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Principal’s Message – Feb. 2012

February 1, 2012

Students are just about to write midterm exams in Grades 7-9 and have written final semester exams in Grades 10-12, and it gave them the opportunity to review and consolidate what they learned. It is now time to move on to the opportunities presented in Semester 2, whether it is in academics, extra-curricular activities, or in our personal lives. There are times, like a new semester, when students can reflect on what just happened and re-focus for the next opportunity. I encourage us all to do some reflecting and re-focusing as a regular pattern in our lives because it can help us get perspective on what is important. We are trying to have students reflect on their learning and see the place it has in their future.

Our students – your children – will grow up and take leadership roles in their families and their world, and I believe they will be well equipped to do so.

From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey. The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents, and teachers on a various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning. In January, parents of students in Grades 4, 7, and 10 received a survey from Alberta Education. In February, students in Grades 4, 7, and 10, and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school. Your participation in this survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly. Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2012.

Some groups of students are busy preparing for their upcoming chosen endeavor. Our 2012 Cuba Playground Team has packed their container full of playground equipment and extras to take to Cuba for their missions trip during Spring Break. They will construct a first-class playground for the children of a local community to play on for years to come. Many other students are preparing to set sail on a Tall Ship, also during Spring Break. They will learn to staff and sail an actual Tall Ship for a week. Other students are heading into the final month’s rehearsals for our musical Cinderella Enchanted, which will be held from March 14-16. Purchase your tickets early to see great acting and inspiring singing! And many of our student-athletes are in the middle of their basketball seasons, responding to the athletic, academic and character challenges their coaches have put before them. Others are faithfully following through on the demands of their courses while our Grade 12 students prepare for their final semester of high school and transition to the next season of their lives.

Thank you for your commitment to Master’s. I encourage you to have regular contact with your child’s teachers, and to even drop by the classroom before or after school to say a quick “hello”. I also hope to see you at the next Principal Chat sessions, which are on Thursday, February 16th, or maybe at a basketball game. May God pour out His love and presence on you personally and on your family and on your life circumstances.

Peter Muller

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