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 in the building. 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. Cassi James will be teaching our Grade 9-12 Social Studies and Business Studies;
  • Ms. Daphne Yoner will be teaching Grades 10-12 Math and junior high Drama;
  • Ms. Leanne Sydenham has taken over as our head custodian;
  • Mrs. Marilyn Newbury will be covering covering our Band program while Mr. Rodgers is away.

Please join us in welcoming them to our community :)



Once again, we find ourselves operating under some uncertainty regarding the impact of COVID-19. We have been given direction from Alberta Health Services as well as the Palliser School Division in terms of the measures and restrictions in place at our school, and you can view our COVID-19 School Plan on the CCHS website. However, as was the case last year, we must be ready to adapt to changing information. Our staff, students, and families have demonstrated a great deal of resilience and flexibility over the past 18 months, and while we are hoping for a bit more normalcy this year, we know that we may be facing changing circumstances along the way. I will keep our families informed of any changes to the COVID measures in place, and I want to thank you for not only being diligent in reading communications from the school, but also for supporting us as we navigate these strange times together.


Our main concern right now is to help keep one another safe by ensuring that we do not come to school if we are feeling unwell. Families are asked to continue to screen for symptoms each day using the AHS Daily Checklist and to follow all isolation mandates from the province. If your student has a fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell or taste, or any other symptoms, please keep them home until they are feeling well, and please follow all AHS directives for isolating.


Over then 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.

Important - School Calendar Change

September 30, 2021, will mark the first 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 2021-22 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.

Returning Student Registration Forms

Returning Student Verification forms will be emailed out in the next week so please be sure to check your emails for these. These forms are required by Alberta Education as it verifies your students' registration with our school. It also allows us to make sure our contact information is 100% up to date and to allow for any required changes to be made and information verified.
Student absences at CCHS can be entered in the School Messenger App. This system records absences or illnesses etc and enters them into our PowerSchool system. If you need help with signing up or troubleshooting let the main office know.


Click here for the link

PowerSchool

The staff and students use PowerSchool portal to access their schedules, assignment marks, report cards, progress reports etc. Students can access the app with a login they can get from the office. Individual emails will be sent out to new Palliser student parents with instructions and an access code to link accounts with the student account.


*Initial set up of Parent Portal needs to be done with the link provided in the email*


Any questions or problems with the app please contact the main office.

School Cash

School fees can be paid online via the School Cash website. All semester 1 fees will be added this week and will be due by September 15th. Fees & forms for sports and field trips will be 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

Hawks Nest

The Hawk's Nest will be operational again this school year. Stay tuned for more information about menus, pre-orders, and the opening date.

Upcoming School Events

Terry Fox Run- The annual 'Terry Fox Run' is scheduled this year for Thursday, September 23rd. Donations can be submitted online or paper forms are available in the office.

PD Day- September 24th is a PD Day so there are no classes for students.


National Day of Truth and Reconciliation- September 30, 2021, will mark the first 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 2021-22 school year.

School Picture Day - Thursday September 9th

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It is school picture day on Thursday September 9th. Retakes are scheduled for Friday November 5th for anyone who may miss them this Thursday.

Youth Get-a-Way Centre

The Youth Centre is open starting Friday, September 3rd.


Follow them on social media to keep up to date regarding hours, events, and
upcoming programming!

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Grad Gab

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Class of 2022 Jewelry

Attention Grade 12 students and parents: Jostens will be holding the following graduation jewelry events for the Class of 2022:


  • Thursday, September 9th - Preview Day - 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Thursday, September 23rd - Order Day - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Students will need to bring a $100.00 deposit when ordering, and they will have a chance to receive a free hoodie if they put in their order on the 23rd.



Information will be handed out this week during CHAT.

Parent & Guardian Grad Meeting

Our first meeting for the parents and guardians for the Class of 2022 will be held on September 21st, 2021 at 5:00pm. The meeting will be virtual, and a link will be shared just prior to the meeting. Topics will include fundraising, the date for grad, and the format. A student meeting will follow on September 23rd during CHAT.

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 next virtual parent council meeting will be held September 15, 2021. Please let the main office know if you like a meeting link sent to you.


The 2021-2022 AGM will take place on Wednesday, October 6th at 7:00pm. 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

CCHS Student Council is looking for students to join and get involved yet again. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 8th.


Students with questions can contact Mrs. Wouters.

CCHS Web Page

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