Week at a Glance
· September 18th – Girls Soccer vs. St. Mary's @ Mandela
· September 18th – Boys Volleyball @ Mandela
· September 20th – Girls Soccer @ Mandela
· September 21st – Football @ Shouldice
· September 22nd - Non-Instructional Day
Nelson Mandela High School will have it's first School Council meeting on Tuesday September 26th. At this meeting we will be electing our new executive and sharing infomration about the start of the school year. We encourage all families to atttend this initial meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm.
September 22nd - Non-Instructional Day
A friendly reminder to students and families that Friday September 22nd is a non-instructional day and there are no classes for students.
Week at a Glance
· September 11th - Mandela Bistro Opens for Lunch Service
· September 12th - Sr. Girls Volleyball at JCS (5:00pm)
· September 12th - Sr. Boys Volleyball at Bishop O'Byrne (5:00pm)
· September 14th - Football vs. McNally at Shouldice (7:00pm)
· September 14th - Sr. Girls Volleyball at Mandela (5:00pm)
· September 14th - Meet the Teacher (5:00pm-7:00pm)
· September 14th - Sr. Boys Volleyball at TBD (5:00pm) Meet the Teacher
We would like to invite all students and their families to attend our Meet the Teacher evening on Thursday September 14th. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the school and supports in place as well as some of the programming that is provided through our multiple community partners. This is not an opportunity to discuss your specific student with their teachers, but if you do have specific questions, do not hesitate to email your student's teachers with your questions. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided on Thursday evening and it will run from 5pm-7pm. There will be a short presentation at 5:30 in the Stadium.Student Attendance
If your child is going to miss any class, it is important that a parent/guardian calls this is to ensure it is not recorded as unexcused. Teachers will be contacting families when students have 3 or more unexcused absences to ensure they are addressing the issue early and to support students. Teachers are required to maintain accurate attendance, if there is a dispute as to whether your student missed class or not, please contact the teacher directly.
· September 5th – Jr. Boys VBall Tryout (7:15am)
· September 5th – Girls Soccer, Sr. Boys VBall and Sr. Girls VBall Tryouts (3:45pm)
· September 6th – Sr. Girls VBall Tryout
· September 6th – Girls Soccer, Jr. Girls Vball and Sr. Boys VBall Tryouts (3:45pm)
· September 14th – Meet the Teacher Night
Each year we strive to ensure we have accurate contact information for our families. You can help with this by verifying your demographic information through your MyCBE Account. https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/
Our fall Athletics are up and running this week and last Friday saw us host the other High Schools in the Northeast for a Football Jamboree. We encourage students to get involved as athletics is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and gain leadership experience. Any interested students with questions should see Mr. Blondin in the PE office.
At Nelson Mandela we ask that all staff, students and visitors wear a lanyard while in the building. The reason for this is that it helps us know who belongs in the building and who doesn’t. Lanyards help keep everyone safe and an expectation in many workplaces today.
Students and families need to contact the office or their Assistant Principal if they are going to miss an extended period of time. This is especially true if gone for the month of September. If you are receiving this email, it is because your child is registered to attend Nelson Mandela, if something has changed over the summer, please contact the school as soon as possible. Students who have attended no classes by September 28th will be withdrawn and will have re-register when they return.
Week at a Glance
· March 15th – Parent Teacher Conferences Open for Booking
· March 15th-17th – Nelson Mandela Presents Clue the Play @7pm
Parents will be able to book conferences with their child's teacher beginning on Wednesday March 15th. Conferences will take place on Wednesday March 22nd and Thursday March 23rd from 4:30-8:30 and will be on Microsoft Teams (online). You can book your conferences by visiting MyCBE at https://sis.cbe.ab.ca/public/
Clue: The Play
Nelson Mandela's Drama Department will be presenting Clue: The Play this week. The play will run from March 15th till March 17th with showtime at 7pm.
Through surveys and student voice, students have shared that one of the places they feel least safe in the school are student washrooms. We are asking students to limit the number of individuals in any given washroom to 5. If a washroom is full, we ask that students wait outside or find a different one. This message will be reinforced with students through Connect class this week.
This is a final reminder to Grade 10 families that you will have received a document in the mail with instructions and an access code for the annual Assurance survey for Alberta Education. Engagement and the responses provided are important factors when identifying priorities for the school and areas for improvement. Currently, only 6% of our families have replied, the survey only takes 5-10 minutes, if you have any questions, please contact the school. Survey closes on March 17th.
School Planning Survey
Another survey that helps with the planning of the next school year in our School Planning Survey. This survey is currently live and can be found at https://nelsonmandela.cbedialogue.com/en The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete and allows all families to have a say on what is prioritized in the School Development Plan and the fees that are charged. This survey is also translated into several languages including Punjabi, Hindi and Arabic.
Week at a Glance
- February 27th – Girls Basketball vs. Henry Wise Wood
- February 27th – Boys Basketball @ Crescent Heights
- February 28th – Girls Basketball vs. Sir Winston Churchill
- March 3rd – Badminton Tournament
- March 3rd – Staff Meeting
Alberta Emergency Test Alert
On Wednesday, Mar. 1 at 1:55 p.m., the Alberta Emergency Alert (AEA) system will send a test alert across Alberta to all broadcast platforms. Test alerts can serve as an important teaching moment for students.
The Alberta Emergency Test Alert Toolkit is available to help incorporate this information into the classroom should you wish to have a discussion with students to support personal preparedness.
Link: Alberta Emergency Test Alert
Week at a Glance
- February 20th - Family Day (No Classes)
- February 21st - School Council at 7pm in the Learning Commons
- February 21st - Boys Basketball at Our Lady of Rockies
- February 21st - Girls Basketball at Father Lacombe
- February 22nd - Pink Shirt Day
- February 22nd - AIBF Band Festival
- February 22nd - Wrestling at Jack James High School
- February 23rd - Boys Basketball at Father Lacombe
- February 23rd - Girls Basketball at Crescent Heights
- February 24th and 25th - Sr. Girls at Crescent Heights Basketball Tournament
- February 24th and 25th – Sr. Boys at Rundle College Basketball Tournament
Grade 12 students are now able to book their grad portrait sittings. Information and instructions can be found in the following attachment
Grad Photo Instructions
We know that many families have questions around their student's attendance and that often times there is confusion on whether a student was in class or not? While errors are occasionally made, teachers are very diligent in ensuring that attendance is accurate and reported correctly. If you child says they were in class, but have been marked absent, please email the teacher to confirm so we can ensure a correct attendance record. We would also appreciate families support in reminding students that the expectation is to remain in class during the entire period. While students may need to leave the class to use the washroom, they should be using the classroom process for signing out. When students leave class without following processes in place, we are unable to account for where they are and ensure they are under the supervision of an adult.
Simply use the QR code or go online in just 3 easy steps. Choose the wear you would like to purchase and add it to your cart. Then you will securely checkout with a credit card. Please note the store is only open from Feb15th until March 2nd 11:59 PM. Get your items ordered before it is too late. Once the store closes, all items will be sent for printing and then delivered to your homeroom teacher at school before Spring Break!
School Council will be meeting on Tuesday night at 7pm in the Learning Commons. All parents are welcome and we encourage you to come out to learn more about what is happening at the school and how you can get involved. Light refreshments are provided and meetings usually run till about 8:30pm.
November Amended Minutes - November 2022 revised.docx
February School Council Agenda - NM Agenda - February 2023.docx
February Mandela United Association Agenda - MUA Agenda - February 2023.docx
Week at a Glance
- February 14th - Boys Basketball vs. William Aberhart @NMHS
- February 14th - Girls Basketball @Joan Cardinal Schubert
- February 15th - 2023-2024 Grade 10 Lottery
- February 16th - Teacher's Convention (No School)
- February 17th - Teacher's Convention (No School)
- February 20th - Family Day (No School)
Congratulations to all the participants in this past weekend's tournament hosted at Nelson Mandela. Our own four teams did exceptionally well with the following results:
- Team 21595 - 2nd Runner-up for the Connect Award (Community Engagement and Outreach)
- Team 15259 - Made it to the Quarter Finals and based on a strong season will be travelling to Red Deer for the Provincial Championship
- Team 14717 - Winner of the Think Award (Overall Robot and Team Strategy) and will be also travelling to Red Deer
- Team 7277 - Winner of the Inspire Award (Best Overall Team) headed to Red Deer as well
Grade 10 Lottery
On the morning of Wednesday February 15th, Nelson Mandela High School will be conducting a lottery for incoming Grade 10 students for the 2023-2024 students. All grade 9 students registered with the CBE and living in the communities of Taradale, Martindale and Saddle Ridge have been entered in the lottery. New Registrants through School Engage are also added to the lottery list. Nelson Mandela's School Council Chair along with School Admin will conduct the draw and communicate results once the lottery is complete. All families whether successful or not will receive an email from the school.
Greetings Nelson Mandela Families,
In an effort to ensure families have the information they need, we will be sending a weekly message home. This message will list upcoming events and information that families may find useful.
Week at a Glance
- February 7th - Boys Basketball vs. Central Memorial @ Nelson Mandela (5:30-9:30pm)
- February 9th - Girls Basketball vs. Father Lacombe @ Nelson Mandela (5:30-9:30pm)
- February 10th and 11th - Jr. Boys Basketball @ Forest Lawn Tournament
- February 10th and 11th - Sr. Boys Basketball @ Central Memorial Tournament
- February 11th and 12th - FTC Robotics Southern Alberta Championship at Nelson Mandela High School (Starts at 9am)
Semester One ended last week and Semester One Grades are now available on PowerSchool. You can view your child's grades by accessing your MyCBE Account. Final grades are official for 10 Level and 20 Level courses. 30 Level courses with a Diploma will be official once students and the school receive Diploma results.
The Success Centre has completed all course changes for Semester Two. Creating student timetables for over 1800 students is a massive task and as a school we commit to providing the classes that students select. We are unable however to make changes to the time that class is offered or who the class is taken with. Thank you for your support as we worked through course change requests at the start of Semester Two
Visiting Other CBE Schools
It is important for students and families to understand that all CBE schools are closed campuses. This means that students are not allowed to visit other Schools without being invited and checking in at the main office. Students found in the halls of another school can be subject to discipline ranging from suspension to a fine. Nelson Mandela students are also reminded to not invite students from other schools to Nelson Mandela as we too are a closed campus. Please reinforce this message with your child as we all work together to keep the school safe and focussed on learning.
Student Voice and Community Engagement
Two priorities for Nelson Mandela High School are to seek out, capture and respond to student voice and engaging the larger community. Our students are incredible and have much to say about the school they want to attend. At this time, School Administrators have met with close to 400 students in Grade 11 to hear about their experience so far. Administrators will continue to visit students in Grades 10 and 12 and consider how we can implement some of the things they wish to see.
In the coming weeks Grade 10 students and families will be responding to the Alberta Assurance Survey. The responses in this survey help guide our school's focus and ensure we are providing students with a quality education. Grade 10 families will receive surveys in the mail and need to be completed before the start of March..
We would also like to seek out ways to invite families and the community to the school and opportunities for our staff and students to be present at community events. We will continue to share events happening at the school and invite you to attend our next School Council Meeting on February 21st. More information will be shared closer to the meeting.
I would like to share a few words with you today as I believe there is no day more important than November 11, Remembrance Day.
Given events across the globe and to the south of us, we are reminded every day that must never take our collective peace for granted.
Around the world, Canada is recognized as a world leader when it comes democracy, safety, diversity, tolerance, health, freedom and peace. This didn't just happen my friends. We got here on the backs of those who sacrificed so much as well as those who continue serve Canada in times of war and peace.
Who were they? Sometimes these soldiers were our Indigenous brothers and sisters and sometimes they were second or third generations Canadians. Often they were recent immigrants fighting for a country that they only were just coming to know. They did not fight as individuals. Rather they were united in their sacrifice to make the world a better place for all of us.
Imagine, soldiers often just 18 years old (sometimes younger) sent off to the horrors of war. Like our students, they had futures ahead of them. In a moments notice, that gave all of that up so that Canada could be the beacon of freedom that it is today.
Think about that for a second. Would we do the same? Sacrifice so much for the good of future generations. Thankfully, that is not being asked of us today. Instead, we are being asked to take a moment today to really remember, think about and show gratitude to the heros that ensured our peace.
As your Principal, I have another ask of you. Never take your world for granted. Show gratitude and always lead with your heart. You are not in a war, but every day, you have opportunities to choose between conflict and peace, between love and hate. Always remember these sacrifices and do your part to make our community, country and world a better place.
We hope that you have been keeping safe and healthy during this challenging time. As you know, our first priority as a school is the health and well-being of our students. With that in mind, our teachers have reached out to all of our students and we hope that these lines of communication continue to remain open. If you are feeling overwhelmed and are looking for tools to support your child through this situation, resources are available on the CBE website.
The Term 3 reporting on Monday, April 27 summarizes achievement up until the cancellation of classes on March 15. While learning at home, no students will see their grades go down from what they were pre-pandemic. However, students will have a variety of opportunities to engage in their learning and improve their grades. Weekly Learning Plans are being posted by teachers each Monday in your D2L course shells.
To our students - we miss seeing you each and every day. We are here for you and encourage you to continue with the learning opportunities that are available in all of your classes. Please know that you can reach out to any of your teachers, success advisors and/or administration at any time.
On behalf of our entire staff, we thank you for your patience during this challenging time. Even though we are physically apart, we hope that you feel as we do - connected and United!
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