What an awesome day!

On Saturday, we held our 50th anniversary celebration here at Austin O’Brien. We were joined by former students and staff for a walk down memory lane and a celebration of “50 years of Crusader spirit”.

The formal program was MC’d by CBC radio’s Mark Connolly (grad ’78) who is the host of Edmonton AM.  His humour and personal commentaries were a huge hit!  During the formal program, we were also treated to an excellent keynote speech from John Stanton (grad ’66), the founder of the Running Room.  His words were truly inspirational!  Throughout the program, many great stories were told.  Current student, Katelyn Kuchta (grad ’14) told us how she walks down the hallway filled with grad photos every day but never really thought much about it until she was helping to plan the 50th anniversary.  It is amazing to think about how many students have walked the halls of this fine school and called themselves Crusaders.  Once a Crusader…always a Crusader!

Monsignor Fee Otterson is a man who made a considerable contribution to AOB.  He may have past away but his spirit lives in the hallways of this school.  We have dedicated our stage to his life and to his memory.  It was inspiring to hear stories of Father Fee.

After the formal program, the school was open so that Crusaders could walk around the school and reconnect with other Crusaders.  We had rooms set up commemorating each decade (60s – 2000s).  It was fantastic to walk around and see people congregating in these rooms, reliving old memories and telling stories.

We would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us.  Also, a huge thanks to the organizing committee.  It truly was an amazing day!


AOB’s 50th Anniversary – November 23, 2013

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We are so excited about our 50th anniversary celebration coming up on Saturday, November 23 from 1pm until 4pm.  We are looking forward to celebrating our 5 decades of history with our students, alumni, staff, and former staff members.  Austin O’Brien High School opened its doors in November 1963 when students moved over from St. Brendan’s.

We will start our formal program, hosted by CBC radio’s Mark Connolly (’77) at 1:15pm in the gymnasium.  This is guaranteed to be an awesome tribute to our great school!  It will be cool to see Pat Hauck (’65) from our first graduating class give a speech alongside Katelyn Kuchta (’14), a member of our 50th graduating class.  Also, we will have speakers giving a historical perspective of the schoool and there will be a digital presentation which was created by Raj Patel from Orange Fountain .  After the presentation in the gym, we will invite everyone to walk through the school and visit our “decade rooms”.  We have a room set up for each decade of our school’s history in which we will display photographs and other memorabilia from that time.

We will be selling some commemorative items throughout the day.  All of the proceeds from these items will go toward our legacy project which is improvement to the newly named “Msgr. Fee Otterson Stage”.  We will also be accepting donations to this project.

A special thanks to the organizing commitee and the current staff of AOB for all of their hard work and dedication!

Pep Rally, October 23, 2013

Pep Rally 2013

Block 1:  8:25-9:35

Block 2:  9:38-10:48

Pep Rally: 10:51-11:40

Lunch/Flex:  11:40-12:25

Block 4: 12:28-1:38

Block 5:  1:41-2:51 

Partner School – IES Valle de Aller

We are extremely proud to have been approved to enter a partnership with IES Valle de Aller. This High School is located in a small town in the province of Asturias, Spain called Moreda de Aller.

We are looking forward to connecting with the students and staff at this school. As you may know, Austin O’Brien is an ISA (International Spanish Academy) school and the only high school in Edmonton, AB which offers a Spanish Bilingual program.

We are looking forward to this partnership and all the learning that will come with it!



Hello Parents and Students,

As you may know, we unfortunately lost data from our PowerSchool data base toward the end of last semester. This data included student course marks.  We were able to restore the data to a backup server and we finished the semester using that server.  The grades have now been uploaded to the regular PowerSchool server (https://powerschool.ecsd.net) and they are accurate. The only drawback is that when you click on a mark, you will not see a complete history of scores that produced the final grade. If you wish to find out individual assessment (assignments/tests) scores, please contact the teacher directly.

It is great to know that students and parents are checking PowerSchool regularly…we thank you for your support and apologize for any inconvenience caused by this unfortunate data loss.

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Hello AOB students.

As you may have noticed on your PowerSchool accounts you have all been placed in an Advisor Counselor Holding Bin. This is not an error nor is it a class that you should be attending right now.

This Advisor Counselor Holding Bin simply indicates who your Teacher Advisor will be this year and every year until you graduate.

Next Thursday, February 21 between Block 4 and Block 5 we will be having our first Teacher Advisor meeting. Every student in the building has been assigned to a teacher in the building and this first meeting will simply be to meet your Advisor and all the other students in your Advisee Group.

If you are unsure of whom your Advisor is please check your PowerSchool account or look for the posters around the school indicating who your Advisor is and what room you will be meeting them in on Thursday.

Furthermore, if you have any questions please feel free to ask any of your current teachers.

Thanks You!!

Alex Buttigieg

Teacher, Graduation Coach

Jan/Feb 2013 Newsletter



The January/February Newsletter is available here. Best of luck on your exams!