Calgary Board of Education Alternative High School
5003 - 20 Street S.W., Calgary AB T2T 5A5 | Grades 10-12
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Principal's Message | June 2014

“Your time may come. Do not be sad…You have so much to enjoy and to be, and to do.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

In schools, June is an ending but also a beginning. Congratulations to our graduates who are moving into the next phase of life. Be strong, keep the Circle of Courage in your hearts, and remember to laugh. We are so proud of you and we wish you much luck, love and happiness!

We have some goodbyes to staff who are moving on. All the best to Ayla, Brianne, Heidi, Darragh and Shelly as they depart Alternative. We cannot thank you enough for your contributions to this building – you will all be genuinely missed. I hope our paths cross again in the future.


We also are saying goodbye and good luck to my sidekick, Nancy, Assistant Principal. Nancy is off to a new adventure at Centennial High School as an Assistant Principal. Nancy, I will miss laughing with you, eating chocolate with you and the hours of professional discussions we have shared. Centennial is lucky to get you!

Thank you to the School Council who has worked tirelessly on behalf of our students. Your support means so much to both students and staff. You have made a difference and have set the foundation for moving forward. Thank you for your stick-to-it-tiveness! I look forward to working with you again in the fall and I also remind all parents/guardians that your voice is welcome if you would like to join us.

We have a couple of slight alterations to our timetable for the 2014-15 school year. Students voted to extend Monday-Thursdays by 4 minutes and to extend Fridays by 15 minutes. Needless to say, as an administrator, I am thrilled that students want to be here longer each day! Thank you to Nancy for presenting students and staff with options and explanations so we could all make an informed decision.


Students have the option to order clothing on-line with our new school logo and name (Phoenix). Students can speak to their mentors for more information. Let’s wear our brand and get the word out about Alternative! Look for our banners on overpasses in June telling Calgary that we are here and open for business!

So, to the whole Alti community, thank you so much for your heart, your passion and your commitment to making this a better place. Have a wonderful summer full of relaxation and fun!

Jana Macdonald
Alternative High School, AARC and Hera


Next Informational Sessions


Wednesday August 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Friday August 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM



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School Council Meetings 2013-14

All meetings start at 5 p.m. and will be held the first Tuesday of each month.

  • Oct. 1
  • Nov. 5
  • Dec. 3
  • Jan. 7
  • Feb. 4
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3
  • June 23 (12 PM)

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