Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Sr. Girls Basketball Team Win FEO tournament!

Well done to Coach Blum and the Senior Girl's Basketball team for winning the FEO tournament this past weekend.  The girls are also undefeated in league play!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Option Changes

Option change forms are out!

Please note that it is almost impossible for a grade 7 or 8 who does not have French or Band to change options.

Also, completing the change form will not guarantee an option change. 

Finally, changes will only be made when there is space in the desired course(s) and the desired option teacher agrees to take the student.  Option changes will be done on a first-come first-served basis.

If the change was successfully approved, a student will receive a new orange timetable.

The deadline to return this form is Wednesday January 25th at noon. 

Friday, 20 January 2012

Fundraising updates from Parent Council

Parent Council would like to thank everyone who made a tax deductible donation to MidSun School this fall.  We have been able to approve the purchase of the following items to help enrich the programming at MidSun School:

Purchase of 1800 logins to Exam Bank to support students in preparing for PAT exams ($250)
Purchase of 5 Coleman stoves for ENVOE ($350)
Purchase of a new Aerobics Headset for Physical Education ($400)
Purchase of a high output projector for the Main Gym ($1170)

Parent Council is committed to improving our student's educational experiences and continues to offer fundraising opportunities that will help us purchase materials to enrich our student's education.  We are working on several important initiatives like our Smartboards for every classroom, the outdoor classroom/picnic area, wrestling mats and many more much needed items.  Parents are invited to support our work by attending School Council meetings.  Consider joining us on February 7, 2012 when we anticipate the announcement of our Casino earnings.

Centennial Notable Dates

All grade 9’s will be registered in core subjects according to February 14th report card marks 

January 26,  High School Parent / Student night at MidSun in the gymnasium at 6:30 P.M. Counsellors from Centennial presentation and questions
Monday 13 Registration books go home with Report cards.
Wednesday February 15 Centennial High School Tours  all grade 9 students from 9:30 – 11:15
February 21 to Friday February 24   In-class registration begins. Registrations will come home for Parent Signatures
Monday February 27 and Tuesday February 28th Counsellors from Centennial will come and register students into the system –all students must have their paperwork completed and signed to be registered.
Friday March 9 Centennial registration deadline
March 15 Calgary Board of Education transfer deadline.
June 15, 2011 Final Program Adjustments Students should keep working as their final registration could change depending on their final grades in academics. Plan for success!Complementary Courses (options) will be full in June.

Safety Reminder: Exterior Alarm

We would like to remind students and parents that when there is an external alarm sounding outside the school, they are not to enter the school until the alarm stops.  This external alarm indicates a safety threat such as a lock down.

Accountability Pillar Survey

This week grade 7 parents should be receiving the Accountability Pillar Survey.

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we’re equipping students for success.

The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning.

From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.  In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive 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.  In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog. 

Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly. Please note that  “don’t know” answers impact results.  The percentage of satisfied respondents is based on the total number of respondents.  “Don’t know” responses count in the same category as the dissatisfied or very dissatisfied responses.  You  have two options:  
·         Answer “don’t know” if they wish their response to count as a negative response
·         Skip the individual question if they don’t know the answer but don’t want the response to count as a negative one
Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2012, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports. MidSun School uses these reports as part of the data that informs our School development plan and we appreciate the feedback we receive from parents.  Thank you for taking the time to fill out these forms.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Carnival Day Thursday!

Don't forget, tomorrow, Thursday January 19th,  the business students are presenting our Winter Carnival!  Be sure to bring money to help support creating MidSun's first outdoor classroom.  Lots of prizes to be won!  Win at games and enter the draws!  Get a wristband at lunch today for $10, otherwise pay $13 tomorrow.  Bringing in a food item tomorrow will reduce the price to $10.  Bring your money during PE!

Jr. Boys Basketball!

Great job to our Junior Boys Basketball team who played well last night at home. They won one of the two games played.  Mr. Harris was proud of the way the boys worked together! Good job!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Sr. Boys win 2 for 2 in league play!

Great games tonight in our Laker Dome as MidSun hosts this weeks basketball games.  Our Senior Boys played very well winning both of their league games tonight! Way to go Lakers!

Laker Pride!

Our Annual MidSun Madness tournament was a big success!  Congratulations to the first place team from Sir John A MacDonald School and Second Place winners from Fairview School.  Our Junior girls teams played hard and increased their personal skills this weekend!

Our senior teams played at Sherwood's Yeti tournament this weekend and performed very well.  Senior Boys placed second and our Senior Girls placed first!  Well done Lakers!

MidSun will host games all this week with Senior boys playing in division play tonight.

There is lots of fun things happening at MidSun this week with TA challenges to feed the homeless, children's book drives, so you think you can dance competitions and more planned for next week! Our business students are hosting the Carnival on January 19th.  This is a fun event that everyone looks forward to!

Don't miss our Fine Arts Evening tomorrow at 6:30 PM!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Laker Pride Day

Friday January 13, 2012 is Laker Pride Day!  Time to wear our school colours of blue and yellow or sport your MidSun Spirit wear.  Our MidSun Madness 3 on 3 basketball tournament starts Friday so it is a great way to show support for our Junior Girls' team.  Good Luck to our Sr. teams as they head out to Sherwood School for tournament play.

Note on Fees

Unpaid School Fees
Notification is being sent in the mail for any unpaid ISM (Mandatory School fees) and Band fees. 
The CBE’s policy is to refer any unpaid fees as at February 1, 2012 to a collection agency.  Please contact our bookkeeper, Edwina Ewart extension 2377, if you are experiencing financial difficulty and she will be happy to discuss possible options.

Complimentary Subjects Open House

The grand event is coming soon!

The complimentary subject's open house (aka Celebration of the Arts) will take place  tomorrow evening from 6.30 to 8.00pm.

Admission is free to this great event!

This event will showcase our students' talents in Art, Drama, Dance, Construction, Foods, Fashion, Jazz Band, French, Design and more.

We hope to see you then!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Minister of Education Letter to Student

Our Minister of Education has sent a letter to students asking for input that will be used towards the creation of the new Education Act. Click here to read his letter.

Monday, 9 January 2012

A great way to help Midsun

Parent Council would like to remind you to look for the bright pink sheets coming home today with the students.  We are launching our GROCERY GIFT CARD PROGRAM.  This is a great way to support MidSun school and does not have to cost you a cent! You simply buy grocery gift cards from us and use them to purchase your groceries.  The deadline is January 16, 2012 (next Monday).  Please return forms and cheques to the marked box in the main school office.  We are hoping to enhance your students learning experience at MidSun School with the money we raise.  Please consider participating.

More information can be found at the following link. If you would like to place an order, click here for the form.