"High River and many southern Alberta communities were devastated by the floods of 2013. Our students along with countless families and individuals throughout the province have been through a very challenging time, that continues to this day. However, through this adversity and challenge so many people have learned about the power of caring and volunteering for friends, family, and strangers and in the end those seeds of strength will follow our students over the course of their lifetimes while the actual flood itself will be but a distant memory."
First, let me say welcome back to school! It's been so awesome for me to get back into a regular schedule after the events of this summer that I am sure all students and families will welcome that familiar feeling and sense of purpose as well!
My family of nine, like so many of my students and community members, was devastated by the flood of 2013. We lost pretty much all that we had. I know intimately what people have been going through, and I am available at any time to talk or help direct you or your son/daughter to resources to help with the transition back to school!
I know that a huge part of the healing process for everyone will be getting back to regular experiences, learning, challenges and events that our school provides, and I am very excited to begin that chapter of our collective experience when school resumes September 3rd and 4th!
The main focus of Communication Technology this year will continue to be advanced digital image editing and design, 3D computer animation with Autodesk Maya 2014, and audio/video editing. This program achieved it's highest provincial recognition last year when my student Daniel Parker achieved silver medal at Provincial Skills in 3D animation. For 4 years now, our technology students have placed top 5 in provincial competition which is awesome!
I am very excited to continue to increase the rigour and content of our technology courses to benefit all students even more than in previous years!
Take care, and here's to a great 2013/14 school year!