​​Important Dates

We follow the CBE traditional calendar. The calendar sets common start and end days, non-instructional days and holidays. For our school’s additional non-instructional days, late entries, early dismissal days and events, see our school calendar page.​

Back to School Information

Schedule of events:  September 1 - 9 Welcome Back please see last item under resources to the right.

The Calgary Board of Education continues to plan for the health measures that may be in place for the next school year. More details will be shared with families before the first day of classes.  

Find the latest information on the CBE website and the Alberta Government website

Have you subscribed to "School Messenger"?

If you are not receiving emails from Western Canada High School for important updates, please make sure you have subscribed to "School Messenger".  The email address must match what is on file in your child's records.  The CBE icon is to the right of this reminder.

Link:  Subscribe to CBE School Messages

Do You Have a MyCBE Account? Have You Added Your Child(ren) To the Account?s

Please see CBE message at the bottom of the 'Welcome Back to School' message on how to do this important step.  If you are having problems, please contact Ms. Luft at sjluft@cbe.ab.ca.  This will provide you with the ability to:

  • access your child’s program information (e.g., course assessments, daily attendance record, report card)
  • view your child’s learning using Brightspace by D2L
  • pay fees and request waivers
  • register for transportation and lunch supervision
  • book parent-teacher conferences
  • submit online school forms (required for 2022-23 school year)

Forms, Photos, Yearbooks, Optional Tours and Computer Log In: 

Given we support over two thousand students, it is essential that students take advantage of these pre-school Orientation days. Students should enter the school from the back parking lot under the “Redhawk” awning. Parents are asked to please wait in the car. 

       

Optional School Tour (Closed)


Thursday August 25th:  Main Gym Friday August 26th:  Main Gym
Grade 11 and 12 students Grade 10 students 

Students are asked to please use their last name to determine their recommended drop-in appointment time: 

A – G: 9:00 – 11:00 AM H – O: 11:00 – 1:00 PM P – Z: 1:00 – 3:00 PM 

(1) Optional School Tours and
(2) School Wifi, Computer and Network Access for Students New to the CBE:  

  1. Students Council and members of our Clubs will provide optional tours.  Grade 11 and 12 students new to WCHS are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.  Our Grade 10 students will have a similar tour scheduled as part of their orientation on September 1, 2022.   
  2. As part of our Orientation days, students new to the CBE will validate their computer log-in credentials for WCHS. If your child attends a CBE school at the end of Grade 9, they will not need to complete this step. At this time, new CBE students will receive orientation for frequently used CBE applications (D2L, PowerSchool etc).  
Please note: students must log into a WCHS computer and validate their credentials before they are able to remotely access CBE applications, such as PowerSchool from home.  

The tours option was closed at noon on Monday August 22nd; they are full.  Interested students will be contacted by Mr. Fuhr.  (If you missed signing up, our Grade 10s do have an organized tour on September 1st.  Grade 11 and 12 students will have the option of engaging in independent tours on September 1st after their homeroom.)

If you are a student that is NEW to the CBE, and can't access your powerschool account, please see Mr. Smith in Room 181 (located close to the Main Gym, up a ramp - internal signs will help to direct students) anytime from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on Thursday August 25th or Friday August 26th.  Students can attach two devices to the CBE Wifi. Most students attach their phones, but many also attach a laptop. Feel free to bring that along if you think you may be using it at school at any point during the year. 

Tours: Mr. Fuhr – jgfuhr@cbe.ab.ca  

Computer Access: Mr. Smith – bgsmith@cbe.ab.ca  


Yearbooks:

Yearbooks have arrived!  Ms. Savoie, Mr. Ellis and Mr. Cale will be working with Leadership students to have a table set up for Grade 11, 12 and graduated students to pick up their pre-paid 2021-22 yearbooks from the Main Gym.  All fees must be paid in full to receive the yearbook please.

Forms:

Students are asked to pre-fill out the following forms for drop off. 

For your information: 
  • School District Use of Personal Information 
  • General Media Coverage notice 
  • Acceptable Use Policy for 2022-23 
Please sign and return:  
  • Consent for CBE Use of Student Information 
  • Consent for Use of Student Information by News Media and Outside Groups (Third Party) 
  • Acceptable Use Form for 2022-23 
  • Annual Authorization for Athletic Tryout: If your child plans on trying out for sports, they will provide one form per team (it is very challenging for our coaches to track one form for every sport your child would like to try out for; thank-you for your understanding) 
Optional: 
  • Student Health Plan 
  • Student Health Emergency Response 

New in 2022-23: We are pleased to announce that the Demographic Verification form (formerly called the Student Demographic Verification Form – SDVF), Citizenship Information Update, and Annual Authorization form are on track to be made available for families to fill out in SchoolEngage for the start of the 2022-23 school year. The Annual Authorization form combines the following pdf/paper forms in SchoolEngage: School District Use of Personal Information; Consent for CBE Use of Student Information; Consent for Use of Student Information by News Media and Outside Groups (Third Party). If you are able to access your SchoolEngage account, you will not need to submit these twice.  The CBE will be sending out an email to families who have set up their School Messenger accounts. 

Photos: Students must have their photo taken in order to obtain a student ID card which is needed to access various services in the school (Library access, to write a test in the Test Centre, identification for final exams, etc.).  Students also get their photos taken for the yearbook free of charge.  Students who wear a hat or a hoodie on their head will be asked to remove them; thank-you for your understanding and compliance. 

      

LIFETOUCH: New Access for Online photos 

Great news! There is a new way for families to access their photos online. 

After much safety and security testing, Lifetouch is pleased to announce that it has developed a way for families to access their child’s photo online using their Student ID Number. 

It’s just so easy! · Go to mylifetouch.ca  

  • · Click on “Student ID” 
  • · Enter in your school's city, province, and school name 
  • · Then click the blue button “Continue” 
  • · Enter in your child's full name, student CBE ID number and the relationship to student 
  • · Then click on the blue button “Find Student” 
  • · Once the image of your student comes up, you can click on the blue button “Yes this is my student” 
  • · From here you can go onto order from one of our many photo package offerings 

If you have any questions about this ordering process, please contact Lifetouch Customer Care Line on 1.866.457.8212    

First Day of Classes 

Our first day for students is Thursday September 1st . On the first day, we will have a staggered entry as follows:  

8:45 – 1:50 PM:  Grade 10 Welcome including a Hot Dog BBQ 
2:20 – 3:20 PM: Grade 11 and 12 Welcome 

Friday September 2nd: Grade 10, 11 and 12 students will attend. 

     

School Start & End Times 

Our bell times are located at this link:  https://school.cbe.ab.ca/School/Repository/SBAttachments/e1c9f235-7186-440a-9975-8dd02bdbff92_WCHS-Timetable.pdf  

     

School Supplies 

School supply lists are distributed by teachers during the first week of September.  As a preliminary shopping list, we encourage students to purchase a binder that can help to support four classes a semester (8 classes for the school year), loose leaf paper, dividers, pens, and pencils. 

     

School Calendar 

We are a school that follows the traditional calendar. View our School Calendar for upcoming events and dates. 

For system calendars, please visit: www.cbe.ab.ca/registration/calendars

      

If you have just moved into Calgary, and live in area, please use this 'Registration Information' 

Please visit our How to Register page for all registration details and registration forms. 

Our school office opens on Tuesday August 23rd at 9:00 AM. Registration can take place virtually using School Engage during the summer. The process can take up to an hour. You will need proof of your child’s citizenship (birth certificate, passport), proof of residency (in the designated area using the 2022-23 WCHS boundaries at this link: https://cbe.ab.ca/registration/registration/Pages/2022-23-High-School-Registration.aspx) and a selfie with the parent showing proof of address. 

Link to School Engage: https://schoolengage.cbe.ab.ca/#/login  

Find My School (to determine if you live in area):  https://cbe.ab.ca/schools/find...

Yellow School Bus Transportation 

Students attending WCHS do not use yellow school busses. Calgary City Transit offers support. Please check this link in mid August when it is updated: https://www.calgarytransit.com/content/transit/en/home/service-updates/school-express-routes.html  
Learn more about transportation on the CBE website. 

      

Lockers

Students will be assigned lockers through their period 1 teacher in the week of September 6 – 9. Students do not have to sign out a locker. Due to capacity issues, Grade 10s are typically assigned with 3 students to a locker while Grade 11 and 12s share a locker with another student. 

     

Who can help me?

On Wednesday June 29th, the Main Office and Business Office will close at 1:30 PM and reopen on Tuesday August 23rd at 9:00 AM. During the summer months, the WCHS phone system will be checked periodically.

Please NOTE: Students will be able to see their timetables through the PowerSchool app or PowerSchool online on August 23rd. Students new to the CBE will not be able to see their timetables until they sign into a computer at WCHS on August 25th and 26th.  

      

Course Change Requests:

Should you wish to request a change in your timetable, please email your counsellor starting on Tuesday August 23rd.

Priority for timetable changes in August and September will be for students: 

  • who attended and passed summer school courses 
  • who failed courses in June. 
  • with partial/incomplete timetables. 
  • with unbalanced core subjects between semesters: 
    • for example, students should not have Sports Performance and PE in the same semester 
    • students should not have Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies in one semester; ideally there are two/semester. 
  • Grade 12 students are expected to have at least 6 classes; grade 11s, 7 classes; and, grade 10s, 8 classes 

Please NOTE

  • Universities do not require students to have specific courses in Semester 1. 
  • The last date to submit a Course Change Request is Friday September 9th. 
  • We WILL NOT BE MAKING timetable changes based on a student’s preference for a teacher. 

Some electives (Robotics, Computer Science, Foods) have been oversubscribed. Students impacted will be contacted by their counsellor. It is impossible for us to accommodate 100% of student requests for these choices due to facility constraints.   

Note: only students with ‘See counsellor” on their timetable will be seen the first week of school. If timetable changes are possible, they will be processed and reflected in your timetable in PowerSchool. If class sizes or conflicts do not permit a change, it will NOT be made. We will NOT be contacting you due to the volume of requests.  We appreciate your understanding. 

To facilitate the number of changes, counsellors will not be making any appointments until Monday September 12 when we will see students who want Online Courses with CBE Learn.  

Students are free to sign up for online courses through Vista Virtual, or another online learning forum, on their own. However, Alberta Education does not allow students to take the same course at WCHS and online at the same time. Students will be flagged through the provincial monitoring system. Thank-you for your understanding.   

       

Further Information 

We look forward to a great year ahead. If you have any questions that we haven’t addressed here, please contact the school.  
For further information visit our CBE back-to-school information page. 

     

Student Parking Update

Student parking is changing for the upcoming 2022 – 2023 school year.

Student parking on school property is available on a limited basis. All student vehicles parked on school property must display a current Western Canada High School parking permit, available in late August/early September during school start-up at a cost of $40.00 for the year. Students must apply during school opening.

Tags will be issued through a lottery system and once the student submits a signed contract along with payment of $40.00. Students with a parking pass must park in the un-numbered stalls and have the pass displayed on the rear view mirror.

Students are not permitted to park in any:

  • Staff parking lots (northeast, northwest, southwest – all gated)
  • Visitor or Handicapped parking stalls
  • Stalls in the compound lot adjacent to the parking ramp and bus cages in the southeast corner of the school

Vehicles on school property are parked at the owner’s risk. The CBE and the school assume no responsibility for the vehicles and/or their contents.

    

Athletic Updates: 

     

Golf Organizational meeting

Mandatory Golf information meeting will be August 31st at 2:30 pm in the AUX gym. Tryouts will be September 2nd and 3rd. Location TBD. Please email Ms. Smith if you have any questions over the summer at ajsmith@cbe.ab.ca. 

     

Girls Soccer:

Tryouts for the reigning div 2 City Championship Girls Soccer Team will begin Tuesday September 6th at 7:30 AM on the backfield.

To try out for the girl's soccer team you will need: 

  1. Annual Authorization for Athletic Tryouts properly filled out and signed. No athlete will be allowed on the field without the tryout form.  The form is available under 'resources' to the right.
  2. Proper game attire including shin guards.

Girls’ soccer season of play starts September 19th.

Questions?  Please reach out to Mr. Guilloux (lfguilloux@cbe.ab.ca) after August 29th.  

      

Football:

Please refer to the Football 2022 post for full information.

For any additional information, please contact:

     

Cross Country Team 2022

We hit the ground running in September, since our season starts so early to avoid the inevitable snowstorms that have plagued the season in past years. Western Canada runners are hardy, resilient athletes that take home banners despite running in a foot of fresh snow! True Canadians. 

We will be having a meeting for interested athletes on Tuesday September 6, 2022, to give out information regarding the team. Practices can begin when you have handed in signed paperwork and paid your fees. 

Our tentative meeting schedule is: 

  • Wednesday September 14 at Canmore Park 
  • Wednesday September 21 at Elliston Park
  • Wednesday September 28 at St. Mary’s University 
  • Wednesday October 5 at St Mary's University.
    The top 10 runners at this meet will qualify for provincials to be held in the North Central Region on Saturday October 15, 2022. 

You do not have to be a speedy runner to join the team. We welcome all abilities and encourage everyone to come out and discover the joy of running with our outstanding team! 

Coach Barbet (adbarbet@cbe.ab.ca) and Coach Freeman (drgfreeman@cbe.ab.ca)

       

Redhawks Volleyball 2022

All grade 10 students interested in playing volleyball for Western Canada should attend the junior team tryouts. All grade 11 and 12 students will initially attend the try out for the senior teams. All athletes will need to have proper gym strip and the completed ‘Annual authorization for athletic tryout’ form to be eligible to participate. Please complete the form and bring it to your first meeting/tryout. We look forward to an amazing season! 

  • Junior Girls Volleyball Team tryout 
    • Thursday September 1 – organizational meeting in room 101 from 1:25 pm – 1:45 pm 
    • Friday September 2 –
      • tryout#1 - 7:00 am – 8:30 AM (main gym)
      • tryout #2 - 1:30 pm – 3:30 PM (aux gym)
  • Junior Boys Volleyball Team tryout 
    • Thursday September 1 – organizational meeting in room 176 from 1:25 pm – 1:45 PM 
    • Friday September 2 – tryout 1:45 PM – 3:00 pm in the main gym
  • Senior Girls Volleyball Team tryout 
    • Wednesday August 31 – tryout 3:00 PM – 5:00 pm in the main gym (full) 
    • Thursday September 1 – tryout 3:30 PM -5:30 pm in the aux gym 
    • Friday September 2 – tryout 6:45 AM – 8:30 am in the aux gym 
  • Senior Boys Volleyball Team tryout 
    • Wednesday August 31 – tryout 3:00 pm – 5:00 PM in the aux gym 
    • Thursday September 1 – tryout 3:30 pm - 5:30 PM in the main gym (full) 
    • Friday September 2 – tryout 1:45 pm – 3:15 PM in the main gym 

Go Redhawks! 

Further Information 

We look forward to a great year ahead. If you have any questions that we haven’t addressed here, please contact the school.  
For further information visit our CBE back-to-school information  page. 

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​​Fees and Waivers

School fees will be charged to families starting in October. Online fee payment is the simplest and most convenient way to pay school fees. Parents can use their online account to pay fees or apply for a waiver at: www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe.

You can find more information on the CBE school fees and waivers​ page.​​​​​​​

​​​Do You Have a MyCBE Account? Have You Added Your Child(ren) To the Account?

Parents / Legal Guardians / Independent Students who have not already done so, must create a MyCBE account and add their child(ren) to the account to:

  • access your child’s program information (e.g., course assessments, daily attendance record, report card)
  • view your child’s learning using Brightspace by D2L
  • pay fees and request waivers
  • register for transportation and lunch ​supervision
  • book parent-teacher conferences
  • submit online school forms (required for 2022-23 school year)

You will need your email address on file at the school as well as your child’s CBE ID, which can be found on the:

  • SchoolEngage student profile, for families that registered their child using SchoolEngage. 
    Note | For a visual guide on how to find the CBE ID within SchoolEngage, refer to SchoolEngage CBE Student ID
  • CBE Report Card, beside the child's name
  • CBE ID card

MyCBE Account

For parents / legal guardians / independent students without a MyCBE account

  1. Sign in at www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe
  2. Create the account; refer to MyCBE - Creating an Account
  3. Add child(ren); refer to MyCBE - Adding Additional Students

For parents / legal guardians / independent students with a MyCBE account

  1. Sign in at www.cbe.ab.ca/mycbe
  2. Add child(ren); refer to MyCBE - Adding Additional Students

​Further Inform​ation

We look forward to a great year ahead. If you have any questions that we haven’t addressed here, please contact the school. 

For further information visit our CBE back-to-school information​ page.​​​​​

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