Tag Archives: Leadership

Leadership Class of 2017

A huge shout out to our 3 year Student Leadership grads.  They have made a huge difference in their 3 years at Centennial.  At lunch today we had treats, watched the traditional powerpoint with three years of pictures, and handed out the “Oh The Places You’ll Go” signed books.  Thanks to Ms. McGregor  (Mama McGreggs) who put the powerpoint together.  We will miss Ms. Marschall who after 5 years as an amazing Leadership Advisor is moving on to Bowness and an 8 minute commute.  All the best to our Leadership Grads who we know will make a difference wherever they go.  Go Yotes!

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Awesome McHappy Meal Activity

We had a successful lunch time activity at Centennial this week.  For the week before we advertised in the school and on Social Media that there would be free McHappy Meals in the cafeteria next Wednesday.  To further promote, on the day before we had four leadership students eating McHappy Meals in the cafeteria.  The table was set in the middle with caution tape around and a beautiful table cloth.  Lots of students kept coming up and asking what was happening.  On Wednesday they found out that four people would get free McHappy Meals but the catch was that they were put in a blender first and then served in a cup.  It is important to make sure that students know that the food is blended before they volunteer.  That way no one feels pressured to do something they didn’t sign up for.  We declared the winner as the student who drank/ate the most after 2 minutes. Prizes went to everyone who participated and they got to keep the toy!  Give it a try.  Good luck!

Exam De-Stresser

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Leadership ran a fun activity as a de-stresser before exams this week.  We brought in a children’s petting zoo at lunch time. There were sheep, goats, and bunnies.  I wasn’t sure how it would go.  We had a ton of kids come.  Lots of smiles, pictures, and chatter on Instagram and Snapchat.  One boy said “This is awesome, I want to take the goat home with me!”  My favorite part was the smiles.  I love it when an activity can make someone’s day a little better.

Coyotes From Around The World

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After watching Mark Scharenbroich’s Building Connections video with my Gr. 10 class we decided it was time to find a way to recognize the many international students in our school.  Permanent flags were a bit too ambitious for us so the students decided to make maps of the different continents and show how many Coyotes were born in each country.  Fortunately we were able to run a list off our student information program.  This is another way for us to connect the dots and hopefully make students feel a part of Centennial.  Shout out to my Gr. 10s who did an awesome job.

Proud Hosts of Alberta Student Leadership Conference (ASLC) 2016 – A New Hope

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Centennial Leadership was the proud host of the Alberta Student Leadership Conference (ASLC) 2016.  Our 100 students hosted 850 students and 150 teachers from all over Alberta.  We also had special guests from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT, and Nunavut!  Keynote speakers included Scott Hammell, Ian Tyson, Andy Thibodeau, Tenille, and Stu Saunders.  Our students were amazing!  Thanks to everyone who came from away and made our conference possible.  Special thanks to Laura McGregor, Joyce Wall, Graeme Tomlin, Penny George, and Shar Marschall – the best teacher team ever to host a  conference with!  Check out the video highlights from ASLC 2016  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZpqlBIjEdQ

Thanks everyone for all your hard work – this will be one for the memory banks!

Brent Dickson

Make Memories – Bribe Students To Go To A Game

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Last Friday we had a ton of Gr. 10 Leadership students come out to see our Jr. Girls basketball team beat Bishop Carroll 74-57.  This took some effort on their part because it was on a Friday night and not at our school.  What got them there?  I bribed them.  I offered them double points to go to the Championship game.

In our Leadership program we have a volunteering section where students earn points for the service they provide in a semester.  Recently we added a component where in the semester they have to go to 4 Centennial Non-Leadership sponsored events.  This could be a play, art gallery, concert, or sports event.  They must wear their blue leadership t-shirts to show that we are supporting other school events.

On the day of the event I offered double points to go to the Championship.  I bribed them.  The stands were full of loud and proud blue shirts cheering on the team which three of their Leadership classmates were on.  They had fun, we won, and they talked all about it on the Monday back in class.  They now have another great memory of high school to look back on.

Below are the volunteer sheets and criteria we use at Centennial.  Hopefully they are useful to you.

Volunteer Log Explanation Spring 2016

Volunteer Log Sem 2 2016

Feedership Conference

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Centennial High School hosted our annual Feeder Leadership Conference. 150 students from Samuel Shaw School and MidSun Jr. High attended.  These are the two main schools whose students will eventually be Coyotes.  I am very proud of my class pictured above.  This was a student planned and run conference with minimal guidance from me.

Why host a Feeder conference?

  • It builds stronger relationships with the Leadership programs, both teachers and students of your feeder schools
  • It can increase enrollment in your programs as students see what you do and want to be a part of it. Our numbers jumped significantly after hosting our first Feeder.
  • It is a great opportunity for your students to plan and run a meaningful event and allows them to connect with their old school and teachers

Attached is our imperfect, student generated program for the day.  Hopefully it gives you some ideas and inspires you to host your own feeder conference in the future

Feeder 2015 Photo Scavenger Hunt

Feeder Conference 2015 Agenda

Project Planning Sheets For Student Leadership Ease Advisor Anxiety

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The stress that a Student Leadership advisor feels can be pretty intense right before a big student project, activity, pep rally etc.  Quality project planning sheets can ease that stress.  Attached are the planning sheets we use at Centennial for all our projects.  We print them off on green paper and call them green sheets.  I suggest you pick a color other than white so they stand out and everyone knows what they are talking about.  Once you open the document here are some tips you may find helpful:

  • students are expected to have their green sheets with them each class – everyone in the group needs their own copy in case someone is missing on a certain day
  • when I work with a group first thing I require is they have their green sheets out and ready to take notes
  • this is a working document – the first 4 pages should not be super neat – ideas change and plans do too – cross stuff out, add other good ideas
  • the brainstorming page is for writing all good ideas down – it is also the place to put important info that doesn’t fit anywhere else
  • there are lists of Must Do, Should Do, and Could Do – this is a challenge for students to figure out what the difference is between each – they often spend most of their time in the Could zone instead of working on the Musts
  • Final project review form – students fill out these reflective questions about their project – then as a group they meet with me for an interview about how it all went – a big part of my evaluation is based on this interview
  • Last page is to be filed – this is a message to future students – let them know what works and doesn’t work for next time

Thanks to  the all-star advisors and programs who through the years have shared their planning ideas with me.  My green sheets are a compilation of many ideas I have seen.

If you have any ideas or suggestions please let me know.

Brent Dickson

Enjoy The Great Moments – In Leadership and Life

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School start up is always crazy and hard to explain to someone who isn’t a teacher.  In the rush of a million things to get done I asked my Sr. Leadership class (gr. 11s and 12s) to get the September birthdays up ASAP.  For almost 10 years now we display all the names (first name and last initial) at our main entrance to Centennial. Sometimes it doesn’t feel appreciated but if they are up late or a name is missed we do hear about it.  So we needed to get those September BDays up.  I asked Georgia and Josh to organize the whole class to get it done.  In one class and a bit the class had them finished and up.  Above is a picture of them in action.

Later I thought about how awesome it was to turn that job over and see it done well withoug my supervision or intervention.  They are seasoned leadership students who know what to do and care that it is done well.

It was a cool moment and I almost missed it.  May you have many cool moments this year and may you not miss them.

Stop And Smell The … Fireworks???

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I LOVE FIREWORKS!

For a number of years I was a gate supervisor at the Calgary Stampede. The Stampede has an incredible fireworks display that goes off every night at the end of the Grandstand Show.  I would always do my best to be in position to enjoy the show.  It was the same every night but that didn’t matter.  It was great every time.  We even had a pool going in the office as to exactly what time they would start.  Sadly I think I only won that once.

I did notice that while the fireworks show was on that several people wouldn’t bother to look up.  They were preoccupied with something else or in too much of a rush.  They were missing out on a great show.  I couldn’t believe they wouldn’t take a moment to look up and enjoy.

This July 1, Canada Day, I took my boys to an Okotoks Dawgs minor league baseball game.  The highlight of the night was the fireworks at the end of the game.  The ballpark was packed in anticipation and the show was great.  What I enjoyed the most was the squeals of delight from the younger (and some older) kids.  It made the show even better.

Let’s all take a moment to enjoy the fireworks in our lives.  Don’t be that person who is so busy they don’t have time to look up and be amazed.  While we are at it let’s encourage others around us to look up too.

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