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School Start Up    -     Welcome Back
August / September - 2017

UPDATED - JULY 6, 2017

Welcome to a new school year at Sir Winston Churchill High School. This page contains information you will need to know for a smooth school beginning. Students and parents are encouraged to frequently visit our website for updated information. As well, please check our school sign and listen for automated phone messages that will come throughout the year to highlight special news and events.

August / September 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Office open for registration paper work

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Office open for registration paper work

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9:30 - 3:00
Grade 12
Fees, Photo, Books, etc.

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9:30 - 3:00
Grade 11
Fees, Photo, Books, etc.

9:00 am Grade 10 IB Math Candidate Challenge Exam - for students who have completed Math 10 prior to August 31 2017

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9:30 - 3:00
Grade 10
Fees, Photo, Books, etc.

Teachers In

Music Instrument Distribution 10:00 - 2:00pm

Sept 1

9:30 - 1:00
All Grades
Fees, Photo, Books, etc.

Teachers In

Music Instrument Distribution 10:00 - 1:00pm

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Labour Day

Holiday

SCHOOL

CLOSED

 

 

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9:00 am - Grade 12 Assembly & Home Room

10:00 am - Grade 11 Assembly & Home Room

11:00 am - Grade 10 Assembly & Home Room, Mentorship Program

12:30 - pm - Grade 10 Welcome Barbeque

 

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8:55 am - Home Room

Followed with regular classes.

New coloured timetable required.

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September 4 - Labour Day - School Closed

International Students

Sir Winston Churchill High School welcomes international students. To assist you with a smooth school startup, please attend the activities listed below.

International Students - School Opening - 2016 - Click here for printable document
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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9:00 - 11:00am Orientation for students and custodians
Room 121

11:00 - 12:00 Welcome Lunch for students
Room 121

12:00 - 3:00 pm English Placement Testing Room 121

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9:00 - 11:00 am Grade 11/12 Chemistry, Biology, Physics Placement Testing Room 121

11:15 - 12:00 pm Science Placement Testing All Grades
Room 121

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Math Placement Testing
Room 121

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9:00 - 11:00 am
Course Selections & D2L Training and myBlueprint
Room 122

 

12:00 - 2:00 pm
Flex time if needed
Room 121

Sept 1

9:00 - 10:30 am
Meet in Room 121 for timetables, fees, lockers etc.

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Labour Day

Holiday

SCHOOL

CLOSED

 

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All new International students must attend the grade 10 Assembly and Welcome BBQ

11:00 am - Grade 10 Assembly

12:30 pm - Welcome BBQ!

1:00 pm Tours for new students - Main Foyer

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8:55 am - Home Room

Followed by Regular classes to 3:10 pm

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Regular Classes

8:55 - 3:10 pm

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Regular Classes

Friday Schedule 8:15 - 1:00

Remember that the Friday schedule starts and ends earlier!

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International students arriving late, please contact the main office for instructions.

SCHOOL PHOTOS AND VISUAL ID CARDS

For safety and security reasons, student photo visual ID cards will be INITIALLY ISSUED AT NO COST to all students at registration. 

SWC VISUAL ID MUST CARRIED BY EVERYONE IN THE BUILDING AT ALL TIMES.

They will be required for: admittance to classes, school activities, exams, sporting events, checking out library books and subject textbooks, purchasing grad tickets, securing grad gowns, and picking up yearbooks and refund cheques. They may also be required to verify student status on Calgary Transit.

Lost ID cards will need to be immediately replaced at a charge to the students. 

School Photo and Packages

PLAN TO HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR TEXTBOOKS & TIMETABLES
AUGUST 29 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5

LifeTouch Canada, the school photographer, will be in the school for SWC Visual ID identification cards and, if desired, personal photo packages.  All SWC students must have their picture taken, even if a photo package is not purchased. 

You do not need to bring money during school start up. Each student will have 5 pictures taken and receive a proof package through the school in mid-September.  Orders returned by the due date will be distributed through the school in mid-October. Please visit their website for further information at http://lifetouch.ca/

myPass and myBlueprint

The Government of Alberta, Department of Education provides students with official transcripts, diploma mark results, etc. through their myPass program. Students will be asked to sign up for their personal account during the school opening procedures. If parents have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office.

Sir Winston Churchill offers the computer program that assists students in their edeucation and career planning. Students are asked to sign in to the "myBlueprint" program during the school opening procedures. If parents have any questions or concerns, please contact the main office.

LOCKERS / LOCKER SIGN-UP

Locker sign-up will take place August 29 through September 5 during the school opening process. Students require a current SWC Visual ID. Students may choose a locker partner with the following criteria:
 The partner must be in the same grade, and
 Both must come together for the sign-up.
Students who do not come with a locker partner will be assigned a partner at random.

Fee Payment

On-line fee payment is now available.  Visit www.cbe.ab.ca/parents/fees.asp to register.  Parents must use the same email address that is on file at their child’s school when completing this process.  Visa, MasterCard and Visa Debit card will be accepted; Interact cards from Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, RBC or TD Canada Trust are also accepted.  When paying fees online, students must bring a receipt showing proof of payment in order to complete the start up process including ID cards, textbook and locker distribution.   

Payment of school fees at the school will continue to be offered. 

Waiver Applications

 Waiver Application forms are available at all schools and on the CBE website. www.cbe.ab.ca

Home Rooms and Student Assemblies

Assemblies followed by Home Room: Tuesday, September 5
Grade 12 - 9:00 am / Grade 11 - 10:00 am / Grade 10 - 11:00 am

Home Room followed by Regular Classes: Wednesday, September 6 at 8:55 am

Students are required to attend an assembly in the main gymnasium, followed by a homeroom.  Students will receive forms and notices.  During homeroom on Wednesday, September 6 students will receive updated coloured timetables that will be required for class admittance during the first week of classes. 

Late Arrivals

Students who have failed to complete fee payments, SWC Visual ID, photos, textbook pick up, and locker sign-up must do so Tuesday, September 5 before or after the assemblies and homerooms.

Absence Reporting and Bell Schedule

To report a student absence, parents or guardians are asked to phone the attendance line at (403) 289-9241, option 1 prior to 1:00 pm on the day of the absence.  Please provide the following information:

Student’s Name            Spell the last name          ID number
Reason for absence             Time of the absence             Who is calling
If missing a quiz or exam – the name of the teacher

It has long been our practice to use our phone dial-out system to communicate about unexcused student absences only.  Our phone system indicates the student’s grade, the date of the absence that the student is absent from. 

Student Services

We welcome back our returning Churchill students and extend a special invitation to our new students
to visit us in Student Services.

The guidance department is staffed with three full-time counsellors and a secretary.  Students are assigned alphabetically to their counsellor. 

  • A - F plus I-- Mr. G. Oakes
  • G - L, minus I-- Ms. K. Murray
  • M - R -- Mrs. K. Alladin
  • S - Z -- Mr. M. Fullerton

Timetable Concerns & Change Requests

Counsellors have examined student timetables to ensure appropriate course selections for all students. As well, all timetables have been checked to address concerns regarding sequence and workload balance, with adjustments made where possible.

It is anticipated that there will still be some requested changes. In order to address these requests as quickly and efficiently as possible, please use the following procedures.

When students come into school to pay their fees and pick up their textbooks, they will receive a copy of their timetable.  If at that time students feel a change is required, he/she should see the personnel outside student services; if the request is deemed appropriate, then a course change request form will be provided.  You may then complete the form and leave it in the basket provided.

Changes to complementary classes will not be considered.

Students will be issued a change request form for the following reasons ONLY:

  • I lack the prerequisite for this course
  • I attended Summer School and passed this course (attach copy of report card)
  • I have a blank in my timetable
  • My courses are out of sequence

Please note: Requests to change teachers will only be considered if the student has previously completed a class with the same teacher. If you have not completed a class with a teacher you may not request a change.

This form is the ONLY mechanism for making course changes.  Course change requests received by phone or email will NOT be considered. Counsellors will be working to complete these changes as quickly as possible.  Completed changes will be incorporated into the coloured student timetables distributed during homeroom on Wednesday, September 7.  Following the distribution of timetables, students who do not see requested changes should check with the personnel outside Student Services / Guidance regarding the status of their requested change.

Counsellors will NOT be available for individual appointments August 29 through September 6.  Counsellors will contact students if necessary to discuss proposed changes.  If you have a “see coun” on your timetable, on September 6, please come to student services on your spare or during the class time that is impacted. 

THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER STUDENT-INITIATED TIMETABLE CHANGES AND TIMETABLES

WILL BE SET AFTER SEPTEMBER 8, 2017.

Student Parking

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for a parking pass must apply online at the school. Look for the computer sign-up location available August 29 through September 5. The following information will be required for the application process. SWC Visual ID Car Make, Car Model and Colour License Plate Number and Name of Registered Owner A list of accepted students will be posted in September outside the main office. Students will be required to bring their SWC Visual ID, proof of registration, driver's license and $40.00 cash in order to finalize their application. Watch for details in the Churchillian this September.

Band

Instrumental Rental - Updated July 6, 2017

Wednesday, August 30 - 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Thursday, August 31- 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Friday, September 1 - 9:00 am - 12:00 noon

All Band Students are asked to check in at the Band Office. Band students may rent an instrument or supply their own. Rentals may only be completed through the Band Office. You need a parent signed CBE Instrument Rental form and $100.00 (cash or cheque payable to Sir Winston Churchill High School).

The Band Parents Annual General Meeting is on Monday, September 18 at 7:30 pm in the school theatre.

Athletics

Students wishing to participate in athletics must complete an Athletic Annual Authorization form prior to the first practice. Forms are available from the main office as of August 29 or click here.