Memorial Composite High School Homepage News en-us Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:28:55 MDT Breeze for Teachers 5.0 http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca 2018-19 Student Timetables Student timetables will be available for students to see on Thursday, June 21 through their Powerschool account.  Timetables will NOT be printed and distributed to students as they have been in the past.   If students require a timetable change, the Timetable Change Request form will be available on the school website once timetables are released.  It will remain open until June 27, be shut down over the summer, and then reopen on August 23.   Please use the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/ZtkoMjYJf4ca6V4j2 If a timetable change is required put all pertinent information in ONE request.  Do NOT make multiple requests for multiple changes.   If you would like to view the Semester 1 & Semester 2 Course Timetable(s) you can go to the MCHS Website under "Our School" - "Calendar & Events" - "Quick Links" at the bottom left hand side of the page. http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16891&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16891&stream=Homepage News Summer School at Connections For Learning Parkland School Division is now offering Summer School for current and incoming high school students at Connections For Learning. Summer School is not only a convenient way to better a bad grade - it’s also a great opportunity to get a head start on the new school year, freeing up your future schedule for courses you didn’t think you’d have time to take, or other important pursuits. Registration for Summer School opens Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - right after Spring Break. Please register early to reserve your spot. Summer School courses are offered based on student interest: popular courses are known to fill up quickly, while courses without enough registered students will be cancelled. Get your name on the list soon for the best chance of participating in your preferred course. For full details, including a list of courses on offer, please see the CFL Summer School Brochure and Registration Form. Course Delivery Methods Summer school courses will be taught using two unique delivery methods - choose the one that best suits your learning style. Classroom Learning Learn from a teacher in a traditional classroom setting. Choose from a selection of core courses for 5 credits, Physical Education 10 and CALM for 3 credits, or a variety of CTS courses for 1 credit. Dates: July 2-13 (3-credit courses) OR July 2-20 (5-credit courses), 2018 Times: 8am-12pm, Monday to Friday Location: Connections For Learning (4300-43 Street, Stony Plain - across the street from École Meridian Heights School) Assisted Independent Study Learn on your own schedule and visit CFL to get help from a teacher when you need it. Independent study is intended for students repeating a course to improve a grade. A selection of courses are also available to Grade 9 students who will be entering Grade 10 in the fall. Dates: July 2-20, 2018 (Exams written on July 20 or upon completion of course work) Teachers Available: 8:30am-3pm, Monday to Friday; 8:30am-Noon Saturdays Location: Connections For Learning (4300-43 Street, Stony Plain - across the street from École Meridian Heights School) Registration & Fees To register for Summer School, please complete a Registration Form and submit it to Connections For Learning. For Physical Education 10, a $50 registration fee payable to Parkland School Division is required at the time of registration. For all courses, one $50 deposit cheque payable to Parkland School Division is required at the time of registration. This cheque will be held and returned to the student when they hand in their Summer School textbooks or novels. Important to Note: Every day of Summer School instruction is the equivalent to one week of a high school semester program. Full attendance is required for classroom courses and no provisions will be made for late starts or early releases. Students must be in attendance on the final day of class to write their final exam. No 30-Level Courses will be offered at CFL Summer School for 2018. Students interested in 30-Level courses are advised to check out Alberta Distance Learning Courses or Edmonton Public School Summer School 2018.   For more information contact: James Coghill Assistant Principal, Connections For Learning Phone: 780-963-0507 Email: jcoghill@psd70.ab.ca http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15115&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=15115&stream=Homepage News GARAGE SALE On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm MCHS is holding a Garage Sale to liquidate some obsolete equipment.  Please have a look at the list and stop by on the 27th.  It will be on first-come-first-served bases.  Beam Saw; Delta Upright Sander; Drill Press; Edge Banding Machine; Eight (8”) Rockwell Bench Grinder; Engine Honing Machine; Hitachi Chop Saw; Hitachi Mitre Saw; Ignition System Analyzer; Industrial Parts Washer; Motorcycle; 16 Gallon Notcher; Sun Alignment Machine; Timing Guns and Flaring Tools; 12” – 16” Gas Shear; Two (2) Engine on Engine Stand; Wheel Balancer; Three (3) Tables (3’x5’); One (1) Round Table (3’ Diameter); 29 Beige Chairs (Padded); Eight (8) Brown Chairs (Padded); 24 Stools; One (1) Grey Filing Cabinet; Three (3) Grey (Padded Chairs); One (1) Book Shelf; One (1) Teacher Desk & Credenza; One (1) Three (3) Drawer Filing Cabinet. http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16857&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16857&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - June 12, 2018 June 12, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board approved the Quarterly Financial Report for the period ending May 31, 2018. As of May 31st, 2018, 76.12% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 76.91% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $1,584,706. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Education Plan. The Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves: Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs; Promoting meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; and, Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement. The Board received as information the Accountability Pillar Results Report. The Accountability Pillar surveys are administered annually during the months of January to March to: Students in grades four, seven and ten; Students in grades four through twelve (for small schools); Parents of students in grades four, seven and ten; and, Teachers. The Board received as information the Draft Board Meeting Dates for 2018 - 2019. The Board received as information the Wellness Initiative Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Facilities Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Financial Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Technology Services Department Report for 2017 - 2018. The Board received as information the Benefits Committee Report. The Board took the opportunity to express sincere thanks and congratulations to Executive Secretary Brenda Scott who was attending her last regular board meeting after serving staff and students of Parkland School Division for the past 20 years including ten years in her current role at the Centre for Education. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., Centre for Education http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16851&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16851&stream=Homepage News MCHS Summer Volleyball Camp Memorial Summer Volleyball Camp 2018 is now open for registrations! Our camp provides volleyball enthusiasts (Juniors in Grades 6-9 or Seniors in Grades 10-12) the opportunity to participate in a program where they can develop and improve their skills under the direction of qualified coaches. Dates: Monday, August 20 & Tuesday, August 21 Time: 9am-4pm (Senior Camp includes a tournament both evenings from 4-5pm) Location: Memorial Composite High School Gym  Cost: $90 per Junior Athlete; $100 per Senior Athlete Register early to avoid disappointment!  Click on the following link for a Registration Form http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/documents/general/MCHS VB Camp Brochure 2018 Copy 2 1.pdf  or pick one up in the MCHS Main Office. Return your completed form with payment to the MCHS Main Office or mail it to the address below. Registration closes July 20, 2018. For more information contact:  Amanda Small or Kevin Schurack MCHS Volleyball Camp Coordinators  Phone: 780-963-2255 Email: asmall@psd70.ab.ca or kschurack@psd70.ab.ca 50 Westerra Centre Stony Plain, AB T7Z 1R3 http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10979&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=10979&stream=Homepage News CALLING ALL SINGERS Be a part of one of Alberta's most successful award-winning choirs! Want to Learn More?  Contact:  MCHS Music Department - 50 Westerra Centre, Stony Plain AB Call:        780.963-2255 Ext 1029 E-Mail:    dweisenburger@psd70.ab.ca or mholton@psd70.ab.ca http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16725&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16725&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 29, 2018 May 29, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board took the opportunity to express sincere thanks and congratulations to Superintendent of Schools, Tim Monds, who attended his last regular board meeting before his official retirement date of May 31, 2018. Monds served students and staff of Parkland School Division for 10 years including the first two as Deputy Superintendent and the last eight as Superintendent. Tim Monds has been an educational leader for over 37 years. His journey through four Alberta school divisions includes time as a K-12 teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. In 2016-2017, Tim received the provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership from the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS). The award is granted to outstanding educators who exhibit exemplary leadership ability and who have enhanced the profession of school system administration throughout their career. The Board appointed Shauna Boyce as Acting Superintendent effective June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019 or to the start date of the new Superintendent, pursuant to Section 113 of the School Act. As there is a superintendent compensation review under way at the Ministry of Education, the appointment of the next Superintendent of Schools for Parkland School Division is awaiting Ministerial Approval. The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending April 30, 2018. As of April 30th, 2018, 68.02% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 67.824% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date deficit of $405,418. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget as presented by Director, Financial Services Jason Krefting. As part of the annual budget cycle, school jurisdictions prepare budgets in the spring then update the budget in the fall based on September 30th enrolments and any new developments in the spring. Parkland School Division has a total budget of $133.1 million dollars to serve the needs of approximately 11,200 students. Parkland School Division is projecting an increased enrolment of 148 students over the previous year. Total budget revenues for 2018-19 will increase by 0.10% over 2017-18. The 2018 - 2019 budget accommodates a provision for an increase in general student enrolment. No new grants have been included in the budget this year. The School Fee Reduction Grant ($745K) and Transportation Fee Reduction Grant ($300K) offset fees that are no longer charged to parents as a result of Bill 1: An Act to Reduce School Fees and remain the same as the prior year. The School Nutrition Grant introduced in 2017-18 has increased by $53K to $194K. The ECS Program Unit grant is 12.5% lower than budgeted in the prior year as the enrollments were lower than projected last year. Transportation funding is lower than the previous year’s budget as it has been forecast similar to actual funding received in 2017-2018. All other grant allocations remain at 2017-2018 levels. Base Funding represents 56% of the division’s provincial funding and is determined by the number of students enrolled as of September 30th of each school year. The Classroom Improvement Fund has been included in this budget and increased by 2.11% over the prior year to $1,295,800. Parkland School Division will spend approximately $99.5 million dollars on human resources, which is about 75% of the division's budget. Total salaries and benefits for the division increased by 0.95% over 2017-2018.  The division will employ over 605 full-time equivalent teachers and approximately 443 full-time equivalent support staff in 2018-19.  The Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal (IMR) which provides funds for school renovation and facility upgrading projects, has decreased by $366 thousand over 2017-2018 amounts. The division is expecting Accumulated Operating Reserves before School Generated Funds of of $4.3 million as at August 31, 2018. In the 2018-2019 budget, a deficit of $327 thousand is anticipated and $343K is budgeted for the VOIP phone project. The balance at the end of August 31, 2019 for Operating Reserves before School Generated Funds is estimated to be $3.6 million. The cost of running the regional transportation system is not fully supported through transportation grants and transportation user fees. The Division is anticipating a deficit of $425K in the transportation program. The regional transportation system provides service to Evergreen Catholic, Wild Rose, Black Gold, Grande Yellowhead, Star Catholic,  St. Thomas Aquinas and two area private schools. The Board approved the Attendance Area Boundaries changes that affect some residents who currently attend Tomahawk School and Duffield School. The area is south of Secondary Highway 627 from a half mile west of Range Road 45 to Range Road 35 to optimize travel time of students within the area to their designated school. The Board received as information the draft of the 2018-2019 Education Plan. The final version will be brought to the Board at the June 12, 2018 Regular Board Meeting for approval. The Education Plan is a key component in the education planning cycle which involves: Developing and updating plans that are aligned with provincial goals, outcomes and performance measures and the Division's Vision, Mission, Values and Beliefs; Promoting meaningful community engagement; Preparing budgets in alignment with resource stewardship, and that support student learning to achieve the Ultimate Goal of Student Success and Well-being; and, Implementing strategies to maintain or improve students learning and achievement. The Board received as information the 2017 - 2018 Parkland School Division Priorities Report as presented by Associate Superintendent, Dr. Dianne McConnell. The document serves as a progress report for the Division towards realizing the outcomes stated in the 2016-2019 Three-Year Education Plan especially in the areas of early learning, wellness and building inclusive environments. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16585&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16585&stream=Homepage News MCHS Mourns the loss of Jacob Baldry May 22, 2018  Dear Parents/Guardians and Students: It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of our friend, Grade 12 student Jacob Baldry. As you may have heard, Jacob passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in a motor vehicle accident. Jacob was a Grade 12 student who has attended Memorial Composite High School since 2015 and previously attended High Park School.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends and has touched the lives of many students and staff in our tight knit community. Our entire community is saddened by the loss of a member of our school family. We met as a staff today and the staff was prepared to share this very unfortunate news with their students and to provide support as needed. We are grateful for the assistance we are receiving from Parkland School Division’s Trauma Follow-Up Team, our Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Tim Monds as well as our Deputy Superintendent Shauna Boyce. Our Student Services team is available to provide support and to encourage emotional health and well-being in the school community. This support will continue for as long as required. We are aware that students process loss in different ways and we would encourage you to talk and listen to your children to assist them in understanding this loss.  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. 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. Condolences on behalf of the school community have been sent to the family. They have been assured that our thoughts and prayers are with them now and in the coming days and weeks. Celebration of Life Date: Wednesday, May 30 Time: 2pm Location: Parkland Funeral Services  (3502 - 44 Ave, Stony Plain, AB) Should your child wishes to attend the funeral, we would ask that he or she attends with a parent or guardian. Thank you to those of you who have offered your support to the school and to the family. We are blessed to work in such a caring school community.  Sincerely, Carolyn Jensen, Principal Memorial Composite High School http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16461&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16461&stream=Homepage News Regular Board Meeting Highlights - May 1, 2018 May 1, 2018 - The Board of Trustees is pleased to share with all education stakeholders the highlights of our recent Board meeting held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The adopted minutes will be available on our website following the next Regular Board meeting. Update: The Board welcomed a delegation of students from High Park School who presented on a trip earlier this year to a Gay Straight Alliance Conference in Calgary. The GSA Conference was a safe event that students from all over Alberta could attend. The students acknowledged that the conference provided useful resources and knowledge that was very helpful in running the High Park GSA - Youth Alliance.  The Board approved the monthly financial report for the period ending March 31, 2018. As of March 31st, 2018, 60.43% of revenues have been collected for the year compared to 59.04% of expenses paid out to date resulting in total year-to-date surplus of $1,229,458. The Board approved the 2018-2019 Preliminary Budget Assumptions. The Board established an operating reserve in the amount of $900,900 to support expenditures for the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Phone System. The Board approved the 2019-2020 School Calendar in principle. The Board approved the request for Minsterial Approval to appoint the position of Superintendent of Schools. Next Regular Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., Centre for Education http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&stream=Homepage News http://mchs.psd70.ab.ca/view.php?action=object&id=16079&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 will be receiving correspondence with further instructions prior to April 1, 2018. 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. Click here to register for Kindergarten in 2018 - 2019. 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. Data Verification/Bus Registration is Easy (Returning Students) Make sure you have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account. Check your inbox beginning for an email sent on April 1, 2018 from "PowerSchool Registration Support" <noreply@noreply.psrsupport.com> and follow the instructions. (Note: you will receive one email for every student you have enrolled in a Parkland School Division school.) Bus Registration Deadline In order for your child to have his/her bus pass for the first day of school (Tuesday, September 4, 2018), bus pass applications must be received no later than 4:30pm, June 29, 2018 to be included in the routing process. Payment arrangements must be received through PSD’s online payment system (Acorn) or in the Division Office on or before August 10, 2018 to be eligible to ride the bus the first day of school.   Any applications received after the application deadline may not be processed in time for the first day of school. If your child does not have a valid bus pass for the 2018-2019 school year, he/she will not be able to ride the bus. Late Registrations  It's very easy for a child to hop onto a bus in the morning and get to a transfer station. Staff can then direct children without a pass to the right bus to head to their correct school. The reverse is not the same. Staff won't know which bus to put a child on once they get to the respective transfer sites during the afternoon runs, if they DO NOT have a pass that indicates which route goes back to their neighbourhood and which stop to get off including alternate stops for daycares, day homes, split custody or other guardianship arrangements for care after school.  In order to avoid children without passes riding an unknown bus and being stranded at the wrong transfer station parents of children who do not have a pass will have to make arrangements to pick up their children at school at the end of the day until passes have been processed. 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