This Is Our School – We All Make It A Great Place To Learn - Une Belle Place Pour Apprendre
The best middle schools offer a variety of ways for students to become involved, and to have a voice in making decisions, planning spaces, and expressing new ideas. Woodman has varied opportunities for involvement on athletic teams; music; clubs; fundraising campaigns; school trips, and student advocacy groups. While the pandemic has caused schools to temporarily suspend or modify some of these activities, we are hopeful in re-initiating them incrementally during the 2021-2022 school year. Even with some restrictions in place, students can still find ways to share their time and energy, and positively impact the world at the same time. The adults at Woodman strive to assist students in building a balanced school life – with a healthy mix of play and hard work, relaxation and pressure, fun and thoughtfulness.
These are some of the ways we create a great place to learn:
1. Respect For All
We live in a diverse society. We respect everyone’s unique personality, belief system, gender orientation, social circle, and appearance. Every decision made at Woodman School is weighed against this value. Attitudes and actions that display intolerance, disrespect, harassment or threat of harm to self or others is not acceptable, and will be addressed within a supportive circle involving home, school and student. Physical, social, emotional, sexual, and cyber forms of bullying will not be tolerated; this also includes course language, negative body language, swearing and language with derogatory undertones.
2. Safe and Secure School Environment
The Calgary Board of Education outlines numerous requirements for safety while at school, which Woodman is in compliance with:
- Supervision ratios are adhered to within the school community and during off-site activities.
- Required number of staff is first-aid trained and certified.
- All parent volunteers have completed the CBE Volunteer Security Clearance process through the Calgary Police Service (we hope to re-initiate parent volunteer work in the school, as Alberta Health Services advises us on matters related to COVID-19).
- The Emergency Response Plan is reviewed and updated on a regular basis; we are compliant to requirements for fire drills, lock-down practices and evacuation procedures.
- We involve our School Resource Office through the Calgary Police Service in community events, group and individual problem-solving, and emergency procedure drills.
- Alberta Occupational Health and Safety requirements are adhered to; annual facility inspections are conducted.
- Physical Education equipment is maintained and inspected; students are instructed in safe physical education practices; staff is compliant with the required level of safety and certification for their areas of instruction.
- All accidents and incidents are correctly reported.
- All visitors to the school must sign in at the main office and wear a visitor badge while in the school; visitors are permitted in the school by appointment only, until pandemic protocols lessen.
- When pandemic protocols permit the entry of informal visitors, former Woodman students may only visit before or after school, and not during the instructional day.
- A video surveillance camera is installed for the main entrance doors. The office staff must ring all visitors into the school. All external doors are locked during instructional time.
- A gender neutral bathroom has been created beside the Construction room for any students who wish to access it.
3. Physical, Emotional and Mental Health
Daily WolfPack and Wellness time is scheduled with the homeroom class. This is a time in which curricular outcomes for the Alberta Comrehensive School Health Program will be explored with the homeroom teacher, together with the support of the physical education teaching team and various community resources. Considering the stressors experienced during this pandemic, a strong focus will be placed on: social-emotional learning, wellness, building strong relationships; understanding the many psychological, intellectual and physical changes of adolescence; organizing materials for learning; and, managing weekly school assignments and deadlines.
Woodman School has a qualified Student Learning Team (SLT), comprised of the administrative team, a school health nurse, a resource teacher, classroom teachers, and educational assistants to accommodate students’ personal learning profiles. The SLT meets regularly to discuss student concerns and create personalized strategies for learning. Emotional / social support is available by making an appointment in the main office to speak with Ms. Stewart (Student Services Learning Leader), Ms. Bartlett (Assistant Principal), or Ms. Krickhan (Principal).
4. Active Living and Fresh Air
All students are provided with a daily Physical Education class, from a designated Physical Education teacher. We offer a wide selection of after school athletic team sports (cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton and track and field) that are designed to develop skill, promote school pride and reduce stress. We are hopeful to resume the athletic calendar this school year, as AHS health protocols permit. An intramural lunchtime program will be launched and communicated to students in the later fall.
*More information on Physical Education at Woodman School.
Lunchtime provides a supervised opportunity to eat outdoors and access the sprawling school grounds for games and sports. Students in Gr. 5-6 are supervised by noon supervisors indoors for the first half of lunch hour, followed by supervised play outdoors for the second half of lunch, in the upper field. We offer an open campus concept in Grades 7-9, allowing for the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding neighborhood. School excursions to locations such as Fish Creek Park, Glenmore Reservoir, and Kananaskis Country, are planned to enjoy the outdoor world and natural elements. Field trips will be cautiously reinstated this school year, and the opportunity for overnight excursions is pending and will be monitored by health officials and senior CBE leadership.
5. Nourishing Food Selections
A priority is placed on the development of healthy lifestyles and practices. Teachers encourage students to come to school having eaten a nourishing breakfast. Snacks and beverages throughout the day should be planned that help sustain student focus. Slurpees are not permitted in the school, due to unhealthy levels of sugar, and because they easily spill, creating damage to books and technology.
A weekly online ordering system available to students, called Healthy Hunger (www.healthyhunger.ca). Parents sign up and order meals on a weekly basis. Meals are delivered to the school and distributed by Gr. 9 leadership students and staff. Healthy Hunger lunch options include Boston Pizza, Subway, Edos, Booster Juice and others. Booster Juice is available for online ordering and delivered each Friday.
Additionally, the school has vending machines with healthy foods and snacks. The vending machine may be accessed before or after school, during nutrition break and lunch. Debit cards or cash are accepted.
6. Earth Conscious Practices
A goal has been set to improve on the reduction and sorting of waste, and of bringing garbage-free lunches. Four-way waste sorting stations (Waste, Recycling, Refundables and Organics) are set up in the main corridors of the school for students and staff to learn to use correctly, and to better distribute the responsibility of waste management by all Woodman adults and students. To reduce the transmission of germs during COVID-19, we request a “waste-in-waste-out” approach for lunches. We commit to the reduction of photocopying and the consumption of electricity, whenever possible.
7. French is spoken here!
We are proud of the many multilingual staff and students at Woodman School. Students, staff and visitors are encouraged to practice and showcase their French language skills in a friendly and supportive way– whether advanced or basic – in school hallways, written communication and social interactions. Students and teachers of the French Immersion program have clear expectations for full use of French within the classroom.Woodman School
- Through high expectations, strong parent support, and a program which offers challenge, variety, enrichment, and resource support as needed, Woodman School creates an environment where each student can go as far as possible every year
- Typified by academic success, cross-curricular initiatives, multiple off-campus opportunities for learning and growth, high extra-curricular involvement, and the celebration of individual student efforts in all areas.
- We offer both a Continuing French Immersion program starting at Grade 5, and a Late French Immersion program starting at Grade 7. The French Immersion program runs concurrently with the regular English program, with students mixed for options and PE.
- We offer daily core and physical education instruction. In addition, we provide a varied elective (options) program to afford early adolescent learners the elements of choice and exploration; these include: band, foods, industrial arts/tech education, photography/yearbook, drama, art, and leadership
- Our School uses yellow buses for those students eligible for transportation
“A Great Place to Learn”
Woodman provides each student with a variety of learning experiences and opportunities which promote healthy personal, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
Our Statement of Commitment
Our staff, students and parents of Woodman School believe that our school is a place where:
- All individuals are valued and respected
- All individuals are safe
- All individuals have the right to learn and grow
- All individuals have high expectations for themselves
- All individuals make a commitment to their own learning now and in the future
- All individuals make a commitment to respect themselves each other and the school
- Individual and school successes are recognized and celebrated
- Positive relationships are the foundation for good teaching and learning
- Parental involvement is an essential part of student and school success
A great place to learn is created by commitment, ownership and effort of all individuals.
Woodman School Name
Woodman School is named after Mr. FL Woodman (1888-1967). He was a teacher with the Calgary Board of Education from 1915-1935 and the principal of Western Canada High School from 1935-1954. He was awarded the Calgary Sportsman of the Year, which is given to an individual who contributes unselfishly and with great sacrifice to build strong community and love of sport without motive. The Calgary Booster Club described Mr. Woodman as a legend who made amateur sport a reality by his hard work and dedication.
The school was built in 1959 and over the last 60 plus years, the values of Mr. Woodman are still alive at Woodman School, which is a place where active living, athletics and a sense of strong community thrive. Our school mascot, the Wolf, reminds us of the balance needed between fierce independence and taking care of the pack. We strive for that balance at Woodman School.
Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation
In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 2021), and in alignment with the CBE Education Plan, Woodman School acknowledges and supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, and makes the following commitment to action for the 2021-2022 school year:
“We are committed to ensuring that any exploration of Canadian history, lands, environmental issues, sciences, arts, and literature at the Grade 5-9 levels include fulsome contributions of Indigenous perspectives and resources.”