Welcome Back Message
Get ready for another outstanding year at Oilfields School!
Welcome Back: We are so excited for the new school year to begin! We hope everyone has a great summer with many opportunities to spend time with family and friends. We are looking forward to seeing all of our amazing Grade 7/8/9 students the first day of school on Tuesday, September 5th. Our wonderful Sr. High student in Grades 10/11/12 will join us on Wednesday, September 6th. There will be staff members outside and in the hallways to greet everyone and assist in anyway. Our school day begins at 8:40 am and ends at 3:30 pm. On the first day of school, students are expected to bring their school supplies. There will be a short assembly in the gym to start the day and then lockers will be assigned. Once this is done, a regular day of classes and learning will begin. Please refer to the Student & Parent Handbook posted on the school website at http://oilfields.fsd38.ab.ca/ for further information.
“Once a Driller Always a Driller”: Oilfields students are very proud of their school! They take great pride in being Drillers and proudly wear the school colours of black and gold. All of our students are Oilfields Ambassadors. They are leaders and exhibit the qualities, characteristics and behaviours of responsible learners and school spirit promoters. We have many reasons for being proud of our students and we celebrate them at every opportunity. Having students actively participating in school events, activities, sports and Driller Time builds school spirit and pride. These team-building activities energize and engage our students to always do their best and represent themselves and their school in a big way. Oilfields Drillers Always Exhibit: D (dedication), R (respect), I (integrity), L (learning), L (leadership), E (excellence), R (responsibility).
Courses and Student Timetables: Oilfields provides students with engaging educational experiences featuring a full range of academic and complementary courses, as well as, semester and full year courses. We want students to have experience in a variety of complimentary courses so students get the opportunity to discover their interests. Most students are engaged and thrive in classes they did not even know they would be interested in or had chosen as part of their course selection. The 2017-18 school schedule, as well as, tentative individual student timetables (subject to change) have been included. Great care and attention has gone into the creation and personalization of your child’s timetable and changes will only be considered under the following circumstances: there is a change to your post-secondary plans and/or interest; you will be completing a course in summer school, unusual or unique circumstances. Important note: Changes to a student’s timetable based on wanting to be in the same class as their friends will not be considered as reasonable circumstances to change a timetable. Our office will open again on August 24 for registration purposes and to book appointments regarding timetables. If you need to discuss your Sr. High timetable you can contact the Guidance Counsellor to make an appointment at the start of the school year. Any Jr High schedule changes will happen through the office once students have attended class and permission forms completed by parents. All students will receive an updated timetable on the first day of classes.
Attendance: Attendance and punctuality is one of the most important parts of student success and achievement at school. A student’s progress can be severely affected by poor attendance and punctuality. Any pattern of absences or being late may put a student at risk of not achieving curricular outcomes or successfully completing courses. In an effort to better inform you of your child’s daily attendance, an automated call will be sent to parents of students whose attendance is unexcused in any of their courses. Calls will happen mid-day for morning class attendance and end of the day for afternoon class attendance. It is very important that parents acknowledge they have received the call, as the system will continue to attempt making contact until attendance is verified by the parent. We ask that parents call 403-938-4973 or email the attendance line firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any absences or appointments before 8:30 am on the day of the absence to avoid receiving a call for unexcused absences. As well, parents can access their child’s attendance live at any time during the day through their Maplewood login. Please remind your child to sign in at the office when entering or leaving the building during scheduled class time. If you are concerned about an absence, your child’s overall attendance record or would like to discuss further impact of attendance on your child’s progress/success, please contact your individual child’s teacher directly (names are on the website; email@example.com). Thank you for supporting your child’s academic achievement through regular and consistent attendance and punctuality. Sr. High students are welcome to leave campus for lunch, while Jr. High students need to remain at school during this time, unless special arrangements have been made with the office by the parents.
Staff: Our strength is our size; this allows us to personalize our instruction to meet the needs for each of our learners. At Oilfields our enthusiasm and excitement for learning is enormous. Together we achieve through ambition and aspiration. We aim to achieve high standards by thinking, acting and dreaming large. Our school is a caring, positive and supportive environment that empowers everyone to do their best and be involved, where individuals are compelled to step forward and not back when things need to be done. There is heart and soul in everything that goes on at our school and it is the students, staff, parents and community that nurtures this. Our school has a family-like atmosphere and is a place that cares. By caring we preserve and respect the traditions of our school while pursuing growth, change and improvement. We are dedicated and committed to achieving excellence and there is a climate of high expectations and success for all. Teachers work with students in identifying who they are as learners and how they learn best. We are developing characteristics and competencies of successful learners including work habits, confidence, independence & leadership, digital citizenship, respect/collaboration/communication, and citizenship/growth and well-being. Oilfields Staff are dedicated and committed to improving student learning and demonstrate this in their words and actions.