Pink Shirt Day

Bullying in any form is unacceptable and everyone has a role to play in promoting healthy relationships and preventing bullying. On February 25, you can participate in creating a welcoming, caring, respectful, safe and inclusive environment by: wearing a pink shirt; tweeting a photo of yourself using #albertapink; and learning more about why Pink Shirt Day started and other ways to get involved. http://www.bullyfreealberta.ca/ 
 

As you may know, Pink Shirt Day originated in Nova Scotia in 2007 when a Grade 9 student was bullied by other students for wearing a pink polo shirt to school.  In response, hundreds of students showed up the following morning wearing pink both as a way to support the student and to demonstrate that bullying behaviours cannot be tolerated.  This annual event is now celebrated across Canada and in other countries.

Cilck here for facts and information.

Calling All Past St. Mary's Alumni

St. Mary's will be hosting an Alumni evening on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 pm. All past graduates are invited to join us to reconnect with former classmates. Click here for more information.

London & Amsterdam March 2016

Come on the St. Mary’s school trip to London and Amsterdam in March of 2016. 

After an overnight flight to London, we’ll hit the ground running and see, among other sights, Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral and even the Queen’s house.  We’ll take guided tours of Westminster Abbey, The Imperial War Museum, The National Gallery and The Globe Theater before connecting with our inner druid at nearby Stonehenge.  Before leaving England, we’ll tour a college of Oxford University, see a play in Shakespeare’s home town and visit Warwick castle.

The Chunnel awaits!  We’ll take the train to Amsterdam to tour The Van Gough Museum, Anne Frank’s House and the historic district before heading back to Calgary.

All effort will be made to create an engaging and immersive experience for students.  When possible, accommodations and meals will be centrally located and culturally appropriate.

Book Your Appointment for Graduation Photo Sessions

Online Booking Now Open

Appointments for Graduation photo sittings can now be booked online.
Click here to follow step by step instructions.

Photos will be taken between March 9 and 13, 2015.

IMPORTANT: JANUARY 13, 2015 ENGLISH 30-1 DIPLOMA STUDENTS

Students who were affected by the Quest A+ outage and plan on rewriting this April see: Mr. Hill ASAP or no later than Feb.26th.
(Deadline must be met to ensure rewrite fees are not applied)

Top Thirty Under Thirty

Congratulations Rebecca Mesay for making a difference in the world. Click here to read more.

Diploma Examinations Schedule: April 2015

Monday, April 13 9:00 – 11:30 A.M. English Language Arts 30–1 Part A*
Tuesday, April 14   9:00 – 11:30 A.M. English Language Arts 30–1 Part B
Wednesday, April 15 9:00 – 11:30 A.M. Social Studies 30–1 Part(ie) A
  9:00 – 11:00 A.M. Social Studies 30–2 Part(ie) A
Thursday, April 16   9:00 – 11:00 A.M. Social Studies 30–1 Part(ie) B
    Social Studies 30–2 Part(ie) B
Friday, April 17 9:00 – 11:00 A.M. Biology 30
    Science 30* Digital Only
† Students are permitted an additional one-half hour beyond the officially scheduled time to complete their exams.
* Part A denotes the Written Response component; Part B denotes the machine scored component
 
Deadline for all April registrations is February 25, 2015. See Mr. Hill in the main office.

Registration Documents for 2015-2016

Select links below for registration information for September 2015:

Grade 9 Information Registration Guide
Grade 9 Course Selection Steps
Grade 9 Regular Program Course Selection
Grade 9 IB Application form
Grade 9 IB Program Course Selection Sheet

Accountability Pillar Survey

Information for Parents of Grade 10 Students:

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 students in grade 10 will receive a survey from 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.

Alberta Education's Invest in the Future - Letter to Parents

St. Mary's is Now an All In For Youth School

In partnership with the United Way, the St. Mary’s HS Family has been selected to be an All In For Youth School.  With this, the school will be assigned a full time Success Coach.  All In for Youth is a citywide initiative focused on school completion. The initiative aims to reduce the high school dropout rate in Calgary by 50% by 2017.  Please click on the United Way link for more information:  http://www.calgaryunitedway.org/main/our-work/all-in-for-youth.  I look forward to sharing more information with you as we start this initiative in the new year.