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Friday, Mar 6, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • March 10   Yearbook Mtg and Club 3:16 @ lunch
  • March 11   Chill Zone @ lunch
  • March 11   New York Trip Parent Info Meeting @ 8pm
  • March 12   GSA @ lunch
  • For RVS Divisional playoff schedule follow this link
  • March 13   JV Boys Basketball Zones - WH Croxford
  • March 13   JV Girls Basketball Zones - Highwood
  • March 13   Sr. Boys Basketball Zones - Cochrane

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From the Principal's Desk
by Ryan Reed


Hi Everyone,

We had a busy but great week at school. Around this time of year we start dreaming of spring activities (mind you the weekend weather forecast may not agree with us). Along with spring comes thinking about next year. We hosted 2 orientation evenings this past week, with one being to for our gr. 9 - 10 and other for our incoming gr. 9's. Both events were rewarding as we got to talk about the different elements that make Bert Church a unique place for students to attend school.
I was encouraged by the participation of students and staff in both the events. Having more than just the administrators and school counsellors at these events to talk about what makes BCHS great is awesome. 

We know we don't get everything right but the week left me encouraged that we're moving in a positive direction as a school. Thanks to everyone who helped make the orientation evenings enjoyable!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Thanks to Zach, Brian, and Mr. Pearce for their work constructing a new Lost & Found bin for our school. Well done!

We welcomed our awesome partners at the RVS Community Learning Center to present to our gr. 9 students on Thursday. Building Futures, RVS Leadership Academy, RVS Mechanics Training Center, and the Farm School all offer students a different educational experience. 

For more information on each of the programs, follow the links below:

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Building Futures
Email: Coleman Massey

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RVS Leadership Academy
Email: Lauren Curry

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Mechanics Training Center
Email: Melanie Gilliland


RVS The Farm School
Email: Mark Turner
Students in math class using hands on learning when exploring measuring mass. Thanks Mrs. Weigel for sharing!
Students in Criminology (Biology & Forensic Sciences) used some class time this week to engage in a socratic debate about potential lung transplant patients. As a judge, I had the opportunity to listen to each argument for the different patients. I walked away impressed with the critical thinking and maturity on display from students as they examined the difficult subject. Thanks for the invite Mr. Horne!
For the months of March and April, the Airdrie Public Library is hosting student art. Select work from Bert Church Students will be on display. Stop by the library and check it out!
Basketball season is coming to a close with some strong results from our teams. On Tuesday, the season ended for our Sr. Girls as they lost a tough game vs. the Chestermere Lakers. Thanks to Coach Kirk for his leadership with the girls this year.

Our Sr. Boys lost a close battle in the Divisional semi-final vs. Cochrane, 83-74. The boys focus now shifts to zones where they will meet Canmore on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 PM. There are 2 berths up for grabs for 3A provincials and the boys go into zones ranked 4th. Good luck next week!

Our Junior Varsity boys are competing for divisional hardware as they host W.H. Croxford tonight at 7:45 PM. The winner will play for gold tomorrow afternoon in Springbank.

Last but certainly not least, our JV Girls are looking to keep their undefeated streak  in league play alive tonight against the Yankee Valley rival WH Croxford. The girls go at 6:00 PM tonight at home vs. Croxford with the hopes of being in the final tomorrow afternoon in Springbank.

Good luck to all the teams as they represent BCHS with pride in the weeks to come!
The Boys and Girls Club is having a Job Fair on Thursday March 12th from 3-6 pm.  There will be employers that students can connect with as well as Prospects and Wheatland Employment Services.  It's a good opportunity that students will not want to miss!
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Is your child interested in going on a trip to New York to explore their passion in drama or art? If so, there is a parent/guardian meeting on March 11th at 6:30 PM in the learning commons.  Mr. Goodyear and Ms. Tschritter are excited to share what they have planned for Spring break 2021! If you attended the previous meeting in December you do not have to come to this one. 
Are you spring cleaning? Do you have children's books that your kids have outgrown?  Lego blocks that are taking up room in your closet?  AE Bowers Elementary is looking for donations of gently used books (French too!) and Lego blocks or figurines that will be put to good use.  Please contact our office at 403 948-4511 if you would like to drop off any donations.

Career Centre News
March 6, 2020
“A mind is like a parachute – it doesn’t work unless it is open.” 
~ Frank Zappa

Grade 9’s – Career Exploration Centre at SAIT – Field trip on April 1

40 grade 9’s have the opportunity for a trip to SAIT on April 1, to do some career planning and try out some of the programs at SAIT.  This is one of the best field trips offered to High School students – and it is free. 
Consent forms are available in the career centre and main office.  Mrs. Smith will be around to grade 9 classes next week.

Youth Job Fair At Airdrie Boys and Girls Club – March 12, 2020
  • Youth Job Fair Hosted by Boys and Girls Club Airdrie, 3-6pm200 East Lake Cres. NE Airdrie
  • Come to meet actively hiring employers, enter to win door prizes and have some hot chocolate!
  • For more information call 403-948-9711 or
Canadream RV Job Fair – Bring your Resume and prepare for an Interview
  • March 20 (Friday) from 1 – 4 pm at 292154 Crosspointe Drive (near race track Balzac)
  • Interior and Exterior Detailers; Shop Helpers; Guest Services Reps; Lot Attendants; Call Centre Agents; RV Technicians; RV Sales Product Advisors
University of Alberta Registration 101 Workshops are coming to Calgary
  • Learn to navigate Bear Tracks for the purposes of course registration
  • Build a draft schedule (available to students that have accepted their offer)
  • Get advice on course selection and Meet fellow incoming first-year students
  • March 14  Register now or check out the full schedule online. Limited spots are available.
University of Alberta – Residence Application
April 30, 2020 is the deadline for students to apply for residence and be guaranteed a space for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Students can visit to apply.
University of Alberta in Calgary for advising
Students are invited to an in-person advising session to learn more about programs, admission, and the application process at the U of A.
Where: U of A Calgary Centre (120 - 333 5 Ave SW)
When: Students can see the full schedule and sign up online at
Stem Cell Talks 2020
Local Post Secondary Institutions at Bert Church HS on April 8 during Parent Teacher Interviews
  • April 8 during Parent Teacher Interviews, there will be several Post Secondary Institutes in the Learning Commons.
Bow Valley College – Calgary – Career Exploration Day – March 13
  • Field Trip to Bow Valley College on March 13  (room for 5 students)
  • Please let the office know if you are interested.
Discover CUE (Concordia University Edmonton) – Information Night
  • Thursday March 12 from 5 – 7:30 pm
University Pathways at St. Mary’s University
Register at St. Mary’s University in Calgary to take Engl 030 or Math 030
  • These are HS level courses that can be presented for admission to university
  • Final exam is set by St. Mary’s University and students do not write provincial diploma exams
  • Classes are July 7 – Aug 27 2020  Tues * Wed * and Thurs  - Engl 9 – 12 AM *  Math 1 – 4 pm
  • Register online:
Careers Next Generation – RAP Skilled Trade & ICT Fair
Students and parents learn about the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), careers in skilled trades, and Information & Communication Technology.
  • Connect with 40 + Employers and Industry Associations; Post Secondary & Education Resources; Dual Credit & Exploratory Program
*March 11, 2020 (Wednesday) 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Notre Dame HS
*April 8, 2020 (Wednesday) 6:30 – 8:30 pm at James Fowler HS
  • At 7 pm there is a short Careers Presentation on RAP and ICT
MC College Open House – April 18, 2020
  • 10 AM – 2 Pm April 18  at  MC College Calgary – 1023 7 Ave SW Calgary
  • Enter to win a $1000 Tuition Scholarship for any full-time program
Post Secondary Events
Event When Where What
RAP, Skilled & ICT Fair Mar 11, 2020 Notre Dame HS Careers Next Generation
Career Exploration Day BVC March 13, 2020 Bow Valley College, Calgary Field Trip for up to 6 students
Preview Days @ Olds College Mar 20, 2020 Olds College
Olds AB
Agriculture & Trades Preview Day
*Precision Agriculture-Techgronomy * Agricultural Management * Agriculture Integration Technology *Ag&Heavy Certificate * Agriculture Equipment Technician Apprentice * Heavy Equipment Technician Apprenticeship * Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship * Welder Apprenticeship * Pre-Employment Programs – HET, Motorcycle, Welder
Preview Days @ Olds College April 3, 2020 Olds College
Olds, AB
Horticulture & Land Preview Day
*Arboriculture Technician * Horticulture Technologist * Land & Water Resources * Turfgrass Management
Post Secondary Recruiters at Bert Church HS April 8, 2020 BCHS Learning Commons Parent Teacher Interviews                                                 5 – 8 pm                                                                            Post Secondary Institutions will be set up in the Learning Commons.
RAP, Skilled & ICT Fair April 8, 2020 James Fowler HS Careers Next Generation
Open House    May 13, 2020
6 – 8 pm
St. Mary’s University
Open House at St. Mary’s University
Don’t Hope for a Scholarship ~ Plan for a Scholarship

March Scholarship Tip

Collect letters of recommendation.

Scholarship and college applications usually require a few letters of recommendation from teachers and community members who know you best. They could include your employer, teachers, coaches, high school counselors, or other adults who can testify to your strengths, qualifications, and ambition.
Since you’re asking for a significant favor, it’s best to provide as much relevant information as possible to the letter-writer. You might even want to provide a Word template for them to use as they write your recommendation. Here are some other things you can provide:
  • Overview of the scholarship (if it’s for a specific application)
  • Your key strengths as related to the requirements AND your relationship to the reviewer. (Example: If you’re applying for a leadership scholarship, you might ask your Honor Society advisor to address your successful reelection as president.)
  • A copy of your resume
  • Any other plans for the future, like which colleges you’re applying to and what major you will pursue
After you collect your letters of recommendation, make sure you thank your reviewers for taking the time to help you.
Manulife Life Lessons Scholarship Program
  • A scholarship for students who have experience the death of a parent or guardian with littleto no life insurance. 
  • For youth 17 – 24 yrs old to ease the financial burden of paying for post-secondary education costs
  • 5 awards of $10,000 each
  • Information and application  Deadline to apply – March 31
Kirpal Kaur Dhindsa Scholarship
  • Must be graduating from High School in 2020 and registered and accepted into a post-secondary institution/continuing education after high school graduation /upgrading
  • Have a willingness to pursue post-secondary despite any outside circumstances or obstacles they have had to overcome
  • Must demonstrate a good work ethic, as this scholarship is not based on marks
  • Using the requirements listed above, please tell us (scholarship committee) in 250 words or less, how you have overcome obstacles in life, whether it be financial, emotional, physical, education, etc, to persevere with your education and choose to continue with post-secondary.  Also, please state why you feel you need this scholarship. 
  • Due:  April 8, 2020
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