Calgary Board of Education Willow Park School
343 Willow Park Drive S.E., Calgary AB T2J 0K7 | Grades 5-9 Arts-Centred Learning
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Welcome to Willow Park School
Arts-Centred Learning

Teaching and learning using the arts as a means of understanding the world...accessing and expressing knowledge and experiences in multiple ways...through the disciplines of fine and performing arts.

Recently updated on December 15th- Please scroll down for new newsletter items.

Principal's Blog updated November 5th.

Willow Park School Open House and Applications for 2015 / 2016

Our Open House will be held at Willow Park School (343 Willow Park Drive SE) on Wednesday, January 14th from 7 - 8:30pm. Parents and students who are applying are most welcome to attend! We will meet in the main gym at 8:00pm. Applications for Willow Park are posted in the Apply tab above. Completed applications must be received no later than 4:00 pm, on Thursday, Gebruary 26th, 2015 to be considered.

Updated December 15th, 2014

Basket Ball Try Outs Begin December 1st

Jr. Girls - Mondays - Dec 1, 8th and 15th - 7:30am - 8:50am
Wednesdays - Dec 3, 10th and 17th 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Sr. Girls - Mondays - Dec 1, 8th and 15th - 4:00 - 5:30pm
Wednesdays - Dec 3, 10th and 7:30am - 8:50am
Friday - Dec 19th 7:30 - 8:50am

Sr. Boys - Tuesday Dec 2, 9th and 16th - 4:00 - 5:30pm

Jr. Boys - Tuesdays Dec 9th, 11th and 16 7:30 - 8:50am
Thursdays Dec 4 and 18th - 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Updated December 10th, 2014

for Grade 9 Students

For the CBE High School Registration Page (tours and information)

For CBE Registration Course Guidlines

For More information about Tours (sent to parents) CLICK HERE

Updated December 15th, 2014

Willow Park School moves "Onward" with community and
Alberta Government grants for new technology

Following the devastating fire that forced the temporary move of Willow Park School to Viscount Bennett last year, the school developed a new slogan called “onward!” and invited the entire school and community to rise up against adversity.
Read story

November 2014

Report Card Changes

As you may know all grades K – 9 in the Calgary Board of Education have implemented a 4-point grading indicator scale and no longer assigning letter grades or percentages on report cards. Ongoing communication between teachers, students and parents will be paramount. We feel as a community it is important to have opportunity to come together and share this exciting change, which puts student learning at the center of all we do.
CLICK HERE for the Calgary Board of Education Parent’s Guide on Assessment and Reporting for you to read. High Schools are onboard with this new change and we will continue to register students in the courses that are best for their learning.

Parent Evening was Oct 21st 2014

Willow Park Parent and Student Resource Site

Information and workshop information about:
* Teen Anxiety *Teen Depression *Self Harm *Perfectionism *Drugs and Alcohol *Girls Groups *Support Groups and organizations *Stress *Self-esteem
* Digital Safety *Cyber Bullyin *Honourable use of Technology


Recently updated December 15th, 2014

Health Information and Services

Parents can access information from the Alberta Health Services Newsletter Click on Kids Health Link: Kids' Health Link!

information from Alberta Health
To determine if your child has been immunized, you can phone the
Medical Record Centers below or they will help direct you to get paper records
(outside of the province or country you will need to call Health Link where they
will help re-direct you).

Alberta Health Calgary Medical Record Center 403.214.3641
Alberta Health Services Provincial Records 780.41.7985

Health Link – 1.866.408.5465
Information posted on Oct 28th, 2014 - Updated November 26th, 2014

Communications from the Chief Superintendent and Board of Trustees

Updated November, 2014

Microsoft Opportunity

The Calgary Board of Education is pleased to be able to offer the new Microsoft Student Advantage Program. This program provides free access to Office 365 for CBE students. Office 365 is available for download on up to 5 devices (Windows, Mac, and/or mobile devices). This suite includes Word, Excel, One Note and Powerpoint. CLICK HERE for more information.
Updated September, 2014


and log on to Willow Park's NEW "OverDrive" where students can read books online for free. The Calgary Public Library also has EBooks for your family to access CLICK HERE for more information.
For more information about the Calgary Public Library, CLICK HERE
Posted June, 2014

STAY INFORMED all year long!

Printable 2014 - 2015 Calendar CLICK HERE
Note one change -
Conferences on April 6 and 7th not 16th 17th (correction made on Sept 19th)

For information about Willow Park School Council

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Stay in touch and be informed when we change our Website or share important information! For up-to-date alerts regarding important Willow Park Information, sign up for Willow Park Remind 101 for the latest updates as we receive them. Remind 101 will allow you to receive text messages from Willow Park School. To sign up to receive text messages to your cell phone regarding important information.

Text the message: @willowpark

to the phone number 587 409 1803

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School Council / Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out a Parent Volunteer form found on our School Council site.

CLICK HERE to see our School Council Website .

To contact a member of our School Council, please email:



Photos have arrived today, October 28th and should be sent home with your student this week. Retakes were on November 5th.


Lifetouch Canada has extended fall portrait availability online - you can still place your order through for your school portraits.

What's New at Starbucks | December


Grade 9 – Exploring Complexity
- Katherine F.
- Carly C.
- Jade A.
- Anonymous

Grade 6 – Exploring Bev Doolittle’s style
- Eloise S.
- Marcos P.
- Syrina G.
- Chloe S.
- Jayden P.
- Arisa D.
- Megan

Grade 5 – Exploring Monet’s style
- Gabbie K.
- Dan
- Aoi O.
- Imani D.
- Kaylee S.
- Izzy A.
- Lauryn K.
- Natalia K.
- Anonymous




Willow Park Stories!

Terry Fox and Willow Park School!

Thank you Willow Park School for your contribution to the Terry Fox ‘Toonie for Terry’ Run. Together we pushed ourselves to run and walk and helped to raise money for cancer research through the Terry Fox Foundation. We raised over $315.00 this year. Way to go Wild!
September 2014

2014 Willow Park at Beakerhead - amazing work!
September 2014

Some of our talented students were chosen to attend 'Beakerhead' this September. Beakerhead is an annual, citywide, interactive movement that explodes with creativity. It brings together the arts and engineering sectors from across the city, province, country and world to build, compete and exhibit interactive works of art, spectacle and entertainment during an annual week-long international happening each fall. From outdoor artworks and late-night laboratories, to community contests and celebrations, interactive digital events to event premieres, Beakerhead creates a crucible of human ingenuity, mixing energetic community involvement with international talent.


We wanted to share with you the "lab report" our students created to house the "realtime" documents created by the Willow Park School for Arts-Centred Learning students who visited Beakerhead. You can view our lab report and find the various student presentations linked in the observation section.


Click on this link and be prepared to be AMAZED! Beakerhead2014

Thank you to our talented teachers Mr. David, Mrs Chin and Mrs Green who helped prepare, guide and lead our students on that day!


Student Animations from "Village of Idiots"

These animations were created by Ms. Shield's animation club and projected as the backdrop for our student production of, Canadian playwright, John Lazarus's "Village of Idiots".

The scrip called for a tree which would change seasons. Instead of using a physical tree, students created an animation of the tree in the clip below which was paused inbetween seasons. Actors would sit below the projection and smell the blossoms, shiver in the cold and watch the buds burst into bloom.

"We Can Change The World"
Grade 8 BP & A Energy Project

Students in grade 8 investigated the question “ How can the arts influence our decisions to meet the needs for a sustainable environment and respond to social and cultural change? “.  This video is a brief montage of our process. 

Our approach was to begin with the arts in mind, sharing and discussing images to provoke discussion around the role of the arts within society.  We used works by artists such as Edward Burtynsky, Yinka Shonibare, and Neil Young.  We also held a forum of both local artists (Morgan Free and Lane Shoredee) and professionals in the oil and gas field (British Petroleum and Marquis Alliance).  We also had Chris Turner, author of The Geography of Hope take part in the panel.  Students developed their own questions for the panel and then took time afterward to reflect on their understanding and pose more questions to clarify their understanding.   Throughout this project, we were fortunate to have the support and assistance of our studio artist, Morgan Free.  She challenged our students to think more conceptually while focusing on the process rather than the product.

 A key element of this project was the collaboration and cross-curricular approach that was taken.  Humanities focused on communication, looking at different perspectives, worldview, stereotypes, bias and point of view.  Science classes involved studying and reviewing the different types of energy as well as fresh and salt water systems.

One aspect that made this project successful was that students were offered opportunities to direct the direction of the project as indicated through their reflections as well as the choice of representation they were given.

We were very fortunate to have Fish Creek Public Library offer their space for us to hold our exhibition.  It was a wonderful space to showcase the students‘ work!








PTS Music Program Ongoing Fundraiser - we have teamed up with the Willow Park and Deer Valley locations of M&M Meat Shops for an ongoing fundraising event supporting the music program. M&M Meats has now been taken over by a new owner and we will post our new partnership discount shortly.



Ms. Faulkner's Student Survey