County Central October Hawk Talk

'Home of the Hawks'

Principal's Point

Dear Parents & Guardians,

I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. Our academic year is fully underway, and our staff is enjoying getting to know all of our new students. We've had a busy first month of school. Our start-up went well, with a staggered start and an opportunity to orient our new students. Our current enrolment is 199, 78 of which are in junior high and 121 in senior high.

Sports are running right along. Our golf team did well during their short season of play, with the mixed team bringing home the zone banner. Our cross country team was off to Lethbridge yesterday for their meet, and our volleyball teams have had several games and tournaments. Thank you to all of the volunteer coaches and managers who have made our sports seasons possible this year!

Our school spent this past week preparing for Orange Shirt Day, which we recognized on September 29th. Classes were able to have discussions about the history of residential schools, watch videos to better understand the perspectives of survivors, and explore the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report. Staff and students wore orange shirts to show our solidarity with residential school survivors and to share the message that every child matters. We hope that our students and their families were able to spend some time on September 30th reflecting on our country's history as we recognized the first Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The Hawk's Nest opened on October 3rd. We are once again offering nutritious food options free of charge (sandwiches, juice, yogurt, veggies, cheese, etc.). We are still exploring options for offering a hot lunch twice a week and will keep our families posted.

On October 7th, we will be having our first junior high collaborative day of the year, so there will be no school for students in Grades 7 & 8 that day. The junior high collaborative days are built into the schedule in order to offset the surplus instructional hours accumulated by having junior high students follow a senior high timetable and our teachers use these days to collaborate on programming and supports for our students.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving next week and have a chance to enjoy the company of friends and family.

Leanne Hellman

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

Around School

Congratulations to our CCHS SR.Golf team who brought home the banner from the Zone Championships. We are so proud of you kids!

We are also super proud of Taryn Sanderson who advanced to the Provincial Championships!

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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Thank you to the staff and students who participated in Orange Shirt Day and the significance of this day.
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Hot Lunch Orders

We are excited to be able to offer our students hot lunch from different local businesses once a month. The first one will be A&W on October 20th. Pre-orders must be placed online through School Cash.

We understand that these are hard times so if anyone has concerns about their student missing out on lunch due to financial constraints please reach out to Leanne Hellman.

Sports Council AGM

CCHS Sports Council AGM will be held on Oct 20th at 5:30pm in the Learning Commons. Click here to view attachments for more information and bylaws.

We are finally making progress! We have started sending out invites to parents for the new Edsby app. We are seeing the benefits of this app and how it easily does a lot of things we need it to as far as communicating absences, newsletters and even classroom communication!

If you need any assistance with the app please contact the office.

School Cash

School fees can be paid online via the School Cash website. All semester 1 fees have been added and are due to October 15th. Fees & forms for athletics are available as well on School Cash. If you haven't already done so you will need to register an account and instructions can be found here.

Alternatively cash or cheque can be accepted in the office.

Keeping Up To Date

Parents and family members can find school information, closures, events, sports and fundraising information on our website and social media accounts. Links to these can be found below:

County Central website



Purdy's Fall Fundraiser

Don't forget to get your chocolate orders in!! I mean who doesn't like chocolate?

All sales will be in support of purchasing a new 'Hawk-ules' mascot costume so all the sports team can have some extra added support at games and tournaments!! Orders are due online or to the office by November 27th to ensure delivery of goods before Christmas.

We thank everyone for supporting our school! Click here to view the catalog and order information.

LST Update

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Upcoming School Events/Important Dates

October 7- Grade 7 & 8 PD Day

October 10- Thanksgiving Monday (No classes)

October 20- Sports Council AGM

October 21- PD Day (No classes)

October 24- Picture retake day

October 31- Halloween

November 2 - Headstrong Summit

November 6 - Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 7 - Staff Meeting

November 10 - Remembrance Day Ceremony

November 10 - Progress Reports released

November 11 - Remembrance Day

November 14 - No School

November 16 & 17 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (4:00pm - 6:30pm)

Learning Commons

Hello and welcome to the Learning Commons Corner!

I am excited to, once again, help the students of CCHS through my role as Career & Academic Counselor/Learning Commons Facilitator.

In hopes to better communicate career & academic opportunities, I have google classrooms set up for all Grade 10, 11, and 12 students. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD HAS ACCEPTED MY INVITE as there is always an abundance of information pertaining to Post Secondary information sessions and Open Houses, Scholarship information, Work Experience, Green Certificate, and Dual Credit Opportunities.

As the year is well underway, I have had the opportunity to speak with most Grade 11 and 12 students, but encourage all students in Grades 10-12 to drop in and see me. It is important to discuss their plans and how we can work towards them, whether they include post secondary or other options.

Some exciting plans for October include:

  • A field trip to the Lethbridge College Trades buildings for Grade 11 and 12 students interested in taking a trade. More information to come as details are figured out. I will also plan the same field trip for Grade 10 students at a later date!

  • I am working with Vulcan Emergency Services in hopes of setting up a Distracted Driving and Rollover Simulator Demo for our high school students to take part in. We are in the beginning stages of planning and will share more details as they develop.

French International Student Opportunity


We are looking for a student interested in partaking in an exchange program with a student from France. We have a 15 year old male student who wants to spend a month here next summer and then have one of our students return to France with them for one month. There is no money exchanged for the exchange program, the student's family will be responsible for the flight to and from France and will also be responsible for extra costs for the french student while they are here. And vice versa when our student goes to France, the family there will be responsible for any extra costs for our student.

'My name is Merovée, I am a 15 year old boy who is looking for a Canadian correspondent to

make an exchange from 3 weeks to 1 month in the summer of 2023 from the beginning of


I live in Nantes in the west of France and I like sports, battery and nature walks. I would

like to visit the Canadian mountains.

I am in my second year of high school. I would be very happy to have a Canadian

correspondent to improve my English and discover this country.

I can accommodate a male or female correspondent who will have her single room with

shower. We live in a house with a garden very close to Nantes. I have 2 older brothers

Thomas (22 years old) who is studying engineering in Grenoble in computer science and

Noé (20 years old) who is an alpine hunter in Annecy. They are no longer at home during

school periods.'

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Grad Gab

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Class of 2023 Grad Hoodie order

The grad hoodie orders have been placed.

For those who have not yet paid for their hoodies, payment can be made via cash or cheque in the office or added to school cash.

Bottle Drive Fundraiser

The Grad 2023 class has an account set up at the bottle depot. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. If you need to arrange pick up of any bottles please reach out to the school or Amber Rhodes.

Council Reports

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Parent Council

The School Council meeting will be held on November 2nd at 5:30pm.

New members are always welcome. This is a great way to become involved in our school community!

Meeting minutes can be viewed on the CCHS website.

Student Council

Kernels Popcorn Sales

CCHS Student Council is selling bags of popcorn during the lunch hour. They are set up in the Learning Commons and prices are $2.50-$3.00.

The next Student Council meeting is Wednesday, October 12th.

CCHS Web Page

Be sure to check out our webpage for more info