Thank you to those teachers that have contacted parents of absent students and added notes to the online notepad! We saw an all-star entry into P.E. class on Monday: lights out, spotlight on, and music! We experienced a different type of quarantine this week: our email program censors swear words so teachers cannot email others about the words their students say in class! We were alarmed when we heard about the kidnapping at HPE and shocked they didn’t even go into lockdown, but then we found out the kid woke up! We have our first student on CB’s focus group to discuss HPSD survey results. That’s a great start! We have our first student engaged in our Outdoor Ed day! Thanks for the surprise treats delivered to the office on Friday! We thought students were late because they were at Mack’s house, but the went to Mac’s for slurpees! Answering a call for Kitchen? It was probably a call for KM… Ever hear of someone experiencing abuse and claiming they walked into a door? We actually had someone walk into my door when leaving the office! Note to self: be careful not to replace the “u” for an “i” when reading an email to the maintenance department out loud… More important note to self: do not stand in front of the fire exit door to see if anyone uses it after school…
We had our first official RAP student this week, in the bakery downtown! Congratulations, TR!
We saw our school’s 40
th art display in the local newspaper! Way to go, RL! We have someone special in our school: if you put something down and forget it one day, EE will see it and bring it to your class the next morning!
New group at lunch: jewelry making with RL and BC! Awesome idea!
Learning new vocabulary: it’s not the “why” chromosome, but the “Y” chromosome!
Our school received even more compliments from people outside the school regarding us having the most compliant student population regarding Covid guidelines!
Tip of the week: if you’re planning to stop to smoke a joint on the front steps after school, make sure you stop at the bathroom on your way out so we get a good look at your face in the camera…
Our school received the highest compliments regarding students following guidelines! Some students apparently thought PDA was allowed because it fits in with Biology class! Our food survey went well, and many new suggestions came up for us to consider! A student came up with a new way to skip school: he told his mom that we had kicked him out (untrue) while he told us that his mom was in the hospital and that he had to leave town (also untrue). Students in one of the foods classes have been nicknamed with food names—the kids love it! The brain hats were a big hit in Biology class! A student told us that he had a job working in carpentry to count towards Work Experience, but in reality, he was a pumping gas! We have staff members practicing their morning greetings in different languages. I love it! Another language lesson: “would y’as like to” means “would you guys like to?”
On February 10
th, all staff were present all day for the second time this school year! Our front-desk secretary has a task not many recognize: sending escaping students back to class as they try to sneak past the office!
In copying text in an email to coaches, I accidentally repeated a volleyball team could have drills to practice “surfing” instead of practicing “serving”!
During hallway duty, I accidentally tried to confiscate a bottle of cologne when a student held it up to his nose at his friend’s locker! Oops!
An Edmonton Oilers shirt was ordered for a student that really appreciates the team. What a great idea!
Some of our students have said they never want their Math-Science teacher to leave so when she has her baby next month, she can come right back—they have the babysitting arrangements all worked out between the three of them! There you go, SM, you can never leave!
Our career coach was in such a flurry of activity that he accidentally reversed letters of TR’s first name on his email so the message went to someone at the board (TLY). She didn’t mind the extra attention!
On the phone at the end of a long day, I accidentally spelled my last name V as in victory -I-C-T-O-R-Y. If I had to get it wrong, at least that was a good name to pick!
Our secretary also had a long day: she accidentally hung up on a parent instead of transferring the call to our career coach!
The problem with having windows in the office is that there is no privacy, not even for primping oneself before Zoom meetings!
Way to go, Team! ALL marks were in at the office on time and things went remarkably smoothly!
Got to love it: so many staff members take initiative and pitch in to help all the time!
Someone noticed our board’s calendar magnet has another February 29
th this year! Overhead: discussion of toilet etiquette suggestions for staff bathroom, including cleaning smears, spraying methods, and the use of a courtesy flush. We can’t wait to see the poster…
Overheard: singing “you got to mauve it, mauve it” regarding hall passes this coming week.
An Edmonton Oiler’s face covering mask has been ordered in case we need to cover a Calgary Flames nose!
Overheard: stop stirring the pot, the recipe’s done!
Overhead: can’t find the meeting? Look at the right month on your calendar!
Overheard: the cold and the flu don’t exist anymore!
We have a new Math-Sciences teacher joining us for Semester Two. Welcome, KE! Received compliments from parents for our SS teacher that finds creative ways to engage his students beyond wearing a tin hat. Way to go, BB! We could be offering some kind of coding classes through CTS next semester. That’s exciting! Learned a new expression: lower than a rock (such as student grades). Heard: we have spousal support to prevent overspending in the food lab. Thanks for doing all that shopping, JN! Overheard suggestion: get on the bus or you’ll be under it!
When a class was working on assignments that hadn’t been completed by students while they were on-line, one student wrote “I’d rather be working on-line” instead of answers!
We had two pirates on staff last week; two left eye injuries!
One day of homework with a bit of squeezing brought one student’s average up by 13%!
One poor student thought he was going to pass out waiting for his girlfriend to arrive!
Students can stand next to the “this door unlocked” sign for 25 minutes and not notice!
A staff member’s new name is “Terry,” at least to one parent.
Another staff member was privileged to be warned by a student not to walk through his fart!
We saw a teacher wearing a tin hat while teaching!
We were concerned about graffiti on the bathroom mirrors and it was a staff member!
We saw quite a display of Flames hockey gear set up in a temporary office!
We heard that a staff member’s husband went and picked of 300 pounds of coke… for a forge!
Different parents wrote in to say how much they appreciate all we do as a staff!
We had students continuing to submit work to teachers over the holidays!
As of our last report, all our plants survived two weeks of solitude!