“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
I read this morning that it is colder in Calgary than both the North and South Poles. Truthfully, I did-n’t know whether or not to laugh or cry at this news, but I went with laughter as I was afraid the tears would freeze. With two weeks left before the Winter Break, I can say that we are definitely going to keep your students warm – the furnaces are working hard and your students will be as well. When we come back from holidays, there are only two weeks of classes before exams, so please be aware that if your student has fallen behind in their course work, they may want to utilize some time over the break to catch up.
Our semester two staffing is complete. First of all, we have a long time family member of Alternative moving on to new adventures. Please join me in thanking Lea Trenholm for her years of service to Alternative. Lea, we wish you much luck as you move to Nexus at the end of January. You have certainly left your mark on Alternative – both literally, with the beautiful artwork that adorns our building, but also figuratively, in the heart of what makes Alternative a great place to be. Thank you and good luck.
Please welcome Shelly Lawton to the Alternative staff. Shelly will be picking up where Lea left off. Shelly will be working with Lea over the next few weeks to ensure that the transition of the mentorship model and the art program are smooth. Shelly will also be teaching Aboriginal Studies in semester 2.
As well, we are happy to welcome Heidi Collinge back to the team. Heidi covered for Jen in the past and we were fortunate to be able to snatch her back for semester two. Heidi will be teaching science, math and elearn. As well, Brianne Grainger will be joining Alternative for semester 2. Brianne will be teaching Social Studies and ELA and we are thrilled to have her join our team. Welcome, Ladies!
We have had three successful events in the past weeks. First of all, thank you to everyone who was involved in organizing our Remembrance Day Ceremony. It was a moving, emotional service and the feedback from staff and students was excellent. As well, thank you to the organizers of our Fall Awards ceremony. This ceremony acknowledges the work of some of our graduating students from the 2012-13 school year. It was wonderful to have so many familiar faces back in the halls of the school. And finally, we held an Open House for administrators, guidance counsellors and resource teachers from CBE Junior, Middle and Senior High Schools. A special thanks to Tracy Robertson and Solange Lalonde, two members of our School Council, who came to share their stories of their journeys to Alternative High School. As well, big thanks to all of the students and staff who assisted in setting up, organizing, and sharing their stories.
Tis the season to spend time with loved ones. I wish you all a holiday season filled with love, laugh-ter, friends and family. If you are traveling, please stay safe. If your are cuddling up at home, I hope the weather improved dramatically!