Calgary Board of Education

 
Student Services

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Central Memorial High School’s Student Services team is committed to supporting students.  Students and parents are encouraged to consult with counsellors to support students as they plan for learning, career journeys, and transition into life beyond high school.
Help is available.  Students requiring assistance from their guidance counsellor are asked to visit the Student Services office and make an appointment with the Student Services Secretary.
Parents/guardians wishing to speak with their child's counsellor are encouraged to email the individual counsellor or phone the Student Services Secretary at 403–243–8880 local 2320 to book an appointment.
Services provided include:

  • Student counselling and advocacy related to educational planning, career, financial assistance, and post-secondary education.
  • Review of students’ educational plans and post-secondary aspirations.
  • Short term counselling regarding personal concerns that may interfere with academic, social, and family life.
  • Referrals to appropriate resources, e.g. family doctor, family and community services, hospitals, social service agencies, support groups.
  • Assistance with a career search. 
  • Post-secondary career event activities, information on various post-secondary institutions, entrance requirements, and scholarships.

Counsellors
Surnames beginning with:


A – H
Patrick Tomczyk
Email: pstomczyk@cbe.ab.ca

I - P
Tamara McEachern
Email: tjmceachern@cbe.ab.ca

Q - Z                           
Ronda Connop
Email: rjconnop@cbe.ab.ca

 

Registration
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Registering for course at Central Memorial
At Central, helping each student to know they are welcome and that they belong is important to us. We hope to make every experience, especially the initial experiences, at Central positive and smooth.
Please use the checklist below to help guide you through the registration process. 
Central Memorial Registration Checklist (pdf)
Registration Form
Transfer Form
Fees and Waivers http://www.cbe.ab.ca/registration/fees-and-waivers/Pages/default.aspx
Performing Visual Arts (PVA) http://www.pvacentral.dreamhosters.com/how-to-apply/
National Sports Academy (NSA) http://www.eshootsescores.com


Transitioning from Junior High to High School:
Click on the following link to download a document that outlines some of the key differences between Junior High and High School with some tips for success.
High School Success overview (http://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/high-school/Pages/default.aspx)


Boundary Information
The following link is a tool showing CBE schools and the programs offered for the current school year.  Find your designated school at http://www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/find-a-school/Pages/default.aspx

Registration Guide and Other Forms
CMHS Complementary Course Guide
CBE Detailed High School Course Guide
Registration in Homelogic – Walkthrough
Student Health Plan
Student Health Emergency Response Protocol Form

 Career Centre

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The Career Centre is located in The HUB and provides students with resources needed to explore careers and personal interests beyond high school. There will be various opportunities to connect with professionals in a multitude of industries via “career talks”, vocational guidance by our staff, and “hands on” experience with interest inventories, interview skills, resume and cover letter workshops, and post-secondary exploration. The goal of the Career Centre is to assist students in connecting their current studies with academic programming and life skills beyond the classroom.

CMHS’ Wellness Centre

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CMHS Wellness 2016-2017

All In For Youth (AIFY)
http://www.allinforyouth.com

All in For Youth is a citywide movement of community partners focused on improving high school completion rates in Calgary and connecting youth to positive adults. AIFY schools are committed to providing youth with the resources and supports necessary to complete high school, return to school if they’ve left, access further education, and transition successfully into the workforce.

Supports and Programs Available at Central:

1. Barrier Removal funds: these funds (Approximately $2000.00 per semester) are used to remove barriers to student learning and achievement. This may include transportation, food, clothing, school supplies, day care costs, heath needs (prescription drugs, eye glasses, etc.), tutoring, and out of school counselling.
CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

2. Bissett Bursaries: Full first year tuition for up to 20 AIFY high school graduates who demonstrate financial need and an interest in continuing their education at SAIT. (Previous 2 years: 2 graduates from CMHS received this bursary!)
CMHS Contact: Ronda Connop rjconnop@cbe.ab.ca

3.  Call Back Strategy: Students who have left school are contacted and invited to return to their home school or to an alternative learning site (CBE Encore Program essential for this movement) CMHS Contact: Cheri Schwartz clschwartz@cbe.ab.ca

4. Career Talks: Adult volunteers share personal stories and journeys into their respective professions through small discussion groups (1-10 students) on Fridays. We had the most career talks of any school in Calgary in 2016!!
CMHS Contact: Sylvia Hayward sjhayward@cbe.ab.ca

5. Math Tutoring: After school math tutoring at one of the 5 participating YMCA locations. Students receive nutritious snacks, two hours of tutoring and mentorship, and a pass to the YMCA for regular attendance.
CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca or Stan Mah stmah@cbe.ab.ca

6. mPower Mentoring: Mentors encourage and empower high school youth to identify their strengths, explore their passions, and achieve their goals as they journey towards adulthood.
CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

7. SAIT Culinary Arts Program: A unique 4 month pilot program being offered through SAIT’s world-class culinary campus where students will be trained to be job-ready upon graduation for the growing food industry.
CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

8. World of Choices: This day-long program pairs high school girls with female career mentors and provides opportunities to explore a wide array of careers.
CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

9. Wiseguyz http://www.calgarysexualhealth.ca/programs-workshops/wiseguyz/
A few years ago, Calgary Sexual Health Centre began to see a critical need in the community. We recognized that most sexual health services were targeted to women, and that while teen pregnancy rates had dramatically dropped, STI rates continued to rise. We knew that domestic and sexual violence rates were also rising. We saw disturbing trends around the cultural and media messages about what it meant to be a man. We continued to see bullying and homophobia occurring in schools. Could there be a link? What were we teaching our young men, and how could we change the conversation? As a result of these questions, WiseGuyz was born. As an organization with a long-standing tradition of effective, innovative programs in our community, we saw an opportunity to deepen our impact and tackle an issue at its root.
Central Memorial High School was the first high school in Calgary to adopt this program and we are making some amazing progress……
CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

The Alex Youth Health Bus
http://www.thealex.ca/programs-services/health/health-bus-program/

The Alex Youth Health Bus brings health care directly to youth who may otherwise face challenges accessing these services. The bus visits 8 schools per week on all regular school days, including exams, Monday through Thursday, making it easy for youth to access the care they need. Staff on the bus use a holistic, compassionate approach to provide physical, emotional, psychological and social support for youth. The bus is staffed by a team of physicians, registered nurses and resource workers, the YHB provides wraparound services including referrals for youth
Doctors, nurses and youth workers offer:

  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, as well as pregnancy testing and support
  • Birth control education, prescriptions and supplies
  • Referrals to community resources and services
  • Mental health support and general medical care
  • Someone for youth to talk to and answer their questions

CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca
Appointments can be made through Shawna Day slday@cbe.ab.ca

Calgary Sexual Health Centre

  • Various Professional Development supports our work around gender and sexuality
  • CALM class presentations
  • Supporting our GSA and classroom teachers

LGBTQ Youth and Family Supports
Free outreach and support services for sexually and gender diverse youth and their families.
The LGBTQ Youth and Family Support Specialist at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre is available to connect with sexually and gender diverse (S&GD) youth in regards to questions about identity, coming out, family rejection, relationships (including family, friends, and romantic), transitioning supports, issues of identity at school and connecting to community. For trans youth 12 and up, they are able to provide direct psychiatric referrals for gender identity dysphoria diagnoses.
For families, support can be provided with regards to understanding their child’s identity, supporting an open dialogue between them and their child, processing their grief, discussing how to navigate the coming out process in different contexts, how to best support their child, navigating the school system and navigating the transition process both medically and socially.
CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

Healthy Relationships: Calgary Emergency Women’s Shelter
https://calgarywomensshelter.com/index.php/shelter-programs/healthy-relationships

The Healthy Relationships Program is a prevention-based program offered by the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Catholic School Board and the Rockyview School Division. This preventative programming is centred on building healthier relationships using therapeutic groups and activity-based learning for youth, 12-18 years of age, in Junior and Senior High School.

Healthy Relationships is designed for youth who have:

  • Are concerned about healthy dating relationships
  • Had difficulty maintaining healthy dating relationships or have experienced dating violence
  • Are concerned about violence within the family or the potential of violence within the family
  • Have experienced conflict and/or abuse within the family
  • Struggled to create or maintain healthy relationships with others at school, at home, or in the community
  • 10 weekly sessions address topics such as:
  • Family violence and abusive behaviours
  • Power and control
  • Conflict in relationships
  • Self-concept
  • Communication and expression of feelings

The program also offers limited individual counselling as appropriate. Referrals are made at the school by teachers and Guidance Counsellors or through school partner programs.
CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

Calgary John Howard Society: Youth Advocate
https://www.calgaryjohnhoward.org/YouthServices/YAS.html

The Youth Advocacy and Support program (YAS) assists youth aged 12-17 who are at risk of and/or involved in the criminal justice system. Youth are assisted with the difficulties they are experiencing in their home, at school and/or in the community that may increase the likelihood of youth participating in activities that put themselves at risk of offending. Program staff provide one-to-one support, family mediation, crisis resolution and counseling for youth experiencing family breakdown/conflict, substance misuse/abuse, anger management, mental health and many other issues young people face.
Youth Advocates can assist with:
Accessing services and resources for basic needs, housing, employment, education, financial support, child welfare assistance, criminal justice system assistance, legal rights and services, education and recreation.
YAS assists youth to assess needs and work towards positive change by:

  • Creating alternatives to crime
  • Counseling and one to one support
  • Family support and Mediation
  • Individual and systems advocacy
  • Community collaboration
  • Outreach

CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

PALS
http://www.palspets.com/programs-and-facilities.html

All PALS programs are provided free to the clients and facilities we serve. There are three main programs: Pet Visitation Therapy Program, Story PALS and our newest program, Puppy Rooms. The Pet Visitation Therapy Program provides visits to schools in need. The recipients of this program are primarily persons whose response to other forms of therapy is non-existent, or to whom pet therapy would provide an alternative to other more common forms of therapy. Puppy rooms are looking to be used to support CMHS students with stress release activities during exam times.

CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

Sheldon Kennedy Youth Champion Initiative

Through The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre (SKCAC) Youth Champion Initiative, high school students are empowered to develop their leadership capacity by taking action to foster a climate of understanding, support and resiliency in their school-community.
Motivated, energetic student champions are supported by the SKCAC, their school administration and a Lead Teacher to collaboratively contribute to the larger community.  By advocating for safe, supportive school-communities, youth champions embrace healthy relationships, support positive mental health and promote awareness of trauma and its impact. Teams of student leaders collectively engage their heart, head and hands to:

  • Identify meaningful issues/topics to address in their school community
  • Develop a plan to tackle these concerns and promote resiliency
  • Apply leadership and communication skills to engage others in their school-community.
  • Reflect, Evaluate and Celebrate

CMHS Contact: Pam Banack pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

To Be Continued….
A few more excited endeavors on the go:

  • Peer Mentors (trained by the Canadian Mental Health Association)
  • Healthy Active Schools Symposium – November 15th @ the CTC
  • Burns Memorial Fund
Sirius Girls Program through Carya

Other Resources
Wellness Agencies at Central Memorial (pdf)
The City of Calgary Youth Services Guide https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/CNS/Documents/youth_services_guide.pdf?noredirect=1
Addiction Services – Youth Out-Patient Counselling
http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/service.aspx?id=1060409

Distress Centre and 24 hour Crisis Line
http://www.distresscentre.com/get-help/24-hour-support/

AHS Parenting Information Series
http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/Page2434.aspx

Cinderella Project
http://cinderellaproject.ca/

 

International / English Language Learners (ELL)

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ELL/International Student Co-ordinator                 Ms. Ana Engel   acengel@cbe.ab.ca

International and ELL learners.