To all future Titans, we welcome you to Ottewell’s Open House held on Thursday March 13th, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Ottewell prides itself for being one of the top academic schools in the city, a place, “Where excellence is the standard.” We are renowned for our high academic standards which our students and staff work so hard to reach. As a result, more Ottewell students achieved the standard of excellence and acceptable standard on the Provincial Achievement Tests than those in the province, district and most schools in the Edmonton.
Ottewell proves to be a titan in both academics and athletics. Our school celebrates many sports teams such as basketball, volleyball, cross-country running, badminton, track and field to name a few. From robotics to cheerleading, curling to archery, Chinese dance to drama clubs; Ottewell offers a wealth of programs, activities and clubs that will embrace the strengths of every student.
At Ottewell, both staff and students engage in a culture of learning, structure, respect and cooperation. We have a dress code, and policies concerning cell phone and computer usage; therefore, ensuring an opportunity to learn minus distractions for students. If you are looking for a school that offers academics, athletics, and activities within a safe, structured and respectful environment, then Ottewell is the answer.
The introductory presentation of our open house will begin at 6:35 PM in the large gym followed by the many activities on display around the school. We will also be having two presentations in the library, one at 7 PM and one at 8 PM, showcasing our Academic Challenge program. We look forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have.
Ottewell Achievement Results
Ottewell has once again proven to be a top school. Check out the 2012-2013 Year Achievement Results.
School Council Meeting March 5th Cancelled
The March 5th School Council meeting has been cancelled.
School Council Invite for Parents (High School Information Session)
Ottewell School Council invites parents to attend a High School Information session on Monday, March 10th at 6:30 in the library. McNally Principal Dale Skoreyko will share information about career and post-secondary planning, IB and AP program planning, high school selection and registration processes. This session was well attended last year and we encourage all interested parents to attend.
McNally Open House
McNally High School open house will be held on Wednesday, March 19th from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. International Baccalaureate (I.B.) information sessions will be held the same evening taking place at 5:30 pm and then again at 7:00 pm.
Speech And Acting Club
Speech and Acting Club meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon hour in the Drama Room. You do not have to be in Drama to participate. Students will be required to memorize a poem, story, monologue, or duet acting scene. All must be at least 2 minutes. On Wednesday, February 26th, at 7:00 p.m in the Drama Room, we will have an evening to showcase our student's talents. This show will run until 8:00 with refreshments to follow. Students will be finished at 8:30. Some performers will also participate in the Ottewell Open House on March 13th. Please contact Mr. Mack for more information.
School Council Update
High School Registration Information
As a parent or guardian, we encourage you to review the Edmonton Public School's High School Program Guide with your child to learn more about the choices they'll make as they begin planning for high school. Topics to discuss: transitioning to high school, core courses, complementary course selections, diploma requirements, awards and scholarships, and post-secondary options. The district will send a hard copy of this guide to Ottewell students the last week of January.
Parking in Front of Ottewell
This is a reminder to parents that the bus drop-off area in front of Ottewell must be left free of cars AT ALL TIMES. If you are dropping off, or picking up your child, you may not stop in the area designated for busses. The safety of our Special Needs students is at risk when this occurs, especially during the winter months. Please know that the EPS have been notified of this situation and may be out ticketing cars. Also, please note that it is unsafe to make U-turns in front of the school. We are concerned for the safety of all our children.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Grade 9 Graduation
We are at the point in the year where we are beginning to plan for the grade 9 farewell on June 13th. We have been looking at many venues throughout the South East and have narrowed it down to two. One of the venues is a hotel with seating all on one level and many large structural posts. The posts and one level seating may obstruct some parents and family members from being able to see their child. There would also be limited number of seating which would force us to restrict the number of tickets to 3 per student. The other venue is a church which we have used in the past which has tiered seating as well as holding over 1000 people so there would be no need to set limits for the family members. We are leaning towards using the church as it would give all family members a chance to attend this event as well as be able to see the production without obstructions. We would also like to state that at no time will we be promoting that particular religion and the venue is the better fit for our students and parents. Please contact the school if you have any concerns.Please contact the school if you have any concerns.
District Accommodation Plan for Schools in New and Developing Neighbourhoods
An information sheet has been created to inform stakeholders of the upcoming consultation sessions regarding the District Accommodation Plan for Schools in New and Developing Neighbourhoods. Principals are asked to share this information with their parents either by posting on SchoolZone or sending home a hard copy. The information should also be shared with staff.
In addition, a Space for Our Students site has been launched on the epsb.ca website. The site gives an overview of the District Accommodation Plan for Schools in New and Developing Neighbourhoods and includes background information; the schools and neighbourhoods being looked at in the accommodation plan; and a list of options being considered. There is also a link to a survey where stakeholders can find the school or area where they live and provide input and feedback on the options that have been developed. The survey will be open until January 17, 2014.
Old Scona Registration
For Grade 9 students interested in applying to Old Scona Academic School, their Open House is on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Dates for writing the OSA entrance exams are Saturday, March 8, 2014 and Saturday, March 15, 2014. More information is on the Old Scona Website registration page.
Ottewell's Snow Angels
Ottewell Snow Angels are back. If you know anybody living within a 2-3 block radius of the school, in need of someone to help with snow shoveling, please contact Ms. Donna Prato at 780.466.7331 to make the necessary arrangements to have a snow angel help out!
Alberta Health Services sends out Public Health Newsletters for Teachers, School Staff and Parents. Check out the February Health Talk Newsletter for parents and teachers with helpful information about mental health.