Monthly Archives: September 2014

CCH’s Campus for Science and Inquiry

The landscape of the province of Alberta is changing in terms of education. With the onset of “Inspiring Education”, many schools in Alberta have shifted to new and innovative ways to deliver programs and re-examine how current programs are being delivered. Interestingly many of the key ideas that, provincially, are touted as the “new best thing”, have been commonplace at CCH for some time. One such example is the development of the Science and Inquiry Campus at CCH West.

Originally the idea for the Science and Inquiry Campus for the CCH West came from the High School Redesign Project. From the Project, the educational team at CCH found three facts which led them to see the Westside project as a very natural fit:

  1. Campus West had a science facility that is designed for collaboration.
  2. CCH Science teachers were already innovative and creative in their instructional approaches.
  3. 21st century students need to develop skills in inquiry, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and independence.

Additionally, when one considers that we already have two wonderful post-secondary institutions in our city, (the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College), it wasn’t long until this concept became a reality. As educators work together the concept continues to evolve into a CCH success story. As the efforts of Mr.Christensen , Mr.Wikenheiser, Mr.Wilson and Mr.Lebleu developed it became important for them to focus first on the needs of their students. For educators, as Mr. Christensen puts it, “we wanted to better prepare students for post-secondary Science programs.” As a team, these educators have taken something that was great and turned it into something amazing.

As with any process it takes time and effort to develop a solid program and the efforts of the CCH staff should be commended. Although presently the site has only added a powerpoint that you may complete for an extra credit at the 10 level, within the 20 level things are starting to get interesting. A couple of examples include guest speakers from our local post-secondary institutions and visits to laboratory environments at both the university and college. Stay tuned for future updates on their efforts as they continue to fine tune the Science and Inquiry focus on the West campus. Although changes are still on the drawing board for the 30 level subjects educators hope to soon realize their implementation in their classes.

Although timetabling may be one of the biggest challenges for school officials, by putting their heads together, CCH hopes to overcome any obstacles and move the focus forward. As Mr. Christensen points out staff not only had to develop new curriculum but they had to make sure it met with the approval of Alberta Education officials and was in line with where their discussions with post-secondary education had focused.

Sadly, this blog post may not fully articulate all that is happening on the campus but my advice would be to stop in and see firsthand for yourself what is new on the Westside or if you are interested in the area of any of the Sciences at the post-secondary level consult with a school counselor about which program would best suit your own needs.

– Adam

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Adam Kobza is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. He enjoys excessive naps, schedule stuffing, and silly study groups. His favourite thing about CCH is the annual musical.

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What’s New at CCH

Being a Grade 10 student I must admit that pretty much everything is new to me this year, but for those of you that are interested in finding out what’s changed here at CCH, I suggest you keep reading.

I’ll start by mentioning some of the great new staff we have with us this year. There’s Mr. Cox who teaches English; Mr. Gilbert has Hockey Academy and Phys. Ed. along with a little bit of Social Studies; Ms. Nordlee is a new, friendly face in Trinity Learning Centre and Mr. Goruk has officially joined the Science department. And last, but not least, Mr. Dalton teaches French. (I would also like to note that if you ever need help with your Chemistry homework, Mr. Dalton’s got your back.)

Extracurricular activities are plentiful here at CCH. There is something for everyone. If you are interested in the performing arts, you might want to take part in the recently added Fine-Arts academy or Dance Club, and don’t forget the school choir or musical theater for you aspiring actors. Keep an ear open for the announcement for this year’s show. Also, Student Council is always looking for enthusiastic members to join the team.

Although these programs aren’t “new”, they could be new to you! If athletics are more your thing, then you will be happy to know that CCH offers an abundance of sports programs: Baseball, Golf, Volleyball, Badminton, Cross-country, Slow-Pitch, Basketball, Curling, Track and Field, and Football.

This year, CCH has also introduced a Science and Inquiry course that focuses on problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking and independence within the domain of science. This course is offered on Campus West due to its modern facilities designed for collaboration.

If you get a chance, you might want check out the amazing travel opportunities planned for this year: New York, France and Japan! I think I should start saving…

I hope you are excited about what’s new at CCH.
-Chloe

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Chloe Devoy is a Grade Ten student at CCH. She enjoys skating, running, and reading. Her favourite thing about CCH is Flex time.

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Grade Ten Newbie Confession

My first two weeks here at CCH have been fun and confusing! I have had to start a new school, take not one but two buses every day, and experience a new and different schooling system among many other things. I have a few confessions to make as a Grade 10 newbie.

I was not too sure of the two campuses. It is hard to imagine that even though there are two campuses we somehow manage to maintain one community. I honestly feel very welcome and safe at both campuses. Both campuses include each other; they somehow manage to make them both work together.

Taking a bus to get between the two campuses was a new and exciting prospect. I have never before ridden on a bus. This was my first time and I had to take it twice that first day. Getting on to this bus every day has been a bit of a challenge. The first time everyone was nice and letting other people on first. Since then I can say that there are a lot of kids catching these buses. The one thing I have learned is that the second bus is the bus to wait for.

I am learning to love the quarter system, however coming from a semester system to the quarter system has been a learning curve. Three hour classes are a long time to stay focused! A whole section in two days is a lot of work. Something that I don’t always have…what was I talking about again???

Since grade seven, lockers have always been my downfall. I. CAN. NEVER. GET. THEM. OPEN. And so, I was dreading the first day. Going into this school year I was expecting I might have two lockers, not too bad. It turns out I have three lockers and one of them gets me lots of exercise as I do my squats regularly to get into it. I must say I am learning all of my combinations and locker numbers slowly but surely, but I am very sure lockers and I will never be friends.

Obviously this is my first year in CCH, and I can say that I still have yet to explore both campuses completely. The other day, I was looking for a class and was closely watching the numbers. Just as I came up on the last classroom before the one I was looking for, the hallway just turned into a stairway. Another few minutes and a few more turns and I finally found the class. I think everyone should look for these cute little nooks and crannies around the school as they will make great study spots.

One more thing I am enjoying about being at CCH is the cafeteria. It has some great food in it for a great price. I may be addicted to the fries and gravy already! It is a great place to catch up with friends and find out what they are doing and to plan our frozen yogurt days.

I am hoping to check out the library and some football games soon. I will keep you posted on that. These past few weeks have sure been eventful, and I’m sure that as the year goes on I will have learned so much more. I can’t wait to see how this year goes!

– Kaitlyn

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Kaitlyn Stolte is a Grade Ten student at CCH. She loves horseback riding and writing poetry. Her favourite thing about CCH is that classes are three hours long.

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Dear Class of 2015

Wow! We made it this far. Grade twelve – the last year of high school. I bet you’re thinking right now that it will drag on forever like it usually does. Or maybe that this year will cause more stress than any other. Perhaps you’re panicking trying to think of something to do when you leave high school. Or you might have your life planned out for you, and you know what your future goals are.

However, I really want to focus on much more than that. While focusing on school is important in our final year, so is everything else. I have been told countless times that high school doesn’t last forever and you probably won’t see most of the people after you graduate. Friendships will fade and so will the memories of that one test you might have not done so well on. I wish more than anything I could keep my friends and we would live together, go for walks, and drink tea at cute little coffee shops.

What I want all of us to do is make our year memorable. I want to focus on fun with our friends and being a part of the school community. I want so many things for this year because, when you think about it, there isn’t much time left. We have so much to focus on and this is one of the biggest transitions we will ever make. Months from now, we are going to have to make huge decisions that will affect what we do with our lives. As much as I would like to think I can do nothing but write stories and look at pictures of cats on the internet all day, I can’t.

So, if you’re stressed out or worried, just try to make this year a good one. Now’s the time to do something you’ve wanted to do forever and just haven’t really tried. Join a club or a team, or put forth extra effort in a class you might not really enjoy. I assure you you’ll be happy you did when you see the results.

To the Class of 2015, this is our year and we have to make the most of it. Soon we will all go our separate ways and years from now, I want us to look back on our high school experiences and remember that they were good ones. You’ll forget all the drama and things that don’t really matter, and remember the good moments. We have a whole year to go yet, so let’s make the days count.

Wishing you all the very best throughout your final year here at CCH.

– Nicole

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Nicole Anton is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. She enjoys writing novels and spending way too much time on the internet. Her favourite thing about CCH is English class.

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What I Did This Summer

Summer seemed positively endless. Innumerable days stretching on like an ocean in either direction, each filled with the usual freedom and wonder one experiences when summer-ing properly. The thought of it actually ending had not crossed my mind once the entire time. Instead, I spent my days watching independent films, reading Alan Watts, drinking lots of tea, and various other sorts of typical teenager-trouble. I promise.

I remember exactly where I was when it happened. I was sitting at home at two in the afternoon, watching a particularly lovely Indian romance titled Maussam, in which a very sweet couple is torn apart and reunited while Indian history unfolding in the background behind them. It’s a bit like Forrest Gump except with more kissing and subtitles.

At the same time I was also conversing with my good friend Victoria, an activity which I have found myself doing with an absurd frequency. This results in her reaching down to rapidly type on her phone during some of the most appropriate occasions. Texting at mealtimes? That’s just plain rude.

Now, I should mention that I do not own a cell phone, so when I use the word “texting”, what I mean to say is that we use email to communicate, which works in rather the same fashion; her on her phone and myself on my iPod. The reason why this is relevant, you see, is that over the summer I have grown accustomed to associating the familiar ‘ding’ of the Gmail app with the many entertaining and informative texts I have received. On this occasion, however, I reached for my iPod to see, to my surprise, an email from dear, lovable Mrs. Hartman informing me that my summer was all but over, and it was time to write a blog post detailing, in the past tense, all that I had accomplished.

I pretended that I had not read it for the next thirty hours.

I’m not going to claim that I have finally come to grips with the fact that it’s time to return to school. Statistically, neither have you. So as I see it, we have two options, you and I. We can sit here, moaning about how much school sucks and how we don’t want to go. But what does that do? It makes us feel a bit better is what.

However, I propose something different, and arguably a bit more productive. It’s our school, isn’t it? We form the community that defines what CCH is. And each of our individual experiences of it make up the collective experience of CCH. So it’s up to each of us, then, to make CCH a good place.

This year let’s set a goal for ourselves. Rather than to simply hope to have a good year, let’s make this a good year. For ourselves, for our peers, for our faculty, and for our students. Let’s get up at that unreasonably early hour each day and aim to make it a great one. Let’s say “hi” to our friends in the hallway, and maybe that other fellow too-the one with that deep frown on his face. Let’s help that teacher with the boxes who’s struggling to open the door, and let’s help out that kid before class who didn’t understand the homework.

Because if we don’t make it a great year, who will?

– Jack

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Jack Harvey is a Grade Eleven student at CCH. He enjoys producing amateur films and occasionally spending time with actual, real-life friends. HIs favourite thing about CCH is meeting new people.

 

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