County Central March Hawk Talk
'Home of the Hawks'
Dear Parents & Guardians,
As we head towards spring, we have a new round of sports starting up that we hope students will sign up for. Our junior and senior badminton teams have already begun their practices, so if your student hasn’t signed up yet, they should stop in to see Ms. Seaman ASAP. Rugby, softball, and baseball will be starting the week of March 13th, and the sign-up sheets are outside of the PE office. I would like to thank all of our volunteer coaches for their extraordinary dedication and effort - our students are very lucky to have you, and we appreciate the support of our families and community members in helping make CCHS athletics happen.
March 13th to 17th is Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week. We are fortunate to have a number of fantastic substitute teachers in the Vulcan area who know our kids well. It’s not an easy thing to go into another teacher’s classroom to provide instruction and follow another person’s plans, but our wonderful subs do an amazing job and we will be celebrating them the week of the 13th!
On March 15th, CCHS will be hosting an information evening to showcase Palliser’s International Student Programs. Please see the poster included in this newsletter for information about the various programs offered, and please join us on the 15th if you are interested in hosting an international student for either a long or a short stay, if you child in interested in an exchange opportunity, or if you’d just like to learn more about the programs.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers from the United Church and the Vulcan Church of Christ - we are very lucky to have volunteers from our community coming in twice a week to make lunches for our students, and I’m incredibly grateful. We are continuing to offer a range of nutritious snacks and lunch items each day free of charge, as well as occasional hot lunches. Our nutrition program is available to all students.
In the coming weeks, students will begin preparations for the next school year. We will be hosting information evenings for parents and guardians as follows:
Transitioning into Grade 7 April 19th
Transitioning into Grade 10 March 22nd
Post-Secondary Planning for Grades 10-12
Scholarships for Grade 12 Students TBD
We will finalize the times and locations soon and will send out specific notices to families about information sessions that will apply to their students. Please keep an eye out for further details. Our in-person school tours and orientations for Grade 6 students coming into Grade 7 will take place in early June, and our orientation days for students coming from our feeder schools into Grade 10 will take place in May.
The upcoming Spring Break runs from April 7th to the 15th, with classes resuming on April 17th. I know we’re all looking forward to some rest before we begin the final push towards the end of the year. I encourage students to use their time off wisely and spend at least some of their break focusing on study and review.
Looking ahead, progress reports will be sent home on April 21st and will include updated marks as well as comments. Final invoices for school fees will also be sent home with the progress reports, and parents are reminded that they can view or pay for fees at any time by visiting our school’s website and clicking on the “School Cash'' link. Our Parent-Teacher Interviews are scheduled for April 25th and April 26th from 4:00pm - 6:30pm, and we remind you that our door is always open should you wish to set up further meetings. Also, our next School Council meeting is on Wednesday, April 5th at 5:30pm - the link can be found on our school’s website and Facebook page and new members are always welcome to join us.
B.Sc.Kin., B.Ed., M.A., M.Sc.
International Student Program
Fernie Ski Trip
Castle Ski Trip
A huge congratulations to them for advancing and having the opportunity to wear our school colors at a provincial level!
County Central High School recently received a display from an organization called Colouring It Forward. The display promotes Reconciliation and features Indigenous artists from Treaty 6, 7 and 8 Territories. The presentation is a call to action for all peoples of our region to come together to support each other as we move towards healing the wounds of the past. It concretely suggests steps each of us can take based on the 94 Calls To Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These actions encourage us to come together as a community so that we can broaden our understanding of our diversity. Through this understanding we are called to accept each individual and group so that we can mature, heal and grow as a society.
I want to thank Diana Frost of Colouring It Forward and Ashley Slemming of TREX Southwest for helping to bring this inspiring display to our school.
Mr. M. Shain
Math Puzzle Challenge
Hi families, below is our March Newsletter math challenge puzzle. If you answer one, you will get one entry for our draw, but if you are able to answer both you will gain two entries! The draw will take place at our awards ceremony closer to the end of the school year. Thank-you to the families who have sent in answers for our previous puzzles that started in January. Good luck everyone!
You have only four nines - 9 9 9 9. Your job is to arrange them in an equation to equal 100, using whatever operations (+, -, x, ÷) are necessary. The individual components of the equation can be single digit or multiple digits using nines, but you can only use four nines, no more and no less, and no other numbers. What is the equation?
You have this sequence of numbers: 77, 49, 36, 18…what is the next number in the sequence, and how do you know?
With semester 1 being completed and the start of semester 2 starting now we are asking that all outstanding fees be cleared up. Anyone needing assistance with fees are encouraged to reach out to Ms. Hellman. If there are outstanding fees for options your student(s) may not be able to register in option classes for 2nd semester.
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.
Upcoming School Events/Important Dates
- March 3rd Grade 7 & 8 PD Day
- March 14th Pi Day
March 17th PD Day - Summit Day
March 21st Criminal Justice Field Trip
April 5th EPIC Field Trip
April 7th - 16th Spring Break
The GRADE 9 EPIC event is nearing.
On April 5, 2023, we will be taking any interested grade 9 students to the annual EPIC CAREER EXPLORATION event at the Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds. This year will include a tour of a selected business (TBD).. Students will get an indepth look at all the occupations involved in one business. Following this, they will head to the Exhibition Grounds to take part in a large career exploration session hosted by Career Transitions. Detailed information will be emailed to grade 9 parents in the next couple weeks!
We have been hosting “Post Secondary Lunch Hour Booths” for students. The booth features a local University or College, where they provide information on programs, student life, application procedures, etc. We will continue this through until April. Encourage your child to stop by and get all their questions answered!.
We are awaiting the arrival of several new books for our library! All books were selected from the “most popular junior high/senior high pick list” and/or our student wish list! We should be receiving these within the next few weeks!
All grade 12 Detailed Academic Reports and Credential Reports have been emailed to the grade 12 students and their parents/guardians. Should you have any questions, please connect with myself or Ms. Hellman.
Bottle Drive Fundraiser
Our next meeting is on Wednesday, April 5 at 5:30pm in the Learning Commons or via a virtual link.
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.