County Central September Hawk Talk

'Home of the Hawks'

Principal's Point

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!


Sincerely,

Leanne Hellman

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.

Athletics

Volleyball season is upon us and it's been enjoyable to watch the students play so far! The weekend of Sept 16/17 saw our Hawks host a SR JV tournament. Sept 23/24 the JR boys and girls teams hosted the first ever 'JR Smash'!


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

CCHS Sports Council AGM will be held on Oct 20th. Click here to view attachments for more information and bylaws.

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 cchsadmin@pallisersd.ab.ca or call the office (403)485-2223.

School Cash

School fees can be paid online via the School Cash website. All semester 1 fees have been added this week and are due by Sept. 30. 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

Facebook

Instagram


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

For this years fall fundraiser we have decided to take a break from the 'Little Caesar's Pizza' fundraiser and are excited to be hosting the Purdy's chocolate fundraiser. The sales of chocolates will be in support of purchasing a new 'Hawk-ules' mascot costume! The former mascot is in need of a much deserved retirement. 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

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.

School Pictures

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School pictures were taken on Sept 7th and retakes are scheduled for Monday October 24th for anyone who missed the original date.


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.

Yearbooks

The 2021-2022 school yearbooks have arrived! Those that pre-paid have been issued their yearbook during CHAT class. If anyone didn't purchase one we do have extras available for sale. They are $35.00 and can be paid for in the office or attached to School Cash.


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.

Grad Gab

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Class of 2023 Grad Hoodie order

The grad hoodie order forms have been sent home with students and are available in the office as well. Please return those as soon as possible.


Payment can be accepted in the office or added to school cash.

Student Grad Meeting

Our next student grad meeting will be on Wednesday, October 5th during CHAT. Grads are reminded to please join our Grade 12 Homeroom Google Classroom and watch for announcements and voting sheets.

Textbooks

A friendly reminder to students that if you have any textbooks from years prior if you could return them to the school main office as soon as possible that would be appreciated.

Council Reports

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Parent Council

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.

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.

CCHS Web Page

Be sure to check out our webpage for more info https://www.countycentral.ca/