About Olds High School

March 2020

Firstly, I hope that this note finds you healthy and that you are finding peace in your homes at this challenging time for all of us.   In a very quick manner we have had to transform our entire method of human interaction. Thankfully, technology has advanced to the point that we can move forward with school and continue communication; for that we need to be grateful.  

 This week we have begun to work with classes online through Google classroom and other mediums.   Every teacher will be in communication with their students and will provide information and assignments for students to work on while they are at home.   We recognize that some have different capacities in working in an online environment and we will adjust to those so everyone has equal opportunity. We do not expect students to work all day on school work; balance will be a critical component of their mental health as they live a more isolated existence in the short term.  At the same time I think it could be a comfort to them to know that they are moving forward with curriculum and coursework and that they will not be disadvantaged in the future because of this crisis.    

I know that you will have questions.  Feel free to contact me at tchristensen@cesd73.ca  during the school day and I will get back to you immediately.  Staff can also be reached during the school day if you need clarification on specific courses.  

We will continue to follow the lead of the province and our central office leadership.   We are so fortunate to have the central office staff as they truly have been very helpful with both direction and advice for our schools and our communities.  Over the next week or so I am sure we will get more direction on possible timelines for the disruption, etc but for now we will move forward as best we can. 


This is the news release from Alberta Education that we received:

Alberta Education System Update 

Here are some of the highlights of note:

· There will be no diploma exams or achievement exams. Final marks will be based totally on class work and the teacher-awarded final mark.

· All classes have switched to an online environment. If students do not have access to technology please reach out to the teacher and other arrangements for course delivery will be made.

· At the end of the term students will receive final marks, but if the work is not completed they will not automatically pass. It is very important that assignments are submitted in a timely manner.

Take care - please feel free to email me at tchristensen@cesd73.ca if you have any questions or concerns and I will get back to you.

 Tom Christensen



About Olds High School ...

Principal Mr. Tom Christensen
Vice Principal Mr. Kent Lorenz
Vice Principal Ms. Gayleen Roelfsema
School Board Trustee Ms. Trudy James
Student Body Grades 9 - 12 
Student Body Population 564

Olds High School is part of the Community Learning Campus (CLC). The CLC is an innovative approach to high school, post-secondary, and community education. The CLC addresses specific rural needs by sharing resources and working jointly with a variety of community groups and agencies. Currently, we have about 600 students, grades 9 - 12 enrolled at our school.

OHS is embracing a high school experience that provides more schedule flexibility and increased student self-direction in order to better serve 21st Century learners.  The physical design of our facility reflects a non-traditional (non-industrial model) personalized learning environment. Organized around four learning neighbourhoods or ‘Quads;’ core subjects are embraced by interdisciplinary teams of teachers working with a fixed group of students.

Our teaching staff is extensively involved in a variety of professional development activities besides normal conference and workshop involvements.  Our staff has representatives on district committees (e.g. Language Arts, Technology, and Math), diploma and achievement exam markers and test designers; government field tests are administered every year; people working at the provincial level on curriculum projects

Our school programs are expanding to offer more preparation for entry into the work world and to introduce technology career opportunities to our students. Career Preparation, Green Certificates, RAP Plus, and expanded Career transitions are all current projects being offered to students at OHS.

For full details, diploma exam results, programs available and much more please visit our OHS Educational Plan.