SUMMER 2016 NEWSLETTER August 2016
Fortes Fortuna Juvat—Fortune Favours the Strong—Home of the Voyageurs
MEntorship at M.E. LaZerte: Positive Students in Action! Grade 10 First Day of School Welcome to M.E. LaZerte High School, which we think is the best possible school to attend! At LaZerte we run a one of a kind program called MEntors. The sole purpose of the program is help new students feel more comfortable, as well as to assist them to achieve success in their first year of high school. Every Grade 10 student will be assigned two MEntor Leaders. These leaders are Grade 11 or 12 students who exemplify the characteristics of a good role model and leader to guide our new students. We currently have 150 strong leaders that have volunteered to take on the MEntor role for the upcoming year! These MEntors will be touching base with their Grade 10 student several time throughout the year to play a key role in their success during this transition period. On the first day of Grade 10, students will meet their MEntor. Here’s what can be expected on the First Day of Grade 10 on August 31st: 1. All students will meet in the Elniski Gym at 9 am. Students will receive their locker assignment during registration, so please ensure bags and belongings are in lockers prior to 9 am 2. After a short presentation in the Elniski Gym, students will then move into a classroom with their MEntor group of 10-12 students. There will be a variety of team building activities that are active, so please make sure clothing does not restrict movement. 3. Students who have purchased their $20 Student Union Membership will receive a free pizza lunch in the cafeteria with activities as well as a limited edition complimentary TShirt. The cafeteria will also be open for students wanting to buy food and drinks. 4. During the afternoon, students will attend their Day 1 classes. During the Block 4 time slot, all students will complete a questionnaire. By participating in this day and completing the questionnaire, students will receive 1 credit (Introduction to Mentorship) and start their high school career! 5. The day will end with a short assembly in the Elniski Gym and students will have had their best first day of school experience ever!
We are excited to meet you as our newest Voyageurs!
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Football Camp opens at 4 pmequipment can be picked up at 3:30 pm in the Fitness Centre Volleyball try-outs for all teams Cross Country meeting Swim Team meeting
parents with highlights and a calendar of events for students to take part in, monthly interim reports so students and parents know their updated status of learning feedback on a consistent basis, partnerships with Londonderry Mall and our SLAM team (Saving Lives At the Mall) to communicate and work with students who need assistance regarding class start and end times as well as to recruit community to work with our school, our Principal Advisory Group who meet regularly with me to share the student voice and perspective, and our website to improve the delivery of information...we believe that our school is the hub of our community and that success with our youth comes from working together with you! We would like to welcome two new assistant principals to our family at LaZerte...Mr. Sergio Teixeia is our former PE Department Head and is now our Assistant Principal working with students with last names starting with A-D; and Mrs. Charney Erickson comes from DH of Student Services to share her expertise with our school and the alpha group of E-K. We are so privileged to add these instructional leaders to our team! There is much to experience at our school, and our high expectations of academic effort, behavior (Respect Happens at LaZerte), and attendance (minimum of 90% attendance expected for optimal learning and to participate in school activities & events) mean we want everyone to take a role in working together. We are looking forward to a successful and exciting year to come, and we welcome you into our M.E. LaZerte family! Kim Backs
Principal’s Message Welcome to M.E. LaZerte High School...Where Excellence Happens! It has been a year of learning at our school, and we look back on what we have accomplished as well as look forward to what we want our students to experience coming into a new school year. We had numerous achievements as we progressed through our year, working on teaching our students to be the best possible versions of themselves as they grow in our community of learners. And we work together with them to help others at every opportunity! Students assisted in the coordination of the Blue Ribbon Run and Fashion Show to raise funds for the Glenrose and PTSD treatment, and our culinary students prepared the magnificent food choices for all of the distinguished guests. We built school spirit and relationships in our United Way drive through our staff vs students basketball and hockey games. The Tri 4 Cancer was the largest ever, with more students taking part in the fight against cancer. We hosted The Centre for Race & Culture as well as Orlando Bowen as we worked on education and understanding, coming together in our strengths. We sponsored a kindness campaign among students and personalized learning in professional development with staff, looking at learning more about each student we teach and how we can impact them through relationship building and connections as well as meaningful methods to deliver the curriculum. And the opportunities we have in our learning community continue to impact our school culture...the establishment of the Voices of LaZerte Room for the expression of student voice, students travelling to Finland and coming back to share the best practices they observed, continued growth of new coursework for students (including Pre-Nursing, Pre -Engineering, Computer Science, as well as establishing our Culinary Arts Programing). And club offerings that range from our Literacy Magazine to World Religions to Social Justice to Ski Club...we have opportunity for every student to expand beyond what they have experienced in the past. We are developing global citizens, students who will learn as much about themselves in our school experience as they will about the curricular outcomes, and they will go out from here with the opportunity to make more connections and have a meaningful impact on the world around us. We want our legacy to be students who make a positive difference in our community and for them to achieve success as happy and healthy citizens. We coordinate hundreds of volunteer hours for our local and global community, and we truly are a school who works with developing future leaders. We have also worked on our communication links with our parents and neighbourhood, and this includes a weekly email to all
Students’ Union Message I am sincerely very grateful to be elected as Co-SU president for the 2016-2017 school year. Some of my goals for Students’ Union is to focus on organization, transparency and the representation of an inclusive atmosphere. A huge focus for Students’ Union Elects and chairpersons will be to emphasize individual student voice and recognition. I anticipate the great outcomes of our new and improved Students’ Union structure as well as the balanced partnership with my Co-SU president Brandon Nguyen.
Courtney Kergan 2016 – 2017 Students’ Union Co-President I am honoured to be your 2016 - 2017 Students' Union CoPresident. I aim to build a strong foundation for Students' Union this year which will benefit the students and school in years to come. I look forward to creating a welcoming environment that encourages students to get involved in their school and the community! I am excited to make Students' Union one of M.E. LaZerte's best features, encouraging students to get involved - because they want to.
Brandon Nguyen 2016 – 2017 Students’ Union Co-President 2
has participated in Orange Shirt Days to remember the impact of residential schools and Pink Shirt Days to address the impact of homophobic language and bullying. This year, our school addressed racial stress by having students work alongside the Centre for Race & Culture to host round table discussions, survey our students, and provide a group of students an Anti-Racism Youth Training Day. Student voice and engagement continue to be keys in shaping our school culture. Not only do staff and school administration place high importance of being a welcoming and safe school, but so do our students.
Fostering Diversity at M.E. LaZerte School (M.E. LaZerte was awarded the Diversity Award for the work in our school)
M.E. LaZerte School is located in Northeast Edmonton. Our school has 1900 students and over 130 staff members. Over the past eight years, M.E. LaZerte School has put forth a concerted effort to be inclusive of our very diverse community. Through the various school-wide initiatives, clubs, and activities, we continue to build a school that is welcoming, caring, and safe for all students and staff. As a UNESCO Associated School with the International Baccalaureate Programme and the Mandarin Bilingual Program, our school aims to foster global citizenship, promote peace, address world concerns, and eliminate discrimination based on national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation and/or disability. We also have many students with special needs integrated into our regular classes. We have received our most recent high school completion rate which is currently over 82% from 69% in 2008. Our efforts to embrace and celebrate our diversity while supporting the individual needs of our students are important factors in our improvement in the high school completion rate. We are now above the provincial average for high school completion in 3 years. Through professional development with staff, our school takes the time to educate our community of teachers and learners. Various staff and community members provide information and workshops at staff meetings to address the barriers for various groups of students. Just in the past 10 months, our staff have received training in the following topics: Supporting students who have endured trauma, Aboriginal Liaison & Circle of Courage Program – First Nation, Métis, Inuit presentation, Sexual Minorities presentation, Newcomers & English Language Learner presentation, & Racism Awareness presentation. With over 700 students engaged in Leadership, our students are continuously working together on initiatives for which they are passionate. Our student body consists of more than 83 cultural backgrounds and over 73 languages spoken. We have held a tradition since 1997 to celebrate our cultural diversity with our annual Taste of LaZerte celebration. This weeklong celebration culminates with a pot-luck lunch for 1000 people and 2 hours of cultural performances ...all choreographed by our students! Our school
Music Notes It was an incredible year in music at LaZerte. It is truly amazing to see the difference that our music program makes in the lived experiences of our students! Top students in the music program were recently recognized with more than $3000 as awards and scholarships by our MPAL group as they reflected on a fantastic year!. Wow... and well done! The group had quite a few memorable moments to think about from their year...the Whistler Cantando Music Festival in B.C. was truly a remarkable one for our students as we achieved Silver in Choir and Silver in Band! Congratulations for the work that went into both the performance and the adventure of the trip! We also had the Northside Band Extravaganza that highlighted the amazing talent in our part of town facilitated by talented and skilled band teachers as well as outstanding students, and we appreciate the efforts in creating this event! All of the work...selling cookies dough and doing bottle drives, car washes, meetings and jam sessions, concerts...so many great happening and so much to look forward to! Many thanks goes out to our MPAL group for their continued sponsorship and support, and we ask you to please plan on being part of this parent group for next year, as we would not be able to experience greatness in music if we did not have their tremendous support. 3
go to Telus Edmonton’s Health Gallery and teach visitors about the human body and various medical techniques and technologies. Groups of students organized various activity stations for visitors, which included: hand washing, using pulse oximeters, stethoscopes, injection techniques, finding and growing germs as well as sheep heart and lung dissections. Part of this course learning is to discuss being health advocates and demonstrating communication skills in the real world. The students were very nervous at the idea of speaking in front of strangers, especially children, but were excited to present their activity. Once the flurry of children started coming to the stations our Voyageurs started to have a lot of fun! The curiosity and excitement from the visitors of seeing a real heart, listening to a heart beat, and trying to find germs really rubbed off on our students as they began to have a fun time interacting with the visitors. During reflection of their visit, students often stated how rewarding and unexpectedly fun their day was, and we plan on going back for similar projects in the future. *As Career Pathways continues to develop it provides amazing opportunities for students. We have designed and modified courses that provide more diverse career exposure and exploration. We believe relevant authentic learning is where students can develop critical thinking skills and this education will make a successful transition into the world of work. As we enrich our offerings of options, not only will students be able to develop transferrable skills but they will also make informed decisions. We introduced two new courses: Pre-Nursing (adding to the Pre-Engineering model) and Computing Science focusing on coding. Both were designed in response to student interest and employment opportunities locally and globally. Our students have been involved in sharing their newly acquired talents while embracing our community: in day to day presentations, hosting junior high schools to showcase talent, and in citywide events...making us extremely proud of their abilities and their Voyageur spirit. Our Skills Canada team continues to grow in disciplines and student involvement, and this will continue. To put an international perspective on our programs, we had students and staff participate in an educational experience in Finland. This tour was focused on career option courses much like out Career & Technology Studies Program and will assist us in the global perspective. 2016 /17 will be another year of helping students become better prepared for what comes next!
Drama & Advanced Acting
Join us as M.E. LaZerte's Drama Program gears up for a challenging year of theatre, music, dance and creativity for September 2016 (is it too soon to be excited about this?). Our Advanced Acting Class launches September 1, with regular class times Monday - Thursdays from 3:40 - 5:15 p.m. On Oct. 6, Drama and Dance students welcome you to join us for Fall Drama Coffee House - coffee, hot chocolate, treats and entertainment. We will get together (We Go Together!) and create music, dance and fun with our rehearsals of Grease, the Musical coming up...Nov. 30 - Dec. 3. Grease will run at 7 p.m. each evening. Our Drama 10 students will perform their class production December 13 and 14 and Winter Dance Showcase will round out the fall on December 15 with beautiful dance numbers in various dance styles from our ME Dance Program. We look forward to having you in our audience! M.E. LaZerte Continues to Learn and Grow Our staff continue to gather student feedback about learning and assist them in developing their passions as we expand course offerings. Here are a few new things to enhance our students’ learning experiences: *MEL Time is the new name for Flex Block, and the time is different, too! MEL Time will be on Thursday between Block 1 and 2, and this closed campus class will offer opportunities for tutorials as well as project work proposed by students, club activities, and student initiatives. Sign up will be every week, and attendance will be part of this school activity. *The English department is excited to further progressive attempts at different delivery of the curriculum: our 30-2/30-1 transfer course is very popular and gives students an opportunity to hone their craft; we are collaborating with the Social department to try a Humanities-focused delivery of the two curriculums; and we are excited to build off of the success of the Literary Magazine in growing opportunities for student involvement in the field of English Language Arts by responding to student interest - perhaps a cre ative writing club, perhaps a poetry club.... *This year students participating in the Biology 20 / Pre-Nursing combined course had the opportunity to 4
Excellence in Voyageur Athletics We have had a great year in Athletics! At our athletic awards luncheon in June, we were able to congratulate Irena Ilic, Jet Pau, Aaron Boyle, Ashley Turner, Samantha Bunes, Angela Tan and Dustin Wardrop, as they took home the male and female "athletes of the year" honours for their grade level. To be selected for these prestigious awards the athletes played for various teams throughout the school year and displayed outstanding sportsmanship, athleticism, and leadership as a Voyageur. We would like to wish Dustin Wardrop (UofA Soccer), Angela Tan (Augustana Soccer), Khalel Abdelmalek (Nait Basketball), Dylan Lanigan (Edmonton Wildcats) and Zach Chomchuk (Wildcats Football) the best of luck next year as they take their game to the next level. All of our teams had a very positive year, and hundreds of students took part in the enormous diversity of team offerings that allowed them to be proud Voyageurs! Badminton carried over 30 athletes this year, and our coaches look to build on that base with a strong core of athletes that went to the city championships. Congratulations to all of our badminton players that qualified for cities and provincials. Congratulations also go out to all of our basketball teams as they all had a great season. Our Sr. Girls basketball team had a great experience playing in Victoria this year and is heading back to California next year to compete in a tournament. The Sr. Boys team started the year with a training camp/tournament in Kelowna and never looked back. finishing 3rd in the city and qualifying for a provincial berth where they won the consolation side and brought home the sportsmanship award. The season was very competitive for all teams as they build for next year to compete for a city championship. The football program continues to build its reputation as contenders in their tier. The senior team boasts an incredible group of hard working players that include a strong effort from our incoming grade 9’s that attended spring camp. Our volleyball coaches have continued to build with a very solid program and will be welcoming back many
Healthy ME! M.E. LaZerte is home to many health and wellness initiatives for both staff and students that promise to make our school a positive and healthy environment. The M.E. Lazerte Fitness Center features a wide variety of both machines and functional equipment for any training goals, and is staffed by fitness professionals who are available to help students get motivated, practice safe technique, and make exercise an enjoyable experience. The Healthy ME Committee is made up of passionate and inspired staff and students who are responsible for initiatives such as "Going Pee with Healthy M.E." signs, Healthy Eating posters, Healthy ME Week, which features different activities at lunch as well as healthy snack giveaways, and organizing 5
returning players next season. Our swim team, one of the largest team in the school, had a great season! They will continue to put in the work to be one of the top teams in the city. Our Voyageur golf team was on par this year, competing in 3 tournaments in the fall. There were record numbers of competitors in cross country running for the season, and it proves that our coaches have the runners in the right gear! This is a very enthusiastic group that always places well at the city meets and this year we had one individual qualify and run in provincials. We are looking for some positive times next season! Our soccer season was a highlight this year as the boys were on the top of their game but lost in a very tough match in the semi-finals. The girl’s teams had a very strong year and have many returning players next year, so the future is bright. Our indoor team also made it to the semi-finals, losing a tough hard fought game in the final moments. Rugby Voyageurs competed hard this year with our senior girls finishing 3rd in their year-end tournament. Both teams also had a very strong showing in the tournament hosted by the Pirates Rugby Cub. The senior boys lost a close game in a rematch of last year’s city final against J Percy Page. The track team sent 10 athletes to the city championships this with two athletes qualifying for provincials. As the athletic directors for the past few years, Mr. Staples and Mr. Carleton would like to wish the staff and students at M.E. LaZerte ongoing success as we continue to strive for excellence in athletics. Our entire school's leadership, dedication and teamwork will continue to make a positive difference in our student’s lives and we are looking forward to another outstanding year in 2016-2017! our annual Health Fair. Our staff are positive role models for students and participate in programs such as the Healthy Living Program, ASEBP Health Clinic, and wellness hours on PD days. Based on student feedback, we have incorporated a Healthy Living Girls PE class that delivers the curriculum in way that concentrates on life long healthy activities for those who may not want to be in larger teams or groups. We also have student yoga classes and meditation workshops for mindfulness. We will continue to build on our health and wellness, including a daily fitness component into all of our PE classes, expanding our cross fit training opportunities, and offering more healthy choices at a reasonable cost in our cafeteria...for a healthy you and ME!
Mandarin News 中英双语2015-2016
战。虽然看着他们毕业时大放异 彩也很美妙，但是知道他们很快 就要离开乐泽也令我们有点伤 十年级： 心。一些贡献学生的例子是: 中 从我们附属学校来到乐泽中英双 文毕业晚会的主席,吴婉冰；设计 语的学生个个充满活力和天才. 和策划中文毕业晚会的“技术专 他们帮学校带来新的激情. 家”，陈汉杰；我们最有创意的 在午餐时间时, 中文教室里会有 艺人，潘洁仪;还有充满才华的表 一批狂热的乒乓选手.10年级中英 演者李淑敏，黎雪燕, 刘肈康,西 双语学生林明俊自愿成为了乒乓 口羚,和艾碗迪. 球俱乐部的领导者, 并承担监察 今年所有午餐乒乓活动的责任. 乐泽高中也有参加了今年埃德蒙 顿乒乓球协会举办的乒乓球比赛, 而且带回来今年的冠军奖杯. 十一年级: 今年的11年级同学们成为了学校 中国文化活动的“支柱”. 他们之中 有许多人当领导着或参与课堂以 外的许多事件。 他们在室内广 场举办了在学校庆祝中国新年的 活动, 准备了在Taste of Lazerte 代表中国的站,还有在埃德蒙顿孔 子学院举办的汉语侨比赛做义 工。几个最经常踊跃参与活动的 学生是：领导舞狮俱乐部的黄文 禧；葫芦丝俱乐部的”超级星“黃 麗霏；还有带来很多精彩扯铃表 演的扯铃俱乐部成员馬羨貴,和林 洽泉. 十二年级: 我们的12年级学生的奉献精神， 天才和激情总会是在他们的中文 毕业晚会看得出来。在整年里,无 论有多大的学术工作量，他们也 努力地举办许多筹款活动，定期 举行了制定出物流的会议，拿起 巨大的责任和克服了任何的挑
Chinese program in 2015-2016 Grade 10: The students who came to the Chinese program from our catchment schools were very energetic and talented. They have helped to create some new excitement here in M.E. this school year. The Chinese classroom has hosted a group of avid Ping Pong players almost every lunch hour. Grade 10 bilingual student, Javien Ta, volunteered to be the leader of this Ping Pong club, and shouldered the responsibility of supervising the lunch hour activities all through this year. M.E. LaZerte also participated in the annual Ping Pong Tournament organized by the Edmonton Ping Pong Association, and brought back this year’s trophy. Grade 11: This year, Grade 11 students were the “pillar” of the Chinese cultural activities at M.E. LaZerte. Many of them committed to lead or participate in many events outside the 6
classroom. They organized the Chinese New Year Atrium celebration, they prepared the China stand for the Taste of LaZerte, and they volunteered for the China Bridge competition organized by the Edmonton Confucius Institute. Just to name a few most involved and dedicated students: Jason Wong is the leader of the Lion Dance Club; LiFei Huang is the “star” performer from the Hulusi Club; Robert Mah and Alex Lin, our Yo-Yo club members, showcased their exciting Yo-Yo tricks inside and outside the school. Grade 12: The culmination of our Grade 12 students’ dedication, talents and passion always comes to the fore at their Chinese graduation party. Throughout the year they organized fundraising events, held regular meetings to work out logistics, took up responsibilities and overcame any challenges over and above their tremendous academic workload. It is always so wonderful to watch them shine during graduation, but always a bit sad to know they will be leaving soon after. This is a list of some of the contributing students: Isabella Ng, president of the Chinese graduation Committee; Austin Ly, the “technology expert” who designed and orchestrated the Chinese graduation party; Angel Poon, our most creative in-house artist; Melina Lee, Crystal Le, Joshua Lau, Reem Almawed, and Amanda Andrishak, the talented performers.
M.E. LaZerte 2016-2017 Registration & Fees Wednesday August 24 Grade 11 9 – 10:30 am A-E 10:30-11:45 am
Thursday August 25 Grade 12 9-10:30 am A-E
Friday August 26 Grade 10 9:00-10:30 am A-E
Cosmetology Career 20,30 (project materials)….....$100 MANDATORY FEES: Textbook Rental Fee……………..……………...$75 Cosmetology Makeup 20 (project materials)………..$50 GENERAL FEES RECOMMENDED: + CrossFit 10,20,30 (activities & field trips)……………….$50 (Recommended but optional) Dance 15, 25, 35 (field trip)………………………..$20 Printing Fee…………………………………...…..$7 Digital Arts 10, 20, 30 (t-shirt & project materials)…..$30 (This allows students working on school computers to print their projects) Drama 10, 20, 30 IB(field trip)...……...…………..$30 Student Activities……………...………………...$20 Fashion Studies 10, 20, 30 (project materials)……....$30 (This fee gives access to special events and discounts, supports all Food Studies 10, 20, 30 (project materials)…………$40 school teams and clubs & and an M.E.L. T-Shirt) —————————————————————- French 10-3Y & 10-3Y IB (workbook) ……………$20 ………………………..Proposed SUBTOTAL: $102 French 10-9Y & 10-9Y IB (workbook)………….…$20 French 30-3Y, 31A (workbook)…………………....$20 GENERAL FEES OPTIONAL: French 30-9Y (workbook) ………………………....$20 (Recommended but optional) French 30-9Y IB (2 workbooks)……….…………....$55 Bus Pass (monthly)………………………………...$55 Functional Fitness 10/20/30 (activities & field trips)…….$50 Bus Pass (replacement) …………………………….$69 Guitar (N/A if providing your own instrument)……..…..…………......$20 Bus Pass (annual)………………………………...$470 Math 10-3S, 20-3S (workbook) ……………………$20 Fitness Centre (per semester)……………………….$25 Math 10C, 10C IB (workbook)…………………….$20 Grad Commencement Fee (Grade 12 only)………...$40 Math 10-3, 10-4 (workbook)………...……………..$20 (includes: rental of facility, gown/v-stoles, purchase of cap & Math 20-1, 20-2 (workbook)……………………….$20 tassel, production expenses) Note: to be paid in April Locks ……………………………………………...$5 Math 20-3, 20-4 (workbook)………… ……………$20 Replacement I.D. Card (1st card free)…………….$5 Math 30-1, 30-1 IB, 30-2 (workbook)………….…..$20 Yearbook…………………………………………$55 Math 30-3 (workbook)……………………………..$20 Interactions Students: to offset cost of fieldtrips & snacks…….….$125 Mechanics 10, 20, 30 (coverall use, safety & supplies)..$25 Music Instrument Rental (N/A if providing your own instrument)......$100 COURSE SPECIFIC FEES: Physical Education 10,20,30 onsite (T-Shirt)…….…$10 (Optional but recommended for enrichment items such as personal workbooks, extra materials for student projects, or fieldtrips) Physical Education 10 Healthy Living…………...$10 Advanced Acting 15, 25, 35 (field trip)…………...$30 Phys. Ed. Soccer 10,20,30 (jersey/shirt/socks/bus/indoor centre)…..$250 Adventures in Trades 10, 20, 30 (project materials)..$30 Phys. Ed. 20,30 Co-ed Off Site (off site activities such as Art 10, Advanced Drawing 15 (basic art kit)….…...$40 golf, curling)………..………….…………………..$110 Art 10 IB (enhanced art kit)……..…………………..$50 Physics 20, 20 IB (workbook/fieldtrip)…………..….$40 Art 20 & 30 IB (enhanced replenish kit)……………..$40 Physics 30, 30 IB (workbook/fieldtrip)……………...$35 Art 20, 30, Advanced Drawing 25,35 (replenish kit).$30 Pre-Engineering 10 (solder kit)………………………....$30 Biology 20 & 20 IB (field trip)…………..………...$30 Pre-Nursing 10,20 (CPR workbook, field trip)………....$30 Biology 30 IB (field trip)…………………...……...$10 Science 10, 10 IB (workbook).……………………..$12 Building the Trades (project materials)……………...$30 Science 20, 30 (field trip)…………………………..$10 Chinese LA 10 & IB (workbook) ……...…………..$28 Service Trades10, 20, 30 (project materials)………...$30 Chinese LC 10-3Y/ 6Y/ IB, LC 20-3Y/ 6Y/ IB30-3Y/ 6Y/ IB Spanish LC 10-3Y & 10-3Y IB (workbook)……….$27 (workbook)…………………………………………$28 Spanish LC 10-6Y, 10-6Y IB (workbook)…………$27 Culinary Arts 10, 20, 30 (project materials)…….…...$40 Spanish LC 20-3Y, 20-3Y IB (workbook)…………$27 Construction 10, 20, 30 (project materials)………….$30 Welding 10, 20, 30 (project materials)……………...$40 Cosmetology 10, 20, 30 (project materials)………....$30 7
PAYMENT OF FEES Fees are due at the time of registration (or a payment plan can be arranged with the Business Manager). We accept cash, cheques, VISA, Master Card and Interac as methods of payment as well as online payment. Students will also be able to load money on their ID card for use in our cafeteria...new this year! Please Note: students on athletic teams must pay for their school fees and team fees before they can participate in games; students in Grade 12 may not book their grad photo or attend grad commencements or the grad banquet unless all fees have been paid. The student fee sheet can be accessed on-line via School Zone (by August 22) by selecting: Student Profile, name of the student, Report-student fees, choose the year and print the selected report.
SCHOOLZONE AUGUST 17. STUDENTS MUST BOOK AN APCHANGE THROUGH A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE. STUDENTS WHO DO
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August - September 2016 Important Registration Dates
Mon August 22
Tues August 23
Office Opens New registrations
Grade 12 - Course changes for diploma and career requirements
Wed August 24 Grade 11 Registration & Course changes
Thurs August 25 Grade 12 Registration & Course changes
Fri August 26 Grade 10 Registration & Course changes
IB Course Changes
IB Course Changes afternoon only
Mon August 29
Tues August 30
Wed August 31
Thurs Sept. 1
Fri Sept. 2
Professional Development Day— Office not open
Grade 10 only First Instructional day
Grade 10, 11, and 12 regular classes for all students
Grade 10, 11, and 12 regular classes for all students
New Registrations 3-5 pm
IB Course Changes afternoon only
You must bring a signed parent/guardian note with you to your appointment authorizing the course change; otherwise no changes can be made. Straight course drops (Grade 11 and 12 students only) do not require an appointment. Please bring a signed parent note authorizing the course drop to Student Services.
Grade 10 – must have a full timetable with no spares Grade 11 – one spare permissible (enrolled in minimum of 35 credits) Grade 12 – suggested enrollment in a minimum of 15 credits per semester and the selected courses must meet Alberta Diploma Requirements by the end of the school year.
Course changes will not be made: to acquire a different teacher to selectively move a course to a different block or semester to change a FY (full year) course to a semester course or vice versa. However, if the computer scheduled all core subject in one semester creating an imbalance, courses may be moved to balance a timetable.
LOCKERS Lockers will be assigned at registration, so please bring a quality lock (or purchase one from the school for $5) to put onto your assigned locker immediately after registration. 8
IB Education M.E. LaZerte IB has had a very eventful year with many highlights and great successes for our students. We are proud that our IB students have been heavily involved in every club, student activity, fine arts group, sports team, leadership activity, committees, and volunteer experiences that occurred at LaZerte this year as they worked toward fulfilling CAS requirements and further developing as IB Learners—well rounded individuals who understand that real growth doesn’t just occur in the classroom, but also through serving the greater good in our school, local and international communities. International Baccalaureate promotes academic depth, breadth, well-roundedness and balance in all that we do, and we are proud to report that our students have been glowing examples of that throughout the year! Our Pre-IB students were introduced with our IB Study Skills Sessions and had the opportunity to test drive our program to make informed choices for next year. Special IB field trips and a chance to experience IB style extensions were valued by all. We look forward to the addition of this outstanding group of Grade 10 students into IB in the fall and remind them that CAS activities can be started over the summer. Grade 11 IB students were able to accomplish many things in the first year of their program including being trained how to do University level research for their Extended Essays; completing the first drafts of their Works in Translation papers, Historical Investigations, and IB Biology Internal Assessment Lab Designs; as well as participating in fun Group 4 Science Projects. Grade 11 students who will be following a full IB Diploma Program next year are reminded to update CAS logs, make a serious dent in Extended Essay research as well as to make sure that TOK 35, Leadership (for CAS), and the Extended Essay show up on timetables (and if they don’t to contact Ms. Fischer immediately at [email protected]
). All class of 2017 IB candidates (even if you are only taking one IB class) are also reminded that they must attend a mandatory IB registration session during MEL Time (former Flex block) later in September. Grade 12 IB’s (which included an impressive 30 full IB Diploma Students and 63 partial IB students) were involved in completing IB Internal and External Assessments ranging from their May IB final exams to Extended Essays, Science Design Labs, TOK Papers, Historical Investigations, Math Explorations, Works in Translation Papers, IB Language Orals, Viva Voce Day, IB Diploma Grad… all at a first year university level! We are happy to report that this was the first year that we had students examine in IB Art and we know that the future looks bright for this subject in IB. All of our students would tell you that some of their highlights might include the many special IB Field Trips (to Elk Island, WEM, U of A Science Labs and Libraries to name a few); helping others through their many service projects like Helping Hampers, the Community Christmas party, Tri for Cancer, Taste of LaZerte, Blue Ribbon Run, etc.; and the time that they spent bonding doing special IB activities like Group 4, Viva Voce, IB Stress Relief, or even helping with recruiting new IB Voyageurs through our Immersion Day, Info Night, or Open House volunteering. We are proud to establish IB Ambassadors this year who will help with info sharing, be an outreach group and be an opportunity for IB students to have a stronger voice in their IB program in the coming years. Check out the Learner Profile video on the IB website at http:// www.ibo.org/programmes/profile/ . Our IB Voyageurs are phenomenal, and we are looking forward to an exciting year!
The New CALM CALM (Career & Life Management) is a required course from Alberta Education that all students must take to get a high school diploma. We have heard from many students their frustrations about how the content of this course has been delivered in the past. With their input, we have changed how we do it! We offered a pilot of the course last year, and it included more of what students asked for...practical information about budgeting and banking, personal health and lifelong wellness, and career exploration. We gathered feedback from our initial groups, and adjusted the course material and delivery to suit student needs and outcomes. Our intent is to make this course pertain to real life experiences, have speakers and practical experiences that will be relevant now and years from now, and build toward students discovering who they are, what they want, and what they need as they progress through the next few years of their lives. It is focused as a Grade 11 course offering, but we will still ensure it is delivered in summer school for students who have difficulty fitting it into their schedule. It also links with the MyBlueprint program to assist students in career planning and post-secondary preparation in academic courses. We are constantly working together with our students to ensure what we offer suits their needs and interests...because we are M.E. LaZerte! 9
Website News At M.E. LaZerte this year we have tried to update our website and emails to parents as a main flow of information. It is now more easily accessible with drop down menus and scrolling news items on the main page. All of our events and other important dates can be found through the Calendar tab. In addition, we will have a Constable's Corner with safety tips for our students. If you are a parent with children at M.E. LaZerte, check out the bottom of the home page to subscribe to the Principal's Newsletter where important information will be emailed directly to you each week!. Keep checking back for new content and information on school wide events!
Agenda Book or Digital Application? Many students have traditionally used an agenda book for recording important dates, assignments & quizzes, and for goal setting and planning out their busy schedules! But our students have told us they now use their phones and electronic devices to keep track of the same information, and that they always have it with them...similar to what many adults do! It is because of this student feedback that we are continuing with a digital application, the “MEL APP”, that will contain the agenda book information along with a pre-built calendar of school events and activities. We are hoping this will be useful to students, especially as we have a varied calendar and different start and end times throughout the year. The paper copy of the agenda will still be available to those who request it, and students can access both if that is what works best for them! We are looking forward to seeing how we can continue to best support our students and their learning! Changing the Way We Communicate/Staying Connected M.E. LaZerte is a bustling community and one of the challenges we face is making sure that we communicate information that is relevant for our students. These past few years we started using an app called Remind101 as one of the many methods to get information. Remind 101 (now renamed Remind) has allowed us to connect with our students and parents to provide important immediate information directly to their cell phone in the form of a text message or an email. All communications are safe because phone numbers are always kept private and messages can only be sent from the school. Students and parents cannot respond. We have had huge success using this app in the past year
and we want to continue connecting in this manner. Information is usually sent out 3 times a week and is not more than 140 characters long. And what will you receive when you sign up? Weekly updates on what is happening during MEL Time related to careers, scholarships, post secondary information regarding programs/ recruitment visitors/ upcoming registration dates/Open Houses, events hosted by Student Services including our Scholarship Evening & Post Secondary Fair, availability of tutors, how to sign up for involvements like Big BrothersBig Sisters/ MEntors/Girls Empowered and Strong, and Student Leadership events including volunteer opportunities & activities in the school are a few of the things you will hear about, so sign up today! 10
Fox Foundation; Social Justice Interact Club provided 10 families with Helping Hampers worth $2000/each; SoAll students are encouraged to join our Leadership Procial Justice Interact Club raised awareness about the Syrigram at M.E. LaZerte! Credits can be earned through a variety of initiatives or self-directed initiatives. Leadership an crisis and raised $800 in funds to support all of our can be taken in the timetable or outside of the regular time- newcomers in Ms. Hui-Ngo’s classroom; as a WE School with Free the Children and in our Social Justice Interact table. Students can see Mrs. Kofluk in Rm 129 or attend the weekly meeting on Tuesdays in the library after school. Club funds were raised to support the Adopt a Village This past year, students were Program with Free the Children; Leadership students engaged in many projects that collected donations for the Canadian Red Cross to supcontinued to build a positive port those affected by the fires in Ft. McMurray, donations for Syrian newcomers school culture, connect M.E. through the Al-Rashid mosque, LaZerte to the surrounding as well as clothing and monetary community while developing donations collected for the Muspersonal leadership skills. tard Seed in Edmonton; LeaderHere are some highlights: ship students visited Braemar School Partnerships, Awards & Recognition School and a donation from StuDiversity Award in Education awarded by Diversity dents’ Union was made to the Magazine to M.E. LaZerte School for exemplary programTERRA Centre to support pregming that celebrates our community’s diversity while pronant and parenting teens for Mothmoting a unified and inclusive school culture; Social Juser’s Day; as a UNESCO Associattice Interact Club received the Presidential Citation ed Network - Candidate Member from the Northeast Rotary & Rotary International; Best School, leadership students attendBuy sponsored our Xbox NBA 2k16 Basketball Toured the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Youth nament on the Stress Buster Day with prizes and employSummit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights ee support in running the gaming stations; Combat Crime Student Scholarships. Joshua Lau was 1 of 77 NAInitiative created our Voices of LaZerte Room which was financially supported by awards/grants from Best Buy TIONAL SEMI-FINALIST for the Loran Scholarship. ($4893) and SOS Safety Magazine ($2000); M.E. LaZerte He received a $3,000 scholarship in addition to an all expenses paid Greenhouse Team joined the meeting in Toronto; Joshua Lau Friendship Community Garden at was also awarded the Silver Medal Londonderry Community League. for the EPSB Michael Strembitsky Students built a garden plot and Award of Excellence which also will be maintaining our plot and comes with a $500 scholarship; Isajoining the group for monthly potbella Ng received the Max Wyman luck suppers over the next year; $7,500 Leadership Scholarship at M.E. LaZerte Green Team recythe University of Alberta; Melina cled 22,321 beverage containers Lee received a $3,000 leadership this year and over 1 tonne of paper; Leadership students scholarship at the University of Alberta; and more than partnered with the Edmonton Multicultural Coalition and offered a 6 week Collective Kitchen with M.E. LaZ- 10 Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association erte students and community members. Each week partici- scholarships were granted to students in our Mandarin pants prepared a cultural dish in groups, learned about nu- Bilingual Program. Many other awards and scholarships were applied for by leadership students tritional value, and learned about each other creating new and award winners will be recognized at friendships and community connections; Leadership stuour Awards Ceremony in the fall. Updents partnered with Wilson Quan, an alumnus of M.E. coming Leadership Opportunities— LaZerte, to raise awareness and funds for the Glenrose United Way Make Your Mark on Poverty: Hospital Foundation to support the PTSD therapy proStudents can join this committee in Sepgram. Through a Fashion Show, a Blue Ribbon Run, and a tember to plan programming for which we’ve received a Wake-a-thon over $2500 grant from the United Way. ATA Diversity, Equity, $15,000 was raised; and Human Rights Grant for RECONCILIACTION: LeadTri-4-Cancer participants raised $35,600 ership students will be invited to join our Circle of Courfor the Canadian Can- age students to review the Truth & Reconciliation Recomcer Society; Grade 10 mendations and plan 3-8 initiatives to education and supTerry Fox Run raised port reconciliation in our school and community. Our school has received $1,000 in grant funding for this pro$1200 for the Terry 11ject. Join Student Leadership to be part of the fun!
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Circle of Courage at M.E. LaZerte We continue to connect our students to our community, and have implemented the Circle of Courage into what we practice in our school. It has four main components which include Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity. The Circle of Courage students (all students are welcome) meet on Thursdays throughout the year during the MEL Time. The group usually starts with a smudge and then sessions are facilitated utilizing the Circle of Courage model. There is a snack provided for the participants, too, and often includes homemade cinnamon sugar bannock! Our Circle of Courage Leadership Program has presented at the Dreamcatcher Aboriginal Youth Conference this October at MacEwan University, the National Gathering for Indigenous Education Indspire Conference as presenters in Calgary this past year, and also at the Lighting the Fire Conference in Winnipeg! This is truly an honour for Veronica Graff and her group of students from Londonderry and M.E. LaZerte, and it speaks to the difference we are making in students’ lives as they go out to share this message with others. We appreciate what all of our students bring to our school, and we welcome any suggestions and messages you want to share with us.
M.E. LaZerte Timetable 2016-2017
Watch for our Parent Council meeting dates and proposed sessions coming up in our September email-out! Sign up for the Principal’s Newsletter for this and other exciting information emailed to you each week!
9:00 – 10:22 Block 2
9:00 – 10:22 Block 2
9:00 – 10:22 Block 2
9:00 – 10:05 MEL Time
9:00 – 10:22 Block 2
10:29 - 11:56 Lunch
10:29 -11:56 Lunch
10:29 - 11:56 Lunch
10:09 - 11:16 Block 2
10:29 - 11:56 Lunch
11:56 - 12:39 Block 3
11:56- 12:39 Block 3
11:56 - 12:39 Block 3
11:20 - 12:27 Lunch
11:56 - 12:39 Block 3
9:00 – 9:53 am
10:00 – 10:57 am
12:39 - 2:01 Block 4
12:39 - 2:01 Block 4
12:39 - 2:01 Block 4
12:27 - 1:13 Block 3
12:39 - 2:01 Block 4
11:04 – 11:57 am
12:04 – 12:57 pm
2:08 - 3:30
2:08 - 3:30
2:08 - 3:30
1:13 - 2:18 Block 4
2:08 - 3:30
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CONDENSED COLLABORATION DAYS: September 29, 2016 October 27, 2016 November 24, 2016
February 23, 2017 March 23, 2017 April 27, 2017 May 25, 2017
On condensed collaboration days there is early dismissal. Students who choose to remain at school will have access to the library, the Success Centre, and study hall.