Jan 11
January 11, 2020

Happy New Year and welcome back!

 

The new year brings new opportunities and new challenges to us here at QEHS. Our planning for semester two is well underway but we must wait for final hub numbers before we enact any plans. Parents had until January 8th to indicate if they would be returning to in school learning.   There is no opportunity for students to move from in school learning to hub learning. Depending on our final numbers we may be reorganizing our grade 7 to 9 classes as well as adjustments to high school timetables as well as potential changes to teaching assignments.

 

Due to the impact of COVID 19 on learning, diploma exams are optional in January and June. All high school classes will continue through to January 22nd with all students attending unless they are writing a diploma exam on that day. Teachers will be working with students on final assessments, credit recovery opportunities and giving students multiple ways to demonstrate their current understanding of the curriculum. In some courses students will be writing a cumulative exam that covers topics for all of the semester.  In these situations a students mark will not be reduced if their mark is lower. Complications occurring from our pandemic response have allowed schools to adapt year end assessments. For further details on final assessments, please contact your child's teacher or visit the D2L shell.

 

With the Alberta Government's announcement of full return to in-school learning we have made modifications to our lunch time procedures and expectations. These changes have been made to limit an activity which is considered a high transmission activity, eating in close contacts with others.

Starting Monday, January 11th:

  • All students will be required to either eat lunch in the classroom they attend prior to lunch and remain in that room for the first 15 minutes of the lunch break or they can leave the building and eat their lunch outside for the first 15 minutes of lunch. A room will be provided for high school students who are on a prep to eat in a specific classroom.
  • The Café will not be providing any food services.
  • The Student Gathering Area (SGA) and the cafeteria seating will be closed for students to eat lunch or gather in for the first 15 minutes of lunch.
  • For the second 15 minutes of the lunch break students will be allowed to be in the hallways and SGA, but masks must be worn at all times in these areas.

We anticipate this new procedure to be in place for the month of January and we will revisit this decision at the start of semester 2.


Dec 10
December 10, 2020

Dear QEHS Community,

 

I would like to start my Principal's Message for December with a thank you and acknowledgement of the generosity of our community. We have gathered enough donations for ten families to receive well stocked Christmas hampers. The large amount of clothes, food, toiletries and gift cards will bring joy and relief to QEHS families.

 

The diversity and uniqueness of QEHS has created a culture not seen in other schools within the CBE. This allows for great opportunities but also significant challenges at times. When Alberta Education ordered a transition to online learning for approximately 2/3rd's  of our school and in-school learning 1/3rd  and mandated all lessons continue in the regular bell schedule and timetable, we at QEHS were asked developing a plan that would meet all students' needs within each program. As such, all students, online and in-school are receiving their option/CTF courses in an online format. Students here at the school attend option classes in the Learning Commons' computer labs. Following the new guidelines by Alberta Health, all in school PE classes will be outside for the remainder of this calendar year.

 

Following Alberta Education and CBE expectations, students should attend all online classes.  Attendance is taken and during classes students maybe working independently, in small break out groups or working with the teacher. On occasion, teachers may not be able to run a class. In these situation student should be given work to do for that day independently. If a teacher's absence is expected to be prolonged a substitute teacher will be arranged.

 

For our high school families there are changes occurring to the traditional Assessment Weeks (exam break) in January. With all diploma exams becoming optional this year and requirements to limit cohorts,  all final assessments will occur during regular class times, with the exception of diplomas.  January 25 -28 there will not be scheduled classes for high school students, however there will be additional opportunities for credit recovery and semester prep. Grades 7 to 9 classes will continue to run as scheduled.

 

As we near the winter break, I want to thank our students, families and staff for their diligences with our covid protocols. As of December 9th there have only been two cases at QEHS that have impacted teaching and learning; this is something we can all be proud of.  Please continue this diligence while learning at home and over the break so we can continue to maintain our health school in the new year.

 

Best wish & hope you have a joyful winter break.

 

Jason

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Oct 14
October 14, 2020

Dear QEHS community,

 

Hub organization is complete, for the first semester, and teachers are making the final adjustments to routines and protocols, thank you for your patience and understanding to all the changes both in the hub online and face-to-face instructions.  Within our building, students are doing a great job at following mask protocols, we do have the odd student who needs reminders but they are few and far between. Hand sanitizing and frequent hand washing are helping to reduce the opportunity for community spread. One place we are struggling with is having students follow Covid protocols outside, before and after school: please remind your child that if they are within 2m of any of their peers they should be wearing their mask.

 

As was messaged last week, all athletic teams and extra-curricular clubs have been paused at this time.  We know that these types of extra activities are beneficial to individual students as well as building school culture but unfortunately they are not feasible at this time due to Covid protocol restrictions, rotating absences of teachers and students, as well as the requirements for both face-to-face teaching and online support for student learning.  We will continue to focus on our central purpose: supporting instruction of the curriculum and supporting student well being.

 

As with all positive cases in schools, QEHS was visited by an Alberta Health Services health inspector who reviewed our processes and protocols in relation to Covid-19.  I am happy to report that the inspector was very impressed with how we have safety measures set up at our school to reduce the risk of transmission. We are awaiting his final report to see if there are areas we can improve on. Thank you for all the emails of support we have received and as always please do not hesitate to contact us with concerns.

 

We are also pleased to be introducing our new Knights Notes.  This will be a weekly School Messenger e-mail that will come to parents/guardians on Wednesday afternoons.  With the intent of streamlining communication of QEHS events and information and reducing school messenger emails, we will provide a weekly update of events and important information.

 

Our official virtual parent/student/teacher conferences are occurring in late November but please do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers should you have any questions or concerns about their learning. We are moving to a more ongoing communication model where conversations can be initiated by either the parent/guardian or the school. Please check PowerSchool for updated assessments and D2L/Brightspace for the current work students are engaged in.

 

Thank you

 

Jason Arrell

Principal​


Sep 01
Principal's Message - September 1, 2020

Welcome back to another school year, one that presents us with many challenges and many opportunities. Many CBE staff have been working tirelessly over the summer preparing for the return of staff and students into our schools. Safety protocols have been developed to keep all individuals as safe as possible given the context of our “near normal" return to school. Mask protocols, hand washing/sanitizing and frequent cleaning are our main processes to reduce the transmission of Covid-19. We will be enacting social distancing wherever possible within school; unfortunately, this will not be possible in most situations. We have seen an increase in student registrations by approximately 100 students and this is equal to the approximate number of students from QEHS who have registered for the Hub. With this increase in enrollment, students will potentially see the same number of students in the building as last year.

 

Registration in the Hub will have a potential impact on both staff and students within the building. Once Hub decisions are made by CBE, we may be required to make changes to both student and staff timetables and assignments. These changes may occur in mid-September.  Due to these upcoming unknowns, we will not be adjusting timetables at this point in time.

 

Despite the restrictions and limitations that Covid has placed on schools, we will continue to maintain our focus on learning. In our first three days in schools, staff have also been focusing on lesson preparation.  We know students will be coming to us with a wide range of learning experiences from the spring.  Teachers are working on ways of meeting students where they are at and moving them forward in their understanding and demonstration of learning. We have been using the wording Rigorous and Human to describe our approach at QEHS. Rigorous: we will be intentional and focused in our teaching and instilling the value of hard work with students. Human: we will be acknowledging that students have all been impacted differently by Covid-19 and students may need different supports to engage in the work.  These two approaches fit well with our continued goal of Personalization of learning and our goal of helping all student meet their potential as individuals.

 

With the implications of Covid-19 and our focus on student safety and learning all extra-curricular activities (including sports teams and clubs) have been postponed at this time.

 

I am looking forward to having students back in our building and the adventure ahead of us for the 2020-21 school year.

 

Thank you,

 

Mr. Arrell

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Jun 30
June 30, 2020

Dear QEHS community

 
My first year at QEHS has been a very exciting one. Getting to know the students , staff and families has been very rewarding for me. I have seen first hand that QEHS is a vibrant school with lots of opportunities for students. The diverse range of the student population creates unique opportunities for students to be exposed to so many cultures, perspectives and beliefs. The adults in this building truly care for students and push for both academic success and mental health development. Our parents, guardians and caregivers are here to support their children to reach their ultimate potential each year. As  someone who has spent over 20 years with in the CBE I feel privileged to be at such an amazing school and I look forward to the many years in front of me here at QEHS.
 
Thank you to the many  of you who came to the school to drop off supplies and pick up belongings, refund cheques and graduation packages for our grade twelve students . For those of you who were unable to make it into the school we will holding on to your belongings until September. The facilities team has been working extremely hard preparing our school for hopeful return of students in September. Removal of extra furniture, re-waxing floors, scrubbing lockers, power washing washrooms and routinely cleaning high touch points. On August 1st, Alberta Education is expected to give school boards direction on what school will look like in September. Here at QEHS we have a plan for all three scenarios that will keep staff and students as safe as possible as well as increasing the academic expectation. I do want let families know that our Café will not be open next year due to covid regulations.
 
Regardless of the scenario that Alberta Education determines we have plans to support student learning.  A focus for next year will including adapting course work to support the gaps that all students will have, this will occur through both adaptations to work in classes as well as support opportunities during Knight’s Block. With these gaps in learning in consideration they will be an increased focus on rigor and students developing the habits of heard work. Knowing that we have many complex students at our school we will continue to support the mental health of students.
 
In late August I will be send out a video tour of what students and families can expect as classes resume at QEHS. Additionally once we know health guidelines for school reopening we will contact families about specific student entry plans and registration.  Any students who wish to drop off text books or pick belongings left at the school you can contact Michelle Dupont  MADupont@cbe.ab.ca to make an appointment for pick up over the summer.
 
From the staff at QEHS, we wish you all a safe a relaxing summer.
Mr. J  Arrell
Principal
Queen Elizabeth High School
 
Jun 01
June 1, 2020

It is hard to believe that we are now entering our last month of school for this year. I would like to commend the flexibility and adaptability of QEHS‘ teachers and staff for their ability to radically change teaching methods to emergency teaching in remote locations. While we cannot say the transition was perfect and seamless, I am proud of where we got to. Thank you to parents and caregivers for working through challenging times and supporting their children learning at home. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the students of QEHS who continued to engage, strive, and learn where possible.

 

Congratulations to the QEHS graduating class of 2020! This is an amazing cohort of students that I wish I had more time to get to know before they moved onto the next phase of their lives. They are a group that showed me why QEHS is such an amazing school where students can truly be who they want to be, where students have a primary focus on learning and everyone is treated with kindness and respect. I know these students will be successful in what every endeavour they choose to pursue it the future. A video compilation will be provided to grads later in June as well as a future social gathering is being planned for once schools can accommodate students within the school.

 

While our education delivery method has drastically changed, many of other operations of schools have continued. The budget for QEHS will be finalized later this week. Two significant changes have resulted in staffing reductions for the 2020-21 school year. First, the government has decreased the amount of money school boards receive. While the per pupil amount has not changed the board has reduced or cancelled numerous grants that school boards have received resulting in less funds coming to schools. Second, the CBE has implemented a new equity funding model which distributes money in a more equitable way across all CBE schools. As a result, we have had a reduction of six teaching positions and three support staff positions. Some of these reductions are due to one of our mental health classes being closed. For the upcoming school year we will continue to have our grade 7 -12 community program, grade 7 -12 GATE, grade 7 -12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), grade 10 -12 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and an expected student population of approximately 990 students.

 

While we do not know what school will look like yet in September we are planning and building a timetable based on regular face-to-face education which we can then adapt once we know more. Six fewer teachers will result in larger classes regardless of the delivery method. Three fewer support staff will decrease additional help available for students. If we do return to face-to-face classes these changes will also have an impact on extra-curricular opportunities available as teacher will be teaching more classes as well as increased students in each class.

 

Unrelated to funding, we have made a minor change to our timetable. Our start and end times will remain the same with exception of Friday where we will now dismiss at 1pm. Based on feedback from students we have shifted our homeroom class to Fridays and will now have Knight's Block Monday to Thursday.  We will be using Knight's Block as one of our strategies to support learning gaps created by the pandemic.

 

 June 12th will be the last day for new content in courses as teachers will be finalizing assessment of student learning and preparing report cards. From June 15th to 26 teachers will be working on credit recovering, transition plans, mental health support and helping students with educational plans over the summer.

 

A schedule will also be sent out soon regarding pick up of materials such as yearbooks, refunds, items left in lockers as well as dropping off school owned materials students still may have.

 

I will be providing more details and answering questions during June's virtual School Council meeting on Monday, June 8th at 7pm via google meets.

 

To attend this meeting you will need complete the following RSVP form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHC5yAVgdt2WgwIpQvlVwxsAR35-1KT9lb-Z3QPlFNVlUhKw/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

If you have any issues with this form please contact Ms. Elliott one of our Assistant Principals at (403) 777-6380 ext. 2402 or through email at rmelliott@cbe.ab.ca

 

 

As always if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher or myself at jsarrell@cbe.ab.ca

 

Jason Arrell

Principal, Queen Elizabeth High School

Calgary Board of Education | cbe.ab.ca

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May 08
May 8, 2020

Hello QEHS families,

 

To say these are interesting times is an understatement.  A month into Ongoing Learning during a crisis QEHS staff, students and parents seem to have fallen into a routine appropriate for their situation. This current form of teaching and learning is far from ideal, and I commend both staff and students for their resiliency and perseverance in learning.  Core classes for all grades continue as well as elective & CTS courses at the high school level. It is important for students to maintain engagement in learning where circumstances permit.  While students marks will not drop below the level they were at prior to the pandemic, within some high school courses, students who do not complete new modules may still receive a passing mark in a class but not the prerequisites for future courses and may be required to re-take the course. Plans are underway for student support next year to help fill any gaps in learning both during in-class instruction as well as utilizing Knights Block. As a reminder, students in junior high should be involved in 10 hours a week in learning and senior high classes are 3 hours per week per subject. Much of the assessment teachers are doing of student learning is formative in nature with few traditional tests.

 

Many decisions and processes involving QEHS are still unknown as we enter the final two months of school. We do know that all grade twelve graduation and grade nine farewell activities have been cancelled for the year. Plans are underway for ways to celebrate these important milestones in life in appropriate ways.  QEHS is currently developing our procedures for the end of the year regarding returning of resources and collection of student belongs remaining at the school. Our business manager is also in the process of drafting refund cheques which will be available in June.

 

Later this week I will be receiving our budget for the 2020-21 school year. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, funding to public education was seeing significant reductions. With the new state of the economy, we are expecting even more dramatic reductions to our budget. The addition of a new funding model provided by Alberta Education is also leading to uncertainty for next year. We will be planning and organizing the school as best as possible to meet the learning needs of our diverse range of students, but are expecting things to look significantly different next year. If your child has not completed their course registration for next year, please have them do that ASAP as this impacts our timetabling.  I will continue to update our community as structures are put in place for next year.  

 

Information will be forthcoming with our next School Council meeting which will be taking place virtually.

May 15 and 19 are non- instructional days, where teachers will be working on professional development and other professional obligations. No classes will run on those days.

As always, if you have any questions about your child’s learning please do not hesitate to contact their teacher. Additionally if you have other inquiries about QEHS I can be reached at jsarrell@cbe.ab.ca.

 

Thank You

 

Jason Arrell

Principal

Queen Elizabeth High School

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Apr 08
April 8, 2020

Good Afternoon QEHS community,


Thank you to everyone for their patience, understanding and support during these challenging times. Ongoing learning in a time of crisis supported by remote teaching is new for everyone. As we are 8 days into this new model everyone is beginning to adjust and develop routines. Our work is guided by the direction of Alberta Education. In grades 7 to 9, only core classes are continuing (Math, Science & Humanities) with students engaged in learning for approximately 10hrs per week combined all subjects. In grade 10 to 12 core classes are continuing and plans are underway for which non core classes will continue. Students should be working approximately 3 hours per class, per week. Teachers are adjusting their lessons to try to meet these targets. Lesson delivery will focus on the main concepts of curriculum ensuring students receive the essential learning, knowing the gaps will be filled next year as we adjust teaching after the pandemic. Our teachers are trained to work and support students in a face-to-face learning environment, the change to a digital platform is taking some time to learn the skills required to teach in this new way. Assessment will continue and all students will receive a final mark in June.


Friday, April 10 is Good Friday and is a holiday and no classes will be taking place.  Monday April 13 is a Non Instructional Day and no classes will be taking place. Teachers will be taking part in professional development focused on teaching in an online platform. Instruction will resume Tuesday, April 14.


Thank you and the staff at QEHS wish you and your family the best in these challenging time.

Jason


Jason Arrell

Principal, Queen Elizabeth High School

Calgary Board of Education | cbe.ab.ca

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Feb 04
Principal's Message - February 2020

Welcome to the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year, our high school students will have new core and option classes while our junior high students may have new option courses.  Given the complexity of the QEHS timetable, no course changes for options can occur; limited changes are possible in core classes that influence graduation.  Please see your assigned Assistant Principal if you need assistance.  For 121 QEHS students this is their last semester as they prepare to graduate and take on the next phase of their life.  

On Wednesday, February 5th all junior high students will take part in the Alberta Winter Walk Day during their schedule Physical Education or Health class. Last year over 140 000 Albertans took part in this day which encourages fitness and activity outside during the winter months.​

In my short time here at QEHS I am continuously amazed at the great learning opportunities and the numerous ways students demonstrate their understanding of curriculum. Three recent examples really stand out. During the exam-break, we had an eco-science fair where students researched and presented ecologically friendly solutions to challenges within our society. Projects ranged from a vertical garden to solar energy solutions.  During a recent grade 8 science class students represented their understanding of human systems through creative personalized projects and last week the QEHS science fair showcased projects ranging from a video game to promote ecologically sustainable communities to a research project using gene modification to eradicate cancer. The top projects will be moving on to the citywide science fair.

I am excited to announce that we are now selling QEHS hoodies! Thank you to our Student Advisory Committee who designed and organized this opportunity. Hoodies can be pre-ordered from the link below, including personalized options. Pre-order sales close February 17th. Orders should arrive in mid-March. Sizes will be available in the main office. A limited supply of hoodies will also be for sale in March at the school.

 

https://queenelizabethschoolapparel2020.itemorder.com/sale


Jan 08
Principal's Message - January, 2020

​Welcome back to everyone in our Queen Elizabeth High School community. It was reassuring to see so many smiles on our students’ and staff’s faces Monday morning.  With the end of the semester fast approaching, January is very busy month at Queen Elizabeth High School.​

I would like to officially introduce our new Acting Assistant Principal, Rachel Elliott. Ms. Elliott comes to us from her work as a math strategist for Area 7. Her previous teaching experiences in junior high, high school and in specialized settings has already proven to be a huge asset to Queen Elizabeth High School. Ms. Elliott will primarily be working with students with last name in the A-L section of the alphabet and will be with us until the end of the school year. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Elliott if you have any questions.

Exams start early next week for some of our high school courses, with the full exam schedule available on our web page on the “Teaching and Learning” tab.  A reminder, that all junior high classes continue to run as normal during high school exams. High school teachers are available at varied times during the exam break for additional support for students. Students currently not passing a course, heading into the final exam, are expected to attend school on their non-exam days for additional support. Report cards will be given out to all students at the beginning of February.

Basketball season is well underway for our two high school teams and junior high try-outs begin next week. Thank you to our school-based and community coaches for volunteering their time. Without this donation of their time, these experiences would not be possible for our students.   You can view the practice and game schedule online on our Athletics page.

The week of January 13th will see our junior high band students performing here at QEHS as well as two nights of junior high performing arts options presentations.

Please come and share your voice and provide input into everything QEHS at our monthly School Council meeting open to all parents and caregivers.  Council meets next on Monday, January 20th at 7pm in the Learning Commons.

QEHS school spirit is growing rapidly this year. Our new school hoodies are currently being designed. Students interested in developing the logo for new hoodies should come see Mr. Arrell for details. This contest closes next week with the winning design receiving a free hoodie. Hoodies will be yellow in color and will be “Champion” brand.

Thank you to the school community for your generosity prior to the winter break. As a school we were able to support eight families from all the donations received.​ 

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