All posts by Michelle Hornby

Grade 12 Diploma Marks: “My Pass” + redoing diploma courses?

Dear Patriot Families:

In the next few days, students who wrote diploma exams will have access to their final grades through “My Pass”. Grade 10, 11 and 12 students can create an account. Diploma results are NO LONGER MAILED home.

Should students decide to improve their marks, they can sign up for a “Diploma Redo” course through CBE Learn from February 14 – February 27. Courses are available to every CBE student in Calgary so the classes may fill quickly. Please see Mr. Colvin or Ms. Olsen (Student Services) as soon as you know your results.

FAQs about Diploma Redo from CBE LEARN:

Why are you offering this new term?

  • Our teachers analyzed our student data from the past few years, and determined there was a specific population of students who were not being accommodated.
  • Historically, many students choose to redo their diploma-level courses with CBe-learn, so we wanted to ensure we were customizing and personalizing the experience for this significant student population.
  • Like a Summer School course, the course will be slightly condensed, but all of the general and specific outcomes will be met.

When are you offering this term?

  • Diploma Redo starts on March 9 and runs until the end of the semester: June 14, 2017.
  • Registration runs from February 14 through February 27.

Which students are best suited for Diploma Redo?

  • Students who have already completed the course and have a passing mark will be most successful in this term. It is designed for students who are looking to upgrade their mark by taking the entire course over again, and re-writing their Diploma Exam.

What if they didn’t pass their Diploma Exam?

  • If a student did not pass their Diploma Exam the first time, and therefore does not have a passing overall grade, we can still accept them into the Diploma Redo term.
  • On good faith, we will be accepting students into this term based on the recommendation of their counsellor or school administrator.

Is this a diploma prep course?

  • No. Although preparation for the Diploma Exam is part of the content, this is a full course that covers all outcomes for the specific subject.
  • Students will be expected to complete all of the course content, activities and assessment.

Will students be required to start over?

  • Our conversations with students and counsellors have indicated that most students will be starting the course from the beginning, with the intention of ameliorating their mark across all units of the course.
  • If a student missed one or two units completely, because of illness or other mitigating factors, we can work through a High School Success model and ensure their previous work is honored. Please contact me if you require any clarification about this on a case-by-case basis.

What will be different?

  • Because it is a focused group of students who have already been exposed to the content of the curriculum, our teachers will be able to move faster through material.
  • This term is really designed for students who already have the basic understanding and knowledge in the subject area, so they can work quickly through their areas of strength, and take more time where they need it.
  • The teachers of these classes will understand they have a whole cohort of students in a similar position, and will tailor their communication, feedback and assessment to ensure students are getting exactly what they need.

Will students get a new mark?

  • Yes. If students complete the Diploma Redo course, they will obtain a mark.
  • Marks will be submitted to Alberta Education in June, at the end of the traditional semester.

What if I have more questions or suggestions?

  • As a new term for us, we welcome all suggestions to help make this successful for all CBE students.
  • Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions, concerns or suggestions. I want to ensure this is a advantageous term for our grade 12 CBE population.
  • Monti Tanner, Assistant Principal, CBE Learn (mrtanner@cbe.ab.ca)
  • For on-site support at LBP, please see Mr. Colvin and Ms. Olsen in Student Services.

Thursday January 26: Grade 10 Update

Good afternoon Patriot Families:

The Pearson staff would like to thank the many Grade 10 students who have taken advantage of the extra support provided these last eight days. Engaged learners have been rewarded with improvement in their understanding resulting in higher grades. Report cards will be released in one week.

On Thursday January 26, our Science and Math teachers will be attending a system meeting at Forest Lawn High School while many of our Grade 10 teachers will be on a field trip. Grade 10 students are welcome to come into Room 2166 (9:00 – 11:30 am). Ms. Hornby (Assistant Principal) will be available to supervise students. Our final day of extra support will be on Friday January 27th with teachers available from 9:00 – 11:30 am.

Semester two will begin on Wednesday February 1st with “Success Connect” from 8:45 – 8:55 am for new timetables.

 

Request from the 2017 Grad Committee: Pictures!

In 2015-16, Carman Lim (a member of the 2016 graduating class) spent countless hours generating a long term memory for her fellow grads. She posted the video to “You Tube” so you can share the memories with your family and friends: 2016 Lester B Pearson High School Graduation Video. Grad Committee members, led by Mohit Parmar, have begun collecting pictures for the 2017 video: http://goo.gl/photos/QB7bzYDPq8Sse2xy5 or 2017 Grad Video Collection of Pictures. Enjoy a study break and send along some of your favorite photos with Patriot friends. The Committee will strive to include every member of the 2017 graduating class. They need your photos to make this a reality…

Congratulations to Mr. Fraser: Head Football Coach of the Year!!!

CSHSAA Head Coach of the Year Award: Football

The Lester B. Pearson School Community would like to extend their congratulations to Mr. Morgan Fraser, our Athletic Director. Today he was recognized by the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association (CSHSAA) with the “Gary Deman Award” as the “Head Coach of the Year” for our Senior Boys Football team. The team came bursting out into the playoffs scoring a number of upsets leading to a City Final appearance with the team finishing second in their division. Mr. Fraser’s leadership in bringing football back to LBP in 2015-16, after a long hiatus, resulted in a City Championship appearance in the team’s second season. Students and staff at Lester B. Pearson celebrate Mr. Fraser’s commitment to excellence in Patriot Athletics. Proud to be a Patriot!

Expectations: Video recording in school

Dear Patriot Families:

A popular app called “House Party” (House Party Link #1) (House Party Link #2) is currently being used during our school day. We respectfully ask all students to please refrain from using this app while they are in Lester B. Pearson High School or other public places. It is illegal to record anyone without permission (Canadian Privacy Laws). Teachers are asked to please send students to the main office should they be using “House Party” or similar apps while at school. Follow up with Administration will take place leading to a suspension. It is disrespectful and against Canadian law to videotape someone without their permission. We appreciate student cooperation and understanding with this expectation.

Respectfully,

Lester B. Pearson Staff and Fellow Students

“Success Support” Zones at LBP

Good Evening Patriot Families:

Last week your child was familiarized with the “Success Support” periods that begin tomorrow. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:05 – 10:50 am, your child has the opportunity to self select their learning opportunity.

The philosophy of the program is contained in Alberta Education’s “High School Redesign” aimed to improve high school completion rates across the province: Moving Forward With High School Re-Design

At Lester B. Pearson High School, we have created “Success Connect” utilizing a three credit learning strategies course. Our homeroom teachers are leading the learning every Wednesday in a mandatory course for all of our students. Ask you child what they have engaged in so far.

An extension of “Success Connect” is “Success Support”. Grade 10 students must be with their ELA, Science, Math or Social Studies teacher. Grade 11 and 12 students have more flexibility having the option to select where they want to spend their time.

CBE Student Code of Conduct

Dear Families:

The CBE has engaged in a lengthy consultative process to develop a city wide “Student Code of Conduct”. Students will be reviewing these documents with their “Success Connect” teachers.

AR 6005 Student Code of Conduct

This AR has been developed to provide clarity and guidance pertaining to the expectations for student behaviour in all CBE schools. This AR identifies acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and the consequences for unacceptable behaviour. Clarity pertaining to discrimination and bullying including both those who engage in, perpetuate or are subject to such behaviour is also included in this Code of Conduct. The new AR can be found at the following link: CBE Student Code of Conduct

AR 6006 Progressive Student Discipline

This AR has been revised to reflect a whole school approach to discipline that utilizes a continuum of intervention, supports and consequences while building on strategies that promote positive student behaviour. The revised AR can be found at the following link: CBE Progressive Student Discipline

AR 6007 Suspension and Expulsion

This AR has been developed to reflect the expectation and guidelines pertaining to suspensions and expulsions. At this point in time, the current information regarding suspensions and expulsions has been removed from the now deleted Discipline policy and placed in a separate AR. The processes and expectations for suspensions and expulsions within CBE will be reviewed commencing in the fall of 2016. The revised AR can be found at the following link: Suspensions and Explusions in the CBE

Deletion

AR 6001 Student Discipline

This AR has been deleted and replaced with the three ARs highlighted above.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Assistant Principals:

Grade 10: Michelle Hornby (mahornby@cbe.ab.ca)

Grade 11 and 12 – A – Ki: Steve Papp (swpapp@cbe.ab.ca)

Grade 11 and 12 – Ko – Z: Brian Tuff (bltuff@cbe.ab.ca)

We thank-you for your help in co-creating a safe and caring Pearson community,

Lester B. Pearson Staff

 

 

Success Connect: 10:05 am – 10:50 am

Good evening Patriot Families:

Today was a whirlwind as we welcomed back 1600+ students! Our Leadership students were AMAZING providing outstanding logistic support for the various activities we planned. A huge thank-you to each of our student volunteers who provide the magic energy that makes us want to teach!

An area of confusion could arise with our new “Success Connect” time that starts tomorrow. This will take place everyday from Wednesday September 7 to Friday September 16 for 100% of our students. Students have the opportunity to learn “how to be an effective learner” with the support of one teacher (acting as a learning coach) while also earning 3 credits in this mandatory course. After September 16th, the “Success Connect” time will just take place on Wednesday with “Success Support” occurring on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Ask your child about how these two concepts are different but complimentary. Peek at the 2016-17 LBP Bell Schedule to understand it further. The attachment below contains a summary of key differences.

Where do students go for “Success Connect” in the next 8 days? The attached summary will help: 10 05 to 10 50 am Where do I go

Should you have any questions, please e-mail your child’s “Success Connect” teacher: LBP Staff List

Are you trying to see your timetable on Home Logic?

As of 7:00 am this morning, students and families no longer have digital access to their timetable. This is a CBE city wide decision with Student Services teams across Calgary generating timetable changes to balance classes and make adjustments based on success in summer school. Digital access to timetables will take place again on Tuesday September 6th. Thank-you for your patience and understanding.

Congrats to the LBP Unified Basketball Team!

Unified Basketball June 2016

Dear Patriot Families:

This past Friday, 22 dedicated athletes competed in the second ever Unified Basketball tournament at the University of Calgary. For the last 3 months these students had been practicing every Tuesday and Thursday at lunch, to prepare for this event. They played Bishop McNally and Bert Church and ended the tournament 1-1.
This was a very special day for Patriot Athletics and I’m very proud of all our athletes who wore the maple leaf. A big thank you to Mr. Pearson, Mr. Sayer and Ms. Woodworth for giving up their lunches and helping me coach. I have already committed to fielding a team for next year. Unified Basketball will now be a part of our athletic program.

Go Patriots!
M. Morgan Fraser
Athletic Director
Lester B. Pearson Senior High School