Simon Fraser is a place where students and parents are warmly invited to become involved in a partnership with staff, creating a positive atmosphere and providing instruction conducive to quality learning. It is hoped through your input and participation that all members of our learning community will develop an ownership and pride for Simon Fraser.
Academic Core subjects are the centre of a very active and vital school program. Literacy initiatives permeate all programs and disciplines, and include a daily Reading Program, and a focus on Resource, ESL and mainstream programs. Reading comprehension is measured and monitored using Jerry Johns, Gates Mc Ginity and the Canadian Test of Basic Skills assessment on groups of students annually.
We continue to offer daily Physical Education for all students; we believe that healthy lifestyles facilitate healthy minds.
Outdoor Education and Off-site Programs form a major part of Simon Fraser's culture. Programs include grade 7 Kananaskis Environmental trip, grade 8 Badlands/Tyrell Museum Program, grade 9 Riverwatch, grade 9 S.A.L.T.S. Westcoast Sailing; grade 7, 8, & 9 Band Camps and Tour; Student Leadership Camps and our annual Quebec trip.
The International Language of choice at Simon Fraser is French.
Fine and Practical Arts are a primary focus, with a comprehensive program in place that includes celebrations and performances that incorporate Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, a Christmas Fine Arts Celebration, and ongoing Band, Drama, and Dance performances.
Our Peace Initiatives Program – a comprehensive anti-harassment program involving student workshops and conferences, guest speakers, performances, staff development, home room activities and trips – has been recognized with the prestigious YMCA Peace Medal Award (Nov '04), and by Peaceful Schools International (Feb '05).
Our Student Leadership – Student Activities Program empowers students to lead and develop school activities year-round. We have incorporated two Leadership Development Camps per year.
At Simon Fraser we celebrate the diverse strengths, talents and challenges of each student and we strive to work in partnership with parents to create a sense of safety, belonging, and success for every individual.
Parents enhance their child’s success at school by being informed, ensuring attendance, demonstrating interest and following-through on daily progress. We wish to maintain close contact with parents, and encourage any parent with questions or concerns to email teachers, or administration or call at 403-777-7290. Communication will enhance opportunities for success. We sincerely believe that any success we have with students at school is dependent upon close collaboration with the home. In this connection, we strongly urge parents to attend School Council Meetings which are held monthly – see calendar. Teachers will also communicate to students and parents using HomeLogic and D2L. Please check out this website when teachers provide ID #’s and passwords.