Calgary Board of Education

 
Student Services

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
Pam Banack
Email: pmbanack@cbe.ab.ca

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

Q - Z                           
Ronda Knowles
Email: rjknowles@cbe.ab.ca


Registration

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. Use the checklist below to help guide you through the registration process.

Transitioning to High School / Course Guides

Go to the CBE high school page to learn out about high school completion, planning and programs.
www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/high-school

Boundary Information

The CBE's Find a School tool shows CBE schools and the programs offered for the current school year.  Find your designated school at www.cbe.ab.ca/schools/find-a-school


International / English Language Learners (ELL)

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


Career Centre

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.

Career Resources

  • myBlueprint​ - An interactive education, career, pathways and life planner (7-12). The tool can help students to explore and build their high school course plan and inform their course choices.
  • Alis - Alberta careers, learning and employment information.
  • ALIS CAREERinsite - A one-stop guide to career planning for Albertans. Create your career plan, get to know yourself with quizzes and exercises, explore options, get ready and take action.
  • Calgary Public Library - Job & Career Accelerator Library Card Required. An interactive career selection and job search system, including: occupation profiles, resume building, cover letter writing, interview skills and more.
  • Career Exploration Centre - The Career Exploration Centre (CEC)  is a fun, interactive environment where you can get hands-on experience with a variety of careers located on the SAIT campus.

Wellness I Community Partnerships

All In For Youth (AIFY) The Calgary United Way
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

Success Coach: Leah Grunenwald.
Success coaches do LOTS of different things including:

  • Helping students identify and address barrios to being successful at school
  • Connecting students to career and post-secondary opportunities
  • Working with your school team to make sure you stay on track to complete school
  • Providing outreach or one-off referrals to students who need them
  • Providing positive relationships to help students work through issues they might be experiencing
  • Helping build student independence by encouraging them to learn and use new skills 
  • Addressing basic needs 

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!)

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) 

Career Talks: Adult volunteers share personal stories and journeys into their respective professions through small discussion groups (1-10 students) throughout the year.

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.

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.

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.

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 and Supporting our GSA and classroom teachers.

Additional Supports 

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/