Welcome to a new school year at Sir Winston Churchill High School. This page contains information you will need to know for a smooth school beginning. Students and parents are encouraged to frequently visit our website for updated information. As well, please check our school sign and listen for automated phone messages that will come throughout the year to highlight special news and events.
Pleas scroll down for information concerning:
- Grade 10 Welcome
- School Photos and Visual ID Cards
- Business Office
- Computer and Technology Services
- IB Information for all Grades
- Locker Sign-Up
- Student Parking
- Homerooms and Student Assemblies
- Absence Reporting and Bell Schedule
- Student Services - Course Changes etc.
- School Opening Procedures
Aug 23 9:00 – 3:00 Grade 12 Textbooks, ID Cards & Lockers
Aug 24 9:00 – 3:00 Grade 11 Textbooks, ID Cards & Lockers
Aug 25 School Closed
Aug 28 1:00 pm Grade 10 Math IB Cohort - IB Challenge (see page 3)
9:00 – 3:00 Grade 10 Textbooks, ID Cards & Lockers
9:00 – 3:00 **Grade 10 Band Students Instrument Pickup (See page 2)
Aug 29 9:00 – 3:00 All Grades Textbooks, ID Cards & Lockers
&30 9:00 – 3:00 **Grade 10 Band Students Instrument Pickup (See page 2)
Aug 31 8:00 am Grade 12 IB Meeting for grade 12 students taking IB - Theatre
8:30 am Grade 12 Assembly and Home Room
9:15 am Grade 11 IB Meeting for grade 11 students taking IB - Theatre
10:00 am Grade 11 Assembly and Home Room
10:45 am Grade 10 IB Meeting for grade 10 students interested in IB - Theatre
11:30 am Grade 10 Assembly followed by Home Room, School Tour and Barbeque.
**** All grades photo day Life Touch will be available from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ***
Sept 1 8:15 am Home Room
Following Homeroom Regular Classes Begin with a Friday Schedule
School Council – Details to be announced.
Grade 10 Welcome
August 31, 2023 11:30 am Assembly - Home Room
Grade 10 students are invited to a barbeque and school opening activities on Thursday August 31, 2023 following the morning assembly and Home Room.
School Photos and Visual ID Cards
Plan to have your picture taken!
Student photo visual ID cards will be initially issued at no cost to all student. Lost or damaged ID cards will need to be immediately replaced at a charge to the students.
FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY REASONS STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED
TO HAVE THEIR CURRENT VISUAL ID CARD
WITH THEM WHILE IN THE BUILDING.
They will be required for admittance to classes, school activities, exams, sporting events, checking out library books and subject textbooks, and picking up yearbooks. ID cards may also be required to verify student status on Calgary Transit.
All SWC students must have their picture taken, even if a photo package is not purchased. You do not need to bring money for photos during school start up. Each student will have pictures taken and receive a proof package mid-September. Please visit their website for further information at http://lifetouch.ca/
School Fees will be assigned during the summer. Fees must be paid or alternate arrangements made before textbooks are issued. Visit www.cbe.ab.ca/parents/fees.asp to register. Parents must use the same email address that is on file at their child’s school when completing this process. You must bring a copy of your paid online invoice in order to pick up textbooks.
All previous textbooks must be returned and/or outstanding items tended to before the current textbooks can be issued.
Transportation to school is by Calgary Transit. Please visit the Calgary Transit website for details of High School Service Routes.
Computer and Technology Services
Students should review the Computer and Technology Services section on our school website. http://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/sirwinstonchurchill/culture-environment/tech-tools/digital-citizenship/pages/default.aspx
Grade 10 – Instrumental Rentals & Uniform - All grade 10 band students are asked to attend uniform fittings, in the Band Room (001) during text book pick-up on August 30th. Students requiring a CBE rental instrument for the 2023-2024 school year may also do so at this time.
Grade 11/12 – Instrument Rentals & Uniform - Grade 11 and 12 students renting school CBE instruments will receive their instruments during their first class. Uniform fitting will take place on August 30th.
SWC Music Parent Association (SWCBPA) Annual General Meeting - The SWCBPA will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday September 18 at 6:30pm in the school theatre. All music parents are encouraged to attend this important meeting. Please visit the SWCBPA website – www.swcbpa.ca for more information on the organization and how they support the music program.
The Band Parents Annual General Meeting is on Monday, September 18, 2023- 6:30PM in the school theatre.
Uniform Fitting - All music students will be sized on August 30th. Uniform distribution will take place at the end of September.
IB Students (Grade 11 and 12) and Grade 10s Interested in IB
Current Grade 12 and grade 11 IB students and any grade 10 students interested in participating in the International Baccalaureate Program must attend important meetings on Wednesday, September 1 in the theatre. Grade 12 at 8:15 am, Grade 11 at 9:15 am and Grade 10 students at 10:15 am.
Math 10 IB Candidate Challenge
IB MATH CANDIDATE CHALLENGE EXAM - AUG 28 AT 1:00 PM updated Aug. 18, 2023
If you have completed Math 10c in grade 9 and have Math 10c Alberta Education credits, you are eligible to write a challenge exam that may allow you to skip Math 10 cohort IB and go straight into Math 20IB in semester 2. Without these Alberta Education credits, you do not qualify for this exam. However, you can still take Math 10 cohort IB as originally planned. Usually, grade 9 students only complete Math 10c credits if they are in a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program or private school. Be aware that the Math 10 Cohort course covers more than the regular Math 10 curriculum and usually only a small number of students do well enough on the exam to skip Math 10 cohort and either way, you will need to apply for and be accepted into an IB program. You are not required to write this exam. The challenge exam will be on Monday August 28 at 1:00 PM in Room 121. If you intend on writing the exam, please email Ms. Lee by August 27. email@example.com
Locker Sign up
Locker partners must be in the SAME GRADE and must COME TOGETHER for the sign-up
Locker sign-up will take place August 25 through August 31 during the school opening process. Students require a current SWC visual ID card. Locker registration is done any time after your have your new ID card. Students may choose a locker partner. Students who do not come with a locker partner will be assigned a partner at random.
Students interested in applying for a parking pass must apply at the school. Students will be able to apply and pay for parking passes during the school opening process. There is a minimum charge for a parking pass which covers parking lot maintenance. Unfortunately, there is a limited number of spots for students. Please watch the Churchillian for further details.
*Reminder, DO NOT PARK IN NUMBERED SPACES, STUDENTS PARKING WITHOUT PASSES WILL BE TICKETED*
Homerooms & Student Assemblies
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Grade 12 – 9:00 am
Grade 11 – 10:15 am
Grade 10 – 11:30 am
Students are required to attend an assembly on Thursday in the main gymnasium, followed by a homeroom.
Friday, September. 1, 2023
Home Room – 8:50 am
During school opening, students will receive forms and notices. Coloured forms need to be signed & returned. Students who did not participate in the school opening procedures will need to listen to announcements for further instructions
Absence Reporting & Bell Schedule
To report a student absence, parents or guardians are asked to phone the attendance line at (403) 289-9241, option 1 prior to 1:00 pm on the day of the absence. Non-valid student absences, (not lates) will be communicated through the school messenger system. If you have concerns, please contact the main office. Please provide the following information:
Student’s Name Spell the last name ID number
Reason for absence TIME OF THE ABSENCE Who is calling
If missing a quiz or exam – the name of the teacher
PLEASE ONLY CALL ONCE FOR YOUR STUDENT
School store- Pop Up
There will be a pop-up school store open on Monday, August 28, Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 from 9:00am-2:00pm in the school foyer.
There will be a variety of Churchill hoodies, crewnecks, sweatpants, lanyards, water bottles and more. Cash only.
We welcome back our returning Churchill students and extend a special invitation
to our new students to visit us in Student Services.
The guidance department is staffed with four full-time counsellors and a secretary. Students are assigned alphabetically by the first letter of the last name to their counsellor.
Ms. J. Black
A – F, International Students
Ms. K. Murray
G - L
Mrs. K. Alladin
M - R
Ms. L. Chan
S - Z
Ms. A. Lee
Ms. L. Ofner
Students Requesting Timetable Changes:
Guidance Counsellors have worked hard to balance all student timetables for the 2023-2024 school year. Student schedules are subject to change through the summer as we balance class sizes. While student timetables will retain the same courses, the specific order of courses and corresponding teachers may change.
Students will have the opportunity to request a change to their timetable in late August-early September. Change Request Forms will be emailed out on the following dates:
Grade 12 – August 22
Grade 11 – August 23
Grade 10 – August 25
It is important to note that very few changes will be granted as timetables have been balanced. We are not able to entertain changes to complementary classes in the Fall. All change requests must be submitted through the fillable Course Change Request Form and should be emailed to Mr. Fullerton at:
If a student makes a course change request that is deemed appropriate, it will either be completed by Mr. Fullerton or sent on to their guidance counsellor for consideration. Mr. Fullerton will notify the student that the request has been completed or sent on. If a request cannot be considered, Mr. Fullerton will provide notice of this to the student.
An email will be sent home on Tuesday, September 5th to remind students that the last day to submit a change request form is Wednesday, September 6th. No further student requested changes will be entertained after Wednesday, September 6.
Classes at Churchill are full; therefore it is difficult for counsellors to adjust timetables. Students are asked to ensure that guidelines below are adhered to before submitting a request.
1. All schedules are subject to change as we balance class sizes.
2. Requests to change teachers will only be considered if the student has previously completed a class with that same teacher. If a student has not completed a class with a teacher they may not request a change. Student requests to be in a specific teacher's class cannot be granted.
3. Teaching assignments often change; the teacher listed on a student’s timetable may not be the teacher when the class begins.
4. Courses cannot be moved to different periods due to extra-curricular student commitments and/or spare preferences. Students are expected to be available to attend all periods during the school day.
5. Counsellors will only contact a student if there are questions regarding their schedule. Students are asked to please be patient and check PowerSchool often for changes to their schedule once they have submitted a request form.
6. If a counsellor needs to see a student in person to discuss timetable concerns, a placeholder called "See Counsellor" will be added to their schedule. Only students with a ‘See Counsellor’ note will be seen during the first 3 days of school. These students are asked to go to Student Services ONLY in the period that needs to be changed or in their spare and not during other unaffected class periods.
Please bring your own basic school supplies, such as pens, pencils, and binders with paper. Your teachers will let you know if additional supplies are required.
View our School Calendar for upcoming events and dates. See the CBE website for system calendars.
Please visit our How to Register page for all registration details. Please note that the registration process is completed online, but schools can assist with any questions.
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