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Graduation 2017: How can I earn the right to walk the stage?

Dear Grade 12 Patriots and their Families:

Graduation is a monumental occasion for our school community. Along with other high schools in Alberta, students earn the right to walk the stage by striving towards academic success. The following information appears on our website year round but it is timely for a refresher given deadlines are quickly approaching. Grade 12 Students who regularly attend homeroom (Success Connect) will have reviewed these expectations with their teachers as well.

LBP Grad 2017 Frequently Asked Questions

The goal of the Lester B. Pearson Staff is to have 100% of our students cross the stage during our ceremony when students are in Grade 12. In order to do so, students must meet or exceed graduation requirements established by Alberta Education. Our Student Services Team (Mr. Colvin, Ms. Olsen) will help students register in the correct courses. It is a student’s responsibility to successfully meet the course requirements to earn this privilege.

Students who do earn 100 or more credits, in the required courses, are granted the right to cross the stage in May AND have their graduation picture appear in the wall composite proudly displayed in our hallways. Some students do require additional time and may need to take additional courses through CBE Learn or Chinook Learning. ” High School Graduation” is attainable EVEN if students do not cross the stage during our ceremony.

What are the benefits of being on the Grade 12 “Ceremony Grad List”?
* I earn the right to walk the stage in May 2017.
* I will have my picture included in the yearbook and the wall composite.

How do I earn the right to be placed on the “Ceremony Grad List”?
I must prove I am able to earn a High School Diploma: 100 credit minimum including Grade 12 English, Grade 12 SS, Grade 11 Science, Grade 11 Math, CALM, PE 10, 10 option credits, four courses at the Grade 12 level. Students must show evidence they will PASS (+50%) these courses by Friday April 21st, 2017.
Or the Certificate of High School Achievement: 80 credit minimum open to students registered in K and E courses. Students must show evidence they will pass (+50%) in these courses by Friday April 21st, 2017.

What happens if I fail a diploma course in the first semester?
I can:
a. register in an online course and show proof I have completed at least 50% of the course and that I am passing by Friday April 21st (see Guidance Counselor for support); or
b. apply to rewrite the diploma exam through the Main Office (paperwork is available at the front desk). It is my responsibility to apply for a rewrite.

When must I prove to Student Services that I have completed at least half of my courses and that I am passing all of them?
Friday April 21st, 2017
Students registered in courses at Lester B. Pearson will have completed over half of the course; Counselors have computer access to LBP course marks. Students in on-line or alternate courses must make an appointment to submit proof they have completed 50% or more of the course; they must also show proof they are passing the class.

When will the final “Ceremony Grad List” be posted?
Friday April 28th, 2017

Can a student be removed from the “Ceremony Grad List”?
Yes. If a Grade 12 student shows a sharp decline in attendance and/or grades with marks falling below 50%, they will not be allowed to walk the stage in May. Administration will contact the student and their families.

Can a student be added to the final “Ceremony Grad List” after Friday April 28th?
No. This deadline is required so we can order grad gowns and print the Grad program. All High Schools have a deadline before the actual ceremony to accommodate logistic issues.

Questions? Please see…
Primary conversations –> Grade 12 teachers.

Students at risk of not being on the Grad List:
A – K: Mr. Colvin, Mr. Papp
K – Z: Ms. Olsen, Mr. Tuff

Can I graduate from High School even if I do not walk the stage in May?

Of course! Some students require additional time to meet graduation requirements.

Can I make an appointment with Mr. Thalheimer, my Principal, to request an “exception” or “appeal” my omission from the list?
No. Mr. Thalheimer fully supports the parameters established by Alberta Education. He does want every Grade 12 student to walk the stage in May. At the same time, Mr. Thalheimer recognizes this is a privilege students must earn by meeting or exceeding graduation requirements. The LBP Staff conscientiously works with students for three years to help our learners earn this recognition.

It is a student’s responsibility to check the “Ceremony Grad Lists”. They will be published several times during the year. See them posted outside of Student Services.

Congrats to Marcus Douglas!

Marcus Douglas, along with the U18 Alberta Rugby team, earned a bronze medal during the Canadian Rugby 7’s Championships in Vancouver. Nation wide, Marcus was ranked 7th overall as a “League Leading Player” out of 120 athletes. We look forward to watching Marcus in the years to come.

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Thank-You to CTV News and Lisa Bowes, Sports Anchor/Reporter

Dear Patriots:

Lisa Bowes, CTV Sports Anchor and Reporter, has sent along a better version of our Sr. Boys winning the championship this past Saturday.

Please use this link, click on CTV news at 11:30 at the left of the page, and fast forward to the 19 minute mark after curling. This story was aired at 11:30 pm on Saturday March 11th:

or use this link: LBP Sr. Boys Win City Finals (fast forward 19 minutes in)

We extend our appreciation to CTV news and Lisa!

Congrats to our Pearson Patriot Athletes!

Happy Sunday:

It was an amazing weekend for PATRIOT sports!!!
Provincial Wrestlers: It is incredible to imagine we have so many athletes that excelled at the Provincial level. Please congratulate the following athletes, along with Mr. Sayer, the Head Coach:
Gold: Mohammad Qatanani, Celeste Diaz Acosta
Silver: Simran Dhaliwal
Fourth: Gloria Ng
Fifth: Mohamed Abassi
Sixth: Teghvir Sidhu and June Paw Eh

Photos of wrestlers to follow.

Division I Boys Basketball Finals: held at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium (U of C) on Saturday night. Bishop McNally were ahead most of the way leading by 10 points after the 3rd quarter. Our boys worked hard to close the gap with the following scores taking place:
3:59 remaining: 64-65 for McNally
2:34 remaining: tied 67-67
2:15 remaining: still tied 67-67
1:34 remaining: 72-67 for Pearson
1:17 remaining: 72-69 for Pearson
58.3 remaining: 74-69 for Pearson
31.8 remaining: still 74-70 for Pearson
28.7 remaining: 75-70 for Pearson
22.8 remaining: 75-73 for Pearson
The news article below shares that Bill Mitchell, at 37 years young, led the team as the Head Coach along with Morgan Fraser, DJ Whetton and Dean Haider.
Our excited players include:
1: Simar Bajwa
2: Joshua Valencia
3: Usman Fyisso
6: Imani Cross
8: Maninder Khosa
9: Ferdous Ahmadi
12: Jaskaran Atwal
13: Mobin Ali
20: Navdeep Bajwa
21: Iba (Ibrahima) Doumbouya
22: Zubeir Hussein
25: Jason Logoro
27: John Bosse
The team will be heading to provincials in Lethbridge this weekend.
This evening Ms. Hornby taped a news item on CTV news and uploaded it to You Tube; if a “better” version of this summary is available, please let her know (
So very proud to be a Patriot!!!

Upcoming City Basketball Championships

At Lester B. Pearson, we anticipate all of our basketball teams making the playoffs. Due to the popularity of these games, we would like to provide a few details to our enthusiastic fans:

CSHSAA Website for the most up to date schedules of who plays where: Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association

Direct link to Basketball: CSHSAA Basketball Link

Lester B. Pearson Jr. and Sr. Boys: Division I

Lester B. Pearson Jr. and Sr. Girls: Division II

  1. There is ADMISSION charged for all seeding rounds, quarter and semi-final games, and City Championship games. No exceptions. The funds collected do NOT go to LBP; they offset the costs associated with hosting the City Championships. At LBP, Mr. Fraser (Athletic Director) will also organize a “ticket” system to gain entry due to the high demand. Stay tuned for specific details. Adults – $5.00 Students/Seniors – $2.00. Under 6 – FREE
  1. Should there be two (or possibly even 3 games) on any one night… please check the website for conflicts or TIME changes to games.


  1. Home team: Light jersey Away: Dark jersey


  1. Administrators will be available to be at the GATE prior to our games so that we can greet our parents/students. Please have your ID, entry fee and “ticket” available. In previous years, only spectators from the opposing teams have been allowed in the LBP gym. For example, you may denied entry at a Father Lacombe game if Lester B. Pearson is not playing. Gym space will determine if you will have access. Please be kind and respectful if the host school is unable to accommodate out of school fans. Parents of players are given priority access to the gym; please come to the front of the line should fans be turned away.
  1. No noise-makers are permitted at any venue (cowbells, clappers, air horns, blow horns, etc). You will be removed from the gym should you violate this expectation.
  1. Fans who enter the playing space during play (ex. going crazy after an amazing offensive or defensive play) or are deemed to be rude to officials or opposing team members will be immediately removed from the gym. Our preference is that 100% of our fans are able to stay for the entire game because they are consistently demonstrating respectful behaviors. No second chances.
  1. Winning teams are NOT PERMITTED to cut down any nets (this may have been a practice in years past, but it is no longer permitted at any of the venues)
  1. HOST schools will provide scorekeeper and timekeepers for all seeding and quarter/semi-final games. And, unless you hear otherwise, the City Championship Host schools (and UofC) will provide scorekeepers and timekeepers at City Championship games.
  1. Game times for City Championships:

Friday, March 10th (HOST – Ernest Manning)

2:00pm: Div 3 Junior Girls

4:30pm: Div 3 Junior Boys

7:00pm: Div 2 Junior Girls


Friday, March 10th (HOST – Crescent Heights)

2:00pm: Div 2 Junior Boys

4:30pm: Div 1 Junior Girls

7:00pm: Div 1 Junior Boys


Saturday, March 11th (HOST – Crescent Heights)

2:00pm: Div 3 Senior Girls

4:30pm: Div 3 Senior Boys

7:00pm: Div 2 Senior Girls


Saturday, March 11th (HOST – University of Calgary: Jack Simpson Gymnasium)

2:00pm: Div 2 Senior Boys (warm-up begins at 1:15pm)

4:30pm: Div 1 Senior Girls

7:00pm: Div 1 Senior Boys


Many thanks to Ernest Manning, Crescent Heights and the UofC for hosting. We ask that all Admin and staff present ensure that the venues are respected (helping to keep them clean) and that fans are also respectful and display great sportsmanship towards the officials and minor officials. We are all HUMAN! They will likely make mistakes.


  1. At U of C only: Away team fans: Sit in the WEST stands (opposite the score table) Home team fans: Sit in the EAST stands (behind the score table).
  1. Parking at the UofC: Spectators must indicate to the BOOTH attendant that they are attending the High School Basketball City Championships. The attendants have been informed to allow our players/parents/admin/spectators into LOT #10 – FREE OF CHARGE. There are two entrances to LOT 10. The MAIN ENTRANCE to LOT 10 off Collegiate Road will be the only one open (must turn right at the 4-way stop). The secondary entrance off Collegiate Blvd will NOT be open for FREE admission.
  1. If we school bring a “FAN BUS”,we must let me know the organizers know. Once we have #’s of students on the bus, we will have our teacher supervisor/admin let organizers know the TOTAL NUMBER of students at the gate. Students will pay the teacher who will submit one payment on behalf of the school.


Interested in Earning Credits While Learning How to Ride a Horse at Camp Chief Hector YMCA?

Camp Chief Hector YMCA, in partnership with Canadian Rockies Public Schools, is offering a 3-credit course for Alberta High School students. EQUINE LEADERSHIP 15 combines leadership with horsemanship. This is an engaging and dynamic opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, equine practices, the Alberta landscape and ecology, local history through applied horsemanship skills and riding, leadership skill development and team building.

Details are found at the following links:

Equine Leadership 15 2017 Poster

Equine Leadership 15 Registration form

Please feel free to share the links with friends from other schools in Alberta who would like to join you in this unique learning opportunity.

Read and Write Student Home Access

Lester B. Pearson High School is excited to share our students can now have home access to “Read and Write Literacy Software”: Home-user Instructions for Read and Write Gold

We provide all students with the most appropriate learning environments and opportunities for them to best achieve their potential. Inclusive learning technologies are one area in which the CBE addresses the unique learning needs of each student, including our students with exceptional needs and English Language Learners. We strive to personalize learning and make technology accessible to all.

Read&Write Literacy Support Software helps diverse learners with reading, writing, organization, study skills, and research. The customizable toolbar offers a variety of features including a picture and talking dictionary, spell checker, text-to-speech, word prediction, translator tool, calculator, etc. The program supports diverse learning styles and independent work habits.

Having problems? Please click on this link for further support: CBE Inclusive Technology Support