Memorial Composite High School Homepage News en-us Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:37:18 MST Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca Strong Families: Keeping Scattered Kids On Track January 17, 2018 - Parkland School Division is proud to present another FREE information session for caregivers. Our February session will help parents learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in their children. Parents will also learn best strategies for helping children and adolescents living with ADHD to be the best they can be.   Strong Families Series -  Keeping Scattered Kids on Track: Supporting Children & Adolescents with ADHD Date: Tuesday, February 6 Time: 6-7:30pm Location: Parkland School Division Centre For Education - Board Room (4603 48th Street, Stony Plain) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental health conditions diagnosed in children. Come and learn about the signs and symptoms of ADHD, and the ways in which ADHD can impact children's academic achievement, self-worth and relationships. You will leave with new strategies (not solutions) and resources for supporting success in children and adolescents with ADHD. Join us for an in-depth discussion of these topics and more. A light supper will be provided. Limited childcare is available. Please register early to reserve your spot. To register, please contact: Sandra Goldschmidt Phone: 780-963-8458 Email: sgoldschmidt@psd70.ab.ca http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14351&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14351&stream=Homepage News Activo Activo - A Junior Achievement (Student Based) Company @ MCHS that sells high quality Sports Gear that can be customized with logos and/or text from Sports Teams, Clubs, Company's, etc.   Our product prices are $2 - Wristbands, $17 - Drawstring Bag, $38 - Duffle Bag. If interested contact: (780) 554 6137 - Instagram: activo.gear, Email: activo.gear@gmail.com, look for us in the MCHS Common Area during the Lunch Hour, or check out our Website:  tinyurl.com/activo-gear. http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14329&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14329&stream=Homepage News Bell Change - Last Day of Class - Semester One - Monday, January 22, 2018 Collaboration Time CANCELLED.   Please use the following Bell Schedule: Bell Schedule - Monday, January 22, 2018                BLOCK 1 - 8:35 - 9:59                BLOCK 2 - 10:06 - 11:30                           LUNCH                BLOCK 3 - 12:30 - 1:54                BLOCK 4 - 2:01 - 3:25         http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14325&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14325&stream=Homepage News Top Down Enterprise Top Down Enterprise (TDE) is a brand new clothing company created by youth for youth. Top quality products and low prices:  $25 for a shirt & $45 for a hoodie.  Ideal gift for friends and family. TDE will have a booth setup throughout the week in the MCHS Cafeteria (Common Area). Find us on Instagram @Top_Down_Enterprise or give us a call at (780)668-0089.   http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14257&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14257&stream=Homepage News Snow Motion Snow Motion is a student-run Snow Removal service. Tired of shoveling your driveway?  Reasonable Prices! Contact us at snowmotion15@gmail.com on Facebook at Snow Motion (Tarran Wylie), or Instagram at Snow Motion. The benefits are a safe driveway and saved time! http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14281&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14281&stream=Homepage News NEW Online Registration/Data Verification for 2018-2019 January 8, 2018 - Parkland School Division’s student registration process is changing, and these changes will affect both new and returning students. For the 2018-2019 school year, all Kindergarten to Grade 12 registrations will be conducted online through the Power Registration portal. All parents will be required to complete this new online process each school year. New students must register online, while returning students must use the Power Registration portal to verify information on file. Family demographic information is no longer assumed to be correct, and will not be rolled over year-to-year. This replaces the old process where individual schools would send home printed data verification forms at the end of the school year (usually with report cards). Kindergarten families will be the first to use the new online registration system beginning February 1, 2018. All other students from Grade 1-12 will be able to either register (new students) or verify their existing data (returning students) online, beginning April 1, 2018. The current PDF registration form that can be found on our Registration page is ONLY to be used by students registering for the balance of the current 2017-2018 school year. Paper registration forms WILL NOT be accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Kindergarten Registration (Opening February 1, 2018) A child entering Kindergarten must be five years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Kindergarten. For example, a child registering for Kindergarten in September 2018 needs to be five years old by February 28, 2019. A child entering Grade 1 must be six years old by the last day of February of the school year in which he or she begins Grade 1. For example, a child registering for Grade 1 in September 2018 needs to be six years old by February 28, 2019. Please Note: Registration requirements for Kindergarten are the same as Grades 1 through 12. Parkland School Division is pleased to offer a number of program choices for Kindergarten students, including French Immersion, the Maranatha Christian Program and Nature-Based Kindergarten. More information can be found on our Programs page. Kindergarten programs are offered on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday with alternating Fridays. Links for online Kindergarten Registration will open February 1, 2018. Please watch your designated school’s website for more information about upcoming Kindergarten Registration events and open houses. Busing Registration The bus registration process for the 2018-2019 school year will be integrated into the new 2018-2019 online registration process described above. Families who do not attend Parkland School Division schools will be able to register for Parkland School Division’s Transportation Services using the same link as PSD families beginning April 1, 2018. More Information Detailed step-by-step registration/verification instructions will be shared once available. Check back here or watch school newsletters for more information. For more information about the new online registration process, please contact your school office. http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14245&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - December 12, 2017 December 12, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed as a delegation Forest Green/Connections for Learning Principal Travis McNaughton along with Collaborative Teaching Partners Natasha Lang and Kyla Moore. They were demonstrating an Inclusive Learning Session that would be typical in a PSD Kindergarten classroom. These PSD staff members are part of a Masters Cohort with the University of Calgary. They're taking a course on leading inclusion in the classroom and the presentation to the Board was part of their course. The Board approved the unaudited financial report for the period ending October 31, 2017. As of October 31st, 16.3% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 16.4% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $132,394. The Board received as information the draft 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 School Calendars. Trustees further directed Administration to circulate the draft calendars to stakeholders for feedback.   Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14041&stream=Homepage News MCHS Mourns the Loss of Richard Rivet December 12, 2017 -  Dear Parents and Guardians, It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden and unexpected death of our friend and classmate Richard Rivet. Richard was a Grade 11 student who came to us last year from Tomahawk School. He enjoyed spending time with friends and touched the lives of many students and staff. Every effort is being made to handle this tragedy with honesty, compassion and understanding.  Qualified counselors from Parkland School Division’s support team have made themselves available to our school to assist students and staff. They’re here to provide support and to encourage emotional health and well-being. This support will continue for as long as required and we are thankful for their presence. Many factors influence a reaction to a sudden death: who the deceased was, why it happened, the support system available, age, personality, and a previous loss experience.  Your own child may become distraught over this if he/she knew Richard. For your reference, below you'll find information which provides suggestions when helping children grieve. Parents You can provide valuable assistance to your children during this time.  Here are some ideas to consider when talking about this sensitive topic: Be attentive to your child when he/she has questions and wants to talk. Listen to your child’s feelings and accept them, even if they are different from yours. Give honest, simple, brief answers Make sure that your child understands your answers and the meaning that you intend Use words or phrases that won’t confuse your child or make the world more frightening.   For example:  using the word ‘sleep’ for death can cause a child to be afraid of going to bed. Create opportunities for your children to talk with each other about what happened and how they are feeling. Be especially loving and supporting; more than anyone else, your child needs you at this time Above all, listen to your children and let them know that their feelings are normal and acceptable. If you have any concerns regarding your child, please do not hesitate to contact the school. Sincerely, Carolyn Jensen Principal     http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14055&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=14055&stream=Homepage News Board Meeting Highlights - November 28, 2017 November 29, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the 2016-17 Audited Financial Statement presented by Associate Superintendent Corporate Supports and Services Claire Jonsson and Director of Financial Services, Jason Krefting.  Highlights include: Revenues over the previous year show an increase of $2.2 million (+1.8%) Expenditures over the previous year show an increase of $2.9 million (+2.3%) The cost of educating 10,968 students was $127.3 million The single largest classroom expenditure was for staff salaries and benefits. The average teaching cost was $112,710 ($101,225 excluding Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund costs). This accounted for 70.6% of all instructional expenses Parkland’s annual operating surplus is $954,950 which relates to a surplus from operations of $936,264 and a surplus from School Generated Funds of $18,686. The total accumulated surplus from operations is $ 6,112,843 which includes $912,532 from School Generated Funds and $ 943,768 unrestricted  PSD’s capital reserves amount to $4.0 million Capital projects initiated during 2016-2017 included: Copperhaven School Centre ($6.6M) Prescott Learning Centre Furniture and Equipment ($597K) Relocation of modulars to Duffield School ($577K) Independent auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, represented by Jeff Baker, delivered a clean audit opinion that the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Parkland School Division No. 70 as at August 31, 2017 and the results of its operations, cash flows, change in net debt and remeasurement gains and losses for the year in accordance with Canadian public sector accounting standards.   The Board approved Parkland School Division’s 2016-2017 Annual Education Results Report (AERR) as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnston. The AERR for 2016-2017 addresses the previous year's achievement on each of the Alberta Education goals and its success in improving results using the strategies developed by education stakeholders. The accountability results guide the decisions and focus areas for the upcoming Three-Year Education Plan and inform the assurance process by providing quantitative data to qualitative measures. The Board received as information the Engaging Students Through School Attendance Report as presented by Parkland School Division's Attendace Officer Carmen Mykula. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13733&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13733&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - November 7, 2017 November 7, 2017 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. The Board held its annual Organizational Meeting in addition to the regular Board Meeting. Trustee Eric Cameron was elected Board Chair by acclamation. Ron Heinrichs was elected Vice Chair. "It is an honour and privilege to, again, be serving Parkland School Division as Board Chair, and to be working with a newly elected Board of Trustees." stated Board Chair Cameron.  "With Ron Heinrichs as Board Vice-Chair, I am looking forward to working with some existing Trustees and some new Trustees who all have fresh perspectives and an eagerness to work toward our ultimate goal of Student Success and Well-Being.  We have a committed group of people as Trustees who believe in the importance of of our Vision and Mission with a focus on community engagement." "I couldn't be more thrilled to once again act in the position of Vice-Chair for Parkland School Division. I look forward to supporting  Chair, Trustee Eric Cameron, working to further the direction of the Board and Division, and ensuring we are making the best decisions for our children and students." stated Heinrichs. "I am very excited about the fact that the new trustees will bring their fresh ideas and perspectives to Parkland School Division. I am looking forward to continued  and expanded collaboration with all of our stakeholders so that Parkland School Division realizes its Ultimate Goal: Success and Well-Being for all students." The following committee positions were also chosen:​ Education Committee Chair  (Lorraine Stewart) Student Advisory Committee Chair  (Anne Montgomery) Benefit Plan Advisory Committee  (Sally Kucher-Johnson) Teacher/Board Advisory Committee (Eric Cameron, Ron Heinrichs, Paul McCann) Audit Committee (Darlene Clarke,Sally Kucher-Johnson, Lorraine Stewart) Advocacy Committee (Committee of the Whole) Alberta School Boards Association (Darlene Clarke, Paul McCann, Lorraine Stewart) Public School Boards' Association (Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs, Anne Montgomery) Stony Plain Joint-Use Committee (Paul McCann) Spruce Grove Joint-Use Committee (Anne Montgomery) Alberta Teachers' Association Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, TBD) Central Alberta Assocation of Municipal and School Employees Labour Relations (Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson, Ron Heinrichs) International Union of Operating Engineers Labour Relations (Eric Cameron, Darlene Clarke, Sally Kucher-Johnson) Council of School Councils (Anne Montgomery) Teachers' Employer Bargaining Association Representative (Sally Kucher-Johnson) The Board approved the unaudited Monthly Financial Statement for the period ending August 31, 2017. The auditors are now reviewing the report and the audited report will be presented to the Board at the Regular Board Meeting November 28, 2017. The overall year-to-date surplus is $960,787. The Board approved the 2017-2018 Final Budget Report as presented by Director of Financial Services Jason Krefting.  As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then updates the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments.  Parkland School Division has a total budget of $127.5 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 10,968 students.  (+155 from 2016-2017) Total budget revenues for 2017-18 will increase by 4.24% over 2016-17. The Infrastructure Maintenance Renewal (IMR) grant increased by $426,000 over last year's levels. As part of the Alberta Teachers Association central bargaining with the province, a $75 million dollar classroom improvement fund has been established. Parkland School Division's allocation of $1.26 million was approved by Alberta Education September 12th and is included in this budget. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reducation Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $98.4 million dollars on human resources, which is about 74% of the division's budget.  The division will employ over 595 full-time equivalent teachers and 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2017-18. Overall the division is budgeting a $607K deficit that will be supported by instructional reserves as a result of prior year carryovers and utilizing administration reserves to support the election and Superintendent search. This results in an estimated Accumulated Surplus from Operations to expense ratio of 3.46%.  The Board received as information the annual Vandalism Report from Facilities Services. The total cost of vandalism for 2016-2017 came in just over $25K dollars which is a 50% decrease compared to the previous year. However, there was a significant increase in vandalism in 2015-2016 so the trend has been flat over several years. The Board received as information the 2016-2017 Provincial Achievement Tests and Grade 12 Diploma Exam Multi-year Results Report as presented by Associate Superintendent Scott Johnson. The multi-year report provides a five-year statistical overview. Additionally: The growth or decline (+/-) is provided to show the percentage increase or decrease from the previous year. The 'gap' from the provincial achievement indicates whether our students achieved at, above, or below the provincial average Diploma examination results equaled or suprassed the provincial results on: 9 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 3 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence Although not representative of the entire Grade 12 cohort of learners, the June 2017 Blended Diploma and Course results equaled or surpassed last year's PSD results on: 7 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Acceptable Standard, and 5 out of 12 Diploma Examinations at the Standard of Excellence. Next Regular Board Meeting will be held on November 28, 2017 at the Centre for Education at 6:30pm. http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=13373&stream=Homepage News