Good Morning Garth Webb:
I am very excited to begin my first school year here at Garth Webb Secondary School as the new Principal. Garth Webb is a wonderful, diverse community that I am very proud to be a part of. I am entering my 34th year in education and am coming to you from Craig Kielburger Secondary School in Milton where I was the Principal for 7 years. I believe that all students can be successful and that we are here to help them remove any barriers to their learning that may be getting in their way. With your help and input, our collective efforts will enable our students to have the necessary skills to be successful in life. We aim to produce students that are great global citizens who not only have a lot to offer the world, but who are kind and caring human beings!
On Wednesday, September 6, school will start at 8:00 a.m. for all Grade 9s. Classes begin at 12:10 p.m. for students in Grade 10, 11, and 12. See details and the full schedule below in the blog.
I encourage you to order some Spirit Wear as soon as possible to increase that sense of belonging. It really is something small that makes a big difference for feeling that they are part of our school community. See ordering details later in the blog.
I can't wait for all of the sports, activities, clubs, drama productions, concerts, building seasons, etc. to start. If there is anything that you can do to start off the school year right...it is to get involved. Four years of high school goes by pretty fast, let's start making positive memories!
I wanted to take a moment to talk about the Student Engagement Fees. Each year in September, we ask families to purchase the Student Engagement Fee option through their School Cash Online account. I thought it would be helpful to explain why we request these fees, especially with everything being back to "normal" and student engagement being at an all time high for school wide participation in events and activities.
Garth Webb is an active and inclusive place to learn. The Student Engagement Fees generate start up and operating funds for student run clubs including but not limited to environment issues, global issues, student newspaper, philanthropy, wellness council, etc. The fees also supplement the cost of school wide spirit events, LINK Crew transition, leadership training, motivational speakers, and student recognition awards and events. In addition, student engagement fees fund Student Council events such as assemblies and anti-bullying initiatives. In September alone, the fees will go towards supporting our Grade 9 Welcome BBQ, our Link Crew activities, our Terry Fox Colour Run, and our whole school assemblies. We will have many more activities and events throughout the year that the money collected through these fees will support. Our school fee is $30 per student and although it is optional to purchase, we greatly appreciate and depend on the support from our families. We remain aware of the social economic constraints in our present day lives and are working hard to keep these fees low. Please visit School Cash Online today to pay the Student Engagement Fees. Thank you so much for your support in advance!
I would like to thank the following for helping to get our school ready to open for students: Vice Principals Meg Carey (alpha A-F), Nancy Annibale (G-M), and our new Vice Principal Eric Keunne (N-Z), our Business Manager, Guidance staff, administrative assistants, and custodial staff. Teachers have been busy preparing and are ready to welcome all students back to school where we can learn together. I am excited about this school year and meeting everyone on September 6 for the first day of school.
If you have any questions or suggestions for improving the school, my door is always open. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. I would also be happy to meet with you in person. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you in these next coming weeks. Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!
Welcome to the Class of 2027 and welcome back Chargers!!!