From the Office

Well I think this is the snow and cold we were hoping we’d do without this winter. Remind your students to wear the proper warm clothes to school again this season, including snow pants for elementary students headed outside to slide around and play in the snow, as well as for any of our students being picked up by bus. Bus Drivers do have the authority to refuse students entry to the bus if they don’t have proper clothing for cold weather. In the case of a breakdown, all students should have proper clothing to ensure they are safe and warm on the bus while waiting for support to arrive.

The grade 11 and 12 students enjoyed another morning this month at the annual Career Fair in Saskatoon. Planning should be well underway for students to narrow their options for careers or education following grade 12. For those students who are still struggling with ideas, help is always available from Mr. Tucker who can lead the students to directions to start looking for answers. I’ll also encourage any students who are considering an apprenticeship opportunity to spend some time to complete the Youth Apprenticeship Program this year, as it offers many benefits to the student and the employer.

Just a reminder that the Grade 12 Work Experience week one is scheduled for the first week of next month, December 5th -9 th . Students are expected to meet with their work placement employer for their interview in preparation for the first day that week. Good luck to each of the students as they spend a week in their chosen career areas.

Progress reports are being sent home this week with students in grades 1-12 as the first quarter of the year has passed us very quickly. The report is a common format for all the students in those grades, incorporating the behavioural comments onto the same report as the academics, yet still reporting them as separate items.

I wanted to give my congratulations to each of our sports teams that competed already this fall, doing a great job of representing Hanley Composite School in the extra-curricular areas. I’ve heard a ton of awesome comments about how polite and well-mannered our students can be as either hosts in our school, or while we’re on the road. Great job, everyone!

A special congratulations to the boys on the football team for their Provincial win last weekend! Great job guys – it was a great game to watch and cheer for.

That’s all for now. For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at https://blogs.spiritsd.ca/ hanley/. As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to drop by the office or give us a call. Talk to you soon. Chris Tucker Principal Hanley School

From the Office

I’m looking forward to some sunshine.

Parents, here’s your annual reminder about the proper clothing and jackets that need to accompany students who are bus kids as well as those who will be outside at recess breaks. Bus drivers who don’t think that students have proper warm clothes with them in cold weather are directed to refuse transport in case of a bus problem on their route. I’ll also take a minute to remind all drivers about stopping and not passing a bus that has it’s stop arm out and lights flashing until that stop arm is retracted and the flashing lights are off. One last reminder is about our school zone speed of 30km/h during school hours and not parking in our school bus drop off zone in the parking lot during the day.

Our first night of TriConferences was last night and again it was so great to see the high attendance from parents in to meet new staff and share some supper with us as well as celebrate the learning taking place at Hanley Composite School. The School Community Council supplied the BBQ burgers and fixings and made for a nice atmosphere here last night – thanks to Ken Froese, Kelvin Orsen, Shannon Froese, Trish Anderson, Andrea Townsend, Amy Grindheim and Leah Weisbrod. Your volunteerism made for a great evening.

We’re again planning on taking the Grades 11 and 12 to the Career Fair on November 7 in the morning and return for period 4. We’ll be stopping at Dundurn on the way to Saskatoon to pick up students there as well. We will bus the students to Saskatoon so they have an opportunity to stop at the various booths to discuss their career options with the institutions and job programs that are present. It’s always a valuable experience for students to attend. Sometimes it confirms some future plans – sometimes it creates new ideas. Please fill out the permission form that we’ll send home as well as email, or call the school to confirm permission. I’ll require parents to discuss with me the reasons why they don’t give permission as it’s such an important part of high school.

Congratulations to all the students we were able to recognize at the Awards Program earlier this month. It was nice to have all the students in attendance who were currently attending classes as we recognized last year’s students for all of their hard work and perseverance.

Our extra-curricular programs have been busy this fall. Congratulations to Hailey E for her Cross Country Provincial experience. We have three volleyball teams competing most weekends in October. The football team hosts home games starting this Saturday as long as they continue to do well. The SRC is doing a great job with events around the school, including taking a lead on the Book Fair in the library this week. Swimming lessons are winding up next week and piano lessons are continuing as other years. Good luck to all of the students on their seasons as they compete and with all their work and preparation.

We’re planning on some Halloween activities on Oct 31 – please see the email we sent home about toning down some of the scarier costumes. A costume parade is still in the works as well as a Saber Awards assembly to follow. I do love these fun days.

The upcoming days to keep in mind are October 24: No School and what looks like Picture retakes on October 28. November 7 is the Career Fair trip, the Remembrance Day Program is on November 10th and November 17th is the annual Flu Clinic in the gym. That’s all for now.

As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to drop by the office or give us a call. Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.

Chris Tucker

Principal

Hanley School

Welcome Back

We’re looking forward to another wonderful year at Hanley Composite School. Staff started on August 29 and are preparing for their first day with students on Thursday. We’re especially looking forward to our new faces from Hanley, Dundurn and other schools. Please contact the school with any questions or concerns you may have including course selections and specific choices for career paths for high school students. We are introducing a school wide reading time in the mornings every day this year to encourage further reading progress in every student. Studies show the dedicated time over the years of practice is a huge promoter of literacy improvement. Sports teams have either started practicing or will the first week back. Please look for any emails from school to start the year off knowing whats happening – and on that note make sure you update the office with any changes to your email addresses or cell phone/home phone numbers.
I look forward to hearing from you. As I always leave with, Mr Anderson and I would love to talk to you – drop in sometime for a visit. Call if that’s easier. Email if you’d rather type it. We hope you’ve enjoyed your summer. See you soon.
PS please remember that we are a Nut Aware school – please don’t send food containing nut products or made in those facilities to our school. Thank you.
Chris Tucker

2016 Hanley Graduation Live Stream

We are once again planning to broadcast the ceremonies for those who aren’t able to attend. Tune in on Friday evening at 7pm to view the stream of the 2016 Hanley Graduation Ceremonies on the uStream website

June 7 2016 update by Mr.Tucker: We are having some technical issues setting up the broadcast and testing it, but we will continue to work on the connection as the week progresses.

June 7 2016 update by Mr. Tucker: The most reliable feed for the broadcast is by first downloading the uStream app onto your smartphone or tablet or iPad, etc. Then click on the above link and choose the uStream app to watch the video. Running the video through a laptop or desktop doesn’t seem as reliable.

From the Office

With our early spring break for Easter back at the end of March, it’s going to feel a bit like a long stretch ahead for all of us here to reach the end of June. Students are in the midst of the semester two courses and I’m sure you’re aware that the grade 7-12 report cards are coming home this week. The last set of Parent Teacher Student Tri-Conferences were also in March, so if you have any concerns or questions on what you find in the report card, please contact the school and the specific teachers to find your answers.

Our School Community Council meets at the start of next month on May 2 to hold our annual meeting. We’d encourage any parent who’d like to be part of the council to contact the school and ask me or Mr. Anderson about the role they play in supporting our school goals. Any of the council members would also fill you in on the workings of the School Community Council.

Last week we celebrated our balcony construction being finished with some intramural shirts being handed out to the grade 7-12 students and a picture of them in their red, black and white colours on the balcony. A game of beach volleyball at noon against the All Star seniors took place as well.

Congratulations to Mrs. Griffin and our Drama club on their play, Dust, and their successful performance at Regionals. An encore performance on May 4 is scheduled here at the school again, the day before they perform at Provincial competition in Regina.

Our badminton season here at Hanley continues this month, with junior playoffs taking place Tuesday, May 3rd and then winners moving on to that Thursday and Saturday. Senior playoffs will start in Clavet Wednesday April 27th. Mr. Block is working with the larger group of players this year and it’s been nice to see so many kids out working on improving their game. Great job everyone!!

Track practices sound like they’ll start earlier this year with the week of April 18th since the field and rest of the yard have been drying up so much this spring. Practices are after school and Mrs. Koroll is organizing what looks like a large group of athletes.

I looked back at our April newsletter from last year and read that I was letting you know then about some future construction that would happen in the school, both in the halls and the balcony after that. I’m happy to say that it appears we’re finally through that last part of our renovations, and the whole school is back in use. We’re going to hold a BBQ burger lunch at noon on Thursday April 21 for the students and staff, and if you want to drop by for a walk around the school to see what updates and fixes have happened over the last two years, the school will be open for that.

That’s all for now. As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to drop by the office or give us a call. Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.

Chris Tucker Principal Hanley School

From the Office

I know as Saskatchewan people it would be strange not to talk about the weather – therefore, pretty strange weather for February, eh? I’ve heard rumours about plus six temperatures at the end of this week – you know what I’m going to say, right? Splash pants and rubber boots for elementary students need to be unpacked for those recess breaks.

We’re at the end of February and well into the second semester and as normal, there is lots going on in the school and our various programs. Check out the classroom submissions that follow for what’s happening in each of the grades. Our Grade 12s are taking part in their second week of Work Experience this week. We intentionally set it here again so as not to break up the learning when they’re back in class this semester. Good luck at work, Grade 12, we hope you learn a lot about the career area you’re experiencing.

I’d like to give you a heads up on another couple items for your calendars as well. The grade 9-12 ski trip is scheduled for March 11 to Table Mountain. The Grade 7 and 8 ski trip is scheduled for March 23. It’s always a fun day for those students and we look forward to having all the students attend.

March 16th and 17th is scheduled to be our second TriConferences days for parents and students to book time to meet with the teachers. Tri-Conferences will be from 5:00-7:30pm those evenings and I’d like to remind you it’s a great time to celebrate the accomplishments of your student and recognize them with their parent in the conversation as well. I’ll look forward to seeing many of you here in the school those evenings and I invite you to drop by the office if I don’t see you in the halls.

The work on the balcony continues and we’re looking forward to the new flooring surface being installed next week. There have been some facelifts to a few areas near the servery to accommodate some air exchanging units, and we’ve worked to create a permanent area dedicated to the fooseball tables. We expect it to be completed within a month or so.

Junior basketball season has ended. Curling season is wrapping up soon with junior districts at the end of this week. Badminton season will be ramping up soon and our annual Knight to Remember will take place on March 17th , the same night as the second evening for TriConferences. More info about the Knight to Remember can be found towards the end of the newsletter.

I’m going to give a final plug for the SCC Community Calendars that are available at the office for ten dollars. There are still a few that families ordered and haven’t picked up – we’ll assume next year that you’re not interested in ordering one.

That’s all for now. As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to drop by the office or give us a call. Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.

Chris Tucker

Principal

From the Office

Welcome to our new year, everyone. We’ve been fortunate to have some abnormally nice temperatures so far this month as well as some very cold days to balance them as well. Try to keep sending warm outdoor clothing on the cold days, especially with bus students of all ages in case of bus trouble.

January is filled with finishing Semester 1 classes and studying for final exams and completing course end projects. See this newsletter for the exam schedule taking place the last week of January for the grade 10-12 students and encourage your student to study as much as they can. Assignments for all the finishing courses must be in soon if not already to make the course credit available, so students must be completing each assignment that is given by the teacher. Many students have been dropping in at the office for help with applications to various university or technical programs – that’s exciting to see! We also have a number of Youth Apprenticeship Program students working through those assignments as well and we hope to hear of successful apprenticeship agreements made as well for next year.

Curling and basketball season are the focus of school sports right now. Just like our Riders, some “building years” have been coming for a while and it’s great to see some strong junior teams working towards filling some future senior teams. Great job to all the coaches.

This is a reminder that January 29th will be the “turn around” day between semesters, and not a school day for students. Report Cards for grades 7-12 will head home on February 4th. I want to also remind our Grade 12 students that their second Work Experience full week is Feb 22-26 which follows the February break Feb 15-19. We did schedule this again on purpose so it wouldn’t break up their learning after the February break until the next one in April. I hope you enjoy your Family Day on Feb 15th .

The School Community Council would like me to mention that we still have some of the Community Calendars available at the office that families ordered this fall. There are also a few extra available for a reasonable $10.

That’s all for now. For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http:// blogs.spiritsd.ca/hanley/. As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to drop by the office or give us a call. Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.

Chris Tucker

Principal

Kindergarten

Season’s Greetings! Thank you to the families who came out for the Family Fun Night! It was an evening filled with singing and fun. Kindergarten worked very hard to deliver a fantastic performance. They did a wonderful job! This month Kindergarten has been writing about the theme of Christmas. Weeven wrote letters to Santa! As a class we walked our letters down to the Hanley post office, dropped them in the mail and we are hoping Santa isn’t too busy to write back! Keep an eye on your mailbox! Show and Tell has been going great in Kindergarten! The children are becoming more comfortable speaking in front of the class. They are turning out to be fantastic public speakers and performers! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Have a fun and wonderful Christmas spending time with your children! The Kindergarten’s & Miss. Buchinski

Grade 2

Season’s Greeting from grade two! It has been a busy, yet fun month around here. We had a wonderful time on our field trip! I was amazed at how many dare devils we had at the Forestry Farm, where they were able to feel a variety of animals, such as a snake, hedgehog, and a ferret just to name a few. The kids also enjoyed all of the activities at Flip Gymnastics, from relays to stations to free exploration. We have been busy wrapping up lots of units in math and science, as well as health. I think we are all excited to start some fresh new topics in the new year. We wrote friendly letters to Santa, and even had a chance to walk down to the post office to mail them! I also made a colour photocopy so that the kids could read each other’s letters and share them with you at home as well. We will continue our letter writing in January as we buddy up with Miss Janet Adelman’s grade two class from Martensille. The kids are pretty excited to write back and forth with their soon to be pen pals! They are really starting to enjoy our daily 5 activities, and it’s amazing how well they are working independently through this process. We have been working on making connections as we read, as well as answering the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where and why) as we write to include more details in our work. We have had lots of fun singing Christmas carols and making beautiful Christmas art. I hope that everyone has a safe and Merry Christmas holiday!

Grade 1&3

The 1/3 class is excited for their upcoming field trip to the WDM and Fuddruckers! We have been busy doing lots of writing. The 1s have created ‘Giving Books’ and the 3s have written Christmas poetry. In math, both grades are working on their measurement units. The 3s will not have a test for this unit. The 3s did very well on their oral presentations in social studies! The 1s have learned about needs and wants by deciding what they would bring with them on a deserted island. We have been reading books on space and recording the new information we learn to practice building our background knowledge on a topic. Ask your child what new facts they know about space! We have made some beautiful pieces of Christmas art, too! It was great to see all of the families at Family Fun Night! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!