Well, it's officially not Thanksgiving anymore! The end of October/beginning of November is really the heart of Semester 1. The startup is over, the weather has changed, and students are hitting their stride with regular class routines. Some of these routines are positive, while others are more challenging. Looking at the calendar, we are approaching the halfway mark of Semester 1, with November 8th being the start of Q2. Students have time to work with their teachers to collaborate on the best paths forward. This is why Parent-Teacher conferences are beneficial, as we get to meet and discuss solutions for students. The conversations being had in the days ahead could help re-orient a student in a class and bring understanding for everyone on a positive path forward.
Thank you for being great partners in your child's education. We encourage you to continue to support them at home while we work to push, support, teach, and grow with them at school through the heart of semester 1.
1. Girls' Soccer takes Bronze!
Congratulations to our girl's soccer team on their successful season. The squad played hard last Thursday and captured a bronze medal, defeating Bow Valley 3-0. Thanks to all involved, especially Coach Kirk and Jans!
2. Student of the Month
Congratulations to Kristian for being named Student of the Month for September. Kristian's positive attitude and contributions around the school led him to be selected!
3. Cobble Classic Fundraising
On Friday, November 25th, we will host our annual Student vs. Teacher hockey game. This year, the game has been rebranded to the Cobble Classic to honour our former colleague Norm Cobble who passed away suddenly last May. As such, we are raising money for a charity of the Cobble family's choice. They have chosen the Alberta Children's Hospital, and in the one week we have started the campaign, nearly $1500 has been raised. Consider supporting this great cause in honour of Mr. Cobble as we look forward to a great event.
The store closes on November 10th, with production commencing on the 14th, so orders are ready for the holiday season.
Open House Season!
With startup over at the school, our gr. 11 and 12 students may be thinking about their next steps. October is a busy month for post-secondary institutions getting ready for the next wave of students to hit their campuses. To help our parents and students prepare, please see the list below of popular BCHS graduate destination open houses. For the most up-to-date information on the post-secondary of your choice, make sure to keep an eye on their website.
SAIT Open House
Friday, October 28th, 12:30 - 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 29th, 10 - 4:00 PM
Bert Church High School will host the ELAA post-secondary event at our school on Wednesday, November 30th, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. This event brings many post-secondary institutions to one spot to help students explore possibilities. Mark your calendar.
CAREERS Internship and Skilled Trades Fair
CAREERS invites you to attend one of their upcoming Skilled Trades and Internship Fairs, connecting students, parents, educators, and employers to increase awareness about the amazing opportunities in off-campus education. Students will learn about the range of opportunities in the skilled trades and related occupations and how they can apply for paid work as part of an integrated learning internship. Over 50 skilled trades employers will be present.
How to prepare for Post-Secondary! Thanks to Ms. Tiemstra for putting together a helpful document for all of our gr. 11/12 students to consider their next steps for post-secondary!
GRADE 11 TO DO LIST
Semester 1 (September – December)
Begin or continue with extracurricular activities. It might not help you to be admitted into a program, but it will help you to apply for scholarships. Post-Secondary schools love students with leadership, drive & community involvement experience.
Take school seriously – marks from grade 11 are looked at for early admission to a lot of programs.
Talk to your School Counsellor to choose the right courses and prerequisites you will need for your university program of your choice.
Research careers you are interested in using myBlueprint , talk to professionals or relatives in that career.
Attend Post-Secondary fairs at your school or nearby schools, also attend Open Houses of your top 3 or 4 places.
If interested in USA schools, register for an Int’l sitting of the SAT exam offered five times per year. Visit www.CollegeBoard.org for dates.
Semester 2 (February – May)
When you find a school program you are interested in – become aware of the program’s admission courses as well as school specific scholarships. Choose a second choice school that offers your program and make sure of its admission courses.
If you are looking outside of AB, make sure to take note of that provinces’ admission deadlines and processes.
Pick your Grade 12 courses to ensure graduation and admission to Post-Secondary.
Attend any career fairs and industry fairs in the field of your interest. See if there are any summer volunteer or work programs.
See if the schools you are interested in offer Campus Tours or Student for a Day Programs
Discuss costs for post-secondary education with your family. How will you afford it? Savings? Scholarships? Student Loans? Working?
Look for a summer job or volunteer opportunity especially in the area of your interest. Make sure to update your resume from CALM class to include current information.
Read the Bert Church Charger Connects to know when events are happening & when Lunch N’ Learns are being offered by School Counsellors: Scholarships 101, Applying to University – Using Apply AB, various Post-Secondary schools coming to present, etc.
Alberta Post Secondary Event
Nov. 30th, 2022 6:30 - 8pm @ Bert Church High School
Out of Province Post Secondary Events
October 19th, 2022 6 - 8pm @ Winston Churchill High School - Calgary
October 20th, 2022 6 – 7:30pm @ Cochrane High School
October 26th, 2022 6 – 8pm @ Crescent Heights High School – Calgary
GRADE 12 TO DO LIST
Semester 1 (September – December)
Narrow your choice of university programs to a handful. Know these programs’ application dates and scholarship deadlines. Keep your information organized in one place.
Narrow your choices or Program or School to a maximum of 3 (2 in AB and 1 outside of province if wanted)
-remember to indicate choice 1 and choice 2 for each University so that you only pay the school fee once.
Start filling in your information into ApplyAlberta – it saves automatically so you can go back into it
Start looking at scholarship spreadsheets or databases, preparing common information. Give your references plenty of time to write letters of recommendation.
Create your myPass account so that you can look at your diploma exam marks in February and be able to sign up for rewrites or transcripts.
October 1st – 5th
You can now start applying to Post-Secondary programs. Academic averages are set and you can start applying to secure an early admission.
Use ApplyAlberta - remember to add every possibly useful course at a 20 level and 30 level into marks history and add every school you attended in highschool, remembering summer school or virtual schools.
Go into myPass – transcripts and send to the schools you have applied to IF they are not in AB.
Letters of admission or conditional acceptance start to arrive.
Keep track of the emails and paperwork that is sent to you from the schools – make note of next steps and deadlines.
Semester 2 (February – July)
Continue applying for scholarships, bursaries
Letters of admission or conditional acceptance continue to arrive. If it is a program of 1st admitted – 1st Qualified they will continue to accept students until all seats are FULL.
Apply for residence (if you didn’t do that when initially applying) as it is on a first come, first served basis.
Consider federal and provincial student loans and start application with all supporting documents. Applications open in April/May and have to be submitted in June.
Confirm your admission acceptance, pay the “hold your spot fee” by the deadline and attend any how to create your 1st year schedule workshops.