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Friday, Jan 31, 2020

Upcoming events

  • Jan. 30 - Last Day of Semester 1
  • Jan. 31 - NO SCHOOL - PL Day
  • Feb. 3 - Semester 2 starts
  • Feb. 4  Yearbook mtg & Club 3:16 @ lunch
  • Feb. 5  Chill Zone @ lunch
  • Feb. 6  GSA @ lunch
  • Jan. 31 - Feb. 1  JV Girls and Boys Basketball BCI @ BC
  • Jan. 31 - Feb. 1  Sr. Boys Basketball Tournament - Taber
  • Jan.31 - Feb. 1  Sr. Girls Basketball Tournament - Canmore

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From the Principal's Desk
by Ryan Reed


Hi Everyone,

With Semester 1 in our rear view mirror, we get the opportunity to start fresh in most of our courses for Semester 2 on Monday. New starts give us the opportunity for new goals and rhythms. We are excited to see what might come of this over the next few months.

A couple of reminders heading into Semester 2. Course changes will be done at the Admin Wall on Monday and Tuesday until we get through all grades. Complex changes requiring maneuvering of timetables will be referred to our school counsellors. Gr. 12 students will be handled first to prioritize those students needing courses to graduate. After the first week is over, any course change that would be made would have to be exceptional in nature. We want our students in their schedule and engaged in their new courses as quickly as possible.

Students will start their day on Monday with Teacher Advisory to go over their individual schedules and ask any questions for Semester 2 startup. If students would like a paper copy of their schedule, they are encouraged to bring one from home as we will not be printing 1100 student schedules for Monday. The majority of students I see interact with PowerSchool on their phones.

Thanks for your support through the first semester!

Have a great weekend,

So, you wrote your first set of diplomas. Now what? For important diploma information, please read below.

How will results from diploma exams be shared with students? 

Approximately 3 weeks after the administration of diploma exams, student results are available on myPass at

For assistance with myPass, contact the Workforce Development Help Desk at 780-427-5318 (Dial 310-0000 to be connected toll-free from outside the Edmonton area.)

Rewriting a diploma exam (deadline for April rewrite is February 21 - deadline for June rewrite is April 9th) 

Students must pay a fee and register to rewrite a diploma exam. If a diploma exam has two components, students must rewrite both components of the diploma exam. All marks are reported on the student’s academic record but only the highest diploma exam mark will be reported on the student’s transcript. Students register to rewrite an exam by logging into myPass and selecting the diploma exam button. For April rewrite the school offering the exam is Airdrie Learning Connection 0404 and the Principal giving permission is Mr. Murray Arnold

Rewrite fee For Alberta-resident students there is a non-refundable, non-transferable administration fee of $26.25 (GST included) for each diploma exam re-written. 

Rescoring a diploma exam 

A diploma exam rescore is a request to have the diploma exam remarked at Alberta Education. The previous marks are deleted and the diploma exam is remarked by teachers without knowledge of the original marks. For the written component all assignments are remarked. For all rescores the rescore mark is the final diploma exam mark for that particular diploma exam whether the mark is raised, lowered or remains the same. Rescore requests must be submitted before the deadline using myPass. Rescore requests will be denied if the examinee fails to: • Submit payment • Sign the Declaration

Rescore fee 

There is a non-transferable administration fee of $26.25 (GST included) for each diploma exam rescored. Rescore fees are refunded if the diploma exam mark increases by 5% or more as a result of rescoring.

Congratulations to BCHS students Kai S (grade 10) and Sydney D (grade 11) for both making it past the first round in the short story contest, while Maija J (grade 9) has made it past the first round in the poetry contest. We are proud of our writers and their exceptional work!

Thanks to Ms. Tschritter, our front office has a new look. Student art is showcased for guests and students to see when they come through our doors. Thanks for your effort with this Ms. Tschritter!

Returning books is at times a difficult task.  Our gr. 9 students deserve some praise for being the best grade in returning their textbooks from Semester 1! Currently there are 1054 outstanding books heading into semester 2. A reminder to students that new texts will not be issued till the Semester 1 resources are returned.
Career Centre News
January 31, 2020
“The most important day of a person's education is the first day of school, not Graduation Day.”

What you can do to prepare for Post Secondary when you are in Grade 11
  • April 8 during Parent Teacher Interviews, there will be several Post Secondary Institutes in the Learning Commons.
  • Applications for Post Secondary Education open up in September and October.  Figuring out where you want to apply and how to apply will take away some stress that  you might feel in grade 12. 
Nutrien Sustainable Agriculture Youth Trip
The Award – Travel to Kenya on a ME to WE Trip from August 3 – 14, 2020
  • Apply at by March 20
    • Tell us about your commitment to global issues and volunteerism in your community.
    • What are some ways you can get involved in sustainable agriculture in your community?
    • How would this award help you continue your work as a change-maker?
  • Trip recipients have a chance to contribute to sustainable agriculture programming by volunteering in total WE Villages.  Lots of opportunity for personal growth while you connect with families in rural villages, dive into a vibrant culture, learn Swahili and go on a safari!
  • More info in the Career Centre
SAIT Open House on February 8 (Saturday)
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.
RCMP – Youth Depot Camp
  • For students aged 16 – 19 (Grade 11 and12)
  • Two Camps:  July 20-24, 2020  and July 27-31, 2020
  • Participation and observation of activities such as
    • Drill
    • Driver simulator training
    • Firearms simulator training
    • Defense tactics
    • Police officer scenarios
    • Fitness training (PARE)
    • Troop graduation
    • Tour of RCMP Heritage Centre and much more!
  • Application  is due on March 1, 2020
News from U of C
  • 10, 500 students have applied to U of C.  They will receive Alberta transcripts on February 14 and expect to issue a large number of offer letters for students once first term grade 12 marks have been reviewed.
  • Deadline to be considered for admission and awards is March 1, 2020
  • Competitive High School Awards and Bursaries (Application required) Deadline: March 1, 2019
    • Multiple awards and bursaries available; valued at $500 to $8,500
  • Automatic Entrance Awards (no application required)
    Deadline: Apply for admission by March 1, 2019
    • President’s Admission Scholarship – applicants whose admission average is 95 per cent or higher will receive $5,000
    • International Baccalaureate awards – 20 awards valued at $3,500 each for students entering UCalgary who've completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program with a minimum score of 35
UCalgary Next Steps
Course registration does not begin until May, but for high school students who have recently accepted an offer of admission from the University of Calgary, they may be getting excited about their next steps.
This year, we are sending monthly post-admission communications to all students who have accepted their offer of admission and paid their admission deposit to ensure they are kept informed of their next steps and can begin planning for course registration early.
Here are some highlights from the January communication:
  • Spotlight on resources: students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University Calendar and make a wish list of the 200-level courses that interest them.  Upcoming editions of the e-newsletter will guide students through understanding the required (and option) courses for their chosen program and how their course wish list can help them in this process.  This will be helpful when the schedule launches March 1 and they need to begin thinking about building a course schedule for May registration. 
  • Workshops & Webinars: We are planning a series of registration-focused in-person workshops and online webinars in March and April so students can become familiar with the tools and resources they will need to register successfully.  Dates and registration information will be shared with admitted students in their monthly e-newsletter and the coming editions of the counsellor newsletter, so stay tuned.
St. Mary’s University is having an Open House on Saturday Feb 8
  • Head down to South Calgary and visit St. Mary’s University between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday Feb 8, 2020
  • St. Mary’s is a smaller university with undergrad degrees including Social Justice and Elementary Education.  14500 Bannister Road SE Calgary
University of Lethridge in Bert Church HS during Flex on Feb 26, 2020
  • The recruiter from University of Lethbridge will be here with Mr. Burns in Flex on room 2043 on Feb 26
  • Every grade is welcome to attend.  If you have already applied and are wondering what your next steps are, come and get your questions answered. 
  • If you are in grade 11, come and get your questions answered so that you know when and how to apply when you are in Grade 12.
  • Sign up in Flex to learn more about U of L and if it is the right school for you. 
  • U of L – Flex – Feb 26 in room 2043 with Mr. Burns
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:
University of New Brunswick – February 7 during TA in Ms. Gouw (Room 2041)
What do you want to study at University?UNB (University of New Brunswick) probably offers it.What would it be like to study in New Brunswick? Come to a presentation on Feb 7 during Advisory in Room 2041 and find out about the education you could receive in this province that is close to the Atlantic Ocean.Experience Canada while you gain an education.
Calaway Park – Upcoming Auditions for Dancers and Actors
  • Hiring 30 seasonal Entertainment cast members.  Minimum Age:  16
  • Auditions:  Saturday February 8, 2020
    • Dancers at 9:30 AM      -      Actors at 11:00 AM
  • Go to Employment at the Calaway Park Website to get all the audition details.
Canadian Forces in Flex on February 25, 2020
Full time and Part-time opportunities.Possibility of Debt Free university education.
  • To learn more, sign up for Flex with Mr. Lucas on Tuesday Feb 25, 2020
Science Competitions coming up
  1.  HYRS Program – High School Youth Researcher – at university of Calgary. 
Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
  • Currently registered in grade 11  
  • A clear interest in pursuing a health research career
  • A minimum of 85% standing in each of Math-20-1 or 20-2, Biology 20, and one other grade 11 science (transcripts or interim reports are required)
  • Prepare soon, the deadline to apply is in March 2020
A maximum of 2 students per high school will be selected for the Alberta Innovates Heritage Youth Researcher Summer program.
Go to the website to see the application
  1.  Canadian Association of Physics annual High School Exam for the Province of Alberta. 
    • 3 Hours exam to be written on April 8, 2020
    • Results of the exam will be used to select both national and provincial winners for prizes and to help select the Canadian team for the International Physics Olympiad
  2.  Brain Bee – Hotchkiss Brain Institute – See Mrs. D. Smith or Mr. Verhees if you are interested in preparing for this competition. 
  • Students in Grade 9 – 12 are invited to compete
  • The winner of this competition will represent Canada at the 2020 International Brain Bee Championship in Washington DC
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
*February 19, 2020 (Wednesday) 6:30  - 8:30 pm at Lord Beaverbrook HS
*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
Post Secondary Events
Event When Where What
Preview Days Olds College Feb 7, 2020 Olds College
Olds AB
Animal Science Preview Day
*Animal Health Tech * Veterinary Medical Receptionist * Veterinary Technical Assistant
Open House St. Mary’s University Feb 8, 2020
10 – 2 pm
St. Mary’s University
RAP, Skilled Trades and ICT Fair Feb 19, 2020 6:30 – 8:30 Lord Beaverbrook HS Careers Next Generation
Women in Engineering Feb 20, 2020 University of Calgary
Preview Days @ Olds College Feb 21, 2020 Olds College
Olds, AB
Business, Hospitality & Brew Preview Day
*Business Management * Brewmaster & Brewery Operations Management * Hospitality & Tourism Management * Sports Management
Canada Forces in Flex Feb 25, 2020 Flex Flex at BCHS Sign up for Flex with Mr. Lucas on Feb 25. 
Preview Days @ Olds College March 5, 2020 Fashion Institute @ Calgary Campus *Apparel Technology-Fashion Apparel Major or Costume Cutting & Construction Major
RAP, Skilled & ICT Fair Mar 11, 2020 Notre Dame HS Careers Next Generation
Career Exploration Day at 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 St. Mary’s University May 13, 2020
6 – 8 pm
St. Mary’s University
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 out to meet actively hiring employers face to face, enter to win door prizes and have some hot chocolate!
  • For more information call 403-948-9711 or​
Don’t Hope for a Scholarship ~ Plan for a Scholarship
January Scholarship Tip
January Scholarship Tip- This tip is from MacLeans magazine article:  How to get a university scholarship: six tips for success:  “It pays to start looking early and widely for financial support”.    by Kat Tancock   Dec 29, 2017


Highlight your strengths
While academic merit is the primary criterion, awards committees are looking for well-rounded students, too—and it’s not just about a resumé that checks all the boxes. Usually there’s a point system used to score applications, Nolt says, and longer-term activities tend to have more weight than one-offs. She reminds students not to discount things they do that might seem banal but actually reveal responsibility and maturity. “I was recently reading applications from students who were really involved in 4-H,” she says. “They forgot to mention they were also responsible for getting up in the morning and making sure the cows were milked.” 


Ambrose University - Presidential Scholarship

Ambrose is committed to making a significant scholarship investment in an exceptional student who has strong Christian character as well as academic and servant leadership potential. This scholarship is offered to a current high school student whose Ambrose education will enable them to be servant leaders involved in transforming their workplace, church or community for the glory of God.
Presidential High School scholarship applicants will be shortlisted and invited to participate in the Presidential Scholarship competition, March 2-3, 2020 on the Ambrose University campus.
Value: Full Tuition
Deadline: January 31
The Presidential Scholarship provides full tuition for up to four years, eight consecutive semesters or the completion of one degree.
Apply Here
Kin Canada Bursaries
$1000 scholarships are awarded from coast-to-coast to Canadian students who are pursuing post-secondary education.  Submit to your local Kinsmen Club and they will submit one application to the Board of Trustees. 
Bachelor of Humanities High School Essay Contest – Carleton University, Ottawa
You could win $500 by writing an essay on the following question:  What is Literature For?
Deadline:   March 1, 2020
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award
Terry Fox Scholars are ‘doers’ with the ability to inspire and make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Suitable candidates are those demonstrate the ideals of Terry Fox – True Humanitarians, individuals who are compassionate and altruistic in their intention to improve the lives of others and human welfare overall. 
  • Serious consideration will be given to those candidates who have experienced and overcome what others might consider an insurmountable obstacle, yet are determined and dedicated to helping others. 
  • Value:  $28,000 disbursed over 4 years
  • Deadline to apply – Feb 1
St. Mary’s University - Scholarships
  • Deadline to apply – April 30, 2020 for complete list of St. Mary’s University awards
  • Presidents Circle Scholarships are automatically awarded to new high school graduates who achieve an average of 80% or higher on the five grade 11 or 12 subjects used for admission
Scholarship Average of 90% or higher Up to $2500 in first year
Scholarship average of 85 – 89.9% Up to $1750 in first year
Scholarship average of 80 – 84.9% Up to $1000 in first year
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