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June 2015 Principal's Message

It is hard to believe that the school year is just about over. It seems like only yesterday I was welcoming the students back to school. However, with the end of our graduation ceremony you know that the year will soon be over. Regarding our Graduation, I would like to thank all of our staff and parent volunteers for their time, effort and patience in planning, organizing and executing such a huge event. As usual, our students were fantastic and everyone that was in attendance enjoyed the evening very much.

As stated in last month's Principal's message I am very excited and pleased to announce that Alberta Education is continuing to go forward with their High School Re-Design efforts at the provincial level. What this means is that next year, our new school, Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus will be able to continue to operate as we have for the last six years with respect to organizing for instruction outside of the restrictions of the Carnegie Unit. The Carnegie Unit, which mandates that students receive 25 hours of face-to-face instruction to attain one credit, may not be meeting the needs of todayís 21st century learners. The elimination of the time-restrictions of the Carnegie Unit allows our school the freedom to implement best practices that enhance student learning and student engagement. With the removal of the Carnegie Unit, Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus will continue to explore various strategies in which high school education in Alberta is being organized and delivered to our students. We are still required to ensure that curricular outcomes are achieved and that students have access to 1000 hours of teacher support each school year.

One of the things that we will be continuing with at our school in the fall of 2015 is our student assessment, evaluation and reporting practice. We have spent a lot of time reviewing literature and research surrounding best assessment practices over the last four years. As a result of our work our entire staff and school will be continuing to move towards a more formative way of assessing our students in the work that they are doing. With our newly re-configured school our assessment practice will become one of our main priorities for next year and the years to come to be sure that our assessment practices are aligning from grades seven through twelve. We will also be continuing with our ZAP (Zero's Aren't Permitted) process to keep all of our students accountable for their own learning. This will be a process that will be new to the grades seven to nine and it may look different than the grade the grade ten to twelve process but we will be having a process in place to keep students accountable for their learning.

Our high school timetable has changed slightly just about every year for the last five years since being a part of the High School Flexibility Project and also because of listening to student voice and concerns. However, next year the timetable will be different because of two main factors that are beyond our control. First, two sets of instructional hours within one timetable (950 Hrs. Min. grades 7-9 and 1000 Hrs. Min. grades 10-12) that needs to be met and second, the sharing of staff and resources with three schools. There will also be a few new changes next year to how we will be organizing our Teacher Advisory Program, our Zero's Aren't Permitted (ZAP) room as well as our Friday schedule. More information will be sent out in our August newsletter and will also be posted on our school website once some final decisions have been made.  

Please remember that again in September all students in Clearview Public Schools will be dismissed one hour earlier on some Mondays of each month enabling teachers to participate in Collaborative Professional Development. There will also be Teacher Professional Days designated throughout the school year when students will not have to be at school. Please refer to the School Division Calendar in this newsletter for the dates that our staff will on Collaborative Professional Development and Professional Days. A reminder and calendar of important school dates will be mailed home in the August newsletter.

The past few months we have been working hard to plan for next year, especially with the school reconfiguration plans. First, I would like to inform you of the plan regarding the main office location. After listening to parents at the information evenings and looking at the bigger picture of school layout we have made the decision to continue with the one main office for the 7-12 school. This office will be located where the current Wm. E. Hay main office is located. We believe that as the schools are being joined as one, so should the office staff. We feel that if there was to be a satellite office located elsewhere in the building that may lead to a sense of division, which does not help build the collaborative team environment, which we believe very strongly in. We plan to monitor the effectiveness of this decision through discussions with parents, students and staff throughout the year. We do have contingency plans in place if this does not seem to be working for all stakeholders and we will be doing periodic reviews to ensure it is working for everyone.

To ensure that the decisions we are making are addressing the interest and concerns of students we have asked the current Gr. 6-8 students to complete the Tell Them From Me survey. This survey is an anonymous tool that we use for our students to give feedback on their experiences at school. There are a number of general multiple choice style questions that are asked plus there were three open-ended questions that were asked of the students looking for specific feedback. We wanted to know what programs and activities the SMS is currently doing that the students really want continued in the new Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus. We will analyze the report from this survey, which will help guide us in our decision making in the upcoming months. If you have any questions about this survey please feel free to contact Mrs. Enyedy or myself at the high school.

In our ongoing efforts to prepare for next year we will be dropping all students in grades 6-12 off at the high school main entrance in a dry run practice June 10 &11. This is how we intend to operate this fall with only one entrance for our students to access and the present SMS East entrance closed. There will be supervised areas for students to gather including access to the Breakfast for Learning area in our cafeteria. We will monitor this process and make any modifications as needed in the fall. Parents are more than welcome to come to our school during these two dry run bus days to see how the student flow will be with only one entrance being used to the school for next year so that you may provide us with your feedback and comments.

Diploma, PAT and regular finals will be starting soon. The Gr. 12 final exams begin on Monday June 12 and continue until the end of June.  The last day of classes for all students is Thursday June 18. Please check the enclosed exam schedule for the dates and times of when your child is writing. Our exam schedule is also posted on our school's website. All grade 12 diploma and grade 9 PAT exams will once again be written at our school in our exam space (Room 202, 204 and the Flex Room). All other exams will be written in the teacher classrooms, please check with your teacher to confirm the room that you will be writing in. We encourage you to speak with your child regarding when their exams are and try to accommodate around that for holidays.

Student timetables for next year will also be mailed out in August. Class changes may be made on Wednesday August 19th, and Thursday August 20th, between 9:00 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. on both days. The first day back for grade 10,11 and 12 students is Wednesday September 2nd, grade 7,8 and 9 students will return to school on Thursday September 3rd. The first day back for all students is Friday September 4th. Our school picture day will also be happening on Friday September 4th. Information from Lifetouch, our photography company will be available in our August newsletter and on our website.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Mr. Baharally, school principal, at 403-742-3466 or e-mail  





June 26th is the last student day.  School resumes September 2, 2015.  

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Big Valley Area:
Erskine Area:  
C070
CLARK, Allan
Running
C066
DOBBIE, Sherry
Running
C078
DOLAN, Cheryl
Running
C069
FISHER, Cheryl
Running
C088
GALLAGHER, Roxy
Running
C081
GLOVER, Ron
Running
C089
LAWRENCE, Kim
Running
C082
STEVENS, Jocelyn
Running
C072
PENNER, Susan
Running
C079
YOUNG, Roberta
Running
Stettler Area:
C068
ADAIR, Frank
Running
Botha Area:
C061
BEAGAN, Cherryl
Running
C100
BETTS, Faye
Running
C091
DEVNICH, Connie
Running
C056
LITTLE, Nancy
Running
C086
DOLAN, Ben
Running
C071
KLATT, Brenda
Running
C062
HEARONEMUS, Wayne
Running
C090
KLATT, Gordon
Running
C063
HEINTZ, Kathy
Running
C080
TURIGAN, Callie
Running
C057
KOBI, Bonnie
Running
C055
TURIGAN, Debbie
Running
C093
MAGEE, Harry
Running
C083
MARSHALL, Shirley
Running
Byemoor Area:
C064
PAUL, Nancy
Running
C053
MAPPIN, Anita
Running
C073
PINDER, Michelle
Running
C049
KEITH, Sandra
Running
C045
SHEPHERD, Jenna
Running
C054
STULBERG, Rosemary
Running
C099
TRATHEN, Susan
Running

Donalda Area:                                                               
C095
WATSON, Margaret
Running
C094
MUELLER, Mary
Running
C052
STULL, Bob
Running



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