County Central February Hawk Talk

'Home of the Hawks'

Principal's Point

Dear Parents & Guardians,

I hope you are all doing well and staying safe.

Student grades are now updated in Powerschool and can be accessed via the Parent Portal. If a family requires a printed copy of the report card, please contact the school to request one and we will send it to you. Our high school students are now starting their Semester II courses, while our junior high students are continuing on with their year-long subjects. Our next reporting period is on April 23rd and will include progress comments, updated grades, and parent-teacher conferences on April 27th & 28th.

As we head into February, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind families of the importance of dressing for the weather. This is particularly important for students who drive or ride the bus - students should be dressed warmly with coats and proper footwear in case of an accident or break down. Bus drivers may refuse a student who is not dressed for the weather, so we ask families to be proactive and ensure students are wearing appropriate attire for the cold weather.

I am very happy to announce that the Hawk’s Nest is back up and running. We have changed our format a bit: The canteen is open Mondays through Thursdays and has food for sale (burritos, pizza pops, chips, soup cups, snacks, soda), as well as food that is free of charge from our nutrition program (yogurt, sandwiches, fruit, cheese strings, juice). We will also be having hot lunch specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays that can be purchased or pre-ordered through School Cash. A huge thank you to Lynn Jones for taking the reins on this! (*All AHS Covid-19 safety protocols for food service are being followed.)

On February 24th, County Central will once again be participating in Pink Shirt Day. We encourage all of our staff and students to wear pink in order to show that we stand together against bullying. This Pink Shirt Day, our focus is working together and treating others with dignity and respect. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and shown the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it. Help us “lift each other up” and support programs that encourage healthy self esteem and teach empathy, compassion and kindness.

Leanne Hellman

B.Sc.Kin., B.Ed., M.A., M.Sc.

Adventures of Farley

Farley still isn't so fond of the early mornings but he does love the attention he gets once the students arrive every morning! He has spent a few days in an amazing puppy daycare and is learning new tricks and socializing skills!

We sure do love our Farley!

Learning Commons/Library

Hello County Central,

My name is Brandy Zsombor and I am the new Learning Commons Facilitator at County Central High School. My favorite part about being in this position is that I get to have a part in helping students evolve academically and with their own personal interests and passions. I am really enjoying getting to know the students here at County Central.

A little bit about myself. I was born in Magrath, Alberta and grew up on a farm nearby. I now live near Champion on a ranch with my husband and 3 daughters, horses, dogs, cats and chickens. I enjoy family time and our ranch life, training and riding horses, animals, traveling, reading, cooking, shooting and weight training.

The renovations are complete here at County Central High School and I am excited to be a part of creating something that is going to be more than just a beautiful space. Our Learning Commons is going to play an active role in our school community by being open to all learning possibilities. The Learning Commons has been constructed to be flexible with moveable tables, chairs and couches. While having access to a global library is attainable for almost everyone, our Learning Commons will not only house physical and digital resources, but give teachers and students the space to create meaning from them.

I am very excited to begin collaborating with Teachers, Students and Administration to create and make resources available. I am also looking forward to promoting and updating our Literacy section of the Learning Commons. I encourage you to come down to the Learning Commons and share any ideas you have that may help with what you are learning in the classroom, what books you are reading or want to read, as well as any interests you have outside of the classroom.

Career and Academic Counselling

My role here is to support academic success and high school completion by assisting students with core selections that align with their post-secondary and career goals. I can help students with MyPass, MyBlueprint, connect students with resources related to scholarship/bursaries, financial assistance, job and post-secondary applications and more.

I will be working closely with Jennifer Bowden, our Off Campus Coordinator, to support and assist students with programs such as Work Experience, Dual Credit, RAP and Green Certificate.

Hawks Nest

The 'Hawks Nest' is officially back up and running!

With the cooler weather and snow on the ground the concession is a great opportunity for students to access lunch items. Lynn Jones is providing amazing food and even hot lunch on Tuesdays & Thursdays!

The nutrition program is also able to provide free items to students such as sandwiches, go-gurt, cheese strings and other healthy items.

The remaining hot lunch days are:

February 9th- Individual pizza (Hawaiian, pepperoni, cheese, loaded)

February 11th- Hotdog & Tater Tots

February 23rd- Bacon Mac & Cheese

February 25th- Chicken Caesar Wrap

Pre-orders are available on School Cash and must be in the evening prior. Get your orders in!!

Pink Shirt Day- February 24th

“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”

Palliser Beyond Borders Notes

Semester 1 at Palliser Beyond Borders ends January 29, 2021.

  • Student reports will be released to the Powerschool portal on that date.
  • Our expectation is that students who are in courses currently will be completing by the semester 1 completion dates set in your courses. If that is not possible please communicate this with your teacher and negotiate your completion deadlines. Keep in mind that if you are expecting to start a new course in semester 2 this may affect your start date for an additional course. Concurrent students need to be aware that their schools may be timetabling semester 2 courses based on successful completion of the semester 1 online course at Palliser Beyond Borders.
Semester 2 course requests: please see your principal who will request courses with us as needed.

  • New this semester: Cosmetology: a 5 credit bundle (hair) that includes the 3 - 30 level credits. We have a journeyman to certify the credits so they will qualify students for post secondary requirements.
  • New this semester: Music - Our online Music course focuses on electronic music creation in a very accessible and enjoyable format. The end product is the creation of a short soundtrack to a video clip of the students choosing OR the deconstruction of a pop tune.
  • By leveraging the GEN Music credits (10-20-30 ( worth 3 or 5 credits at each level)) as well as other COM Tech courses (Com Tech 1005, 1050,1105,1910,2115,2175,3135,3910) into a bundle, the students can receive up to 11 - 13 credits for this one course!

  • HCS 3000 crash courses are still available. Request through Mrs. Hellman if you need this pre-requisite for Work Experience or RAP or Green Certificate.
  • Students starting courses: your top priority in the first week of semester 2 is to
    • check your emails on a daily basis
    • Log into with your Palliser email
    • connect in the first week with your teacher by email, Google chat/Meet, Blackboard or phone with response to requests, to advise you are starting. Aim to finish the first assignment in this first week.
    • Teacher contact information is in the teacher block at the top left of each homepage in each course
    • Teacher contact information is on our website
    • See the hours your teacher has posted in Moodle for live instruction and availability in Blackboard
    • See the workplan for due dates and for calculating hours required each week to successfully complete the course.
    • Check the announcements in Moodle on the dashboard
    • Need help? Pop into our drop in room 9 am - 3:30 and any one of us will help.

Best Regards

Alison Hancox, MET


Palliser Beyond


Grad Gab

There has been an account set up at the local bottle recycling depot for anyone wishing to contribute to the Grad 2021 fundraiser.

It is time for staff to start creating the Grad slideshow. We are asking parents and guardians to submit 3 photos of the graduate. If you could please email them to we do not want hard copies submitted this year. Alternatively if you don't have access to email them please contact the office at (403)485-2223 and we can arrange.

We will be collecting grad heights for the gowns so we will call the students down to the office over the next few weeks.

There is a student grad meeting in the CRC February 11th @ 12:00pm.

Career Notes

Interested in a Scholarship? Scotiabank is offering a great opportunity- view it here

Be sure to stay connected to information on the Instagram page- @palliseroffcampus

Jeni Bowden

Off Campus Coordinator

Palliser School Division

(403) 915-5070

Council Reports

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Parent Council

The next virtual parent council meeting is March 3, 2021 at 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome! If you would like to attend please let us know so we can be sure to send you the meeting link.

Meeting minutes can be viewed on the CCHS website.

Student Council

Student Council will be selling off some CCHS/Hawks apparel after the start of second semester. All items will need to be paid for prior to students collecting them and cash or cheque can be accepted.

CCHS Web Page

Be sure to check out our webpage for more info