The Breeze

CWAA Breeze Newsletter April 30-May 4, 2018

Principal’s Message:

CWAA’s Ranking by the Fraser Institute

Yesterday I received a phone call from a prospective parent inquiring about CWAA’s Fraser Institute ranking. (If you haven’t checked it out, CWAA received a score of 7/10 and ranked 246/819 out of all the schools in the province – in the top 3rdin the province.) I would like to share my thoughts on the Fraser Institute Ranking.

While we are always aiming to improve our methods to allow students to experience greater success on standardized tests, we do not allow ourselves to fall into the trap of basing our success or failure on government-administered standardized test scores alone. Standardized test results are only one small measure of our success. In our opinion, standardized test scores fail to tell the ‘whole story’ and we believe that schools should be viewed in the context in which they operate. Schools serve different student populations and pursue different missions. As a Seventh-day Adventist school, we do not measure our success by government standardized test results. We measure our success against our mission: “Engaging students to follow God completely, serve unselfishly and achieve excellence.” In our opinion, the small sampling of standardized exams, on which the Fraser Institute bases it’s ‘ranking’, is entirely inadequate to measure our success, nor the success of any school. The context and mission of the school is entirely omitted in the Fraser Institute ranking. For instance: the Fraser Institute report failed to highlight that this ‘ranking’ is based on 4 short standardized exams for Grade 6 students alone and does not take into consideration a number of important factors (such as the number of students writing with disabilities, English as a second language, socio-economic status, etc.). The Fraser Institute report also fails to take the following into consideration:

  • 33% of CWAA students have special learning needs (20% ESL, 13% LD)
  • 74% of CWAA students take 5+ diploma exams (vs 37% province)
  • 55% of CWAA students take 6+ diploma exams (vs 13% province)
  • 74% of CWAA students go directly into university (vs 38% province)
  • 82% of CWAA students take more than 1 Science Diploma (vs 60% province)
  • 74% of CWAA students take Math 30-1 (vs 38% province)
  • 2% of CWAA students are eligible for the Rutherford Scholarship (vs 61.2% province)

As a school, we are extremely proud of our education (regardless of where we fall on the Fraser Institute report) and believe we have a robust academic program which prepares our students for post-secondary programs of their choice. Graduates from our school have been admitted into all the major universities and colleges in Canada (including U of Calgary, U of Alberta, Mount Royal U, U of Toronto, Bow Valley College, SAIT / NAIT, ACAD, U of Victoria, McGill U) and occupy all types of careers (including: Social Workers, Teachers, Dentists, Astronauts, Nurses, Fashion, Scientists, Optometrists, Medical doctors, Videographers, Trades, Early Childhood Development, Missionaries, Pastors, Engineers, Marine Biologists, Computer Programmers, Professional Athletes, Business men and women, etc.).  This last summer one of our CWAA graduates, Jennifer Sidey (2006 CWAA Graduate), was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an Astronaut to NASA. After graduating from CWAA Jennifer was accepted into McGill University in Montreal, where she earned her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineer (2011) and then went on to complete her MSc and PhD at the University of Cambridge (2015).

While we do enjoy seeing our students succeed academically, we are just as pleased to hear of our graduates serving God as child-care workers, retail workers, mechanics, floor layers, raising families, etc. And we are just as gratified when our graduates develop characters which reflect our best friend, Jesus Christ. Ultimately, our success as children of God does not depend on our ‘status’ in society (or in a Fraser Institute Ranking), but rather as followers of God and lovers of people.

“But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the Holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Lara Melashenko

Principal

Chinook Winds Adventist Academy

 

GRADE 9 & GRADE 11 PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT ON MONDAY, MAY 14th: To help inform and equip parents for their child’s transition years (Grade 9 – Junior High to Senior High and Grade 11 – final year of high school), we would like to invite our parents to an information meeting to discuss: Course Selections & Timetabling, Homeroom Routines and High School Expectations, Course Evaluation, Uniforms, Athletic and Non-Athletic Extra-Curricular participation, Alberta Government High School Diploma Requirements and CWAA Graduation Requirements (Gr 11), Graduation, Post-Secondary Applications, Scholarships and Bursaries (Gr 11).

  • Grade 9Parent meeting will be held from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. 
  • Grade 11Parent meeting will be held from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm. 

For more information please contact Mr. Elias (delias@cwaa.net).

GRADE 6 PARENT INFORMATION SESSION: A meeting will be held to help inform and equip you and your child for this upcoming school year. We would like to invite you to this informational meeting in Mrs. Brown’s classroom(Grade 7 Homeroom Teacher) after school on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.  We will discuss the following items: Course Selections & Timetabling, Homeroom Routines and High School Expectations, Course Evaluation, Uniforms, Athletic and Non-Athletic Extra-Curricular Programs at CWAA, etc.  Please RSVP to Mrs. Brown(mbrown@cwaa.net) if you’re able to attend this session.

GRADE 9 COOKIE CART SALES: The Grade 9 class is continuing to sell baked goods as a fundraiser for their year end celebration.  Item prices are between 50 cents to $1.00. Thank you for your support!

  • Elementary – Thursday Lunch time
  • Secondary – Tuesday and Thursday Lunch time 

GRADE 12 GRADUATION WEEKEND: CWAA’s graduating Class of 2018 invite you to attend their graduation ceremonies at Chinook Winds Adventist Academy on June 2ndand 3rdTheConsecration Service begins at 6 pm on Sabbath, June 2; the Commencement Service begins at 12 noon on Sunday, June 3.  Come join us for this special and memorable occasion!

MUSIC SPRING TOUR & CONCERT:  CWAA’s Concert Choir and Concert Band (secondary music students) will be touring in B.C. this spring over the long weekend in May.  Performances will be held in schools, churches and nursing homes in the Lillooet, Vernon, Kelowna and Hope areas.  On Thursday, June 7that 7 pm, they will share this performance at CWAA’s  Spring Concert, and all elementary students will have a part in this musical event as well.  Mark this date on your calendar … invite family and friends!

ELEMENTARY FIELD DAY: Our Elementary PE Teacher, Mrs. Dodds, is planning a FIELD DAY with all the elementary students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6.  This will take place in the afternoon on Tuesday, June 19th.  The purpose of this event is to encourage students to enjoy physical activity, be challenged to do something different, to learn cooperation skills with peers and students of different age groups, and to have a year-end celebration!

There will be a circuit of stations set up outside and the students will complete different physical activities at each station.  Mrs. Dodds will need parent volunteers (with police-clearance on file) to help out with the following:

  • Supervise/distribute at the water table
  • Making signs for each station
  • Setting up of stations and tearing down afterwards
  • Coach or lead teams around the circuit
  • Man one of the stations and explain the activity to the teams
  • Time keeper – blows the whistle when it’s time to rotate
  • And much, much more…

Please let her know (sdodds@cwaa.net) if you’re able to volunteer! 

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:

May 1                  Kindergarten Graduation Pictures

May 3                  Jr/Sr Kindergarten Butterfield Acres 9:45 am

May 3-6               FCA Flag Football Tournament, Fraser Valley Adventist Academy

May 11                Grade 10-12 Boys ‘World of Choices’ Career Expo at SAIT, 8:30 am

May 14                School Board Meeting 7 pm

May 16                Kindergarten Year End Celebration 4:30 pm

May 17-21           Concert Choir & Band Tour to British Columbia departing at 2:30 pm

May 18                Teacher Organizational Day (No School K-12)

May 21                Victoria Day (No School)

May 24                Grade 1-4 Heritage Park Field Trip, 9 am

May 26                Concert Choir to Calgary Central SDA Church

May 28-31           Outdoor School, Grades 5 & 6

June 2                 Grade 12 Graduation Consecration Service, 6 pm

June 3                 Grade 12 Graduation Commencement Service, 12 noon

June 4                 Grades 1-3 Field Trip to Calgary Zoo, 9:45 am

June 5                 Grade 9 Year End Celebration 7 pm

June 7                 K-12 Spring Concert 7 pm

June 8                 Grade 6 Springbank Airport Field Trip

June 11               Grade 6 Year End Celebration

June 14               Jr/Sr Kindergarten & Grade 10 Calgary Zoo Field Trip

June 16               CWAA Chorale & Praise Team to Strathmore SDA Church

June 18               School Board Meeting 7pm

June 19               Elementary Sports Field Day (afternoon)

June 20-28           Secondary Final Exams Week

June 21               Grades 1-4 Calaway Park Trip

June 22               Last Day for Elementary Students

June 26               Elementary Report Cards & Awards Ceremony 7 pm

June 28               Secondary Report Cards & Awards Ceremony 7 pm

 

Chaplain’s Message:

Springtime is such a breath of fresh air after a long winter! Here in Alberta, we have had some pretty amazing weather in the past week! This past Thursday night my family and I went camping in Banff National Park! It was great to get out and enjoy the amazing views, the mountain air, and the beautiful weather! On Sabbath afternoon, our family spent some time along the loop that goes through Baker Park and Bowness Park. But then the weather changed. Sunday was cold and rainy. As much as we might dislike the rain, it is important this time of year as it waters the grass and other plants. Soon, Calgary will look green as the seemingly dead plants come to life!

Just like the rain brings new life and refreshing nourishment to the plants, God wants to bring new life and refreshment to our souls as well. May His rain water the dry areas in our lives! 

 

Pastor Brent
Chaplain
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy