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Clover Bar Junior High School

FEBRUARY 2021

February 1st marks the first day of Second Semester!!! This means we are half way through the school year already! Although our year has looked different, it is so great to see everyone enjoying their time here in class. The energy is amazing!

Important Dates

  • February 1: 2021-22 registration opens/semester 2 begins
  • February 3: Staff Meeting/Early dismissal/Hat Food Bank Donation Day
  • February 3: Winter Walk Day
  • February 4-5: Teachers' Convention (schools closed to students)
  • February 14: Valentine's Day
  • February 15: Family Day (all schools closed)
  • February 15: National Flag Day
  • February 18: Special Program Applications due for students transitioning to new schools
  • February 23, 24 ,25: Virtual Interviews 3:30-5:30
  • February 24: Pink Shirt Day
  • February 28: returning student registration closes
  • March 3: Early Dismissal

Semester 2 Option Requests

Semester 2 began on Monday, February 1. Beginning on Thursday, February 11, after the students have all experienced a full cycle of their new options, we will entertain requests for option changes. Because the timetables are already built and classes are full, there is no guarantee that the request can be met, however, we will do our best to accommodate their request. In order to be considered, an option request must be submitted, in writing, either by hard copy or through email to dawn.rutledge@eips.ca on the date for that grade. We ask for your support as we will do our best to make changes where they are possible and to understand when they are not.


The tight timeline allows for the quickest turn around for classes and the least disruption. Thank you for respecting these dates.

Grade 9 requests MUST be submitted between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11.

Grade 8 requests MUST be submitted between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 12.

Grade 7 requests MUST be submitted between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday February 16

We will not be able to accept any requests after this time – no exceptions.

Caregiver Education Series

Alberta Health Services is hosting a series of caregiver information sessions focused on ways to support students’ mental health. The sessions are free and geared toward parents, caregivers, teachers and community members who want to learn more about challenges impacting children and adolescents. This year, session topics include anxiety, ADHD, depression, self-harm, technology, teens and teaching leadership skills, and more.


Visit Caregiver Education for the Edmonton Zone for more information and session dates.

High School Information Nights


To help you make an informed decision about high school, senior high schools throughout Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are hosting virtual information sessions for all Grade 9 students and their families. The sessions allow students and families to meet the staff; virtually tour the school; learn about the curriculum, course offerings and alternative programming available; discuss diploma requirements and various career paths; plus, more. Make sure to take part to learn everything you need to know about the Division’s senior high programs and courses.


Dates and times for each senior high open house are available at eips.ca/registration/senior-high. For general information about EIPS senior high programming visit eips.ca.

Returning Student Registration 2021-2022

Complete the Returning Student Registration: February 1-28


Elk Island Public Schools’ (EIPS) returning student registration process is now open. All returning students must complete the online Returning Student Registration Form to confirm their child’s enrolment in a school for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. Additionally, students who want to attend a non-designated school need to make that request through the returning student registration process—acceptance is based on available space. All returning EIPS students are required to complete the form by Feb. 28, 2021.


Access to the Returning Student Registration Form is provided through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, you need to set one up.


Create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account


For more information contact the school directly.

FEES REVIEW


Our last school council meeting took place on January 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. During that time, we shared information about our current fee structure, and asked you to provide your feedback as we plan for the 2021-22 school year.

Fee information from last year has been shared on our website (cloverbar.ca). If you wish to share specific feedback about the fees, please email colleen.alpern@eips.ca. School administration will use feedback provided to help determine fees for 2021-22, which will then be shared at the April school council meeting, posted to our website, and shared via link through email.

Please watch for details about our next meeting and the format of the meeting on our website, in our newsletter and through messaging. We will look forward to hearing from you.

Provincial Achievement Tests and Final Exams


Because the province has cancelled the writing of Provincial Achievement Tests for this school year, Clover Bar Junior High will be instead using a final exam as the basis for the final assessment in all core subjects. Final exams will be run the last week of school: June 21-25 and will use the following schedule with exams being run from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Following this time, students will have a break (11:00 – 11:20) then a scheduled study block from 11:20 – 12:24. Lunch will be at the regular time and will be followed by two regular afternoon blocks where students can access teachers to help study for their exams. Please note: We do not have mid-term exams.


Monday, June 21: Language Arts (Part “B”)

(Part “A” will be written during class time)


Tuesday, June 22: Social Studies


Wednesday, June 23: Math (Part “B”)

(Part “A” will be written during class time)


Thursday, June 24: Science


Friday, June 25: Last day of classes for students

Student Survey


Upon our return to in-person learning, Clover Bar Junior High administered a survey to students to check-in and see how they were doing. We focused on the at-home learning experience and their experiences in this venue as well as their return to school and the supports they might need.

We also asked questions around their safety and comfort with the return to school. Finally, we asked about current option offerings and any suggestions for possible options next year.

Most students stated that at-home learning had worked quite well for them – they appreciated following a schedule and the use of Brightspace seemed to go quite well. There were problems with submitting work, technological glitches and access to technology that did cause some problems, however. Some stated the days were also very long and options were difficult to complete for the most part.

Most students felt comfortable returning to school and were confident that they could be safe here with the regulations in place. Buses were outlined as an area for concern by some given the numbers on each bus, and the close proximity for sitting.

Most students are feeling okay about being back, but some cited a request for some mental health supports and these we are following up with.

Students also had some interesting ideas about possible options that we can explore if the numbers warrant.

If you have any other questions about the results of this survey, please feel free to contact the office.

Awards for 2019-2020 School Year


Thank you for your patience as we navigate yet another new area of school celebration during a pandemic. Our office staff and teachers have been busy reviewing marks and setting standards for awards. Because the marks last year were letter grades, the following standards, like what was used in other Junior High Schools, was applied. The four marks used for the determination of the award were for the four core subjects: English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies

We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students. Despite a challenging year, online learning and school closure, these students were able to continue to demonstrate success in education and learning and move forward to levels of high achievement. Sincere congratulations are extended to each award recipient!

Merit:

A Merit award was given if the student’s final marks were:

2 A’s and 2 B’s OR

1 A and 3 B’s OR

4 B’s

Honours:

An Honours award was given if the student’s final marks were:

3 A’s and 1 B OR

4 A’s (Either a combination of A’s or up to 3 A+’s)

Honours with Distinction

An Honours with Distinction award was given if the student’s final marks were:

4 A +’s

Awards in Specific Subject Areas

These awards were determined and awarded by teachers based on overall participation, demonstration of a positive attitude, contributions to the class and leadership.

Distribution of Awards

Sadly, we are not able to gather to celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing award winners. Instead, the following will be put into place, beginning February 1st.

• For all awards, slides will be prepared listing first initial and last name and shared on Instagram and our school website.

• Banners will be created and posted in the school.

• Announcements and TV screens will present information within the school.

• Students in the school will be represented with their awards in their homerooms during class.

• Students online will have their awards mailed home to them directly.

• Students in EIPS high schools will have their awards sent to the EIPS high school who will then distribute the awards.

• Students receiving awards that have a trophy or plaque will have their name engraved on the plaque to be displayed in the school.

Please contact the office with any questions or concerns.

Attitudes for Success


The past year has been very challenging for many of our students. The uncertainty and fear surrounding the global pandemic, school closures and working online, and the limitations on family and social interactions have been stressful. We are dedicated to helping support our students through these challenges.

-surveys to collect information and understand the areas of need and concern

-student meetings with administration and academic counselling staff to set up plans for completion of school assignments and work

-creation of a peer-tutoring group to help support instruction

-follow up by teachers for students who have missing assignments and work

Students at Clover Bar Junior High are expected to follow the Knights’ Code:

Be safe, Be respectful, and Be your best.

Doing their best work is one of the key areas of our Knights’ Code and requires that our students display work ethic, effort and are accountable for competing and submitting work while understanding the consequences of not doing so.

Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences


Parent / Student / Teacher Conferences will take place on the evenings of February 22, 23 and 24 from 3:30 – 5:30. Clover Bar Junior High will be using School Interviews to book the times for these as we have done in the past. Because of the restrictions placed on us due to COVID, we will be conducting the interviews by phone call. Please choose a time slot for your interview and then provide a contact number where you can be reached. You will receive a call from your requested staff member at this time and number.

The bookings will open on Wednesday, February 17 at 9:00 a.m.

To book your interview, please go to:


www.schoolinterviews.ca


Event code: vmefn


Follow the prompts to complete your booking. Please contact the office at 780-467-2295 with any questions or concerns. We look forward to chatting with you soon

Sport for Life


We are very excited to be offering our Sport for Life program for the second year at Clover Bar Junior High. A Sport for Life information session was held virtually on January 26th. The presentations, a list of frequently asked questions and registration information about the program have been posted on the Clover Bar website.

Sport for Life

Registrations are currently being accepted and registration forms are available in the school office or on the website. All interested students, even those who are currently registered in the program, are asked to register and these will be accepted on a first-come first serve basis. We hope to have received all registrations by February 29th. Please feel free to contact the office at 780-467-2295 or through email at grant.fiddes@eips.ca with any questions!

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Cultures

This three-part series is designed for any EIPS parents and families who are curious to learn

about First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, perspectives and histories. These sessions are designed as entry points to understanding as we work toward learning our collective truth on the path of reconciliation.

Sessions will be held online using Microsoft Teams Meetings, Join on your computer or mobile app. Click here to join the meeting

  • Session 1 (virtual): February 2, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)
    • Who we are and why this work is needed
    • What reconciliation looks like in EIPS
  • Session 2 (virtual) February 23, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)
    • Addressing common roadblocks to understanding and relationship
    • Terminology; bridging the gap between what language parents may be used to hearing and what children are learning in schools
  • Session 3 (virtual) March 16, 2021 (7 - 7:30 PM)
    • Language of this land- The importance of highlighting Indigenous languages; deepening understanding of relationship to land through language; what exploration of Indigenous languages can look like in schools

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