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Welcome to Wm. E. Hay Composite High School
Attendance Line: 403-742-3476

August 2014 Principal's Message

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Wm. E. Hay or, if you are returning to our school, to welcome you back from summer holidays. Hopefully, everyone had a fun, enjoyable and relaxing vacation.

You will find enclosed with your mail out, a school timetable with the project week dates for both semesters (our structure and dates for Project Based Learning may change but we will inform you of any changes throughout the year), your studentsí timetable, a Clearview School Division calendar, and a fridge magnet that will help to keep you informed about the activities occurring in our school as we begin the year. Last year was our first year of being involved with the Provincial Initiative of “Moving Forward With High School Re-Design", which was an off shoot of the “High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project” that we piloted in our school for 4 years. This means that all of the great and new programs that we introduced in our school over the last five years will be continuing. As a school, our priority will be to continue to offer innovative programming to push our students and school to the forefront of education in the province.

Please pay particular attention to our school timetable that is included in this mail out. Our school day starts at 8:40 A.M., from Monday to Friday and classes will end at 3:25 P.M. on Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, classes will end at 2:15 P.M. On P.D. Mondays, classes will end at 2:25 P.M. Once again this year, attendance during TA Classes is mandatory and will count towards exam exemption.  Students need to remember that TA is a regularly scheduled class and as such they need to be in attendance. Students who have more than six absences in their TA Classes combined per semester will be required to write all of their examinations. There will no longer be “Flex” blocks in our school but our grade 11 and 12 students will have the opportunity to still access extra help form their teachers during TA classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays if needed. Grade 9 and 10 students will remain in their TA classroom and will be monitored by their TA's to ensure that they are staying caught up on their school work.

The staff of Wm. E. Hay Composite High School is committed to a Teacher Advisor System as one of the foundations of the philosophy of this school and one of the foundations of our High School Re-Design efforts. The primary goal as a Teacher Advisors is to provide each student at Wm. E. Hay a small group environment in which to explore topics relevant to success not only in high school, but also after high school. Our TA classes are multi-graded and students are looped. This means that your student will have the same TA for their entire high school education at Wm. E. Hay. If parents or students have a concern with their TA, please make an appointment with our Student Services department to discuss. Also, please remember that we would like to have you contact your student's TA as a first point of contact if there are any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of their education. Each student is a member of a TA group consisting of approximately 16-18 students from all grade levels. The TA's role is one of mentoring and advocating for the student. In addition, the TA will be responsible for monitoring the student's progress in all subject areas, their attendance, assisting the students in their daily organization and helping them set realistic goals leading to the completion of course work and the attainment of their high school diploma. Our TA's should be contacting the parents of the students in the TA class early in the school year. If you have not heard from your child's TA before the mid point of semester one, please feel free to contact them. Lastly, students need to be in attendance at school and we would like to work with you to be sure that your student is making attendance a priority in order to give them the optimal chance to be successful.   

Parental involvement is an important aspect of student achievement. Parents will be encouraged to maintain frequent contact with their studentís Teacher Advisor in a partnership, which has as its major focus the progress, and well being of each individual student.

The Teacher Advisor Program at Wm. E. Hay has been and is a very successful program. Our students can all benefit from the skills and attributes learned during these TA classes. This program does take time and energy, but the benefits to our students are enough to make it very valuable and worthwhile.

Again this year students will need to have their I.D. cards on them at all times during the school day. Students will need their I.D. cards to access all services and activities provided by the school. These services and activities will include, the Learning Resource Centre (library), Student Services, school dances and our student exam-writing centre. Students not possessing an I.D. card when asked to do so may be denied these services. If you lose your I.D. card, you will need to see Mr. Morris get it replaced and you will be charged $5.00 for your new one.   
Student timetables are individualized and it is very unlikely that any two studentís timetables will look exactly alike. I would ask that you take a few moments to examine your student's individual class timetable. It may have a course that you did not select on your April registration form, or it might have a blank space (Grade 9, 10's and 11í' should not have any blank spaces). This could be due to conflicts in our master timetable between courses that you have selected or it could be because you have missed a prerequisite course. If your student's timetable is completely blank, there should be a sticker on it explaining why with instructions of when to come in so that we may build a personalized timetable for them. Should you require a change in your timetable, our Student Services personnel and Administrators will be available Wednesday, August 20th and Thursday, August 21st from 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Please stop by the main office and we will be more than happy to help you.

Also, remember that if your student is planning to drive to school this year, they will need to register their vehicle with the School Resource Officer (SRO). Reserved staff parking is on the West side along Memorial Park and the East side along the Catholic Church. Students parking in the reserved staff area will be warned and kept track of by SRO. Students that continue to park in the reserved staff area will be towed. There will also be no parking fee for the year. All that we ask is for students to register their vehicle and that you help to keep our parking lot free of garbage. More information regarding parking at school will be available on our first student orientation day.

School will start with an orientation on Tuesday, September 2nd for Grade 11 and 12 students and Wednesday September 3rd for Grade 9 and 10 students. On these days, students will gather in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at 8:40 A.M. to meet their Teacher Advisor and to complete the orientation and registration process. If you are new to our school, you should find out who your Teacher Advisor (TA) is before entering the PAC. You will find lists posted in the hallway outside of the main office. Should you have any problems, please feel free to ask any teacher for help or go to the main office. All students will be in school together starting on Thursday, September 4th. Picture Day for all students will also be on Thursday September 4th.

As a school, we do not provide a list of school supplies for you to purchase because of the variety of optional programs that a student could be enrolled in. On the first day, students will need a binder, some paper and a pen. As your student goes to classes, their teachers will give them course outlines as well as any unique supplies pertinent to that class. Otherwise, they will only need the basic materials that they would normally use in school.

I would like to remind any parents with outstanding fees to please make payments as soon as possible. All students attending Wm. E. Hay will be levied a flat instructional fee of $130.00 ($65.00 per semester). Parents may expect to be invoiced for this yearís fees early in the school year.

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  

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