NBCHS

September Newsletter

ADMIN MESSAGE

WELCOME to the 2021-22 school year!


It is great to be back. I love seeing everyone engaged and being back at school. The school enrolment is up about 150 students from our projected number. We have added an additional gr. 7 class and are in the process of finding additional teachers to decrease numbers in some large classes.

The students are using the school as intended. We have students using our library and gyms in the mornings and at lunch, the tables in the skylight lobby are being used and our extra-curricular activities are well under way. It feels really good to have some normalcy to what it should look like at NBCHS.


We want this to be a successful year of learning filled with all the things that also make school fun. Please contact the school at any time with questions or concerns


Jay Nichol

Principal

Welcome Day

The SRC has planned Welcome Day for Thursday, September 16th. - please see below for schedule. Welcome Day will take place outdoors. There will be fun activities, such as an obstacle course, for students to enjoy! There will also be a dirty car competition (both inside and out) and a loudest car competition.


An SRC member will meet with grade 7 & 8 classes in their homerooms and bring them to the bowl at approximately 10:45am. Classes will participate in relay competitions as a homeroom.


Hot dogs and drinks will be served for lunch outside.


Please dress according to the weather, as the library and other common areas will be closed during this time.


Class Schedule -Grade 9-12

Period 1 9:00 - 10:55

Period 2 11:00 - 12:00

Welcome Day activities and lunch provided 12:00- 1:25pm

Period 3 1:25 - 3:20pm

September Highlighted Group - The GSA

Every month, NBCHS will highlight a group at our school. This will allow students and parents to have a better idea of what NBCHS has to offer.


The GSA

We are so excited to have the GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) back up and running at The Comp this year! The GSA is a group that provides support and education to all Comp students, and we’ll have activities and contests throughout the school year! The GSA is open to everyone to join, whether you identify as a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, or if you want to join us as an ally to the community. Our group meets every Friday during lunch in the POP Room; come hang out, and stay as long as you like. We can’t wait to see you!


Nikki

Mental Health Capacity Building Program

The Mental Health Capacity Building (MHCB) team is so excited to see all the students return this year!!! NBCHS has a strong mental wellness team ranging from personal counsellors to wellness promoters. The MHCB promoter is busy meeting all the students in their classrooms. This month she is focusing on welcoming students back to school, outlining resources and providing mental wellness tools. The MHCB also has a dedicated room in the school called the POP Room which stands for the Place of Positivity. The intent is not to only be positive in this room but to provide a space where students can regulate, get connected to resources like our school counsellors or just have a quiet place to ground themselves during the day.
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Following Their Voices

NBCHS is proud to be a Following Their Voices school.


Following Their Voices is an initiative designed to raise the educational achievement and participation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. This program focuses on enhancing relationships between students and teachers by creating structures and supports for teachers and school administrators to co-construct teaching and learning interactions with students.


Following Their Voices is continuing professional development and was designed to enable teachers to better understand the historical inequities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and to critically examine relationships and instructional approaches with students. Within this context, strategies for engaging discursive instruction are introduced, modeled and practiced.


The staff at NBCHS have been working hard to accelerate learning for First Nations and Metis students; promoting a learning experience that is joyful, where culture is affirmed, and giving students real choice for their future!


Shaun Rose

Facilitator/Teacher

NBCHS Attendance Policy

NBCHS has revamped the grade 10-12 attendance policy. Many meetings, discussions, and emails went into creating an equitable attendance policy that high school students would be able to adhere to. We believe that it is a an achievable policy that will help our students feel more secure and experience a more cohesive and consistent learning environment. We realize that there are circumstances when students cannot be in school. For these days, please call or email the teacher(s) and excuse your child's absence.


This attendance policy is a tool that teachers and staff use to support students and their academic concerns. Please see the picture below.

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STUDENT SERVICES - The SSO

Student Services is open daily, 8am-4pm closing for lunch. Our counselors, school liaisons & academic advisors are found in the SSO.


SSO Administrative Assistant

Kaelee Forgrave


Counsellors

Kyle Palmer & Tara Humenny - Monday - Friday

Lisa Zanyk - Mondays

Janey Friedrich - Tuesdays


Liaisons

Sandra Fiddler (grade 10-12)

Samantha Wahobin (grade 7-9)


Academic Advisor

Kara Wilkinson


Please see below on how to refer a student to a counsellor.

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Viking Extra-Curricular Activities

Many of NBCHS's fall sports and groups have started! Students and staff alike are excited to have our extra-curricular activities going again.


Come out and cheer on your favorite Viking at these upcoming home games:


Sept. 17-18 Sr. Girls Volleyball home tournament

Sept. 23rd Sr. Football Home Game

Sept. 24-25th Jr. Girls Volleyball home tournament


Soccer and cross country running have also started practicing. Please see the office if interested in more info.

Homework Blitz

Bring your homework and appetite to the Gateway room on Thursday September 23rd, 3:30pm-6:30pm. Mrs. MacKeracher will be available to help students with their homework. All NBCHS students are welcome to attend. Supper will be provided.

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In June the federal government passed legislation to recognize Sept. 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as a federal statutory holiday.


The day has been created to give everyone an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools, which more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children were forced to attend between the 1870s and 1997.


In lieu of observing Truth & Reconciliation Day on September 30th (PD day), NBCHS will observe this day on September 29th. Please feel free to wear orange or an Every Child Matters shirt.

NBCHS ACCEPTS E-TRANSFERS! WHEN SENDING, make NOTE of THE STUDENT'S NAME AND WHAT THE PAYMENT IS FOR - please be as specific as you can. Thank You!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Sept. 16 - Welcome Day

Sept. 17-18 - Sr. Girls Volleyball home tournament

Sept. 22nd - early dismissal

Sept. 23rd - Sr. Football Home Game

Sept. 23rd - Homework Blitz in Gateway 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Sept. 24-25th - Jr. Girls Volleyball home tournament

Sept. 29th - Orange Shirt Day

Sept. 30th - PD Day


Oct. 6th Quad 1 Student Led Conference

STAY HEALTHY AND STAY SAFE!

NBCHS ADMIN TEAM

North Battleford Comprehensive High School

1791 110th Street

North Battleford SK

S9A 2Y2