Students were given a copy of their second semester schedules at the end of semester one.  Students who need schedule changes are to see a counsellor this week! All schedule changes should be complete by THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 at 4pm. Friday, January 30 is the first day of second semester.  On arrival to school, students will report to their TAs to pick up the most recent copy of their semester two schedule and we will follow our Friday daily schedule:

Period 1     9:00 – 10:10


Period 2     10:13–11:23

LUNCH     11:23-11:46

Period 3     11:51- 1:01

Period 4     1:04 – 2:14



All parents are invited to the upcoming Parent and Trustee Forum to be held at Bishop Grandin High School.  All presenters are experienced and knowledgeable in the area of anxiety and how it affects learning and their presentation will be of great support for parents, teachers and administration. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and time for responses has been built into the agenda.

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And the Emmy goes to…

And the Emmy goes to…Chris Ippolito a Bishop Grandin grad from 1997. Chris was very active member of our BG drama department. He played the character of Ponyboy in our 1998 production of The Outsiders. Chris lives in Calgary with his wife and two children and is currently acting on a film with Leonardo DiCaprio. He is just coming off an extended acting contract with AMC’s Hell on Wheels, where his character, unfortunately ended up with an axe in his head! That’s show biz.

Emmy winner Chris Ippolito

Chris with his Emmy on Jan. 20/15

Congratulations Chris on winning an Emmy for a commercial he wrote, produced, and acted in for Apple…yes that Apple!  Just search: Apple Christmas commercial 2013 to see why!

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1998 – Chris in Drama class

Future Ghosts in Action!

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St. Stephen’s Senior Girls

St. Stephen's boys

St. Stephen’s Senior Boys






This past weekend Bishop Grandin hosted a tournament for the senior boys and girls basketball teams from five of our feeder schools. Players from St. Albert, Don Bosco, St. Stephen, St. Matthew and Monsignor Smith  all displayed an impressive level of skill and competitiveness which provided for a very entertaining weekend of basketball.   Congratulations  to the St. Stephen’s  Senior Girls and Senior Boys teams who were both tournament champions.  We look forward to the contributions all of these great young athletes will make to Grandin’s athletic programs in the years to come.

Alberta Education – Accountability Pillar Parent Survey

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we are equipping students for success. The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning.

From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.  In January, parents of Bishop Grandin students in grade 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education. These surveys are mailed from Alberta Education and returned directly to Alberta Education.

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school.  In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu. Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly.

Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2015, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.

Advanced Placement Student Recognized as National Scholar – Katelyn Dimmell’s story

Ministry of Education – Telephone Survey

As in previous years, the Ministry of Education will be conducting its annual stakeholder satisfaction telephone surveys to collect public, employer and other stakeholder perceptions of Alberta’s education system.

The surveys gather responses from a random sample of parents, the general public, business and industry (employers of recent high school graduates), high school students, teachers, principals, superintendents and school board trustees in the province.  The total number of completed surveys will be over 7,000, ensuring that survey results for each of the 11 respondent groups are statistically representative.  The survey responses are completely confidential, and only aggregate data will be reported.

The purpose of the surveys is to determine stakeholders’ satisfaction with:

•     the overall quality of the education system;

•     the education system meeting the needs of students and supporting our society and the economy;

•     schools providing a safe and caring environment for students;

•     preparation of students for lifelong learning, employment and active citizenship;

•     the education system having effective working relationships with partners and stakeholders;

•     leadership and continuous improvement of the education system;

•     knowledge, skills and abilities of recent high school graduates; and

•     facilities and equipment in the education system.

Your participation is important as it provides valuable information to help the ministry identify areas of strength and areas needing improvement, thus helping provide a more effective and accountable education system.  Some survey results are also used in specific business plan performance measures and will be reported in the ministry’s  2014-15 annual report.

CCI Research Inc. has been contracted to administer the telephone interviews beginning on January 8, 2015 and finishing at the end of February 2015.  A summary of the information resulting from the survey will be posted on Education’s website.  Last year’s survey instruments and survey results are available at

Bishop Grandin High School offers “Something Extraordinary for Every Student”

We would like to invite all future students, parents and guardians to two special evenings

Monday, February 2, 2015 7pm – Advanced Placement/Extended French/International Spanish Academy Information Evening

Students interested in any of the above programs are welcome to attend this informational evening. You will meet administrators and teaching staff and learn more about these exciting programs.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 7 pm – Open House

This Open House is for ALL students (within the school boundary and those choosing special programs)  interested in attending Bishop Grandin High School. You will be able to tour the school, meet administrators, teaching staff and learn more about all the exciting opportunities available: robotics, iLearn courses, show choir and marching band programs, apprenticeship programs, athletic teams, drama productions, the Hockey Canada program and career and technology studies courses that include cosmetology, welding, mechanics, building construction, culinary arts, foods, and computer technology.

Reach for the Top

Reach for the Top December 2014On December 3rd, three teams from Bishop Grandin took part in the Reach for the Top International Languages Celebration at Father Lacombe High School. Following the opening ceremonies, teams of four students competed against other schools in a trivia contest using the program of studies. Two of Grandin’s teams competed in Spanish under the direction of Mr. Vergara and one team competed in French under the direction of Mrs. Doane. Congratulations to those students who represented our school at this cultural and linguistic celebration. FSL team in photo: Adrian Ongteco, Angel Vista, Anna Bettman and Kassie Reyes.

Bishop Grandin Speech Club News

Speech photo December 2014Congratulations to the following students who represented Bishop Grandin at the Rundle College Regional Speech Tournament.  Harielle Nicor, Colin Macgillivray, Veniecia Laylor, Tanya Boettcher, Kate Tan, Dona Job, Riley Cooper and Anna Bettman were wonderful representatives of our school.  Veniecia won a Bronze Medal in the category of Oral Interpretation of Prose.  She and Colin will represent Bishop Grandin at the Provincial Speech Tournament at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School in January.