Principal's Message - November
Our athletic teams are off to a great start and some teams have already finished competing for this school year. Our golf team competed at the Alberta Springs Golf Course just West of Red Deer and unfortunately none of our golfers qualified for provincials this year. The high school cross-country team had a very busy season competing in three meets before Provincials. Four runners qualified for provincial competition this year in Edmonton, Riley Corenelssen, Shayna Brower, Abby Musgrave, and Kassy Diegel. Congratulations to Shayna Brower for her 28th place finish out of 123 competitors. Our junior high cross-country teams also had a very busy season that culminated with the C.A.R.A. and C.W.A.J.H.A.A. meets where our school competed and did really well. Our junior high and senior high volleyball teams are still competing in regular season play and hopefully our senior high teams will qualify for zone playoffs. The high school football team finished the regular season with a record of five wins and one loss and finished second in their conference heading into the playoffs. They will be playing their first playoff game at home on October 27th; we all want to wish them the best of luck during their league playoffs. Our bantam football team also had a successful regular season and will also be starting their playoff run and we also want to wish them the best of luck as well. Our high school and junior high rodeo students were also successful early in the school year and will look at continuing with their success when their season starts up again in the spring. Our archery club has started to get together to practice their skill on Fridays after school, please see Mrs. Heatherington if you are interested in joining. Thank you to all of our student athletes, staff and coaches for being such great competitors and ambassadors for our school, town and community. Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus is very proud to have you representing our school in the spirit, good will and sportsmanship that you demonstrate consistently every time you compete. On behalf of our school I would like to thank Kevin Burkard, Sheri Morbeck, Kelsey Bissett, Travis Hutchison, Guy Neitz, Brian Matchett, Dwight Myshaniuk, Shaun Page, Thomas Schmidt, Bev Stewart, Kalie Stewart, Jo-Ann Lane, Alison Williams, Sandra Norman, Tanja Hetherington, Randy Barclay, Janine Glasier, Jessa Heatherington, Jen Potter, C.J. Opera, Nadine Lang, Leila Ternes, and Christine Langford for volunteering their time this year to work with our young athletes as coaches, trainers and managers for our school.
Our high school Teacher Advisors recently finished the Student Learning Conferences for semester one with our grade twelve students and any new students to their TA class. Hopefully, as parents you received notification from your child’s Teacher Advisor inviting you to come in and to meet with them to discuss the progress of your child, their learning strengths or needs. If you did not receive notification and would like to meet with your child’s Teacher Advisor, please call them directly or myself to make arrangements. In the second semester, the Teacher Advisors will be meeting with their grade 10 and 11 students and parents for their Student Learning Conferences before our March 22nd, 2018 deadline.
This year we moved up the scheduling of our parent-teacher interviews to Thursday November 2nd from 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.in the High School Gymnasium, which is prior to the release of the first report card. This was done to provide more time in the semester after interviews for students to improve their achievement if necessary. Early intervention letters were sent out on October 19th to inform parents of learning issues and invite them to attend the November 2nd interviews. All parents are welcome to attend this evening and we would like to remind parents that student progress could be monitored on Maplewood at any time. Please remember that there will be no school on November 3rd, due to our Professional Day and on November 24th there will also be no school because of the day off in lieu of Parent Teacher Interviews. Our Remembrance Day ceremony for the Stettler School Community will be held on Friday November 10th starting at 10:40 A.M. at the Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus high school gymnasium. Any parents are more than welcome to attend if you wish.
Our grade 12 students will be presenting their student graduate portfolios during the week of November 20th – November 23rd. All grade 12 students are reminded that their portfolio presentation is a Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus and Stettler Outreach School graduation exit requirement. We are also looking for any parents that may be interested in sitting in as panelist for these presentations. You can volunteer your time for a half-day or a full day depending on your own schedule. Students are asked to please listen to announcements in their Teacher Advisor classes as well as the daily memo for more information regarding the scheduling of their presentation. If you have any questions about the graduate portfolio presentations or would like to be a panelist, please call Ms. McMillan, our schools’ Career Practitioner at the school.
We are constantly trying to keep our parents up to date with all of the events and activities that are happening at our school and there are a variety of ways that we are working on this. Our school’s website is a great place to go to find out about everything that is going on at our school (wmehay.clearview.ab.ca). There is a link at the bottom of our homepage, “Subscribe for Updates” that you can click on to sign up for our monthly electronic newsletters. We have a Facebook page, “Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus”, where you can go to follow us; we have a Twitter account, @WmEHay if you are a Tweeter and we also use the Remind App to notify people of events if you sign up for it. We also have an automated School Division wide notification system called SchoolMessenger that we use to send phone and e-mail messages out to our parents. SchoolMessenger works with the primary phone number and e-mail address that is tied to our Student Information System (Maplewood). Please call our school at anytime (403) 742-3466 to be sure that we have your correct e-mail address and phone number in our Maplewood Student Information System.
The last thing that I would like to mention is we will be having our first Grad Parent meeting on Monday November 6th at 7:00 P.M. in our Learning Commons. There are many volunteer positions that need to be filled in order for our 2017 Graduation Ceremony to run smoothly. If you are interested in being on one of many Graduation Committees please be there on November 6th. If you would like to be on one of the committee’s but are unable to attend this first meeting, please call Mr. Aspenes to discuss where you would be able or willing to help us out.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about our school or your child’s educational program, please do not hesitate to call me at the school.