ANXIETY and LEARNING in SCHOOLS

This is the topic for the upcoming Parent and Trustee Forums. 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.

These Forums are available to ALL parents. Please work with your principals to post on the school website and please make this information available to as many parents as possible. Attached is a poster that could be placed on the Parent Bulletin Board for wider information sharing and can also be included on the school website.

See the following links for more information:

Agenda - January Forums

Parent Trustee Forums Poster

Anxiety and Learning in School

January 2015 Exam Schedule

Click here for parent information on the Quest A+ failure that occurred this morning.

Click here for the Exam Schedule.

Click here for the Tutorial Schedule

Open House - February 4, 2015

Coach of the Year Award

Congratulations to Mr. Sciore, who won the Gary DeMan Coach of the Year – football – award this week! Mr. Sciore consistently takes student-athletes with little, or no, football experience and helps them learn the game and see success along the way. Over his 35-year coaching career, he has won 8 city championships, and coached in many more city finals.

Sciore Coach of the Year

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

Ministry of Education Survey

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:

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.