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Harry Ainlay Skills Canada Team
The team members are Brent Cox, Sandi Halliwell,JeffHowlet, Terri-Lynn Hyland, Neil Mazur, Steven Milton,Jaryd Murray, John Neufied, Shirley Rainbow, Colin Veldkamp and Jordan Walker. The Harry Ainlay Skills Canada Alberta Team (HASCAT) combined their skills and efforts to share, advance and promote the fabrication, construction, cosmetology, fashion technology, robotics and culinary industries to students. Each member's passion for the trades transformed option classes into job-site learning opportunities so students could explore and gain hands-on experiences. Each HASCAT team member spent countless hours training and preparing students for success at the Skills Canada competitions. The time spent before and after school, during lunch hours and even during evenings and weekends is a testament to their dedication to help students achieve their personal goals. They prepared each student for Skills Canada levels as they qualified-local, regional, provincial and national. Students Michael (Raleigh) Timms and Jager Watson who worked on building robots for the competition say, "Throughout the project we were able to play as we experimented with new strategies to build the best robot. We are excited to get the team back together and try again this year."
Paul Francis, Teacher, Harry Ainlay School
Paul is a shining advocate for LGBTQstudents at Harry Ainlay. He founded the school's Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) that provides a safe space for students in need of support and guidance. Many students that do not identifY as LGBTQ can also be found working with Paul, helping to create a supportive community that rallies behind LGBTQyouth and other vulnerable students, making them feel safe and welcome. Through the GSA, students have been able to connect with their peers from other schools and hear inspirational speakers address their interests and concerns. Allison Greckol, department head at Harry Ainlay, says, "Mr. Francis' enthusiasm, compassion and admirable work ethic have provided a great example for both staff and students. His room is a safe environment where students are able to talk, share and grow, cultivating a sense of trust in hi~ that is unrivalled." One of the most anticipated activities every year at Harry Ainlay is the Genderbread campaign. Paul and his students bake and give out gingerbread ahead of Christmas to create awareness around various school community events and issues.
Kevin Falcone, Teacher, Harry Ainlay School
Kevin Falcone's environmental stewardship and vision at Harry Ainlay has lead to the founding of the Harry Ainlay SustainabilityTeam (HASTE). His creativity, hard work and dedication to HASTE has transformed the Southeast courtyard into a garden that provides fresh food to the school's culinary arts program, provides additional classroom space and a space for students to eat their lunch in warm weather. Kevin put countless hours into collecting and planting perennials, outdoor furniture and student art to make the space usable and inviting. Through HASTE, Kevin has created awareness about local and global environmental challenges and engaged students to confront them. Allison Greckol, social studies department head, says, "Over a number of years, his vision and labour have contributed to the culture of responsible citizenship and student leadership at Harry Ainlay." Kevin takes the time to research and apply for grants for various projects and was awarded an Evergreen Foundation and Toyota on the Trail grant for the garden. One of Kevin's student's, Mason Rubik, remembers, "It seemed like Mr. Falcone was always writing letters for grants, whether it was early in the morning before school or late afterwards, he made sure students received the best opportunities." Students will be able to apply their learnings at the local and international levels thanks to the experiences they gained through HASTE.
Harry Ainlay observed a minute of silence Wednesday, November 9th at 11:00 am in commemoration of Remembrance Day. The entire student body congregated in the North Field of the school where the ceremony was conducted. We were joined by Senator Tommy Banks (retired), Minister of Indigenous Relations the Honourable Richard Feehan, Brigadier General S.C Hetherington, and Chief Warrant Officer S.D. Douglas. The Harry Ainlay choir performed "O Canada," Laura Hawley performed "Au champ d'honneur," and Rebecca Cave read "in Flanders Fields." A special thanks to returning alumni Matt Langor for trumpeting "The Last Post, "The Flowers of the Forest," and "Reveille." Thanks also to Hugh MacDonald, our bagpiper.
A special thanks to students Zanib Pannu and Leena Anwar for their outstanding work in all aspects of the event, including leading the ceremony itself; Rawan Osama made an outstanding contribution behind the scenes.
Our Titans conducted themselves with the maturity and gravity that befitted this event.
Hey Class of 2016! The 2015 -16 Harry Ainlay Yearbooks will be available for grads who have purchased them starting at noon on Tuesday, November 1st.
If you purchased a yearbook and still have a sibling or friend that attends Ainlay, you can have them pick up your yearbook for you at lunch in the rotunda on Tue., Nov 1st, Wed., Nov. 2nd or Thurs. Nov., 3rd.
Your surrogate will need:
If you wish to pick up your yearbook yourself, you can obtain them from the front desk in the general office starting at lunch on Tuesday Nov. 1st. They will be available anytime during regular school hours after that date. (Note: Photo ID will be required. Please ensure any outstanding fees, library fines etc. are paid before attempting to collect your yearbook.)
The above message is only for grads who pre-paid for a yearbook last year. THERE WILL BE NO 2015-16 BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR CASH PURCHASE. If you neglected to purchase a yearbook last year and now wish you had purchased one, you can add your name to a waiting list for surplus yearbooks and you will be contacted in the spring.
Yearbooks not collected by the end of March 2017 will be resold or otherwise disposed of.
We regret this policy, but unfortunately we do not have space to store unclaimed yearbooks.
Students must return their original photo packages in order to have retakes done.
Congratulations to our Concert Band, Concert Choir and the Symphonic Group for their outstanding performances yesterday evening (June 1) at the Winspear. The ambiance of the evening was enhanced even more by the performances from the Avalon, Vernon Barford and D.S. Mackenzie music groups!
An Important Message to Applicants for Grade 10 at Harry Ainlay School for 2016/17
Dear Students and Parents,
Thank you for your interest in attending Harry Ainlay School for the 2016-2017 school year.
Full for Students Entering Grade 10 Next Year
This year’s pre-enrolment process has resulted in unprecedented interest in our school. As of April 13, our school has already received more requests for enrolment than we have space to accommodate. In fact, we are already at our capacity with students who live in the attendance area and who are guaranteed admission based on the sibling rule or acceptance into one of our District centre programs.
The only students who will be able to attend Grade 10 at Harry Ainlay School for 2016-2017 include:
Pre-enrolment closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15
If Harry Ainlay is your designated high school, or if you are guaranteed admission because of any of the factors identified above, you do not need to do anything. Students who currently attend Harry Ainlay can stay at the school for 2016-2017, even if it is not their designated school.
If Harry Ainlay is not your designated high school, you will not be eligible to attend the school for Grade 10 unless you have a sibling returning to the school or you have selected the school to continue your French Immersion or Interactions programming.
You can select any other high school, as long as the school has space. Please note that Lillian Osborne School is experiencing the same enrolment pressures and will only be able to accommodate students who live in their attendance area, or who have a sibling who will be continuing at the school for the 2016-2017 school year.
To change your preferred high school for 2016-2017, change your selection in SchoolZone, or contact your current school, before 4 p.m. on April 15. If you do not select a different school by 4 p.m. on April 15, your choice of schools will be limited to your designated high school, or any other school that still has space.
We understand this news may be disappointing to students and their families who were hoping to attend Harry Ainlay School. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 780-413-2700.
Orders may now be placed online at https://schoolorders.solaro.com/7059.
Please note that the portal will be available only until October 17th, 2016 so orders may be placed at any time prior to this closing date. Castle Rock Research will individually package, aggregate, and deliver orders to the school for distribution.
The following resources are being provided for purchase:
The KEY Study Guides - Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies courses across grades 3 to 12. These guides are ideal for review and assessment preparation and feature questions from past Diploma exams and Provincial Achievement Tests, where applicable. The correct answers and detailed solutions for questions are also provided.
Student Notes and Problems (SNAP) Workbooks – Instructional content, practice exercises, and unit assessments covering the breadth and depth of select Science and Mathematics courses.
Problem Solved – All of the questions from the respective SNAP books are presented along with the detailed solutions.
Class Notes – An excerpt of each SNAP workbook that focuses students on the explanatory notes for each topic.
SOLARO – A digital resource that is web or mobile (iOS, Android, and Windows) enabled and 100% aligned to the curriculum outcomes for each course. Students get unlimited access to robust online content for all of the courses offered in print, with content that spans the SNAP workbooks and the year-end assessments found in The KEY Study Guides. SOLARO is also offered for 20 other courses that are only available digitally.