As students return to classes at William E. Hay Composite High School in Stettler, the school welcomes a new vice-principal and one new teacher.
“After a summer break, it’s a great time for educators to recharge with a different spirit and energy and enthusiasm, and we believe students are eager to get back to class,” said principal Norbert Baharally.
Katy Syson has become the new vice-principal. She also teaches social studies 9 and 10.
Just one new teacher joints the staff, with Derek Hatch coming from Byemoor School to teach math and science 9 and math and social studies 10.
As well, Stettler RCMP Const. William Lewadniuk is the police resources officer, now a division-wide position as Clearview School Division funds the position 50 per cent, while the Town of Stettler and County of Stettler contribute 25 per cent each.
While the four-year High School Flexibility Enhancement Pilot Project with Alberta Education has concluded, the school intends to forge ahead with that as one pillar to progress with building education.
“If we change anything, it will be something significant we see as a better part of education that students are getting,” Baharally said.
William E. Hay plans to continue the numerous programs that have been developed over the course of the project, including Flex and teacher advisor (TA).
“Our primary goal as teacher advisors is to provide each student at William E. Hay a small group in which to explore topics relevant to success not only in high school, but also after high school,” Baharally said.
“Students will remain with the same TA and group of students throughout their high school careers.
“Each student is a member of a group consisting of approximately 16-18 students from all grade levels. The TA’s role is one of mentor and advocate for the student. In addition, the TA will be responsible for monitoring the student’s progress in all subject areas, attendance, assisting the students in their daily organization and helping them set realistic goals leading to the completion of course work and the attainment of their high school diploma.”
Baharally also encourages parents to partner in their children’s education.
“Parental involvement is an important aspect of student achievement and parents will be encouraged to maintain frequent contact with their student’s Teacher Advisor in a partnership which has as its major focus the progress and well-being of each individual student.”