CHARACTER TRAIT OF THE MONTH – Kindness
Welcome back to school, student, staff, and parents. I hope everyone has had a good September as well worked hard to get everything into place and begin moving forward. This year, mine appears to be the only new face on staff, as all others have been with Swan Hills School for at least a year or longer. I am very happy to have joined Swan Hills School, and I have enjoyed getting to know many people in the school and in the community.
I think we have launched the new school year with a lot of enthusiasm. The back-to-school-barbecue successfully brought in the majority of our school population with their families. We already have several field trips, volleyball games, and varied school events under our belts as we move into the 2nd month, and the calendar is already quite full for the next several weeks. Option classes have been selected to appeal to a wide range of interests and have been running for several weeks, with students engaged in woodworking, cooking, art, art & design, recreational studies, film studies, robotics, and science exploration.
On the educational front, our province, district, and school, continue to face budget restrictions. Although there are now, and will be in the future, various challenges arising, we will continue to offer high levels of quality core instruction as well as opportunities for students to explore interests and possible careers. An advantage of High School Redesign is that Pembina Hills high schools can offer outcome based learning which is not tied to specific hours of instruction. This allows students the potential to complete additional courses within the same time frame, and provides schools additional possibilities for blending programming.
We are looking forward to a busy and exciting year. I hope parents and other community members are able to work with students on upcoming educational and extracurricular activities, and to join us in celebrating our achievements.
UPCOMING KEY DATES
- October 6 – No School
- October 9 – Thanksgiving
- October 17 – School Photos (Retakes will be on November 17)
- October 17 & 18 – Goal Setting Interviews
- October 18 – Parent Council Mtg. 7:00 p.m.
- October 25 – Early Dismissal
- October 27 – No School
- October 27 & 28 – Halloween Howler
PLEASE NOTE EARLY OUT DISMISSAL TIMES ARE 2:33 p.m.
GOAL SETTING INTERVIEWS
Goal Setting Interviews are October 17 & 18, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Interview times were mailed out. Please check your mail for your scheduled appointments.
STUDENTS AFTER SCHOOL
Please be reminded that students who do not have after school commitments must leave the school or be picked up by 3:45 as there is no supervision after that time. We have had some issues with students found either walking the hallways or being outside alone, and this creates a safety risk for them. Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS
Do not forget to “fall behind” and turn your clock back one hour on November 5 at 2:00 am so that you are on time the morning of November 6.
STUDENT DROP OFF/PICK UP
Please do not enter the staff parking lot to drop off or pick up your children. It creates a hazard for our students as they are entering and leaving the school. Please do not park your vehicle in the drop off zone in front of the school. The congestion that this creates is a safety hazard for our students and our bus driver is having difficulty parking. Be aware the Bylaw Officer is now enforcing the bylaw.
You will be receiving Demographic Verification Forms with your child. This is a two paged sheet. Make sure you complete both sides. Please check over the current information. If any changes are required, correct the information in the “Corrected Information” column. Please SIGN and date the front side of the form stating that you have received and changed all of the information. Along with the Demographic Verification Form you will also need to complete a FOIP from and Elements at Risk form. Please return the Demographic Verification Form whether changes are made or not along with the other signed and completed forms.
SHS JR./SR. STUDENTS’ UNION ELECTION
(all candidates were elected by acclamation)
- President: Nicholas Baker
- Vice Presidents: Allan Lindberg & Cassadi Harris
- Social Convenors: Bryanna Rodwell-Ryder & Aden Keough
- Secretary-Treasurer: Martina Freckleton
- Sports Representatives: Brodie Hooey and Evan Budney
- Spirit Advisors: Natalie Ruecker & Jaycee Thunder
If you would like to volunteer, assist in classrooms or participate in classroom activities on special occasions, please ensure you have the appropriate paperwork completed. Volunteer papers can be picked up from the office, and you will also require a Criminal Record Check. Overnight trips will also require a Child Welfare Check.
As supervision of students begins at 8:25, please do not send your children to school too early. During inclement weather, students will be permitted to wait inside the entrances.
VISITORS ENTERING THE SCHOOL
All visitors to the school must first check-in at the office, and then proceed into the school.