Treaty Land Acknowledgement
We would like to acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and travelling route to the Cree, Saulteaux (So-toe), Blackfoot, Métis, Dene (De-nay) and Nakota Sioux (Sue). We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.
Greetings to the Ross Sheppard Community! As a second year Principal at Ross Sheppard High School, I am honoured and privileged to work alongside the staff, students, and families. Ross Sheppard High School has built its success by working cooperatively with parents and the community to provide a meaningful educational experience for each of its students. It is through these relationships that the staff at Ross Sheppard are able to help our students successfully navigate high school.
Ross Sheppard High School is a proud community of learners who embrace challenges and celebrates successes in academics, athletics, fine arts, and service. ‘WE ARE SHEP’ represents the pride, tradition, and excellence that is exhibited in our halls on a daily basis. We provide a safe and inclusive environment that focuses on engaged teaching and learning. Ross Sheppard believes that all students can thrive and be successful in an environment that is kind, respectful, and safe. Our key strategies to achieve these successes are held within the terms of RelationShep, ScholarShep, MentorShep, LeaderShep, and PartnerShep. A long-standing tradition that represents our reflective practice is "If better is possible; then good is not enough" as a means to foster growth and success for all.
The Ross Sheppard School community is built upon four key pillars: Academics, Athletics, Fine Arts, and Service. Academic programming is built around the achievement of excellence for all learners while recognizing individual aspirations and abilities. The athletics experience opens the doors for all learners to exemplify the internalization of dedication, loyalty, and citizenship at all times. The fine arts allow learners to explore and appreciate the world around them by encouraging creativity to showcase versatility and adaptability to develop one's own strength and style. Ross Sheppard's motto, Okimawitaw Otatuskewin, Mastery for Service, exemplifies the endless opportunities provided for learners to take the lead. Our learners are challenged to be leaders through service around their school and in the global community.
I want all community members to know that I have an open door policy, and that our focus is on communication that supports next steps. It is our mandate to ensure success for all learners. Through dedicated intervention programming and succession-focused work, we feel that we are supporting students to take on the challenges of their next steps. My goals are to provide leadership that will continue to ensure a collaborative school environment, and differentiated instruction that meets the needs of each student. Educational programming must be made meaningful for the students we serve through the connection of curriculum with previous knowledge and future experiences.
On behalf of Ross Sheppard High School, I am wishing everyone an incredible 2021-2022 school year.
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Cando Spirit High School Scholarship Program
Cando Rail & Terminals is offering a Cando Spirit High School Scholarship Program. There is one $500 scholarship offered to one student at Ross Sheppard.
The Cando scholarship is to be awarded to the student who best displays the main characteristics of the Cando Spirit:
1. Possesses leadership. determination and work ethic
2. Optimistic attitude
3. Enjoys challenges, seeks innovation, and develops solutions
4. Values ownership in the work they do
To apply, complete the Google Doc linked below, outlining the above characteristics.
The deadline to apply is April 25, 2022.
Schulich Leader Scholarship
Schulich Leader Scholarships are prestigious entrance scholarships awarded to high school graduates enrolling in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) programs at 20 Canadian partner universities. Half of these scholarships are valued at $100,000 for engineering scholarships and half are valued at $80,000 for Science and math scholarships.
Requirements: Nominees must possess at least two of three criteria:
• Academic Excellence
• Leadership (community, business or entrepreneurial)
• Financial Need
Ross Sheppard can nominate ONE student for this award. Please provide Ms. McGowan with a transcript, a list of your leadership accomplishments, and proof of financial need if you are applying under that category.
Student Nomination deadline: January 26, 2022
Nominee submits Application: February 16, 2022
Back to School 2021
Please see the following documents as we prepare for a safe and healthy return to the school year:
Ross Sheppard extends congratulations to Justice Mahmud Jamal!
Congratulations to Mahmud Jamal for his nomination to the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Jamal is a graduate of Ross Sheppard High School and is the first person of colour to be recognized for this prestigious and well-deserved recognition. The Ross Sheppard community is extremely proud of Mr. Jamal's contributions to society and his success.
Enterprise - Library Catalogue
Enterprise is program which can be used to access our library catalogue, search books and place them on hold. After a hold is placed, Ross Sheppard's librarian will deliver the book(s) directly to your class. Returns can be done through the library as usual.
Library Hold Instructions:
• Log into SchoolZone
• Click on Apps
• Select Enterprise/Library icon
• Click on Get Started: Log In (You should now see your name at the top.)
• Click on Place Hold (right hand side)
• Ensure your pick-up library states Ross Sheppard
• Click on Place Hold(s) (You should now see that your hold has successfully been placed.)
• Click OK
You can place up to 10 holds at a time.