2023 Graduation Ceremony and Graduation Banquet. There are NO after-grad activities or graduating class trips sponsored or promoted by the school. 

And to close, a big congrats to Oliva M. who competed in the City Wrestling Finals and placed 1st overall. Olivia will travel to Lethbridge for the ASAA Provincial Championship. Way to go Olivia! 

Congratulations to Payton S. who competed in Clermont Florida at the Clermont Draft Legal Triathlon in early March.  She placed 2nd in her Category!  This is an elite event that brings together the best athletes to compete; we are Warrior Proud. 

Wishing everyone a wonderful second half of March. With appreciation, 


Aileen Smyth, Principal 


Mar 10
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members, 


We are looking forward to connecting with you at our School Virtual Conferences from 4:30-8:00pm Thursday and 9am-12pm Friday. The sign up link closes at 11 pm tonight so be sure to book your time with your child's teachers. Students are invited to attend, it is always nice to be part of the conversation!

We also took part in our second to last fire drill of the year this week. Students and staff did an excellent job in following the procedures and exiting and re-entering smoothly.

Looking ahead, we are excited about our basketball intramurals now underway and our Spring Sports. Our Jr Boys basketball and Sr Girls basketball teams have been in Playoffs this week. Jr Boys play Notre Dame for a chance at the City Finals this evening.

Badminton is in full swing and beginning soon is Rugby, Field Hockey, Boys Soccer and Track and Field. Thanks for cheering on our Warriors!

In closing, we also want to acknowledge Substitute Appreciation Week from March 13-17. We are so grateful for our guest teachers and guest support staff. Thank you for your caring manner and professional work, and for always coming to Wise Wood!

With appreciation,

Aileen Smyth



Mar 03
Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members, 

Happy March, everyone!

Thank you to the parents/guardians who attended the School Planning Engagement session at our February School Council meeting. Feedback from families helps inform decisions related to school planning, which includes the school development plan, school budget and school fees. Feedback will be considered along with fiscal realities, student learning results and other relevant data.

If you would value giving input on our School Development Plan or School Fees, or would just like to know more, please go to the our school website. The survey will be live until March 31.

This week, we are pleased to hold our Graduation Virtual Assembly during this Friday's Warrior Connect. Updates will be shared with Grade 12 students about the Graduation Ceremony and Banquet, both taking place on Friday, May 26th. We are including a Banquet Speaker Application with this Wednesday Warrior.

This week, we will also have our Warrior Voice Cafes, at lunch Thursday and after school Friday, focusing on the story of our school and how we can elevate stories and voices not yet shared. The cafes will be student-led and all students are welcome to attend. Advance sign up via the QR code on posters and in Warrior Connect is requested.

Our School Conferences will be next week, March 9 and 10. These will be held virtually; you will have received sign up information via School Messenger. We look forward to connecting with you! 

As always, we appreciate your partnership with us and wish you a wonderful March,​

Aileen Smyth 



Feb 22
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community members, 

We trust that everyone had a wonderful Family Day weekend. This long weekend always seems to come at just the right time of the year!

Teachers and Support Staff took part in excellent Conventions. Highlights for me at the Teachers' Convention included reflections by Keynote Speaker Peter Mansbridge, connecting with student teachers who are now full-time teachers, and hearing Canadian actor Andrew Phung speak about the many wonderful Calgary teachers who impacted his story. I've been told that highlights at the Support Staff Association Convention included Keynote Speaker Stephanie Staples who spoke about Revitalizing Your Work & Life as well as many other virtual classes. Thank you to all the organizers of these excellent sessions.

This week, we are highlighting Random Acts of Kindness. Students who are observed doing a random act of kindness are given a 'Warrior Spirit' token to bring to the Warrior Shop for a treat, and then invited to pay the token forward to a fellow Warrior doing another random act of kindness. We are also creating a Kindness Wall of affirmations and encouragement. And, on Wednesday, Warriors Wear Pink. Here is an excerpt from our student-led reflections on the significance of this Day.

Today we honour Pink Shirt Day as a Warrior family!

Pink Shirt Day was established to help students who are affected by bullying. 1 in 5 students have been affected by bullying. 110 Countries participated in Pink Shirt Day activities in 2022. As you walk through today, think of that person beside you, their story and your impact. Moments of kindness, empathy and understanding can mean so much to others. It can be hard to know where to turn when being bullied. But a helping and supportive hand can make a world of difference! Please know that Guidance and the office team are standing by to help if you want to come and talk. As we continue to grow as a Warrior family, we want to ensure everyone in this building is feeling safe, informed and connected. Come on down to the Foyer to sign our Kindness wall and thanks for taking good care of each other!

A final reminder that we will have an unannounced lockdown practice before the end of February, as one of our two required lockdown practices each year.

And, please consider joining us for our School Council this coming Monday evening at 6:30, either in person in the School Courtyard or on-line. Our focus will be our School Planning Engagement; we are eager to gather your input.

Stay warm out there, Warriors!

Aileen Smyth 



Feb 09
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members,   

We trust that everyone has been enjoying a good week. Semester 2 is well underway; we are pleased to share that our Guidance team has now finalized student course changes. Students should be attending classes as scheduled.  

The Guidance team will be working closely with Period 2 classes until Spring Break to complete course selection for the Fall.  

Thank you to Mr. Pilley and the Leadership students for your work to honour Black History Month through our Instagram posts, PA announcements, and school TV displays. 

As we re-set for Semester 2, a few reminders to our Warrior families:  

- There will be a second lockdown practice this year. This will be in February and it will be unannounced 

- We will also have two more scheduled fire drill practices before the end of May.

- In the case of a full school evacuation, we all head to our friends across the field at Chinook Park School.

Please note that our Business Office will be closed Thursdays, beginning this week. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This Thursday, February 9, we will hold a CLUBS DAY at lunch in the King Gym. Those clubs who are currently able to accept new members will be showcasing opportunities for students to join.

And to close, if you haven’t had the chance to check out our Athletic teams, please come on out to a game. It is inspiring to see our students in action! 

With appreciation,

Aileen Smyth     


Feb 03
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members, 

As we move into February, we recognize Black History Month by celebrating the contributions of Black Canadians. Information will be posted Tuesdays and Thursday on our school Instagram, our school television displays and our morning announcements. Please take some time to learn about and celebrate these incredible Canadians! Our first post will be in honour of a Junior High feeder school namesake, John Ware.    

We are excited to have our second Semester underway! Thank you to all of our students who have committed themselves to a successful semester. We enjoyed virtual assemblies with our Grade 10 and 11 students this week with remarks of appreciation and key reminders for students in how to have a strong start to Semester 2.

One of these reminders is about the closed nature of our school campus and the importance of not inviting anyone to our campus or going to other campuses without the permission of the school administration. Please see the attached Closed Campus reminder. 

In Athletics, we are excited to continue our Basketball, Curling and Wrestling seasons, with Badminton try-outs beginning this week. Congratulations to our wrestlers who took home two gold medals at the Rundle Wrestling Tournament this past weekend! Go, Warriors! 

This Friday's Non-Instructional Day will be dedicated to our Semester 1 to Semester 2 transition. We will revisit the Holistic Lifelong Learning Framework in transitioning from the Winter season (mind domain) to the Spring season (spirit domain). We will focus on our collaborative response interventions and ensuring staff awareness of IPP accommodations to support students in a smooth transition to their Semester 2 classes.

Thank you for partnering with us for a smooth Semester 2 start up,


Aileen Smyth  


Jan 25
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members, 

Trusting that everyone stayed well during the snowy flakes and the upcoming cold snap. We are grateful to have a warm and lovely school to welcome students. 

A big thank you to our School Council and volunteers for the Fuel Your Brain initiative providing healthy snacks and pencils to students before exams. Also, we appreciate all the parents/guardians who were able to attend our January School Council meeting this week with a thoughtful discussion about active transportation structures and resources.  

This Thursday we will welcome over 600 Grade 9 students for a day of tours and an Open House evening from 6-8pm for Grade 9 families. What a joy to share the outstanding program and learning opportunities here at Henry Wise Wood!

It has been a busy week with exams in session, credit recovery and writing report cards. Report cards are “live" on January 30th at 8:00 am.

If you have a question about your student's mark calculation, please reach out during Appeals time on Friday from 8am-12pm by calling the school or contacting your student's teacher directly. We have been so pleased to see so many students taking advantage of the credit recovery opportunities to get things done! 

Of particular note is the first day of Semester 2, beginning on Monday, January 30th.  New courses begin; Warrior Connect homeroom teachers remain the same. We will touch base with our Grade 10's on Monday during Wise Time in a short Assembly in the gym, and Grade 11's during Wise Time in the gym on Tuesday. The Grade 12 Assembly will be held later in February/ early March with a focus on Graduation.

Have a wonderful rest of the week and thank you always for your partnership with us to support student success.


Aileen Smyth


Jan 24
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members, 

It has been a busy week at Wise Wood as we wrap up courses and begin exams and credit recovery. Thank you to all of the students who came in for On Demand time to get caught up on missed assignments.

Please ensure your student has reviewed the final exam schedule closely and is aware of the scheduled Credit Recovery opportunities. These are key opportunities for students, who are not yet demonstrating success or have assignments to make up, to come into the school and work with their teachers. If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher.

A big thank you to our School Council and the Fuel Your Brain parent/ guardian volunteers who have been busy in the Warrior Shop before exams twice a day to provide healthy, free snacks for students and a great start to their exams!

Students are reminded to bring their picture ID and leave their cell phones at home when they come to write exams. Students will hand in textbooks before they enter their exam, at both the parking lot and front entrances.

We are hosting Grade 9 tours on Thursday, January 26 and our Grade 9 Open House for families that evening. We are looking forward to showcasing our school and programs.

Our Semester 2 courses begin on Monday, January 30th. Wishing each of our Warriors a wonderful exam session,


Aileen Smyth


Jan 13
Principal's Message

Dear HWW Students, Families, and Community Members, 

Happy New Year to each of our Warrior families. We trust it was a reflective and restorative holiday season.   

Thank you so much for contributing to our Holiday Hampers. With your help, we raised over $3700 and supported 26 families. Our community is so generous.

Thank you also for the beautiful staff breakfast on December 22. It was such a lovely way to wrap up the calendar year. Staff felt very well appreciated! We are particularly grateful for our wonderful School Council, who oversaw the organization of this event.

In December, our student Warrior Voice Council, Social Studies team and school administration presented a Warrior Connect video that reinforced our values and expectations at Henry Wise Wood High School focusing on welcome, safe, caring and respectful schools. The video was shown in the December School Council Meeting and we wanted to share it with our community as well. Thank you for your ongoing partnership with us as we continue to build our school culture and learn more about how to support one another. 


In closing, please ensure your student has reviewed the final exam schedule closely and is aware of their exam times, the On Demand and the Credit Recovery times. These are key opportunities for students who are not yet demonstrating success in their courses, to come into the school and complete missing assignments or re-assessments. If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher. 

Students are reminded to bring their picture ID and leave their cell phones at home during secured exams. Students will hand in textbooks before they enter their exam, at both the parking lot and front entrances. Regular busses will continue throughout the exam period.

Wishing each of our families a joyful and prosperous 2023. 


With appreciation, 

Aileen Smyth 


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