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Principal's Message - May 26, 2020

Hello Sherwood Heights families:

I hope all of you are doing well and staying healthy. As we embark on Week 8 of alternative learning, I want to provide you with a brief update about what to expect between now and the end of the school year.

LEARNING: 2019-20
As you know, Alberta Education has confirmed in-school classes are suspended for the remainder of the school year. As such, Sherwood Heights will continue to teach students through alternative instruction. Thank you to those who provided feedback via our Check-in survey.  It appears that our staff are continuing to provide excellent support for students – we really appreciate the many positive comments.  I have shared the information with staff in order to continually improve student experiences in all classes.

The last day of alternative instruction is June 19, 2020—no further lessons or posting of material will occur after this date. The following week, between June 22-26, the school will remain open for families to return borrowed materials and equipment.  During this time, we will also be recognizing students with awards and those who are completing grade 9. We will send a detailed letter on process in mid-June. In the meantime, if you have any other questions or concerns about programming options and tentative plans for the 2020-21 school year contact the school directly. Administration will do its best to answer your queries and provide further information. 

Additional Resources

EIPS has developed an Alternative Learning toolkit for families and students. The toolkit includes a series of frequently asked questions, various learning resources and supplemental lessons, and how-to tips to support student learning. It also lists mental health resources families can access to help navigate the pandemic.

EIPS Alternative Learning Toolkit

ASSESSMENT

While in-school classes are cancelled, students are still expected to continue with their studies, to the best of their ability. Next year, the subjects and courses students take will rely on the skills and knowledge developed this year. So, it’s important to keep up with the lessons offered through alternative learning. That said, all who were on track to progress to the next grade, before the cancellation of in-school classes, will do so.

Report Cards

Each student will receive an end-of-year report card directly on PowerSchool on June 26. The process is the same as previous reporting periods. However, instead of using percentages to report assessment, junior high students will receive a single letter grade to report final marks in each subject (see “Reporting and Communicating Student Growth: Junior High Core Courses”).

  • For language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, students will receive a single letter grade, based on learning throughout the entire school year.
  • For full-year complementary courses, students will receive a single letter grade, based on learning from the beginning of the school year to when in-school classes were suspended on March 15, 2020.
  • For semester, trimester or quarterly complementary courses not completed, students will receive the comment: “Insufficient Evidence to Assess.”

GRADE 9 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

As per earlier communication, we are pleased to offer our academic excellence program for students entering grade 9.  Students are required to have a minimum of 80% in each of the four core subjects as of March 13th.  This program is offered only in English.  If you wish to be considered for this program please complete the academic excellence application by May 29.  Students accepted into the program will be notified in early June. 

SCHOOL FEES AND TRANSPORTATION FEES

EIPS is currently reviewing school fees and transportation fees for the 2019-20 school year. Once it’s determined the amounts owed back, families will see a credit on their child’s PowerSchool account under “fees.” For some families, the full credit will not appear until the end of the year—when all loaned materials are returned to the school, such as technology equipment and library books. Families can use the credit toward fees for the 2020-21 school year or request a refund.

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION

For families requiring Student Transportation services, make sure your child is registered so the Division can plan routes accordingly. Students who indicated needing transportation services through the Returning Student Registration Process are now registered. Families will receive tentative route schedules shortly.

For those students who didn’t indicate needing transportation service through the Returning Student Registration Process and want to now register, simply contact EIPS Student Transportation at 780-417-8151 or email st@eips.ca. For more information about EIPS Student Transportation visit eips.ca/transportation.

THANK YOU!
Lastly, on behalf of everyone at Sherwood Heights, we want to take a moment to thank students and their families for their efforts over the last few weeks, adapting to alternative instruction. We know it’s an adjustment for everyone. So, thank you for your patience, for your contribution and for your feedback.

Sincerely,

Paul Pallister
Principal, Sherwood Heights Junior High School

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