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Jul 03
Another Great Year!

​Another school year has come to an end and in addition to everthing that has been learned, students have also gained experience working together and building community. We wish all our students, staff and families a safe and restful summer. We look forward to working with you in the fall.

Mar 23
Spring Update!

Spring is around the corner and second semester is well under way!  Students have been actively engaged both in and out of the classroom with new courses and school events such as Spirit Week in February!  Student Council worked very hard to bring all students together to showcase positive energy and school spirit!  In true Bronco style, our students across the grades participated with pride.

As we approach Spring Break, our students are already preparing for the upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. which will run from May 1 – 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets will be available in mid-April and can be purchased from a cast member or the Drama teacher by contacting the school.  

In anticipation of the production, a new projector has been installed in the Theatre through the efforts of the J.H. Bruns Musical Theatre Parent group.  They are working closely with the school division to plan for exciting updates to the Theatre.  You can support the project with our Plant Fundraiser.  Please check the Glenlea  Greenhouse Online Catalogue or see our website for more information. Online orders are due by Sunday, April 8 at midnight and paper order forms due by Thursday, April 5.   Plants will be available for pickup Wednesday, May 30 in the evening. 

There has been a lot of action in our Athletics Department.  Our basketball and hockey teams were busy during February and March.  Bruns hosted the Gr. 9 Provincial Basketball Tournament.  The J.V. Girls Basketball team finished their season in 3rd place, and the Varsity Boys Basketball team came in 4th place.  After spring break, we look forward to cheering on the following teams:  badminton, girls' fast-pitch, girls' rugby, co-ed ultimate and soccer.  We're also pleased to introduce a new girls and boys handball team this spring.

Today is our last day of classes before Spring Break and classes will resume on Monday, April 2.  We wish you a wonderful, sunny Spring Break!

Jan 15
End of Semester 1 and Final Assessments

It is difficult to believe that, once again, the end of Semester 1 is rapidly approaching.  The winter break is behind us and everyone is back into the final push before classes end on January 25.  As a matter of fact, 88 Grade 12 students completed their ELA Provincial Exam on Friday, January 12.  Their teachers are currently marking those exams and students, overall, were satisfied with this year's theme:  "Changing Perspectives".

Grade 12 students enrolled in a Math course will write their provincial exam on Tuesday, January 23 (Applied), Wednesday, January 24 (Essentials), or Thursday, January 25 (Pre-Calculus) with the rest of our students joining in Final Assessments beginning on Friday, January 26.

This is a good time to remind students and parents that success in school doesn't occur accidentally, it happens as a result of hard work and preparation.  Students should begin preparing for their final assessments, projects, assignments, etc. by planning their time carefully.

An important life skill is time management.  This is one skill that should be learned early in the high school experience as it will benefit all students throughout their entire school experience.  We encourage all of our students to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the period of final assessments.  To that end, our gym will be open every day from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to allow students to exercise their bodies following or prior to exercising their minds.  It is important for students to prepare themselves mentally and physically for this bi-annual ritual.

What we know from experience is that students who prepare in advance and do their best in testing situations (take their time, read every question carefully, answer thoroughly, etc.) will perform at or above their regular classroom level.  In essence, there should be no surprises.

Best of success to all our students!

Dec 20
Happy Holidays!

​Friday, December 22, 2017 is the last day of classes before our staff and students enjoy a much deserved break. (Please note that we will follow Early Dismissal Schedule on December 22).  Classes resume on Monday, January 8, 2018.  Between today and January 8th, there will be many opportunities to celebrate with friends and family.

On behalf of the entire staff of J.H. Bruns, I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season.  I hope that everyone has an opportunity to slow down and share special moments with family.  This is a great time of the year to step back from the usually frantic pace and enjoy the simpler things in life:  read a good book, play a board game, chat with family members about anything and everything.

After the Christmas season, we will next turn our attention to the beginning of a new year.  This is always an important time of year, as we look forward to a new year and all that it promises.  As you think about the resolutions you will make, I remind all our students that a commitment to learning and helping others are pretty significant at this stage of your life.  Remember that we are members of a community and we need to work together to ensure everyone has what they need.

We wish you all the best and look forward to returning to our educational journey in 2018.

Dec 14
Director of ISP

Good day J.H. Bruns Students and Parents/Guardians,

I am writing to inform you of a recent change in my career path. It is with mixed emotions that I share with all of you of my planned departure from J.H. Bruns on February 1, 2018. Earlier this week, I was appointed the Director of the International Student Program. I am very excited at the prospect of becoming the Director of ISP for Louis Riel School Division. This opportunity provides me with a new challenge and a chance to continue to learn and lead within the LRSD.

Although I am very excited at the prospect of beginning a new position, I am also very sad at the prospect of not making my way daily to 250 Lakewood Blvd. I have enjoyed my work with the awesome community of students, staff and families. I have been a part of this great school for the past five years and am extremely proud of the work we have done together to build a warm and welcoming environment for everyone. It is difficult to imagine my day no longer including; walking through the cafeteria; checking in on the back doors; walking down the "dark hallway" and, of course asking several students to please remove their hats.

I look forward to successfully bringing the 1st semester to a close and ensuring that all is in place for my replacement. I thank you all for the support and commitment you have shown myself and the entire staff at J.H. Bruns.

Oct 30
A Time For Reflection

As we near the end of October, we can't help but notice the change in weather.  In addition to the arrival of colder weather, we are also in full swing of Semester 1.  As we approach the halfway mark of the semester, I would like to remind all our students to stay focused on the learning objectives of all their classes.

School is about so much more than essays and math formulas.  Learning how to work effectively with others, meeting deadlines, attending regularly and arriving on time are just a few of the skills that we master during our school years.

We also value the importance of giving to others.  Our Student Council provides all students with opportunities to assist others in the community.

In October, we participated in the 3-day Escape Poverty Challenge.  JHB students collected money, food and toiletries in support of "1 Just City" which is a non-profit organization spearheaded by a Bruns Alumni.

We are ending this month on a "spooky" note with the 2nd annual haunted house and costume event.   School spirit is alive and well at the home of the Broncos.

November is soon upon us and that is the time for reporting and conferring so we look forward to seeing many of our parents and their children at our Student Progress Conferences on November 23.

Sep 14
The School Year is Underway

We are nearing the end of our first official full week of classes for the 2017-18 school year!  It appears that our 815 students are adjusting to their lives as students once again.  We are excited to welcome 220 new students to the Bruns fold this year.  We know that our 191 new grade 9 students are making their way about the school and have successfully found their classes and have begun the high school journey with enthusiasm and excitement.  We are also happy to welcome our 18 new staff members as our learning community continues to grow.

J.H. Bruns Collegiate is very proud to announce that we are becoming a truly inclusive learning community as we continue to welcome a greater number of students with a wide variety of learning needs.  Our recent renovation of a new learning space named "The Loft" will welcome many students with diverse learning requirements.

Many readers will be aware that we are officially in year two of our one-to-one technology integration plan.  All students in grades 9, 10 and 11 are required to have a laptop on a daily basis.  The integration of technology has been very successful over the past year and we are very excited by the possibilities that this approach has taken to enhance both learning and student engagement in their learning.

This is a perfect opportunity for me to remind parents of the Parent Portal.  This resource was launched last year and is a valuable tool for parents who are interested in following their child (children)'s learning.  The portal provides parents with updates from classroom teachers, assignments, announcements and due dates.  It is a great way for parents to keep their finger on the pulse of what is happening in their teenager's various classes.  Please click on the link below to see more information about how to log on to the parent portal.

J.H. Bruns website log in

On Monday September 18, while our students enjoy a long weekend, the teachers at   J.H. Bruns will, once again, gather together to explore the benefits of OneNote and Office 365.  These applications continue to be explored and positively impact the learning environment in all classes.  In addition, it is always exciting to watch teachers collaborate on how these programs can impact their teaching strategies and foster collaboration with their students.

Finally, we are hosting our annual New Parent Orientation on Thursday, September 14.  This is our opportunity to share with new parents to our community what makes J.H. Bruns such a special place for their children to grow and learn.  Our grade 9 teachers along with the administrative team are looking forward to showcasing our school with them.  

Jun 08
June Update

​It is so hard to believe that we are into the month of June!  How quickly the school year goes.  There are so many thoughts as I reflect on the year that is about to come to a close.

Our students in Grades 9 and 10 were the first to bring a laptop to school on a daily basis.  We initiated our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) transition with them and despite the many obstacles along the way, we are happy to report that they indicated that they are using their devices regularly in many of their classes.  Students and teachers have also agreed that as a result of the use of One Note and My Site access to class notes, course information and overall organization improved significantly.  As we continue to invest and develop this initiative, we will further the development of how technology can be integrated into the modern classroom.

We enjoyed a final spirit week and students are busily completing final assignments and preparing to demonstrate their learning during the Final Assessment Week.  Students in Grade 12 have already completed their Provincial ELA Assessments and are anxiously awaiting their Mathematics Assessments during the week of June 12 - 16.

The end of the year is just around the corner, but there is still so much to do before we get there.  Students should be working on final assignments and preparing for the final assessments.  In addition, we have 200 Grade 12 students who will soon be graduating.  As this high school journey draws to a close, we remind them to finish strong.

Mar 07
March Madness at J.H. Bruns

​The month of March is proving to be exceptionally busy this year. 

We began the month with our staff participating in the Anne Frank Exhibit.  This travelling exhibit has tours that are led by our very own students who are trained in the unforgettable story of the girl behind the novel and the devastating impact of racism and genocide.

As if this event is not enough, we are also showcasing our musical this month as well:  Legally Blonde Jr. The Musical (from March 7 - 10).  Our cast and crew have been working hard for months and the show is now ready.  The exciting news is that the show has been sold out for days!  The time and effort of our talented students will pay off as they wow the crowds of theatre goers.

The month of March is not complete without the annual school spirit event, affectionately known as Grade Wars.  Once again, many committed Broncos from Grades 9 to 12 have been working for weeks preparing for this extremely competitive event that involves the entire school and defines what school spirit is at Bruns.

I would like to remind all our students that the "raison d'être" for this event is to cultivate school spirit and not competition.  Of course, the battle for points is important; however, the key is team spirit, fun and of course, creativity.  We encourage everyone to make this year's Grade Wars memorable and enjoyable for all.

Our Spirit Pledge:

Pledge of Spirit

I promise

to show my school spirit

by keeping it positive

and working with my grade.

I will participate

in dress up days

and competitions

even if

it will be a little embarrassing.

I will try my best

to help my grade

Win Grade Wars 2017!

 

Jan 18
End of Semester 1 and Final Assessments

​It is difficult to believe that, once again, the end of Semester 1 is rapidly approaching.  The winter break is behind us and everyone is back into the final push before classes end on January 26.  As a matter of fact, 105 Grade 12 students completed their ELA Provincial Exam on Friday, January 13.  Their teachers are curretnly marking those exams and students, overall, were satisfied with this year's theme:  "Courage."

Grade 12 students currently enrolled in a Math course will write the provincial exam on either Wednesday, January 25(Essentials) or Thursday, January 26 (Pre-Calculus) with the rest of our students joining in Final Assessments beginning on Friday, January 27.

This is a good time to remind students and parents that success in school doesn't occur accidentally, it happens as a result of hard work and preparation.  Students should begin preparing for their final assessments, projects, assignments, etc. by planning their time carefully.

An important life skill is time management.  This is one skill that should be learned early in the high school experience as it will benefit all students throughout their entire school experience.  We encourage all of our students to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the period of final assessments.  To that end, our gym will be open every day from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to allow students to exercise their bodies following or prior to exercising their minds.  It is important for students to prepare themselves mentally and physically for this bi-annual ritual.

What we know from experience is that students who prepare in advance and do their best in testing situations (take their time, read every question carefully, answer thoroughly, etc.) will perform at or above their regular classroom level.  In essence, there should be no surprises.

Best of success to all our students!

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