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Welcome to Wm. E. Hay Composite High School
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Reports cards will be available for pickup Friday, June 27 between 11AM and 2PM at the main office.

June 2014 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 monthís 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 Wm. E. Hay will be able to continue to operate as we have for the last five years with respects 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 today's 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 Composite High School 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 2014 is our student assessment, evaluation and reporting practices. We have spent a lot of time reviewing literature and research surrounding best assessment practices over the last three 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.   We will also be continuing with our ZAP Room (Zero's Aren't Permitted Room) to keep all of our students accountable for their own learning.

There will be a slightly different timetable next year that will address some concerns that we have heard from our students and staff over the last two years. There will also be a few new changes next year to how we will be organizing our Teacher Advisory Program, our Zeros 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.  

Diploma, PAT and regular finals will be starting soon. 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 schoolsí 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.

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 be on Collaborative Professional Development and Professional Days. A reminder and calendar of important school dates will be mailed home in the August newsletter.

Student timetables for next year will also be mailed out in August. Class changes may be made on Wednesday August 20th, and Thursday August 21st, between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. on both days. The first day back for grade 11 and 12 students is Tuesday September 2nd, grade 9 and 10 students will return to school on Wednesday September 3rd. The first day back for all students is Thursday September 4th. Our school picture day will also be happening on Thursday 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  

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5411-50 Ave Stettler, AB, T0C 2L2
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Attendance Line: 403-742-3476 Email: william@clearview.ab.ca