Sabre Scene

September 11, 2023

Principal's Message

Dear Sabre families,

We hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather over the weekend. The warm weather looks to be with us for the next number of days which, I think I can confidently say on behalf of our SAL community, we will absolutely take!

Congratulations to our Junior Volleyball teams on their strong performances this weekend. All three teams played hard with our Junior Girls capturing gold in the SCA tournament. Also, to our Senior Boys Football team for their season opening win over Jasper Place. All of our fall sports - volleyball, football, golf and cross have started. If your child would still like an opportunity to participate, please connect with Mr. Melnyk, our Athletic Director.

Along similar lines of students engaging in their passions and interests, on September 20 at lunch hour, all of our student clubs will be on display with information on how to sign up. Stay tuned for more detail on the clubs being offered in next week’s edition of the Scene. Furthermore, this week, we welcome students from Germany who are here and will be attending classes as part of our student exchange program offered at SAL.

As touched on last week, our Sabres have been simply amazing to kick the year off. Throughout our building, we have many words emblazoned in and around the school that we strive for - Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Compassion, Empathy, to name a few.

What is special and what we as staff have already noted in just the first two weeks are student actions that match these words. It has set the tone for the 2023 - 2024 school year.

Now that our routine is somewhat set, this week, we will be running grade level assemblies with Grade 10’s on Monday, Grade 11’s on Tuesday with the Grade 12’s on Thursday. With each respective assembly, we will be able to further introduce grade level teams to our students and then proceed to build on student expectations and opportunities at SAL. Each assembly will have commonality and slight variance.

As an overview, for our Grade 10’s, we will speak about all the various student programs and support which include academia, athletics, fine arts, CTS, student work opportunities that capture the Registered Apprenticeship Program and Green Certificate.

A new aspect for our students coming into high school is what we term ‘Opportunity Wednesday’ where students are dismissed at 2:20 p.m. with all staff remaining at school to support the following:

  • Academic coaching and support in each of the Departments.

  • Exam rewrite and make up exams - teachers will sign students up accordingly. These exams are written in the HUB, room 134.

  • Opportunity for Scheduled Leadership Class symposiums.

  • Access to CTS labs for students to practice and hone their abilities for upcoming SKILLS competitions and credit recovery.

  • Post secondary presentations along with RAP and Dual credit opportunities.

  • Wellness center is open for all students to be physically active.

Continuing with our grade level assemblies our ‘middle years’ kiddos, the Grade 11’s will have many reminders from last school year as well as conversations about life after high school and our plan as a school to involve each student in individual conversations throughout the year.

Last but certainly not least, with our Grade 12’s, on Thursday, we will discuss scholarship opportunities, career counseling opportunities, and start the conversation of Graduation 2024.

Our first School Council Meeting will be held on September 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Library.

In closing and procedurally speaking, our Cafeteria now is officially open and has hours from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Should students forget their lunch, are hungry, and/or don’t have the funds to purchase, food is available in the office.

Have a good week and please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions or concerns.

Sunny Sandhu

Principal, Salisbury Composite High School