Teachers convene as William E. Hay flexes its attributes

Last Friday was a busy day here at William E. Hay, as about 130 teachers from around Alberta

Last Friday was a busy day here at William E. Hay, as about 130 teachers from around Alberta visited our school to discuss the High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project.

It was also an opportunity for them to see what programs William E. Hay has as a result of the program, which we have been operating with for the past four years.

Our visitors engaged in conversations about high school redesign and about what education should look like to engage 21st century learners.

They were extremely impressed with the programming at William E. Hay, but more importantly with the phenomenal staff and the thoughtful, well-spoken students that we have at our school.

This year, the 16 schools that are part of the High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project will make a recommendation to Alberta Education on whether the Carnegie Unit (the traditional time requirement for high school credit) should be kept or removed.

You can engage in conversations about high school redesign on Twitter at #rethinkhs.

We would also like to recognize the panelists from Thursday night’s panel presentation on high school redesign. Nicole York did a wonderful job representing students at William E. Hay. Mrs. Patty Dittrick represented the views of parents and trustees, while Mrs. Myranda Shepherd represented the views of teachers and administrators.

The assistant deputy minister, Dean Lindquest, was also on the panel, representing the views of Alberta Education. The forum was a great start to the discussions that took place on Friday.

Today, our students’ union hosted a Halloween special activity day, including a costume competition and a jousting competition.

On Monday, Nov. 5, we will host a post-secondary fair from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Cross-country season has ended with provincials in Red Deer the weekend before last. Almost 1,000 athletes ran in minus-7 C weather and snow. Alicia Nibourg of William E. Hay ran a good race, coming in 33rd in the junior girls’ division.

Congratulations to all of the cross-country runners who participated this season.

Don’t forget to get tickets to William E. Hay High School and Wildcat Theatre’s production of GREASE. Tickets are available at the office for $20 for adults and $15 from students and seniors.

The show plays from Wednesday, Nov. 28, to Saturday, Dec. 1.

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