Home of the 2010 zone champions in 3A Girls Volleyball and
Host of the 2012 Provincial Cheerleading competition
650 – 4th Ave. East, Brooks AB T1R 0Z4 February 2011
403-362-4814 or http://bchs.grasslands.ab.ca
IN THIS ISSUE STAFFING NEWS
Staffing News ……..... p 1 Counseling Staff Update
Final marks for Semester 1….. p 1 We are thrilled to announce that Tara Odland
Semester 2 Info …………. p2 has re-joined our counseling team this year. She joins
Interviews / teachers ………… p 2 Allyson Honig and Patty Helmer-Desjarlais on our
School Fee Info ……………. p2&3 counseling team. Personal counseling services will
Commencement Information… p 3 & 4 be available according to the following schedule.
Rutherford Scholarship Info …. p 4 & 5 Although appointments are suggested, drop-ins may
be accepted on an as-need basis.
Accountability Surveys ………… p 5
School Resource Officer …... p6
Prevention Counselor News… p 6 & 7 Patty Helmer-Desjarlais Joins Counseling
Career Counselor News ………. p 7 Staff from Alberta Mental Health
News from Around the School... p 7-9
o Band News …….…………. p 7 Patti Helmer-Desjarlais (a former BCHS student)
o Cafeteria News …………... p 8 started on Monday, January 10 to help out with
o Pi Day ………………………. p 8 counseling some of our students. She is the new
o Cheerleading News ……… p 8 mental health worker assigned to BCHS to work with
our students. Patti will only be here Monday
o Spirit Council / IEP News .. p 9
Inclement Weather Policy …….. p 9
Off Campus Education ……….. p 9
BCHS Web Site ………………… p 10 Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Board Bits ……………………….. p 10 AM Allyson Allyson Allyson Allyson Allyson
Patty Tara Tara X X
PM Allyson X Allyson X Allyson
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE X Tara Tara Tara X
Dear Parents: SEMESTER 1 FINAL
This is the third newsletter from Brooks
Composite High School. Please take the time to read MARKS STATEMENTS
through the newsletter and note important dates and
information as it pertains to you and your child. The Semester one final mark statements were
first semester has gone very well. The second made available to all students February 2, 2011.
semester should begin without incident with a variety Students are expected to take this home to share with
of activities anticipated. The first day of the second you. If this did not occur, please call the school and a
semester is January 31, 2011. If you have any copy will be sent home. The only reason a student
questions about information in this newsletter or may not receive their mark statement would be due to
school in general, please call me at 362-4814. outstanding textbooks or school fees. For more
Sincerely information about fees please call Mrs. Berringer at
the school office at 362-4814
Grant Jensen, Principal
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SEMESTER 2 COURSE OUTLINES Mr. P. Cashato 2015
Mr. P. Connor - Off- Campus 1125
Mr. R. Cowan counselors office
Course outlines will be given to each student
Ms. T. Elliot 1509
for each course they are enrolled in. Please feel free
Ms. Jennifer Friesen 1106
to review these with your child and make any inquiries
Mr. J. Friesen (Shop) 1302
to the teacher or school administration.
Mrs. K. Gilborn 2017
Ms. B. Hess 1115
SEMESTER 2 REPORT CARDS Ms. C. Johnson 1516
Ms. S. Laverty 1620
The first report card will be issued to Ms. M. Macdonald 1517
students on March 18, 2011. This will be a formal Mrs. L. Morris 2035
report card, which will provide you with a summary of Mr. S. Muir 1518
progress in all subjects to date with the exception of Mr. W. Nelson 1501
work experience and related programs. Please Mrs. J. O’Farrell 2018
review these results with your child. Ms. M. Perkins 1107
Ms. G. Rebere 2016
The second report card will be issued Ms. C. Rousson 2014
between May 2 and May 6, 2011. Each teacher will Mrs. O. Stroeder 1106
schedule their own release dates based on the Mrs. L. Skriver 1532
completion of a unit of work in each individual course. Mr. B. Stone (Music) 1617
Although there will be no formal interviews with the Ms. R. Tannant 1118
second report card, interviews may be initiated at Ms. R. Thompson 2021
anytime of the semester by parents or teachers. Mr. J. Vaage 2020
Mr. D. Vandervelde 1519
The final report card for this semester will Mr. B. Watson (Shop) 1308
be available for pick up in late June or early July. The Mrs. K Wiens 1528
date will be announced closer to the exact date. You
are reminded that all Diploma Exam marks are SCHOOL FEES
mailed directly to the student from Alberta Learning.
I hope the process of communicating your There are still a number of school fees that have
child’s progress provides you with the information you not been paid. If you have outstanding fees, a letter
require. If you would like any further information at has just been sent out. Students in options courses
any time during the semester, please feel free to may now have projects to pay for. These can also be
contact the school about your child’s progress. checked on at the office. For more information
contact Mrs. Berringer at the school.
PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS
EXPLANATION OF SCHOOL FEES
Parent teacher interviews will be held on
March 23 and March 29 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. A I had someone ask about the extra amount of
staff list is below to assist you with your planning. money it cost to have a student take some of our CTS
You are encouraged to bring your child to courses. In most cases, students are required to pay
parent/teacher interviews. Please be reminded there for the materials they use. This is true of students
will be no school for students February 21 - 25, taking Construction Technology where the cost of the
wood is a direct cost to the student and is dependent
upon the project the student might choose to build. In
other CTS courses, the costs are perhaps not as
TEACHER Room # easily apparent.
For example, in Foods Class, a student taking a
Mr. G. Jensen - Principal Office five-credit course is charged only $30 dollars. This
Mr. B. Scholz - Vice Principal Office amount only begins to cover some of the food
Mrs. S. Gausman – Vice-Principal Office supplies used by the students in that class.
Mr. D. Angell 1530 Recognizing that these students do a great deal of
Mr. R. Ball 1523 cooking over the course of the semester and
Mrs. M. Baumgartner 2019 generally eat their own cooking, this $30 is not really
Mr. Cam Bernhard 1530 close to reflecting actual costs.
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Similarly, there are costs associated with iii) A three-year non-credit Certificate
Cosmetology as well. A student registered in a five program in Special Education leading
credit Cosmetology course is charged a $15 dollar to a local school-leaving certificate
fee. The supplies used includes shampoos and b. The student must be eligible to complete all of
conditioners, the exclusive use of a hair mannequin to the requirements of one of the above programs
develop hair cutting skills, the use of hair colors/ gels/ by June 30 of the current school year.
sprays, perming solutions and supplies, materials for c. Students using Distance Learning courses as part
finger nails and facials and make up supplies. Again, of their program requirements must have 2/3 of
the charge does not reflect the actual value of the their lessons completed and graded
materials and supplies used. satisfactorily prior to inclusion on the final
In all cases, the balance of the cost of supplies is commencement list.
paid for out of the general budget of the school. It d. Judgement for inclusion on the first draft of the
has been a conscious decision on our part to keep commencement list will be made on the basis of
extra fees to a minimum in order to encourage as Final Semester 1 marks, and 1st Report Card
many students as possible to explore the CTS marks for second semester subjects. Students
options. who are failing Second Semester courses
If you have any questions about the relative cost
which are necessary for the criteria described
of these or any other programs offered at our School
in a) above, or who have not completed 2/3 of
please call Mr. Jensen at 362-4814.
their required distance learning lessons
satisfactorily, will receive a written warning
COMMENCEMENT 2011 (with a copy sent to parents) following the first
INFORMATION report card marks indicating that they may not
be included in the commencement program. If
these courses are not improved to a passing level
by the 2nd report card, the student will not be
included on the final commencement list.
e. Judgement for inclusion on the final
commencement list will be made on the basis of
the Final Semester 1 marks and the 2 report
card marks for the second semester subjects.
Students who are failing second semester
courses which are necessary for the criteria
described in a) above, or who have not completed
2/3 of their required distance learning satisfactorily
will not be included in the final commencement
list. (NOTE: Distance Learning lessons needed
to fulfil this requirement must be submitted
for grading no later than April 15, 2011.)
Students who were passing subjects required
Within the past month you should have
to meet the criteria listed in a) above at the
received an events bulletin with information about
fund raising events, grad photos, and time of the first report card but are failing
Commencement. those subjects at the time of the 2 report
With the arrival of the second semester, card will not be included in the final
many of our Grade 12's thoughts are turning to commencement list.
Commencement Ceremonies on May 28 2011. We
th, f. Students must be in good standing with the
thought it would be of interest to review the school. Students who are under suspension from
requirements/criteria that must be met to allow a school, or who are not extending reasonable
student to participate in commencement 2011. efforts on their academic progress will not be
permitted to participate.
Participation in the Commencement Program in May Any student not on the first Draft of the
will be based on the following criteria: commencement list, and feels that there are some
a. The student is registered in a program leading to extenuating circumstances which should be
one of the following: considered, may appeal in writing prior to April 4,
i) An Alberta High School Diploma 2011 to the principal. Students who have no
ii) An Alberta High School Certificate of extenuating circumstances are unlikely to have a
Achievement successful appeal. The Commencement Appeal
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Committee will hand down a binding decision by May Prize Committee: Tammy Dewhurst
3, 2011. Appeals will not be accepted following the (H)-501-0033 (email@example.com
determination of the final commencement list in the Entertainment: Sherry Charlton
program. (H)-378-3220 (C)-363-1724
Besides meeting the criteria for commencement,
grade 12 students still have the opportunity to earn
grad hours (to lower grad fees). There are plans for a Food: Donna Luchies
second bottle drive in March. No other activities are (H)-362-8330
being sponsored by the school and grad council. firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, the program and decorating committees will Decorating & Clean up: Nancy Lyster
begin meeting in the next couple of weeks as (H)-362-5833
planning for commencement 2011 continues. email@example.com
Security: Brenda Griffiths
The grads will receive a commencement letter on
March 9, 2011. This letter will contain important
information about the week preceding Coat Check: Gail Volek
Commencement as well as the day of firstname.lastname@example.org
Commencement. Watch for this letter and if you (H)-377-2368
have any questions, concerns, or comments, or your Publicity: Donna Timko
son or daughter fails to bring home the March 9 email@example.com
letter, please call the grad advisor, Ms S. Laverty. (H)-377-2753
Thank you for your support. Grand March: Alison Patton
Important Note (H)-501-5774 (C)-363-5774
Tickets: Heather Grosse
Student grad fees will be accepted and
students will be allowed to take part in
commencement only after all other Tickets: Donna Timko
school fees have been taken care of (H)-377-2753 (C)-363-8918
GRAD 2011 PARENT COMMITTEE RUTHERFORD SCHOLARSHIP
The Grad Parents have met a few times and work on
various committees is well underway. If you are not
yet on a committee and wish to help out, please There are two levels of Rutherford
contact any of the people below. Scholarships available, one for students with
Co-Chair: Heather Harbinson averages between 75.0% and 79.9%, and another for
students with an average over 80%. The Department
of Education uses the following requirements for
firstname.lastname@example.org determining eligibility for Rutherford Scholarships:
Co-chair: Carmen Stopanski
(H)-898-2373 (C)-793-3610 GRADE 10
email@example.com Average of 75.0% to 79.9% in 5 subjects
Vice Chair: Carmen Thompson $300
363-5759 Average of 80.0% or higher in 5 subjects
Treasurer: Mike Young One of English 10-1 or 10-2, Français 10, 13 or 10-2
(H)-501-3722 (C)-363-1203 and
At least two of the following:
Math 10 Pure or Math 10 Applied
Secretary: Maureen Lea Science 10
(H) 362-6796 (C)-793-5268 Social 10-1 or 10-2
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a second language other than the one used
above at the Grade 10 level C.T.S. COURSES:
Any two other courses with a minimum three credit
value at the Grade 10 level (1000 or 4000 series) Three one credit modules can be combined and used
including those listed above and combined as an option at the Grade 10 and/or Grade 11 level.
introductory CTS courses. Five one credit modules can be combined and used
as an option at the Grade 12 level.
GRADE 11 To be combined:
Average of 75.0% to 79.9% in 5 subjects all courses must be from the same level i.e.
$500 Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced,
Average of 80.0% or higher in 5 subjects courses can be from different streams or
$800 subject area, i.e. computer courses with
One of English 20-1 or 20-2, Français 20, 23 or 20-2 welding courses, and
and marks will be averaged
At least two of the following:
Math 20 Pure or Math 20 Applied
Science 20 Note: Applications are due May 1 , and are available
Biology 20 through the counseling department.
Social 20, Social 20-1 or 20-2
ALBERTA EDUCATION SURVEYS
a second language other than the one used TO BE COMPLETED IN FEB
above at the Grade 11 level
Any two other courses with a minimum three credit Grasslands Public Schools want a quality
value at the Grade 11 level (2000 or 5000 series) education system than prepares our young people for
including those listed above and combined st
the 21 century. Improved results and more
intermediate CTS courses. openness and accountability are important in
achieving that goal. In order to accomplish this we
GRADE 12 require your cooperation in completing a survey.
Average of 75.0% to 79.9% in 5 subjects
$700 Between the end of January and the end of
Average of 80.0% or higher in 5 subjects March, students and parents will have the opportunity
$1300 to complete a survey from Alberta Education that
One of English 30-1 or 30-2, Français 30, 30-2 and seeks the input from Grade 10 students and their
At least two of the following: parents.
Math 30 Pure
Math 20 Applied For parents, this survey will be mailed directly
Math 31 to your home where you will have an opportunity to
Science 30 answer some questions about your child’s education
Biology 30 in either an on-line or pen and paper type of
Chemistry 30 questionnaire. Please help us by completing this
Physics 30 survey as it guides many of our decisions for the next
Social 30 year and your input is invaluable.
a second language other than the one used
above at the Grade 11 level For students, all Grade 10 students will be asked to
Any two other courses with a minimum five credit complete this survey in class in late February.
value at the Grade 12 level (3000 or 6000 series)
including those listed above and combined advanced
*Averages are not rounded up for Scholarship
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SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER those not alcohol dependent.
Alcohol causes loss of body heat despite the
INFORMATION feeling of warmth.
A number of cancers are frequently
Many of you know that Bruce Myers is the associated with the excessive use of alcohol
School Resource Officer associated with BCHS. In including:
addition to BCHS, Cst.Myers is also working at BJHS - Throat cancer
and Sunrise Schools. He has set up an initial - Mouth cancer
schedule of when he will be available at BCHS. - Esophageal cancer
- Liver cancer
Blood Alcohol Level refers to the ratio of
MON TUE WED THUR FRI
alcohol to blood in the bloodstream; if one
AM BCHS BJHS BCHS BJHS BJHS
drop of blood is replaced with one drop of
PM BCHS BJHS BCHS BJHS BCHS alcohol, the BAL is 0.01 percent
SUNRISE SUNRISE Alcohol mixed with carbonated beverages will
SCHOOL SCHOOL be absorbed more quickly into the
Cst.Myers can also be reached at Combining heavy drinking with aspirin or
firstname.lastname@example.org Or, you can call the ibuprofen may promote gastro-intestinal
school at 362-4814 or on his cell at 363-8610. bleeding.
Also, please be aware that the local RCMP Acetaminophen and heavy drinking may
have added a traffic enforcement officer. As a result, promote liver disease.
please be reminded to drive safely in and around all A hangover is actually alcohol withdrawal.
school zones and playgrounds.
If you suspect that they are using, after reviewing
PREVENTION AND EDUCATION these signs then speak to them about your concerns.
Make sure they are sober when you discuss your
COUNSELLOR INFORMATION concerns with them. You can also refer them, either
to Chelsea Opperman, the Prevention and
Education Counselor at BCHS, or a counselor at
Alcohol Awareness – Did you Know? Alberta Health Services – Addiction (formerly
Alcohol is a depressant that slows down the AADAC) or call Roberta Rogers at 362-1265.
activity of the Central Nervous System
If you have any questions or are looking for other
Adding one glass of wine a day can result in a
resources please contact Chelsea. There are various
weight gain of 10 pounds in a year.
materials that anyone can take out and use.
Consuming one drink per day sharply
increases the risk of breast cancer in women.
Heavy use of alcohol in men is associated CAREER COUNSELLING NEWS
with testicular atrophy and breast
enlargement. Planning for Post-Secondary?
Women who drink during pregnancy risk the Apply for College or University TODAY!
occurrence of fetal alcohol syndrome in their
unborn babies. It’s time to apply for post-secondary! Most
Alcohol is toxic to muscle tissue and the Alberta Colleges and Universities began accepting
chronic use of alcohol will result in muscle applications October 1 and now that students have
loss throughout the body. their 1 semester report cards it is important to submit
An individual in an alcohol –induced blackout their applications.
may appear to be conscious, be able to carry This year there is a new way to apply to Alberta’s
on a coherent conversation or may be able to Post Secondary institutions. ApplyAlberta is a
carry out complex tasks. secure online application system that students will
And alcohol induced- blackout can last from use to apply to one or more post-secondary
less than an hour to several days. institutions, and transfer their Alberta high school to
Consuming alcohol can cause Alcohol- different participating institutions.
induced depressive episodes. These Students will start by creating a secure logon
episodes will usually clear after 2-5 weeks of account that is password protected. To do this, a
abstinence. student will need to know their Alberta Student
Alcohol dependent individuals are 58 – 85 Number, if they do not know their number, they can
times more likely to commit suicide than come to the Guidance Department or the School
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Office and it will be provided.
MAKING THE TRANSITION TO
Students will authorize transcript transfer
requests and fill out a profile with their personal and POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR
academic history. This is sent automatically to each STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
institution the student selects. Once the students
select their institution/s of choice, they will complete Saturday, Feb 26, 2011 at St. Mary’s University
the institution-specific part of the application College. 14500 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB
(program/term). This session is for prospective post-
secondary students, parents, and other partners.
Finally, students will pay the institutions Topics include resources and strategies, academic
application fee and submit the application (a credit accommodations, funding options and more.
card will be needed). The institution will then process This is being hosted by Bow Valley College, Mount
the application and deal directly with the student. Royal University, St. Mary’s University College,
To start visit www.applyalberta.ca SAIT and the University of Calgary. If you are
Should you have additional questions, or concerns interested, please contact Ms. Ferris at BCHS 403-
just drop by the Career Counselor’s office, my door is 362-4814
open and I’m happy to help you and your student with .
ATTENTION GRADE 11 STUDENTS:
Now is the time for you to be making some BCHS BAND TRIP TO VANCOUVER
decisions, being sure that you are taking the right
courses for your designated career, exploring your
The BCHS band trip is an annual event with
options at different universities and colleges and
destinations varying every year. This year’s
looking at what scholarships you may want to apply
destination is Kelowna, B.C. in late April to compete
at the 2011 Kiwanis Music Festival. This nationally
recognized competition is affiliated with Musicfest
Here are some upcoming events happening Canada and a great learning opportunity for any who
in the Guidance Department that you might attend. This year, both the BJHS and BCHS Concert
want to mark in your calendar. Bands will be attending.
SAIT OPEN HOUSE is February 4 . Students
interested in attending must contact Ms. Ferris and
BAND TRIP FUNDRAISER
have permission slips returned by January 31
The BCHS and BJHS Band programs, in
partnership with the Newell County Band Association,
MEDICINE HAT COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE is
presents its' 5th Annual "Beef Bids and Bands"
February 10th. Students interested in attending must
fundraiser, at the Evangelical Free Church, Saturday,
contact Ms Ferris and have permission slips returned
by January 31. Mar 12th at 5:30. This is our biggest and best
fundraiser of the year with a roast beef dinner, silent
TH auction and music! This is a great opportunity for
SAIT POLYTECHNIC OPENHOUSE: FEB 4
people in the community to get behind the students
Thank you to Youth and Career Development for
and help send them to Vancouver.
allowing us to participate on a trip to SAIT Polytechnic
th Tickets are $15 and are available from the school
open house on February 4 . Youth Career
office and from any band student. You will enjoy the
Development is sponsoring the transportation to and
fun filled evening, so we hope to see you there!
from Calgary this year. BCHS is very appreciative of
the opportunity for our students to take part in these
ventures. NEWS FROM COSMETOLOGY
The students will receive specific information
regarding their program of interest and participate in
campus tours, hands on demonstrations and program The cosmetology students here at the Brooks
exhibits. With over 70 applied degree, diploma and Composite High School have excellent skills and
certificate programs, there are many options to knowledge in Hairstyling and Esthetics. They are
choose from. Several of our students have indicated eager to offer their various skills and expertise to
their desire to attend SAIT. everyone in the community (children, teens, adults
etc.) Some of the services that they offer are; Wash
& styles, Colors, Cuts, Perms, Scalp treatments,
Waxing, Manicures, Pedicures, and Facials. The
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prices range from $2 to $30. They also offer products
like Bed head by TIGI, Paul Mitchell, ISO, Oasis etc...
Feel free to stop by for a service; the students in the
cosmetology lab would be more than happy to help
Appointments can be made in the cosmetology Lab,
or by phoning the school @ 403-362-4814.
PI DAY COMING SOON
Pi, Greek letter ( ), is the
symbol for the ratio of the
circumference of a circle to its
Spirit Council and the Mathematics
department are co-sponsoring a Pi
Day Scavenger Hunt. Participants will be asked to
locate 14 different categories of items; the number of
each item required will be related to a digit of pi. Each
item must be turned in as explained on the Scavenger
Hunt list, and all entries must be school appropriate.
In order to qualify for the first-place prize, a student
must correctly meet the requirements for at least 10
CAFETERIA INFORMATION of the 14 items. The person who first turns in the most
items (correctly meeting the requirements) will win a
Our cafeteria is open most of the day prize of $31.41. Other prizes will be awarded to some
beginning at 8:10 AM. We are closed for one hour of the runners-up. Listen for announcements and
after lunch. We have a policy to not sell candy or watch for posters to know when and where to sign up
chips prior to the morning classes but will have on for the Scavenger Hunt list. Get your list as soon as
hand a breakfast bun which is a tasty combination of you can, as collecting all the items may take a few
bacon, egg and cheese on a toasted bun. This is sold days. Deadline for turning in entries is Monday, March
for only $1.50. There are also varieties of muffins, 14, at 1:59 p.m.
milk, juice, granola bars and fruit to start the day. We
prepare a different lunch special each day, assorted
sandwiches, fresh vegetable and fruit baskets,
cookies, and other sweet items. In consideration of
healthier eating, we use non-hydrogenated margarine
in our baking. A variety of beverages are also BCHS TO HOST CHEERLEADING
available. Menus and prices are posted in the
cafeteria. Every lunch special costs $4.00.
A lunch card is available if you wish to
purchase one. The value of the card is $32.00 but We are pleased to announce that Brooks has
it is sold for $30.00. As you purchase items, their been awarded the Cheerleading Provincial
value is crossed off the card. This eliminates the Championships for 2011-2012. They will take place
need to keep cash on hand but you are responsible here in Brooks in March 2 & 3, 2012. We are very
for keeping your card in a safe place. If you wish to excited about the honour and challenge of hosting
purchase a lunch card, please see Mrs. Hawes. such a large competition and look forward to
Make cheques payable to B.C.H.S. Cafeteria. showcasing our sport to the community. We will be
looking for sponsors and volunteers. If you are
interested you may contact the teacher liaison,
Melanie Macdonald at BCHS.
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SPIRIT COUNCIL NEWS welcome any donation to help make this trip a
The Christmas season was a AND
busy one for the BCHS Spirit
Council. In addition to our 2. This semester our students are beginning
ever-popular “Reindeer their work experience. We are in need of placements
Games,” Spirit Council for groups of students and TA's. Again if you have
sponsored a number of fun suggestions or contact information, we would be
events. We had Pyjama Day, a grateful.
Christmas Song Lyric Thank you for your continued support of the
Competition, and Santa Claus LEVELS program here at BCHS!
even came for a visit and
handed out candy canes to all of our students!
The staff would like to remind parents and
students to remain mindful of the way students dress
to come to school. Please remember that the school
is a public place and as such the dress should be
reflective. Clothing that advertises alcohol and other
drugs or uses profanity is not appropriate. Female
students are asked to dress in a manner that covers
the majority of their body parts. Bare shoulders,
cleavage, midsections and backsides should be
covered during school hours. For our male students,
we would ask that you wear clothing in such a way
that it sufficiently covers your undergarments. If you
have questions about appropriate dress, please call
GRASSLANDS POLICY DURING
A group of representatives from Spirit Council have
volunteered to give up a day off of school to offer up
their assistance at the teachers’ Professional As we enter the cold winter months, it might
Development Day. be helpful to try clear up any confusion there might be
about whether or not the school would continue to
Look out for the annual Matchmaker operate.
activity to be held around Valentine’s In general terms, the school will always be considered
Day. Students have already filled out open under all weather circumstances. We do this
questionnaires and printouts will be because not everyone will hear the announcement on
sold that list compatibility matches the local radio station and may arrive at the school.
with other students in our school. For this reason the school is to be open.
Bus drivers from the county will determine whether it
is safe to run busses to the school and will endeavor
IEP NEWS to phone the riders on their busses to inform them.
If you ride a bus in town, the bus drivers operate in
ALL WE WANT FOR AFTER CHRISTMAS IS... conjunction with the Superintendent to decide
Hello everybody! We have some exciting whether or not the in-town busses will run.
opportunities coming up this semester for our IEP Ultimately, the decision on whether or not your child
students and we need your help with the following: should attend school during inclement weather rests
1. We are having a field trip in May to Mount with the parents. If you decide that traveling to school
Royal University and to the Calgary Science Centre poses a risk then you should keep your child at home.
and we are short on Funds. If you or the companies However, if you decide to send your child to school,
you work for are in a generous mood, we would the school will be open to accommodate your child
and we are able to spend some quality time with the
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students reviewing and providing individual WALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS
The BCHS courtyard area is home to a respected part
WANTED!!! of our school called the Wall of Fame. This wall is
adorned with 18 former graduates from BCHS that
Tradespeople and have gone above and beyond what would be
classified as normal careers and have succeeded in
businesses interested in areas such as music, athletics, literature and others.
employing students Our last addition to the Wall of Fame was in 2007
when Shelly Russell – Mayhew was inducted for her
interested in the trades. work on health promotion and illness prevention
programs for teenagers.
If you are aware of an individual that has special
The Off-Campus Education Program is
qualities and deserves to be added to our collection,
currently seeking employers for the Work Experience
or if you have any questions about the Wall of Fame,
Program and the Registered Apprenticeship Program
please contact Bert Scholz @ the school.
for the second semester and the summer of 2011. If
you have a desire to work with young people to assist
them with their job skills development and have a BOARD BITS for FEBRUARY
business or trade contact Patrick Connor, Off-
Campus Education Coordinator at In November, two important documents were posted
email@example.com or call (403) 427- on the Grasslands website: our 2009/2010 Audited
0319 or (403) 362-4814. You could make a difference Financial Statements and our 2010/11 Budget Report
in a student’s life. Form.
The Grasslands Regional Division’s 2009/2010
REMINDER TO USE THE WEB Audited Financial Statement shows a deficit of
PAGE $1,196,317, which is within 3% of the total revenues.
This overall deficit reflects the jurisdiction’s actual
Please remember to make use of the BCHS expenditures over the actual revenues of $455,987 in
website. This site includes some additional interactive addition to the jurisdiction’s contribution to the fiscal
features that students and parents should appreciate. correction of $740,330. The jurisdiction’s contribution
Many parents who have used these interactive to the fiscal correction was calculated by Alberta
features are extremely pleased with the ability to stay Education based on the reported operating reserves
in touch with what is happening at the school. at August 31, 2008. Grasslands’ contribution
amounted to 10.54% of its accumulated operating
Some features will include: reserve.
A place to check for homework
A new and improved calendar Our jurisdiction’s budget is approximately $40 million.
About 90% of our operating revenues come from
An easy way to contact teachers
Alberta Education and about 75% of our expenses
Access to more school information than was
are salaries & benefits. About 77% of the Board’s
operating expenditures go directly to student
instruction; the remainder goes to other departments
Keep checking our website at
in the jurisdiction such as transportation,
http://bchs.grasslands.ab.ca/ to see the changes.
maintenance, caretaking and system administration.
In total, Grasslands spends approximately $12,000
for each student in a school year.
Please visit our jurisdiction’s website at
www.grasslands.ab.ca to review these financial
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