Greetings Lord Beaverbrook Students and Families,
I have finally landed full time at LBHS and just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your warm welcomes, words of encouragement and support. Very much appreciated. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet everyone in person over the next couple of weeks. First at our parent council meeting and then at Parent/Guardian/Student/Teacher conferences. We will be sending out an email invitation regarding the exact date and time of our parent council meeting so please keep an eye out for that.
Parent/Guardian/Teacher/Student conferences will be held in person on the evening of October 19, 2023 from 5-8 pm at various locations in Lord Beaverbrook.
Online conferences will be held on October 20th from 9 am to 2 pm via microsoft teams.
Parents will be able to book 10 minute appointments with teachers via CBE’s School Conference Booking Application.
You will receive an email regarding when bookings become open/available and with a link to the booking application.
If teachers availability becomes full, and you have an emergent concern, alternative arrangements may be made by contacting the teacher directly by email.
Parents/Guardians will need to have a Powerschool account to book appointments.
We are excited to see you and look forward to discussing your students’ learning with you. Have a great long weekend.
David Sparrow, Principal
September 11, 2023
Dear Members of the Lord Beaverbrook High School Community, My name is David Sparrow and it is with pleasure and a sense of privilege that I take this opportunity to introduce myself as the newly appointed Principal of Lord Beaverbrook High School (LBHS). I am thrilled to join this acclaimed institution and become a part of a community that is renowned for its unwavering commitment to equity, achievement, and wellness. It is anticipated that I will officially assume my duties near the end of September/beginning of October, 2023.
I have come to this role with over 25 years of experience in education. My career journey commenced as an instructor at the University of Calgary, where my deep passion for education and the pursuit of knowledge was first ignited. Subsequently, I embarked on my journey within the Calgary Board of Education (CBE). My roles have included that of a secondary science teacher and advanced placement biology teacher. Also, I have served as a learning leader and Assistant Principal in various CBE High Schools, where my most recent Assistant Principal position was at Lord Beaverbrook High School. In 2017, I transitioned to the role of Principal at Mountain Park School, which was an honor. I enjoyed my experience at MPS where I grew tremendously as a Leader and forged lasting relationships with members of the community. This role also allowed me to maintain an indirect connection with LBHS because most Mountain Park students transition to Lord Beaverbrook High School after grade 9. I eagerly anticipate rekindling past relationships with LBHS staff, students, parents, and guardians and equally look forward to establishing new connections with those I have yet to meet. The diverse experiences throughout my career have provided me with invaluable insights into the multifaceted needs of students, parents, and educators alike.
At Lord Beaverbrook High School, my foremost goal is to build upon and perpetuate the prevailing culture of mastery and achievement. My vision involves working with the exceptional staff to offer an enriching and meaningful educational experience to every student in our institution. I passionately believe in nurturing a school culture that is not only safe, positive, and inclusive but also one that wholeheartedly celebrates the accomplishments of our students across all domains. Furthermore, it is crucial that we promote positive citizenship and deeply appreciate the distinctive talents and contributions that everyone brings to the school community.
Open lines of communication and collaborative efforts form the bedrock of student success. I wholeheartedly encourage parents and guardians to actively participate in their child's educational journey and engage with the vibrant school community at Lord Beaverbrook High School. Throughout the school year, you can expect to receive regular updates on notable events, academic milestones, and extracurricular activities through email communications and updates on Lord Beaverbrook’s website. Additionally, I extend a warm invitation to all of you to attend school activities and functions, as your involvement is pivotal to the holistic development and success of our students.
My official start date at Lord Beaverbrook will be determined soon. I hope to be on-site for the beginning of October. Further communication will be shared once my start date is finalized. In the meantime, Bruce Johnston will continue to very capably support the Lord Beaverbrook community.
I am thrilled to embark on this promising journey with all of you. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to acquaint myself with staff, students, and families. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions, concerns, or simply wish to introduce yourself.
Lord Beaverbrook High School
9019 Fairmount Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0Z4
t | 403-259-5585 f | 403-777-7949 e | email@example.com
David G. Sparrow
Principal, Lord Beaverbrook High School
Lord Beaverbrook High School acknowledges the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Nations, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai. We also acknowledge the Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda First Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. LBHS staff are committed to making space for Indigenous ways of being, belonging, doing and knowing, for the benefit of all.
Lord Beaverbrook High School Principal Welcome Letter
Good Morning LBHS Parents, Guardians and Students,
My name is Bruce Johnston and I am pleased to have been appointed Acting Principal at Lord Beaverbrook High School replacing Darrin Whitbread. The Principal position has been posted and we anticipate that it will be filled by the end of September. As Acting Principal I would like to welcome you to what promises to be an exceptional new school year. On behalf of the staff and administration we look forward to welcoming all students, especially our new Grade 10 students and families into this culture of caring and respect.
On Monday, August 21 you received a School Messenger email from LBHS with detailed information regarding start-up, ID cards, school fees, bussing, parking passes, athletics, calendar, timetables, lockers and much more. Please ensure that you have reviewed this information prior to school start-up on Thursday, August 31. If you have questions, please refer to the table provided in that message with the appropriate contact staff members listed and reach out to them. This information can also be found on the school website at: https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/lordbeaverbrook/registration/register/back-to-school/pages/default.aspx.
Our focus at Lord Beaverbrook will be to improve ongoing communication, safety and security, building relationships and providing exceptional opportunities for student learning through programming. We believe that parents and guardians are primary partners in education. We appreciate your support in providing information to the school about your child and their learning. Please do not hesitate to contact the school with information or if you have questions or concerns. We appreciate your role as primary educators.
At the heart of our shared work is a commitment to creating strong partnerships with our parents/guardians, and to provide you with timely and important information when necessary. I would strongly encourage all parents to familiarize yourself with the Calgary Board of Education's Administrative Regulation 6005 Student Code of Conduct, and Administrative Regulation 6006 Progressive Discipline, Administrative Regulation 6005 Student Code of Conduct, Administrative Regulation 6006 Progressive Discipline.
My goal for all students is to arrive at school feeling safe and secure, and comfortable taking risks in the classroom without fear of ridicule or being made fun of. As a staff our focus is to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students. A primary goal will always be to establish and enhance respectful relationships within our learning community.
Among some of our students there is a belief that vaping or smoking is something cool to do at school, and a "right“ they have. In the past year the issue of vaping at LBHS became an issue with students and staff in terms of intimidation in washrooms and hidden hallways. Underage vaping and smoking is illegal and unacceptable at LBHS. Our School Resource Officer will be issuing fines to those students who engage in vaping within the school and on school property. School suspension will also be considered as part of progressive discipline in determining a consequence for participating in this conduct. We would respectfully request that students not engage in this activity on school property.
Students will be in attendance at “Welcome Back" assemblies on our first day of school next Thursday and will hear of exceptional opportunities for learning throughout the course of the year. We look forward to welcoming all our students next Thursday and providing ongoing opportunities for parents to engage and participate in activities within the Lord Beaverbrook learning community. Please reach out to me with feedback through the course of the month.
Your feedback, engagement and support is very much appreciated.
Lord Beaverbrook High School
9019 Fairmount Drive SE, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0Z4 403 259-5585
Good Morning to our Lord Beaverbrook families,
I hope you are well and have had a restful and joyful spring break. We are indeed living in unprecedented times, and there is some understandable wonder about what the future will bring us with ongoing learning. For the foreseeable future, together we will delve into the world of online learning. The CBE has spent the past two weeks creating programming opportunities that will be distributed online for our students. A reminder that the CBE is expected to align with the guidelines shared by Alberta Education for continuity of learning and content delivery by division; this is the information recently provided by Alberta Education, along with the link that provides more details:
I would like to give you a quick update as to what you can expect this week.
- Education content will focus on specified and core courses required for high school graduation requirements, including language (English, French and French language arts), social studies, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics.
- Content from other courses will be delivered where possible, and accommodations for students unable to complete courses are in place.
- Teachers will assign an average of 3 hours of work per course per week, and will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.
- Our teachers are taking up this work on a very steep learning curve to provide learning opportunities and activities that will begin in the next couple of days.
Monday, March 30
- core subject teachers will be involved in virtual meetings to plan for the first few days of lessons and assignments, which will be rolled out to our students starting on Wednesday
Tuesday, March 31
- families will be contacted by the school to determine access to technology at home, including access to a computer and the internet
- we are also making a plan to address the needs of students without these resources; the school is preparing to produce print copies for pickup for those students who do not have access to a computer and the internet
- you will also be asked how you and your family are doing and you will be encouraged to connect with wellness supports and resources available within and beyond the CBE
- teachers will email students/parents to provide information regarding each course the student is currently enrolled in
- the school will send out a ‘master weekly schedule’ describing when each course will be offered so that there aren't any overlaps in expectations for work completion
- an opportunity will be provided for students to come get materials that they still need/want from their lockers; please see the attached schedule
Wednesday, April 1
- ongoing learning with students begins today
- during this first instructional day, teachers will convey how they will provide course materials and the best way to reach them if/when there are questions
- teachers will also provide more information about what will be expected from them in terms of assignments, how to submit any work, and resources and supports that students can use to support their learning at home
Thursday & Friday, April 2 & 3
- ongoing learning with students
Parents may want to supplement student learning by providing their children with additional resources. The following provincial resources are available to parents:
LearnAlberta.ca – more than 4,000 digital resources aligned with Alberta’s K-12 curriculum.
My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource - provides parents with information specific to each grade level
Despite the circumstances, we are excited with the prospect of providing these ongoing learning opportunities for our students. Missing our students in the building has been very difficult, but we look forward to reconnecting with each student. Please look forward to receiving ongoing messages from teachers and/or administration in the days to come. As it is very important that we have correct/current contact info for our families, please let us know if there are changes/additions that we need to make.
Finally, if you have concerns in the days to come, please connect with teachers first, and then admin as you see fit. All contact information is on our school website under "About Us".
Thank you and take care.
Hello to our Lord Beaverbrook
I am writing to share information
with you about something that happened after the school day ended yesterday.
Late yesterday afternoon, CBE and
school administration was made aware of an apparent threat to a number of
schools made on social media. Calgary Police Service (CPS) was
immediately involved to assess the threat. CPS has determined that there
is no threat to schools and school will continue today as normal. Below
is the link put out by the Calgary Herald about this incident.
Having said that, all threats of
this nature are taken seriously and fully investigated. Should there be
evidence that would require the school to initiate other critical incident
protocols or procedures, we would act quickly to enact those processes.
If you have any questions about
this situation, please feel free to contact the school at 403-259-5585.
We trust that you are continuing to enjoy your summer, but that you are also beginning to get ready for the start of the 2019/20 school year. Please review this newsletter as it contains important information and updates. If you have any questions, please contact us via email or phone.
To all of our new students in Grades 10, 11 and 12, welcome to Lord Beaverbrook! We know that changing schools can be a bit of a daunting experience, but we trust that you will have a great experience at our school. We encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunities that exist for students – both academically and through our extensive extra curricular programming. We look forward to learning more about you as the year progresses and in discovering what contributions you can make to our school community.
To our returning Grade 11 and 12 students, welcome back for another year! Whether it is your second year or your last one we challenge you to improve upon your past successes with us and deliberately choose to excel, modelling leadership and citizenship to those around you.
LBHS parents and guardians play a vital role in the ongoing learning, growth and development of their child. Ongoing communication between home and school is vital and we encourage you to contact the school and staff as needed. We welcome the opportunity to meet you, whether it is in the school, on the field/court, in the theatre or wherever it is that we may find ourselves together. Please consider attending our School Council meetings and attending school events that occur through the year.
Best wishes for the remainder of the summer break. See you soon!
Darrin Whitbread, Principal
Lord Beaverbrook High School opened in 1968 and just reached its 50th year milestone. While it was once the largest high school in Western Canada, with an extremely large physical footprint and upwards of 3000 students, rapid growth in south Calgary led to new high schools being opened (Centennial in 2005 and Joane Cardinal-Schubert in 2018) which twice impacted the overall population of the building. Having said that, Beaverbrook continues to be one of the most versatile schools within the CBE, and recently completed a $25-million modernization which resulted in impressive upgrades to our various Career and Technology facilities. Another change that occurred is that Chinook Learning has been integrated into our building (along with James Fowler), allowing students to complete their high school diploma or upgrade a particular course.
Beaverbrook continues to evolve, as the city does around us, and we look forward to the changes that can come with downsizing and rebuilding (and rebranding). We continue to offer a full range of academic, elective, and extra-curricular programming. We believe that our students will directly benefit from a smaller school environment - where they will have comfortable class sizes, be better known by our dedicated staff, will have more opportunities to participate with our sports teams, will have the chance to stand out, and will very much feel ‘fiercely proud’ of the culture that is created.
Initially projected to be between 500-600 students for the 2019-20 school year, we are happy to be approaching 800 and we look forward to a great upcoming year - with many more to come.
Please browse through our new website for other bits of information about our school. Should there be any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our main office at 403-259-5585 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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