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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

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Many of you will have already received the Accountability Pillar Survey that is mailed home from Alberta Education directly to parents of grade 7 and 10 students.  We encourage you to please respond to these surveys.  This feedback is critical for us as we set our growth goals for development and maintain practices that are areas of strength.

Please note that if you select “Don’t Know” as an option, it reflects negatively in the data collection but offers us no clear indication of your thoughts, perceptions, or concerns.  The survey is a great opportunity for you to find out more about your child’s school. If you are tempted to select “Don’t Know” about a topic, contact us at (780) 791-19876 and ask so you can give an informed opinion.

Below you will find a summary of some highlights that will provide you with some information that you might find useful when answering those survey questions.

  

Did you know … Westwood has many supports in place for students!

Westwood offers an array of academic supports to help students:

30 minute tutorial time embedded into the regular school day. Reading or Learning Strategies modules were required to be completed by students to set goals and plan for success. 

2 resource rooms available for additional literacy, numeracy, and subject specific supports  

extra Help during select PLF days

after school help and tutorials by request to teachers

Math Leadership group offers peer tutoring for Math and are expanding into Science

Dedicated time built into the timetable Literacy and tutorial supports for JH classes.

Student Services offers:

Academic counseling by counselors assigned to each grade level to work with students.  English Language Learning support through the MCA (Multicultural Association) for individual help for students.  

Mental Health support is provided by:

*our mental health psychologist who supports students in their mental health needs

*when requested or required, help setting up outside counselor supports (Family Settlement Workers, outside counselors, Addictions counseling, etc.) 

*First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Cultural Navigator who has been very active in helping to make connections with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students for their success in personal, cultural, and academic growth

Communication home to families: 

We communicate with parents through the various methods: 

Monthly Email Updates from Principal        

Semi-monthly Newsletter Westwood Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram      

Telephone         

PowerSchool Parent Portal for marks and attendance

School Messenger system for attendance reporting and any additional email communications 

Teachers also send home an introduction email with information about the course that they will be teaching your child. They have their contact information included with information about access to Google Classroom (if applicable).

School Council and School Advisory Council Meetings, a place where parents can contribute to the discussion about the development of the school and other important matters. It is a place where parents can share their voice and become active contributors to the school community. 

Developing School Culture and Student Citizenship are two specific areas that we have focused more on over the past year. This past September our Spirit Day to start to build the school spirit as a community. We have Volunteer and leadership classes for all students to take. Our goal is centered around building relationships with students, building leaders, and building a community of learners that are supportive of each other. Staff members have also taken on leadership roles as a professional focus in their development. We are committed to continuing our Tradition of Excellence at Westwood. 

We recognized students in grades 7-12 in the areas of Perseverance and Citizenship

We are dedicated to embedding character education into the lives of the learning experience here at Westwood, through our many classes, but most notable through our leadership and volunteer classes. Every Westwood student has access to taking this option class; it is mandatory for junior high students.  Westwood offers an array of option classes to expose students to various types of learning and experiences. We have courses in the following areas:

Art 10, 20, 30

Drama 10, 20, 30

Band JH, 10, 20, 30

Choir 10, 20, 30

Jazz Band 15, 25, 35

Guitar 10, 20, 30

Technical Theatre 15-25

Rock & Pop 15, 25

Interior Design 10

Improv (WIT)

Foods JH, 10, 20, 30

Woods JH & 10

Welding & Mech JH & 10

Cos Play JH

E-Sports JH

Esthetics JH 10, 20 

Film Studies 15

Sports Performance 15, 25, 35

PE JH, 10, 20, 30

Yoga 15

Digital Design

Coding

Virtual Reality

3D Graphics and Design

Networking/Information Security

Robotics

Computer Science AP

3D Modeling and Printing

Photography 10 & JH

Community Volunteerism 9, 10 

Leadership 7 & 8

Power Engineering

RAP - Registered Apprenticeship Program

Psych/Sociology 20 & 30

Law 20

Marketing & Management

World Geography 30

ELL (English Language Learners)

Many of these programs allow opportunities for students to connect with real life learning, such as our Junior Leadership option and  Community Volunteerism classes, where students learn and strive to actively contribute to our community. Programs like the RAP (Registered Apprenticeship Program), Power Engineering and Work Experience offer the foundation for students to see the hands on programs with a direct correlation for the world of work. In 11th grade, students take a course called CALM (Career and Life Management) that helps them to create resumes, learn the process of job readiness (interview skills, budgeting and other exposure to community youth awareness information). 

There is a wide variety of Extra Curricular Activities available. Some of which include: 

Sports - Volleyball, Golf, Basketball, Football, Badminton, Cross Country Running, Track & Field, Rugby is coming in February

Math Leadership Group, which includes Peer Tutoring

Robotics club for Junior High and High School students, Youth Computing, Queen’s In Code 

SADD (Students Against Drinking & Driving, or Distracted Decisions)

COLOURS - Multicultural group

One Acts & Annual Drama Production, Westwood Improv Team (WIT)

Student Council, LGBTQ Group, Westwood Ambassadors, Debate Club, Woodworking Club

Principal’s Advisory Council, with opportunities for more youth leadership in studying the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.