Monthly Archives: December 2014

Farewell to Our Interns

To say CCH is a busy school, is to speak in a gross understatement. Not only do we have a plethora of co-curricular activities and service projects for students and staff to get involved in, we are also a respected “training ground” for student teachers. This Fall, CCH had the pleasure of mentoring six talented PSIII Intern teachers, and as 2014 comes to a close, so does their time with our community. As a farewell to them (and a lovely reminder of the good things we do here at CCH), we asked them to share some details about themselves and some thoughts about their experience with us. Please provide one awesome fact about yourself.

Miss Dupas: I have been figure skating for 20 years now.

Mr. Attfield: An awesome fact, thanks to my wife’s suggestion, was our superhero undertone to our wedding. My groomsmen and I were the Justice League.

Mr. Orfino: I do not remember the last time I have not had a mustache.

Mr. Skauge: One awesome fact about myself is that last summer, at a place in Victoria called “Pluto’s”, I came just three tacos shy of setting the record for all you can eat tacos in one sitting. The record was 17; I ate 14.

Miss Olson: I can breakdance…is that awesome enough?

Mr. Morden: I guess I could say that I’ve been playing drums for nearly 15 years. I don’t know if that qualifies as awesome enough for the blog, but it’s certainly a lot of fun.

How has your time been with the staff and students of CCH?

Miss Dupas: I have loved every minute at CCH with both the staff and the students! The staff members have all been very welcoming and willing to help, while the students have been respectful and interesting to get to know and teach.

Mr. Attfield: My time with staff and students has been great. I feel as a teacher I’ve been able to grow a lot and develop my own ideas and understanding from the feedback from students and staff. Whenever I’ve needed some help, I haven’t had to go far to find it.

Mr. Orfino: My time with both staff and students has been a great experience. Throughout each quarter, I have met some great students with such unique qualities who helped build a positive classroom community. I think many of the students I taught are smarter than me! I have also met many amazing staff members that have helped make my time at CCH a great experience. I have created some great relationships with several staff members and have learned so much from many of them. CCH is filled with the greatest teachers any school could ask for and I feel that I have become a better educator simply from being around all of them each day.

Mr. Skauge: My time here has been fantastic. I have had the chance to teach 2 classes of Social Studies filled with all sorts of great personalities. I have been blown away by the atmosphere from everyone – students, teachers, administration, support staff, caretakers…the list could go on and on.

Miss Olson: I love the staff at CCH; they are warm, welcoming and a talented bunch of people. The kids here are also amazing and I will miss my students dearly when I’m gone.

Mr. Morden: My time with staff and students has been very positive and rewarding. Every staff member has been extremely friendly and helpful, and I’ve found the students to be very welcoming as well. This has definitely helped me out a lot and made my life easier, especially coming in as an intern teacher.

What was your favourite thing about CCH?

Miss Dupas: Though there are many things I truly enjoyed at CCH, I would have to say the quarter system is my favourite thing about CCH, just because it is a totally new experience for me. I really like how it works for both the teachers and the students.

Mr. Attfield: My favourite thing about CCH is the welcoming atmosphere. No matter where I go, people seem to be smiling and offering a warm greeting. I feel comfortable and accepted here at the school; it’s amazing to have that kind of acceptance.

Mr. Orfino: My favourite thing about CCH is how welcoming the staff and students have been throughout my internship. I have had the privilege to teach many amazing students and work with great staff making my time here extremely enjoyable. I feel that the relationships I have built here over this short time have been a memorable part of my experience and I will be sad when it’s all over.

Mr. Skauge: My favourite thing about CCH has been the people. The community here is incredible, and it is something that everyone should be very proud of.

Miss Olson: CCH is a cutting edge school. I love the quarter system and being part of a school that is second to none in the city of Lethbridge.

Mr. Morden: My favourite thing about CCH has been getting to know all of my students. In each of my classes, I’ve had the chance to learn a lot about my students, both academically and personally. One of the great things about teahcing English Language Arts is the chance it provides to discuss challenging issues and to find out how students really feel about them. I’ve been impressed at the level of insight and maturity that my students have shown.

Thanks for all the love, interns! We will miss you. Thank you for all of your wonderful work with our community. Best of luck on your future teaching careers. – Adam and Mrs. Hartman

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Be Big!

Did you know that there are elementary students right here in Lethbridge that are in need of a mentor? Did you know that you, as a high school student, can make a difference in a child’s life in only one hour a week? The answers are yes there is and yes you can! There is a wonderful organization that matches kids up with teens who act as role models. The organization is trying to make sure every child who needs a mentor has one. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a youth mentoring program that allows elementary students to be paired with high school students. The mentoring takes place during our flex time once a week. Big Brothers Big Sisters is an amazing program dedicated to making meaningful experiences, a difference in children’s lives, and invites any and all high school kids to make the commitment.

BBBS (also known as Big Brothers Big Sisters) makes meaningful experiences through planning games for the mentor and mentee to do together. The mentor and mentee have 15 sessions together during which they work to build a friendship and have fun. These sessions are held at either Children of Saint Martha’s school or École Saint Mary’s, so no matter what campus you are on, you can find a way to help. During the sessions you eat lunch with your little and do an activity. The activities change weekly and range from bingo to charades to decorating pumpkins. The activities allow you to interact with your little and build a lasting relationship. Over these 15 sessions you learn not only about your mentee but also a lot about yourself. You learn that there are simple things you can do every day to make a difference in your little’s life, or really, in anyone’s life. You learn that our time and listening are great gifts we have to give to others.

Big Brothers Big Sisters takes children who are in need of a mentor in one way or another and matches them with the best mentor. The program is trying to provide a role model and a friend for girls and boys, promote the importance of staying in school and healthy relationships with the people around them, and build trust and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions, encourage leadership skills and independent thinking. The program shows and continues to show that students who are in the program make positive changes, have increased self-esteem and confidence, and have stayed in school longer than those who are not mentored. Big Brothers Big Sisters make an environment where kids feel safe to express themselves and fully discover who they are. Does this sound like something you want to be a part of? You can become a part of it too!

To become involved in BBBS you can talk to Mrs. Kroker or call the BBBS office at 403-328-9355. This year’s sessions will be completed in April. If you are graduating you can become a Big Brother or Big Sister with a child that is not through our school program. If you are still going to CCH, then you can join the in-school mentoring. Teen mentoring is a fun and easy way to make meaningful relationships, make a difference in a child’s life, and get involved in the community!

– 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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