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:
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!
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!
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 uab.ca/advising
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
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
May 13, 2020
6 – 8 pm
St. Mary’s University
Open House at St. Mary’s University
Scholarships 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
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.