Jan 13
Virtual Open House

Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

We are so excited to have students back in the building!!! Thank you for your continued support in this difficult time. Teachers are working hard with students and a schedule to support learning is in place for the month of January.

We are maintaining a strict policy of wearing masks and do not wish to send students home for non- compliance. Please continue to support the school with this. If a parent, guardian or member of your family is awaiting a Covid test, please keep your school aged child at home until the results of the test are provided. Then an informed decision can be made for your child to be in the school.

Open House is approaching and our team has been working hard to create a virtual experience. Information and the links to our videos are found on our website. Information has been sent to all of our schools that feed into Henry Wise Wood.

Students who were loaned a Chromebook for online learning are required to return them to the main office this week. Thank you in advance for returning these.

Again, thank you for your continued support and stay safe and healthy.

Thank you

​Tony Barile

Acting Principal


Jan 07
Welcome January

Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

We hope everyone had restful break and that you had opportunities to connect with families and friends in a safe manner. I know it was tough for all of us and hopefully we do not endure this again. Regarding our 2020 Christmas Hamper Drive, we want to thank everyone for generously donating towards the purchase of Christmas gift cards for our adopted families. Your donation helped make Christmas and the winter break a lot merrier for our adopted families. We also wish everyone all the best in the new year and hope that the year brings health and happiness in this tough global pandemic we find ourselves in.

January Schedule

Please be sure to check the Exam section of our 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. More information below.

Return to School After International Travel

Students and families who have travelled outside of Canada are legally required to follow all provincial and federal travel restrictions upon arrival.

If your family is participating in the International Border Testing Pilot Program, your child may not return to school until they have tested negative on a second test 6 or 7 days after your arrival.

If you are not enrolled in the pilot program, your child must:

This means your child is unable to return to school for a minimum of 14 days after your return.

Thank you

​Tony Barile

Acting Principal


Dec 16
Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah

Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

This is our last Wednesday Warrior for 2020 and, it has been quite a year. We hope you have opportunities to celebrate the holidays in a multitude of ways. We know it will be different.

Thanks to the generosity of HWW staff, students, and families we were able to support fourteen Wise Wood families this Christmas. Your donations of money and gift cards were distributed to more then fifty people. The elves in Student Services feel honored to distribute these gifts and are once again blown away by this school and community's spirit of giving particularly during these times of hardship for many families. Thank you to all of those who contributed, big or small, this year. You will bring smiles to many faces this holiday season.

We have updated the January exam schedule (again) and it is posted below as well as on or website. We have allowed for longer classes for each period on different days for students to work on their studies and prep for exams the next day. Students also have opportunities to complete work for credit recovery, course completion and complementary courses.

We thank you in advance for your continued support as we are all in this together. All the best in 2021.

​​Tony Barile

Acting Principal


Dec 09
Exam Time Approaching

Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

As we continue to work together through this pandemic, we have adjusted the January schedule for classes and exams. Below is the exam schedule as well as in-class time. Teachers have posted this on their D2L shells and will be reminding students of when they write, and when they come in. Parents, you will also receive the schedule through School Messenger with specific details regarding January. This may all change again as we have been accustomed to pivot as more information from AHS and CBE comes our way. We thank you in advance for your continued support as we are all in this together.

​Tony Barile

Acting Principal


Dec 02
Round 2 | Back ONLINE

​Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

​We are now a couple days into our on-line learning and we have heard and seen some amazing learning going on.  Teachers are taking attendance to ensure students are attending their classes and students are engaging with their classes.  Please remember if your student is unable to attend a class or is late, to call the office and let us know the reason, so we can correct the student's attendance. 

Students are required to sign in under their own name for each classes so they are not blocked from the lesson. We understand this is a learning curve and will take a little getting use to for all staff and students.

We are currently working on the plan for January when we return to school with the understanding that many students have been isolated throughout the first semester. There is a need to regroup and maximize face to face class time with students to determine assessments required to complete the semester, (assignments, projects, exams) and to maximize opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning.

Tony Barile

Acting Principal


Nov 25
COVID-19 Update / Online / Ongoing Learning

Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

I am honored to be the Acting Principal for the remainder of the school year. We all wish Ms. Howell the very best in her new role as Acting Director of Area 6. She has created a wonderful learning environment for students and we, as a school, will continue to support student achievement at Henry Wise Wood.

COVID-19 Update / Online / Ongoing Learning - As a school, we are so proud of the way HWW has come together at this difficult time to stay safe, take care of one another, and continue to learn together.

As a result of the spread of the virus, the province of Alberta has declared a state of emergency and it has become necessary for our larger community to take some additional precautions.  Following these restrictions is one very important way that we can all get back to our normal routines, and to keep each other safe.

Yesterday at 4:30 pm, the provincial government announced that all grade 7-12 students will be moving to online learning from November 30 – December 18 and then again after our winter break from January 4 – 8.

    • That means that we will be online for the last three weeks before our winter break AND for the first week back from winter break.
    • We hope to return to in-person learning on January 11.

HWW's Administrative team is working on processes to support students who do not have a device to learn online. More information about this process will be shared when it is available.  We are also working on a plan for what returning to school in January will look like and how we will address final exams. This plan may look different this year and we will update you when we have that information.

There is an expectation that you will remain active in learning, attending all of your virtual classes during scheduled times and completing all assignments to the best of your abilities.

Please be CLEAR: this is VERY different scenario from the March lockdown.

Diploma Courses only- The government also announced that Diploma Exams will be optional for the remainder of the school year (January, April and June diploma exams).  We are working on a process for students to indicate if they plan to write their diploma exams. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

Students need to be:

    • Proactive – if there are issues with your ability to access your classes (technology or other concerns) speak to your teachers ASAP!
    • Responsible – stick to the bell schedule and attend your classes on time.
    • Engaged – we all know online is a challenge but the more engaged you are the easier it is to keep on top of your learning.
    • Healthy – there are many supports in the school and community, if things are not going well for you please ask for help! Consider your physical and emotional health; remember we are all in this together, talk to your teachers, counselors, admin if you are struggling.

​More information to follow through School Messenger, HWW Website and Instagram.

Take care and be safe.

Tony Barile

Acting Principal


Nov 20
Christmas Hampers COVID-19 Style
Hello Parents/Guardians and Students,

As my final Wednesday Warrior for the year, I would like to say a big thank you for all of your support and well wishes moving forward into the Acting Director role for Area 6. I look forward to being back again in the Fall and have all the confidence in our Administration Team to continue the great work that we have begun this year. Please join me in welcoming Tony Barile, as Acting Principal, and Beverly Delion as Acting Assistant Principal. You can contact them at any time with your questions!

Christmas Hampers COVID-19 Style:

Due to Covid19 concerns/restrictions, our HWW Christmas hamper drive is going to look a little different this year.  We will not be putting up our gift tag tree this year or asking staff/parents/students to purchase gifts or bring in wrapped Christmas presents to Student Services.  This year we are asking for cash or gift card donations.


Here is how you can help:

1)   Nominate a student/family - Do you know of a student whose family is struggling financially?  Please forward names of students to Josy Renaud (jarenaud@cbe.ab.ca) and counsellors will reach out to their families to see if they need some help this holiday season.  The amount of families that we support will be based on how much money/gift cards we collect. 

2)   Donate - Send in a cash OR gift card donation.  If you are wanting to donate a gift card, you can chose what type of gift card you want to purchase (Toys R Us, Chinook Mall, Walmart, Chapters, etc).  With the cash collected, we will purchase the appropriate gift cards (determined by what the families identifies as their need … Superstore vs Chinook Mall). If you are donating cash, please bring your money to Josy/Christine as soon as possible.  We won't know how many families we can support until we have the money or gift cards collected.  Ideally, we would like to have the donations received before November 30, 2020. 

Thank you for all your support in helping make our Henry Wise Wood families' Christmas a little brighter this year.  

Have a good week!​

Michelle Howell

Principal​


Nov 14
Ms. Howell's Leaving HWW

Dear Parent/Guardians and Students,


I would like to let you all know that I will be stepping away from Henry Wise Wood to take an Acting Director position in Area 6 for the remainder of this school year. It is with mixed feelings that I send this message. I am so very proud of the work we have accomplished to maintain a positive learning environment during a year where we have faced challenges and uncertainty. I also know that the reason that we have maintained our sense of community is due to the strong support from our staff, students and families. I am looking forward to supporting schools in Area 6 (this also includes Henry Wise Wood!), and hope to make a difference while I am in this role.

I want to say a genuine thank you to all of you – while the position is only until the end of the year, I have been reflecting on the work we have accomplished over the last 5 years. Since I was first welcomed to HWW in 2015, I have never felt such happiness in my career – I am bolstered by the committed work of our staff and from our amazing students whom have already accomplished great things. Our community truly is one of Artists, Scholars and Champions.

I look forward to seeing everyone again next year, in the meantime, I am happy to share that we will be announcing a transition plan with our Administration team and will be sure to share the date when this will begin with you shortly. I will be at school next week if you have any questions.


Thank you for everything.

Michelle Howell​


Nov 04
Staying Safe & Healthy

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
We would like to thank parents for the questions that we have received regarding notices that we have shared as a result of reported positive COVID-19 results. To clarify, parents are being notified with an alert or pre-notice if a family has let the school know about a positive result. This alert is only for communication and there is no requirement for students to stay home. We need to wait for confirmation from AHS who determines if the student was at school while contagious. Should parents choose to keep students home as a result of a pre-notice, please note that students will be able to access their learning through D2L and ask their teachers for any clarification. If we are alerted about a confirmed positive case from AHS, we then let the close contacts know through a SchoolMessenger email and then we email the school community with this information. As of today, we have 3 confirmed cases. We would like to reiterate that we are continuing to use all measures for safety in our school but remind our students to be cautious when socializing outside of school. Masks, handwashing and small groupings are key! We really appreciate all of our family support and encourage parents to connect with us for any questions.

Thank you so much!

​Have a good week!

Michelle Howell

Principal


Oct 28
A word about lunch...

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We trust that you are keeping warm and in good spirits despite the recent pre-winter surprise. Thank you for all those who made smart choices with footwear and winter jackets this past week. 

A word about lunch...

Lunch time has been somewhat of a challenge for students to adjust to eating expectations in the school. As a reminder, for the first 20 minutes, should students choose to stay in the school to eat, they are asked to stay in their class attached to lunch. They are also free (and encouraged!) to eat outdoors with their friends. The reason for these indoor rules, is to allow us to keep attendance, ensure that we follow contact tracing regulations, and clean surfaces when masks are off. Students on spare can eat in the courtyard/cafeteria. For the second half of lunch, students are free to meet with their friends in any open space.

We are also in the process of making a video to demonstrate the open spaces and expectations with students. In the meantime, we would appreciate families reviewing the “why" behind these expectations. We are so proud of our students who have been making good decisions that keep us all safe and healthy – this can be inconvenient, but we need to “stay the course" to keep us focused on learning. We completely appreciate all your support!

Mid-term report cards will be ready to view on-line Monday, November 16.  This is a reminder that there will be no printed Report Cards for the mid-term marks.  Parents and students are asked to check their PowerSchool/MyCBE account for the most up to date marks.  We also encourage students and parents to connect with teachers for questions and for a plan of action and support.  This is only the mid-way point through the semester and there are many opportunities for improvement.

When Symptomatic – Get Tested!

Research is showing that symptoms in children and adolescents may be mild. Therefore, in order to protect staff and classmates, it is more important than ever to check cold-like symptoms against the COVID Alberta Health Daily Checklist and follow instructions to remain home accordingly:

https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/edc-covid-19-screening-questionaire-english.pdf

In the event of a positive COVID test result, informing the school immediately assists us with implementing a series of contingency plans. However, we are only able to activate those plans and communicate them to you once we have confirmation from AHS. We take all guidance from AHS.

​Have a good week!

Michelle Howell

Principal


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