County Central September Hawk Talk
'Home of the Hawks'
Dear Parents & Guardians,
For those families who are new to our school, welcome! To our returning families, welcome back! We are excited to be starting a new school year and to have our students back. We trust you all had a safe and restful summer break and that our young people are refreshed and ready to learn.
I am pleased to introduce some new staff members to our school:
Mrs. Wendy McAdam will be teaching Senior English Language Arts;
Mr. Josh Holloway will be teaching Biology and Science;
Ms. Taylor MacLeod will be teaching Junior and Senior Social Studies;
Mr. Steven Gill will be covering our Music classes as well as CALM 10 and Health 9 while Mr. Rodgers is away; and
Mrs. Nicole Mattson has taken on the role of Family School Liaison Counselor.
Please join us in welcoming them to our community :)
We are pleased to be able to offer our students a variety of supports this year. Please feel free to contact the following staff members at any time:
Mrs. James - Learning Support Teacher
Mrs. Phillips-Jones - Making Connections Worker
Mrs. Mattson - Family School Liaison Counselor
Mrs. Dobson - Learning Commons Facilitator & Career and Academic Counselor (including post-secondary planning and scholarships)
Mrs. Bowden - Off Campus Coordinator (R.A.P, Work Experience, Green Certificate, and Dual Credit Programs)
While we are looking forward to starting a new school year with minimal COVID-19 safety measures in place, it is still imperative that students stay home from school if they are unwell. If your child has any symptoms, we ask that you keep them home until they are feeling better. Any students who become unwell while at school may be asked to go home. Our school will continue with our enhanced cleaning protocols and recommend students continue to practice good hand hygiene and physical distancing, and while masking is no longer required, we support any students or staff members who wish to continue wearing a mask while at school.
Over the next few weeks, our staff will be working hard to review materials from last year and assess where our students are at with their learning. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their children's teachers to discuss any concerns they may have regarding learning losses during COVID, academic progress, and how students can be supported at home. As always, we welcome your feedback and questions. If you would like to get in touch with either myself or Mr. Monts, please call 403-485-2223 to set up an appointment.
I wish you all a safe, engaging, and enjoyable school year!
B.Sc.Kin., B.Ed., M.A., M.Sc.
National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2022, is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday established “to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools.” In honour of this important day and with deep respect for the Indigenous communities who have long advocated to have the brutal legacy of residential schools recognized, the Palliser School Division will be observing this day as a non-operational day for the 2022-23 school year.
Palliser is committed to advancing Indigenous human rights through truth and reconciliation. As you may know, prior to this year, our staff have worked together to diligently promote awareness about the history and legacy of the Residential School system by observing Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day was designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.
It is imperative that we as a community bear witness to this legacy and to join in the collective efforts to rethink our understandings of, and attitudes toward, the Canadian past and present. At Palliser, we pride ourselves on living and learning in community: the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation offers us a chance to listen and learn from people in our communities whose experiences and knowledge must inform our way forward.
We enjoy having the stands and chairs full of spectators again. As always a huge thank you to our parent volunteers who step up to make sure the tournament and concession is organized and runs smooth!
Sports Council AGM
We are still currently experiencing issues with the app that will be used to report absences. If your student(s) will be absent please email email@example.com or call the office (403)485-2223.
Alternatively cash or cheque can be accepted in the office.
Keeping Up To Date
Please note that we are waiting for finalizations with the new school programs. Once Tech has everything working correctly and synchronizing we will work on sending out account activation emails. We apologize for the delay but as with most things technology related there are always glitches that aren't anticipated.
If you need to communicate with your student(s) teachers please reach out them via email or feel free to call the office during school hours.
Purdy's Fall Fundraiser
We thank everyone for supporting our school! Click here to view the catalog and order information.
Upcoming School Events
Orange Shirt Day- We will honor September 30th with 'Orange Shirt Day' on September 29th.
National Day of Truth and Reconciliation- September 30, 2022
Terry Fox Run- The annual 'Terry Fox Run' is scheduled this year for Tuesday, October 4th. Donations can be submitted online or paper forms are available in the office.
Thanksgiving- Monday, October 10th there are no classes
Our School Survey
The Our School Survey is a resource used by Palliser schools to gather data and to track progress throughout the year and over the course of several years. CCHS has students complete the survey twice a year, in the fall and in the spring.
Students in Grades 7-12 will be completing the Our School Survey over the next two weeks. This is a confidential and anonymous online survey that covers topics related to students experiences at school and will provide the administration and staff with useful data to help direct our school improvement initiatives going forward. We appreciate our students taking the time to share their responses to the survey questions. Please contact Ms. Hellman if you would like any further information.
Orders and proofs were sent home with students so be sure to place your order online by the due date or send in the form with payment to the office.
2022-2023 yearbook fees will be added to School Cash as optional in the coming weeks. Anyone that would like to purchase one can and they will be delivered at the beginning of the school year.
Class of 2023 Grad Hoodie order
Payment can be accepted in the office or added to school cash.
Student Grad Meeting
The annual School Council AGM will be held on October 5th at 5:30pm. We are planning to hold this meeting in person in addition to an online link for those unable to physically attend.
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.