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    Chestermere High – spirit and enthusiasm

    Chestermere High has had another busy two weeks. Even though students were studying for midterms and preparing for the second half of the semester the kids still seem to posses an amazing sense of school spirit and enthusiasm!

Ms. Ruzicka and the Leadership class at CHS took part in the Connections Program, which celebrates with multicultural, and environmental leadership. The 4 day program is supported and sponsored by the Connections Education Society, SEEDS Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Calgary and Cenovus Energy. Through student-driven projects, the goal is to make a difference through diverse and anti-discriminatory programs, as well as reaching out to the community through mentorship programs and making a safe and caring environment at school. It also encourages the students to connect with the natural environment and use their leadership role as a positive voice for change and work to battle stereotyping, prejudice, racism, and ethnocentrism.

The Culinary Arts program at Chestermere High is busy now that their kitchen is in full swing! They serve breakfast specials from 8:30-9:00 in the morning Monday to Thursday before class begins, (Thursday Egg’s Benedict is a school favourite). Culinary Arts also serves treats and lunch during the lunch hour at three different locations in the school. The students in the program are very proud of their work and are delighted to serve their creations daily!

On November 7th, Chestermere High had two separate assemblies. In the morning we had a Remembrance Day ceremony that featured student speakers, as well as the Chestermere High band who played multiple hymns as well as Amazing Grace. Richard Dudley, a senior student at Chestermere High, played the Last Post. The school was silent in memory of those who have fought, and are currently fighting, for two minutes.

The second assembly in the afternoon and had two separate parts. The first half was emceed by Lane Curtis, student Prime Minister. He introduced two of the fundraisers the school will be involved with this year. Chestermere High has been a supporter of Stephen’s Backpacks and Stephen’s mom, Nancy McPhee, was invited to talk to the school about the fundraiser and get everyone excited about collecting. The second charity was created by Tamara Carmell and is called ‘Room In a Box’. It started when her cousin’s house in High River was flooded, and she decided to get a box of stuff together to help her out. This idea expanded and now the basic premise of the charity is to create a box of necessities for each room of a house. She encouraged us to believe we have the power to make change and that our help is unfathomably appreciated.

The second half of the assembly was emceed by myself, and was a celebration of the accomplishments of the athletics and fine arts departments. I congratulated all of the fall sports teams and had them stand for recognition, as well as all of the members involved in fine arts. Each and every individual involved in these departments has done an absolutely amazing job representing our school in such a positive way.

With term 2 underway it’s hard to believe we are over a quarter done this school year. A busy school is a happy school, and with increased student involvement and enthusiasm I predict the rest of the year will continue to be packed with events!