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 February 26th- Please scroll down for new newsletter items.

Principal's Blog updated December 19th.

Junior High Improvisation Tournament!
Come and cheer our Performance Improvisation Club on at our First Annual Junior High Improvisation Tournament on March 11th and 12th 7 - 9pm at Lord Beaverbrook! Students will compete against Terry Fox, Midsun and Nickle Jr. High students. This is a MUST SEE! Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased by

Understanding the Teenage Brain TONIGHT!!! Tickets still available!
Gail Smillie will share her presentation on Understanding the Teenage Brain on
Thursday, February 26th from 7 - 9pm at Lord Beaverbrook. Get your tickets HERE (click to purchase). Understanding the adolescent brain process of sculpting and pruning, reorganizing and prioritizing and actually growing the brain, can assist in understanding what is helpful and what is counterproductive when dealing with adolescents. Gail’s presentation provides an overview of the latest literature and research on the teenage brain, accompanied by positive strategies for living with teenagers. The effect and impact that elevated stress and arousal levels have on adolescent brain function is addressed. Important considerations include differences in male and female brains, changes in sleep patterns, drives and hormone surges, as well as the importance of changes in parenting approach will be covered. Presented by The Willow Park Music Program.
You can purchase your tickets online HERE. Hope to see you there!
Click HERE for the poster for this event and more information.
Tickets can also be purchased with a cheque or money using an order form.
CLICK HERE for the ticket order form.

Updated January 26th, 2015

Willow Park School Applications for 2015 / 2016

Our Open House was held at Willow Park School on Wednesday, January 14th. If you were unable to attend, please investigate our website for more information. Applications for Willow Park are posted in the Apply tab above or click here. Completed applications must be received no later than 4:00 pm, on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 to be considered.

Updated January 16th, 2015

Sr. Girls Basketball!
Congratulations to our Sr. Girl's Basketball Team on their recent win! GO, WILD!

Updated February 26th, 2015

ACE - Art Core Experience at Willow Park School
Each Friday our students participate in ACE for two hours. Twenty-three different art workshops take place each Friday! This is a time designed in our schedule for students to gain important art skills in which they can transfer to all classes when presenting their understanding of material. Click on our link to see what our students and teachers have been up to!

Updated January 14th 2014

Bus Information at WPS
Due to winter weather, expect bus delays. Have students dress with winter clothing and encourage students to sign up for "Remind" text messages to you and your child's cel phones for current information about bus delays. CLICK HERE If busses are delayed, check your cel phone for a "Remind Message" or call the school at 403 777 6900 to inquire and report.
Please note: Students must ride on their assigned bus. Students wishing to make alternative transporation arrangements for the day must bring in a note to the ofice the morning of the change. All students involved must have notes to confirm arrangements. Students may only ride a different bus for project work approved by the appropriate teacher. This information is in found in our Student Expectation booklet. CLICK HERE.

Thank you for your continued support.

Updated February 26th, 2015

Basket Ball Schedules and Gymnastics Information
Schedules are posted under STUDENT - EXTRACURRICULAR

Updated January 8th, 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

For Lord Beaverbrook General information CLICK HERE
For Lord Beaverbrook "Information Transition to High School" CLICK HERE

Shaughnessy High School Open House:
January 21st 6:30 - 9:30 pm
The Open House will feature a keynote speaker from the Petroleum Club, a student panel of current online and CT students, teachers from each program offering brief updates and overview of the program, and formal and informal tours.
This is a great opportunity to meet the teachers from all CBe-learn and CTC programs, explore our programs and facility, and have any of your questions answered.

Updated January 16th, 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
*Teenage Brain


Site Recently updated on January 26th, 2015

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

texts to your phone

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

Remind 101 General Information

Remind 101 BUS 'Remind' Registration Information

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 arrived on October 28th and were sent home with your student. Retakes were on November 5th 2014.


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

What's New at Starbucks | January


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Grade 8
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Grade 9
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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.